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Fires that destroyed about 14 homes in a New Jersey shore town that was hit hard by Sandy have rekindled, fuelled by natural gas.

Video from WNBC-TV in New York shows flames reaching over Mantoloking. There’s a large cluster of flames and smaller fires spread out from it.

An official with the Ocean County Emergency Management Office says authorities believe natural gas lines are fueling the flames. The official says the homes burned down two days ago when Sandy pounded the affluent town.

The official, who would not give his name, says firefighters can’t reach the scene because the roads are impassable. The town was under a mandatory evacuation order ahead of the storm.

The fire is in the southern end of the town in the Curtis Point section.

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Elsewhere, people in the heavily populated U.S. East Coast corridor battered by superstorm Sandy are taking the first cautious steps…

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HEADLINES:

1. IN PICTURES: SANDY DROWNS THE US; NY ‘MAJOR DISASTER AREA’

2. FATAH FACEBOOK PAGE SHOWS MOTHER PLACING SUICIDE BELT ON SON 3. VIDEO: FIRE DESTROYS 50 HOMES IN HURRICANE-FLOODED QUEENS 4. 12 YEAR-OLD BOY STANDS TRIAL FOR MURDERING NEO-NAZI FATHER 5. ROMNEY WORSE THAN SANDY, SAYS BILL CLINTON 6. ISRAEL RELEASES ANOTHER HUNGER STRIKING TERRORIST 7. NEW LABOR CANDIDATE OPPOSES DOUBLE BEDS 8. LIVE VIDEO FROM AMERICA: HURRICANE SANDY HITS EASTERN COAST

 

 

1. IN PICTURES: SANDY DROWNS THE US; NY ‘MAJOR DISASTER AREA’

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Superstorm Sandy is whipping through New England, leaving behind $20 billion in damage, while President Obama declares New York City a “major disaster area.”

 

The storm”s ferocity has moved north, but it will be a slow recovery for the Washington-New York area. The capital has been described as a “ghost town,” and New York was virtually shut down.

 

The death toll has reached 16, and the subway systems in Philadelphia and New York City remain closed.

 

Economic damage is estimated to be approximately $20 billion, and the number is likely to grow as the East Coast begins to discover disastrous after effects while they dry out. The salt water that gushed into New York City streets may have done untold damage to subway mechanisms.

 

The storm set off an “alert” at the New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, where a rise in flood waters could force the use of emergency water supplies to cool down spent uranium fuel rods.

 

Sandy was lashing southeastern Canada as of noon Israeli time Tuesday, and more than 100,000 in Ontario are without electricity. A falling sign in Toronto killed one woman Monday night.

 

Several areas in the Mid-Atlantic states still are being evacuated due to rising flood waters.

 

Sandy was rare in several aspects, not the least of which is its size, reaching as far inland from the East Coast as the Midwest.

 

High winds knocked out power for more than 23,000 homes and businesses in Michigan and more than 200,000  in Ohio. Residents in at least one small lake-side village in Wisconsin were warned to evacuate.

 

Snow was expected in higher regions in Tennessee, West Virginia and Western Maryland.

 

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2. FATAH FACEBOOK PAGE SHOWS MOTHER PLACING SUICIDE BELT ON SON by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

A recent photo posted to the official Facebook page of Fatah”s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon shows a mother placing a suicide belt on her young son, reported Palestinian Media Watch, which has documented the ongoing glorification of violence and martyrdom by the Palestinian Authority.

 

Beside the picture is written an imaginary conversation between the two which reads as follows:

 

“My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).

 

I asked her: “What is this, mother?”

 

She said: “I will put it on you and you will go to your death!”

 

I said to her: “Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?”

 

She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: “The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion.”

 

I said to her: “Why me and not you?”

 

She said: “I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.”

 

I kissed her hand and said to her: “Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.””

 

 

3. VIDEO: FIRE DESTROYS 50 HOMES IN HURRICANE-FLOODED QUEENS by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

A six-alarm destroyed at least 50 homes in Queens, a borough heavy populated by Israelis and American Jews, and flooded by the Frankenstorm Sandy storm.

 

The New York Fire Department said on its Twitter page that more than 50 homes had been “completely destroyed” but could not immediately be reached for further comment, according to AFP.

 

The fire came after the megastorm slammed into the US East Coast, flooding lower Manhattan, inundating several subway lines and knocking out power to a half a million homes and businesses across the city.

 

More than 200 firefighters were fighting the fire in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, NBC reported.

 

The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Monday night.

 

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4. 12 YEAR-OLD BOY STANDS TRIAL FOR MURDERING NEO-NAZI FATHER by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

Opening statements in the trial of a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father are set to begin Tuesday in Riverside, California.

 

Then only ten years-old, Joseph Hall deliberately shot his father, who was a rising figure in Nationalist Socialist movement, using a snub-nose revolver at his family”s Riverside home.

 

“What he did, had it been done by anybody older, there would be no doubt that it was a murder,” said prosecutor Michael Soccio, according to The New York Times. “It”s planned. It”s premeditated. It was carried out in a cold, killing fashion. It is a murder.”

 

Joseph was present at neo-Nazi gatherings hosted by his parents and was taught at a young age how to use a firearm, but Riverside County prosecutors say the boy”s exposure to white supremacist culture probably won”t play a big role at trial.

 

Joseph”s public defender, Matthew J. Hardy, says his client has neurological and psychological problems, compounded by exposure to neo-Nazi “conditioning” and physical abuse in the home, the Times reported.

 

“He”s been conditioned to violence,” Mr. Hardy said, adding, “You have to ask yourself: Did this kid really know that this act was wrong based on all those things?”

 

Court documents reveal that the child was prone to violent outbursts and was frequently the target of his father”s drunken rages. The boy reportedly told police he killed his father to stop the abuse.

