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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, September 2, 2003. Armed Palestinian killed Israeli soldiers killed an armed Palestinian in the West Bank. The man was killed Tuesday near Jenin when he got out of his car and pulled out a gun after his vehicle was stopped by soldiers, according to Israel's daily Ha'aretz. AIDS patients helped South African Jewry and the American Jewish Com- mittee have contributed $100,000 to help treat AIDS patients in their country. The money, to be funneled through Doctors Without Borders, comes from an anony- mous donation that was prompted by a JTA brief on the issue last year. The donation will ensure that 50 people in a black township who are suffering from the AIDSvirus will receive antiretroviral treatment. Israel: We missed target The target of an Israeli missile strike Monday in the Gaza Strip escaped unharmed. The man wasn't in the vehicle that was hit, Israeli officials acknowledged. At least one member of Hamas died in the attack, which also wounded 20. Hamas creates most-wanted list Hamas has created a deck of cards of Israeli officials it wants to assassinate. The deck imitates a U.S. tactic for targeting Saddam Hussein and his loyalists in Iraq. In- cluded in the Hamas cards are Israeli Prime MinisterAriel Sharon, former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres, and top security officials. The Al-Aksa Brigade al~o has published a list of Israelis it wants to kill. Palestinian girl dies of Wounds A Palestinian girl died of wounds suffered in one of last week's Israeli strikes in Gaza. The 11-year-old girl brings the number of fatalities in the Aug. 26 strike to three. The attack, which killed two other bystanders, missed its main target. Mofaz: Kick Arafat out Israel might need to expel Yasser Arafat, Israel's de- fense minister said. Shaul Mofaz said Israel had erred in not expelling the Palestinian Authority president sooner. "Arafat never wanted to reach an agreement with us," Mofaz told Israel Army Radio. "He needs to disappear from the stage of history." Israel has isolated Arafat in his Ramallah compound for the past 18 months. By Dan Baron JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Abdullah Kawasme probably never thought that diaper deliverymen could be so le- thal. But when the Hamas mas- termind stepped out of a Hebron mosque in June and came face to face with a group of men transporting diapers, he had no way of knowing that they were undercover Israeli agents, members of Israel's crack SWAT team known as the Special Police Unit and known by its Hebrew acro- nym, Yamam. According to witnesses, the men, who looked like Pales* tinian laborers, had been lounging around a van packed with diapers outside Kawasme's mosque in Hebron. When Kawasme, who was responsible for terrorist bomb- ings that had killed 52 people in Israel, emerged amid a crowd of worshippers, the Yamam squad pulled out pis- tols and ordered him to stop. Kawasme was shot in the leg but still tried to flee, so the gunmen shot to kill. After the hit, the assassins me|ted away into the night before dumb- founded onlookers realized what had happened. Yamam has carried out more than 600 counterterrorist operations alongside Israel's regular mili- tary forces during the intifada. Part of the reason they've been so busy is that diplomatic considerations require that its anti-terror missions be carried out with pinpoint precision. As recently as last Friday, tine rooftop perches within ments of Israeli societY' Yamam snipers killed a gun- minutes of a "situation," to Heffetz fought to recruit manfromAl-AksaBrigadewho wiretapping technicians, to friends from the had holed up atop a Nablus Arabic-speaking Druse who hospital. Two of the gunman's intercept and quickly analyze refine the team. comrades were wounded, enemy communications. Heffetz also Earlier this summer, an Is- Some of Yamam's attack dogs warm ties with forei lamicJihad chief blew himself even double as bomb sniffers, terparts--includin up in his bomb lab after "When the team goes in, it ish SAS, German GSG-9, Yamam sent in attack dogs to knows all that can be known various U.S. SWAT tean~~ flush him out. In July, unit about the site and the terror- leading to discreet commandos helped in the res- ists. After that, it comes down exchanges. cue of an abducted Israeli cab to fitness and fighting spirit," Then came the missiontJ driver by tracking down and Heffetz says. "Luck