“The killing of Palestinian bystanders in Israeli airstrikes Monday in Gaza spurred remorse and calls for reparations in Jerusalem. Israel carried out a series of airstrikes that targeted buildings where Palestinian terrorists were suspected of producing and storing weapons. The 12 dead included some civilians. Israeli President Moshe Katsav extended condolences to the victims’ families Tuesday, telling Israeli and Palestinian peace activists that such deaths sometimes are unavoidable when fighting terrorism. Cabinet minister Yosef Paritzky of the Shinui Party proposed that the bereaved families receive Israeli government stipends of the kind granted to Israeli terror victims. The European Union and Russia also expressed concern over the civilian deaths.” (c/o JTA)