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A call to stop violence in Israel and Palestine
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Saturday, 14 June 2003
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Widespread calls have been made for a halt to escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians that left at least 26 people dead in one day, threatening the US Middle East peace effort, BBC Online reports. In Jerusalem, at least 16 people were killed when a Palestinian militant dressed as an Orthodox Jew blew himself up on board a bus in the city center. Israel was braced for such an attack after Hamas vowed revenge for the attempted killing of its political leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi by Israel in Gaza June 10—minutes after the suicide bombing, Israeli helicopter gunships blasted a car carrying two Palestinian militants in Gaza, killing the occupants and at least five bystanders. Palestinian hospital sources said a senior member of Hamas, Tito Massoud, and another Hamas member were killed, as well as five passers-by. In other news, the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs !
of the occupied territories will visit Egypt, Jordan and Syria from June 13­24. The Committee plans to hold hearings in Cairo from June 14­16; in Amman from June 17­20 and in Damascus from June 21­23. Since its establishment in December 1968, the Special Committee has repeatedly been denied cooperation by the Government of Israel or access to the occupied territories. The territories to be considered as occupied territories for the purposes of the Special Committees mandate currently are the occupied Syrian Arab Golan, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.
 
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