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Jerusalem News-755
Date 8th April 2008, 3 Nissan 5768
1. 69% of Israeli Jews won't eat Chametz on Passover
Erekat: Olmert to Grant Amnesty to 10,000 Arab Illegal Aliens (54,000 already here)
3. Study: 64% of Israeli Jews won't enter Arab towns
4. Yemen: Empty Jewish homes destroyed
5. The jihad against the Jews


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1. 69% of Israeli Jews won't eat Chametz on Passover

Subject: Poll: 69% of Israeli Jews won't eat Chametz on Passover

Poll: 69% of Israeli Jews won't eat Chametz on Passover
Dr. Aaron Lerner 7 April 2008

Market Watch poll of adlt Israeli Jews carried out for  Matzot Aviv and published in today's issue of yediot Ahronot:

69% Eat only matza on Passover and do not eat chametz the entrie holiday
18% Eat both matza and chametz on Passover
06% Eat only chametz on Passover
05% Eat matza only the evening of the seder

2. Erekat: Olmert to Grant Amnesty to 10,000 Arab Illegal Aliens (54,000 already here)
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
( Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed Monday to grant amnesty to 10,000 Arab illegal aliens residing in Judea and Samaria, according to Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator Saeb Erekat. The move would grant the illegals permanent resident status.
Approximately 54,000 Arabs in Judea and Samaria fall into this category.
The amnesty, if enacted, would apply to those Arabs who entered the country legally, on foreign passports, and then remained in Judea or Samaria beyond the terms of their visas. According to various estimates, approximately 54,000 Arabs in PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria fall into this category. 12,000 have already received residency rights through conventional requests submitted to Israeli authorities. Israel has been more restrictive on Arab immigration since the beginning of the Oslo War in 2000.

3. Study: 64% of Israeli Jews won't enter Arab towns

More than half of Israel's Jewish and Arab populations believe that the two communities are not on good terms and that relations are likely to deteriorate in the future, according to the annual Arab-Jewish Relations Index for 2007.

The study was published by Professor Sami Sooha, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Haifa on Monday, one day ahead of the second Haifa Conference on Social Responsibility set to take place at the university on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to the index, which assesses Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, 62 percent of the Jewish public expressed concerns that the local Arab population would eventually engage in civil disobedience, with 64% saying they refused to enter Arab towns.

The index also revealed that the Arab public has their own suspicions towards the Jews here. A total of 62% said they were worried about eventually being transferred and 76% said they believed that the state could one day sponsor violence against them.

Despite the negative feelings expressed by both sides, the majority of the Jewish population (86%) and 75% of the Arabs said they believe Israel is a good place to live, with 85% of Jews and 71% of the Arabs saying they prefer Israel over any other nation in the world. A total of 58% of the Arab public believes that Israel is democratic enough for them, too.

In terms of trusting the other side, less than half (48%) of the Jewish public said it does not trust Arab citizens, while 60.2% of the Arab public feels the same way about Jewish citizens.

Slightly over a third (37%) of the Jews said they believe in encouraging Arabs to leave Israel and a further one third supported stripping them of their voting rights. The poll found 18% of the Jewish public deny the right of existence to the Arabs as a minority in Israel, compared to 16% last year.

The study also shows that 62% of the Jewish public believe Arab citizens to be a risk to national security because of their high birth rate and 80% are suspicious of Israeli Arab support for the Palestinian national struggle. A total of 80% of the Arabs fear that their civil rights may be harmed and 83% are worried about major land expropriation.

As for the Arab sentiment, the percentage of those that deny Israel's right to exist as a Jewish-Zionist state rose slightly from 62.6% last year to 64% this year, as did the percentage of Arabs who deny Israel's right to exist (from 15% last year to 20% this year). Support for the use of violence to advance the interests of the Arab minority also rose from 9.5% to 10.8% this year.

4. Yemen: Empty Jewish homes destroyed

In the latest attack targeting Yemen's few remaining Jews, rebel Houthi militiamen destroyed several homes that had belonged to the now-absent Jewish community in the northwestern Saada province.
"The Houthis destroyed part of my house and looted it," Rabbi Yehia Youssuf told Reuters in the capital, San'a.

All 67 members of Saada's Jewish community fled following threats from the Houthis, the rabbi says. Some locals say the Jews were threatened because they had been selling wine to Muslims - an accusation the Jews deny, according to Reuters.

A local said the Shi'ite rebels attacked the houses of other Jews after looting the rabbi's.

Around 400 Jews remain in the majority Sunni state, the remnant of an ancient, close-knit community that, while remaining connected to Jewish intellectual and legal developments outside Yemen, managed to insulate itself culturally until the 20th century.

According to Dr. Dov Levitan, a scholar of Yemenite Jewry at Bar-Ilan University and the Academic College of Ashkelon, the Houthi clan targets Jews to embarrass the government internationally.

Apparently unrelated intertribal fighting in the province killed at least 15 people in recent days as the Houthi tribe continued its intermittent violence, begun in June 2004, against the central government and its allies.

