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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Israel Shows Execution Film

Jews Show Documentary Of Executions

The film has revived controversy about events during the 1967 warEgyptian opposition politicians have expressed fresh anger over an Israeli documentary film about the treatment of Egyptian troops during the 1967 war.
Part of the controversial film was shown in Egypt on Sunday.

It was obtained by the foreign ministry and made available in a bid to cool down public anger, although the tactic seems to have had the reverse effect.

Egypt wants Israel to investigate whether its troops killed 250 Egyptian POWs taken in fighting in Sinai.

A sequence of approximately seven minutes from the documentary called Ruach Shaked (The Spirit of Shaked), after the name of the elite Israeli army unit, was shown on Egyptian private and state-run television channels.

He Lead The Execution Unit

The film showed a veteran of the Shaked commando unit that took part in the operations say: "They [the Egyptian troops] were in a poor state, scared - some of them hid in holes in the sand so we wouldn't find them. But we found them, and slaughtered them. Only some of them put up a fight."

Mr Ben-Eliezer was reportedly told that he could be arrested in EgyptAnother former unnamed Shaked member, shown from behind as he drove a car, said that the Israeli forces had faced no danger from the retreating Egyptian army and in retrospect should have disobeyed orders to engage them.

The unit's leader, Israel's minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who was forced to cancel a trip to Egypt this month over the controversy. Egyptian members of parliament are furious over a statement made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abul Gheit that "Egypt won't cut relations with Israel over a film".

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