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Lawyers Deny Rumor that Controversial Pathologist Yehuda Hiss Was Fired

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Attorneys for Pathologist Yehuda Hiss, considered the man who knows “where all the bodies are buried” (including the questionable circumstances of the assassination of a prime minister some seventeen years ago) are saying the rumors about his being fired by Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman s on Monday are premature.

Hiss has been a controversial figure for years, and his Abu Kabir forensic lab has been involved in a number of strange controversies and scandals revolving around the collection of bodies organs as well reports of missing body parts and other organs from dead bodies that passed through his lab.

Families have complained for years that the bodies of dead family members they received back were missing organs, and the bodies were stuffed with other materials to hide the missing parts.

Initially the Health Ministry wanted to try to reunite the found body parts and bury them with their original bodies, but the job of identifying each unlabeled organ and sample to their their original owner has proven to difficult to do.

Hundreds of people have contacted the Health Ministry to try to reclaim body parts over the past few months since the initiative “Final Resting Place” was launched, where the Health Ministry tries to link as many parts to their owners as they can so they can get a proper burial.

But due to the difficulty in identifying all the parts to their original bodies, the Health Ministry created a mass grave for many of the 8288 body parts, many of them not documented, that Hiss and his lab had collected over the years.

Some are upset their family member’s body parts went into a mass grave.

Others have wondered why it took so long for Hiss to be fired, and that is a whole other story.

When I Murdered Rabin

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The outspoken statements we cited here, at the Jewish Press, by Hagai Amir, brother of Rabin’s assassin Yogal Amir, took me back to my own personal encounter with the Rabin assassination. It didn’t exactly change my life, but it taught me several crucial lessons.

On that fateful Shabbat in November, 1995, when rumors reached Manhattan’s Lower East Side that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been wounded by an assailant’s bullets, we were at the Seuda Shlishit (third meal) in the Chassidic shteibel where I davened for more than two decades. (I also belonged to another, more left-wing, modern Orthodox shul. I’m a difficult person to classify.) Between conversations and nibbling, one of my neighbors bent over and whispered, smiling, “At least in this shul we know no one is going to recited Tehillim for his speedy recovery.”

My immediate, totally uncalculated reaction was to open a siddur (prayer book) and begin to recite Tehillim. I couldn’t behave otherwise. That‘s my nature – if someone will tell me NOT to jump off a bridge, I’m already up on the railing, hat in hand.

Even if I had known on that Shabbat that Rabin’s murder would mark the end of my career in Hebrew language journalism, I definitely would have continued to recite those chapters of Tehillim, and not just to be different than the other Jewish guy who said whatever he said.

Still, if on that Shabbat you would have asked me if I supported Yitzchak Rabin’s politics, I would have certainly replied in the negative. There are even those that claim that Yitzhak Rabin himself already didn’t completely agree with his government’s course of action, and was possibly even considering how to change direction, when the murderer’s bullet stopped him.

However, it’s not those old arguments that I want to relate, rather my inconspicuous and non-dramatic connection to the big story. Maybe one day some historian will come across this article and I will merit having my name mentioned in a footnote in some important book about the murder.

I have already gone over broad details of quite a few accounts of Rabin’s murder, and considering the fact that I am a peaceful individual by nature, even a bit of a coward, certainly not the type to run ahead and climb all kinds of barricades, I have been incredibly close to several high profile murders.

One Shabbat afternoon, when I was 6 years old, in Ramat Chen, Zhurabin shot his cousin over something the cousin he had done in the Irgun. It was a dark Shabbat in 1960, I believe, about 35 years before the gloomy Shabbat of the Rabin murder. I was looking out my bedroom window on the second floor on HaSeren Dov Street and I saw the wounded uncle limping down the sidewalk to Dr. Gorelick’s house at the corner of Aluf David Street.

He left a trail of big, thick beads of blood on the gray, cement sidewalk, tiny red puddles that turned brown, but didn’t disappear for many years. Red and gray were the colors of the Zhurabin murder attempt. I think he was put into a mental institution and after that we were told not to mention the whole affair in front of his children, even though they were bullies and occasionally deserved pushback. (If they didn’t pick you to play little-goal soccer—the soccer equivalent of stickball—you didn’t play.)

When I was 16, I hung around with some friends in Bat Yam, among them Rachel Heller, a thin, shy, teenage girl. I really have nothing significant to say about besides her name and what she looked like. Several years later, when I was already in New York, distributing Ma’ariv and Yedioth newspapers every Friday night, I suddenly saw that a guy named Amos Barnas admitted to murdering her seven years before. I didn’t remember this entire affair until 1981, when I saw Heller’s picture and did a double take.

Before this, in 1980, I was driving a yellow taxi cab and I left off a passenger at the Dakota Building at 72nd Street and Central Park West, just a day before Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon on the very same sidewalk.

By the way, does anyone know why all American assassins have two first names? Lee Harvey Oswald. James Earl Ray. John Wilkes Booth. Charles Julius Guiteau (killed Garfield).

Iranian Suspects Confess to Killing Scientists for Israel

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

More than a dozen Iranian citizens arrested in connection with the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists have confessed, Iranian state television reported.

The Iranians were shown in a television report describing how they were trained at an Israeli military camp near Tel Aviv. One of the suspects said the operation was being sponsored by the United States and Israel, according to The Associated Press.

“The assassination control room was in Tel Aviv, but it was receiving the orders from Washington and London,” according to the TV report.

The alleged spies, who were arrested in June, include eight men and six women, the AP reported.

At least five nuclear scientists have been assassinated in the last two years. Iranian officials have said they believe that Israel and its Mossad intelligence agency were behind the killings.

