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was born in Berlin in 1927. His parents were Jewish (Judaism) and when their business was vandalised on Kristallnacht in 1938, he was sent to England by Kindertransport and lived in Bedford with a foster family. After the Second World War, he traced his family to Israel, with the help of the Red Cross. Research Dr Isserlin took part in a number of excavations of importance for Old Testament research, including those at Hazor in Israel. He himself directed fieldwork on this University’s expedition to Jaffa in 1952 and, in 1955, on the Oxford expedition to Motya, a small island off western Sicily. Motya was to become one of the most significant sites for Dr Isserlins’s scholarship. He developed a special interest in Phoenician archaeology and in 1960 conducted excavations of the harbour site of Mikhmoret in Israel; and then, from 1961 until 1972, directed a series of archaeological excavations and investigations at Motya, in collaboration with colleagues from a number of other academic institutions in this country, the USA and Australia. Motya: a Phoenician and Carthaginian city in Sicily, the first volume, by Dr Isserlin and his co-director, Joan du Plat Taylor, of the final report of the excavations, was published in 1974. It found a very favourable reception both here and overseas. The book and a series of articles produced by Dr Isserlin were widely praised as a most important contribution to the study of the Phoenicians in the western Mediterranean. His interest in the Phoenicians led him to pursue the traces of their enterprise in other areas, including Spain (Malaga) and Portugal (the Azores). ---- * Israel is to begin dumping 10,000 tonnes of rubbish in the West Bank every month. Opponents say the move is a breach of international treaties and may also pollute the main Palestinian (Palestinian people) water supply, an assertion denied by the Israelis. (Haaretz) (BBC) * A UNDP report, the third Arab Human Development Report criticizes the United States for their actions in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq. (TV4 Nyheterna - in Swedish) (Executive Summary of the Report) * The Iraqi National Assembly elects Sunni Arab Hajim al-Hassani as its speaker. Shiite Hussain Shahristani and Kurd Aref Taifour are elected as his top deputies. The selections are the result of protracted debates between Iraq's top political parties. (BBC) * Vandals (vandalism) deface (graffiti) the grave of Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Leah (Leah Rabin) in the national cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Israel, spray painting them with slogans. (Ha'aretz) (Arutz Sheva) (BBC) * Amnesty International reports that at least 3,797 people were executed (execution (legal)) and 7,395 sentenced to death (death penalty) in 2004. (Amnesty International) (Independent) (BBC) ** A Palestinian (Palestinian people)-fired Qassam rocket hits a cemetery in the Israeli town of Sderot, causing minimal damage and no injuries. Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz says Israel will not let it pass and criticises the PA (Palestinian Authority)'s lack of action. This is the first rocket fired inside the carrot-shaped "Green line (1949 Armistice Agreements)" since late January. (Haaretz) ** Two Jews are arrested on suspicion of planting fake bombs in Jerusalem in an attempt to disrupt the planned Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip. (BBC) ** Environmental groups condemn a plan by Israel to relocate Israeli settlers (Israeli settlement) from Gaza to the Nitzanim nature reserve in southern Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon supports the request of some settlers to relocate the entire Gush Katif to the Nitzanim area and orders experts to start checking this issue thoroughly. Nitzanim is home to endangered (endangered species) turtles and around 100 gazelle. (BBC) (Haaretz) ** Two Jews are arrested on suspicion of planting fake bombs in Jerusalem in an attempt to disrupt the planned Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip. (BBC) ** Environmental groups condemn a plan by Israel to relocate Israeli settlers (Israeli settlement) from Gaza to the Nitzanim nature reserve in southern Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon supports the request of some settlers to relocate the entire Gush Katif to the Nitzanim area and orders experts to start checking this issue thoroughly. Nitzanim is home to endangered (endangered species) turtles and around 100 gazelle. (BBC) (Haaretz) * Ibrahim Jaafari, a Shia, has replaced Iyad Allawi as the interim prime minister of Iraq. (BBC) * A suicide bomber kills two foreign tourists in a Cairo market and injures a further score (20 (number)) of bystanders. A group called "Islamic Pride Brigades" claims responsibility. (Haaretz) (Link dead as of 22:29, 14 January 2007 (UTC)), (BBC) * Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz announces that private homes in the Gaza strip settlements (Israeli settlement) will not be demolished after the disengagement plan. Religious structures such as synagogues, Mikveh baths and cemeteries (cemetery) will be dismantled and transferred inside the "Green line (1949 Armistice Agreements)". (Haaretz), Ynet News * Scientists at Manchester's Christie Hospital claim a cure for cancer could be available in 5 years. (BBC) * Scientists at Manchester's Christie Hospital claim a cure for cancer could be available in 5 years. (BBC) * In an interview with the Financial Times, a Hezbollah leader announces that the group would be willing to discuss potential disarmament after Israel withdraws from the Shebaa Farms. Lebanon and Syria maintain that the Shebaa Farms are Lebanese territory, while the rest of the world community insists that the farms are part of the Golan Heights, thus part of Syrian territory occupied by Israel. (Financial Times) (Haaretz) (Link dead as of 22:29, 14 January 2007 (UTC)) * Presidential elections begin in Djibouti. Incumbent president Ismail Omar Guelleh is the only candidate. (BBC) * At least 54 Hindu pilgrims have been killed when a dam in the Madhya Pradesh state in India is apparently opened by mistake. (BBC) * Hezbollah, the Lebanese (Lebanon) political and militant organisation, flies another unmanned drone plane (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) over Israel. Hezbollah claims the ''"reconnaissance mission''" was in retaliation for alleged Israeli violations of Lebanese Airspace. Israel quickly retaliates by sending jets to fly at a low altitude over southern Lebanon and caused sonic booms. (BBC) * The election of a new secretary general (OAS Secretary General election, 2005) of the Organization of American States ends in an unprecedented stalemate after five rounds of voting. (BBC) * At least 54 Hindu pilgrims have been killed when a dam in the Madhya Pradesh state in India is apparently opened by mistake. (BBC) * Hezbollah, the Lebanese (Lebanon) political and militant organisation, flies another unmanned drone plane (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) over Israel. Hezbollah claims the ''"reconnaissance mission''" was in retaliation for alleged Israeli violations of Lebanese Airspace. Israel quickly retaliates by sending jets to fly at a low altitude over southern Lebanon and caused sonic booms. (BBC) * The election of a new secretary general (OAS Secretary General election, 2005) of the Organization of American States ends in an unprecedented stalemate after five rounds of voting. (BBC) * The election of a new secretary general (OAS Secretary General election, 2005) of the Organization of American States ends in an unprecedented stalemate after five rounds of voting. (BBC) * U.S. (United States) President (President of the United States) George W. Bush praises the Israeli Prime Minister (Prime Minister of Israel) Ariel Sharon for his "''courageous initiative''" to pull all Israeli settlements out of the Gaza Strip, however Bush also told Sharon not to expand other existing settlements. The two leaders met in Texas, USA. (BBC Video) (BBC) (CNN) * Tulip Revolution: The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan finally approves the resignation of deposed President (President of Kyrgyzstan) Askar Akayev. (Fox News) * Four girls who were held hostage (Ennepetal hostage taking) for four hours are freed from a house in Ennepetal, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. (BBC) * Israeli citizens against the proposed Israeli dismantling of Jewish settlements (Israeli settlement) on the Gaza Strip have chained shut 167 schools and nurseries in Tel Aviv as part of their protest. The Fire Service quickly cut through the chains. (BBC) (Jerusalem Post) (Haaretz) * The death toll in the collapse of a factory in Dacca, Bangladesh rises to 21 and hundreds are still trapped. (New Kerala) (Reuters) * Four girls who were held hostage (Ennepetal hostage taking) for four hours are freed from a house in Ennepetal, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. (BBC) * Israeli citizens against the proposed Israeli dismantling of Jewish settlements (Israeli settlement) on the Gaza Strip have chained shut 167 schools and nurseries in Tel Aviv as part of their protest. The Fire Service quickly cut through the chains. (BBC) (Jerusalem Post) (Haaretz) * The death toll in the collapse of a factory in Dacca, Bangladesh rises to 21 and hundreds are still trapped. (New Kerala) (Reuters) * The Iranian parliament approves abortion in cases where mother's life is in danger or the fetus is deformed. The bill still needs the approval of the Guardian Council. (IranMania) (Reuters UK) (Middle East Online) (Persian Journal) * In Israel, Mordechai Vanunu is charged with 21 counts of violating the terms of his parole. (Ha'aretz) (Arutz