A Palestinian court sentenced three Palestinians to prison terms for killing an Israeli cab driver. Two received life sentences, while the other received 17 years. They
did not appear to be politically motivated. Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu dispatched a close aide to thank Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat for his help in apprehending the
þ Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat said the Palestinians
are willing to return to the hardships of the years before the 1993
Israeli-Palestinian accords. Arafat made these remarks, interpreted
as referring to the intifada, the six-year uprising in the territories, to
the Palestinian Cabinet session in the West Bank town of Nablus.
þ The Palestinian self-rule government said it would consider a
boycott of Israeli products to counter the sanctions imposed by Israel
after last month’s twin suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The proposed
boycott would apply to such products as cigarettes, soft drinks,
chocolate and cookies. Israel has closed its borders with the West
Bank and Gaza Strip and refuses to pay taxes owed the Palestinian
Authority until it cracks down on Islamic militants.
þ Police arrested hundreds of neo-Nazis in Germany and
approximately 50 extremists in Denmark who were marking the 10th
anniversary of the death of Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess. Scuffles
between right-wing supporters of Hess and their opponents broke out
at a few of the pro-Hess rallies, which had been banned in much of
Germany. Hess, who committed suicide in 1987 in Spandau prison,
has become a cult figure among the extreme right.
þ Israeli, Palestinian and American security officials were due to
hold another round of talks Sunday night on security coordination.
Meanwhile, the British newspaper Sunday Telegraph reported that
Israel’s Shin Bet security service chief, Ami Ayalon, flew to Britain to
investigate claims that the July 30 twin suicide bombing in Jerusalem
were planned in London.
þ Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the woman who pasted
posters on West Bank storefronts depicting the Islamic prophet
Mohammed as a pig must stay in detention until the end of her trial.
The action by Tatyana Suskin, 26, sparked riots in Hebron and
elsewhere in the Muslim world. Suskin is a supporter of the late
Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach movement.
þ The international and Australian Maccabiah Games organizations
are establishing a central office to deal with last month’s bridge
collapse at the opening of the 15th annual Maccabiah Games. The
office will deal with the ongoing investigation into the Yarkon River
and the filing of lawsuits. Four Australians have died so far as a
result of the tragedy.
þ Germany’s national bank set up a secret branch in Monaco during
World War II to hid assets, according to news reports. Citing recently
released documents, the reports say that the bank operated for
approximately a year until it was closed down due to the opposition of
Monaco’s Prince Rainier.
þ Israel’s Histadrut trade federation authorized its members to go on
strike beginning Sept. 2. The Histadrut is upset over the proposed
1998 budget, endorsed by the Cabinet last week, which contained
plans to privatize state companies. A Histadrut official said contacts
with the government before then could prevent a strike.