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Mass Graves In Sobibor


Seven mass gravesites were found in the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland. Archaeologist Angei Kula said that the graves are 656 by 820 feet - except for one that is more than three times that size. All are 16.4 feet deep. He said that the victims were killed by bullets. The Sobibor area became forestland after World War II, and this is the first time the area has been excavated. About 250,000 Jews were murdered in Sobibor during the Holocaust.

Iraq Also Gets Involved

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The General Security Services has revealed Iraqi involvement in terrorist cells in Ramallah and Jenin. The Shin Bet arrested 15 Palestinians who were funded, trained and run by Iraq, through the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), which is based in Iraq and headed by Mohammed Abass, also known as Abu Abas.

The PLF was behind the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean during which a wheelchair-bound American, Leon Klinghoffer, was killed. Abu Abass is a member of the Palestinian National Council.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, the group was funded through Iraqi intelligence, and through Jordanian banks with the money then transferred into Palestinian banks or smuggled into the country.

The cells were responsible for the murder of a teenager, Yuri Gochin of Pisgat Ze'ev, as well as the placing of bombs in the Galilee and Shomron. The cell members had planned to carry out "spectacular" major attacks in Ben-Gurion International Airport and in downtown Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, according to the security service.

The major attack they planned in July - a plan to attack the airport - was foiled by information that reached Shin Bet through the Mossad. A major alert was issued, causing huge traffic jams near the airport and even delaying flights. But the alert proved wise - members of the cell reached the vicinity of airport, were deterred and went home. Instead of the airport plan, they went ahead with their plan of a kidnapping, tempting Guschin into Ramallah in July, where they killed him.

Sharon: Israel to Respond if Attacked by Iraqi Missiles

By Aluf Benn, Nathan Guttman & Daniel Sobelman (Ha'aretz)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reportedly will tell President Bush next Monday that Israel expects advance warning of any operation against Iraq, since it would have direct impact upon Israeli security.

If Iraq retaliates against an American attack by striking Israel, Sharon expects that the United States will not try to stop Israeli reprisals against Iraq, Israeli sources told Ha'aretz.

During the 1991 Gulf War, the U.S. demanded that Israel refrain from counter-strikes after Saddam Hussein's regime fired Scud missiles. "There's no reason why the United States should limit Israel this time, should Saddam Hussein attack us," the sources said.

Israeli Helicopters Hit Gaza Targets

By VOA News

Israeli helicopter gunships attacked Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after a day of turmoil in the wake of the Israeli assassination of a militant Islamic leader.

Palestinian officials said Israelis fired at least 20 missiles at an office run by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah organization in Deir el-Balah in central Gaza, and a Palestinian security post further south in Khan Younis. Elsewhere, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed near the West Bank town of Bethlehem during a gunbattle involving Israeli troops. The Israeli military said the soldiers were forced to open fire during a violent confrontation.

The Israeli rocket attacks were carried out after mortar fire killed an Israeli soldier and wounded two others in the Gush Katif Jewish settlement area in Gaza. Gunfire aimed at the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo in East Jerusalem was also reported Saturday.

The three men died when Israeli helicopters opened fire at their car near the West Bank town of Nablus. A series of violent incidents, including an ordnance explosion that killed five children, has left 12 Palestinians dead since Thursday.

Israeli Scientists Develop Bio-Computer

By VOA News

Israeli scientists say they have developed a biological computer-like device so small that one-trillion of them - all working together - can be contained in a single drop of water measuring one-tenth of a millimeter.

The biological computer, or automaton, was created by scientists at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science, near Tel Aviv. A report on the research has been published in the latest edition of the science magazine Nature.

The director of the institute, Ehud Shapiro, said the computer uses enzymes as hardware, which in turn manipulates DNA molecules as software to create a single computing machine.

Although the minuscule computer is yet to have a practical use, Israeli scientists say it might some day be used to sense an abnormal biochemical change in the body and decide how to correct it by synthesizing and releasing the proper drug.

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