Jerusalem News-121
1. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2002
2. Sadam (Sodom?) Hussein Report
3.Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2002

1. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2002
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 / Tishrei 18, 5763
Despite a deadly attack in Hevron yesterday evening, in which Arab gunmen murdered Jerusalem resident and father of seven Shlomo Yitchak Shapira, 48, thousands of Israelis from communities near and far arrived in the ancient Jewish city to partake in the scheduled Sukkot holiday celebrations. Hevron spokeswoman Orit Struck told Arutz Sheva's Haggai Segal that people began pouring in en masse over two hours prior to a free concert by world renounced Chasidic singer Mordechai Ben-David. Visitors also gathered to partake in prayers at the Ma'arat HaMachpela (Cave of the Patriarchs). Struck added that the large attendance proves that despite the terror, Israelis were undeterred from showing their support for the residents of Hevron.
In yesterday's incident, Shapira was gunned down on the outskirts of Hevron's Casba (market) adjacent to the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. He was laid to rest in Jerusalem's Har Menuchot Cemetery last night. Shapira's sons Yehudah, 18, Pinchas, 12, and Yehoshua (ben Rivka) were wounded in the attack. Yeshoshua is listed in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the stomach and pelvic area. He underwent emergency surgery last night, which lasted for over 11 hours. His older siblings are listed as light-to-moderate.

This morning British Prime Minister Tony Blair released a 55-page dossier revealing that Iraq has the ability--and is planning--to launch long-range missiles armed with chemical and biological warheads against its enemies. The report shows that included in his arsenal are 20 al-Hussein missiles with a range of 650 kilometers (about 400 miles). Such missiles would have the ability to reach countries throughout the entire Middle East.
The dossier states that Iraq could launch missiles within an hour of receiving a green light from Saddam Hussein. The report also says that Hussein is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons. It points to Iraqi efforts to purchase mass quantities of uranium from an unidentified country in Africa. "I am in no doubt that the threat is serious and current, that he [Hussein] has made progress on (weapons of mass destruction), and that he has to be stopped," Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an introduction to the dossier. He added that if Hussein refuses to allow the United Nations to return to Iraq to dismantle his weapons, the world community will be forced to act. This afternoon Blair presented his findings to the British Parliament.

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution late last night condemning Israel and demanding that IDF troops pull back from Yasser Arafat's Ramallah compound. The United States abstained in the voting and called the resolution one-sided. provocation, incitement and destruction..."

In an exclusive interview from the Presidential Sukkah in Jerusalem, Israeli President Moshe Katzav told Arutz Sheva's Uzi Baruch this morning that he is hopeful that the Temple Mount will be re-opened to Jewish visitors in the near future. "We have a serious, soulful, historical, and religious connection to the Temple Mount… No one can deny that the Temple Mount is the holiest site in all of Judaism." Katzav recommended that a solution be implemented similar to the arrangement at Hevron's Ma'arat HaMachpela (Cave of the Patriarchs) where prayer times are coordinated between Jewish and Muslim religious officials.

Despite a terror alert in the capital about 12,000 people took part in the annual Sukkot holiday march through the streets of Jerusalem today. The marchers divided into three walking groups and headed out in different directions throughout the city. They then gathered in Gan Sacher (Sacher Park) at 1 PM and proceeded in union to the Old City's Jaffa gate where the event concluded. Arutz Sheva's Haggai Seri joined the walkers in Gan Sacher. He said, "despite the terror alert --as well as the heat-- the mood was joyous and festive.

A collie named Chachi, who was involved in search and rescue operations at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks, is being sent to Israel to help guard Jewish communities in Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) from terrorist infiltrations. The dog was donated to the Jewish Legion--an organization that defends the Jews of Israel by a Long Island, New York Fire Department--and subsequently slated to be brought to Israel. Chachi is currently finishing up her training in preparation for her important mission.


This morning dozens of women from the town of Shilo and nearby communities took over an empty house along Route 60 in the village of Luban el-Sharqiya for the fourth time in the past month. The women are demanding that the house be torn down. The location was used as a sniper's next to target Jewish vehicles on the highway below. It is believed that Arab gunmen used the building as cover when they shot and killed Eli residents Avi and Avital Vilensky.

2. Sadam (Sodom?) Hussein Report
JINSA Report
September 24, 2002
Number 281
The Brits Make the Case (Part I)
With the publication of "Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment
of the British Government" (9/24), the evidence is plain and willful
ignorance remains the world's last excuse for not dealing with Iraq. The
report is admittedly not easy to read, but the concerns of professionals in
the field are compelling.

In the years following the war, UNSCOM and the IAEA "surveyed 1,015 sites in
Iraq, carrying out 272 separate inspections. Despite Iraqi obstruction and
intimidation, UN inspectors uncovered details of chemical, biological,
nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Major UNSCOM/IAEA achievements

* Destruction of 40,000 munitions for chemical weapons, 2,610 tons of
chemical precursors and 411 tons of chemical warfare agent;

* Removal and destruction of the infrastructure for the nuclear weapons
program, including the al-Athir weaponisation/testing facility."
But, there have been no UN-mandated weapons inspections in Iraq since 1998,

The Brits Make the Case (Part II)
The Assessment of the British Government" concludes that:
* Iraq has a useable chemical and biological weapons capability,

* Iraq can deliver chemical and biological agents using an extensive range
of artillery shells, free-fall bombs, sprayers and ballistic missiles;

* Iraq made extensive use of artillery munitions filled with chemical agents
during the Iran-Iraq War.

* It is probable that Iraq retains a capability for aerosol dispersal of both
chemical and biological agents over a large area.

* Iraq possesses extended-range versions of the SCUD ballistic missile in
breach of UNSCR 687, which are capable of reaching Cyprus, Eastern Turkey,
Tehran and Israel. It is also developing longer-range ballistic missiles;

* Iraq told UNSCOM that it filled warheads with anthrax, botulinum toxin and

* Iraq's current military planning specifically envisages the use of
chemical and biological weapons; Iraq's military forces are able to use
chemical and biological weapons, with command, control and logistical
arrangements in place. (They) are able to deploy these weapons within 45
minutes of a decision to do so;
* Iraq is already taking steps to conceal and disperse sensitive equipment
and documentation in advance of the return of inspectors; Iraq's chemical,
biological, nuclear and ballistic missiles programs are well-funded.

3.Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2002
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2002 / Tishrei 19, 5763
A recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) reveals that 51.3% of Arabs in Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) and Jerusalem are in favor of murderous suicide attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers in pre-1967 Israel. 45.4% of those surveyed feel that the PLO-initiated Oslo War should continue. In addition, 71.8% feel that Palestinians should support Iraq as they did in 1991, if the United States strikes it again. 1,085 Arab adults participated in the random sample survey.
Ambassador Dan Kurtzer, saying that the Sukkot holiday is a time for him to visit "Torah giants," called on three rabbis in their Sukkahs last night: Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party; the Belzer leader, Rabbi Yisachar Dov Rokach; and Rabbi Shalom Yosef Elyashiv, leader of the hareidi yeshiva world. Rabbi Rokach said that the U.S. support for Israel is "not a simple matter, and it stems from Divine Providence..."

At least 30 Hindu worshippers, including four children, were shot dead last night when two assailants opened fire inside a packed temple in the city of Gandhinagar in India. Indian government officials believe that the attack was carried out by a Pakistani Muslim terror organization. In February, Muslims in Gujarat set fire to a train carrying Hindu activists, killing 59.
Just several hours after yesterday's attack, two Muslim gunmen entered the offices of a Christian welfare organization in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, bound and gagged seven workers, and executed them. This incident was the latest in a series of attacks on Christian and Western targets in Pakistan since President Gen. Pervez Musharraf aligned his government with the U.S. global war on terror. A Moslem organization is also suspected of exploding a carbomb in Karachi a few months ago that killed 11 French engineers.

Jerusalem News-122
1. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2002
2.Terror shooting outside Hebron
3. Arutz-7 News Friday, Sep. 27, 2002
4. Israeli forces operating inside Iraq,
5. The US and Israel maintain arsenals as a defensive deterrent.

1. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2002
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 / Tishrei 20, 5763

For the second time in two year, the IDF allowed a Jewish group to pray at Joseph's Tomb in the PLO-controlled town of Shechem. It happened last night when a group of Shomron residents, mostly women, arrived at the holy site, under the protection of Israeli soldiers. A different Patriarch is "invited" into the Sukkah on each of the seven nights of the Sukkot holiday, and last night was Joseph's turn, thus rendering last night's visit to Joseph's Tomb particularly appropriate. The army is considering allowing another visit tonight for the mini-holiday of Hoshana Rabbah. Almost two weeks ago, on the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday, 78 Jews were given entry to the tomb.

Lebanese drawing of Wazani River waters, which stream into the Israel-bound Hatzbani River, could begin as early as next week. The Lebanese have completed placing the appropriate piping, and construction of the water-pumping installation was expected to begin today. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, visiting the north yesterday, said that the new plant will take 10% of the water bound for Israel. Agriculture Minister Shalom Simchon echoed previous remarks by Prime Minister Sharon, saying that Israel could not accept Lebanon's diversion of the water.

2.Terror shooting outside Hebron

News from Hebron
The Hebron Press Office Thursday September 26, 2002

Terror shooting outside Hebron
This evening at 8:00 a family from the Beit Hagai community, about 10 kilometers south of Hebron, was ambushed at the "sheep junction" while driving in their car, not far from the community. All four people in the car, father, mother and two children, including a 6 week old baby were wounded. Their injuries have been listed as "light." All were struck by bullet fragments. The baby was struck in the head and the mother in the back. All were taken to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem. The baby girl is being treated in the trauma unit and is reported to be fully conscious.
Security forces found bullet cartridges from a 5.56 automatic rifle not far from the scene of the shooting.