Sheva) (Reuters) * In Saudi Arabia, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh rules that forcing (forced marriage) women marry against their will is against Islam. (Arab News) (Al Jazeera) (Middle East Online) * Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: ** Israel kills a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade following a raid (Raid (military)) into the Palestinian (Palestinian territories) town of Nablus. Palestinians maintain that a special unit disguised as Arabs carried out the act. Israeli Defence Forces say the man was a "ticking bomb" and that soldier shot only after he opened fire on them. Witnesses from the Balata camp, however, say the Israelis opened fire without warning and then took the body away. (BBC) (Haaretz) (NY Times) ** The Israeli soldier accused of shooting British (United Kingdom) cameraman James Miller (James Miller (filmmaker)) is cleared of any wrongdoing by an Israeli Judge, meaning the soldier will not be prosecuted. Miller's family accuse the Israel Defense Forces of a coverup and threaten to sue. (BBC) ** Israel kills a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade following a raid (Raid (military)) into the Palestinian (Palestinian territories) town of Nablus. Palestinians maintain that a special unit disguised as Arabs carried out the act. Israeli Defence Forces say the man was a "ticking bomb" and that soldier shot only after he opened fire on them. Witnesses from the Balata camp, however, say the Israelis opened fire without warning and then took the body away. (BBC) (Haaretz) (NY Times) ** The Israeli soldier accused of shooting British (United Kingdom) cameraman James Miller (James Miller (filmmaker)) is cleared of any wrongdoing by an Israeli Judge, meaning the soldier will not be prosecuted. Miller's family accuse the Israel Defense Forces of a coverup and threaten to sue. (BBC) * Conflict in Iraq: At least 11 people have been killed following a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital (Capital city) of Baghdad. (BBC) * A major breakthrough in the study of ancient Greek (Ancient Greece) and Roman (Ancient Rome) texts may lead to the revelation of hundreds of lost comedies (comedy), tragedies (tragedy) and epic poems. Using an infrared technique originally developed for satellite imaging, classicists at Oxford University, in the past four days alone, have made a series of new discoveries from Oxyrhynchus, including writings by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and other literary giants. It may also be used to reveal lost Christian gospels. (The Independent), (Blogger News Network) * Over one hundred thousand people throughout Indonesia have taken part in anti-Israeli and anti-American protests. The protest was organised by the Prosperous Justice Party in order to show Muslim unity regarding the Al Aqsa Mosque. (Herald Sun), (Guardian), (Jerusalem Post) * Privacy groups in the United Kingdom along with opposition Liberal Democrats (Liberal Democrats (UK)) decry fingerprint passports as 'ID card by stealth'. (Telegraph) (Wikinews) (n:British National Fingerprint Database begins without parliamentary consultation) (Guardian) (Telegraph) * Black smoke signals no new Pope is chosen in the first ballot in the Papal conclave, 2005. (BBC), (ABC) (Link dead as of 04:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (Yahoo! News AP) (Link dead as of 04:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC)) * Two Israelis, one a soldier in the Combat Engineering Corps, and one a civilian, are wounded by a Palestinian (Palestinian people) sniper in an attack on Philadelphi Route of the southern Gaza Strip, close to the Egyptian border. The Popular Resistance Committees claims responsibility. (Haaretz) (Link dead as of 04:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC)) * Adobe Systems buys Macromedia for $3.4 billion. (Yahoo! Financial) (Link dead as of 04:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC)), (New York Times) (registration required), (USA Today), (MSNBC). * The girlfriend of a Paris Opera Hotel employee admits that she might have accidentally started the fire that destroyed the hotel last Friday. Police later take her into custody. The death toll has risen to 24. (IHT) (Reuters AlertNet) (Scotsman) * Israel extends the travel ban of Mordechai Vanunu. (Ha'arets) (Jerusalem Post) (BBC) * In Syria, Jassem Alwan, who led a failed military coup in 1963, returns from exile in the United Arab Emirates. (BBC) * The Government of Singapore's approval for the building of two casinos as part of integrated resorts in Singapore's new downtown, and on Sentosa island ignites intense speculation on the likely winners from 19 submitted proposals, and caps off more than a year of moral debates in the traditionally conservative (Conservatism) city. (The Standard) (BBC) (CNA) * In Israel, Uriel Yitzhaki is arrested on allegations of selling