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>JN Oct. 11, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 174
No National Unity Government Planned
A national unity government, which had seemed a distinct
possibility on the eve of Yom Kippur in light of the emergency
situation facing the country, now seems to be far from reach.
Leaders of the opposition parties met Tuesday, and decided that
Prime Minister Barak was "toying" with them.
Violence Continues in Israel
Fatah terrorists on Tuesday marched in Nablus carrying automatic
weapons and wearing military garb, their heads covered with hoods.
The Arafat aligned Fatah terrorists announced the formation of
armed militias throughout PLO Authority autonomous areas, adding
that weapons training would be offered to all. Fatah leaders
announced they would be training militia forces for the battle over
In other areas, a firebomb was thrown in the Wadi Ara area. There
were no reports of injuries. A passenger traveling in a car on
Route 1 was injured in a stone-throwing attack on Tuesday night.
One person was placed under arrest.
An ultra-Orthodox man on Tuesday night reportedly sprayed and Arab
bus driver with tear gas. In Beersheva, four Bedouin attempted to
beat Jewish citizens, but were arrested by police.
Anti-Semitic Attacks Around the World
Torah scrolls in a Tashkent synagogue were burned on Monday, Yom
Kippur, as a result of an arson attack, Israel Radio reported.
There were no reports of injuries.
The Adath Israel Synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in
New York City was attacked by firebombs on Yom Kippur. The
incendiary devices were hurled through the glass doors of the house
of worship during services. There were no reports of injuries.
Police are taking the attack very seriously in light of the
increase of attacks aimed at Jews and synagogues since Arab
violence erupted in Israel almost two weeks ago. Investigators
indicated the bottles were not filled with gasoline and the NYPD is
working to determine the exact nature of the substance used in the
attack. Police believe the bottles may have contained alcohol.
Congregation Tomchei Torah in Flatbush, on Ocean Avenue in
Brooklyn, was targeted by vandals on Yom Kippur who drew a swastika
on the building.
Numerous French synagogues were targeted in Yom Kippur firebombing
attacks. There were no reports of injuries but there were reports
Mosque Construction Starts at Joseph's Tomb
Arabs in Nablus have not wasted time in their efforts to eliminate
traces of the Jewish presence at the holy site of Joseph's Tomb.
Following the destruction of the site this past weekend, the
construction of a mosque on the premises, which house the Od Yosef
Chai Yeshiva, has begun.
Upon issuing the order for an IDF withdrawal from the location, the
Office of the IDF Spokesman stated the retreat was temporary but
the PLO Authority and local residents are doing their utmost to
ensure the move is permanent.
The PA is continuing its pogrom against Jewish holy sites, with
reports indicating that the Shalom Al Yisrael Synagogue in Jericho
suffered the same fate. That location has been blocked from being
inspected by PA military forces. Attackers also damaged the Tomb of
Rabbi Shimon Ben Gamliel in the Nazareth area and attempted to
destroy the Tomb of Joshua Ben Nun. IDF troops were on hand to
prevent destruction at that location.
On Friday, Elon Moreh resident and student at Od Yosef Chai, Hillel
Lieberman, was murdered by Islamic terrorists as he made his way to
Joseph's Tomb upon hearing of the ongoing attacks against the site.
Lieberman, the father of seven, will be buried Wednesday following
the arrival in Israel of his family from the U.S.
Israel has not issued any formal statements or objections in light
of the reports of the mosque construction despite the sanctity of
the site and the Oslo Agreements signed by the PA placing Joseph's
Tomb under Israeli sovereignty.
Government Extends Arafat Ultimatum
During an all-night emergency cabinet meeting, it was decided to
extend the 48-hour ultimatum to PLO Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat
which expired on Monday night following the Yom Kippur Day of
Prime Minister Ehud Barak made strong statements against the
increasing vigilante activities seen nationwide, condemning attacks
against Arab citizens and issuing a warning that such actions
cannot be tolerated in a democratic society. Israel Police arrested
over 150 demonstrators on Monday night, persons involved in attacks
against law-enforcement troops or Arab citizens and their
Barak added that although he is ready to attend another US brokered
summit at this time, all talks pertaining to the final status of
Oslo are on hold and they would not resume until the PA
orchestrated warfare and attacks come to a total cessation. The
prime minister called for preserving the "democratic values dear to
us that have been part of the Jewish state," deploring all acts of
violence against innocent persons, both Jews and Arabs.
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