3. Arutz-7 News Friday, Sep. 27, 2002
HaGefen, the newest neighborhood of the Judea city of Beitar Illit, was dedicated yesterday. It boasts 1,150 housing units, half of which are already occupied. The hareidi city is situated in western Gush Etzion, and already has 21,000 residents.
In yet another display of growth in the Land of Israel yesterday, the new community of Migron (Samuel I 14,2; Isaiah 10, 28) celebrated its launching in the Binyamin region, roughly between Psagot and Michmash, on the road to Beit El and Ofrah. Its first families arrived six months ago, and it today boasts 30 families and five singles, as well as a fledgling nursery and daycare center. Hundreds of people came to celebrate with the residents yesterday, in a program featuring the introduction of a new Torah scroll, lectures, and entertainment for children.
In the Sanhedria Cemetery in Jerusalem an hour later, Rabbi Dr. Zerach Warhaftig, one of the historic leaders of the modern Religious Zionist movement and a signer of Israel's Declaration of Independence, was buried after he passed away last night at the age of 96.
The National Religious Party's official mourning announcement eulogized him as follows: "Leader of Religious Zionism, man of great achievements, whose life was dedicated to Torah, the Nation of Israel and the Land of Israel; saved thousands of Holocaust refugees and brought them to the Land of Israel; a member of [pre-State governing bodies] Vaad HaLeumi (National Board) and Provisional State Council; representative of Religious Zionism in the Knesset from its first day until 1977; served as Religious Affairs Minister [for many years], author of many books on Jewish Law and Torah thoughts; Israel Prize winner for life achievements."
Warhaftig studied law in the University of Warsaw, served as a Jewish Agency official in Poland, escaped to Lithuania with his wife Naomi when World War II broke out, and from there supervised the rescue of many Jews. His most notable project during that period was the transfer of thousands of Jews, including the entire Mirrer Yeshiva, via Russia to Japan and China, and afterwards to what later became Israel. Holland and Japan provided him with the necessary visas. Warhaftig himself settled in Jerusalem in 1947.
Over 1,000 people attended the funeral, including many Knesset Members and rank-and-file of the National Religious Party. Eulogizers were Bar Ilan University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh; the deceased's three sons, including Rabbi Itamar Warhaftig of Bar Ilan University and Rabbi Yaakov Warhaftig of Har Nof; a granddaughter of the deceased; Bnei Akiva Yeshivot head Rabbi Chaim Druckman; and NRP leader Effie Eitam. They all noted his total devotion to Torah study. Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau said late last night, "Zerach was the among the last of the generation of those who established the State. He was a great bridge between the Holocaust and the Rebirth, a Torah scholar… His contribution to the establishment of infrastructure for religious life in Israel was critical..."

Jews in Israel and throughout the world celebrated the mini-holiday of Hoshana Rabbah today, in which we are offered a "last chance" to atone for sins and request a blessed year. The double holiday of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah is celebrated tonight and tomorrow (in Israel; elsewhere, it is divided into two days). The packed day marks the end of the current holiday season, and includes the beginning of prayers for rain, celebrations of the completion of the annual public Torah reading cycle, singing and dancing with Torah scrolls in synagogues and public squares, flags and sweets for children, Yizkor memorial prayers, and more.

4. Israeli forces operating inside Iraq,
Subject: Report: Israeli forces operating inside Iraq, hunting missiles
Report: Israeli forces operating inside Iraq, hunting missiles
By Ha'aretz Service 28 September 2002
Israeli special forces are operating inside western Iraq, pinpointing
locations where Iraqi missile launchers might be positioned, the Jane's
Foreign Report newsletter said in its latest issue.
The newsletter said the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit was ordered into
Iraq "to find and identify places used by, or likely to be used by, Iraqi
Scud missile launchers."
"Our information is that neither Israel nor the United States have a clue
about what, if anything, Saddam Hussein is hiding," the newsletter said.
"It was this ignorance that persuaded the (Israeli) prime minister, Ariel
Sharon, to assign the Sayeret Matkal to a job that is sensitive and
dangerous," it said.
During the 1991 Gulf war Iraq fired a total of 39 Scud missiles over Jordan
into Israel. A decade earlier Israeli warplanes had intervened to bomb and
destroy an Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad.
Jane's Foreign Report said there were only certain locations from where
Iraq's remaining Scud missiles could be launched at Israeli targets, given
their limited range.
"Matkal's mission is to detect early preparations," it said, adding: "The
Israelis believe the Iraqis have hidden their Scud launchers with great

5. The US and Israel maintain arsenals as a defensive deterrent.
From: mma <>
Subject: I agree with Saudi Arabia
I whole hearty agree with the prince that the US does in fact have a double
standard regarding WMD. The question is why.
The US and Israel maintain arsenals as a defensive deterrent. The Arabs have
declared in public, through their government media that they wish to develop
WMD in order to destroy the infidel in mass (aka, any non moslem). This is a
major difference regarding the world view of the two sides of the so-called
double standard.

12:47 Sep-26-02, 20 Tishrei 5763
Saudi Arabia: US has Double Standard for WMD The Saudi Interior Minister,
Prince Naeff, said today that while the US will go the ends of the earth to
prevent Iraq and other Arab states from acquiring weapons of mass
destruction, the US has spared no expense on it's own nuclear weapons
inventory, and has allowed Israel to possess nuclear weapons for decades

Shalom from Ma'alh Michmas located in the Peaceful Hills of Suburban

Jerusalem News-123
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 21:01:57 -0500
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In a recent article published in the Saudi state controlled daily
Al-Jazirah, columnist Dr. Muhammad bin S'ad Al-Shwey'ir, a past advisor to
former Saudi mufti Sheikh Abdallah bin Baz and editor-in-chief of the
Islamic Research periodical published by the Islamic Clerics Association of
Saudi Arabia, wrote that Jews use human blood for their holiday
celebrations. See:

Jerusalem News-124
1. [Voice Of Judea] Israel News
- St.-Sgt. Ari Weiss, 21- murdered
Cleveland man defends Israeli West Bank town ]
2. Mukata should have been bombed from the air
3. Iraq's Jews,
4.The Mukata withdrawal was Sharon's Goat
5. Mexican Aztlan Jew-haters
6. Arutz-7 News: Monday, Sept. 30, 2002
7. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002
8. Chaim Sidman: European Consistency

1. [Voice Of Judea] Israel News
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 00:15:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Owner - Voice Of Judea <>
Israeli media reports that wanted Arab terrorists were seen leaving
Arafat's Headquarters in Ramalah after Israel caved in to US demands to
retreat form the area surrounding the terrorist headquarters. Sharon
explained that he had no choice but to capitulate to the American
pressure. The Americans made it clear to Israel that Israeli action
against Arab terrorists would make it difficult for the US to establish
a wide coalition of Arab and European support against Iraq.

- St.-Sgt. Ari Weiss, 21- murdered 30 Sept. 2002 in Nablus
The IDF Spokesperson has released for publication that St.-Sgt. Ari Weiss,
21- was murdered 30 Sept. 2002 in Nablus by terrorist fire.
Only a few days ago, his mother published a story in the Jerusalem Post
about how she collected food in Raanana to feed her sons unit over the
holidays. For the recent story visit

Cleveland man defends Israeli West Bank town
International group of volunteers seeks to thwart terrorist attacks
Here is an article that just ran in the Chattanooga Times Free Press about
one of the group here in Cleveland.
By Randall Higgins Cleveland Bureau
CLEVELAND, Tenn. A Cleveland man has joined an international group of
volunteers to defend Israeli settlements from terrorist attacks.
Joel Swafford, who is not Jewish, is a member of a volunteer group
called the Jewish Legion. Mr. Swafford, 34, works with a dog specially
trained for tracking and bomb detection.
"It is something he has really wanted to do, Faye Swafford said about
her sons volunteer work. Mr. Swafford, she said, is friends with people
who put him in touch with settlers in the West Bank.
Her son talked about joining the Jewish Legion for a year,
Mrs. Swafford said, before signing on for six months. Although he arrived
in the country only recently, she said, already there is talk of his
staying longer.
Once a week, she said, Mr. Swafford calls home.
"I worry about him, but he seems so happy, she said. "I asked him if he
really wanted to do this and he said Yeah, I do. The people are so
cool. Mr. Swaffords 15-year-old daughter is staying with Mrs. Swafford
Jack Saunders, a member of a local group called Bnai Noach, said the
Jewish Legion is a group of Jews and non-Jews who organized to guard
Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Of Bnai Noach, he said, "We basically adhere to somewhat of the Jewish
beliefs. We are in contact with rabbis constantly, and we look to them as
a source of information. Of course, Joel is a part of that. Many Israelis
are hesitant to use trained dogs as part of their defense, Mr. Saunders
said, because of the association with German concentration camps in World
War II. The Jewish Legion, he said, takes on that role to save lives and
secure the settlement towns.
"Joel had some experience with dogs and said he would be interested in
going, Mr. Saunders said.
There is no government connection to the organization, Mr. Saunders

Mr. Swafford is in a settlement called Tapuach, about five miles from
Shechem, Mr. Saunders said. Because it sits on a major supply route, he
said, the location would be critical should there be a war with Iraq or

2. Herut Chairman MK Kleiner: Mukata should have been bombed from the air
American style
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 05:15:21 -0400
Aaron Lerner Date: 29 September 2002
The following is IMRA's translation of a press release issued by Herut
Chairman MK Michael Kleiner:
Herut Chairman MK Kleiner said in the wake of the Government decision to
withdraw from the Mukata that the operation at the Mukata was a stupid
publicity stunt meant to degrade the Palestinians and allow the Israeli
public to blow off steam after the Allenby attack. "The Mukata should have
been bombed from the air a long time ago to be finished once and for all
with Arafat and the wanted terrorists who are with him."
According to Kleiner, the Government of Israel consistently declines to bomb
targets from the air, as the Americans do before a land invasion to prepare
the area and limit loss of life.

3. Iraq's Jews,
The Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2002
Iraq's Jews, Once Numerous, Dwindle to 38 in Baghdad
by Michael Freund
Only a few dozen Jews remain in Iraq, and most of them are elderly,
Mordechai Ben-Porat, chairman of the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in
Or Yehuda, told The Jerusalem Post Thursday.
According to Ben-Porat, some 150 Iraqi Jews have managed to leave the
country in the past five years, leaving just 38 Jews in Baghdad, and a
handful in the Kurdish-controlled northern areas of the country.
The average age of the community is about 50 years old, with just two or
three young people left, he said. The last two Jews who lived in the
southern city of Basra left for Baghdad two years ago, he added.
Iraqi Jewry was once one of the largest and most prominent Jewish
communities in the Middle East. But after the establishment of the State
of Israel, more than 120,000 Iraqi Jews made aliya in the 1950s in a
clandestine operation dubbed "Operation Ezra and Nehemiah."
Whereas Baghdad once had 53 active synagogues, only one remains open,
where the Jewish community gathers every Saturday night for evening
prayers and the havdala service to mark the end of Shabbat, Ben-Porat
He said although the late 1960s and early 1970s were not easy for the
Jews of Iraq, Saddam Hussein's regime in recent years has "shown
fairness toward the Jewish community." In the past decade, the Iraqi
government has refurbished the tombs of Ezekiel the Prophet and Ezra the
Scribe, which are also considered sacred by Muslims, he said.
"Saddam ordered that guards be placed at the holy sites, and upon his
instructions, the tomb of Jonah the Prophet was also renovated in the
North of the country," Ben-Porat said.
He said the Jewish community "has a lot of buildings and assets, and
earns rental income from them, which it uses to assist members of the
remaining community."
"In a decade from now, I don't believe there will be any Jews left in
Iraq," Ben-Porat said.

