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« Reply #525 on: June 30, 2006, 07:18:07 AM »

Accidental grenade explosion kills two Palestinians

Wed Jun 28, 10:44 AM ET

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Two Palestinians were killed and another seven, including a baby, wounded when a grenade accidentally exploded in the southern Gaza Strip.

Family members were playing with a grenade in the town of Khan Yunis when it exploded, killing 23-year-old Qassem Massud and his one-year-old niece, medical and security sources said Wednesday.

All the casualties were members of the same family.

Accidental grenade explosion kills two Palestinians

Now why did they have a grenade??  Oops!!
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« Reply #526 on: June 30, 2006, 07:22:02 AM »

Israel blitzes Gaza, Egypt reveals Hamas offer

by Adel Zaanoun 5 minutes ago

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israel blitzed Gaza from the air overnight, setting the interior ministry ablaze and killing a Palestinian fighter in the latest offensive aimed at freeing a soldier held by Palestinian militants.

As the international community appealed for restraint to prevent an escalation of the conflict, Egypt said Friday the ruling Hamas movement had agreed to secure the release of the soldier, but that Israel had so far not agreed to the conditions.

Israel stepped up its assault on Gaza overnight, causing the first Palestinian casualties since it launched a ground offensive early Wednesday, its biggest military operation since pulling out of the territory in September.

The Israeli military pounded Gaza with 30 air raids, hitting the Hamas-run interior ministry, weapons depots, Hamas training camps and access roads, after suspending plans to send ground troops into the north of the territory.

It further ratcheted up the pressure on the Palestinian leadership by revoking the Jerusalem residency rights of a Hamas minister and three MPs, facing them with expulsion from the occupied eastern sector of the Holy City.

"The four are members of a terror organization dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel. This contradicts the citizens' commitment towards the state," a senior interior ministry official told AFP.

Israeli troops had rounded up scores of Hamas members the day before, including eight ministers -- a third of the Palestinian cabinet -- and lawmakers in a vast sweep condemned by Hamas as a declaration of "open war."

But Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya remained unbowed, vowing that his Hamas-led government would not fall.

"Our people are patient. They can arrest leaders, assassinate leaders, but our flag will not fall," Haniya said in a sermon at a Gaza City mosque.

The Palestinian interior ministry issued a statement condemning what it called Israel's "growing barbaric aggression" against the "defenceless Palestinian people, their institutions and infrastructure".

A fighter from the hardline group Islamic Jihad, which has been behind almost all bomb attacks against Israel over the past year, was killed in one of the Gaza air strikes.

The army said it had struck at militants who tried to fire an anti-tank missile at Israeli troops based around the disused Palestinian airport in Dahaniyeh in the southern Gaza Strip.

Another Palestinian from the radical Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades faction, loosely affiliated to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, was shot dead during an Israeli arrest operation in the West Bank.

Israel had called a halt Thursday to a planned incursion into the northern Gaza Strip amid international appeals for diplomatic efforts to free 19-year-old Gilad Shalit, seized in an attack on an army post last Sunday.

Israeli media said the delay was because of differences between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the army chief of staff over how to proceed in the worst crisis since Hamas took office in March after a shock election win.

The best-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper said Olmert, who had warned he was prepared to take "extreme measures" to bring back Shalit, believed the operation would cause too many civilian casualties as well as heavy Israeli losses in one of the world's most densely populated areas.

An opinion poll by Yediot Aharonot also revealed that 53 percent of Israelis considered "negotiation and international pressure" the best option for bringing Shalit home while only 43 percent favour military activity.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in comments published Friday that Hamas has agreed to secure Shalit's release, on certain conditions.

"The movement has accepted, conditionally, to have the Israeli soldier returned as soon as possible to avoid an escalation," Mubarak said in an interview with the government newspaper Al-Ahram.

"Up to now, the Israeli side does not accept," he added, but gave no details of the Palestinian conditions.

On Monday three Palestinian groups, including the armed wing of Hamas, called for the release of all Palestinian women and children from Israeli jails in exchange for information on the soldier.

Also Thursday, the body of a Jewish settler kidnapped by gunmen was found dumped in the West Bank, adding to the tensions.

But the international community, led by UN chief Kofi Annan, has issued urgent appeals for all sides to show restraint, and to prevent the crisis spreading across the region.

"We hope that Israel, in trying to retrieve its soldier, will practise restraint and that both sides will practise restraint in trying to lower the temperature and develop a sense of security in the future," said White House spokesman Tony Snow.

Meeting in Moscow, foreign ministers of the G8 group of industrialized nations called on Israel to exercise the "utmost restraint".

New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch said the militants' attempts to use the captured soldier as a bargaining counter amounted to a "war crime."

But it added that Israel "must minimize the harm to Gaza's civilian population during any military operation to rescue the corporal, and that includes not destroying vital power plants."

Many parts of Gaza, already facing a dire humanitarian crisis because of a cut in Western aid since Hamas took office, are without electricity and water because of Israeli air strikes.

Defence Minister Amir Peretz has insisted that Israel, which has a force of about 5,000 troops massed on the border, had no intention of retaking Gaza, where about 1.4 million mostly impoverished Palestinians live.

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« Reply #527 on: July 05, 2006, 01:47:17 AM »

Many Israeli emigrants coming home

Absorption Ministry woos Israelis living abroad, number of citizens returning to country steadily rising. ‘These people definitely contribute upon their return; they come back with professional experience in high-tech, science and other fields,’ ministry official says
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Due to the less than encouraging numbers of new immigrants (8,556 since the beginning of the year), the Absorption Ministry has been wooing Israelis living abroad, and it seems that the efforts are starting to bear fruit.

Since 2003 the number of Israeli immigrants returning to the country has steadily risen: In 2003 2,696 Israelis came home, 3,554 returned in 2004 and 4,205 moved back in 2005.

According to Absorption Ministry statistics, some 1,400 Israelis returned to the country since the beginning of 2006, and about 1,200 of them were assisted by the ministry’s services in seeking employment and incentives.

Most of the “new Israeli immigrants” return from the United States, which is home to the largest community of former Israelis (roughly 400,000).

The rest of the returning Israelis are moving back from the UK (2nd place) and France (3rd place), and from almost every other country in the world; this includes Arab-Israelis who studied in Jordan and backpackers who remained for years in countries such as Kenya, Taiwan and Ecuador and suddenly got homesick.

Most settle in major cities

“We are trying to provide them with a smooth landing in the framework of our policy to encourage Israelis to return home,” Absorption Ministry official Nadya Prigat said.

“We define a returning resident as an Israeli citizen who lived abroad for a period of two years and up; some 50 percent return after two years. The longer Israelis stay abroad, the likelihood they will return decreases, so this is the optimal time to encourage them to come home. Scientists and entrepreneurs are given the same incentives and aid even if they return after three years.”

Prigat said Israel must invest in the emigrants (yordim) as this population is mostly young, or between the ages of 24 and 44, and about one-third are university graduates.

“These people definitely contribute upon their return; they come back with professional experience in high-tech, science and other fields,” she said.

Statistics show that most returning Israelis prefer to settle in the three major cities: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.

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