is not an capturing the kidnapper's option." Like many special excellence. fiancge for use in a tradeoff, forces, Yamam was born of In March 1988, three At no time were bystanders tragedy, after a particularly rorists seized a bus or friendly forces hurt -- a bloody incident showed the employees of the rosy record compared to the need to upgrade Israel's nuclear plant of Dimona. casualties that often result counterterrorist capabilities. Yamam from traditional military In May 1974, Palestinian and took operational strikes, gunmen based in Lebanonmand "Yamam isatotallyprofes- tookoveraschoolinthenorth- competitor -- the sional unit that can virtually ern Israeli town of Ma'alot, Matkal guarantee clean kills or cap- demanding thereleaseofcom- arrived. tures," says a source in Israeli rades from Israeli jails in ex- When the terrorists Prime MinisterAriel Sharon's change for their hostages, off negotiations and office. "Avoiding collateral In line with Israel's long- their guns on the damage is always important standing policy of not negoti- Yamam launched a --butespeciallysowhenthere ating with terrorists, Prime pronged assault. is delicate diplomacy afoot." Minister Golda Meir ordered Each squad rushed a Yamam's clandestine warfare in the military. In the result- ent section of the skills are a far cry from the ing bedlam, 23 children and men who arrived first group's peacetime duties, five adults were killed along which include storming drug with the hostage-takers. Many through the windows. dens in southern TelAviv and oftheIsraelisdiedfromIsraeli ers kept the terrorists' scaling tall buildings to save butlers. - would-besuicides.Butitsteam Heffetz, an army Special- down until the entry team killed --around 120 men in all, ac- forces commander, wastapped In all, the "Mothers cording to sources -- makes to set up a quick-response ci- operation took slightly versatility a point of pride, vilian unit that could special- than a minute, "Preparation is the key to ize in hostage situations. Israeli fatalities -- Yamam's success," says Assaf At first, Yamam suffered shot by the terrorists. Heffetz, who founded the unit from a lack of funds and man- Yamam rose further in 1975 and went on to be- power, favor six years later come Israel's chief of police. Because itwas formallypart Matkal botched the Yamam hasitsown intelli- oftheborderpolice--arough- abducted Israeli gence apparatus, from spot- neckforcethatrecruitsyouths ters trained to set up clandes- from the working-class seg- See "Killers" on page IS unity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans Discount on . : [services and merchandiseI ,on any new i I I Pre-need contracts. I I L ,j 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director Lynsey Harris (1) and Sofie Green, both from England, treat volunteers course for foreigners in Jerusalem, Aug. 25, 2003. their course will work all over Israel. photo a patient during an The volunteers By Looiwa Khazzoom Despite nearly three years "Parents have come tot of intermittent terrorism, the our name," he said. TELAVIV(JTA)--Amanlies number of tourists coming to The number on the ground in front of this Israel is again on the rise. Zionist youth tourist no-frilisguesthouseinJerusa The world situation has lem as three young women becomelesssafe,"saidMichael to figures from the rush toward him. Freeman, director in Israel of according to Zvi Reaching into their large the Federation of Zionist redbags, onepullsoutabrace Youth, which, along with Israel. and snaps it on the young Young Judaea,sponsored the But the number of man's neck.Another pulls out EMT course. "Why not come tourists isstiildown a strap and ties his feet to- to Israel? It's no more or less "Many organizatio~5 gether, while the third pulls dangerous than anywhere else appeal to out bandages and wraps them in the world these days--New affiliated around the man's arms. York, Bali, Russia." The EMT not as committed to The young Magen David program has more partici- have not gotten back tO Adom volunteershave madeit pants this summer than ever, earlier numbers to graduation day. Freeman says. He attributes In general, These graduates of the Is- the increase to the new per- recent trend has been raeli EMT course are among ception of Israel as compara- crease in tourism to thethousandsofDiasporaJews tively safer, and to the "We're starting to seel coming to Israel this summer program's reputation forsafety on youth and tour programs, and security. See "Tourism" on