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>JN Feb. 14, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 31
Israeli Ships Avoiding Suez Canal
A senior official connected to the Suez Canal reported that since
September 2000, Israeli registered ships have ceased using the Suez
Canal as a route of travel.
Prior to the start of the warfare by the PA, during 2000, 32
Israeli ships passed through the canal. By passing through the
Egyptian operated canal, ships can avoid going around Africa. As an
alternative, some Israeli firms are using ships with foreign
Five Palestinians Killed in Israeli Raids
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli forces have launched major raids into several areas of the
Gaza Strip, killing five Palestinians. About 20 Palestinians were
arrested in the military operation.
In a series of incursions into Palestinian-ruled areas of the Gaza
Strip, Israeli troops, backed by tanks and armored personnel
carriers, raided communities searching for militants and weapons.
The army says the raids on Deir al-Balah, Beit Lahia and Beit
Hanoun were in response to the firing of a new type of rocket
earlier this week from Gaza into Israel.
The raids triggered sporadic gunfights. Three Palestinian policemen
were killed in Deir al-Balah, while another policeman and a
civilian were killed in Beit Hanoun. The Israeli army later pulled
out of two towns, but set up what appeared to be a makeshift
military camp in Beit Hanoun.
An Israeli army spokeswoman says Beit Hanoun is a stronghold of the
militant Hamas movement, and mortars have been fired from the town
at Jewish settlements in Gaza.
Israeli cabinet minister Ephraim Sneh said soldiers could remain in
Palestinian-controlled areas in Gaza for days, until rocket
factories are found. He predicted the military would carry out more
large-scale raids if rocket fire continues.
Sunday, militants launched Qassam-2 rockets from Gaza into Israel,
causing no casualties, but alarming Israeli security officials
because such weapons can reach population centers.
The Palestinian public security chief in Gaza, Abdel-Razek
al-Majaydeh said "the reoccupation of the northern Gaza Strip
sabotages Palestinian, international and Arab efforts to restore
calm." He said Israeli leaders would not be able to "achieve
security and peace with tanks and helicopters."
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw arrived in the region and held
meetings with top Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Straw told journalists in Jerusalem that it is impossible to
revive the peace process while the violence is raging. "The first
steps which have to be taken are to make the lives of the people of
Israel much more secure and that means clamping down on the
terrorism, which comes from the occupied territories."
Beersheva Attack Reveals PLO's True Goals
The Palestinian terrorist attack on Sunday outside a school in
Beersheva that left two Israeli women soldiers dead was another
example of the fact that the PLO considers all of Israel a
legitimate target for its "Greater Palestine" nationalist campaign.
David Bedein, investigative reporter and bureau chief of the Israel
Resource News Agency, said that contrary to some Palestinian
propaganda campaigns that emphasize only the West Bank and Gaza,
attacks in places such as Beersheva show that these are also places
that the Arabs hope to one day take over.
Bedein told Arutz-7 that the maps issued by the PLO specifically
mention Beersheva as one of the targets that Arabs should take "by
any means possible." Bedein's agency has conducted an interview
with PLO "Refugees Affairs" chief Daud Barakat, in which Barakat
acknowledges that the Arabs have a right to take over cities
like Beersheva in "any way they can."
Bedein said that the PLO-sponsored website features intricate maps
of the Israeli towns that Arabs intend to one day conquer. Some
Arabs who hold citizenship in Israel have also formed organizations
whose goals include strategizing towards an Arab takeover of
pre-1967 Israeli towns with significant Jewish majorities, such as
Netanya, Hadera and Haifa.
Israeli Singer Calls for Transfer of Muslim Citizens
By Ha'aretz Service
Controversial singer Ariel Zilber called Wednesday for the
"transfer" of all Muslim Arab citizens of Israel, saying that they
pose a direct threat to the future of the Jewish state.
Speaking on Army Radio, Zilber said that, "the leftists are
planning to transfer settlers from the West Bank. That's no
different from what I'm suggesting."
Zilber, who last year angered Israel's gay and lesbian community
when he condemned their lifestyle, said that Muslim Arabs "will
never accept our presence here. They even say that the temple was
built on top of the Al-Aqsa mosque. They're crazy. For 2,000 years
they just sat here doing nothing, and now they want their own
state? What is that nonsense?"
In an interview last year with Yedioth Ahronoth, Zilber called
homosexuals "perverts," and also described kibbutzniks as "sons of
Zilber cited Turkey and Kosovo, as recent examples of population
transfers, saying that "Israel has to do something. We are at war,
and we're going to lose the Galilee, just like we've already lost
Acre, Nazareth and Jaffa."
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