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Friday, January 23, 2004

Your prayers are need for
Chanan'e Ro'i, ben (son of) Chagit Malka
Ro'i Arbel of Talmon, it will be recalled, was murdered last week by Palestinian terrorists in western Shomron as he was on his way home. In addition to his parents and five siblings, he left behind his wife Chagit, two daughters and two-month-old triplets, including a boy who is still in the hospital and must undergo two operations. Chagit said at the funeral that her husband had already chosen their son's name, and that she would fulfill his wish. It happened when their baby son underwent his first operation two days after the birth; the doctors were not optimistic, but when Ro'i opened a Bible to the verse with the word Chanan'el [lit., G-d has favored], he was encouraged - and decided to give his son that name.

In a special ceremony held this past Sabbath, the baby was in fact given the name Chanan'el Ro'i. His widowed mother felt that the ceremony would symbolize the growth that she hopes will sprout forth from the sadness. A close friend of hers said today that she is "strong, but broken - very fearful of the prospect of life without him."

The public is asked to pray for Chanan'el Ro'i ben [son of] Chagit Malka.

Perceived absence of Palestinian terrorist attacks is not for want of trying

Israeli forces successful in thwarting suicide bombers
Arutz Sheva: A successful overnight operation in Shechem led to the capture of a known Palestinian terrorist who was planning a suicide mission to murder Jews. A special IDF unit surrounded the home of Yichye Akuba, a Tanzim member who has been involved in shooting attacks and placing at least one bomb, and arrested him and two other terrorists. The soldiers, coming under grenade-and gunfire attack, blew up his home. Akuba was known to have been planning an attack in central Israel.

Earlier this week, another would-be suicide attacker from the Tul Karem branch of Islamic Jihad was similarly arrested.

Despite a public perception that Palestinian terrorism has decreased of late, army sources have continually noted that it has not ceased at all, and that the lack of "successful" attacks is due largely to efficient preventive security work by Israeli forces.

Security Fence is Israel's Prerogative

According to the Signed Oslo Agreements
by Aaron Lerner, Director of Independent Media Review and Analysis - IMRA
The Oslo "process" documents not only stripped the Palestinians of any claim to any universal rights to engage in violent "resistance to the occupation", the agreements granted Israel the right to erect a separation fence that would also afford security to Israeli communities located beyond the Green Line.
"The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process, and to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations.

. . . the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators."
So wrote Yasser Arafat in his September 9, 1993 letter to Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister of Israel.

And it wasn't easy to get Arafat, acting as the representative of the Palestinian people, to sign off on those phrases. Words that forfeited any possible legal claim to the right to continue employing terrorism and other acts of violence in what he and his supporters called a "liberation struggle".

Take a look at the phrase: Arafat didn't just renounce the use of "terrorism" - a word that the Arabs claim cannot ever be applied to their murderous activity - he also renounced the use of "other acts of violence".

Arafat didn't want to sign off on the phrases, but Yitzhak Rabin made it clear that this was his red line.

So there was Yasser Arafat in the summer of 1993: Arafat, essentially an aging has-been exiled to Tunis from Beirut, watching as each month Israeli security forces continued to whittle down their dwindling "wanted list" of terrorists.

No. Contrary to what has become the story line in some quarters, it wasn't the "children of the stones" that raised Arafat from the dung heap of history, it was a group of Israeli ideologues seeking a way to facilitate an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Oslo was Arafat's lifeline. Israel could take it or leave it. So Arafat blinked first.

And it didn't end there.
"Israel shall continue to carry the responsibility for overall security of Israelis and Settlements, for the purpose of safeguarding their internal security and public order, and will have all the powers to take the steps necessary to meet this responsibility." - Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Washington, D.C., September 28, 1995, Article XII Paragraph 1.

"Nothing in this Article shall derogate from Israel's security powers and responsibilities in accordance with this Agreement." - Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Washington, D.C., September 28, 1995. Annex I, Article I Redeployment of Israeli Military Forces and Transfer of Responsibility, Paragraph 7.
The Palestinians agreed - in writing - that Israel "will have all the powers to take the steps necessary" not just to protect Israelis within the Green Line but Israelis in general. Not just to protect Israeli communities within the Green Line but also "Settlements".

It is right there in black and white.

And so today, when Israel has determined that the erection of a separation fence with some sections beyond the Green Line is one of the "steps necessary to meet this responsibility" it is the height of absurdity for the action to be assailed as if the Oslo documents have no standing.

What an irony: the very same bodies and individuals who press Israel the hardest to trade its security for yet more pieces of paper are the first to turn their backs on the pieces of paper that Israel already paid so dearly for.

WARNING:
NEW COMPUTER VIRUS))))))))))

A new computer virus has been detected that you may want to take precautions against.

This is the Palestinian Virus - a virus that settles in your PC, claims it was there before your PC was built or Bill Gates was born, then demands parts of your hard drive.

If you want the virus to leave you and your PC alone, you can try to give the virus the hard drive space it wants, but it will refuse the deal and start killing data on your computer.

Some people have suggested a solution for this virus problem is to give the virus its own PC. As stated above, this virus has been known to refuse the offer.

Other nearby PCs won't take the virus either, even if the virus is compatible with the other computers.

The virus seems to want nothing less than to take over your entire computer together with the removal and destruction of all your data.

Software based anti-virus solutions have been proposed, but so far only hardware solutions have had any impact.

The only solution we have been able to determine that may work is the physical removal of the virus from your computer.

The only problem with this solution is all the other computers will object, and you will be castigated in the media and by the UN.
by Stephen Plaut

ZAKA WANTS TO SEND BLOWN UP BUS TO THE HAGUE

JPost: Amidst Israel's preparations for the hearing on the security fence in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, ZAKA (Disaster Victims Identification Organization) has suggested sending a display of a wrecked, charred bus to drum up support for Israel's argument that the fence is necessary for self-defense.

On Thursday however, an association of terror victims families said Thursday that it opposed the idea.

As Palestinian apartheid claims are to go up against Israel's accusations of terrorism, [Foreign Ministry's Deputy Director-General for Public Affairs, Gideon] Meir said, the bus is to be put on display. However, no formal decision has been made, and if the plan will be carried out, it will be under the auspices of ZAKA, not the State of Israel.

According to reports, the Foreign Ministry is following the Palestinian preparation for the hearing with growing concern. Officials are likening the Palestinian plans to a military operation. "They are aiming to turn the hearing into a circus, just like they did in Durban [United Nations racism conference]," officials told Ynet. "The poor Dutch don't know what's in store for them."

The officials also estimated Israel's intentions to alter the fence's route, announced last week by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, would not change the outcome of the ICJ hearing.
"The issue they wish to discuss is the legality of fence construction in occupied territory. They don't care whether it take place one meter or one kilometer from the Green Line," the officials said.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

A picture is worth how many words?


Israeli-born artist Dror Feiler pours hot water from a bucket over
the frozen blood-colored water of his artinstallation at the courtyard
of the Museum of National Antiquitiesin Stockholm, Sweden Thursday
Jan. 22 2004. Israel's ambassadorto Stockholm, Zvi Mazel, was ousted
from the museum last Saturday after he damaged the work, claiming it
glorified suicide bombers. A sailboat with the name Snow White floats
on the water with a photo of a smiling Islamic Jihad bomber Hanadi Jaradat.
Jaradat [She murdered] blew herself up together with 21 Israeli
bystanders in Haifa, Israel in October. (AP Photo/Pressens Bild/Jack Mikrut)



Swedish Ambassador to Israel Robert Rydberg, left, lights a candle
with Meir Eindor who was wounded in an attack in 1986 in Jerusalem,
after meeting with Israeli Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem,
Sunday Jan. 18, 2004. Offended by a Stockholm art exhibit that some
see as glorifying Palestinian suicide bombers, families set up a display
outside the Foreign Ministry naming the victims of the attacks
. Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon Sunday praised the Israeli ambassador to Sweden for
vandalizing the Stockholm art exhibit, saying the 'entire government stands
behind him.' (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


See "Israel lowers level of participation in Stockholm conference" at Arutz Sheva.

Chief Rabbis' Meeting with Pope


Pope John Paul II receives a gift from the Grand Rabbi of the Ashkenazis,
Yona Metzger, and his Sephardic counterpart, Shlomo Amar during a
meeting in his private library at the Vatican January 16, 2004.
REUTERS/Pool
"immediate and wondrous results"
Arutz Sheva - Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger:"I can tell you something that the rabbi of Warsaw told me just this week - something very wondrous that resulted from this meeting. He said that after we met, he received dozens of calls from Poles who wished to confess their role in killing Jews during the Holocaust. The rabbi rebuffed them, though, saying he wasn't a priest for confession.

But one man insisted and said he couldn't sleep at night, and told him that that at age 11, his uncle came from the front wearing an army uniform and wanted to show him how to shoot. So just for fun, he [the uncle] took 50 Jews and shot them on the spot. He, the 11-year-old, threw the bodies into some kind of hollow in the ground and covered them.

