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December 5, 2006
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The son of Israeli President Moshe Katsav was accused of sexual harassment. Israel Railways said Monday that Ariel Katsav, a senior member of its PR staff, was accused of verbally harassing a coworker. Katsav, whose father has been dogged by a sex scandal for months, denied the charges.

An Israeli Cabinet minister said he would favor freeing Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti, 47, a Fatah lawmaker, was captured in the West Bank in 2002, tried and sentenced to five life prison terms for masterminding terrorist attacks that killed five people. But Israeli Environment Minister Gideon Ezra said Monday that releasing Barghouti, which successive Israeli governments have ruled out, would be worthwhile if it won the release of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip and led the Palestinian Authority to halt violence.

Hugo Chavez, who has been accused of encouraging anti-Semitism, was re-elected president of Venezuela. Chavez’s victory was announced late Sunday night. In August, he drew fire for saying that Israelis “are doing what Hitler did against the Jews” and that Israel is carrying out “a new Holocaust” against the Palestinians.

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