Knoop say his information indicates that Beisheim participated in a regiment responsible for death marches of concentration camp inmates as the end of the war approached. Beisheim’s regiment was based in Czechoslovakia, he said.
“What I still need to uncover is Beisheim’s eventual own participation in the death marches. Apart from that, his personal story following World War II raises suspicion too,” Knoop told JTA. “Rumors persist about his involvement in Odessa, the Nazi organization helping SS members flee to South America, the same organization which also transferred Nazi money — often looted — to secret bank accounts in Switzerland.”
The rumors come from statements of three SS members, recorded in the 1990s, said Knoop, a Dutch Jew who now lives in Belgium.
“Hardest hit by persecution are meetings of Christian pastors and teachers, viewed with particular hostility by the government whose aim is to control the indoctrination of new generations. There is endless proof of ill treatment and torture suffered by community leaders at the hands of police officers and religious affairs cadres."
The most badly affected province was Henan: within 12 months, the authorities arrested 823 Christians in 11 raids. Five American citizens were arrested during the same period.
When Gov. Ernie Fletcher's day is over, he leaves his Capitol office, climbs into a Lincoln Town Car driven by a state trooper and returns to the Governor's Mansion — which is just across the street.I guess Kentucky must be more vulnerable to terrorism than say Virginia, or Montana, or Florida, or Nevada, or any of the states where the governors walk to work.
Meanwhile, his administration is encouraging Kentuckians to get out and walk more for their health.
The Republican governor — a physician by training — makes no apologies for riding back and forth to work. "I think that's been a tradition for a long time," he said. "That's what security likes."
"You could say we've developed a new tactic," says al-Salam, adding that abductions in the West Bank are likely to become more frequent. Over 100,000 Jewish settlers live in the occupied territories -- handy living targets for militants. Following the deaths of a dozen Palestinian civilians recently, many are ready to extract revenge. "We are sick of it, we must avenge ourselves," says al-Salam, adding that if kidnappings are so painful for the Israelis, the Palestinians should have started doing it earlier.Er...too late.
The scenario of mass kidnappings is the "ultimate nightmare of the Israeli army," according to the Israel press. In the worst case scenario, it could escalate the crisis in the Middle East as the advent of suicide bombings once did. But at the moment, it's impossible to tell whether the militants are simply using the threat of abductions as propaganda. They certainly aren't supported by Palestinian leaders. Both President Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh are opposed to taking hostages. As is the majority of the Palestinian population. "These idiots," complains an auto mechanic named Salih. "Now the West will think we're just brutal terrorists."