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>JN Oct. 12, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 175

New One-Size-Fits-All Gas Mask Developed by IDF

By IsraelWire

The Israel Defense Forces will distribute a new one-size-fits-all gas mask for adults starting in 2002, replacing the standard gas mask currently used throughout the country. Unlike the old rubber mask which covers just the face, the new mask is designed to cover the head and neck, which is supposed to add comfort and improve vision for the wearer. The most important feature of the new mask is a component that purifies the air with passive filters without a battery powered blower unit which forces the air through a filter canister.

Palestinians Ambush and Fire on Israeli Funeral Procession

By Arutz-7 and IsraelWire

The funeral procession of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman, attended by more than 1,000 people, was attacked by Palestinians Wednesday. The two-pronged ambush attack included rifle shots from the Arab village of Kafr Kalil and a barrage of rocks on the participants. Two Jewish women were lightly wounded by the shots, and were evacuated to the hospital.

The Jews responded with gunfire, and large army reinforcements, including a tank, quickly arrived. Army snipers and submachine guns fired towards the source of the fire in Kafr Kalil. When the Palestinian firing did not abate, helicopters and additional tanks were sent in. Many ground forces were deployed in the area. After the funeral ended, Arabs fired upon IDF forces from another direction, and the army prevented the participants from leaving Yitzhar for about an hour. The shooting died down about two hours after the beginning of the attack.

In order to allow the funeral procession to continue safely, army jeeps were interspersed with the mourners' cars along the route to the cemetery in the Shomron town of Yitzhar. The funeral departed from Lieberman's hometown of Elon Moreh after eulogies by Rabbi Zevulun Lieberman of New York, the deceased's father; Elon Moreh Rabbi Elyakim Levanon; and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu.

Lieberman was murdered by Palestinian Arabs this past Shabbat; after being told that Joseph's Tomb was in flames, he attempted to make his way to the holy site.

Lieberman, 37, was a founder of the Od Yossef Chai Yeshiva housed at the Tomb prior to last week's pogrom. At present, the PA is rebuilding the site which the IDF reports is being converted into a mosque. Lieberman moved to Israel from the United States, was married and the father of seven children.

Terrorism Continues

By Arutz-7

Prime Minister Ehud Barak appeared at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Wednesday, warning that the Palestinian Authority's wholesale release of Hamas terrorists from prison in recent days has increased the danger of terrorist attacks. This follows the announcement by Hamas of a general call-up of its fighters, as part of its efforts to "escalate" the intifada. Hamas leaders criticized Arafat for calling for an end to the Palestinian-initiated violence against Israel.

An Arab from Gaza was stopped at the Erez Checkpoint Wednesday afternoon, on his way to carry out a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.

Three Palestinian Arabs attempted to infiltrate the Shomron town of Bat Hefer Wednesday afternoon; soldiers shot and killed one of them. Arabs opened fire on Israeli targets near Jenin and Hebron; one soldier was wounded, and the army returned fire. Gaza Arabs threw a grenade at the police station in Gush Katif, but caused no damage. Shots were fired at an Israeli car south of Tapuach Junction, north of Eli. A woman passenger was injured in Jaffa when an Arab-thrown object hit her bus.

Gore-Lieberman Advisor Presents Arab Demands

By Arutz-7

A senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman is now lobbying the State Department to reduce military aid to Israel.

James Zogby, who was appointed last week as senior advisor to the campaign on Ethnic Americans, has praised the Hizbullah terrorist group as "the Lebanese armed resistance." Hizbullah is now holding three kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The Washington Times reports that Zogby, who has been accused by the Anti-Defamation League of "crude anti-Semitism," recently led a delegation to the State Department "to present a series of demands on behalf of Arab-Americans. The demands include a possible halt to the supply of helicopter gunships to Israel if they are used against Arabs.

The Zionist Organization of America is calling on Gore and Lieberman to rescind Zogby's appointment. ZOA President Morton Klein said, "Vice President Gore claims to be pro-Israel, yet his new campaign adviser is lobbying to slash U.S. military aid to Israel."

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