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Events Calendar: Arts,
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CDs Reviews by Shoshanna Rosenstein
Special Turkey of the Year: Bruce Gaitsch
Bruce Gaitsch released a new CD "Sincerely".
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music, class and civility. I am talking about Bruce Gaitsch.
ALLEGEDLY, TERRORISTS AND
FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAMISTS OBTAIN MALAYSIAN PASSPORTS AND VISAS TO
Kula Lumpur, Malaysia-Malaysian
Passport holders are granted 'visa on arrival status' in European
Union. Malaysia has become The Launching Pad for non Malaysian
Terrorists to secure original Malaysian Passport through bribe. The
Bush Administration realized that it is against US interest (after
9/11) that it pressured Canada to revoked 'visa on arrival status'
for Malaysian Passport holders. Malaysia being a multi racial nation
makes it a better choice for Terrorist Groups to seek its passport.
Among such outfits are Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ezham of North Sri
Lanka, Patani Liberation Organization of South Thailand, Mindanao
Liberation Organization of South Philippines, Jemaah Islamiya of
Indonesia etc. Further claims are posted on page 28 of the website:
www.pdrm-ms.com - By Dr. N. Mahadevan.
Jerusalem Mayor: Women
Should Have Full Equality at the Western Wall. Mayor Lupolianski has
accepted requests to expand the women's section of the Wall.
By Gideon Schmerling, Jerusalem Municipality
For the first time since Jerusalem was re-unified, the Western Wall
plaza is about to expand significantly. Jerusalem Mayor Uri
Lupolianski has accepted the requests made by female worshipers who
said the space allocated for the women's section is too narrow.
Thwarting of suicide bombing attempt in Israel's home front.
IDF, ISA and Police forces
thwarted yesterday afternoon, an attempt to carry out a
suicide bombing in Israel's home front. Following specific
intelligence information received in the early morning hours from
the ISA, concerning a terror cell en route to carry out a suicide
bombing, temporary roadblocks were set up along the Trans-Samaria
Palestinian In Palestinian Authority ideology.
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara
Crook. The cartoon
in today's Al Quds depicts a Palestinian and an Iraqi being
crucified on the same cross. This expresses a common Palestinian
motif, found in both text and cartoons, that depicts Palestinians as
Jesus, and Jesus as a Palestinian. [See below for more cartoons of
Palestinians on cross like Jesus.]
Palestinian historical revisionism:
Historical revision is a backbone of Palestinian political and
academic behavior, as the leaders attempt to create a separate
"Palestinian Arab" history and identity for themselves, distinct
from the general Arab and Islamic history. "Palestinian" Arabs are a
very recent creation, and did not exist before the advent of PLO
terror in 1965. Note, for example, that under UN resolution 194 in
1948, refugees were not called "Palestinian Refugees," relating to a
national identity, but were called "Palestine Refugees," referring
to geography - from where they came.
Murderers of Eliyahu Asheri arrested.
Early this morning, July 4th
2006, IDF forces arrested three of the murderers of Eliyahu Asheri,
18, who was abducted and murdered on June 25th 2006. IDF forces
surrounded the Palestinian police building in Ramallah where three
of the murderers of Eliyahu Asheri were hiding and called for them
to exit the building. After several hours the three turned
themselves in and were taken for questioning by security forces.
Gunmen Kill Hamas Leader, Dr. Hussein Abu Ajwa in Gaza City.
Dr. Hussein Ahmad Mustafa Abu Ajwa, a 43-year old resident of El-Tuffah
Quarter in Gaza City, was killed yesterday by unknown gunmen. He
worked as an associate professor at Al-Aqsa University, and was a
leader in Hamas.
Members of Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions Killed in a Mysterious Explosion Gaza
City. At approximately 13:10 on Wednesday, 5 July 2006, two
Palestinians were killed in a mysterious explosion in a house located in the
densely-populated Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City.
Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms. Armed Personal and Clan Clashes.
Small Girl Killed in a Clan Clash in Nuseirat Refugee Camp. A 12-year old girl
was killed this morning in an armed intra-clan clash in Nuseirat refugee camp in
the Gaza Strip. PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately
00:00 on Thursday, 6 July 2006, a dispute within the Abu M'hadi clan erupted in
the western part of Nuseirat refugee camp over an old dispute on a piece of
Olmert: "I Believe That We Will Succeed in Bringing Gilad Back
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser). Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert held a working meeting today (Tuesday), 4.7.06, in
Sderot. Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Prime Minister's Office
(PMO) Director-General Ra'anan Dinur, Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal, Sdot
Gaza Regional Council Chairman Shimon Cohen, Sha'ar Hanegev Regional
Council Chairman Alon Shuster, Eshkol Regional Council Chairman Uri
Na'amati, and the Prime Minister's Military Secretary, Maj.-Gen.
Gadi Shamni, attended the meeting.
Gilad Shalit, was injured in the Sunday raid in which he was captured but
Photo: Corporal Gilad Shalit is alive.
GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants
holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands, calling for the
release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel's military offensive in
Gaza. But Israel rejected them, even as Palestinian president Mahmoud
Abbas said indecision within Hamas is one obstacle to ending the crisis.
The Palestinian deputy minister of prisoner affairs, Ziad Abu Aen, said
mediators had told him the Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was
injured in the Sunday raid in which he was captured but was alive. "He has
States warns Israel not to harm Abbas and Palestinian civilians,
By Peggy North, World
Jewish News Agency, Foreign Correspondent.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
The United States is very concerned
with the "Israel's intensified military operations in Gaza " said a
spokesman at the US State Department. The United States government has
instructed the Israeli government not to harm President Abbas, civilian
Palestinians and vital social infrastructure in the West Bank. Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni is in the process of briefing the Israeli cabinet on
the situation, the IAF flight over Damascus and the coordination she
deemed necessary between the UN, the European Union and the United States.
militants say fired chemical-tipped warhead.
A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza
Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at
Israel early on Sunday. The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the
claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement. The group had
recently claimed to possess about 20 biological warheads for the makeshift
rockets commonly fired from Gaza at Israeli towns. This was the first time
the group had claimed firing such a rocket. "The al-Aqsa Brigades have
fired one rocket with a chemical warhead" at southern Israel, Abu Qusai, a
spokesman for the group, said in Gaza. An Israeli military spokeswoman
said the army had not detected that any such rocket was fired, nor was
there any report of such a weapon hitting Israel.
STATEMENT FROM PM
OLMERT'S BUREAU: "ISRAEL WILL NOT GIVE IN TO EXTORTION".
