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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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