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Car Explosion Kills 2 in Jerusalem
By VOA News
A car bomb explosion in Jerusalem has killed two - a man who was in
the car and a police officer. The car was blown apart as an Israeli
policeman went to check it at a roadblock between Jerusalem's
eastern and western sections. The Al Aqsa Brigades, a splinter
group of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement, has
claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Israel Widens Offensive in West Bank
By VOA News
Israeli forces have intensified their offensive in the West Bank,
sending tanks and troops into more Palestinian towns in a hunt for
Palestinian militants. Palestinian sources said Israeli tanks moved
into the northern town of Tulkarm after re-occupying Qalqilya late
Sunday. Israeli tanks are also massed on the edge of Bethlehem
after briefly entering part of the town early Monday.
Witnesses said Israeli troops shot and wounded seven foreign peace
activists and a Palestinian TV cameraman in the re-occupied West
Bank town of Beit Jala Monday. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
remained trapped inside his West Bank headquarters in Ramallah
Monday, surrounded by Israeli forces that took up positions inside
his compound. A number of explosions were heard near the compound.
The Israeli army said eight Israeli soldiers were wounded and at
least 500 Palestinians rounded up during house-to-house searches in
Ramallah aimed at flushing out militants.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared Sunday that Israel was at war
against terrorism and asserted that Arafat was directing that
terror. Sharon spoke after two suicide bombings killed at least 15
Israelis and wounded scores of others. Palestinian militants have
carried out five suicide bombings against Israeli civilians since
Israeli forces assaulted Arafat's compound early Friday in a move
Israeli officials said was aimed at isolating the Palestinian
leader and rooting out terrorists.
President Bush urged Arafat to put an end to suicide bomb attacks
against Israelis. Bush said suicide bombing in the name of religion
is simply terror. He said the civilized world must band together to
stop this kind of activity.
In remarks at the White House, Bush appealed again to Arafat to
denounce terrorism, and get started on the plan put forward by CIA
Director George Tenet for achieving a ceasefire with Israel. He
said it also was important for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to keep
the pathway to peace open.
Arafat's Counterfeiting Operation
Above and beyond the large arms caches found in Yasir Arafat's
Mukata compound in Ramallah, Israeli officials said that the
headquarters served as the heart of a secret Palestinian operation
to flood Israel with counterfeit money.
So reported Michael Widlansky of TheMediaLine.org. An Israeli army
officer said that the phoney money operation could have had
far-reaching consequences including undermining the
already-weakened Israeli economy and helping Arafat pay the
salaries of terrorists.
"There were hundreds of thousands of shekels along with the
printing plates to produce millions of more shekels," said an
Israeli army officer. IDF units seized the fake Israeli bills in
denominations of 50, 100 and 200 shekels.
Israel intelligence suspects that Arafat also had printing plates
for counterfeiting American currency, but these have not yet been
discovered. Israeli and Western intelligence officials have long
suspected that Arafat might have a counterfeit money operation,
like the one he maintained in Lebanon during parts of the 1970s and
Anti-Jewish Attacks in France Increasing
By Lisa Bryant (VOA-Paris)
A new wave of anti-Jewish attacks has hit France in recent days,
including the destruction of a synagogue in Marseilles Sunday
night. French leaders have vowed to find those responsible.
Few dispute that the dozens of anti-Jewish attacks here over the
past 18 months mirror the rising tide of violence in the Middle
East. France is home to about 650,000 Jews and five million Muslims
- the largest population of both faiths in Western Europe.
A March report, co-authored by an anti-racist group and a Jewish
student organization, documented 405 anti-Jewish acts in France
since September 2000, when the new round of Palestinian-Israeli
There were more incidents in the past two days. Synagogues in
Strasbourg and Lyon were attacked on Saturday, along with a Jewish
butcher shop outside another French city, Toulouse. And finally,
late Sunday, a synagogue in Marseilles was burned to the ground. In
neighboring Belgium, a Molotov cocktail partly destroyed a Brussels
Porno Film Production Quashed at Terezin
Until recently, Terezin, which Germany promoted as a "model" camp,
which it called Thererienstadt, was to have been the set for a
Czech pornographic film. However, Czech officials have banned the
use of video cameras at the site where 100,000 Jewish children died
during World War II.
Last week, a Czech newspaper, Super, reported that the film, whose
working title is "How it Was," starring Czech porn star Robert
Rosenberg, would relate the story of how women at the camp were
raped by the Nazis. However, various scenes from the movie have
already been filmed at the transit camp.
The tabloid quoted Rosenberg, 27, as saying there would not be any
erotic scenes shot inside the former camp."Terezin will not have
anything to do with erotica, we don't want to treat the victims of
the war with disrespect," he told the newspaper.
The chairman of Prague's Jewish community, Tomas Jelinek, condemned
the film: "This is unbelievable, given the significance that
Terezin has for the Jewish people. It gives" the former camp a
"completely different connotation to what it should have."
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