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>JN Aug. 23, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 144
El Al's First Female Pilot Takes to the Skies
El Al Israel Airline's first female pilot, Meirav Schwartz, took to
the skies this past weekend. Airline officials report she will fly
regular jumbo flights to and from Europe.
Israeli Forces Kill 7 Palestinians
By VOA News
Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians in an upsurge of
violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers killed
a Palestinian man in the southern Gaza Strip late Wednesday. In a
nearby area, a Palestinian militant was killed when Israeli
helicopter gunships fired missiles at a convoy of cars. Israeli
television said the militant's father - a suspected Palestinian
bombmaker - escaped unhurt.
Earlier, five Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops near
the West Bank town of Nablus. Several more Palestinians were
wounded. There are conflicting accounts of the incident. Israel
said its soldiers opened fire on a group of Palestinians who were
planting a bomb. A Palestinian official says Palestinian civilians
were killed as they tried to rescue a gunman who was fatally
The killings coincided with a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in
Cairo attended by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. Arafat called
for a stronger Arab stance against Israel.
He also demanded the United Nations stop what he called Israel's
attempts to destroy the Palestinian dream of an independent state.
Wednesday's killings come one day after Arafat and Israeli Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres said they would agree to attend
German-brokered talks proposed in a bid to end 11 months of
Arab League Holds Emergency Meeting
By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)
At the request of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, Arab foreign
ministers gathered in Cairo for another emergency meeting. It is
the fifth such meeting for the ministers since the Palestinian
uprising began last September.
The ministers are expected to discuss how they can best help the
Palestinian cause. None of the past high-level meetings have led to
anything other than public condemnation of Israel and pledges for
financial support, and no one is publicly saying this latest
meeting will produce anything much different.
So far Arab officials have pledged about $1 billion in support of
the intifada but have stopped short of demanding the Arab world
break off all ties with Israel.
Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania have peace treaties with the Jewish
state and maintain political ties, although Egypt recalled its
ambassador to Israel last November and Jordan's new ambassador has
not yet taken up his post.
Arafat to Visit Beijing
By Jim Randle (VOA-Beijing)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat is due to arrive in Beijing
Thursday for talks on the rising tide of unrest and violence in the
China's Foreign Ministry said Arafat will brief Chinese leaders on
the Middle East peace process, but gave few details. A Chinese
source said Arafat will speak with Chinese President Jiang Zemin
and other officials.
China, as one of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security
Council, did back a Palestinian proposal to send international
monitors to Israeli-occupied territories.
China has decades-long ties with the Palestinians, but is also
interested in upgrading its military with advanced technology from
Urban Myth X-Rated
By David Emery (about.com)
"Good luck," Mr. Liebowitz??? British columnist John Humphrys,
reflecting upon the insoluble mysteries of life in last Sunday's
Times, posed the peculiar question: "Why were the first words of
the second man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin: 'Good luck, Mr.
NASA recordings prove Aldrin uttered no such words and Humphrys
would seem to be delivering a brand-new variant of a well
known urban legend: that Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon,
purportedly made the puzzling statement, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky,"
when his feet touched the lunar sand.
When Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his
famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
statement but followed it by several remarks, including
just before he re-entered the lander, the enigmatic remark
"Good luck, Mr. Gorsky."
Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some
rival Soviet cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky
in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years
many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck, Mr.
Gorsky" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.
On July 5, 1995 (in Tampa Bay, Florida) while answering questions
following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question
to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had
finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the
When he was a kid, he was playing baseball with a friend in the
backyard. His friend hit a fly ball which landed in the front of
his neighbor's bedroom windows. His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs.
Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong
heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, "Oral sex! You want oral
sex?! You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the
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