 

California”s penal code also states that children under 14 cannot be charged with a crime without clear proof that “they knew its wrongfulness.” The judge said she could make a ruling in the case as early as next week.

 

If convicted, Joseph Hall could remain in custody until the age of 25, providing he doesn”t commit any crimes while incarcerated.

 

 

5. ROMNEY WORSE THAN SANDY, SAYS BILL CLINTON by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Former President Bill Clinton exploited the devastating storm that is pounded the Eastern U.S. coast and charged that Mitt Romney would be worse than Frankenstorm Sandy if he is elected.

 

While President Barack Obama and Romney tried to show they are more concerned for the lives and property of Americans than they are about getting elected, Clinton plowed into Romney during a speech to Democrats in Connecticut, two days before Sandy took out its wrath on the state.

 

“We’re coming down to the 11th hour. We’re facing a violent storm,” Clinton said. “It’s nothing compared to the storm we’ll face if you don’t make the right decision in this election.”

 

Clinton used undiplomatic language in his accusations that Romney is promising the same jobs that Obama is about to deliver.

 

“Every time Mr. Romney promises us 12 million jobs, I want to gag,” Clinton said. “It’s actually not a bad promise.”

 

He latched on to recent economic statists that have raised eyebrows among economists and suspicions among some Republicans that highly-placed bureaucrats are fiddling with statistics to show a sudden turnaround in the American economy.

 

The jobless rate suddenly dropped by 5 percent last month, from 8.1 to 7.8 percent, and statistics last week showed an unexpected economic expansion growth of 2% for the past three quarters, up from 1.3% in the prior three-month period.

 

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Clinton said.

 

In a separate campaign stop in Ohio, Clinton charged Romney with “a load bull” by claiming that Chrysler is moving its Jeep production from the United States to China.

 

Even Jeep said “that’s the biggest load of bull in the world that they would ever shut down American operations,” Clinton said. Chrysler earlier had said n a somewhat contradictory statement that it “has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” but is “simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market.”

 

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden declared, “Romney will say anything — absolutely anything — to win.”

 

 

 

 

6. ISRAEL RELEASES ANOTHER HUNGER STRIKING TERRORIST by Elad Benari

 

Israeli authorities on Monday released former hunger striker Hasan Safadi, the Palestinian Authority prisoners minister told the Bethlehem-based Ma”an news.

 

Minister Issa Qaraqe said Safadi had been freed from Hadarim jail in central Israel.

 

Safadi, who stopped a 93-day hunger strike in September, is one of two prisoners who ended a hunger strike after assurances they would be freed at the end of their current administrative detention term.

 

Ma”an reported that Safadi was detained from his home in Shechem (Nablus) in June of 2011.

 

He launched a previous 71-day hunger strike on March 5, which he ended when some 2,000 prisoners joined the strikes, resulting in an agreement with Israeli authorities.

 

When Safadi’s detention order was renewed on June 21, he re-launched his strike, the report said.

 

Hunger striking to bring about a release from Israeli prisons has become a very common phenomenon among PA Arab terrorist prisoners in recent months.

 

In April, Israel released Hana Shalbi, a female terrorist, after a 43-day hunger strike.

 

Shalbi, a terrorist from the Islamic Jihad organization, was arrested for terrorist activity in 2010. She refused to cooperate with interrogators and was violent towards them. This violence included threatening their lives, trying to attack one of them, spitting at police officers, and even biting a policewoman.

 

Another famous case of a hunger striking terrorist being released is that of Khader Adnan, who had gone a on a hunger strike for 66 days to pressure the State to release him. The hunger strike resulted in Adnan being admitted to hospital.

 

He launched the hunger strike to protest his administrative detention and the strike became a cause célèbre for anti-Israel activists and Arab propaganda organizations. His attorney appealed his administrative detention order to Israel’s Supreme Court.

 

The State later caved in to the pressure and agreed not to renew Adnan”s administrative detention order. He, in turn, agreed to end his hunger strike.

 

As part of a deal to end the last mass hunger strike, Israel made some concessions to the PA, including an agreement to stop placing prisoners in solitary confinement.

 

In addition, Israel agreed to allow prisoners to call relatives, to pursue academic studies, and to allow prisoners from Gaza as well as from Judea and Samaria to receive visits from family members.

 

The deal also included a release of the bodies of 91 terrorists to the PA. The release of the bodies was s another in an ongoing series of “gestures” by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the PA, in an effort to encourage PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to negotiations with Israel.

 

So far, the PA has refused, although Abbas has accepted Israel’s “gestures.”

 

 

7. NEW LABOR CANDIDATE OPPOSES DOUBLE BEDS by Gil Ronen

 

The latest in a long line of journalists to join politics in Israel is Merav Michaeli, a well known television and radio personality, who is famous for her radical neo-Marxist views on gender issues. Among other things, Michaeli opposes double beds, and not out of Halakhic considerations of purity. She announced Tuesday that she will vie for a spot on Labor’s Knesset list.

 

Michaeli writes opinion pieces in radical left wing newspaper Haaretz. Her latest column, “Forced Couplehood,” begins with a cite from French magazine Le Monde, according to which more and more people are buying 160-cm. wide double mattresses instead of 140-mm. wide ones. French doctors explained, she said, that people move around and snore in their sleep, and that sleeping in the same bed with another person is a completely unnatural habit.

 

Michaeli goes on to say that the marital double bed is an invention of the Church, which uses it to control procreation, and that this control is perpetuated by modern secular society. She goes on to explain that the heterosexuality, which encourages men and women to sleep together in the same bed, is a political institution through which men control and exploit women.

 

Michaeli has, in the past, exposed herself indecently while presenting a news show, in protest of some perceived injustice against women. She is also notorious for her habit of eating with her hands instead of using knives and forks.

