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>JN Oct. 24, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 182
Hizbullah Calls For Jews To Return To Their Countries Of Origin
Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on Monday called upon Jews
to return to their lands of origin. The guerrilla leader stated
that the Palestinian people must be permitted to return to their
land, explaining that so-called Palestinian refugees must be
granted the right of return.
Will a National Unity Government Replace Barak's?
By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is trying form a national
emergency government, after nearly one month of clashes between
Israeli forces and Palestinians.
In an attempt to expand his government Barak was scheduled to hold
a second day of talks Tuesday with the head of the opposition Likud
party, Ariel Sharon. Barak is trying to form a national emergency
government, one day after calling for a "time out" in the Middle
East peace process. Some Israeli and Palestinian leaders say that
a new government with Sharon will eliminate any chance of returning
to peace negotiations.
Israeli-Palestinian violence broke out late last month after Sharon
visited a sensitive site in Jerusalem that is holy to both Muslims
and Jews. When Sharon was defense minister in the 1980s, hundreds
of Palestinians were massacred in Lebanon by an Israeli-backed
Christian militia. An Israeli government report later found Sharon
"indirectly responsible" for the killings, which took place in the
Sabra and Shatilla refugees camps controlled by the Israeli army.
The head of Palestinian security forces in the West Bank, Jibril
Rajjoub, says Sharon's inclusion in the Israeli government
would be a catastrophe for the Israelis and a disaster for the
"Mr. Barak knows that he cannot dictate the terms of the Israeli
government on the Palestinian people or on the Arab world. It is up
to him to decide whether his partner is Sharon or the Palestinian
people. It is an Israeli problem. Mr. Sharon will be a disaster, a
catastrophe for the Israelis before being a disaster for the
Barak is trying to expand his coalition before parliament
reconvenes next week. He currently controls a parliamentary
minority and faces legislation calling for early elections.
Nearly one month of Israeli-Palestinian clashes continued on
Monday. For the second night in a row, Israeli forces fired
machine-guns and at least one shell at the Palestinian town of Beit
Jalla. The Israeli army said the attack was in retaliation for
continued shooting by Palestinian gunmen at Gilo, a nearby
On Sunday night, Israeli helicopters fired rockets into Beit Jalla
and the West Bank town was later blockaded. Israel called the moves
a warning to Palestinians to stop shooting at the Jewish
Israeli army spokesman, (Reserve Colonel) Ra'anan Gissin: "If they
choose the path to war, we have the means to stop it. We don't
want to use them and therefore we tell them in very simple terms as
we said on day one, enough is enough. Don't mess with us."
Prime Minister Ehud Barak, speaking to President Clinton in an
overnight telephone conversation, defended Israel's use of
helicopter gunship and tank cannon fire in battling Palestinians
shooting rifles at Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood, comparing the
southern suburb to Washington DC's outskirts, Israel Radio reported
Monday. "How would you react if gunmen hit Chevy Chase, Maryland
with guns you supplied them in order to keep the peace," the radio
quoted Barak as telling Clinton.
Islamic Terrorists Arriving In The Mideast From Britain
According to the British-based "Observer," Islamic fundamentalists
who recently underwent training in the UK to learn shooting and
bomb assembly skills, have left for the Middle East, with many
landing in Lebanon and Jordan. The new combatants are planning to
join the war against Israel.
The Observer interviewed three persons in their 20s who attended
training facilities in clandestine locations in northern London.
The three explained they were waiting for the paperwork to permit
them to leave the UK for the Middle East, where they will be
joining the "holy war against Israel."
One of the three, who is 25, explained he is a member of the
Islamic Movement since age eight and prior to undergoing
training in London, he attended similar training camps in Pakistan.
The three explained that in addition to the holy war in Israel,
they plan to strike out against Jewish institutions in Britain that
identify or monetarily support the State of Israel. Among the
targets mentioned are Marks & Spencer and the Jewish Chronicle
Over the past week, anti-Semitic attacks in England continue to
rise. Over the past week, Muslims attacked 13 synagogues in London.
This in addition to last week's attack in which Stanford Hill
resident David Meyers, a yeshiva student, was stabbed over 20
times. There is also a marked increase in the distribution of hate
literature aimed against Jews in London, Manchester and other
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