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August 04, 1989 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-08-04

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August 4, 1989

U.S. Experts Doubt
Hanging Killed Higgins


Capitol Correspondent


preliminary U.S. gov-
ernment examination
of the brief videotape
showing the reported body of
Marine Corps Lt. Col.
William Higgins suggests
that he does not appear to
have died from hanging, well-
informed U.S. officials said.
A team of coroners and
other medical examiners are
said to have reached a "98
percent degree of certainty"
that the body is that of Hig-
gins. They are uncertain,
however, that the member of
the U.N. peacekeeping forces
was killed by hanging and
said the angle of the dangling
body is "suspicious."

"It looks like the body was
stiff long before the hanging,"
said one official.
There had been earlier
speculation that the
videotape was perhaps made
months ago and released by
the Hezbollah only on
The study of the videotape
so far has reinforced the no-
tion among U.S. officials that
Higgins was probably killed
long before Israel captured
Hezbollah Sheikh Obeid last
Pentagon spokesman Pete
Williams confirmed that
"there is some analysis going
on now of the tape." But he
added: "I don't believe there's
any conclusive result from
that yet." Ill

Jewish Billionaires
Abound In Forbes

New York (JTA) —
Stereotypes about Jewish
wealth may be greatly exag-
gerated, but there is no shor-
tage of Jewish billionaires, ac-
cording to Forbes magazine.
The publication released its
annual tally of the world's
ultra-rich last week, and
while Japanese businessmen
dominated the top of the list,
Jews, especially those from
North America, were well
The fourth largest fortune
in the world, according to the
magazine, belongs to a Cana-
dian Jewish family. Paul,
Albert and Ralph Reichmann
are said to be worth approx-
imately $8 billion each. The
Reichmanns have extensive
real estate holdings in both
North America and England.
British publishing magnate
Robert Maxwell, who recent-
ly made an unsuccessful bid
for the Jerusalem Post, also
made the list, with an
estimated worth of $5 billion.
The two richest American
Jews listed in Forbes are
Samuel and Donald
Newhouse, listed as having
$2.6 billion each.
Newhouse family holdings
include 26 newspapers across
the country and the Conde
Nast group of magazines.
Other prominent Jewish
billionaires include the Bronf-
man brothers, heirs to the
Seagram liquor dynasty.
Edgar, who lives in New York,
is worth $1.3 billion, and
Charles, who lives in Mon-
treal, is $1.5 billion.
Also on the Forbes list are
retailer Leslie Wexner, worth

$1.6 billion, and New York
real estate baron Samuel
LeFrak, at $1.5 billion.
Media fortunes were
represented, as well. CBS
Chairman Laurence Tisch
and his brother, Preston,
made the list with $1.2 billion
each. Walter Annenberg was
listed as being worth $1.2
Indicted junk bond wizard
Michael Milken also made
the list. The former invest-
ment banker for Drexel Bur-
nham Lambert is said to be
worth at least $1 billion.
In another Forbes tally, two
Israeli banks were listed
among the 500 largest foreign
public companies. Bank
Hapoalim was listed as 271,
and Bank Leumi was listed as
318. Both banks were said to
have market values topping
$2 billion.


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Dutch Embassy:
Avoid Israel

Amsterdam (JTA) — The
Dutch Foreign Ministry has
issued a warning to travel
agencies organizing tours to
Israel saying that due to the
intifada, Dutch tourists
should not visit the ad-
ministered territories or East
The warning suggested that
tourists who decide to visit
East Jerusalem should not do
so after sunset or by
themselves, adding that on
Fridays tourists should first
inquire with the tourist police
near Jaffa Gate about the
situation on that day.


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