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>JN Oct. 6, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 173
Tourism in Israel Called Safe
A tourism ministry spokeswoman says: "In view of the current
political situation in our region, we should like to point out that
it is safe to tour in Israel. However, changes may occur in
projected itineraries. Tourism movement in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and
Nazareth continues. So far things have calmed down in the Western
Galilee region and roads remain open."
Palestinians Plan Additional Clashes Friday
By Arutz-7 News Service
The ceasefire promised by Arafat does not seem to be holding - and
a Palestinian leader said Thursday that a decision has been made to
"militarily clash" with the IDF in a Palestinian city Friday. Fatah
leaders have also called on their members to arrive and demonstrate
at the mosque on the Temple Mount.
An Israeli from Tiberias was moderately injured late Thursday when
he was attacked by an Israeli-Arab mob near Beit Rimon; the Arabs
shot on his car and threw rocks at him. Heavy fire was exchanged
outside Netzarim after Arabs resumed their assault on Israeli
Two Arabs were shot and killed while climbing the roof of an
Israeli outpost at the Netzarim Junction. The Arabs have stationed
ambulances - which they know will not be targeted by the Israelis
- at the site, but have been seen removing ready-made firebombs
from the ambulances and throwing them in the direction of the
51 Israeli Arabs Under Arrest
Police arrested 51 residents of the Jaffa area of Tel Aviv
following days of violent riots in that area. Suspects are alleged
to have participated in stone-throwing attacks, assaults on members
of the press and security forces, and destroyed public property.
21 of the suspects are juveniles.
Nine indictments have already been handed down and police are
moving expeditiously to complete indictments against the remainder
of the suspects in custody. In the Jaffa violence, 24 persons were
injured in the past days of violence.
U.S. Embassy in Damascus Targeted by Anti-Israeli Demonstrators
Thousands of persons participated in an anti-U.S./Israel
demonstration opposite the American Embassy in Damascus Thursday.
In Lebanon, three major demonstrations were held, and in Iran, tens
of thousands of persons took to the street. In all the
demonstrations, the protesters denounced Israel's dealing with Arab
riots in Israel during the past week.
About 1,500 persons participated in a demonstration opposite the US
Embassy in Damascus, burning American flags and condemning
"Israel's killing of innocent civilians."
Police and U.S. security personnel were on high alert, realizing
the crowd was moving towards an attempt to storm the embassy.
Although they were kept at bay by hundreds of law-enforcement
forces waving batons and using teargas, the demonstrators did mange
to remove the U.S. flag from its mast above the complex.
NYC's Giuliani Working to Stop Anti-Semitic Attacks
New York City Mayor Giuliani is faced with increasing tensions as
a result of ongoing Arab violence throughout Israel. Seeking to
bring an end to the attacks aimed at Jews over past days, the mayor
summoned leaders of the Arab and Jewish communities to a dialogue
in City Hall.
More than 10 attacks have been documented in NYC, with some
involving Arabs waving Palestinian flags. With the Yom Kippur Day
of Atonement beginning sundown on Sunday, police are increasing
patrols around synagogues. The NYPD's Hate Crimes Unit is handling
the investigation surrounding the racially motivated attacks.
On Sunday, a Brooklyn man was severely beaten and slashed in the
head in the Sunset Park area by two people who yelled anti-Semitic
slurs. Persons carrying a Palestinian flag attacked one man with
obviously ethnic Jewish garb on a B train. The man was beaten and
kicked in his head. In another attack, a school bus used to
transport yeshiva students was set ablaze.
State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an observant Jew, demanded that
police and the mayor take immediate action. Hikind said he has
appealed to Arab leaders to call for tolerance.
A Future Glimpse at Israel and America's Jewish Populations
According to the American Jewish Yearbook by the year 2080,
America's Jewish population will drop by one-third, reaching four
On the brighter side, the yearbook also is predicting that by the
mid-21st century, the majority of world Jewry will be living in
Israel due to its larger birthrate, younger population, lower rate
of intermarriage than in North America and a stronger Jewish
According to an AP report quoting the yearbook, by 2020, Jews in
Israel may outnumber those in North America and by 2080, 10.6
million of the world's 15.6 million Jews may be Israelis.
The annual, published by the American Jewish Committee, reports
there are currently 5.7 million Jews in the United States, 362,000
in Canada, and 13,191,500 worldwide.
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