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>JN Sept. 18, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 160
Single Mom Wins NIS 9 Million Lottery Jackpot
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
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
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
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
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
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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