ISRAEL: No Star for Okamoto

Two of the three young Japanese "Red Army" terrorists who shot up Tel Aviv's Lod International Airport two months ago died in the grim massacre that claimed 26 other lives. Ever since, Survivor Kozo Okamoto, 24, has pleaded for the opportunity to join his comrades, either through suicide or a death sentence from the Israeli military court trying him on charges growing out of the bloodbath. Okamoto insisted to the court's three lieutenant colonels that the dead become stars, and that he himself hoped to enter the constellation Orion.

Israel's liberal, independent newspaper, Ha'aretz, last week headlined the court's decision:...

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