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October 25, 2002

Jenin has become "terrorism capital": Ben Eliezer

I find this piece interesting because it is the lead article for, a heavily used on-line site. If memopry serves me correctly I believe this site used to refer to items from Jerusalem as "Occupied Jerusalem." Wonder why the change.
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer called the northern West Bank town of Jenin a "capital of terrorism," as hundreds of soldiers combed the city in a hunt for about 20 wanted militants.

"Jenin has become the capital of terrorism, where male and female bombers leave to commit attacks in Israel," Ben Eliezer said on public radio.

"It is impossible to go ahead with the easing of sanctions (against the civilian population) when we are obliged to defend our homes from attacks by suicide bombers and car bombs," he added.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers and armored vehicles swooped down on the area Friday hunting around 20 men wanted in connection with a suicide bombing earlier this week whose two authors were from Jenin and who killed 14 Israelis.

Two 15-year-old boys were hit by Israeli machine-gun fire Friday morning, hospital and security sources said, as armoured vehicle patrolled the Jenin refugee camp hunting the masterminds of the suicide bomb.

The boys, listed in serious condition, were outside their homes doing nothing when an armoured vehicle opened fire, the sources said.

A two-year-old boy was also lightly wounded by a bullet to the shoulder, they added.