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- 1. New Cartoon: Jew Pushes Mohammed in Wheelchair
- 2. E-Mail ‘Nagger’ Helps You Keep Rosh Hashannah Vows
- 3. Hackers Attack Bank of America Over Anti-Islam Film
- 4. Report: Assad May Use Chemical Weapons on Syrians
- 5. IDF Soldiers Scrambled in North for Surprise Drill
- 6. Abbas Proposes Canceling Oslo Accords
- 7. NJ Jewish Couple Killed While Walking Home from Synagogue
- 8. Romney Explains Dangers of a Palestinian State Alongside Israel
1. New Cartoon: Jew Pushes Mohammed in Wheelchair
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
New satirical cartoons of Mohammed in a French magazine on Wednesday show its cover with an Orthodox Jew pushing the prophet, while in another cartoon Mohammed is shown in the nude, with his back side aimed at a film director.
The cartoon of the wheelchair is entitled “The Intouchables” and refers to an award-winning French film about a poor black man who becomes the caregiver for an aristocratic millionaire quadriplegic and becomes his best friend. He, of course, sees his charge in every state of dress and undress.
The Charlie Hedbo magazine rejected suggestions not to publish the cartoons, which are likely to inflame Muslim rage that already has left more than 30 people dead in violent riots and terrorist attacks over an anti-Islam film posted on the Internet.
The trailer of the satirical amateurish film “Innocence of Muslims” has received nearly 11 million clicks. It contains several immodest scenes that preclude its being posted on Arutz Sheva.
Muslim rage for material that mocks Islam and the prophet Mohammed has been escalating for years since a Danish newspaper depicted Mohammed with a bomb in his turban. Subsequently, Dutch legislator Geert Wilders posted a short movie called “Fitna”, “ which warns the world of radical Islam.
Charlie Hedbo’s offices were firebombed last year after it published an edition called “Sharia Hebdo.”
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault stopped short of asking the magazine not to publish the latest cartoons but expressed his “disapproval of all excesses.” ”We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature,” he said on a French radio network.
”If people really feel offended in their beliefs and think there has been an infringement of the law – and we are in a state where laws must be totally respected – they can go to court,” Ayrault said.
French Muslim leaders appealed for calm, and French government officials are planning to stage a protest over the posting of the “Innocence of Muslims” film.
French police arrested dozens of protesters in an illegal demonstration last Saturday against the movie.
2. E-Mail ‘Nagger’ Helps You Keep Rosh Hashannah Vows
by Rachel Hirshfeld
A group of rabbis from Crown Heights have devised a new e-mail alert service aimed at reminding people to keep their Rosh Hashannah resolutions.
“[It] can nag you once a day. It can nag you weekly, monthly, but it rests on Shabbat,” Rabbi Motti Seligson, 30, said of the Resolution Solution, which he created with a team of tech-savvy rabbis, according to The New York Daily News.
More than 1,000 users have already signed up on the Chabad website since the project launched last week.
The alert system takes aim at a “3,000-year-old Jewish problem with resolutions,” said Rabbi Seligson of Chabad.org, a website about Jewish culture operated by the Chabad Lubavitch Media Center.
“It is hard to keep your resolution and go all the way,” he said, according to the Daily News. “Most people do it for a week or two.”
Daniel Nottes, 28, signed up last week, asking for frequent reminders about his resolution to use his gym membership four times a week.
“It’s like a virtual Jewish mother,” said Daniel Nottes, 28, who signed up for the service last week. “Jewish mothers aren’t annoying. They are persistent. They keep you in check.”
3. Hackers Attack Bank of America Over Anti-Islam Film
by Chana Ya’ar
A United States bank had its website targeted by hackers Tuesday in revenge for the obscure amateur video that mocked Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. Visitors to the U.S.-based Bank of America website were temporarily unable to perform transactions as a result of the attack.