"ISRAEL WILL NOT GIVE IN TO
EXTORTION" BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND THE HAMAS GOVERNMENT,
WHICH ARE LED BY MURDEROUS TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. WE WILL
NOT CONDUCT ANY NEGOTIATIONS ON THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS. THE
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY BEARS FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WELFARE OF
GILAD SHALIT AND FOR RETURNING HIM SAFE AND SOUND TO ISRAEL."
IAF fly over the
Presidential Palace in Syria. IAF planes
carried out early, this morning, an operational fly over above the
Presidential Palace near the city of Latakia in Syria. The fly over
is part of IDF activity based on the understanding that Syria
provides patronage and support for the leaders of terror
organizations, for most the Hamas, responsible for the abduction of
Cpl. Gilad Shalit.
A Qassam rocket landed in kibbutz Nir Am in the western Negev. There
are no reports of injuries or damage.
Official denies reports
on Abbas' plan to form emergency government.GAZA-Mohamed
Dahlan, a Fatah lawmaker, denied on Saturday reports that President
Mahmoud Abbas was planning to form an emergency government to
replace the Hamas-led one. It was reported that after Israel
detained one third of Hamas-led cabinet ministers in the West Bank,
Abbas was weighing the formation of an emergency government.
"These reports are totally untrue.
The Gaza invasion What should Abu
Prompted by the arrests of 8 Ministers of the Hamas-led PA
government and a further 25 Hamas-affiliated PLC members, in
addition to the 12 PLC members who were already in prison, the Near
East Consulting team on Thursday night 29 June and Friday morning 30
June conducted a short phone survey in both the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip mainly asking the respondents what Abu Mazen should do
given the current situation. In total, 704 interviews were
Israel's Gaza operation, arrest of Palestinian politicians.
Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
Saturday denounced Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territories
and the arrest of dozens of Palestinian politicians as a
disproportionate and mistaken response to the kidnapping of an
Israeli soldier. "I find it hard to understand the abduction of
(Palestinian politicians) and cannot see it as a contribution to
Middle East peace," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara, the Anatolia
news agency reported. "It is a very, very mistaken attitude," he
Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms Using Weapons in Personal and
Clan Disputes. PCHR: Four
Palestinians Killed and Six Injured, including One Child, in Armed
Clan and Personal Disputes. Four Palestinians were killed and
another six injured, including one child, during armed clan and
personal disputes, which took place over the past 24 hours in Salfit,
Beit Lahya and Rafah.
Palestinian Presidency Calls International Community to Prevent
Israel from its Reaction. GAZA,
(WAFA - PLO news agency)- Presidency said that it will launch an
immediate and comprehensive investigation on the operation against
Israeli military post east of Gaza. In a statement issued Sunday,
Presidency called on the international community and the Quartet
Committee to prevent Israel from exploiting the operation for
carrying out wide aggression against the Gaza Strip. Presidency said
that such expected aggression would be a gift for those parties who
want escalation in which the Palestinian people would "pay the
price." Presidency said that all Palestinian factions agreed on the
resumption of the truce and halting all actions against Israeli
occupation for not offering them the opportunity to close Rafah
Border Crossing or to escalate aggression against Gaza. Presidency
asserted that such operation (against military post) contradicts
the internal Palestinian understandings. The statement of Presidency
wondered on how factions agreed on halting operations against
Israeli military while carrying out such operations. Presidency
affirmed that such operations are against the Palestinian
PA PM Haniya: No
peace unless refugees return to inside Israel and also compensated
for years of expulsion.
VPM Peres kept Tranport
Min. Mofaz out of the loop? Unaware of Jordanian-Israeli airport
venture. Mofaz says unaware of
planned discussion of Jordanian-Israeli airport venture.
Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said Thursday he is unaware of
planned talks between Jordanian and Israeli experts to discuss plans
to build a joint airport in Aqaba. On Wednesday it was reported that
Mofaz and Vice Premier Shimon Peres will meet next week to discuss
the project. Dr. Aaron Lerner: "VPM Peres discussed the plan
yesterday with the King of Jordan.]"
lands in western Negev; no injuries. A Qassam rocket
landed near an Israeli community in the western Negev. There are no
reports of injuries but a greenhouse was lightly damaged.
Channel 2 News:
Pollard Won't Let Rafi Eitan Sleep.
Israel's Channel 2 Television News reported tonight that supporters
of Jonathan Pollard won't let Pensioner Party head Rafi Eitan sleep.
Anchorwoman, Yonit Levy, reported that for the second time this
month scores of Pollard supporters gathered outside of Eitan's home
at bedtime with whistles and noisemakers and shouted slogans and
chants to keep Eitan, (Pollard's former handler), from sleep. The
demonstrators held posters of Pollard aloft as they shouted, "Rafi,
how can you sleep when you betrayed and abandoned Pollard?" and "Rafi,
if your lack of conscience lets you sleep, we won't!" The news
report referenced Jonathan Pollard's lawsuit which seeks to
establish that Rafi Eitan is morally unfit to be a government
minister. Pollard's petition is still before the courts. Eitan, it
was reported, responded to tonight's events saying that he did not
abandon Pollard. According to the Channel 2 report, Eitan and his
neighbors on the usually quiet Tel Aviv Street summoned the police,
who arrived with the GSS to disperse the crowd of demonstrators.
Protestors vowed to return and continue the protests until Eitan
resigns. A film clip showed the Pollard protestors whistling,
shouting and chanting: "Rafi Eitan! Teet-pat-tair! Pollard shaveh
yotair!" [Rafi Eitan, resign! Pollard is worth more (than you!)].
Following the film clip, anchorwoman Yonit Levy concluded the report
with the comment: "Lo shochachim; lo solchim." (We do not forget; we
do not forgive.) Source: Israel Channel 2 Television News
Beilin: Only idiot would not shoot at rocket launching team
preparing to launch. By Dr. Aaron Lerner.
Speaking in a live
interview broadcast on Israel Radio's noon news magazine, MK Yossi
Beilin proposed that Israel unilaterally announce a complete cease
fire to be in place for several days. If the cease fire fails to be
honored by the Palestinians, Beilin noted, Israel would then have
not choice but to act. The program anchor asked Beilin if by
"complete cease fire" this means that if Israel observes a Qassam
launching team on the way to launching rockets towards Israel that
Israel should do nothing. "Only an idiot would not shoot to stop
them from launching", Beilin replied. Beilin suggested, however,
that some of the Israeli attacks were not against launching
teams preparing to launch.
Two Qassams land
in open areas in western Negev.
Two Qassam rockets were fired from the northern Gaza Strip.
According to assessments by security officials, on landed in an open
area near Gavim junction and the other landed in an open area near
kibbutz Erez. No one was wounded and no damages were reported.
