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>JN Oct. 11, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 174

No National Unity Government Planned

By Arutz-7

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

By IsraelWire

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 Jerusalem.

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

By IsraelWire

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 of damages.

Mosque Construction Starts at Joseph's Tomb

By IsraelWire

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

By IsraelWire

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 Atonement.

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 properties.

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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