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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 3, 1995, V3, #60
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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The Israeli newspaper Al HaMishmar has ceased publication after 52
years. The newspaper predates the establishment of the State and
has long been considered a respected publication in Israel.
Gaza Bomb-Making Factory Explodes
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
A powerful explosion has killed at least six people in an
apartment building in Gaza, apparently the result of an accident
while militants were making a bomb. The blast left a gaping hole in
the outer wall of the building's second story and scattered body
parts over a wide area. Several bodies were taken away by police,
and witnesses say a male teenager was among the victims.
After Palestinian policemen cleared the area, one officer could
be seen in television news videotape crouching in the street and
cutting wires on a device on the ground. Minutes later, the
officer picked up three small gas canisters, with nails stuck to
their outside, and carried them away, while other officers
cleared bystanders out of his path.
Palestinian police sources say an apartment in the building was
apparently being used as a bomb factory by the military wing of
the militant group Hamas, which has sent several suicide bombers
Syria Says They'll Control Hizbullah
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israel says Syria has agreed to restrain Hizbullah
guerrillas in southern Lebanon who shelled northern Israel on
Friday -- raising fears that Israel's frequent battles with the
guerrillas might escalate.
Officials say they received Syrian assurances
through Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who was asked
to mediate the dispute by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The officials say the Syrian government confirmed it is still
committed to an informal agreement, in force for the last two
years, under which the two sides do not target each other's
The guerrillas launched artillery shells into northern Israel on
Friday, killing a 17-year-old boy and injuring 12 people. The
incident raised concerns that Israel might respond with
large-scale attacks inside Lebanon which would result in more
shelling. Earlier Friday, the guerrillas had attacked an Israeli
army post in occupied southern Lebanon, killing a soldier, and an
Israeli helicopter attack killed a Hizbullah leader.
But instead of attacking again, Rabin telephoned
Christopher to ask for a diplomatic settlement of the
dispute -- a settlement Israeli officials say has apparently now
been reached. The clashes and then cooperation on this issue
come as Israel and Syria are in US-mediated peace talks, which
have been deadlocked for months.
Israel Attacks Lebanon After Hizbullah Attack
By Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
A pro-Iranian Muslim guerrilla leader has been killed in
southern Lebanon after Israeli jets and helicopter gunships
attacked suspected Hizbullah bases.
Hizbullah says one of its guerrilla
leaders, Ruda Yassin, was killed in an attack by an Israeli
helicopter gunship. The group says a rocket hit his car Friday
as he was leaving his village in southern Lebanon.
Lebanese sources said there were four Israeli air strikes on
southern Lebanon by jet fighters and helicopter gunships.
In another incident, an Israeli soldier was killed in an
assault by suspected pro-Iranian guerrillas on an
Israeli army post in southern Lebanon.
The flare-up coincides with a visit to Beirut by Russian Foreign
Minister Andrei Kozyrev, who is on a Middle East tour to discuss
regional peace efforts.
The latest Israeli attack is reminiscent of another helicopter
rocket attack three years ago. Then, Israeli forces killed
Hizbullah leader Sheikh Abbas Musawi and his wife and son.
The guerrillas have vowed to keep fighting as long as Israel
occupies a nine-mile border strip in southern Lebanon. Israel
says the buffer zone is necessary for its security.
Nabatean Techniques Used to Grow Wine Grapes in Negev Desert
Israel's southern desert, the Negev, will soon have vineyards for
growing wine grapes. Techniques of the ancient Nabateans are being
revived by the Jewish Agency's development department.
About eight acres of desert will be planted with vineyards this
week and irrigated with brackish water. This will save scarce fresh
water and raise the sugar content of the grapes. The water will be
pumped from a depth of nearly a mile.
If this first plantation succeeds, another 125 acres of vineyards
will be planted in the spring of 1997, on the Avdat heights. There
will be a "Vineyard Boulevard" along the highway as an additional
tourist attraction. The project will cost 5,500,000 shekels and
provide employment for 50 people. At first, Chardonnay, Sauvignon
Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Marlow grapes will be planted.
Pass-over Food Can be Found in Aisle One
By Daniel Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.)
I live in Knoxville, Tennessee on the North side of town. I went to
my neighborhood grocery store to do my Passover shopping this
morning (you know, matzos, gefilte fish, and miscellaneous special
holiday noshes). I didn't see anything in the seasonal/promotional
section, so I asked one of the store's employees where the Passover
She looked at me strangely for a moment and then realized what I
was asking. She told me to go down aisle one and I would find them
in the back of the store between the bread and the seafood counter.
When I got there, I found dented cans, day-old bread from the store
bakery, opened packages, and slightly less-than-fancy vegetables
and fruit. It took me about half a minute of looking around to
realize that she'd sent me to the section of "passed-over" foods.
Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Brooklyn anymore.
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