For 62 years, he told no one, figuring that the Jews are not important. But when he saw on television how the Pope received the Chief Rabbis with such honor, calling them 'my older brothers' in front of the whole world, he said he realized that he did a great sin, and he therefore called the rabbi and said he wants to show him the 'burial' spot, and that he wants to atone by helping bring them to proper Jewish burial.

This is something that came directly out of our meeting."

Tell it to FATAH


Palestinian workers hold a protest sign, while they wait to go
to their jobs in Israel, at the Erez Crossing, northern Gaza Strip
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004. The sign reads in Arabic 'for how long
will the Palestinian worker have a bad future and bad present.'
(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Wed. Jan. 14, 2004, Haaretz:
A senior Fatah official, taking issue with the bombing, told Israel Radio that the object of the [suicide bombing] attack was to prompt Israel to declare a closure over the Gaza Strip and cut off access to jobs within Israel, measures that act to boost grass-roots Palestinian support for Hamas and other militant movements.
Big story in the Chicago Tribune via LGF

If true, 9/11 was joint venture between Al Qaeda and IRAN

I can't get to the actual story in the Tribune, something about my computer eating cookies, but here's the excerpt from littlegreenfootballs:
On what had been the eve of his widely expected acquittal, the trial of the second person charged by German authorities as an accomplice of the Sept. 11 hijackers was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after prosecutors disclosed the existence of a surprise witness purporting to link Iran to the hijackings.

The mysterious witness, who goes by the name Hamid Reza Zakeri and claims to have been a longtime member of the Iranian intelligence service, is said to have told German investigators that the Sept. 11 plot represented what one termed a “joint venture” between the terrorist group Al Qaeda and the Iranian government.

Sources familiar with Zakeri’s story, greeted with skepticism by some German intelligence officials, say he also implicates the defendant, a 31-year-old Moroccan and former student named Abdelghani Mzoudi, as a knowledgeable participant in the hijacking plot.

“If the story was true, the consequences would be remarkable,” said one senior intelligence official, who observed that Zakeri’s account comes nearly 2 1/2 years after Sept. 11, 2001, and “looks a little bit constructed.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Like many defectors who emerge from the espionage underworld with a story to tell, the Iranian offered a mix of seemingly explosive, far-fetched and hard-to-confirm information, according to the sources, who viewed a transcript of his testimony. The Iranian claimed to have fled Iran in July 2001 and attempted to warn U.S. and French intelligence agents about a big impending attack -- the kind of spectacular assertion that counterterror officials treat with caution. . . Prosecutors have asked for a 30-day delay in the trial while they evaluate the new witness' credibility.

Friend Missing

Our friend Nick has gone missing. There's a newspaper in his apartment from this past Saturday, so he must have been there and okay at that time. Please pray for his wellbeing, his quick and safe return. and some comfort for his family.

I won't be blogging much. . .

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Why do "peace" organizations object to this advertisement for cheap tickets to England?

To
The Management
British Airways
London, UK

A few days ago, an Israeli peace activist monitoring the situation on the West Bank noticed two large billboards placed at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ariel, with a conspicuous British Airways logo. The ads bear mock London road signs with such place names as "Buckingham Palace", "Hyde Park" etc. and underneath them an ad
offering cheap flights to London.

I would like to point out the following:

1) Ariel is according to international law - an illegal settlement, created on occupied Palestinian territory in contravention if the Fourth Geneva Convention (of which both Israel and your country are signatories) and which forbid an occupying power to settle its citizens in occupied territory.

2) The creation of Ariel and other West Bank settlements and their continued maintenance and extension is about the most hotly debated and controversial political subject in Israel. The majority wants to give up the settlements which take to high a price and endanger the country's chance of ever reaching peace with its Palestinian and Arab neighbors.

3) The settlement of Ariel, where the BA billboards have been placed, is mentioned as the reason for an especially deep penetration of the Separation Wall into Palestinian territory - a matter which was taken up both by the US Government and by your country's own Prime Minister Tony Blair. And it has even become more acute since it became part of the agenda of the World Court in the Hague.

Given the above, the placing of very conspicuous British Airways billboards at Ariel could be taken - even if that was not the original intention - as an endorsement by your company of a phenomenon which, to say the least, does not deserve endorsement. The placing of billboards at that particular location may alienate a large number of potential customers worldwide. It might, therefore, be advisable for your company to order the removal of said billboards.

Sincerely yours

Adam Keller
Spokesperson, Gush Shalom (Israeli Peace Bloc)
Pob 2542, Holon 58125, Israel
Phone & Fax 972-3-5565804
email info@gush-shalom.org

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the "settlement" of Ariel, it has a population of about 15,600 and is home to the College of Judea and Samaria.


The idea that British Airways should not advertise in Ariel is ridiculous and insulting, even racist. Besides, I thought these organizations wanted the Jews out of the terror-tories! You'd think they would let the advertisements be, in the hope that they would indeed entice residents to "fly away"...

The Great Wall of Israel by Yashiko Sagamori

Funny that I just posted Sagamori's piece on Palestine The Country (see below), and then came across this just today. He has some wonderful lines:
" . . . Mr. Annan meant . . . to introduce a novel, revolutionary approach to war: Israel is entitled to self-defense, but only to the extent that its actions cause absolutely no discomfort to the enemy. Meanwhile, the enemy is not bound by any restrictions whatsoever and is free to murder Israelis whether they are wearing military uniforms or diapers."

"While I am critical of the fence because it is a de facto surrender of territory to the enemy, the 'Palestinians' condemn it as a 'land grab.' This sounds as if they were historically entitled to any land at all, whether in Israel or anywhere else in the world."

"The face of Europe is changing right before our eyes. Europeans who would like to live in a Muslim country, no longer need to move."

"A child somewhere in Saudi Arabia or Egypt, after having learned about jihad for the first time in her life, is probably asking her father right now, 'Why don't the infidels defend themselves with all their terrible weapons?' and the father explains confidently, 'Because Allah, in His bottomless goodness, has rendered them blind and stupid.' "

"The most ironic aspect of this ongoing surrender is that from the cultural, economic, technological, military and every other perspective, our enemies are cavemen - often, literally. Israel is perfectly capable of forever shutting down at least one front of this jihad, but the rest of the world won't let it: they would much rather have it the other way around."

Read it all at Think-Israel.org
Yashiko Sagamori is a New York-based Information Technology consultant. To read other articles by the author, go to http://www.middleeastfacts.com/yashiko/

Roger L. Simon on Klug Review in The Nation

You may first want to see the book review to which Simon is responding: The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism by Brian Klug.

It concerns these books:
Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism by Abraham Foxman,
The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz,
The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It by Phyllis Chesler, and
A New Antisemitism? Debating Judeophobia in 21st Century Britain by Paul Iganski and Barry Kosmin, Eds.
Yet again - should there be a Jewish state?
On the surface Klug appears to be attacking those who conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism but at heart it is yet another salvo in an old war – whether there should be an actual Jewish state. . .

. . . those who “idealistically” advocate the Jews accept a binational state in the Holy Land ought to consider, putting it gently, what the outcome would be of sharing their society with the Palestinian culture in its present state. You might as well turn around and walk back into the gas chambers.

Read it all. Simon is good and kind, but suffers no confusion. Having recently been to France, he knows whereof he speaks.
from the Voice of Judea

The battle of Tapuach synagogue continues

Anyone who thought that it would be easy to destroy the Tapuach synagogue is in for a bit of a shocker. After several hours of fierce resistance on the roads adjacent to Tapuach west hill and on the roof and in the synagogue itself, the police and troops finally succeeded in tearing down the Kahane synagogue.

Close to a thousand Israeli soldiers and Israeli policeman battled with several hundred men women and children who came to defend the synagogue. Twenty five people were arrested in the Malay, 2 are still being held. Six Jewish worshipers and two soldiers were wounded during the demolition.

In spite of the apathy on the part of the Yesha council hundreds of Jews from neighboring towns attempted to make their way to the synagogue Tuesday afternoon. Left wing parliamentarians, such as Ofer Penus from Labor as well as right wing activists claim that a deal was struck between the Yesha council and the Government, permitting the destruction of the Kahane synagogue in exchange for other political favors.

This might explain the passive reaction by Yesha council leaders who told many people who called them yesterday, "they are not getting involved in organizing or aiding the Tapuach synagogue, in spite of the tragic precedent that was being made by the synagogue's destruction.

Volunteers who arrived on the scene after the synagogue was already destroyed began clearing the rubble and rebuilding a temporary house of prayer, with the broken beams and wood that remained. At approximately 4:00 am IDF jeeps rammed the new makeshift synagogue causing the new and flimsy building to collapse. Worshipers who arrived on the scene early Wednesday morning began rebuilding the synagogue yet a third time.

