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>JN Jan. 4, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 3
Palestinians Storing Missiles and Rockets To Use Against Israel
The Palestinian Authority, according to security agencies is
storing anti-aircraft missiles and Katyusha rockets for future use
Security officials are concerned that the PA might use katyusha
rockets in Gaza in attacks against southern cities such as
Israeli Troops Stage Pull-Out as Zinni Arrives
By VOA News
The Israeli army has removed troops from parts of the
Palestinian-ruled West Bank and eased its military blockades on
Palestinians as U.S. peace envoy Gen. Anthony Zinni launched a new
round of talks.
Forces withdrew to the outskirts of Jenin and parts of Ramallah
Thursday, but remained deployed in northern Ramallah near the
headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
The Israeli army said it also would lift blockades around the towns
of Qalqilyah, Tulkarm and Hebron. Israeli commandoes also raided a
Palestinian-controlled part of Hebron early Thursday and took
away four men suspected of militant activities. IDF troops
arrested another Palestinian in the Palestinian village of Kufar
The U,S, welcomed the Israeli troop pull-out as a positive step to
ease restrictions on Palestinians. However, Palestinian officials
dismissed the pull-back as a propaganda ploy to deceive Zinni.
He will meet separately Friday with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and
Arafat in new efforts to bring about a ceasefire. The envoy began
meetings Thursday with Israeli security and defense officials. His
visit coincides with a significant drop in violence in recent days.
Zinni's first effort to broker a ceasefire last month was disrupted by
a wave of Palestinian suicide bombings that led Israel to
intensify its military operations in Palestinian areas.
During his present visit, scheduled to last four days, the State
Department said Zinni will urge Israel to ease its clampdown on
Palestinian territories and push Arafat to dismantle groups
involved in terror attacks.
Speaking in Baghdad Thursday, Iraq's President Saddam Hussein
called on Arab states to take charge and solve the Palestinian
problem themselves, saying he doesn't believe the U.S. mission will
Russia Urges Israel to Let Arafat Attend Bethlehem Services
By VOA News
Russia has asked Israel to lift its travel restrictions on
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat so that he can attend Orthodox
Christian Christmas Eve services in Bethlehem on Jan. 6.
A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said removing the travel ban
would improve the atmosphere and observe the principle of free
access to the holy places.
Israel has confined Arafat to the West Bank town of Ramallah since
early December, following a series of suicide attacks against
Israel. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stated that the
Palestinian leader will not be allowed to travel until the
Palestinians who killed Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi
last October are arrested.
Israel prevented Arafat from attending Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
services in Bethlehem, drawing international criticism.
Jews Denied Permission To Pray At Rabbi's Grave
Seventy Jews, attempting to pray at the graveside of the renowned
Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira in Alexandria, Egypt, have been denied
permission by the Egyptian authorities.
It is Jewish custom to visit the gravesite of a righteous man on
the anniversary of his death. In years past, Islamic groups in
Egypt insisted that the government prohibit Jews from visiting the
grave. They claimed that the Jews behave in unbecoming ways and
corrupt the local Muslims. Abuhatzeira is the father of the "Baba
Sali" -- Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira -- who was a renowned kabbalist
revered by millions in Israel and around the world.
Abu Kabir Operating Organ Warehouse
State Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein ordered police to launch
an investigation against Prof. Yehuda Hiss, the nation's senior
pathologist and director of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.
Hiss is accused of a long list of charges from inappropriate
behavior as a medical professional to criminal acts such as
the illegal sale of and dealings in organs and body parts,
removing organs from deceased persons without consent, and
misrepresenting organs in returned bodies.
Allegations made against Hiss in some cases include his taking
organs without consent, placing the cardboard center of toilet
paper rolls and metallic rods in their place to fill the voids in
the body and hide the theft of the organs.
A court-ordered search of the institute revealed large supplies of
stored organs taken illegally from bodies. Over the past years,
heads of the institute appear to have given thousands of organs for
research without permission, while maintaining a "storehouse" of
organs at Abu Kabir.
Organs belonging to soldiers killed in various circumstances were
found in the institute during a surprise search this week. After
consulting with Chief Chaplain Brig. Gen. Rabbi Yisrael Weiss,
it was decided that in concert with the bereaved families, graves
would be opened and the organs buried along with the remains of
each soldier involved.
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