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QuietStorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 08:40 PM
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Nazareth riot report has Arabs questioning Israeli justice
NAZARETH, Israel -- For three years, Haydah Akawai, a mother of five, and Mahmoud Yazbak, a Palestinian professor, have yearned to find out the names of Israeli police snipers who killed Akawai's 42-year-old son and Yazbak's 25-year-old nephew.

The two were Arab bystanders in a riot that Jewish protesters started in Nazareth in October 2000. Relatives still struggle to comprehend why Arabs who share the same Israeli citizenship as Jews were shot.

Akawai and Yazbak, like the relatives of 11 other Arabs whom police killed in Israel's northern towns during clashes in the early days of the Palestinian uprising, have voiced hope that the answers would come from an Israeli government commission that has been investigating the shootings and that is expected to release its findings tomorrow.

Now it seems more likely that the report will only widen the gulf between Israel's 1.3 million Arabs and 5.3 million Jews.

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