Contents: Jerusalem News nos 571-600

Jerusalem News-571
Date: 9 Shevet 5767, 28 January 2007
1. Church of England Helped Create Israel
2. The Anglo-Christian Stakes in Israel
3.There is No Conspiracy Theory: There is Collusion and Accepted Attitude
A Look at The "Nazi" Model

1. Church of England Helped Create Israel
Anglicans helped create Israel

Matthew Wagner, THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 26, 2007

Evangelical Anglicans of the 19th century played a central role in the process that led to the establishment of the State of Israel, according to documents to be made available for the first time next week by the Christ Church Center near Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.

"It is impossible to understand the Balfour Declaration of 1917 without first understanding the theological developments that reached their peak in 1850," said Kelvin Crombie, a historian and member of the Christian Missionary Among the Jewish People (CMJ).

"In the 19th century, evangelical Christianity had a major impact on Britain's political leadership," said Crombie. "There was a strong belief among British political leadership that the second coming of Jesus would not happen until the Jews returned to the Land of Israel."

On February 4 the CMJ will officially open the Conrad Schick Library and Archive to historians. The two most important documents to be made available to researchers are Jewish Missionary Intelligence, a scholarly journal published by the CMJ since 1809, and the diaries of central evangelical figures who were active in Israel.

Schick, who was influenced by Evangelical Anglican theology, was a building contractor who was instrumental in the construction of the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Mea She'arim and Rehavia.

Prof. Haim Goren, a historian and dean of students at Tel Chai Academic College, said the thesis that British Evangelicals helped pave the way for a Jewish state was gaining legitimacy.

"Only in the 1970s did Israeli historians begin to admit to the involvement of Christians in the establishment of the State of Israel," he said. "Until then there was apologetics. Jews felt the need to justify their right to the Land of Israel and to emphasize what they had done."

Researchers connected with the CMJ said they had a clear agenda in opening up the archives to historians.

"We want Jews to be aware of Christianity's positive approach to Zionism," said one researcher, who admitted that several people at CMJ were involved in missionary activities among Israelis.

Known by Christians as "the restoration," the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and their eventual conversion to Christianity was central to the eschatological beliefs of leading figures of 19th century Britain.

"The idea was to bring Jews to Israel before the end of days so they would get the 'right' religion," said Goren.

During this period the Anglican Church was heavily influenced by evangelical theology, said Crombie.

"The tail end of the evangelical trend in the Anglican Church was marked by the Balfour Declaration," he said. "By 1920 the Anglican Church was becoming decidedly pro-Arab and anti-Zionist, due primarily to British oil interests."

Surprisingly, when the Jewish people were finally granted a state, many of the Messianic Jews and evangelical Anglicans left Israel.

"I think many of them had a hard time accepting the gory, blood-and-guts reality of a Jewish people with an army that waged war," said Crombie. "Most had a sort of idealized vision of redemption." 

2. The Anglo-Christian Stakes in Israel
Evangelicals and Israel: Theological Roots of a Political Alliance
by Donald Wagner

3. There is No Conspiracy Theory: There is Collusion and Accepted Attitude
A Look at The "Nazi" Model

Conspiracy Theories are wrong.
Often they are outrightly evil and frequently the product of sick minds.
Nevertheless they do hold an attraction because they help explain what is going on around us.
What goes on around us however is a product of ourselves and our neighbors.
Change ourselves and we can begin changing what is accepted by those in "charge" of us meaning not only governmental bodies but also the media and all the other entities who in principle should be "serving" us.
There are two basic models of governing:
(1 The Autocratic Stalinist Type where everything is planned from above.
(2 The German Type where everything emanates from society
The Germanic Type is probably more efficient.
The Nazis were autocrats in so far as they executed or imprisoned anyone who did not toe the line.  The West did not act in such a way which however hides the fact that much of the West followed an autocratic model. In the British Army for instance a blind obedience of orders was expected whereas amongst the Germans local initiative was expected and obtained.
[see, "Alamein", by Stephen Bungay, 2002, UK.]
In the West we tend to delude ourselves into thinking that we are more independent than we are, Or we suppress independent thought when such is just what is needed.
Nevertheless modern Western Society follows to a degree the Germanic model which is why much of what happens appears to be directed from the top whereas in fact this is only partially correct.
As an example as to what we are referring to consider the following extract:

Laurence Rees, "The Nazis. A Warning from History", 1997, pp.53-54
<<Hitler was not a dictator like Stalin who sent countless letters and orders interfering with policy, yet he exercised as much or more ultimate authority over the state and was at least as secure as a dictator. How was this possible? How could a modern state function with a leader who spent a great deal of time in his bedroom or in a cafe? One answer has been provided by Professor Ian Kershaw in a careful study of a seemingly unimportant speech given by Werner Willikens, State Secretary in the Ministry of Food, on 21 February 1934. Willikens said: 'Everyone who has the opportunity to observe it knows that the Fuhrer can hardly dictate from above every-thing he intends to realize sooner or later. On the contrary, up till now everyone with a post in the new Germany has worked best when he has, so to speak, worked towards the fact it is the duty of everybody to try to work towards the Fuhrer along the lines he would wish. Anyone who makes mistakes will notice it soon enough. But anyone who really works towards the Fuhrer along his lines and towards his goal will certainly both now and in the future one day have the finest reward in the form of the sudden legal confirmation of his work.''
<<`Working towards the Fuhrer' suggests a strange kind of political structure. Not one in which those in power issue orders but one in which those at the lower end of the hierarchy initiate policies themselves within what they take to be the spirit of the regime and carry on implementing them until corrected. Perhaps the nearest example we have in British history occurred when Henry II is supposed to have said, `Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?' and the barons rushed to Canterbury to murder Thomas a Becket. No direct order was given, but the courtiers sensed what would please their liege lord.
<<Professor Kershaw believes that the practice of `working towards the Fiihrer' is a key insight into understanding how the Nazi state functioned, not just in the 1930s, but also during the war, and is particularly relevant when examining the provenance of many of the administrative decisions taken in the occupied territories. It gives the lie to the excuse offered by some Nazis that they were just `acting under orders'. Often, in fact, they were creating their own orders within the spirit of what they believed was required of them. Nor does the idea of `working towards the Fuhrer' excuse Hitler from blame. The reason Nazi functionaries acted as they did was because they were trying to make an informed judgement about what Hitler wanted of them and, more often than not, the substance of their actions was retrospectively legitimized. The system could not have functioned without Hitler or without those subordinates who initiated what they believed were desired policies.
<<`Working towards the Fuhrer' can be used to explain the decision-making process in many of those areas of domestic policy that Hitler, through temperament, neglected...

This is in fact approximately what happens today: A University Professor may not get a job if he voices pro-Bible opinions.  A journalist may not be told what to write but he will understand what will be considered acceptable and what not.
There is also a human tendency that once a person agrees to do something whether under duress or not their own need for self-esteem seeks to justify the course of action taken and accept responsibility for it.
A recent report remarked that:
In Israel the headmasters of non-religious schools are often in favor of programs that impart a general religious knowledge or Biblical message.  Most of the parents are also in favor of such a policy. One or two parents however will nearly always protest and threaten to cause so much trouble that the notion will be dropped before it begins.
This lack of such programs then becomes part of the consensus concerning "secular" values.
This is the only real "conspiracy" that exists.
It is the activism of one party versus the inactivity of the other.

Jerusalem News-572
Date: 10 Shevet 5767, 29 January 2007
1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.40
2. Iran Backing Syrian Regime
3. David Pryce-Jones: "Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews"

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.40
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 10:41:38 -0500
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.40

explorator 9.40 January 28, 2006

A snake spell in a pyramid might be the oldest Semitic
inscription: (USA Today),SpellCat.article

The pharmacy in Ancient Egypt:

A number of Punic and Phoenician artifacts have been donated
to Heritage Malta:

The Dor shipwreck has been dated to the 8th century A.D./C.E.: (Live Science via Yahoo)

Brief/vague item on the discovery of aqueduct remains in

... while the 'saga' side of Temple Mount continues:,7340,L-3355279,00.html

The City of David dig has uncovered a pilgrim's road:

Ancient Egyptian mathematics:

An interesting 'how they built the pyramids' suggestion:

A Bronze Age fertility temple from Apulia (I don't buy it): (ANSA)

Tons o coverage on the recovery of some gladiator reliefs in
Italy (this is really Crime Beat material, but I don't want the
Classicists among us to miss it): (Sun) (Daily Mail) (IOL) (IHT)

Very interesting Gallic burial near Normandy:

Not sure how they'll find evidence that Hadrian actually
stayed near his wall:

Remains of a large Roman building near Cambs (UK):

Roman influence in India?:

Review of Martin Goodman, *Rome and Jerusalem*:,,1999581,00.html

A Viking ship near Dublin?: (AFP via Yahoo)

Interesting item on the Tara Brooch:

They're going back to the Hobbit cave:

"Craniotomy" in ancient China:

Interesting (but short) slideshow of finds from a Three Kingdoms
era brick (!) tomb:

A "Pompeii-like" (not really) Female Factory site from Tasmania:

Metallurgy in ancient India: (HTimes)

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

Yalies in Alaska:

Review of Charles Rappleye, *Sons of Providence*:

Review of Matthew Warshauer, *Andrew Jackson and the Politics
of Martial Law*:

Review of John Sedgwick, *In My Blood*:

Review of Michael Oren, *Power, Faith and Fantasy*:
Evidence of Olmec influence near Mexico City (!):

An interesting relic of the Wari civilization: (LS via Yahoo)

The oldest writing from the Americas:
On the DNA front, a Yorkshire 'clan' has definite connections
to Africa:

The history of the brassiere:

Keeping Ladino alive: (Forward)


OpEd piece pondering Japan's role as 'cultural looter':

Another story about recovering Nazi loot:,,-6365997,00.html

The Medals Collector:

Canada's latest silver dollar: (photo)

Big bucks are expected for Hong Kong banknote coming to auction:


Ancient Coin Collecting:

2. Iran Backing Syrian Regime

Background: Syria is ruled by the Assad Family and the Alawi sect.
The Alawis are pagan moon-worshippers who recently accepted a semblance of Islam but are rejected by most Muslims.
Psychologically and socially the Alawis would be grouped with the Shiites.
Most Muslims in Syria are Sunnis and against the Alawis.
Other predominantly Sunni entities include the Palestrinians,  Jordanians, Saudis, and the anti-American forces in  Iraq.
The Persians are Shiites and so are the ruling elements in Iraq and many of the Muslims in Lebanon.
The Hizbollah in Lebanon is Shiite and controlled by Iran in coordination with Syria.
Iranian influence in Syria strengthens a de facto Shiite from Iran through Iraq into Syria and continuing in Lebanon.
On the one hand we have a united Muslim front against Israel.
On the other hand there exists the ingredients of a Sunni-Shiite confrontration.

Iran bankrolling militias to prop up Assad in Syria
Geostrategy-Direct,, January 31, 2007

NICOSIA - Iran has been financing the formation of militias loyal to the
regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Syrian opposition sources said Teheran has transferred tens of millions of
dollars to organize, equip and finance at least two major militias under
Assad's direct control. The sources said the militias include Shi'ites, with
many of them trained in and sent by Iran.

"The alliance between Syria and Iran dates back more than two decades, and
was explicitly reaffirmed by the two ruling regimes as recently as January
2005," said Ammar Abdul Hamid, director of the Tharwa Foundation and a
leading Syrian dissident. "Indeed, the two are now joined at the hip."

Abdul Hamid said Assad turned to Iran to help his regime amid sagging
support within the Syrian military. He said Iran has increased its influence
in the Syrian military and intelligence community.

"For Assad and his supporters, survival is more important than sovereignty,"
Abdul Hamid said.

The sources said Iran has sent trainers and operatives from the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Basij militia to Syria. They said the
Shi'ite operatives have been training Alawites and Kurds to organize
pro-regime militias outside Damascus.

Syria has reimbursed Iran by providing its military with a base in Zabadani
near the Lebanese border. The sources said the Iranians have also manned a
facility in Mazraa, near the military airport outside Damascus.

"The Iranians are directing much of the military activity in the region," an
opposition source said.

The opposition source said Assad has witnessed a decline in support within
his Alawite community. Many in the Alawite minority believe that Assad's
pro-Iranian policy would spark a backlash by the majority Sunni community.

In 2005, Assad agreed to the deployment of Iranian commanders in virtually
every major Syrian military base, sources said. Iranian officers have
overseen the operation of strategic facilities, including radar stations and
missile production.

"Growing Iranian influence over the Syrian security apparatus is well
established," said Abdul Hamid. "And Iran is funding an effort to create
Syrian Shi'ite militias to compensate for Assad's sagging support in the
army and in the minority Alawite community. Assad cannot turn his back on
all of this."

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. David Pryce-Jones: "Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews"
A briefing by David Pryce-Jones
November 2, 2006
Extracts Only

The Middle East Forum presented the eminent author David Pryce-Jones to discuss his new book, Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews (Encounter, 2006). The goal in this study, he explained, was to "examine the very strange behavior of the French" in their policy toward Arabs and Jews since the nineteenth century. His narrative centers on the latter half of the twentieth century, but with a look at its roots in France's past.

Mr. Pryce-Jones pointed out a paradox in French left: As authors of the Rights of Man and creators of the slogan Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity), the French left a legacy of democratic ideals to the West. So why is it, he asks, that in international crises throughout the last three or four decades, "the French have obstructed every major Western initiative and policy, and although they declare themselves to be acting in the name of peace, they are in fact encouraging, at best confusion, and at worst, war, and violence."

In Mr. Pryce-Jones's view, the West is locked in a serious confrontation with Islam, in which deep historic forces are at play. The fragmentation of the Muslim world, including strife between Sunni and Sh'ia and among groups within those sects, is cause for the eventual defeat of Islam. He believes that the West can win the struggle, but only if it stays united. He suggests that the French are "fragmenting us and nullifying our efforts."

Two themes are woven throughout Betrayal: the French conceptions of the Muslims and the Jews. The phrase "la France est une puissance musulmane" (France is a Muslim power), which came into common usage during the reign of Napoleon III and was repeated generation after generation by the French regime, sparked Mr. Pryce-Jones's interest in French foreign policy. This ran contrary to centuries of France billing itself as a Christian power and basing its policies upon protecting the Christians in the Holy Land, then part of the Ottoman Empire. The idea of France as a Muslim power, Mr. Pryce-Jones argues, is "a fantasy – France is not a Muslim power and cannot be a Muslim power. It is a mirage that France can take advantage of Arabs and the Muslims and incorporate them into its imperial designs." He suggests that the French borrowed the phrase from the British, who at the same period thought of Britain as a Muslim power through its colonization of India. The British knew, however, that they were not a Muslim power, and that they were actually ruling the Indians.

The French conception of the Jews, Mr. Pryce-Jones points out, derives from the French Revolution. Quoting the Conte de Clermont-Tonnerre's famous saying to the General Assembly, ‘To the Jews as individuals everything, to the Jews as a nation nothing', he notes that the French attitude toward the Jews is defined by what the French think they ought to be, not by how Jews define themselves. Mr. Pryce-Jones has documented centuries of "astonishing anti-Jewish animus" in the archives of the Quai d'Orsay. The tenor of the bias against the Jews is that they cannot act independently; they are the pawns of a hostile external power which varies along with the circumstances, be it the British, the Germans, or the Russians.

Therefore, the rise of Zionism in the nineteenth century is a shock to the French, who suddenly discover that the Jews have agency. The French do everything they can to stifle Zionism, inventing conspiracy theories blaming the Jews. The French sought to impede the creation of the Jewish state, and later opposed Israeli foreign policy. Mr. Pryce-Jones traces this "extraordinarily fantastic interpretation of what's going on in the Arab world and in the Jewish world" among generations of French diplomats, who "believe rubbish" despite their being among the most sophisticated people in the world.

Mr. Pryce-Jones centers his account on the split in French foreign policy circles during a brief period in the 1950s when French and Israeli interests coincided. Arab nationalism threatened the French position in North Africa and Israel during the Suez crisis. But while the French Ministry of Defense supported Israel, the Quai d'Orsay did all it could to stop the ministry's arms sales and pro-Israel attitude. By 1958, when Charles De Gaulle came back to office, he adopted the Quai's viewpoint and French foreign policy reverted to its anti-Israel position. By 1967, the French were outright opponents of Israel.

The French supported Qaddafi, even selling him arms when they had sanctions against Israel, but he was too unstable a figure on which to base policy. So they chose Saddam Hussein and Yasir Arafat...

Mr. Pryce-Jones emphasizes France's disturbing role in bringing about the Iranian Revolution, which he calls the "most important revolution in modern times". France received Khomeini in 1978, when it was clear he was planning an insurrection against the shah, and provided him lines of communication through which to mobilize demonstrations. This is the most dramatic example of the French penchant for harboring Islamic extremists, Mr. Pryce-Jones points out, noting that they granted a safe haven to Haj Amin el-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem, returning him to the Middle East when he was wanted as a war criminal in 1945. He concludes that "twice now the world has been handicapped by French-harbored monsters – Haj Amin and Khomeini – who were fascists."

Mr. Pryce-Jones discussed the immigration of Muslims and Arabs into France, which began after WWII and accelerated greatly after French rights and welfare benefits were granted them in 1974. Today, Muslims constitute 10 percent of the French population, not including illegal immigrants. The problem, Mr. Pryce-Jones points out, is that the Muslim population is not assimilated because the French government makes little effort to integrate it, and Muslims live with 60-70 percent unemployment in slummy suburbs with drug and crime problems. They live in a society apart from the French, factors that contributed to the rioting and violence in France in late 2005.

It is "safe to say that the French state lost control of these people, to the Muslim street" which to the Jews of France is a serious matter. Some Jewish reactions are reminiscent of the 1930s, with the chief rabbi cautioning Jews not to wear their yarmulkes in the street. The French state is critical of Israel, but "does everything appeasing and surrendering to Arabs." The two themes – France as a "puissance musulmane" and no nationality for the Jews – have collided, and as Mr. Pryce-Jones notes, the French government has refused to stand by its Jewish population.

Iran, which threatens genocide and death to Americans and Jews, will present "a test of our whole civilization," says Mr. Pryce-Jones. France is once again blocking U.S. efforts, choosing to appease a genocidal state. During the July 2006 fighting in the Middle East, France stopped short of siding with Hizbullah, but justified it and criticized Israel.

"To understand how France got into this muddle is the purpose of Betrayal, how they have taken this position that the Jews are not a nation, must never be a nation, while incorporating Muslims into their nation." The problem, argues Mr. Pryce-Jones, is that the French "believe their own fairy tale."

Jerusalem News-573
Date: 12 Shevet 5767, 319 January 2007
1. Art: Seascapes off the Coast of Wales
2. The anti-Israelite Nazi Agenda of the Ford Foundation
3. 2006: Hottest year in U.S. history

1. Art: Seascapes off the Coast of Wales

2. The anti-Israelite Nazi Agenda of the Ford Foundation

 Ford Foundation funds Mexican (Atzltan) Racist anti-Americans

Ford Foundation boasts of funding Quisling elements in Israeli society

Ford Foundation funds Homosexual Activities in Jerusalem

Ford Foundation pays for anti-Israel activism in USA

Ford Foundation pays for anti-Jewish hate literature in Africa

Ford Foundation funds pro-Terrorist Palestinian groups

The Nazi Roots of the Ford Foundation

The Nazi Connects of Ford Motors

3. 2006: Hottest year in U.S. history
Preliminary analyses of weather data gathered from more than 1,200 sites across the continental United States indicate that last year was the warmest on record.

Jerusalem News-574
Date: 13 Shevet 5767, 1 February 2007
1. FDR of Jewish Descent? Fact or Hoax?
2. South African Tragedy
3. DNA: Maps of R1b Clade Distributions


1. FDR of Jewish Descent? Fact or Hoax?
From: JerseySoreGuy1184 <>
Subject: FDR and his Jewish roots


The Roosevelt 's  were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (Originally named Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano,
FDR's mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews.


2. South African Tragedy
From: Ben
Subject: Last negative email from SA, I'm immigrating!

Here are some of my own personal thoughts on our dreamy Democracy:
Everybody knows this already and every one of you most probably have been held at gunpoint or shot at, or burgled, or discriminated against, or raped, or hijacked or mugged in the last few years here in our wonderful South African Democracy (read: rampant communist xenophobic reverse-apartheid racist state bent on European destruction and utter degradation)
For those of you who arent South Africans - let me give you the 101 of South African life:
When somebody is not trying to kill you because your skin colour, or because you have a industrious work ethic, because you are not a lazy idler, because you have self-dignity and respect for other peoples hard earned property and value his life more than a pack of smokes, because you have a sense of morality and justice, because you respect the memory of your predecessors who taught you these things, or because education and edification is a noble pursuit for you. When people (read: animals) are not trying to kill you because your people, who are hardworking, industrious, who promote ethics and principles, who promote moral principles of decent human beings, principles of virtue justice and honestly. Then, if you take away these factors, it is not a bad place to live! Great weather and scenery!
Make sure to come and visit us sometime! you may just have the delight of being raped, mugged, hijacked, beaten to death with sticks, burgled, discriminated against (when your money runs out), or just about every other imaginable crime perpetrated against tourists (they keep the good stuff for the citizens) If you stay long enough you may just see South Africa go down like Zimbabwe, who sports an inflation rate of a 1000+ % and were a days wage buys you half a loaf of bread. Our scenery is a must see! You may have the privilege of seeing 3-4m high walls, with 4-10 wire electric fencing, private security armies, burglar bars on every imaginable window, multiple alarms systems, anti hijacking systems, panic buttons pepper spray key holders! Please take note: If youre not careful, you may see the inside of a jail cell if you try to protect yourself or your family the criminals where underprivileged and therefore cannot be blamed!
South African entertainment is truly wonderful: Alcoholic Presidents, a Heath Minister that cures HIV/AIDS with beetroot, upcoming presidents who should be sitting in jail for corruption and bribery, there is also the story of a member of parliament that served 4 months of a 4 year sentence and then stabs a bull with a knife to clean himself in a shamanic ritual. You can also cure HIV AIDS by raping a young girl, but only if she is under the age of 3 and more than one guy participates. South Africa is the only country where this logic follows: It is better to have 100 taxis driving the same traffic route than initiating a cheap bus service. The reasons: bribery, extortion and corruption.
When paying a visit to South Africa, you may begin to realize why more than 1 000 000 Europeans have left this country to seek a country which is run by capable individuals with proper high school diplomas (in contrast to those that read: passed with assistance). To live in countries where you are promoted because of your capabilities and not you skin colour.  To live in countries where they dont have a patch it mentality, where they actually fix problems and create new systems for tackling problems, where people use products e.g. houses and cars, and not consume it until nothing is left. Were logic and sensibility is equated higher than short-sightedness and selfishness.
I am glad to see that there is still hope here (as can be seen in this ladies email and request below) but ultimately there is about a 100+ countries in Africa that went the same way this one is going. 100+ countries whos economies does not even mach a medium sized American town, who needs Billions of US dollars to keep going each year. 100+ countries who use to be some of the riches countries in the world, who use to export so much agriculture that it was possible to sustain the whole world, these same countries now need American and European foods stuffs to keep them alive.
Now that I have that of my heart, I only have one more thing to say: If you stay good luck! If you leave good for you!
3. DNA: Maps of R1b Clade Distributions
Interesting Maps showing four major subgroups of
R1b: Spanish (R1b1c6), Irish (R1b1c7), Northwest Germanic-Balkan (R1b1c9),
Austrian-Italian-East European (R1b1c10)

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Jerusalem News-575
Date: 14 Shevet 5767, 2 February 2007
1. Russian Anti-Semite Gang in Israel on Rampage
2. Strategist: Iran believes it could destroy Israel with a single nuke
3. Zalmi Unsdorfer:  When Ulster Sat With Israel
4.Iranian Weapons and Terror Experts Arrested in Gaza
5. Guysen Israel News (1-2-07)

1. Russian Anti-Semite Gang in Israel on Rampage
The Israeli daily newspaper "HaModia" (Friday, 2-2-07) reports that in the Israeli township of Bat Yam near Tel Aviv the police have arrested a gang of teenagers (13 to 16 years old) comprised of mainly non-Jewish immigrants from the CSS.
The youths had the practice of taking Mezuzot (sacred parchment scrolls) from doorways and destroying
They explained their actions as a desire to express their hatred for Judaism and for the Jewish people.

2. Strategist: Iran believes it could destroy Israel with a single nuke

JERUSALEM Iran's nuclear program seeks first-strike capability against Israel, a leading strategist said.

The Israeli strategist and former intelligence officer said Iran believes it could destroy the Jewish state with one nuclear weapon.

"Iranians believe that it holds, may hold, a first strike capability against Israel once it has a nuclear capability," said Shmuel Bar, director of studies at the Institute of Police and Strategy.

Iran believes "that Israel is a one-bomb country, one bomb from the point-of-view of the receiving side; that the U.S. would not intervene against Iran under such conditions; and all of that with apocalyptic zeal may result in actual use of nuclear weapons," he said.

Bar, who for years worked in the Israeli intelligence community, told a conference on Jan. 9 that Iran was prepared to destroy Muslim cities as the price for firing nuclear missiles toward Israel. He said the ruling Islamic clergy would support a nuclear attack on Israel even at the risk of killing millions of Palestinian Muslims.

"They're developing weapons both as deterrents and that part of the Iranian regime the more revolutionary part has all of the components for developing a doctrine of use of nuclear weapons, as opposed to adoption of using nuclear weapons as deterrents," Bar said. "I think that it's a religious background which brings them to this sort of a doctrine."

Bar said Iran has studied the U.S. wars against the former Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. The chief Iranian lesson was that only nuclear weapons could deter a U.S. attack.

"Nuclear weapons are strategic necessity for deterring the West and Israel and for achieving their strategic goals," Bar said. "Until they arrive at nuclear weapons, Iran's strategic deterrence must rely on terrorism and subversive potential."

Bar said Iran has scored its sole foreign success in the operation of the Hizbullah militia in Lebanon. Hizbullah lost 800 fighters in the war against Israel in the summer of 2006. Bar cited funerals in Lebanon for those termed "holy warriors."

"Whatever they may say, they lost somewhere around 800 men who we can account for," Bar said. "You count the funerals and the names, and you count the names of the people in the documents in south Lebanon."

3. When Ulster Sat With Israel
by Zalmi Unsdorfer
<<In recent years, PLO flags and large wall murals of Arafat can be seen in Catholic-Republican neighborhoods, while Unionist-Protestant zones are covered with Israeli flags. In fact, Northern Ireland is one of the very few parts of Europe where there is a very wide measure of popular support in the majority community for the State of Israel.>>

<<An unlikely affinity, but an important alliance in the war against Islamic terror and the means to stop the global suicide bomber in his tracks.>>

4.  Iranian Weapons and Terror Experts Arrested in Gaza
Fatah: 7 Iranian weapons experts arrested in Gaza
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service and The Associated Press

The Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Security Force arrested seven Iranian weapons experts working in the service of Hamas during a raid at the Islamic University, a Hamas stronghold in Gaza City, a senior Fatah official reported late Thursday. He said an eighth Iranian weapons expert committed suicide during the raid.

The Fatah forces apprehended some 1,400 firearms and missiles found at the site. Israel Radio reported that, according to Fatah, at least some of the Iranians were chemical experts.

5. Guysen Israel News (1-2-07)
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - Thursday 1 February 2007
[] 2007-01-31 , 12 Shevat 5767

21:36  The United States is intensifying its pressure on Iran. According to the Los Angeles Times, American fighter planes will soon start to survey the Iraqi-Iranian border in order to spot and neutralize if necessary, Iranian convoys of explosives to Iraqi Shiite militias. This measure comes after the dispatch of the second American aircraft carrier ship to the Persian Gulf. President Bush said that he has no intention of invading Iran. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
21:17  40% of soldiers who fell in Lebanon last summer were killed by the IDF's fault. This is the sad conclusion of the report given by the army to the Defense Minister. Amongst these victims, 10 soldiers where killed by friends, and the others following accidents, errors and gaps in combat strategy.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
17:08  In Spain, in Ciempozuelos a small town near Madrid, the municipality decided to cancel the International Shoah Commemoration Day, fixed by the UN for the 27 January and to replace it with a memory of the "Palestinian genocide". Following the outrage of the Israeli ambassador and at the request of the Spanish Foreign Minister, the mayor of the small town of 20,000 inhabitants cancelled the preparations in progress.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
15:46  Many members of the Iraqi parliament have called on Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to stop interfering in Iraq. They said that they have a list of more than 30,000 Iraqi agents active in Iraq. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
11:54  According to the British newspaper The Times and The Guardian, citing European diplomatic sources, Washington may soon try to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis by force before the end of the mandate of George Bush. Whilst Europe is concerned by belligerent statements coming from the White House, the United States is accusing its European allies of "dragging their feet" and not applying the sanctions approved by the UN Security Council. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
Jerusalem News-576
Date: 16 Shevet 5767, 4 February 2007
1. Church Property in Jerusalem
2. Britain: Both "Blessed" and "Cursed"?
3. Ben Gurion and the Duty of Jewish Women
4. George Bush, 1844, Supported a Jewish State in Israel
5. What is Conspiracy Theory?
Why is Brit-Am Against it?

1. Church Property in Jerusalem
Christian Churches, especially the Catholic Church, own a vast amount of real estate in Jerusalem especially in the new "Jewish" section.
Much of this property was allegedly given to the Church in the last days of the British Mandate under questionable circumstances when sections of the administration had been taken over by anti-Semitic elements.
Giving it to the  Church helped keep it out of Jewish hands.
[The Greek CXhurch also owns a lgreat deal of real estate. The Knesset building itself is leased from the Greek Church.]
No City taxes are paid on these properties.
Discotheques, night clubs,  and the like on property leased from the Church do not have to pay City taxes.
City taxes for businesses in Jerusalem are quite high.
Businesses on property rented from the Church therefore have an unfair advantage over their competitors.
Even city taxes for residences in Jerusalem are exorbitant.
The usual rate is about the equivalent of 120 per cent of one month's rent each year in City Taxes for a residential apartment.
We are in fact paying much more because the Church does not pay at all.
The Mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, is attempting to change this situation but vested interests are involved and it seems doubtful if he will succeed.
The Government has enough on its hands without antagonizing the Vatican.

2. Britain: Both "Blessed" and "Cursed"?
How many reasons does Scotland need to be cheerful?
The Economist claims Britain experiencing period of economic prosperity.
Polls show low levels of personal 'happiness' in the early stages of 2007
'Affluenza' is phrase given to anxiety of competing with others

BRITAIN is enjoying a period of extraordinary good fortune. It has exceptional prosperity and low levels of crime, as well as less poverty and better prospects in health, education, technology and employment than at any time in living memory.
...our affluent stability is overshadowed by a collapse in social cohesion: our communities contain suicide bombers. Scotland's position within the UK is also no longer certain.
../The proportion of people who claim to be "very happy'" has fallen from 52 per cent in 1957 to only 36 per cent today.
..Britain's economic growth confounded all predictions in the last quarter of 2006, topping 3 per cent. The stock market continues to outperform expectations. Scotland's finance sector is looking healthier than ever - Standard Life yesterday announced returns of up to 12.5 per cent -
and house-price growth shows no sign of slowing.
Our teachers and GPs are among the best-paid in Europe and even our infamous health record is improving.

