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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.
Palestinian girls protest against Gaza killings