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>JN Feb. 12, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 29
Anti-Gov't Webmaster Sent for Psychiatric Evaluation
Holon resident Yigal Ben-Naftali was ordered to undergo a
psychiatric evaluation by the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on
He was arrested for running anti-government websites spreading
information deemed inciteful by police, against Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. The court rejected
a defense request to release the suspect to house arrest.
Arafat Promises No Arms Smuggling
By VOA News & IsraelNational News
U.S. officials said Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has promised in
a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell to end any arm
smuggling and military cooperation with Iran by members of his
The State Department calls the letter a positive development that
must be followed up with strong and irreversible action. Arafat
sent the letter to officials at the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem.
Also Monday, the State Department criticized Israel's air strikes
in heavily-populated Palestinian areas in retaliation for
anti-Israeli attacks. The State Department also called the firing
of Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip to targets inside Israel
a dangerous escalation of violence.
Doctors say dozens of people were injured, including four
seriously in the latest attacks. For the second day in a row,
Israeli aircraft hit a large compound in the center of Gaza City.
The compound contains the offices of the Palestinian security and
intelligence services, as well as a large prison.
Loud explosions rocked the area as fire, smoke and debris rose over
the city. At the time of the attacks, streets were crowded with
school children, and the explosions sent them running in panic.
Palestinians say Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City wounded at least
30 people Sunday. The missiles were a direct response for a
Palestinian attack Sunday that killed to Israeli soldiers.
The army says the air raids were in response to the firing of a new
kind of rocket from Gaza into Israel. The rockets, called "Qassam
II," are built by members of the militant Hamas group. It was the
first time such rockets had been used since violence erupted 16
months ago. Israel had threatened a strong response if the rockets
were fired at Israeli towns.
Israeli cabinet minister Tzipi Livni said the Jewish state has the
right to defend itself and its civilians against rocket and
shooting attacks. "It is the responsibility of the Israeli
government to keep security and protect the life of Israeli
citizens and that is why we are fighting terror with every measure
that we think is necessary. It is not only about retaliation."
More than 1,100 people, mostly Palestinians, have died since the
uprising against Israeli occupation erupted in September 2000.
The victims in Sunday's terrorist shooting in a coffee shop outside
a school in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva were buried
Monday. Lt. Keren Rothstein, 20, from Ashkelon, was laid to rest in
the military section of the Ashkelon cemetery, and Cpl. Aya
Malachi, 18, of Moshav Ein HaBesor, was buried in her home
Three women wounded in the attack remain hospitalized in the Soroka
Medical Center in Beersheva, including one in serious/critical
The terrorist who was later found to be wearing an explosives-laden
vest was killed outside the gates of an elementary school in which
many classes were underway. Police investigators have determined
that his plan was in fact to carry out his suicide explosion inside
A 6th-grade teacher told Arutz-7, "We heard a round of shots. The
father of one of the pupils came and told us to get into a
classroom and told us to lie on the floor. Spontaneously, all the
children began to recite Tehillim (Psalms)."
Police have learned that Arabs with Israeli citizenship assisted
the two terrorists in getting to Beersheva from the Hebron area and
in directing them to a suitable target. Prior to the attack, one of
the terrorists stayed in the home of a local Israeli-Arab. The
Arabs drove to the scene of their murderous attack in a car stolen
from Israel two weeks ago.
Minister's Daughter Resigns from Pilot Training
When Na'amah Landau learned she would be a navigator and not a
combat helicopter pilot as hoped, she told her commanders she was
dropping out of the air force's prestigious pilot training program.
Landau, the daughter of Minister of Internal Security Uzi Landau,
was rated as among the brighter cadets in her class, maintaining
her own against the majority male population.
She told her commanders that she had no intentions of being seated
in the rear seat in a navigational capacity and as such, has
decided to leave the program.
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