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>JN Aug. 4, 1997. Vol. 5, No. 141
New Law Provides for Shared Maternity Leave
A new Israeli law allows parents to share maternity leave
equally. Maternity leave in Israel lasts for three months, and the
new law states that if a mother chooses to return to work after six
weeks, the father may leave work for the following six weeks to
care for the newborn.
Israel Remains on Alert for Terrorist Activity
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel -- on alert for more suicide bombings -- has tightened its
already tough blockade on Palestinian areas, and beefed-up security
throughout the country. The measures follow a demand by the Islamic
militant group "Hamas," which claimed responsibility for
Wednesday's double suicide bombing that killed 15 in a Jerusalem
A leaflet issued in the name of Hamas demanded that Israel free all
Palestinian prisoners by Sunday night. It did not say what would
happen if Israel refused. Israel has not announced plans to free
anyone. And although some Hamas leaders and Israeli officials
doubt the leaflet's authenticity, security services are leaving
nothing to chance.
Extra soldiers and police have been deployed in major cities, and
the population warned to be particularly vigilant. Jerusalem
police Sunday were flooded with reports of suspicious objects.
Bomb squads responding to calls caused traffic jams throughout
Israel suspended already-dormant peace talks with the Palestinians
as a result of the bombing and sealed off the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. Long lines of cars wait at roadblocks leading into
Jerusalem, as soldiers check all vehicles.
In the last few days, Israeli troops have arrested 116 Palestinians
in the West Bank suspected of involvement in Islamic militant
Hamas Denies Involvement with Subway Bombers
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington) & IINS News Service
The radical Palestinian group "Hamas" has denied any involvement in
an alleged plot to bomb New York's subway system. US law
enforcement officials say the suspects in custody made telephone
calls to Hamas which has violently opposed peacemaking efforts
between Arabs and Israelis.
Hamas denied any link to the detainees who are charged with
conspiracy and possession of explosives. Hamas spokesman Ismail
abu Schnap says the group refuses any attacks outside Palestine:
"Hamas is a freedom fighter movement inside Palestine and its
struggle concentrates only on Palestinian land."
Another spokesman, Mahmud Zahar, says Hamas' Jihad, or holy war,
is aimed at what it calls the Zionist enemy. Zahar says Hamas
condemns the United States' bias toward Israel, but does not make
enemies of the American people: "We have no policy at all to attack
any American target."
A federal law enforcement source in Washington told the Associated
Press that both suspects have been linked to Hamas by intelligence
sources or through an application for asylum in the United States.
However, the head of the New York FBI office, James Kallstrom, says
it is totally wrong to say that the suspects are connected to and
directed by Hamas which claimed responsibility for Wednesday's
double-suicide bombing in Jerusalem's Central Market.
According to experts in NYC, had the bombs been detonated, they
would most certainly have killed anyone within a 25-foot closed
radius. The two suspects in the conspiracy to blow up a NYC subway
both hold Jordanian passports.
Following recommendations by the NYC Police Department to increase
security for potential Jewish targets such as synagogues, Myrna
Schinbaum, a spokeswoman for the Anti-Defamation League, said the
organization would maintain its own security measures and expected
increased police patrols outside its offices and at other Jewish
An Emergency Response & Research Institute (ERRI)
computer-generated terrorist threat analysis indicated the
likelihood of a terrorist attack against the United States, or her
allies, has substantially increased in the past few days.
According to Clark Staten, ERRI executive director, said that
counter-terrorism experts in some localities are already taking
such threats seriously, as indicated by stepped up security
measures in New York City.
"According to NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, high risk targets like
public buildings, synagogues, embassies, trains and buses, and
other highly-visible, symbolic, places are reportedly being given
additional scrutiny by police and security agents in coming days.
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