- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Sharon wants more Jews
LONDON Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he plans to bring 1 million more Jews to Israel, the Guardian newspaper reports in today's edition.
"We are not waiting here until [Palestinian President Yasser] Arafat decides to take steps against terror. First of all, we are taking steps against terror, terror he could have avoided," Mr. Sharon said in an interview.
"The other thing is that we are building. We are planning now to bring another 1 million Jews to Israel," he said.
Israel's current population is about 6 million, 5 million of whom are Jewish. Any new wave of immigration could arouse Palestinian fears that the new arrivals would be sent to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israeli forces quit Ramallah
NABLUS, West Bank The Israeli army withdrew its troops and tanks from the West Bank city of Ramallah early this morning, despite violence yesterday in which five Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed, said an Israeli army spokesman.
The move was the latest pullback from six Palestinian-run towns in the West Bank occupied in the wake of the assassination of an Israeli Cabinet minister on Oct. 17.
"The Israeli forces have taken up positions around Ramallah in a sector where security matters remain the responsibility of Israel and from where our forces can prevent terrorism aimed at our civilians and soldiers," the spokesman said.
Yesterday, three Palestinian gunmen and an Israeli soldier were killed in a clash near the West Bank city of Nablus, which was followed by Palestinian accusations of a "pure execution" of wounded gunmen.
In nearby Jenin, a car explosion killed two Palestinian militants, and Palestinian officials accused Israel of assassinating the men. Israel said they died preparing a bomb.

WTO accused of imposing monopoly
BEIRUT Anti-globalization activists meeting here yesterday accused the World Trade Organization (WTO) of becoming a "supreme authority" imposing a monopoly of rich states and powerful multinationals on the Third World.
"There is a danger that the WTO is becoming an international supreme authority that is partially ruling over the countries," said Egyptian Mohammed Douidar, an economics professor at the Beirut Arab University.
Mr. Douidar was speaking to about 150 people at a four-day World Forum on Globalization and Global Trade. This is the second such forum in Lebanon held to protest a WTO meeting beginning in Qatar Friday.
"Under the name of free trade, the WTO is trying to impose an international monopoly by developed countries over developing nations in the technological, trading and services sectors, and even in technological inventions," he said.

Car bomb injures 100 in Madrid
MADRID A car bomb rocked a busy Madrid area during morning rush hour yesterday, injuring about 100 people, authorities said. Within an hour of the blast, police arrested a man and a woman suspected of setting off the explosion for the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), or Basque Homeland and Freedom.
The bomb mangled more than a dozen cars and shattered windows along Corazon de Maria street in northeastern Madrid as thousands of people headed to nearby offices and schools. The street is in one of the capital's busiest areas.
Interior Minister Mariano Rajoy said the bombers' target appeared to be Juan Junquera, secretary-general of the government's scientific-policy department, whose official car was passing when the bomb exploded. Mr. Junquera, a former official with the Interior and Defense ministries, was slightly injured.


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