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>JN Nov. 20, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 214
Shooting in Old City of Jerusalem
By IINS News Service
Two Israelis, most likely yeshiva students, were shot in the Old City of Jerusalem,
the Shchem Gate, a short time ago. The two, were fired upon from almost point blank
range by automatic gunfire.
One of the victims is in very critical condition, and the second is in
according to police. Preliminary reports indicate the attack took place in one of the
near Shchem gate.
One of the victims made his way to the home of Minister Ariel Sharon in the Moslem
He managed to get the attention of the Border Police troops prior to collapsing on the
A manhunt for the attacker(s) is underway. The two were transported by emergency
service personnel .
Netanyahu, King Hussein Hold Late Night Meeting
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King
Hussein discussed the Iraq crisis and their own relations during a
late-night Tuesday meeting in London.
Israel Radio says King Hussein expressed his concerns about the
impact of any potential Israeli strike on Iraq, even if it would
come in retaliation for an Iraqi missile attack on Israel.
The radio says Netanyahu did not give the king any assurances
that Israel would restrain itself, as it did in the face of 39
Iraqi Scud missile hits during the Gulf War. But the prime
minister is quoted as telling the king he hopes a military
confrontation can be avoided.
Speaking from the airport, the prime minister's spokesman, Shai
Bazak, told the radio that Israeli-Jordanian relations were
significantly improved by the meeting.
The relationship soured in September when Israel tried to
assassinate a Hamas leader in Amman. Bazak says relations between
Netanyahu and King Hussein "certainly looked good" after their
Israeli Gas Mask Demand up Five-Fold
Israel's army reports a five-fold jump in the number of
Israelis lining up for gas-mask kits for fear Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein will fire chemical-laden missiles at them.
An army spokeswoman said Wednesday that more than 10,000 jittery
citizens were descending on distribution centers each day, ignoring
official assurances a dispute between Baghdad and Washington posed
a limited threat to Israel. Before a U.S.-Iraqi standoff erupted
early this month over U.N. arms inspections, about 2,000 Israelis
were queuing up daily for the kits.
During the 1991 Gulf War, Iraq fired dozens of missiles at Israel,
causing widespread damage but relatively few casualties. Israelis
donned gas masks and stayed in sealed rooms to protect themselves
against possible chemical weapons.
When the war ended, civil defense officials mounted a TV commercial
campaign to persuade Israelis to trade in used gas-mask kits for
new ones. This month's crisis has increased demand.
Israeli security sources believe Baghdad may still have the
military capability to launch Scuds against Israel. Israel's
President Ezer Weizman sent a mixed message in an interview with
Yediot Ahronot. "I don't think Iraq will fire missiles at us...at
worst a missile will fly. But I don't think there is danger of a
"Oh Saddam, Bomb Tel Aviv"
By IINS News Service
Israel has accused the Palestinian Authority of encouraging popular
rallies of support for Saddam Hussein within its territory. David
Bar Illan, communications spokesman in the Prime Minister's Office
said this showed that the PA was not educating its citizens towards
peace with Israel, but rather stressing an opposite message.
Hundreds of activists in Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO
demonstrated in Shechem earlier this week, calling upon Saddam
Hussein to bomb Tel Aviv.
A statement issued by the Israel Government Press Office contained
a number of examples of apparent incitement relating to the Iraqi
situation. Some follow:
"The aggression against Iraq is aggression against Palestine...
anyone who does not say 'no' now to the US is the enemy of
Palestine..." (article in the official Palestinian Authority
newspaper AL-HAYAT AL-JADEEDA, Nov. 12)
"History will not remember what is known as the United States, but
it remembers Iraq, the cradle of civilization, and Palestine, the
cradle of religions. History remembers every piece of Arab land,
because it is the bosom of human civilization. On the other hand,
the murderers of humanity, the creators of the barbaric culture and
the blood-suckers of nations, are doomed to death and destined to
shrink to a microscopic size, like Micronesia." (Hafez al-Barghuti,
editor of AL-HAYAT AL-JADEEDA Nov. 15)
"Oh Saddam, my dear, drop your bombs on Tel Aviv." chant by
Palestinian demonstrators in Ram'Allah during a rally of support
for Iraq (Reuters, Nov. 10)
Canadian Forced into IDF
By IINS News Service
According to UPI, a Canadian man who left Israel about 10 years ago
landed in Israel and was forcibly taken into the IDF. The man
returned to visit his mother, who is ill and was taken by
authorities and coerced to enlist in the IDF.
Larintiu Stor, 25,, stated that upon his arrival in Ben Gurion
International Airport Oct. 31, he was taken straight to a military
prison. His wife Maria was forced to watch the events that took
place but she was unable to help her husband.
Stor spent eight days in an IDF prison, after which time he was
taken and enlisted into the IDF. Stor immigrated to Israel from
Romania at age 8. At age 15, he left the country, moving to
Toronto. It appears that Stor left Israel after receiving his IDF
draft notification, thereby creating the problem.
It was learned subsequent to the UPI report that Stor was released
from the IDF and will not be required to serve.
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