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December 20, 1985 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-12-20

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2 Jailed In West Bank
Land Fraud Investigation

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Avi Tzur, a
former aide to Deputy Defense
Minister Michael Dekel when
the latter was Deputy Minister
of Agriculture, was arraigned in
magistrates court Monday on
charges of promoting land sales
in the West Bank with forged
documents and accepting bribes
from land developers.
Tzur, who works for the Air-
port Authority, is one • of two
former aides of Dekel arrested
last week on suspicion of land
sales fraud. The other, Claude
Malka, an aide now to Trans-
port Minister Haim Corfu, is
free on bail. Dekel, who was
named to the Defense Ministry
Post only last week, was ques-
tioned Monday for five hours by
Chief Superintendent of Police
Shimon Savir, head of the seri-
ous crimes division.
Reportedly, he was questioned
about forged documents issued
in his name by Tzur; about his
management of West Bank set-
tlement affairs during his te-
nure at the Agriculture Minis-
try; his knowledge, if any, of let-
ters issued on his personal
Ministry stationary, signed by
Tzur; and about the suspected
misappropriation of funds con-
tributed to the Likud 1984 elec-
tion campaign chest.

Dekel's appearance was vol-
untary and he has not been ac-
cused of any offense. But the ar-
rests of his two ex-aides
triggered charges by Likud that
the police were acting from
political motivations. The Police
Ministry is headed by a promi-
nent Laborite, Haim Barley.
Tzur is accused of having re-
ceived about 30 million Shekels
(more than $50,000 at the time)
to get government approval of
new settlements in the West
Bank where developers wanted
to sell land to the public.
He is said to have pocketed
part of the money and passed
the rest on to a Likud group
promoting increased settlement
activity. He is also accused of
giving developers forged docu-
ments to dupe potential land
buyers. The documents indicated
that certain settlements had
been approved by the Cabinet
when in fact they had not.
Meanwhile, Avraham Gindi, a
land developer accused of prom-
oting fraudulent sales with let-
ters supplied by Tzur, remains
under 24-hour surveillance in
Tel Aviv jail cell after attempt-
ing to jump from a sixth floor
window in Tel Aviv District
Court Friday just as police
finished reading charges against

Gindi's brothers, Moshe and
Yigal, who own and manage the
Friendly Rival Land Develop-
ment Co., are wanted for ques-
tioning. They bolted the country
several weeks ago for the U. S.
with their families. Israel Radio
said Sunday that the two men
left their families in America
and are now in Brazil which has
no extradition treaty with Is-
According to the charge sheet,
Gindi had sold public land in
the West Bank — for the pur-

pose of building villas — al-
though the land was not owned
by him.
In other news from the West
Bank, terrorist sabotage has
been ruled out as the cause of a
fire that swept a military bar-
racks last Monday, killing eight
soldiers and injuring seven, ac-
cording to an interim report by
a special team investigating the
But the exact cause has not
yet been established, Brig. Gen.
Avram Mitznar, head of the in-
vestigating team, said in the re-
port submitted to Chief of Staff
Gen. Moshe Levy. The interim
report established that the eight
soldiers died of asphixiation by
carbon monoxide fumes and
were probably dead or uncon-
scious by the time the flames
reached them.
The fumes were generated by
combustable materials used to
build the pre-fabricated bar-
racks which were purchased
from the American firm which
built the Negev airfields several
years ago.
Levy said Monday the army
would apply the lessons from
the tragedy, including a limita-
tion on the number of soldiers
housed in such pre-fabricated

Knesset Unit
Axes Insurance

Jerusalem (JTA) — The
Knesset finance and house
committees acted this week to
end free health insurance for
some 4,000 people, including
Cabinet ministers and their de-
puties, judges of the civil and
religious courts and Knesset
members themseltes. Senior
civil servants whose wages are
linked to those of deputy cabinet
rank, are also threatened with
cuts in their health benefits.
The beneficiaries were
entitled to free coverage both at
home and abroad. For Knesset
members and their spouses, the
benefits were a lifetime
privilege. Their children were
covered up to the age of 18.
Knesset members received over
a half billion shekels in health
insurance funds during the first
half of fiscal 1985.
The finance committee has
allowed for appeals and a spe-
cial subcommittee will hear ap-
peals from the judiciary.

Vienna Blast

Vienna (JTA) — A house ac-
commodating several Jewish
families was severely damaged
by a bomb explosion Sunday
night. There were no injuries
and no immediate clues, but a
recent rash • of antiNSemitic
graffiti in the neighborhood
points to neo-Nazis.
The damaged building is
owned by the Jewish Club for
Culture and Education. Several
cars parked in front were de-
stroyed and the windows of
nearby buildings were shattered
by the blast.

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