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My Letter of Apology to the world media

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Please allow me to apologise on behalf of all the citizens of the State of Israel. I humbly apologise to you and your readers and to the world for our leaders defending our right to live. Here in Israel, we consider living a basic human right.

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The indignation of journalists, commentators and your readership has prompted them to spew forth some of the most vile invective we have seen other than that of Der Sturmer circa 1940’s and the letters and op-eds posted in your publication have educated me in a new level of hatred.

I apologise that it is left up to our army to make sure that the citizens of Gaza are evacuated from dangerous zones safely through pamphlets, text messages and roof knocking. I guess my text message and pamphlet were lost due to Hamas being on strike. Literally.

I apologise that we have not racked up those large numbers of Israeli casualties you were hoping for. I apologise for a government who values my life and those of my fellow citizens so much they do anything in their power to protect it. Whatever internal squabbles we may have or policies we agree or don’t agree on, life is valuable. I am sorry for our defense forces, made up of representatives of all sectors of Israeli society, who both prepare us and defend us with their lives.

I am sorry for our Iron Dome batteries that intercept the rockets aiming for our death and destruction. For those of you calling Israel an Apartheid state, Iron Dome makes no distinction between Jew, Christian or Arab. We are all targets.

I apologise that our government has made sure that we are equipped with bomb shelters and know how much time we need to take cover. I am sorry that Hamas prefer to build weapons smuggling tunnels instead of protecting their citizens but the “death industry” (their words not mine – google it yourself) has proven more lucrative than saving lives.

Most of all, I am sorry that this upsets you so much that in countries across the world you choose to take out your frustration on members of the Jewish community, attacking people physically, in the media and in barely disguised hateful press releases.

Please accept my humble apologies for any inconvenience we may have caused you.

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A7News: ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

Sivan 15, 5773 / Friday, May. 24 ’13

 

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  1. 1.      ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’
  2. 2.      MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service
  3. 3.      Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection
  4. 4.      Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath
  5. 5.      Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs
  6. 6.      Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations
  7. 7.      Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading
  8. 8.      Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding

 

1. ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

by Maayana Miskin

More and more Israelis living in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) have come under attack as Palestinian Authority terrorist groups increase the frequency of assaults on drivers in the region. One of the victims is Michal Weisel, who shared her post-attack thoughts with Arutz Sheva.

Israelis need to take advantage of technology that can reinforce car windows against attack, she said, and not to rely on the IDF to stop attacks.

Weisel was attacked by three young Arab men hurling heavy stones. “It’s lucky that the car was a reinforced car owned by the Regional Council – the rocks bounced off the frame of the car,” she recalled.

“I hope the IDF will take strong action against rock throwers, but for my part, I’m going to reinforce my car, because it saves lives,” she said. “A rock can kill, no less so than gunfire.”

“We’re in an Intifada, even if they media hasn’t said so yet,” she warned. The Palestinian Authority has launched two past “Intifada” terrorism wars targeting Israeli civilians in a variety of attacks including rock and firebomb attacks on passing cars, stabbings and shootings in civilian homes, and suicide bombings.

The IDF has reportedly started preparing for a third round of “Intifada” attacks. However, current and former military leaders have reassured civilians that there is currently no new Intifada, despite the many recent attacks on Israeli drivers.

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2. MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service

by Maayana Miskin

The Perry Commission’s report on hareidi-religious army recruitment does not offer real solutions, MK Eitan Cabel of the Labor party argued Friday in a post to his Facebook page.

“Real equality means enlistment at age 18, without deferral and without ‘maybe,’” he wrote.

The proposed legislation would allow men to defer military service in favor of full-time Torah study for a maximum of three years.

The proposal ignores social realities, Cabel wrote. “Hareidi men will keep getting married at a young age. Some of them will get out of service altogether, and as for the rest, it will be so expensive to keep them [as soldiers] that it will not be worth it for the IDF to enlist them.”

The IDF pays married soldiers a significantly higher monthly salary than that given to unmarried soldiers.

The proposed deal is not good for hareidi men either, Cabel said, as it would mean they would be required to serve for 32 months, while those in the hesder program, which combines army service and Torah study in religious-Zionist yeshivas, would be required to spend only 24 months on active military duty.

“[Finance Minister] Lapid and [Economics Minister] Bennett went behind the hareidi public’s back on this,” he said. “But the secular will be the ones who pay the price.”

“This isn’t what we hoped for from the two ‘brothers’ who very quickly became a pair of old politicians,” he concluded.

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3. Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection

by Arutz Sheva Staff

The following was written by Lenny David of Efrat, formerly of AIPAC, who created the website for a Picture a Day after realizing the extent of the Library of Congress archive of pictures – and the “Cigarbox Collection”:

Dr. Othniel Seiden of Denver is a fan of the History of Israel in Pictures and offered his exceptional collection of pictures found in a cigarbox in his parents’ home. I asked Dr. Seiden that he tell the story behind the collection. His recollection follows:

My father, Dr. Rudolph Avraham Seiden, was born in 1900 and was first involved in Palestine through a Zionist organization in Vienna called Die Blau Weiss or the “Blue White.” As a teen, sometime around 1919, he started smuggling Jews out of Eastern Europe into Palestine through Blau Weiss.

At that time, a whole family could travel to Palestine on a family visa. The organization established a front travel agency and hired a Greek ship in order to put together strangers as families and arranged tours to Palestine for these “large family groups.” When the tourists got to Palestine they “disappeared,” and their return tickets were sold to people wanting to go to Europe from Palestine.

My father’s intent was to move our family to Palestine, and in the mid-1920s he went there to check things out. He was the first chemist to take minerals out of the Dead Sea, and it was his intent to set up a factory to do that. Unfortunately he contracted malaria and had to go back to Vienna.

He still longed to move us all to Palestine, and in the late 1920s my mother’s family, the Abileahs, moved there. In the meantime, he worked in Vienna and held the first patent on tempered glass.

When Hitler came to power and the Austrian Nazi Party gained status, my father suddenly couldn’t publish anymore and saw the writing on the wall. In 1934, when we were planning our move, my mother’s family said that life in Palestine was very difficult, and if we had a chance to go to the U.S. we should do it. In 1935 we moved to the U.S. Many of the Abileahs are still in Israel. [Othniel’s uncle Beni Abileah was a well-known Israeli diplomat.]

In 1980, I started an organization called “Doctors To The World” which took medical personnel to various areas in the world to do volunteer work in needy areas. We sent dentists into villages in Israel to serve mostly Israeli Arabs and anyone else needing help. That was when I took out Israeli citizenship so I could get a medical license in Israel.

My father took only some of the photos. Many were either post cards or some other stock photos. Those that had an imprint on the back [some are stamped “Keren Hayesod Photo] I assume is that of the developing and processing individual.

When I asked for formal permission to publish the photos, Dr. Seiden responded: I give you full permission to use the photos I sent you in any way you feel fit, for educational purposes, or to lend and permit to be used by other media and organizations that will use them for educational or historical purposes.

Arutz Sheva thanks Dr. Seiden and Mr. David for this treasure chest, otherwise known as a cigarbox.

More historical pictures and essays at www.israeldailypicture.com

 

 

Bedouin Arab family   near Lake Hula and their reed huts

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4. Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath

by Maayana Miskin

Temperatures will rise Friday, particularly in the mountains and away from the coast, weather forecasters say. The end result will be a day that is significantly hotter than the norm for the season.

Forecasters issued a warning about potential poor visibility along the coast, in central Israel and in the north-western Negev. Visibility is expected to clear up by noon.

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly on Saturday, but the weather will still be unusually hot for the season, as it was the week before.

The weather will grow cooler again early next week, forecasters say. Temperatures will go back to being within the average range for the season.

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5. Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs

by Eliran Aharon, New York

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills in New York, took both sides of a recent dispute at the Kotel (Western Wall) to task in a video interview with Arutz Sheva.

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Rabbi Schonfeld accused the Women of the Wall group of seeking to create a provocation, and wondered if they would have done the same at another religion’s holy site. At the same time, he harshly criticized hareidi-religious “street thugs” who “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

He had praise for the thousands of young Jewish women who came to pray quietly at the Western Wall in a public display of solidarity with the traditional observance at the holy site.

Rabbi Schonfeld also shared some teachings relating to this week’s Torah portion.

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6. Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations

by Maayana Miskin

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly proposed that Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line if it wants to hold talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Kerry met Thursday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It was not clear if Netanyahu responded favorably to Kerry’s suggestion of a new construction freeze. Israel formerly froze construction for several months in an attempt to bring the PA back to the negotiating table. The PA agreed to talks shortly before the freeze ended, but refused to continue meeting when the construction ban was not renewed.

Netanyahu has reportedly put a stop to new construction in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but has not issued a public ban on construction, and has not stopped construction for Israelis in Jerusalem.

A government source told Maariv that Netanyahu would find it difficult to accept a public construction ban due to the makeup of his coalition.

It is also not clear if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has accepted Kerry’s proposal. Since the last construction freeze Abbas has announced other demands that he considers preconditions to talks with Israel.

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7. Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading

by Gil Ronen

There is shock and fury in Britain following the gruesome murder of a soldier by Muslims in Woolwich, in southeastern London, on Wednesday. The murdered man was Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion.

“There is rage in London; the feelings are very bad,” a Jewish resident of Golders Green told Arutz Sheva. “London is having a hard time dealing with this kind of cruel terror. Muslims beheading a soldier – that is an unforgivable deed.”

There were riots and confrontations in different parts of London Thursday, and two mosques were reportedly attacked.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack was “truly shocking” and cut short a visit to Paris and returned to London in order to convene the security cabinet, known as Cobra. Home Secretary Theresa May described the attack as “sickening and barbaric.”

Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.

In recent years, Muslims have become dominant in several neighborhoods in London, to the chagrin of the native locals, and there have been reports that fundamentalists have been trying to enforce Sharia law in the neighborhoods.

In the hours following the attack, around 250 supporters of the anti-Islamist English Defense League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station. According to the Huffington Post, the group hurled bottles and became involved in minor skirmishes with the police, but later dispersed without any arrests being reported.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson was among the crowd and explained: “They’re chopping our  soldiers’ heads off. This is Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today… Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam,” he added. “Everyone’s had enough.”

The attack was captured on video, and clearly shows the terrorists with blood on their hands and holding what appears to be a large knife or machete.

Eyewitnesses said that the attackers shouted Islamic slogans as they beheaded the man in broad daylight. The attackers were shot by police and arrested, and then taken to a London hospital for treatment. A television broadcast showed one of the attackers saying that they were Muslim fighters who “would never stop attacking you. We are doing this because Muslims are dying every day.”

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8. Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Police officers on Thursday evening prevented 50 right-wing activists from arriving in the Arab village of Araba, located in the Lower Galilee. The activists had come to protest a wedding between an Arab man and a Jewish woman which was taking place in the village.

Among the activists who participated in the protest were Baruch Marzel, former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and Benzi Gopstein, a member of the Kiryat Arab local council.

The activists, who were traveling towards the village by bus, were stopped by police near Sakhnin. They were allowed to hold a demonstration elsewhere.

Gopstein told Arutz Sheva, “We will fight any assimilation in the Holy Land. The Arabs should know it won’t work so easily for them. If a Jewish woman does not maintain her dignity, we will fight for her dignity.”

He added that Thursday’s demonstration was only the beginning of a plan to eradicate the phenomenon of assimilation, noting that the activists intend to arrive at all similar weddings and protest against them.

Former MK Ben-Ari told Arutz Sheva, “We came to say that the women of Israel belong to the Jewish people. Assimilation is one of the greatest tragedies of the Jewish people. Every Jew can sleep tonight while clicking his tongue, but he must know that another daughter of Israel has married an Arab.”