In May, Iran executed a man convicted of spying for Israel and assassinating an Iranian nuclear scientist. Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, was sentenced to death in August 2010 for the murder of Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at Tehran University killed by a remote-controlled bomb in a January 2010 attack.

In April, more than 15 Iranian and foreign nationals reportedly were arrested for carrying out alleged terrorist missions for Israel in Iran, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran’s official news service. The group was accused of spying for Israel, the attempted assassination of an Iranian expert and sabotage.

Obama Invites Egypt’s President – Morsi Likely to Seek Freedom for ‘Blind Sheikh’

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

President Barack Obama has invited his newly elected Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi to visit the US for an official visit in September. Deputy Secretary of State William Perez said he delivered this message during his meetings with Morsi on Sunday.

This will be the first visit ever to the US by a Muslim Brotherhood member in an official capacity.

Obama congratulated Morsi after his victory in Egypt’s first-ever free presidential elections. Obama also confirmed the U.S. commitment to democratic development in Egypt and to its the economy, offering American support.

One of the issues Morsi is certain to bring up as part of the preparation for his visit, would be his pledge to seek the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from U.S. custody.

Sheikh Abdel-Rahman, better known as the “blind sheik,” is serving a life sentence at a federal penitentiary in North Carolina for his role in planning the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The WSJ’s Matt Bradley reported that the Sheikh’s detention “has become a cause célèbre among hard-line Salafi Islamists” who pushed Morsi over the top in his runoff against former PM Ahmed Shafiq.

Sheikh Abdel-Rahman is the leader of the Egyptian terrorist group Al Gama’a al Islamiyya, accused of masterminding the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The blind sheik managed to leave Egypt unscathed after the assassination, and moved to Afghanistan, where he joined with Osama bin Laden.

In 1990, Sheikh Abdel-Rahman moved to New York where, in 1995, he was convicted on charges of “seditious conspiracy” in connection with the Trade Center bombing.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes releasing the sheik.

Hunger Striking Gandhi’s Killer Hospitalized

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Sunday it holds Israel responsible for the life of the group’s imprisoned leader, Ahmad Saadat, who was transferred to hospital after joining a mass hunger-strike in Israeli jails.

PFLP called for support to the 2,000 or so prisoners who are refusing food to protest their conditions, in particular the policy of solitary confinement.

Ahmad Saadat has been held in isolation for three years.

Sa’adat was convicted by an Israeli military court in 2008 of responsibility for the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi (“Gandhi”), on October 17, 2001.

Iran to SC: Blame Israel for Absolutely Everything

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

AFP reports that Iran complained in a letter to the UN Security Council that Israel assassinated its nuclear scientists as part of a “war game,” at the same time denying any role in attacks on Israeli diplomatic targets in India, Georgia, and Thailand.

The letter, sent by Iran’s UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, said Israel has been allowed to commit crimes against others with “impunity.”

Khazaee said Israel had made “unfounded allegations and distortions” against his country over the recent attacks and bombings. Iran “categorically rejects the allegations concerning any involvement of its officials or organs whatsoever in alleged recent terrorist operations against Israeli targets in a number of countries, namely Thailand, India, Georgia or Azerbaijan.”

According to Khazaee, Iran has “suffered from terrorist acts including assassinations of her nuclear scientists due to the tacit and explicit support extended by the Israeli regime to terrorist groups. These operations, as well as attributing the violent acts, are part of the general war game waged by this regime against Iran.”

On the other hand, Khazaee accused Israel of “covert operations, cyber warfare, psychological war and assassination of nuclear scientists,” all the while threatening military strikes on Iran.

In summation, Iran’s UN ambassador said: “Regrettably, the impunity with which the Israeli regime has been allowed to carry out its crimes thus far, has emboldened it to continue and even increase its blatant defiance of the most basic and fundamental principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.”

On occasion it’s nice to read good things about one’s country, reflected through the eyes of a sworn enemy. If half of what Khazaee said about covert operations, cyber warfare, psychological war and assassination of nuclear scientists is true, then we should sleep quietly tonight…

Charges Brought Against Iranian Bomb Suspects in Bangkok

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Thailand charged two Iranian suspects today with an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats, officials said, as pressure mounts on Tehran over accusations of a terror campaign against Israel, according to Agence France-Presse.

One of the accused, 28-year-old Saeid Morati, had his legs blown off as he threw an explosive device at Thai police while fleeing an earlier blast at a house in Bangkok.

A second Iranian suspect was detained trying to board a flight out of the country. A third suspect is believed to have fled to Malaysia, they said.

“These three Iranian men are an assassination team and their targets were Israeli diplomats including the ambassador,” a senior Thai intelligence official told AFP. “Their plan was to attach bombs to diplomats’ cars.”

Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told reporters that the two suspects were charged with causing an illegal explosion and attempting to kill police officers and members of the public.

“We cannot say yet if it’s a terrorist act,” he said, “but it’s similar to the assassination attempt against a diplomat in India.”

Israel’s ambassador to Thailand confirmed Wednesday that the homemade bombs discovered in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts in the city resembled the devices used against Israeli Embassy targets in India and Georgia, buttressing Israel’s claims that the incidents are part of a covert terror campaign by Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called the allegations against it “baseless,” saying Israel was trying to damage its relations with Thailand.

Israeli Diplomats Targeted in India and Georgia, 2 Injured

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Two people were injured as an Israeli diplomatic vehicle was attacked in a car bombing in New Delhi. One of the injured is the wife of an Israeli diplomat. A near-simultaneous attack was reportedly thwarted in Georgia, as Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated that the bomb was discovered before it went off.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicions fell on Iran and Hizbollah, as the attacks took place one day after the anniversary of the assassination of Hizbollah’s deputy leader, Imad Mughniyeh.

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