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August 11, 1989 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-08-11

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NEWS

Ultra-right Party Admits
To Buying Arab Votes

Jerusalem (JTA) — Seven
activists of the Degel Halbrah
party were arrested last week
on charges that they paid
Arabs to vote for it in the
November elections.
The ultra-Orthodox party
has cried foul. The accused in-
clude two members of the
Bnei Brak town council and a
member of the town council of
Ofakim, in the Negev. They
reportedly confessed and were
released on bail.
Degel's inexplicable elec-
toral successes in a number of
Arab villages raised suspicion
of fraud, prompting a police
investigation.
But Rabbi Avraham Ravitz,
one of Degel's two Knesset
members, denied the charges.

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He said the spectacle of the
police "following us from
village to village was an anti-
democratic act."
The police said that in the
Arab village of Fureidis,
where 30 voters cast ballots
for Degel, some have admit-
ted they were paid between
100 and 150 shekels, then
worth between $65 and $100.
One Arab voter reportedly
said he got 5,000 shekels
(more than $3,000) for promis-
ing that his entire family
would support the Degel
HaTorah ticket.
The police also searched the
party's offices, where they
allegedly found the stubs of
checks paid out to Arab
voters.

Ship Found Near Haifa
May Be 2,500 Years Old

Tel Aviv — Haifa Universi-
ty marine archaeologists
believe they may have un-
covered the first Phoenician
ship ever found.
The well-preserved remains
of a wooden craft estimated to
be 2,500 years old in less than
6 feet of water about 230 feet
from the beach at Kibbutz
Ma'agan Michael, south of
Haifa. It was accidentally
discovered by a kibbutz
member four years ago. But
excavation work was delayed
two years for lack of funds.
An underwater team from
the university just ended its
second season of on-site work
under the direction of Dr.
Elisha Linder. The remains
eventually will be removed in
sections from the seabed. The
parts will be treated with
chemical preservatives and
reassembled in a museum.
Linder said in an interview
that the workmanship of the
vessel shows a sophistication
that suggests a skill possess-
ed only by shipwrights of
Phoenicia, the greatest
maritime power of the an-
cient world. Still, with half
the wreck uncovered so far,
the archaeologists have not
found hard evidence of its
origin, such as an inscription
or a seal.
Jay Rosloff, an American
expert on ancient ships who
joined the team, said the
wooden remains, dating from
the fifth century BCE, are in
a remarkable state of
preservation.
The entire hull is intact, in
parts up to a height of 36 in-
ches, he said.

In addition, according to
Rosloff, the use of iron instead
of copper nails and the way
the boat's frame was joined
are indications of more ad-
vanced construction than us-
ed to build a boat lying off the
coast of Cyprus, which has
been dated 150 years later.
Little was found in the
cargo holds apart from rocks
used for ballast.
But many small items that
may have belonged to the
crew were discovered. They
include a well-equipped
carpenter's tool chest contain-
ing a carpenter's square, a
bow drill and tool handles, all
in a near-perfect state of
preservation. The tools sug-
gest that skilled craftsmen
were aboard and that the
vessel may have been newly
built and on its trial run
when it foundered.
The Phoenicians lived in
city-states along the eastern
Mediterranean shore of what
is now Lebanon. They were
renowned seafarers and are
known to have circum-
navigated the African conti-
nent and ventured far into
the Atlantic.
The Phoenicians, however,
were traders, not explorers.
They kept scant records of
their discoveries in order not
to encourage competitors.
The most recent previous
discovery of an ancient ship in
Israel occurred several years
ago in Lake Tiberias, also
known as the Sea of Galilee.
The almost complete remains
of an ancient fishing boat
were raised' from the bottom.

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