 

Michaeli is the granddaughter of Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant and Israeli government official who was accused of striking a deal with the senior Nazi official Adolf Eichmann to allow 1,685 affluent Jews to escape persecution, while failing to warn others that their resettlement was in fact deportation to the gas chambers. He also gave positive character references after the war for SS officer Kurt Becher, thus allowing Becher to escape prosecution for war crimes.

 

After an official defamation lawsuit was filed against a writer who accused Kastner of being a traitor, a court ruled in 1955 that Kastner had indeed, in the words of Judge Benjamin Halevi, “sold his soul to the devil.”

 

The Supreme Court of Israel overturned most of the judgment in January 1958, stating that the lower court had “erred seriously,” but not before Kastner had been assassinated.

 

Michaeli has come out strongly in defense of her grandfather.

 

According to Israeli media, she was, in the past, the romantic partner of Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy, who has been dubbed “the baron of the industry of lies” by Maariv.

 

 

8. LIVE VIDEO FROM AMERICA: HURRICANE SANDY HITS EASTERN COAST by Yoni Kempinski

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HEADLINES:

1. DAILY HUMILIATION CONTINUES: 18 ROCKETS SINCE MIDNIGHT 2. 240 ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL ON ‘DOVE’S WINGS’

3. ISRAELI FLAG MISSING IN DENMARK DIVERSITY EVENT 4. DISENGAGEMENT GENERAL: STOP CARRYING GAZA ON OUR BACK 5. 3-DAY JERUSALEM HOUSING FAIR IN USA 6. IAF AIRSTRIKES TARGET TERROR SITES IN GAZA 7. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HOW ADOLF EICHMANN WAS CAUGHT 8. HOME OF MOHAMMED’S WIFE TURNED INTO A PUBLIC TOILET

 

 

1. DAILY HUMILIATION CONTINUES: 18 ROCKETS SINCE MIDNIGHT by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

Gaza terrorists fired 18 rockets at southern Israel Monday, with the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement saying it was revenge after an IAF air raid killed one of their men.

 

“At least 18 rockets were fired at Israeli territory, without causing injuries or damage,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, saying the count was from midnight.

 

Monday’s barrage of rocket fire followed hot on the heels of two late-night Israeli air strikes which did not cause any injuries, Arab sources said.

 

Although Hamas’s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades did not say how many rockets it had fired, it named at least five locations in southern Israel where it claimed it had targeted “military sites” – Sufa, Kissufim, Beeri, Yad Mordechai and Nahal Oz. All five locations are civilian communities. No casualties or damage were reported.

 

The terror group also posted a grainy video on their website which appeared to show terrorist launching nine rockets in the early morning.

 

“This shelling was in response to the continuous Zionist bombing and terrorizing of peaceful citizens, which most recently killed Suleiman Kamel al-Qara, as well as in response to the repeated incursions and attacks carried out by the occupation,” the group said referring to one of its own terrorists.

 

 

2. 240 ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL ON ‘DOVE’S WINGS’

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

A charter flight carrying approximately 240 new immigrants from Ethiopia is scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday.

 

The flight is the first of a series of monthly flights planned as part of Operation Dove”s Wings, a government initiative to speed up the place of aliyah and bring the remainder of the Falash Mura, members of the Ethiopian Jewish community who were forcibly converted to Christianity during the 19th and 20th centuries, to Israel.

 

The Jewish Agency”s Ibim Absorption Center in the Negev is set to reopen in order to accommodate a number of the new immigrants. The rest will be spread among an additional 16 absorption centers throughout Israel operated by the Jewish Agency and the Absorption Ministry.

 

The 17.5-million-shekel operation is scheduled to be completed by October 2013.

 

The flight will be welcomed by a host of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, Minister of Immigrant Absorption MK Sofa Landver and Jewish Agency Board of Directors chairman James S. Tisch.

 

The ceremony, which will take place in Tel Aviv, will include participation of Jewish leaders and philanthropists from Israel and around the world.

 

 

3. ISRAELI FLAG MISSING IN DENMARK DIVERSITY EVENT by Maayana Miskin

 

An event in Copenhagen celebrating cultural diversity deliberately excluded the Israeli flag, the Copenhagen Post reports. Organizers say they were motivated by safety concerns.

 

Jewish community leaders were initially told that none of the groups participating in the Mangfoldighedsfest diversity festival would be waving flags.

 

However, at the festival it was clear that most groups had in fact brought flags. Representatives of other cultural groups said they had never been told not to bring a flag.

 

Organizers then changed their story, saying, “It is not that there is a flag police. Specific associations were asked not to display their flags as a safety precaution.”

 

Deputy Mayor Anna Mee Allerslev told the paper that the city had been concerned as well. “We had some experts who were deeply concerned about the situation and were afraid that the security was not sufficient,” she explained.

 

Max Meyer of the Dansk Zionistforbund organization told the Post, “It is a shame that one group is discriminated against, especially at a diversity celebration.”

 

City officials and festival organizers have issued an apology to local Zionists and say they will look into making changes. While she apologized, Allerslev continues to maintain that security was a real concern, and argued “Politicians should be careful not to politicize cases like this.”

 

The situation echoes an incident in Michigan in which police stopped a Jewish man for displaying Israeli flags on his truck. Muslim students who had thrown objects at him upon seeing the flags were not detained.

 

 

4. DISENGAGEMENT GENERAL: STOP CARRYING GAZA ON OUR BACK by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Dan Harel said Monday that it is time for Israel to stop bearing the responsibility for the humanitarian condition in Gaza.

 

Harel, who was Head of Southern Command during the 2005 “Disengagement” from Gaza, told IDF Radio that before taking other measures to solve the rocket problem, the basic “equation of relations” between Israel and Gaza needs to be changed.

