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Israel's Netanyahu Says Palestinians are Anti-Gay

German AIDS Numbers Drop

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

Israel's Netanyahu Says Palestinians are Anti-Gay

bentanyahu.jpg - 10.05 K Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Jewish gay groups April 5 that Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority is anti-gay.

In a letter to the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Jewish Organizations, Netanyahu said the authority has a "negative attitude toward gays."

He attached a clipping from the Hebrew newspaper Yerushalayim entitled "Palestinian Police Chief Maligns Homosexuals," in which Chief Ghazi Jibali denounced a Palestinian policeman who was executed in February for sodomizing a 6-year-old boy.

Jibali also said: "We do not like homosexuals and I heard that in Britain there is even a law against homosexuals. I even heard that the Australian ambassador to Sweden is a homosexual."

Stephen Brady, 39, Australia's ambassador to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway, is openly gay.

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German AIDS Numbers Drop

German AIDS cases dropped from 1,414 in 1997 to 922 in 1998, officials reported last week.

New infections were down as well, from 4,826 to 4,028.

In all, 17,955 Germans have developed AIDS and two-thirds of them have died.

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