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>JN Aug. 9, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 134

External Pacemaker Alerts Police in Shopping Center


A policeman drew his gun after seeing a teenager in a Netanya shopping center with wires protruding from his shirt.

He immediately suspected the teen was concealing a bomb under his shirt, but it was later learned that the "bomb" was an external pacemaker assisting the cardiac patient to maintain a regular heartbeat.

The Arab teen was taken to the police station to enable experts to verify the device was a pacemaker and not an explosive device. He was then released.

Israelis View U.N. Lebanon Tapes

By Breck Ardery (VOA-United Nations)

After viewing videos related to the abduction of Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said there was "room for hope" that the soldiers might still be alive.

Ambassador Yehuda Lancry and several others viewed two videos and inspected items related to the abductions. The videos were made by U.N. peacekeeping troops in Lebanon and one of them shows vehicles believed used in the taking of the Israeli soldiers last October.

At the time, a U.N. commander in the field said the amount of blood in the vehicles indicated that the Israelis may have died. But Lancry told reporters he does not share that conclusion. "We viewed some blood stains in the vehicles and the items, but in my opinion, in our opinion, we do think that there was no significant quantity of blood."

Lancry said a further analysis will await another viewing of the videos and items from the scene. That second viewing, involving families of the soldiers and Israeli forensic experts is expected to take place in Geneva within a few days.

The tape shown to the Israelis had been edited with the faces of Hizbullah members obscured.

Palestinian Bomber Dies, Helicopters Attack in West Bank

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

A Palestinian man blew himself up near an Israeli West Bank military checkpoint, and Israeli combat helicopters have attacked Palestinian security targets following the killing of a Jewish settler.

The Palestinian died after apparently detonating a bomb when an Israeli soldier approached his car at a checkpoint in the Jordan valley. The soldier was slightly injured by shrapnel from the explosion.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, helicopter gun ships pounded targets in the town of Salfit after Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish settler near Nablus. Missiles were fired at two Palestinian security posts. One was being used by military intelligence and the other by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Force 17 unit. There were no reports of casualties.

Israeli Air Force May Train In The U.S.


Jane's Defense Weekly reported that the Israeli Air Force wants to deploy some of its combat aircraft in the United States for regular flight training.

Jane's said that the IAF outlined a plan to station a detachment of Israeli fighter aircraft on a U.S. Air Force base by 2002. Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Dan Halutz told Jane's that Israeli pilots would be continually rotated for training missions.

The Israelis want to make use of the large land area and airspace of the U.S. Air Force bases to improve pilot readiness with realistic combat exercises and training for long-range air strikes.

The limited land mass of the entire state of Israel, 7,849 sq. miles, does not approach, for example, the size of Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle, with a total area of 98,687 sq. miles.

No final decision to station IAF aircraft in the U.S, has been made by either the Department of Defense or the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

PA Sermon: Peace Through Killing Jews


What follows are selections of Friday's sermon (August 3) on official Palestinian Authority TV. The selections are provided by Palestinian Media Watch.

"Allah shall make the Moslem rule over the Jew, we will blow them up in Hadera, we will blow them up in Tel-Aviv and in Netanya in the righteousness of Allah against this riff-raff, we will fight against them and rule over them until the Jew will hide behind the trees and stones and the tree and stone will say: 'Moslem! Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!'

"We will enter Jerusalem as conquerors, and Jaffa as conquerors, and Haifa as conquerors and Ashkelon as conquerors, we are certain that the victory is quickly coming, as we bless anyone who rises against a soldier, we bless all those who educate their children to Jihad and to Martyrdom, blessings to he who shot a bullet into the head of a Jew...

"I heard a youth say, 'Oh, Sheikh, I am now 14 years old. I have four more years and then I will go to blow myself up among Allah's enemies, I will blow myself up among the Jews.'" I said to him, 'Allah should let you merit Martyrdom and let me merit Martyrdom'...

"All weapons must be aimed at the Jews, at the enemies of Allah, the cursed nation in the Koran, whom the Koran describes as monkeys and pigs, worshippers of the calf and idol worshippers.

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