At 1:00 pm approximately 50 soldiers arrived on the scene to dismantle the building and arrest those present. A scuffle is presently underway between troops and worshipers.

Residents of Tapuach West vow that "they have no plans of changing their religion or their religious practices and that they will continue to prey 3 times a day and study Torah in the place where the synagogue once stood. They explained that their spirit can not and will not be broken and that they will continue to live and practice Judaism as proud Jews in the land of Israel".

A tour conducted by the OU - orthodox union of America - brought a bus load of Rabbis and community leaders to view the damage only moments before the IDF had returned to destroy the third synagogue. Members of the group pledged 2 new caravans that can be used to house the torah and the synagogue. The 2 members of the tour, Harvey Schwartz and Jay Herzog pledged to sponsor 2 immediate caravans to be placed on the hill. If the first one is destroyed than the second one will be placed and so on.

Residents of Tapuach west are urging Jews and non Jews from around the world to file complaint with their local Israeli consulates and embassies a well as with the Israeli government to measure their protest against this desecration. The sponsor of the first Sefer Torah, Eric Greenberg, pledged to donate a second Sefer Torah in the coming year as well.

People who would like to contribute towards the rebuilding of the synagogue as well as to help with our efforts should call 718 874 2057 or email info@defendisrael.net
According to the Freemanlist, MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) attacked the demolition:
"It's a national embarrassment," he said. "The government of Israel establishes a new town in the Negev like thieves in the night for fear of the Arabs, but it destroys a synagogue in Samaria in broad daylight, on the strength of a racist order that applies to Jews only."

See also Arutz Sheva: Three Strikes at Synagogue
"The synagogue may be broken, but we surely aren't." So says David HaIvri of Kfar Tapuach this morning, following no fewer than three demolitions of a synagogue in a Tapuach neighborhood in the past 24 hours. "We've had better days, and we'll yet have better days."
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A Jewish settler prays at a synagogue in the Jewish West Tapuach outpost after settlers partly rebuilt it during the night, near the West Bank city of Nablus, January 21, 2004. Israeli troops swooped on a Jewish outpost in the West Bank and dismantled the unauthorized synagogue on Tuesday, sparking scuffles with settlers and the arrest of 20, witnesses said. ISRAEL OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Flash 90/Haim Zach.

There's that damned "ISRAEL OUT" again . . . as I'm always pointing out, Reuters very often sticks that in their photo captions. I have an idea: BIAS OUT!

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court


Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it? Did you know his trial is over? Did you know he was sentenced? Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV/Radio?

Didn't think so, media at work again. Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.......

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say. His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah," defiantly stated "I think I ought not apologize for my actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below, a stinging condemnation of Reid in particular and terrorists in general:

January 30, 2003 United States vs. Reid

Judge Young: "Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you. On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive with the other. That's 80 years. On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines. The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further. This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes.

It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice. You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.

And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice. So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.

In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were, and he said you're no big deal. You're no big deal. What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific.

What was it that led you here to this courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing. And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record, it comes
as close to understanding as I know. It seems to me you hate the one thing that is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.

Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discreetly. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges. We are about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden, pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.

Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is, in fact,
being done. The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. You know it always will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down."

Anytime you see the word Palestine referring to an Arab nation, you may want to ask the author some questions.

"I pray the United States and Israel lead the world to victory in this war"

by Yashiko Sagamori, November 2002
If you are so sure that Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country:
When was it founded and by whom?

·What were its borders?

·What was its capital?

·What were its major cities?

·What constituted the basis of its economy?

·What was its form of government?

·Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?

·Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

·What was the language of the country of Palestine?

·What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?

·What was the name of its currency?

·Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese Yuan on that date.

·And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
If you are lamenting the low sinking of a once proud nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that nation proud and what was it so proud of?

And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call Palestinians are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over -- or thrown out of -- the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?

I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day Palestinians to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won't work here.

The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy.

For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it the Palestinian people and installed it in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the West Bank and Gaza, respectively?

The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut and California with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so-called Palestinians have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation -- or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.

In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side, should pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel's ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.

That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again, was its beginning?

You are absolutely correct in your understanding of the Palestinians murderous motives.

I am afraid however that you, along with 99% of the population of this planet, have missed the beginning of WW III (they call it Jihad) quite a few years ago. The siege of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, an event to which the latest Nobel Peace Prize winner had so miserably failed to respond, can be very well used as the day WW III stepped out of the pages of the Koran and into the current events. I pray the United States and Israel lead the world to victory in this war.

Come to think of it, there is no choice, be you a Christian, a Jew, or even, believe it or not, a Muslim.

Qurei's duty

by Caroline Glick
from the Jerusalem Post, reprinted at IsraelUnityCoalition.com:
In one of the more telling expressions of the Palestinian Authority's hypocrisy and growing irrelevance, Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei said shortly after last Wednesday's suicide bombing at the Erez border crossing that it was "not his duty" to condemn the attack that killed four Israelis.

The hypocrisy was not in Qurei's statement, which we cannot but take at face value. Rather, it was in the numerous "condemnations" made over the past decade, following so many of the attacks waged by Palestinian terrorists at innocent Israelis.

Of course, from the way he phrased himself we conclude that Qurei would like us to think that he still believes it is somebody's task, though not his, to condemn the killing of innocent Israelis – in this case ones who were actually busy ushering Palestinian workers into Israel, where they find the jobs that Qurei and his government so glaringly fail to deliver them.

Whose task, then, is it? Is Qurei trying to say that the condemnation of Hamas's mass murder of Israelis had better be made by someone more politically effective, or someone more morally conscious than the Palestinian prime minister?

It is sad to hear Qurei, clearly one of the more reasonable people in the PA, suggesting in the very same moment when he refuses to identify with the most of human values, that his duty is to negotiate a cease-fire with Israel.

Since the launch of the current war of terror in fall 2000 Israel has tried that tango with the PA repeatedly, only to learn time and time again that the PA is unwilling, unable, or both to control the violence of its of its people.
As always with Caroline Glick, READ IT ALL. Link above.


Security Alert))))))))))

Syria Completes Chemical Warheads
via The Freemanlist: WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Syria has completed chemical warheads for its arsenal of Scud-based missiles.

U.S. officials said Syria, with help from North Korea, has succeeded in designing and installing CW warheads for the Scud B, Scud C and Scud D missiles. This provides Syria with warheads that can reach distances from 250 to nearly 700 kilometers. The chemical agent deployed in the CW warheads is sarin, regarded as the most toxic of material. Syria has also been developing more toxic agents such as VX.

"Since the 1970s, Syria has pursued what is now one of the most advanced Arab state chemical weapons capabilities," Undersecretary of State John Bolton said. "It has a stockpile of the nerve agent sarin that can be delivered by aircraft or ballistic missiles, and has engaged in the research and development of more toxic and persistent nerve agents such as VX."
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Only against Israel

by Amnon Rubinstein
Haaretz: The incident in which Israel's ambassador in Sweden, Zvi Mazel, damaged an art installation over the weekend that seemed to express sympathy for acts of suicide and murder at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, raises questions about the limits of freedom of artistic expression, and the limits of protest against this same freedom of expression.

The installation itself should come as no surprise, as the Tel Aviv Museum has exhibited a work in which a swastika was incorporated into a Jewish star. It is not surprising that the museum in Stockholm or that an Israeli is involved in the galling installation. These sorts of installations have become a matter of routine in Western art galleries, museums and campuses.

Their designers - out of a reticence to use the word artists - defend them by citing two arguments: first, that art should not be disengaged from politics; second, that there is no justification for censorship or supervision of the freedom of artistic expression. Acquiescence to such censorship would strip away the barrier that prevents the slide down that slippery slope that leads to a fascist state in which the fate of creative artists would be determined by the interests of the state.

Both arguments seem persuasive: historical experience proves that all censorship is perverted and arbitrary, and leads to the suppression of important works - the censorship of the books of D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce immediately comes to mind.

However, further examination proves the untenability of this argument. First, no right guaranteed by law is unlimited. The Supreme Court has several times explained that freedom of expression, important and lofty as it may be, is not absolute, and in some cases may be set aside in favor of other considerations of the public good - public order, the individual's dignity and good name, independence of the courts, state security and religious sensitivities.

It is therefore impossible to argue that freedom of expression may be restricted in all realms, and that freedom of expression becomes unlimited only when an artist translates his worldview into politics. Would those on the left who favor unlimited artistic freedom be willing to have it apply to installations created by Kahane supporters or members of the Ku Klux Klan?

The left claims - as it has in the matters of the refuseniks and of academic freedom - that there is a vast difference between expression with the purpose of repression of human beings and expression with the purpose of defending human rights. Yet this argument is by nature anti-universal and arbitrary. When a basic right is granted, you must be politically color-blind; otherwise, the right will lose its credibility.