The hackers, who called themselves “Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam” appeared not to be U.S.-born, or at least, seemed to post in English as a second – or third – language. They added in the jihadist statement posted on the Pastebin.com website that the attack was the “first step” in a larger plan to target property owned by “American Zionist capitalists.”
The cyber terror group also threatened to continue attacks until the “erasing of that nasty movie” – presumably the obscure amateur video clip mocking the life of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed – that ignited worldwide violence. Rioters in Muslim-populated countries attacked U.S. embassies and consulates, as well as diplomatic missions from the UK and Germany. The film was used as the excuse to savagely carry out the murders of an American ambassador to Libya, three other American diplomats and two U.S. Marines, as well as 28 others.
The group blamed production of the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” on the “United States of America with the held of Zionist Regime.”
The post, made sometime Tuesday, read as follows:
My soul is devoted to you Dear Prophet of Allah
Dear Muslim youths, Muslims Nations and are noblemen
When Arab nations rose against their corrupt regimes (those who support Zionist regime) at the other hand when, Crucify infidels are terrified and they are no more supporting human rights. United States of America with the help of Zionist Regime made a Sacrilegious movie insulting all the religions not only Islam.
All the Muslims worldwide must unify and Stand against the action, Muslims must do whatever is necessary to stop spreading this movie. We will attack them for this insult with all we have.
All the Muslim youths who are active in the Cyber world will attack to American and Zionist Web bases as much as needed such that they say that they are sorry about that insult.
We, Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam will attack the Bank of America and New York Stock Exchange for the first step. These Targets are properties of American-Zionist Capitalists. This attack will be started today at 2 pm. GMT. This attack will continue till the Erasing of that nasty movie. Beware this attack can vary in type.
Down with modern infidels.
Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.
4. Report: Assad May Use Chemical Weapons on Syrians
by Chana Ya’ar
The Syrian government has already considered using chemical weapons on rebel forces and civilians “as a last resort” – despite protestations to the contrary.
According to a report published Wednesday by The London Times, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime discussed the option at least three months ago. The report quoted as its source a former high-ranking Syrian Army officer who defected to the opposition and left the country.
In an interview conducted from the safety of Turkey, Major-General Adnan Sillu said he defected three months ago after participating in a meeting held at Syria’s chemical weapons center. Sillu also confirmed the regime had considered providing such weapons to the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization.
The talks, held south of Damascus, focused on whether to use chemical weapons on their own people, he said.
“We were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas,” Sillu said. “We discussed this as a last resort,” he added, “such as if the regime lost control of an important area as as Aleppo… They wanted to place warheads with the chemical weapons on missiles – to transfer them this way to Hizbullah… it was for use against Israel, of course,” he added.
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards were often present at the meetings as well, Sillu said, “to advise” and instruct on “how to use” the chemical weapons.
Syria at this point has “nothing to lose,” the former Syrian Army general pointed out, warning, “If a war starts between Hizbullah and Israel, it will be only good for Syria.”
5. IDF Soldiers Scrambled in North for Surprise Drill
by Chana Ya’ar
IDF soldiers in northern Israel were scrambled without warning early Wednesday for a surprise drill designed to test their “fitness and readiness.”
The troops from the army’s Northern and Central Commands gathered on the Golan Heights for the exercise, where they were joined by the Israel Air Force. Other military units were involved as well. A live fire exercise is scheduled for some time in the afternoon.
“The drill is one that is routine, and part of a program of tests and surprise military exercises held throughout the year,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit explained. “This exercise is being conducted under the command of chief artillery officer Brig.-Gen. Ro’i Riptin.”
Just a week ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz joined the head of Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, to supervise a pre-holiday military drill testing the Golani Brigade at the Golan Heights.
Gantz underscored the importance of Israel’s being able to “maintain our readiness, because the environment around us is volatile.”
There is increasing concern over the savage civil war being fought between Syrian government troops and the opposition forces just across the border of Israel’s Golan Heights. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are now deployed in Syria on behalf of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Israel is also worried over the possibility the country’s chemical weaponry may fall into unwanted hands.
