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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 registries.

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 bitches."

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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