Defense Minister Amir Peretz met
with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz following the botched
missile strike in Khan Younis and received a detailed report on the
initial investigations into the incident. Peretz directed Halutz to
stress the directive at every level of command that in carrying out
operations, it is always preferable to cancel a mission than risk
harming innocent civilians.
Peres attacks own government via Peres Peace Center?
Peres Center for Peace: Severe, Ongoing Harm to Palestinian, Israeli
Private Sectors due to Limited Functioning of Karni.
quarter-century after Camp David, Palestinians face discrimination,
say experts. .
Peretz veto's IDF plan to destroy Palestinian rocket factories in
Gaza. By Dr. Aaron Lerner. Israel Television
Channel Two military affair correspondent Ronnie Daniel reported
this evening that Defense Minister Amir Peretz vetoed a plan
presented by the IDF for a massive attack against the terror
infrastructure in the Gaza Strip that would include destroying the
Qassam rocket factories. Daniel noted that the Palestinians have
recently stepped up the production of rockets.
Sderot: Qassams land
during president's visit.
manufacturing facility targeted [are there more?]
IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT:
Hamas weaponry manufacturing facility targeted. Early this morning,
the IDF targeted a structure used by the Hamas terror organization
as part of the weaponry manufacturing industry in the Gaza Strip.
The structure, located in Gaza City, was used by Hamas to
manufacture weaponry, including projectile rockets meant for attacks
against Israel. Over 130 rockets have been fired at Israel over the
course of the past 10 days alone. The Palestinian Authority is fully
responsible for any attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip.
Unfortunately, it continues to take no action in order to prevent
the daily attacks against Israeli civilians. The IDF will continue
to act with determination and to employ all means at its
disposal to combat terrorists and their infrastructure, in order to
defend the citizens of Israel.
Olmert jokes: Blair
liked realignment so much he almost joined Kadima.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a Kadima
faction meeting reported on his visit to England and France last
week. During the meeting he joked that UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
"was so overjoyed by the realignment plan that he wasn't far from
Office declines to comment on "target bank".
Asked the IDF Spokesperson's Office this
morning if the IDF is aware of targets similar to the Hamas weaponry
manufacturing facility the IDF targeted this morning. The IDF
Spokesperson's Office responded that it is against IDF policy to
make public operative security information.-By Dr. A. Lerner
to Israel Up 25 Per Cent in First Five Months of the Year 883,900
Visitors Enter the Country between January and May.
883,900 tourists entered Israel in the first five months of 2006, a
25 per cent increase over the same period last year. According to
Isaac Herzog, Israel's Minister of Tourism, increased marketing
efforts will see 2.6 million tourists arriving by the end of the
year. The minister referred to the latest forecast and plans to
re-launch English and Russian-language tourism websites. The
majority of tourists, 739,400, arrived by air in the first five
months of the year, up 20 per cent. 187,800 foreign tourists arrived
in Israel in the month of May alone, nine per cent more than in May
Olmert Convenes Ministerial Disengagement Committee to Discuss
Assistance to the Residents.
Calls Factions to Halt Shooting Rockets towards Israeli Areas.
RAMALLAH, (WAFA- PLO News Agency)- President Mahmoud Abbas
called Tuesday on various Palestinian factions to immediately halt
shooting (homemade) rockets towards the Israeli areas. Spokesman of
Presidency said that President Abbas called for halting shooting the
rockets and to totally abide by the truce with the Israeli side.
Spokesman of Presidency added that Abbas called on the High
Follow-up Committee (consists of all Palestinian organisations) to
hold an extraordinary meeting in Gaza and to issue a joint statement
reiterating truce and protecting the Palestinian people and land.
Aaron Lerner: "Israel Radio
drops report of Qassam attacks from 9:00 AM news."
Israel Radio's 9:00 AM news bulletin declined to mention the Qassam
attacks that hit Israel over the course of the evening and early
morning. Israel Radio reported on the 7:00 news broadcast that
according to correspondent Nissim Keinan a total of six Qassams were
launched from the Gaza Strip overnight, five of which landed in
Israel [this is double the number reported on the 5:00 AM news]. He
also reported that the IDF thwarted the launching of one Qassam by
firing at the launching team. By Dr. Aaron Lerner.
'Israel's weapons used against Jews'.Read
on Beach Killings Implicates IDF. Palestinians Agree to Independent
Presidential Advisor Mohammad Ali Ramin: "The Resolution of the
Holocaust Issue Will End in the Destruction of Israel".
Gen.: Israel can't defend itself if Palestinians use human shields.
UN Secretary-General's press encounter following Security
Council Kofi Annan Meeting on Timor-Leste. Read
Dozens of passengers hurt after train making its way from Tel Aviv
Abducted US student returned to
UN Human Rights
Special Session Targets Israel.
The first-ever "special session" of
the UN's new Human Rights Council was convened by the Arab Group today
to censure Israel for alleged human rights violations stemming from
the Gaza crisis. The Jewish state was already condemned on Friday by
the Council, on the last day of its inaugural two-week session, in the
new body's only country-specific resolution.
Russian anti-terror body to control
search for diplomat killers. MOSCOW, (RIA
Novosti) - Russia's anti-terrorist committee will coordinate the work
of the country's secret services to hunt down the terrorists who
killed five Russian diplomats in Iraq earlier this month, the chairman
said Friday. One Russian Embassy employee was shot dead in a June 3
attack in Baghdad and four others were kidnapped before being executed
by an al-Qaeda linked cell.
Red Cross Says Sorry for
Misbehavior in Golan.
New Poll Shows French and Germans more
Sympathetic toward Israel.
Prime Minister Tony Blair
says there is "no excuse" for the bloodshed to continue in Iraq with the
formation of a new government. Read
Russian Military Denies Seeking Mediterranean Naval Base in Syria..
Political-Security Cabinet Communique (Communicated by
the Prime Minister's Media Adviser). The Political-Security Cabinet
met today and issued the following statement: "The Cabinet expresses
its support and appreciation for the actions carried out by the IDF
and the security establishment, on instruction from Defense Minister
Amir Peretz. The goals of the operation, as we have defined them
from the outset, are and remain the release of abducted...Read
IDF activity in the northern Gaza Strip in
order to expose tunnels and explosives. IDF forces are
conducting a pinpoint operation in the area near the fence in the
northern Gaza Strip in order to reveal explosives and tunnels dug
into the ground by terror organizations and serving them for attacks
against Israel. Due to the continued terror activity originating
from the Gaza Strip, the IDF retains the right to operate against
the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip, in accordance with
operational requirements. The IDF has no intentions of causing harm
to the daily lives of the civilian Palestinian population but will
do all in its power in order to ensure the safety and security of
the citizens of Israel. The IDF will continue to act with
determination and to employ all means at its disposal against
Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip to allow the
unconditional return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and to stop terrorist
attacks and the launching of rockets towards Israel.
