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Sudanese President Blames Jews for International Intervention
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir blamed Jewish groups for encouraging the deployment
of international peacekeeping forces in Darfur. A joint United Nations and African Union
team is in Sudan preparing for such an eventuality. He said, "It is clear that there is a
purpose behind the heavy propaganda and media campaigns.... If we return to the last
demonstrations in the United States, and the groups that organized the demonstrations, we
find that they are all Jewish organizations."
IDF Chief Orders Probe of Civilian Deaths
By Ha'aretz & IsraelNationalNews.com
Two Palestinian civilians were killed and 14 others -- all members of the same family
-- were wounded in an Israel Air Force strike in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday
The attack came a day after three children were killed in an IAF strike in Gaza City
that targeted members of Fatah's military wing. It is the third time in one month that IAF
strikes in Gaza have resulted in civilian fatalities, and brings the total of Palestinian
civilian deaths to 14.
The head of the Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday night ordered a thorough
investigation into the string of recent Gaza air strikes in which Palestinian civilians
Three children were among the wounded in Wednesday's strike. Medical personnel in Gaza
said the injuries were caused by shrapnel and that some of the wounded were in critical
The 37-year-old woman killed in the strike, Fatima El-Barbarwi, was seven months
pregnant. The other casualty was her brother, a 45-year-old doctor named Zakariya Ahmed
residing in Saudi Arabia.
Ahmed was visiting his sister in Gaza and the family had settled down for the evening
meal when they were hit by the missile. A pool of blood marked the floor in their kitchen.
Doctors tried to save the woman's seven-month-old fetus, but failed, they said.
Palestinian witnesses said the apparent target of the IAF strike had been a jeep
carrying members of the Popular Resistance Committees but the missile struck the house
instead. A witness said the vehicle carrying the Palestinian murderers passed by the house
as the explosion occurred. The men inside jumped out of the car and ran into a nearby
The IDF confirmed that it carried out an air strike against what it called a "militant
A spokeswoman expressed regret at the death of El-Barbarwi. The Israel Air Force had
fired the missile as the car traveled in a relatively unpopulated area on the outskirts of
Khan Yunis, to avoid civilian death as had happened in previous attacks, "What happened in
this case, the missile simply missed," said the
A senior IAF officer, speaking on condition of anonymity under military regulations,
said the missile missed its target by several dozen meters.
A statement from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' office harshly condemned
the Israeli attacks. "The increased frequency of women and children falling victims to
Israeli missiles, in an age of very precise electronic warfare, indicates a deliberate
intention on the Israeli part to target every Palestinian and to cause maximum human,
physical, and psychological damage," it said.
An initial probe has revealed the failed Khan Yunis strike was caused either by human
or technical error. IAF sources said they had planned to strike the targeted vehicle
carrying the wanted terrorists on a dirt road in a relatively isolated area.
In response to Tuesday night's failed assassination attempt, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs'
Brigades threatened earlier Wednesday to strike at targets throughout in Israel, and urged
all other militant groups to renew their terror attacks.
The children killed in Tuesday's strike - 5-year-old Mohammed Roka, Nadia al-Sharif,
aged 6, and 16-year-old Bilal al-Hassa - were buried in Gaza on Wednesday morning. Seven
other children were among the injured, one seriously.
Gunmen fired in the air as the three bodies, draped in Palestinian flags, were carried
aloft on stretchers from the hospital morgue to their families' homes, and from there, to
funeral and burial services. "Do you want a cease-fire?" a man carrying a loudspeaker
asked the crowd, referring to an increasingly shaky truce with Israel. "No," they shouted.
Mohammed Roka's father, Jamal, had just rejoined his family in Gaza City after a long
stint working in Abu Dhabi. Mohammed was the youngest of his seven children. "This is a
criminal act," Roka said, his eyes bloodshot. "You should ask the occupation why they did
it... The Palestinian people are extending their hands in peace, but the occupation
"We'll strike at the enemy at any place," Al-Aqsa stated. "We declare a high alert
among our men, with the goal of quickly avenging the Zionists' crimes. The Palestinians
must declare war on Sderot and the rest of the Zionist settlements. Now it's us against
The attack, which took place at 7:15 p.m., came hours after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
threatened to step up actions against Palestinian terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian eye-witnesses said Tuesday's strike came at an hour when the streets were busy
and many children were playing in the area.
But a senior IAF officer said the strike took place "in an area where traffic was very
light, and that the civilians that were injured were not seen by military cameras before
The officer said the two missiles fired hit the vehicle directly. He was unable to
explain how the two targets escaped with light wounds while nearby civilians were
"This is complex combat against terror cells operating in a civilian
population. Some of the Kassams are fired from populated areas. When a cell goes to carry
out a launch, we are working against a ticking clock. We have to find the right place to
hit them, before they operate. We do everything we can not to injure civilians, even
aborting a strike where there is doubt."
