Call For Peace
In The Sudan
Washington/JTA — A Jewish group is
calling for an end to slavery in Sudan.
The Religious Action Center of
Reform Judaism held a vigil in
Washington to protest genocide and
government-facilitated slavery in the
war-torn African nation.
The group linked its call to this
week's celebration of Sukkot, which
commemorates the journey of the
Children of Israel from slavery to free-
dom. "We cannot turn our backs
when others are enslaved today," said
Rabbi David Saperstein, the center's
director. The center and 13 other
Jewish agencies released a statement
calling on Congress to pass legislation
to promote peace in Sudan.
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Jerusalem/JTA — Israeli settlers
planned to break ground for 14 per-
manent homes at a West Bank settle-
Located near Nablus, Rehalim began
in 1991 as an outpost established to
mark the spot where Palestinian gun-
men killed two Israelis. Twenty-four
families have been living in three
mobile-home neighborhoods in
Rehalim, according to the Jerusalem
Post. Settler leaders invited politicians to
attend the groundbreaking ceremony.
Film On Conflict
Wins An Emmy
New York/JTA — A film featuring
conversations with Israeli and
Palestinian children won an Emmy
Promises, co-directed by B.Z.
Goldberg and Justine Shapiro, won the
Emmy for best documentary at a Sept.
10 ceremony. The film, which appear-
ed on PBS, portrays the Middle East
conflict through the thoughts and
views of seven Israeli and Palestinian
Blasts The U.N.
New York/JTA — The United Nations
spent most of its time last year adopt-
ing anti-Israel resolutions when it
should have dealt with the war on ter-
rorism, according to a new report.
This was the central conclusion of
"One-Sided: The Continuing Campaign
Against Israel at the United Nations,"
the American Jewish Committee's annu-
al report examining the treatment of
Israel at the U.N. General Assembly and
the Geneva-based U.N. Commission on
Human Rights. The report, which
includes a detailed country-by-country
voting record on Israel, is available at
Jerusalem/JTA — Israeli-U.S. ties remain
solid despite a U.S. call for Israel to lift
its siege of Yasser Arafat's Ramallah head-
New York/JTA — An English-ran-
quarters, Shimon Peres said.
guage newspaper in Saudi Arabia pub-
Asked about White House criticism
lished a cartoon comparing President
of the siege, Israel's foreign minister
Bush to Hitler.
told Israel Radio that "sometimes there
The cartoon, published in the Arab
are contradictions between" the way
News, appeared days after the Anti-
the two countries see things, "but this
Defamation League issued an open letter is not a dispute."
to the leaders of Saudi Arabia calling for
Addressing foreign diplomats in
a halt to the almost-daily barrage of anti- Jerusalem, Peres said Israel would not
Semitic and anti-American statements in comply with a U.N. Security Council
the Saudi media. "Clearly, all of our
resolution to end the siege because the
appeals to Saudi leaders have fallen on
Palestinians are not meeting the resolu-
deaf ears," said Abraham Foxman, the
tion's call to halt terror. Israel says it will
ADL's national director.
not withdraw from the compound until
In Germany this week, Justice
about 200 people holed up inside sur-
Minister Herta Daeuler-Gme-lin relin- render. It alleges that about 50 of the
quished her post after she was reported people, including Palestinian intelli-
to have said that Bush's saber-rattling
gence chief Tawfik Tirawi, have been
on Iraq was similar to what Hitler did
involved in terror attacks. Tirawi denied
to divert attention from domestic .
the allegations in an interview with
Maariv and vowed not to surrender.