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>JN April 23, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 69

Time Magazine Apologizes To Muslims

By VOA News

The editor of Time Magazine's Asia edition has apologized to Muslim readers after demonstrators in Indian-controlled Kashmir protested against the weekly's recent depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. The demonstrators protested Time's publication of an image of the prophet in its April 16 issue, as part of a story about Jerusalem. Images of Mohammad are considered blasphemy in Islam.

Two Killed in a Suicide Blast in Israel

By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)

Two people were killed and more than 40 others injured in a suicide bomb attack in the Israeli town of Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv. Israeli police say the suicide bomber detonated the bomb after a bus pulled up to a crowded stop and the driver opened the doors to let in the passengers.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority bore responsibility for Sunday's attack. It was the second bombing in the affluent suburb in the past month.

Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad abu Ziad rejected the accusation and condemned the bombing. "On principle we condemn any attack on civilians whether they are Israeli or Palestinian," he said. "But unfortunately the policies of the Israeli government is encouraging extremism and violence because they themselves are causing a lot of damage and casualties [among] Palestinian civilians and [as] such they are pushing Palestinians toward extremism."

Reuters news agency reported that a Palestinian group, the Popular Army Front, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement faxed to the agency. The statement could not be verified. Israeli police are reported bolstering security in the area ahead of Israel's independence day ceremonies set for Thursday.

The latest violence came hours after Israeli and Palestinian security officials concluded another round of U.S.-sponsored talks aimed at ending nearly seven months of escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence. No progress was reported. More than 470 people - most of them Palestinians - have been killed since the clashes began in late September.

Rescue workers rushed to Kfar Saba, which is close to the border with the West Bank. Police quickly sealed the area and deployed bomb-squad dogs to search for additional explosives.

On Saturday, Israeli and Palestinian security officials held U.S. sponsored talks at the Erez Crossing to the Gaza Strip to try to bring an end to the violence and to ease restrictions on Palestinian civilians.

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said the security talks would continue despite the bloodshed. "Clearly violence makes it more and more difficult, but we hope to stop violence not just with exchange of fire but also by talking. And we should continue to talk to see if we can bring an end to violence in spite of all the agony and resentment which actions like today do create."

The Israeli government insisted that the talks mark limited security cooperation and not a return to peace negotiations.

Collecting Six Million Paper Clips

By Arutz-7 News

A small Tennessee middle school that is 98 percent white and Christian has found something else to unite its student body: full-time dedication to building a one-of-a-kind Holocaust memorial to the 6 Million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

The students embarked on the project almost three years ago, and are now almost halfway there: They are attempting to collect six million paper clips which they hope to put on display in an authentic German railroad car used to transport the prisoners to the death camps.

The school's principal, in Whitwell (population: 1,600) believes that because of the school's lack of cultural diversity, "We just have to give our children a broader view of the world. We have to crack the shell of their white cocoon, to enable them to survive in the world out there."

When one teacher suggested a voluntary course on the Holocaust, the parents, with only slight hesitations, agreed, and the studies began. "What gripped the eighth-graders most," the Washington Post recently reported, "was the sheer number of dead. Six million." They tried to imagine what this number really meant as they continued their Holocaust studies.

When they learned one day that many courageous Norwegians expressed solidarity with the Jews by pinning paper clips to their lapels, one girl said, "Let's collect six million paper clips and turn them into a sculpture to remember the victims." And so it was decided.

One change was instituted many months later, however. As hundreds and thousands of paper clips began to be donated and collected, the students saw that many clips were given in memory of specific Holocaust victims. They therefore decided that melting them into a statue would be inconceivable. Each paper clip should represent one victim, the students believed, and so they decided to turn an authentic German railroad car from the 1940s into a museum that would house all the paper clips, with glass walls so that visitors could walk through.

(Editor's Note: For more information on this project, see

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