The example of the installation in Stockholm drives this point home: the installation seems to express sympathy for the murder of civilians - adults and children, Jews and Arabs - in the must vulgar manner. Can such an installation be classified as a work that defends human rights, and is therefore immune to censorship, or as a dark and repressive work that cannot be defended? In fact, can't this sort of murder be categorized, psychologically and ideologically, with the world of the Kach movement and of the most despicable racism?

There is another way in which this installation fails to represent human and universal values: Not only in Israel are Muslims committing suicide to murder civilians. Murder through suicide terrorism is now prevalent in Russia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Indonesia and other countries. But the only installations about this subject, the only demonstrations held in the streets of Europe and protests at Berkeley and on other American college campuses - are directed against Israel.

A Greek gallery in Athens exhibited a work of art in the shape of an explosives belt made of macrame, of a Palestinian female terrorist wishing to kill Israelis. Only against Israel are these sorts of masterpieces exhibited - never against other countries, never out of an understanding for suicide bombers who murder civilians that are not Israelis. There is no macrame for Chechnyans. There is no installation in Sweden that understands the suicide bombers in Riyadh. If this is not racism, it is unclear what is.

Sign onto the Simon Wiesenthal Center's protest of the exhbit, which asks Prime Minister Goran Persson of Sweden to declare, on behalf of his country, that any suicide bombing against any nation is a 'crime against humanity.'

Maariv launches English-language site

This great news comes via Imshin at her blog, "Not a Fish (provinically speaking): The meaningless chatter of your regular split personality Israeli mother trying to make sense of current insanity"
At last! Maariv in English. Although the print version has yellow tendencies, this newspaper is far more representative of "Middle Israel" than Haaretz or the Jerusalem Post. I do believe it also has a larger readership than both newspapers put together, although far less than Yediot Aharonot. Its op-ed columns are much more likely to reflect different points of view.

I OBJECT!

To an American presidential candidate wearing a symbol of FATAH,
a Palestinian terrorist organization


BRAVO to Charles Johnson at LGF: "Because nothing says 'merriment' like a stylish Palestinian Fatah head rag."


"Early in his career he dressed in Western suits; it was at the 1956 International Students' Congress in Prague that he first publicly wore a kaffiyeh, or head scarf—a gesture that caused an immediate sensation among the Westerners in attendance. (According to Aburish, each morning Arafat would spend nearly an hour folding his kaffiyeh so that when it hung to his shoulders it resembled the map of Palestine.) The army fatigues, the pistol, and the three-day beard came later, but, like the kaffiyeh, all were carefully considered symbols." -- from A Brief History of Yasir Arafat by David Brooks, published in the Atlantic Monthly, Jul-Aug 2002.

Now, either Howard Dean routinely sports a kaffiyeh, specifically this black-and-white FATAH variety, or else someone put it around his neck in the heat of the "victory" celebration, hoping he would get his picture taken in it. Either way, he is a stupid ass.

IF this picture gets any circulation in the mainstream media, I can already hear the terror-apologists' responses. Freedom of Speech! as in calls for Jihad; Freedom of Artistic Expression! as in the heroization of suicide bombers . . .

This doesn't give his Jewish wife the heebie jeebies? What planet are these people on?

School bus carrying Jewish children firebombed in France - NO INJURIES

JPost: A firebomb was thrown early Monday morning at a school bus carrying Jewish children in Strasbourg, France.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

One community leader called the incident an apparent anti-Semitic attack, local police said on Tuesday.

The van was attacked on Monday before dawn, 24 hours after unidentified assailants pelted a nearby synagogue with stones during the night, they said. There was no sign who was behind the two incidents, Reuters reported.
See Rick Richman's post yesterday, "Land of the Free," linking to Daniel Gordis's most recent "Dispatch from Israel." I can only wonder what the Parisian couple described by Gordis will now think, what they will do . . .


ISRAEL BOMBS HEZBOLLAH BASES IN SOUTHERN LEBANON

JPost: The IDF has confirmed the report, saying that IAF jets bombed two terrorist bases used by the Hizbullah to train operatives and prepare attacks against Israeli targets, Israel Radio reported.

IDF spokeswoman Maj. Sharon Feingold said that the bases targeted in Tuesday's air strikes were used by Hizbullah to stage attacks on Israel. She said Hizbullah, backed by Syria and Iran, violates agreements "while Lebanon turns a blind eye." Holding Syria responsible, she added that Israel "will not tolerate the current situation whereby the terror organizations attempt to escalate the situation in the north."

According to the Channel Two report, IAF fighter jets bombed several targets throughout southern Lebanon for 20 minutes. The reporter said that the blasts could be heard in Israel close to the northern border.

Officials said the decision to attack Hizbullah targets was made at a four-hour meeting of senior military commanders on Tuesday. Though Israel held Syria responsible, it was decided not to attack Syria in order not to inflame the situation, the officials said.
After seeing those WWII photos last night, and reading absolutely all of the commentary thread at LGF this morning, I would rather eat my hand than blog this morning. But this is important.

Israeli govt sends soldiers to Tapuach to dismantle new synagogue



An Israeli settler cries inside a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, January 20, 2004. Jewish settlers tried to block hundreds of Israeli soldiers sent to demolish a makeshift synagogue at a settlement outpost on Tuesday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
PLEASE NOTE: My friend, who returned from Tapuach in December says "There was nothing makeshift about it. The concrete floor had been poured, and the exterior walls and the roof were completed. It was about twice the size of the Chabad shul in Boulder."

Israeli settlers embrace and weep as a female Israeli soldier (R) smiles in front of a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus January 20, 2004. Jewish settlers tried to block hundreds of Israeli soldiers sent to demolish a makeshift synagogue at a settlement outpost on Tuesday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Not in the picture, just in the caption: "enraged Israeli settler activists"

Israeli troops cordon off an area while behind them an armored bulldozer tears down a partially-completed synagogue, part of an illegal settlement outpost, in the West Bank outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. Troops at the site wrestled with enraged Israeli settler activists who sought to prevent the dismantlement. Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has ordered several outposts demolished, in line with Israel's obligations under the U.S.-backed "road map'' peace plan. West Tapuah, which sits on an isolated ridge about a kilometer (half a mile) from the Kfar Tapuah settlement, is considered one of the most militant in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


A supporter of the right-wing settler movement weeps as Israeli troops try to dismantle a structure in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. . . (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)



An arrested Israeli settler tries to retrieve a document from a pile of Jewish religious books in front of a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus, January 20, 2004. Jewish settlers tried to block hundreds of Israeli soldiers sent to demolish a makeshift synagogue at a settlement outpost on Tuesday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen This always kills me: "witnesses said" - the photographer wasn't there?


An Israeli soldier (L) and settler carry Jewish holy books in front of a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus January 20, 2004. . . REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen


Israeli police carry away a supporter of the right-wing settler movement as troops try to dismantle a structure, background, in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. . . . (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


Israeli troops trying to dismantle a structure in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah carry a supporter of the right-wing settler movement as they arrest him Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. . . (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


Supporters of the right-wing Jewish settler movement sing religious songs while troops remove a cabinet containing a Torah book, background, as they try to dismantle an unfinished synagogue in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004 . . . (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


Israeli policemen carry away Jewish settlers after the settlers who were trying to prevent troops from demolishing a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, January 20, 2004. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen
Arutz Sheva reports 23 arrested, will be charged with assaulting police, interfering with police and disobeying instructions from police.

Haaretz reports six "settlers" and three IDF soldiers lightly injured . . . one of those arrested was a woman who pushed a soldier off the roof of "the structure" [it was a synagogue] . . . and that "the operation was completed by late Tuesday afternoon."

From the Jerusalem Post:
A senior security source at the scene said that he wished that the settlers would have dismantled the illegal structure on their own and had prevented the need for security forces to come to the illegal outpost to demolish the seminary by use of force.

“They are taking our roots from us, our legacy and our land,” Rabbi Shmuel Cohen, head of the seminary said. “The foundation of the land is sacred and unfortunately for the government the rule of law ranks above the rule of the Torah.”

The security forces arrived at the outpost, east of Ariel, to tear down a structure that was planned to be a seminary for teaching the ideology of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the former leader of the far-right movement Kach, who was murdered in New York in 1990.

The settlers refused to evacuate and blocked the road leading to the outpost. They tried to prevent the security forces from taking apart the structure in dispute.

The settlers said that the structure is used as a synagogue and should not be torn down. These are dark times, they stated, when the State of Israel demolishes a synagogue.
More than terrorists or Arafat or Hezbollah or Hamas or anything, the sight of Jew against Jew, and the forced demolition by Jews of any synagogue anywhere, absolutely and completely BREAKS MY HEART. These are dark times indeed, both internally and externally for the Jewish people, my people.

Monday, January 19, 2004

Oy, this is not a good thing

WWII archive photos put on the internet
The BBC reported that the more than five million aerial photographs taken by the RAF would go online Monday, that's today. According to the BBC article, "they were used by Allied commancers to help devise their strategy during the six-year conflict."

