- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 8, 2003


High court rejects injunction on killings

JERUSALEM — The Supreme Court yesterday turned down two petitions by human rights groups seeking interim orders against “targeted killings” by the Israeli military and the use of human shields.

Three justices rejected a request for a temporary injunction against the army’s policy of “liquidating” Palestinian militants until an overall case against targeted killings has been judged. The judges gave the government 60 days to present a written response to the petition, filed 18 months ago by the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel.

Since the start of the 33-month Palestinian uprising in September 2000, the army killed 169 Palestinian “targets” plus 90 bystanders in targeted assassinations, petitioning attorney Avigdor Feldman said. Such assassinations have become an “institutionalized policy” taking place almost daily, he said.


Attack on convoy kills two soldiers

DIYARBAKIR — Two Turkish soldiers were killed and another injured yesterday in an attack on a convoy carrying the governor of a predominantly Kurdish province, security sources here said. The attack was blamed on separatist Kurdish rebels.

The three soldiers were in an escort vehicle leading the convoy of local officials in Tunceli province, eastern Turkey, when the assailants opened fire from behind rocks along the road. Gov. Ali Cafer Akyuz, who was unscathed, told NTV that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was the chief suspect.

The governor said bullets were fired at close range by about 10 gunmen and targeted only the escort vehicle and his own car, which carried a flag. Diyarbakir Mayor Hasan Korkmaz, who was in the convoy, said the gunfight lasted about half an hour.


Hit film addresses contemporary problems

CAIRO — A new Egyptian film has become a hit at the box office here this summer with its frank treatment of marital sexual problems and adultery, breaking new ground in a conservative society.

“Sahar al-Layali,” or “Night Out,” is the first film by young Egyptian director Hani Khalifa, who portrays the tempestuous lives of four upper-middle-class couples who in the end stay together.

People have packed movie houses since the film’s debut two weeks ago and are taking the subject matter seriously. Salim, a man in his 30s, emerged from a showing expressing amazement. “It’s the first time I see a film which talks about the problems of my generation,” he said.

Weekly notes …

Morocco’s main journalists union has called for the release of all imprisoned reporters and editors in connection with a high-profile trial opening today in Rabat. The union said the prosecution of editor Mustapha Alaoui under antiterrorism legislation is a suitable occasion to condemn all detentions of journalists in the country. Mr. Alaoui was arrested for publishing in his Al Ousboue weekly a handwritten letter from an unknown group claiming responsibility for a series of suicide bombings in Casablanca during May that killed 44 persons. … Azeri troops clashed with ethnic Armenian forces on the border of disputed Nagorno-Karabakh last weekend, and Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Monday that both sides suffered losses. The situation in the two former Soviet republics is watched closely by the United States, which sees oil-rich Azerbaijan as an alternative petroleum source to the Persian Gulf.

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