Confiscation of documents and digital media
belonging to the "Daawa'" facilities connected with the Hamas terror
organization. Hamas is a terror organization which
regularly plans and carries out attacks against Israel, including
attacks over the past few weeks. Last night, July 6th 2006,
IDF forces and Civil Administration representatives carried out an
operation in the Jordan Valley region , confiscating documents and
digital media belonging to the Hamas "Daawa" organizations in the
FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT ON THE EXECUTION OF
RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS IN IRAQ (Communicated by the Foreign
Ministry Spokesman). An Al Qaida-lnked Iraqi terrorist organization
announced on Sunday, 25.6.06, that it had executed four Russian
diplomats who had been kidnapped on 3.6.06. Israel expresses
regret and outrage over the deaths of the Russian diplomats.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni extends her condolences to the
diplomats' families and expresses her solidarity with the Russian
people. She emphasizes Russia's, Israel's and the entire enlightened
world's common struggle against terrorism and hopes that those who
perpetrated this criminal act will be captured and punished to the
fullest extent of the law.
IDF aerial attack against terror cell armed
with an anti tank missile. This morning, the IDF
carried out an aerial attack in the northern Gaza Strip against a
terrorist cell armed with an anti-tank missile, and confirmed
striking the cell. The cell was identified near the northern section
of the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The IDF
will continue to act against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, in
order to secure the safe return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, and to bring a
stop to terrorist acts and rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians.
DEMANDS DECISION ON GAZA
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Israel's
military, encountering fresh Hamas threats, has urged the government
not to maintain a limited ground troop presence in the Gaza Strip.
Officials said Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz has demanded that
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz either
expand the current military operation in the Gaza Strip or order a
withdrawal. Halutz, officials said, has argued that a static force
in the Gaza Strip would result in Israeli casualties. "We can't
remain in a stationary position for much longer," a military source
said. "We're either inside and fighting or outside the Gaza Strip."
Today, several elite battalion units, backed by 50 main battle
tanks, armored personnel carriers and bulldozers, penetrated the
northern Gaza Strip as part of Operation Summer Rain. The incursion
took place three days after Olmert and Peretz blocked an attack on
Bet Hanoun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip regarded as the launch
pad for Palestinian missile strikes against Israel.
Sealing of "Daawa'" facilities connected
with the Hamas terror organization. Hamas is a terror
organization which regularly plans and carries out attacks against
Israel, including attacks in the past few weeks. Last night, July
3rd 2006, IDF forces and Civil Administration representatives
carried out an operation in the regions of Nablus, Tulkarm,
Bethlehem and Hebron, confiscating documents and digital media
belonging to the Hamas "Daawa" organizations. In addition, forces
sealed several offices belonging to "Daawa" organizations. Under the
guise of a charity association, the "Daawa'" organizations function
as system for the flow of terror funds. The "Daawa'" organizations
were declared illegal following the financial support they provided
for families of suicide bombers and imprisoned terrorists. This
financial and social support provides an incentive for terrorists to
carry out attacks and stems an increase of public support of these
Suicide Bombing against IDF forces in the
Gaza Strip thwarted. Three armed Palestinians attempted
to attack IDF forces located in the southern Gaza Strip near the
airport in Dahaniya, earlier tonight. The forces identified the
three gunmen approaching and fired at them, as a result of which the
three were killed. Upon closer inspection of the bodies, two of the
gunmen were found to be wearing explosive belts. The IDF will
continue to act with determination and to employ all means at its
disposal against Palestinian terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip
to allow the unconditional return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and to stop
terror attacks and the launching of rockets towards Israel.
IDF targets an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
weapons storage facility and an operations center in the northern
Gaza Strip. Early this morning, July 3 rd 2006, the IDF
carried out an aerial attack on a facility in Beit Hanun used by the
Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization to produce and store
weapons. The IDF also carried out an aerial attack against an
operations center of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the city of
Gaza. The IDF will continue to act with determination and to employ
all means at its disposal against Palestinian terror infrastructure
in the Gaza Strip to allow the unconditional return of Cpl. Gilad
Shalit and to stop terror attacks and the launching of rockets
Further easing of the closure on Judea,
Samaria and the Jordan Valley. IDF SPOKESPERSON
ANNOUNCEMENT: Further easing of the closure on Judea, Samaria and
the Jordan Valley. As part of the IDF policy and effort to ease
limitations on the civilian Palestinian population that is not
involved in terror activity, the Civil Administration has authorized
3,000 additional merchants to enter Israel for work purposes. This
raises the total number of merchants authorized to work in Israel to
10,000, in addition to the 16,500 general workers authorized to work
As Qassam attacks
continue DM Peretz devotes day to planning evacuation of outposts. Peretz
speeds up evacuation preparations. Defense minister instructs army to expedite
preparations for plan to evacuate illegal outposts in West Bank. He gave the
Israel Defense Forces two weeks to complete preparations for a plan to
evacuate illegal outposts in the West Bank. Peretz ordered the army to
concentrate its preparation efforts on settlements with a history of violence
against soldiers, policemen and Palestinians. In talks with chief of general
staff Lit.-Gen. Dan Halutz, and senior military and legal officials Peretz was
presented with the legal criterions for the planned evacuations. "I attach
great importance to maintaining law and order and to places where people take
the law in their hands and mock law enforcement authorities."
IDF aerial attack against terror cell en route
to launch Katyushas (Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson).
Peretz signals end of military restraint.
IAF strike kills
top PA official.
ARAB WORLD NEWS
Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights denies Palestinian
commitment to peaceful resolution?
Justice Minister Directs Letter to Human Rights Watch over the Arrest
of For MPs.
Syria and Iran to Enhance
Defense Relations. TEHRAN, (SANA - Syrian News Agency).
Defense Minister Hasan Turkmani on Tuesday said that the Israeli
continued aggressive policy and the unlimited support extended to
Israel stand behind the continuation of conflict, tension and
instability in the Middle East. Turkmani's comments came during a
meeting with Chief of the General Leadership of the Iranian Armed
Forces Sayyed Hasan Fayrouz Abadi where both sides underlined the
importance of exchanging defense delegations between both sides.
Turkmani, also Deputy Leader of the Army and Armed Forces, stressed
the significance of the standing relations between Syria and Iran,
particularly in the defensive ties. Abadi, for his part, referred to
the distinguished role played by Syria in resisting the occupation,
stressing the necessity of continuing resistance until the Israeli
full withdrawal from the occupied Arab lands.