Yet in many ways these same successes lie at the root of the current disillusionment, experts say.

The dramatic changes to Britain's social fabric brought about by mass immigration - itself a sign of strength and positivity - have brought about an unease. "The search for economic success has crossed the fortunes of some interest groups," adds Mr Hodson.

When Jigme Singye Wangchuck was crowned king of the Himalayan nation of Bhutan in 1972, he declared Gross Domestic Product to be less important than "Gross National Happiness". It is based on: economic self-reliance, a pristine environment, the preservation and promotion of the local culture, and good governance.

Clearly inspired, Tory leader David Cameron said last year: "There's more to life than money." He said his government would focus not just on GDP but on what he christened GWB - "general wellbeing".

Yet there is also, of course, the possibility that, deep down, many people are really quite content being unhappy.

In her latest book, What Makes Women Happy, Fay Weldon declared the answer to her title question to be : "Nothing for more than ten minutes at a time, so stop worrying."

Nor do men necessarily show any more inclination to seek true bliss. Jack Vettriano, the Scottish artist, declared: "Happiness is dangerous. It stunts creativity - the monotonous, everyday pleasure of it gets in the way."

At a glance

IN ITS lead article, "You've never had it so good", the Economist says:

Britain has a higher GDP than Italy, France or Germany.

The country is "remarkably at ease with globalisation".

Fourteen years of stable growth have kept unemployment down.

Britain's influence on the world stage has allowed us to shape aid for Africa and the debate on climate change.

3. Ben Gurion and the Duty of Jewish Women
David Ben Gurion: "Any Jewish woman, who does not bring into the world at least four healthy children, is shirking her duty to the nation, like a soldier who evades military service!"
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, "Deborah, Golda, and Me" (p. 183) quoted by J. Fogelman, "B'SHALACH", part two.

4. George Bush, 1844, Supported a Jewish State in Israel
 forwarded by
Craig Blackwood <>

Bush 43 and Bush 1844

[] Michael Orens new book, Power, Faith, and Fantasy:  America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, has been getting excellent reviews.  At Orens website, there is an interesting interview with him by Glenn Frankel, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning former reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and visiting journalism professor at Stanford University:

GLENN FRANKEL: Your book suggests that Israel has been an important factor in Americas involvement in the Middle East. What are the roots of that relationship?

MICHAEL OREN: The idea of America and the idea of a Jewish state are very closely interwoven. It goes back to the time of the Puritans who conceived themselves as the new Jews and the New World as the New Canaan. That immediately established a sense of kinship between them and the old Jews and the old Promised Land. Since then, many Protestants in the United States have seen it as their religious and national duty to help fulfill Gods promises to rescue the Jews from exile and repatriate them to their ancestral homeland. Take, for example, a book published in 1844, The Valley of Visions, that became a bestseller and which called on the United States to lead the way in recreating a Jewish state in Palestine. The book was written by the head of New York Universitys bible department, George Bush, a direct ancestor of two American presidents of the same name.

In his book, Oren gives a fuller description of the restoration movement and in which the 19th Century George Bush played an important role:

The proposition that the United States should actively assist the Jews in returning to Palestine was neither new nor, in the antebellum period, considered especially radical.  The restorationist ideas once prevalent among the evangelical churches of colonial America had deeply penetrated the mainstream. . . .

Restorationism found its broadest antebellum exposition in an 1844 treatise, The Valley of Vision; or, The Dry Bones of Israel Revived, by the biblical scholar and distinguished professor of Hebrew at New York University, George Bush.  Denouncing the thralldom and oppression which has so long ground them to the dust, Bush called for elevating the Jews to a rank of honorable repute among the nations of the earth by re-creating their state in Palestine.  Such restitution would benefit not only the Jews but all of mankind, forming a link of communication between humanity and God.  It will blaze in notoriety, Bush foretold.  It will flash a splendid demonstration upon all kindreds and tongues of the truth.

(Power, Faith, and Fantasy, pp. 141-142).  Oren writes near the end of his book that George W. Bush is the spiritual heir and not merely the genetic descendant of Professor George Bush -- combined with a Wilsonian merging of sacred and civic missions that embraces redemption through democracy.  He reflects a fundamental American tradition that long precedes the modern state of Israel.

UPDATE:  Elder of Zion posted a page from Bush 1844s Bible Commentary, with some interesting comments.  (Hat tip:  David Gerstman).
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5. What is Conspiracy Theory?
Why is Brit-Am Against it?

Brit-Am assets that
Conspiracy Theory is evil and itself part of a de facto anti-Israelite "Conspiracy".
What, however, exactly is Conspiracy Theory?
"Conspiracy" means an agreement to perform together a certain act usually of sinister nature.
In the Semantic sense the term "Conspiracy Theory" could be applied to any description
of collusive political or similar forces acting in the same direction.
In this sense one could say that all historical study is one big "Conspiracy Theory".
This however is not what people mean by "Conspiracy Theory".
It is not the "Conspiracy Theory" which in recent years has become a thriving industry
and which is vigorously propagated through the media of films, websites,
and available media outlets.
The "Conspiracy Theory" we are referring to is similar to pornography.
<<In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain "hard-core" pornography, or what is obscene, by saying, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . [b]ut I know it when I see it . . . "[1] Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964)

The "Conspiracy Theory" to which we object says that:
The fate of nations and national life are consciously determined by elements working behind the scenes
who have secret agendas of their own. These elements are interconnected and motivated
by a common religion or ideology.  Invariably Conspiracy Theory Freaks seek to demonize British,
American, and/or Jewish elites.
We do not deny that such groups can make mistakes, act in collusion to forward negative policies
and in such cases are worth of condemnation. Nevertheless, these instance are just that. They are mistakes
or the outcome of misreading reality. They do not reflect any long-range organized doctrinal agenda as
Conspiracy Theories would have us believe.
Adhering to Conspiracy Theories serves the interests of the enemies of the Israelite Nations.

Jerusalem News-577
Date: 18 Shevet 5767, 6 February 2007
1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.41
2. Arutz 7 Photo Essay: Trees of Israel
3. The Value of Trees

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.41
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.41

explorator 9.41 February 4, 2006

On Syria as the 'cradle of civilizations':

Looking at Parthian and Achaemenid fabrics:

More Dor Beach shipwreck coverage:

More coverage of ire arising from Israeli archaeologists'
digging near the al-Aqsa Mosque:


Looking at Pompeii's Samnite origins: (ANSA)

Can't remember if we mentioned this Gallic burial last week:

Some ancient footprints from a Welsh beach: (Western Mail)

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of a 'worker's (or party)
village' near Stonehenge: (AFP via Yahoo) (Australian) (CNN) (USA Today),8599,1583400,00.html (NPR ... good photo gallery) (New Scientist) (Globe)

... some video: (NG)

... and photos:

What pollen analysis is telling us about the Terracotta Warriors:

On pottery and trade with New Guinea:

Finding connections between Hindu and Maori cultures:

Some Maori heads are being returned: (ic Renfrewshire)

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:
Interesting flute discovery near Range Creek (Utah):
(scroll down on the latter)

A possible burial mound near Columbus:

A temperature record for the Great Plains (which is interesting
in light of recent press attention to a related issue):

Interesting opedish thing on assorted tales associated with the
Underground Railroad (especially the 'freedom quilts'):

Relocating historic houses:
More coverage of that evidence of Olmec culture in central
Mexico: (NG) (Reuters)

They're finally going to do some DNA tests to see if folks living
in a Chinese village are/can be descended from Crassus' legions: (Telegraph) (Gulf Times)

Also on the DNA front, studies suggest that humans arrived in
the Americas rather 'late': (NG)

Interesting slavery diary:

... and a followup to that Barclay's/slavery story:

Assorted historical analaogies:

Folks might be interested to read about the power of 'lecture

On spotting forgeries:

... while this one has items on Robin Hood and using titanium
in some restoration efforts at St. Mark's:


Bactrian Gold:

A very interesting collection put together by 'anonymous':

Results of an auction of the (mostly porcelain) contents of
a Chinese shipwreck:

2. Arutz 7 Photo Essay: Trees of Israel
16:01 Feb 04, '07 / 16 Shevat 5767
Photographer Michelle Baruch shares her photographs of Israel's trees and the springs that nourish them in honor of Tu B'Shvat.
On Tu BShvat [15th of the month Shevat], the Jewish people celebrate the New Year for trees.

3. The Value of Trees
Trees clean the air and water resources.
Trees bring rain.
Trees prevent soil erosion.
Trees moderate temperatures.

Jerusalem News-578
Date: 18 Shevet 5767, 6 February 2007
1. Israeli Slip of the tongue creates a Stir in Australia
2. The Arab Reaction to no.1 above
Healthy Humor and A Few Home Truths from the Enemy?
3. Recent History: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Double-Dealing and Consistent Ambivalence of Ireland

1. Israeli Slip of the tongue creates a Stir in Australia
The incident below occurred almost half a year ago.
Somehow or other we missed it at the time though it was reported in an Israeli
Newspaper (Ha'aretz) not much attention was paid to it here.
In Australia and overseas however it seems to have created a stir
and is worth reporting.

Articles in Full
Unabridged Direct Quotations:
Friday, October 13, 2006

Israel's white Australia policy!

Check this out. It's a report in Ha'aretz about how the Israeli ambassador to Australia has suggested that Israel and Australia should unite on the basis of the whiteness of the populations that count in those two states.
Israeli Ambassador to Australia Naftali Tamir said this week that Israel and Australia are white sisters in Asia and should work together to improve ties with "the yellow race."

"Israel and Australia are like sisters in Asia," Tamir said in an interview with Haaretz during a visit to Israel this week. "We are in Asia without the characteristics of Asians. We don't have yellow skin and slanted eyes. Asia is basically the yellow race. Australia and Israel are not - we are basically the white race. We are on the western side of Asia and they are on the southeastern side."

"Israel has a past and present in Europe, but no future. Israel is a part of Asia," he added.

Tamir said that due to what he characterized as the two countries' racial similarities, Israel and Australia should work together to enhance ties with other Asian countries.

No doubt this ambassodor chap will be despatched to cry "antisemitism!" every time Israel is accused of racist rule.

2. The Arab Reaction to no.1 above
Healthy Humor and A Few Home Truths from the Enemy?
See also the Arab reaction which was both illuminating and amusing:

Two white sisters in Asia

M Shahid Alam examines the racial underpinnings of Israel's attempts to woo Australia as a strategic and geo-political ally in Asia

"Israel has not fully acknowledged the value of working together with Australia in Asia. It's a way for us to cooperate with, and enhance our position in, countries neighbouring Australia."

Naftali Tamir
Israeli ambassador to Australia

In a recent interview published in Haaretz, Naftali Tamir, the Israeli ambassador to Australia, articulates a perennial need for "white" collaborators that has defined the Zionist project since its inception.

He speaks bluntly of an Israeli partnership with Australia, founded on racial solidarity, to "enhance" Israeli influence over East Asia. Only, perhaps, in the nineteenth century could a Western diplomat have spoken so plainly about race as the basis of a political alliance. Infinitely better armed against their Arab victims, the Israelis have no need for caution. They can dispense with diplomacy, with political correctness.

The Israeli ambassador feels no compunction in speaking the language of racial stereotypes. "Israel and Australia are like sisters in Asia," he says. "We are in Asia without the characteristics of Asians. We don't have yellow skin and slanted eyes. Asia is basically the yellow race. Australia and Israel are not -- we are basically the white race. We are on the western side of Asia and they are on the southeastern side."

The Israeli ambassador's plan is ambitious. With Israel dominating the western flanks of Asia and Australia anchored off the east of Asia, it appears that these two white sisters have all of Asia cornered. The plan is malicious, too. It expects to appeal to, and deepen, Australian anxieties about the growing power of people with "yellow skin and slanted eyes." If necessary, the ambassador can also remind the Australians how they got to be in Asia: like the Israelis, they, too, had the power to steal other peoples' land.

There is little that is surprising in any of this. The appeals to white racism and the claims of racial or civilizational solidarity with the West have been the foundations of Zionist success since the movement first proclaimed its colonial aims in 1895. Israel has succeeded by taking advantage of, and by constantly arousing and deepening, Western racism, especially as it relates to Arabs and Muslims.

Israel has succeeded by encouraging the darkest instincts of the West. The leading Western powers had vital interests in the Middle East, especially with the discovery of oil in the early twentieth century. By dovetailing their own colonial project with Western imperialism the Zionists imposed a more deadly imperialism on the region.

In the words of Sir Ronald Storrs, the British governor of Jerusalem, Israel would be: "a little loyal Jewish Ulster in a sea of potentially hostile Arabism." As it turned out, the "Jewish Ulster" has been neither "little" nor "loyal."

In the early decades after its creation Israel had few friends in Africa and Asia. Israel sought to break through this isolation by forging close ties with other colonial-settler states -- South Africa and Rhodesia -- and right-wing military dictatorships in Latin America and Africa.

It supplied arms, intelligence, and military training to these countries. Israel's relations with South Africa were the closest. It helped the apartheid state to develop nuclear weapons in the 1970s. Israel also helped South Africa evade the mandatory arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council in 1977.

Israel also encouraged the colonial powers to create new white settler states in Africa when they faced nationalist resistance in their colonies. In 1960, when the Algerian resistance against the French occupation of their country was at its peak, David Ben Gurion urged the French President Charles de Gaulle to carve out a white settler state in coastal Algeria after expelling all indigenous Algerians. Luckily, both for the Algerians and France, de Gaulle ignored Israel's self-serving advice.

Israel understands too well that alliances based on interests alone are risky. Interests are a fickle thing. In order to protect themselves against shifting interests the Zionists have sought to create and deepen new emotional ties with Western audiences. Since the early twentieth century they have given encouragement to a new-fangled theology in the United States that looks upon the creation of Israel as a necessary prelude to the Second Coming. These Zionist Christians now constitute Israel's faithful foot soldiers in the Republican Party.

In more recent decades Israel has presented itself increasingly as the West's secular crusader state. It wraps itself in Western values. It ceaselessly reminds Western audiences that it is the "only democracy" in the Middle East. Many Westerners are willing to excuse Israeli excesses against Palestinians as a small price to pay for preserving a Western "democracy." More likely, many more see Israel as the last white outpost in the world of coloured peoples, valiantly holding back the hordes of brown, fanatical Muslims. As these perceptions have taken root -- with daily proddings from an Israel-friendly media -- defending Israel has become a vital Western interest.

With unrivalled Western dominance in the 1990s, Israel began to break through its isolation in the Third World. Most of the non-Muslim countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were persuaded to recognize Israel. In 1991, the US brought pressure on the UN General Assembly to revoke its resolution of 1975 which equated Zionism with racism.

Unofficially, most Arab countries ended their boycott of corporations that do business with Israel. Egypt, Jordan, and Mauritania recognized Israel. A few Gulf Arab countries established informal relations with Israel.

More recently, however, the winds have been blowing in a new direction. The US invasion of Iraq, so strongly pushed by Israel and its allies inside the United States, has produced a few unforeseen consequences.

Islamist Iran now openly contests both the US and Israel in the Middle East. The US- and Israel-friendly Arab regimes appear to be running out of time.

In the summer of 2006 Israel's deterrence power was eroded in a war it could not win against the Hizbullah. In Latin America the United States is unable to roll back the new shift towards the left, driven by the growing assertiveness of indigenous Americans. The region is not as friendly to Israel as it had once been under right-wing dictators. In several European countries, too, the changing Muslim demographics do not bode well for unconditional European support for Israel.

Perhaps it is this changing global scenario that is causing some Israelis to emphasize their root constituency: white solidarity. Is this why Ambassador Naftali Tamir is advising Israel to forge a deeper partnership with Australia? It is possible that, deep down, some Australians, too, feel beleaguered among a "sea of Asians," even though no Asian country threatens Australia.

Perhaps the ambassador speaks as an insider. Perhaps that is why he thinks it might be a good idea to exploit these Australian fears. It would be good policy, he argues, for Israel to "cooperate" with Australia -- her "white sister" off the eastern edge of Asia -- to "enhance its position in countries neighbouring Australia." Is this a signal to Australia that, with Israeli support, it should start casting its gaze beyond small fries, like East Timor, toward Malaysia and Indonesia?

M Shahid Alam is Professor of Economics at a university in Boston, and author of Challenging the New Orientalism: Dissenting Essays on America's "War Against Islam" (IPI Publications: 2006).

3. Recent History: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Double-Dealing and Consistent Ambivalence of Ireland
The UN and the Jews

by Anne Bayefsky - February 26, 2004

It was not an event that any of the big newspapers saw fit to cover, but this past December, a draft United Nations resolution condemning anti-Semitism was quietly withdrawn by Ireland, its sponsor in the General Assembly. In a complicated exchange, Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen had promised the measure to his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom, but in the end Cowen refused to carry out his side of the bargain, pointing to a lack of consensus on the issue. (Several Arab and Muslim states had objections.) Thus went by the boards what would have been the first-ever General Assembly resolution dealing directly with the problem of anti-Semitism.

Jerusalem News-579
Date: 20 Shevet 5767, 8 February 2007
1. Australia: Something to be Proud of?
2. Top Iranian nuke scientist 'assassinated by Mossad'
3. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 18 Shevat 5767
4. Archaeology: Stonehenge-Orkney Connection
5. Crystals 'helped Viking sailors'

1. Australia: Something to be Proud of?
Homicide - Australia was founded by Convicts. Its homicide rate is 1.8 per 100,000 population. The United States was founded by religious zealots. It's homicide rate is 6.3 per 100,000. Almost 400% greater than Australia.

2. Top Iranian nuke scientist 'assassinated by Mossad'
Posted: February 3, 2007
10:15 p.m. Eastern
U.S. intelligence company says Israel making good on threat to stop bomb

The mysterious death last month of a top Iranian nuclear physicist involved with the Islamic Republic's current effort to enrich uranium was the work of Mossad, the Israeli security service, a leading U.S. intelligence company claims.

The death of Ardeshir Hassanpour, 44, a nuclear scientist, was not announced until Jan. 21, six days after his death, according to Radio Farda. The official cause of death was reported as "gas poisoning," but Iranian authorities did not disclose how or where Hassanpour was poisoned. The announcement, reports said, came at a conference on nuclear safety.

Hassanpour claimed Iran's most prestigious military-research prize in 2004 and received the top award at an international science event in Iran in 2006.

According to the London Times, Stratfor, a U.S. security company, reported on Friday that its sources within Israel identified Hassanpour as a Mossad target and said "very strong intelligence" suggested the security service had assassinated the scientist.

As WND reported, Israel has warned Tehran it would not be permitted to threaten the Jewish state with annihilation.

Hassanpour worked at the Isfahan plant that produces uranium-hexafluoride gas, a raw material for the enrichment of uranium at the Natanz facility which has become the focus of concerns over Iran's development of nuclear weapons.

There is precedent for Mossad using assassination to interfere with efforts of its neighbors to acquire nuclear weapons.

It is believed by intelligence experts that three top scientists in Iraq's nuclear program were killed by Mossad before Israel launched the successful 1981 air strike that crippled the Osirak nuclear reactor.

In 1980, Yahya al-Meshad was found stabbed and bludgeoned to death in his Paris hotel room after arriving in France to test fuel for the reactor. Over the next several months, two other Iraqi nuclear scientists died after being poisoned.

3. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 18 Shevat 5767

By Hillel Fendel

Four Kassam rockets were fired into Israel and Arabs rioted in
Jerusalem - in protest of Antiquities Authority works at the Western
Wall Plaza entrance to the Temple Mount.

Restrictions were placed on Moslem worshipers allowed to the Temple
Mount, and the police were out in force Tuesday morning at the
excavation works site, in anticipation of a fierce Arab reaction to
the work.  Though less violent than expected, rock-throwers rioted in
eastern and northern Jerusalem; 11 Arabs were arrested.

In addition, terrorist groups fired four Kassam rockets, in two waves,
claiming to retaliate for the excavation work.  In the first Kassam
wave, around 1 PM, one rocket landed on the fence of a sensitive
infrastructures installations outside Ashkelon, and one crashed into
the western Negev.  Three hours later, two more rockets smashed down
near Sderot, including one that landed in a nearby community.  No one
was hurt.

The Antiquities Authority is carrying out a "salvage excavation," a
preparatory operation before the construction of a new pedestrian
pathway to the Temple Mount.   The existing one, leading to the
Mughrabim Gate, was rebuilt over the past two years after earthquake
and weather damage, and cuts off much of the women's prayer area at
the Western Wall.

Jerusalem arachaeologist Yuval Baruch said that the excavations are
not at all near the Temple Mount, and that the Arabs have no reason to
protest.  Jerusalem District Police Chief Ilan Franko agreed, adding
that the works were coordinated in advance with the Moslem Waqf that
oversees the Temple Mount.

Arab leaders were unfazed, however, and continued to stoke the fires
of conflict.  Hamas Authority leader Ismail Haniyeh called on Moslems
all over Israel, including in the PA-controlled areas, to "prevent"
the continuation of the works, and Fatah figures made similar calls.
Arab MKs Tzartzour and Zechalke showed up in the Old City and demanded
to see the excavation plans, while MK Taleb A-Sana warned of the
outbreak of "a third intifada."  Other Arab leaders warned Israel of
the dangers of "playing with fire."

Left-wing Knesset Members were quick to condemn the Israeli
initiative.  Colette Avital (Labor) said the work is unnecessary, and
Meretz Party chairman Yossi Beilin said the project could cause a

Some feel that the Arab rage was actually caused by other
archaeological finds in the area, which disprove the Arab theory
developed over the past ten years claiming that Jerusalem and the
Temple Mount were never historically Jewish.

Doron Spielman, Director of Development for the City of David
foundation, says that anti-Zionists and Arabs truly have something
to complain about.  Speaking
today on IsraelNationalRadio about a recent "phenomenal" discovery
that left show hosts Yishai and Malkah Fleisher "speechless," Spielman
informed listeners of the find of a 150-foot-wide staircase and an
accompanying roadway leading directly up to the Temple from the Siloam
Pool.  He explained that the many thousands of Jews who arrived in
Jerusalem three times a year would have used that stairway on their
way from ritually immersing in the Pool to reach the Temple.   See
related Arutz-7 article, soon to follow.

By Hillel Fendel

As the Shemittah "year of fallow" approaches, many rabbis feel that
the 'temporary land sale' is still necessary - but the
religious-Zionist public is trying out some no-sale solutions.

First in a Series of Shemittah Articles

The Torah and Land Institute held its annual conference on the Jewish
Laws of the Land of Israel in Bar Ilan University this past Thursday.
Over 300 Torah scholars, farmers, scientists, Agriculture Ministry
officials and students gathered to exchange thoughts and plans on how
the State of Israel could best observe the upcoming Shemittah - the
last year of a seven-year cycle in which the Land is
Biblically-mandated to "rest."

Among the topics discussed were: Israeli agriculture on the
eve of the Shemittah; the ideology and measure of necessity of the
Heter Mechirah (the dispensation to temporarily sell the land so as to
exempt it from many Shemittah-year laws); Rabbi Kook's approach to
the Heter Mechirah; the Otzar Beit Din solution; the
ramifications of shutting down Israel's agriculture for a year; the
late Torah giant Rabbi Valdenberg and Shemittah; agricultural
research in the service of Shemittah

Lectures were also delivered on individual laws of Shemittah, such as
maintaining the sanctity of the fruits in large institutions, private
land sales, and gardening during Shemittah.

Various aspects of Gush Katif were mentioned on different occasions,
serving as a thread connecting many of the discussions.  Among the
contexts in which Gush Katif was mentioned:
* The contributions of Gush Katif farmers to Israel's agriculture and
to the public observance of Shemittah
* The abandonment of the Gush Katif residents by the government of
Israel in a year characterized by the concept of charity [the sixth
year of the seven-year Shemittah cycle, in which extra tithes to the
poor are given]
* Ways in which concerned citizens can help them find jobs.

The end of the evening featured a special recognition of
long-imprisoned Jonathan Pollard: the granting of a certificate to his
wife Esther for his "total dedication on behalf of saving the State of
Israel" and making an "urgent call to all of Israel to demand his
immediate release."

Shemittah and the Economy
The central Shemittah issue facing the conference speakers in
particular, and the State of Israel in general, is how to fulfill the
so-basic and essential commandment of Shemittah without destroying
Israel's fragile agricultural economy.

"We can be like the opinion in the Tosafot [Talmudic commentary],"
said the Rabbi of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, Rabbi Elyashiv Knohl, "that
states that observing the agricultural commandments of the Land of
Israel is too difficult, and that therefore the entire commandment to
live in the Land is suspended.  Or - we can choose to believe in the
importance and viability of our national existence in the Land of
Israel, and to relate to those who farm and work the land as a
precious resource, and to find every way to make it easier for them to
fulfill these commandments."

Rabbi Knohl was referring to the two major approaches among the
religious public to the laws of Shemittah.  The hareidi-religious
public relates to most Israeli produce during the year of fallow as
forbidden, and buys most of its fruits and vegetables from Arab
farmers.  The bulk of the religious-Zionist public, on the other hand,
adheres to the Heter Mechirah - the temporary sale of the land to a
non-Jew, who is not bound by the Shemittah laws - and thus relating to
the produce as grown on non-Jewish owned land and therefore largely

The rabbis who spoke at the conference are members of the
religious-Zionist public, yet reflected differing views on the value
of the Heter Mechirah.   Several of them explained why it could and
even should be relied upon, while others presented and promoted other
solutions that would not require relying on what they feel to be a
de-facto solution.

Rabbi Yehuda Amichai, head of the Torah and Land Institute -
originally of Kfar Darom, Gush Katif, and now relocated in Ashkelon -
briefly outlined the history of the Heter Mechirah.  He explained that
its Halakhic [Jewish-legal] principles had been formulated well before
Rabbi Avraham Kook - widely and falsely considered to be the "founder"
of the Heter - even arrived in Israel. 

"What, then, did Rabbi Kook add?" Rabbi Amichai asked.  He answered
that Rabbi Kook's contribution was manifest in the importance he
ascribed to national considerations.  Without the Heter, Rabbi Kook
feared, the following would occur [translated from his own words]:
The entry to the Land of Israel will be blocked to farmers of
religious-faith, [for they will not bother immigrating if they know
they will not be able to work the land,] and only those who throw
religion behind their backs will come, causing immeasurable harm to
Judaism in the Land of Israel in general.
Many farmers will work in a forbidden manner, leading to great
damage to matters of Judaism - as is known, that one who actively
transgresses continues to fall deeper into evil... If they feel that
they are transgressing and that they are evil according to the Torah,
they will come to despair, which will lead them to detach themselves
from Torah in other matters as well...
It will cause destruction of the Land of Israel, and those who
wish to breach our Torah will become stronger - because they want the
rabbis to ban work in the Shemittah year, so that they can show how
people don't listen to the rabbis...
It will greatly harm the communal life of the yishuv, the
Jewish society in the Land of Israel, which is truly a matter of life
and death... and it will prevent the build-up of the Land...

In addition, Rabbi Neriah Gutel of Jerusalem, the Dean of Orot Yisrael
College in Elkanah, cited sources showing that strengthening Jewish
settlement in the Land of Israel is important both Halahkically and
Jewish-philosophically.  "The goal is to strengthen our bond with the
Land and observe the Shemittah year without relying on produce grown
outside Israel or by our enemies," he explained.

Rabbi Gutel cited statistics indicating that Shemittah councils that
do not follow the Heter deal with a full 15% of the country's produce
- and in many cases they prefer non-Jewish or imported produce.
Because such a large sector does not use Shemittah-year produce,
Shemittah expert Dr. Moshe Zacks has written that the State "is forced
to market wheat grown that year to neighboring countries at a loss...
In addition, even farmers who carefully adhere to the Shemitta rulings
of the Chazon Ish are harmed by not being patronized." Dr. Zacks terms
this an apparent infraction of the Biblical commandment, "Your brother
shall subsist with you" (Lev. 25, the same chapter that stipulates
laws of Shemittah).

Rabbi Gutel also quoted Ramat Gan's Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, who
wrote that some problems that necessitate the Heter Mechirah still
exist today.  Specifically, he lists the threat of non-Jewish
take-over of Israeli lands, and the fact that "most of the Israeli
public is not currently able to fulfill the Shemittah laws, whether
because of their spiritual state or because of the problem of [losing
markets for] exports."

All of the above notwithstanding, the Heter Mechirah is still not the
solution of choice, as many speakers said.  Rabbi Ariel says that
though "there currently is no way to sustain certain branches of the
agriculture other than the Heter Mechirah... the proposal is to reduce
or avoid altogether the use of the Heter in those branches that do not
necessitate it, and to use the Heter in those in which there is no
alternative.  Every Shemittah we find new options by which to observe
the Shemittah with higher and higher standards."

----The next article in this series will deal with other solutions,
such as the Otzar Beit Din, as well as other points raised at the
Shemittah conference.----

4. Archaeology: Stonehenge-Orkney Connection

<<The layout of the houses are the same as that
found at Skara Brae, Orkney.>>

<<Stonehenge became special when people brought the stones from Wales, 250km away.>>

5. Crystals 'helped Viking sailors'
Vikings may have used a special crystal called a sunstone to help navigate the seas even when the sun was obscured by fog or cloud, a study has suggested.

Researchers from Hungary ran a test with sunstones in the Arctic ocean, and found that the crystals can reveal the sun's position even in bad weather.

This would have allowed the Vikings to navigate successfully, they say.

The sunstone theory has been around for 40 years, but some academics have treated it with extreme scepticism.

Researcher Gabor Horvath from Eotvos University in Budapest led a team that spent a month recording polarisation - how rays of light display different properties in different directions - in the Arctic.

Polarisation cannot be seen with the naked eye, but it can be viewed with what are known as birefringent crystals, or sunstones.

Birefringence, or double refraction, is the splitting of a light wave into two different components - an ordinary and an extraordinary ray.

The researchers found that the crystals could be used to find out where the sun was in the sky in certain foggy or cloudy conditions.

It is already thought that Vikings used sundials aboard ships to navigate.

Vikings were a seafaring race from Scandinavia who used their longboats to explore and conquer parts of Europe, Greenland, Iceland and Russia.
Story from BBC NEWS:

Jerusalem News-580
Date: 21 Shevet 5767, 9 February 2007
1. The AGE:  Terrorists Target Australia
2. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday,
3. Archeology. ETGAR LEFKOVITS: Ancient cistern proves location of Second Temple
4. DNA: Middle East Origin of Etruscans?
5. Arutz Sheva News Thursday,

1. The AGE:  Terrorists Target Australia

Brigitte gets day in court 3 years after arrest
Brigitte case sheds light on Aussie terrorism

WILLIE Brigitte, the Frenchman accused of plotting to blow up nuclear and military sites in Australia, has told a Paris court he is not a terrorist and that "after three years in prison, I have lost all trust in French justice".

Dressed in a black tracksuit, his short black hair in dreadlocks, the Caribbean-born Brigitte, 38, appeared in court as a dossier of his alleged terrorist activities compiled by French investigators was read out by a judge.

It included an allegation that documents found on Brigitte in Australia he lived in Sydney between May and October 2003 contained maps of Australian military and nuclear installations downloaded from the internet, the judge said.

