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>JN June 25, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 110
Lebanon Prepares for Body Swap
By Joshua Brilliant (By Permission of UPI)
Israeli soldiers are set to begin unearthing the remains of some
40 guerrillas interred near Kibbutz Gadot, near the Jordan river,
in preparation for a swap that may begin Thursday evening, an
Israeli official told UPI.
A military source says soldiers from the army chaplain's unit are
now on their way to the makeshift cemetery where the guerrillas --
whose graves are marked by code numbers, not names -- are buried.
The arrangement, negotiated during the past months through the
International Red Cross with French support, provides that the
Lebanese hand over the remains of Israeli Naval Commando Sgt. Major
Itamar Ilya, killed in Lebanon last year.
A French plane will fly Ilya's remains to Ben Gurion Airport near
Tel Aviv for identification. Then the remains of some 40 guerrillas
will be boarded for a flight to Lebanon.
Israel and its allied South Lebanese Army will also release
prisoners and some reports say they will be bused to the Phalus
crossing in southern Lebanon.
Viper Snake Surprises Bus Driver
When 52-year-old Aryeh Solomon left Jerusalem, driving the Egged
bus on the 404 line to Tel-Aviv, everything seemed okay. After
several minutes, Solomon heard what he described as a strange sound
from the dashboard. About 30-minutes later, near Yishuv Mishmar
Ayalon, his heart skipped a beat when he suddenly saw a snake
emerging from the dashboard.
"My blood froze when I saw the two eyes staring at me and the
tongue striking out in front of my eyes," said Solomon, who was
driving the bus with some 40 passengers on board. "I think he was
no less surprised than I was."
"The snake then made several attempts to get out via the
windshield. Then, the snake turned and looked at me again. I do not
know much about reptiles, but I am quite certain that the one-meter
long snake was a poisonous viper."
Solomon did not panic. He gently pulled the bus onto the median,
opened the doors, and told everyone to get out. "There is a
Palestinian viper snake on the bus."
The passengers immediately began to panic as they headed for the
rear door. Then, Solomon opened the front door, and the snake
appeared more than happy to take the hint of the driver. The
passengers were permitted to reboard the bus after Solomon did an
inspection, and they were on their way.
Egged has decided to bestow a certificate of meritorious action on
Solomon, who stated on the Sabbath he will be going to synagogue to
recite the blessing for being saved from a perilous situation.
Arab Man Beaten in Jerusalem by Chareidim
Police report that Tuesday night, near the Supreme Court building,
four ultra-Orthodox men assaulted an Arab man, who was seated in a
car with a woman from a known Orthodox family.
The victim sustained light injuries and the female left the scene
prior to the arrival of police. Police believe the attackers were
members of the "Modesty Squad" of the Eida Chareidit Rabbinical
Kahalani Approves Closed Circuit TVs for Old City
As the security situation in the Old City of Jerusalem continues to
deteriorate, Minister of Internal Security Avigdor Kahalani
expressed his support for the installation of closed circuit TV
cameras inside the Old City.
After the murder of Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva student Gavriel
Hirschberg on Nov. 21, 1997, security officials began discussing
the closed circuit television cameras, to be strategically placed
throughout the Old City, to assist in the battle against terror
Kahalani stated that his ministry would absorb a great deal of the
costs involved, but other government agencies would have to
undertake some of the expense.
Hamas' Yassin Allowed to Return to Gaza
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the Islamic fundamentalist
Hamas movement, returned home to Gaza after a fund-raising trip
through the Arab world. Yassin was detained for hours at the
crossing point between Egypt and Gaza.
Palestinians waited all day for Yassin, to arrive home in Gaza
after reportedly raising tens of millions of dollars for Hamas.
But planned celebrations were delayed after the Hamas leader and
his entourage were held up at the entrance to Gaza until after
nightfall. Palestinians blamed Israel.
Yassin, paralyzed from the neck down in a childhood accident and
confined to a wheelchair, founded Hamas 10 years ago as an Islamic
alternative to Yasir Arafat's PLO. The military wing of Hamas has
taken responsibility for dozens of attacks against Israeli soldiers
and civilians, including two suicide bomb attacks in Jerusalem last
year, as Arafat tried to make peace with Israel.
As the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians remains
frozen, Hamas is gaining support among Palestinians.
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