 

“We carry Gaza on our backs,” he said. “I do not know if Israeli are aware of this, but we supply Gaza with all of its needs. We supply it with electricity, we supply it with water.”

 

“The situation today is absurd,” he added. “They fire rockets at us from Gaza and in response, we supply them with water and electricity. This absurd has to stop.”

 

He said that the blockade of Gaza needs to be lifted. In this way, he said, Israel will not be responsible for the humanitarian situation there.

 

He did not explain how Israel would prevent heavy rockets and other munitions from entering Gaza, if the blockade is lifted.

 

Harel has said, after his release from the IDF, that the “Disengagement,” as the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was called, was a mistake.

 

 

5. 3-DAY JERUSALEM HOUSING FAIR IN USA

by Arutz Sheva

 

 

 

This week, Chish Nofei Yisrael, Ltd. will sponsor a 3-day housing fair in the USA in three convenient locations in Brooklyn, Monsey and Los Angeles. Chish Nofei Yisrael, the leading Israeli housing and development company to represent the frum public, has gained worldwide repute for its personal, courteous and reliable service. The upcoming fair, which offers homes for sale in some of the most popular new developments in the greater Jerusalem area, follows similar fairs that met with extreme success among the religious community and resulted in the sale of over 50 housing units within three days.

 

Available projects for sale include the exclusive Mishkenot Ha”Uma on Sarei Yisrael Street; Top 80 in Neve Yaakov; Givat Zev; and Chish Nofei Yisrael”s flagship project, Ramat Givat Zev, the first-ever neighborhood in Israel developed specifically to meet the needs of an American Torah-based community.

 

The majority of homes in Ramat Givat Zev have been purchased by American olim who aspire to combine the best of both worlds. The beautiful neighborhood in pastoral Ramat Givat Zev emphasizes spiritual quality coupled with the warmth and friendliness of an English-speaking community and reflects the values, needs and mentality of frum olim acclimating to a new life and country. Housing units in the development include private villas, as well as attractively-designed, spacious apartments that allow frum families to make the move to Israel without compromising on their standards.

 

Special sales and offers will be available at the 3-day fair.

 

Exciting New Development Spurs Dozens to Make Aliyah

 

A brand-new development geared specifically for frum American Jews is inspiring dozens of families to commence the process of aliyah with the goal of making Israel their one and only home. The beautiful future neighborhood in pastoral Ramat Givat Zev is already being lauded for its emphasis on spiritual quality coupled with the warmth and friendliness of an English-speaking community that reflects the values, needs and mentality of frum olim.

 

Located on the outskirts of mountainous Jerusalem, only fifteen miles from the city center, Ramat Givat Zev is the ideal solution for American olim. The development is designed for 400 housing units, including 140 houses and 260 spacious apartments. Answering the immediate needs of Torah families, a Vaad Rabbanim was formed to arrange for all chinuch needs in Ramat Givat Zev. Mosdos chinuch, already in the planning stages, will be specifically geared to fit the spiritual and academic aspirations and goals of Americans living in Israel and will offer special programs to help new immigrant students acclimate to the vast changes in their lives. The schools, set to be built on beautiful, spacious campuses, will boast sports fields and other amenities favored by American students.

 

A second committee was likewise established to guarantee that the needs and desires of frum olim are met. From the primary planning stages, the developers focused on ensuring that the neighborhood would encompasses all possible elements, ranging from the spiritual necessities of shuls and schools to the conveniences and luxuries of shopping centers and a swimming pool.

 

Developer Chanoch Kass proudly asserts, “Ramat Givat Zev is outstanding in the fact that it will be the very first neighborhood in Israel specifically developed for an American Torah community.

 

Ramat Givat Zev”s list of buyers includes frum families from Monsey, Flatbush, Five Towns, and Miami who are excitedly preparing for imminent aliyah.  Many houses were also purchased by American families currently residing in the Ramat Beit Shemesh area. One buyer, Dovid Weinstein, explains that, for him, a main motive in moving is the fact that his current neighborhood lacks what he feels are fundamental elements for Americans living in Israel. Although hundreds of Americans have settled in Ramat Beit Shemesh in the past two decades, the neighborhood was initially planned and constructed for an Israeli public, a fact that understandably presents many a hardship and challenge to American olim, young and old.

 

The concept of Ramat Givat Zev was inspired by a partnership between a party of Americans living both in Israel and the USA and a group of sympathetic developers in Israel who joined forces to answer the cry of Americans who aspire to make aliyah, but are daunted by the seemingly insurmountable challenges entailed. Together, they determined to overcome these obstacles by providing these families with all they lacked. Thus began the lengthy process of slating plots for spacious villas with assorted construction and design options, inviting esteemed Rabbanim to spearhead the kehilla, and engaging respected mosdos chinuch and administrators who understand the American mentality to establish roots in the neighborhood.

 

Ramat Givat Zev is being marketed by Chish Nofei Yisrael, a construction and development company in Israel that has already sold thousands of housing units in Israel and is regarded as the leading development company in the country dealing with the chareidi-National Religious public. The company is on the brink of concluding the sale of 1000 residential units in Givat Zev, with Ramat Givat Zev designated as its flagship project due to its unique status as the first-ever neighborhood in Israel specifically formed for a frum American community.

 

Hundreds of housing units in the neighborhood have already been sold, and a company spokesperson remarks, “The overwhelming response that we”ve received has only proven to us how great is the thirst for a community of American shomrei Torah u”mitzvos of this kind in Israel. We foresee that this development will swiftly become one of the most desirable areas for Americans wishing to settle Israel, a fact that will cause the prices of homes in the neighborhood to skyrocket. A leading real estate agency in Jerusalem maintains that within two years, it will be difficult to purchase a home in Ramat Givat Zev. Once the concept of this neighborhood infiltrates the conscious of the Torah community, thousands will add their names to the waiting list of those seeking homes in this neighborhood.”