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A7News: AIPAC-Sponsored Bill could Save Israel Aid Adar 23, 5773 / Tuesday, Mar. 05 ’13

Adar 23, 5773 / Tuesday, Mar. 05 ’13

 

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  1. 1.      AIPAC-Sponsored Bill could Save Israel Aid
  2. 2.      Charge: ‘Protection of Nature’ Group Focused on Jewish ‘Threat’
  3. 3.      Labor: Cabel Offers to Replace Yachimovich
  4. 4.      Home Front Soldiers Devote ‘Good Deeds Day’ to Seniors
  5. 5.      MK: Wave of Hate Crimes against Hareidi Jews
  6. 6.      Baby of Killed Hareidi Couple Dies Despite Doctor’s Efforts
  7. 7.      Iran Must Allow Immediate Access to Parchin, Says IAEA Chief
  8. 8.      Former Labor MK Shocked to Discover Temple Mount Discrimination

 

1. AIPAC-Sponsored Bill could Save Israel Aid

by Gil Ronen

A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a “major strategic ally,” a one of a kind designation, JTA has reported.

The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), is timed for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC), and 13,000 activists are expected to lobby for it and for Iran-related bills on Tuesday.

The “major strategic ally” bill codifies a number of existing facets of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, including annual defense assistance and cooperation on missile defense, energy research and cyber security.

It also calls for Israel to join the program that waives pre-arranged visas for select nationals entering the United States.

The Iran-related bills AIPAC activists will champion would tighten sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to suspend its nuclear weapons program and would call for the president to support Israel should it feel “compelled” to strike Iran.

Political analyst Robert Naiman told Russian channel RT that the AIPAC annual conference is focused on the congressional designation of Israel as a “major strategic ally” of the U.S.

According to lobbyists associated with AIPAC, said Naiman, “it has to do with the coming threat of budget cuts. Under this sequester… there’re supposed to be across-the-board cuts to the US budget. So that should mean that the US aid to Israel, which is substantial, billions of dollars a year, should also be cut – but the Israel lobby doesn’t want the aid to Israel to be cut. So their long game is that with this designation of ‘major strategic ally’ they would move things that are currently paid out of the US aid to Israel into the base Pentagon budget.”

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2. Charge: ‘Protection of Nature’ Group Focused on Jewish ‘Threat’

by Maayana Miskin

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), a well-known environmentalist group, regularly publishes a report on the threats currently facing the natural environment in Israel. A man who researched the group’s latest report says it shows a clear ethnic bias, with a disproportionate focus on Jewish “threats.”

Of the 119 situations that SPNI lists as current  threats in its latest report, just three involve Arab construction and two Druze construction, Petach Tikva resident Shmuel Fischer told Arutz Sheva. Massive illegal Bedouin construction in the Negev, in dozens of communities, was reduced to a single threat, he noted.

On the rare occasions that SPNI did note construction in the Arab sector as a threat, the group recommended a compromise in which some illegal construction would be recognized, or communities would be allowed to expand, he said. In contrast, when it came to Jewish communities the group often took an uncompromising stance.

As an example, Fischer pointed out SPNI’s recommendations regarding Jewish homesteads in the Negev, which the group condemned as a “wasteful” use of land. The group called to uproot the Jewish homesteads, which were built with government encouragement, he said – while in the same report it called to recognize dozens of Bedouin communities that were built illegally in the same region.

Another example is the disparate treatment of a Jewish town, Kiryat Yaarim, and an Arab town, Jasser a-Zarka, both of which are hoping to expand, Fischer said. Regarding Kiryat Yaarim, SPNI argued that “even the smallest” version of the proposed expansion “threatens the open pastoral view and the continuous stretch of open, natural land north and west of the town.” However, when it came to Jasser a-Zarka, which hopes to expand in several directions, SPNI gave its approval to an expansion eastward.

“Even though the expansion of the Arab town of Jasser a-Zarka is initially portrayed as a ‘threat’, SPNI ultimately, surprisingly manages to find a way to allow expansion, even at the expense of open areas near the town,” Fischer said.

Fischer has compiled his own report with critique of SPNI’s approach.

Arutz Sheva sent Fischer’s report on to SPNI, which vehemently denied his charges. “In contrast to what was written, the Society for the Protection of Nature not only does not ignore the illegal construction in the Bedouin sector, but discusses it in depth, in threat number 96,” a spokesperson for the group said.

“The Society for the Protection of Nature works to protect nature throughout the country, from the Hermon in the north to Eilat in the south, with no distinction based on religion, race or nationality and without taking into account whether a town is Jewish or Bedouin,” he added. “Any talk of discrimination or preferential treatment for one sector or another is itself racist, and has no place in Israeli discourse.”

Fischer rejected SPNI’s rejection of his report. He noted that he had not charged SPNI with ignoring illegal Bedouin construction completely, but rather, with downplaying it and taking a compromising approach that stands in contrast to its approach regarding Jewish construction.

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3. Labor: Cabel Offers to Replace Yachimovich

by Gil Ronen

A leadership fight is brewing in the Labor party as the party’s Knesset members realize that Chairperson MK Shelly Yachimovich will not lead them into the next Coalition. Yachimovich has stated that in order for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to accept her into his coalition, he would have to make policy changes that would be tantamount to “renouncing his religion.”

MK Eitan Cabel stated openly in a Channel 2 interview Tuesday that he is considering running against Yachimovich for the post of party chairperson.

MK Cabel opposes Yachimovich’s decision to rule out joining the coalition under any circumstances. He said Tuesday that if Netanyahu makes a far-reaching offer for the establishment of a “center left secular” government that includes Yesh Atid, Labor, Kadima and Tzipi Livni’s party, it will be difficult for Labor to refuse.

Former Labor MK Daniel Ben Simon told Arutz Sheva that he expects an internal rebellion within Labor to occur “within the next few days.”

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4. Home Front Soldiers Devote ‘Good Deeds Day’ to Seniors

by Gil Ronen

Every Wednesday, about 20 soldiers from the Haifa District of the Home Front Command show up at the Sephardic Old Age Home in Haifa, to volunteer with the senior citizens there, the IDF Website reported.

Last week, they showed up in much larger numbers – 130, to be exact – in honor of the fact that the Command is celebrating the 21st anniversary of its establishment, and also because of Good Deeds Day, declared by a nonprofit group founded by the Arison Group, which is being marked Tuesday.

The soldiers, male and female, could be seen at every corner of the home, sitting with the tenants, listening to their stories, and playing board games with them. A few female soldiers even set up a “manicure stand” for the tenants.

“This place serves between 340 and 370 tenants,” Haifa District Commander, Col. Eitan Yitzchak, told IDF Website‘s Dana Petrov. “These are elderly people who, on one end of the spectrum, are mentally frail people who cannot function independently and need constant assistance, and on the other, elderly folks who come here from their private homes for several hours a day.”

The Haifa District of the Home Front Command sees the ongoing connection with the community as an integral part of its service, in times of peace as well as war. The connection with the Sephardic Old Age Home was established as a product of this way of thinking. Besides the regular visits to the Old Age Home, the elderly residents will also visit the soldiers’ base for one day, later in the year.

Col. Yitzchak said that the volunteering work enables the soldiers get to know the generation that established the state of Israel, and that the soldiers tend to see it as a positive challenge. Some of the soldiers volunteered to work with the mentally frail, he added.

While some of the soldiers were busy at the manicure stand, others brought hi-tech to the Home. “I taught one of the tenants how to open a Facebook account,” smiled Cpl. Noam Gigi. “I opened a user account for him for the first time and he got very excited, We made an appointment for me to visit him at home, too, and help him enter Facebook from his home computer. He wanted to communicate with his grandchildren and he had no way of doing so. Now he can talk to them and see their photos.”

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5. MK: Wave of Hate Crimes against Hareidi Jews

by Maayana Miskin

Media incitement against hareidi-religious Jews has led to a wave of hate crimes targeting the community, MK Yisrael Eichler of the hareidi-religious Yahadut Hatorah (UTJ) party charged Monday from the Knesset podium.

The wave of attacks has been ignored by the mainstream media, he charged.

Eichler began by addressing Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. “How do you, as a former journalist and the current Vice Prime Minister, see the burning of a girls’ school affiliated with the Bobov Chassidic movement as a ‘price tag’ operation against hareidi Jews?” he questioned.

“You probably have not heard of it, for the simple reason that the media is keeping it quiet,” he added.

Shalom responded that he indeed had not heard about the incident in question.

The arson attack was the tip of the iceberg, Eichler said. “Every day people spit at and curse hareidi Jews, particularly recently, and nobody is horrified by this.”

“But when somebody in Beit Shemesh spits on one girl, a party was built on that spit that got nineteen mandates, and another twelve religious mandates joined them to boycott hareidi Jews and starve their children,” he said, referring to the Yesh Atid party and its pact with the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party. MKs in the Yahadut Hatorah party say the two parties’ insistence on hareidi-religious army recruitment is a serious threat to the hareidi world.

Eichler stated that many hate crimes have gone unreported. While Jews are regularly arrested if they are accused of harming Arabs, nobody is arrested for attacks on hareidi Jews, he said, creating a situation in which many hareidi people do not file complaints over attacks because they feel that there is no benefit in doing so.

He asked what the government plans to do to avoid hate crimes in light of expected continuing anti-hareidi sentiment.

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6. Baby of Killed Hareidi Couple Dies Despite Doctor’s Efforts

by Arutz Sheva Staff

A day after a car crash claimed the lives of a young hassidic couple in Brooklyn and their son was born prematurely in an emergency procedure, the baby died on Monday. Doctors at the hospital to which he was rushed had fought valiantly to save his life.

The death of the baby, delivered about three months early, elevated the sadness in the couple’s tight-knit hassidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which had sought solace in the newborn’s survival serving as a vestige of the young family.

His death also served to reinvigorate calls to bring serious criminal charges against the driver of the BMW sedan that struck the car service vehicle in which  his parents, Raizy and Nathan Glauber, both 21, were riding.

Police officials on Monday identified the driver as Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn, who fled the scene of the crash. He was still being sought on Monday afternoon, reported the NY Times.

The owner of the BMW, Takia Walker, 29, of the Bronx, was arrested on Sunday on charges of insurance fraud, accused of buying and registering the car under false pretenses.

The crash occurred Sunday just after midnight. The Glaubers, feeling something may have been wrong with the pregnancy, called a car service to take them to a hospital. Their cab was struck on the driver’s side by the BMW with such force that Raizy was ejected onto the pavement and both cars were mangled.

Nathan Glauber was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, and his wife was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where the baby was delivered prematurely and intubated. The parents were pronounced dead early Sunday.

The police told the Times that Acevedo would, at minimum, face charges for fleeing the scene of an accident. Investigators may seek to establish whether he was drunk at the time of the accident, a task made more difficult by his flight from the scene.

Police and witness accounts had indicated that there was a female passenger in the BMW, but police officials said Monday that Acevedo had been driving alone.

A witness told the police that the BMW had been traveling at a high rate of speed on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when it struck the cab as it turned onto the avenue from Wilson Street.

“The driver of the BMW was doing at least 60 miles an hour when it hit the other vehicle,” said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, according to the New York Times.

The Satmar Rebbe was among the many thousands who attended the funeral of the young kollel student and his wife.

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7. Iran Must Allow Immediate Access to Parchin, Says IAEA Chief

by Elad Benari

The head of the UN atomic agency called Monday on Iran to allow immediate access to the Parchin military base where it suspects nuclear weapons research took place, AFP reported.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said that this should be granted “without further delay” and without waiting for stalled talks to reach an agreement on investigating other alleged “westernization” activities.

“I request Iran once again to provide access to the Parchin site without further delay, whether or not agreement has been reached on the structured approach,” Amano told the IAEA board of governors meeting.

“Providing access to the Parchin site would be a positive step which would help to demonstrate Iran’s willingness to engage with the Agency on the substance of our concerns,” he said, according to AFP.

Iran has refused to give the IAEA access to sites, documents and scientists involved in what the agency suspects were efforts, mostly in the past but possibly ongoing, to develop nuclear weapons.

More than a year of meetings, the latest on February 13 in Tehran, have failed to agree on a so-called “structured approach” deal to address all the allegations.

Amano said Monday that “negotiations must proceed with a sense of urgency” and that he “would like to report real progress by the next meeting of the next (IAEA) board meeting in June.”