The IDF Spokesperson's Office said, "The IDF regrets any loss of life among
non-combatants. Responsibility for this rests with the terror organizations and the Hamas
The British foreign secretary released a statement condemning Tuesday's Israel Defense
Forces errant air strike. "The killing of innocent civilians, and particularly children,
is completely unacceptable," said Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett. "The continuing
violence on both sides, and the tragic death of a number of children and civilians in Gaza
and West Bank in recent weeks, is making the prospect of a negotiated, peaceful resolution
Abbas: We'll Demand 1967 Borders
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said during the Petra Conference in Jordan
Wednesday that "Israel must realize that we will not be able to accept a unilateral
solution determined solely by its government, which is building fences around the
Palestinian population. "We will demand the 1967 borders no more and no less," he
Vice Premier Shimon Peres, who is also visiting Jordan, responded by saying "Israel
would have sat at the negotiating table a long time ago and the Palestinians would have a
state were it not for the Palestinian terror and the Kassam rocket fire. "The way of
terror and shedding blood does not promote peace," he said.
Abbas alluded to the possibility that Hamas may recognize the State of Israel in the
future, saying "Israel wants Hamas to accept a two-state solution, in accordance with the
Road Map. Hamas is currently refusing, but it may accept such a solution in the
The Palestinian president also called on armed groups in Gaza to halt the incessant
Kassam fire on Israel, saying it increases the risk of an IDF ground operation in the
Strip. "All the organizations must stop the rocket fire immediately and respect the
ceasefire (signed between the groups last year)," he said.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to attend the Petra Conference on Thursday as
King Abdullah's guest. The two are expected to discuss regional affairs, including the
possibility of resuming Israel-PA talks. Olmert is expected to shake hands with Abbas, but
an official meeting between the two leaders is not expected until the end of June or the
beginning of July.
In addition, Israel and Jordan agreed on a multi-faceted package of joint projects to
begin immediately, including a new international airport.
Vice Premier Shimon Peres and Jordanian King Abdullah II agreed on several ventures,
including an international airport in Aqaba, with Israeli and Jordanian terminals, to
replace the present facility in Eilat. The airport will serve airlines around the globe
that fly to and from Jordan and Israel. Peres and Abdullah agreed at their meeting in
Petra that construction on the new airport will begin immediately.
The two leaders also reviewed and agreed on plans for the "Dead Sea - Red Sea" project,
in which a 250-kilometer canal will be built to channel water from the Red Sea to
replenish the rapidly evaporating waters of the Dead Sea.
The water from this pipeline will also be used to supply joint projects along the
Jordan Valley, including parks and holiday resorts to be built by each country on its
respective side of the border.
Orthodox in Uproar Over Organ Donation Incident
Jerusalem's Orthodox Jews are infuriated that Shaare Zedek Medical Center, which is
known for its Halakhic compliance, carried out an operation to remove organs for donation
from a patient declared brain dead in violation of Jewish law
Haredi newspaper Yated Neeman reported that the surgery was carried out on a man being
treated in the hospital who was declared brain dead Tuesday. The hareidi sector was
infuriated by the deed because it is forbidden by Halakhic rule (Jewish law) and violated
agreements with Orthodox rabbis against carrying out such operations in the observant
hospital. Brain death occurs when brain stem activity stops, which is responsible for
blood flow, heart beat and breathing. Brain death is irreversible.
The hospital's rabbinical committee forbids the removal of organs from patients that
are still alive according to Jewish law, and in the past ruled that if the family requests
the organs be donated, the surgery must take place in a different hospital. Hospital
officials responded that doctors went through with the operation at the hospital in
compliance with a special request by the patient's family, and the organs saved the lives
of two other patients.
A storm broke out when the incident leaked to the Orthodox community, who specifically
choose to be treated there above other hospitals because of its reputation of being
observant. The article further claimed that family members said they only agreed to donate
the organs only after they were pressured by doctors.
A spokesperson for the medical center, Shaham Rubio, said "The family wanted to donate
the organs of the patient
The man's kidneys were transplanted into two patients who
had been waiting five years and whose lives were endangered. Their two lives were saved
thanks to the transplants."
"It is known that there is a conflict between the Halakhic adjudicators on the matter
of brain death, and there was nothing in our decision to cause frictions between us and
the hareidi sector on the matter of saving a life which is of supreme value. In
light of the urgency of action needed to save the lives of the two patients, and
considering the family's refusal to transfer the patient to another hospital, we had to
decide quickly and conduct the surgery at Shaare Zedek," the spokesperson said.
"The operation was carried out by a special team from another hospital, and the
transplants were done at other hospitals. Shaare Zedek Medical Center is known for its
unique character and professionalism that comply with Halakhic values."
Ghana apologizes to Arab League over Israeli flag at World Cup
Ghana apologized to the Arab League on Wednesday for one of its football players waving an
Israeli flag after his country's 2-0 World Cup win against the Czech Republic, the Arab
League secretary-general said.
Defender John Pentsil plays for Hapoel Tel Aviv, and waved a small Israeli flag after
Ghana's win in Saturday's match to acknowledge Israeli fans in Germany.
Amr Moussa said the league had received an official apology from the Ghanaian
government expressing regret at the incident. The memo said Pentsil's action had no
official support and Ghana hoped the incident would not affect Ghana's relations with
The Ghanaian Football Association apologized on Monday for Pentsil's conduct and said
the Ghanaian FA was not trying to take sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israeli
Sports Minister Ofir Pines-Paz praised Pentsil for his actions and said Ghana had gained
many Israeli fans.
Pentsil said people in Ghana fail to understand why he waved the Israeli flag and not
the flag of Ghana, adding that he is a religious man who holds a special place in his
heart for Israel. "Everyone was very proud of me for bringing a little happiness to
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