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>JN Feb. 5, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 24

Sharon: Iraq Supplying PA with Weapons

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday told a Likud forum that Iraq was furnishing the PA with weapons that were being smuggled in via Jordan.

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 southern Gaza.

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 recent days.

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 Bushehr.

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 Islamic republic.


London Sheikh Calls on Muslims to Kill Jews

By IsraelNationalNews.com

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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