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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 peace.

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 impact.

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 peace negotiations.

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 fire.

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 personnel carriers.

Palestinian residents said that as a result of the Israeli actions, several families would be homeless during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

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 with electricity.

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 the conflict.

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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