 

 

6. IAF AIRSTRIKES TARGET TERROR SITES IN GAZA by Elad Benari

 

The IDF Spokesperson announced that IAF aircraft struck terror targets in Gaza overnight Sunday.

 

The targets included a center of terrorist activity and a rocket launching area in northern Gaza, as well as a center of terrorist activity in southern Gaza, said the IDF statement.

 

Direct hits were identified and all Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.

 

The attack was a response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory, said the IDF. On Sunday morning, Gaza-based terrorists fired two Grad missiles at the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva.

 

The missiles exploded in an open area near the city and did not cause any physical injuries or damages. The city later announced that schools would be closed because of the attack.

 

On Saturday night, two Qassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district. There were no physical injuries and no damage to property. The IDF retaliated by hitting a terrorist cell in Gaza.

 

Rocket attacks on southern Israel are ongoing, but an escalation in attacks was recorded this week as Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 80 rockets at the region on Wednesday alone.

 

Three people were wounded, two of them seriously, and three homes were hit in a morning rocket barrage.

 

By Wednesday night it was reported that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been reached between Hamas and Israel. That ceasefire, however, was broken after several hours, when terrorists again fired a mortar shell at the Eshkol district.

 

 

7. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HOW ADOLF EICHMANN WAS CAUGHT by Walter Bingham & INR Staff

 

It was back in 1960 that Adolf Eichmann, one of the top Nazi leaders and architects of the Final Solution to exterminate the Jewish people was caught in Argentina. The commander of the secret mission was Rafael (Rafi) Eitan, today 86 years old. Israel National Radio’s Walter’s World conducted an exclusive interview with Eitan as part of a special broadcast on Israel’s Mossad and secret service.

 

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“When Peter Malkin jumped on Eichmann, I was just 5 meters behind him,” he stated. So how did Eitan, while working with the Israeli Mossad track down the elusive Nazi war criminal?

 

“There was a German family [of Jewish heritage] was living in Argentina with the name of Hermann,” related Eitan. The family had escaped the Holocaust. “They had a daughter by the name of Sylvia and she told her family that she has a friend named Nicolas Eichmann.” As the story goes, the younger Eichmann had boasted about his father’s Nazi exploits. The father meanwhile was living under a false name in Buenos Aires. Eitan credits the unassuming Mossad head Issur Harel for organizing the secret mission to extract the wanted mass murdered and bring him to trial for crimes against humanity.

 

“We gave him documents of some El Al airline flight crew member. One of the crew stayed in Argentina. You must remember that at the time, there was no internet or computers, so nobody was able to check. We gave Eichmann the same name and dressed him in an El Al cabin crew uniform,” Eitan said.

 

The government of Israel wanted to give Eichmann a fair trial but doubted he would go freely. Eitan continued, “We gave him a injection to make him dizzy. The crew normally, even today, goes to the plane not through the civilian terminal but in a different area. We took him through a different gate with a doctor. The doctor said he was a bit sick and we handed over all the proper documents.”

 

Eitan related that there was also a plan to kidnapped Dr. Josef Mengele, the sadistic Nazi doctor who conducted cruel experiments on death camp inmates. Eitan stated that the decision was made not to risk losing Eichmann to chase down another Nazi war criminal.

 

Eichmann became the first and so far only person to be tried and sentenced to death in Israel. His trial brought to light details of the Nazis’ systematic plan which resulted in the murder of approximately 12 million civilians. Millions of soldiers were killed in World War II as well. Of the 12 million concentration and death camp victims, approximately 6 million were of Jewish heritage, Over 1 million of the victims were children.

 

For the full interview with Rafael Eitan download the Walter’s World special broadcast by clicking here.

 

The Eichmann capture is just one of Eitan’s many stories. Find out about his role in the Jonathan Pollard affair, his time as a Member of Knesset with the Gil Pensioner’s Party and his thoughts on current events and the upcoming elections.

 

Walter Bingham travels all over Israel and the international Jewish world to bring you in-depth reports in his exciting magazine style program. Topics range from cultural and entertainment events and social problems to major political interviews and statements recorded live as they happen. Walter’s World broadcasts every Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio. For mp3 archives click here.

 

 

8. HOME OF MOHAMMED’S WIFE TURNED INTO A PUBLIC TOILET by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

Three of the world”s oldest mosques are about to be destroyed in Medina as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-dollar expansion of Islam”s second holiest site, according to the British Independent. The house of Mohammed’s first wife, Khadijah, has already been replaced with a public toilet block, it reports.

 

The disregard for Islam”s early history is due to the Saudi regime”s adoption of Wahabism, an austere stream which scorns all forms of idol worship, including shrines and pilgrimages to graves, the paper explains.

 

Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, where the prophet Mohammed is buried, will reportedly start once the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends next month. When complete, the development will turn the mosque into the world”s largest building, able to take in 1.6 million worshippers.

 

But there are fears that the redevelopment of the Masjid an-Nabawi is “part of a wider drive to shift focus away from the place where Mohammed is buried,” the newspaper says. “The spot that marks the Prophet”s tomb is covered by a famous green dome and forms the centerpiece of the current mosque. But under the new plans, it will become the east wing of a building eight times its current size with a new pulpit.”

 

Historic sections of Mecca and Medina have been bulldozed to make way for gleaming shopping malls, luxury hotels and enormous skyscrapers. The Independent quotes the Washington-based Gulf Institute, which estimates that “95 per cent of the 1,000-year-old buildings in the two cities have been destroyed in the past 20 years.”