Why is this not a good thing? Well, go to the LGF posting on this, and you will see that Charles has two photos taken from the BBC story. They aren't there now. I don't know why; maybe I'm doing it wrong. But that's not the point.

The two photos were taken of the death camp at Auschwitz ONE YEAR before liberation.

This first photo shows at the upper left the plume of thick smoke from the crematorium, which was kept operating 24 hours a day:




This one shows a line of prisoners filing out of a barracks building for roll call:

What's not good is that it was seen so clearly, yet no Allied bombers hit the rail lines to Auschwitz. They came, they saw, they took pictures, they did nothing.

I am reminded of the story of the Jewish American soldier who was so excited to participate in the liberation of the camps. When one of the prisoners asked if he was Jewish, and he said yes, he was sure he was about to get a hug. Instead, he got slapped across the face and told, "You're too late."


Comment #25 from "observer" on the LGF thread:
Churchill, at time these photos were available, called the Holocaust "probably the greatest and most horrible single crime ever committed in the whole history of the world." Except for a feasibility study he commissioned on bombing the RR lines, he did nothing, as did FDR. This has been known: Martin Gilbert: "Auschwitz and the Allies;" or Walter Laquer: "The Terrible Secret."

These photos pound the indifference into the brain and heart.
Another comment sends us to this beautifully conveyed conversation between Menachem Begin and Margaret Thatcher in 1979:
Abruptly, Begin turned to face Margaret Thatcher. "Madam Prime Minister," he said in a voice that brooked no indifference, "your foreign secretary dismisses my country's historic rights. He pooh-poohs our vital security needs. So, I shall tell you why the settlements are vital: because I speak of Eretz Yisrael, a land redeemed, not occupied; because without these settlements Israel could be at the mercy of a Palestinian state astride the commanding heights of Judea and Samaria. We would be living on borrowed time.

And," – his face went granite, like his eyes – "whenever we Jews are attacked we are always alone. Remember in 1944 how we came begging for our lives – begging at this very door?"

The British premier's brow creased in concentration, and she muttered pensively, "Nineteen-forty-four? Is that when you wanted us to bomb Auschwitz?"

"No, Madam, not Auschwitz. We asked you to bomb the railway lines leading to Auschwitz. In the summer of 1944 Eichmann was transporting a hundred thousand Hungarian Jews a week along those lines."

Thatcher cupped her chin in profound contemplation, "You know, Prime Minister," she said forthrightly after a momentary pause, "I have at times wondered what I would have done had I been here at Number 10 in those days. And I have to tell you in all candor, the policy of the Allies then was to destroy the Hitlerite war machine as speedily as possible. I would have agreed to nothing that would have detracted one iota from that goal. I would not have agreed to bomb those lines."

Menachem Begin went white. Clearly, the woman had not been briefed who this man was – a survivor of a Soviet gulag, a survivor of the Shoah, orphaned of virtually his whole family.

"But Madam, this was 1944," he said in a low voice reserved for dreaded things. "The Allies had all but won the war. You were sending a thousand bombers a night over Germany. What would it have taken to divert 70, 60, 50, aircraft to bomb those lines?"

"And what does this have to do with the settlements?" Thus Peter Carrington, barging in.

A livid Begin turned on him and snapped: "Lord Carrington, please have the goodness not to interrupt me when I am in the middle of a conversation with your prime minister. Do I have your permission to proceed?"

CARRINGTON WENT puce. The shocked silence was interrupted only when Mrs. Thatcher emitted a genteel cough. "Gentlemen," she said in a voice of uncommon informality, "I am not certain I understand why, but it is my impression that whenever the Holy Land comes up for discussion powerful emotions are stirred and tempers get frayed. It seems to me that we Britishers display a rather — how can I put it? — un-English passion on the matter."

The foreign secretary took off his spectacles, breathed on them, polished each lens in turn with a handkerchief from his top pocket of his Saville Row suit, seemed about to speak but didn't, and then changed his mind and did: "Quite right, Prime Minister," he said apologetically. "Somehow, your little country, Mr. Begin, evokes all sorts of high emotional fevers. Stirs up the blood, so to speak. Amazing!"

"Not really," said Begin, smiling in an unmirthful way, his composure regained. "The story of the Jewish people is very much a tale of survival against bouts of irrationality and hysteria. It occurs in every generation."

This was from an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post November 25, 2003, called Menachem Begin's bag and baggage.

Like the other guy said, my brain and heart feel pretty pounded. That's it for me for this day.

URGENT

from Shomron - via the Voice of Judea
SEVERAL HUNDRED SOLDIERS AND POLICE HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED TO TAPUACH FOR THE DISSMANTLING OF THE SYNAGOGUE ON TAPUACH WEST AND ARE PRESENTLY CONVERGING ON THE REMOTE HILL TOP. HUNDREDS OF JEWS ARE MAKING THEIR WAY TO THE SYNAGOGUE TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE RESIDENTS OF TAPUACH WEST AND TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EMERGENCY PRAYER VIGIL BEING ORGANIZED FOR 8:00 PM TONIGHT.

Residents of Tapuach west in the Shomron hills of Israel have sent an urgent plea to Jews around the world to pray for their synagogue that is at risk of being torn down by the Israeli troops to satisfy American and Arab dictates.

The synagogue was built one month ago to facilitate the basic religious needs of the approximately 100 Jewish residents on the hill. Extreme anti religious minister Tommy Lapid of the Shinui party demanded the destruction of the synagogue several weeks ago. The synagogue was built in memory of Rabbi Meir Kahane as well as in memory of his son Binyamin and daughter in law Talya hy"d. The 3 Kahanes were murdered by Arab terrorists. Binyamin and Talya were ambushed and killed several miles away from Tapuach 3 years ago; their 6 orphaned children continue to reside in Tapuach.

In addition to requesting the active participating in tonight's prayer vigil and in addition to the urgent request for Jews worldwide to join in prayer on behalf of the synagogue, residents are also requesting desperately needed funds to house and feed the hundreds of people who are coming to the hill and to continue with building plans of the synagogue on the hill. Yekutiel Ben Yaakov said
"we will not be broken regardless of the evil decree; we will continue to study Torah and pray in this holy synagogue on this holy land of Eretz Yisrael. They can come with their tanks and come with their tractors, we come in the name of Gd and the spirit of Judaism will overcome the evil edicts of the modern day Hellenists."
Desperately needed funds can be mailed or Fed Ex'd to the
Kahane Building Fund

Rehov Moriah 3
Jerusalem, Israel
94386

for more information please call 718 874 2057 or email info@defendisrael.net

This is an urgent plea for prayer, physical participation and desperately needed funds!

Hezbollah attacks northern border of Israel


One Israeli soldier killed, one wounded, by anti-tank missile
DEBKA: Official confirmation just received that one Israeli soldier killed, second injured in direct hit by Hizballah anti-tank missile of their D-9 near border Moshav Zarit Monday. Attack prompted cross-border exchange of fire between IDF and Lebanese Hizballah. Border tension is shooting up as Israeli defense leaders consider reaction. Last year, Israel warned Syria and Lebanon that next Hizballah attacks would elicit immediate Israeli air force response.

JPost: One soldier was killed and another seriously wounded in an attack on an IDF D9 bulldozer, which was deactivating a minefield along the Lebanese border Monday afternoon.

Hizbullah fired an anti-tank missile at the bulldozer Monday evening near the northern border, scoring a direct hit on the vehicle.

According to reports, the bulldozer was hit at about 5pm while clearing roadside bombs 700 meters west of Moshav Zarit on the northern border.

The seriously wounded soldier was air-lifted to Rambam hospital in Haifa. Tzi Ben-Ishai, deputy director of the hospital said the soldier was hit by shrapnel in various parts of his body, Israel Radio reported.

OC Northern Command Gen. Benny Ganz called the incident "very serious". Ganz said that those north of the border with Israel [Hizbullah and Syria] should be "concerned."

"Another sad incident by a terrorist organization in southern Lebanon, and another indication that the government of Lebanon is not fulfilling its international obligations to deploy to the border - UN resolution 425," Ganz said.

Hizbullah is believed to receive support from Iran and Syria, which occupies Lebanon and stations about 20,000 troops in the country.

A senior aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Raanan Gissin, said Syria was responsible for the attack.

"We have no intention of escalating the situation," Gissin told the AP, but Syria must "stop supporting terrorist organizations and dismantle the terrorist infrastructure that it built in Lebanon."

Channel One reported that a senior defense official said an IDF response was a matter of "when, not if." It was also reported that senior IDF officers were meeting to coordinate a response. Meanwhile, a high state of alert has been enforced thoughout the border region.

Channel two news reports that PM Ariel Sharon convened his inner cabinet in order to plan an Israeli response that will not lead to further escalation.

A Hizbullah press release transmitted on Hizbullah's Al Manar TV moments after the event said that members of Hizbullah's military wing, the Islamic Resistance at 4:35 PM fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli bulldozer that crossed the border into Lebanon near Birkat Rish.

