Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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News Background: Netanya, and Making a Homicide Vest, Photos, Video

For some background on today's news of a homicide attack on innocent girls in Netanya, Israel, here's some information and photos from Netanya, and a link to a video on Making a Homicide Vest.

Netanya, Israel is a small-sized Israeli city midway between Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the sea. Local industry includes electronics and software research, soft drink and beer production, and ocean resort tourism.

During the months of July and August, Netanya is heavily visited by French tourists. Netanya, while not a particularly religiously oriented city, has a large number (hundreds) of synogogues and religious schools for all ages. It is also the world headquarters of the Tzanz / Klausenberger hassidim, as well as Laniado Hospital (built and funded by the hassidim for all who need).

Netanya is the site of a college and the famous Ulpan Akiva (language school). The beaches in Netanya are quite beautiful, and include a special orthodox religious beach (with separate hours for men and women). As entry to the beaches is via a cliff face, Netanya is also known for para-sailing, with parachutists leaping off the cliff face into a steady updraft. It's a site to see.

Netanya is on the coast, yet is only 9 miles away from the 'West Bank' and the 'Palestinian' town of Tulkarm. It has been the frequent site of horrific homicide bombing attacks.

Slideshow of Netanya, Here - - - Photo Set of Netanya, Here

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Video - Making a Homicide Vest


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