Brigitte also possessed a copy of The Art of War by Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu and information on how to escape detection in crowded places.

Judge Jacqueline Rebeyrotte said that an al-Qaeda member under questioning had said that a large-scale attack in Australia, possibly involving the Sydney Opera House, had been planned.

However, Brigitte's name was not mentioned specifically in this context.

Judge Rebeyrotte said that radical Islamists with whom Brigitte had trained in Kazakhstan in 2001 were the same people he had maintained contact with in Europe, the United States and Australia.

For example, an imam who married Willie Brigitte and Melanie Brown in Sydney in 2003 was good friends with two Americans of Pakistani origin who were in the same Lashkar-e-Toiba camp with Brigitte in Pakistan in 2001.

The judge outlined what appeared to be merely a circumstantial case against Brigitte in relation to his Australian activities, although more concrete detail may emerge over the course of the three-day trial.

Accompanied by two armed guards, Brigitte stood in court for 100 minutes as the judge read the dossier outlining his conversion to a radical form of Islam in 1997, his study in Yemen under jihadists known to be connected to Osama bin Laden and his participation in hiker camps run by radical Islamists in Normandy and Fontainebleau, 50 kilometres from Paris, in 1998 and 1999.

Brigitte is charged with "criminal conspiracy in relation to a terrorist enterprise", the offence with which most French terrorism suspects are charged and which carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Entering the Palais de Justice courtroom, one of Brigitte's lawyers, Jean-Claude Durimel, said he was sure his client was innocent and that the case against him was without proof.

Brigitte said terrorism was against the principles of Islam and of his own life.

"If an impartial investigation had been conducted, it would have shown I am not a terrorist, I have never been involved in the preparation of a terrorist act," Brigitte told the court.

"Terrorism is the opposite of my conception of life, and the conception of Islam, which believes in the respect of life.

"I have lost all faith in French justice. I have decided I will not declare anything to you any more, and will let my lawyers speak for me."

2. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday,
February 7, 2007, 19 Shevat 5767

By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Ashkelon's Barzilai Hospital has recently been receiving many wounded
terrorists involved in the internecine clashes in Gaza.

About 60 people in the Gaza Strip, including unarmed children and
women, have been killed in gun battles and in violent attacks between
Hamas and Fatah terrorist groups in just the last two weeks. Hundreds
more have been injured.

Among the many injured Palestinian Authority residents, more than a
dozen have received treatment at Barzilai, which is also the primary
receiving hospital for those Israelis injured in PA Kassam rocket
attacks or in Gaza counter-terror operations.  Such treatment
continues even as a Kassam rocket - one of four fired by PA terrorists
on Tuesday - narrowly missed an unnamed strategic target in the port

Most of the PA men who were received at Barzilai are allegedly part of
the Gaza police force or the Fatah militia. However, doctors refrained
from comment on the patients' terrorist connections, saying that
medicine has always ignored political conflicts. Neither were the
Arabs receiving treatment in the hospital willing to publicly expose
their own affiliation with either of the rival terrorist groups.

Barzilai Medical Center's deputy director, Dr. Ron Lobel, said, "We
certainly don't check if someone belongs to Hamas, to [Islamic] Jihad
or if he comes from Sderot - we treat everyone exactly the same way."

Kati Malcha, a Sderot resident hospitalized in a room across from five
of those wounded in Gaza's ongoing bloodshed, had quite a different
view. She told Arutz-7's Hebrew-language TV news: We have
no rest - no Shabbat, no holidays, no weekdays - people don't go out
of their homes. Every time I go out, I have to think that maybe there
will be a Red Dawn [alert of incoming Kassam rockets]. And they have
to be brought to Israel for treatment? Let them die! Let them kill one
another! Why do we have to treat them?In the shadow of
the ongoing killings in Gaza, Hamas's Syria-based leader Khaled
Mashaal and Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas are meeting in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for talks aimed at
staunching the flow of blood.

Mashaal told a press conference in Damascus, "We want a true
partnership between Fatah and Hamas. We are in the same boat. There is
no other way to strengthen national unity. ...I call on all our
brothers... to restrain themselves and to remember our real battle
[with Israel]."

An Arab political analyst from the PA told the BBC Tuesday that all
the declarations of brotherhood out of the mouths of Hamas and Fatah
leaders are "lies," and that the slogans are only offered as a front
for preparations for far greater violence to come.

By Gil Ronen and Hana Levi Julian

Spiritual leaders of the Ethiopian Jewish community have called on
government officials to stop bringing members of the the Falash Mura
community to Israel.

Ethiopian kessim (high priests) and rabbis charged Monday at a
conference in Rehovot that many of the Falash Mura conduct Christian
missionary activity within the Ethiopian immigrant community. Hundreds
of Ethiopian Jews attended the Ending Missionary Activity in the
Community conference, a fact that attests to the depth of concern
over the issue.

The Falash Mura are said to be the descendants of Ethiopian Jews who
were forced to convert to Christianity several generations ago.
According to members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel, the
Falash Mura have no desire to return to the Judaism of their

We came [to Israel] to be Jews, said the community leaders.  We
werent different from the Christians in skin color we were
different from them only because of our Judaism. The missionary
activities have crossed red lines and could set the community aflame
and cause bloodshed, they warned.

The conference appointed a committee led by the kessim, which will
create a list of missionaries as well as a map of the Christian
missions in each city, and submit them to the Interior Ministry. The
communitys leaders intend to ask the Interior Ministry to bar Falash
Mura from marrying Jews and block their burial in Jewish cemeteries.

Israel has absorbed more than 100,000 Ethiopian Jews and Falash Mura
in the past 20 years. Currently 300 Ethiopians are being brought to
Israel each month. Ethiopian Israeli advocacy groups are demanding
that the number be increased to 600 and that Jewish aid services in
Ethiopia be extended to an additional 7,800 people.

3. Archeology: Ancient cistern proves location of Second Temple

An Israeli archeologist said Wednesday that he has pinpointed the exact location of the Second Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.

The site identified by Hebrew University archeologist Prof. Joseph Patrich, based on the study of a large underground cistern on the Temple Mount and passages from the Mishna, places the Temple and its corresponding courtyards, chambers and gates in a more southeasterly and diagonal frame of reference compared to previous studies.

Patrich based his research, which is about to be published, on a study of a large underground cistern on the Temple Mount that was mapped by British engineer Sir Charles Wilson in 1866 on behalf of the Palestine Exploration Fund, along with passages from the Mishna.

The giant cistern, 4.5 meters wide and 54 meters long, lay near the southeastern corner of the upper platform of the Temple Mount. Examining the location and configuration of the cistern together with descriptions of the daily rite in the Temple and its surroundings found in the Mishna, Patrich said that this cistern is the only one found on the Temple Mount that can tie in with the ancient rabbinic text describing elements involved in the daily purification and sacrificial duties carried out by the priests on the altar in the Temple courtyard.

On this basis, he says, one can reconstruct the placement of a large basin that was used by the priests for their ritual washing, with the water being drawn by a waterwheel mechanism from the cistern.

After this purification, the priests ascended the nearby ramp to the sacrificial altar.

By thus locating the laver, the water wheel, the ramp and the altar, one can then finally map, again in coordination with the Mishna, the alignment of the Temple itself and its gates and chambers, he said.

These considerations led Patrich to place the Second Temple further to the east and south than earlier thought, and at a southeasterly angle relative to the eastern wall of the Temple Mount, and not perpendicular to it, as earlier assumed.

Patrich said that his research indicates that the rock over which the Dome of the Rock was built in the 7th century CE is actually outside the confines of the Temple.

The rock is believed to be the place at which the binding of Isaac took place, while Muslims consider it to be the spot from which Muhammad ascended to heaven.

The Temple Mount is Judaism's holiest site as the ancient compound where the two Jewish Temples stood, and is Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina.

4. DNA: Middle East Origin of Etruscans?
Am. J. Hum. Genet., 80:000, 2007

Mitochondrial DNA Variation of Modern Tuscans Supports the Near Eastern Origin of Etruscans

The origin of the Etruscan people has been a source of major controversy for the past 2,500 years, and several hypotheses have been proposed to explain their language and sophisticated culture, including an Aegean/Anatolian origin. To address this issue, we analyzed the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of 322 subjects from three well-defined areas of Tuscany and compared their sequence variation with that of 55 western Eurasian populations. Interpopulation comparisons reveal that the modern population of Murlo, a small town of Etruscan origin, is characterized by an unusually high frequency (17.5%) of Near Eastern mtDNA haplogroups. Each of these haplogroups is represented by different haplotypes, thus dismissing the possibility that the genetic allocation of the Murlo people is due to drift. Other Tuscan populations do not show the same striking feature; however, overall, ∼5% of mtDNA haplotypes in Tuscany are shared exclusively between Tuscans and Near Easterners and occupy terminal positions in the phylogeny. These findings support a direct and rather recent genetic input from the Near Easta scenario in agreement with the Lydian origin of Etruscans. Such a genetic contribution has been extensively diluted by admixture, but it appears that there are still locations in Tuscany, such as Murlo, where traces of its arrival are easily detectable.

5. Arutz Sheva News Thursday,
February 8, 2007, 20 Shevat 5767
By Hillel Fendel

The winter rains continue to have their effect on the national water
supply, hiking up the Kinneret by its biggest one-day jump this
winter: five centimeters.  The Mt. Hermon skiing site is packed.

The record increase was registered on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, the
Kinneret jumped yet another three centimeters.

The Kinneret - the Sea of Galilee, Israel's largest freshwater
reservoir and its standard of measure of the country's water supply -
currently stands 3.07 meters (10.1 feet) lower than its optimal level.
 The level currently measures at 211.87  meters below sea level - 1.13
meters above the red-line minimum level at which the government takes
remedial measures.

The rains of the past few days are beginning to have an effect on the
Kinneret, raising it 11 centimeters in the past three days.  Eighty
centimeters of snow (31.5 inches) were added to the ski slopes of Mt.
Hermon in the north.

The Kinneret has risen more than a foot (33 centimeters) in the past
six weeks.

The Kinneret, covering an area of 64 square miles between Tiberias and
the Golan Heights, is, at its deepest, about 44 meters (144 feet)
deep.  Every ten centimeters of height in the Kineret, the nations
primary source of drinking water, represent some 17 million cubic
meters of water, or roughly 3.5 times Israel's national consumption.

The Kinneret is fed by a number of fresh water streams to its north,
and also has salty springs at the lake bottom and along its shores.

Jerusalem News-581
Date: 24 Shevet 5767, 12 February 2007
1. Excellent article on -Conspiracy Theory!!
2. -NIALL FERGUSON. "America: an Empire in Denial"
3. -The Irish Potato Famine: The Great Hunger

1. Excellent article on Conspiracy Theory!!
Subject: Conspiracy Theory
Excellent article on Conspiracy Theory!! I have been trying to figure if there was any merit to the global takeover conspiracy and your article cleared up many things for me. It appears that they (conspiracies) are a knee-jerk reaction to a series of unrelated events. Thanks much for your work in dispelling these impossible concepts. I like your site. Very interesting.

2. America: an Empire in Denial

<<By comparison, the United States today is vastly wealthier relative to the rest of the world than Britain ever was. In 1913 Britain's share of total world output was 8 percent; the equivalent figure for the United States in 1998 was 22 percent. Nor should anybody pretend that, at least in fiscal terms, the cost of expanding the American empire, even if it were to mean a great many small wars like the one in Afghanistan, would be prohibitive. In 2000 American defense spending stood at just under 3 percent of gross national product, compared with an average for the years 1948 to 1998 of 6.8 percent. Even after big cuts in military expenditure, the United States is still the world's only superpower, with an unrivaled financial and military-technological capability. Its defense budget is 14 times that of China and 22 times that of Russia. Britain never enjoyed such a lead over her imperial rivals.

<<No one could deny the extent of the American informal empire -- the empire of multinational corporations, of Hollywood movies, and even of TV evangelists. Is this so very different from the early British empire of monopoly trading companies and missionaries? Nor is it any coincidence that a map showing the principal U.S. military bases around the world looks remarkably like a map of Royal Navy coaling stations a hundred years ago. Even recent American foreign policy recalls the gunboat diplomacy of the British empire in its Victorian heyday, when a little trouble on the periphery could be dealt with by a short, sharp "surgical strike." The only difference is that today's gunboats fly.
Niall Ferguson  "America: an Empire in Denial"

More of the same:
<<... says Niall Ferguson. In Colossus: The Price of America's Empire he argues that in both military and economic terms America is nothing less than the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. But unlike others who have remarked on this development, Ferguson believes it is, on balance, a good thing -- that many parts of the world would benefit from a period of American rule. The question is: are we up to the task?
<<"Is America ready to rule the world? Probably not. But, argues the author, it had better gear up to the task. Prolific British historian Ferguson . . . argues that the US is an empire in fact, with client states scattered around the world. Americans are reluctant to accept this fact for many reasons, although in the post-September 11 climate many more are warming up to the prospect. . . .

<<"Ferguson believes that it would be a good thing if the United States were to take over the imperial role once played by Great Britain -- but he doubts that Americans have what it takes to be effective imperialists...

3. The Irish Potato Famine:
The Great Hunger
A well written interesting article.
Difficult to cope with but worth reading.

Winston Churchill:
  "We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."

Jerusalem News-582
Date: 25 Shevet 5767, 12 February 2007
1. A CNN Host Who Loves Israel
2. Extracts from Another Review of "White Gold"
and Warning from Brit-Am
3. History: Many European Jews Assimilated at Early Date

1. A CNN Host Who Loves Israel
Posted by: "Shield of David List Moderator"   magen_david_1948

A CNN Host Who Loves Israel
by Gary Rosenblatt
Glenn Beck believes Israel is the only real hope for sanity in the Mideast.

Pro-Israel critics of the media, and particularly of CNN, should check out "The Glenn Beck Program" to give their high blood pressure a respite.

Beck, 42 and host of what is considered the fastest-growing TV show in cable news, can make Bibi Netanyahu look like a dove. The baby-faced former Top 40 radio disc jockey has been known to describe Saudi Arabian leaders as "nut jobs" and "dirt bags" and says that if America doesn't support and protect Israel, "we will lose our only strategic ally in the Mideast and we will lose our souls."

Yes, Beck, an admitted former alcoholic and drug addict, is now a devout Christian who believes in an Armageddon in which millions will die. He also believes in God's love for Israel, and he is not shy about discussing his own support for the Jewish state on his hour-long show that airs nightly at 7 p.m. on CNN Headline News, perhaps positioned to counter the success of Fox's right-wing programming.

Beck, whose manner is pleasant and friendly, bordering on gee-whiz, also hosts a daily radio talk show heard on more than 230 stations and is a regular contributor on "Good Morning America."

"It's a horrible thing to admit, but prior to 9/11 my view of the Mideast was basically, 'will this fighting never stop, and just solve it yourselves'," he explained during a recent interview.

The World Trade Center tragedy forced him to think about why "so homework." He said he did a great deal of reading (including the Bible and the Koran) and talking to people, focusing on why the U.S. "sends so much money to the Mideast for oil" and trying to discern who are America's real friends in the region.

He concluded that Israel is "our only real hope for sanity" in the Mideast, and "my gut tells me that Israel is one of the world's great hopes."

Beck visited Israel several years ago and said he had two powerful moments there that reinforced his positive feelings toward the Jewish state. One was when he visited a bomb shelter where gas masks and injection kits were being distributed in case of attack. He said that when he noticed that the signs were in Hebrew, English and Arabic, he wondered why, if Israelis really hated the Arabs, they would "hand out medicine to save Arab lives.

"That experience really opened my eyes and showed me that Israel is the closest to America" in shared values, he said.

The second experience was walking from the Jewish section of Jerusalem to the Palestinian side and feeling that, within a few steps, he had gone "from clean to dirty and dark and dank."

Beck said he realized that the Jews shared a belief that "we can make it," whatever the circumstances, while the Arabs have leaders who tell their people "you've been conquered and you'll never make it.

"It's all about control and power and politics," he said.

Beck's outspoken support for Israel, beginning on his nationally syndicated radio show in 2002, brought death threats almost immediately, he recalled, and he was given extra protection.

He calls himself "a realist," though, and not "a blind supporter of Israel," asserting that the leadership of Israel has made "horrible mistakes, but who hasn't? Every country has its bloody noses."

Critics, particularly on the left, have accused Beck of using "hateful rhetoric," and he apologized for questioning the patriotism of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. "That might come from my lack of intelligence," Beck said, saying his remark to Ellison was "quite possibly the poorest-worded question of all time."

Of late, Beck has talked a great deal about what he calls the "perfect storm," a combination of terrorism, Islamic militancy, hatred of the West and oil that could spell doom for the free world.

"I believe we are headed for dark times," he says. "I truly believe that we are living in 1938 and the trains are loaded." The only way to prevent disaster, he says, is for liberals and conservatives to come together and look for ways to work together to defeat our common enemy.

Beck thinks the media spin on the Mideast situation is "horribly out of whack" and biased against Israel. The only solution, which he says applies to the U.S. as well as Israel, is to "to do the right thing, be good and just continue to beat your head against the wall until the truth prevails."

This article originally appeared in the Jewish Week.

2. Extracts from Another Review of  "White Gold"
and Warning from Brit-Am

From: Richard Gorrie <rgorrie@UOGUELPH.CA>
Subject: REV: Refford on Milton, _White Gold_
Sender: H-Net List for British and Irish History <H-ALBION@H-NET.MSU.EDU>

Subject:        REV: Refford on Milton, _White Gold_

Published by (February 2007)

Giles Milton. _White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow 
and Islam's One Million White Slaves_. New York: Farrar, Straus and 
Giroux, 2005. 305 pp. Maps, illustrations, index. $25.00 (cloth), 
ISBN 0-374-28935-2.

Reviewed for H-Albion by Brian Refford, Humanities Department, 
DeSales University

More than a Cabin Boy's Ripping Good Yarn

[Extracts Only]
In the aftermath of September 11, Islam has often been tarred with  the brush of fanaticism. This is nothing new. A combination of fear  and loathing, European attitudes towards Islam have deep roots in the  western historical consciousness. Medieval and early modern Europeans  dreaded Islam as the infidel faith of a brutal enemy intent upon  destroying the mother church. The "Islamic threat" nourished the  European fear of the dangerous other, and distant Islam became an  overbearing symbol of menace. In _White Gold_, Giles Milton suggests  that such fear was not without cause, as nearly one million white  Europeans were captured by Muslim pirates between 1530 and 1780, and  sold in the slave markets of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.

Author of several well-received works, Milton recounts the harrowing  tale of Thomas Pellow, an eleven-year-old Cornish cabin boy captured  at sea by "Barbary corsairs" in 1716.[1] Employing the letters,  journals, and manuscripts of Pellow and other escaped and redeemed  English captives, Milton describes the white slave trade as "one of  individuals caught up in a nightmare far beyond their control" (p.  9). Milton's story of Pellow's enslavement by Muslim pirates, his  service with the notoriously cruel Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco,  and his subsequent return to England after two decades in captivity,  is both compelling and eloquent. A major strength of his narrative is  that he relies upon contemporary sources to describe the pall of fear  that descended upon the villages of Cornwall during the periodic  raids of the "Sal Rovers." Milton describes one such raid in  frightening detail. In the summer of 1625, Barbary corsairs raided  the Cornish coast and seized more than one thousand men, women, and  children to sell as slaves in North Africa. To freeborn English  Christians, few fates were more feared than enslavement in foreign  land by Muslim pirates.

More than simply a ripping good yarn, the story of Thomas Pellow is  an important exploration of the mutual intolerance that characterized  relations between Christian and Muslim as Britons took to the sea  after 1600. In _White Gold_, Milton recreates the bitter reality of  the trade in white slaves and its negative effect in shaping European  attitudes towards Islam. "Fanatical devotion to Islam was greatly  admired in Morocco," Milton observes, "but it was [also] the source  of growing consternation in the Christian west ... provoking a  growing backlash against Islam in almost every nation in Europe" (p.  157). As elsewhere in Europe, English hostility towards Islam arose  not only from ignorance and bigotry, but also from personal  experience. Tales of Muslim barbarism played to the prejudices of  Englishmen, and bolstered the assumption that Muslims were  uncivilized brutes. In part, the barbarism of Muslim pirates was  attributed to the simple fact that they were not Christian. However,  the pirates also made cultural assumptions of their own. For Muslim  believers, the obligation to convert the infidel to the true faith  made the enslavement of Europeans a profoundly religious act. Muslim  pirates, however, were not motivated by religious zeal alone.  European slaves were also valued as property by Muslim slave traders  intent upon waging holy war against Christendom. To men such as  Sultan Moulay Ismail, white slavery was a profitable form of  commercial _jihad_.

Milton acknowledges that while the early eighteenth- century trade in white slaves was a booming business throughout much  of North Africa, it was far smaller than the European trade in black  Africans. Although he vividly recounts the horrors of the Sultan's  matamores in Meknes, he briefly notes that the "suffering endured by  captives during the middle passage ... was truly appalling" (pp.  28-29). Milton, however, makes no effort to minimize the enormity of  the European slave trade, suggesting that mortality rates outstripped  those of the Muslim trade, nor does he argue that European outrage  over the taking of white slaves was matched by a similar solicitude  for the welfare of black slaves. Muslim and Christian slave traders  were equally brutal and equally indifferent to the well-being of  their captives. "No one in England paused to consider," Milton  observes, "that their concern for the white slaves was not matched by  a similar compassion for the black slaves being brutally shipped out  of Guinea" (pp. 28-29).

Warning by Brit-Am:
The above description reflects the values of Islam.
The West has progressed.
Islam has not.
What they and their friends do today to the blacks in Sudan they will do to you
tomorrow if they can.
3. History: Many European Jews Assimilated at Early Date

New Study on Geographical Development of Oral Law
by Hillel Fendel
[] Much of European Jewry assimilated or became Christian following the Second Temple's fall - largely because of their isolation from the Rabbinic world of the Land of Israel and Babylon.

A new study by two Israeli historians finds that the western and eastern Diasporas were greatly divided in the centuries following the destruction of the Second Temple and the exile of the Jews, in the year 68 C.E.

The lack of a translation of the Mishnah - the Oral Law - into Greek or other European languages was a major contributing factor to a serious gap between the western Jewish Diaspora and the eastern one. The laws of the Five Books of Moses, which had been translated into Greek, continued to be largely observed, until Christian missionary work succeeded in winning over much of the Jewish population there.

The study was published in the January 2007 edition of the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, by Aryeh Edrei of Tel Aviv University and Doron Mendels of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mendels is also the author of a work entitled "The Media Revolution of Early Christianity." In it, he shows how early Christians worked like modern journalists, selecting, shaping, and presenting stories for popular consumption in order to promote their religion. The best example, Mendels writes, is that of 4th-century Eusebius, the author of a monumental work entitled Ecclesiastical History, which he used as a publicity tool to further the cause of early Christianity.

Such works found fertile ground among Jews in Europe, Mendels and Edrei claim, in that no Oral Torah developed there - as opposed to in the East. "Hence it is not surprising that western Jews contributed nothing to the development of the oral law," the authors posit.

The Oral Law developed greatly after the exile, with the Mishna and Gmara finally becoming two monumental written works - the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud - in the middle centuries of the first millennium of the Common Era. The preceding centuries, however, were critical, Mendels and Edrei write, in that they were not written and were not taught to the Jews of the West who did not speak Hebrew or Aramaic.

The researchers add that the divide between the two Jewish populations was also furthered by the fact that Eastern rabbis did not often visit the West. Though the Talmud often recounts rabbis traveling between the Holy Land and Babylon to the east, travel to the west is rarely mentioned in this connection.

The publicized summaries of the research by Mendels and Edrei did not specify the size of the Jewish population in Europe in the centuries following the destruction of the Second Temple.

Jerusalem News-583
Date: 26 Shevet 5767, 14 February 2007
1. DNA Japanese, Ainu, Koreans
2. Max Rambow:  "only military action"
3. From Jew-hater to a Jew-lover
4. PM Olmert Attends Knesset Event to    Honor Israel's Druze and Circassian Communities
5. Steven Shamrak: Extracts
(a) "Jewish Oil Fields" by Thomas Koch.
(b) "Food for Thought" by Steven Shamrak
(c) What Is the Oslo War For?
(d) Time for Jewish Riots!
(e) Improvement in Terror
(f) Quote of the Week
(g) Preparation for a War.
(h) Compensation is Long Overdue.
(i) Jewish Contribution to Humanity.
(j) Making the World Secure.
(k) University Burns.

1. DNA Japanese, Ainu, Koreans
Japanese 35% Ainu-type and 52% Han Chinese?
Dual origins of the Japanese: common ground for hunter-gatherer and farmer Y chromosomes
Historic Japanese culture evolved from at least two distinct migrations that originated on the Asian continent. Hunter-gatherers...gave rise to the Jomon culture, and the Yayoi migration brought wet rice agriculture from Korea beginning ~2,300 years ago. ...Japanese populations were characterized by the presence of two major (D and O) and two minor (C and N) clades of Y chromosomes, each with several sub-lineages. Haplogroup D chromosomes were present at 34.7% and were distributed in a U-shaped pattern with the highest frequency in the northern Ainu and southern Ryukyuans. In contrast, haplogroup O lineages (51.8%) were distributed in an inverted U-shaped pattern with a maximum frequency on Kyushu...The results also support the hypothesis of a Central Asian origin of Jomonese  [Ainu-type] ancestors, and a Southeast Asian origin of the ancestors of the Yayoi[Han-Chinese type] , contra previous models based on morphological and genetic evidence.
The Ainu of Japan and the Jarawa and Onge of the Andaman Islands are notable for possessing almost exclusively Haplogroup D chromosomes, although Haplogroup C chromosomes also occur among the Ainu at a frequency of ~10%, similar to the Japanese.
Haplogroup D chromosomes are also found at low to moderate frequencies among all the populations of Central and Northeast Asia as well as the Chinese of China and among several minority populations of Yunnan that speak Tibeto-Burman languages and reside in close proximity to the Tibetans.
This indicates that: 1. The Japanese are not a genetically uniform group, as previously claimed, and the Ainu and Okinawans don't share the same DNA types at all. 2. The Japanese and Koreans genetically seem to have a very close relationship, suggesting that the Yayoi (who are believed to be the true ancestors of most modern day Japanese) were from "mainland Asia".

2. Max Rambow:  "only military action"
From: Max Rambow <>
Subject: Re:
Jerusalem News-582
#2. Extracts from Another Review of  "White Gold"
and Warning from Brit-Am

Shalom Yair
America in it's early years as a country had difficulty with Barbery pirates. We tried to negotiate but in the end found only military action as a solution. When the enemy is convinced in every way that we are inferior children of the devil, so to speak, there is no substitute for their (Islam's) unconditional surrender. But I'm afraid our politicians don't have the stomach for it and neither does our people. We've always been short sighted and forgetful.
Sincerely Max

3. From Jew-hater to a Jew-lover
[Islam - Quran's Fatwa to HATE for no

Posted by: "american1627"   american1627

Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:14 pm (PST)

From Jew-hater to a Jew-lover
[Islam - Quran's Fatwa to HATE for no
From Jew-hater to a Jew-lover Written by Alamgir Hussain
Published February 12, 2007See also:
None Dare Call It Reason
Canadian Politics: Green Games
The Temperature Also Rises
As a Muslim, you just grow up hating Jews. As soon as you start understanding things, you are brainwashed with how the Jews of Medina had insulted and fought with our beloved prophet. This starts at an early age when Muslim kids haven't grown old enough to know how to question. So, they never get to know the details. They just grow up with that hatred of the Jews ingrained in their heart and mind.
Although I personally grew up a believing Muslim with engaging myself nominally with the rituals and scriptures (which was the case with more than eighty percent of the young people during that time), I also grew up with that hatred against the Jews without ever meeting one, nor knowing the details of the circumstances that had lead to the conflict between the Jews and our Prophet. For the first time, however, I raised the question of why Muslims have to hate the Jews when I was a third-year undergraduate student, while discussing about some event that took place in Israel/Palestine with a few friends (more religious and knowledgeable in Islam). The answer I got was that the Jews fought and insulted the prophet and Allah says in the Koran that Jews are a cursed people who will never find a abode to live in peace (my recent investigation into Islam finds it absolutely true). That was a good enough a reason - when Allah (the Creator) has said so, it does not require any further questioning and explanation. I didn't question it for another 15 years until the following experience that changed my life significantly.
Before I paid a visit to Bangladesh in early 2002, a few months after the parliamentary election, I was already saddened with what had happened to the Hindu minorities in the post election days. The Jamat-e-Islami aligned nationalist coalition, lead by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had trounced the Islamo-secularist incumbent Awamy League Govt., went on a rampage against the people aligned with the defeated party. The ever insecure Hindu community which traditionally votes for the secular parties had to bear brunt of this horrendous campaign most. Rapes (including gang-rapes), torture and humiliation (with incidence of striping and parading the Hindu women around the village) became widespread according to media reports. One investigative report by the most popular English newspaper, Daily Star, had cited they had interviewed nearly 1000 Hindu women and girls being raped and gang-raped in a single district. The age of the victims ranged from an 8 year-old minor to a 72 year-old grandmother.
When I arrived home, I had more to learn about. I learned how activists of the defeated party, even of the Muslim background, spent months in terror. Some of them, who did not have tribal muscle-power and got caught, were paraded around the locality with garland of shoes round their neck. A subsequent media outcry and international condemnations forced the government to crackdown on such violence and violations, after the barrage of defiant denials in the initial weeks.
This left a lasting mark on my mind which probably changed me forever.
Instituting a government based on the Islamic ideals is the vision of the Jamat-i-Islami party. BNP is the slightly moderate Islamo-nationalist party, whose founding father changed the constitution of Bangladesh from secular (instituted by the founding father of defeated Awamy League in the 1970s) to an Islamist one in the 1980s.
These two parties combined represent the Islamic face of Bangladesh. All these flagrant violations of human dignity and rights happened under their stewardship and patronage. Whether real Islam had anything to do with it or not; what struck me most is that so long as there are divisions between people, like Hindu-Muslim barriers, such things will continue to happen. Nothing is worth this, whatsoever the true Islam may represent.
Earlier, I knew how the Hindus had to move out of East Bengal and later Bangladesh in tens of millions to India because of the treatment they got at the hands of the majority Muslims. I myself had the experience of foiling a bid to kidnap a Hindu classmate (girl) to force her into marry a Muslim thug (who had dropped out of my class a few years earlier). I played a crucial role in foiling the bid by alerting the girl and her family and helping them escape to India. I considered my effort in this incident a great gesture of kindness to my classmate, without realizing for a long time how much distress and pain the whole thing might had have caused to the victim, who had to abandon their ancestral homes of centuries forever.
Although my outlook on life took a humanistic turn after this, never did I leave the fear of being burned by Allah in the fire of hell. I still thought there was probably something very worthwhile in Islam. Else why would so many people believe in it? Why were so many people converting to Islam? Why is it the fastest growing religion? And why are so many Westerners, including some famous ones like Cat Steven, also converting to Islam? But what ensued in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting in Kuala Lumpur in March 2003 changed my life once and for all.

