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>JN Oct. 2, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 169
Honey May be Harmful to Infants
Health officials say the Rosh Hashanah custom of dipping challah
and apples in honey may be harmful to infants. Physicians warn that
infants one-year or younger may sustain serious injury and/or
irreparable damage from ingesting honey. The ingredients in honey,
which are benign for adults, are potentially fatal for infants.
Palestinians Claim Sunday's Toll at 12 Dead, 220 Injured
By Arutz-7 and Israel Faxx Staff Report
Violent Arab rioting has spread from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza to
several locations within pre-1967 Israel. Central Command Maj. Gen.
Yitzchak Eitan, in a statement Sunday evening, said that the
responsibility for the violence of the past three days lies
squarely with the Palestinian Authority.
United Press International reported late Sunday that Palestinian
sources told reporters that 12 people died Sunday and 220 people
Gen. Yom-Tov Samiyeh said Palestinian snipers fired on Israeli
troops who retaliated with helicopters and missiles. He said
the Palestinians agreed to several cease fires, but resumed
shooting after evacuating their wounded.
Eitan and other Israeli generals emphasized that the Palestinians
have been making shameful use of women and children by placing them
in the front lines; many Palestinian paramilitary policemen have
been among the attackers; Israeli forces carried out only defensive
operations, and did not initiate any aggression.
Samiyeh said Palestinians owe many lives to the restraint of IDF
soldiers. Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon said that
instead of helping calm the violence, para-military police and
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's personal Tanzim security agents
fired on Israeli troops. Outside Netzarim, a missile was fired into
a mob of Palestinian Arab attackers who were intent on storming the
Arab gunfire on the site prevented medical help from reaching him
sooner. The students in the yeshiva there had been evacuated before
the holiday. Another soldier was severely wounded at the Ayosh
junction, and another was lightly wounded in Gaza. Hundreds
of Palestinians have been injured over the past three days; the
number of dead is now reported at close to 30.
Other rioting, including stone-throwings and shootings, were
reported in many places throughout Israel, including several
locations in the Negev, Jaffa, Um el-Fahm, Taibe, western Galilee,
and more. Major rioting occurred in Jaffa; and 10 Israeli civilians
and policemen were injured.
Fifty Israeli policemen have been injured in the battles in the
north, especially at Um el-Fahm, between Hadera and Afula, where
thousands of Arabs destroyed the main intersection. "They uprooted
traffic lights, poles, and almost everything else they could lay
their hands on," according to eyewitnesses.
Battles raged outside Netzarim and in other places in Gaza, as well
as the Tomb of Joseph and elsewhere. In southern Jerusalem, an
Israeli car was set ablaze in Ramat Rachel, and Arabs continue to
throw rocks in several Jerusalem neighborhoods. The Western Wall
was closed to Jewish worshippers only once throughout the two-day
Rosh HaShanah holiday, but the Shiloach spring was closed for the
holiday Tashlich service Sunday for the first time since 1967.
Although foreign reports claim that the clashes were triggered by
last week's visit by Likud leader Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount,
Prime Minister Ehud Barak does not blame Sharon. Barak said Arab
incitement after the visit led to the violence.
The Temple Mount is home to Judaism's holiest site, the Western
Wall of the biblical Temple, and two mosques -- Al Aqsa and Dome of
the Rock -- that mark the spot where tradition has it that the
Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.
The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their state,
while the Israelis demand that the city remain undivided and under
their control. As for the Temple Mount, neither side will grant the
other sole control, and both are uneasy with shared control.
"We are here because we here humiliated in the heart of our most
sacred place," said 17-year-old Hassa Abu Ali. He wore a
Palestinian flag around his head as he threw stones at Israeli
For the first time since the clashes started, Israeli soldiers were
fighting Israeli Arab protesters in the northern Israeli city of
Nazareth. Most of the people killed were Palestinians. An Israeli
soldier was shot dead Friday in the West Bank city of Kalkilya,
apparently by a Palestinian policeman.
Palestinian leaders had expressed outrage at Israel's use of sniper
riflemen to target protest leaders. "There was no use of the proper
instruments of so-called riot control," said Palestinian negotiator
Nabil Shaath. "This was premeditated murder of people shot by
snipers. That escalates the situation to a very dangerous
David Tzur, a spokesman for Israeli's Ministry of Public Security,
disagreed: "I'm rejecting Mr. Shaath, what he said," Tzur told CNN.
"I think we were very cautious in our steps." He said protesters
had been playing a "dangerous game" and called for calm. "Some of
the demonstrations now in territories, especially inside Jerusalem
-- the east part of Jerusalem -- we think is like an orchestra is
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