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>JN Aug. 16, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 139
Taxis To Be Equipped with Panic Alert Buttons
Minister of Transportation Ephraim Sneh announced that taxis
would be equipped with panic buttons that would permit police to
trace the location of a vehicle.
After it was learned that the Wall Street Cafe suicide bomber was
transported to the scene of the Kiryat Motzkin attack by a taxi,
Sneh stated the panic buttons would be installed.
The new device carries a NIS 1,200 ($300) price tag and a monthly
fee of NIS 9 (about $2).Sneh plans to request that the treasury
undertake the cost of the new devices.
Violence Continues in Middle East
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian activist in the
West Bank city of Hebron. The killing followed an Israeli military
buildup near Palestinian villages around Bethlehem.
Palestinians said Imad Abu Sneineh, a member of Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement, was gunned down by undercover
Israeli soldiers near his home in Hebron. Palestinian officials are
calling the killing an assassination.
Israeli military sources say the man was wanted for organizing
attacks on Jewish settlers in Hebron.
Palestinians accuse Israel of assassinating more than 50 activists
since the uprising against Israeli occupation began last September.
Israel says it is acting in self-defense and that targeting the
militants is the only way to stop terrorist attacks on Israelis.
The practice has been widely condemned by the United States and
The shooting followed Israeli troop movements near the West Bank
town of Bethlehem and nearby villages. Tanks and soldiers were
moved into positions around Beit Jala, after Palestinian gunmen
fired on the nearby Jewish community of Gilo. Israelis regard Gilo
as a neighborhood of Jerusalem, although it was built on disputed
land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
The troop movements came the day after Israeli tanks and bulldozers
raided the West Bank city of Jenin, destroying a Palestinian police
headquarters before withdrawing. Israel says several Palestinian
suicide bombers came from the Jenin area. Israel says it is trying
to pressure the Palestinian Authority to arrest militants before
Palestinian officials say the Jenin incursion was a "declaration of
war," and are calling on the United Nations Security Council to
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned that the Palestinians will "lose
more assets" if the violence continues. Sharon's remarks came after
Israel took over Palestinians offices in and around Jerusalem.
Among the buildings seized was Orient House, the symbolic
headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization in East
Israel took over Orient House and other Palestinian offices in
retaliation for a suicide bombing that killed 16 people last week
in a Jerusalem restaurant.
Bush: Middle East Has Become 'Cauldron of Violence'
By Paula Wolfson (VOA-White House)
President George W. Bush has issued yet another appeal to
Palestinian and Israeli leaders to bring violence to a halt. Bush
urged restraint at a time when tensions are escalating daily.
The president said the Middle East has become "a cauldron of
violence." And he said that the bloodshed must come to an end.
During a visit to a park in Colorado, Bush again called on
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to clamp down on suicide
bombers. At the same time, he said the Israelis must show
Arab Ministers Announce Pro-Palestinian Media Campaign
By VOA News
Arab information ministers, meeting in Cairo, have agreed to spend
more than $1 million to improve the Palestinians' image in Western
media in the fight against Israeli occupation.
Arab League media adviser Hanan Ashrawi said the campaign would
combat what she called "media deception" relating to the
Palestinian issue. The information ministers said Western media
generally portray Israel as the victim in the 11-month-long
Lebanese Information Minister Ghazi Aridi, who chaired the meeting,
said the conference was in response to "great powers trying to
appease Israel at the expense of fairness and justice."
The United States was chosen as the primary focus of the campaign,
with lesser efforts to be directed toward European media outlets.
The information ministers said the plan also would help Arab
nations speak with greater unity about the Israeli-Palestinian
Reuters said the action plan will devote much of the budget for
advertisements in major world newspapers, while some of the money
would finance English-language coverage broadcast on Arab satellite
channels. Most media outlets in Arab nations are state-run or
controlled by government officials.
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