Mahathir Muhammad was my greatest Islamic leader, whom I used to see as a model for the Muslim world's movement towards moderation, prosperity and development. Never did I realize that there is so much Islamic poison in the mind of this leader who is highly acclaimed in both East and the West. I was so disappointed with his OIC speech that I wrote a critique <>
of it which was eventually picked by a professor from Rutgers University
for a book (book
[] Beyond
Jihad - Critical Voices From Inside Islam) she was planning on political Islam. However, that Mahathir speech definitely changed my life and perspective of the world forever. I became much more sympathetic to the people of other religions (including the Jews) than I was before, which they definitely deserve, not less if not more. The terrible treatments doled out to the Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Jews etc. in any Muslim-dominated country in the world on a daily basis even today would easily justify my sympathetic views of them by any standard of logic.
This also marked the commencement of my journey of finding out what is there in Islam that can fill the mind of 1.4 billion Muslims with such poisonous and cruel thoughts and utter degree of irrationality as reflected in Mahathir's speech. After studying Islam (Koran & prophet's biographies) to a great extent, what I found out now is that it all comes from the Koran and life of the prophet Muhammad and that the prejudices they perpetuate towards the Jews are totally undeserved.

4. PM Olmert Attends Knesset Event to    Honor Israel's Druze and Circassian Communities

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today (Tuesday), 13.2.07, a special event at the
Knesset in honor of Israel's Druze ( ) and
Circassian ( ) communities.  Knesset Speaker and Acting President Dalia Itzik, Knesset Deputy Speaker Majali Wahabe, Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Muafakh Tarif also attended the event.  A special Knesset lobby for the integration of the Druze and Circassian communities into Israeli society was established.

Prime Minister Olmert said: "The Druze and Circassian communities want to see actual deeds.  To this end, my predecessor initiated a decision to allocate NIS 447 million to develop infrastructures and raise the quality of life of the Druze and Circassian communities in the State of Israel.  At the end of 2006, it was also decided to market 773 housing units to the Druze sector and we are working to increase this number.  Similarly, we will work to improve the absorption of Druze and Circassians in the government and public sectors.  Permit me to say with all due caution and modesty - this Government will not talk, it will take action so that the reality of life for the Druze and Circassian communities reflects their activity and their dedication on behalf of the State of Israel, and so that they will know that they are an inseparable part of us."

Prime Minister Olmert congratulated the officers and soldiers of the IDF Druze battalion, which recently received a special Ground Forces Command commendation, and praised the battalion's, "exemplary fighting spirit."

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

5. Steven Shamrak: Extracts

Subject: Jewish Oil Fields * Time for Jewish Riots * Threat of Post-Zionism
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[Extracts Only]

(a) Jewish Oil Fields.
by Thomas Koch.

In 1978-80 Israel made criminal surrender of 23,000 square miles of Sinai real estate and Sinai oil fields. The Jewish oil fields have become the uplifting crown jewel of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

As the price has risen from then $10 to $100 and those Jewish oil revenues continue to flow daily and yearly to Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah and sundry destructive groups through the secret subsidization agreement quietly written between Egypt and OPEC at the time of Camp David ploy.

Now a Nazi-Swastika Hamas state has emerged in Gaza placed there by the White House and the Quartet! Egypt and Hamas are increasingly appearing as joint-partners in their Rafah-Ramalllah alliance for coming attacks with missiles and bullets.

(b) "Food for Thought" by Steven Shamrak

Every year 200 million people migrate in the world. Every year 50 million displaced and resettled world-wide. Why is it such a problem to move several million Arabs from the Jewish land and achieve peace in the Middle East?

Honesty at Last. There is no correlation between efforts to promote negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the troubles in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. "I don't wish to suggest that we think if we do that (resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), we're going to get something for it in some other part of the diplomacy (Iraq)." However, the U.S. does plan to launch a fresh diplomatic initiative aimed at reinvigorating 'the peace process'. (Clearly, hypocrisy is still alive!)

(c) What Is the Oslo War For?
The Saudis notified the Bush administration before the Mecca reconciliation summit, that the Palestinian accord for a coalition government sponsored by Riyadh will not meet a key Middle East Quartet condition for its recognition: The new government will not accept past accords, including peace agreements the Palestinian Liberation Organization signed with Israel. (It is time to forgot about Oslo, Road Map and get rid of Arabs who are occupying Jewish Land and do not appreciate Israel's sincere moves for peace!) After summit in Mecca: t he new PA unity government will not recognize Israel's right to exist, will not renounce terrorism or violence and will not accept the already signed agreements! (Israel must respond by tearing those useless agreements too and by getting rid of our enemies once and for all!)

(d) Time for Jewish Riots!
Israeli archaeologists complained, not for the first time, that more must be done to protect Jewish artefacts from construction work by the Muslim Waqf, which controls the Temple Mount. "The Waqf has acted terribly, taking thousands of tons of artefacts from the First Temple, the Second Temple, as well as Muslim artefacts, and throwing them away," said Dr. Eilat Mazar from Hebrew University. "They want to turn the whole of the Temple Mount into a mosque for Muslims only. They don't care about the artefacts or heritage on the site."

(e) Improvement in Terror
Terrorist faction Islamic Jihad has announced that it has begun using a new, improved launcher to shoot rockets at Israelis. The new launcher can fire six rockets simultaneously, whereas earlier models could only shoot one at a time. The organization nearly doubled the twenty kilometres range of earlier models.

(f) Quote of the Week:

"Be most careful not to make a treaty with the people who live in the land to which you are coming, since they can be a fatal trap to you. But you will destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves." - Exodus 34:12,13 - Please, read your Torah or Bible attentively.

(g) Preparation for a War. Five Iranian weapons experts, including an Iranian general, were caught in a raid by Fatah in Gaza. One Iranian committed suicide during the operation. The PA government is setting up a new military infrastructure for a serious confrontation with Israel. It is digging combat tunnels, improving rocket performance and quantity, and collecting weapons, mainly antitank and antiaircraft missiles. The tunnels will allow mobility of underground movement to the expected points of battle. The fighters will be able to surface quickly, launch missiles or rockets and disappear at any spot.

(h) Compensation is Long Overdue . Moshe Saperstein was attacked in February 2002 by gunmen who sprayed his car with AK-47 rounds, wounding him in the hand. Saperstein, who has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship, claimed that the PA and the PLO were complicit in the attack. A federal jury in Miami awarded $16 million to an American who claimed that Palestinian groups backed a terrorist attack in Israel in which he was injured. (It is time for Israeli government to award all victims of Arab terrorism and pay them compensation from withheld PA funds!)

(i) Jewish Contribution to Humanity.

Arthur Kornberg (March, 1918) is an American biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1959 for his discovery of "the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)"

(j) Making the World Secure. An Israeli-developed system for identifying potential security threats has been adopted at Miami International Airport to help keep Super Bowl and other visitors to South Florida safe. System outlines a long list of behavioral cues that should draw the attention of everyone working at the airport.

(k) University Burns. Security force members loyal to Fatah stormed the Hamas-aligned Islamic University, setting the library and other buildings on fire. At least 15 people were killed, including a 7-year-old boy. (Before 1967 there were no universities in Gaza, Judea and Smaria. Now Arabs started to destroy the education system so many naively thought would end Arab-Israel conflict.)

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Jerusalem News-584
Date: 30 Shevet 5767, 18 February 2007
1. Israel: Numerous Abortions due to Mistaken Medical Report
2. 35 MKs want Joseph's Tomb reopened
3. English interview with Daniel Pinner
4. Kosher Hand Combat?
5. German intelligence agents spying in Hebron:
Pictures of Agents in Action

1. Israel: Numerous Abortions due to Mistaken Medical Report
<<there are more victims of unfavorable and/or mistaken obstetric sonograms in Israel in one year, than all the terrorist victims and casualties of the last five years! It turns out that the doctors are a lot more dangerous than the Fatah and the Hamas combined!>>

<<it's like appearing on the selection line in front of Dr. Mengele. Let's put a stop to the indiscriminate and erroneous slaughter of the innocent unborn.>>

2. 35 MKs want Joseph's Tomb reopened
Matthew Wagner, THE JERUSALEM POST Feb. 15, 2007

Thirty-five MKs, including members of Kadima, Gil (Pensioners Party), Likud,
Israel Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism and Shas, sent a letter to OC Central
Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh asking to open Joseph's Tomb to Jewish visitors
for prayer.

MK Uri Ariel (National Union-National Religious Party) is spearheading the
parliamentarians' effort to renew the visits. All members of Ariel's party
signed the letter to Naveh.

The tomb, located inside Nablus, was abandoned in September 2000 at the
beginning of the second intifada at the behest of then prime minister Ehud
Barak. Palestinians destroyed the Torah scroll, holy books and other Judaica
on the premises.

In May 2002, as part of Operation Defense Shield, the tomb was recaptured,
and shortly afterwards in response to numerous requests the IDF renewed
guarded tours of the tomb.

One day every month at midnight as many as 800 visitors were allowed to pray
at the gravesite. These visits were designed to prevent unauthorized and
unprotected clandestine visits, mainly by Breslav Hassidim.

However, for the last three years due to security concerns, Naveh
discontinued the visits to the tomb.

Signatories include MK Moshe Sharoni, chairman of the Pensioners Party,
presidential candidate MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud), all members of United Torah
Judaism except Ya'acov Litzman and five members of Shas.

3. English interview with Daniel Pinner

4. Kosher Hand Combat?
Abir Warrior Arts, Asher Tribe 2 a closer look
Abir Warrior Arts, Dan Tribe Snake Form

5. German intelligence agents spying in Hebron

The Jewish Community of Hebron
February 16, 2007
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 11:54:06 +0200
From: Hebron <>
Subject: News from Hebron: German intelligence agents spying in Hebron

A group of seven German intelligence agents, identifying themselves as 'anonymous diplomats' today began an information-gathering mission in Hebron, led by a member of the Breaking the Silence/Bnei Avraham pro-Arab, anti-Jewish/Israel left-wing extremist organizations.

The agents were approached by Hebron spokesmen Noam Arnon and David Wilder, in an attempt to provide them with an additional perspective of Jewish life in Hebron. However, they were told that the group had no time, their schedules were planned weeks ago, and 'maybe next time.' "When might that be," they were asked. "We don't know," they replied.
With the group standing in the road just outside the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, Wilder requested just five minutes in order to bring them to the Avraham Avinu Synagogue and explain the five hundred year old history of the site and the neighborhood. However, his request was not even considered. After distributing his business card to them, he requested their cards in return, in order to be able to contact them directly. However, all members of the group had 'forgotten' to bring their business cards with them.

Before departing, Wilder commented that a group such as this, especially coming from Germany, with that country's dark, Nazi past, should at least be willing to spend a few minutes with Jews living in the first Jewish city in Israel, trying to revive and renew the Jewish people's past in Hebron. However, the group refused to listen to him and continued their tour with a self-hating Jew, who spouts only hate for Hebron's Jews, representing only the 'poor Arabs' who are being oppressed by the Jewish Community of Hebron, the Israeli army, and the State of Israel.

It later became clear to Hebron leaders that members of the group are associated with the BND, the ANBw, and have ties to the CIA and MI5. Their primary mission in Hebron is to gather information for the European Quartet, in order to begin implementation of their plans to follow in the footsteps of their infamous predecessors, Nebuchadnezzar and Titus: to bring about a Judenrein Eretz Yisrael, starting in Judea and Samaria, and of course, in Hebron.

Pictures of Alien Allemagnes
International Spies from Germany active in Israel

Smiling Beauties
Smiling Beauties

Grining Grinder
Grining Grinder

Grining Grinder
Thick Plot

International Spies from Germany active in Israel

Cipher Maiden
Cipher Maiden
or "Mata Hari"?

Gangled Gang
Gangled Gang

The Grey Snooper
The Grey Snooper

Looking Lurker Lackeys
Looking Lurker Lackeys

International Spies from Germany active in Israel

Griped Group
Griped Group

How ironic that people whose friends, relatives and fellow countrymen participated in the slaughter of between six to seven million Jews should arrive in the city of Abraham with a self-hating Jew, whose goal is the expulsion of Hebron's Jewish population, and should ignore those people trying to reestablish Hebron's glorious Jewish past.
The Jewish Community of Hebron
POB 105 , Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100
Tour Hebron:
Tel 972-52-431-7055 or write:

Jerusalem News-585
Date: 2 Adar 5767, 20 February 2007
1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.42-43
2. Slavery Still a Problem in Brazil
3. Steven Shamrak [Extracts]
4. The USA and the Middle East Region
5. DNA of Cattle Resolves Historical Debate?
Origin of the Etruscan civilisation may have finally been solved

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.42-43
From: david meadows <>

explorator 9.42-43 February 18, 2006


... and we might as well blame the extinction of a pile of
animal species on Australia on humans too:

Bronze Age remains from Kuwait City: (ATimes)

Some criticism of the conclusions being drawn from those
Qumran latrines:

Retracing Abraham's travels:

The exact location of the Second Temple has been pinpointed
(maybe): (AlphaGalileo) (JPost)

[I'm trying to give the following the attention it merits, hence
the somewhat strange presentation]

Much ire being raised because of an Israeli dig on Temple Mount: (JPost),,2007179,00.html,7340,L-3361666,00.html

... even the UNESCO folks are concerned:

... and Israeli archaeologists had some accusations of their own:,7340,L-3362223,00.html

... but the dig might not be necessary: (JPost)

... but maybe it is: (MFA)

... whatever the case, it has resulted in the installation of a
webcam at the excavation site:

... but it's further complicated by the discovery of a Byzantine
mosaic and other finds: (JPost)

... and the two sides are still talking, apparently:

Why is the dig going on at all?: (IV)

Related item on politics and archaeology in Israel:

... and another 'illegal' dig which will probably play into this
whole scenario at some point:

An update on the Oded Golan trial:

Nice feature on Howard Carter: (Morning Call)

More coverage of that ancient Semitic snake spell: (NG)

An upDate (sorry ... can't resist):

DNA evidence from cattle seems to be supporting Herodotus'
claims of Etruscan origins: (Daily India)

... as does human DNA, apparently:

... while the Pathans do have some Greek dna in their blood: (Daily Times)

... and we await word on whether some Chinese villagers are
descended from Crassus' legions:,2933,250297,00.html

Apparently fitness levels have fallen since the days of ancient

Interesting gladiator-related finds from Cheshire:,,2-2007070918,00.html (Telegraph)

Another amphitheatre has been found ... this time in Peterborough: (Peterborough Today)

300 seems to be a hit:

A metal detectorist has found what may be the UK's oldest set
of earrings: (Metro)

A transcript of an interview with one of the archaeologists who
is working on that Stonehenge village:

Pub construction in Coventry has revealed a medieval leper
colony: (BBC)


New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

... and following up on implications of Jefferson's DNA:

Gold Rush-era human remains from the environs of Sacramento: (ABC)

Wanna buy a burial mound?:

George Washington and the rules of civility:
Interesting implications of maize found with an andean mummy:

Ulcers have been around for a long time:

African genes in Yorkshire:

Did the Vikings use 'sunstones' to help them navigate?:

The ancient history of hot peppers:

The story of some 'slave Robinson Crusoes':

The next Indiana Jones flick will be out in May, 2008:

Ravenna: (Post-Gazette)

Art of Sassanian Iran:


... although that Italian village still wants its Etruscan
chariot: (Bloomberg)

... and Neil MacGregor apparently isn't headed there: (Bloomberg)


Nicholas Howe (Anglo-Saxon Studies):

2. Slavery Still a Problem in Brazil
Brazil has a hidden but serious problem of slave labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 40,000 slaves working in Brazil today.

Brit-Am Comment:
To remind you that it was only thanks to the British and the USA that the international slave trade was stopped and slavery forbidden and that not so long ago.

3. Steven Shamrak [Extracts]

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

The war in Iraq created 4 million refugees. Many of them are being resettled in Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Jordan etc It is necessary to transfer the same number of Arabs from Israel and the territories in order to stop terror in Israel and allow the Jews live in peace on their land. Why is this such a big problem?

We're Losing Our Lands! Some 50 Arabs & leftists arrived at the Talia farm near Beit Yatir in southern Judea and proceeded, for several hours, to uproot growths and bushes. "I've been planting there for over 11 years," Yaakov Talia, the owner of the farm, "but the army suddenly gave Arab claimants title to the land. Even the Civil Administration admits that the Arabs can't sufficiently prove it's theirs - but the army gave it to them anyway. The campaign against Jewish land-owners in the area is headed by Reform organization headed by Rabbi Arik Asherman and some American far-left peace-activists.

Quote of the Week:

"Nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence." - Mohammed el-Katatny of President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party told during Egyptian parliament session last Monday. This is the voice of 'moderate' Muslims.

Playing Russian Card and Saudi Arabian Nukes. Saudis to purchase nuclear option (why oil reach country needs nuclear power station?), advanced missiles and spy satellites off the shelf from Pakistan and Russia . Moscow will assist in Saudi development of a civilian nuclear program and build six "research satellites" for the oil kingdom. Moscow in fact undertook to provide Saudi Arabia with half a dozen military surveillance satellites, launch them and set up ground control centers. The ceremonial led up to an epic accord of 7 secret clauses on the terms in which Pakistan would make nuclear weapons available to, and sell, Saudi Arabia nuclear-capable missiles.

The Face of Moderate Islam. Regent's Park Mosque in London, is selling DVDs that proclaim the coming mass extermination of Jews around the world on a "day of judgment." It also attacks Christian groups and the United Nations. The mosque is "the spiritual focal point for Muslims" throughout Great Britain . It is also home to the Islamic Cultural center, which educates Muslim children.

4. The USA and the Middle East Region

Iraqi Sunni Lands Show New Oil and Gas Promise
<<And while it would take years actually to begin pulling gas and oil out of the fields even if the area soon became safe enough for companies to work in, energy corporations have been excited about the areas potential, even if it falls short of reserves in the Shiite south and Kurdish north.>>

Al Qaeda Chiefs Are Seen to Regain Power

Brit-Am Comment: The world needs the USA.
The USA needs oil.
The USA needs to protect itself from Terrorism.
The USA needs to maintain the dollar as an international currency.
For the sake of the world and itself the USA needs to play an imperialistic role
in the region.
The US public should accept these facts and proceed accordingly.

5. DNA of Cattle Resolves Historical Debate?
Origin of the Etruscan civilisation may have finally been solved
London, Feb 15 (ANI): One of anthropology's most enduring mysteries, the origins of the ancient Etruscan civilisation may finally have been solved, strangely with a study of cattle.

Culturally distinct and technologically advanced, the Etruscan civilisation, with their non-Indo-European language, inhabited central Italy from about the 8th century BC, before being assimilated into Roman culture around the end of the 4th century BC.

However, for centuries, archaeologists, geneticists and linguists have debated their origin.

In the 5th century BC, the Ancient Greek historian Herodotus claimed that the Etruscans had arrived in Italy from Lydia, now called Anatolia, in modern-day Turkey.

For their study, Marco Pellecchia at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Piacenza, Italy, and colleagues analysed mitochondrial DNA in modern herds of Bos Taurus cattle in the north, south and central regions of Italy.

The genetic material is often always passed down the female line from mother to offspring.

Findings revealed that almost 60 percent of the mitochondrial DNA in cows in the central Tuscan region of the country where the Etruscan civilisation is thought to have arisen was the same as that in cows from Anatolia and the Middle East.

On the contrary, there was little or no genetic convergence between cows from the north and south of Italy and those from Turkey and the Middle East.

Pellecchia said, so far no archaeological or genetic traces of Etruscan culture have been found elsewhere between Turkey and Italy.

This combined with their famed nautical prowess gives credence to the belief that Etruscans and their cattle arrived in Italy by sea, and not by land, New Scientist quoted him as saying.

The findings appear in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. (ANI)

Jerusalem News-586
Date: 3 Adar 5767, 21 February 2007
1. US 'Iran attack plans' revealed
2. Terror Hits Iran!
3. Iran Blames US, UK, and Israel!

1. US 'Iran attack plans' revealed
Story from BBC NEWS:
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.

The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.

The UN has urged Iran to stop the programme or face economic sanctions.

But diplomatic sources have told the BBC that as a fallback plan, senior officials at Central Command in Florida have already selected their target sets inside Iran.

That list includes Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz. Facilities at Isfahan, Arak and Bushehr are also on the target list, the sources say.

Two triggers

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the trigger for such an attack reportedly includes any confirmation that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon - which it denies.

Alternatively, our correspondent adds, a high-casualty attack on US forces in neighbouring Iraq could also trigger a bombing campaign if it were traced directly back to Tehran.

Long range B2 stealth bombers would drop so-called "bunker-busting" bombs in an effort to penetrate the Natanz site, which is buried some 25m (27 yards) underground.

The BBC's Tehran correspondent Frances Harrison says the news that there are now two possible triggers for an attack is a concern to Iranians.

Authorities insist there is no cause for alarm but ordinary people are now becoming a little worried, she says.


Earlier this month US officers in Iraq said they had evidence Iran was providing weapons to Iraqi Shia militias. However the most senior US military officer later cast doubt on this, saying that they only had proof that weapons "made in Iran" were being used in Iraq.

Gen Peter Pace, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said he did not know that the Iranian government "clearly knows or is complicit" in this.

At the time, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the accusations were "excuses to prolong the stay" of US forces in Iraq.

Middle East analysts have recently voiced their fears of catastrophic consequences for any such US attack on Iran.

Britain's previous ambassador to Tehran, Sir Richard Dalton, told the BBC it would backfire badly by probably encouraging the Iranian government to develop a nuclear weapon in the long term.

Last year Iran resumed uranium enrichment - a process that can make fuel for power stations or, if greatly enriched, material for a nuclear bomb.

Tehran insists its programme is for civil use only, but Western countries suspect Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.

The UN Security Council has called on Iran to suspend its enrichment of uranium by 21 February.

If it does not, and if the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms this, the resolution says that further economic sanctions will be considered.

2. Terror Hits Iran!
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Eighteen people were killed on Wednesday when a bomb exploded next to a bus owned by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in southeast Iran, where security forces and armed groups often clash, Iran's IRNA news agency said.

Other news agencies put the death toll lower and an official in the governor's office in the city of Zahedan, where the bombing occurred, said the exact number killed was not yet clear.

The bomb was hidden in a car and exploded as the bus, belonging to a unit that transports employees of the Guards, passed by, IRNA reported. It was not clear if those killed were members of the Guards. 2007-02-17 18:59:10

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Explosive devices and arsenals used in a terrorist attack in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan on Wednesday came from the United States, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Relevant documents, photographs and film footage, which show that the explosives and arsenals used in the attack were American, would soon be made public, an "informed source" was quoted as saying.

The source further pointed out that Jundallah, a shadowy Sunni militant group, had several plots for assassinating Sunni and tribal leaders to sow discord and foment conflicts between the Shiite and Sunni citizens in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

On Wednesday morning, an explosive-laden car exploded in Zahedan as a bus, belonging to ground forces of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, passed by, killing at least 11 people and injuring 31 others.

Jundallah has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack. Iran has blamed the group for past killings in the area bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan.

So far a total of 65 suspects in addition to the three people responsible for the bomb attack have been arrested, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday, quoting Brigadier General Mohammad Gaffari, a senior police officer in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Jundallah also claimed responsibility for a second bombing on Friday in Zahedan, which caused no casualties.

3. Iran Blames US, UK, and Israel!

Iran accuses American, British and Israeli secret services of plotting explosions in Zahedan, Baluchistan
February 20, 2007, 10:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

Irans interior minister Mostafa Pur-Mohammadi, speaking over a domestic TV channel, also charged the three services with subversive activities in Iranian Khuzestan, Kurdistan and Azerbaijan.

DEBKAfile reports a sizeable US and Israeli intelligence and commercial presence in the neighboring Caspian republic of Azerbaijan. This was the first time an Iranian official accused Israeli intelligence of terrorist activity inside the country. Israeli security sources take this as a ploy to lay the groundwork for justifying an Iranian payback either through its proxy, the Lebanese Hizballah, or Palestinian terrorist networks in the pay of their intelligence services.

The charges are also part of Tehrans preparations for the UN Security Council session Wednesday, Feb. 21, to discuss further sanctions for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

Pur-Mohammadi said the terrorist attacks were aimed at sparking inter-religious hatred between the Sunni minority and Shiite majority of the Islamic Republic.

DEBKAfiles Iran experts report that the minister accused the three services of subversion also to silence public questions about the sudden vulnerability of the invincible Revolutionary Guards to attack in different parts of the country.

Zahedan close to the Pakistani and Afghan borders saw three strikes. In one, gunmen ambushed an RG bus and set off a bomb car which killed 11 soldiers and injured 31.

The interior ministers interview coincided with three other events in Iran.

(1. Our Tehran sources report that one of the suspects detained after the Zahedan bus attack, Nasrollah Shanbe-Zehi, was executed Monday, Feb. 19, in a public hanging on the spot of the explosion. The gallows was raised on the Zahedan-Tehran highway and the body was left there for several hours. A crowd stood below chanting anti-American and anti-Israel slogans.

(2. Also on Monday, 20 Revolutionary Guards brigades of 60,000 men launched a three-day war game dubbed Eqtedar (Grandeur) in 16 out of Irans 30 provinces. Its commander is Brig.-Gen Mohammad-Reza Zahedi.

(3. Sources close to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna disclosed Monday that Iran has transferred to its Natanz uranium enrichment plant gaseous materials for activating centrifuges.

Jerusalem News-587
Date: 4 Adar 5767, 22 February 2007
1. Temple Mount Re-Opened to Jews
2. DNA: Southeast Europeans all have common origins?
3. DNA: More evidence for the origin of the Etruscans
4. Archaeology: Ritual piece of Stonehenge discovered
5. Mysterious White Cattle still extant in Highland Scotland
6. Foreign Origin of everyday things
7. Matthias Kuentzel: Iran's Obsession with the Jews

[Extracts Only]

Denying the Holocaust, desiring another one.


1. Temple Mount Re-Opened to Jews
Arutz-7 News Wednesday
3 Adar 5767 , Feb. 21 '07
Editor: Hillel Fendel

(2. Temple Mount Re-Opened to Jews

by Hillel Fendel

Israeli excavation works at the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate ramp - leading from the Western Wall plaza to the Temple Mount - evoked Arab rioting and criticism of Israel by Arab leaders. Despite Israeli explanations and photos showing that the work had nothing to do with the Temple Mount, Arabs continue to accuse Israel of attempting to destroy the mosques at the site. The instigation came to a climax 12 days ago, when dozens of Arabs and police were injured in rock-throwing clashes and rioting.

Now that calm has been restored in the area, and in the wake of strong pressure by Jewish groups, the police have once again opened the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors. The hours are as restricted as before: between 7:30 and 10:30 in the morning, and between 12:30 and 1:30 in the early afternoon. At other times, Jews continue to be forbidden to frequent the holy site.

Rabbis are split over whether Jews are permitted to ascend to the site of the Holy Temples - the site the Torah considers to be the holiest in the world.  All agree that there are areas on the Mount that are forbidden for entry to those who are impure - namely, everyone, until the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) purification ceremony can be performed.  However, some rabbis say that because the precise location of those areas is not entirely clear, and because of the fear that some Jews might not even care to find out, the entire Mount area must be forbidden for public entry.

Other rabbis say that following careful research and based on archaeological evidence, the forbidden areas can be mapped out, and that proper Jewish-legal precautions, including immersing in a ritual bath before visiting, can and must be taken to prevent errant wandering. These rabbis feel that there is an important national/religious value in visiting the site and perpetuating Jewish national bonds with the site, as opposed to abandoning it to the Moslems.

The monthly "March Around the Temple Mount Gates," which is held every Rosh Chodesh (the first day of each Hebrew month), was canceled by police earlier this week, at the beginning of the month of Adar. This, despite - or because of - the fact that thousands of Jews were expected to show up.

As a result, however, a large amount of public pressure was brought to bear by MK Uri Ariel and the Temple Mount organizations.  The police then permitted an alternate event this past Sunday evening. Hundreds of Jews who managed to find out of the change in plans showed up outside the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount.

Foreign media often confuse the Western Wall with the Mount it supports, thus giving more credence to Moslem claims than Jewish ones.
Kiryat Arba's Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, Chairman of the Yesha Rabbis Council and a leading Halakhic source on Temple Mount matters, told the assembled, "The increase of terrorism and anti-Semitism in Israel and around the world stems from our neglect of and weakness regarding the Temple Mount. The fact that the Mount is closed whenever our enemies begin threatening, and that the hours in which we may ascend are so limited, and that we may not pray there or build a synagogue - all this reflects weakness and lack of Jewish control over the most sacred site to the entire Jewish nation."

Regarding Moslem claims that the Jews are planning to rebuild the Temple, Rabbi Lior said, "I wish this was the case... Plans should be made and the public should be prepared for the building of the Third Temple."

The Mount, not the Wall

He emphasized that the sanctity of the Western Wall, which surrounds and supports the Temple Mount area in which the Holy Temple was built and will be rebuilt, is "tens of times less than that of the Mount itself. This must be understood within the Jewish public, and first and foremost, within the religious public."

Rabbi David Dudkevich of Yitzhar also addressed the crowd, musician Ariel Zilber provided musical entertainment, and a giant video screen showed an exhibit regarding historic Jewish rights to the Temple Mount, and pictures showing how the Mount looked, looks and will look in the future.

Foreign media often confuse the Western Wall with the Mount it supports, thus giving more credence to Moslem claims than Jewish ones. BBC, for instance, in a photo-report on the area posted today, writes, "The Temple Mount or Haram al-Sharif is the most important religious site in Jerusalem. Its Western Wall is the holiest site in Judaism."

In another report, Reuters refers to "the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site."

Two days ago, however, an AP report corrected this impression by writing that the Mount is "Judaism's holiest site, having housed the biblical Jewish temples." The report adds, "Jews have gathered for centuries to pray outside the compound at the Western Wall, a remnant of the ancient compound."
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2. DNA: Southeast Europeans all have common origins?
More on origin of Gagauz
The observed homogeneity suggests either a very recent common ancestry of all southeastern European populations or strong gene flow between them. Despite this low level of differentiation, tree reconstruction and principle component analyses allowed a distinction between BalkanCarpathian (Macedonians, Romanians, Moldavians, Ukrainians and Gagauzes) and eastern Mediterranean (Turks, Greeks and Albanians) population groups. The genetic affinities among DniesterCarpathian and southeastern European populations do not reflect their linguistic relationships. The results indicate that the ethnic and genetic differentiations occurred in these regions to a considerable extent independently of each other. In particular, Gagauzes, a Turkic-speaking population, show closer affinities to their geographical neighbors than to other Turkic populations.

3. DNA: More evidence for the origin of the Etruscans
posted by Dienekes on Saturday, February 17, 2007
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The recent articles on Etruscan origins argue in favor of the non-indigenous theory of Etruscan origins.

In the same light, I was looking at the other recent paper on Y chromosome variation in Italy, and I was struck by the elevated frequency (7%) of J*(xJ2) in Central Tuscany. J*(xJ2) occurs at higher frequencies in the Near East than in Europe. For example, in Cinnioglu's study of Anatolian Y chromosomes it occurred at a frequency of around 9%, while the frequency in Greece (pdf) is 2%.

The fact that J*(xJ2) reaches its Italian maximum in Central Tuscany, approaching the Anatolian figure, and being higher than that of Greece is consistent with the emerging consensus. Let's hope that Y chromosome analysis of Etruscan remains will be feasible to directly test for the presence of J*(xJ2) in them.