6. Abbas Proposes Canceling Oslo Accords
by David Lev
Palestinian Authority head, Mahmoud Abbas, proposed cancelling the Oslo Accords with Israel at a weekend meeting of the PA leadership, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) told AFP on Tuesday.
PLO Executive Committee member Wassel Abu Yusef said Abbas raised the idea of “cancelling the Oslo agreement as well as the associated economic and security arrangements,” at the meeting on Saturday and Sunday.
Abu Yusef said that “members of the Palestinian leadership had mixed opinions on the issue, and it was decided to postpone any decision until their next meeting,” due to be held after Abbas’s return from the UN General Assembly later this month. “It was the first time the Palestinian leadership put the issue of the Oslo agreement on the table since it was signed in 1993,” Abu Yusef added.
Earlier this month, the Palestinian Authority — faced with social unrest over price rises and inability to pay bills despite massive donations — asked Israel for talks on amending the Paris Protocol, the 1994 agreement that governs economic ties between the two sides.
Abu Yusef added that the PA leadership also discussed holding presidential and parliamentary elections “in the light of Hamas’s refusal to complete Palestinian reconciliation.”
Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Abbas’s Fatah movement signed a reconcilation deal early last year that was supposed to have paved the way for the long-delayed elections to be held in Gaza and PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. But bickering over the implementation of the agreement has hampered any progress towards going ahead with the overdue elections.
7. NJ Jewish Couple Killed While Walking Home from Synagogue
by Elad Benari
Ari and Sari Horowitz, a husband and wife who were returning home from synagogue in East Brunswick, New Jersey, this past Shabbat, were struck by a car and killed.
According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the accident occurred on Dunhams Corner Road, just past the curving intersection with Hardenburg Lane in East Brunswick. The report said that a car swerved off the road and struck six pedestrians just before 12:30 p.m., according to authorities. The Horowitzes, both 51, were killed and four others were injured.
Members of the Young Israel congregation in East Brunswick identified one of the injured persons as the Horowitzes’ 27-year-old son, Ami, who was visiting from Israel. Ami’s condition was initially described as critical but it appears he will recover though he’ll need reconstructive surgery on his elbow and perhaps on an ankle as well, said congregation president Aron Adams.
Ari Horowitz served as president of the congregation from 2005 to 2007, the Star-Ledger reported. He and his wife, who raised a great deal of money for Israel, will be buried there, congregation members said.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and East Brunswick police have not formally identified anyone who was involved in the accident and have not said whether they will charge the driver, a 49-year-old woman who was said to be in stable condition.
Saturday’s accident was not the first for pedestrians walking to and from Young Israel, the report noted. Eighteen months ago, three members of the congregation were injured on a Friday evening.
Adams said that “people often drive too fast” on Dunhams Corner Road. “It’s a very residential area, but people want to use it as a highway,” he said, noting the speed limit is 40 mph but should be 25.
Adams said police are doing the best they can to cope with the situation. He noted the synagogue will be trying to improve things on Dunhams Corner Road by paying to install flashing lights on signs that warn of children crossing.
8. Romney Explains Dangers of a Palestinian State Alongside Israel
by Arutz Sheva Staff
In a just released video, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stated, in a private fundraiser, what he saw as the dangers of a West Bank Palestinian State.[youtube:126951]
“What the border would be?” asked Romney. “Maybe seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank.
“The other side of the West Bank, the other side of what would be this new Palestinian state would either be Syria at one point, or Jordan.
“And of course the Iranians would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Lebanon, what they did near Gaza, which is that the Iranians would want to bring missiles and armament into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel.
“So Israel of course would have to say, ‘That can’t happen. We’ve got to keep the Iranians from bringing weaponry into the West Bank.’”
The graphic illustrating this article, by Att’y Mark Langfan, illustrates Romney’s point.
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