One by one, 27 Palestinian civilians Tuesday walked out of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where they had been holed up for almost a month. About 20 people Israel accuses of being terrorists remained inside.
As the Palestinians walked out of the church, CNN’s Mike Hanna reported they were showing identity papers to Israeli soldiers in Manger Square and boarding a bus. Israeli officials said those not wanted by Israel would be released.
In other action, Israel’s security Cabinet decided not to cooperate for now with the United Nations fact-finding team appointed to look into the conflict at the Jenin refugee camp.
Israel has relayed evidence to the European Union that its aid to the Palestinian Authority is being diverted to finance insurgency attacks.
Israeli officials said the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has sent captured PA documents on the Palestinian use of EU aid.
Over the last year, the EU has provided more than $70 million to the PA to pay salaries of members of the more than 100,000 Palestinian civil servants. The EU aid has earmarked for paying the salaries of Palestinian police officers, Middle East Newsline reported.
Israeli officials said the Sharon government sent a report to Brussels that details PA use of EU funding. The report asserts that the PA pays 20 percent less to its officers than reported to the EU. The difference is pocketed by the PA.
PA officers are said to earn between $250 and $500 a month, officials said. But their salaries are paid in Israeli currency and based on an exchange rate that amounts to 3.6 shekels to the dollar. The actual conversion rate is close to five shekels per dollar.
The result is that the PA earns $2.5 million a month from the EU aid, which it then uses to fund insurgents, the report said. Officials said a similar report was presented to the United States.
Mr. Elmo Goes to Washington Yeah, yeah, it’s old, but I didn’t post about it then so I’ll post about it now!
A Bangladeshi snake charmer called in to find two serpents in a suburban home near the capital unearthed over 3,000 deadly cobras and hundreds of eggs.
Police and local newspapers said snake charmer Dudu Miah captured over 3,500 young cobras at two houses in Narayanganj near Dhaka.
The find, however, triggered panic among neighbors who fled their homes, police said.
A group of parents are calling for the resignation of Rancho Bernardo High School’s vice principal, claiming she enforced underwear checks at a school dance, 10News reported.
The dance occurred Friday and vice principal Rita Wilson turned away girls who were wearing thongs, the parent said.
Kim Teal is among the several parents angry with Wilson (pictured, right).
“First thing (my daughter) said when she got into the car was, ‘Mom, it was horrible last night. You have to fight this,'” Teal told 10News.
According to parent Alane Garvik, girls who arrived at the dance wearing short skirts were immediately asked: “What kind of underwear do you have on?”
Now, I’m just a guy so I may have no idea what I’m talking about here, but doesn’t most other underwear kinda show through a skirt that might be form fitting? I mean, not show show, but you can see the lines, right? Hell, what am I saying, BECAUSE I’m a guy I know exactly what I’m talking about here. Unless there’s no underwear involved….