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Israeli Arab Summer Camp Promotes Hate
Israeli police have raided an camp in the Galilee affiliated with the Israeli Arab
community after it was learned the campers were being taught songs praising master
terrorist Yichye Ayash, know as The Engineer, along with other terrorists.
The children are also taught the words of songs including, "We do not want flour or
food, we want bombs".
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Claim Sunday Attack
By VOA News & CNN
A Palestinian militant group has claimed responsibility for a shooting attack hours
after Israeli and Palestinian officials disagreed over a permanent ceasefire. The al-Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement,
said it was behind a Sunday attack outside Jerusalem in which an Israeli woman and her
three children were wounded.
Medical services said the seriously wounded victim was a 39-year-old woman. Her
9-year-old daughter was moderately wounded, and her 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old
son were lightly wounded, they said.
The shooting occurred northwest of Bethlehem, in the West Bank. A few weeks ago, Israel
handed over the security responsibility for Bethlehem and the villages around it to the
Palestinians as part of efforts to implement the road map to peace.
Hours earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom rejected a ceasefire proposal
from his Palestinian counterpart, Nabil Shaath. The Israeli diplomat instead called on
Palestinians to first dismantle terrorist organizations completely, a move some analysts
say could trigger a Palestinian civil war.
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his Palestinian counterpart, Nabil Shaath,
emerged from their first one-on-one meeting with conciliatory messages. Addressing a joint
news conference, Shalom said gaps remained between the two sides on major issues. At the
same time, he said, his talks with Shaath are also a clear recognition that a negotiated
settlement was the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"We stand here together, not because we agree on every issue; we do not. We do agree,
however, on the need to work together to resolve our differences and to send to our
peoples a message of tolerance and reconciliation, after so many months and years of
bloodshed and suffering," Shalom said.
Shalom and Shaath's talks are being held in the context of the international road map
to peace in the Middle East, a plan, which is supported by the United States, the European
Union, Russia and the United Nations. It calls for the establishment of an independent
Palestinian state by 2005.
Shaath said security was one of the key issues to be resolved before a final peace
agreement could be reached. "Security for all of the Palestinian and Israeli people is an
essential element in progress, and we are committed to achieve security, based on the road
map and the rule of law. We know the road to full Israeli-Palestinian agreement needs hard
work and honest commitment, but we are sure that there is no alternative to political
The meeting between the two ministers went ahead, despite continuing tensions in the
West Bank. Israeli police on Sunday shot dead a Palestinian driver north of Jerusalem when
he refused an order to stop his vehicle for an inspection and collided with a police car.
A group of outraged Palestinians began throwing rocks at the police after the
Before the attack outside Jerusalem in which an Israeli woman and her three children
were wounded, al-Aqsa officials said they would continue to honor their temporary
ceasefire. They made the pledge after the Palestinian Authority abandoned plans to remove
17 wanted militants from Arafat's West Bank headquarters.
In another development, Israel says it would begin releasing 443 Palestinian prisoners
on Wednesday. Palestinian officials want Israel to release the more than 6,000
Palestinians in its custody. But Israel said it would not free Palestinians involved in
attacks on Israelis.
Detained Palestinian Militants to Remain in Arafat Compound
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Authority has abandoned plans to remove wanted militants from
Palestinian Chairman Yasir Arafat's headquarters. Palestinian militants confined to
Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah are to be allowed to remain in the
The 17 terrorists have been held at gunpoint in a room of the compound since early
Saturday, after they refused a request to be transferred to a prison in Jericho, also in
the West Bank.
Following their arrest by the Palestinian security forces, other militants threatened
to break-off a declared truce with Israel and resume violent attacks. The 17 terrorists
moved into the compound in order to avoid capture by the Israeli authorities. Some of them
have lived in the compound for months, and Israel believes they were using the base to
plan future attacks.
They told reporters that following negotiations with the Palestinian Authority they
will be allowed out of custody and given the right to remain in the compound. Under a
negotiated agreement to remain in the compound, the militants can only have contact with
their families and must refrain from violence.
Palestinian officials said Arafat wanted to remove the militants, in an attempt to
convince Israel to allow him the right to travel freely again. He has been confined to
Ramallah for more than a year and a half and has not left the area for fear that Israel
that would ban him from returning to the West Bank.
Israel cut off all direct contacts with Arafat in December 2001 and has destroyed most
of his headquarters in a series of military raids. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said last
week that the prospects for peace would remain slim if Arafat continued to wield power
within the Palestinian Authority.
Appeal to Supreme Court Against Citizenship Law
The "Adallah" Arab human rights organization together with eight Arab Knesset members
appealed to the Supreme Court Sunday seeking to disqualify the Citizenship Law passed last
week by the Knesset. The law limits the number of PA residents qualifying for Israeli
citizenship or residency.
The petitioners maintain the law violates basic rights of PA residents seeking family
unification in cases involving the marriage of a PA and Israeli Arab resident, targeting
them because of their ethnicity.
Planes Must Be Equipped with Bulletproof Cockpit Door
Minister of Transportation Avigdor Lieberman Sunday announced a new regulation for all
airplanes flying to and from Israel. Beginning on October 31, all aircraft must be
equipped with a bulletproof door to the pilot's cockpit.
The Israel Civil Air Administration has sent the new security regulation to the
international airline community as well as to airlines operating in Israel.
The Israeli move follows a similar decision made by U.S. civil aviation officials after
the Sept. 11, 2001 airborne terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The U.S.
decision also takes effect on Oct. 31, an Israeli Transport Ministry spokesman said.
Ben-Gurion International Airport, Israel's main aviation gateway is served by more than
two-dozen foreign airlines. The spokesman said that some airlines with older fleets,
particularly those from Eastern Europe, had yet to install the safety doors.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations' aviation arm, is
requiring every airliner in the world to install reinforced cockpit doors by Nov. 1.
Israel's national airline, El Al, has among world's the most stringent security
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