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A 28-YEAR-OLD sol­dier, Staff-Sergeant Asaf Wax­man, from Ris­hon Le Zion, was killed dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise in the Golan Heights when the ar­moured-per­son­nel car­rier he was rid­ing in over­turned. Four oth­ers were lightly in­jured. A MAU­SOLEUM for the late Pales­tinian leader Yasser Arafat was un­veiled in the West Bank city of Ra­mal­lah to mark three years since his death. From the tower of the mosque, built next to the glass and stone me­mo­rial, a laser shines di­rectly to­wards Jerusalem, where Arafat had wanted to be buried. PALES­TINIAN PRES­I­DENT Mah­moud Ab­bas con­demned as a “heinous crime” the shoot­ing dead of six pro­test­ers by Ha­mas gun­man dur­ing a Gaza rally mark­ing the an­niver­sary of Yasser Arafat’s death. Nearly 90 peo­ple were also wounded dur­ing the Fatah-or­gan­ised demon­stra­tion in Gaza City. IS­RAELI PRIME Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert warned set­tler lead­ers that “some con­ces­sions” would need to be made to the Pales­tini­ans to bring peace. He told the Ye­sha Coun­cil, the group that rep­re­sents the set­tle­ments, that “on this point I am em­broiled in a heart­break­ing dis­agree­ment with your pub­lic, a pub­lic that I my­self was part of”. IS­RAEL MAY par­don dozens of wanted Pales­tinian mil­i­tants and re­lease up to 400 pris­on­ers as part of con­fi­dence-build­ing mea­sures ahead of the An­napo­lis sum­mit. Some 180 wanted men in the West Bank were par­doned three months ago. IN­TE­RIOR MIN­IS­TER Meir Sheetrit called on Is­raeli Arabs to par­tic­i­pate in both army and na­tional ser­vice. He told the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Cen­tre for Jewish-Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment: “Ben Gu­rion made a mis­take. He brought the Arabs into a ghetto, a shut­down, when he de­cided not to en­list them.” THE IDF is to carry out a ma­jor train­ing ex­er­cise next week to pre­pare for a sce­nario of a wave of Pales­tinian vi­o­lence in the West Bank ahead of the An­napo­lis sum­mit. IS­RAEL’S AIR­PORT tax is to dou­ble to fi­nance ur­gently needed safety im­prove­ment, Trans­port Min­is­ter Shaul Mo­faz an­nounced dur­ing a trip to Ben Gu­rion In­ter­na­tional. As well as the in­creased tax, cur­rently $13 (£6.50), the Is­rael Air­port Author­ity will pro­vide NIS 550m (£65m) for the ini­tia­tive. THE IS­LAMIC Waqf Trust has ap­proved plans to build a me­mo­rial near the east­ern edge of the Tem­ple Mount in Jerusalem to com­mem­o­rate the Turk­ish sol­diers who died fight­ing for the Ot­tomans. The scheme has not yet been sub­mit­ted to Is­raeli of­fi­cials for ap­proval. IS­RAEL HAS re­fused to re­veal de­tails of prop­er­ties in Tel Aviv and Jaffa owned by the Waqf Is­lamic re­li­gious trust, ar­gu­ing that this would harm fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Pales­tini­ans over the right of re­turn for refugees and the sta­tus of their as­sets. PO­LICE AR­RESTED a se­nior Chabad fig­ure on sus­pi­cion of tax fraud as he re­turned from a fundrais­ing visit to the United States. As he was ar­rested at Ben Gu­rion air­port, dozens of of­fi­cers from the po­lice fraud unit raided the vil­lage of Kfar Chabad to seize ev­i­dence. KAS­SAM ROCK­ETS con­tin­ued to fall on the be­lea­guered Negev town of Sderot. On Tues­day alone, three kas­sams and four mor­tar shells were fired from the north­ern Gaza Strip, with one land­ing near the house of Sderot mayor Eli Moyal. There were no in­juries re­ported.


FRENCH AC­TORS Ger­ard Depar­dieu and Fanny Ar­dant are shoot­ing a new film, Hello Good­bye, in Is­rael and the Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries this month. They play Parisian Jews who make aliyah. The movie takes in scenes shot in lo­ca­tions from Tel Aviv to the Nebi Musa shrine near the West Bank town of Jeri­cho. FREE AND re­duced­price events in­clud­ing Turk­ish dance, baroque mu­sic and mu­seum tours were rolled out across Jerusalem as part of the an­nual Hamshusha­layim fes­ti­val, which takes place on three con­sec­u­tive au­tumn week­ends. THE ART sea­son at Tel Aviv’s Beza­lel Gallery opened with Flat, an ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing Is­raeli post­min­i­mal­ist works from the 1970s un­til the present day. JERUSALEM’S LA Mayer Mu­seum of Is­lamic Art has re­cov­ered dozens of an­tique Euro­pean clocks which were stolen from its col­lec­tion in 1983. The haul, which in­cluded a watch made for Marie An­toinette, came from the col­lec­tion of a Bri­tish wo­man who had in­her­ited them with­out know­ing their prove­nance. RUS­SIAN POET Yevgeny Alek­san­drovich Yev­tushenko — who wrote a fa­mous and highly con­tro­ver­sial poem in 1961 re­call­ing the Nazi mas­sacre of Kiev’s Jews at Babi Yar — was due to re­cite some of his works at a spe­cial event held in the Yad Vashem au­di­to­rium in Jerusalem.


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