U.S. Says 9-11,
Pearl Death Linked
New York/JTA — The alleged master-
mind of the Sept. 11 attacks is
believed to be the murderer of Wall
Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who
American authorities now believe is
behind both incidents, is in U.S. cus-
tody. Pearl, the Journal's South Asia
bureau chief, was kidnapped last year
in Pakistan. His captors forced him to
admit his Jewishness on videotape
before slitting his throat and decapitat-
In a related development, a
Hollywood studio reportedly has paid
a "high six-figure sum" for rights to
the memoirs of Pearl's widow,
Opens In Mideast
Jerusalem/JTA — A new string of
"Sesame Street" episodes is airing in
Israel, the Palestinian areas and Jordan.
The 26 episodes, which teach toler-
ance and coexistence, are being pro-
duced with money from the European
Union, the Ford Foundation and
The new episodes were broadcast in
Israel in September. Arabic versions
will be aired in the West Bank, Gaza
Strip and Jordan at the end of
The new shows are different from
the Palestinian-Israeli version that was
produced in 1998.
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Montreal/JTA — Jewish officials are
applaudifig the Canadian government
for establishing a national Holocaust
`At a time when anti-Semitic inci-
dents seem to be on the rise world-
wide, Canada's action today stands as a
symbol of leadership against that dark-
ness," Bernie Farber, a Canadian
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