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>JN May 14, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 82
Pope Appeals for Middle East Peace
By VOA News
Pope John Paul II again urged Israelis and Palestinians to end the
cycle of violence in the Middle East.
The pope, speaking at the Vatican Sunday before a crowd of 20,000,
said it was everyone's duty, especially the leaders of the
international community, to help both sides break "the immoral
chain of provocations and reprisals." He also called on the Fatima
Virgin to protect the Middle East.
Israeli Forces Launch Gaza Attacks
By VOA News
Israeli helicopter gunships have launched fierce attacks on
Palestinian security targets in the Gaza Strip.
Several Israeli missiles landed near Palestinian security
headquarters in Gaza City, while there were other attacks on
Palestinian police posts near Gaza refugee camps. Israeli naval
units also pounded Palestinian security posts along the Gaza
coastline. Three people were reported injured in Gaza City.
The Israeli attacks came shortly after Palestinian gunmen
slightly injured two Jewish settlers in the West Bank. There have
also been recent Palestinian mortar attacks on Jewish settlements
in the Gaza Strip.
Also Sunday, two top aides to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
traveled to the United States for talks with officials in
Washington and at the United Nations.
Negotiator Abu Mazen, also known as Mahmoud Abbas, is trying to
schedule a meeting early this week with Secretary of State Colin
Powell. He would be the highest-ranking Palestinian to meet with
U.S. officials since President Bush took office in January.
Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat is spending time at the
United Nations for meetings with international officials there.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan is quoted by Reuters news agency
as saying Mideast violence will achieve nothing and that Israel has
used "excessive force" in responding to the Palestinian uprising.
Israeli Helicopters Targeted Fatah Movement Leader
By Arutz-7 News & Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)
The IDF successfully killed a Fatah-Tanzim terrorist officer in a
helicopter attack in Jenin Saturday. Three or four missiles were
rained down on his car as he was driving with friends; two of the
latter were mortally wounded, as were 15 passers-by, and a PA
paramilitary policeman was killed.
The targeted terrorist was responsible for the war's only mortar
shell fired onto a Jewish town in Shomron - the community of Kadim,
10 days ago - as well as for the manufacture of mortar shells in
the area. Fatah announced that it would avenge the killing, which
it called "organized state terrorism."
Several Palestinian children were slightly injured in the attack.
They were returning home from school and were near the car when the
helicopter dropped the missiles. Palestinians have condemned
Israel's pinpoint killings of Palestinian activists who Israel
suspects have helped orchestrate attacks aimed at killing Israeli
The Jenin attack came one day after Israeli tanks entered
Palestinian-controlled territory in the Gaza Strip, flattening a
Palestinian police station. That raid followed a Palestinian
grenade attack that injured two Israeli soldiers.
Tawfiq Tirawi, the PA General Security Chief in Judea and Samaria
whose headquarters were destroyed in an Israeli raid last week,
said that his men would act to thwart Palestinian mortar attacks on
Israeli targets. He said that such attacks "hurt more than they
IBM is Perfecting Hebrew Voice Recognition
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Within two years, IBM's multimedia laboratory in Haifa will be able
to develop the technology needed for a computer to recognize spoken
Hebrew and convert it into written text without the use of a
Similar programs exist, including IBM's ViaVoice system, however
none can convert spoken Hebrew into text.
Hebrew speech recognition computer programs must cope with problems
that do not exist with European languages, such as the ability to
say in one word in Hebrew, what takes three words in English, for
example, k'sheba'u,"when they came."
Last month, LexisNexis' market research company, Cahners In-Stat
Group, predicted that the Hebrew market would be worth $2.7 billion by 2005.
Several Israeli companies are also involved in developing such
programs, including Nice, Comverse and PerSay. Primary clients
include banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions
that record telephone transactions for future identification
At least one company is close to perfecting a speech recognition
system which recognizes not only what a person is saying, but also
his or her feelings.
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