4.The Mukata withdrawal was Sharon's Goat
Background update: The Mukata withdrawal was Sharon's Goat
Aaron Lerner Date: 30 September 2002
The IDF's activities are not making headlines today - but they appear to be
continuing unabated as IDF operations captured terrorists in both the West
Bank and Gaza Strip last night .
It may very well remain for the historians to argue if the Mukata operation
was planned from the start as "Sharon's goat" (see yesterday's background
item repeated below) or if this is another case that Sharon's toast landed
butter-side-up, but the operative result remains:
+ It is recognized that Sharon faced scathing domestic criticism (and this
less than two weeks before a Likud meeting in which he has to contend with
Netanyahu) for dropping the siege on Arafat's Ramallah headquarters
(Mukata). Even Russian President Putin recognized Sharon's sacrifice in his
welcoming remarks in Moscow today.
+ Since the loss of face was so clearly also a personal sacrifice by Sharon,
the magnitude of the action can be readily appreciated even by leaders who
do not appreciate or understand the pressures faced by a democratic leader
in general or an Israeli leader in particular.
+ After having made such a great national and personal sacrifice, the United
States will find it very difficult to press Sharon to make further
concessions to Israel's security before the Iraqi campaign goes underway -
and they will be able to readily explain this limitation to potential Arab
Call it foresight, divine providence, or just dumb luck, the important thing
now is for the security operations to continue in earnest to prevent the
Palestinians from acting as Saddam's surrogate force in the coming battle.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)

5. Mexican Aztlan Jew-haters

Subject: Headlines & Quotes from
To: delowe <>
For your information, below you will find a number of quotations and
headlines (in bold letters) taken directly from the curent Aztlan
website. Aztlan is a movement that claims the area today known as
California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada should be returned
to Mexico. They refer to the people involved as "La Raza" giving them
a common identity they otherwise might not have. It is not clear to me
why they have taken such an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stand. Some
people have suggested to me that I should not give them publicity, but
I think that it is important for all to know what is out there and
being said about us. It is especially important as many 'liberals'
have taken this cause to their hearts. I'm not suggesting it is not an
important issue, but rather that one must be very careful of whom one
associates with under such circumstances. The leaders of this
organization all appear to be U.S. citizens of Mexican origin who have
secured their educations at universities in California. Jack
"We have learned that Jews are very treacherous, sneaky and masters of
"The murderous rampage of the Zionist army in Palestine..."
A ZioNazi Genocide of the Palestinian People

"La Voz de Aztlan knows that there is a lot of fear among many U.S.
and Mexican journalists to write any article that questions the racist
Zionist policies of Israel against the Palestinians."

6. Arutz-7 News: Monday, Sept. 30, 2002
Monday, Sep. 30, 2002 / Tishrei 24, 5763
It was learned today that an Israel Police contingent entered the Temple Mount a month ago and destroyed an illegal flooring installed by the Moslem authorities. The Arabs did not disrupt the police work.
The information on the illegal Moslem construction in Judaism's holiest site was obtained by the Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, which passed it on to the Ministry of Public Security. The Committee is also that which publicized the news of the police action today. It did so in order to refute those who claim that Israeli action to repair the bulging Southern Wall will be met by Moslem violence. Part of the Southern Wall of the Mount is burgeoning outward near its eastern edge - a result of the illegal Muslim construction works in the Solomon's Stables area of the Temple Mount. Archaeologists fear that the wall is liable to collapse if remedial action is not taken.
In a related item, Chaim Klein assumed the post of Director-General of the Public Security Ministry today. Klein, formerly the head of the Israel Police Intelligence Section, recently told a group of Public Security Ministry officials that despite Moslem objections and threats, there is no reason not to open the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors. The holy site has been closed to Jews since the beginning of the Oslo War two years ago.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met with Russian President Vladimir Putin this afternoon in Moscow. Sharon once again raised Israel's request that Russia halt its supply of nuclear technology to Middle Eastern countries such as Iran and Iraq, as well as arms sales to Syria. Sharon will also meet with the leaders of Russian Jewish community during his two-day visit to Russia.

CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, in its season premiere last night, ran a segment on Israel's findings linking PLO terrorism to Iran and Iraq. Israeli intelligence officials said that proof that Iraq and Iran are secretly financing and directing Palestinian acts of terrorism against Israel was found in official Palestinian Authority documents seized from Yasser Arafat's Ramallah compound several months ago.

7. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002 / Tishrei 25, 5763

IDF forces arrested no fewer than 32 wanted Arab terrorists in the northern Shomron last night. Troops carried out many raids on terrorist targets in villages between Shechem and Jenin over the night, and arrested another five in the Hevron area this morning. Army sources say that the recent ban on the "neighbor routine" - in which a suspect's neighbor is told to convince the latter to give himself up - has actually facilitated arrests. This is because larger forces arrive in the area of the suspect's house, leading family members themselves to convince the suspect to surrender so that the house will not be demolished or damaged.
While much of the media coverage of Israel these days is focused on what is broadly perceived as Israel's "ill-advised" siege on the Mukata and its sudden egg-on-its-face reversal forced by UN and US pressure, this may not really be the true story. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is widely portrayed as having lost much political stock because of his "collapse" in the face of outside pressures. The New York Times, for instance, in today's edition - two days after the end of the siege - quotes Israeli government ministers and military officials criticizing the "hasty" and "not thought out" decision to besiege Arafat's compound. A HaAretz columnist wrote yesterday that "the political and defense establishment in Israel completely failed in evaluating the interests and positions of the American administration."
Yet behind the scenes, it could be that the "now-you-see-it, now-you-don't" siege has had quite a different effect - and brought Israel some surprising benefits. Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA <> is optimistic that the U.S. will be hesitant to apply further pressures on Israel in the near future, that the "personal sacrifice" Sharon made will be recognized by other leaders, and most importantly, that Israel's military can continue other aspects of its anti-terrorist campaign without fear of criticism. The arrest of almost 40 terrorists since yesterday appears to be proof that this is the case. "Call it foresight, divine providence, or just dumb luck," Lerner writes, "the important thing now is for the security operations to continue in earnest to prevent the Palestinians from acting as Saddam's surrogate force in the coming battle."

St.-Sgt. Ari Weiss, 21, who was killed during fierce gunbattles in Shechem yesterday afternoon, will be buried this afternoon in Raanana. Arab gunmen opened fire at the troops while the latter were on a routine patrol in the area. Another soldier wounded in the incident is still hospitalized in serious condition in Tel HaShomer. The Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the shooting. The IDF placed a curfew on the city of Shechem, and Col. Noam Tivon, the commander of the Nachal Battalion that carried out the mission, said that there is no doubt that the IDF will emerge victorious in the Shechem campaign.
Ari Weiss immigrated with his family from the U.S. to Israel eleven years ago. Just two weeks ago, following a short telephone call between Ari and his mother in which she learned that her son and his comrades-in-arms didn't have a whole lot of food, Mrs. Weiss spontaneously organized a "food drive" for the 35 soldiers of Ari's unit. Provisions for 35 were donated by Raanana shops selling shwarma, groceries, baked goods, and more, and the entire Weiss family took part in getting the victuals to the unit. "Everyone made it so easy," Mrs. Weiss told The Jerusalem Post shortly afterwards. "Israelis are always put down as being rude, and here I didn't even have to finish my request in my lame language, and [the shop owners] already understood what I wanted to say and were asking, 'How many?'" Ari himself said, "Everyone was really thankful and gobbled it up... I was smiling because I saw how my mother had organized it, and that meant more than the food itself."

US President George Bush has signed a Congress-approved resolution calling for the United States to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish State's legitimate capital. Bush says, however, that his administration's policy toward Jerusalem will remain unchanged. In the words of his press secretary, the resolution's Jerusalem provisions are "advisory, not mandatory." As such, Bush has no plans to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as urged by the bill.
Congress passed the Jerusalem addendum last week as part of the government's Foreign Relations Authorization Act for the year 2003. The resolution states, inter alia, that official US government documents that list country's capitals will have to identify Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A second provision stipulates that US citizens born in Jerusalem may request that "Israel" be included as their country of birth. Until now, only "Jerusalem" appeared - as if the city were a separate independent entity.

Today marks the beginning of a month-long IDF campaign in which citizens may return army equipment in their possession - without being questioned as to how they happen to have it. The citizens need not even identify themselves.
The first hours of the campaign already turned up some interesting results: A 50-year-old woman from Maalot returned two fragmentation grenades she had held for some 25 years. She explained that she kept them as protection against terrorists. It will be recalled that in 1974, terrorists attacked a school in Maalot, killing 21 junior high school students and three adults. In November 1999, a similar "no questions asked" campaign retrieved a large amount of uniforms, guns, bullets, grenades, electronic equipment - and even a large naval commando rubber dinghy.

8. Chaim Sidman: European Consistency
From: Chaim Sidman <>

Funny people, the Europeans, my paternal grandfather used to joke.
When I left it in 1937, there was graffiti on the walls everywhere: "Jews,go to Palestine".
And now when I visit a European capital, the graffiti says "Jews, get out of Palestine".
Have they no memory, the Europeans?

