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Aug. 6-8, 2001
>JN Aug. 3, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 133
Israeli Driver Foils Bus Bombing
By VOA News
An Israeli bus driver has foiled a bombing attempt in Israel, as
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat called for an end to all
Thursday's bombing attempt in northern Israel was thwarted when a
bus driver ordered a Palestinian youth carrying a black bag to get
off the bus. The youth was detained and a large bomb was found in
Israeli police said it could have caused a bloodbath. Police also
said the youth tried to detonate the bomb when he was confronted.
A bomb squad later destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.
Israeli police said the teenager told interrogators he was given
the bag by another man waiting near the bus stop near the Jordan
Valley town of Bet She'an.
During the search for the man, Israeli troops briefly detained a
Palestinian activist of the Fatah movement in the West Bank. Troops
released him when they found he was not the man being sought.
Four Palestinians Sentenced to Death for Helping Israel
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Authority has sentenced four Palestinians to death
since Tuesday after convicting them of collaborating with Israel.
The action is aimed at deterring informers from helping Israel
assassinate Palestinian activists suspected of planning attacks
A Palestinian security court in the West Bank city of Nablus
sentenced a Palestinian man to death by firing squad for
collaborating with Israel in its killing of a senior activist from
the militant Islamic group Hamas.
Ahmad Abu-Ayshah was found guilty of treason for helping Israeli
intelligence agents kill Salah Darwaza, whose car was hit by tank
shells last week in the West Bank.
Ayshah, who allegedly received about $45 from Israel each time he
passed on information, begged forgiveness from his accusers. But
Palestinians in the packed courtroom demanded the execution of
Ayshah, a father of nine children. He is the fourth Palestinian to
be sentenced to death this week for collaborating with Israel.
Israel's policy of assassinating militant Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) and Islamic leaders has sparked an intense
search within Palestinian society for local informers, who may have
helped Israel carry out targeted killings.
In a strong warning to other suspected collaborators, three
Palestinian men were sentenced to death by firing squad for their
part in the earlier assassination of Thabet in Tulkarem, also in
the West Bank. A fourth man was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Thabet, was a senior member of Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO.
Arafat must still ratify the death sentences and although he has
approved capital punishment in the past, he has blocked some
executions in the face of international criticism.
For such operations as the one in Nablus, Israel has often relied
on Palestinian informers, who pass on sensitive information
concerning the movements of activists targeted for assassination.
Pope: 'Unprecedented Violence' in Middle East
By Greg Lamotte (VOA-Cairo)
Pope John Paul says the Middle East has reached a point of "unheard
of" violence. The pontiff expressed his concern after a meeting
Thursday outside Rome with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
The unprecedented violence between Israel and the Palestinians must
end and both sides must return to the negotiating table. Those were
the comments of Pope John Paul following his meeting with Arafat.
Italy is the latest stop in Arafat's campaign to gain support for
his proposal to have international monitors sent to the West Bank
and Gaza Strip. Arafat was given a 25-minute private audience at
the pope's summer residence southeast of Rome.
Afterward, a statement issued at the Vatican said the pope
expressed his concern and anguish over what he called the
"unprecedented violence between Israel and the Palestinians" and
the growing numbers of victims. There was, however, no mention of
papal support for international monitors in the Palestinian
territories, something Israel opposes.
Inner City Railway for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
If you're sick of traffic jams in Tel Aviv, there is yet hope for
commuters in Israel's financial capital. The Regional Planning and
Building Board approved the metropolitan Tel Aviv light railway
The route's 32 planned stops will extend from Bat Yam, a suburb
south of Tel Aviv, northbound to Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak, then
eastward to the terminus in Petah Tikva.
The light railway is slated to be run by electricity, meaning a
quiet ride and no pollution. Each train will carry up to 700
passengers and run at three to six minute intervals. The
project is scheduled to be completed in eight to 10 years.
A similar project in Jerusalem is only five years away. The first
line will be 8.5 miles long, and its 24 stops will extend from
Pisgat Ze'ev in the north to Mount Herzl, through the city center.
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