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October 06, 1995 - Image 118

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-10-06

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Your Child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah

PEACE page 116

states. Among other things, "The
status quo at the Tomb of the Pa-
triarchs will remain unchanged,
for the time being."
The "time being" is about all
that either group can reasonably
rely on now. Among many other
factors that could wreck the frag-
ile peace between the two parties
are determined opposition by
right-wing political factions on
both sides, who see the agree-
ment as a sell-out by their lead-
ers; and terrorist actions.
Perhaps the strongest card to
be played by both the Israeli and

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Terror Trial Ends
With Ten Convictions

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Palestinian leaders is the hope
for economic gains. Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin expects
this latest agreement, and yet an-
other public signing on the White
House lawn, to lead to the end of
all Arab trade boycotts against
And if Mr. Arafat can leverage
the latest stage in the peace
process into more economic aid
from abroad, he may finally be
able to offer his people something
more attractive than the violence
of Hamas: a better quality of
life. ❑

New York (JTA) — The biggest sheik, said he was "gratified that
terror trial in American history this ruling came down."
drew to a close this week with the
But at the same time, Rabbi
conviction of 10 Islamic defen- Weiss said he was "incensed"
dants under a rarely used Civil that the FBI waited seven
War-era seditious conspiracy months before telling him that
he was on the hit list, which also
After a week of deliberations, included New York Assembly-
a federal jury in New York found man Dov Hikind, an Orthodox
blind Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Jew, and Sen. Alfonse D'Ama-
Abdel-Rahman and nine other to, R-N.Y.
defendants guilty of conspiracy
In a telephone interview, Rab-
for their scheme to blow up the bi Weiss said he was suing the
United Nations and other promi- FBI in federal court over the de-
nent New York sites as part of lay.
their planned jihad, or holy war,
He said his suit was "crucial
against the United States.
for the safety of our community,"
They were also found guilty of adding that it was incumbent on
plotting the assassination of
Egyptian President Hosni
Mr. Nosair was
Mubarak and of seeking to attack
a U.S. military installation.
acquitted of the
One of the defendants, El
Sayid Nosair, was convicted of
murder in a 1991
murdering militantly anti-Arab
Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990.
New York state trial.
Mr. Nosair was acquitted of
the murder in a 1991 New York the FBI "to let us knoW when one
state trial, but was found guilty of our members has been threat-
at the time on separate weapons- ened."
possession charges.
Within hours of the verdict,
Federal prosecutors this week Transportation Secretary Fed-
won a conviction against Mr. No- erico Pena ordered heightened
sair for the Kahane murder un- security at airports nationwide.
der a separate federal conspiracy
The order was not officially
statute — a legal maneuver with linked to the verdict, but a gov-
many precedents that side- ernment official said it was
stepped the issue of double jeop- among a number of factors in-
ardy, or being tried twice for the cluding Pope John Paul's
same crime, experts said.
planned visit to New York and
As a result of the convictions, 50th anniversary celebrations at
Sheik Abdel-Rahman and Mr. the United Nations — that led
Nosair face life in prison; the re- government officials to be con-
maining defendants may be sen- cerned about a possible terror at-
tenced up to 20 to 30 years in tack.
After the guilty verdicts were
Sentencing is expected to take read and the jurors had left the
place in January or February.
courtroom, one of the defendants
New York activist Rabbi Avi reportedly called out in Arabic
Weiss, who was notified by the "Allahu Akbar," which means
FBI in January that he was "God is Great."
among a number of figures ap-
Defense attorneys said they
pearing on a hit list issued by the would appeal the verdicts.

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