Jerusalem News-125
1. Inquiry into Jenin
2. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002

1. Inquiry into Jenin
source: imra
Inquiry into the Death of 13 IDF Soldiers in the Jenin Refugee Camp:
Main Points
IDF Spokesperson 2 October 2002.
The battle, one of many conducted in the framework of operation "Defensive Shield"across Palestinian
cities and villages, took place in the Jenin refugee camp on 9 April 2002.
The IDF launched operation "Defensive Shield" following a series of terror
attacks inside Israel,designed to kill and injure Israeli civilians and IDF
soldiers, and culminating in the suicide attack on the Park Hotel in Netanya
on 27 March 2002, which claimed the lives of 29 Israelis.
Between September 2000, the beginning of the conflict, and April 2002 when
operation "Defensive Shield" was launched, 389 Israelis were killed in
numerous terrorist attacks.
Due to the multitude of tasks initiated during operation "Defensive Shield,"
reserve soldiers were mobilized in order to support the regular forces.
At the time, Jenin was known as the "Capital of Terror" and used as a base
for terrorist factions and attacks. The fighting in the city of Jenin and
its adjacent refugee camp persisted for ten days, from 3-12 April. By the
end of April 12, the predefined targets were occupied, many explosives
laboratories and weapon-manufacturing workshops were exposed, and numerous
armed Palestinians were detained. Twenty-three out of the thirty IDF
soldiers killed during operation "Defensive Shield" fell in the battle of
During early morning hours of Tuesday, 9 April 2002, the eighth day of the
fighting in the Jenin refugee camp, a reserve reconnaissance force
encountered an ambush. Palestinian terrorists holed up in nearby buildings
attacked the force using explosive charges and gunfire.
The reserve force, later joined by other forces, was engaged in battle for
an hour and a half before gaining control over the compound and evacuating
the casualties.
Following is an alphabetical list of the 13 IDF soldiers who fell in the
Company Sgt. Maj. Ronen Al-Shochat
Regimental Sgt. Maj. Tiran Arzi
Cpt. Coby Azoulay
Company Sgt. Maj. Eyal Azouri
Cpt. Dror Bar
Company Sgt. Maj. Amit Busidan
Company Sgt. Maj. Menashe Chava
Maj. Oded Golomb
Regimental Sgt. Maj. Yoram Levi
Company Sgt. Maj. Shmuel Dan Mayzalsh
Regimental Sgt. Maj. Avner Yaskov
Lt. Eyal Yoel
Company Sgt. Maj. Eyal Zimmerman

The report of the inquiry into the operation stated that the forces that had
participated in the battle, specifically the reserve force in question, had
undergone the training required for such fighting and were fit to carry out
their task. Furthermore, the report states that the equipment supplied to
the soldiers was in good working order.
However, the report also highlighted several flaws:
+Some of the force's intelligence aids had not been kept up to date
+The number of Palestinian terrorists present in the compound was
+Coordination between the commanders in the field was deficient, causing
uncertainty as to the exact position of the forces
+Movement and medical care of the injured was administered in the absence of
sufficient protection
+Forces were deployed in a constricted area, without proper distance between
each of the soldiers.
The GOC Central Command at the time of the operation, Maj. Gen. Yitzhak
Eitan, emphasized that the soldiers completed their task to the full,
dealing a heavy blow to the Jenin refugee camp's terrorist infrastructure,
one of the West Bank's most murderous terrorist centers. The goal, he said,
was achieved by the soldier's determination and willingness to make
sacrifices. They fought fiercely, but nevertheless adhered to the IDF's
moral codes and values. He concluded that the soldiers deserve every credit
for the job they had done,.
Closing the report, Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon,
stressed that the division that had been sent to fight in Jenin was
operationally fit and able to perform its task.
He added that the forces completed their mission despite the heavy cost of
the battle. The Chief of Staff applauded the willingness of the division's
reservists to volunteer and the morality of the soldiers and commanders
alike. He praised the soldiers' determined, mission-driven acts of heroism,
pointing out that they were conducted in the midst of an intensely complex
Operational inquiries into other events in Jenin are still underway and
their conclusions will be delivered to the families upon completion.
The IDF extends its condolences to the bereaved families who lost their
loved ones in this hard battle.

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2. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 / Tishrei 27, 5763
The US Senate will begin debating a resolution today that would grant US President George Bush the authority to use military force against Iraq. A bi-partisan House delegation supported a similar resolution yesterday, but it is open to various interpretations. Some Republicans say it gives the president the power to launch a strike on Baghdad without the support of the United Nations Security Council, but some Democrats say that Bush must exhaust all UN diplomatic avenues before using the force.
British Prime Minister Blair said today that UN-mandated inspection checks must also include Saddam's palaces and the like: "It's not enough to have access to 99% of Iraq, if the weapons of mass-destruction are hidden in the other 1%." A suicide terrorist from an organization associated with Al Qaeda killed an American soldier and two civilians in the Philippines yesterday.

Residents of the Shilo and neighboring towns refuse to give up. After being turned down several times in their demand to have an abandoned Arab house destroyed - the building from which Avi Vilansky and his wife Avital were shot and murdered by Palestinian terrorists two months ago - they staged yet another protest at the building this morning. The structure stands in Luban a-Sharkiye alongside Route 60, just north of Shilo and south of Tapuach.

Former Finance Minister Yaakov Ne'eman will head the campaign to have works of art and Judaica that were stolen during the Holocaust returned to the Jewish people. The Jewish Congress has allocated a half-million dollars to gather information to this end. Congress Chairman Israel Singer says that more than 200,000 works of art are now known to have been stolen from Jews during the Holocaust, as well as hundreds of thousands of books. Jewish Agency Chairman Salai Meridor said last night, "This is not about money, but about the very spirit of the Jewish People - Torah scrolls, Torah scroll crowns, parochot [Holy Ark coverings], and talitot [prayer shawls]." The British Museum acknowledged this week the "compelling nature" of a claim by a Jewish family that four paintings in the museum were stolen from their home.

Jerusalem News-126
1. Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Oct. 4, 2002

2. Police storm Temple Mount after worshippers throw stones

1. Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Oct. 4, 2002
Friday, Oct. 4, 2002 / Tishrei 28, 5763
The Oslo War has had far-ranging demographic effects on the Arab population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The Palestinian Authority Statistical Office shows that the birth rate has dropped 18% in the past two years - from 7 births per woman in the previous decade to 5.75 births since the beginning of 2001. Marriage rates, too, have dropped almost 4%. Some 3.3 million Arabs live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and 60% of them have lost half their income over the past two years.
An army vehicle was damaged late this morning when an Arab-placed bomb exploded under it near Kfar Aza, just east of the Gaza Strip. No one was hurt... Jewish motorists traveling in the Shomron near Yakir Junction were targeted by Arab stone-throwers earlier this afternoon. There were no reports of injuries...
Police forces burst into the Temple Mount this afternoon after a mob of Arabs threw rocks at a police contingent stationed near the Western Wall. Quiet was achieved after a short while, and the police began withdrawing.

An Arab lawyer from Ramallah who arrived at the Beit El Military Court last night to represent Arab terrorists was found to be driving an Israeli car stolen last year from Maaleh Adumim. During the ensuing interrogation, he said that he suspected it was stolen because of the low price he paid - 6,000 shekels (roughly $1,300). He will now have to find his own lawyer?

Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein has instructed the police to launch an investigation against Tzfat (Safed) Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu - on charges of anti-Arab incitement. Following the suicide bus bombing attack two months ago at Meiron, near Tzfat, and in the wake of reports that an Arab doctor in the local hospital initially refused to treat Jewish victims, Rabbi Eliyahu said that the hospital should not hire Arab doctors without checking them. The hospital later said that the doctor did not refuse to treat the patients, but Rabbi Eliyahu said he heard the contrary from several eyewitnesses; he called for a full-scale inquiry into the incident.
Furthermore, after it was learned that two Arab students of a Tzfat college were told about the impending attack but did not inform the police, Rabbi Eliyahu called on the school to close its doors to Arabs. The attack itself, it was later revealed, was planned and executed by Israeli-Arab citizens. Rabbi Eliyahu, son of former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, said today that he does not retract his statements, nor will he be intimidated. He added that free speech is permitted in the State of Israel.

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Police storm Temple Mount after worshippers throw stones
Jerusalem police stormed the Temple Mount, after dozens of Palestinian worshippers threw stones at the officers stationed meters away from the Western Wall plaza, following Friday prayers.

According to police sources, no injuries were sustained and no damage was caused during the incident, and worshippers were allowed to leave the Temple Mount. Police continued to keep a large presence in and around the Temple Mount, however, to ensure that order was maintained.

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the Palestinians. According to Palestinian sources, there were some 5,000 worshippers on the Mount at the time.

The sources added that after prayers, most of the worshippers left the Temple Mount, but some 150 stayed behind, inside the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Police said about 30 Palestinian youths began throwing stones at police stationed at the entrance of a pathway leading from the side of the plaza up to the Temple Mount compound.

"It was thought they were intending to throw rocks into the plaza where (Jewish) worshippers were, so police entered the (Temple Mount) compound and fired a few stun grenades," a spokesman said.


Interview / Vicious circles closing in
By Micha Odenheimer- h a a r e t z d a i l y

A journalist, human rights activist and intellectual, Thomas von der Osten-Sacken is considered one of Germany's leading authorities on human rights in Iraq. He began traveling to Iraq in 1991, when he spent eight months doing humanitarian work in the southern part of the country just after Saddam Hussein crushed the Shi'ite uprising there. In 1992, Von der Osten-Sacken co-founded an aid and advocacy organization called Wadi, operating in Iraqi Kurdistan - the semi-autonomous safe haven carved out for Kurdish refugees after the Gulf War - and on behalf of Iraqi refugees in Germany. He spends part of each year in Kurdistan where Wadi has founded the first shelter there for women in distress and is also involved in helping the local government reform the prison system that has been left over from Iraqi rule. In Germany, Wadi advises Iraqi opposition groups and works closely with the Coalition for a Dem.

This interview was conducted with him earlier this week.

When did you first realize that the Iraqi regime was not just another Middle East dictatorship?

Von der Osten-Sacken: "When I first came to Iraq, I very quickly realized that I could not compare the situation there to other Middle Eastern countries I had been in, like Syria, Jordan or Egypt. This country was hell. We were the only Europeans in a city called Amara in the Shi'ite area of southern Iraq near Basra, and we arrived just a few weeks after the uprising had been crushed. There was a belt of tanks around the city. The majority of buildings were burned out. There was no food in the market. There was also a terrible degree of malnourishment there.

"People in Iraq won't talk freely, because they are terrified that their friends are working for one of Saddam's nine horrible security services. Because of this atmosphere, it took us three or four months to learn some details about the uprising. The Iraqis made people lie down in the streets and then buried them alive under asphalt. They killed everyone who looked a little religious, because this was a Shi'ite area. It was forbidden to take the corpses from the street. All in all, 60,000 or 70,000 people were killed in this area in 1991.