The IDF denied that the vehicle had crossed over the border, channel One reported.

The roadside bombs were discovered two weeks ago, but are only being cleared now for operational and weather reasons, the radio reported.

"Holy warriors of the Islamic Resistance destroyed a hostile vehicle that violated the border line in the town of Marouahine in southern Lebanon," Al Manar said.

The broadcast did not give the type of vehicle or mention Israeli casualties.

The incident comes a few hours after Hizbullah fired anti-aircraft shells at IAF warplanes flying over Lebanese airspace.

With AP

Daily Camera regurgitates AP bias with headline:
ISRAELI AMBASSADOR VANDALIZES ART EXHIBIT


http://www.dailycamera.com/bdc/middle_east/article/0,1713,BDC_10836_2587258,00.html
The Camera not only chooses the word "vandalizes" for this headline, but along with most of the media, neglects to include any mention of the artists' TEXT that accompanies this disgusting exhibit. Read it, and please contact the Daily Camera:

Email openforum@dailycamera.com
Fax 303-449-9358
Phone 303-473-1304

For further reference, you may want to see the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' webpage on the bombing of the Maxim Restaurant in Haifa, carried out by this "Snow White" terrorist.

Oh, Please!

AFP: Deaf-mute Palestinian woman wounded by Israeli troops
(if you read to the very end) The woman . . . described as lightly wounded, received first aid treatment from the [Israeli] troops before being evacuated [from Nablus] to an Israeli hospital.

Elsewhere in the Terror-tories today

GAZA CITY


Palestinian students, supporters of the militant Hamas group, hold a
picture of their leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin during a demonstration
of support outside his house in Gaza City January 19, 2004. Israel
has 'marked for death' Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin . . .
Reuters/Mohammed Salem


Spiritual leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Sheik Ahmed
Yassin, bottom right, is pushed in his wheelchair by bodyguards through
a crowd of students after speaking outside his home in Gaza City,
Monday, Jan. 19, 2004. . . (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

RAMALLAH


A Palestinian woman holds up pictures of her relatives who she says
are jailed in Israel, during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah
January 19, 2004, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners.
REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Arafat is rich, but his Palestinian Authority is broke

Arutz Sheva: "Yasser Arafat is rich," reports the New York Daily News, "but his Palestinian Authority is going broke." Despite - or because of - Arafat's wealth, PA Economy Minister Maher Masri is quoted as saying, "If this situation continues... we will not be able to provide salaries next month."

The paper writes that though his people have grown poorer, Arafat himself has amassed a fortune estimated by Forbes at $300 million, putting him in sixth place on the list of richest world leaders. Israel says his real net worth exceeds $1 billion. Other analysts place the figure at closer to $3 billion.

The Palestinian Authority has received $6.5 billion in foreign aid over six years - yet Josh Block of the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC says that the PA is broke. This, he says, is because Arafat has been lining his pockets - and those of terrorist organizations - with much of the aid money for years. While nearly half the PA-area population is unemployed, Arafat's wife and daughter live in Paris on a monthly allowance of $100,000. Arafat is said to own a $55 million cement firm that controls most of the PA cement market, to hold a 23% stake in a $28.5 million casino in Jericho, and to receive profits from all gasoline imported into the PA. His money is stored in several Swiss bank accounts.

For more information, see this CBS story.
A Google News search shows this story only picked up (so far?) by the Seattle Times and the Kansas City Star.

Why it came up in a search for [Palestinian+Authority+broke], I do not know, but check out this Boston Globe article on Harkin's endorsement of Howard Dean :
Dean said there was "good and bad" in the prospect of the Palestinian militant group Hamas taking control of the Palestinian leadership. . .

Later in the day, the Dean campaign released a statement clarifying the Hamas comment, which has the potential to cost the party the votes of Jews in the general election.

"It has become crystal clear that Hamas is an unrepentant terrorist organization and the Palestinian Authority must live up to its obligations to the United States and Israel and dismantle Hamas and other terrorist groups," Dean said in the statement. "In my presidency, the United States will remain firmly committed to its special, longstanding relationship with Israel."
Why do I not feel reassured?

O'Reilly's family belonged to Democratic Party for more than 100 years

Maybe that doesn't interest you, but I thought it was fascinating. You can read Bill's editorial in the NY Daily News today, "Democrats making dangerous left turn," but that personal tidbit is the only really new thing he has to say.
RealClear Politics is a great place to check out the day's editorials and most recent polls. For example, it will lead you to today's Op-Ed in the NY Times, State of the Speech by William Safire, a fun guide to watching the State of the Union address.

After seeing a segment on FOX News Magazine last night about the state of the Arab-Israeli war, I wrote to FOXNews and told them I would never watch their network again. How many times did they say "on both sides"? I lost count. Since when is FOX in the fog of moral relativism? I thought they were past (or above) the old and tired "cycle of violence" routine. Apparently not. But they did do a good expose of the United Nations later on . . .

I agree with Banagor's "Bombast and Whining" - it would be a dream come true to have a "conservative NPR." But Banagor will have to clean up his language if he wants to make the transition. The time has come . . . bloggers on the radio!

Beautiful photographs at reference site - WashingtonPost.com

Photo Gallery called One Land, Two Peoples

There should be a link from any story on the Middle East to "Graphic: One Land, Two Peoples," under the heading "Conflict in the Middle East. Tabs at top range from "ancient times" to "Israel today" - Click the tab at far right called "Resources." Look for a link called "Enter Gallery."

The photographs are amazing, and the captions don't generally make you want to throw up.



For Israeli leaders like Gaza commander Gen. Ariel Sharon and
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, seen here visiting a Gaza refugee
camp in December 1971, controlling the Palestinian population
in Israel's new territories became a top priority. Sharon's success
in wiping out Palestinian terrorists in Gaza enhanced his reputation
for toughness. Photo: Hulton – Getty



The Palestinian drive for international recognition achieved an important
milestone in November 1974,when PLO chief Yasser Arafat was invited
to address the U.N. General Assembly . . . Photo: Bettmann – CORBIS



The leaders of the region remained committed to the Oslo agreement.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak,
King Hussein of Jordan and Yasser Arafat prepare with President Bill
Clinton for a White House ceremony on Sept. 28, 1995 to sign a second
phase of the Oslo agreement. Never did peace between Israelis and
Palestinians seem so close. White House Photo – Government Press Office

Zvi Mazel, iconoclast


Israel's ambassador to Sweden, Zvi Mazel
no doubt from the same tribe as Joe Lieberman, yes?

Jerusalem Post Opinion
As for "diplomacy," Mazel was communicating his point in the only way possible. A formal protest would merely have been "duly registered," filtered and lost in the back channels of European diplomacy. So he chose to scream. But screaming was the only option Europe now gives Israel.

Now we are told that Mazel's response was inapropriate. But what would have been the apropriate response by Israel's representative to depicting the spilt blood of its citizens by "Snow White" as a form of art? Perhaps a strongly-worded letter to the editor?

It is the great cliche of the age that art is sacrosanct. We can debate whether "Snow White and the Madness of Truth" rises to the level of art. Even if it does, art is not sacrosanct. There are values that trump art, the preservation of human life above all.

Swedish Ambassador Robert Rydberg admitted the exhibit was in "bad taste," while claiming the matter had been "blown out of proportion." It has not. If anything, the process by which Israeli lives have become cheap has not produced the outrage it deserves. The official Palestinian Authority press center even leads toward the laudatory, describing the depicted bomber as a "female resistance activist."

Israel has no business attending a conference on "Preventing Genocide" that is oblivious to the slow-motion genocide being perpetrated against Israel. We use that word deliberately, since these are not individual murders, but representative of the genocidal threats made by nations and groups against Israel that remain unimplemented only for lack of ability, not of will.
i·con·o·clast
n.
1. One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
2. One who destroys sacred religious images.

Newsday: The Roots of Hatred

"Jews are paranoiac, but they are being persecuted"

The exasperated psychiatrist with the British passport he uses every two months to get out of Gaza because the place drives him nuts laments the spiralling anti-Semitism in Europe and the Arab world. "How could Israel believe we want to make peace when we talk about them in such a negative way and only make them more paranoid?" asked Eyad Serraj, one of Gaza's most widely respected intellectuals. "When you're so frightened, you only believe in the use of force to protect yourself. Israel is a culture of fear fed by Arab demagoguery, by Arabs' hateful slogans." But do Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other extremist Islamic group, really want to kill all the Jews? "Yes, of course, absolutely," he said.
Read all of this. It's very scattered, but I must say, it is chilling to the bone and soul to read this discussion of why people want to kill us. I feel a bit under-the-microscope as the author tries to gauge if the present Islamic hatred and murderous impulse toward us Jews is the same hatred and murderous impulse as the Nazis' . . .
. . . read Jews' letters to the editor in Israel or France, talk to Jews in Jerusalem or Auschwitz or London, and many say they fear as never before that radical Islamists increasingly are determined to kill all of the world's Jews. Perhaps at no point since World War II do Jews feel that their very existence is more threatened than now. "Jews are paranoiac, but they are being persecuted," said Yehuda Bauer, one of Israel's leading specialists on anti-Semitism. . .
How many Jews were killed by the Nazis? the author asks.

