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Friday's horoscope (5/30) for Ariel Sharon, born 2/27/1928. 7:49 a.m., Kfar Milal,
Palestine: Today you might be ready to goof off and play, Arik. If you have work
scheduled, you might want to cancel it. Or if you have a heavy day of visits and social
obligations planned, you might want to play hooky instead! You've been taking care of
everybody else lately, and now is a good time to take care of you. Head to the park for a
relaxing day. Do something that you want to do for once!
Sharon, Abbas Meet in Jerusalem on Mideast Road Map
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterparts met for the second time in
as many weeks Thursday evening, to discuss the implementation of the internationally
brokered road map to Middle East peace. The two met at 9 p.m. at Sharon's office in
Ahead of the meeting, Israeli and Palestinian officials convened Thursday afternoon to
prepare for talks between the two leaders. Sharon's office said earlier Thursday that the
planned meeting with Abbas would go ahead, after Palestinian sources had said the meeting
might be postponed, at the request of the Israelis.
Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen told Yediot Achronot that a truce deal with Hamas
was expected soon and that he expected to reach an agreement with Hamas for a complete
halt to attacks on Israelis by next week. But Sharon aide Ra'anan Gissin said in response
that, "a ceasefire is not a substitute for taking real action to stop terrorist activity."
A ceasefire deal with Hamas would be a major step forward on the U.S.-backed road map
that Abu Mazen and Sharon will discuss with U.S. President George W. Bush in a three-way
summit in Aqaba, Jordan on June 4.
Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Thursday that the organization has set no
preconditions for discussing a ceasefire agreement with Abu Mazen next week, and is
willing to consider halting violence in the territories as well as inside Israel. "Up to
this moment we have no fixed condition," Zahar told Israel Radio. "These conditions will
be agreed upon by all the Palestinian sides. If Abu Mazen succeeds in achieving our
national goals, Hamas will discuss the issue of a
ceasefire," Zahar said.
Asked if the organization intends to stop attacks only inside Israel or whether
violence will end also in the territories, Zahar replied, "This will be discussed with Abu
Mazen." Hamas religious leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on Wednesday told Abu Mazen that Hamas
would not surrender its weapons until a Palestinian state is declared.
The Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades on Thursday issued a statement rejecting
the road map and any truce. "We reject the road map to hell and any cease-fire until the
rights of the Palestinian people are restored without condition," said the statement faxed
During Thursday's meeting Thursday, Sharon told Abu Mazen that Israel has accepted the
Palestinian demands, and the road map, and now it is the Palestinians' turn to take steps
against terror. Sharon proposed that Abu Mazen take gradual security control over areas
that the IDF withdraws from.
In these areas, Israel will demand that the PA make "100 percent effort" at combating
terrorism including arrests; investigations and trials for terrorists and those who send
them; disarming terrorist organizations; gathering illegal
weapons; making efforts to prevent terror attacks and a complete halt to the incitement in
the Palestinian education system and media.
Sharon also told his counterpart that Israel was ready resume the "gestures"
(confidence-building measures) that were frozen some three weeks ago after a wave of
terror attacks claimed the lives of 12 Israelis.
Palestinian officials said Wednesday that at the summit meeting they would demand an
explicit Israeli statement recognizing their right to a state. "We will demand an Israeli
statement recognizing a Palestinian state," said Palestinian Information Minister Nabil
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel was prepared to
issue the statement, but only after the Palestinians show concrete efforts to stop attacks
Amnesty Accuses Israel, Palestinians of Crimes Against Humanity
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
In its annual report issued this week, the human-rights group Amnesty International
condemned abuses by Israel and by Palestinian militants. Amnesty International said that
some of Israel's military actions in Palestinian areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
constituted what it describes as, war crimes. The group also said that attacks against
Israelis by Palestinian militants, including suicide bombings, were crimes against
The statements were contained in the group's annual report, which covers the year 2002,
the second full year of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Amnesty said that last year at least
1,000 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, "most of them unlawfully."
In addition to killing Palestinians, the report accused Israeli forces of destroying
Palestinian property, obstructing Palestinian medical teams, and torturing Palestinians.
All of these activities, the report classified as war crimes.
The organization uses the same term to describe the Israeli army's use of Palestinians
as human shields, the practice of forcing ordinary Palestinians to proceed ahead of
Israeli soldiers in confrontations between the soldiers and Palestinian militants. Some
Palestinians have been killed or wounded by Palestinian militants during such
Israel's foreign ministry has rejected the findings of the report as unbalanced. In a
statement, the ministry said Israel took great care in order to balance the requirements
of international humanitarian law and the need to protect human rights, and the need to
take steps against Palestinian terrorism.
The Amnesty report also accused the Palestinian Authority of carrying out and
encouraging terror attacks against Israelis. But the report laid most blame on Palestinian
militant groups, such as Hamas, which operate outside official channels. The report said
Palestinian armed groups killed more than 420 Israelis, at least 265 of them civilians
during 2002. Amnesty described the deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians by
Palestinian groups as crimes against humanity.
PA is Teaching Holocaust Denial Again
By Itamar Marcus (Palestinian Media Watch)
In yet another case of odious Palestinian Authority Holocaust denial, PA TV this week
taught the following "Truths" about World War II:
The Nazis did not specifically plan the killing of Jews; Jews, Germans, Gypsies and
Poles were all killed in World War II, as happens in war; If Hitler planned any
extermination, it was of disabled Germans; The term "Holocaust" in its human sense refers
to experiences of the Palestinians, the Gypsies....; The "Holocaust industry" is a
financial scheme of the Zionist leadership that has generated billions of dollars in
It is curious that the PA has chosen this period to initiate this interview, as many of
these same points appear in a Holocaust denial book by PA Prime Minister Mahmoud
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