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HEADLINES:

1. ‘SAUDI ARABIA FUNDS MOSSAD ANTI-IRAN OPERATIONS’

2. HIZBULLAH FIGHTS IN SYRIA AGAINST REBELS FOR ASSAD 3. PHOTOS OF DEVASTATING ROCKET DAMAGE 4. GRAD MISSILE HITS BE’ER SHEVA; IAF KILLS HAMAS TERRORIST 5. AL-QAEDA LEADER CALLS FOR INCREASED KIDNAPPINGS OF WESTERNERS 6. REPORT: UK DENIES US ACCESS TO BASES FOR GULF BUILDUP 7. OBAMA ATTEMPTS TO JUSTIFY NOT VISITING ISRAEL AS PRESIDENT 8. CONSERVATIVES DERIDE, SPOOF OBAMA ‘R-RATED’ AD

 

 

1. ‘SAUDI ARABIA FUNDS MOSSAD ANTI-IRAN OPERATIONS’

 

An article posted by a former CBS News producer Barry Lando claims that none other than Saudi Arabia helps fund Israeli Mossad operations against Iran.

 

“A Strange Alliance: Are the Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad?” appears on his blog. Lando”s source is named only as “a friend, with good sources in the Israeli government.”

 

He wrote, “The head of Israel’s Mossad has made several trips to deal with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia-one of the results: an agreement that the Saudis would bankroll the series of assassinations of several of Iran’s top nuclear experts that have occurred over the past couple of years.

 

“The amount involved, my friend claims, was $1 billion dollars. A sum, he says, the Saudis considered cheap for the damage done to Iran’s nuclear program.”

 

Lando admitted that “the tale sounds preposterous” but added, “On the other hand. it makes eminent sense. The murky swamp of Middle East politics has nothing to do with the easy slogans and 30-second sound bites of presidential debates.”

 

Israel and Saudi Arabia have at least one thing in common: neither country wants to allow Ahmadinejad to obtain nuclear capability.

 

Lando noted that the claim of the strange alliance “also makes perfect sense, that, in retaliation for the cyber attacks on their centrifuges, the Iranians reportedly launched their own cyber attack on a Saudi state-owned target: Saudi Aramco, the world”s most valuable company.”

 

Aramco”s computer system suffered a massive cyber attack in August, and American intelligence officials have blamed Iran.

 

“A report earlier this year by Tel Aviv University cites Saudi Arabia as the last hope and defense line for Israel,” Lando wrote. “With most of Israel”s traditional allies in the region sent packing or undermined by the Arab Spring, the Saudis are the Jewish State”s last chance to protect its political interests in the Arab world.”

 

Lando has long experience on Iran. He recently wrote a book called “Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush.”

 

He charged on Counterpunch earlier this year that Israel, the United States and Iran do not understand each other”s motives while “their advisors are engaged in an incredibly dangerous three-way game of blind man’s bluff.”

 

He said he personally ran into American ignorance in 1980 when he was producing ’60 Minutes’.

 

“I was struck by the total inability of Americans—even at the highest level—to understand the emotions and history that drove the hatred of all things American that had exploded in Iran with the fall of the Shah,” Lando wrote.

 

“Just up West 57th street from CBS News, for instance, was a huge billboard with the diabolical image of Khomeini glowering down on New York. I suggested we do a report to give Americans a better idea of what was driving Iran”s revolutionaries and their violent feelings against the United States….

 

“I stitched together a tough report with Mike Wallace based on a series of interviews in New York and Washington.” Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was charged by one interviewee “for turning a blind eye to the excesses of the Shah, and refusing to have any contact with the opposition groups.”

 

Lando also reported that classified U.S. documents exposed by Iran “showed that American diplomats based in Teheran had warned Washington months earlier of the threat of a possible hostage-taking – particularly if the U.S. allowed the despised Shah to come to America for medical treatment, as the U.S. ultimately did. Those warnings had been completely ignored by Washington.”

 

However, before the program was broadcast, President Jimmy Carter called the president of CBS News “to try to convince him not to broadcast the report. It would, he said, undermine U.S. negotiations with Iran at a very delicate time.”

 

CBS did not agree to back down but agreed to change the report”s title from “Should the U.S. Apologize?” to a more neutral “The Iran File.”

 

“It was difficult to understand how our report could upset the hostage negotiations,” wrote Lando. “We were not revealing any secrets to Iran. The Iranians already knew well the role of the U.S. in their own history. The people we were informing were 20 million Americans — who didn”t understand what was really roiling Iran.

 

“And still don”t.”

 

 

2. HIZBULLAH FIGHTS IN SYRIA AGAINST REBELS FOR ASSAD

by Chana Ya’ar

 

Guerrilla fighters from Lebanon’s Hizbullah terrorist organization are fighting in Syria’s civil war together with loyalists for President Bashar al-Assad.

 

In a special report, a soldier from the Free Syrian Army told The Independent newspaper, published Sunday in the UK, the Shi’ite Muslim terrorists are full military allies of the Syrian regulars.

 

Hizbullah has for years been the beneficiary of Syria’s largesse, as well as that of Iran. Syria, for its part, has long been generously funded and equipped by Tehran as well. Both have been abundantly armed by Iran, and thoroughly trained in the use of the weaponry.

 

“Everyone knows they have fighters there,” the 23-year-old opposition fighter was quoted as saying. But recently there has been an upswing in the number of fighters, as well as firepower with which they have been supplied, he said.

 

“At night Hizbullah fire rockets at us from the Lebanese side, and we have the Syrian army on the other side,” said a second rebel fighter who fled his border village two weeks ago. “We are squeezed.”

 

There are reporters of “barrel bombs” – oil drums packed with TNT and shrapnel – being dropped from helicopters, rockets and other explosives being fired by Hizbullah guerrillas.

 

One rebel fighter described “thousands of soldiers” from Hizbullah, who arrived “because the Syrian army couldn’t fight us alone.” He recognized them, he said, by their combat skills and American-made M16 assault rifles. Sheikh Amr Al Ali, an FSA fighter, added that it is impossible to tell exactly how many Hizbullah troops there really are.

