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New York (JTA) — A Beijing
business that was selling Nazi
paraphernalia was shut down by
A broadcast on Chinese state
television announced the police
German diplomats in Beijing,
commenting on the broadcast,
said that Nazi revivalism was vir-
tually unheard of in China.
"This is worrying," one diplo-
mat reportedly said.
"This must mean there is a
wider problem or they [the gov-
ernment] would not be reporting
it so widely. They would be keep-
ing it quiet."
Elan Steinberg, executive di-
rector of the World Jewish Con-
gress, said in an interview that
the announcement was signifi-
cant because it indicates that re-
newed Jewish and Israeli
contact with China "has height-
ened China's sensitivity" to this
In the past, such an incident
would have been ignored, he
China established diplomatic
relations with Israel in 1992.
The broadcast, noting that
Jan. 27 was the 51st anniversary
of the liberation of the Nazi con-
centration camp at Auschwitz,
began by saying Germany had
proclaimed Jan. 27. "a day to re-
flect on the persecution of
Nazism" in order to teach future
generations not to forget histo-
It then provided a list of the
Nazi paraphernalia available at
the store, including gas masks,
helmets and clothing, and badges
and medals with the Nazi swasti-
ka — "everything but weapons,"
according to the broadcast.
The report did not say, how-
ever, who was behind the opera-
tion or if it had links to neo-Nazi
groups in Europe or North Amer-
There was also visible non-
Nazi military paraphernalia in
the store, according to the report,
indicating the venture may have
been more commercial than ide-
UPON HIS RETIREMENT
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 1996
In honor of Rabbi Schnipper, a commemorative ad journal is being
prepared as a keepsake. Your good wishes and ads are welcome.
Please call the Synagogue Office at (810) 851-6880 for information
about the journal and the upcoming dinner.
Jerusalem (JTA) — In prepara-
tion for Israel's national elections
this year, activists from Jewish
settlements in the West Bank,
Gaza Strip and Golan Heights
have decided to coordinate efforts
to campaign against government
The decision comes as Israel
and the Palestinians prepare to
enter negotiations that include
determining the future of Jewish
settlers living in the West Bank
It also comes as Israel and Syr-
ia resume talks aimed at achiev-
ing a peace accord that may
involve an Israeli withdrawal on
the Golan Heights.
The decision was among those
made by settlement leaders who
met in the West Bank settlement
of Ariel to discuss their strategy
for the upcoming elections.
Yehiel Leiter of the Council of
Jewish Settlements in Judea,
Samaria and Gaza said the co-
operative effort was not new.
'We've been cooperating for 3
1/2 years, in most cases in non-
public ways," he told Israel Ra-
"Because of the upcoming elec-
tions," he added, "we've been dis-
cussing ways of working together,
[to ensure] that we don't go to
elections with a fractious front."
Jerusalem (JTA) — As the mur-
der trial of Yigal Amir resumed,
a police investigator testified that
Amir had asked for cake and
wine to toast Yitzhak Rabin's
Appearing in Tel Aviv District
Court, police investigator Moti
Naftali said Mr. Amir had asked
for the items to celebrate the
news that Mr. Rabin was dead,
Israel Radio reported.
Mr. Amir has already con-
fessed to shooting Mr. Rabin at a
Nov. 4 peace rally in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Naftali said Mr. Amir's de-
meanor at the time of the assas-
sination was as "cold as a fish:
and that he showed no signs of
regret for his actions.
At the start of that hearing, one
of Mr. Amir's lawyers, Mordechai
Ofri, announced that he was step-
ping down from the case.
Mr. Ofri explained the move
by saying that "outside elements"
were interfering in his preparing
a case for the defense.
Meanwhile, Judge Edmund
Levy told Mr. Amir's other
lawyer, Jonathan Ray Goldberg,
that the line of defense he was
building was "scandalous."
The judge added that if Mr.
Goldberg continued to try to get
the trial postponed, he might
have to pay expenses for the tri-
al, which began Jan. 23.
Mr. Goldberg had wanted to
delay the trial in order to wait for
the results of a state inquiry into
security blunders that allowed
the assassination to take place.
During the recent hearing, the
prosecution presented the pis-
tol used in the assassination as
well as a video re-enactment of
Yoram Rubin, a Rabin body-
guard who was wounded in the
shooting, was scheduled to give