News in Brief

AG asked to probe PM `diversion' claim

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) has written to the attorney general asking him to investigate the claims made in a new book by journalists Raviv Drucker and Ofer Shelah, saying that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided on the disengagement plan to divert public attention from criminal investigations against him, and to escape an indictment. Ariel wrote: "The shocking things that were published prove that the prime minister is corrupt to the core." MK Zvi Hendel said over the weekend that "Sharon ... tricked everyone, the government, the Knesset." Next Monday the Knesset will discuss another no-confidence motion by the National Union, over the "corruption" issue. (Nadav Shragai)

Ben-Gurion to get new perimeter security

The Airport Authority will create a new buffer zone at the northern end of Ben-Gurion Airport to help improve security for aircraft and installations. The buffer zone was one of the recommendations of the Ephraim Sneh committee, which examined the security of strategic installations around Israel. The new fence, which will cost NIS 7 million, will be built near the communities of Or Yehuda and Neveh Monoson and will be equipped with night-time surveillance technology. It is expected to be completed in 2006. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)

Israeli Arabs remember three hung by Brits in '29

About 150 Israeli Arabs marched on Friday through the streets of Acre in memory of three men executed by the British in 1929 for killing Jews. They were Palestinian residents of Hebron and Safed who were found guilty by a British Mandate court over 76 years ago. MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash-Ta'al) joined the procession. "It is the right of any nation to remember its fallen heroes who fought and struggled for their land against the British Mandate," said Barakeh. The march was organized by the Tawfiq Ziyad Center for National Culture and Creativity and by the Acre branch of Hadash. (Jack Khoury)