Since the early 1990s, the Yemeni government "has been very conscious of its international image," explains Levitan. "So important is the country's image to its government that the Jews have excellent government protection."

When their situation in Saada became precarious about a year ago, "they were flown out in a government plane to San'a. They receive a small stipend and live in a compound protected by state security forces. This kind of concern would have been unimaginable just 15 years ago," he says.

The government's concern for its image, together with pressure from American Jewish groups and US legislators, led Yemen in the early 1990s to permit most of the remaining 2,000 Jews to emigrate to Israel and elsewhere, continuing a centuries-long trickle of aliya from the country. At the founding of the Jewish state in 1948, around 35,000 Yemenite Jews lived in Israel. Another 50,000 came in the immediate aftermath of the War of Independence.

Most of the 1,600 Jews who left Yemen during the 1990s now live in Rehovot.

The question of why Jews remain in Yemen remains.

"We have contact with these Jews. They're not the Jews who came 60 years ago," the large wave of poor refugees who fled pogroms in Operation Magic Carpet, Levitan says. "They're more educated, they're better dressed, they wear watches and drive cars. Some of them have traveled overseas. They have property there, and they are connected historically. They don't want to leave a place that has been their natural environment for generations."

The Yemenite Jewish community claims to have existed since the time of the First Temple, 2,600 years ago. While this claim has not been verified, "we know with certainty that they were there for at least 1,500 years," says Levitan.

Despite its unique customs and liturgy, Yemenite Jewry was never disconnected from the broader Jewish world. "For example, we know that the letters of the [medieval Jewish philosopher and legalist] Maimonides arrived in Yemen. We know from the 14th to the 16th centuries they were connected enough to receive the Shulchan Aruch [halachic codex]. And in the 18th and 19th centuries they received printed Jewish prayer books and Talmuds from abroad when there was no Jewish press in Yemen," he said.

Other pressures also affect the decision of Jews to remain. The anti-Zionist Satmar hassidim work to persuade the community not to move to Israel. "They give the remaining Jews money and holy books, take them to New York and London - anything to keep them from going to Israel," says Levitan.

Also, the government's concern and protection are seen as complete and genuine by the community, he says.

5. The jihad against the Jews
By Bradley Burston

The jihad has a problem with the Jews.

Not just a problem with Israel. Not just the occupation. Not just the policies of the Israeli government, the actions of the Israel Defense Forces, the support by Washington and the West for Israel's embargo against Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Islamists don't care who knows it anymore. They hate the Jews. And, not to put too fine a point on it, they want the Jews dead.

Some of it one has grown to expect. "Today there is no room for he who says that we should only fight the Jews in Palestine," Osama Bin Laden's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said after Israel's incursion into Gaza last month. "Let us strike their interests everywhere, just like they gathered against us from everywhere."

Some of it is becoming better known. In a groundbreaking article in The New York Times this week, Steven Erlanger details, among other elements of Gaza life, the tides of Jew-hate washing over the Strip with the Hamas seal of approval.

There is imam and legislator Sheik Yunus al-Astal, who, citing a Koranic verse indicating that "suffering by fire is the Jews' destiny in this world and the next," concludes that "we are sure that the holocaust is still to come upon the Jews."

There is imam and legislator Marwan M. Abu Ras, chairman of the Palestinian Scholars League and a religious authority who anchors Hamas policies in Koranic sanction, branding Jews "the brothers of apes and pigs."

This dovetails nicely with programming decisions taken by Hezbollah's Al Manar Television, which broadcast a Syrian-produced mini-series that showed a Jew killing a Christian child to obtain blood for baking Passover matza.

And then there is the case of the much anticipated, widely feared new film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, "Fitna." Officials across Europe and throughout the Muslim world have braced for the possibility of violent protests, demonstrations on the model of those sparked by Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which protesters saw as a grave insult to Islam.

But the initial reaction has been muted, despite, or because of, an emphasis on footage such as Islamic clerics voicing virulent attacks against Jews, urging that Jews be killed and even beheaded, clips of a little girl quoting Allah in the Koran terming Jews "apes and swines," and of demonstrators promising "another Holocaust" and praising Adolf Hitler.

It is worth noting that, in an initial response to the release of the film on the Internet at the end of last week, the attorney representing the umbrella group for Dutch Muslims said that at first glance, "Fitna" does not constitute an insult to their religion.

One has to wonder, why not? Are calls to kill Jews as Jews not considered an insult?

And while we're asking questions, it would be worth inquiring of Hamas officials that if, as they often declare, their conflict is with Zionists and not Jews, their charter cannot be amended to remove references to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, statements that Jews have "control of the world media [and use their] wealth to stir revolutions."

There will be those who will counter that critics of Israel are often mistakenly and/or derisively termed anti-Semitic. That is too often true. But it is no justification for letting true Jew hate slide.

Quite clearly, there are those for whom the existence of the Jews is intolerable. That they feel free to spread the message - and teach it to children - must be condemned as intolerable by the rest of us, Jew or not.

The Lifestyle Doctor

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