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December 20, 2006
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A woman who was attacked on a Jerusalem bus by an ad-hoc “modesty patrol” is gathering support for a reaction. Miriam Shear said she was on her way to the Western Wall on a gender-segregated bus in late November when a group of fervently Orthodox men slapped, kicked, punched and pushed her after she refused to sit in the back of the bus with other women.

Ehud Olmert hinted Israel could free Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a soldier held in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli prime minister said after meeting Monday with his visiting British counterpart, Tony Blair, that talks on a prisoner amnesty would be held with the Palestinian Authority.

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