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12 Iyar 5762 - April 24, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Battle over Jenin is not Over
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The biggest battle over Jenin may not be the fierce fighting on the ground that has stopped, but what will be recorded by world opinion as having happened there. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a three-member fact-finding team, led by former Finnish prime minister Martti Ahtisaari, to report on what happened during Israel's military assault on the Jenin refugee camp.

Beis Knesses Destroyed and Sifrei Torah Desecrated in Second Antisemitic Attack in Tunis
by Arnon Yaffeh reporting from Paris

According to reports by local Jews a well known beis knesses in Tunis was almost completely destroyed in an antisemitic attack when unidentified thugs broke into the beis knesses, tore the sifrei Torah and threw them to the floor, tore siddurim, destroyed the furniture and hung Palestinians flags and photographs of Arafat on the bimah.

50,000 Jews Gather To Daven In Lower Manhattan
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Under leaden skies heavy with the promise of rain, more than 50,000 Jews from across the Orthodox spectrum gathered in Lower Manhattan this Sunday to recite Tehillim and pray for the safety and security of Jews in Israel, where violence against innocent men, women and children has been perpetrated with sickening regularity, as well as in other countries where antisemitic attacks on Jewish citizens and institutions have markedly increased.

French Extremist Successful in First Round of Elections
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a stunning upset that was not predicted by any of the polls, far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen bested prime minister Lionel Jospin in the first round of France's presidential elections to face a runoff election with current president Jacques Chirac.

UTJ Opposes Cuts; Interest Rate Raised
by Eliezer Rauchberger and M. Plaut

UTJ and Shas have announced that they will oppose the new cuts in the state's budget for 2002-3, currently being proposed by the government. The main reason for this opposition is the government's intention to once again harm the country's weak sectors and the large families, a course of action which includes a serious cut in the Children Allotments of Bituach Leumi.

Operation Defensive Shield Ends -- A Summary
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The IDF wound up Operation Defensive Shield this week as troops completed their withdrawal from Nablus and parts of Ramallah. Twenty-nine soldiers and border policemen were killed and 127 wounded in the offensive, launched on March 28, to crack down on terror, destroy terrorist infrastructure, confiscate weapons, and arrest fugitives.

South African Jews In Spotlight Over Middle East
by D. Saks, South Africa

With hostility against Israel at an all-time high, the South African Jewish community and its attitudes to the Middle East conflict have increasingly come under scrutiny by the South African media.

HaRav Povarsky to Lead U.K. Emmanuel Emergency Campaign
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Boruch Dov Povarsky, rosh yeshiva in Ponevezh, is to take the unprecedented step of suspending his shiurim at the world famous Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak to lead a fundraising campaign in England for the victims of the Emmanuel terror attack.

HaRav Refoel Binyomin Levine zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

This past Thursday afternoon (8 Iyar), a vast throng, headed by maranan verabonon, gedolei haTorah and roshei yeshiva and led by Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, accompanied HaRav Refoel Levine zt"l on his last earthly journey. Rav Refoel, who was the son of the tzaddik, HaRav Aryeh Levine, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning in Bikur Cholim hospital.

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