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Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES - – Daniel Kra

50 YEARS AGO

Novem­ber 15, 1967

For the first time in his­tory, the en­tire world would be able to see, al­most live, the Christ­mas Eve Mass to be cel­e­brated in the Ro­man Catholic sec­tion of the Church of the Na­tiv­ity in Beth­le­hem on the night of De­cem­ber 24. The Amer­i­can NBC net­work made ar­range­ments to film the mass. With the help of the Is­raeli mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment the film would be rushed to Lod Air­port in time to catch a plane to Rome where it would promptly be trans­mit­ted by Tel­star. In the past the Jor­da­nian gov­ern­ment al­lowed only the BBC to tele­vise and broad­cast the mass to Bri­tain only. In re­lated news, Christ­mas and New Year pil­grims ar­riv­ing at Atarot and Lod air­ports and the Haifa port would re­ceive a replica of an an­tique earthen oil lamp from the Tourism Min­istry.

MK Emile Habibi of the New Com­mu­nists party warned of the po­ten­tial for tele­vi­sion pro­pa­ganda on the up­com­ing Ara­bic-lan­guage pub­lic tele­vi­sion scheme, which would make the Arabs of the ter­ri­to­ries even more cyn­i­cal than they al­ready were. He said that while ev­ery­thing would look nice on the screen, they would see a dif­fer­ent sort of thing on the stage of their ev­ery­day lives. MK Yitzhak Navon of Rafi sug­gested that to make the pro­gram­ming at­trac­tive, they would need per­form­ers and per­son­al­i­ties from the ter­ri­to­ries, and that meant giv­ing them the chance to speak their minds freely. Oth­er­wise Is­raeli TV would be a ser­vice run by Ara­bic-speak­ing Jews for Arab view­ers, he pre­dicted.

15 YEARS AGO

Novem­ber 15, 2002

The hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tion B’Tse­lem is­sued a re­port doc­u­ment­ing five cases in which the IDF al­legedly used Pales­tinian civil­ians as “hu­man shields” in vi­o­la­tion of a High Court of Jus­tice in­terim in­junc­tion ban­ning the pro­ce­dure at least tem­po­rar­ily. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the sol­diers or­dered Pales­tini­ans to lo­cate sus­pected ter­ror­ists or con­vey com­mands to them in order to de­crease the dan­ger to the sol­diers them­selves. In one in­ci­dent in Jenin, Khaled Kamil was awak­ened in the mid­dle of the night by sol­diers who first ques­tioned him re­gard­ing his neigh­bors, and then forced him, on pain of ar­rest and the de­struc­tion of his house, to en­ter the neigh­bor­ing house through a hole which they blew into one of the walls. Kamil was told to call out to a se­nior Is­lamic Ji­had mil­i­tary com­man­der hid­ing there and to tell him to give him­self up.

Jewish De­fense League leader Irv Ru­bin, 57, died in a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal af­ter at­tempt­ing to com­mit sui­cide in jail a week ear­lier. The ap­par­ent sui­cide at­tempt oc­curred just hours be­fore Ru­bin was to make a court ap­pear­ance on charges he plot­ted to bomb a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia mosque and the of­fice of Rep. Dar­rell Issa, the grand­son of Le­banese im­mi­grants. By his own count, Ru­bin had been ar­rested more than 40 times, many due to dis­rupt­ing Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Na­tions events. In 1975, Ru­bin of­fered a $500 bounty to any­one who would wound or kill a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Nazi Party. (Af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to 20 years in fed­eral de­ten­tion for his part in the plot, Ru­bin’s first lieu­tenant was killed by a fel­low in­mate two years into his sen­tence.)

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