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>JN Feb. 5, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 24
Sharon: Iraq Supplying PA with Weapons
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday told a Likud forum that Iraq
was furnishing the PA with weapons that were being smuggled in via
Sharon stated the PA was continuing efforts to smuggle weapons from
all directions, including from Hizbullah via northern Israel. The
PA, he explained, has a large stockpile of weapons, many reaching
the Force 17 and Fatah terrorists.
Sharon did state Jordan was doing a great deal to stop the
smuggling but success was limited.
Car Blast Kills Five Palestinians in Gaza
By VOA News
Five members of a radical Palestinian faction were killed Monday
when their car exploded in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian officials believe the car was blown up by a missile
fired from an Israeli helicopter. The Israeli military said it had
no knowledge of the incident, which took place near Rafah in
The victims were members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation
of Palestine. The group said it will avenge the deaths. Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat said the incident means the Israeli government
does not want calm. The DFLP issued a statement threatening a major
terror attack following the death of the terrorists.
Earlier, Israeli helicopter gunships fired missiles at a
Palestinian metal works in the Jabalyah refugee camp in the
northern Gaza Strip. The building was destroyed but there were no
casualties. The Israeli army said mortar bombs were made at the
workshop. The army said it targeted the factory in response to
Palestinian mortar attacks against Israeli targets in Gaza in
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dismissed the latest
pledge from Palestinian leader Arafat to crack down on terrorist
groups that attack Israeli civilians. Sharon was reacting to an
article by Arafat in Sunday's New York Times. He said the
Palestinian leader remains irrelevant, even if his comments appear
to be softer than in the past.
Iran: 'Unimaginable' Retaliation if Israel Hits Nuclear Plant
By Daniel Sobelman (Courtesy of Ha'aretz)
Iran warned Israel on Monday not to consider attacking its nuclear
power plant, saying the Islamic republic would retaliate in ways
"unimaginable" to the Jewish state.
"If Israel carries out any military action against Iran, it will
face a response that will be unimaginable to any Israeli
politician," Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani told
Arabic-language al-Jazeera television. He said he was not referring
to a nuclear response.
The admiral was responding to a question about what Iran's reaction
would be to a possible Israeli attack on an Iranian nuclear power
plant under construction by Russian experts near the Gulf port of
Iranian media often warn of a possible Israeli strike against the
Bushehr plant similar to Israel's air attack on an Iraqi nuclear
reactor in 1981.
"Iran is not a small country like Iraq. Iran has a powerful
artillery, a disciplined army and skilled air defenses," Jazeera
quoted Shamkhani as saying.
According to Shamkhani, Israel cannot carry out an attack against
the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, and Iran does not fear such a
thing. Shamkhani noted that he does not even consider the
possibility of Israel bombing the nuclear plant.
The warning came amid growing U.S. pressure on Iran to halt its
alleged efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction.
President George W. Bush has in the past week issued a series of
warnings to Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, accusing them of
being an "axis of evil." Iran strongly denies seeking nuclear
weapons and says its atomic program is for non-military use.
Both Israel and the United States have tried but failed to convince
Russia to stop its military and nuclear energy cooperation with the
London Sheikh Calls on Muslims to Kill Jews
The British newspaper, The Times, reported that a Muslim preacher
living in London, Sheikh Abdallah al-Faisal, has publicly called
upon the his faithful to kill Jews and, since Sept. 11, 2001, to
prepare for a worldwide Jihad.
According to the Times, the Sheikh spreads his message through
cassette tapes and speaking tours in UK mosques. His tapes,
including one called No Peace With the Jews, contain racist and
violent incitement against the Jews and the Western world. Despite
his violent incitement, British authorities have, as yet, done
nothing to stop him from spreading his message.
The preacher, known as Sheikh Faisal, is a convert to Islam
originally from Jamaica. His audiences include Muslims from every
ethnicity and background and his tapes are sold in many Islamic
book stores, reported the Times.
According to one of the tapes, the Jews are "evil to the core" and,
he instructs, in reply to an audience question if Muslims should
beat Jews in the street, "You have no choice but to hate them. How
do you fight the Jews? You kill the Jews."
In two post-September tapes, al-Faisal encourages Muslims to
prepare for a Jihad and said, "The way forward is never the ballot.
The way forward is the bullet."
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