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October 18, 2002
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One in 10 Israelis supports amnesty for the assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to a public opinion poll released Thursday. According to the poll, commissioned by Israel Radio, some 400,000 Israelis support a pardon for Yigal Amir, the right-wing nationalist who shot Rabin as he left a peace rally in Tel Aviv seven years ago.

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is “deeply disappointed” by the number of refugees to be allowed into the United States this year. The Bush administration announced 70,000 refugees would be admitted in the upcoming fiscal year, the same number as last year. Refugee organizations had requested an increase because only 27,000 refugees entered last year as a result of administrative and security difficulties.

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