January 10, 2002
Crown Heights Decision Overturned
The brother of the Chasidic man killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots will fight a court decision overturning the convictions of two men. Norman Rosenbaum told JTA that he plans to fly from Australia to New York in the coming days. "I have a team of lawyers already in place to see what options are available," he said. Rosenbaum has already made more than 100 trips from his Melbourne home to the United States in his fight to seek convictions for the killers of his brother, Yankel. "Yankel was my only brother," he said. "My resolve for justice in seeing Yankel's killers punished has not diminished one little bit." He spoke after the appeals court found Monday that the defendants, Lemrick Nelson Jr. and Charles Price, did not receive a fair trial because the judge had manipulated the jury selection when attempting to find a racially and religiously balanced jury.
Pentagon sends aid to Israel
The Pentagon authorized an additional $28 million for Israel for counter-terrorism equipment. A U.S. State Department spokesman told JTA the funds were found in the Defense Department's budget, earmarked for foreign counter-terrorism prevention. The money will be used for robotics and X-ray machines to scan trucks and cargo containers. Israel must purchase the items from U.S. manufacturers.
Paris Synagogue Attacked
Assailants threw gasoline bombs and stones at a synagogue in suburban Paris. No one was injured, but the synagogue sustained minor damage in the attack, which took place Saturday in the Paris suburb of Goussainville, police said. The incident took place a week after assailants tossed gasoline bombs at a Jewish school in the southeastern Paris suburb of Creteil, setting a classroom on fire. A wave of anti-Semitic violence, often involving gasoline bombs being thrown at synagogues, erupted in France in late 2000 following the start of the Palestinian intifada.
Ex-Nazi guard loses appeal
A man convicted of having been a Nazi concentration camp guard lost his appeal to retain his citizenship. On Monday, a U.S. appeals court ruled against Theodor Szehinskyj, who lost his citizenship two years ago after a court determined he had served as a Nazi guard. A retired machinist living in the Philadelphia area, Szehinskyj now could face deportation.
Israeli legislator won't apologize
Israeli knesset member Zvi Hendel refused to apologize for calling the U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer a "Jew boy." He told Israel's Army Radio on Wednesday that while his choice of words may have been extreme, he had no intention of apologizing for the slur and for accusing him of meddling in internal Israeli affairs. Hendel was responding to Kurtzer's recent remark that
Israel should spend money on the disabled, not on Jewish settlements. The Knesset Ethics Committee planned to convene in a special session to consider complaints lodged against Hendel. Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg invited Kurtzer to attend a special meeting next Monday to receive an apology from the Knesset.
Briefs courtesy of Jewish Telegraphic Agency