Tehran says that the IAEA’s conclusions about the “possible military dimensions” of its program are based on flawed information from Western and Israeli spy agencies, information that it says it has not been allowed to see.

Iran denies working or ever having worked on nuclear weapons and says that no nuclear activities have taken place at the Parchin military base near Tehran and that therefore the IAEA has no right to conduct inspections there.

The IAEA visited the site twice in 2005 but says that since then it has obtained additional indications of activity there that make it want to go back.

An IAEA report released on February 21 indicated that Iran has begun installing next-generation equipment at one of its main nuclear plants in Natanz.

Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said that the report from the Vienna-based watchdog shows Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful.

“The most important point of the report is that after a decade of continuous inspections by the agency, there is no evidence on divergence toward military purposes in Iran’s nuclear material and activities,” Soltanieh said the day after the report was released.

On Sunday, Iran confirmed the information in the report, with its state-run media saying the Islamic Republic is adding thousands of advanced centrifuges to further enrich uranium into nuclear fuel.

Sunday was the first time officials have announced details about the number of machines being installed at the plant, although plans for the equipment had been made public earlier in the year.

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8. Former Labor MK Shocked to Discover Temple Mount Discrimination

by Elad Benari

Former Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon cut short a visit to the Temple Mount on Sunday, after he personally witnessed the discrimination by Israeli police towards Jewish visitors to the holy site.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva about the experience on Monday, Ben-Simon said he was surprised, already at the start of his visit, to see that Jews are forced to wait in long, crowded lines to enter one of the holiest sites in the world.

Ben-Simon said that when he finally reached the end of the line-up after a long and unpleasant wait, he was told that the Temple Mount is closed due to what was described as “tension”. He later discovered that the source of this tension is a Quran that fell from the hands of a Muslim worshiper who came to the Temple Mount.

The Arab worshiper claimed that an Israeli police officer had deliberately dropped the book from her hand, but Ben-Simon expressed doubt at the truthfulness of the story and said it was unacceptable that the area was closed off to Jews because of such a minor event.

“Because of a fallen book they close the Temple Mount to hundreds of people who are waiting to get in?” he said. “The Minister of Internal Security must be summoned and asked about the reality in which the police are on high alert because of a fallen book. Who’s in charge here? All this is done without explanation.”

Later in the afternoon Ben-Simon, who was visiting the compound as part of research he is conducting for a book he’s planning to write, returned to the Temple Mount, getting in this time, and was shocked by what he discovered.

“I was surprised by the intensity of the tension. People looking at you from all sides, examining the movements of your lips, and heaven forbid if they move in what seems like a prayer,” he said. “When I saw this I asked my companions to leave. This is not a visit. I do not feel comfortable when Waqf and police accompany each step I make. I cut the visit short and left within ten minutes.”

Ben-Simon admitted that despite having served as an MK, he was previously unaware that this reality is what Jews are always facing on the Temple Mount, and said that most Israeli MKs do not visit the site and are unaware of this absurd reality.

“The vast majority of those present were tourists. Israelis do not visit,” he said, adding, “This is an unpleasant experience that I would not like to go through again. I expect to get a little respect in a place of prayer.”

The former parliamentarian said he finds it difficult to understand how Israel got to the current situation. He likened the corridor leading to the Temple Mount to a military facility where one cannot look left and right, fearing his looks may be interpreted incorrectly and cause rage.

Ben-Simon said the Israeli system should examine the situation at the Temple Mount, though he admitted it would be hard to change things in the current political reality.

At the same time, Ben-Simon said, it is “an impossible situation that anyone who comes to the Temple Mount is suspected of wanting to blow up the compound.” He added that delegations of Knesset members should be taken on a tour of the Temple Mount so they can see the situation firsthand and then closely examine appropriate ways to solve it.

“I did not know the problem existed when I was a Knesset member,” he admitted.

Israel liberated the Temple Mount during the 1967 Six Day War, leaving the Waqf in charge of the compound.

The Waqf, in return, has removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the Jewish holy site. At the entrance to the Temple Mount, a Waqf sign says, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everything in it is Islamic property.”

Israeli Police, in an attempt to appease the Waqf, discriminate against Jews. They limit the number of Jewish worshippers allowed on the Temple Mount at one time in order to prevent conflict with Muslim worshippers. They often close the Mount to Jews in response to Muslim riots, as Ben-Simon saw for himself on Sunday, despite evidence that Muslim riots have been planned in advance for the specific purpose of forcing Jews out.

Arabs continuously accuse Israel of “Judaizing” the Temple Mount, sometimes resorting to ridiculous propaganda such as accusing Israel of using chemicals to erode the foundations of the mosque in order to cause it to collapse.

At the same time the Waqf consistently destroys Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court.

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1. IRANIAN SATELLITE BLEW UP AFTER LIFTOFF

2. OBAMA SLAMMED FOR ‘LIBYA LIES’

3. JEWISH CENTER BOMBED IN SWEDEN

4. THE CHIEF RABBI WHOSE LEGACY LIVES ON – RABBI AVRAHAM SHAPIRA

5. REPORT: LIEBERMAN NOT AVERSE TO UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL

6. MAJOR POWERS DEMAND URGENT ACTION FROM IRAN

7. U.S. UNIMPRESSED BY NETANYAHU SPEECH, WON’T SET RED LINES

8. NETANYAHU, CLINTON MEET AFTER UN SPEECH

 

 

1. IRANIAN SATELLITE BLEW UP AFTER LIFTOFF by Gil Ronen

An Iranian attempt to launch a satellite into space failed when the missile carrying the satellite exploded shortly after liftoff, completely destroying the satellite.

 

HIS Janes reported that the accident took place in May, and that Iran’s space agency has made great efforts to hide it from the public’s knowledge.

 

The failure is expected to set back Iran’s space program considerably.

 

Western experts said that the mishap shows Iran is facing difficulties in ballistic missile development. Janes revealed that U.S. spy satellites followed the attempted launch, which took place at the space center near Tehran. Black spots were seen covering the area around the launching pad immediately after the accident.

 

Iranian officials announced that the Safir-1B satellite launch vehicle would be launched on May 23, but subsequently announced that the launch had been delayed for up to 10 months without saying why.

 

 

2. OBAMA SLAMMED FOR ‘LIBYA LIES’

by Maayana Miskin

 

The United States media is increasingly criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama for his statements regarding the mob attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the ambassador. An editorial printed Thursday by the Washington Examiner accuses Obama of lying to cover the true motive of the attack.

 

The Obama administration”s own statements “clearly demonstrate Obama has been lying about the incident for political gain from day one,” writes Conn Carroll.

 

Carroll pointed to a timeline of statements published by the Washington Post. The Post called the statements “a case study of how an administration can carefully keep the focus as long as possible on one storyline – and then turn on a dime when it is no longer tenable.”

 

“For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House”s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks,” the Post report noted. “Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube.”

 

The Wall Street Journal joined the criticism as well. An article titled “The Libya Debacle” noted, “None of the initial explanations offered by the White House and State Department since the assault on the Benghazi consulate has held up.”

 

“Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others,” it accused.

 

The Obama administration initially said the attack was sparked by Muslim outrage over an amateur anti-Islam film, the trailer for which had been posted on YouTube. UN Ambassador Susan Rice termed the assault “a spontaneous reaction… as a consequence of the video.”

 

While several senior officials in the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have since termed the Benghazi slayings terrorism, Obama has avoided the term. On Monday he said the attack “wasn’t just a mob action.”

 

In his UN address Tuesday, Obama referred to “a crude and disgusting video” which, he said, “sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world,” a statement taken by many to imply a link between the YouTube trailer and the Benghazi assault.

 

 

3. JEWISH CENTER BOMBED IN SWEDEN

by Maayana Miskin

 

An explosive device was set off outside a Jewish community center in Malmo, Sweden late on Thursday night. Nobody was hurt in the blast, but the building sustained damage.

 

Local police said it appeared that someone had tried to break in the door.

 

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested in connection to the attack. The men were nabbed after police successfully traced one of two cars that witnesses saw speeding away after the blast; the second car has not yet been found.

 

The attack comes just one week after a delegation of Jews from Copenhagen came to visit the city and express support with Malmo”s Jews in the face of anti-Semitic hate in the city. Local Jewish leaders say most of the hate comes from Muslim immigrants, who make up one-fifth of the city”s population.

 

The city leadership does not help matters. Mayor Ilmar Reepalu has responded to anti-Semitism by asking local Jews to disassociate themselves from Israeli policy, and has referred to Zionism as “unacceptable extremism.”

 

Local leader Rabbi Schneur Kesselman says he has suffered many verbal assaults and threats. In one case, he and his wife were nearly run down by a speeding car.

 

Just one day before the attack, a guard at the city”s Jewish cemetery told the Jewish Chronicle, “You don”t wear a kippah in this city. That would be suicide.”

 

 

4. THE CHIEF RABBI WHOSE LEGACY LIVES ON – RABBI AVRAHAM SHAPIRA by Arutz Sheva Staff

 

His twinkling eyes were always understanding and full of humor, except when the Land of Israel or the Jewish identity of the state were endangered. Then the diminutive Talmudic genius, the undisputed leader of religious Zionism for decades – along with his close friend the late Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu – became an fearless and indomitable lion.

 

Despite the fact that every Zionist MK, general and decision maker found the way to his modest home, a stone’s throw from the yeshiva, it was open and filled with ordinary people who came for advice, blessings, encouragement, to ask him to officiate at weddings and circumcisions, from dawn to dark.

 

He would go by the yeshiva kitchen in the morning to say a good word to the staff and to make sure his “children” were going to be well fed so they could learn Torah properly.

 

At over ninety, after fasting all day, he led the Neilah service and the rafters shook from his cries to the Almighty. This he did barefoot, because he would bless the congregation as a Kohen during the service, and after his students accompanied him home singing “This is how the High Priest looked when he left the Holy of Holies” would wait almost another hour to break his fast as did the medieval Tosafist Rabbenu Tam.

 

He respected Israel’s government and loved the IDF as living symbols of Jewish resurgence, but fought the disengagement bitterly -prophetically prescient in his warnings of its aftermath.

 

Rabbi Avraham Elkana Kahane Shapira, head of the flagship Merkaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem after Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook’s passing and head of the Supreme Rabbinic Court, passed away Erev Sukkot five years ago.

 

 

 

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Almost everyone who knew him, can tell personal stories of how he touched their lives. And so the Merkaz HaRav Beit Medrash was packed as religious leaders memorialized him – first among them his eldest son, well- known scholar Rabbi Yaakov Shapira who heads the yeshiva today , at the forefront of the religious Zionist Torah world.

 

“It is not as if five years have already passed”, he said, “because we feel his presence constantly, try to follow in his path, as Joshua did when Moses died. It is our hope that many more students will strengthen the glory of Torah in his memory.”

 

Members of the audience recalled the glorious days of the Chief Rabbinate under Rav Avrum and hoped that Merkaz HaRav yeshiva would take an active role in renewing that spirit.

 

Venerable sage and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of the Shas party, accompanied by Minister Eli Yishai, attended and spoke affectionately and humorously of his fellow member of the Supreme Rabbinic Council. He told of the book Rav Avrum (as his students loved to call him) borrowed and returned it in tatters six months later – which Rabbi Ovadia jokingly compared to the Purim story’s Esther’s six months in oil and perfumes before seeing the king – and how Rav Avrum, laughing, claimed it “died a work-related death” which in Jewish law, absolves the borrower of a farm animal from replacing it.

 

MK Zevulun Orlev (HaBayit HaYehudi) had a close relationship with Rav Avrum and spoke of the sage advice he received from the Chief Rabbi who saw the Chief Rabbinate as a step in the direction of Israel’s redemption. He recalled how when the MK told him that he doesn’t wear a black hat and sport a beard because his wife doesn’t approve, Rav Avrum told him that his wife comes first.

 

Rabbi Zalman Melammed, founder and dean of the Beit El yeshiva, whose initiatives were guided by Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, praised Rav Avrum’s leadership, vast knowledge and unassuming modesty.