passports for bribes. (BBC) * A 5.8 Richter scale earthquake hits northern Kyūshū, Japan. (Japan Today) (Channel News Asia) (Reuters) (Bloomberg) ---- * 400 Iranian volunteers sign up to sacrifice their lives in "occupied Islamic countries", particularly Israel, after being inspired by a fatwa from a top hardline cleric giving religious backing to suicide missions (suicide attacks). (Reuters) * American (United States), French (France) and Israeli naval forces rescue three Syrian and Egyptian sailors from a North Korean ship that sank in international waters off the coast of Nahariya. (Ynet) * 400 Iranian volunteers sign up to sacrifice their lives in "occupied Islamic countries", particularly Israel, after being inspired by a fatwa from a top hardline cleric giving religious backing to suicide missions (suicide attacks). (Reuters) * American (United States), French (France) and Israeli naval forces rescue three Syrian and Egyptian sailors from a North Korean ship that sank in international waters off the coast of Nahariya. (Ynet) * The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) fires two members suspected of passing on U.S. (United States) secrets to Israel. (BBC) * The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) fires two members suspected of passing on U.S. (United States) secrets to Israel. (BBC) * Three Israeli soldiers are hurt when their jeep triggers an IED (Improvised explosive device) roadside bomb, near the Karni crossing, on the edge of the Gaza Strip. (Haaretz) * The next launch of the Space Shuttle ''Discovery'' (Space Shuttle Discovery), STS-114, is postponed until at least May 22. This is to be the first Space Shuttle launch since the ''Columbia'' disaster (Columbia disaster) in February 2003. (BBC) * Israeli-Palestinian conflict: **The Association of University Teachers, the leading British (United Kingdom) academic group, has voted to boycott two Israeli universities, Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, over their alleged involvement in "illegal activity" in the occupied territories. The AUT said it voted for the boycott in response to a plea for action by a group of Palestinian (Palestinian people) academics. It was condemned by the Israeli Embassy, the British Ambassador in Israel, by Jewish Human Rights groups and by Universities UK. (BBC), (Guardian) ** Israeli security forces arrest 3 suspected Palestinian militants on the Geha Highway near Ra'annana, Israel. When the police arrived, the 3 suspects were barricaded in their car, while a 4th suspect fled the scene. Earlier in the night, the Israeli Police put roadblocks and checkpoints after it received high alert on "rolling" suicide bombing attack. (Haaretz), (Ynet) **The Association of University Teachers, the leading British (United Kingdom) academic group, has voted to boycott two Israeli universities, Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, over their alleged involvement in "illegal activity" in the occupied territories. The AUT said it voted for the boycott in response to a plea for action by a group of Palestinian (Palestinian people) academics. It was condemned by the Israeli Embassy, the British Ambassador in Israel, by Jewish Human Rights groups and by Universities UK. (BBC), (Guardian) ** Israeli security forces arrest 3 suspected Palestinian militants on the Geha Highway near Ra'annana, Israel. When the police arrived, the 3 suspects were barricaded in their car, while a 4th suspect fled the scene. Earlier in the night, the Israeli Police put roadblocks and checkpoints after it received high alert on "rolling" suicide bombing attack. (Haaretz), (Ynet) ** A 17-year-old Palestinian (Palestinian people) is caught carrying 4 pipe bombs in Beit Furik checkpoint. (Haaretz) April 26, 2005 was a Tuesday *Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Israeli soldier killed in the West Bank on Monday night was shot by his comrades. It was believed he was killed by an Unarmed Taxi (taxicab) Driver, Iyad Dueik, who was shot seven times and whose car ran over the man, but news that he was shot questions this assessment. (BBC) * Alassane Ouattara is allowed to run for Presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire. (AP via Yahoo! France) April 25, 2005 was a Monday *Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Amnesty International has called on the Israeli government to investigate the poisoning of Palestinian (Palestinian territories) land, allegedly by Israeli settlers (Israeli settlement) around Hebron (BBC) * Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaty to the European Union, continuing the enlargement process (Enlargement of the European Union). (press release) (BBC) * Israeli-Palestinian conflict: ** Following an Israeli raid on the Palestinian (Palestinian people) city of Tulkarm, one Israeli soldier and one Islamic Jihad leader are killed. The soldier was killed in a gunfight with 