Arab League Foreign Ministers
Adopt Draft Resolution Rejecting Israeli Acting PM's Unilateral
Plan for West Bank.
Abbas blames Hamas for
GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants
holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands on Saturday,
calling for the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel's
military offensive in Gaza. But Israel rejected them, even as
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said indecision within Hamas is
one obstacle to ending the crisis. The Palestinian deputy minister of
prisoner affairs, Ziad Abu Aen, said mediators had told him the
Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was injured in the Sunday raid
in which he was captured but was alive. "He has three wounds.
President Calls the
Arab League to Transfer Money. GAZA, (WAFA - PLO news
agency)- President Mahmoud Abbas called on the Secretary General of
the League of Arab States, Amr Moussa, to transfer the money to the
account of the Palestinian National Authority. In a statement to WAFA,
Spokesperson of Presidency, Nabil Abu Rdina, said that President Abbas
sent a letter to Moussa calling him to transfer money, specified for
the Palestinian people, to the account of the PNA. He added that his
call comes as an attempt to face the difficult situation the
Palestinian people live.
President Abbas Renews
Call on Israelis to Return to Negotiating Table.
President Abbas Calls for
Halting Rockets at Israel Amidst Israeli threats of Wide Offensive on
Abbas Puts Security Personnel on High
Alert to End Security Looseness.
Serious Escalation in Tensions between
Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
Haniyeh Differ on Referendum, Agree on Dialogue.
Ehud Olmert Torpedoes Referendum as 'Meaningless Internal Game'.
ARAB MEDIA WATCH
by Sue Lerner, World Jewish News Agency
Arab Media Watch Editor, Israel.
Excerpts: Nuclear Iran.
An Iran with a nuclear capability
could act more aggressively toward its Arab neighbors and the GCC
countries" "The Iranian government is facing a dilemma ... by making
the nuclear program an issue of nationalism".
"Who Are the
Real Conjurors? ". Sorcery in the Arab world. "(media) obsessed
with reports of scandals involving sorcerer, magicians and the black magic
industry thrive in our country".
FROM THE ARAB PRESS
international Red Cross has voted to admit Israeli and Palestinian
lawyer killed in Baghdad. Al-Obeidi
is the third Saddam defence team lawyer to be killed.
countries have every right to nuclear energy".
NEW YORK JEWISH SOCIETY, EVENTS AND PEOPLE
MAJOR JEWISH EVENTS CALENDAR
WORLD JEWISH NEWS AGENCY SELECTS THE MET
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR".
Row in India delays Da Vinci Code.
Martin Scorsese is to receive an
award for his documentary work. .Read
Broadway boasts record
Janet's breast flash fine
upheld. US media regulators have rejected
a second appeal by the CBS TV network to lift a fine for Janet Jackson's
breast exposure during the 2004 Super Bowl. The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) fined CBS $550,000 for the infamous "wardrobe
malfunction". The FCC said given the public outcry that followed, "it was CBS
and not the commission that was out of touch with the standards of the
American people". More than 500,000 complaints were received after the
Chicks downplay tour claims.
Comments by Natalie Maines (seen in centre)
prompted the controversy. Country music group the Dixie Chicks have
downplayed reports that poor sales are forcing changes to their planned
43-date North American tour. A concert industry magazine claimed shows had
been dropped in Republican states such as Oklahoma and Tennessee. The
group's spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times there would be "some
reshuffling of dates" but also some additions to the itinerary.
OPINIONS AND ANALYSES
Master Plan to Defend Sderot, By Professor Steven Plaut, World Jewish News Agency Senior Political
Let us emphasize that Sderot is in
pre-1967 Israel, well within the Green Line. It is not a
"settlement", unless one considers Tel Aviv and Haifa also to be
settlements. I hereby propose the organization of the Sderot Defense
Forces (SDF). The SDF will be a militia entirely operated by and
manned by the residents of Sderot. Its function will be to retaliate
whenever Sderot is attacked.
A Monument for
Where should Zarqawi be buried?
take captives. Terrorists kidnap.
By Micah Halpern, World
Jewish News Agency,
social and political commentator.
Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli Defense Force soldiers and
kidnapped a third, Gilad Sharit. The Palestinian attack on an
Israeli military outpost was well planned and executed. Read
TAKING THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
prospect of Palestinian civil war is looming closer and closer. It
is a prospect that is daunting not only for Palestinians but for the
entire Arab world. Intra-Palestinian fighting frightens everyone. Read
A Simple Solution for Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel.
by Dr. Jerome Kaufman, World Jewish News Agency socio-political
Jewish newspaper reported on the recent World Zionist Congress (WZC)
election and the remarks of the National Secretary of the
organization who was one of the 55 members of Association of Reform
Zionists of America. (ARZA) that had been just elected.
AS THE SHARON ERA DRAWS TO A
CLOSE. by Dr. Jerome Kaufman, World Jewish News Agency socio-political
We will be hearing a lot of
oft-repeated misinformation and some deliberate propaganda,
concerning this true icon of Israeli history. Commonly presented
is the unfortunate distortion relative to General Ariel Sharon, PM
Menachem Begin and Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982.The
episode is always described as some great mistake that Israel made
without good cause and from which they have suffered the deserved
consequences over the years.
Just Imagining. By Steven Shamrak.
In 1964 a "Mexican Liberation Organization" for Independence of
the South-West states of the USA" – MLO - was created with the
help of the Mexican government. In 1972 the MLO murdered the
members of US wrestling team at Olympic Games of Munich. Since
then, the citizens of the United States have been subjected to
random acts of terror by the members of various factions of the
are "our heroes". By
Itamar Marcus. Israelis leaders
anxiously look to Mahmoud Abbas as a potential peace partner,
largely because of his moderate statements in English. However, his
Arabic statements continue to show admiration for even the most
depraved terrorists. Likewise, Abbas rejects terror for tactical
reasons only -- not because it is immoral. During a television
interview this week, Abbas twice referred to those terrorists
serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes."
Anti-Semitism in France is getting worse every week. Once
again, the real news is conveniently not being reported as it
should. At present, in my Hebrew class, there is a woman who
recently made aliya from Paris with her family. I have spoken with
her about anti-Semitism in France and she confirmed that it is very,
very serious and getting worse every week. She and her family fled
Paris and came to Israel, fearing for their lives -- literally.
Authority political leaders advocated kidnapping-for-hostage policy
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara
Foreign Minister, Mahmud Al-Zahar: Hamas will not hesitate to
kidnap Israeli soldiers "to exchange for [Palestinian] prisoners, should the
opportunity arise." [Al-Sharq Al-Awsat).