"The first thing that was done after the uprising was crushed was to repaint the pictures of Saddam Hussein. People had riddled them with bullets. Not one had been left. We were shocked at how neglected the south was, with open sewage systems, even though it is rich in oil. Saddam said before smashing the uprising that these Shi'ites were dirty people, not really Iraqis. We left there in October '91 when we felt we could not continue our work without unintentionally helping the government."

What was the atmosphere like in Baghdad then?

"Baghdad was 300 kilometers away, and we went quite often - for a good dinner, to have a meeting with another organization or even to make a phone call to Germany. The fear in Iraq, a BBC reporter said recently, is so palpable you can eat it. It's really indescribable. Syria is a dictatorship, but the fear and control in Iraq reaches into your living room. If there is no picture of Saddam Hussein in your living room, you might be arrested. There is no privacy. The Iraqi government considers everything political. In Syria, as long as you are not a member of the opposition, you can relax. You know you will not be harmed. But in Iraq, if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, you may be arrested, tortured, killed."

You have said that estimates are that Saddam has killed approximately one million of his own citizens since 1979.

"Yes, that would include Kurds, Shi'ites, Christians and Sunnis. There were two huge massacres. There was the so-called Anfal campaign against the Kurds at the end of the 1980s when 4,000 villages were destroyed, and about 100,000 to 150,000 persons were killed, some with poison gas. Up to a million people were sent into internal exile. The other big massacre was in the south in the 1990s, where the regime has killed about 300,000 Shi'ites in the last 10 years. In addition, there have been enormous massacres against communists over the past two decades.

"The estimate of one million killed only includes civilians. A million Iraqi soldiers were killed in the Iran-Iraq war. A half-million Iraqis died of hunger or disease because of sanctions on Iraq, and more were killed in the Gulf War. Some 1.5 to two million people have been internally displaced, and 4.5 million Iraqi refugees are scattered across the globe. Ten percent of the Iraqi population has been killed or deported during the rule of Saddam Hussein. That is the essence of his regime. It is not an accident. It is systematic."

What is the ideology behind Saddam Hussein's regime?

"The Ba'ath ideology mixes pan-Arabism with admiration of Mussolini and Hitler, some ideas of state socialism and the notion of an Arab supremacy which will be realized after the Arabs have liberated themselves from foreign - that means mainly Jewish - influence and British and American imperialism. Ba'athism is strongly anti-communist and anti-imperialist, and it is anti- Semitic from its beginning. Everything in Iraq is explained through this huge conspiracy theory against the Arabs, in general, and Iraq, in particular. Iraq is thought to be the greatest Arab nation and the natural leader of Arab unity."

So Iraq sees itself as the center of the Arab world?

"Yes, the leader of Arab unity. Saddam Hussein dreams of ruling a united Arab nation that would become a superpower confronting East and West. Iraqi children are taught in kindergarten that they have to be strong Arab fighters."

Is Iraqi Ba'athism Islamist?

"Pan-Arabism has always said that Mohammed is the forefather of pan-Arabism and that Islam was spoiled when it crossed the borders of the Arab world to Iran and Turkey. The task now is to `re-animate' the real Islam that was taught by Mohammed as an Arab ideology. Especially during the Iran-Iraq war, when Iraq had to face the Iranian revolution, they loaded their own ideology with Islamic content. The Iranians and the Zionists, they said, are part of a 2,000-year-old plot to smash Iraq and divide the Arabs. `We are fighting for the real Islam' the regime said, not the kind of spoiled Islam that Iran represents. I think it was a mistake for the Americans to believe, as they did, that Iraq was a stronghold against Islam."

What kind of influence does Saddam have in the Arab street, and what kind of affect could it have to topple him?

"The most regressive and dangerous elements in the Arab and Islamic world depend on Saddam Hussein. Really toppling Saddam Hussein means uprooting the Ba'ath regime, with the help of the Iraqi people. This would give the final blow to pan-Arabism in the Middle East. Syria and a lot of very radical factions in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the Gulf states would be affected. These factions look up to Saddam Hussein as a pan-Arabist, anti-imperialist hero - although he is anti-imperialist in the tradition of the Nazis, not the left. Also, Saddam is financing organizations like the Arab Liberation Front in Palestine, which is a Ba'ath organization. He is paying the families of suicide attackers. He is directly and indirectly responsible for a lot of terrorism in the Middle East."


What is the attitude toward Israel and the United States in liberated Kurdistan?

"The United States created the safe haven in 1991 not for the Kurds, but to protect Iran and Turkey from the influx of refugees. Still, people know that they are protected by the U.S. and they have a positive attitude toward it. I spent September 11, 2001 in Kurdistan in front of the television and the next day, I crossed through Syria to Jordan. In Syria, people told me that it was a conspiracy against the Arabs, but in Kurdistan, people were deeply shocked and sorry for the victims of the World Trade Center attack.

"In regard to Israel, it's astonishing: The Kurds were all taught in Iraqi schools that the Jews and Israel are the main enemy, blood-suckers, part of a huge conspiracy, but I did not find any real anti-Israel sentiments. Critics of the occupation, of the settlements, yes, there are some, and I think that is legitimate, but no anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. In fact, people in Kurdistan are now starting to reflect on the mass immigration of Kurdish Jews in the 1950s when 99 percent of the Jewish community left mostly to Israel. Many times, I heard Kurds saying that it was sad that this living together with Jews had stopped, and that the Jewish heritage of Kurdistan should be kept alive.


What do you think drives German policy against U.S. intervention in Iraq?

"Germany gains very good material benefit from Iraq. One should not forget that German technology enabled Iraq to enlarge the range of the Scud missiles so that they could reach Israel, that without German assistance, Iraq would not have been able to gas Iranian soldiers or its own people in Kurdistan or to threaten Israel. So there are deep relations. Iran, Libya and Syria, but especially Iraq, have this relationship with Germany. German policy has always put its eggs in Saddam's basket and gained from trade with Iraq, especially after '91 when America and England were out of Iraq.

"Also, ideology is important, especially at such times as during the last election campaign when the Social Democrats start to play on the anti-American piano. There are very close ties between a certain German ideology dating back to the 19th century, running through World War I and escalating in World War II with the Nazis and continuing afterward, which has close ties to pan-Arabism. One that shares the same enemies: America, the Jews, Israel. Anti-American and anti-Israel resentments are very strong in Germany and they have become stronger since 1989.

"Saddam Hussein is not usually seen in Germany as a horrible dictator murdering his own people. People blame the sanctions and not him, and people blame the Israeli occupation for the whole situation in the Middle East, not Palestinian terrorists or Saddam for continually destabilizing the region. Also, since 1945, many Germans have very strong anti-war feelings, especially if these wars are conducted by the United States. The majority of people opposed the second part of the Gulf War; there were tremendous demonstrations against it. Now this opposition is stronger, because Germany is stronger.

"Germany is now conducting its own independent foreign policy, which in the last two to four years, has become simply to contrast itself to the U.S. If the U.S. is supporting a government, we should support the opposition to this government. In the Middle East, there is an attempt to tighten relations with Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians and Iraq. Also, the Germans are quite afraid of the archives in Baghdad and what they tell about the poison gas and other weapons deals that were made between Iraq and a lot of German enterprises."

So both the left and the right in Germany have strong anti-American feeling?

"Anti-American and anti-Israeli-anti-Semitic. At the moment, you can hardly distinguish between the very far right wing and the very far left wing. The far right openly supports Saddam Hussein, saying that he is fighting the Jews and the Americans and thus supporting the German battle. And certain left-wingers from an orthodox left-wing tradition think that Saddam Hussein is anti-imperialist, anti-globalization, that he is fighting for the rights of the Arabs to self-determination. Others on the left say that Saddam may be horrible, but another American war will not solve any problems. The war will just help Israel's interest, so we should oppose it. This is also the governmental policy at the moment."

The European and Third World left have developed an ideology that unites anti-globalization, anti-Americanism, anti-Israel feeling and, to a certain extent, anti-Semitism. What is the internal logic behind this combination?

"This is not a very new phenomenon. In the German left, these attitudes existed during the 1920s with the idea of `a shortened anti-capitalism' that distinguished very sharply between financial capital and productive capital, and demonized financial capital. This idea was later adapted by the Nazis, and is in itself anti-Semitic because Jews are identified with the circulation sphere - with banks. Whoever does not criticize capitalism in a Marxist way, but criticizes only the surface [aspects] of capitalism - the huge banks or the monopoly capitalists - is automatically using an anti-Semitic phraseology, even if he is not speaking about Jews or Israel. This is what some of the anti-globalization rhetoric is about.

"These associations are so deeply written inside European and especially German history, that you can be anti-Semitic without even mentioning Jews. This way of thinking was kept alive in certain Leninist groups and in the far right wing in the '60s and '70s, and now it is more or less unfolding in the mainstream movements. It is always a question of whether these resentments, which are quite common, are taboo or whether the government is signaling that they can be voiced. Until 1989, anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism were taboo in Germany. These views found space on the left and on the far right. In the middle of society, they were hidden in the signals and phrases communicated in the subtext. Now, due to the new international constellation, the taboo has broken down and these ideas can be found in the mainstream.

"So you have more or less the same idea that you had since the '20s: There is a global struggle pitting the `good' people who are fighting against colonialization against a conspiracy between the huge American trusts, banks and the Jews, which wants to force the world to adapt a universal capitalism. The Jews were also accused then of being the purveyors of the global communist principle, but since 1989, that has been forgotten. These old ideas were re-animated now due to the ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and the conflict in the Middle East, and especially since September 11, when the focus has been on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, and the conflict between Iraq on one side and the U.S. and Britain on the other."

"In extremis, you have a constellation that reminds one of the '30s. On the one hand, you have Britain, the U.S. and Israel - the Jews are always in the metaphysical center of these conflicts. This side is fighting for a capitalistic Western ideology. Then you have these National Socialist, self-determination ideas, which are always led by the Germans. In 1939, the Germans said that they were fighting universal capitalism and for self-determination in the Third World. They had a very anti-colonialist phraseology. You can find the same words and the same phrases as are being used today in the '40s when the Germans were supporting India's and the Arabs' revolt against the British. Even France is again in the same position - supporting Britain and the U.S. half-heartedly.