 

The proof, he said, can be found in “those who come back to the Beka’a in a coffin or those we capture.”

 

Recent photos of Hizbullah funerals for their fighters show what has become a full-scale guerrilla army, with troops carrying the coffins of fallen members.

 

Hizbullah has given no details about the deaths of those who have fallen in the past few weeks, but sources who spoke about fighters near Baalbek said two terrorists and another Hizbullah fighter were killed near a Syrian border town where rebels have been actively engaged in fighting Assad’s forces.

 

 

3. PHOTOS OF DEVASTATING ROCKET DAMAGE

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Qassam and Grad missiles often are described as exploding “in open areas,” but it only takes one that actually succeeds in hitting a home to realize the devastation an attack causes.

 

Gaza terrorist groups and the IDF resumed another stage of “Hamas roulette” in which rockets that land in open areas are met with a symbolic response against “a terror tunnel” or “weapons storeroom,” while physical injuries merit a more serious Israeli military retaliation.

 

Two farm workers were seriously wounded last week in an explosion in an “open area” but others escaped injury but were left nearly homeless, as the photos from the IDF illustrate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. GRAD MISSILE HITS BE’ER SHEVA; IAF KILLS HAMAS TERRORIST

by Elad Benari

 

Gaza-based terrorists fired two Grad missiles at the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva early Sunday morning.

 

The missiles exploded in an open area near the city and did not cause any physical injuries or damages. The city announced that schools would be closed Sunday because of the attack.

 

Overnight Saturday, IAF aircraft struck a terrorist cell in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.

 

According to the announcement, the terrorists were making final preparations to launch a rocket into southern Israel. Direct hits at the target were scored, and secondary explosions were heard, said the IDF.

 

Sources in the Palestinian Authority told AFP the strike took place in the southern town of Khan Younis and killed a terrorist with the” Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

 

The Israeli airstrike came shortly after two Qassam rockets fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district.There were, miraculously, no physical injuries and no damage to property.

 

Rocket attacks on southern Israel are ongoing, but an escalation in attacks was recorded this week as Gaza-based terrorists fired more than 80 rockets at the region on Wednesday alone.

 

Three people were wounded, two of them seriously, and three homes were hit in a morning rocket barrage.

 

By Wednesday night it was reported that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been reached between Hamas and Israel. That ceasefire, however, was broken after several hours, when terrorists again fired a mortar shell at the Eshkol district.

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Gaza terrorists on Wednesday that if the rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel do not stop, “deeper activity” in the region lies ahead.

 

“We did not start this recent escalation,” the prime minister pointed out, “but if it continues, we are prepared to go ahead with much wider and deeper military operations.”

 

 

5. AL-QAEDA LEADER CALLS FOR INCREASED KIDNAPPINGS OF WESTERNERS

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to increase efforts to kidnap Westerners in exchange for imprisoned jihadists, citing the success in the abduction of American aid worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan.

 

In an undated two-hour video posted on jihadist websites, al-Zawahiri called for the abductions as part of a vow not to “spare any efforts” to free Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

 

“God the great and almighty granted us success to capture the Jewish American Warren Weinstein,” al-Zawahiri said according to the terror monitoring group SITE intelligence.

 

“We are seeking, by the help of God, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives,” he said.

 

Al-Zawahiri also called for Egyptians to rise up against Israel.

 

“I call on every free and honorable (person) in Egypt to participate in every protest against the Israeli Embassy, against the peace treaty with Israel, against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and against every siege of Gaza,” al-Zawahiri said.

 

“Islamic movements and masses must be at the forefront of those protests and the first to sacrifice for their sake,” he added.

 

The video is the latest in a series released by al-Zawahiri, who was al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader under Osama bin Laden. He took over leadership in June 2011 following bin Laden’s death, according to statements posted on jihadist websites.

 

Al-Zawahiri is believed to be hiding somewhere in Pakistan’s tribal region that borders Afghanistan.

 

He was indicted in absentia for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998, bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 224 civilians and wounded more than 5,000 others, according to the National Counterterrorism Center, part of the U.S. federal government.

 

The FBI is offering a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture, the same amount as the reward for bin Laden.

 

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the August 2011 abduction of Weinstein from his home in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

 

Months later, al-Zawahiri made a number of demands of the United States in exchange for Weinstein’s release, including the release of Abdel-Rahman. Washington has maintained it will not negotiate with terrorists.

 

 

6. REPORT: UK DENIES US ACCESS TO BASES FOR GULF BUILDUP

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

The British government rejected U.S. requests to use military bases in the United Kingdom as part of a build-up in the Gulf, citing legal concerns that a pre-emptive strike on Iran would violate international law, The Guardian reported.

 

The United States has made informal requests to access British bases in Cypress and British territories in the Atlantic and Indian oceans as part of contingency planning for Iran, The Guardian reported, citing unnamed officials.

 

British ministers, however, have responded with legal advice from the U.K. attorney general”s office that says Iran does not currently represent “a clear and present danger” and as a result, providing assistance to U.S. forces potentially involved in a strike on Iran would violate international law.

 

“The UK would be in breach of international law if it facilitated what amounted to a pre-emptive strike on Iran,” said a British defense official. “It is explicit. The government has been using this to push back against the Americans.”

 

While the Obama administration has not made a formal request to the British government for military access, the United States has been exploring the “British position” on the use of bases.

 

The UK has assumed that it would only become involved once a conflict had already begun, and has been reluctant to commit overt support to Washington in the buildup to any military action, the paper reported.

 

“It is quite likely that if the Israelis decided to attack Iran, or the Americans felt they had to do it for the Israelis or in support of them, the UK would not be told beforehand,” said an unnamed source. “In some respects, the UK government would prefer it that way.”