[Palestinians] Emad and his friend Wael Siam, 14, looked confused. "We have no knowledge of that," Siam said.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Mom Bomb was preggers

From Imshin at Not a Fish
Bish [Imshin's husband] noticed a piece of interesting gossip on one of the more popular Israeli current affairs forums.

Writes one Nitzan Or, that according to a news item on Arab radio station Monte Carlo, Rim Sallah al-Riashy, the twenty two year old female suicide bomber, married and mother of two from one of the wealthiest families in Gaza, that blew herself up in the border crossing between Gaza and Israel on Wednesday morning, did so because she was five months pregnant from her husband’s cousin and was going to die anyway, to pay for the dishonor she had caused her family.

The radio station explained that her husband encouraged her to be a suicide bomber so she would at least save the family’s honor. The Hamas promised to look after her daughters until they were married.
UPDATE: Good work, Bish and Imshin! This "gossip" is being confirmed Monday morning at Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot.

The Fence and the Hague




I've been avoiding the Hague like the plague, trying to hold off approaching the issue until it really happens. Well, we're getting close now.

Last month, the UN General Assembly -where the vote is usually all countries but four (USA, Israel, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands) against Israel- asked the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion on the legality of Israel's anti-terrorist security fence wall barrier.

According to a piece in the International Herald Tribune tomorrow, by David Rivkin and Darin Bartram, that court "clearly understands the stakes" and, "given the stakes involved, neutrality is not an option" for the United States, Britain and other key powers. What is at stake is apparently the whole of international law - its norms, its utility and its future. These writers hold that it is important for the US and its allies to strongly support the legality of the fence, even if they disagree with the policy of employing it.

The two sides have until the end of this month to submit arguments. The League of Arab Nations will take part alongside the Palestinians, and Alan Dershowitz, high profile Harvard law professor, has offered to help Israel - according to The Straits Times. This account holds that it is the "occupation" which is on trial, and quotes the Hebrew-only paper, Yediot Ahronot, as saying Israel will spend about US$1 million in legal fees and is hiring three of the world's top public relations firms. It's high time.

Joel Katzman, writing in the Israel Insider points out what is uppermost in my mind, that
" . . . decaying 'pillars' of the world community and justice have blatantly ignorned or rejected the righteousness of bringing to trial Arab/Islamic terrorists who have committed irrefutable human rights violations, of the most serious and hideous kind against Israeli citizens and the citizens of many other nations.

Moreover, the Hague court and UN's commitment to demoting Israeli security, while promoting and pandering to the needs and complaints of those that perpetrate terror and destruction throughout the world, implicates these world institution as being a major participants in fueling rising anti-Israel sentiment, and anti-Semitism in general."
The views of Professor Jeremy Rabkin - a NY Jewish Republican with Harvard PhD, lecturer on governance at Cornell University, and respected researcher of national sovereignty and international law - are outlined in an article called Hague, Schmague, What Does it Matter? at something called Ocnus.Net:
"If Israel accepts the [court's] decision, it will actually be allowing its security matters to be decided by a bunch of bureaucrats at The Hague, which is illogical. I think Israel is facing an uncomfortable situation. If you present your claims, it will look as if you recognize the authority of the tribunal before which you are presenting the claim, and if you say that you totally reject the very holding of the hearing and do not even want to participate in it, this will increase the risk that the ruling handed down will be to your detriment."

In Rabkin's opinion, the idea that it is possible to rule whether a certain act, such as the construction of a separation fence in the middle of the West Bank, contravenes international law or constitutes a war crime, is a ridiculous idea.

"To say such a thing means to think that there are clear laws and that all one has to do is check the answer," says Rabkin. "We do not live in such a world. After all, no serious man would believe that if people would only obey international law then there would be peace and security for all.

"The most important goal is to achieve peace and security, and these are not achieved by pretending that there is a reliable law in the world that applies to everyone. It is stupid to think that we will achieve this via The Hague. What does it matter what they think at The Hague? They will not ensure peace and security for Israel. People want to believe that there is someone there who will tell us what to do and then we will be protected. I'm sorry, but there is no such person.

One must understand that neither the ICJ nor the UN is a world government, and the simple fact that there is a majority of nations that think a certain way does not make it the law. What does it matter what Guatemala or Latvia or Sweden think about the construction of the fence? Is there some sort of common interest here? Of course not. There is no country in the world that is subject to continuous terror attacks as Israel is. There is no fair trial at the ICJ - only a vote."
Whew, I thought maybe we were in trouble.

Shmuck!



Teddy Kennedy in the Washington Post today
"There was no imminent threat. Hussein had no nuclear weapons, no arsenals of chemical or biological weapons, no connection to Sept. 11 and no plausible link to al Qaeda. We never should have gone to war for ideological reasons driven by politics and based on manipulated intelligence. . . .

Vast resources have been spent on the war that should have been spent on priorities at home. Our forces are stretched thin. Precious lives have been lost. The war has made America more hated in the world and made the war on terrorism harder to win. . .

President Bush violated the trust that must exist between government and the people."

Read the whole thing, if you wish.

TK and fellow far-Lefties remind me of the blind men and the elephant. If they were not blind, they would be able to "see" the implications of the following recent quote:
". . . the march of resistance will continue until the Islamic flag is raised, not only over the minarets of Jerusalem, but over the whole universe," Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said.
TK: There is a threat, it is imminent, there may be nukes involved, there are arsenals, there are connections, interconnections and links. More precious lives will likely be lost. And p.s., who cares if we are hated? I care mostly about me and my loved ones not getting dead, thank you very much. -Yael




So Says Sheik Palazzi:

Both the Jewish and Islamic Scriptures teach that God, through His chosen servant Moses, decided to free the offspring of Jacob from slavery in Egypt and to constitute them as heirs of the Promised Land. Whoever claims that Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel is something new and rooted in human politics denies divine revelation and divine prophecy as explicitly expressed in our Holy Books (the Bible and Qur'an).

The Qur'an relates the words by which Moses ordered the Israelites to conquer the Land:

"And [remember] when Moses said to his people: 'O my people, call in remembrance the favour of God unto you, when he produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave to you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people, enter the Holy Land which God has assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.'" [Qur'an 5:20-21]

Moreover - and those who try to use Islam as a weapon against Israel always conveniently ignore this point - the Holy Qur'an explicitly refers to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel before the Last Judgment - where it says:

"And thereafter We [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'" [Qur'an17:104]

Therefore, from an Islamic point of view, there is NO fundamental reason which prohibits Muslims from recognizing Israel as a friendly State.

PLO documents can in no way be regarded as Islamic. The PLO leaders are a gang of criminals and thieves, and Arabs will be the main victims of any supposed "Palestinian State" under their leadership.

I do not believe that Islam is the factor preventing normalization between Arabs and the State of Israel. The real problem is that members of the ruling classes in Arab countries believe their authority and power would be threatned by democracy, modernization, and education in the Arab world. They use a distorted interpretation of Islam as a political tool, and unfortunately the majority of uneducated Arabs believe their poisonous propaganda.

More at HasidicGentile.org.



from Shirl's friend, Sharon G., in Jerusalem

Write to Ambassador Mazel
It occurred to me that if we were to take a minute to let the Ambassador [to Sweden, Zvi Mazel] know that what he did was not only the right thing to do but that we applaud his courage in doing it, we might be able to coast for the rest of the day on that one mitzvah alone.

So, if you want to make a brave man feel good about his bravery -- and make yourself feel good in the process -- drop him a short note and tell him BRAVO! (put that in your subject line, as I did, so he'll know what to expect when he opens your email). His email address is israel-ambass@telia.com.

He'll be back in the Embassy Monday and it would be great if he had a lot of congratulatory emails waiting for him. If those smug, holier than thou Europeans are starting to get to you, then this is your chance to say thanks to someone who told them off on all our behalfs. Go to it and thanks in advance!
If you don't know what she's talking about, see story below, of the Ambassador smashing art exhibit in Sweden because it glorified a terrorist suicide bomber. Scroll down til you see pictures of a "bloody pool" with a photo of a face floating in it. That would be "Snow White" (name of the art).
To Tvi Mazel, Israeli Ambassador to Sweden:

I am so proud of the action you took toward the art installation in Stockholm that glorified a suicide bomber. You have truly represented your people and your country well, with integrity and courage. Kol hakavod! You should be blessed with a good and long life, and much success.

Anne Lieberman
Boulder, Colorado, USA


Now, c'mon, which is the obstacle to peace?



