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One-Year Memorial Of Hebrew U. Terror Attack
A memorial ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attack of July 31, 2002, at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be held on the first anniversary of that tragedy. The
ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Thursday. Most of the ceremony will be conducted in
Hebrew and will be dedicated to the memory of victims from the U.S, France, Argentina and
Israel, who were killed in the terrorist attack.
Bush Encouraged by Israeli, Palestinian Steps in Peace Process
By Paula Wolfson (VOA-White House)
President George W. Bush said he was encouraged by the steps taken by Israelis and
Palestinians to move the peace process forward, but warned it is fragile and there are
threats to further progress. He spoke after talks at the White House with Prime Minister
The president said terrorism poses a grave threat to the peace process, but not the
only one. He said that while both sides have taken encouraging steps, much more remains to
be done. He said the Palestinians must confront militants who want to kill the peace
process, and Israel must take action to improve the everyday lives of the Palestinian
people and give them hope. "In our discussions, I encouraged the prime minister to take
further steps to improve the daily conditions faced by Palestinians," he said.
Bush said he warned the Israeli leader to think long and hard before taking actions
that could create misunderstandings or inflame old hatreds on the Palestinian side. "I
also urged the prime minister to carefully consider all the consequences of Israel's
actions as we move forward on the road to peace."
One area of contention is Israel's decision to build a security fence in the West Bank.
Sharon said he discussed the issue with Bush, but stressed the project would go forward.
"The security fence will continue to be built with every effort to minimize the
infringement on the daily life of the Palestinian population," said the Israeli
The Palestinian Authority strongly opposes the fence, and Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas
raised the matter during talks at the White House last Friday. At the time, Bush called
the fence a problem, adding it is difficult to build confidence with a wall snaking
through the West Bank.
After meeting with Sharon, the president characterized the issue by saying "the fence
is a sensitive issue. I understand. The prime minister made it very clear to me it was a
sensitive issue. And I promised him we would continue to discuss and to dialogue."
Bush said the United States remains committed to the security of Israel, making clear
the ultimate answer does not lie in a fence but in a determined effort to disarm
militants. "The most effective way to fight terror is to dismantle terrorist
organizations. I fully recognize that. And we will continue to work with all parties in
the region to do just that," he said.
Standing by the president in the White House Rose Garden, Sharon said the Israelis want
to see a complete end to terror. He said he is grateful for the current period of calm in
the region, but added the quiet could be shattered if Palestinian officials do not
crackdown on militants.
Israeli Military Chief Warns of Fragile Truce with Palestinian Militants
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
The head of Israel's Defense Forces said Tuesday that he fears a truce announced by
Palestinian militant groups would not last much longer. General Moshe Ya'alon expressed it
as, "counting the days before the next wave of Palestinian violence erupts."
He said a three-month ceasefire announced by Islamic groups such as Hamas and Islamic
Jihad last month has little prospect of developing into a permanent peace.
Ya'alon's statements reinforce the widely held suspicion within Israel's military
establishment that Palestinian militants intend to use the truce merely to regroup and
launch more attacks. His comments, which were broadcast on Israel's Army radio, also
appeared to underline the continuing mistrust between the two sides and the challenges
faced by the United States in promoting peace in the region.
For their part, Palestinian officials said it was up to the Bush administration to
maintain pressure on Israel to implement the international road map to peace in the Middle
East. The plan, which was drawn up by the United States, the European Union, Russia and
the United Nations, calls for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the
establishment of an independent Palestinian state by 2005.
Israel Says It Will Not Halt Construction of Fence
By VOA News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he remains committed to the peace process, but would
continue building a controversial security fence separating Israel from the West Bank.
Sharon said construction would continue, but that Israel would make efforts to minimize
its infringement on Palestinian life.
President Bush has called the fence "a problem" and said Tuesday that he hopes one day
the fence would become "irrelevant." While Bush did not press Sharon to halt construction,
he did urge the Israeli leader to carefully consider all the consequences of his country's
actions on the peace process. He also encouraged the Israeli prime minister to end
restrictions against Palestinians in order to improve their daily lives.
Sharon said he was committed to the political process of peace, but only after there is
a complete end to terror and violence against Israelis. Sharon's White House visit - his
eighth - comes just four days after Bush met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud
More Horror - The Result Of Abu Kabir
The family of IDF soldier Daniel Heller is calling it "organ theft," joining the
increasing list of bereaved families accusing the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute of taking
organs from their loved ones without permission.
The family rejected autopsy findings in Israel, prompting the distraught father to
exhume his son's body himself and leave it in his home until an independent pathologist
was appointed. The autopsy's preliminary results indicate many internal organs were taken
from the soldier's body without the family consent or knowledge.
In this case, as in many previous cases, the family is demanding an investigation and
the dismissal of chief pathologist Prof. Yehuda Hiss. Other cases also document that Hiss
and his staff took organs without requesting or informing relatives. Jars containing body
parts of civilians and soldiers have been found in the forensic institute, but to date, no
government agency has taken any action against Hiss, not even the minimum - suspending him
from duty pending an investigation.
Abu Kabir's official findings stated Heller committed suicide, a position that was
rejected by the soldier's parents. The bereaved parents believe the death was the result
of an accidental discharge of Daniel's weapon. On Wednesday, at noon, Heller will be laid
to rest for a second time, in the Dimona cemetery.
Jews & Neo-Nazis in France Share Websites to Send Hate Messages
French neo-Nazis formed an unusual alliance with extremist Jewish groups on the
Internet to publish hate messages targeting Arabs and Muslims, said a July 17 Reuters
dispatch quoting a leading anti-racist group in France known as the MRAP.
Reuters cited the MRAP study to the effect that the extreme-right groups have been
prepared to set aside their anti-Semitism to share web space and know-how with extremist
pro-Israeli campaigners." This is a new phenomenon," said Mouloud Aounit, head of the MRAP
that released its 170-page investigative report last week. "We wanted to ring an alarm
bell over the worrying development of this form of racism which is not only virtual, but
has also spread to everyday life."
According to the report, 26 web sites, traced to far-right and Jewish extremist groups
in France, operated from the same server in the United States between 1999 and March this
year. Members of the groups also shared advice on how to send messages without leaving
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