 

He succeeded in recreating the awe students of the yeshiva had felt as the High Holy Days approached, while today’s students listened raptly to his every word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. REPORT: LIEBERMAN NOT AVERSE TO UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL by Maayana Miskin

 

Foreign Minister Lieberman has not ruled out the possibility of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from much of Judea and Samaria, Yisrael Hayom reports.

 

Lieberman”s stance – as expressed in closed-door meetings – was compared to that of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also raised the possibility of a major withdrawal in the region.

 

Lieberman, however, conditioned his approval for a withdrawal on two things: that Israel”s security interests would not be harmed, and that the international community would recognize the move as legitimate.

 

He rejected the idea, raised by Barak, that Israelis living in areas affected by the withdrawal could choose to remain in their homes as citizens of the Palestinian Authority.

 

Shortly before Yom Kippur, Defense Minister Barak shared his plan for a Judea and Samaria withdrawal in an interview with Yisrael Hayom. Barak said he would keep the “settlement blocs,” including Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, and Ariel, allowing roughly 90% of Israelis living east of the 1948 armistice line to remain in their homes.

 

The IDF would remain in strategically important areas, Barak said.

 

Barak”s plan would mean evicting tens of thousands of people from dozens of Israeli towns and villages. He proposed easing the process by offering financial incentives to leave, and by providing new towns so that entire communities could move together. A similar initiative prior to the expulsion of Israelis from Gaza in 2005 was made less successful by the fact that most of the new communities remain incomplete.

 

 

6. MAJOR POWERS DEMAND URGENT ACTION FROM IRAN by Elad Benari

 

 

 

Iran must take urgent action to allay mounting international concerns over its nuclear drive, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday after talks among the major powers.

 

“We discussed at length the need for Iran to take action urgently as we considered the Iranian nuclear issue,” AFP quoted Ashton as having told reporters after the talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States.

 

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, who engages with Iran on behalf of the international powers, said she updated the foreign ministers on her talks with Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul last week.

 

“I will from that meeting now be in touch with Iran to continue this process,” Ashton added.

 

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP Ashton will discuss “possible next steps” raised by the ministers.

 

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the meeting had been short because the major powers were united in the Iran crisis.

 

“We agreed that the main word is ‘unity,’ unity and to exert pressure,” Fabius told reporters.

 

“What is very important is that the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany are completely united on the behavior we have to have toward Iran.”

 

The senior U.S. official also said the international group “is completely united in ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.”

 

The six nations have pursued a dual track of applying pressure through sanctions while holding talks with Iran’s government, which denies that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

 

UN ambassadors for the United States, Britain and France have warned that time is running out for a negotiated settlement.

 

“We believe it is necessary for Iran to understand that there are consequences to their not addressing the concerns of the international community. And we believe that it also helps create space for diplomacy which is far away the preferred way to deal with this issue,” the U.S. official told AFP.

 

Earlier this week, diplomats said that Britain, France and Germany have officially called for new European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

 

The foreign ministers of the three countries wrote to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton calling for tougher measures as the showdown with Iran becomes more tense.

 

Details of the new measures are still being worked on but EU foreign ministers will discuss the move at a meeting in Brussels on October 15, the diplomats said.

 

Earlier this month it was reported that EU nations are exploring a new raft of sanctions against Iran.

 

“We might have to decide soon a new round of sanctions in the European Union,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

 

He added, “I see a growing consensus between my colleagues. We will not accept a nuclear weapon for Iran.”

 

 

7. U.S. UNIMPRESSED BY NETANYAHU SPEECH, WON’T SET RED LINES by Elad Benari

 

 

 

The Obama administration remained unimpressed on Thursday after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu”s speech to the United Nations and reiterated that the President would not set “red lines” for Iran.

 

“As the prime minister said, the United States and Israel share the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” spokesman Tommy Vietor of the National Security Council said on Thursday, adding, “We will continue our close consultation and cooperation toward achieving that goal.”

 

Meanwhile, officials in Washington quoted in the Israeli media praised Netanyahu for the conciliatory approach he took towards Obama but made ??it clear that the United States still opposes placing a red line for Iran.

 

The officials noted that Obama had been making his way from a campaign stop in Virginia as Netanyahu was making his speech and as such had no time to watch the speech live. While Obama has declined a request for a meeting by Netanyahu, the two are expected to speak over the phone on Friday.

 

Obama rejected the idea of placing “red lines” for Iran during a phone conversation with Netanyahu several weeks ago, and received backing from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said that red lines “are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner.”

 

Earlier this week, Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a clear “red line” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions to “noise” he tries to ignore.

 

Interviewed for “60 Minutes” on CBS, Obama said, “When it comes to our national security decisions – any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there.”

 

In his UN speech, Netanyahu drew an actual red line with a marker on a chart symbolizing Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and explained that Iran must be told that if it reaches enough uranium enriched to the 90% level in order to make a nuclear bomb, it will be attacked.

 

 

8. NETANYAHU, CLINTON MEET AFTER UN SPEECH by Elad Benari

 

 

 

The United States and Israel “share the goal” of stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, a U.S. official said late Thursday after top level talks in New York between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

 

AFP reported that the two met for 75 minutes one-on-one, hours after Netanyahu called for the international community to impose a “red line” on Tehran to stop it enriching enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb.

 

“They had an in-depth discussion on Iran, and reaffirmed that the United States and Israel share the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” a senior State Department official said in a statement quoted by AFP.

 

“They agreed that we will continue our close consultation and cooperation toward achieving that goal.”

 

The U.S. official added that the two leaders “discussed regional developments and the peace process. It was an open, wide-ranging constructive conversation.”

 

In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Thursday, Netanyahu drew an actual red line with a marker on a chart symbolizing Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and explained that Iran must be told that if it reaches enough uranium enriched to the 90% level in order to make a nuclear bomb, it will be attacked.

 

“I’ve been speaking about the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons for over 15 years,” he said. “I spoke about it when it was fashionable and when it wasn’t fashionable. The hour is getting late. Very late. When it comes to the survival of my country, it is not only my right to speak – it is my duty to speak. And I believe that this is the duty of every responsible leader who wants to preserve world peace.”

 

The Obama administration remained unimpressed after Netanyahu”s speech, and officials in made ??it clear that the United States still opposes placing a red line for Iran.

 

President Obama rejected the idea of placing “red lines” for Iran during a phone conversation with Netanyahu several weeks ago. Earlier this week, he likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a clear “red line” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions to “noise” he tries to ignore.

 

While Obama has declined a request for a meeting by Netanyahu, the two are expected to speak over the phone on Friday.

PMW demands retraction from Corrie family’s lawyer

PMW demands retraction  from Corrie family’s lawyer

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=7395

by Itamar Marcus

Palestinian Media Watch rejects the remarks made by Hussein Abu Hussein, the Israeli Arab attorney for the Corrie family, in response to PMW’s bulletin two weeks ago. PMW also demands a public retraction and an apology from the lawyer.

Instead of responding to the content of his own statements on Palestinian Authority TV that PMW had subtitled and publicized, Abu Hussein attacked PMW, claiming:

“This [PMW] clip was edited in a misleading and tendentious fashion by an anti-democratic organization whose goal is to harm the struggle for human rights and divert the discussion from the killing of the peace activist Rachel Corrie by a military bulldozer.” [timesofisrael.com, Aug. 29, 2012]

PMW had revealed segments of Abu Hussein’s recent interview on PA TV in which he contrasted Israel’s creation to the establishment of Nazi Germany. He said Israel was “founded from the start on robbery and theft,” while “Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while.” Israel’s creation, he claimed, did not even have the justification that Nazi Germany’s creation had:

“Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while and it found refuge in the law. [However,] the State of Israel was founded from the start on robbery and theft of a nation’s homeland.”

PMW also reported that Abu Hussein said the following about Israel:

“We suffer from a great injustice, from the giant monster… We all want to step on its head, but talking is not enough. Everyone has their role.”

Hussein, in the interview, did not elaborate or explain what he meant by “talking is not enough.”

Following PMW’s exposure of Abu Hussein’s statements, the Times of Israel reported that Abu Hussein complained about PMW:

“The comments had been taken out of context and the content of his remarks distorted. The publication of the comments by Palestinian Media Watch was an attempt to attack his character and that of the Corrie family, he said… the comments were part of an hour-long interview that covered a wide range of topics and a discussion of lessons to be learned from history – including the Holocaust.” [timesofisrael.com, Aug. 29, 2012, http://www.timesofisrael.com/corries-lawyer-termed-israel-a-giant-monster-in-arabic-interview/]

PMW rejects Abu Hussein’s libelous remarks. As a research institute, PMW publishes significant and representative segments of longer interviews. In the full interview, Abu Hussein said nothing that changed the context or meaning of anything that PMW reported. PMW has now expanded the translation and subtitled additional statements he made on PA TV.

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PMW has added a longer transcript of Abu Hussein’s remarks comparing Israel and Nazi Germany. At the outset, the host of the program, Israeli Arab actor Mohammad Bakri, questioned if Abu Hussein was satisfied being a lawyer in Israel, given that, in his words, Israel is “an abnormal state” with “legal tyranny and racist discrimination even in the law,” such that “you sometimes lose a case, not because you’re a bad lawyer” but because of Israel’s racism. To this question, Abu Hussein answered “yes,” adding that law in Israel is a “compliant tool in the hands of the authorities,” which he then compared to Nazi Germany’s use of law:

“In the final analysis, the law is a compliant tool in the hands of the authorities. The Nazi state was also a state ruled by law. It took refuge in the law in order to carry out the most hideous crimes against humanity. The catastrophes in WWII are known to everyone. In WWII, 52 million people were killed, but the historical narrative mentions this as if the only truth is that six million Jews were killed in WWII. However, this does not negate the ugliness of this war.”

It is ironic that in his response, Abu Hussein pointed out that he mentioned the Holocaust. In fact, as this quote shows, his mention of World War ll was to critique the fact that the focus tends to center on the killing of six million Jews – the Holocaust – and not on the 52 million people in general who were killed in the war.

Below is a longer transcript of Abu Hussein’s remarks. Other topics covered in the interview that PMW chose not to translate in their entirety are marked in the transcript by three dots […] and include: a discussion about Israeli judges, innocent people Abu Hussein said were killed by Israeli soldiers, a long prison sentence given to a Palestinian youth, Israeli accusations against a sick child that the child had contacts with terrorists, and other topics.

Nothing said in any of these discussions has any bearing on the material cited by PMW or gives a different context to what PMW reported, as claimed by Abu Hussein. Abu Hussein’s statement that the interview “was edited in a misleading and tendentious fashion” is false.

The following is the longer transcript of Abu Hussein’s statements:

Click to view longer video segment.

Hussein Abu Hussein, Israeli Arab lawyer: “Fate determined that I would work in this [legal] profession. I believe that at least until now, I have gone in the right direction and I don’t regret it.”

Mohammad Bakri, Israeli Arab actor: “Even though you live in an abnormal state, even though Israeli law is elastic, even though Israeli law includes racism, and even though you sometimes lose a case, not because you’re a bad lawyer, but because there is legal tyranny and racist discrimination even in the law.”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “Yes.”

Mohammad Bakri: “There are many examples that you’ve shown me and you’ve written articles about them.”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “In the final analysis, the law is a compliant tool in the hands of the [Israeli] authorities. The Nazi state was also a state ruled by law. It took refuge in the law in order to carry out the most hideous crimes against humanity. The catastrophes in WWII are known to everyone. In WWII, 52 million people were killed, but the historical narrative mentions this as if the only truth is that six million Jews were killed in WWII. However, this does not negate the ugliness of this war. Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while and it found refuge in the law. [However,] the State of Israel was founded from the start on robbery and theft of a nation’s homeland. Actually, the correct and true legal definition of what happened to the Palestinians is homeland theft…”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “We are proud of being part of our Palestinian nation, but we don’t have a racist attitude towards Jews as Jews. We have a position about Zionism that used Jews as a cover for using racism, racism of the lowest kind, against Palestinians wherever they were… The occupation [Israel] is what destroyed the Palestinian economy and the Palestinian infrastructures, and occupied Palestine in 1948…”

In court Israel argued that Rachel Corrie had knowingly entered an area of conflict that Israel had declared a closed military zone. Abu Hussein responded to this:

“[Israel claimed:] In a place where there is an army, there is no place for civilians. This ‘norm’ – war criminals in the Macedonian and Yugoslavian wars have been tried for it. But the actions of the American octopus during this period of history – as we peasants say – ‘we’ve had enough!’: of American crimes and of Israeli crimes, and of American crimes in Iraq and in Afghanistan. But there is no statute of limitations for war crimes in international legal practice. And maybe a time will come when they will be brought to trial…”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “We suffer from a great injustice, from the giant monster. This monster attacks us daily and bites into our flesh in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle [region in Israel], Jerusalem, and the occupied territories – the West Bank and Gaza. Every day it bites into our body.”

