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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
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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