Interior Minister Saed Siam: "It is inevitable
to kidnap soldiers to exchange for them... There is nothing the resistance
cannot do. And when there is a goal and a good plan, the goal can be
achieved... [In the past] Hamas succeeded in kidnapping and hiding bodies,
but unfortunately, two bodies were handed over for nothing."
[Undated video clip from Abu Dhabi TV - before Hamas came into power].
Islam will conquer US and Britain
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Hamas Video: A Hamas video just released on their web site focuses on the
broader Palestinian Islamic ideology, promising the eventual conquering and
subjugation of Christian countries under Islam. The way Israel "ran" from Gaza
after terror is presented as the prototype for future Israeli and Western
behavior in the face of Islamic force. The video is a collection of statements
by Hamas terrorist leader, Yasser Ghalban, killed last week by Palestinians, in
the ongoing internal fighting. To view this video, anticipating Islam's
conquering of US and Britain, click here.
The following is the transcript of selections from the Hamas video: "We will
rule the nations, by Allah's will, the USA will be conquered, Israel will be
conquered, Rome and Britain will be conquered. The Jihad for Allah... is the
way of Truth and the way for Salvation and the way which will lead us to crush
the Jews and expel them from our country Palestine. Just as the Jews ran from
Gaza, the Americans will run from Iraq and Afghanistan and the Russians will run
from Chechnya, and the Indian will run from Kashmir, and our children will be
released from Guantanamo. The prisoners will be released by Allah's will, not by
peaceful means and not by agreements, but they will be released by the sword,
they will be released by the gun". The video identifies itself as from the "Al-Qassam
Brigades Media Office." "Al-Qassam Brigades" is the name the Hamas calls
its military wing. (www.palestine-info.net) June 22 2006:
Al-Qaeda Video: The ideology is similar to the Al-Qaeda ideology, and
this can be seen by viewing an Al-Qaeda video seen now on many sites on the
Internet, likewise anticipating battles with other religions throughout the
world. "They Are Coming" is 12 minute collection of scenes of Al-Qaeda's
training around the world: Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Eritrea, Indonesia,
Kashmir, Somalia, Philippines, UK, Algeria and Pakistan. This propaganda video
addresses the American public with captions in English, images of dead and
injured American soldiers, and threats such as: "They Are Coming", "Start
digging your graves", and ends with a burning US flag. Click here to see
ONE QUARTER OF THE BRITISH
MILITARY MEN POWER WORKS FOR SAUDI ARABIA. THE MILITARY BRITS AND SAUDIS
ARE IN SYNC. SECRET ARMS
SALES AND DEALS BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND SAUDI ARABIA WORTH $12 BILLIONS. By Peggy North, World Jewish News Agency,
Senior Correspondent in Great Britain.
IRAN HAS NUCLEAR BOMB:
Iran was said to have acquired a nuclear bomb. A leading U.S.
nuclear proliferation expert said Teheran obtained an atomic bomb
about a decade ago from the nuclear black market. The expert said
Iran sought to produce additional nuclear weapons through
technology from Pakistan and other countries.
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Islamic Debate over
Democracy: Jihadi-Salafi Responses to Hamas' Victory in the
By Reuven Paz..
THE SCANDAL THAT ROCKED NEW YORK.
ACADEMIC WAR AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
Read full article
at New York Monthly Herald website.
AL-QA'IDA IN IRAQ:
BETWEEN IDEOLOGY AND STRATEGY, By Reuven Paz
PUZZLES WITH NO SOLUTIONS: Suicide or martyrdom operations, most
recently in Europe, but most extensively in Israel and in growing numbers in
Iraq, leave the Western world astonished, with only question marks in hand.
Read full article
INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE ISRAELI AND HEBRAIC ART.
TO DEFINE JEWISH ART? WHO IS AND WHO IS NOT A JEWISH ARTIST.
Defining what Jewish art
is and who is a Jewish artist is more problematic and subjective than
defining art itself. Jewish artists from all eras and various nations
contributed ad infinitum to various and multiple schools, styles,
genres and aspects of classical, abstract and modern art. In many instances,
no Judaic or Hebraic artistic creativity was ever associated with the nature,
the theme and message of their work.
Read full article at New York Monthly Herald website.
COMMENTARY OF THE WEEK
Why has Israel launched
"Operation White Flag?"
By Dr. Aaron Lerner, World Jewish News Agency
International Senior Commentator and IMRA Director, Israel.
Unless COS Halutz, DM Peretz, PM Olmert and the rest of the team are
engaged in a perfectly choreographed operation to trick the Palestinians
into dropping their guard it would appear that instead the team is
preparing the Israeli public for a prisoner exchange with the Qassams
continuing to rain down until one manages to kill enough people that
action might be taken - or not.
No. Israel won't trade Palestinian prisoners in return for Gilad
Shalit. But what if a week or two after Shalit's return Israel should
decide - in a move to bolster Mahmoud Abbas' status - to release hundred
of prisoners with this having absolutely nothing to do with the return of
Shalit? (wink wink). That's the plan that Egyptian president Hosni
Mubarak has been trying to work out. And Israel is praising him for
his efforts. The catch appears to be that Hamas doesn't want to rely
on Mubarak's guaranty that Israel with fill their side of the bargain.
With COS Halutz saying that IDF operations alone can't free Shalit, DM
Peretz explaining that there is no "magic solution" to fighting terror and
the assessment carefully leaked from the meeting of the Olmert Government
that the whole mess could take months to resolve, Israel sends a clear
message to Hamas that it is, indeed, preparing the public to accept a
prisoner exchange - subject of course to it being carried out under a
Yes, DM Peretz fired off yet another 3 ton warning - saying that Israel
considers all the Hamas leadership to be fair game. But with Israel
Air Force chief Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedy proudly explaining that even a
terrorist about to fire a Qassam won't be stopped if he holds his son's
hand while he launches the rocket, the Hamas leadership hardly has a
reason to fear as long as they keep a child or two within arm's reach. How
did this happen? How did Israel lose its momentum? It isn't
just that PM Olmert and DM Peretz are no longer able to procreate. Part of
the problem is that Olmert, Peretz and many of the professionals involved
in handling the situation genuinely believe that retreat to the '67 border
would herald an era of peace and tranquility. The problem isn't the
Arabs but instead the Israeli public that must be taught, step-by-step,
that all alternatives to full retreat are futile.
Yes, Hamas says they won't accept such an Israeli retreat. Yes, the
National Conciliation Document makes it clear that both Fatah and Hamas
insist on destroying Israel via the exercise of the right of return.