Mohammad Bakri: “I want to step on the head of this monster.”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “We all want to step on its head, but talking is not enough. Everyone has their role…” [PMW note: Abu Hussein did not elaborate or explain what he meant by “talking is not enough”.]

Abu Hussein recounted how he once addressed an Israeli judge in court during a case regarding land rights:

“We Palestinians have Canaanite and Phoenician roots which are an integral part of our history, and you [Israelis] are new, you are new occupiers. And there is no proof, in spite of all the digs you have done in Palestine by Zionist archeologists, who until today have not found one proof of their connection to this homeland.”

[PA TV (Fatah), July 2, 2012]

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A7News: Terrorists Fire on IDF Bus from Egypt; No Injuries

Sunday, Jul. 22 ’12, Av 3, 5772

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

1. TERRORISTS FIRE ON IDF BUS FROM EGYPT; NO INJURIES 2. COURT PERMITS ‘SUPPORT ISRAEL/DEFEAT JIHAD’ NY BUS ADS 3. BULGARIA: IRAN-FINANCED HIZBULLAH BEHIND TERROR ATTACK 4. HAMAS OFFICIAL DENIES GAZA ‘DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE’

5.  SYRIAN CAPITAL, ALEPPO TEETERING BETWEEN LOYALISTS, REBELS 6. KNESSET SPEAKER URGES HIRING HAREIDI ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS 7. US F-16 FIGHTER JET CRASHES OFF JAPANESE COAST 8. 2ND MAN SELF-IMMOLATES NEAR TEL AVIV

 

 

1. TERRORISTS FIRE ON IDF BUS FROM EGYPT; NO INJURIES by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Terrorists hiding behind sand dunes fired on a bus filled with soldiers at the border near Eilat Sunday afternoon. The bus was damaged.

 

The attack occurred several hours after another explosion on the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline. The two incidents are not necessarily connected but underscore the ability of Muslim terrorists to operate freely in the Sinai Peninsula.

 

The shooting attack occurred in the area of Ein Netafim, adjacent to the Egyptian-Israeli border.

 

A high alert was raised by the IDF, which immediately deployed other soldiers to comb the area for other terrorists.

 

 

 

It was the third security incident in five weeks at the increasingly volatile border.

 

Israeli security forces less than two weeks ago shot and killed one suspected terrorist and wounded another who had crossed the border fence from Sinai into Israel.

 

Last month, terrorists attacked an Israeli construction team working on the fence, killing one man. Last year, nine Israelis died in a multi-pronged terrorist attack on a bus traveling on the highway 10, between Eilat and the Ovdat air base and terminal in the western Negev. The IDF has alternately closed and opened the road.

 

 

2. COURT PERMITS ‘SUPPORT ISRAEL/DEFEAT JIHAD’ NY BUS ADS by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

“Support Israel/Defeat Jihad” ads that label jihadists “savages” can remain on New York City buses, despite Muslim objections, a U.S. judge ruled Friday.

 

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said a 1997 rule by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that barred demeaning language in advertisements was a violation of free speech, Reuters reported.

 

Judge Engelmayer said the MTA rule was well intentioned but discriminates against certain advertisers based on the content of their proposed message.

 

The advocacy group American Freedom Defense Initiative, one of the most vocal opponents to the planned construction of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, sued the MTA in September 2011 after the transit agency denied its proposed ad.

 

The ad said: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.” The ad would have been posted on 318 city buses for four weeks, at a cost of about $25,000, the opinion said.

 

“Disallowing a pro-Israel ad was clearly a politically correct, politically motivated denial of free speech,” said Pamela Geller, the group’s executive director.

 

The judge said the advertising space on public buses should be considered a public forum. The judge also ruled that because the ad in question was political speech, it was entitled to the “highest level of protection under the First Amendment.”

 

“By differentiating between which people or groups can and cannot be demeaned on the exterior of a city bus, MTA’s no-demeaning standard … discriminates based on content,” the opinion said.

 

The judge said his preliminary injunction would take effect in 30 days, at which time the MTA would be prevented from enforcing the standard.

 

The standard bars any ads that “contain … information that demean(s) an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”

 

While MTA officials had been correct to regard the ad as “demeaning a group of people based on religion (Islam),” the standard itself does allow for demeaning statements on a host of other topics, such as where they live, their job or their political affiliation, the judge said.

 

Some Muslims were furious over the ruling. Pakistani-American CUNY student Omar Makram Radwan told Bikyamasr.com, “If we decided to put ask for ads saying Israel and Jews were savages, we would be protested and the court would agree with them that they are hate speech so I don”t see the difference here.

 

“This sort of hate speech is now being tolerated by judges and as Ramadan hits it is very unfortunate. People are angry.” The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last Friday.

 

 

3. BULGARIA: IRAN-FINANCED HIZBULLAH BEHIND TERROR ATTACK by Chana Ya’ar

 

Bulgaria has denied claims of responsibility for the suicide attack on an Israeli tour bus parked outside Bulgaria’s international airport in Burgas last week by a small Muslim terrorist group. The group, which calls itself Qa’adat el-Jihad, claims to be linked to the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

 

But investigators from the Bulgarian government have reached the same conclusion as Israel and the United States: On Saturday, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry told reporters that government officials believe the lethal bombing was carried out by the Iranian-financed Hizbullah terrorist organization, despite the group’s denial of involvement in the attack.

 

Officials are now seeking a second suspected terrorist as well, believed to be the bomber’s accomplice.

 

Bulgarian media reported on Sunday that it is believed the suicide bomber received assistance from a man who was seen in the resort city of Varna in the country.

 

Many Israeli tourists regularly visit Varna, which is about 150 kilometers from Burgas.

 

Five Israelis, including a pregnant woman, and one Bulgarian national, the driver of the tour bus in which the tourists were to depart from the airport, were killed in the conflagration. In addition, 35 others were wounded, including three who were critically injured.

 

On Friday, Israel laid its victims to rest after their bodies were recovered through the efforts of the ZAKA organization, which accompanied them home on an IAF Hercules military aircraft.

 

Most of the wounded had arrived earlier in the day, also via military transport, accompanied by IDF and Magen David Adom paramedics. The three critically wounded victims, hospitalized in Sofia, were to arrive later on a separate transport.

 

 

4. HAMAS OFFICIAL DENIES GAZA ‘DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE’

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar vehemently denied a report in the London-based Al Hayat newspaper that the terrorist organization plans to declare itself an independent state.

 

“Such news is being disseminated by the enemies of Hamas seeking to maintain the siege on Gaza,” Zahar told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “This issue hasn”t been addressed officially within Hamas, but some people posed it privately on their own,” he added.

 

Zahar explained that the planned meetings this week are to explore developing trade with Egypt and connected Gaza to Egypt”s power grid and natural gas pipeline.

 

Al Hayat reported that de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will talk with Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi this Thursday to promote the idea. Hamas officials allegedly said that Egypt”s support of establishing Gaza as an independent state would allow Hamas to close the crossings with Israel and to develop the trade route with Egypt through Rafiah. In return, Hamas supposedly would help secure the border with Egypt.

 

The idea of declaring Gaza as an independent country has been tossed within Hamas around for at least two year, but Egypt previously has blocked the move.

 

Al Hayat quoted unnamed Hamas officials as saying the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has paved the way for putting the option back on the table. However, doing so would likely cause difficulties in relations between Egypt and the United States, which has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization.

 

In addition, independence for Gaza would throw the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority into turmoil. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, head of Hamas”s rival Fatah faction, has failed to win unilateral recognition by the international community as a new Arab country within Israel”s current borders.

 

 

5.  SYRIAN CAPITAL, ALEPPO TEETERING BETWEEN LOYALISTS, REBELS by Chana Ya’ar

 

Fighting is raging in Damascus and Aleppo as Syrian opposition forces battle troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

 

There were clashes near the main intelligence base in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday. Battles also raged in other parts of Syrian’s main commercial and industrial hub as well.

 

Syrian Intelligence Chief Hisham Bekhtyar died Friday from wounds suffered Wednesday in an attack on Damascus by rebel forces, according to Al-Manar TV, associated with Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. Three high-ranking Syrian officials were killed on the spot.

 

Helicopter gunships bombarded a number of districts Sunday in Damascus, meanwhile, trying to drive out opposition forces from the capital. Assad’s forces appeared to regain some ground as they drove rebel fighters from the Mezze district, residents and opposition activists reported.

 

Elite Fourth Division troops besieged the northern Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh in an effort to overcome opposition fighters.

 

Elsewhere in the country, government forces hammered the major eastern city of Deir al-Zor with artillery and mortar fire. Helicopters fired rockets in the residential districts in an attempt to prevent opposition forces from taking over the city, witnesses said.

 

A former artillery officer told the Reuters news agency by telephone that he counted around 200 shells hitting the Ordi and Old Airport districts of the city, located some 270 miles (430 kilometers) northeast of Damascus.

 

It was the heaviest reported bombardment since the army stormed Deir al-Zor one year ago, to crush street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, who disappeared last week and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

 

 

6. KNESSET SPEAKER URGES HIRING HAREIDI ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has urged major accounting and legal firms to hire hareidi-religious men and maximize their skills, Globes reported Sunday.

 

The business newspaper quoted sources as saying that Rivlin sent a letter to leading companies and to several government officials, including the Office of the State Prosecutor.

 

His letter reportedly was in answer to the chairman of the student union of a metropolitan Tel Aviv college, who complained that hareidi religious graduates with outstanding grades are not able to find employment.

 

“We are all familiar with slogan that the integration of hareidim in the jobs market is a national mission, but I approach you with this request because we must all contribute to give real content to the words,” the Knesset Speaker wrote.

 

He noted that the hareidi religious community comprises approximately 10 percent of Israel”s population, and that it is important o integrate them into the economy.

 

“I am sure that from among the hundreds of hareidi students who have not yet found an internship, a way to maximize the use of their skills and intellectual talents can be found,” Rivlin added.

 

 

7. US F-16 FIGHTER JET CRASHES OFF JAPANESE COAST by Chana Ya’ar and Reuters

 

After nearly five hours, rescuers have not yet located a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot whose F-16 jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean at around 11:30 Japan time Sunday morning.

 

The jet went down approximately 200 miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, according to a spokeswoman at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, Reuters reported. The jet, produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., had taken off from the Misawa base.

 

“One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot,” she said, reading from a statement. “The aircraft was enroute to North America when the incident occurred. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time.”

 

There were conflicting reports about the whereabouts and condition of the pilot, with some news agencies reporting his location unknown.

 

By 4:00 p.m. local time, the unidentified pilot had still not been located, said Misawa spokesman Tech. Sig. Phillip Butterfield. “All efforts are focused toward that right now,” Butterfield said. Details about the pilot’s condition and circumstances of the crash were unavailable, he added.

 

However, a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard allegedly told reporters the pilot ejected from the aircraft and was known to be awaiting rescue at sea.

 

 

8. 2ND MAN SELF-IMMOLATES NEAR TEL AVIV

by Chana Ya’ar

 

A second man has set himself on fire in central Israel.

 

Passersby tried to extinguish the flames with water and other materials, until first responders arrived on the scene and finally managed to put the fire out. Medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service treated him on the scene and then rushed him to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The man’s motives were not immediately made clear.

