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Police Shocked - 5-Year-Old Seen with a M-16 on an Ashdod Street
Ashdod police were more than a bit surprised on Sunday when they spotted a 5-year-old
walking a local street brandishing an M-16 rifle. The rifle was quickly determined to be
real, but fortunately, unloaded. Police learned the boy's father, who was on leave from
reserve duty, became intoxicated and did not notice his son walking out with the weapon.
The man has been taken into custody.
Israeli Warplane Bomb Hizbullah in Lebanon
By VOA News
Israeli warplanes have bombed Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon after
cross-border artillery fire from the terrorist group killed an Israeli teenager and
wounded four others. There were no immediate reports of airstrike casualties.
Israel launched the attack after it said Hizbullah anti-tank shells killed a 16-year
old boy in the Israeli town of Shlomi. Hizbullah said it fired anti-aircraft shells at
Israeli warplanes in Lebanese airspace.
A volley of seven Hizbullah mortar shells killed Haviv Dadon, 16. The shells hit an
empty nursery in a residential area as well as a crowded street. Seven others, including
an elderly couple that lived next door to the nursery, were treated for shock.
Dozens of family friends arrived at the Dadon home when word of his death became known.
"He was a boy whom the whole neighborhood loved," his mother Miriam, said. "Who will
return my flower to me?" His father Chananyah, who recently underwent a kidney transplant,
passed out when he heard what had occurred, and was treated briefly in the hospital. Five
older siblings survive Haviv.
He was the first Israeli to have been killed by a shelling attack at Israeli civilian
targets in several years. Hizbullah terrorists have killed seven soldiers since the IDF's
withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000. In addition, five civilians and an IDF officer were
murdered when Hizbullah terrorists infiltrated Israel outside Kibbutz Metzubah in March
Knesset member Yuval Shteinitz, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman,
took a relatively extreme stance: "Israel must threaten Syria with all-out war," he said.
Maalot Mayor Shlomo Buchbut said that deterrence means not only threatening but also
In its official protest, Israel warned Lebanon and Syria that if they do not restrain
the Hizbullah terrorists, Israel would be forced to take action to protect its citizens.
Lebanese and Syrian officials justified the Hizbullah attack, and one of them even said
that the fact that Israel is protesting to the UN is evidence that Israel cannot take
military action. The last time Israel protested to the United Nations was following the
double terrorist attack in Kenya last November.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan condemned Sunday's shelling. He also called on
governments that hold influence over Hizbullah to deter it from further actions and urged
Israel to exercise restraint. Both Iran and Syria back Hizbullah.
The incident follows artillery exchanges Friday between Israel and Hizbullah in the
disputed Shebaa Farms border region. Shebaa Farms is occupied by Israel and claimed by
both Syria and Lebanon.
The United Nations said the area belongs to Syria and that Syria and Israel should
negotiate its future. Israel withdrew its forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000
following a 22-year occupation.
Israel to Continue Building Security Fence, Despite U.S. Opposition
By Ross Dunn (VOA) Jerusalem
Israel says it would continue building a security fence in the West Bank along its planned
route, despite opposition from President George Bush.
Israel's foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, said Sunday that efforts are continuing to
complete a security barrier in the West Bank in a bid to prevent Palestinians crossing
into the Jewish State to carry out attacks. He was responding to criticism of the project
by President Bush, who said Friday that the fence is a problem because it makes it hard to
develop a contiguous Palestinian state.
Shalom told Israel radio he believes Bush also supports a security fence for a period
in which there was terror.
At the same time, the Israeli foreign minister acknowledged that the U.S.
administration is seeking a change in the route of the fence to prevent it from causing
undue hardships for the Palestinians. Shalom said Israel would pursue talks with the
United States with the hope of reaching a compromise over the issue.
He also said the current situation is intolerable following a threat by the militant
Islamic group Hamas to punish Israel for raiding a bomb factory in a Palestinian refugee
camp near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday.
Two Hamas terrorists and an Israeli soldier were killed in the operation. A Palestinian
stone-thrower was killed shortly afterward by Israeli troops. Thousands of Palestinians
attended the funerals of the three Palestinians on Saturday. Masked gunmen fired in the
air, and mourners waving Hamas flags vowed to avenge their deaths. The group's leaders,
however, stopped short of saying the incident would destroy the ceasefire.
AP Calls Terror Organizations "Militias"
Commentary by CAMERA (c) 2003
The Associated Press (AP) has adopted the word "militia" to refer to Palestinian terrorist
groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. Not only are Hamas
and Islamic Jihad on both the U.S. and U.N. list of international terrorist organizations,
but also all three share a platform of targeting and killing civilians.
This is not the function of a "militia," which the American Heritage Dictionary of the
English Language defines as: an army composed of ordinary citizens ... subject to call for
service in an emergency. Hamas does not detonate bombs on crowded buses as "service in an
emergency" but in the service of terrorizing a civilian population.
The AP has generally misapplied "militia" in recent months to refer to the three
Palestinian terrorist groups that have signed a ceasefire, and to a step in the first
phase of the road map calling for the dismantling of Palestinian terrorist groups, calling
the groups "militias."
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