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Goes Into Nablus
Jerusalem/JTA — The Israeli army
took control of the West Bank city of
Soldiers, heavy armor and helicopter
gunships moved on Nablus after the
army took control of Tulkarm and an
adjacent refugee camp a day earlier.
OperationWheels in Motion is the
biggest Israeli military operation in
months, according to the Jerusalem
Post. Israeli officials said the operation
is focusing on Tulkarm and Nablus
because the two cities have been
linked to a recent attack on a kibbutz
in which five Israelis were killed.
After taking control of Nablus, sol-
diers imposed a curfew and began
house-to-house searches for terrorists.
In a statement, the army said its oper-
ation also involves a crackdown on Bir
Zeit north of Ramallah.
In another incident, Israeli helicop-
ters fired missiles at a suspected-
weapons-making workshop in down-
town Gaza City. It was the second
strike on the site in two days. There
were no reports of casualties.
N.Y. To Honor
New York/JTA — A street in New
York will- be named next week for one
of the victims of the July 31 suicide
bombing at Hebrew University in
At the Nov. 19 ceremony, New York
officials will name 69th Street between
Madison and Fifth Avenues after
Janice Coulter, a staffer with the
American Friends of Hebrew
University who was one of nine people
killed in the attack.
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Jerusalem/JTA — A Jewish education-
al center opened last week in north-
eastern India, according to the
The center is run by the Jerusalem-
- based Amishav Organization, which
seeks out and assists "lost Jews" wish-
ing to return to Judaism.
The Bnei Menashe, some 5,000 to
6,000 people residing primarily in
northeastern India, claim descent from
a lost tribe of Israel.
Some 700 have made aliyah during
the past 12 years, the paper reported.
New York/JTA — Columbia
University's president blasted a faculty-
sponsored petition calling on the
school to divest from companies that
do business with Israel.
"The petition alleges human rights
abuses and compares Israel to South
Africa at the time of apartheid, an
analogy I believe is both grotesque and
Bollinger said in a statement. "I
want to state clearly that I will not
lend any support to this proposal."
Bollinger's statement comes as two
opposing petitions are competing for
the support of the Columbia commu-
nity, according to the New York Jewish
One petition, which has gained
about 400 signatures at its Web site,
calls on Columbia to use its financial
and political influence to lobby the
U.S. government to suspend aid to
However, a counter petition
launched last week by pro-Israel forces
has gained more than 5,000 signa-
tures, the paper reported.
Jerusalem/JTA — Palestinian
Authority leader Yasser Arafat
responded angrily to Israeli Foreign
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's pledge
that, if elected prime minister, he
would expel Arafat.
"Netanyahu has to remember that I
am Yasser Arafat and that this is my
land and the land of my great-great-
grandfathers," he said.
Over Again? •
Jerusalem/JTA — The Palestinian
gunman who carried out the deadly