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June 16, 2005
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Israel has been spreading carcinogenic juice and suspicious computers in Palestinian areas, the Palestinian Authority claimed Tuesday. Such charges, which were typical under P.A. President Yasser Arafat, have resurfaced recently in the P.A.-controlled media, according to the Jerusalem Post. Palestinian officials also claimed Israel is dumping toxic waste in the West Bank to harm Palestinians. According to a senior staffer for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, if P.A. officials are kowtowing to radical elements on the Palestinian street with such ridiculous claims, then they “are not on the way to a state, but rather to another intifada.” The latest claim was made by Youssef Abu Safiyeh, chairman of the P.A.’s Environment Authority, who told Palestinian legislators that P.A. security officials had seized shipments from Israel including canned juice containing carcinogens. He also said Egyptian authorities seized Israeli trucks earlier this year at the Rafa! h border carrying carcinogenic toys.

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