But the retreat to the '67 border crowd is convinced that they know better
than the Arabs. Even if the retreat initially promises only a few
months of quiet, they argue, the Palestinians will be overwhelmed with joy
with their new situation during the lull and abandon their demands as they
channel all their energies into building the new Palestinian state. Or so
the argument goes. Given that the team is ambivalent about the importance
of an Israeli victory in this episode, they then readily embrace the
favorite excuse for a lack of intestinal fortitude: fear of sanctions. The
spinners in the Olmert team set up this situation by first making it known
that Israel can only act if Uncle Sam gives the nod, thus making it clear
to Washington that it should pressure the Jewish State not to act
decisively as the White House may find itself sharing the blame in Arab
eyes. It was then only a matter of time before the fear of UN sanctions
would be raised by those in the know to justify inaction. But does Israel
really risk sanctions any more than it did when it carried out Operation
Defensive Shield (which included a media circus over the Jenin
"massacre")? With elections coming up in November would the Bush
administration really not impose a veto at the UN if Israel took the kind
of decisive action that many Americans are frankly puzzled Israel isn't
carrying out already given the circumstances?
No. It simply isn't true that Israel needs to be able to show rows
of bodies shredded by a Qassam hit in order to "sell" decisive action to
the American public. And if the Olmert team honestly feels that that is
the case, then they are in the wrong profession.
Last Week Commentary
Olmert continues ignoring reality - but dramatic shift in public
opinion may clip his wings.
By Dr. Aaron Lerner
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert disturbingly simplistic mantra that nothing
will stop him from retreating may appeal to his household, but it hardly
serves as a replacement for a well reasoned and coherent policy. Mr.
Olmert's team's struggle to sell retreat to the world has become so
desperate that they have gone so far as to try to package the retreat as
implementation of the Road Map stripped of the Road Map's requirements of
The same Olmert who keeps saying that he won't negotiate with the
Palestinians unless they first fulfill their security obligations is the
Olmert whose team says is now planning to retreat from most of the West
Bank and allow for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state in
the evacuated areas if the Palestinians don't fulfill their security
obligations. That's a sovereign Palestinian state with access to the
outside world via gateways not controlled by Israel. Either the Olmert
team has been so busy working on the retreat that they haven't had a
chance to keep up with the news or they simply don't care that the Rafah
Crossing has been a security failure in the absence of Israeli control.
That's a sovereign Palestinian state turning the most populous areas of
Israel into one big Sderot while Mr. Olmert is incapable or unwilling to
protect Sderot from the consequences of the Gaza retreat. That's a
sovereign Palestinian state that, as bizarre as this may sound, would
probably be praised by the world - including the White House - if it
"destroyed the terror infrastructure" by co-opting all the terrorists into
a Palestinian army (as proposed by "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas).
That's a sovereign Palestinian state that in all likelihood would end up
also in the vital Jordan Valley (the Olmert team now uses the same
phraseology to describe control of the Jordan Valley that the Sharon team
used to describe Israeli intentions to retain control of the Philadelphi
Corridor - before Israel retreated out from this strategic wedge
separating between Gaza and Egypt). Olmert insists that nothing can stop
his retreat, much as Ariel Sharon did in the year approaching the retreat
But is this retreat truly unstoppable? There is a world of difference
between the two situations. The debate over retreat from Gaza relied on
speculation and conjecture. The disastrous consequences of the retreat
from the Gaza Strip has served to dramatically change public support for
Olmert's plan to retreat from the West Bank. Back on June 7th the
pollsters at Dialog found that 56% opposed Olmert's plan. A Shvakim
Panorama poll released tonight finds that opposition has now jumped to
some 70 percent. If the trend continues support for retreat may be limited
to Mr. Olmert's immediate family and other diehard radicals. Mr. Olmert
may want to ignore the polls, but he is surrounded by politicians more
interested in protecting and advancing their own careers than in being
loyal to their current leader, come-what-may.
Is it moral to die for human shields?
By Dr. Aaron Lerner
"I have always maintained that there has to be proportional use of force, and
governments have to be careful not to take action in areas where civilians are
remotely likely to be put in harm's way" UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 13
June 2006. Kofi Annan may indeed think it is not nice for the Palestinians to
manufacture, store and launch rockets from within the Palestinian civilian
population, but he rewards such behavior by arguing that Israel must respect
the human shields - even if this means sacrificing Israeli civilian lives. The
Palestinians argue that they have the right to murder the residents of Sderot
as part of their "right to resist the occupation". But Yasser Arafat's
September 9, 1993 letter to Yitzhak Rabin committing on behalf of the
Palestinian People to "a peaceful resolution of the conflict. . . resolved
through negotiations" forfeited whatever "right" to violent "resistance" the
Palestinians could have conceivably had prior to Oslo. That's not to say that
Arafat's letter and the agreements that followed it stripped the Palestinians
of the ability to struggle for their interests. It just limited them to
pursuing them via non-violent means - both on the domestic and the
In an ideal world Israeli technology would zap the rockets out of the sky,
thus avoiding Annan's criticism. But there simply isn't such equipment
available tonight to protect the residents of Sderot from the next barrage. By
the same token, while Israel has made strides in its ability to identify and
target rocket teams as they deploy to launch, a considerable number of
launches are carried out before the teams can be taken out. As a result,
Israel finds itself constantly having to choose between exposing Israeli
civilians to the risk of being murdered by Palestinian rockets or taking
action against the rocket teams and the infrastructure supporting the teams
where Palestinian "civilians are remotely likely to be put in harm's way."
Right now Defense Minister Amir Peretz is opting to prefer the safety of
Palestinian human shields over that of his neighbors in Sderot. This may play
well among radical Left circles and the Kofi Annans of the world but it
remains nothing more than a grotesque perversion of morality.
Ironically, when one compares IDF operations in the West Bank, where crack
ground teams are constantly operating in urban areas with most "civilian"
casualties limited to people who actively decided to remain at the scene of an
operation, to the almost exclusively airborne operations Israel carries out in
the evacuated Gaza Strip, one could readily conclude that the best way to
reduce the loss of "innocent" Palestinian lives is for Israel to retake the
Quote of the day: "I wish 10 months ago they had hit a strategic
facility - then we would not be in this mess".
"I wish 10 months ago they [AL: the Palestinians] had hit a
strategic facility in Ashkelon - then we would have taken action and
we would not be in this mess today." Former commander of Israel's
Southern Command, reserve Maj. Gen. Yom-Tov Samia, commenting on the
situation in the Gaza Strip today in a live interview broadcast on
Israel Radio this morning.
