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>JN July 8, 1997, Vol. 5. No. 122

Arabs Say Israelis Ransacked School

Palestinians said they found torn copies of the Koran in a school they charged was ransacked by Israeli soldiers in the strife-torn West Bank town of Hebron. An Israeli officer denied the charges after touring the school with his Palestinian counterpart. Hebron was mainly quiet but has been the scene of almost daily clashes since an Israeli woman put up posters on Palestinian shops, nine days ago, depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a pig stamping on the Koran.

Terrorist Sentenced in Military Court

By Arutz Sheva

Terrorist Hassan Salameh, who commanded the bombings of the two number 18 buses in Jerusalem and the attack in Ashkelon 15 months ago, was sentenced Monday to 46 life sentences and an additional 20 years imprisonment.

One of the three judges in the military court panel sentenced Salameh to death, despite the fact that the prosecution, in accordance with orders received from the highest government echelons, did not demand the death sentence. The same judge rhetorically asked: "If Salameh's case does not warrant capital punishment, what else needs to happen for the death sentence to be imposed?"

The first attack under Salameh's command was on Feb. 25, 1996 near Jerusalem's central bus station. A terrorist detonated an explosive of over 22 pounds on a crowded number 18 bus killing 26 and wounding 51. Less than a half an hour later on the same day, a second suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop in Ashkelon claiming the life of one soldier and wounding 38 other soldiers and civilians.

On March 3, a week later almost to the minute, a third attack shook Israel when an Arab suicide terrorist detonated a heavy explosive inside the number 18 bus in the center of Jerusalem, killing 19 people and wounding nine others. The head of the panel of military judges, Col. Ilan Katz, read aloud the names of each of the 46 victims of Salameh's slaughters.

Barak Led Abu Jihad Execution

By SNS News Service

According to an exclusive report in the Ma'ariv weekend newspaper, former IDF Chief of staff and current Labor Party opposition leader Ehud Barak lead the operation in which Abu Jihad was executed in 1988. Israel has never taken responsibility for the assassination. Barak and officials from the Government Press Office declined comment.

Barak was reported to have overseen the operation from a navy vessel command center, off the shore of Tunis.

Abu Jihad was Yasir Arafat's right-hand man and was responsible for the murder of many Israelis. On April 15, 1988, he was killed in his home.

The Ma'ariv disclosure elicited a sharp condemnation by many who feel the exclusive story for Ma'ariv does not justify uncovering many faces of elite IDF units. They explained such journalism only serves to weaken the IDF and does a disservice to those members participating in undercover operations.

Possible Spy Trade for Pollard Release

By SNS News Service

Rumors are spreading that a possible deal is being arranged that would ensure the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Pollard is serving a life sentence, under very harsh conditions, after being apprehended in 1985 for passing military secrets from the US to Israel.

Reports state that Pollard's attorney, Larry Dub, is working towards Pollard's release in exchange for a Russian scientist imprisoned in the United States for spying. Israel, in turn, would free seven Russian spies. The reports of the three-way deal are unconfirmed. When interviewed Monday morning by SNS, Dub stated, "I have no comment at this time due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations."

Iranian Dissident Fingers Tehran for Lockerbie

By International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem

Iran has again been blamed for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Scotland - this time according to information from a senior dissident Iranian intelligence operative.

Iran dismissed a report in the German DER SPIEGEL magazine that the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the bombing to avenge the accidental shooting down by a US warship of an Iranian passenger jet (290 people died when the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner it mistook for a warplane over the Straits of Hormuz.)

DER SPIEGEL said Tehran asked Libya and Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal for help in carrying out the attack on a Pan Am flight from London to New York.
It said Iran Air's representative in Frankfurt at the time smuggled parts for the bomb through airport security in Frankfurt. Then the bomb was assembled in London and placed on board the New York-bound clipper.

According to US and British investigators, the bomb was in an unaccompanied bag that had been checked on to an Air Malta flight to Frankfurt on Dec. 21, 1988, where it was transferred to Pan Am, and then put aboard the 747 in London. Later that night, the plane fell on Lockerbie in Scotland, after an explosion that killed all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.

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