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>JN April 4, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 61
Captives to be Remembered on Pesach
By Israel Faxx
Jewish Agency and Histadrut leaders issued a public call to Jews to
leave a special place at their Seder tables for the Israeli MIAs
being held captive in Lebanon. They plan to distribute a
specially-written prayer for the welfare and speedy release of the
soldiers; Jewish people are asked to incorporate the short
supplication into this year's recital of the Haggadah.
Israelis, Palestinians to Meet on Security Issues
By VOA News
Violence in the Middle East escalated on Tuesday, but Israelis and
Palestinians said they are planning a security meeting. That
meeting could take place as early as Tuesday, with a U.S.
representative participating. Similar meetings in recent weeks
failed to stop the violence from escalating.
Tuesday, Israeli helicopter gunships pounded Palestinian security
targets throughout the Gaza Strip, injuring up to 60 people. Israel
says it struck bases linked to terrorist activity. Targets that
were hit included a compound for Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's
security guard and a base for Palestinian naval police.
Earlier Tuesday, a Palestinian mortar attack on a Jewish settlement
in southern Gaza seriously injured a baby.
A spokesman for the Israeli army called the mortar assault
barbaric, and said that all targets hit by the helicopters were
involved in terrorist activities against Israel. The gunships
blasted buildings in Gaza City and in southern Gaza near Rafah and
The mortar attack had been directed at the Atzmona settlement.
About 6,500 Israelis live in small, heavily guarded settlements in
Gaza, surrounded by more than 1 million Palestinians.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Israel had no choice but to act to
protect its citizens. A Palestinian aide to Arafat renewed a call
for the establishment of an international force to protect
Palestinians. The mortar attack came from the Rafah area, where a
Palestinian militant was killed Monday by Israeli helicopters.
After the latest helicopter attacks, Palestinian lawmaker Hanan
Ashrawi said the Israelis have escalated the conflict "beyond
A top Palestinian security official, Mohammed Dahlan, charged
Sharon's government with carrying out a military offensive to
undermine the Palestinian leadership. He said Palestinian security
forces have been targeted because they represent the Palestinian
Authority, even if they are not taking part in the clashes. Nearly
460 people, mostly Palestinians, have been killed since the
conflict began last September.
PLO Report Blames Baby Shalhevet's Mother for Death
By Arutz-7 News
A "Voice of Palestine" radio report broadcast on Monday said
10-month-old Shalhevet Pass was not killed by a Palestinian sniper
but by her mother.
The Israeli news agency IMRA released the actual text of the report
in question: "On the matter of the baby settler who was killed in
Hebron a few days ago, we already said that her death was a fishy
action and there is information according to which this baby was
retarded and it was her mother who killed her in order to get
rid of her."
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Gideon Meir said the
statement is "a genuine indicator of just how low the PA is willing
to sink to win over world opinion."
He said that the Foreign Ministry continues to carefully monitor PA
media reports to document the ongoing propaganda campaign being
waged by Arafat and PA officials.
Education Minister Limor Livnat, during a Voice of Israel interview
Tuesday, said the radio report was "just another example of ongoing
incitement and anti-Semitism that has become an integral part of
the PA media war against Israel."
Israel Frees Three Palestinian Guards
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has released three members of Palestinian leader Yasir
Arafat's Force 17 security unit seized during an undercover
operation in the West Bank.
A statement from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said
three members of Force 17, who were among six people abducted by
army commandos in the West Bank, have been released. The statement
says after an investigation, it became apparent the three are not
involved in terrorist activity and were therefore freed.
The Israeli undercover unit seized members of Arafat's elite guard
before dawn Sunday in a Palestinian-controlled area near Ramallah
in the West Bank.
Israel launched attacks against Palestinian targets Palestinians
say the move violated peace accords signed by both sides, and
called it an escalation of the conflict.
Israel justified the operation, saying it was in response to a
recent wave of terror attacks inside the Jewish state. Israel
accuses Force 17 members of being involved in attacks against
Israelis. Israeli helicopters launched missile attacks against
Force 17 targets in Ramallah and Gaza last week after a wave of
Palestinian bomb attacks.
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