A general view of the Israeli outpost Givat Haroeh near the West Bank
town of Nablus January 18, 2004 . . . REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen



Militants from the radical Islamic group Hamas take part in a rally
in Gaza City. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of
Gaza to demonstrate their support for Hamas spiritual leader
Sheikh Ahmad Yassin after a senior Israeli defence official said
he was marked for elimination.(AFP/File/Mahmud Hams)

Headlines from the Arab press

Translated and provided by MEMRI
January 18, 2004
IN DEFENSE OF THE GENEVA DOCUMENT, FORMER PALESTINIAN INFORMATION MINISTER YASSER ABED RABBO SAID THAT 'THE RETURN OF ALL THE REFUGEES TO PALESTINE WILL MEAN THAT WE ARE AGAIN BRINGING UP THE SOLUTION OF THE FULL LIBERATION [OF PALESTINE] FROM THE SEA TO THE RIVER.' (AL-HAYAT, LONDON, 1/18/04)

January 18, 2004
SYRIAN VICE PRESIDENT ABED AL-HALIM KHADDAM SAID IRAQ IS PART OF THE DANGER THAT THREATENS SYRIA, AND THAT IF CERTAIN FORCES HAD THEIR WAY ALL ARABS AND MUSLIMS WOULD FACE A FUTURE OF OPPRESSION. (TESHREEN, SYRIA, 1/18/04)

January 18, 2004
A FATAH WEB FORUM POSTED A COMMUNIQUÉ BY WHAT APPEARS TO BE A NEW MOVEMENT, THE BLACK CHEETAH, IN WHICH IT PROMISES TO STRIKE AT EVERYTHING CONNECTED WITH THE OCCUPATION, IN AND OUTSIDE OF PALESTINE. THE MOVEMENT WARNED THAT ITS ACTIONS WILL 'STRIKE AT ALL THE ENEMY'S INTERESTS ABROAD,' WILL 'HELP STUDENT MOVEMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITIES, PARTICULARLY IN JORDAN,' AND WILL 'UPROOT THE CULTURE OF THE ENEMY' AND RECRUIT THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO THE CAUSE. (HTTP://MOLTAQA.FATEH.TV/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?S=&THREADID=2877)

January 18, 2004
HAMAS'S MILITARY WING, THE IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES, RESPONDED TO ISRAEL'S THREAT TO RENEW TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS IN A COMMUNIQUÉ BY STATING THAT ISRAEL WOULD PAY DEARLY FOR IT AND THAT 'WE WILL NOT PERMIT THE ZIONISTS TO TAKE PLEASURE IN THEIR NAZI CRIMES BEFORE WE DROWN THEM IN THEIR OWN BLOOD.' (HTTP://WWW.PALESTINE-INFO.INFO/ARABIC/HAMAS/STATEMENTS/2004/17_1_04.HTM)

January 18, 2004
HAMAS'S MILITARY WING, THE IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES, ALSO STATED THAT THE ONES DESERVING DEATH WERE THE LEADERS OF THE ZIONIST GANGS, AND THAT JIHAD AND MARTYRDOM OPERATIONS WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL THE LAND OF THE MUSLIMS WAS LIBERATED, THE LAST PALESTINIAN REFUGEE HAD RETURNED, SECURITY WOULD BE PROVIDED FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, AND THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE WOULD BE PURGED OF THE ZIONIST DEFILEMENT. (HTTP://WWW.PALESTINE-INFO.INFO/ARABIC/HAMAS/STATEMENTS/2004/16_1_04.HTM)

January 18, 2004
THE SYRIAN COMMITTEES FOR THE REVIVAL OF CIVIL SOCIETY ARE PLANNING A CAMPAIGN OF SUPPORT FOR THE MORE THAN 20 DARIA PRISONERS WHO RECEIVED JAIL SENTENCES FOLLOWING A SECRET TRIAL WITH NO LEGAL DEFENSE. (AKHBAR AL-SHARQ, SYRIA, 1/17/04)

January 18, 2004
THE PALESTINIAN NEWS AGENCY WAFA REPORTED THAT ARAFAT ADVISOR NABIL ABU RUDEINEH DENIED MEDIA REPORTS THAT THE PA HAD ASKED HIZBULLAH NOT TO INCLUDE MARWAN BARGHOUTI ON THE LIST OF PRISONERS THAT ISRAEL MUST RELEASE. ABU RUDEINEH ADDED THAT BARGHOUTI IS THE FIRST PRISONER THAT THE PA REQUIRES RELEASED. (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA, 1/17/04)

January 16, 2004
AN EDITORIAL IN THE SAUDI GAZETTE CRITICIZED THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT FOR NEVER HAVING OFFERED A REWARD FOR THE CAPTURE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN, AND CALLED ON IT TO OFFER A REWARD OF $50 MILLION, IN ADDITION TO THE AMERICAN REWARD CURRENTLY OFFERED, SAYING THAT BIN LADEN 'HAS OPENLY THREATENED OUR COUNTRY, OUR SECURITY, AND OUR PROSPERITY FOR YEARS.' (SAUDI GAZETTE, 1/15/04)

January 16, 2004
THE WORLD ASSEMBLY OF MUSLIM YOUTH (WAMY), A SAUDI CHARITY THAT HAS BEEN SUSPECTED OF HAVING TERRORIST TIES, REPORTS THAT ITS DONATIONS COLLECTED OVER THE PAST YEAR HAVE DROPPED BY 70%. (SAUDI GAZETTE, 1/15/04)

January 16, 2004
THREE MEN WITH 19.5 BILLION IRAQI DINARS ($12 MILLION) WERE ARRESTED AT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. IT HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED WHO OWNS THE MONEY. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
THE PALESTINIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVED THE FY2004 BUDGET WHICH SHOWS A DEFICIT OF $890 MILLION. MINISTER OF FINANCE FAYYADH SAID DONOR COUNTRIES WILL COVER MOST OF THE DEFICIT WITH GRANTS OF $650 MILLION. IT WAS IMPERATIVE, HE SAID, THAT SALARIES ARE PAID TO INDIVIDUAL SECURITY OFFICIALS DIRECTLY RATHER THAN IN A LUMP SUM TO SECURITY AGENCIES TO AVOID CORRUPTION AND WASTE. (OKAZ, SAUDI ARABIA, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
FRIDAY SERMONS ACROSS IRAQ TODAY ECHOED DEMANDS BY SHI'A CLERIC AYATOLLAH ALI AL-SISTANI FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS BEFORE THE TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. (AL-JAZEERA TV, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
A NEWS STORY ABOUT THE ARREST OF SADDAM SAYS THAT HE WAS ARRESTED BY AN IRAQI GROUP OF THE AL-BOGHER TRIBE WHICH DEMANDED $100 MILLION FROM THE U.S. TO TURN HIM OVER. THE NEGOTIATIONS LASTED FOR 20 DAYS. ACCORDING TO THE STORY THE NEWS ABOUT HIS ARREST WAS LEAKED TO RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE, WHICH CAUSED THE U.S. TO EXPEDITE THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR SADDAM'S SURRENDER. (OKAZ, SAUDI ARABIA, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
A CAR BOMB EXPLODED OUTSIDE A CHRISTIAN BIBLE SOCIETY AND CHURCH IN PAKISTAN, INJURING SEVEN PEOPLE AND DAMAGING THE EXTERIOR OF THE CHURCH. THE TARGET HAD PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED THREATS AGAINST IT. (SAUDI PRESS AGENCY, 1/15/04)

January 16, 2004
HAMAS SPIRITUAL LEADER SHEIKH AHMAD YASSIN SAID REGARDING HAMAS'S AGREEMENT TO A PALESTINIAN STATE WITHIN THE 1967 BORDERS THAT THE MOVEMENT'S AGREEMENT WAS SUBJECT TO SEVERAL CONDITIONS: REALIZATION OF THE RIGHT OF RETURN, NON-RECOGNITION OF THE ZIONIST ENTITY, AND NO CONCESSIONS ON 'OUR RIGHT TO OUR LAND AND OUR HISTORIC HOMELAND IN HISTORIC PALESTINE.' (HTTP://WWW.PALESTINE-INFO.INFO/ARABIC/HAMAS/HEWAR/YASEEN3.HTM, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
AT THE FUNERAL OF RIM AL-RAISHI, WHO BLEW HERSELF UP AT THE EREZ CHECKPOINT, HER BROTHER SAID HE FELT HONOR THAT SHE HAD CARRIED OUT THE OPERATION, AND THAT HE HAD NOT EXPECTED HIS SISTER TO DO SUCH A THING. (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
SAUDI ARABIA HAS AGREED TO REBUILD 600 HOUSES DESTROYED BY ISRAEL IN PA AREA. THEY WILL BE BUILT IN CLUSTERS OF 100 HOMES EACH. U.A.E. HAS AGREED TO REBUILD THE JENIN REFUGEE CAMP. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/16/04)