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Honey May be Harmful to Infants

By IsraelWire

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 were injured.

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 Jewish town.

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 soldiers.

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 situation."

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 being controlled."

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