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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 dialogue."

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 shooting.

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 compound.

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 requirements.

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