Yeshiva massacre shakes Israel, peace talks

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

West Jerusalem " Last Thursday, a Palestinian gunman walked into the Merkaz Herav Yeshiva, a Jewish religious seminary, and opened fire, killing eight and wounding 10 others. The gunman was then shot dead by an off-duty Israeli soldier. Police have named Ala Abu Dhaim as the gunman.

The attack, which is the most lethal in the last two years, set off both sides of the ongoing Palestine/Israel conflict. Israel, however, has said the attack would not interfere with US-sponsored peace talks. Palestinian leadership under President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the massacre.

“Those celebrating these murders have shown themselves to be the enemies not only of Israel, but enemies of peace and reconciliation,” Mark Regev, the spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said to Reuters.

Beijing, China " Massive protests against Chinese policies regarding Tibet rocked the Tibetan capital of Lhasa two days in a row this week.

Chinese security personnel fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse crowds. More than 600 monks assembled on Tuesday, while the previous day’s protest saw over 300 monks take to the streets.

The rare back-to-back protests came after worldwide demonstrations marking the 49th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule.

Chinese officials have had their hands full with Tibet lately. A concert by Icelandic musician Bjork ended with the singer shouting “Tibet” " leaving authorities contemplating stronger restrictions on foreign artists.

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