 

Less than 24 hours earlier, approximately 1,000 social justice protesters marched in Tel Aviv to Kaplan Street, where 57-year-old social justice protester Moshe Silman self-immolated last week, and then to the National Insurance Institute (NII, Bituach Leumi).

 

One demonstrator was arrested. Several hundred protesters broke through police lines and tried to block a police van from driving away with the protester in custody. The demonstrators marched towards the Ayalon Highway, which police closed to traffic.

 

Prior to igniting himself, Silman had distributed a letter explaining that he felt he had no choice, as he was left with no more options and refused to live homeless.

 

Beginning with a small debt to the NII, his difficulties grew until he lost everything he had, and then suffered a stroke that left him completely disabled. The modest monthly disability stipend he received from NII left him unable to pay for little more than medication.

 

Silman’s life ended Friday with burns over 90 percent of his body at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer Hospital.

 

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  1. 1.      Poll: 46% of Israelis Favor Kadima Leaving the Coalition
  2. 2.      A ‘Personal’ Moment for Murdered Israeli Athletes?
  3. 3.      FBI: Bibi Helped in Plot for U.S. Nuclear Equipment
  4. 4.      In Narrow Vote, Presbyterian Church Rejects Israel Divestment
  5. 5.      Kuwaiti Muslim Uncovers Jewish Identity
  6. 6.      In Future, Half the Population Won’t Enlist, Says Expert
  7. 7.      Libya’s Outgoing Leaders Push for Sharia
  8. 8.      Clinton to Visit Israel, Discuss Peace Efforts

 

1. Poll: 46% of Israelis Favor Kadima Leaving the Coalition

by Elad Benari

A poll conducted for Channel 10 News on Thursday found that 46 percent of Israelis believe that the Kadima party should quit the coalition if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not adopt the Plesner Committee’s report.

The poll, which was conducted by the Midgam Institute headed by Prof. Camille Fuchs, found that 25 percent of respondents said that Kadima should stay in the coalition, while 29 percent said that they do not know.

The Plesner Committee, headed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner, was tasked with coming up with a new law that would ensure equal sharing of the burden among hareidi-religious Jews and Arabs. The Supreme Court ruled that the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of hareidi soldiers from enlisting in the IDF and attempted a gradual increase of hareidi army service, was unconstitutional.

The committee caused a crisis in the coalition after Plesner made it clear he wants to heavily fine hareidi religious youth who refuse to enlist in the IDF, while issuing only general guidelines for the Arab sector.

After several key members resigned from the committee, Netanyahu disbanded it. This angered Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz, who issued a clear ultimatum to Netanyahu to adopt new draft law proposals if he wants to keep Kadima in the coalition. Plesner presented his committee’s report despite the committee having been disbanded. Netanyahu said on Thursday he would be ready to impose personal sanctions on hareidim, despite his earlier objections.

The Channel 10/Midgam poll also asked respondents whether they support the Plesner Committee’s conclusions, and found that 64 percent of respondents answered that they are in favor of personal sanctions on hareidim who evade military service. 25 percent opposed the imposition of personal sanctions and 11 percent said that they do not know.

The third question posed to respondents related to the identity of the head of a new centrist party, if such a party is established. Eight percent said they would consider voting for such a party if former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni heads it. 11 percent said they would consider voting for a centrist party headed by Yair Lapid and only seven percent said they would vote for a centrist party headed by Haim Ramon, who announced this week he will be forming a new party.

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2. A ‘Personal’ Moment for Murdered Israeli Athletes?

by Rachel Hirshfeld

Chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, Lord Coe, said that he will hold a “personal” moment for the Israeli athletes brutally murdered at the Munich 1972 Games during this year’s opening ceremony, The Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

While he said that he would mark the anniversary during a “personal moment,” it is unclear how he intends to do so.

A campaign led by Jewish leaders worldwide and Ankie Spitzer, widow of murdered Israeli coach Andrei Spitzer, has applied pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold one minute of silence during this year’s opening ceremony to officially pay tribute to the victims of the brutal attack.

However, after forty years, the IOC has yet to heed the families’ requests.

“On behalf of all the families, I have asked the International Olympic Committee for almost 40 years for a minute of silence in their memory,” Ankie Spitzer said in a video imploring the public to sign a petition on behalf of her cause.

“A minute of silence for these men who went to the Munich Olympics in peace, friendship, and sportsmanship and who lost their lives. The International Olympic Committee has repeatedly said ‘No,’” she continued.

“One minute for the Munich 11 victims to show the world that the doctrine of the Olympic spirit to build a peaceful and better world, which requires mutual understanding with the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play, is much more powerful than politics,” Spitzer continued.

Two separate memorial events are planned for the Munich athletes this year. One event is organized by the Israeli Olympic Committee on August 6, which President Shimon Peres is expected to attend and the other, organized by the Zionist Federation a month later.

In addition to Israeli MKs, more than 50 British MPs, led by Conservative Bob Blackman, have signed a motion calling for a minute of silence, and the governments of Germany, Australia, the US Senate and Canada have called for a silence to be observed, noted the JC.

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3. FBI: Bibi Helped in Plot for U.S. Nuclear Equipment

 

Declassified FBI documents from a 1985-2002 investigation implicate Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in an initiative to illegally purchase United States nuclear technology for Israel’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu was allegedly helped by Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer with ties to Israeli prime ministers and U.S. presidents. Milchan’s involvement in Israeli intelligence and arms dealing has been the subject of reports for some time, and was described in an unofficial biography published last year.

The documents rely on testimony from Richard Kelly Smith, a U.S. citizen charged with illegally selling Krypton triggers to Israel and Taiwan. Smith was the president of a company called Milco that worked for NASA; he allegedly sold to the Israeli Defense Ministry through the Hailey company, which was owned by Milchan.

The sale of nuclear technology to Israel is illegal under U.S. law because Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Smith fled the U.S. in the 1980s to avoid charges. He was arrested and extradited in 2001, and in 2002 was sentenced to 40 months in jail and a $20,000 fine.

Netanyahu allegedly met with Smith during his time at the head of Milco. The two met in Tel Aviv restaurants, in Netanyahu’s home and elsewhere. At the time, Netanyahu was in touch with heads of Hailey, as well as with senior political and military figures in Israel – among them Ariel Sharon, another future prime minister.

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4. In Narrow Vote, Presbyterian Church Rejects Israel Divestment

by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

The Presbyterian Church USA narrowly rejected a proposal to divest its portfolio from companies that supply equipment to Israel, which, it alleges, enforce Israeli control in the “occupied territories.”

The vote, at the church’s biennial meeting, followed weeks of lobbying and days of impassioned testimony by American Jews, Palestinian Christians and Presbyterians, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

By a margin of 333-331 with two abstentions, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, being held in Pittsburgh, rejected a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions.

Presbyterians voted, however, to replace the divestment proposal with a separate one calling for positive investment in businesses in the “West Bank.”

The vote represented a surprising reversal after a smaller committee voted by a 3-to-1 margin earlier this week to support divestment.

Supporters of divestment claimed that withdrawing church funds from “offending companies” would bring the church’s actions into line with Christian values.

Opponents, on the other hand, warned that divestment would cause a rift in relations with American Jews and rouse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which, largely, fails to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

According to Brian Ellison, chairman of the Presbyterian Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee, Hewlett-Packard sells hardware used by Israel in its naval blockade of Gaza; Motorola Solutions supplies surveillance technology to the so-called Israeli “settlements”; and Israel uses militarized Caterpillar bulldozers to “raze Palestinian homes.”

The vote brings PCUSA into line with other mainline U.S. Protestant denominations that have rejected divestment. The United Methodist Church voted in May not to divest from the three companies in question. The Evangelical Lutheran Church rejected divestment in 2007 and 2011.

 

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5. Kuwaiti Muslim Uncovers Jewish Identity

 

Mordechai Halawa, 34, was raised in Kuwait as a Muslim. Several years ago, a small twist of fate led him to discover his Jewish roots.

Halawa, who told his story to Channel 2’s M magazine, was studying in Ontario, Canada, eight years ago. One day his cell phone was not working, and he went outside to a pay phone to make a call.

At the pay phone, he saw a man in hareidi Jewish garb. He found himself unable to ignore the unusual sight, and began talking to the man, a professor of philosophy by the name of Dr. Yitzchak Block. “I find it hard to believe that what they say  [in Kuwait] about the Jews is really true,” he found himself telling Block. “My grandmother was Jewish too, and converted to Islam to marry my grandfather.”

Block carefully informed Halawa that according to Jewish law, his grandmother was still Jewish despite her conversion – and that Jewish status goes by the matrilineal line, making Halawa’s mother and himself Jews as well.

Halawa decided to research the family connection to Judaism. Before he could finish, he slipped and fell while on roller blades, leading to a new connection to the Jewish community.

“I couldn’t function normally. I had some extra time, so I decided it was a good opportunity to visit a synagogue,” he explained. The Jews at the synagogue greeted him with warmth, he said, “I couldn’t help thinking to myself, ‘are these the cruel Jews they always told us about in school in Kuwait? Is this who they meant?’”

Halawa spoke to his grandmother, who confirmed that she is from a Jewish family. He continued to grow closer to the Jewish community. Twenty months ago, he came on a tour to Israel – and decided he did not want to go home.

“When I came here, no soldier waved a gun in my face, and the truth is, that really surprised me,” he recalled. “When I visited the Western Wall for the first time I cried. I saw secular Jews, Chassidic, Jews of every kind. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Halawa is currently living in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he spends much of his time learning Torah at the Aish HaTorah yeshiva. He hopes to marry soon.

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6. In Future, Half the Population Won’t Enlist, Says Expert

by Elad Benari

Professor Sergio Della Pergola, a demographics expert from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said on Thursday that the changing birthrate among different sectors in Israeli society may lead in the future to a point where half the people who reach conscription age will have an exemption from military service.

“The percentage of children reaching the recruitment age and having an exemption in the hareidi-religious and Muslim sectors is continually increasing,” Prof. Della Pergola told Arutz Sheva. “Currently it stands at 25 percent, and I predict that in 25 years half of those who reach conscription age will have an exemption.”

He added that believes that if the Draft Law changes, it will also affect the birthrate among the hareidim and the Arabs, saying, “There is no doubt that there is an indirect connection between integrating populations within the mainstream of Israeli society and the world view [of those populations] when it comes to social life, economic and demographic patterns.”

“According to our information, equal burden also brings with it integration into economic and social life. Today the average is about three children per family, and equality can lead in the long run to a point where there will be fewer demographic differences between populations.”

The analysis comes as the members of the coalition continue to be divided over a new Draft Law. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that he would be willing to impose personal sanctions on hareidim who evade service. He made the comments during talks with the leaders of the coalition parties.

The new Draft Law has created a crisis in the coalition. The Draft Law committee headed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner announced its recommendations at a press conference on Wednesday morning, following a blow-up between Mofaz and Netanyahu, who dissolved the committee this week following internal dissension.

Plesner said he wants to heavily fine hareidi religious youth who refuse to enlist in the IDF but issued only general guidelines for the Arab sector. His insistence on this caused several members of the committee to leave and ultimately forced Netanyahu to dissolve the committee.

Mofaz has issued a clear ultimatum to Netanyahu to adopt new draft law proposals if he wants to keep Kadima in the coalition.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Netanyahu met to discuss the issue with Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman told the Prime Minister during their meeting that the Plesner Committee’s conclusions are unacceptable to him and that he will demand that everyone, including Israeli Arabs, enlist at the age of 18.

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7. Libya’s Outgoing Leaders Push for Sharia

by Elad Benari

Libya’s outgoing National Transitional Council said on Thursday that Islamic law sharia should be the “main” source of legislation and that this should not be subject to a referendum.

“The Libyan people are attached to Islam, as a religion and legislation,” NTC spokesman Saleh Darhoub said, according to a report on AFP.

“As such the National Transitional Council recommends that the (next) congress make sharia the main source of legislation,” he added, “And this should not be subject to a referendum.”