3 members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The three were suspected to have been part of the cell which was involved in Tel Aviv "Stage" club bombing in February 2005. Shafiq Abdul Rani, the leader of the Jihad cell in Tulkarm was killed and another militant was arrested. (Haaretz) ** Palestinian militants fired 3 Qassam rockets on the Israeli town of Sderot. There were no casualties. (Haaretz) * Orthodox (Orthodox Church of Jerusalem) Patriarch of Jerusalem (Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem) Irineos (Patriarch Irineos) is dismissed following a controversy over the leasing of church-owned lands to groups eager to increase the Jewish presence in the Old City of Jerusalem. (BBC) * Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: An Israeli commander is suspended, pending a full inquiry, from his position following the deaths of two teenage cousins in Beit Lakia, near Ramallah, on May 4. (BBC) * British (United Kingdom) polls open in the 2005 general election (United Kingdom general election, 2005). Voters will elect 645 of the 646 members of the House of Commons (British House of Commons). Most expect Tony Blair and his Labour Party (Labour Party (UK)) to win, but both Michael Howard and the Conservative Party (Conservative Party (UK)) along with Charles Kennedy and the Liberal Democrats (Liberal Democrats (UK)) are expected to make major gains in Parliament. (Wikinews) (Wikinews:UK general election, 2005) (BBC) (CNN) * Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: ** Israel freezes the handover of West Bank Palestinian (Palestinian people) towns to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims they will resume the handover process when militant groups are disarmed. The Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, had agreed to hand over five West Bank towns to Palestinian control, but thus far has only handed over Tulkarm and Jericho. (BBC) ** Israeli troops shoot dead two teenage boys. The cousins were protesting against the building of the Israeli West Bank barrier among a group of people, many of whom were throwing stones at the soldiers. According to the Stop the Wall group, protestors were chased by Israeli soldiers using live ammunition. (BBC) * Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: ** Israel freezes the handover of West Bank Palestinian (Palestinian people) towns to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims they will resume the handover process when militant groups are disarmed. The Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, had agreed to hand over five West Bank towns to Palestinian control, but thus far has only handed over Tulkarm and Jericho. (BBC) ** Israeli troops shoot dead two teenage boys. The cousins were protesting against the building of the Israeli West Bank barrier among a group of people, many of whom were throwing stones at the soldiers. According to the Stop the Wall group, protestors were chased by Israeli soldiers using live ammunition. (BBC) ** Israel freezes the handover of West Bank Palestinian (Palestinian people) towns to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims they will resume the handover process when militant groups are disarmed. The Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, had agreed to hand over five West Bank towns to Palestinian control, but thus far has only handed over Tulkarm and Jericho. (BBC) ** Israeli troops shoot dead two teenage boys. The cousins were protesting against the building of the Israeli West Bank barrier among a group of people, many of whom were throwing stones at the soldiers. According to the Stop the Wall group, protestors were chased by Israeli soldiers using live ammunition. (BBC) * War on Terrorism: * A suicide bomber in a car blows himself up near a vegetable market in a southern Iraqi town, killing at least 22 people and wounding 45. (Reuters) * A 20 year old IDF (Israeli Defence Force) soldier is arrested in Israel after telling military police that he considers himself a "Nazi (Nazism)", and hates Jews, blacks (Black people) and the State of Israel. (Israel National News) (Reuters), (Courier-Mail) (Houston Chronicle) * Reports emerge that the United States may be sending detainees to Uzbekistan, a regime notorious for torture. (Seattle Times) (ISN) * In Italy, two Vatican Radio officials, Cardinal Roberto Tucci and Father Pasquale Borgome, have been convicted of polluting the atmosphere with unnecessarily powerful electromagnetic waves that might have causes increased risk of cancer. They receive 10-day suspended sentences. (Reuters AlertNet) (BBC) * Hans Blix, former United Nations chief arms inspector, suggests that Iran and Israel could support a ban of uranium enrichment in the Middle East. (Al-Jazeera) (Reuters AlertNet) * The Nigerian government charges 80 Biafran separatists with treason. (AllAfricA) (BBC) (Reuters AlertNet) * Guantánamo