OPEN LETTER FROM Allen Roth,
President, One Jerusalem
Dear Friend of Jerusalem,
For a decade, Muslim religious authorities have participated in the
destruction and elimination of precious Jewish and Christian
artifacts on the site of Solomon's Temple, the Temple Mount in
Help us preserve the Temple Mount! The destruction continues to this
day. Thousands of tons of earth, containing archaeological evidence
dating back to the period of the Temple of Solomon, were discarded.
Among the 'rubble' were ancient seals from a Priestly family, inscribed
pottery fragments in Ancient Hebrew, Alter screens and broken columns
from a fourth century Byzantine Church. Since
the year 2000, the Muslim religious authority – the Waqf – has
blocked all archaeological oversight of the Temple Mount. Instead, the
Waqf is constructing Mosques on these sacred sites of Jews and
Christians. One Jerusalem recently met with renowned Israeli
archaeologists and discussed the extent of the damage. The facts are
astounding. We urge you to
sign the following Temple Mount Petition. The petition will be
presented to President George Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. One
Jerusalem Chairman Natan Sharansky has already gathered a great deal of
media attention, when he announced
the petition through major blog circuits. Please
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encourage others to do so as well.
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ABBAS' PLAN IS PRESCRIPTION FOR
TERROR NOT PEACE
By Morton A. Klein, President of
Zionist Organization of America
It seems you can't read an article about the Arab-Israeli conflict
these days without someone promoting and praising the National
Accord Document, formulated by jailed Palestinian terrorists and
proposed for a referendum by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the
Palestinian Authority. Read
THINK LIKE A TERRORIST.
By Micah Halpern
Think like a terrorist. If you want to stop terrorism, you have to think
like a terrorist. Not like a bureaucrat. Read full article
By Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann
Prime Minister Olmert's visit to Washington is defined as a
success by a clear majority of the Jewish public. As for the basic
political position he presented regarding the immediate need for
permanent borders, it appears he also has considerable public
support at this time.
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The Finkelstein Syndrome,
By Roz Rothstein.
In May of 2006, I witnessed the bizarre rantings of the author and
Holocaust revisionist Norman Finkelstein at UC Irvine. This was
the second time that I had the misfortune of sitting through his
lecture, the first time was at Cal State Fullerton.
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University of Haifa Iraq Expert
Baram: End of al-Qaida in Iraq
By A. M. Goldstein,
Div. of External Relations
HAIFA. "The death of Zarqawi
signals the beginning of the end of the al-Qaida organization and of
Sunni rebellion in Iraq."
ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER APOLOGIZES
By Emanuel A. Winston
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologizes to Egypt's
President Mubarak for the killing of two Egyptian terrorists
dressed in Egyptian uniforms. Read
ALONG THE ISRAEL-DIASPORA FAULT LINE
By David Borowich
By now, the tremor that A.B. Yehoshua set off along the relatively
sensitive Israel-Diaspora fault line has subsided. But the
aftershocks have exposed a widening rift between the Israeli and
American Jewish communities.
A Reply to Jimmy Carter.
By Rachel Neuwirth.
In recent years, former President Jimmy Carter has shown a growing
animosity toward Israel. Just this past January, at the Herzliya
Conference, President Carter must have astounded his audience when
he declared that “you can’t have a Palestinian state living in
peace and dignity if it is filled with Israeli settlements.”
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Is There A Diplomatic Solution To The Iranian Nuclear
By Ephraim Asculai,
Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University.
Last week, Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected Europe's most recent offer to halt
uranium enrichment in exchange for various incentives, this time including a
retreat, by Dr. Aaron Lerner
What happens if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
succeeds next week in getting enough votes to put together a stable
EDITORIAL by Robert Novak: "WILL
BUSH HELP ISRAELI CHRISTIANS?"
I just finished reading one of Robert Novak's
screeds against the Jews. This was on the Editorial Page of the Chicago
Sun-Times of May 25, 2006 but you may find it in your local newspapers.
The title or I should say 'angle of attack' was "Will Bush Help Israeli
At the risk of boring you with repetition, I will point out that there is
a second phase of evacuating the Jewish people off and out of their G-d
given Land. Fortunately, the well-known DEBKAfile has picked up the issue.
(Please see DEBKAfile's June 12th edition wherein it states): Sderot and
its Negev neighbors are in danger of de-population.
AND THE WORST OF THE YEAR. THE WINNERS, LOSERS AND TURKEYS.
A 50 page in-depth article written by our editor and published by
the "EUROPEAN JOURNAL". Already 29,000.000 read the article. It is
more than fun. It is explosive. Read the
AMERICA'S 100 GREATEST JEWISH WOMEN OF THE YEAR.
The brightest, the most famous, the wealthiest, the most
admired, and the prettiest Jewish women in the United States.
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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND GENTLEMAN SHIP. THE DOS
AND DON'TS IN DINING WITH A JEWISH PRINCESS.
IRAQ: THE 20 MAJOR MISTAKES OF THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE,
DURING AND AFTER THE INVASION.
3-Why President Bush’s “American
Democracy” will never work in Iraq or in any Arab or Muslim
TO DEAL AND SOCIALIZE WITH MUSLIMS, ARABS AND EUROPEANS: JEWISH TIPS FOR DEALING AND
SOCIALIZING WITH MUSLIMS, ARABS, CHRISTIAN ARABS,
LEBANESE, IRANIANS, JAPANESE, GREEKS, FRENCH AND ITALIANS.
CAN WE GENERALIZE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND ATTRIBUTES OF
NATIONS AND PEOPLE?
the full article in Magazine format.
SOCIETY LIFESTYLE: ETIQUETTE:
NOUVELLE SOCIAL ELITE VERSUS THE INTERNATIONAL ELITE. Brief
Analogy: Differences and Similarities.
AND SCIENCE OF JEWISH DATING ACCORDING TO LEAH FURMAN.
AMERICA'S NUMBER 1 JEWISH DATING EXPERT.
7-FAMOUS GOSSIPS AND INSULTS BY AND
ABOUT FAMOUS MEN.
8-FAMOUS GOSSIPS AND INSULTS AGAINST
& celebrities of the year from the most talented to
the most boring: The mega millions makers
ART IN BROOKLYN.
SYMPHONIC POEM: THE ART OF ANIMAH BRENDA LYNN ROBINSON, on
view at The Brooklyn Museum...Francis Guy and Brooklyn at
the Brooklyn Museum.
Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire, at the
Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire
features twenty-one Roman-period mosaics acquired by the Brooklyn Museum
in 1905. Twelve of the mosaic panels on display were part of the
sanctuary floor of the synagogue in Hammam Lif, Tunisia (the ancient
Punic city of Naro, later the Roman Aquae Persianae), the primary
subjects of which are Creation and Paradise.