"Ten years ago, everyone thought Germany was a close ally of the U.S., supporting its policy. But no. In this conflict, Germany is signaling that it is standing on the other side. Everywhere in the Middle East, in the Syrian press, in the Hezbollah press, in the Baghdadi press, Germany is being praised for taking the same side they did 50 years ago. So people understand what the Germans are doing. And I think that that is quite interesting - and quite horrifying."

Jerusalem News-127
1. When free speech turns hateful By MARGARET WENTE
2. Arutz-7 News: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002
3. Iraq's French connection.

1. When free speech turns hateful


Laurie Zoloth was a classic campus activist.

Politically, she calls herself a progressive Democrat.
Anti-Semitism in America, she always thought, was a thing of the past.
She doesn't think so any more.
On April 9, Holocaust Memorial Day, pro-Palestinian groups on campus
held an anti-Israel rally on the university's Malcolm X Plaza. "They
called for a one-state solution," she says. "An imam gave a very
anti-Semitic speech. He told Jews they should go back to Germany,
because 'they know how to hook you up.' " Nine hundred people marched
across campus chanting slogans and waving banners. The rally was
advertised by flyers posted all over campus. They featured a picture
of a baby and the caption "Palestinian Children Meat -- Slaughtered
According to Jewish Rites under American Licence."
"Hundreds of faculty walked by them," she recalls, "and no one defaced
them or tore them to shreds." After the rally, the dean of student
affairs called the event "very empowering" because nobody was
On May 7, Prof. Zoloth, who is chair of the university's Jewish
Studies Program, joined a rally on the same plaza to demonstrate in
support of Israel. All the signs and slogans stressed peace. "Peace,
we want peace," the demonstrators chanted. But things turned ugly when
they were besieged by screaming counterdemonstrators hurling threats
and demanding that they take down their Israeli flags.
"Hitler should have finished the job!" someone yelled. One Jewish
student was spat on. The city police were summoned to protect the
demonstrators and eventually escort them to safety.
What disturbed Prof. Zoloth even more was the aftermath.

Prof. Zoloth now believes not only that anti-Semitism in America is
alive and well, but that it is being sanctioned by a significant
minority of the intellectual elite. She's not alone. A growing number
of people argue that the violent demonstration at Concordia in
Montreal and the hatefest at SFS are the outgrowth of years of
reflexive Israel-bashing, which has grown unchallenged and unchecked.
They think that free speech has become an excuse for hate speech, and
that anti-Zionism has curdled into anti-Semitism.
Lawrence Summers, the president of Harvard, describes himself as a
secular Jew who has always been impatient with people who detect
anti-Semitism in every slight or insult. Two weeks ago, he gave a
speech at Harvard's Memorial Church that he intended as a wake-up call
for academia. "Serious and thoughtful people are advocating and taking
actions that are anti-Semitic in their effect, if not their intent,"
he said.
He talked about how Israel is singled out by antiglobalization
protesters and regarded as a unique aggressor among nations. He also
rejected a petition (signed by dozens of Harvard faculty) calling for
Harvard to shed its investments in businesses with ties to Israel.
Similar petitions are being circulated on almost every major campus in
the United States.

2. Arutz-7 News: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002
Sunday, October 6, 2002 / Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5763

US President Bush has invited Prime Minister Sharon to visit the White House next week - which some see as yet another signal that an American attack on Iraq is not far off. The two leaders are expected to discuss the upcoming American assault against Saddam Hussein, as well as the American desire for quiet on the Israeli-Palestinian front in the days and weeks leading up to it.
There have been reports of US pressure on Israel to maintain a low profile on the Iraqi issue, so as not to harm coalition-building efforts in anticipation of a strike on Baghdad. The US was reportedly upset that Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said publicly last week that the American attack may occur in November. Prime Minister Sharon, at the weekly Cabinet meeting this morning, told his ministers to keep quiet on Israel's retaliation strategies in the event that Iraq launches a missile attack on the Jewish State.
President Bush will make his case for a regime change in Iraq when he addresses his citizens on national television tomorrow night. "War with Iraq is liable to become inevitable if Iraq does not disarm in accordance with the UN resolutions," Bush said last night.

3. Iraq's French connection.
Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 15:31:14 -0400

BAGHDAD - France, ... one of the biggest obstacles to US plans to strike
Iraq, today enjoys real technical, scientific and cultural cooperation with
[IMRA: Not new. The French built the nuclear station Israel destroyed.}
. . .
The French cultural centre is the sole Western institute still open in the
Iraqi capital after 12 years of international sanctions.
Language classes are over-subscribed and all 850 places taken this term,
notes deputy head Marie Paule Garcon.
The centre boasts a cinema club and brings French artists to Baghdad ...
But cooperation is broadest on the scientific and technical levels,
especially at universities.
"There is huge demand for technical cooperation," admitted the French
embassy's cooperation attache Christian Couturaud.
"University employees, white collar workers and [Iraqi] companies who are
English-speaking in line with tradition here, all come to us because they
feel we are the only window open on to the Western world," he said.
. . .

In 1990, just before Iraq invaded Kuwait, the Baghdad government sent 2,000
students to France.
. . .
Couturaud said he found French private companies willing to help fund
training for Iraqi specialists.
"French firms answered positively, thinking at the back of their minds that
the people they train will help to buy French products when the Iraqi market

. . .
France sends about 40 missions of one or two people to Iraq each year,
particularly oil experts. A large number of Iraqis have passed through the
French Petroleum Institute.

4. Arutz-7 News: Monday, Oct. 7, 2002

4. Arutz-7 News: Monday, Oct. 7, 2002
Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 / Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5763
Fourteen Arabs - all of whom except for one or two were armed terrorists - were killed over the night in an Israeli offensive in Gaza. The IDF raid followed yet another Arab rocket attack on a Gush Katif community last night; no one was hurt in that incident. Despite IDF explanations that the forces fired at terrorists who were shooting at them, many media reports emphasized that the Israelis fired into "a crowd" and killed a woman and a child. The IDF says that the only civilian killed in the attack was the mother of one of the terrorists. Hamas vows to avenge the act, and says that Israeli civilians must be shot down in retaliation.
MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union), a resident of Gush Katif, said afterwards:
"Today's activity was designed to liquidate terrorists. All those who were killed today were armed and were attempting to thwart the IDF mission - except for one person, who was the mother of one of the terrorists, and she was killed while attempting to protect him. This offensive should silence all those who wish to run away from [i.e., dismantle communities in] Gush Katif, because it is the Jewish communities spread out over Gaza that enable the IDF to be there and carry out missions that protect all Israeli citizens from the murderous Palestinian terrorism. I can assure you that the mortar shells that will be fired at our communities in retaliation for this offensive will not deter us, and we will continue to remain here in order to continue protecting all the citizens of Israel."
The IDF's anti-terror offensive began shortly after midnight, when IDF troops, armor, and engineering corps, backed by combat helicopters, entered a Khan Yunis neighborhood - a Hamas terrorist stronghold - near the Jewish community of Ganei Tal. The goal was the arrest of terrorists, but in the process, the forces discovered and blew up a small arsenal of mortar shells, and arrested a man carrying a bomb in his coat pocket. The Israelis were fired upon and were greeted with some explosions, but no one was hurt. At one point, around 4 AM, Hamas terrorists went out to the streets and began firing at the IDF forces near one of the mosques used for terrorist gatherings. A helicopter then fired a missile into the attacking mob. Arab "eye-witnesses" describe the incident as a "massacre," but fail to note that the mob was engaged in attacking Israelis when they were fired upon.

Brig.-Gen. Yisrael Ziv, local IDF commander in Gaza, said that the mission was critical in "showing once again that there is no terrorist stronghold that is exempt from our forces' activities. Most of the mortar shells over the past weeks and months, as well as the attempts to infiltrate the Jewish communities, originated from the neighborhood that we targeted today."
Opposition head MK Yossi Sarid (Meretz) criticized the Israeli action because of the killing of "innocent civilians," while MK Michael Kleiner (Herut) said that the pilot who fired the missile should receive a medal for preventing casualties to the IDF force. Minister of Infrastructures Effie Eitam, speaking on Arutz-7, said: "Nothing went wrong. We have reached the point where Gaza, too, is no longer a safe haven for terrorists. We won't hit Arafat himself, in deference to the American war plans in Iraq, but under no circumstances will we give up our war against the terrorist infrastructures."
PA senior Saeb Erekat, ignoring the anti-terrorist nature of Israel's raid, called upon the international community to "protect the Palestinians," and said that Israel was carrying out "war crimes" in order to thwart the European Union's "efforts to revive the peace process." The EU's Javier Solana is to meet with Yasser Arafat today in Ramallah, despite Israel's objections; it is not clear how the meeting might "revive the peace process," as Israel does not consider Arafat a legitimate negotiating partner.
Shortly afterwards, a leading PA policeman, Rajeh Abu Lihya, was shot and killed by masked men in Gaza City. The Palestinian Authority blamed Hamas, and soon afterwards a gun battle erupted between PA police and members of the Hamas military wing, in which two Arabs were killed. Quiet has not yet been restored to the area.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana was scheduled to meet with PLO leader Yasser Arafat today in what's left of the latter's Ramallah compound. Solana plans to discuss the recent proposal for peace concocted by the "Madrid Quartet," a delegation representing the US, EU, UN, and Russia.
Yesterday, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer attempted to discourage Solana from meeting Arafat, but to no avail. Ben-Eliezer told the EU representative that Arafat was thwarting serious reforms within the Palestinian Authority. Solana is also planning to meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this evening.

Israel waits with tension as the Lebanese prepare to begin drawing water from the Wazani River with the new installation they completed last month. The Wazani spills into the Hatzbani River, a significant water source for Israel. Diplomatic sources say that Israel will have no choice but to respond militarily, although Prime Minister Sharon is currently not in favor of such a response.

Jerusalem News-128
1. German student ignorance of Holocaust
2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002
3. Charles Jacobs "Why Israel and not Sudan..."