Darhoub later explained that the decision was made to reassure elements of society fearful of being saddled with a constitution that does not take sharia into account.

“We are not afraid of holding a referendum on sharia. But we wanted to reassure elements of society who are scared of the referendum,” Darhoub said, according to AFP.

Libyans will vote on Saturday for a General National Congress, which will be tasked with appointing a new government and a constituent authority. It will be the country’s first democratic elections since the 1960s, when former strongman Muammar Qaddafi took power. Qaddafi was captured and killed by rebels last October after a months-long civil war.

Some of the key issues to be determined by the constitution are the form of governance, the weight of Islam in state and society, the role of women and the rights of minorities.

After the constitution is approved, the newly elected congress will have 30 days to issue a new election law, with elections for a government to be held 180 days after that, according to the NTC’s roadmap.

Hundreds of armed men calling for Islamic law and rejecting democracy as “Western” staged a demonstration last month in the eastern city of Benghazi, noted AFP.

Well-armed Islamist groups in the east, such as the Partisans of Sharia, oppose the vote on Saturday, saying that the country needs no constitution other than the Koran. Libya’s interim rulers have said that radical Islamists are a minority.

Islamists have won majorities in both Egypt and Tunisia after the countries’ former rulers were toppled as part of the Arab Spring protests.

In April, Libyan authorities passed a law that bans regional, religious and tribal political platforms and bans foreign funding for political parties. That ban was lifted just several days later.

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8. Clinton to Visit Israel, Discuss Peace Efforts

by Elad Benari

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Israel and Egypt as part of an eight-nation tour which began Thursday, the State Department announced.

“Clinton will travel to France, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel departing Washington, DC on July 5,” AFP quoted a statement from State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland as having said.

The AFP report noted that on her way back from Asia, Clinton will make a two-day stop in Egypt, her first since President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood became the country’s first Islamist leader.

Her last visit to Egypt was in March 2011, when she toured Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the wake of the protests that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.

She will wrap up her tour with a two-day stop on July 16-17 in Israel where, according to Nuland’s statement “she will be meeting with the Israeli leadership to discuss peace efforts and a range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual concern.”

It will be Clinton’s first visit to Israel since September 2010, AFP noted. Earlier this week it was reported that Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will visit Israel this summer to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other leaders.

Romney has pledged to “do the opposite” of the Obama administration on matters pertaining to Israel.

Clinton began her tour in France on Thursday, where she will attend talks on how to end the 16-month conflict in Syria.

While in Paris, Clinton will also meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud. PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said this week that Abbas will stress the importance of releasing PA prisoners jailed in Israel when he meets with Clinton and French president Francois Hollande.

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Tammuz 15, 5772 / Thursday, Jul. 05 ’12

 

Tammuz 15, 5772 / Thursday, Jul. 05 ’12

 

 

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Headlines

  1. 1.      Poll: United Religious Zionist List Gets 10 MKs
  2. 2.      Midnight Attack on Jews at Mount of Olives
  3. 3.      Mumbai Planner Admits Ordering Chabad House Slayings
  4. 4.      Hamas Gaza Chief Headed to Cairo
  5. 5.      Will Tal Law’s Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?
  6. 6.      Yesha Security Barrier Construction to Resume
  7. 7.      WikiLeaks to Release 2.5 Million Syrian Cables
  8. 8.      Romney: Justice Roberts’ Healthcare Ruling ‘Not Accurate’

 

1. Poll: United Religious Zionist List Gets 10 MKs

by Gil Ronen

 

If the Jewish Home and National Union succeed in uniting and forming a single party, that party will receive 10 Knesset seats, a Panels Politics Institute Poll for the Knesset Channel has determined.

Should the two parties run separately, the National Union would garner 5 seats, up by one from its present number, while the Jewish Home would barely make it past the minimum required to enter the Knesset, and have three seats – as it does now.

If the religious Zionist parties fail to unite, 28% of religious Zionist voters would vote for Likud, with 22% voting for the Jewish Home and 16% voting for the National Union – which also receives a substantial number of votes from people outside the religious Zionist camp.

However, a united list would receive a whopping 53% of the religious Zionist votes, with Likud receiving only 15%.

It thus appears that a united religious Zionist front would enlarge the camp’s representation I the Knesset and block the fragmentation of the camp’s vote among the different parties, including Likud.

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2. Midnight Attack on Jews at Mount of Olives

by Gil Ronen

 

It was a relatively minor incident, compared to terror attacks against Jews that make the news, but indicative of the times: a car driven by Arabs accidentally rammed into one carrying a Jewish family, and the Arabs then proceeded to attack two of the Jews.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight near the Tomb of the ‘Or Haim’ in Jerusalem, whose yarzeit “hilula” was held Wednesday night. Thousands of Jews made pilgrimage to his tomb on the Mount of Olives, with police, including mounted policemen and Border Police, providing security.

A Jewish family that had prayed at the tomb was stuck in a traffic jam on the way back down the mountain, when a car driven by Arabs tried to drive around the jam and struck the Jews’ car forcefully. The Jew’s car sustained serious damage.

The Arabs then got out of the car, not to apologize or escape but to blame the Jews. They started by shouting at the members of the Jewish family and then proceeded to physically assault the car’s owner and his daughter.

One policeman was present at the scene of the attack but eyewitnesses said that he was unable to stop the violence.

A larger police force was eventually brought in and it arrested one of the Arabs. The daughter of the car’s owner was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

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3. Mumbai Planner Admits Ordering Chabad House Slayings

by Gabe Kahn

One of the masterminds of the 2008 terror rampage in Mumbai that left 166 dead confessed Thursday that he ordered the murder of the hostages being held in the Indian city’s Chabad House.

“I gave the order to murder those who were held at the Nariman [Chabad] House,” Side Zbiodin, better known as Abu Hamza, told his interrogators.

Abu Hamza was arrested at the international airport in New Delhi two weeks ago on suspicion that he’s planned and gave the direct order to slay the Jewish hostages at the Chabad House.

Six people in the Chabad House, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant, were murdered on Abu Hamza’s command. The Holtzberg’s two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.

Abu Hamza, a native of India, was wanted for connections to Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He also confessed that he taught Hindi to the ten terrorists who carried out the attack, and oversaw their three day operation.

His confession this week confirmed the belief of Indian police officials that he was the man they have a recording of talking to the Mumbai terrorists during their seige at the Chabad House.

Police say Abu Hamza was able to provide interrogators with specific corroborating details only the handler of the terrorists who carried out the Chabad House murders would have been aware of.

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4. Hamas Gaza Chief Headed to Cairo

by Gabe Kahn

A Hamas official on Thursday announced Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the terror organizations administration in Gaza, is headed for Cairo to meet with Egypt’s new Islamist president.

Mohammed Askoul said Haniyeh will meet President Mohammed Morsi and senior Egyptian security officials “within the next two weeks.”

Hamas is an offshoot of Morsi’s region-wide Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Hamas hopes the Brotherhood will allow a greater number of Gaza residents to pass through the Rafiah junction into Sinai.

However, observers say more than a token increase in traffic – presently at some 1,000 persons per day – is highly unlikely.

Morsi’s powers are limited, his relations with Egypt’s powerful military are tentative, and Egypt has more pressing issues to address.

Hamas seized Gaza from the Palestinian Authority under its rival faction, Fatah, in a bloody 2007 putsch. The move prompted both Egypt and Israel to close their crossings to and from Gaza.

At present, Israel allows aid shipments to pass into Gaza, and goods for sale to pass out of Gaza.

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5. Will Tal Law’s Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?

by Gil Ronen

 

When the Tal Law expires at the end of July, hesder yeshiva students whose national service track combines military service with Torah study will become, technically, “draft dodgers,” alongside hareidim who received exemption from service based on the Tal Law.

The scenario is causing concern in the religious Zionist sector.

Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) will probably meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the coming days in order to find a solution that will differentiate between the hesder students and those of the other high yeshivas.

MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) asked Wednesday that the problem be solved and that a differentiation be made between the two groups, in order to avoid harming the hesder yeshivas. “I think that we must not agree to a situation in which, because of a controversy in the coalition, the Zionist yeshivas will be hurt. In my humble opinion, our position should be the ratification of a bill on his matter that we initiated some time ago. It is time to differentiate between the hareidi yeshivas that do not serve and the Zionist ones that serve in the IDF.”

Source in the Hesder Yeshivas Federation said Thursday that it appears the problem will be solved, and that the hesder track will not be adversely affected.

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6. Yesha Security Barrier Construction to Resume

by Gabe Kahn

An IDF source on Thursday said Israel will resume construction of its incomplete security barrier in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) in the coming weeks.

Restarting construction of the barrier – slammed by Jewish and Arab leaders in the region alike – comes after a five-year delay due to “budget problems.”

A series of lawsuits over the route of the security barrier, which currently snakes through the western reaches of Judea and Samaria had also stalled construction.

Colonel Ofer Hindi outlined the government plans to resume construction work in a session before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Hindi told the court that work will first resume in the Gush Etzion bloc near Bethlehem. In 2013, work will resume around Maale Adumim to the east of Jerusalem.

Israel began work on the barrier in 2002 during the height of the second intifada, and has defended the necessity of its construction, pointing to a drop in attacks as proof of its success.

The Palestinian Authority claims the barrier is a land grab, pointing out that when complete, 85% of it will have been built inside Judea and Samaria.

However, the Netanyahu government has stated its policy is to retain Israel’s main settlement blocs in the region while compensating the PA with ‘land swaps.’

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7. WikiLeaks to Release 2.5 Million Syrian Cables

by Gabe Kahn

WikiLeaks on Thursday began publishing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and companies that have done business with the country.

The so-called ‘Syria Files’ show how the West and western countries “say one thing and do another” when it comes to dealing with the Assad regime, the self-appointed whistleblower site says.

Syrian has decended into open civil war following a 16-month crackdown by the regime that has left at least 16,500 people dead.

The emails date from August 2006 to March 2012. According to WikiLeaks, the leaked emails date from August 2006 to March 2012 and derive from more than 650,000 email addresses.

Among them are email addresses associated with the country’s ministries of foreign affairs, finance and culture, and for foreign companies.

WikiLeaks said that, as there is a “large dataset” to go through, it could take months for all the stories contained in the emails to come out. The emails are in various languages, including Arabic and Russian.

Much the same happened with the trove of US diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange published between 2010-11.

Assange, who was not able to attend the unveiling of the ‘Syria Files,’ is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in a desperate bid to escape extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims.

Assange claims he risks extradition to the US to face charges over the cable leaks.

However, several senior officials speaking off the record have said the US does not to give Assange the publicity that would come from a lengthy and high profile trial.

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8. Romney: Justice Roberts’ Healthcare Ruling ‘Not Accurate’

by Rachel Hirshfeld

Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday addressed his past praise for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in light of Robert’s deciding vote in favor of upholding the healthcare legislation.

“He’s a very bright person and I look for people who follow the Constitution,” Romney said on CBS News‘s “This Morning.”

Romney on his website had named Roberts as the type of justice he would nominate as president.

“I wouldn’t nominate someone who I knew would come out with a decision that I violently disagreed with, or vehemently disagreed with,” Romney said of the healthcare ruling, calling Roberts’s decision “not an appropriate conclusion.”

According to leaks, since the Supreme Court upheld the healthcare reform act as constitutional, Roberts initially sided with the conservative dissent in the decision but ultimately changed his mind and became the deciding factor in the Court’s ruling, noted The Hill.

“It gives the impression the decision wasn’t made on the constitution but on political consideration between the branches of government,” Romney said. “But we won’t really know the answers to those things until maybe the Justice speaks out sometime in history.”

Roberts’s decision shocked the GOP, who had expected him to be an ally in their goal to eliminate “Obamacare” legislation.

Roberts acknowledged the fall-out last week when he told a judicial conference he is headed to Malta for two weeks now that the Supreme Court is adjourned.

“Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress. It seemed like a good idea,” Roberts joked, according to the Associated Press.

