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Israeli Arab Running a Cellular Operation in Prison
Riad Qablan, a resident of the Druze village of Beit Jon, was arrested by Galilee
police on suspicion of smuggling cellular telephones to "security prisoners" (terrorists)
incarcerated in Shata Prison.
There was a gag order on the arrest until earlier Wednesday when an Akko Magistrate's
Court gave the green light to publicize the limited details of the case. It is alleged
that Qablan smuggled 6-7 cellular telephones in the past six months.
Israeli Forces Kill Three in Gaza Raids
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Security officials in the Palestinian territories reported that Israeli forces killed
three Palestinians and wounded more than 20 others during raids in the Gaza Strip. The
raids followed a Tuesday mortar bomb attack in Gaza that wounded 10 Israeli soldiers.
Palestinian officials said that Israeli troops opened fire on a Palestinian police
post, near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim in central Gaza. Three Palestinian policemen
were killed and two others wounded during an exchange of gunfire.
An Israeli army spokesman said the three had been throwing grenades at soldiers on
patrol in the area. Another army official said that the Palestinians were armed and had
been moving under cover of darkness toward the Jewish settlement of Netzarim.
Hours before the incident, Israeli forces raided the Palestinian refugee camp in Khan
Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials said the Israeli troops destroyed
four houses before withdrawing. At least two Palestinians were reported wounded. The
operation followed Palestinian mortar attacks against an army base in southern Gaza.
Shortly after the Israeli operations, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two
homemade Kassam rockets at the southern Israeli town of Sderot. There were no reports of
Meanwhile, talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his new Palestinian
counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, are expected this weekend. The
meeting was arranged following the visit of Secretary of State Colin Powell, who urged
both sides to support a new international Middle East peace plan. The plan, known as the
road map to peace, calls for the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the
establishment of a Palestinian state by 2005.
The security forces announced late Wednesday that they had thwarted a suicide attack
scheduled for the coming days in Petach Tikvah. The terrorist was arrested Tuesday with a
15-pound explosive pack in his possession, as were several accomplices, including women...
Two other terrorists on their way to an attack were also caught east of Shechem... In
addition, a 66-pound bomb was found and neutralized near the Gush Katif town of Morag.
The police are investigating whether the body of a man that washed up ashore in Tel
Aviv Tuesday was that of the missing British terrorist Omar Khan Sharif. Police had sought
sharif since the Mike's Place suicide attack in Tel Aviv that killed three Israelis two
weeks ago. The police suspect that his bomb was supposed to have been the second part of a
planned double attack, but that either his bomb did not explode or he changed his mind for
some other reason.
Ship to Make an 'Exodus' to Israel
By Los Angeles Daily News' Washington Bureau
A retired Coast Guard cutter will find a new life helping to tell the story of Jewish
immigration to Israel under legislation the House just passed. The decommissioned ship
Planetree will be repaired, revamped and renamed Exodus 2004 after one of the 67 ships --
immortalized in Leon Uris' novel "Exodus" -- that brought nearly 70,000 Holocaust
survivors to then-Palestine after World War II.
The vessel's eventual home -- a museum in Atlit, Israel -- once served as a camp for
detaining refugees from Britain who tried to enter the country. "The museum in Israel has
no ship. It needs one to have the story told," said Phil Blazer of Los Angeles, the Jewish
community activist who spearheaded the federal transfer. "(The ship) will do more than
just sit in a museum," he said in a telephone interview from his Sherman Oaks-based
nonprofit, Jewish Life. "It will be able to connect with Jewish and Christian youth
The House passed the bill without objection by voice vote. The transfer of the
Planetree also will require Senate approval. No vote there is scheduled, but the
transaction is considered noncontroversial and is not expected to cost the federal
government any money.
The Planetree has been mothballed near San Francisco since 1999. Blazer is raising
private donations to dock the vessel in Long Beach and refurbish it, which he said should
take about two years.
Uris' novel, which was made into a film directed by Otto Preminger in 1960, tells the
story of 600 Jewish refugees who broke out of a British detention camp on Cyprus and made
their way to British-controlled Palestine.
Blazer, who publishes the Jewish News in Los Angeles and hosts a Sunday morning Jewish
music and news radio show said he got involved with the "Exodus" story about two years ago
after showing it at the International Jewish Film Festival, which he hosts.
A short time later, former Israeli Transportation Minister Ephriam Sneh -- whose father
was once in charge of the country's mass clandestine immigration -- mentioned to Blazer
that the Atlit museum lacked a proper ship exhibit.
The House legislation actually focused on a separate decommissioned Coast Guard cutter,
the 180-foot Bramble, which will be given to a Michigan museum. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van
Nuys, who on Tuesday called Blazer's quest a "worthwhile cause," inserted a provision in
the bill to hand the Planetree over to the Los Angeles nonprofit.
Where is Jerusalem?
By IsraelNationalNews.com (Opinion)
Why does the State Department refuse to allow "place of death" on the death certificate
of Ben Blutstein of Pennsylvania - who was killed last July when Arab terrorists bombed a
Hebrew University cafeteria - to read, "Jerusalem, Israel"? Why do the American passports
of his children state that they were born in "Jerusalem," without mentioning the country
of birth - namely, Israel?
In short, asked David Bedein, a Jerusalem-based investigative journalist of the Israel
Resource News Agency, why does the State Department refuse to recognize that Jerusalem is
in Israel? Bedein noted that the U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, Jeffrey Feldman, asked
Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lopolianski last month to end the construction of the Jewish
neighborhood of Maaleh Zeitim, next to Mt. of Olives. The mayor politely rejected the
American request, explaining that Jerusalem remains in sovereign Israeli territory. The
Consul did not accept that position, Bedein wrote.
Interestingly, Arutz-7 has learned that BBC - in its website's Country Profiles section
- has decided that Israel does not have a capital at all. Other countries' capital cities
are classified, logically, as "capital" - but when it comes to Israel, BBC writes "seat of
American sources told Bedein that a recent State Department policy directive in favor
of a cessation of all Jewish construction in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) actually
includes Jerusalem as well. In short, Bedein writes, "The issue is clear. The U.S.
challenges Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem in a direct, unprecedented way... Israel's
supporters should demand that the U.S. recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel."
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