PS: Interestingly, Sicily and Cyprus also show an elevated frequency of J*(xJ2) (pdf). The Phoenician presence or other historical events could explain this, but as far as I know (?) there is no documented substantial presence of Phoenicians in Tuscany, making the alternative Anatolian origin more likely.

4. Archaeology: Ritual piece of Stonehenge discovered

5. Mysterious White Cattle still extant in Highland Scotland

Extract: But how on earth did the cattle get in Britain in the first place? One of the more outlandish theories was proposed by Comyns Beaumont in a 1940s book. Quoting Scottish historian Hector Boece, Beaumont reckons that these herds match a description by Herodotis of the mountain region of Paeonia in Thrace (ancient Greece). He was then able to deduce, amazingly, that the animals are the same as found near the River Nessus, which he says is Loch Ness, and that Mygdonia, a part of the original Macedonia, was between Aviemore, Kingussie and the Ness. The conclusion to all this is that Britain is really Atlantis. Could the cattle have crossed from Continental Europe?

6. Foreign Origin of everyday things
bagpipes from Egypt, toothbrush from China, flip-flops from Egypt, parka from Eskimoes, chess from India, coffee from Turkey, etc

7. Iran's Obsession with the Jews
Denying the Holocaust, desiring another one.
by Matthias Kuentzel

[Extracts Only]
02/19/2007, Volume 012, Issue 22

On December 12, 2006, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad personally brought to a close the infamous Holocaust deniers' conference in Tehran. A strange parade of speakers had passed across the podium: former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, the nutty followers of the anti-Zionist Jewish sect Neturei Karta, and officials of the neo-Nazi German National party, along with the familiar handful of professional Holocaust deniers. Frederick Tben had delivered a lecture entitled "The Holocaust--A Murder Weapon." Frenchman Robert Faurisson had called the Holocaust a "fairy tale," while his American colleague Veronica Clark had explained that "the Jews made money in Auschwitz." A professor named McNally had declared that to regard the Holocaust as a fact is as ludicrous as believing in "magicians and witches." Finally, the Belgian Leonardo Clerici had offered the following explanation in his capacity as a Muslim: "I believe that the value of metaphysics is greater than the value of history."

If this motley crew had assembled in a pub in Melbourne, nobody would have paid the slightest attention. What gave the event historical significance was that it was held by invitation, at the Iranian foreign ministry: on government premises, in a country that disposes of the world's second-largest oil reserves (after Saudi Arabia) and second-largest natural gas reserves (after Russia). And in this setting, the remarks quoted above provoked not dismissive laughter, but applause and attentive nods. On the walls hung photographs of corpses with the inscription "Myth," and others of laughing concentration camp survivors with the inscription "Truth."

The Tehran deniers' conference marks a turning point not only because of its state sponsorship, but also because of its purpose. Up until now, Holocaust deniers have wanted to revise the past. Today, they want to shape the future: to prepare the way for the next Holocaust.

In his opening speech to the conference, the Iranian foreign minister, Manucher Mottaki, left no doubt on this point: If "the official version of the Holocaust is called into question," Mottaki said, then "the nature and identity of Israel" must also be called into question. The purpose of denying, among all the Nazis' war measures, specifically the persecution of the Jews is to undermine a central motive for the establishment of the state of Israel. Auschwitz is delegitimized in order to legitimize the elimination of Israel--that is, a second genocide. If it should turn out, however, that the Holocaust did happen after all, Ahmadinejad explains that it would have been a result of European policies, and any homeland for the Jews would belong not in Palestine but in Europe. Either way, the result is the same: Israel must vanish.

This focus explains why the conference's sponsors attached so much importance to the participation of a delegation from the Jewish sect Neturei Karta. Although it does not deny the Holocaust, the sect welcomes the destruction of Israel. That objective was the common denominator uniting all the participants in the conference. In his closing speech, Ahmadinejad formulated it with perfect clarity: "The life-curve of the Zionist regime has begun its descent, and it is now on a downward slope towards its fall. . . . The Zionist regime will be wiped out, and humanity will be liberated."

Holocaust denial and the nuclear program

Just as Hitler sought to "liberate" humanity by murdering the Jews, so Ahmadinejad believes he can "liberate" humanity by eradicating Israel. The deniers' conference as an instrument for propagating this project is intimately linked to the nuclear program as an instrument for realizing it. Five years ago, in December 2001, former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani first boasted that "the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything," whereas the damage to the Islamic world of a potential retaliatory nuclear attack could be limited: "It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality." While the Islamic world could sacrifice hundreds of thousands of "martyrs" in an Israeli retaliatory strike without disappearing--so goes Rafsanjani's argument--Israel would be history after the first bomb.

It is precisely this suicidal outlook that distinguishes the Iranian nuclear weapons program from those of all other countries and makes it uniquely dangerous. As long ago as 1980, Khomeini put it this way: "We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."

Anyone inclined to dismiss the significance of such statements might want to consider the proclamation made by Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, representative of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who stands even higher in the Iranian hierarchy than Ahmadinejad. A few months ago, on November 16, 2006, Rahimian explained: "The Jew"--not the Zionist, note, but the Jew--"is the most obstinate enemy of the devout. And the main war will determine the destiny of mankind. . . . The reappearance of the Twelfth Imam will lead to a war between Israel and the Shia." The country that has been the first to make Holocaust denial a principle of its foreign policy is likewise the first openly to threaten another U.N. member state with, not invasion or annexation, but annihilation.

Yet it's all confusing. Why, if Iran wishes Israel ill, does it deny the Holocaust rather than applaud it? Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial has been especially well received in the Arab world, where it has won praise from Hezbollah, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas. Yet in the Arab world, Hitler is admired not for building highways or conquering Paris, but for murdering Jews. How can Holocaust denial be most prevalent in a region where admiration for Hitler remains widespread? To unlock this paradox it is necessary to examine the anti-Semitic mind.

Brother Hitler and Eichmann the Martyr

Holocaust denial is anti-Semitism at its most extreme. Whoever declares Auschwitz a myth implicitly portrays the Jews as the enemy of humanity: The assumption is that the all-powerful Jews, for filthy lucre, have been duping the rest of humanity for the past 60 years. Whoever talks of the "so-called Holocaust" implies that over 90 percent of the world's media and university professorships are controlled by Jews and are thereby cut off from the "real" truth. No one who accuses Jews of such perfidy can sincerely regret Hitler's Final Solution. For this reason alone, every denial of the Holocaust contains an appeal to repeat it.

Consider this passage written by an Egyptian columnist for the state-controlled newspaper Al-Akhbar, Egypt's second-largest daily, and published in April 2002:
The entire matter [of the Holocaust], as many French and British scientists and researchers have proven, is nothing more than a huge Israeli plot aimed at extorting the German government in particular and the European countries in general. But I, personally and in light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, "If only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world could sigh in relief [without] their evil and sin."

Often, however, enthusiasm for the Holocaust is expressed unvarnished. In 1961, when the trial of Adolf Eichmann dominated the headlines, such enthusiasm became evident for the first time. The Jordanian Jerusalem Times published an "Open Letter to Eichmann," which stated: "By liquidating six million you have . . . conferred a real blessing on humanity. . . .

But the brave Eichmann can find solace in the fact that this trial will one day culminate in the liquidation of the remaining six million to avenge your blood." Arab writers such as Abdullah al-Tall eulogized "the martyr Eichmann," "who fell in the Holy War." In her book Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt summarized the mood in the Arab world:
The newspapers in Damascus and Beirut, in Cairo and Jordan did not conceal either their sympathy for Eichmann or their regret that he "did not finish the job"; a radio broadcast from Cairo on the opening day of the trial even included a little sideswipe at the Germans, reproaching them for the fact that "in the last war, no German plane had ever flown over and bombed a Jewish settlement."

This heartfelt desire to see all Jews exterminated was reiterated in the Egyptian daily Al-Akhbar in April 2001 by the columnist Ahmad Ragab: "[Give] thanks to Hitler. He took revenge on the Israelis in advance, on behalf of the Palestinians. Our one complaint against him was that his revenge was not complete enough."

Obviously, from a logical point of view, enthusiasm for the Holocaust is incompatible with its denial. Logic, however, is beside the point. Anti-Semitism is built upon an emotional infrastructure that substitutes for reason an ephemeral combination of mutually exclusive attributions, all arising from hatred of everything Jewish. As a result, many contradictory anti-Jewish interpretations of the Holocaust can be deployed simultaneously: (1) the extermination of millions was a good thing; (2) the extermination of millions was a Zionist fabrication; (3) the Holocaust resulted from a Jewish conspiracy against Germany that Hitler thwarted and punished; (4) the Holocaust was a joint enterprise of the Zionists and Nazis; (5) the Zionists' "Holocaust industry" exaggerates the murder of the Jews for self-interested reasons; (6) Israeli actions against the Palestinians are the "true" Holocaust--and so on.

We are dealing here with a parallel universe in which the reality principle is ignored, and blatantly contradictory fantasies about Jews all have their place so long as they serve to reinforce anti-Semitic paranoia and hatred: a universe in which the laws of reason have been abolished and all mental energy is harnessed to the cause of anti-Semitism.

Amid the confusion, this universe is characterized by two constants: the refusal to come to terms with the facts of the Holocaust as it actually took place; and a willingness to find in the Holocaust a source of encouragement and inspiration, a precedent proving that it is possible to murder Jews by the million. This is why the precise content of Ahmadinejad's Holocaust tirades is not the issue. He is obsessed with the subject because he is fascinated by the possibility of a second Holocaust.

Ahmadinejad inhabits a delusional world that is sealed off from reality. The louder the liberal West protests against Holocaust denial or the Islamists' demands for the destruction of Israel, the more conviced Ahmadinejad becomes of Zionist domination. In a conversation with the editors of the German newsweekly Der Spiegel, the Iranian president reacted as follows to the remark that the magazine does not question Israel's right to exist: "I am glad that you are honest people and say that you are required to support the Zionists." Only when we too finally realize that the Holocaust is a Jewish lie--only when we too want to annihilate Israel--only then will Ahmadinejad be convinced that we are academically credible and politically free. It is this lunacy that makes the revolutionary mission of the Iranian leadership so dangerous.

The alarm cannot be sounded loudly enough. If Iran is not put under pressure without delay and forced to choose between changing course and suffering devastating economic sanctions, the only remaining alternatives will be a bad one--the military option--and a dreadful one--the Iranian bomb.

Matthias Kuentzel is a Hamburg-based political scientist and a research associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His book Jihad and Jew-Hatred: On the New Anti-Jewish War is forthcoming this year from Telos Press. This article was translated from German by Michael Bugajer and John Rosenthal.

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Jerusalem News-588
Date: 7 Adar 5767, 25 February 2007
1. Lawrence of Arabia was a Zionist who backed a state "from the River to the Sea"
2. Arutz-7 Thursday,
(3. Efrat Israeli Anti-Abortion Organization
(7. Marking Anniversary of Prolific Rabbi's Death

Chief Rabbi Chaim David HaLevy
(8. Israel Develops Solar-Powered Unmanned Aircraft
3. David T.: Disturbing Incident with German Businessman
4. Britain: Secret report: Terror threat worst since 9/11
5. Hillel Halkin: The News You Don't Read


1. Lawrence of Arabia was a Zionist who backed a state "from the River to the Sea"
Jerusalem Post, 22 February, 2007, Adar 5767
Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Ed-ward Lawrence better known as "Lawrence of Arabia" and renowned as a champion of Arab independence, actually had "a sort of contempt for the Arabs" and was an advocate of Jewish statehood from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, according to acclaimed British historian Sir Martin Gilbert.


Lawrence believed that only with a sovereign Jewish entity in the area would the Arabs "ever make anything of themselves," according to Gilbert.
T.E. Lawrence, immortalized on film by Peter O'Toole, fought with Arab irregulars against the Ottoman Empire in World War I, wore Arabian clothes and adopted many Arab customs. He is widely perceived, Gilbert told The Jerusalem Post this week, as "the great Arabist, right? The man who supported the Arabs, and who pushed for Arab nationhood in the 1920s. He's always pictured wearing Arab robes."
The "astonishing" truth, however, Gilbert went on, is that Lawrence was "a serious Zionist. He believed that the only hope for the Arabs of Pales-tine and the rest of the region was Jewish statehood that if the Jews had a state here, they would provide the modernity, the `leaven,' as he put it, with which to enable the Arabs to move into the 20th century."
Gilbert, who said he had written about this issue in his forthcoming book, Churchill and the Jews, went so far as to say that Lawrence "had a sort of contempt for the Arabs, actually."
"He felt that only with a Jewish presence and state would the Arabs ever make anything of themselves.
And, by a Jewish state, he meant a Jewish state from the Mediterranean shore to the River Jordan," said Gilbert, adding his own comment that this "will never come to pass."
Gilbert, in Israel for the International Book Fair, described his discovery of Lawrence's Zionist orientation as the most surprising archival revelation he had come across from an Israeli perspective.
But he stressed that archival sources consistently showed major discrepancies between what is really going on in world affairs and the inaccurate way in which events and personalities are perceived at the time.
"As a historian, I'm very cautious about anyone's claiming to know what any government is doing at the present time," he said. "I study archives as soon as they are open normally 30 years after an event; sometimes a bit less. What you see when you do this is that the people you imagined had been strong were weak; the people you thought weak were strong; and things you thought couldn't possibly be taking place were taking place."
(The full interview with Sir Martin Gilbert appeared in Friday's [Jerusalem Post] UpFront magazine.)

2. Arutz-7 Thursday,
4 Adar 5767 /  Feb. 22 '07
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(3. Efrat
Israeli Anti-Abortion Organization
Efrat provides women who are considering abortion for economic reasons with a choice of financial assistance, including:
* a month's worth of groceries delivered to the door over a 12-month period. 1,200 families are presently receiving a monthly Efrat food package.
* a monthly delivery of baby formula, disposable diapers, baby wipes and baby food.
* the Yad Chava Baby Fund, which delivers a brand-new crib, stroller, and baby bath directly to the new mother's home.
* the EFRAT Layette, which includes sheets, a baby blanket, clothing, bibs, bottles, pacifiers and even a tiny comb and brush set.

(7. Marking Anniversary of Prolific Rabbi's Death
Chief Rabbi Chaim David HaLevy
by Hillel Fendel

On Thursday, March 1, a large-scale study session will be held in Tel Aviv to mark the 9th anniversary of the death of prolific author Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Chaim David HaLevy.

Rabbi HaLevy is well-known for the 30 books he wrote, combining Jewish Law with Aggadah (rabbinic homiletics), Kabbalah and Jewish philosophy in an easy-to-understand manner. 

A top student of the first Sephardic Chief Rabbi in the modern-day Holy Land, Rabbi Ben-Tzion Meir Chai Uziel (1880-1953), Rabbi HaLevy concluded his 30th book 40 days before his death.  He also authored 3,000 articles on Torah and modern Jewish-legal topics, and spoke prolifically. 

Among his works are Mekor Chaim, a several-volume work on all facets of Jewish Law, and Aseh Lecha Rav, several volumes of his responses to questions presented to him on fascinating topics from people around the country.

(8. Israel Develops Solar-Powered Unmanned Aircraft
by Ezra HaLevi
Israels defense industry continues to develop innovative technologies in the fields of unmanned surveillance and anti-missile protection.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling several new technologies, eagerly sought and purchased by Western armies.

The latest IAI innovation is a solar-powered UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which it will unveil at an aeronautics show Friday. The UAV runs off solar power and stores the power to continue to operate during night-time operations as well.

IAI has also developed a system called Computerized Fluid Dynamics (CFD) that helps determine the aerodynamics of a plane or UAV.

British Need Israeli UAVs
Globes reported Thursday that British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan may begin using UAVs produced by another Israeli company, Elbit.

Elbit is reportedly negotiating with British Defense contractors for the leasing of Hermes 450 UAVs, for which the British Army units stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq have a great need. The deal is reportedly worth $100 million and is being expedited due to the failure of Britain's current UAVs to operate correctly under the desert conditions of the Middle East.

US Wants Tank-Protection Replicated For Choppers
According to Globes, US Army officials have approached Israels Rafael Armament Development Authority with the request that it develop a version of its Trophy Active Protection System for helicopters, in addition to tanks.

The system has proven successful in detonating rockets and missiles shot at tanks before they can impact the vehicle. The US officials hope a version can be designed that would protect helicopters from similar weapons.

Seven US Army helicopters in Iraq have been shot down in the last two months by machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire from the ground.

3. David T: Disturbing Incident with German Businessman
Hello Yair,

The recent Article on Iran's conference on " The holocaust never happening" made me sick.
Jerusalem News-587
#7. Matthias Kuentzel: Iran's Obsession with the Jews
Denying the Holocaust, desiring another one.]

It reminded me of while ago ( 1999) I was in Dubai, UAE with the US Navy. We were having some drinks in a Pub.
I was talking to a German businessman who sold electronics to Arab businessmen all over the UAE.
He told me that when he is greeted by these businessmen they raise there hands and say Heil Hitler.

What really shocked me is when he said " We Germans are going to get the Holocaust right the second time, trust me we are making plans"

Torah says if we are obedient to the law and Love God with all our hearts, all our soul, all our mind and all our will put 1000 or 10000 enemies to flight.

This is the only thing that gives me strength and why I am putting my house in order. There will never be another Holocaust if we humble ourselves to God and stay Vigilant. Prophets keep repeating a call to humility to God and obedience to the law.


4. Britain: Secret report: Terror threat worst since 9/11
By Sean Rayment, Security Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:30am GMT 25/02/2007;jsessionid=WC2YYJVJ52OTBQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/02/25/nterr25.xml

The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaeda agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks in 2001, secret intelligence documents reveal.

Eliza Manningham-Buller warned there are over 1,600 'identified individuals' engaged in terror plots

The number of British-based Islamic terrorists plotting suicide attacks against "soft" targets in this country is far greater than the Security Services had previously believed, the government paperwork discloses. It is thought the plotters could number more than 2,000.

Under the heading "International Terrorism in the UK", the document - seen by The Sunday Telegraph - states: "The scale of al-Qaeda's ambitions towards attacking the UK and the number of UK extremists prepared to participate in attacks are even greater than we had previously judged."

It warns that terrorist "attack planning" against Britain will increase in 2007, and adds: "We still believe that AQ [al-Qaeda] will continue to seek opportunities for mass casualty attacks against soft targets and key infrastructure. These attacks are likely to involve the use of suicide operatives."

The document, which has been circulated across Whitehall to MI5, Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorist Command, the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence, also reveals that al-Qaeda has grown into a world-wide organisation with a foothold in virtually every Muslim country in North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia.

Eliza Manningham-Buller, the director general of MI5, warned recently that there were more than 1,600 "identified individuals" actively engaged in plotting terrorist attacks. There were 200 known networks involved in at least 30 terrorist plots. It is thought that the number of British citizens involved in plots could be well in excess of 2,000.

MI5 believes that soft targets, such as the transport system and economic targets such as the City of London and Canary Wharf, are most at risk.

A senior political source said the picture painted by the document was "particularly bleak and unlikely to improve for several years".

He said: "The Security Services have constantly warned that the task of countering Islamist terrorism is a daunting one. There will be more attacks in Britain."

Patrick Mercer, the Tory spokesman for homeland security, said: "This document absolutely underlines the threat and makes me wonder why the Government still has a counter-terrorist strategy that has been officially declared obsolete. It does make the Government's response look hugely complacent."

The transport system and City of London are thought to be most at risk

Entitled Extremist Threat Assessment, the document, which was drawn up this month, also discloses that Afghanistan, where more than 7,000 British troops will be based by the end of May, is expected to supersede Iraq as the location for terrorists planning Jihad against the West.

It says that al-Qaeda's influence extends from North Africa, including Egypt, through to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, and
into Somalia and Sudan. Al-Qaeda is "resilient and effective" in Iraq, its "operating environment and financial position" in Pakistan has improved and a new group had emerged in Yemen.

"With violence in Afghanistan intensifying, and therefore receiving greater media attention, the country may well become more attractive as a venue for foreigners wishing to fulfil their Jihad ambitions", the document states.

Two years ago, western intelligence said that al-Qaeda was virtually a spent force, disrupted by counter-terrorist operations around the world.

In July 2005 the Pentagon obtained a letter written by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's deputy leader, stating that the organisation had lost many of its leaders and that it had virtually resigned itself to defeat in Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda's lines of communication, funding and structure had been severely damaged.

Dr Jonathan Eyal, the director of international security at the Royal United Services Institute, said that the al-Qaeda revival was down to the West's inability to kill or capture Osama bin Laden and that wars in Afghanistan and Iraq made matters worse.

"This document clearly demonstrates a marked shift from the mood of western government only a year or two ago," he said. "It is a clear admission that the organisation is re-emerging and the reasons are that none of al-Qaeda's top leaders have been killed or captured."

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

5. Hillel Halkin: The News You Don't Read

The News You Don't Read
Hillel Halkin - 2.22.2007 - 12:47PM

It made big headlines in Israel on Wednesday, February 21, but I don't imagine it got more than scant attention, if that much, anywhere else.

"Police thwart major suicide attack." That's not front-page news in America or England-unless, that is, it happened in New York or London. If it happened in Tel Aviv, you need at least a bomb going off, and preferably a death or two, for anyone elsewhere to sit up and take notice. And this explains a certain paradox: the more successful Israel's army and security services are in preventing deadly acts of Palestinian terror against Israelis, the more the world looks upon the means of prevention as vindictive and unnecessary harassment of Palestinians on Israel's part.

Take this Wednesday's thwarted bombing. An Islamic Jihad operative from the West Bank city of Jenin was arrested in a Palestinian "safe house" in a southern suburb of Tel Aviv after planting a bomb, which he may have intended to retrieve and blow himself up with, in a trash can in the center of the nearby city of Rishon Letzion. He told his interrogators where the bomb was, a team of sappers was sent to defuse it, and no damage was done.
This kind of thing happens all the time in Israel.
The main reason it was treated as such a big story this time was that, warned by intelligence sources that the bomber was on his way, the police threw up roadblocks, causing major traffic jams in the Tel Aviv area.

You read such a story in the newspaper and turn the page and go on. Only in the act of turning it, perhaps, do you suddenly stop to wonder: Just a minute-how did Israel's intelligence services know that someone from Jenin was on his way with a bomb? And how did they know where he was hiding so that they were able to get to him in time?

You won't find the answers in the newspaper. For obvious reasons, their details are a secret. And yet in a general sort of way, there's no great mystery. Israeli intelligence must have known about the bomb because it had a Palestinian agent who tipped it off. It may have known about the safe house from another agent. And where did it recruit these agents from? Most probably from the hundreds of Islamic Jihad operatives who have been arrested in recent years at roadblocks, in raids on houses, in dragnets, and in sweeps-in short, in all those operations that have given Israel a reputation for being an unconscionable oppressor. And how did it persuade them to work for it? Possibly with money, possibly with other incentives, possibly with threats against them and their families-that is, by doing the kinds of nasty things that nice people don't do to one another.

The world hears mostly about the nasty things. "Dozens of Israeli lives saved yesterday" doesn't play well with the editors of the New York Times or the Guardian in London. We in Israel, who know those lives could have been our own, our friends', or our family's, have a different take on it.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

Brit-Am Note on above article:
We may not like Arabs but in the above listing of reasons as to why some Arabs give Israel information should be added an ideological one:
There are some Arabs who are against terror in general and there are also some Arabs who are pro-Jewish. They may be a rare minority but they do exist.

Jerusalem News-589
Date: 8 Adar 5767, 26 February 2007
1. Geostrategy: Europeans spy on Jewish communities in the West Bank
2. A7News Sunday
(4. Explosives Labs Destroyed in Shechem
(6. British Paper Claims Israel and US Coordinating Iran Strike
3. Conspiracy Watch
LaRouche: An anti-Israelite enemy of the Jews and the Anglo-Saxons

1. Geostrategy: Europeans spy on Jewish communities in the West Bank

The Islamic threat notwithstanding, the European Union has been busy spying on Jews in the West Bank. EU intelligence agencies have sent operatives to gather information on Jewish communities in the West Bank to determine whether they could be uprooted, as were those in the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Currently, the EU focus is on the tiny Jewish community of Hebron, about 500 Jews who live among 80,000 Muslims. The EU has sent at least seven German intelligence agents to gather information on the Jewish community to determine whether they could be evicted over the next two years.

The Germans have been operating under the cover of diplomats and were working with anti-Israeli activists who have worked to foment Arab-Jewish violence in Hebron. The intelligence agents were said to be working in coordination with the CIA, which has also intensified monitoring of Hebron.

Hebron Jewish residents have already been able to spot some of the intelligence agents. Some of their English-speaking residents approached them and proposed a tour of the Jewish Quarter. The Germans backed off, saying perhaps another time, and followed one of the anti-Israeli activists.

The EU and United States have been encouraging Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to continue with his plan to expel nearly 100,000 Jews from the West Bank and hand over control to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

Olmert, whose political stature has plummeted since the war in Lebanon, has publicly backed off from the plan. But government sources said he has agreed to a series of quiet steps that would undermine the Jewish communities in the West Bank.

2. A7News Sunday
From: Arutz Sheva <>
7 Adar 5767 / , Feb. 25 '07
(4. Explosives Labs Destroyed in Shechem
by Ezra HaLevi and Hillel Fendel
Excerpts Only

IDF troops discovered an explosives lab in Shechem Friday night during a counter-terror operation, and another one on Sunday.

On Friday, elite Palsar Nachal unit soldiers located the lab, filled with ready-to-use bombs and explosive material, in the old quarter of Shechem. The Biblical town was assigned to full control of the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo Accords and has become the terror capital of Samaria.

Five men were arrested and IDF sappers destroyed the explosives in a controlled manner.

On Saturday, soldiers from the Golani Brigade came under fire from terrorists in the area. The soldiers were blocked from pursuing the attackers by a crowd of rioters, who hurled bricks and stones at them. An explosive device was hurled at the soldiers as well. The IDF force responded with rubber bullets and three rioters were injured.

On Sunday afternoon, another weapons lab was discovered - this one including a LAW (light anti-tank weapon) missile, five pipe bombs, a large explosive device, two firebombs, four sacks of fertilizer used for explosives, and three magazines. The lab was blown up in a controlled explosion by IDF sappers.

IDF troops continued to come under enemy attack on Sunday, targeted by Molotov cocktails and rocks.  The forces responded with riot-dispersal means.  No soldiers were hurt, and one wanted terrorist was arrested.

(6. British Paper Claims Israel and US Coordinating Iran Strike

by Ezra HaLevi

A British newspaper reported that Israel is seeking US permission to attack Iran via Iraqi airspace.

The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that Israeli defense officials and the Pentagon are negotiating regarding a corridor to be used by Israels air force should an attack on Irans nuclear facilities be launched.

The Telegraph quoted an unnamed Israel official saying, "We are planning for every eventuality, and sorting out issues such as these are crucially important. The only way to do this is to fly through US-controlled air space. If we don't sort these issues out now, we could have a situation where American and Israeli war planes start shooting at each other."

Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh denied the story, saying that the use of sanctions was far more preferred by Israel. "International authorities, particularly in the West, who want to avoid direct involvement with Iran are anxious to spread the story that we will strike Iran," Sneh told Voice of Israel Radio. "Those who do not want to work politically, diplomatically and economically are diverting attention to the operation that we are said to be conducting," he said.

"The international community's focus should be on imposing economic sanctions on Iran for defying UN Security Council resolutions," he added.

A UN-set deadline by which point Iran was supposed to have stopped producing material for a nuclear bomb has passed, and both US and Israeli officials are openly talking about options in the event Iran does not bow to diplomatic pressure.

The next step along the diplomatic route is set to be decided by the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany in a meeting this Monday in London.

The Telegraph report highlighted British insistence that an "incremental" approach of applying pressure on Iran is starting to shift public opinion within the Islamic theocracy. "We are on the right track, an unnamed senior source opines. There is time for diplomacy to take effect."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has also expressed confidence that Iran can be deterred through diplomatic pressure.

US Vice President Richard Cheney declared in Australia Saturday that all options are on the table if Iran continues uranium enrichment. I've also made the point, and the president has made the point, that all options are on the table, he said. "It would be a serious mistake if a nation such as Iran became a nuclear power."

Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki responded, partially to American citizens, positing, "We do not see America in a position to impose another crisis on its taxpayers inside America by starting another war in the region."
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3. Conspiracy Watch
LaRouche: An anti-Israelite enemy of the Jews and the Anglo-Saxons
[It will be noted that LaRouche only says more crudely what nearly all Conspiracy Theories claim. 
In our opinion anyone who gives credence to such ideas is psychologically impaired.
Note also that LaRouche in effect equates the British (or rather the whole Anglo-Saxon nation) with the Jews.
Some of the Nazis did the same and in fact wanted the extermination of the British People. For more details see our work "The Tribes" chapter one.
Brit-Am warned about LaRouche and Conspiracy Theories in general in the first edition of "Ephraim" 1995.
The article below concentrates on LaRouche attacks against the Jews but LaRouche in effect equates the British with the Jews and says even worse things against the British. LaRouche has only a small following but they are dedicated enough and he has great influence over other Conspiracy Freaks]

[Brief Extracts: For complete article go to website]
<<Anti-Semitism lies at the core of LaRouches beliefs, just as it lay at the core of Hitlers. It is the connecting thread in ALL the propaganda themes, conspiracy theories and pseudo-scientific and pseudo-scholarly claptrap that LaRouche and his followers espouse. What follows are examples of most of the themes in the LaRouchian system of anti-Semitism. Be aware that LaRouches method of expressing his anti-Semitic beliefs, like that of many other prominent bigots past and present, is a curious mixture of naked expressions of hate and scorn; thinly veiled euphemisms (attacks on usurers shylocks, hora dancers and Zionists); indirect forms of attack or abuse (as by denying the Holocaust); and conspiracy theories involving Jewish banking families.

But LaRouche has developed new methods as wellthe building up of prominent Jews as symbolic hate figures, the development of imaginative new forms of the blood libel, and the concoction of the myth of an evil oligarchy (also known sometimes as the Zionist-British organism, the Venetian party, the Anglo-American financial elite, the folks who cooked up the hoax known as the Old Testament or simply the British). The oligarchy is the target of the LaRouche organizations most violent abuse:  Drawing on quack theories of genetics borrowed from Soviet agronomists under Stalin, LaRouche (who has no formal training in biology or any other science) claims that the oligarchy has evolved into a separate biological speciesutterly evil and utterly parasiticalthat humanity must vanquish in the interests of its own survival.

It should be noted that over the past four years LaRouche propaganda materials, especially regarding the 9/11 terror attacks and the war in Iraq, have been picked up by Al-Jazeera and other media in the Arab world to bolster their own conspiracy theories about the United States, Britain and Israel. LaRouche himself is frequently interviewed in the Arab media, and articles from his publications are frequently translated and republished by Arab newspapers.

Quotations from Chairman LaRouche (and his followers):

On the Jewish religion:

 Judaism is not a true religion, but only a half-religion, a curious appendage and sub-species of Christianity. It evolved as an ideological abstraction of the Roman merchant-usurer who had not evolved to the state of Papal enlightenment, a half-Christian, who had not developed a Christian conscience.A self-subsisting Judaism never existed and never could exist.--Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., The Case of Ludwig Feuerbach, The Campaigner, Dec. 1973, p. 37.

