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Nine Young Palestinians Leave Bethlehem Siege
By VOA News
Nine young Palestinians and two bodies have been evacuated from
Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where Palestinian gunmen have
been under siege by Israeli forces for more than three weeks.
Two Franciscan monks escorted the young people out of the church
under an arrangement with the Israeli army. The bodies of two
Palestinians killed by earlier gunfire at the Christian shrine were
carried out and taken away in an ambulance. Israeli troops
questioned the nine youths and gave them food and a medical
While the evacuation was underway, Israeli troops fired smoke bombs
to obscure the view of journalists trying to watch what was
happening. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed earlier to
allow 10 to 15 teenaged Palestinians to leave the besieged church
compound. At least 200 people, including Palestinian gunmen and
church workers, have been holed up under Israeli army siege in the
church since April 2. Food is becoming scarce and sanitary
conditions are worsening.
Palestinian and Israeli negotiators held further talks Thursday to
end the stand-off - but failed to reach an agreement.
Israel says about 30 wanted men among the besieged must stand trial
in Israel or go into exile. Palestinians reject that and instead
suggest the men be escorted to the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian Court Sentences Killers of Israeli Minister
By VOA News
A Palestinian military court has convicted and sentenced four
militants to jail terms for killing an Israeli cabinet minister
last year. Israel quickly dismissed the move. Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon is still insisting the men be handed over to Israel for
trial before he ends the military blockade of Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat in Ramallah.
Later in the day, Israeli forces allowed the Ramallah governor to
leave Arafat's besieged compound, where he has been trapped with
other Palestinian officials since Israeli forces invaded the city
a month ago.
The makeshift court, convening in Arafat's headquarters, found the
four defendants guilty in the October assassination of Israel's
ultra-nationalist tourism minister, Rehavam Zeevi, in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority says the sentences range from 18 years
with hard labor to one year, and that Arafat ratified the decision.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the
court action as invalid and a farce. It demanded the Palestinian
Authority cancel the ruling. The PFLP said it killed the Israeli
minister to avenge Israel's killing of the group's leader, Abu Ali
Mustafa, in a helicopter strike last August.
Early Thursday, Israeli soldiers killed one Palestinian and
arrested four others during a raid in Hebron. The Israeli army also
says its troops killed four Palestinians who tried to attack a
Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces killed two
other Palestinians in separate incidents.
Palestinians Refuse US Aid Donations in Jenin
By VOA News
Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp have turned away shipments
of U.S. aid and relief supplies to protest Washington's military
assistance to Israel. Palestinian officials in Jenin said residents
refused to unpack the shipment of food, tents and toys Thursday,
after the aid arrived in trucks from the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID).
A spokesman at the camp said residents would not accept the U.S.
aid because their homes had been destroyed by the Israeli army
using American-made weapons. Palestinians accuse Israel of
committing a massacre in the West Bank refugee camp. Israel has
denied the claim, saying its incursion into the camp was to crush
a terrorist network.
Jewish Terrorism Tongue-in-Cheek
By Prof. Stephen Berger, Tel Aviv Medical Center
Following the latest atrocity in Jerusalem, Secretary Powell
pleaded with the Palestinians to issue some form of denunciation.
Arafat complained that only the Palestinian side is ever required
to denounce terror. Predictably, the Palestinian denunciation later
mumbles that they, "deplore the murder of civilians on both sides."
Perhaps the Palestinians have a point, and so to set the record
straight, I do hereby denounce the following in the name of the
All Jewish suicide bombers who have ever acted against Arabs.
All Arab buses blown up by Jews.
All Arab pizza parlors, malls, discotheques and restaurants
destroyed by Jewish terrorists.
All airplanes hijacked by Jews since 1903.
All Ramadan feasts targeted by Jewish bombs.
All Arabs lynched in Israeli cities; all Arab Olympic athletes
murdered by Jews; all Arab embassies bombed by Jews.
All mosques, cemeteries and religious schools fire bombed or
desecrated by Jews in North Africa, France, Belgium, Germany,
England or any other country.
The destruction of American military, governmental and civilian
institutions in Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen -
along with the murder of U.S. Marines and diplomatic personnel.
All Jewish school books which claim that Arabs poison wells, use
Christian blood to bake pita, control world finance, and murdered
Jesus; or that Arab elders meet secretly to plot a world takeover.
And I am particularly ashamed at the way my fellow Jews
attacked the World Trade Center, Pentagon and civilian aircraft on
September 11, and danced in the streets to celebrate the act.
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