Bay Qur'an desecration allegations: Riots over a ''Newsweek'' story (later retracted) lead to dozens of injuries and at least three deaths in Jalalabad, Eastern Afghanistan. Afghan police use live ammunition to stop the Anti-American rioting organized in protest of the alleged desecration of a copy of the Qur'an. (BBC), (Reuters) * A Katyusha (Katyusha rocket launcher) rocket hits the northern Israeli town of Shlomi (Shlomi, Israel), damaging a bakery but no injuries. The rocket appears to have been launched from within Lebanon while Israel celebrated its 57th Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzma'ut). (Haaretz) * Justice officials in Kuwait, with assistance from United Nations war crimes expert Sharif Basyouni, complete an indictment against Saddam Hussein and several former Iraqi officials for crimes against humanity during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait (Gulf War). (Yahoo!) * Guantánamo Bay Qur'an desecration allegations: Riots over a ''Newsweek'' story (later retracted) lead to dozens of injuries and at least three deaths in Jalalabad, Eastern Afghanistan. Afghan police use live ammunition to stop the Anti-American rioting organized in protest of the alleged desecration of a copy of the Qur'an. (BBC), (Reuters) * A Katyusha (Katyusha rocket launcher) rocket hits the northern Israeli town of Shlomi (Shlomi, Israel), damaging a bakery but no injuries. The rocket appears to have been launched from within Lebanon while Israel celebrated its 57th Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzma'ut). (Haaretz) * Justice officials in Kuwait, with assistance from United Nations war crimes expert Sharif Basyouni, complete an indictment against Saddam Hussein and several former Iraqi officials for crimes against humanity during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait (Gulf War). (Yahoo!) May 13 2005 (Friday) * Heavy exchanges of fire in the Israeli-Lebanese (Lebanon) border. Hezbollah fired at least 9 mortar (mortar (weapon)) shells or Katyusha (Katyusha rocket launcher) rockets on outposts in the disputed Shebaa Farms. The IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) retaliated by artillery fire and IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft bombed 3 Hezbollah positions. Israel maintains that Lebanon bears full responsibility for the border attacks, committed by Hezbollah and local Palestinian (Palestinian people) groups, while Hezbollah maintain that they are acting in retaliation for Israeli attacks on Lebanese (Lebanon) territory including a hit on civilian houses in the village of Kfar Shouba. (Haaretz), (BBC) * Guantánamo Bay Qur'an desecration allegations: United States Secretary of State (Secretary of State of the United States) Condoleezza Rice promises "prompt action" if investigations prove that the Quran was desecrated by U.S. soldiers (United States Army) in Guantánamo Bay (Guantanamo Bay detainment camp), Cuba. The Saudi Arabian government (Government of Saudi Arabia) voices its "deep indignation" and has demanded a quick investigation and punishment for the perpetrators if found to be true. Seven people have died in Afghanistan following Anti-American protests in the wake of the allegations. There have also been protests in Pakistan and Indonesia. (BBC) (BBC) (The Jakarta Post) ** At least twenty protesters – some reports say as many as 500 – are shot dead in Uzbekistan. Thirty soldiers have been taken hostage as a result. (Yahoo!) (BBC) (The Guardian) ** A man is fatally shot outside Israel's embassy in Tashkent. The man, who has a history of mental illness, was carrying wooden objects, and guards suspected him of being a suicide bomber. He walked through to the building, despite warning shots in the air and a bullet to the leg, and was eventually shot dead. The American (United States) embassy reported he was a suicide bomber and one Uzbek (Uzbekistan) police officer said the man was carrying only a harmless package. However, it was later reported that the man was carrying a mock explosive belt. (Haaretz), (Ynet) * Michael Ross becomes the first person executed in the U.S. state of Connecticut since 1960. He was convicted in 1987 of the murder of four girls and young women. He confessed to having committed four more killings. (CNN) ** Shin Bet head Avi Dichter finishes his 5-year term and Yuval Diskin is appointed as his replacement. (Ynet) ** Israeli right wing students begin a hunger strike in protest of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan of 2004. (Haaretz) (Ynet) * Amid continuing unrest In Uzbekistan (May 2005 unrest in Uzbekistan), the city of Andijan is sealed. British Foreign Secretary (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) Jack Straw (Jack Straw (politician)) says there has been "a clear abuse of human rights" in Uzbekistan. (BBC) Commons:Category:Israel Wikipedia:Israel Dmoz:Regional Middle East Israel


