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>JN April 16, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 64
Bomb Rocks Israeli Checkpoint
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
A bomb exploded Sunday near an Israeli army checkpoint in the West
Bank as Middle East violence continued to flare on several fronts.
The blast occurred after two similar explosions inside Israel and
renewed fighting along Lebanon's southern border.
The pipe-bomb blast rocked an Israeli army checkpoint near the West
Bank town of Qalqilya. The explosion occurred along a road
connecting Jewish settlements in the territory to Israel. The
incident followed two similar blasts Saturday in the nearby town of
Kfar Saba, in Israel.
The attack came during a weekend of escalating violence, during
which Israel sent warplanes against guerrilla fighter bases inside
Lebanon. The raids were in response to rocket fire from the
militant Islamic group, Hizbullah in Lebanon, which killed one
In other developments, Israeli troops entered a refugee camp in the
Gaza Strip for the second time in a week, razing to the ground at
least 15 homes. Israel said Palestinian militants in the camp had
been hurling grenades and firing rifles at Israeli soldiers.
Israeli officials and Jordanian Foreign Minister, Abdullah Khatib
are to meet Monday. It will the first visit to the Jewish State by
an Arab minister since the election of Prime Minister, Ariel
Mideast Israel Promises Continued 'Tough Stance'
By VOA News
Israel says there will be no let-up in its push to protect itself
from attacks by Palestinian and Lebanese militants. Israeli Defense
Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said Sunday that pre-emptive and
retaliatory strikes will continue until violence against Israel
The Israeli's comments came less than a day after a deadly missile
attack on an Israeli tank along Lebanon's southern border, and
retaliatory Israeli air strikes.
Christians Observe Holy Land Easter
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Thousands of Christians celebrated Easter in Jerusalem, rejoicing
on the day and in the place believers say Jesus was resurrected
from the dead. More than 1,000 people gathered for a contemporary
religious sunrise service at a place called the Garden Tomb, just
outside the walls of the ancient Old City.
As dawn broke in Jerusalem, the sounds of modern religious music
set an upbeat tempo to Easter celebrations, reflecting the
Christian belief that Jesus rose from the dead after his
crucifixion in this holy city about 2,000 years ago.
While many scholars say the death and resurrection of Christ
occurred in the place now marked by the Church of the Holy
Sepulchre a short distance away, the Garden Tomb is an alternative
site for some to remember the central miracle of the Christian
Peter Wells, General Secretary of the Garden Tomb Association, said
the exact location is less important than the resurrection. "Jesus,
who so gloriously rose on resurrection morning, was it in this
garden? Was it this tomb? We do not know. But the fact is Jesus
rose, the tomb is empty."
For most Christians, the site of the resurrection is less important
than the significance of the event itself. John Marshall, Chaplain
of the Garden Tomb, put it this way:
"We are celebrating the greatest outpouring of dynamic power, of
spiritual power that the earth has ever seen. When eternal light
invaded the darkness of death because Jesus is alive."
Easter celebrations were held this year against a backdrop of
nearly seven months of a violent Palestinian uprising against
Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Wells said the Easter message carries a lesson for everyone,
Christians and non-Christians, and especially those living in
places where conflict is a part of everyday life. "I think the
Easter message is a great message for certainly this land and any
other land of conflict. Which is to put your hope and your trust in
the plan of God rather than merely in the discussions of man."
So despite the violence and bloodshed that have plagued the Holy
Land for months, Christians in Jerusalem celebrated with confidence
that the message of hope brought on by the first Easter is still as
relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago.
Signs of the Times in Haifa
By Arutz-7 News
Some 200 Arabs living in Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, have
signed a petition demanding that one of its most famous streets,
Zionism Blvd., be re-named with its pre-1948 name, El Jabel (the
The road climbs from the lower part of the city through an Arab
neighborhood, through the middle-level Hadar neighborhood, and up
the mountainside through the Bahai Temple area to the Carmel
neighborhood. The street was named United Nations Blvd. in 1948,
but after the UN voted that "Zionism is Racism" [a resolution which
it later rescinded], the city decided to rename the street Zionism
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