The variety of Judaism represented by Zionisms inner circles is summarily identified historically by drawing a circle through the points of the pentacle represented by the Star of David:  black magic and Satanism. LaRouche, Mickey Mouse & Pluto Move to Washington, New Solidarity, Oct. 17, 1978.

On Zionism:
Zionism is a hideous doctrine, a hideous cult in the strictest, most rigorously restricted usage of that characterization. It ought to be opposed merely on the grounds that no human beings mind should be destroyed in the way that Zionism degrades its individual cultist. Ibid.

On the duty of Jewish followers of LaRouche to prove themselves worthy of survival:

 In demanding that his Jewish followers join him wholeheartedly in denouncing Zionism as an evil, racist doctrine, LaRouche wrote: You have no right to hide behind the whimpering, morally degraded profession: I am only one little person. You are personally, individually accountable for the ultimate consequences of what you do or fail to do.Either you take responsibility for the ultimate consequences of your conduct or you have no moral right to complain against whatever evil the worlds developments bestow upon you.

On the Holocaust:

The contemptible but impassioned sophistry which the Zionist demagogue offers to all foolish enough to be impressed with such hoaxes is the holocaust thesis.  It is argued that the culmination of the persecution of the Jews in the Nazi holocaust proves that Zionism is so essential to Jewish survival that any anti-Zionist is therefore not only an anti-Semite, but that any sort of criminal activity is excusable against anti-Zionists in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi holocaust.

The views of LaRouches wife Helga (who is expected to take over the organization when the elderly LaRouche dies or becomes incapacitated) are every bit as extreme as her husbands. When an American TV series about the Holocaust was aired in Germany in 1979, Helga lashed out against this alleged Holocaust swindle which she regarded as a slander against her fellow Germans.

Lyndon LaRouche reports that there is now firm evidence that the ongoing drive to induce President George W. Bush to launch a war against Iraq, is a 1996 Israeli government policy that is being foisted on the President by a nest of Israeli agents inside the U.S. government.

Now, Bush is not the source of the problem, he does not even know who he is. Nor are Cheney and Rumsfeldthey are just under the influence of the Leo Strauss typesthe Frankfurt School fascists, many of whom could not become German fascists because they were Jewish, like Strauss, and went sent to the States. The people they produced, in the United States, then, are the ones who are now around Cheney, or Sharonall of them are lackeys only, however, of the financier interests.--EIR press release, March 21, 2003, summarizing speech of LaRouche at Schiller Institute conference (attended by Jeremiah Duggan) in Bad Schwalbach, Germany.

In Germany of the 1920s and 1930s, there were Jews who were Nazis, but who.had no chance for party advancement because of Hitlers anti-Semitism; and so they chose to leave Germany, to purse more universal fascist ideas and policies abroad, more particularly in the United States and Britain.

On the American far right, there is a major conspiratorial theme, dating back to the 19th century, that mixes anti-Semitism and Anglophobia and contends that the British Royal familys intermarriage with Jews resulted in the Rothschild familys exerting total control over the financial centre called the City of London, which in turn is alleged to control world finance. The theory was also picked up by the German Nazis and can be seen in Hitlers Mein Kampf as well as in writings by other Nazi leaders.

LaRouche puts this conspiracist tradition upfront in his propaganda and ideology. According to his pseudo-history of the world, the oligarchy moved its headquarters from Venice to London in the 17th century, used its wealth to become the dominant force in the British empire, and has engaged in a variety of fiendish attempt to control the rest of the world and ultimately to kills off the majority of people on this planet and usher in a New Dark Age. LaRouche writes:

The British monarchy is best viewed as the rallying point for an assemblage of oligarchical families, both British and Commonwealth nations, and also strata of the allied oligarchical families of Europe. These oligarchic families, together with their most trusted political servants, gather around and behind the screen of the powers and privilege of the British monarchy. Through such and related means, and through the vast networks of influence they have developed among many nations over recent centuries, these combined forces control and deploy one of the most powerful forces on earth, and the most efficiently evil force existing today.LaRouche, Secrets Known Only to the Inner Elites, The Campaigner, May-June 1978, p.10.

LaRouche identified the British oligarchy (which naturally has a branch on Wall Street) as the chief enemy of humanity in the late 1970s and has never wavered from this conviction. He and his followers have attempted to ridicule the idea that British is a code word for Jewish, but the proof is in LaRouches own publications. In 1978, the LaRouche newspaper New Solidarity, in tirades against the British oligarchy made frequent references to Zionist-British agents and even let slip the crypto-Nazi term Zionist-British organism (emphasis added); but even without such phraseology the meaning of the term is clear. For instance, LaRouche writes:

The policy-shaping kernel of the enemy forces centered in the British monarchy is a group of private banking familiesThese are notably the family interests of the Lazard Brothers, Barings, N.M. Rothschild, Hill Samuel, and other small private banking houses.LaRouche, Anti-Dirigism Is British Tory Propaganda, New Solidarity, Feb. 3, 1978.

In the same article, LaRouche carefully defined Britain as meaning these same families interest. All the named families are Jewish, except for the Barings (and in anti-Semitic lore, the Barings are regarded as being of Jewish descent). LaRouche goes on in the same article to enumerate a long list of key institutions in Britain said to be controlled by these same families. In LaRouches conspiracy theory, the Anglican Church, the Free Masons, Fabian socialism, and Freudian psychotherapy are all oligarchical-Jewish tools for controlling the Christian majority.

To drive home the very point to his followers that he would deny to outsiders, LaRouche illustrated one of his articles on the British conspiracy with a large Star of David. At the top is Queen Elizabeth, flanked by Henry Kissinger and the economist Milton Friedman (the very individuals who were being utilized most frequently at the time as symbolic evil Jews in LaRouchian publications). [See Mickey Mouse & Pluto Move to Washington, New Solidarity, Oct. 17, 1978.]

Although LaRouche sometimes mentions British gentile aristocrats apart from the Jews, there can be no doubt that he believes the Jews to be the dominant partners in the oligarchy. In The Zoo Called The House of Lords (New Solidarity, Dec. 29, 1978), LaRouche raved against the British aristocracy and the Windsor family.  He described them as feeble-minded products of inbreeding and a bestial mode of education. The net result is a pathetic group incapable of ruling anyone or taking any initiative in a world conspiracy unless one hypothesizes a hidden hand controlling and directing them. The giveaway in this article comes when LaRouche refers to how the British have taken over commercial sports as well as Hollywood, magazines and most TV in the United States. This is a stereotypical accusation against American Jews, not English aristocrats, and is frequently used in the United States by black nationalists and neo-Nazis.

The above examples stem from the late 1970s, when LaRouche was less guarded in his terminology. Nevertheless, the British equals Jewish equation has continued to play a prominent role in LaRouchian propaganda throughout the past quarter century.  The 1994 pamphlet, Why the British Kill American Presidents, discusses the alleged involvement of Jews and Jewish-linked entities in a long series of assassination plots against American presidents from Lincoln to Clinton. For instance the murder of President James Garfield in 1881 is blamed on Disraelis Venetian Party in league with the Rothschild-Morgan syndicate. The pamphlets includes a chart with Conrad Blacks Hollinger Corporation at the top with downward arrows to suggest central control of the Rothschilds, the Bronfmans, Henry Kissinger and assorted British aristocrats.

An Anglo-Dutch variation (apparently referring to the fact that the Sephardic Jews fled the Spanish Inquisition to the Netherlands before entering England in the 17th century) was expressed by LaRouche in a 1998 speech at a Schiller Institute/ICLC conference (printed as How the top one percent of American citizens think, EIR, January 17, 1998). In this speech, LaRouche used biological analogies and charges of cosmopolitanism similar to those employed by Hitlers Nazis:

The governments of Europe became quasi-nations, which had a financier oligarchy of the Anglo-Dutch type, squatting on top of them, sucking the blood out of them, with this financial usury of various forms, while, underneath you had people in Europe who were struggling to develop a nation-state form.

Finally, we should note that LaRouches web sites are saturated with articles attacking the supposed British-Jewish oligarchy, often using easily recognizable allusions to Shakespeares Merchant of Venice. At LaRouches American Almanac site, we are greeted by such headings from the 1990s as VeniceThe Oligarchical System, Venice: The Methodology of Evil, Venice Moves Norththe Metamorphosis of England, How the Venetians Took Over England and Created Freemasonry, How the Venetian System Was Transplanted into England, and How the Venetian Virus Infected and Took Over England. (This should make clear the reference in Why the British Kill American Presidents to Britains great Jewish prime minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) as the leader of the Venetian Party.)

On Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain:

During 1939-41, there was a sound and intense German nationalist enthusiasm in Germany for defeating Britain.LaRouche, Hitler: Runaway British Agent, New Solidarity, Jan. 10, 1978.

England was then, as now, the enemy of continental Europe, including the German nation. Ibid.

On the differences between oligarchs and human beings:

In Dialectical Economics (1975) LaRouche portrayed the capitalist system as a battleground between industrialists and usurers, and stated suggestively that the two classes are primarily distinguished by methods appropriate to the differentiation of biological species. By 1978 LaRouche was asserting that the financier oligarchy was in fact a genetically separate species incapable of assimilating higher spiritual truths. They are clever animals, who are the masters of the wicked nature of their own species, and recognize ferally the distinctions of the hated human species.LaRouche, The Secrets Known Only to the Inner Elites, The Campaigner, May-June 1978. Furthermore, they are the avowed enemies of the entire human species and shamelessly declare war on the human species.LaRouche, How to Analyze and Uproot International Terrorism, New Solidarity, Feb. 17, 1978.

On the unfinished task of World War Two:

Let us speedily expedite the urgently necessary task of freeing humanity from the grasp of that specific form of lower life before we are destroyed by them or enslaved by them. Let us joyfully ensure that the representatives of the British system are destroyed so that humanity might live and prosper under the political conditions appropriate to the development of actual human beings.>>

Jerusalem News-590
Date: 10 Adar 5767, 28 February 2007
1. Roman Coin Found in Cornwall
2. DNA. Early Europeans unable to digest milk
Brit-Am Note on Inherited Lactose Toleration
3. Attempt on life of Cheney in Kabul, Afghanistan
4. Kurds Fight Iranians?
5. Jew Praying Murdered by Arabs
6. Lazer Beams: Eulogy for Erez Levanon
7. Russian Nazis in Israel Attack Religious Jews

1. Roman Coin Found in Cornwall
Coin may revolutionize British history
While current history has maintained that Britain had no contact with Rome prior to the nation being conquered in 43 A.D., the coin s presence in Cornwall implies the nations may have been trading well before then.

Anna Tyacke of the Royal Cornwall Museum said the coin dates to 146 B.C., is solid proof that such earlier interactions occurred.

It proves that there was a lot more going on between the continent and ourselves, she said.

2. DNA. Early Europeans unable to digest milk
Brit-Am Note on Inherited Lactose Toleration:
Early Europeans unable to stomach milk

The first direct evidence that early Europeans were unable to digest milk has been found by scientists at UCL (University College London) and Mainz University.

In a study, published in the journal 'PNAS', the team shows that the gene that controls our ability to digest milk was missing from Neolithic skeletons dating to between 5840 and 5000 BC. However, through exposure to milk, lactose tolerance evolved extremely rapidly, in evolutionary terms. Today, it is present in over ninety per cent of the population of northern Europe and is also found in some African and Middle Eastern populations but is missing from the majority of the adult population globally.

Dr Mark Thomas, UCL Biology, said: "The ability to drink milk is the most advantageous trait that's evolved in Europeans in the recent past. Without the enzyme lactase, drinking milk in adulthood causes bloating and diarrhoea. Although the benefits of milk tolerance are not fully understood yet, they probably include: the continuous supply of milk compared to the boom and bust of seasonal crops; its nourishing qualities; and the fact that it's uncontaminated by parasites, unlike stream water, making it a safer drink. All in all, the ability to drink milk gave some early Europeans a big survival advantage."

"This is just one part of the picture researchers are gathering about lactose tolerance and the origins of Europeans. Next on the list is why there is such disparity in lactose tolerance between populations. It's striking, for example, that today around eighty per cent of southern Europeans cannot tolerate lactose even though the first dairy farmers in Europe probably lived in those areas. Through computer simulations and DNA testing we are beginning to get glimpses of the bigger early European picture."

Brit-Am Note on Inherited Lactose Toleration:
The Ancient Israelites were promised "A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY" [Exodus 3:8]. Harold Hemenway suggested that this indicated that the Ancient Israelites were lactose tolerant. This is supposedly an inherited trait though we think it is in fact initially acquired.

The above article would suggest keeping the following facts in mind for possible future reference:
a. Ancient non-lactose tolerant Europeans were not the ancestors of modern lactose-tolerant Europeans
b. Ancient Israelites were lactose tolerant
c. North Europeans are also lactose tolerant

3. Attempt on life of Vice-President Cheney in Kabul, Afghanistan
Visiting US vice president Dick Cheney escapes unhurt from massive Taliban suicide attack directed against him outside Bagram air base near Kabul Tuesday

4. Kurds Fight Iranians?
Iranian military helicopter crash kills 13 soldiers, including two Revolutionary Guards commanders, Monday, Feb. 26

February 26, 2007, 2:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

An Iranian military spokesman said the troops were on a mission to control the region in northwest Iran near the Turkish border. The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, an Iranian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), claimed it shot down the helicopter.

5. Jew Praying Murdered by Arabs
Levanon's body was laid to rest in the cemetery in Kfar Etzion, a kilometer away from his home.

The husband and father of three had a custom to stop and pray in a quiet location for an hour a day, usually in the same spot according to Rabbi Michi Yossefi, a close friend of the Breslover chossid.

Levanon, a Torah scholar and gifted musician, was apparently murdered during his prayers, said his friend.

6. Lazer Beams: Eulogy for Erez Levanon

7. Russian Nazis in Israel Attack Religious Jews
Israeli Web sites post Nazi, Holocaust-denial materials
By Moti Katz, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz has uncovered Internet sites put up by Israelis in their 30s who immigrated from the CIS that supply Nazi and Russian nationalist content.

In 2003 a Web site operated by Ilia Zolotov, an Israel Defense Forces soldier who called himself a "Russian patriot," was exposed. The Web site, whose name translates to the White Israeli Union, was housed on an Israeli server. Its content included Nazi and Holocaust-denial materials. It was eventually closed down by the police. Zolotov was sentenced to community service and sent on a tour of death camps in Poland.

Since the closure of Zolotov's Web site, his successors have gotten more sophisticated. Now they use servers based abroad, usually in Russia, to evade the authorities. One such site operator is Alex [a pseudonym], who is in his 30s and holds a security-related job. His site,, is hosted by a Russian server. Alex refers to himself on the site as "the Russian tank operator" or "the fighter from Jerusalem," a tribute to his service in the Armored Corps. In a conversation with Haaretz, he denied that his site carries anti-Semitic messages, asserting that it is pro-Russian only.

"The Russian National Center is a Russian nationalist association that lives in Israel," Alex explains. "The main mission of our organization is nationalist propaganda among ethnic Russians residing in Israel, encouraging their return to Russia, opposing the return of Jews from Israel to Russia, and opposing conversion to Judaism," Alex said. He will not reveal membership figures, saying only it is a "global organization whose members are adults, most of them after army service and the majority living in the center of the country."

A Haaretz probe reveals that the RNC site is indeed Russian nationalist in nature, but it also contains anti-Semitic material. The home page features a Celtic cross, a symbol that has been adopted by neo-Nazis, and warns all Jews who have immigrated to Israel not to dare to return to Russia. It calls on all non-Jewish Russians who immigrated to Israel to return to Russia and to leave the Jews [using the derogatory Russian term zhid] in their country.

Alex is active on other, specifically Nazi, forums, such as, in which he recommended Jurgen Graf's "The Myth of the Holocaust" to readers in July 2005. There were 118 favorable responses from Israel to that posting.

When asked whether the mass Jewish immigration of Russian Jews in the 1990s was a mistake, he says it depends which immigrants you mean. "The Jewish immigration to Israel is the best and only solution, apparently, to the Jewish question in Russia. On the other hand, the mass emigration of ethnic Russians from Russia is a big mistake that we [the RNC] must correct."

Vandalism as an expression of anti-Semitism in Israel
Six minors, immigrants from the CIS, were arrested early this year on suspicion of burning flags and stealing mezuzahs from Nahshonim School in Bat Yam. They also confessed to stealing mezuzahs from homes in the city on eight additional occasions. The teens attributed their actions to a hatred for Jews and Judaism. In the past three months, there have been five break-ins at synagogues in the southern city of Arad. All of the incidents have involved vandalism, the theft of charity boxes and the scrawling of obscenities on the walls.

In the past several years there have been similar incidents carried out by young immigrants from the CIS, including the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, throughout the country. Many religious institutions have instituted security measures as a result. In 2006 there were at least six reports of broken headstones, desecration of synagogues and graffiti with swastikas and anti-Semitic sentiments, according to figures gathered by Damir, an organization that assists victims of anti-Semitism.

Hitler youth
Irina, 18, lives in central Israel. She belonged to a group of young people, "Nazi skinheads," that terrorized the ultra-Orthodox residents of a central-Israel city. "I was a 'skin girl,'" relates Irina, whose was the girlfriend of the group's leader, Leonid [a pseudonym - M.K.]. Leonid, who is now about 19, immigrated at age 10 from Azerbaijan on the Law of Return. The only Jew in his family was one of his grandfathers.

Irina says that Leonid's downslide began in the ninth grade. He felt alienated from Israeli society and decided to join up with a Nazi skinhead group. "We were a bunch of Russian new immigrants, boys and girls," Irina relates. "Most of the boys had shaved heads and wore army pants."

A group of about 15 teens who believed in the Nazi ideology coalesced around Leonid. One of their favorite activities, Irina says, was attacking Haredi [Ultra-Orthodox Jews]. "Nazi skinheads hate the religious, especially Haredim, for them the Haredim are the ugly Jews ... On weekends we'd meet in the parks, drinking and smoking and listening to Nazi music," and then they would go out in search of dossim [a derogatory Hebrew term for religious Jews], Irina related. "On Hitler's birthday we'd met at a cemetery and celebrate," she said.

Jerusalem News-591
Date: 11 Adar 5767, 1 March 2007
1. Moti Katz: Russian Neo-Nazis and Skinheads in Israel
2. Israeli Arabs aid 'Palestinians' by raping Jews
3. US Honeybees Deserting?
4. Sanhedrin Conference, Business Expo, Music - All in One
5. Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries
6. Interesting Letter about Jewish Refugees in Arizona Newspaper
7. Study Raises Possibility of Jewish Tie for Jefferson
8. Peter Katel: Conspiracy Freak Disease Now Infects Moslems
"The Ayatollah Shia Elders of Teheran": A Laugh a Day
[It couldn't happen to nicer people]
9. Scientific Explanation of Proposed Viking Sunstone Navigation


1. Moti Katz: Russian Neo-Nazis and Skinheads in Israel
We're not Nazis, we're punk-anarchists
By Moti Katz

The teenagers in Petah Tikva's Gan Yehonatan club stress that they are not Nazis.

"We're punks!" they say.

"People think all new immigrants are anti-Semites. That's not true at all," one of the teenagers says, referring to anti-Semitic incidents in town, like last year's desecration of a large synagogue.

"We don't like the ultra-Orthodox but we wouldn't paint swastikas on synagogues either," he says.

Some 150 young immigrants from the former Soviet Union frequent the Gan Yehonatan club in the afternoons. The purpose of the club is to keep the youths from drinking and hanging out in parks.

The boys admit uncomfortably that they are familiar with the Nazi-Russian youth in Petah Tikva.

"There are groups of neo-Nazis - not here at the club, though. They exist in every town in the country," says one youth.

Some of the youths regard Israelis with anger and distrust. They are a close-knit group, but complain that Israelis treat them with contempt and see them as stereotypes. Most of all, they say they don't belong.
The reports of vandalism and attacks on ultra-Orthodox residents have intensified this feeling.

When asked what they know of Nazi and anti-Semitic groups, they act embarrassed. Gradually, however, they open up and talk about the "Nazi skinheads" and terror they impose on other groups.

'Good' and 'bad' skinheads

"You must distinguish between two groups of skinheads," one says.
"There are good skinheads and Nazi skinheads, called boneheads." (Nazi skinheads are often called boneheads by traditionalist skinheads and Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice.)

"The boneheads shave their heads and wear white suspenders with jeans or military trousers, sometimes with a white collar," one boy says. Most of them are over 18 years old, some even serve in the military, and they advocate typical Nazi ideology, based on hatred of Jews and Israelis, he says.

"A few months ago, the boneheads held a ceremony to mark Hitler's birthday in one of the cemeteries," a boy says.

Irena, 18, from the central region, has spent some time with the Nazi boneheads.

"I was a skingirl - that's what you call the Nazi skinheads' girls," she says.

Irena's boyfriend was the group leader, dubbed the "Fuhrer."

"We were a bunch of immigrant Russian boys and girls, and we had a certain dress code. The boys usually shaved their heads and wore military pants.

"On weekends we'd meet in parks, where we'd drink and smoke and listen to Nazi music. Nazi music isn't Rammstein [a German band that incorporates elements of metal/hard rock, industrial metal and electronic music]," she says with a smile. Some evenings fights would break out between her group and others who met in the parks. Irena's boyfriend, the Fuhrer, was involved in fighting among the groups.

One group at odds with the Nazi skinheads is the "good" Nazi skinheads, as the youngsters call them. The good skinheads are not Nazis or Jew haters - "they are radical right wing Islamophobes who believe in the working class," a youth says.

There are many shaven heads among the good skinheads, who wear jeans, sometimes bleach-stained, red suspenders and red laces on their military boots. One boy says that he was beaten up once by the Nazi skinheads for wearing red suspenders. "The red symbolizes Communism to them, and the Communists defeated the Nazis," he says.

Most of the youths in Gan Yehonatan categorize themselves as punk-anarchists. "We, the punks, usually wear tight black trousers and various Mohawk hair styles," he says. "We also have metalists, who listen to heavy metal music, wear lots of earrings and rivets, army boots and are into piercing."

Some of them are convinced that the boneheads desecrated the big synagogue and tried to frame the punks.

After school, in the afternoons, the Gan Yehonatan group walks along the gravel path leading to the club in Petah Tikva. Several girls, some dressed in black, greet each other politely. Boys with thuggish expressions chain smoke and converse among themselves in Russian, dotted with Hebrew phrases.

The club provides the teenagers with activities to help them deal with their difficulties in creative ways. At least seven punk and rock bands have come out of the club, as well as a breakdance group. The club also has a music room, a carpentry workshop and a basketball court.

After the lights go out

Gan Yehonatan opened about three years ago, after a municipal committee headed by Nurit Tibi, director of the Beit Hila educational center, discovered that drinking and violence were prevalent among immigrant CSI youth. The committee decided to open a club in an old rundown building belonging to the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement, opposite the town's Yad Lebanim park.

It wasn't easy to reach the CSI youth, says youth activity coordinator Bella Alexandrov. But gradually they started coming and infused life into the place.

In the late evening hours, the lights go out at Gan Yehonatan. Only two girls remain with Alexandrov to confide their problems. The rest of the group, equipped with cigarettes and booze, drift off into the dark corners of the park.

Alexandrov looks at them sadly as they disappear. She hopes this evening will end without any violent incidents, and that tomorrow they will come back "home."

"Because this is the only place that could possibly constitute a home for them," she says.

2. Israeli Arabs aid 'Palestinians' by raping Jews By Ryan Jones
February 28, 2007

Israeli police officials on Tuesday revealed the recent capture of a gang of Israeli Arabs who raped at least four Jewish girls in northern Israel over the past two years on behalf of their "Palestinian" brothers.

All six suspects are from a Bedouin village not far from the port city of Haifa, reported The Jerusalem Post, and they committed all of their crimes within the vicinity starting in April 2005.

Among the known victims (police believe many more women could have been raped by the gang, but are concealing the fact out of shame) is a girl who was only 13 at the time of her assault.

As the rapists appeared in court in Nazareth on Tuesday, they refused to express any remorse over their actions.

The Arabs said they raped the defenseless Jewish girls in revenge for Israel's anti-terror military operations against the "Palestinians."

3. US Honeybees Deserting?
From: Joan Griffith
Subject: FW: Honeybees Dropping Like Flies Across U.S. - Rmail

You can go right to the New York Times for this story.

Bees are leaving their hives and not returning--wonder if it has something to do with genetically engineered crops?

Or is it the Lord's judgment on our peoples for turning their backs on him?

In any case, 1/3 of our food results from pollination by bees, and that sounds like Ezekiel's number that would die due to famine... and yet even now, all of this could be avoided if the people would pray and return to God.

A minute's success pays for the failure of years. -Robert Browning

Honeybees Dropping Like Flies Across U.S.
Honeybees are vanishing at an alarming rate from 24 U.S. states, threatening the production of numerous crops. "I have never seen anything like it," California beekeeper David Bradshaw, 50, told the New York Times. "Box after box after box are just empty."

4. Sanhedrin Conference, Business Expo, Music - All in One
by Hillel Fendel
( A triple day-long event - featuring the Sanhedrin Conference, a front-lines business fair, and a concert by Aharon Raz'el and Yehuda Glanz - is underway in Jerusalem, sponsored by a new grassroots movement.

The event, with the participation of hundreds of people, is being held today(Wednesday) at the Jerusalem Gate Hotel adjacent to the Central Bus Station.

The Sanhedrin Conference includes rabbis, academics and politicians such as Rabbi Moshe Tzuriel, Moshe Feiglin, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Prof. Hillel Weiss, and Rabbi Yisrael Ariel. It is dedicated to Erez Levanon, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while praying in a forest near his home in Gush Etzion this week.

Among the lectures are:

Calling for Peace - A Prerequisite for Victory by Rabbi Menachem Fruman
"The Danger of Lack of Education & the Remedy of Jewish Identity" by Sanhedrin chairman Rabbi Yoel Schwartz
The Writings of Shabtai Ben Dov A Torani-Political-Existential Program by Yehuda Etzion, and

 The Sanhedrin is an organization that says it has re-established the Land of Israel Sanhedrin of the Mishnaic period nearly 2,000 years ago. The Sanhedrin was a council of 71 sages who constituted the supreme court and legislative body in Judea during the Roman period. It continued to function for more than 400 years after the destruction of the Temple in 68 C.E. The current attempt to re-establish the Sanhedrin is generally referred to as the "nascent Sanhedrin", or the "developing Sanhedrin", according to the Sanhedrin's website.

At the same time, in another part of the Jerusalem Gate Hotel, a business expo entitled Business at the Forefront: Supporting Business on the Frontlines is being held today. The fair provides a unique opportunity for over 60 businesses owned by Israel's front-liners - residents of Sderot, Yesha, and the north, as well as expellees from Gush Katif - to sell their products and make business connections. The expo runs from 10 AM to 10 PM.

The event will end this evening with a musical concert featuring Aharon Raz'el, Yehuda Glanz and Harpo. They will perform, inter alia, compositions written by the late Erez Levanon.

The event is being coordinated by Tzibur Bnei Yisrael (The Community of the Children of Israel), a new grassroots movement dedicated to Jewish unity and to realizing the collective dreams of the Jewish people."

A conference participant, Meir Lapid of Kiryat Arba, told Arutz-7, "This is a very important initiative - the start of the filling of the vacuum of the past 2,000 years, in the sense that rabbinical leaders in the Diaspora always led their communities, while now we are seeking national religious leadership that must deal with our national challenges. The Sanhedrin is a type of open organization that unites outlooks and tries to turn them into an answer for the challenges of today - not like the superficial approach that we see reflected in the media."

Another participant, Avi Lowell of Tekoa, told Arutz-7 that he was excited to see "Jews of all backgrounds, from outwardly not religious to hareidi, coming together to discuss critical issues, and in the Expo, purchasing goods of all types from different areas of the country - including organic wine, Purim food baskets, books, jewelry, paintings, artwork, and much more."

5. Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries

6. Interesting Letter about Jewish Refugees in Arizona Newspaper
Arizona Daily Star
Letters to the editor
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.26.2007

Must remember Jewish refugees

Re: the Feb. 22 column " 'Forgotten refugees.' "

Thanks for the article about the "forgotten refugees." This event in the history of the Middle East has been consistently ignored by the West, and conveniently forgotten by the Arabs. The million or so displaced Jews were forced to flee, and had to leave their properties behind. Little Israel absorbed all of them, integrated them into their society, and today many of the descendants are leaders of that country. Not a single Jew is in a refugee camp.

Consider that only about half a million Arabs fled from Israel during the wars of independence, and many of those left because their leaders told them to leave and then deliberately refused to allow them into their societies so as to create a problem. When you consider how the West ignores the Jewish refugees but bleeds for the Arab refugees, you have another example of the latent anti-Semitism in the Western world.

Werner Zimmt, Tucson

7. Study Raises Possibility of Jewish Tie for Jefferson
From: Dr Richard Griffiths <>
February 28, 2007
Study Raises Possibility of Jewish Tie for Jefferson

8. Peter Katel: Conspiracy Freak Disease Now Infects Moslems
"The Ayatollah Elders": A Laugh a Day
[It couldn't happen to nicer people]

Wall Street Journal article of 2/26/07,
report an interesting development - the morphing of classic anti-Semitic myth into anti-Shi'a propaganda.

The Wall Street Journal article is headlined, "Internal Divisions, As U.S. Puts Pressure on Iran, Gulf's Religious Rift Spreads," p. A1. The author is Andrew Higgins. I've sent only the excerpt because the Journal requires a subscription, even for Web readers.

"Mohammed Khaled Ebrahim, a hard-line Sunni member of Bahrain's parliament, urges visitors to read a document called "The Secret Plan of the Ayatollahs in Light of New Circumstances." It purports to detail an Iranian plot to dominate the Middle East and force Sunnis to convert. In tone and taste for conspiracy it mimics The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a century-old Russian forgery and classic of anti-Semitic propaganda.

"It explains everything," says Mr. Ebrahim, waving an Arabic translation of the supposedly covert, Farsi-language plan. He found it on the Internet."

Peter Katel
Staff Writer
CQ Researcher
1255 22nd St. NW - Ste. 400
Washington DC 20037

9. Scientific Explanation of Proposed Viking Sunstone Navigation

Viking navigation hypothesis under foggy and cloudy skies requires more light

By Lisa Zyga

Jerusalem News-592
Date: 12 Adar 5767, 2 March 2007
1. Ethnic Threat of Extermination Against Western (Gentile and Jewish) Israelites?
2. Daniel Pipes: Europe's Stark Options
3. Guysen Israel News: Thursday

1. Ethnic Threat of Extermination Against Western (Gentile and Jewish) Israelites?
From: Robert Graves <>
Re Subject: Fw: [Fwd: FW: Fw: Let's "negotiate"?]]
Robert Graves sent us a circular letter with the message below
and it was recommended that the letter be forwarded.
The letter had the following message:
<<"Peaceful"  Demonstration in London 
  Muslims  have stated that England  will be the first country they take  over!
These  are pictures not shown on American TV or in American  Newspapers (as they might help Bush's war on terror), but  Americans ought to know!
 These  pictures are of Muslims marching through the streets of  London  during their recent
"Religion  of Peace Demonstration.">>
The message is accompanied by somewhat shocking photographs.
A check with an Urban Legends site showed that the pictures are genuine and despite all
kinds of clarifications and reservations the real message is even more horrific than presented.
The so-called Muslims are Prepared to kill you because of what you are.
We ourselves do not consider this necessarily so much a religious matter
but rather an ethnic one.

