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>JN Nov. 5, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 182

Israel Destroys Suspected Gaza Arms Factory

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

The Israeli army Sunday demolished three Palestinian factories in the Gaza Strip suspected of producing mortar shells. Israeli forces fired surface-to-surface missiles at the factories.

The attack set the buildings on fire, spewing black smoke into the air. The raid followed the reported firing of 30 mortar shells at Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip in recent days.

Jerusalem Commuter Bus Attacked

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian gunmen shot and killed two people and wounded at least 32 others on a bus in Jerusalem Sunday. Israeli security forces killed at least one of the attackers.

Jerusalem Police Chief Micky Levy says that between one and three Palestinian gunmen, whom he described as terrorists, opened fire on a commuter bus. About 40 passengers were travelling on the bus, which was riddled with bullets and had its windows shattered.

Israeli soldiers at the scene killed one of the gunmen. Levy identified the attacker as a 34-year-old Palestinian member of Islamic Jihad from Hebron, in the West Bank.

At least one and possibly two other assailants fled into a dry riverbed close to the scene of the attack at French Hill junction, in northern Jerusalem. Police closed off the site, which had a trail of blood running through it, during the busy afternoon rush hour. Israeli teenage girls wept as they viewed the carnage.

There have been several terrorist attacks in the same area this year. In February, an Israeli was shot and wounded by Palestinian gunmen. And in March, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the junction, injuring 30 people. An Israeli Government spokesman says the latest shooting shows that the country is being confronted by what he called a wave of Palestinian terrorism that "the Palestinian Authority has done nothing to quell."

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced he was postponing a visit to the White House, declaring his country is at war with the Palestinians. He says he fears a rise in Palestinian terrorism as Israeli troops prepare for a phased withdrawal from Palestinian ruled towns in the West Bank.

Anthrax Attacks' are 'Work of Neo-Nazis'

By Ed Vulliamy (Courtesy of the Observer)

Neo-Nazi extremists within the US are behind the deadly wave of anthrax attacks against America, according to latest briefings from the security services and Justice Department. Experts on "survivalist" groups and extreme-right "Aryan" militants have been drafted into the investigation as the focus shifts away from possible links with the September 11 terrorists or even possible state backers such as Iraq.

"We've been zeroing in on a number of hate groups, especially one on the West Coast," a source at the Justice Department told The Observer. "We've certainly not discounted the possibility that they may be involved.

"There are a number of strong leads, and some people we know well that we are looking at. These are groups organized into militia and 'survivalist' movements - which pull out of society and take to the hills to make war on the government, and who will support anyone else making war on the government."

The Justice Department official said: "We have to see the right wing as much better coordinated than its apparent disorganization suggests. And we have to presume that their opposition to government is just as virulent as that of the Islamic terrorists, if not as accomplished."

Neo-Nazi websites, including the largest umbrella organization, the National Alliance, show support for al-Qaeda. Billy Roper, the alliance's membership coordinator posted a message within hours of the September attacks, reading: "Anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill Jews is all right by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude." Another group, Aryan Action, praised the attacks, saying: "Either you're fighting with the Jews against al-Qaeda or you support al-Qaeda fighting against the Jews." Others outwardly support the anthrax mailing.

It's Official: Yemenite Children Weren't Kidnapped


Accusations that State of Israel institutions kidnapped Yemenite children for adoption purposes are not true. This is the final determination of the Public Commission of Inquiry established in the wake of claims of wrongdoing surrounding the disappearance of close to 1,000 children between the years 1948 and 1954.

The report, released Sunday, found that the source of the claim that the children were abducted lies in the fact that many Yemenite immigrant parents were not informed that their children had passed away, nor did they receive notification of their burial sites.

The committee looked into some 800 cases and found that over 750 children had died, but admitted it could not solve the "mystery" of 56 cases. It is likely that some of them were in fact given up for adoption by social workers, according to the committee's findings. The committee blamed the Jewish Agency for not establishing a body that would coordinate between parents and hospitals and pass information between them.

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