1. German student ignorance of Holocaust
The following article in the German daily taz notes that a study done in 2000 reveals that 86 percent of high school students and 43 percent of those who pass the 'Abitur' (baccalaureat) do not know anything about the extermination of Jews [during the Hitler regime]. So much for 'poor' German youngsters being unfairly weighed down by guilt!
Here is the link to the complete article:

2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002 / Cheshvan 2, 5763

Two Israelis are in critical or serious condition after Arab terrorists shot them as they were driving southeast of Hevron late this morning near the hostile village of Yata. Two other passengers were hurt less seriously. Army forces entered Yata in search of the murderers. The drive-by attack occurred at the same Zif Junction at which Yossi and Chana Dickstein and their son Shuva'el were murdered on July 26 (leaving nine orphans), together with Elazar Liebovitz. Two other fatal roadside or drive-by shootings have occurred on Yesha roads since then, claiming the lives of Avi and Avital Vilensky, the 16th husband-and-wife couple to fall victim to Palestinian terrorists since Sept. 2000, two months ago, and of Yosef Ajami, a 36-year-old father of four, three weeks ago.
Later this afternoon, Palestinian gunmen fired at homes in Admot Yeshai (Tel Romeida) in the Hevron Jewish Community. One home sustained damage. The IDF has begun bringing in forces to the hills overlooking the Jewish areas.

Hamas-Fatah violence in Gaza continues, and five Hamas members have been killed since yesterday. Hamas grenades landed atop a PA police station early this afternoon. Military correspondent Yinon Magal said that contrary to reports that yesterday's Hamas murder of a leading PA policeman was perpetrated by an individual seeking personal vengeance, "it's really a fight between Fatah and Hamas for control and power in Gaza... The riots afterwards were also quite organized and serious."
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says that the IDF operation in Khan Yunis the night before last was "successful" - though he is sorry about the civilians who were killed during its course. Of the 14 dead, 12 were engaged in attacking the Israeli forces, and the other two were the mother of one of the 12 and a boy. The incident occurred shortly before 4 AM in Hamas-stronghold neighborhood of the Gaza Strip city.
This was the 16th such anti-terror mission in Gaza in the past month, according to correspondent Magal. "It's become quite routine," he told Arutz-7 today. "The forces enter, look for weapons and terrorists, try to engage terrorists and smash them, and then leave. They didn't catch the two they wanted or much weaponry in this past mission, but they did get a lot of terrorists…"
Prime Minister Sharon told the European Union's Javier Solana last night that Israel would continue to take such action against Gaza terrorists and terrorist infrastructures. U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said that the U.S. is "most concerned" over the killing of civilians, though he added that Israel has the right to defend itself. Some observers hearing these words recalled recent U.S. bombings in Afghanistan in which many civilians were killed.

Sixty years after deporting 35,000 Jews - half its population - to German gas chambers, Belgium has apologized. Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt issued the official apology in front of hundreds of people during a ceremony yesterday at the site of the first Belgian railway deportations. "There were too many collaborators in Belgium," Verhofstadt said. "We should have the courage to say it, to acknowledge it and to bear it."
Dr. Avi Becker, secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress, attributed the apology to a recently released report on Belgian collaboration with the Nazis. The report "revealed to the Belgians that they were not innocent of collaboration or of taking Jewish property," he said. Becker believes that because many citizens refused to collaborate with the Nazis and helped save of Belgium's Jews, "the Belgians had a very positive self-image and found it difficult to accept that they too had numerous collaborators." Belgium has signed several agreements in the past few years to provide compensation for Jewish property stolen during and after the Holocaust.

3. Charles Jacobs "Why Israel and not Sudan..."


Why Israel and not Sudan, is singled out

By Charles Jacobs, 10/5/2002

ARVARD PRESIDENT Lawrence Summers recently criticized those on his campus who speak in the name of human rights but selectively censure Israel while ignoring much greater problems in the Middle East. He described the divestment campaign against Israel on his campus as anti-Semitic ''in effect if not intent.'' But human rights (and media) attention is often disproportionate to the severity or urgency of human conflicts. What determines their focus is not mainly anti-Semitism. Nor is it the level of horror. It is the racial, religious, and cultural character of the perpetrators, not the victims, that determines the response of Westerners. An instructive case is Sudan. Atrocities there exceed every other world horror. For 10 years the blacks of South Sudan have been victims of a....
Do rights activists and editorialists care more for Palestinians than for blacks? Surely not. It is the nature of the conflict, I propose, not the level of horror, that determines the response of Westerners.

In Khartoum, a Taliban-like Muslim regime is waging a self-declared jihad on African Christians and followers of tribal faiths in South Sudan. Non-Arab African Muslims are also targeted for devastation. Two million people have been killed - more than in Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, and Burundi combined. Tens of thousands have been displaced, and 100,000, according to the US Committee on Refugees, forcibly starved.

Western lack of interest is all the more stunning as Khartoum's onslaught has rekindled the trade in black slaves, halted (mostly) a century ago by the British abolitionists. Arab militias storm African villages, kill the men, and enslave the women and children. Accounts by journalists and others depict the horror. In these pogroms, after the men are slaughtered, the women, girls, and boys are gang raped - or they have their throats slit for resisting. The terrorized survivors are marched northward and distributed to Arab masters, the women to become concubines, the girls domestics, the boys goat herders.

It is hard to explain why victims of slavery and slaughter are virtually ignored by American progressives. How can it be that there is no storm of indignation at Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, which, though they rushed to Jenin to investigate false reports of Jews massacring Arabs, care so much less about Arab-occupied Juba, South Sudan's black capital? How can it be that they have not raised the roof about Khartoum's black slaves? Neither has there been a concerted effort by the press to pressure American administrations to intervene. Nor has the socialist left spoken of liberating the slaves or protecting black villages from pogroms, even though Wall Street helps bankroll Khartoum's oil business, which finances the slaughter.

What is this silence about? Surely it is not because we don't care about blacks. Progressives champion oppressed black peoples daily. My hypothesis is this: to predict what the human rights community (and the media) focus on, look not at the oppressed; look instead at the party seen as the oppressor. Imagine the media coverage and the rights groups' reaction if it were ''whites'' enslaving blacks in Sudan. Having the ''right'' oppressor would change everything.

Alternatively, imagine the ''wrong'' oppressor: Suppose that Arabs, not Jews, shot Palestinians in revolt. In 1970 (''Black September''), Jordan murdered tens of thousands of Palestinians in two days, yet we saw no divestment campaigns, and we wouldn't today. This selectivity (at least in the United States, does not come from the hatred of Jews. It is '' a human rights complex '' - and is not hard to understand. The human rights community, composed mostly of compassionate white people, feels a special duty to protest evil done by those who are like ''us.''

''Not in my name'' is the worthy response of moral people. South African whites could not be allowed to represent ''us.'' But when we see evil done by ''others,'' we tend to shy away. Though we claim to have a single standard for all human conduct, we don't. We fear the charge of hypocrisy: We Westerners after all, had slaves. We napalmed Vietnam. We live on Native American land. Who are we to judge ''others?'' And so we don't stand for all of humanity.

The biggest victims of this complex are not the Jews who are obsessively criticized but the victims of genocide, enslavement, religious persecution, and ethnic cleansing who are murderously ignored: the Christian slaves of Sudan, the Muslim slaves of Mauritania, the Tibetans, the Kurds, the Christians in Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt.

Charles Jacobs is president of the American Anti-Slavery Group.



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Jerusalem News-129
1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002
2. More equality [for Arabs] in Israel than in Europe
3. Achievements and Shortcomings of PM Sharon
4. Herbert Zweibon:The Rise of Christian Support for Israel

1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 / Cheshvan 3, 5763
The 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Survey shows that there are fewer Jews living in the United States than there were ten years ago. The Jewish population of the U.S. now stands at 5.2 million, the survey shows, compared to 5.5 million a decade earlier. The study also reveals that the American Jewish community has aged. The median age for American Jews has risen from 37 to 41, while the proportion of children in the Jewish community has dropped from 21 to 19 percent.

[Brit-Am comment: Other information, however, suggests that the Jewish population in the USA is slightly rising.
The number of people who considered themselves not technically Jewish but "Jewish connected" was more than
13 million].

Israel21C reports that an Israeli company has designed a chute it hopes will save people caught in tall buildings in the event of a fire, earthquake or other disaster. The giant yellow slide was unveiled in Washington, D.C., last week by Tel Aviv-based Advanced Modular Evacuation Systems, headed by Israeli entrepreneur Eli Nir. Work on the chute was begun well before 9-11, but was spurred on by that calamity when people caught on high floors could not be saved.
The chute is packaged into a relatively small container, which is fitted into the walls of buildings. Fire-resistant, it is supported by springs and cables that coil around the shaft, and is triggered either manually or by a fire alarm. Company officials explained that to deploy the system, a spring ejects and unfolds the chute to ground level, where it must be anchored. Fifteen people per minute can escape safely, protected from heat, smoke, fire and hazardous debris. Acceleration down the chute, although rapid, is controlled through a series of "steps" every five floors. At the final stage of descent, the chute flattens its trajectory, allowing for a sharp deceleration and an easy stop on the landing pad.
Each system can be custom-designed and installed within six months, on both old and new buildings. Company officials said the system, which has already undergone more than 100 successful tests, would be on the market by spring.