2. Daniel Pipes: Europe's Stark Options
Daniel Pipes is nearly always worth reading.
The above article is especially worthwhile since while acknowledging the
Muslim Threat it helps put European options and possibilities in

3. Guysen Israel News: Thursday
From:  <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - March 1st, 2007
[] 2007-02-28 , 10 AdarI 5767

22:58  The American House of Representatives has just approved the allocation of a new budget for cooperation between Israel, Canada, Australia, the UK and Singapore in a project to fight terrorism. This budget of $25 million is awaiting the Senate vote in the next few weeks before it can be adopted. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

22:28  28 ''Nice-Matin'', a French newspaper, revealed that many laws of co-ownership in force in the C te d'Azur still contain provisions that are unchanged since their implementation by the Vichy government and which are discriminatory to Jews. "There are possibly more than a thousand regulations still in force from this period, regarding real estate transactions in Nice from June 1942 and the Liberation '' it reported.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

21:09  The EU will continue to provide financial aid to the Palestinian people and will never abandon it. This is what Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Commissioner for External Relations, currently on a visit to the region, said. She nonetheless emphasized that the international community is unanimous in demanding that the new Palestinian government accepts the principles of the Quartet.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

20:27  Lebanon recognizes that Israel did not use radioactive substances in the last war. The Lebanese Institute for Atomic Energy finally acquitted Israel of the long list of accusations, including with respect to the nature of the missiles used by the Jewish state during bombardments last summer. "There were no toxic radioactive substances in the zones bombarded by the IDF", the Institute said. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

18:46  Three Israeli Arabs, aged 20, from Bir Al Mahsur, were arrested by police in the last 24 hours. They are suspected of kidnapping and gang rape in the Haifa and western Galilee area. This brings to nine the number of people arrested in this investigation. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

15:35  Unesco has sent a delegation this morning to Jerusalem near to the Temple Mount in order to monitor the nature and the extent of the excavations in progress near the Ramban (Mugrabi) Gate. They heard the explanations of the Antiquities Office and saw that these works do not threaten the Al Aqsa mosque.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

11:36  Three Palestinian women murdered in less than 12 hours in Gaza: according to the Palestinian security services there is no connection between the three murders. On Tuesday, the body of a 31 year old woman was found on a beach near Beit Lahiya, and a few hours later the remains of a 45 year old woman were found in the same area. On Tuesday morning, in Sheikh Reduan, a 40 year old woman was killed by armed men disguised as police, who burst into her home and kidnapped her.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

Jerusalem News-593
Date: 15 Adar 5767, 5 March 2007
1. "Religion and the Presidency" extracts from "The Jewish Press" interview
2. World War II in Malta
3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.45
4. DNA. 74 million Americans w/Afro-European Genetic
5. Nazi mentor Richard Wagner was a transvestite

1. "Religion and the Presidency" extracts from "The Jewish Press" interview
 Jason Maoz (Senior Editor "The Jewish Press" interviews Paul Kengor)
The Jewish Press, Israel Monthly Edition, March 2007, Adar 5767
With Presidents Day coming up next Mon-day, it seemed like the ideal time to chat with Paul Kengor, associate professor of political science and executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Professor Kengor has devoted years to studying, writing and lecturing about the spiritual roots of the American republic and the influence of religion on the presidency. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism (HarperCollins, 2006) and also God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life and God and George W. Bush: A Spiritual Life.

Q. The Jewish Press: Why does the U.S. differ from other Western countries when it comes to the professed piety of its leaders?

Kengor: The United States is simply a more religious country, and has been from the outset, always with a strong sense of the place of Providence in the founding and continuation of the American republic, and of this special experiment in representative democracy. The great sociologist Peter Berger once said that the two most religious nations in the world are India and the United States, which may well be true.
Today, Western Europe has undergone a stunning secularization by which it has cast aside its Christian roots. It is a rather fascinating development, actually. Consider that the continent that is the home of both the Vatican and the Reformation, of Catholicism and Protestantism...
The difference seems to go all the way back to the American and French revolutions.
Yes. When you compare the American Revol tion to the French Revolution, the contrast is extrac dinary. The historian Paul Johnson wrote that the American Revolution was a "religious event," whereas the French Revolution was an "anti-religious event" which is absolutely true. And it was that difference notes Johnson, that defined the two revolutions from start to finish, and which explains the horrific violence, chaos, and bloodshed of the French Revolution.
John Adams was certainly cognizant of the contrast. He had written to Thomas Jefferson about his concerns over the French Revolution, warning Jefferson that there was no reason to get excited about a revolution of 30 million atheists.
You can go even earlier than the American Revolution. Take John Winthrop aboard the Arabella in 1630, standing on the deck, off the Massachusett coast. Winthrop said of this new land that it "shall be as a city upon a hill." He said, "The eyes of all peop are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and cause him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world." That became a favorite phrase of Ronald Reagan's, of course.
Reagan loved these images. He called the of George Washington praying in the snow of Valley Forge "the most sublime image in American history."
You can draw a straight line from Winthrop to Washington to Woodrow Wilson to Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. This piety is embedded in the very fabric of this nation.

Q. Not a few historians claim that the Founding Fathers, as well as many early America presidents, were not Christians but deists - they believed in a Creator but did not subscribe to any specific religious dogma.

K. First, let me underscore that few to none were deists, even Jefferson, I would say. The faith of the founders has been badly butchered by modern historians. The vast majority of them were Christians. Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 34 were Anglicans, 13 were Congregationalists, 6 were Presbyterians, one was a Baptist, one was a Quaker, and one was Catholic.
That said, there are some founders where it is difficult to say definitively that they were absolutely Christians, and thus were indeed, generally speaking, theists. Some say that this applies to George Washington, which it may.

Q. Has there been a president who was publicly indifferent or hostile to religious expression?

K. I can't think of a single such president.

Q. You write, in God and Ronald Reagan, of seeing, when you went over Ronald Reagan's presidential papers, many examples of "Reagan's intense religious thinking." Can you elaborate?

It was everywhere. Countless letters, and in the margins of numerous speeches. I'll give just one example: When a friend or associate died, Reagan often fired off a letter to the widow in which he offered words of comfort about "God's plan," and how it is not "up to us to decide the where and how of things." We can only trust, Reagan would say, that God knows best and works everything according to His plan and for His greater good. "

Q. You also write, "In order to understand Reagan's lifelong enmity toward communism, it is crucial to review the role of atheism in Soviet philosophy."

K. What we did not realize in the 1980's was that Reagan considered the Soviet Union an Evil Empire not merely because it robbed people of the most basic civil liberties, and because it killed upwards of 30-60 million people, but also because the founders of the Soviet state pursued what Mikhail Gorbachev rightly called a brutal "war on religion: against people of all faiths Christians, Jews, Muslims." Karl Marx had dubbed religion the "opiate of the masses." That phrase stuck. It would become a sage slogan in the Communist Party.

Reagan knew about this war on religion, this institutionalized atheism. And he knew the Kremlin wanted to spread communism worldwide. For Reagan, this wasn't just a bad empire, it was an evil empire. And, as Reagan said in the Evil Empire speech, be as a Christian was required to "oppose sin and evil" with all of his might.
Reagan was appalled at the Soviet persecution of all believers, and especially Jews. He constantly pressured Gorbachev to allow for free emigration of Soviet Jews. This annoyed Gorbachev, because Reagan pushed it so hard and so constantly.

Q. Reagan wrote in his memoirs, No conviction I've ever had has been stronger than my belief that the United States must ensure the survival of Israel." Was there a religious motivation or a geo-strategic one behind that sentiment?

K. Both. He had tremendous respect for Israel...What I found in my research on Reagan's early religious life was that he learned religious and ethnic tolerance at a very young age, from both his devout Protestant mother and (apparently) apathetic Catholic father.
He never forgot when his father refused to register at a hotel upon realizing that Jews were denied lodging there. Jack Reagan told the clerk that he would be sleeping outside in his car, which he did.
He also learned tolerance of Jews at his church, the First Christian Church on S. Hennepin Avenue in Dixon, Illinois. I learned from church records that on November 11, 1928, the congregation hosted a Russian Jew who spoke on the modern history of Jews and their relations with other people and nations.

Q. You write, in God and George W. Bush, that Bush "practices a non-judgmental brand of Christianity that prompts him simultaneously to concede that `men and women can be good without faith,' and to assert that all believers need not be Christians."

In his first year in office, Bush observed eight separate Jewish holy days, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Chanukah. In December 2001, he lit a Chanukah menorah at the White House Residence as a symbol that the White House is "the people's house" and that it belongs to people of all faiths. It was the first time in history that had been done.

 Bush has permanently re-moved Saddam Hussein, a man who once had a plaque on his desk which read: "Three Whom God Should Never Have created: Persians, Jews, and Flies".
It looks like Saddam, thanks to Bush, will never be able to follow through on his pledge to scorch half of Israel with chemical gas.

2. World War II in Malta
by Emily Agius

3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.45
From: david meadows <>
explorator 9.45 March 4, 2007

Neolithic images of horses in Anatolia petroglyphs:

Review of D. Damrosch, *The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great
Epic of Gilgamesh*: (WPost)

Interesting find of a mid-republic Roman coin in the UK: (Telegraph)

Ancient World Records:,1518,468947,00.html

Solar calendar/observatory found in Peru: (Bloomberg) (Telegraph),0,3255_5726_254504407,00.html


DNA and 'lactose intolerance' (again): (Telegraph)

The Straight Dope on why the alphabet is in 'alphabetical order':

Caesarea: (JPost)

Nice piece on technology being used to trace art thefts:
Early Colonial coins:

Coins of Miletus:

Amazing Rare Things: (Telegraph)

Imperial Rome:

In light of what was obviously the 'big story' this week, this
Purimesque post from JPost offers some welcome relief:

4. DNA. 74 million Americans w/Afro-European Genetic
 Admixture in United States

Extract from Letter to [origin of nations] forum
From: stop7look7listen <>
Subject: [origin of nations] 74 million Americans w/Afro-European Genetic  Admixture in United States

Do we have any evidence as to whether Shem, Ham & Japeth's children intermarried with other first cousins, of their uncles, or only among their own siblings?

An interesting thought, if Ham, being white, married a Black, then their children were "bi-racial." With Ham's grand children marrying only their half brothers and sisters, following the laws of genetics, if their mother was a "full black" then Ham's children would have been mid brown, but his grand children, would be either 1) full black, 2) full white or 3) in between brown. They would look like those of other races even though they weren't.

It seems that based upon the results of genetic testing, which has become quite common these days, it has been discovered that a large percentage of "white Americans" are of mixed ethnic ancestry.

On this site there is a white scientist, (who from the picture there, who looks white and all his known ancestors were white), after DNA testing himself, discovered that he had 11% African genetic admixture. Apparently one can have a significant level of African genetics, without the separate genes that gives external characteristics of dark skin tone, larger lips etc. The interesting part of this article reads:

Genetic Admixture is not the Same as Appearance (skin color)

"About one-third of White Americans" are of between two and twenty percent recent African genetic admixture, as measured by the ancestry-informative markers in their DNA. This comes to about 74 million Americans. And yet, day-to-day experience teaches that virtually all White Americans look, well, White. Some may look more Mediterranean and others may look more Nordic, but very few White Americans have a distinctively African appearance. How can one reconcile DNA measurements with common experience?"

Can we therefore assume that it is likely that myself, and up to 20% of the whites on this forum, who think that they are pure white, like I did, also have a black ancestry?... (This article didn't include those mixed with
Native American or Asian ancestry, which would bring the percentage much higher.)

5. Nazi mentor Richard Wagner was a transvestite

Jerusalem News-594
Date: 16 Adar 5767, 6 March 2007
1. Jordanian Bank funnels Saudi Money to Terrorists
2. Syria Threatens Europe and Israel with Biological Warfare
3. DNA Points
(a) Cystic Fibrosis in Europeans
(b) Saudi Arabia mt[female-transmitted]DNA
(c) Brazil: Skin Color Varies from DNA Classifications
(d) Milk Consumption and Light Skin a Plus in Northern Regions
(e) Lactose Tolerance Conundrums
4. World sees Israel as negative influence
5. The Age: Israel, Iran get world's thumbs-down
6. BBC Poll Results on Israel: US and Nigeria most favorable
Kenya and India Divided; Everyone Else Against
7. French Overseas Possessions
considered part of France
Maps: France Also Possesses "Gates"

1. Jordanian Bank funnels Saudi Money to Terrorists

2. Syria Threatens Europe and Israel with Biological Warfare

3. DNA Points
(a) Cystic Fibrosis and Europeans
New Scientist article on Tuberculosis and a hereditary disease (cystic fibrosis)
relatively common amongst Europeans that may provide protection from TB

(b) Saudi Arabia mt[female-transmitted]DNA


BMC Evol Biol. 2007 Mar 1;7(1):32 [Epub ahead of print]

Eurasian and African mitochondrial DNA influences in the Saudi Arabian

Abu-Amero KK, Gonzalez AM, Larruga JM, Bosley TM, Cabrera VM.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Genetic studies of the Arabian Peninsula are scarce even though the region was the center of ancient trade routes and empires and may have been the southern corridor for the earliest human migration from Africa to Asia. A total of 120 mtDNA Saudi Arab lineages were analyzed for HVSI/II sequences and for haplogroup confirmatory coding diagnostic positions. A phylogeny of the most abundant haplogroup (preHV)1 (R0a) was constructed based on 13 whole mtDNA genomes. RESULTS: The Saudi Arabian group showed greatest similarity to other Arabian Peninsula populations (Bedouin from the Negev desert and Yemeni) and to Levantine populations. Nearly all the main western Asia haplogroups were detected in the Saudi sample, including the rare U9 clade. Saudi Arabs had only a minority sub-Saharan Africa component (7%), similar to the specific North-African contribution (5%). In addition, a small Indian influence (3%) was also detected. CONCLUSION: The majority of the Saudi-Arab mitochondrial DNA lineages (85%) have a western Asia provenance. Although the still large confidence intervals, the coalescence and phylogeography of (preHV)1 haplogroup (accounting for 18 % of Saudi Arabian lineages) matches a Neolithic expansion in Saudi Arabia.

PMID: 17331239 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

(c) Brazil: Skin Color Varies from DNA Classifications
Hum Hered. 2006;62(4):190-5. Epub 2006 Nov 10.

Color and genomic ancestry in Brazilians: a study with forensic

Pimenta JR, Zuccherato LW, Debes AA, Maselli L, Soares RP, Moura-Neto RS,
Rocha J, Bydlowski SP, Pena SD.

GENE - Nucleo de Genetica Medica, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo
Horizonte, Brazil.

The population of Brazil, formed by extensive admixture between Amerindians, Europeans and Africans, is one of the most variable in the world. We have recently published a study that used ancestry-informative markers to conclude that in Brazil, at an individual level, color, as determined by physical evaluation, was a poor predictor of genomic ancestry, estimated by molecular markers. To corroborate these findings we undertook the present investigation based on data from 12 commercially available forensic microsatellites that were utilized to estimate the personal genomic origin for each of 752 individuals from the city of Sao Paulo, belonging to different Brazilian color categories (275 Whites, 192 Intermediates and 285 Blacks). The genotypes permitted the calculation of a personal likelihood-ratio estimator of African or European ancestry.
Although the 12 marker set proved capable of discriminating between European and African individuals, we observed very significant overlaps among the three color categories of Brazilians. This was confirmed quantitatively using a Bayesian analysis of population structure that did not demonstrate significant genetic differentiation between the three color groups. These results corroborate and validate our previous conclusions using ancestry-informative markers that in Brazil at the individual level there is significant dissociation of color and genomic ancestry.

(d) Milk Consumption and Light Skin a Plus in Northern Regions

Subject: Re: [DNA] Lactose tolerance evolved recently

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
Vol. 80, No. 6, 1725S-1729S, December 2004
"Nutritional rickets: deficiency of vitamin D, calcium, or both?"
the authors conclude:
"From this discussion, it is clear that the pathogenesis of nutritional rickets, a disease once thought to be attributable solely to vitamin D deficiency, should be viewed as having a spectrum of mechanisms, with classic vitamin D deficiency, as observed among breast-fed infants, at one end and dietary calcium deficiency, as typified by the children studied in Nigeria and South Africa, at the other. Between these 2 extremes, it is likely that vitamin D insufficiency and low dietary calcium or high phytate intakes combine to induce vitamin D deficiency and rickets, which may be the most frequent cause of rickets globally.  "  
It appears to me that the combination of Vitamin D  deficiency along with calcium deficiency played some kind of role  in the natural selection process.  To get severe  rickets, you would need both deficiencies.  Those with both light  skin (to absorb Vitamin D) and with lactase (to absorb calcium from milk) would have a definite survival  advantage.
If you consider how rickets was a major cause of death  in women giving birth and in causing death of the unborn  child, you can see how it would be a major factor in selecting for  both   light skin and lactase genes and would have been catastrophic for the darker skinned individuals who did not absorb calcium because of dietary  changes.  Don't you think there must have been major environmental pressures to cause the  evolution of lactose tolerance over such a short period of  time?
Of course, I am no expert so you must take all of this  with a grain of salt, but from a totally medical standpoint,  it makes sense.  I wonder when the genes for light skin  evolved in comparison to the genes for lactose tolerance. There were  so many different alleles in Northern Europeans in the  MC1R  melanocortin-1 receptor that some of these skin color  genes were probably selected for  during the time period when cow's milk was becoming an  important food source. As people moved north, the ones who would have had the most children and  who would have lived longer would have been the ones  without rickets.
Kathy Johns.

(e) Lactose Tolerance Conundrums
and Haplotype Contradiction

From: Lawrence Mayka
Subject: Re: [DNA] Lactose tolerance evolved recently

We know for a fact that northern Europeans share a single lactase persistence allele.  By the usual allele age calculations, they inherited it from a single human who lived between 2000 and 20000 years ago (this is presumably a 95% confidence interval).  Exactly which part of that interval is 'sheer madness'?

When you mention haplotypes, I presume you are referring to Y chromosome haplogroups.  The lactase persistence allele is on an autosome, not X or Y, so there is no necessary connection.  Nevertheless, your intuition is the same as mine:  That the amazing spread of a single lactase persistence allele across all of northern Europe would certainly have caused a significant change in haplogroup percentages, and a reduction in the apparent age of subclades.

Note that the effect could easily have been a chain reaction.  When the lactase persistence allele was still confined to one tribe, that tribe's haplogroup(s) would grow rapidly at the expense of others.  But once that tribe had either taken over, or been taken over by, another tribe, that second tribe's haplogroup(s) would begin to grow rapidly too (unless its male population was severely decimated in the struggle).  In the long run, one haplogroup might have gained the greatest demographic advantage, but others in the region could have been drawn into the growth also.

> R1b1c7, R1b1c10, the Scots R1b
> cluster, R1b1c* and R1b1c9 all have distinctive geographical > patterns, almost certainly these mutations and distribution > predate extensive adoption of "milk drinking" in Europe on a > large scale.

This is a totally unproven assumption.  Indeed, just the opposite:
Calculations using Chandler's mutation rates give rather small age estimates for some of these subclades.

Cheese typically has much less lactose than milk:

Yogurt contains bacterial cultures that produce some of the enzyme required
to digest lactose:

Goat's milk is reportedly tolerated better by lactose intolerant people, for
various possible reasons, but many people of European ancestry who think
they are lactose intolerant are actually allergic to cow's milk, and these
latter people can drink goat's milk without difficulty:

From: Alan R
Subject: Re: [DNA] Lactose tolerance evolved recently

My hunch was actually that there was always a (very low) proportion of lactose tolerant individuals possibly fairly evenly spread through the Mesolithic population of Europe.  When dairying came, it gave a huge advantage to those would had natural tolerance in areas where dairying was by far the best agricultural option. What I envisaged was thousands of local expansions stemming from advantaged individuals NOT expansion of lactose tolerance through long distance movement of expanding/ invading lactose tolerant populations.

One of the spin-articles regarding the new genetic testing of central European Neolithic human bones implies that all the lactose tolerant people in Northern Europe today are descended from one Neolithic man who gained the mutation. This is obviously sheer madness given the variety of haplotypes etc in northern Europe today.  

4. World sees Israel as negative influence

Source: The Age
March 05, 2007

More than half the people in the world view Israel in a negative light, according to the results of a new global opinion poll conducted by the BBC.

Asked to rate various nations as either positive or negative influences, 56 percent of the 28,000 respondents from around the world gave Israel a failing grade.

Even Iran scored better, which 54 percent rating the Islamic Republic as a negative influence.

Not surprisingly, the US also fared poorly, getting a thumbs-down from 51 percent of respondents.

A couple years ago, a similar poll conducted within the European Union ranked Israel as the greatest threat to world peace.

5. The Age: Israel, Iran get world's thumbs-down

MIDDLE East powers Israel and Iran are seen as having a mostly negative influence on world affairs, according to a global opinion poll that tracked attitudes towards 12 countries and the European Union.

Rated by 28,000 people in 27 countries, the adversaries scored the most negative responses, with almost as many people saying the same about North Korea and the US.

On average, 56 per cent of people in surveyed countries viewed Israel as having a negative influence, while 17 per cent said its influence was positive. Iran scored 54 per cent and 18 per cent.

The poll, conducted for the BBC World Service and partner media groups, including The Age, also revealed a dim global view of the US, which was given an average negative reading of 51 per cent, and North Korea, with 48 per cent.

But more people believed the US exerted a mostly positive influence 30 per cent versus 19 per cent. (The evaluations of the US, released separately earlier this year, were published in The Age on January 23.)

It was the first time that Israel has been included in the list of countries ranked by the annual poll.

Iran's negative rating increased from an average of 47 per cent recorded in last year's larger survey of 33,000 respondents.

Australians viewed all four countries Israel, Iran, North Korea and the US in a more negative than positive light. Eighty-six per cent of those surveyed put North Korea's influence as negative, compared with just 7 per cent who described it as positive. They viewed Iran 75:10, Israel 68:16 and the US 60:29.

The worldwide survey gave the biggest ticks for influence in world matters to Canada, Japan, the European Union overall and France.

More than 1000 Australians were polled as part of the project, 59 per cent of whom reckoned the European Union's influence in world matters was mostly positive, up from 46 per cent a year ago.

Australians gave Britain a 60 per cent positive reading and 27 per cent negative, and scored Japan 55:27, France 48:32 and China 43:39.

But they were less enamoured of the influence of India (39 per cent positive and 41 per cent negative), Russia (28:51) and Venezuela (25:29).

6. BBC Poll Results on Israel: US and Nigeria most favorable
Kenya and India Divided; Everyone Else Against
Israel is viewed quite negatively in the world, possibly because the poll was conducted less than six months following the Israel/Hezbollah war in Lebanon. On average, 56 percent have a mainly negative view of the country, and just 17 percent have a positive view, the least positive rating for any country evaluated. In 23 countries the most common view is negative, with only two leaning towards a positive view and two divided.

Unsurprisingly, the most negative views of Israel are found in the predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East, with very large majorities in Lebanon (85%), Egypt (78%), Turkey (76%), and the UAE (73%) having negative views.

Large majorities also have negative views in Europe, including Germany (77%), Greece (68%) and France (66%). Indonesia (71%), Australia (68%) and South Korea (62%) are the most negative countries in the Asia/Pacific region. Brazilians (72%) are the most negative in Latin America.

The two countries that tend to view Israel positively do so in modest numbers. Forty-five percent of Nigerians and 41 percent of Americans have positive views of Israels influence in the world, while nearly one-third in each country has negative views. The Kenyan and Indian populations have divided views of Israel.

Because this is the first time the survey has included Israel among the countries rated, there is no evidence that its current ratings are better or worse than before.

7. French Overseas Possessions
considered part of France

French Overseas Possessions

French Overseas Possessions

French Overseas Possessions

Jerusalem News-595
Date: 16 Adar 5767, 6 March 2007
1. Guysen  Israel News
2. German company negotiating gas deal with Iran
3. The Age: Bombers slaughter pilgrims across Iraq

1. Guysen  Israel News
From:  <>
[] 2007-03-04 , 14 AdarI 5767

[]Egyptian parliamentarians intend to lodge a complaint against Israel at the International Court at the Hague for "war crimes", following the broadcast of a documentary according to which Binyamin Ben Eliezer, the current Infrastructure Minister, ordered the killing of 250 Egyptian prisoners during the Six Day War.

23:19  Baghdad: a thousand Iraqi and American soldiers launched a vast operation on Sunday in order to confiscate weapons in circulation in the Sadr City neighborhood, a bastion for Shiite rebels. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

20:20  Iran is accusing Israel and the United States of being behind the kidnapping of the retired Iranian general Ali Riza-Azkari, who disappeared in Turkey one month ago. These accusations were communicated by the Turkish press. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
19:34  Israel has passed information on Iran to the United States, concerning in particular the financial networks used by Teheran to finance Hizbollah and Hamas. The information was transferred via Stuart Levey, the under secretary of state of the American Treasury, currently on a visit to Israel.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

16:46  Kibbutz Dan in the Upper Galilee has started raising sturgeons, the females of which are known for their famous "golden eggs", which will lead to Israeli produced caviar. This could bring substantial revenue to the Israeli economy. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

14:43  A Purim joke?! A well-known Iraqi magazine has praised Israel for its ''respect for minorities''. Halim Salman, one of the editors of Madjlat el Iraki wrote: ''If we are capable of understanding Israel, we will be able to stabilize the situation in Iraq''. He also mentioned that Israel has an Arab ambassador to Greece, Ali Yahya, who has worked for coexistence between Jews and Arabs and that recently a small mosque was consecrated in Ben Gurion airport.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
13:36  The 4th of March 1996, 11 years ago, a Palestinian terrorist from the Gaza Strip blew himself up near Dizengoff Center in Tel-Aviv, killing 13 people. This was also Purim, a day when the young and the not so young had come to celebrate in the commercial center of the coastal metropolis. Following this first suicide attack the anti-terrorist services were born, headed at the time by general Ami Ayalon.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

2. German company negotiating gas deal with Iran
Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 6, 2007

German utility E.On AG said Tuesday it was in talks with Iran about a potential deal to buy liquid natural gas - a step that could help Germany ease its dependence on Russian gas amid concern about whether Moscow is a reliable supplier.

Iran is one of the countries E.On has been considering as it seeks a source of liquid natural gas, said Tatjana Dreyer, a spokeswoman for E.On Ruhrgas, E.On's gas division.

"In our dealings with the country, we are strictly complying with the rules and requirements set out in the German government's policy," Dreyer said.
"To this end we are in close contact with the responsible government offices."

The company's comments appeared to acknowledge the political sensitivity of exploring a gas deal while Iran is under pressure from Western countries - including Germany - to abandon its uranium enrichment program.

3. The Age: Bombers slaughter pilgrims across Iraq

March 7, 2007 - 7:18AM
Insurgents have murdered 149 Shiite pilgrims heading for the holy Iraqi city of Kerbala, including 118 who died when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in one of the deadliest attacks of the four-year war.

The attacks raised fears of reprisals that would push Iraq further towards all-out civil war between Shiites and al-Qaeda-backed Sunni insurgents.

The deadliest single attack was in Hilla, south of the capital, where two suicide bombers ran into a crowd of worshippers walking to the holy city of Karbala, police Lieutenant Karim al-Hamzawi said.

The bombers, strapped with explosives, detonated themselves almost simultaneously in a busy street lined with tents offering food, drink and shelter, killing 118 people and wounding at least 200, hospital officials said.

"I saw one of the suicide bombers. He was about 40 years old. He blew himself up and I saw parts of bodies flying around,'' said a witness, who declined to give his name.

Another witness described scenes of chaos, with sandals and tattered clothes lying among pools of blood and tents on fire.

"I watched the second bomber run into the crowd and blow himself up. Everyone around him was shredded to pieces,'' the witness said, sobbing.

Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blamed Sunni militants and supporters of former President Saddam Hussein for the "barbaric crime".

US President George Bush insisted today the security "surge" plan in Baghdad was making progress, despite the death of nine US soldiers north of the capital in two separate bomb attacks yesterday.

More than 3185 American soldiers have died in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March, 2003.

Defending his plans to deploy 21,500 more US troops to Iraq, Mr Bush said in a speech to the American Legion veterans organisation: "The mission is America's mission and our failure would be America's failure.''

Tens of thousands of Shiites are making their way to Karbala, a shrine city about 100 kilometres south of Baghdad, for the Arbaeen ceremony on Friday, despite threats from Sunni militants.

Most of the faithful are on foot, leaving them vulnerable to attack.

Arbaeen ("40" in Arabic) marks 40 days after Ashura, the holiest day on the Shiite calendar, commemorating the killing in 680 of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, by armies of the Sunni caliph Yazid.

The Hilla bombings triggered fury amid the local Shiite population, and there was gunfire as militants accused government security forces of failing to protect the marchers from Sunni extremists.

Elsewhere in Iraq, separate attacks killed at least 28 more Shiites.

In Baghdad, 12 pilgrims died when their minibus was raked with bullets by unknown gunmen in the Sunni district of Doura, while 15 more were killed and 47 wounded in three separate car bombings in other parts of the city.

Another five were gunned down in two attacks near Latifiyah, south of the capital. At least 15 more were wounded.

Joint operations by US and Iraqi forces, meanwhile, netted a group of senior al-Qaeda linked insurgents, Iraqi interior ministry operations director Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf said.

Success against al-Qaeda's Sunni militants came as security forces also put pressure on radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, probing his eastern Baghdad stronghold and targeting supporters.

So far, Sadr's men have stood aside during the three-week-old security operation, but today's attacks risk provoking his Shiite militants into reprisals against Sunni targets.

Khalaf told AFP that 29 al-Qaeda members had been rounded up since Sunday in northern Iraq, including two brothers of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.

Baghdadi heads the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq", an umbrella body for Sunni insurgent groups run by al-Qaeda, and - along with al-Qaeda kingpin Abu Ayyub al-Masri - is one of Iraq's most wanted men.

The fighting was not without cost, however.

Nine American soldiers from the same command were killed and four more wounded in a single day in two bomb attacks on their convoys, the US military said.

In one attack in Salaheddin province yesterday, six soldiers from Task Force Lightning died and three more were wounded, a statement said. Three other Task Force Lightning troops were killed in Diyala province, also north of Baghdad.

The deaths brought to 3179 the US military's losses since the March 2003 invasion, according to an AFP tally based on Pentagon figures.

Smoke was still rising from the car-bombed ruins of Baghdad's historic book market, even as US military chiefs insisted a security sweep through the capital is putting the bombers to flight.

Security officials said 30 people were killed and 65 wounded in Monday's (Tuesday AEDT) blast which destroyed the Mutanabi Street market, the symbolic heart of Iraq's intellectual life.

Despite the bombing, US commanders said Operation Fardh al-Qanoon (Imposing the Law) was having an effect, pointing to the troops conducting search operations in Sadr City, once a no-go zone controlled by Shiite militias.

