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Arab Children's Gang Terrorizes Jewish Kids in Lod
Ma'ariv Online reports on the arrest of a gang of Arab children ranging in age from 12-
14 who were attacking and beating Jewish children for many months in Lod's parks. The Arab
children, also residents of Lod, said that they would beat the Jewish children until they
would bleed, in revenge for what the IDF does to their "Palestinian" brothers. The Arab
children said that they were angry and frustrated after viewing Al Jazeera TV. Police
finally caught up with the gang of Arabs after many Jewish parents filed complaints.
Dalia Rabin Shouts at Right Wing MK at Memorial Service
Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff, Yitzhak Rabin's daughter, shouted at a right-wing Knesset member
at a memorial ceremony Thursday commemorating her father's assassination, after Shaul
Yahalom harshly criticized the Israeli left for tearing apart the nation by using Rabin's
death to focus on his role in trying to forge peace.
National Religious Party MK Yahalom was one of several speakers at the Knesset memorial
service, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, to blame the left for appropriating
Rabin's legacy either for political gain or to try to inhibit the right from expressing
disagreement with the peace process. But Meretz MK Yossi Sarid, who also spoke at the
Knesset service, said Rabin and his legacy were inherently political.
Eight years after Rabin was murdered at a peace rally by right-wing extremist Yigal
Amir, the strife is as strident as ever. The conflict at the Knesset centered on who Rabin
was, how the country should react to his assassination, and what the nature of the
anniversary of his death should be.
Sharon indirectly slammed the left for "cynically taking advantage" of "all of our
pain" by claiming his legacy for themselves, and said that Rabin's ideology was broad
enough that people of any political stripe could use his statements to further their own
"Unfortunately, political officials decided to take advantage of this incident [Rabin's
assassination] and memorial services for Yitzhak Rabin to wildly attack people and a path
with which they disagree," said Sharon. "We all share the obligation of remembrance, but
it's worthwhile to refrain from the manipulation of memory."
The prime minister then quoted remarks Rabin made that are not typically associated
with the peace camp - such as support of a unified Jerusalem, including Ma'ale Adumim and
Givat Ze'ev, which are located over the Green Line. The anniversary of Rabin's death
should be a day of unity, Sharon said.
Yahalom said the left had made a big mistake in making the anniversary of Rabin's death
a time of divisive politics rather than a day of unity, and said identifying Rabin with
the Oslo Accords only alienated the right. "You're using the memory of Rabin to deepen the
divide... to add disagreement and brotherly hatred," adding that the left constantly
equates Rabin with Oslo. "How can you expect that those who think that Oslo brought a
disaster upon us to identify and to mourn?"
Rabin-Pelossof asked Yahalom from the visitors' gallery, "Why did you call him a
traitor?" Right-wing extremists such as Yigal Amir had labeled Rabin a traitor in the time
prior to his assassination, which many say helped breed an environment that justified his
murder Rabin-Pelossof's husband and daughter walked out of the Knesset to protest the
Sarid said there was no escaping from Rabin's political viewpoint, especially his role
in forming the Oslo Accords. "Yitzhak Rabin was not Mother Teresa. Yitzhak Rabin was not
holy. Yitzhak Rabin was a political man," said Sarid. "The motive for the murder was
political, the ramifications of the murder are political... And only the public discourse
should be pure and sterile and full of flowery friendship?" he asked. People on the right
talk about the "crimes of Oslo" and the "Oslo criminals," said Sarid. "It must be clear
that Rabin was and remains the most prominent of these 'criminals.'"
Live From Israel: Top Secret Weapons Test
Live from Israel: A secret long-range artillery test broadcast by mistake across the
Middle East on an open satellite television channel. Israel's Channel 10 television
captured an unencrypted live feed from one weapons-testing control room to another that
was bounced off Israel's Amos communications satellite this week.
The channel broadcast an edited version to viewers on its main evening news program on
Wednesday that showed technicians watching the launch and monitoring data-filled computer
screens. At one point, the camera showed two Israeli generals, including the deputy chief
of staff, looking on.
"It was a serious lapse that should not have occurred," Yuval Shteinitz, chairman of
parliament's foreign affairs and security committee, told Israel Radio on Thursday.
"Luckily, this mishap did not involve highly classified systems or tests," he said about
the Israel Aircraft Industries' launch of what it described in a statement as a long-range
artillery shell. Israel's biggest newspaper, Yediot Achronot, said the weapon was designed
to hit targets 50km away.
A Channel 10 technician, conducting what the station said was a routine scan of the
Amos satellite's frequencies, monitored the feed with a small dish of the type used by
home subscribers. Israeli media reports said the satellite's "footprint" covers an area
stretching from Iran to Libya. Shteinitz said his committee would investigate the
Natural History Museum Displays Artifacts of Ancient City Petra
By Leah Krakinowski (VOA-New York)
Hundreds of stone-carved artifacts from Petra, famous as "the Jordanian rose-red city
half as old as time," are part of a major exhibition at the American Museum of Natural
History In New York City. On exhibit are sections of colossal tombs and temples once
carved into the harsh, red sandstone cliffs of southern Jordan, three hours south of
modern Amman. These architectural achievements likely hold the secrets of the ancient
metropolis of Petra and its creators, the Nabataeans.
Glenn Markoe, one of the show's curators, said the Nabataeans were a nomadic tribe who
settled in the area and became renowned for their skills in engineering, architecture and
trade. "It's a very amazing story of a people that really began as nomads, we think as
early as 300 BCE, and were still moving around without permanent habitation. And then in a
period of just a few hundred years, by actually harnessing all the revenues from trade
that came from southern Arabia, they developed this great royal empire, and the city of
Petra, was of course, its tool."
He said historians do know that the construction of an irrigation system brought water
to the desert and transformed the city of Petra. "They were incredible engineers in two
ways. One was by moving water into the city that allowed the city to flourish, but they
were really terrific engineers carving rock, carving monumental pieces of tombs in the
rock face to resemble built temples. As you look at them from the outside, you think they
are built, but they are just monumental pieces of sculpture just carved into the rock
From the second century BCE to the second century CE, the city was a trading hub for
silk, spices and other goods, linking India and Southern Arabia with the markets of Syria,
Egypt, Greece and Rome. But when trade patterns shifted and a powerful earthquake
destroyed half the city in 363, Petra as a metropolis, began to disappear.
Petra: Lost City of Stone runs through July 6, 2004 in New York City and then moves on
to the Cincinnati Art Museum next September.
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