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A right-wing organization urged Attorney General Menachem Mazuz yesterday to open an investigation into whether the pipe bomb that wounded Prof. Zeev Sternhell last week was a provocation carried out by the Shin Bet security service. The Campaign for Saving the People and the Country claims that the bombing, generally believed to have been carried out by right-wing extremists in response to Sternhell's left-wing political activism, was a provocation aimed at turning public opinion against the settlers to make future evacuations easier. "The timing and nature of the operation leave no room for doubt it was the work of a provocateur," it wrote. (Ofra Edelman)

A new French committee will investigate the death of the Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Dura, who, according to a French television report, was killed by Israel Defense Forces gunfire on September 30, 2000, the first day of the second intifada. The committee, set up by the French public broadcasting authority, will examine the validity of the original television report in light of repeated accusations that it was deliberately falsified. (Adi Schwartz)