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>JN May 3, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 77
Suing The Palestinian Authority
The parents of two terrorism victims filed a 20-million-shekel suit
Wednesday in the Jerusalem District Court against Yasir Arafat, the
PLO, the Fatah terrorist organization and four residents of the
The victims were two Tel Aviv cousins, Etgar Zeituni, 23, and Moti
Dayan, 35, who were brutally murdered by Arab terrorists this past
January when they accompanied an Israeli-Arab friend to Tul Karem.
The murderers freed the Arab, then proceeded to execute the two
Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Homes
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli soldiers have shot and killed one Palestinian and wounded
at least 14 others during a fierce gun battle in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered a Palestinian refugee camp,
demolishing homes, flattening farmland and battling Palestinian
gunmen before withdrawing.
Israeli soldiers fired from tanks and with machine guns to cover
the operation, while Palestinians fought back with grenade
launchers and automatic weapons. A Palestinian teenager was shot in
the chest and died during the clash.
The Israeli incursion was in the Rafah camp, which is home to more
than 85,000 Palestinians in southern Gaza near the border with
Egypt. Some of the refugees fled in terror when they heard the
rumble of armored bulldozers and tanks approaching the camp. Others
crawled through the streets to evade the heavy gunfire. Buildings
still standing were pockmarked with bullet holes from the fighting.
The army says troops moved in to destroy buildings used by
Palestinian gunmen to fire at soldiers and at bases for planting
roadside bombs. Israeli forces moved into the same area Tuesday and
a Palestinian policeman was killed during a lengthy gun battle.
Residents of the camp returned after the fighting died down to
survey the remains of their homes and salvage possessions from the
The moves have drawn international criticism and Israel has
withdrawn each time after carrying out the demolitions. Fears the
violence will spiral further out of control have been heightened
this week with Palestinians blaming Israel for explosions in which
five people died, and Jewish settlers demanding tough action to
avenge the death of an Israeli man killed in an ambush.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon traveled to the West Bank settlement of
Ofra to pay his respects to the family of the man killed in the
ambush and to discuss ways to improve security.
Arafat, Mbeki Discuss Mideast Peace
By Challiss McDonough (VOA-Johannesburg)
Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat is in South Africa for a
meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement aimed at restarting the stalled
Middle East peace process.
Representative of nearly 20 countries have been invited to
Thursday's meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement's ministerial
committee on Palestine. South African officials said the meeting is
aimed at finding a way for the Non-Aligned Movement to promote
dialogue and help end the violence in the Middle East.
Shortly after his arrival in the country, Arafat went into talks
with South African President Thabo Mbeki who currently serves as
chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Palestinian leader told
reporters South Africa has an important role to play in the Middle
East peace process, and he believes Mbeki can make a significant
"South Africa has a very important role as the chairman of the
non-aligned countries' movement," Arafat said, adding it would not
be easy to find a solution to the conflict, but "we are trying our
The Non-Aligned Movement is a bloc of about 130 mostly developing
nations. It has traditionally supported the Palestinian struggle
for an independent state. But South African officials say the group
is committed to working with Israel as well in a bid for peace in
the Middle East.
Arafat is also scheduled to meet with former South African
President Nelson Mandela while he is in the country. Last year, the
Palestinian leader asked Mandela to serve as a mediator in the
peace process, but the aging Mandela said he saw no reason to get
involved in the conflict at that time.
Pollard Doubts He Will Leave Prison Alive
By Arutz-7 News
Knesset members Michael Eitan (Likud) and Ophir Paz (Labor) met
with Jonathan Pollard in his prison cell in the U.S. Tuesday night,
and were reportedly "stunned" by what they saw.
Pollard's wife Esther told Arutz-7 that the family had not seen him
in a while, and "his appearance and the deterioration of his health
was downright scary to them. He is bloated, pale, in pain, his
beard is white, and they are afraid for his health. He told them
that he is sometimes jealous of Ron Arad [the Israeli navigator
missing in Lebanon since 1986].
"They were again stunned, and he explained that Ron can at least
know why the government doesn't free him - because he is being held by
the enemy; but he, Jonathan, is being held by a friendly
country, and cannot fathom how it is that Israel cannot obtain his
She blamed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for not doing anything to
achieve her husband's release: "It would not even require great
pressure on his part. The U.S. already agreed, during the Wye
Plantation talks, to release him."
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