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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-07-06

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Vatican Opens Archives

Vatican City/JTA — The Vatican will
open archives covering the period
1922 to 1939. The period covers the
papacy of Pope Pius XI, and ends just
before the ascendance of Pope Pius
XII, who has been accused of turning
a blind eye to Nazi treatment of the
However, some papers could shed
light on the activities of Pius XII when
he was a papal envoy to Germany and
then the Vatican's secretary of state.
Among other actions, he negotiated
a Vatican treaty with Germany at the
onset of Nazi rule and was believed to
favor accommodation with the Nazis.
The BBC, which reported the plans to
open the archive Friday, said it would
be limited to scholars.

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Suppliers Subpoenaed
New York/JTA — Federal subpoenas
were served against several kosher
meat suppliers in the United States in
connection with an antitrust investi-
The New York Jewish Week
reported that AgriProcessors, in
Postville, Iowa, is among those hit
with subpoenas. The subpoenas could
be focusing on collusion in the kosher
industry. The Conservative movement
is investigating complaints about con-
ditions at AgriProcessors, the coun-
try's largest kosher slaughterhouse.
After an animal-rights group pro-
duced an undercover video of condi-
tions at the plant in 2004, investigators
with the U.S. Agriculture Department
determined that some plant employ-
ees had violated humane slaughter

Staged Kidnappings
Jerusalem/JTA Israel's military

police are rounding up soldiers
deemed not sufficiently wary of the
kidnapping threat.
Military policemen posing as ordi-
nary motorists are cruising Israel,
trying to pick up soldiers who hitch-
hike in violation of strict rules against
the practice, security sources said.
Violators could be court-martialed.
The move comes following a rash of
kidnapping threats against Israeli
troops and the abduction and murder
of a West Bank settler teen.
Meanwhile, Israel's security service
said it foiled a Palestinian plot to kid-
nap soldiers. The Shin Bet disclosed
that it arrested two members of the
Popular Resistance Committees ter-
rorist group; they had slipped out of
the Gaza Strip into the Sinai Desert,


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and from there into Israel. Under
interrogation, the detainees said they
had intended to kidnap two Israeli
soldiers and ransom them for the
release of Palestinians held in Israeli
jails. But according to the Shin Bet,
the terrorists planned to kill the kid-
napped soldiers and bury them in
unmarked graves.

Higher Minimum Wage?

Washington/JTA — The Reform
movement joined leading Democratic
senators in demanding a minimum
wage increase.
"It is shameful that the minimum
wage has not been raised since 1996,
even as the cost of living has gone
ever higher and the challenge of sup-
porting a family on a shrinking dollar
has grown," said spokesman Rabbi
Michael Namath.
"No man or woman, working a
40-hour week, providing for a son
or daughter and a husband or wife,
should find themselves unable to even
meet the poverty line." Democrats
want to raise the minimum wage from
$5.15 to $7.25 an hour.

Stem Cell Debate

Washington/JTA — The Orthodox
Union applauded Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., for securing
unanimous consent to consider stem
cell research legislation.
Opponents of stem cell research
lobbied to bury a U.S. House of
Representatives bill passed last year
that would fund research using cells
from IVF clinics.
Frist engineered a compromise,
and now senators also will be able
to consider two other bills: one that
would develop stem cells that do not
utilize embryonic cells; and one that
would make it a crime for anyone to
trade in tissues from fetuses that were
conceived and aborted expressly for
research purposes.

Ramon Mementos
Washington/JTA — A Jewish astronaut

asked Ilan Ramon's widow for memen-
tos from the late Israeli astronaut to
take the shuttle. Garrett Reisman,
38, will fly to the International Space
Station in 15 months.
He underwent training and became
friends with Ramon, who died in the
Columbia shuttle crash in 2003. At
Rona Ramon's invitation, Reisman
attended a ceremony in Rehovot,
Israel, naming the Kaplan Medical
Center's new emergency medicine
department in Ilan Ramon's memory.

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