Iraqi and US forces moved into the sprawling slum in eastern Baghdad on Sunday and have begun establishing a Joint Security Station - a shared command post - inside the Iraqi police's Al-Jezaaer station.

Patrolling in Sadr City has met no resistance, but a raid on Monday on the house of Hassan al-Rubaie, a lawmaker in the anti-American cleric Sadr's parliamentary bloc, provoked resentment.

"We consider the raid without justification," Sadr City mayor Sheikh Rahim Daraji told AFP. "It is a humiliation for the community."

Jerusalem News-596
Date: 17 Adar 5767, 7 March 2007
1. US rejects seat on UN Human Rights Council over anti-Israel bias
2. mt[female-transmitted]DNA Finland
3. Recent Moslem Litanies
4. [Lebanon] Druze Leader Jumblatt: Apologies to SPCA for Comparing Animals to Assad
5. Racial Studies: Regional Head Shapes Do Not Change though People Do??

1. US rejects seat on UN Human Rights Council over anti-Israel bias
Source: Associated Press
Mar 07, 2007

The US State Department announced on Tuesday that for the second year in a row, America will not seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

The reason given was the council's singular focus on criticizing Israel.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack noted that the council spends all its time trying to find ways to demonize Israel, while oppressive regimes such as Cuba, Myanmar and North Korea totally ignored.

The administration's decision was strongly supported by congressional leaders.

2. mt[female-transmitted] DNA Finland
Forensic Sci Int. 2007 Mar 1; [Epub ahead of print]

Finnish mitochondrial DNA HVS-I and HVS-II population data.

Hedman M, Brandstatter A, Pimenoff V, Sistonen P, Palo JU, Parson W,
Sajantila A.

Laboratory of Forensic Biology, Department of Forensic Medicine, P.O. Box 40,
00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.

We have analyzed the two hypervariable regions HVS-I and HVS-II of 200 Finnish male individuals for forensic purposes. The distribution of the haplotypes within Finland was determined by the geographical knowledge of the donors' maternal ancestors. In our population sample, we identified 135 different mtDNA haplotypes. Different mtDNA sequences were further divided to haplogroups using the EMPOP software. The most common haplogroups were H (40.0%) and U (27.5%).
Subgroup U5b, which contains earlier described "Saami motif", consisted majority (65.5%) of the sample in the U haplogroup. Analysis of the mtDNA sequence hypervariable regions I and II showed that the mtDNA diversity within the Finnish population sample was comparable to other European populations and uniformly distributed. This is contrary to the Y-STR "minimal haplotype" diversity, which in Finland is lower than in any of the other European populations studied so far.

PMID: 17336475 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

3.Recent Moslem Litanies

From: Steven Shamrak <>
Subject: Israel Lost Sense of Mission * New International Assault on Israel *
        Islam is the Religion of Peace?

Islam is the Religion of Peace?

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Let's face it, most good and god-fearing Muslims would never even THINK about harming other human beings, let alone, condone the heinous deeds of their fanatic brethren! But the world cannot deny the fact that some truly evil people have emerged out of Islam over the years; people who have proven, over and over again, that Islam is NOT a "religion of peace". Dare to criticize Muslims and Islam in the least little bit, and they fly into murderous rages, terrorizing and basically committing full-fledged jihad violence. They won't think twice about criticizing others; but woe unto anyone who dares criticize THEM....

          Muslims murder 3,000 innocents in New York and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 202 tourists in Bali and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 333 schoolchildren and their teachers in Beslan and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 292 innocents, mainly Kenyans and Tanzanians at two US Embassies and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 241 US and 58 French peacekeepers in Beirut and expect no criticism.

          Muslims fire 4,000 Katyusha rockets into Northern Israel killing over 50 innocent civilians and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 52 in London and 191 in Madrid and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 200 in Mumbai and expect no criticism.

          Muslims behead Western hostages in Iraq, Buddhist monks in Thailand and Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia and expect no criticism.

          Muslims murder 500,000 in Darfur and expect no criticism.

          Muslims regard Jews as "sons of pigs and monkeys", and vow to nuke Israel and expect no criticism.

          Muslims force women to wear hideous sacks, stone women to death for getting raped and for leaving the home unescorted, engage in honor killings of sisters and daughters for unapproved dating, and expect no criticism.

          Muslims danced in the streets and handed out sweets to their kids to celebrate the 9/11 atrocity, and still expected no criticism.

          Since 9/11 Muslims have killed over 26,000 and wounded over 50,000 in terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11 and expect no criticism.

          Since 9/11 Muslims have committed terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad, Chechnya, Dagestan, Denmark, East Timor, Egypt, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Jordan-Iraq, Kabardino-Balkans, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Gaza-Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Republic, United States, Uzbekistan and Yemen, and still expect no criticism.

          Muslims have carried out over 5,800 fatal terrorist atrocities since 9/11.

4. [Lebanon] Druze Leader Jumblatt: Apologies to SPCA for Comparing Animals to Assad
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
MEMRITV: Druze Leader Jumblatt: Apologies to SPCA for Comparing Animals to Assad

*Clip # 1394 - Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt: I Apologize to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Comparing Snakes, Whales and Wild Beasts to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
The following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, which aired on LBC TV on February 23, 2007.

Walid Jumblatt: We are facing someone [Iran] who has an army, money, and a political plan for the Arab Islamic Middle East, and one of its frontline bases is Hassan Nasrallah and Hizbullah in Lebanon. When we consider their ideological writings, such as the books by Hazem Saghiyeh and Naim Al-Qassem, we realize that we and they cannot meet halfway.

Interviewer: It is impossible to meet halfway with this plan?

Walid Jumblatt: Yes, because this is a plan of abolishment.

Interviewer: Abolishment of whom?

Walid Jumblatt: It is a plan to establish a Hizbullah state in Lebanon, at the expense of pluralism, of the Taif Agreement, of free economy, and of the free press.

Interviewer: Do you regret what you said on February 14, 2007?

Walid Jumblatt: No, but the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals contacted me, and said that they reject the comparison of snakes, whales, and wild beasts to Bashar Al-Assad. I apologize to that society. But I don't regret anything else I said.

5. Racial Studies: Regional Head Shapes Do Not Change though People Do??
Establishing the nature of the differences between skull samples from two populations.
S.P. Evans et al.

A sample of 1188 skulls from the Romano-British site at Poundbury shows differences from the 18th century sample of 822 skulls from Spitalfields. Both sites are in the south of England, but 1400 years apart in time. The differences between the sites could be due to immigrations over time and/or to adaptation to the environment. The aim of the study was to establish the nature of the differences, in particular the relative importance of genetic and acquired traits.
Frequencies of 22 selected non-metric traits in juvenile, female and male skulls were analysed. Initial logistic regression analyses established that there was a substantial difference between the two sites and between juveniles and adults, with some sexual dimorphism. The modified mean measure of divergence, used to calculate overall distances between the groups, showed the juvenile groups to be closer to each other than to adults from their respective sites. Across sites, males were most distant from each other. The largest distance was between Spitalfields juveniles and males. Principal coordinate analysis, followed by a jackknife stability analysis, revealed a pattern indicating that this came about through growth and adaptation. Omitting traits in turn, procrustes methods were used to identify the most influential, all of which were acquired through ageing or lifestyle. Without these traits there was no significant difference between the two juvenile groups and no sexual dimorphism. These results show the importance of the behavioural environment in determining morphology, and the resilience of populations to genetic change.

Brit-Am Note. In plain language as we understand it:
The study claims that even though the two populations may have been of different origins and separated by a long period of time their head shapes were the same once all changed environmental influences are eliminated.

Jerusalem News-597
Date: 21 Adar 5767, 11 March 2007
1. Hidden Jewish Children in Greece
2. IRA Links with Nazis
 with Palestinians and Iraqi Terrorists?
3. Poll: 21.1% of Israeli Jews think officials associated with disengagement
Divinely punished
4. Tom Carew in Dublin: Deadly Double Standards
5. Shield of David Extracts
(6. Protect Yourself from Rape
Through a Rapist's Eyes (Not a Joke)
(9. The Fourth Great Assault on the Anglosphere

"the English-speaking
peoples are the last best hope of mankind".

1. Hidden Jewish Children in Greece
Subject: [shieldofdavid] Digest Number 116

Posted by: "HB" 

Wed Mar 7, 2007 10:18 pm (PST)

Hidden Jewish Children in Greece
Source:http://www.greeknew modules.php?
name=News&file= article&sid= 6401
In Greek News - New York,USA, March 5,
Chicago, IL.- Reflecting on the devastating impact of the Holocaust in Greece, Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias toured on Feb. 8 a groundbreaking exhibition on young survivors at the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago.

Giannoulias toured the exhibit, "Hidden Children in Occupied Greece," with members of the American Jewish Committee and Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago.
The traveling exhibition from the Jewish Museum of Greece features 16 stories of children who survived the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II. One of the children hid near the hometown of Giannoulias& #700; mother, Anna, who immigrated to the United States in 1962.

"It was inspiring to learn that people risked everything to protect these children," Giannoulias said.

More than 100,000 Jews lived in Greece as recently as the 1920s. But the German occupation during World War II eradicated most of their communities.

Approximately 10,000 people were saved, due primarily to the work of the Greek Orthodox Church, which distributed falsified Christian baptismal certificates to Jews, and ordinary citizens who refused to cooperate with the Nazi regime. Many of the Holocaust survivors were children who were forced to leave their homes, go into hiding, constantly change their hiding places and use false names or identities, so much so that they lost their own identities, sometimes permanently.

"This is a story I was not familiar with before," said John Thomason, associate director of the AJC. "It is thrilling to know there&#700;s a community out there who can bring this important and moving story to the public."

University of Illinois at Chicago professor Mimis Cohen gave a lecture titled "The Holocaust and the Jews of Greece" on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center.

2. IRA Links with Nazis
Brit-Am Note: A reading of this article does not show proven IRA links with any of the terrorist groups but rather a circumstantial similarity of weapons used. Nevertheless expressed sympathies do exist which make the additional similarities more ominous.
 with Palestinians and Iraqi Terrorists?
IRA or IRA instructed Palestinians
blow up British soldiers in Iraq

3. Poll: 21.1% of Israeli Jews think officials associated with disengagement
Divinely punished


Dr. Aaron Lerner     Date: 11 March 2007

Telephone poll of a representative sample of 500 adult Israel Jews carried out by Geocartographia for a group called "World Center to Save the People and the Land" the last week of February as reported by Hagai Huberman in Hatzofe on 9 March 2007. Statistical error 4.4 percentage points:

There are those who claim that Ariel Sharon, Haim Ramon, Moshe Katzav, Halutz and Karadi were Divinely punished for supporting the Disengagement plan. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Total: Agree greatly 9.7% agree considerably 10.4% Disagree 52% No reply 18%
Religious and ultra orthodox: Agree 43.5% Disagree 21.5% No reply 35%
Traditional: Agree "close to 30%"

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730

4. Tom Carew of Dublin: Deadly Double Standards


Tom Carew of Dublin, Ireland replies to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which calls upon Israel to let Palestinians return to their land.  He writes:
I await the call for the "return" of 7.5 million Muslims who left India in 1947 [10 times the number of Arabs who left Israel in 1947-1949]. They would include the Pakistan President - born in Delhi.
I await with even greater interest the call to let 1 million Jews return to the Muslim world, or 7.5 million Hindus to return to Pakistan - including the Indian Prime Minister

But if not all of these, why does the UN focus only on the Palestinians?  Why does the UN single out Israelto take a step that would terminate its existence?

5. Shield of David Extracts
Subject: [shieldofdavid] Digest Number 118


Posted by: "HB"   happyharry613

Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:38 pm (PST)

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.
Check out the things that you can do with it:

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday.
Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!

Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.
When your phone get stolen, you can call your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset! Even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless! You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

And Finally....

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 4 1 1 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in o ur vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:
(800)-FREE-411 or (800)-373-3411 It's a free information service that won't incur the charges of using your network's 411. (You may still have to pay for your minutes used if they aren't already included in your plan)

(6. Protect Yourself from Rape
Through a Rapist's Eyes (Not a Joke)
Posted by: "Shield of David List Moderator"   magen_david_1948

A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.
They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove quickly . Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00a.m. and 8:30a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. Number two: is office parking lots/garages.
Number three: is public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: "I can't believe it is so cold out here," "we're in for a bad winter." Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you , hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back.
Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them.

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2.Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans . If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.

3.If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4.Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.
RUN, preferably in a zigzag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."

(9. The Fourth Great Assault on the Anglosphere
"the English-speaking peoples are the last best hope of mankind".

Posted by: "Shield of David List Moderator"   magen_david_1948

Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:01 pm (PST)

The Fourth Great Assault on the Anglosphere
"the English-speaking
peoples are the last best hope of mankind".
By Stephen Bainbridge : 05 Mar
It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to write a book that explicitly picks up where Nobel Prize winner Winston Churchill's famous History of the English-Speaking Peoples
<> left
off. In a provocative new book, A History of the English-Speaking
Peoples Since 1900
(HarperCollins, 2007), however, British historian Andrew Roberts largely succeeds in pulling off that daring stunt.

Roberts' History is no mere narrative of recent events. Instead, it is an apologia for the proposition that the English-speaking peoples are the last best hope of mankind.

Roberts' focus is the core Anglosphere; i.e., the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. During the 20th Century, the Anglosphere faced four great challenges. Three have been successfully seen off, with the Anglosphere triumphant: Prussian Militarism in World War I, Fascism in World War II, and Communism in the Cold War. The fourth assault arrived on 9/11 when the true menace of Islamic terrorism was finally brought home to the cultural and financial center of the modern Anglosphere.

Indeed, just as Churchill's History was intended to rally the Anglosphere in the early days of the struggle against Communism, Roberts' intent self-evidently is to rally the Anglosphere against Islamofascism.

Towards that end, Roberts emphasizes that the Anglosphere succeeds when it stands as one. In the two World Wars and the Cold War, the UK and USA fought side-by-side, with not inconsiderable help from the other Anglosphere nations. In contrast, on those occasions when the Anglosphere was divided against itself - such as Suez and Vietnam - defeat followed.

Roberts' account thus provides an historical setting against which to evaluate such events as Australian Prime Minister John Howard's recent claim that al-Qaeda should be "praying as many times as possible" for a Barack Obama victory in the 2008 US Presidential election or UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent announcement that there will be additional pullout of British troops from Iraq. Howard's criticism should be seen not as meddling in our internal affairs, but rather as a reminder that what US voters do matters to the Anglosphere as a whole. In contrast, Blair's decision may portend an increasing slide towards Iraq being a solely US war, in which the Anglosphere stands divided and thus vulnerable.

If Roberts is right, whether the 21st Century extends the era of Anglosphere hegemony thus depends on whether the Anglosphere becomes a house divided against itself. The two great issues here are education and demographics. Most of the Anglosphere nations have seen a dramatic rise in Muslim immigration and population growth since the Second World War. This demographic reality has been coupled with the rise of multiculturalism as official state policy in much of the Anglosphere. Properly understood, the Anglosphere is not a collection of nations united by language and race, but rather a group of nations united by a common culture.
Yet, in the name of multiculturalism, our political and educational systems have not pursued the goal of assimilation. To the contrary, throughout the Anglosphere, the notion that we should be inculcating the values of the Anglosphere among all our citizens of whatever race or religion has become anathema to the Politically Correct.

It is appropriate that Tony Blair has risen to this challenge, as the problem seems most advanced in the UK. In September of last year, Blair gave a speech that ought to be required reading throughout the Anglosphere in which he said:

"Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and other faiths have a perfect right to their own identity and religion, to practice their faith and to conform to their culture. This is what multicultural, multi-faith Britain is about. That is what is legitimately distinctive.

"But when it comes to our essential values - belief in democracy, the rule of law, tolerance, equal treatment for all, respect for this country and its shared heritage - then that is where we come together, it is what we hold in common; it is what gives us the right to call ourselves British. At that point, no distinctive culture or religion supersedes our duty to be part of an integrated United Kingdom."

It is this "shared heritage" that Roberts believes historically united the Anglosphere. It is this same shared heritage that must be revived that Roberts calls upon us to embrace as we go forward to meet the fourth great assault on the Anglosphere.

Jerusalem News-598
Date: 23 Adar 5767, 13 March 2007
1. At last, a book in defence of the "Anglos"
2. Things You Never Knew Before
Iranian Scholar: Tom & Jerry is a Jewish Conspiracy
3. USA: Georgia to OK Bible-based literature classes

1. At last, a book in defence of the "Anglos"
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 (Hardcover)
by Andrew Roberts
The English-speaking nationsAmerica, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indiesare a "decent, honest, generous, fair-minded and self-sacrificing imperium" and "the last, best hope for Mankind," argues this jingoistic peroration. Roberts (Napoleon and Wellington) treats them as a political-cultural unity, thriving on respect for law and property, laissez-faire capitalism and the Protestant ethic, and standing together against Nazism, communism and Islamic terrorism. (Ireland is the black sheepbackward, unruly, pro-fascist and Catholic.) His rambling, disjointed survey celebrates their achievements in science, technology, sports and Big Macs, but the book is mainly an apologia for an allegedly benign Anglo-American imperialism. The author defends virtually every 20th-century British or American military adventure, from the conquest of the Philippines to the Vietnam War, finishing with a lengthy justification of the invasion of Iraq; his villains are domestic critics and leftist intellectuals whom he calls "appeasers" and who sap the English-speaking peoples' resolve by propagandizing for totalitarianism (also Mel Gibson, whose anti-British movies sabotage English-speaking peoples' solidarity). Roberts writes in a bluff, Tory style, mixing bombast with jocular Briticisms like a running leitmotif of whimsical geopolitical wagers placed at London clubs. Lively but unsystematic, sometimes insightful but always one-sided...

2. Things You Never Knew Before
Iranian Scholar: Tom & Jerry is a Jewish Conspiracy
The "professor" claims that the cartoon show
"Tom and Jerry" is an attempt to humanize the mouse
who he says in European thought symbolizes the Jew.
In an amazing "insight" he profoundly remarks that in real life the mouse
is both clever and dirty.

3. USA: Georgia to OK Bible-based literature classes
State to be first to make Bible the main book in two public school classes

Jerusalem News-599
Date: 24 Adar 5767, 14 March 2007
1. A pre-Aboriginal Civilization in Australia
2. Arutz Sheva Tuesday
3. John Hagee (march 13) on Israel and the Jews

1. A pre-Aboriginal Civilization in Australia

2. Arutz Sheva Tuesday
Mar. 13 '07, 23 Adar 5767

by Hillel Fendel

An internal Shabak document says Israel's Arabs are a long-range strategic danger to Israel's character and very existence.

Though many believe that Iran is currently Israel's greatest danger, the General Secret Service believes that the worst threat may actually come from within. An internal General Security Service document says that Israel's Arab population is a "genuine long-range danger to the Jewish character and very existence of the State of Israel."

A recent meeting in the Prime Minister's office presented Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with worrisome data in various spheres, including increasing Israeli-Arab solidarity and identification with terrorist elements, Hizbullah and the Hamas government in the Palestinian Authority.

The GSS has found that in the year 2006, 21 Israeli-Arab terror cells were uncovered, involving 24 Arab citizens. In 2005, the numbers were 17 terror cells involving 22 Arabs.

Arabs of Israel are generally recruited into terrorist gangs based on their family or business ties with Arabs of Judea and Samaria (Yesha), usually those of Samaria. The terrorists in Yesha find it easier to transport weapons using the services of Israeli-Arabs who are not bound by restrictions at checkpoints and the like.

For instance, in November 2006, a smuggling cell of ten Israeli-Arabs was found to be active in smuggling weapons from pre-1967 Israel to Judea and Samaria.

In the Negev, as well, Bedouin Arabs help out in smuggling weapons - to Gaza. Six such smuggling gangs were cracked open in 2006.

Involvement of Hizbullah in Israeli-Arab terrorist initiatives has also been long noted. In July 2006, an Israeli-Arab was arrested who admitted to his interrogators that during the recent war with Hizbullah, he transmitted information to a Lebanese Hizbullah drug-dealer regarding IDF forces, military plans, and location of rocket hits.

Some 40% of the Israeli-Arabs involved in terrorism originated in Yesha, but were permitted to come to pre-'67 Israel and receive Israeli residency after marrying Israeli-Arabs. They are then permitted to travel freely throughout the country.
Just this morning, six Israeli-Arabs from a Galilee village were indicted on charges of four brutal rapes over the past two years.  The rapes were apparently another form of anti-Israel terrorism, as one victim told investigators that the rapists had told her that he was "avenging" IDF operations in Gaza. This was echoed by one of the Arabs during police questioning.

by Hana Levi Julian
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney both warned Americans at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that an early pullout by US-led forces from Iraq would be a disaster for the entire Middle East.

Livni told participants at the Washington event that impressions are important in this region and added, This is relevant concerning decisions on Iran, it is true regarding Iraq, and it is true throughout the Middle East.

The Foreign Minister underscored the nuclear threat presented to the region by Irans drive to develop nuclear energy and its extreme Islamist views. Many in the global community are convinced the Islamic Republic is intent on building a nuclear weapon and well on the way to doing so.

Livni also added pointedly that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made no secret of his intent to annihilate the State of Israel. To address extremism is to address Iran, she said. It is a regime which denies the Holocaust while threatening the world with a new one.

Livni also appealed to Arab nations for help in dealing with the Palestinian Authority. You have the power to change reality and to encourage the Palestinians to embrace co-existence, she told the 5,000-strong crowd.

Normalize relations with us now, the Foreign Minister exhorted Israels neighbors, and peace will come.

Cheney, who together with Livni, headlined the list of power brokers who were set to address this years conference, reiterated his countrys support for Israel in its struggle against radical Islam.

He too, spoke about the need to not rush out of Iraq, which, he said, could end up harming Israel if its enemies feel empowered. The American Vice President also chided opponents of the war in Iraq who have called on the Bush administration to ratchet up the pressure on Iran.

It is simply not consistent for anyone to demand aggressive action against the menace posed by the Iranian regime while at the same time acquiescing in a retreat from Iraq that would leave our worst enemies dramatically emboldened and Israels best friend, the United States, dangerously weakened, said Cheney.

He added that the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization or Iran would benefit the most from an early American pullout from Iraq. A sudden withdrawal of our coalition would dissipate much of the effort thats gone into fighting the global war on terror, he said.

by Hillel Fendel

In the course of preparing tracks for the new light-rail system in Jerusalem, remains of an ancient Jewish community just north of the Holy Temple have been uncovered.

Rescue digs, required by law before any major construction work in Jerusalem and environs, have found a major set of remains of a Jewish town from post-Second Temple times. A long strip of land, 400 dunams (100 acres) in size, has been uncovered in which can be seen roads, alleys, houses, public buildings, a mikveh (ritual bath), and more.

The community was located east of the old Roman highway leading from Jerusalem to Shechem (Nablus) - roughly along the same route as today's Shechem Way, or Highway 60. 
Evidence shows that the community - the largest from that period yet uncovered in the Jerusalem vicinity - was inhabited by a well-to-do and religiously observant populace. In addition to the mikveh, many stone utensils were found - popularly used because they could not become ritually defiled, according to Jewish Law.

Many coins were also found, including a rare gold one depicting Trainus Caesar (98-117 CE). Trainus began his reign 30 years after the Second Temple was destroyed. Antiquities Authority dig manager Rachel Bar-Natan said that this was only the second coin of its type found in Israel, and the first one within the Green Line.

Nearly 1,000 4th-to-6th graders have visited the site on school trips.

The site was first discovered during infrastructure work for the light-rail system being built in Jerusalem by the Moriah Company.

In a related item, the National Infrastructures Planning and Construction Committee of the Interior Ministry has made its choice from among five alternatives for the establishment of Jerusalem's fifth water supply line. The project, which will be one of Israel's largest over the coming decade, will involve the placing of an 8-foot wide pipe deep underground, running from south of Rehovot to the western-Jerusalem reservoir in Beit Zayit. The 2-billion shekels project is being planned to meet the water needs of Jerusalem, Ramallah and the Jerusalem Corridor for the years 2015-2065.

by Gil Ronen
Top U.S. House Democrats have frozen their attempt to limit President Bush's authority to take military action against Iran.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of the leadership decided on Monday to back down from presenting a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran.

Conservative Democrats and other pro-Israel lawmakers had argued for the change in strategy.

The proposal had drawn opposition from numerous Congressmen in a closed-door meeting last week of conservative and moderate Democrats.  They reportedly said they feared tying the hands of the administration when dealing with an unpredictable and potentially hostile regime in Tehran.

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) said in an interview that there is widespread fear in Israel about Iran. The bill, she said, "would take away perhaps the most important negotiating tool that the U.S. has when it comes to Iran."

"I didn't think it was a very wise idea to take things off the table if you're trying to get people to modify their behavior and normalize it in a civilized way," said Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York.
Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) said there is widespread fear in Israel about Iran.

3. John Hagee (march 13) on Israel and the Jews

Jerusalem News-600
Date: 6 Nissan 5767, 25 March 2007
1. Heathen Gentile Nations Condemn Israel over Rights of Women
2. Jews in Israel Nearly All Circumcise
3. 15 British Seamen Taken Captive by Iran

1. Heathen Gentile Nations Condemn Israel over Rights of Women
Subject: [shieldofdavid] Digest Number 136

(5. Germany joins 40 nations in condemning Israel over womens rights

Posted by:

Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:15 pm (PST)

11:01 AM PST
UN on Women: Only Israel is Criticized
March 20, 2007, 12:44 pm
By Andrew L. Jaffee

Israel is not one of the nations which abuse women. In fact, the Jewish state treats its women probably better than any nation on earth. But the UN has decided to single out only one country, Israel, in criticizing the worldwide status of women's rights. Forget the fact that the worst conditions for women are in the Arab/Muslim world where, for example, "A woman is raped every two hours and gang-raped every eight hours in Pakistan…" Yes, your tax dollars hard at work at the UN… Here's the story, if you can read it without vomiting:

From Tom Gross:

Last Friday, the UN surpassed itself as it finished its annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women by singling out Israel and only Israel (which actually has a very good record on women's rights) as being the only state "found in violation of women's rights."

The hundreds of thousands of women who have been killed, raped, mutilated and displaced in Sudan, the women whipped in Saudi Arabia, hanged for "adultery" in Iran, forced to abort in China, murdered in honor killings in Holland, England and elsewhere, all these were ignored by the UN as it attacked only Israel.

The vote against Israel was 40 for and 2 against, with only the United States and Canada voting against. Amazingly (or perhaps not) Germany, on behalf of the European Union, voted against Israel. …

From the National Review:

Muslim women are in the news everywhere ­ everywhere, that is, but the United Nations. The U.N.'s lead agency responsible for the promotion and protection of women's rights the world over, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), ended its 51 session on March 9, 2007, by criticizing only one state ­ Israel.

The same week the commission focused specifically only on the state of Israel, 33 Muslim women engaging in peaceful protest outside a courthouse in Tehran were abruptly arrested on charges of "endangering national security." Their goal? To put an end to polygamy and to child-custody laws that strip mothers in Iran of the right to raise and protect their own children. On March 8 ­ International Women's Day ­ 700 women's-rights activists again gathered in front of the parliament building in Tehran, demanding fair trials for the women jailed a few days earlier. Iranian security forces and ranks of baton-wielding police once more descended on the women, driving them back with physical force, verbal obscenities, and threats of more to come.

In Saudi Arabia, during the first week of March, a 19-year-old girl who was kidnapped at knifepoint, gang-raped, and then beaten by her brother for having "allowed" herself to become the victim of a rape
has been sentenced to 90 lashes. Her crime? Meeting a young man who was not a family member. Indeed, one of her judges told this young woman she was lucky to have not gotten jail time.

But at the U.N., the Women's Rights Commission adopted only one country-specific resolution on "PLO/Hamas Arab Muslim Nazi women."
Apparently, the members had missed the headlines about the arrests in Tehran and the teenager in Riyadh, emblematic of legal systems built on gross and systematic discrimination against women. They also failed to notice the millions of vulnerable women and girls raped, displaced, dead or dying in Sudan, the millions of women forcibly aborted in China, and the thousands murdered or forced to commit suicide for the crime of "dishonoring" their fathers and brothers
across the Arab and Muslim world. …

2. Jews in Israel Nearly All Circumcise


Poll: 97 percent won't pass on bris
Circumcision continues to win national consensus, though 78 percent say they
only uphold tradition for religious reasons. 69 percent prefer mohel to doctor
Kobi Nahshoni YNET Published: 03.22.07, 02:59 / Israel Culture,7340,L-3379663,00.html

You can find pita-bread easily enough during Passover, the Sabbath is the national day of shopping and civil marriage in Cyprus has long since become a trend. But without any legislation or coercion, circumcision remains one of the lone Jewish rites that remain in the heart of the national consensus.

In a recent Ynet-Gesher poll conducted amongst 550 adult Jewish Israelis a unanimous 97 percent said they would circumcise their sons. 78 percent cited religious tradition as their reason for the act and 69 percent said they would prefer to have a trained mohel to a medical doctor.

When asked "what is the primary reason you would circumcise your son?" 78 percent replied that it is a basic and necessary tradition for every Jew. 13 percent cited health reasons and 9 percent said they didn't want their child to be ashamed or feel different because all those around him were circumcised.

Among respondents who identified themselves as secular 63 percent said that tradition was the main reason, while 20 percent said health and 17 percent said they didn't want the child to be different. Among religious respondents 86 percent said tradition, 10 percent said health and only 4 percent said they didn't want the child to be different. Among strictly-Orthodox respondents 100 percent said tradition was the deciding factor for them.

And who do Israelis trust with performing such a sensitive task? 69 percent of the public said it prefers a trained and experienced mohel compared to the 28 percent who would entrust the matter to a medical doctor.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. 15 British Seamen Taken Captive by Iran

Captured British naval patrol was inside our waters, claims Iranians


TENSIONS rose last night after Iran refused to release 15 British service personnel it had seized in the Persian Gulf.

In a robust statement that seemed to discount the possibility of an early solution to the diplomatic stand-off, Tehran accused Britain of "blatant aggression" by sailing into its territorial waters.

The combative response came less than 24 hours before the United Nations Security Council was due to vote on Iran's contentious nuclear programme.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the firebrand president of Iran, had been due to travel to New York to address his critics ahead of the crucial vote. However, last night he called off the trip, citing the late provision of a visa.

The 15 sailors and marines, believed to include one woman, were taken at gunpoint yesterday morning by Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guard in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which runs between Iran and Iraq.

The naval boarding party, from the Type 22 frigate HMS Cornwall, had been carrying out a routine search of a large cargo ship in the northern Gulf they suspected of smuggling cars.

Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, who stayed in her Derby South constituency yesterday, said she was "extremely disturbed" by the Iranian action.

She said: "We have asked for a full explanation on what has happened and we are leaving them in no doubt that we want the immediate and safe return of our personnel and their equipment."

There will be concern in London that Iran may link the fate of the 15 British captives to five Iranians being held by US forces in Iraq.

Tehran insists the five are innocent diplomats and has repeatedly demanded their release. But the Americans say the five - who were arrested in a raid in northern Iraq in mid-January - were linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which, according to US officials, trains and arms Iraqi insurgents.

HMS Cornwall is the flagship of the joint coalition-Iraqi task force responsible for patrolling Iraq's territorial waters in the northern Gulf.

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