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    N.Y. TOWN RECALLS ATTACK ON PALESTINIANS Ben Dobbin, Associated Press, 9/24/03 http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3187992,00.html GENEVA, N.Y.
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      N.Y. TOWN RECALLS ATTACK ON PALESTINIANS
      Ben Dobbin, Associated Press, 9/24/03
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3187992,00.html

      GENEVA, N.Y. (AP) - A 1948 attack by a Jewish militia on an Arab
      village drew an unlikely cast of visitors Wednesday to this small
      town in rural New York.

      A group of Palestinians, Israelis and Americans dedicated a bronze
      statue of an uprooted olive tree to mark the attack that killed more
      than 100 Arabs in Deir Yassin, in what is now Israel.

      In the struggle for Middle East peace, ``it's very disturbing when
      one side's history is systematically ignored,'' said Daniel McGowan,
      who launched Deir Yassin Remembered in 1994. ``It would be like
      nobody wanting to talk about the Holocaust when you talked about
      Jews.''

      The attack on April 9, 1948, killed anywhere from 108 to 254
      villagers - the number is still debated - and accelerated Israeli
      expropriation of land. Israel became a state the next month.

      Nazeeha Asad, who was 6 years old at the time of the attack, saw her
      85-year-old grandmother killed by a bullet in the forehead as she
      carried her 2-year-old grandson, Omar, who also died. In all, 37 of
      her relatives were killed, said Asad, who did not attend the
      dedication.

      ``These people were very, very dear to me,'' said Asad, now 61 and
      living in East Brunswick, N.J. ``To see all of them dead and all
      covered in blood in front of my eyes, how can you imagine?''

      About 40 people attended the dedication at a lakeshore property that
      McGowan owns. McGowan said he hopes to persuade the Israeli
      parliament to put up a memorial at the site of the village.

      The Israeli Consulate in New York did not return calls seeking
      comment on the group's work.

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      http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-israel-
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      JERUSALEM - A group of reserve air force pilots elicited wall-to-wall
      condemnation Thursday for their refusal to carry out air strikes in
      Palestinian areas, but their unprecedented protest set off an
      emotional debate on the ethics of the targeted killings of militants.

      Pilots are held in the highest regard in Israel and their views carry
      considerable weight, since their skill and audacity are seen as key
      to Israel's survival.

      Wednesday's signed declaration condemning the air strikes shook the
      nation and also raised new questions about the limits of protest in
      the military. The air force commander, Maj. Gen. Dan Halutz, said the
      signatories would be punished - possibly jailed - and accused them of
      playing politics, rather than grappling with genuine moral
      dilemmas...

      In their petition, the pilots said air strikes on crowded Palestinian
      areas are ``illegal and immoral.'' They also condemn Israel's
      continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, saying it corrupts
      Israeli society...




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