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Single Mom Wins NIS 9 Million Lottery Jackpot

By IsraelWire

A Kiryat Motzkin resident, a single mother who worked as a cleaning woman, became Israel's latest millionaire, taking a NIS 9 million jackpot ($2.25 million). The mother of three told Yediot Ahronot that on the way home on Friday, after spending the day cleaning homes, she purchased a lottery ticket for Saturday night's drawing but did not check the numbers on Saturday night. She asked her daughter to check their ticket on Sunday and was surprised to learn that she won.


Gaza Clashes Commemorate 1982 Sabra, Shatila Massacres

By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)

At least four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip were injured during a second day of clashes commemorating a 1982 massacre in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Witnesses say several Palestinian teenagers protesting in the Gaza Strip were wounded (Sunday) by rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli soldiers.

The clashes occurred during a demonstration by Palestinian students at the junction to the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, where there is an Israeli army base.

An Israeli army spokesman said the protesters hurled stones and bottles at the soldiers, who fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. An Israeli soldier was slightly injured by a stone thrown by a Palestinian protester.

In response to the clashes, the spokesman said it closed two checkpoints linking the Gaza Strip to Israel. They are the main entry points for cargo and workers living in Gaza.

The students were commemorating the 18th anniversary of massacres of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugees camps in Lebanon. Although the killings were carried out by pro-Israeli Christian Lebanese forces, the refugee camps were guarded by Israeli troops.

Demonstrations on the anniversary of the 1982 massacre were also held by Palestinian refugees in the United States and in the West Bank, demanding the right of return of about four-million Palestinian refugees. The West Bank and the Gaza Strip were captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War.

The fate of Palestinian refugees is one of the difficult issues being discussed in Middle East peace talks. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are also trying to resolve difficult issues such as the future of Jewish settlements.

Although low-level negotiations continue, Israeli and Palestinian peace talks held outside of Washington broke down in July over the issue of Jerusalem and who will have sovereignty over sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians.

The Israelis and Palestinians missed a self-imposed deadline of Sept. 13 to reach a final peace treaty.


Precautions Taken in Sydney for Possible Terror Threats

By IsraelWire

New South Wales Police Commissioner Peter Ryan said extra security has been provided for Israeli athletes at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. Ryan also said that "Israel has always been on the top of our list as being one of those vulnerable countries."

He added that Israeli security guards accompany the Israeli athletes in Sydney, but none are armed. "They don't have any weapons with them at all because that's expressly banned by the Commonwealth government."

According to Deputy Minister of Defense Ephraim Sneh, "We must learn from history since Munich in 1972... the culture of terrorism has not changed" and added that Israeli athletes remain one of the prime targets for terrorists.

Israel believes that Osama Bin Laden's organization may choose Israeli athletes as their next target. Sneh told the Sydney Morning Herald that "Until recently we thought we were not on his list, but we discovered that Israelis and Israeli interests are on his target list."

The Jewish community in Sydney plans on holding a ceremony to commemorate the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.


CNN and the Temple Mount

By Arutz-7

Does CNN have a hidden agenda - or is there another explanation for the absence of the words "Temple Mount" when referring to the location of the Holy Temple? In its latest articles on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, CNN.com has described the Jewish People's holiest site as "a site in East Jerusalem sacred to Muslims and Jews" and "a sensitive mosque compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City."

Both stories mentioned the Muslim name of the site - al Haram al-Sharif - but "Temple Mount" appeared nowhere. The last mention of the Temple Mount that is currently accessible on a CNN news story is from Sept. 8: "Sites sacred to the world's religions are located in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the area called Temple Mount by the Israelis and al Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, by Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs."

During the United Nations Millennium Conference, Prime Minister Ehud Barak said, "When young Jesus walked in Jerusalem, he did not see any mosques or churches - he saw only the Jewish Holy Temple."


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