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>JN Sept. 25, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 165
PA Blames Israel for Critical Gaza Water Shortage
The PLO Authority Sunday blamed Israel for the critical water
shortage existing in PA autonomous areas in Gaza, explaining the
Jewish "settlements" have depleted the area reserves, leaving Arab
residents without water. Senior PA water officials explain that
only about 20 percent of the wells in PA areas are pumping potable
water and the situation is critical.
U.S. Strips Ambassador Indyk of Security Clearance
By IsraelWire and Arutz-7
The United States Department of State announced it has suspended
the security clearance of its ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk.
The explanation for the move is the current investigation against
the ambassador for alleged security violations. The Washington Post
reported that Indyk used unclassified laptop computers to prepare
his work while in transit, possibility contributing to the decision
to remove his clearance.
According to State Department officials, the FBI is involved in the
investigation against Indyk, but it was pointed out that the
ambassador is cooperating and there is no suspected espionage, but
as a result of the State Department move, the ambassador may not
handle classified materials and must be escorted upon visiting the
Officials emphasized that Indyk is not suspected of espionage, but
only that he may be guilty of "possible sloppiness" in his handling
of classified information. Charge d'affaires Paul Simons is now the
most senior U.S. official in Israel.
Indyk reportedly often intervened in internal Israeli matters. For
instance, sources told Arutz-7 that right after Indyk arrived in
Israel, initiatives leaked to prepare the Israeli-Arab public for
the Golan referendum - to encourage support of a transfer of the
Golan Heights to Syria. Allegedly, he also intervened in the
religious debate between Reform and Orthodox.
Germany to Compensate Families of Slain Munich Olympic Athletes
According to German media, the families of the 11 Israeli Olympic
athletes killed by terrorists in Munich during the 1972 Olympic
Games will receive compensation from the German government.
The families of the slain athletes had taken the case to the courts
and the negotiations have been ongoing for nearly three decades.
In a surprise move, the German government agreed to make
compensatory payments to the survivors of the victims of the
Poet Yehuda Amichai Dies at 76
Israel Prize laureate, poet Yehuda Amichai, passed away Friday
morning in the Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem, Haaretz On
Line reported. Amichai, 76, died of cancer.
Amichai, one of the most important and influential Israeli poets,
was born in Germany in 1924. At the age of 10, he immigrated to
Israel with his parents and lived in Jerusalem. He served in the
British army during World War II, then studied to be a teacher and
enlisted in the Palmach (the pre-state predecessor of the Israel
He published his first book of poetry, entitled After First Wars
and First Loves, at the age of 24. In total, he published 25 books
of poetry, three children's books, two novels, a collection of
short stories, a collection of plays and the radio play Bells and
Trains, which won a prize in Italy. His last book, Open Closed Open
was on Israel's best seller list for weeks.
Many of Amichai's books were translated into 37 languages,
including Polish, Yiddish, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Albanian,
Danish and Finnish. Ted Hughes, the late British Poet Laureate and
a friend of Amichai, said that "Amichai is known and loved all over
the world. His poetry exists as it is."
35 Percent of Standing Army Soldiers Drink Booze
According to a new study, 35 percent of soldiers serving in the
IDF's standing army admit to drinking alcoholic beverages with 20
percent stating they drink while on duty. The statistics were
revealed in a study commissioned by the Union to Prevent Alcoholism
About 50 percent of the respondents stated they will drink two
bottles of beer or the equivalent; 30 percent reported drinking
four bottles of beer; and 20 percent, more than four bottles.
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