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>JN Sept. 9, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 165
Israel Into Fourth Place
Smith Barney reported that Israel moved into fourth place in
August in the investment firm's monthly ranking of emerging
markets, despite the Bank of Israel's recent interest rate hike.
Israel is one of 25 countries which qualifies as an emerging market
in the ranking. Israel was ranked seventh place in 1996.
Palestinians Arrest 35 Militants
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Autonomy Authority has carried out a series of
arrests and sent a conciliatory message to Israel, apparently
trying to ease tensions prior to the visit to the region by
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Palestinian security agencies arrested 35 suspected militants in
the first such sweep since last week's triple suicide bombing in
Jerusalem. But an Authority spokesman says the arrests are not
directly linked to either of the recent bombings, or to the
Albright visit, which starts Wednesday.
Also Monday, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, sent a letter to
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy, declaring the Palestinian
authority "will not tolerate violence and terror." But Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Arafat has allowed the
Palestinian areas to become safe havens and bases for terrorists.
Meanwhile, a fifth Israeli victim of last week's bombing died of
his injuries. Forty-year-old Eliyahu Markowitz had been wounded
in the neck. His 11-year-old son was also injured in the bombing
and remains in a Jerusalem hospital.
Israelis Arrest 170 Palestinians
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israeli soldiers have arrested about 170 Palestinians in the
West Bank over the last two days, in connection with Thursday's
triple suicide bombing in central Jerusalem, when seven people
The arrests were made in areas of the West Bank under Israeli
control. The main cities and some other territory in the West Bank
are under civilian rule of Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
The Israelis charge Arafat is not doing enough to stop extremist
Palestinians from planning and carrying out attacks against Israel.
Arafat denies that, and maintains that the Jerusalem bombers came
from abroad, not from his territory.
Israeli sources say some progress has been made in the
investigation of the Jerusalem bombing. They say they have
evidence that the explosives came from the West Bank. So far the
bodies of the bombers have not been identified.
Muslim Grave Desecrated with Pig's Head
A pig's head was placed on a grave in a Muslim cemetery outside
the Israeli city of Haifa Sunday in an act of desecration claimed by
a shadowy Jewish group, Israel's Itim news agency said.
The head was found after an anonymous caller to Israel Radio said
it had been put on the grave of Sheik Izz el-Deen al-Qassam, a
Muslim cleric after whom the military wing of the Islamic group
Hamas is named. Police said the head was left on a different grave.
Qassam was killed by the British in Palestine in 1935. Hamas
followers believe he was the first in this century to unite the
idea of revolution with Islam.
Iranian Official Commends Jerusalem Suicide Bombing
By IINS News Service
An official from Iran's Foreign Office in Teheran expressed
approval of Thursday's bombing in Jerusalem, during a telephone
conversation with a reporter.
The official, who identified himself as Dr. Taksin Shea-Hrabni from
the office's Middle East Department, said, "Every saint dies for
the holy God and therefore is not a murderer. He dies in heaven's
gates." He also said that Iran's Foreign Ministry referred to the
attack as a "reception for Secretary of State Albright."
Court Rules Boy's Surgery Not to be Performed
By IINS News Service
An 8-year-old boy who suffers from renal (kidney) disease must
not undergo a surgical procedure against his parents' will. The
boy, who is also mentally retarded, was to have a surgical
procedure done to enable doctors to place a permanent catheter in
The judge was swayed towards the parents' position after hearing
testimony from Yitzchak Vinograd of Assaf Harofeh Hospital. The
doctor testified the procedure would not help the young patient too
much and there was no chance of him making a recovery from his
congenital kidney problem, which afflicted him from birth.
The Tel Aviv District Court overruled a lower court decision and
stated there was no doubt the loving parents were taking the
child's welfare into their decision to fight doctors over the
surgical procedure. The boy does not communicate or understand his
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