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Arafat, Abbas Agree to End Internal dispute
By Ha'aretz and Reuters
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and PA Chairman Yasir Arafat have reached an
agreement to end the recent tensions between them, sparked by Abbas' resignation from the
Central Committee of Arafat's Fatah movement. "The disputes are over and things are all
right," Abbas told reporters after the talks ended. According to the agreement, Abbas will
retain his authority over talks with Israel, but will highlight the issue of Arafat's
confinement with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during a meeting scheduled for the beginning
of next week.
Palestinian Militant Group Claims Deadly Attack in Tel Aviv Nightclub
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem & IsraelNationalNews.com)
A Palestinian militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack in a Tel Aviv
nightclub, the Tarabin Restaurant near the Clock Square, early Tuesday that left one
Israeli dead and another injured. Authorities say it was the first such attack in an
Israeli city since the main Palestinian factions announced a self-imposed temporary halt
to attacks against Israelis.
In a statement on its Web site, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade said one of its fighters
carried out the early morning attack in the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv.
According to police and witnesses, a Palestinian armed with a knife tried to enter the
nightclub but was stopped by a security guard. He stabbed the guard in the neck. Customers
in the club began throwing chairs at the attacker, who then fled along the seaside
As he was fleeing, the attacker fatally stabbed another man, Amir Simchon, 24, a Civil
Guard volunteer. Simchon was killed while protecting his girlfriend from the stabber. She
was taken to the hospital, but was found to be unhurt. The terrorist was then shot in the
leg and arrested by Israeli police.
His interrogation revealed that he was a resident of eastern Jerusalem, a member of
Fatah, and was driven to Jaffa by a terrorist from Jericho - for whom the search
Simchon's mother asked with anguish, "What type of peace is this? They are killing us
little by little." In the past five weeks, 10 Israelis have been killed in 10 separate
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is affiliated with the mainstream Fatah faction, to which
both Palestinian Chairman Yasir Arafat and Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas belong. Fatah was
one of the factions that agreed to a temporary freeze on attacks against Israelis late
last month. Violence has dropped off dramatically since then, but some local splinter
groups have refused to join the cease-ire.
Israeli officials said the Palestinian Authority was not doing enough to dismantle the
militant organizations. Abbas has not wanted to move against the militants too
aggressively, fearing a possible civil war.
The attack occurred just hours after Arafat met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud
Abbas to resolve their differences over negotiating with Israel. Meanwhile, British
officials said they would continue to work with Arafat, despite Israeli government calls
for London to cut ties with the Palestinian leader.
UN Warns of Cutbacks in Aid to Palestinian Refugees
By Lisa Schlein (VOA-Geneva)
Last month, the United Nations agency whose mandate is to help Palestinian refugees,
appealed for millions of dollars in aid. But the response has been so poor that the
agency, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, is now warning it
will have to cut humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees
in the West Bank and Gaza.
The head of UNRWA, Peter Hansen, spoke to correspondents before the opening of a
two-day seminar in Geneva called to examine the economic plight of the Palestinian people.
Although Hansen said the agency has received pledges indicating donors eventually will
give $35-$40 million, he said that was far less than what is needed. As a consequence, he
said many important programs for the Palestinians would be reduced or come to an end.
He said half of the 1.3 million Palestinians UNRWA helps would no longer receive food.
He says nearly 2,000 shelters that were completely destroyed in the West Bank and Gaza
will not be rebuilt. He also said emergency employment programs would have to be
"We will maybe have to cut out some 5,500 jobs," said Hansen. "That translates into
600,000 job days that a person is employed and there will be some 33,000-35,000 people
affected, mainly and usually head of family losing the job." In addition, Hansen said the
U.N. would have to cut down drastically on the number of people it gives emergency
assistance to from 13,000 to 900.
Palestinian Authority TV: Mohammed Ordered Muslims To Kill Jews
Palestinian Media Watch has reported on yet another PLO TV broadcast presenting the
murder of Jews as a religious obligation. Dr. Hassan Khader, founder of the Al Quds
Encyclopedia, appeared on PA television on Sunday with the following quote from Mohammed:
"The Hour [Day of Resurrection] will not arrive until you fight the Jews, [until a Jew
will hide behind a rock or tree] and the rock and the tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of
Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!"
Although the basis for the current negotiations between Israel and the Arabs is that
the conflict is not a religious dispute but rather a political one, PLO religious and
academic leaders repeatedly cite Islamic sources demanding, in the name of Allah, that
Jews be hated and even killed.
PMW said the broadcast was but another example of the world-view propagated by the PA
media according to which Redemption is dependent on Muslims' murder of Jews. PMW also
reported that yet another PA summer camp for children has been named for a terrorist. The
most recent one is now named Shihad Al-Amarin, in memory of the founder of the suicide
terror division of Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade.
Other schools and camps have been named for Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the bus
hijacking and murder of 37 Jews in Israel in 1978; for Ayyat al-Akhras, an Arab girl who
killed two Israelis as she blew herself up in a supermarket in Jerusalem in March 2002,
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