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>JN Sept. 29, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 178
Hamas Using Internet to Broadcast Attack Instructions
By IINS News Service
The Foreign Report Weekly reports that the Hamas terror
organization is using the Internet to transmit information
pertaining to terror attacks.
The report states the information was confirmed by Israeli security
officials. Hamas is sending maps, pictures and other details
pertaining to terror attacks, using encryption methods. The General
Security Service (GSS/Shin-Bet) believes most of the data is being
sent to the Hamas worldwide center, located in Britain.
Negotiations with Palestinians Resume
By VOA's Nick Simeone (Washington), Mark Lavie (Tel Aviv) and
Deborah Tate (Little Rock, Ark.)
Stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are
expected to gain new momentum when senior officials for both
sides meet at the United Nations today with Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright. The Middle East peace process ground to a halt
in March when Israel broke ground for Jewish homes in disputed Arab
The agreement came at a Sunday Israeli Cabinet meeting. The
Cabinet also agreed to release $17 million worth of tax money
collected for the Palestinians. Israel held up the money as
punishment for the bomb attacks. Israel is holding on to another
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the
meeting to lift the freeze on a variety of discussions with the
White House spokesman Barry Toiv says the administration hopes the
meeting will build on the discussions Albright had with the parties
in the region three-weeks ago, and lead to further negotiations.
Talks between Palestinians and Israelis broke down when Israel
began building a new neighborhood in east Jerusalem. Palestinians
have called on Israel to halt such activity, while Israel has urged
the Palestinians to do more to curb terrorism.
Washington has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
decision to continue the Jewish housing project -- unhelpful.
But US officials praised recent progress made by the Palestinians
to crack down on the extremist group "Hamas." Israel has also
National Strike Ends in Israel
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israel was shut down for eight-hours Sunday by a general
strike. The main labor union turned out 500,000 workers in a
dispute over pensions. The union picked one of the busiest periods
in the local economy to close down most services.
It is just before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a time when
Israelis traditionally make large purchases of food, gifts and
appliances. But many Israelis could not get to their money --
the banks were closed. Thousands of Israelis travel abroad and
thousands of tourists arrive in Israel for the holiday -- but the
international airport was closed most of the day. After an
eight-hour shutdown, the union suspended the strike, following a
The strike was called because of a dispute involving the
"Histadrut" labor union's pension fund. Before a general election
last year, the union signed an agreement with the Israeli
government to cover the pension fund's huge deficit. But that
government lost the election and the new one says it will not honor
the agreement, calling it robbing the national treasury.
10th International Daf Yomi Talmud Cycle Concludes
The conclusion of a world-wide study cycle of the Talmud, was
commemorated last night in Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv, Madison
Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum in New York, and the Cincinnati
Hebrew Day School. Leading rabbis were in attendance, together with
thousands of Jews who participated in the daily study sessions.
The event was broadcast live and was televised via satellite to
Europe and the United States. This is the 10th time that the Talmud
has been concluded by many thousands of Jews the world over, all
studying the same page on the same day, since Rabbi Meir Shapiro of
Lublin instituted the study cycle 73 years ago.
Only Hebrew Music on Reshet Gimmel
Voice of Israel Radio's popular rock and roll music station,
Reshet Gimmel will cease broadcasting foreign-language music as of
Nov. 1. The station will become a totally Hebrew channel, with a
broadcasting schedule comprised of Hebrew and Israeli music of
various types, talk shows and interviews.
Old-time Reshet Gimmel disc jockey Avi Etgar said, "We will now be
an Israeli station... Not every popular rapper in Harlem has to
receive prime-time airing with us." Popular singer Yizhar Cohen
said, "This is the first step in the saving of our culture. I hope
that following this, we will return to our own creations in a big
Krauts Reportedly Leaving Cincinnati
Israel Faxx reports exclusively that Benny and Penny Kraut may
be leaving Cincinnati for Queens College in New York City. Benny
Kraut, the director of the University of Cincinnati's Judaic
Studies Program, and Penny Kraut, of Cincinnati Hebrew Day School,
reportedly will take up residence in the New York metropolitan area by
February, in time for Queens College's spring semester.
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