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time (cricket) intervals for lunch and tea (tea_(meal)). For its fans, the sport and the intense rivalries between top cricketing nations provide passionate entertainment and outstanding sporting achievements. ('''more...''' (Cricket)) Sheikh '''Hamad Abu Rabia''' ( , born 1929, died 12 January 1981) was a Bedouin Israeli politician and a member of the Knesset, best known for being assassinated by sons of another Israeli


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Animal acts are still very popular throughout much of Europe, the Americas and Asia. In the United States animal welfare standards are overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture under provisions of the Animal Welfare Act (Animal Welfare Act of 1966). Efforts to ban circus animals in cities like Denver, Colorado have been rejected by voters. Some circuses now present animal-free acts.


international interest

difficult. Its classic grid layout is reminiscent of other newspaper puzzles such as crosswords and chess. ''Sudoku'' initially became immensely popular in Japan in 1986 and in the UK, Israel, and Canada in 2005, stimulating international interest. '''Shmuel Zakai''' (born 1963) is an Israeli Brigadier-General who was forcibly discharged from the Israel Defense Force (IDF) in November 2004 by order of Chief of Staff Moshe

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to the Bukharan Jews, whose ancestors settled in the city during Roman times. Most Bukharan Jews left Bukhara between 1925 and 2000 (Aliyah) and settled (Jewish settlement) in Israel and the United States of America. '''• ''' Israel: Assistance and Training. SNCF International provides assistance to Israel Railways in every area of rail operations including projects to upgrade the network's general safety regulations. Other assistance and training programs involve


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in the penal codes of Argentina, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Peru, Syria, Venezuela and the Palestinian National Authority. Questions have been raised about the accuracy of the targeting of UAVs. In March 2009, ''The Guardian'' reported allegations that Israeli UAVs armed with missiles killed 48 Palestinian civilians (Palestinian people) in the Gaza Strip, including two small children

harshly criticizing Israeli policies.

: The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades agrees to a ceasefire if Israel will promise to fully halt military operations inside the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including arrest raids and assassinations and releases Palestinian prisoners from its jails. The militant group rejects Israel's offer to ease operations. (BBC)


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'''Israel'''

On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the Partition Plan (United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine) for Mandatory Palestine. Borders for a new Jewish state were specified by the UN (United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine) but ultimately not recognized by either Israel or neighboring countries.

The population of Israel (Demographics of Israel), as defined by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, was estimated in 2014 to be 8,146,300 people. It is the world's only Jewish-majority state (Jewish population by country); 6,110,600 citizens, or 75.3% of Israelis, are designated as Jewish (Israeli Jews). The country's second largest group of citizens are denoted as Arabs (Arab citizens of Israel), with 1,686,000 people (including the Druze and most East Jerusalem Arabs). Armenians (Armenians in Israel), Circassians (Circassians in Israel), Roma (Romani diaspora#Israel) and others. Israel also hosts a significant population of non-citizen foreign workers and asylum seekers from Africa and Asia.

In its Basic Laws (Basic Laws of Israel), Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State.

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