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Comedian Alan King Dead at 76
Comedian and actor Alan King, a longtime fixture in Jewish humor, died at a New York
hospital on Sunday aged 76.
King, who lived in King's Point, N.Y., died of lung cancer. Services were scheduled for
Tuesday morning, at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Manhattan. The Brooklyn-born son of
Russian immigrants was one of the so-called Borscht Belt comics who in trademark acerbic
delivery, cigar in hand, would gripe about the trials of everyday life.
King especially poked fun at being Jewish. In one typical joke, King quipped that a
short summary of every Jewish holiday was: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat." In
another, he asked: "What's the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother?
Eventually the Rottweiler lets go."
Terrorists Attack Memorial Ceremony; No One Hurt
Palestinian terrorists, one of them apparently dressed as a woman, opened fire at
hundreds of Jews who came to participate in a memorial ceremony for the Hatuel family in
Gush Katif Sunday evening. No one was hurt, and IDF soldiers killed two of the
"It was a humiliating experience for Jews who come to remember a slaughtered family to
have to crouch down while terrorists shoot wildly around," said David Hatuel afterwards.
"Can't the army protect a road just a few kilometers long? The houses that line the road
must be torn down!" Hatuel lost his pregnant wife and their four daughters a week ago when
Palestinian terrorists shot and killed them at point-blank range on the Kisufim entrance
road to Gush Katif.
The ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. at the site where the five were murdered. Several
minutes after the end of the ceremony, shots rang out. The participants were told to
crouch down, and the local security coordinators on hand returned fire. At the same time,
the soldiers in the area opened massive fire towards the spot where the shots originated,
in order to silence the attackers and enable the civilians to be evacuated.
Only many minutes later did the bulletproof buses arrive; they took the women and
children first, and then returned for the men, to nearby Kisufim Checkpoint. The private
cars in which the participants arrived remained along the road, and remained there until
the army completed combing the area for additional terrorists.
Shortly after the incident began, IDF forces identified an armed terrorist in an
abandoned building along the road. An IDF tank fired a shell, killing two terrorists.
Gaza Regional Coast spokesman Eren Sterenberg told reporters that "We don't hate Arabs
- we just want to live." Sterenberg lashed out at the Israel Supreme Court justices for
blocking the army's razing Arab buildings along the Kissufim Road, buildings used to
launch attacks. He called for the razing of all the buildings within a kilometer of either
side of the road, "so we may travel in peace," he added. He pointed the finger of blame at
the Supreme Court justices "who blocked the building destructions and gave the Oslo guns
to the terrorists which are now being used against us."
Sharon to Present Amended Disengagement Plan from Some Palestinian Areas
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, said Sunday that he would present an alternative
plan for unilateral disengagement from Palestinian areas to his cabinet within three
weeks. Sharon also said he was canceling a trip to Washington this month to consider new
proposals, after his Likud party voted against the original plan.
Sharon convened his cabinet ministers to discuss how the government should proceed
after his unilateral disengagement plan was overwhelmingly rejected by a referendum of the
Likud party one-week ago. The prime minister said he intended to meet in the next few days
with all members of the cabinet to help formulate alternative proposals. He said these
discussions would be aimed at drawing up a new diplomatic initiative, to be presented to
the government within three weeks.
Sharon is under pressure from right-wing cabinet ministers opposed to his vision of
withdrawing soldiers and removing Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip and parts of the
West Bank. At the same time, the prime minister is facing demands from other factions to
press ahead with his plan.
The secular Shinui party, led by Justice Minister Tommy Lapid, is threatening to
withdraw from the coalition if diplomatic progress with the Palestinians remains stalled.
Two right-wing government ministers stormed out of the cabinet meeting after Lapid spoke
in favor of Israel's withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.
But Sharon insisted he wanted more debate on the idea of unilateral disengagement. He
also told the cabinet he was calling off a planned trip to Washington next week because he
would be busy consulting on the idea with government ministers.
Sharon was to have addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel
lobbying group, and a meeting with President Bush had been under consideration. Israel's
deputy Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, a staunch supporter of the disengagement plan, has
been chosen to represent Sharon at the Washington conference.
Defense Minister Warns Hizbullah Attacks Will be 'Catastrophic for Syria and
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel is warning that it would strike government targets in Syria and Lebanon if these
countries do not restrain the militant Islamic group Hizbullah. The warning follows recent
violence between Hizbullah and Israeli troops on the border with Lebanon.
Israel's deputy defense minister, Ze'ev Boim, warned that if Hizbullah continued to
escalate violence along the Israeli border with Lebanon, then the fighting would spread to
other parts of Lebanon and Syria. His comments followed reaction to the killing last week
of one Israeli soldier and the wounding of six others in attacks by the Hizbullah, which
is based in southern Lebanon.
Boim said it was clear that Israel is not only dealing with the Hizbullah, which is
listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization but that Syria was supplying
the militant group with money and weapons, and was the main power broker in Lebanon,
controlling activities inside that country.
Boim said that if Hizbullah were allowed to continue attacking Israel then it would be
"catastrophic for Syria and Lebanon."
On Wednesday, Hizbullah terrorists fired anti-aircraft shells over the western Galilee
region of Israel in what the organization claimed was retaliation for violations of
Lebanese airspace by Israeli warplanes earlier that day. Israeli warplanes then struck at
suspected Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon.
On Thursday, Israeli troops thwarted an apparent attempt by Hizbullah fighters to cross
into the Golan region, an area that Israel seized from Syria during the 1967 Middle East
war. Israeli troops patrolling the area the following day said they were fired upon by
Hizbullah gunners using mortars and anti-tank missiles.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government denied media reports that it was in possession of a
bone fragment of Israeli airman, Capt. Ron Arad, who disappeared over Lebanon in 1986. The
reports said the bone fragment had been passed on by the Hizbullah, via German mediators,
as part of efforts by the organization to secure a new agreement on the release of more
Arab prisoners held by Israel.
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