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>JN Sept. 25, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 176
Israel Relies on Blood Tests to Identify Bombers
Palestinians in a West Bank town said they were made to give
blood for genetic tests which Israel said showed their sons were
suicide bombers. Israel said it had proof four bombers in Jerusalem
suicide attacks that killed 20 Israelis were activists in the
Islamic militant group Hamas who lived in Asira al-Shamaliya, a
town of 12,000 near Nablus. Israel identified the four attackers as
Palestinians in their 20s based on what it said Tuesday were
genetic blood tests and intelligence gathered by its security
Palestinians Arrested in Nablus
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Authority has arrested 20 people in the
autonomous West Bank city of Nablus. It comes one day after Israel
said at least four of the five suicide bombers who struck recently
had been trained and dispatched from the town. The Palestinian
police moved against supporters of the militant group Hamas,
arresting several prominent members, including the owner of a
Hamas-affiliated local television station.
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has denied any responsibility for
the two recent bombings, saying he is making a 100 percent effort
but cannot be expected to achieve 100 percent success. Palestinian
officials have denied Israeli assertions that the bombing
operations were managed from Nablus. They say Israel is responsible
for the bombings because the alleged bombers came from a West Bank
village under Israeli security control.
But even that contradicts Palestinian contentions that the bombers
came from abroad. And Israel is using the information on the local
origins and affiliations of the bombers to press its calls for a
tough Palestinian crackdown on militant groups before it agrees to
resume the peace process.
British Airways Interested In El Al Stake
By IINS News Service
British Airways is interested in acquiring a stake in Israel's
national airline when privatization plans take off, the Israeli
Transportation Ministry said.
According to the ministry, British Transport Minister Gavin Strang
told his Israeli counterpart, Yitzhak Levy, that British Airways
will seek to buy shares in El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. when they are
offered on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Strang is visiting Israel
and reportedly made the remarks when he met Levy Monday.
Officials in the prime minister's office have proposed selling
almost all of its El Al shares on the Israeli bourse in 1998. The
plan is under procedural review, according to the Government
A spokesman for British Airways in Britain wouldn't comment on the
report but said the company generally didn't talk about planned
investments in advance. "If we had anything to say we would come
out with the appropriate announcement," spokesman Michael Blunt
Netanyahu: Iran About to Become World Power
"Iran is on the verge of becoming a fundamentalist world
power," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned this week.
"Its efforts to procure weapons of mass destruction and long-range
delivery systems may be the most dangerous development in the 21st
Speaking to reporters in Vienna on Sunday, Netanyahu appealed to
Russia and other states not to supply modern arms and weapons
technology to Iran.
Within a few years, he predicted, Iranian missiles could hit
Vienna. And within 10 years, the missiles, fitted with nuclear
warheads, could possibly reach the east coast of the United States.
"Thus, Russia should stop the delivery of modern weapons technology
to Iran immediately and other countries should also try to induce
Russia to take this step." He also described Iraq as a country
posing a particular danger in the field of weapons of mass
33 Percent of Israeli Meat Contaminated
By IINS News Service
According to the Ministry of Health, about one-third of the
frozen meats sold in Israel are contaminated and unfit for human
consumption. The meats are likely to cause intestinal and/or
Samples tested by Health Ministry officials were taken from major
firms. About one-third of the samples were found to be
contaminated. Samples taken from major supermarkets showed many of
the meats for sale contain levels of bacteria and staphylococcus
that are higher than the acceptable norms.
The Health Ministry stated it would continue to conduct tests in
manufacturing plants of companies that have shown unacceptable
results and will do its utmost to reduce the risk to the consumer.
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