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Rabins' Graves Desecrated, Jewish Extremists Suspected
By VOA News
Israeli police are investigating the desecration of the graves of slain Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin and his wife, Leah. Police said Monday the words "murderous dog" were
written with black paint on the tomb of Mr. Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a
Jewish extremist for his land-for-peace deals with the Palestinians. Police say they
suspect right-wing extremists opposed to Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip
and four West Bank settlements were responsible for the graveyard vandalism.
Arab Terror Attacks Thwarted, Israeli-Arab Terrorist Arrested
A terror attack was prevented Monday at a checkpoint outside Shechem at the same time
as security forces revealed the prevention of a massive multi-pronged attack between
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Two PA Arabs had tried to pass through a roadblock southwest of Shechem, near Har
Gerizim . One looked suspicious and was spotted with a pipe bomb. The soldiers isolated
the terrorist and searched him, finding two more bombs on his person. The second terrorist
then tried to stab one of the soldiers with a knife. He was subdued and the explosives
detonated in a controlled manner by IDF sappers.
It was also released for publication Monday that an Arab terror cell was nabbed while
planning a triple bomb attack at the Latrun junction on the main highway from Jerusalem to
Tel Aviv. The terrorists planned to use a car-bomb and two suicide-bombers to carry out
the attack, which was to target drivers, as well as the IDF Armored Corps Museum at
Latrun. One of the terrorists was employed in the Latrun area previously.
The cell also planned on attacking an IDF jeep in the Ramallah region, killing the
soldiers and kidnapping their bodies for use as bargaining chips with Israel in order to
win the release of terrorists. The three terrorists, members of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine were arrested on Jan. 9th, the day of the PA elections, but
details of the arrest were suppressed until now. They were taking orders from Bashar
Hanani, a PFLP terror chief in Ramallah.
Another Hamas terrorist, this one an Arab man with Israeli citizenship, was also
arrested by the GSS (General Security Service) in recent days. Ashraf Dahiya, from the Old
City of Jerusalem, admitted to being recruited by Hamas handlers while visiting Gaza, and
was trained to carry out terror attacks inside Israel's pre-1967 borders. He reportedly
tried to convince a relative of his to become a suicide bomber, but was turned down.
PA to Hire Wanted Terrorists Instead of Arresting Them
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) announced Monday that rather than arrest
terrorists wanted by Israel, he is calling on them to accept jobs with the Palestinian
Authority. According to the official PA website, Abu Mazen announced Sunday that two
committees have been appointed to be in charge of solving the issue of those wanted by
Israel for involvement in terror attacks through recruiting them to join PA
According to the statement, which is rife with spelling and grammatical errors, the
committees of PA officials in Judea, Samaria and Gaza were given two weeks to resolve the
issue. "The statement by presidnet [sic] office siad [sic] that the wenated [sic] people
will be no more liable to amy [sic] attack or chase up [sic] by the israelis."
Israel is currently holding talks with the PA over the release of an additional 400
Arab security prisoners, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee Monday. He also said Israel is talking with Jordan about releasing 21
Jordanian Arabs jailed in Israel as well though four of them "with blood on their
hands" would not be released, Sharon said. It is unclear why Israel is going ahead with
goodwill gestures despite Abass' refusal to arrest wanted terrorists.
Knesset Member Gila Finkelstein (National Religious Party) said that Sharon is set to
release Arab prisoners as a gesture for President George Bush ahead of the two leaders'
upcoming meeting. "Again it is happening that about a week ahead of the prime minister's
meeting with President Bush, Sharon makes a gesture to the president and releases
prisoners," Finkelstein said.
Poll: Most Israelis Say State Should Get Arabs to Leave
According to a poll taken by the prestigious Dahaf institute, headed by veteran Israeli
pollster Mina Tzemach, an overwhelming majority of Israelis believe that the State should
encourage Arab citizens of Israel to emigrate.
The poll taken for Madar, the Palestinian Center for Israeli Studies, located in
Ramallah, found that of 501 Jewish Israelis surveyed, 42% agreed that the State should be
encouraging Arabs to emigrate. An additional 17% said they tended to agree with this.
Forty percent of those surveyed said they disagreed or tended to disagree with having the
State promote the emigration of Arabs.
The survey also found that only 34 % of Jewish Israelis support a peace deal that
entails a full withdrawal to the 1967 borders, while 65 % oppose it. Though surveys have
consistently shown that 60% of Israelis support establishment of a Palestinian state, most
pollsters do not specify its borders when asking this question.
16,000 Jewish Texts Published Online
A Jerusalem-based online publisher has launched the world's largest online Jewish
library. The library, called Otzar HaHochmah - Treasury of Wisdom - will contain over
16,000 volumes. Among the books being placed online are early editions of well-known
books, reproductions of manuscripts and first editions, rare pamphlets and periodicals as
well as collections of Torah commentary published in single editions some of which
have not been published in hundreds of years. An extensive and detailed subject catalog
will enable easy access to the repository.
Many rare books will also be made available through the project, which will make over
four million pages available at the click of a mouse. The information is made available
using various access models, based on predefined DRM (Digital Rights Management) profiles.
Licensing options range from annual full-privilege subscriptions to limited usage
privileges (e.g., the right to view content only, without the ability to print, save, or
select for copy-and-paste). Limited usage relies on cumulative measuring of pages viewed
from a selected book. Users can also purchase the rights to view or print an entire
The database can be accessed by clicking here. http://www.otzar.biz/index_e.php
Jewish Actress Helps Expand Trauma Unit For Jerusalem Hospital
Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital received a $50 million donation last week including a
large donation from one of the people born there famed Jewish actress Natalie
Portman. Her donation is earmarked for an improved and expanded emergency trauma center
being funded by the Hadassah Women's Zionist movement. The expansion will enable three
times as many victims to be treated at once.
Portman, 23, whose family name is Hershlag, was born in Israel, and her father worked
as a physician in Jerusalem. She spent last summer studying Jewish History at the Hebrew
University. While studying at Harvard University, Portman wrote an open letter defending
Israeli security policies after a pro-PLO student attacked Israel in the campus newpaper.
She also frequently paid visits to Israeli victims of terrorism in hospitals during the
course of the Oslo War.
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