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>JN Oct. 27, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 196

Pollard Appeals to Israel

The appeal in the case of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard will take place Wednesday at the High Court of Justice in Jerusalem. Pollard, who says he is a former Israeli agent, will sue the Israeli government to force them to admit that he was an agent and to make them take responsibility for securing his release.

Israel Attacks Terrorists in Beirut Suburb

By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)

Israeli warplanes attacked a guerrilla base near Beirut Sunday. The Israelis targeted a base they claim is run by the radical Palestinian guerrilla group known as The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. The group rejects peace agreements signed with Israel by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.

Israeli planes rocketed underground installations used by the guerrillas at a base in Na'ameh, 12 miles south of Beirut. It's the fourth Israeli air strike near the Lebanese capital in the last week.

But the main guerrilla war is in the south, near the Israeli border, where Iran-backed Hizbullah terrorists mount daily attacks against Israeli forces patrolling inside Lebanon. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded Saturday.

The mounting casualties have added strength to an Israeli movement favoring a unilateral Israeli pullout from Lebanon. But the Israeli government warns that if Israeli soldiers pull out of Lebanon, Hizbullah will follow them to the border and attack Israeli villages.

Since its formation in the 1980s as an irregular band of untrained fighters, Hizbullah has become a formidable force with modern weapons, which Israel says are supplied by Iran and shipped to Lebanon through Syria.

There is evidence that Hizbullah is closing the technological gap on the Israelis. Direct hits by Hizbullah rockets have blown up two of Israel's most advanced tanks (the Chariot) killing three soldiers. A Lebanese newspaper reports that Hizbullah obtained secret blueprints of the Israeli tank and knows where to aim the rockets for maximum effect.

Last month, the terrorists ambushed an Israeli special forces unit just after it landed in Lebanon and killed 12 Israeli commandos. This month two Hizbullah units penetrated the Israeli-patrolled zone in Lebanon. Less than 1,000 feet from the border, they ambushed an Israeli force, killing two soldiers, and then escaped unscathed out of the Israeli zone.

The Ultimate Meal

By IINS News Service

About 70,000 persons participated in Saryrdat's huge breakfast spread, on a table over one mile long. The persons responsible for the big breakfast said, "Israelis like to eat anyway," and they set off to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

The menu included 70 tons of different varieties of cheeses, 120,000 yogurts, cereals, fresh vegetables, all put together by 22 chefs from different hotels in Israel. Over 1,000 workers were on hand to keep the more than 5,000-foot-long table in order.

The Strauss Dairy Company invested over NIS 500,000 and together with the Tel-Aviv Chefs Association, hotels and tourism agencies, set out to make the breakfast.

Organizers stated, "Such events are not made for Israelis." To their disappointment, they did not plan on the large number of participants nor did they expect many persons to come with boxes and bags and begin to cart off food to take home.

Anti-Defamation League Tells of Rise in Hate Web Sites

By IINS News Service

From a Web site on the Internet called Nazism Now, it is only a mouse click to reach I Hate Jews -- The Anti-Semetic Homepage (sic), Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Nationalist Resource Page.

These and dozens of other sites in cyberspace celebrate white supremacy, anti-Semitism, anti-government fervor and denial of the Holocaust. And in recent years, the number of such sites has doubled, to 250 or more, officials of the Anti-Defamation League said as they presented the league's newest report, "High-Tech Hate: Extremist Use of the Internet."

"Hate is polluting the Internet," said Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director. "Racists, anti-Semites and extremists now spew their hate easily, cheaply, and often deceptively, potentially reaching numbers of individuals they could have only dreamed about before the telecommunications revolution. Through Web sites and e-mail they intrude into our home, workplace, school, and university as never before.

Palestinians Harass Christians

A Muslim convert to Christianity from a village near Shechem was arrested by the Palestinian police, and a Muslim preacher was brought to his prison cell in an attempt to convince him to return to Islam. The convert refused to do so, and was then charged and convicted of "insulting a religious leader."

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