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>JN Nov. 28, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 197

It's Official: Arafat Ordered Terrorist Attacks


IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Sha'ul Mofaz, Tuesday, made some of the strongest accusations against Yasir Arafat to date. Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Mofaz said that Arafat did not just give a "green light" to terrorism, but was the very initiator of many attacks.

Arutz-7's reported that Arafat convened, in February 2000, the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and told them to commit terrorist attacks within pre-1967 Israel with the purpose of getting Israel to "surrender." Later, he gave a similar order to Tanzim (Fatah militia) heads.

Palestinian Gunmen Kill Three Israelis, Wound 30+

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

Three Israelis were killed and more than 30 were wounded Tuesday in two attacks after Palestinian gunmen fired on a crowd of people in the northern town of Afula. Israeli police and witnesses said the two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a crowded bus station in Afula.

The Palestinians sprayed bullets in the central bus station. The assailants fled to a nearby market firing automatic weapons in all directions. Police killed both Palestinians. Several dozen Israelis were wounded during the assault,

Later, an Israeli settler was killed when bullets hit a bus in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man they think was the gunman.

Responsibility for the attack in Afula was claimed jointly by Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which is tied to the Fatah movement of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. They said the attack was a joint operation conducted by the two groups. Afula is close to the West Bank and has been the target of several terrorist attacks in the past year.

Meanwhile, U.S. envoys began a new diplomatic effort designed to end more than a year of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed. State Department envoy William Burns and retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni met with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other top officials.

In a move designed to show Israel's security needs, Sharon took the envoys on a helicopter tour of the Jewish state and the Palestinian territories. Israeli government spokesman Zalman Shoval says the Afula attack demonstrated the importance of reaching a truce.

"This incident, of course, is tragic. But on the other hand it will enable our American friends to get a first hand impression of the situation that we are facing and how important indeed it is to try to achieve a ceasefire."

Earlier, under cover of darkness, Israel pulled its soldiers out of Jenin, the last Palestinian West Bank town still re-occupied by the military. Israel occupied six Palestinian-ruled towns in October, following the assassination of an Israeli cabinet minister by Palestinian militants.

The Jenin pullback had been postponed due to what the Israeli defense ministry said was a continuing threat of attacks from militants in the town. The United States has repeatedly called for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian-ruled territory in the West Bank. A Palestinian security official called the redeployment cosmetic because soldiers continue to remain in positions around the town.

The Palestinian Authority, in a statement, condemned the two attacks by Palestinian gunmen. The attacks came as two U.S. envoys were meeting Israeli leaders at the start of a mission to try to forge a lasting ceasefire after 14 months of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Attacks and clashes have claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people, about 80 percent of them Palestinians.

Fax Campaign For Pollard


Prime Minister Sharon will be leaving for the United States on Thursday - and has not yet promised to ask President George Bush to pardon Jonathan Pollard.

The Committee to Bring Jonathan Home is organizing a campaign of faxes to the Prime Minister to "stress to him his responsibility to Bring Jonathan Home."

Pollard's wife Esther, speaking with Arutz-7, also endorsed the idea, saying, "The government has to see that the issue are not going away... You have to let him know that you will never stop stripping away the pretense [and telling him that] he is not doing what he should be doing."

The number to fax the Prime Minister is (02) 670-5475 [from the U.S., the prefix is (011-9722)]. The committee recommends a short message such as, "Dear Mr. Sharon, During your meetings with President Bush, remember your responsibility to Israeli agent Yehonatan Pollard, and put this issue at the top of your agenda. Signed,"

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