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>JN Aug. 15, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 138

McDonald's to Employ Security Personnel


The McDonald's chain in Israel announced it will be deploying a security guard in all stores not located inside a mall.

The stores inside malls already benefit from the shopping center security. McDonald's officials feel the step is a prudent one in light of the threat posed by the current security situation.

U.S. Criticizes Israeli Army Raid

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

The United States has criticized the latest Israeli army incursion into a Palestinian-ruled town. The State Department said the destruction Tuesday of two police buildings in the West Bank town of Jenin was provocative and undermined efforts to end Mideast violence. The Israeli army said the nighttime operation was in response to a series of suicide bombings linked to militants from Jenin.

Israeli officials described the raid as a message to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat that he will pay the price for failing to put an end to terrorist attacks by Palestinian militants.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned the Palestinians they stand to lose "additional assets, unless there an end to terrorism and violence."

Palestinian radio quoted local sources as saying Israel may now be preparing for an incursion into the West Bank town of Beit Jala. Last week, Israeli forces seized Palestinian offices in the West Bank village of Abu Dis.

Tanks and bulldozers rumbled into Jenin in the first major Israeli incursion into a Palestinian-controlled town in more than 10 months of violence. Heavy fighting erupted, and the Palestinian police headquarters was demolished.

The army said the assault was in response to recent Palestinian suicide bombings. Israeli officials say the latest such attack, carried out Sunday near the coastal city of Haifa, was directed from Jenin.

Dore Gold, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said "This isn't about retaliation, this isn't about revenge. This is about accountability. Jenin has become a hub of terrorism against northern Israel. At least four or more terrorist attacks have emanated from Jenin, and the Palestinian Authority has not lifted a finger to stop this. We are saying stop the terrorism and stop it now."

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat denounced the incursion and called on the United Nations Security Council for protection. "I hope that the Security Council will convene immediately in order to halt these Israeli measures and actions and this Israeli aggression," said Erekat, "because the whole Middle East region, if they go ahead with their occupation of the West Bank again and the Gaza Strip again, will never be the same." In recent months, Israeli tanks have entered Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip, but have not launched major raids in the West Bank.

Gun battles later exploded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem and between nearby Beit Jala and the Jewish community of Gilo, built on disputed land adjacent to Jerusalem.

Near the West Bank city of Hebron, the army said a Jewish settler was wounded, and a child slightly hurt, when Palestinian gunmen fired on their car.

In more violence, a Palestinian man, Shadi al-Asfuri, was killed in an explosion in Nablus. He was identified as an activist from Arafat's Fatah faction.

Palestinians Say Nude Female Soldiers are New 'Zionist' Weapon

By Gamla News Service

The Al Hayat al Jadida newspaper, reportedly associated with the Palestinian Authority, has accused the Israel Defense Forces of using semi-nude female soldiers standing atop tanks to lure Palestinians and then killing them.

A Page One headline in the newspaper said: "The occupation is using naked women to hunt down intifada youth." The daily was reporting on an alleged Gaza Strip clash in which the partially-clad female soldier lured Palestinian demonstrators to their deaths.

The Palestinian paper reported: "She started to strip her clothes off in front of the demonstrators until she was [nearly] naked. Some of the protesters said they were disgusted by it while others said the Zionist soldier made rude gestures at them."

When they approached the tank to throw stones at the nearly nude female soldier, she reportedly took a pistol from her panties and shot dead two Palestinians and wounded nine others.

A spokesman for the IDF at first declined to comment on the report, but later said it was completely ridiculous.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Band Cancels Performance


The Red Hot Chili Peppers rock band have notified organizers they would be canceling a planned August 28 performance in Israel due to the deteriorating security situation.

According to Shuki Weiss, the organizer, the performance would be postponed to an alternate date. He added that 20,000 tickets have been sold to date.

The band originally canceled the concert but reconsidered after receiving a personal call from former President Bill Clinton. Despite the request from the former president, recent attacks seem to have changed their minds a second time, prompting them to cancel the concert.

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