- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2001

JERUSALEM The Gaza Strip took on new meaning this week when a Palestinian newspaper reported that an Israeli female soldier stood on a tank in front of rioting Palestinian youths and took off her clothes.
The allegation was made Monday on the front page of the Gaza weekly, Al-Hayat al-Jadida, reporting the latest twist in the unending cycle of Middle East violence.
The newspaper is the official organ of the Palestinian Authority.
According to the Israeli news agency Itim, the newspaper said that the female soldier got on the front of the tank after her male compatriots had been driven to cover by a hail of stones and Molotov cocktails.
According to the newspaper, which often has difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction, she began to slowly remove her uniform while urging the protesting youths to throw away their stones.
The newspaper reported that the youths were "disgusted," but apparently not before watching her strip down to her undies at which point, according to Al-Hayat al-Jadida, she pulled a gun from her panties and shot nine persons, two of them fatally.
An Israel Defense Forces spokesman dismissed the story as "totally ridiculous."

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