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>JN Oct. 3, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 170

Israel's Population 6.3 million

Israel Faxx Staff Report

The population of the State of Israel stands at 6.3 million, of whom 82% (5.15 million) are Jews and others and 18% (1.15 million) are Arabs. Included in the grouping "Jews and others" are 4.95 million registered as Jews and approximately 200,000 non-Jewish new immigrants and their family members. The remaining 20,000 are classified as Christians. 73,000 immigrants arrived in Israel during the past year. Nearly 90% of these came from the former USSR as a whole, with 36% coming from the Russian Federation alone.

Day 5: More Israeli Victims

By Arutz-7, IsraelWire & Israel Faxx Staff Report

An Israeli man was shot and mortally wounded Monday outside Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem. Earlier, a 24-year-old Ashdod man, a new immigrant to Israel, was shot and killed by Palestinian terrorists in the northern Shomron, while waiting for his car to be serviced in a local Arab-run garage.

The number of Palestinians killed has, according to National Public Radio, reached nearly 50, not including three Israeli-Arabs killed in the course of violent demonstrations in Um el-Fahm and Nazareth. Prime Minister Ehud Barak has blamed Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat for the bloodbath of the last few days, but stressed that he intends to continue the diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinians. "It is too early to eulogize the diplomatic process."

The rioting and violence were not confined to Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza), and reached many Israeli areas such as Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle (between Afula and Hadera), and even Acre. Major rioting occurred in Jaffa and Um el-Fahm.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will meet with Barak and Arafat on Wednesday.

President Bill Clinton told reporters at the White House, "In the short run it's hurting them, because they can't do anything on the peace process until people stop dying and the violence stops. But when the smoke clears here, it might actually be a spur to both sides as a sober reminder to what the alternative to peace could be. So we have to hope and pray that will be the result."

Israel deployed anti-tank missiles and helicopter gunships on Monday after a fifth day of clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians, while the leaders of both sides blamed each other for the violence.

The latest round of violence erupted after Thursday's visit to the Temple Mount by Israel's hawkish opposition leader Ariel Sharon. The shrine is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Al Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary.

After a relatively quiet morning, rioting was renewed early Monday afternoon in several locations on both sides of the "Green Line." For the first time in 30 years, rioting took place in the Old City of Acre. Intensive stone-throwing resumed at Beit Rimon, near Nazareth, where the road to Tel Adashim was closed.

The road near the coastal town of Zikhron Ya'akov (home to former Cincinnatians Chaim and Sara Feifal) was also sealed because of a barrage of stones thrown by Israeli-Arabs in the vicinity. Hundreds of Arabs rioted at an industrial park in Rosh Ha'ayin, adjacent to the Israel-Arab town of Kfar Kassem. They blocked the road, and stoned and torched Jewish cars there.

Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch said that the wave of violence "should not have surprised anyone who has been following the Palestinian media." He said that similar scenes of violence are constantly screened on Palestinian television "in between movies and shows. They show a few seconds of intifada violence, together with narrated incitement. This is how the PA wishes to inculcate its residents."

More samples of Palestinian hatred and incitement that cannot be divorced from the Rosh HaShanah violence: "This Mosque [El Aksa] will not be liberated until Jihad will be declared by a trusted authority... I call all the Muslims to work for this purpose." - from a Friday sermon on the Temple Mount, Friday, Sept. 29.

TV stations around the world have shown footage of a young Palestinian boy cowering behind his father only moments before being killed by "Israeli" bullets. Contrary to the insinuations, however, the Israeli troops could not see the two, and in fact could not see who was responsible for the shooting coming at them from behind a barrier. While it is known that the boy and his father found themselves amidst crossfire, it has still not been ascertained whether Israeli or Palestinian bullets killed the boy.

CNN reported that the boy's mother "lured him away from the ranks of young stone-throwers by telling him to accompany his father [on an errand]," and that "the slain boy's relatives freely acknowledged that he often joined other children from the camp in throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers."

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