 

A U.S. State Department official told The Guardian that, “The U.S. and the U.K. co-ordinate on all kinds of subjects all the time, on a huge range of issues. We never speak on the record about these types of conversations.”

 

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that it wants a reach a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear program, although President Obama has said he will not rule out using military force to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

 

“The key to holding back Israel is Israeli confidence that the US will deal with Iran when the moment is right,” another official said.

 

In August, the most senior US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, distanced himself from any Israeli plan to strike Iran”s nuclear facilities. He said such an attack would “clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program.”

 

“I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it,” he added.

 

 

7. OBAMA ATTEMPTS TO JUSTIFY NOT VISITING ISRAEL AS PRESIDENT

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

In an interview with NBC News late last week, President Barack Obama attempted to justify why he has not visited Israel since becoming president.

 

“The truth of the matter is, there are a number of countries I didn’t visit,” Obama said. “I visited Israel just a couple of months before I was president.”

 

“Given how important I think the situation in the Middle East is and our partnership with Israel, which is stronger than it”s ever been, when I go to Israel, I want to make sure that we are actually moving something forward,” the president continued.

 

While Obama did not elaborate on what he meant by “moving something forward,” it is likely that he was referring to peace negotiations, which have been deadlocked during his presidency.

 

The Romney campaign fired back with a statement calling Obama’s Middle East foreign policy a “failure.”

 

“After promising to make peace a top priority, the president sought to place “daylight” between the United States and Israel, and failed to engage in the peace process,” said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “His excuse for not visiting Israel is that “there are a number of countries” he “didn’t visit.” But President Obama fails to recognize that Israel isn”t just any other country — it is our closest ally in the Middle East. As President, Mitt Romney”s first overseas trip will be to Jerusalem, and under a Romney Administration, the world will never question America”s solidarity with Israel.”

 

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During the final presidential debate on foreign policy, Romney accused Obama of going on an “apology tour” after being elected president.

 

“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq,” Romney said. “And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations. And, by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations and on Arabic TV you said that America had been dismissive and derisive.”

 

“I think they looked at that and saw weakness,” Romney continued. “It’s essential for a president to show strength from the very beginning.”

 

 

8. CONSERVATIVES DERIDE, SPOOF OBAMA ‘R-RATED’ AD

by Gil Ronen

 

 

 

In their last-minute attempts to woo the young female vote, Democrats have crossed the line separating good taste from vulgarity and published a video that compares voting for Barack Obama to losing one’s virginity. The YouTube video featuring actress and filmmaker Lena Dunham has received a million hits in two days, but much of the attention is negative, judging by the viewers’ rating of the video.

 

Conservatives have blasted the ad. Charlotte Hays of the Independent Women’s Forum called it “a new descent into vulgarity.”

 

“That a campaign would cut an ad such ad heralds a profound cultural shift in our country and not a good one,” she wrote. “This had got to be our first R-rated presidential campaign ad. But it is the logical extension of the Obama campaign’s urging women to ‘vote our lady parts.’ No wonder women are moving towards Governor Romney.”

 

Conservative Pajamas Media’s comedian-reporter Steven Crowder was quick to record and publish a brilliant takeoff on the embarrassing Democrat video. The spoof has received 50,000 views in its first day on the air and – thus far – overwhelming approval from its viewers.

 

Crowder’s most popular video thus far is a scathing report on his home city of Detroit, which he describes as having been ravaged by decades of socialist Democratic municipal policies.

 

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Note: Arutz Sheva has provided links to the Democratic campaign video and Crowder’s takeoff on it, but has not posted them for reasons of dress and language that do not conform to our rules.

National Post | News

A controversial United Nations special investigator is calling for a boycott of international businesses “engaged in profit-making” in what he called Israeli settlements.

Acknowledging the move was an “innovation,” Richard Falk said he hoped the boycott by “civil society” would help pressure Israel to stop building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

The independent special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories singled out 13 companies, including Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Volvo and Caterpillar.

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In his report to the UN, he said, “The Special Rapporteur calls on civil society to vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction the businesses highlighted in this report, within their own national contexts, until such time as they bring their policies and practices into line with international laws and standards.”

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, rejected Mr. Falk’s report, while the Israeli UN mission described it as “grossly…

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Re: Who Is Being Naive About Gaza?, letter to the editor, Oct. 25.

Canada Boat to Gaza spokeswoman Andrea Summers writes: “According to the World Health Organization, because of the blockade, 90% of the Gaza drinking water is unfit for human consumption with 70% of Gaza’s children suffering from anemia.”
Wrong. The water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption due to the high levels of nitrates caused by the widespread use of manure in agricultural cultivation. I’ll leave it up to Ms. Summers to explain how the blockade creates manure. With regards to nutrition of children her numbers are a total fabrication. World Health Organization (WHO) stats show that in the period between 2005-2011, the level of malnutrition among children was 5.4% in Egypt, 4.5% in oil rich Saudi Arabia and 2.2% in Gaza and the West Bank.
In fact, WHO and UNICEF data confirm that various parameters…

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Re: Born Of Anti-Semitism, Preying On Naïveté, Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Dr. Harold Brackman, Oct. 23.
This column was noteworthy more for what it left out than for what it included. Messsrs. Cooper and Brackman failed to cite many pertinent contemporary facts that bear directly on the reason for the Estelle’s voyage.
According to the World Health Organization, because of the blockade, 90% of the Gaza’s drinking water is unfit for human consumption with 70% of Gaza’s children suffering from anemia. In August, the UN warned that unless the blockade is lifted, Gaza will become uninhabitable within the next eight years. These facts and others are leading many countries around the world to turn away from Israel to the point that the Jewish state risks becoming an international pariah. Rather than accuse Jim Manly of being naive, the authors should look at themselves.
Their support of Israel’s inhumane blockade…

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