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Sunday, May 11, 2003

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Top Story in the Jerusalem Post this morning: Israel has released 60 Palestinian Arab prisoners, and expects to release 100-140 tomorrow, promises to release 'hundreds of prisoners' more, as well as issue some 25,000 work permits to Palestinian Arabs --as gestures of goodwill. Media reports said Sharon will also ease closures in the 'terrortories,' allow more trade with Palestinian Arabs, and afford more rights to Arab fishermen off the coast of Gaza. Sharon hopes to meet with Palestinian Arab leaders soon.

On the other side, Palestinian Arab terrorists murdered a 52-year-old Israeli gardener named Zion David, in a shooting attack early Sunday morning. David, the father of six children, was driving to a work site near the Nablus area. He died of "shrapnel embedded in the head," according to police. Arafat's FATAH, HAMAS and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (based in Damascus, Syria), all claimed responsibility for the murder. Elsewhere in the terrortories, the head of the PA's Preventive Security Service in Gaza said his organization had no intention of disarming any Palestinian.