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British Parliament Member Would Consider Being a Suicide Bomber Israel Faxx News Service

A member of Parliament in London refuses to back down from her claim that she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were an Arab living in the Palestinian Authority. Liberal Democrat Jenny Tonge originally made the remarks before a pro-Palestinian group, but even after word got out and caused controversy, she told Sky News that she stands by her words. "I think if I had to live in that situation - and I say that advisedly - I might just consider becoming one [a suicide terrorist] myself." She later added, "What I said was that I do not condone suicide bombers. But I understand why people out there become suicide bombers."

One in Seven Britons Says Holocaust is Exaggerated

By The Guardian

One British person in seven believes that the scale of the Nazi Holocaust against Jews is exaggerated, according to an opinion poll published last week. The findings of the ICM survey, conducted for the Jewish Chronicle, were described by David Blunkett, the home secretary, as disappointing in an interview with the paper, although the poll also shows that more than two thirds of those questioned disagreed strongly with the revisionist suggestion.

Nearly 20 percent of those questioned also said that a Jewish prime minister would be less acceptable than a member of any other faith. Michael Howard, the Tory leader, is the first Jewish leader of a major political party in recent times.

The poll was conducted to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday. The poll, conducted by ICM with 1,007 adults in England, Scotland and Wales, found 37 percent agreeing that Jewish people make a positive contribution to the political, social and cultural life of the country, with 20 percent disagreeing.

Similar proportions were revealed in answer to a question whether Jews have too much influence - 18 percent agreeing, 47 percent disagreeing. Asked whether a British Jew would make an equally acceptable prime minister as a member of any other faith, 53 percent agreed and 18 percent disagreed - 11 percent strongly.

The final question asked whether the scale of the Nazi Holocaust had been exaggerated, with 15 percent agreeing it had been - 10 percent strongly - and 70 percent% disagreeing, 62 percent strongly.

The findings showed highest levels of prejudice among working class pensioners - more than a quarter of whom believed Jews had too much influence - but also among some 18 to 24-year-olds, despite the Holocaust education many of them will have received. Around 19 percent of recent school leavers believed the event had been exaggerated.

Israel, Hizbullah Agree on Prisoner Swap

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, says he has hopes of finding out the fate of Captain Ron Arad who has been missing in action for nearly two decades. Sharon says this information is expected from negotiations with the terrorist Islamic group Hizbullah, which has agreed on a prisoner swap with Israel.

Sharon says he has been assured that the Hizbullah will make every effort in coming months to help provide intelligence on the whereabouts of Arad, who has been missing for 17 years. The prime minister told his cabinet the fate of Arad would be addressed in a second phase of negotiations with the Hizbullah, once an exchange of prisoners is completed this week.

The chief negotiator working towards the release of POWs, retired IDF Maj. Gene. Ilan Biran, explained to cabinet members that Arad's release would entail additional negotiations and concessions by Israel.

The first stage is to involve the release of 35 Arabs from various countries, including Lebanon, and about 400 Palestinian prisoners. In return, Hizbullah will hand over an Israeli businessman, Elhanan Tannenbaum, and the bodies of three soldiers, all kidnapped by the organization in October 2000.

Hizbullah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, told a news conference in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, that the prisoners would be exchanged Thursday. Hizbullah is listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization and is regarded as one of Israel's bitterest enemies.

Nevertheless, Sharon insists that Israel made what he called a correct, moral and responsible decision to strike a deal with the Hizbullah. He says the agreement includes a system in which all sides must cooperate fully, until Israel discovers the fate of Arad and secures his return - something Sharon hopes will happen in the near future.

German government mediators who helped negotiate the prisoner exchange say information about Arad could come to light within the next few months. He was shot down over Lebanon in 1986 and held in captivity there for more than a year. His whereabouts since then remains unknown. Israel believes that Iran, a supporter of the Hizbullah, may know what happened to Arad.

Saudi Peace Initiative Reported: Arab States to Absorb Refugees

By Ha'aretz

According to a new peace initiative being prepared by Arab states, Israel will negotiate a peace agreement with all the Arab states, and not just with the Palestinians, and Arab states would absorb Palestinian refugees.

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Siyasa reported Saturday that the initiative, led by Saudi Arabia, would include "declarations of peace agreements between all Arab states," which would bring an end to the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. The states would declare normalization in their ties with Israel, including the appointment of ambassadors.

The Arab states will demand that Israel withdraw to its borders prior to the June 1967 war, in other words, to leave the Palestinian territories and withdraw from the Golan Heights. The initiative also includes a "creative solution" for the problem of Palestinian refugees, which is one of the most serious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to the plan, some two million Palestinian refugees would be allowed to return to the new Palestinian state that would be established. More than two million others would be absorbed by other Arab states, and will be compensated for the suffering they had endured. The Arab countries would open their gates to the refugees on the condition that their number won't exceed 10 percent of the existing population.

Under the deal, Iraq would also accept Palestinian refugees. Israel would not be required to absorb any Palestinian refugees. The new Arab initiative, led by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, was presented last week at the State Department. It would be brought for approval at a summit of Arab League leaders to be held in Tunisia in March.

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and probably Qatar are the main supporters of the plan. The plan is based on a prior peace initiative presented by Saudi Arabia, and which approved in a summit held in Lebanon in 2002. According to the previous Saudi plan, Arab states would recognize Israel's right to exist in peace, and will hold ties with it if it withdraws to the pre-1967 war lines.

Irate Motorist Fires at Traffic Camera


Police will be developing the film in a traffic camera post at Beit Lid Junction to see if the irate motorist who fired three shots at the camera was caught on film. Police presume an irate motorist who ran a red light returned to fire at the camera in the hope of destroying the evidence. The incident occurred on Sunday.

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