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Trial Begins Over Death Of U.S. Activist In Gaza

HAIFA, Israel – (AP) The family of an American activist crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza is suing Israel. The parents of Rachel Corrie are seeking compensation from Israel's Defense Ministry for the death of their daughter in 2003. Arguments in the civil case opened in...

France urges Israel to accept probe into raid

PARIS (AP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office says he has urged Israel's prime minister to accept an international inquiry into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Sarkozy and Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone Sunday. A statement from Sarkozy's office says he...

Israel remains defiant, seizes Gaza-bound aid ship

JERUSALEM - (AP) A defiant Israel enforced its 3-year-old blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, with naval commandos swiftly commandeering a Gaza-bound aid vessel carrying an Irish Nobel laureate and other activists and forcing it to head to an Israeli port instead. The bloodless takeover...

UN chief moving ahead with probe of Israeli raid

JERUSALEM - (AP) An Israeli official said Sunday that U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is moving ahead with plans for an international commission to investigate Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Ban wants former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, a maritime law expert, to...

Turkey seeks to condemn Israel in security summit

ISTANBUL - (AP) A summit for a 20-member security group for the Asian region kicked off Monday in Istanbul with Turkey seeking to condemn Israel for a raid that killed nine Turks on a pro-Palestinian aid flotilla that had attempted to break the blockade on Gaza. Turkey, the most important...

Israel expects decision soon on raid probe

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) An Israeli minister said Monday he expects a decision soon on an investigation into Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American. Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel is now considering the options for an investigation...

Israel military investigating deadly flotilla raid

JERUSALEM - (AP) Israel's military said it will have its own experts examine what caused a naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla to turn deadly, while nations led by Turkey condemned the operation and intensified demands for an international investigation. Turkey's president released a...

EU presses Israel to lift Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM - (AP) The European Union pressed Israel Monday to lift the blockade of Gaza, deeming it "unacceptable" while the Israeli Cabinet approved an investigation into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in an effort to counter international criticism. EU members met in Luxembourg...

Israel: UN to take seized flotilla goods to Gaza

JERUSALEM - (AP) The United Nations will take to Gaza tons of aid supplies languishing in an Israeli port for two weeks since they were seized in a bloody sea confrontation, the Israeli military said Tuesday. Richard Miron, a spokesman for the U.N. Mideast envoy, confirmed the deal. The military said...

Israeli Officer Testifies In U.S. Activist Lawsuit

HAIFA, Israel - (AP) An Israeli military commander testifying Sunday in a civil lawsuit over the death of American activist in the Gaza Strip eight years ago said the young woman and other activists ignored army warnings to move before she was crushed by an armored bulldozer. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia...

UN rights office says Gaza executions unlawful

GENEVA (AP) - The U.N.'s human rights office says three men recently sentenced to death in the Palestinian territory of Gaza were executed unlawfully. A spokesman for U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the men didn't have Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Manslaughter charge dropped in Gaza war case

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military prosecutor dropped a manslaughter charge against a soldier initially suspected of killing a Palestinian woman and her daughter during Israel's war against Gaza militants nearly four years ago, a defense attorney said Sunday. The former infantry sergeant...