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Israeli Forces Kill Six Palestinians in West Bank

By VOA News

Israeli forces have tracked and killed a Palestinian man on Israel's wanted list, pressing a campaign against militants accused of anti-Israeli attacks. Five other Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in separate incidents Wednesday.

A helicopter gunship fired the missile that killed Jamil Jadallah in a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Israeli army said Jadallah was a member of the military wing of the Islamic group Hamas and was planning an attack in Israel. Israeli officials say Jadallah was involved in attacks on Jewish settlers and also linked him to previous suicide bombings, including the June attack at a Tel Aviv disco that killed 22 young people.

Israel's policy of targeted attacks, called "assassinations" by the Palestinians, has been condemned by the United States and other countries.

Israeli forces killed a second Palestinian of Hamas in the Palestinian town of Tulkarm. Two other Palestinians were shot dead in ambush by Israeli soldiers near Nablus after allegedly firing at a settler's vehicle. Late in the day, two Palestinian policemen were killed in a clash with Israeli troops near the West Bank town of Qalqilyah.

Israeli forces also raided the Palestinian-controlled village of Arrabe near Jenin looking for wanted militants. The Israeli army says it arrested six people, including two Islamic Jihad members who it says were planning a suicide attack in Israel.


Palestinian Militant Suggests Possible Ceasefire with Israel

By VOA News

The leader of the militant Palestinian group - Islamic Jihad - said the goal of his organization is the "liberation" of Palestinian land with borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

In an interview Tuesday in Damascus, Ramadan Shallah told CNN that he would be willing to accept a ceasefire with Israel, if Israel pulls out of occupied land.

The remarks are being seen as signaling a possible shift in the policy of the militant group, which has traditionally opposed peace negotiations with Israel and said its goal is to recover all Palestinian land, including the territory that is now Israel.

Shallah said his group does not trust the United States, but recognizes that only Washington can persuade Israel to stop killing Palestinians and end its military siege of Palestinian towns and villages.

When asked if he will consider a ceasefire, Shallah said his group first needs to know that Israel is ready to pull out of occupied land, at least the West Bank and Gaza.

The militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, which has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks against Israelis, is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations.


Croatian President Asks Forgiveness

By IsraelNationalNews

Croatian President Stipe Mesic was greeted with trumpets in the Knesset Wednesday, where he came to publicly ask forgiveness for his country's Holocaust crimes against the Jewish People.

"Croatia and its President," Mesic said, "are aware of the tragedy that the Jewish people experienced, and know and regret that some of the victims were from the area controlled by Croatia." He said that Croatia would act to bring to justice all war criminals. Mesic also took the opportunity to call for a Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon praised Mesic for giving the order to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in his country, and said, "The Jewish Nation will forever remember the 30,000 Croatian Jews [80 percent of the Jewish population there] who were killed with tremendous cruelty during the Holocaust by Croatian collaborators with the Nazis."

Shinui Party leader Tommy Lapid responded from the Knesset, and said, "As a little boy of the Holocaust, beaten and pursued, in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia, I never dreamt that I would one day stand in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem and greet the Croatian president on his official visit to Israel.

"I admit that I was not sure whether to assume this mission upon myself, but after you, Mr. President, apologized to the Israeli president for the bitter fate of Croatian Jewry, and after you spoke here and condemned these terrible crimes of the Ustachi towards the Jews in your land, it is fitting that I arise and bless you for your efforts to open a new page in the relations between our nations."

Jewish Job Finder Web Site

By IsraelNationalNews.com

JESNA has launched Everett JewishJobFinder.com (www.JewishJobFinder.com), a comprehensive web resource for job seekers and employers in the U.S. Jewish community. The site serves as an online Jewish job placement and information service, listing positions available in dozens of different settings and providing individuals interested in professional employment opportunities in the Jewish community with a "one stop" source of up to date information and guidance.


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