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>JN Nov. 21, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 194
Knesset Session On Pollard Wednesday
The Knesset will hold a special session Wednesday morning on the
16th anniversary of Jonathan Pollard's incarceration.
Also marking this date will be a lecture by Pollard's personal
rabbi, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu,
Wednesday evening in the Yeshurun Synagogue in Jerusalem.
Pollard's lawyer in Israel, Larry Dub, will provide the audience
with an update on Pollard's condition and prospects.
Powell Pushes Mideast Peace Effort
By David Gollust VOA (Washington), Meredith Buel (Jerusalem)
Secretary of State Colin Powell has urged Palestinians and Israelis
to seize the new opportunity presented by the latest U.S. peace
initiative to put an end to their long conflict.
Powell said he has received expressions of support for the U.S.
effort from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Musa. The
White House said President Bush was also heartened by the Israeli
and Palestinian reaction.
The remarks come a day after Powell, in a policy address on the
Middle East, said he is sending two envoys to nail down an
Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and to push and prod the two sides to
face up to fundamental truths they need to accept for there to be
Powell said the Palestinians must end anti-Israel violence and
incitement and eliminate any doubt that they accept the legitimacy
of Israel as a Jewish state. He said Israel must stop settlement
activity, be willing to end its occupation of the West Bank and
Gaza Strip consistent with the "land-for-peace" resolutions of the
U.N. Security Council, and accept a viable Palestinian state.
While Israelis and Palestinians welcomed Powell's vision of a
peaceful Middle East, some analysts questioned whether his policy
speech will result in an end to more than 13 months of bloodshed
and a return to peace talks. Both sides expressed hope that
increased American involvement in the region will have a positive
In preparation for the arrival of the U.S. envoys, Israel and the
Palestinians are to name high-ranking teams for truce talks. The
envoys will try to help both sides implement the recommendations of
an international commission that proposed a ceasefire, a
cooling-off period and confidence building measures leading to new
Israel Raids Palestinian Areas, Demolishes Homes
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli forces raided a Palestinian-ruled area of the Gaza Strip
Tuesday and demolished several homes. The Israeli military action
followed the wounding of two Israeli soldiers by Palestinian mortar
Palestinian officials said that the Israeli army raid into Rafah
refugee camp in the Gaza Strip was covered by tank shelling and
heavy gunfire, causing severe damage to several houses. In
addition, several other houses were demolished by the Israeli army
forces, which came backed by tanks, bulldozers and armored
Palestinian residents said that as a result of the Israeli actions,
several families would be homeless during the Holy Month of
At least two Palestinians were reported wounded by Israeli gunfire
during the raid. Palestinian eyewitnesses say that the Israeli army
also shelled the major transmitter that supplies the whole of Rafah
The Israeli Army said the operation was justified, because
Palestinian snipers were using houses to fire on soldiers and
Israeli military positions.
In a separate incident outside a Jewish settlement in the Gaza
Strip, Kfar-Darom, two Israeli soldiers were injured by shrapnel
from a Palestinian mortar.
Nabil Abu Rudeinah, a top aide to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat,
said the incursion into Palestinian-ruled land is designed to "put
obstacles in front of" two American envoys that Secretary of State
Colin Powell is dispatching to the Mideast in an effort to resolve
Kosher Candy Bar in Berlin's Jewish Museum
During World War II, Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, a popular kosher
candy made in Philadelphia, often wound up in the hungry mouths of
many American GIs.
Recently, a box even wound up in the Jewish Museum in Berlin,
according to the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. But, according to
museum officials, the candy-less cardboard container, donated
anonymously to the museum in 1989, was in the museum because it
contained dozens of passports belonging to Jewish forced laborers.
A secretary probably used the box as a convenient method of
storage, said a museum spokesperson.
Because the kosher candy bars were believed to have been sold in
American Army stores and delivered in care packages to prisoners of
war, it's theorized that it wouldn't have been hard for a secretary
at a German firm to get her hands on a box.
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