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Monday, October 9, 2000
Report: Palestinian dead after driving Israeli employers car and mistakenly stoned by Palestinians

Israel TV - 9 October 2000

A Palestinian man died in the West Bank near Ramallah on Monday.Report: Palestinian dead after driving Israeli employers car and mistakenly stoned by Palestinians

Israel TV - 9 October 2000

A Palestinian man died in the West Bank near Ramallah on Monday. Ali Ishak,
25, of the West Bank village of Azun, was driving his Israeli employer's
car, which had yellow number plates, when it crashed, killing him.

Reports claim that the car was stoned by Palestinian protesters, who
believed the driver to be an Israeli. This is thought to have been the cause
of the fatal crash.



0010051100100510/5/00 0:00:0012/30/99 0:30:51Ha'aretz: Forest fires may be arsonists' workHa'aretz: Forest fires may be arsonists' work


By Zohar Blumenkrantz Ha'aretz Correspondent and Itim Ha'aretz 5 October
2000

A gang of arsonists may be behind the recent spate of fires in forests and
nature reserves throughout the country, according to reports from pilots of
the aviation company involved in extinguishing the blazes.Ha'aretz: Forest fires may be arsonists' work


By Zohar Blumenkrantz Ha'aretz Correspondent and Itim Ha'aretz 5 October
2000

A gang of arsonists may be behind the recent spate of fires in forests and
nature reserves throughout the country, according to reports from pilots of
the aviation company involved in extinguishing the blazes. Yesterday,
employees of Kimnir spotted arsonists lighting a fire in the Wada Ara area
and then fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The pilots informed the Jewish
National Fund of the incident and the police were called in to deal with the
matter. There was not, however, enough available manpower to pursue the
suspects.

The wave of fires began soon after riots broke out in Arab Israeli towns and
villages earlier this week. Since Monday, dozens of fire-fighting aircraft
have been dispatched in an attempt to control the blazes.

The CEO of Kimnir, Shaul Sheffi, told Ha'aretz that the company was using
aircraft similar to those that are used to spray crops with pesticide and
had been converted to perform fire-fighting missions. "Each plane can hold
1,500 liters of water," Sheffi explained. "Special substances or foam that
extinguish the fire up to ten times quicker are then added."

Some flights are also equipped with a special formula that helps prevent the
fires from spreading. According to Sheffi, the first plane takes off at
first light, with the effort continuing till late in the day. The pilots are
fighting a "duel" with the arsonists, Sheffi said.

0010051200100510/5/00 0:00:0012/30/99 0:31:15Ha'aretz: Ministry of Education spends NIS 500,000 for 600,000 memorial candles marking Rabin assasination anniversaryHa'aretz: Ministry of Education spends NIS 500,000 for 600,000 memorial candles marking Rabin assasination anniversary

By Relly Sa'ar Ha'aretz Education Correspondent Ha'aretz 5 October 2000

Since the beginning of the school year, senior officials at the Education
Ministry have been occupied by the serious question of how to buy hundreds
of thousands of candles to commemorate the anniversary of prime minister
Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.Ha'aretz: Ministry of Education spends NIS 500,000 for 600,000 memorial candles marking Rabin assasination anniversary

By Relly Sa'ar Ha'aretz Education Correspondent Ha'aretz 5 October 2000

Since the beginning of the school year, senior officials at the Education
Ministry have been occupied by the serious question of how to buy hundreds
of thousands of candles to commemorate the anniversary of prime minister
Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.

Yossi Cucik, director general of the Prime Minister's Office, and former
Education Minister Yossi Sarid decided several months ago to finance NIS
500,000 worth of memorial candles to mark the fifth anniversary of the
assassination. The candles are to be be distributed to some 600,000
students.

However, the ministry's legal advisors told Sarid and Cucik that this was
not legally viable, since the Education Ministry's role is to finance
education and not to buy memorial candles. Eventually, a legal compromise
was found, whereby the Rabin Center would buy the candles for the schools
and the Education Ministry would donate NIS 1.2 million to the center to
finance various commemoration activities - including the candles.

The anniversary of Rabin's assassination is an offical day of commemoration,
like the memorial day for fallen soldiers and Holocaust memorial day. All
students are required to participate in "activities that discuss Rabin's
character and stress the importance of democracy and danger of violence to
the society and state."

When asked why the Education Ministry is only involved in purchasing candles
for the Rabin memorial day and does not for example also fund the purchase
of candles for the memorial day for fallen soldiers, ministry spokesperson
Rivka Shraga replied that "The 'candle youths' have become a principle
symbol of the memorial day for Rabin's assassination.

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