After the World Trade Center bombing of 9/11/01 Arafat in a show of sympathy
for what he said was a "terrible" event, appeared to donate blood for
the victims in a picture released to the media.  He also declared a cease fire. 
PA senior official Marwan Bargouti of Ramallah explained that  despite
Arafat's call for a ceasefire, there would be none until Israel withdraws
to the pre-1967 lines.  Another senior Fatah figure, Amin Makbul,
explained that the ceasefire ordered by Arafat was merely a political
maneuver to offset the worldwide impression of the Palestinians in light
of the attacks in the U.S. and the public expression of Palestinian joy. 
Makbul made the remarks at a gathering in A-Najah University in Shechem,
and they were published in the official PA newspaper, Al Hayat al-Jadida.

   Israel National News (Arutz 7 9/20/01) reported the above explanations
and described the cease fire as follows:

The "quiet" was slightly marred on the first day of Rosh HaShanah
(Tuesday) with the hurling of some 60 grenades at an IDF post in southern
Gaza, together with shooting there and at Netzarim.  Shots were also fired
in Hevron, at the Ayosh Junction north of Ramallah, Migdal Oz, Psagot, and
elsewhere.  Yesterday, firing and attacks continued in Hevron, Gaza, and
elsewhere.  It was around this time - 8:50 PM Israel time, to be precise -
that U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters in Washington that
he had "earlier today [spoken] to both Chairman Arafat and to Prime
Minister Sharon and expressed my satisfaction that the first 24 hours of
the arrangement they made yesterday has resulted in a significant decrease
in the amount of violence in the region."

Precisely as Powell was speaking, a patrol jeep of the Yesha community
Oranit, just northeast of Petach Tikvah, was rocked by a large
Lebanon-style roadside bomb.  Both of the civilian guards in the jeep were
wounded - one seriously, and one moderately.  The "ceasefire" continued
when Arabs in Gaza threw dozens of homemade grenades on IDF forces near
Rafiach, and fired two mortar shells towards Israel.

This morning, Arafat's terrorists committed an infinitely more serious
attack when they murdered Sarit Amrani, 25, a mother of three.  She and her
family, of the eastern Gush Etzion community of Nokdim, were on their way
home from Jerusalem; her husband Shai was seriously wounded in the attack,
but their three children, aged 4 and younger, were not hurt as they lay
sleeping in the back seat.  The shots were fired from a passing car that
then escaped towards the PA-controlled town of Beit Sahour, south of
Bethlehem.  A group associated with Fatah, Arafat's original terrorist
organization, took credit for the murder.  Sarit's funeral set off to
Jerusalem this afternoon from Kiryat Arba, where she and her husband grew up.

The Amranis' neighbor Yossi Heiman happened on the scene minutes after the
murder.  He told Arutz-7, "I was driving along from Nokdim and I noticed
something strange when I saw the Arab children who usually walk to school
there scattering in different directions.  Very shortly afterwards, I came
upon my neighbors' car in the middle of the road, with Shai lying
outside.  I went up to him, but he directed us, with a weak whisper, to his
wife whom he said was in worse condition.  In the meanwhile, other people
had joined, including army medics, and we went to her and tried to
resuscitate her, but unfortunately we could not...  Sarit was much loved by
everyone in our community for her very fine and quiet nature..."

This afternoon, five Israeli soldiers were slightly wounded during an Arab
attack on an IDF position near the greenhouses of Kfar Darom, just north of
Gush Katif.  The terrorists shot and threw grenades from a passing car, and
IDF return fire killed one of the attackers.  Just south of there, Arabs
threw seven grenades in two separate incidents at an IDF post on the
Israeli-Egyptian border.


        

                                                  

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