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>JN Nov. 30, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 199
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JOIN THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER'S PROTEST NEO-NAZI'S TO MARCH
THROUGH BERLIN'S HISTORIC JEWISH QUARTER THIS SATURDAY IN THE
LARGEST FAR-RIGHT RALLY SINCE WORLD WAR II: Go to
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petition that will be sent directly to the mayor of Berlin
protesting this Saturday's neo-Nazi march through Berlin's historic
Jewish quarter. Please forward this article to family and friends
so that together our voices can be heard in the fight against hate
Bomber Kills Self and Three Others on Israeli Bus
By VOA News
Israeli police said a Palestinian suicide bomber has killed himself
and at least three passengers on a bus in northern Israel. The
Thursday blast came as U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni met separately
with Israeli and Palestinian security chiefs for talks aimed at
forging a ceasefire to end 14 months of bloodshed.
Israeli police said six other passengers were wounded in the
explosion. The bus was traveling the main highway between Hadera
and Afula. Both towns have been targeted before by Palestinian
The blast took place at about 8:30 p.m, after a well-dressed Arab
male boarded at Wadi Ara Junction. According to bus driver
23-year-old Tal Goldberg, who survived the blast, the man boarded
the bus but two persons that accompanied him remained at the bus
stop. Another survivor explained seeing the man getting on, then
feeling head pain and hearing a large explosion. Goldberg added
that fortunately, there were few passengers on the bus at the time
of the attack.
The powerful blast tore off a large section of the bus, killing
three innocent persons and injuring six. The injured were
transported to Hillel Yafeh Hospital in Hadera. Others complaining
of anxiety and related symptoms began making their way to the
hospital later in the night.
Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner said Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat was responsible for the blast. He said the attack was
aimed at undermining the U.S. envoy's peace mission. The
Palestinian Authority issued a statement condemning the attack.
Earlier, Israeli troops killed two Palestinians at a West Bank
roadblock and an Israeli was shot dead elsewhere in the occupied
In one incident, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a driver who they
say was trying to run a checkpoint in the Jordan River Valley. A
second man was killed by a stray bullet as he waited in line in a
different car. Palestinians say the driver of the first car was
making a U-turn after growing frustrated with the long wait at the
Elsewhere, one Israeli was killed and another wounded in a drive-by
shooting near a Palestinian village on the dividing line between
the West Bank and Israel.
Before meeting the retired general, the head of Palestinian
Preventive Security in the West Bank, Jibril Rajoub, told the Voice
of Palestine radio that the Palestinian Authority demands all
factions observe a ceasefire.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insisted that there be a full seven
days without Palestinian attacks of any sort before he will agree
to start truce talks. He also demanded that Arafat arrest
militants, dismantle what he called terror groups, and confiscate
illegal weapons. Palestinian officials said Sharon's demand for a
week of complete calm is unrealistic and a ploy to block progress.
Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres are at odds about Israel's
approach. Peres has argued that Palestinian authorities cannot
crack down on militants and risk civil war without real prospects
for re-starting peace talks.
AP Quotes Mubarak as Denying Missile Reports
By IsraeliWire.com News
The Associated Press reported that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
vehemently denied that North Korea is providing Egypt with
long-range missiles. He suggested that Israel might be behind the
reports in an attempt to undermine U.S.-Egyptian relations.
"This is totally false and incorrect," Mubarak told Egypt's Middle
East News Agency. "I have repeatedly said that we are not
endeavoring to obtain these kinds of weapons and we do not plan to
do so because we do not have aggressive intentions."
AP said it was told by a congressional source that Congress will
investigate reports North Korea is providing Egypt with long-range
missiles. But the Egyptian news agency said Mubarak was reacting to
reports in Israeli media.
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