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Israel's Assassination of Militant Palestinian Leaders Provoked...
15 Dec 2001
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of Philadelphia's Shalom Center, who examines the connection between the Israeli government's policy of assassination and what many believe to be the predictable intensification of violence now stretching into14 months of conflict.
Israel's Assassination of Militant Palestinian Leaders Provoked Latest Series of Suicide Bombings

Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

Weeks of escalating violence in the Middle East claimed the lives of two young boys ages 2 and 13 years old on Dec. 10 after Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car carrying a man they accused of planning terrorist attacks. The target of the assassination, Muhammad Sidir, who Israelis say was a local leader of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, was wounded in the assault along with his uncle and five others.

Israel stepped up its attacks on Yasir Arafat's governing authority and individuals it suspects of engaging in terrorism after three suicide bomb attacks killed 26 Israeli civilians on Dec. 1 and 2. Contributing to the cycle of violence was the Nov. 23 Israeli assassination of a leader of the militant group Hamas and the deaths of five Palestinian boys killed by a bomb planted by the Israeli Army on Nov. 22. Despite Arafat's arrest of more than 150 Palestinians thought to be connected with terror attacks, Israeli and U.S. officials demanded that he do more to dismantle Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of Philadelphia's Shalom Center, who examines the connection between the Israeli government's policy of assassination and what many believe to be the predictable intensification of violence now stretching into14 months of conflict(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org)..

Contact the Shalom Center at (215) 844-8494 or visit their Web site at www.shalomctr.org.

To receive Between The Lines Weekly Summary and/or Q&A, email btlsummary-subscribe (at) topica.com and/or btlqa-subscribe (at) topica.com
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