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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 institutions.

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 books.

The database can be accessed by clicking here.

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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