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Thursday, Jun. 28 ’12, Tammuz 8, 5772

 

 

 

HEADLINES:

1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA 2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER 3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT 4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED 5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS 6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES 7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY 8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS

 

 

1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA by David Lev

 

If Israel does not surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War of 1967, set up an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital, and make significant concessions in accepting as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, a third intifada should, and must, be conducted. The call for a new “uprising of the people” against Israel was part of a the summation statement issued at the end of the two day Palestinian Revolutionary Council (PRC) general meeting held this week. The meeting was led by Palestinian Authority chief and Fatah party head Mahmoud Abbas.

 

The statement declares its support for Abbas’ ongoing refusal to back down from positions that have proven unacceptable to Israel in the past, including demands that Israel agree in principle to accept as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled their homes in 1948. Abbas has also declared that he will refuse to discuss anything with Israel until all settlement activity is ended. That precondition has also been unacceptable to Israel, but in its statement, the PRC said that it supported Abbas on that as well.

 

The PA will also make another attempt to be recognized as a state by the United Nations this year. Last year, the PA statehood bid was thwarted after many months of intense diplomatic activity by Israel, but analysts said that the PA was less likely to back down this time, and would insist that the matter be brought before the Security Council.

 

The statement also expresses ongoing support for attempts to reunite Fatah and Hamas in the PA government.It also praised the election of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt, saying that it “indicates that Egypt is on the way to resume its major role in the Arab world.”

 

 

2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER by David Lev

 

The IDF is preparing for a “new era” on Israel’s southern border, which actually is a rewind of history back to the days before the Camp David Accords. With the rise of what appears to be a hostile regime in Egypt, the IDF will be beefing up forces all along the Sinai border, and is asking the government for NIS 15 billion ($3.8 billion) for the construction of bases, installation of security equipment, and establishment of new training areas.

 

Analysts said that the new situation in Egypt necessitates the opening of a “fourth front” for the IDF. For decades, security along the southern border has been more relaxed, because of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and the IDF was able to concentrate on trouble spots like Gaza and the northern border, as well as “distance missions.” Egypt’s new President, Mohammed Morsi, who is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has said several times that he wishes to “reexamine” the Camp David Accords. Given his party’s open hostility to Israel and its strong support for Hamas, Israel has decided that it can no longer regard the Egyptian border as a “normal” one.

 

A senior IDF official told the Israeli daily Ma’ariv that while no one expects Egypt to abrogate the Camp David Accords, the new situation requires extreme caution. And thanks to three decades of American military aid and support, the Egyptian army today is extremely sophisticated, and is equipped with the latest equipment, making it, for all purposes, a Western-type army, the official said. Egypt also has the largest army in Africa; it has about 470,000 regular troops and some 480,000 reserve troops. The IDF, by way of comparison, has 180,000 active duty soldiers, and about 560,000 reserve troops.

 

The IDF will ask for the NIS 15 billion increase to be funded over a five year period. Without this money, officials said, it will be impossible to upgrade the IDF’s souther flank, making the country dependent on the graces of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a statement, an IDF official would not comment directly on the funding issue, saying that “as a matter of course the IDF is studying the changes in the region, and specifically in Egypt.”

 

 

 

 

3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT by Elad Benari

 

The director of the Welfare Department in Beit El, Hedva Ariel, said on Wednesday that the children who were evicted from their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood are suffering from trauma. She said that the trauma has created many problems within the families who were evicted.

 

“These are families who have been under a threat of eviction for a long time, be it voluntarily or involuntarily,” Ariel told Arutz Sheva. “The families who were evacuated this week underwent situations of uncertainty and difficulty, wondering whether they will be evicted or not, how and when.”

 

She added, “We have been in touch with these families since the beginning of the year. We provided assistance to the children, who have experienced a lot of fears and nightmares as a result of the anticipated eviction. We held for them some workshops with psychologists, and provided parents with training on how to help their children with fears. We also provided them with some joyful activities, in order to facilitate the difficult and traumatic experience.”

 

The first 15 families moved out of their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood without any resistance on Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government, which has promised to build 300 new homes in Beit El. Another 15 will leave their homes and move to a nearby neighborhood of temporary caravans on Thursday.

 

Ariel said that the fact that the residents left their homes without any resistance caused even greater problems for the children.

 

“The word voluntary is a very difficult and inappropriate word in this case,” she said. “To the children it was not a voluntary eviction but a forced one. They wanted to continue living in their house and saw no reason why they had to leave.”

 

She added, “The fact that there was no resistance made it harder for them to express their protest and the feeling that it was not voluntary. The media presented it as though it was voluntary and that also increased their anger, because they wanted to stay there. The fact that they did it voluntarily because they were forced to do so, is causing them to now turn inward because they did not get to express their pain.”

 

Ariel noted that the best experts who helped treat the expellees from Gush Katif are now trying to minimize the damage caused to the evicted families in Beit El.

 

“We have professionals to help them express their pain,” she said. “We”ve had some success but we still have a lot of work. Children are most vulnerable because they do not have the tools that adults do, and even for an adult it takes a while before he can process the loss.”

 

“We must also pay attention to see how each child responds, because everyone reacts differently,” added Ariel. “Some children experience fears and nightmares. We saw some children in Gush Katif and Migron who could not attend school. They had difficulty concentrating in school because they were emotionally overwhelmed by pain and anger. They found it difficult to collect themselves and needed much investment to help them psychologically. We hope that everyone in Beit El will rehabilitated quickly.”

 

 

4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED by Gabe Kahn

 

 

 

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday instructed the Department of Immigration and Population to begin repatriating illegal aliens infiltrators from the Ivory Coast.

 

Yishai announced that those who leave Israel the next two weeks will receive a grant of USD 500 per adult and USD 100 per child.

 

However, those who refuse to identify themselves and voluntarily return to their country of origin will be arrested and deported without financial assistance.

 

A previous offer of an assistance basket for illegal immigrants in Israel who agreed to return to their countries of origin met little success.

 

Yishai said exceptions can be made for refugees, but pointed out that only a small number of illegal aliens came to Israel to escape death or imprisonment.

 

Tens of thousands of Africans have illegally entered Israel in recent years, yet the government largely ignored the problem until the recent movement of the Africans from southern cities to metropolitan Tel Aviv.

 

Yiahi noted that Sudnaese and other Africans have flooded Eilat, Arad and most recently the southern area of Tel Aviv.

 

Officials in Tel Aviv said they estimate some 100,000 illegal African immigrants live in the city.

 

 

5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS by Elad Benari

 

An Israeli military court ruled on Wednesday that Ibrahim Hamad, the former commander of Hamas” military wing in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, is guilty of the murder of 46 Israelis.

 

According to a report on Channel 2 News, Hamad was convicted of involvement in a series of suicide terror attacks. These include an attack at the Sheffield Club in Rishon Letzion which killed six Israelis, a suicide attack at Café Moment in Jerusalem which killed 12 people, an attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem and an attack at the cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 

The report noted that Hamad was acquitted of involvement in an attempt to carry out an attack on the Tzavta Club in Tel Aviv in 2002. In its decision, the Court ruled that no evidence supporting Hamad”s involvement in the attempted attack was presented.

 

Hamad reportedly renounced the military tribunal”s ruling in his case, but was convicted anyway. His sentence will be handed out early next month, and he is expected to be sentenced to a series of life sentences.

 

Hamad, a 47-year-old member of Hamas, joined the terror group in the 1980s. He was imprisoned by the PA in the 1990s and was released in 2001. After his release, he ordered a series of lethal terror attacks.

 

Since 2006, Hamad has been detained in a military prison in Israel. He was captured after a lengthy manhunt.

 

 

6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES by David Lev

 

Two Arab youths from the village of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem were arrested Thursday and charged with arson, for setting several fires in the area of their village. One of the fires was set next to an IDF base on Mount Scopus, and the other was set next to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. One of the youths confessed, incriminating his partner in crime.

 

Twelve soldiers were injured in the fire at the base, requiring treatment for smoke inhalation. But the two fires were among the smaller of dozens of blazes that hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel this week, with the largest being two major fires in the hills west of Jerusalem Tuesday. Some 300 homes were evacuated, and hundreds of dunams of natural forest growth were destroyed or damaged in the fire. Highway One, the main road into Jerusalem, was closed for hours while dozens of firefighters fought the blazes.

 

Although the weather in Israel has been hot and humid in recent weeks, many Israelis believe that the fires Jerusalem has experienced this month – one estimate said that some 300 small and large fires were reported in Jerusalem and vicinity – were the work of Arab terrorists. Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch said Wednesday that the massive fire Tuesday was probably the result of arson motivated by Arab nationalism. Police have already arrested suspects, he said, “some for their nationalism, some for their criminal background.” Police term such arson attacks “spontaneous terrorism,” he continued. “You don”t need an organization to set a forest on fire.”

 

On Monday, three other fires broke out in Jerusalem, with at least one of them likely a case of arson. Three firefighting crews were needed to put out a blaze in an open area in the Gilo neighborhood, while a second fire raged in an open area in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood. The third fire, in the Talpiot industrial zone, was deemed suspicious after several individuals were seen fleeing the scene of the fire. Several vehicles were damaged in that fire.

 

Meanwhile, witnesses said Monday that Arabs invaded a house in Havat Gilad, in the Binyamin region of Israel, and set fire to a house in the neighborhood. The house was badly damaged, the report said. Large numbers of firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, and put the blaze out.

 

Initial investigations indicated that arson was the cause, most likely a fire set by local Arabs. Evidence at the scene showed that several individuals broke into the house, breaking a window. Furniture was broken, as were mirrors and other items in the house. A spokesperson for the fire department told Arutz Sheva that four firefighting crews were needed to douse the blaze. “There was fear that the roof was going to fall in,” the spokesperson said. “We were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevented the spread of the blaze to other homes. The house was badly damaged,” he said.

 

 

 

 

7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY

by Gabe Kahn

 

The oldest Rebbe of the Nadvorna hassidic dynasty, Rabbi Asher Yeshaya Liefer, passed away last night at Columbia Hospital in Manhattan.

 

Rabbi Kiefer, who was 98, left behind hundreds of grandchildren and great grandchildren in Israel and abroad.

 

The rebbe lived in Bnei Brak where he founded a Beit Midrash on Uziel Street, which became reputed as a magnet for Torah and God-fearing Jews.

 

A few years ago, Rabbi Liefer went to the US to participate in a celebration for one of his children, but because of his advanced age the trip greatly weakened him and he was forced to stay in America to live with one of his relatives.

 

Earlier this week, a serious decline in the rabbi’s condition caused him to be quickly rushed by relatives to the hospital.

 

His funeral procession will depart at 09:00 am (PST) from the Beit Midrash “Salka Muncie” to the airport, from where he will be flown to Israel.

 

Upon arriving, his coffin will be brought to to the school he founded on Uziel Street in Bnei-Barak. From there, the funeral procession will head to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

 

Rabbi Liefer was called the Rebbe of Nadvorna-Hadera as the hassidic dynasty he hails from maintains more than one court.

 

In March, his relative Rabbi Yaakov Yisachar Ber Rosenbaum, called the Rebbe of Nadvorna, died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was 82.

 

 

8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS by Rachel Hirshfeld

 

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the Iranian regime, saying it is composed of “anti-Semitic fanatics”, following the hateful remarks of Vice President Mohammad Reza, who claimed that the teachings of the Talmud incite global drug trade.

 

Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the “spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud… whose objective is the destruction of the world.”  

 

“The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means… which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity,” he said.

 

“If one seeks what lies behind all forms of corruption, there is the repugnant face of Zionists. This is the same case for the narcotics trade … whose primary operator is the Zionist regime,” he said

 

“The Zionists spread destruction not only by drugs, but also by (attacking) cultures.” 

 

Lieberman asserted that, “the international community has not yet internalized the great danger that this regime represents for world peace.”

 

The Minister warned that the presence of international representatives at the conference “gives legitimacy to the regime of the ayatollahs, which poses a real threat to world peace.”  

 

“Hitler said foolish things and succeeded in executing his plans. Today, the situation is different and the sovereign state of Israel will not allow a single Jew to be harmed,” he said.