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>JN Sept. 24, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 175
Praise for Children Who are Terrorists
By IINS News Service
Dr. Abed el-Aziz Rantisi, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza,
stated, "I would be proud of my children if one of them would carry
out a suicide terror attack in the name of our people and
homeland." In an interview with a newspaper from Spain, the Hamas
leader emphasized that tens of thousands of youth are waiting and
willing to carry out suicide attacks against Israel. "If Israel
refuses to release Arab prisoners that are being held, suicide
attacks will continue," he concluded.
Jerusalem Bombers' Cities Identified
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's defense minister says the suicide bombers who struck
in Jerusalem during the past two months came from West Bank
villages under Israeli security control. The final confirmation
came from Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai, after Israel's
intelligence chief had indicated the same thing in testimony to an
Israeli parliament committee.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not go that far
at a news conference. But he said Israeli security forces are
conducting an exhaustive investigation in West Bank Palestinian
areas under their control -- known as Area "B" -- seeking
information about the bombings and any people involved. One such
Israeli-controlled Palestinian village has been under an Israeli
military blockade for the past three days, and Israeli news
reports say it was home to all five suicide bombers.
Still, Netanyahu says the Palestinian Authority must match Israel's
security operation because the terror organizations have their
operational bases in the autonomous areas of Gaza and eight West
"It involves casting a wide net. What we are doing is doing
precisely that and getting results. But we need to see it in the
Palestinian areas and that has not happened."
Israeli government spokesman Moshe Fogel says while neither Israel
nor the Palestinian Authority can be expected to have 100-percent
success fighting terrorism, Israel demands a 100-percent effort,
and is receiving far less.
The Palestinian-controlled West Bank cities are scattered
throughout an area about 75 miles long and nearly 19 miles wide,
containing more than 450 villages. Outside the cities, Israel
maintains security control while the Palestinian Authority handles
civilian affairs, except in Israeli settlements.
Israel is supposed to gradually turn over more of the area to
full Palestinian control, but the process has been stalled because
of the series of terrorist attacks and other Israeli-Palestinian
Court Rules TV Must Air Gay Program
Israel's Supreme Court has ruled its culture minister cannot
block the broadcast of a television program on homosexual and
Sunday's decision drew responses from across Israel Tuesday after
it ruled Education and Culture Minister Zevulun Hammer could not
cancel the program. His decision was challenged by gay and lesbian
organizations and the Association for Civil
Rights in Israel, which petitioned the court for a ruling.
The court ruled Hammer could not hold up the program, taped a year
ago and previously approved for broadcast by the television
authority and the ministry. Dan Yakir, legal adviser for ACRI, says
the ruling is an important "understanding and tolerance of
minorities and those on the fringes of society. The ruling also
gives independence and autonomy to public broadcasting."
The program includes interviews with two teenage homosexuals in
front of an audience of youngsters. The mother of one of the boys
is also featured and a studio discussion with the audience follows.
Justice Yaakov Kedmi wrote in his ruling that he was impressed by
the fact that "the big picture which emerged from the encounter
was that gays and lesbians were just like other young people, and
that the characteristics which nature imbued in them did not remove
them from the mainstream."
The court left the door open for the opponents of the program to
hold a symposium at the end of the program to present their
PM's Plane Detours Due to Shattered Window
By IINS News Service
The prime minister's Israel Air Force Boeing 707 had to take
another flight plan after the flight crew informed the prime
minister that one of three cabin windows shattered en route to
Israel from Austria.
The plane immediately dropped from 30,000 to 15,000 feet to reduce
difference of pressures from inside and outside the plane. The
plane, although delayed, made a safe landing in Ben Gurion
The plane, used by the prime minister, the president and other
dignitaries is outdated and in poor condition and in need of
replacement. The plane has been in service for 30 years.
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