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>JN Aug. 24, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 145
Israel's Army Enters Palestinian-Ruled Area in Hebron
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's army has made a fresh incursion into a Palestinian-ruled
area of the divided city of Hebron. Witnesses said more than 15
armored personnel carriers and military jeeps took over the
Palestinian-ruled Abu Sneinah area late Thursday. The area
overlooks the Jewish enclave in the city.
Earlier in Hebron, Israeli forces injured six Palestinians in a
firefight after Israeli settlers said Palestinian shots had injured
two Israelis, including one youth who was seriously injured.
In other violence Thursday, a Palestinian boy was killed by
Israeli forces in a clash with stonethrowers in the Gaza Strip near
the Khan Younis refugee camp.
Meanwhile, near the West Bank town of Nablus, Israeli troops fired
missiles at a car carrying a senior Palestinian security official,
but the targeted man escaped with minor injuries. Israeli military
sources say Jihad al-Musimi has been involved for several years in
attacks against Israelis in the Nablus area.
Witnesses said the first missile narrowly missed the car and left
a deep crater in the road. The second hit the car, but the
occupants had already fled. One Israeli official said al-Musimi's
resume is "written in blood." The Israeli army said he was kept in
an Israeli prison between 1979 and 1987 for "involvement in
Palestinian officials called the attack a "failed assassination
attempt," and an escalation by the Israeli government against the
Arafat to Urge Stronger Chinese Role in Middle East
By Jim Randle (VOA-Beijing)
China called for "utmost restraint" from all parties in the Middle
East, as it hosted the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Yasir
Arafat was expected to ask China to play a stronger role in the
troubled region. His visit to China followed stops in Pakistan and
India to brief leaders on the months of violence between Israelis
The Palestinian Authority's Ambassador to Beijing, Moustapha
Sapharinyin, said China has friendships with both Israel and the
Palestinians. He said Beijing could help quell the violence that
has taken about 700 lives since the latest wave of violence began
"We hope," Sapharinyin said, "the Chinese can increase their
efforts, increase their influence in the Middle East conflict.
But they play a good role and contribute a lot. But we hope also
that China can contribute more than this."
China is one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security
Council, and until recently kept a fairly neutral stance in the
conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. But this week, China
criticized Israel's military and police for using "excessive force"
in dealing with Palestinians. Beijing also backed a Palestinian
proposal to send international observers to the region - an idea
opposed by Israel.
Analysts say in the long run, China is likely to try to keep good
relations with both sides. There are long standing ties of
friendship between the Chinese and the Palestinians, but Beijing
would like to have Israeli technology to upgrade China's antiquated
(EDITORIAL NOTE for our Christian readers: Is Arafat attempting to
fulfill Revelation 9:16 -- an invasion of Israel by the Chinese?)
U.S. Commentators Warn of Mideast Danger
By Ed Warner (VOA-Washington)
Some American commentators are either urging an intensified war in
the Middle East or warning of its dangers. Others say terrorism and
political destabilization are the greater threats as the
Israel-Palestinian conflict continues.
"This cannot go on," writes columnist Charles Krauthammer in The
Washington Post. "The suicide bomber that left 15 Israelis dead and
more than 100 wounded in Jerusalem calls for a lightning massive
attack on the Palestinian infrastructure. If Israel is not allowed
to defeat terrorism, said Krauthammer, the region will be sentenced
to endless wars."
That is a prescription for endless wars, writes Arnaud de
Borchgrave in The Washington Times. Arab populations are already
outraged by the killing of Palestinians. Killing still more might
push them over the brink and despite defeats in 1967 and 1973, lead
them to war again against Israel. Some movements of troops and
weapons are underway among the Arab nations.
Israeli Computer Program Wins Chess Championship
An Israeli computer program that plays chess has won a worldwide
Itim News Agency reports that the competition, in Maastricht,
Holland, pitted 18 computerized chess software programs against
each other. Israel's program beat its German competitor, Schroeder,
which won last year.
The winner, named Junior, was designed over the course of 10 years by
Tel Aviv computer mavens Amir Ban and Shai Bushinsky.
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