2. More equality [for Arabs] in Israel than in Europe
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2002 18:49:26 -0400
Subject: More equality in Israel than in Europe

More equality in Israel than in Europe
By Amnon Rubinstein Ha'aretz 9 October 2002
The gap between the rich and relatively advanced State of Israel and the
lagging Arab world has much increased (the Arab states are at the bottom of
the United Nations' Human Development Index, behind South American,
Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries) and is liable to be another
obstacle in the future of relationships between Jews and Arabs in the Middle
East. In Israel itself, however, despite the events of the last two years,
equality between Jews and Muslims has grown in many aspects. Data from the
health authorities, at least, attest to a better situation than in Western
The data from the health authorities are most important because they measure
not only the welfare of society but also its relations to the minorities
living within it and because the right to health, which is one of the human
rights, is actually the right to life and is of utmost importance. The UN,
therefore, also views the data on infant mortality - perhaps the most
important indicator for measuring public health - as the most important
component of the Human Development Index. Infant mortality indexes are also
considered the most reliable and can be compared internationally.
In Israel, there are gaps between the infant mortality rates among Jews and
among Muslim Arabs. In 2001, the infant mortality rate among Arabs was 7.6
per thousand live births (Muslim Arabs, 8.2; Christian Arabs 2.6; Druze,
4.7), while among Jews it was 4.1. This is a substantial gap, which the
Health Ministry explains is caused mainly by marriages between close
relatives. It is worth noting, however, that the gaps in this area are
shrinking at a truly impressive rate. During the years 1955-59, the infant
mortality rate among Muslims was 60.6 per thousand - while among Jews it was
38.8 per thousand (take note, you who miss "the good old Israel"). The
relationship between the two sets of figures may not have changed much, but
the massive drop in infant mortality in the Muslim sector also brought this
sector closer to Western rates.
An even more important fact is that the infant mortality gaps in Israel are
lower than between Muslim minorities living in some Western countries and
those of the local population. Researchers from the International
Organization for Migration, based in Geneva, published data on these rates
for the first time in 2000. In France, for example, the rate of stillbirths
per thousand live births was 8 among the French and 13 among Arabs from
North Africa. The mortality rates for babies up to one week old were 6 and
15 respectively. This means that the fetal and early infancy deaths among
Arabs are more than twice that among the French majority.
In rich and developed France, the infant mortality rates among Arabs (most
of whom speak the language of the country, and some of whom are already
second, third and fourth generation natives of France) are not only much
higher than in Israel - the gap between the minority and the majority there
is considerably larger than in "racist Israel." These numbers speak for
Israel more than dozens of anti-Semitic articles and anti-Israel
In general the gaps in infant mortality rates between majorities and
minorities - even when there is no national conflict between them - are
higher even in the richest of countries. In Switzerland, the infant
mortality rates per thousand for Swiss and Turks are 8.2 and 12.3,
respectively. In Britain, 7.8 and 5.6 (English and Pakistanis). The
situation is worst in the United States, where the rate for whites is 8.5
and for blacks, an astounding 21.3.
Against this background, it seems Israel's accomplishments are great,
considering this is a country less wealthy than those mentioned above and
one under conditions of severe national conflict between the majority and
the minority. We must not suffice with this achievement. On the contrary, it
proves that even under such conditions, Israel can reach full equality in
every aspect of life between members of the Jewish majority and the national
Arab minority.

3. Achievements and Shortcomings of PM Sharon
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DEBKAfile offers here an interim summing up of Sharon's gains and losses in his 19 months in office:

Strategic gains:

a.. He turned the 1993 Oslo Peace Framework accords into a dead letter.

b.. He shook Yasser Arafat's infallibility as sole Palestinian leader and undermined his international standing.

c.. He snapped the conduit Arafat and the Palestinian Authority had maintained with Washington.

d.. He undid the Palestinian Authority as the sole central government for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

e.. He seriously reduced the Fatah and its Tanzim militia.

f.. He broke up the Palestinian security and intelligence arms, including Jibril Rajoub's preventive security service and Muhammed al-Hindi's general security service.

g.. He wiped out the West Bank terrorist strongholds of the Tanzim, Force 17, the Hamas and the Jihad Islami.

h.. It is a little known fact that the IDF smashed al Qaeda bases and an important Hizballah center on the West Bank in the course of the decisive battle it fought in the Jenin refugee camp on April 13, 2002.

Diplomatic gains:

a.. He forged an exceptionally harmonious political and military partnership between Jerusalem and Washington and a high degree of understanding with the Oval Office.

b.. He deactivated Arafat's deep and massive support in the European community and extinguished the EU's tireless attempts to force on Israel arrangements contrary to its interests, like imported international peacekeepers.

c.. He stripped Arafat of unquestioning support from Cairo.

d.. He removed the Saudi peace plan from the international agenda, exposing it as a PR exercise that did not spring from the brain of the peace campaigner Crown Prince Abdullah but from the offices of two Washington DC public relations firms.


The Palestinian front: Yasser Arafat still calls the shots in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian communities elsewhere. Sharon missed four opportunities for bringing about his final exit, the first, when he took office in March 2001; second, after the Tel Aviv disco teenage massacre in June 2001; third, after the Passover murders at the Park Hotel, Netanya, in March 2002; fourth, after the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus attack in August 2002, when five Americans lost their lives.

Until now, Sharon consistently drew back from inflicting the death blow on the Palestinian terrorist high command and the Fatah suicide arm, the al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. One consequence of leaving them at liberty until now was to effectively grant the Iraqi military intelligence cells operating under the al Aqsa Brigades umbrella full license.

It is no wonder that Palestinian terrorism continues unabated however much steel Sharon piles on the lower ranks.

Finally, Sharon has never come to grips with the Hizballah's cross-border threat from Lebanon, nor taken action against the Palestinian Fronts and Islamic groups based in Damascus.

4. Herbert Zweibon:The Rise of Christian Support for Israel

Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 17:49:23 -0500
Subject: The Rise of Christian Support for Israel

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The Rise of Christian Support for Israel
Herbert Zweibon

Outpost: Americans for a Safe Israel - September 30, 2002The October 11 "Christians for Israel" rally in Washington, D.C. will send this powerful and much-needed message to President Bush: your core constituency demands that you stop promoting the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.
Although the president's rhetoric has often (but not always) been strongly pro-Israel, and although he has rightly refused to meet with arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat, the Bush administration's policy still has defined a goal more extreme than any previous administration: the establishment of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state along Israel's 1967 border. Mr. Bush's pro-Israel words keep Israel's supporters at bay, while the State Department continues guiding American foreign policy in the same pro-Arab direction it has always counseled.
None of this sits well with the millions of conservative Christian voters in the American heartland, who constitute the base of the Republican Party's electoral support. Supporting Israel is a crucial element of their religious beliefs. They consider the Bible the Word of God. They look at the Jews as the Bible describes them, as God's Chosen People.
There are, of course, many perfectly good, non-theological reasons to back Israel. It shares America's democratic and humanitarian values. It is America's only reliable partner in the Middle East. It is America's most important ally in the war against terrorism. But no motive for supporting Israel is more unyielding than a theological motive. The Bible is unchanging. Believers will not bend their beliefs in response to political calculations or media reports. Conservative Christians have thus become the Jewish State's most steadfast supporters.
Conservative Christian support for Israel first came to public attention in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Two factors converged: as the Rev. Jerry Falwell began organizing the Moral Majority, Israel was naturally at the top of its agenda; and as the Carter administration's pressure on Israel intensified, Christians were outraged and vigorously protested.
The surge of Christian support for Israel during the past year has been widely noted by the media. A recent front-page story in the Wall Street Journal was headlined "How Israel Became a Favorite Cause of Christian Right." A "Sixty Minutes" segment in early October is scheduled to focus on Christian support for Israel, with evangelical pro-Israel activist Ed McAteer as one of the main interviewees. Even the far-left magazine Mother Jones recently published a feature story on the subject.
The unprecedented terrorist war waged by the Palestinians against Israel has galvanized large numbers of conservative Christians to take an active role in pro-Israel lobbying, letter-writing, and rallies. The October rally, organized by the Christian Coalition under its new president, Roberta Combs, will provide a vivid demonstration of the large numbers of Christians who are deeply concerned over the Bush administration's plan to reward Palestinian terror with a sovereign state.
Christians will turn out in force for the rally, and they can expect widespread appreciation from the American Jewish community. Most grassroots Jews are deeply grateful to Christian conservatives for helping Israel in its time of need. The fact that many Jews -- given the large proportion of liberals among them -- disagree with Christian conservatives on certain domestic issues is now widely regarded as irrelevant. Only a handful of diehard Jewish liberals continue to make the absurd argument that Jews should reject conservative Christian friendship for Israel because of disagreements on other issues.
At a time when Israelis are being murdered almost daily, and when Israel is in danger of being forced back to the pre-1967 "Auschwitz lines," the pro-Israel community needs -- and has deep appreciation for -- its friends in the evangelical Christian community.
Herbert Zweibon is chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel. Who We Are: National Unity Coalition for IsraelFounded in 1991, we are the largest worldwide coalition of Jewish and Christian organizations, with more than 200 groups representing millions of people dedicated to Israel. Though we have many different backgrounds, we have one common goal: A Safe and Secure Israel.
Israel is not just a Jewish issue. Millions of Christians resolutely endorse the principle of peace with security for the state of Israel. Because we work closely together and speak with a united voice, our message is being heard!

Jerusalem News-130
1. American Christians and support for Israel
2. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002
3. George K. Bernstein: Thank God for the Evangelical Christians
Evangelical Christian Support is Crucial in the Battle to Preserve Israel

1. American Christians and support for Israel
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 03:42:33 -0400
New Poll: American Christians and support for Israel
by The Tarrance Group
To: Stand for Israel
(a project of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews)
From: Ed Goeas & William Stewart
Subject: American Christians and support for Israel
This research project was designed to fulfill two main objectives: [a] to
determine the extent to which different subgroups of the U.S. population
support Israel as well as the basis for this support; and [b] to determine
whether or not evangelical Christians share common values and opinions with
Jews, and vice versa.
The key findings
• A majority (54%) of Americans indicates that it supports Israel and its
policies and actions towards Palestinian terrorism; just 29% are opposed.
The most commonly cited reasons as to why Americans support Israel is
because the two countries share common values and enjoy friendly relations.
• While it comes as no surprise that Jews are the most unified in their
support towards Israel (85%), it is surprising that Democrats and liberals ­
two groups with which Jews are typically aligned ­ are far less likely to
share the same opinion. Support for Israel stands at 46% among Democrats and
45% among self-identified liberals, while among Republicans and
self-identified conservatives this figure reaches 67% and 61%, respectively.
• This survey also finds that evangelical Christians who frequently attend
religious services are among those most supportive of Israel. Fully 62% of
conservative Christians say they support Israel and its policies and actions
towards Palestinian terrorism, and among conservative Christian men this
figure jumps to 77%. Even among other major religious groups like Catholics
and Protestants support for Israel still exceeds 50%.
• Evangelicals are most likely to indicate they support Israel because of
the strong relationship that Israel has developed with the United States ­
24% point to the fact that Israel is a democracy that values self-government
and freedom and another 19% support Israel because it is an important and
longstanding ally to our country in the war against terrorism.
• Contrary to conventional wisdom, a minority of evangelicals cites their
theological belief as the reason why they support Israel. Thirty-five
percent (35%) of evangelicals say they support Israel because it is the
place prophesized for the Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament.
While this may be important to some, theological reasoning is not the
dominant factor in most evangelical?s decision to support Israel. Still,
there is no evidence in this survey to suggest that entire groups of people
­ aside from Jews ­ support or oppose Israel and its policies and actions
against Palestinian terrorism because of their religious beliefs.
• In response to a more in-depth follow-up question regarding the specific
theological reason why one supports Israel, 59% of conservative Christians
point to reasons related to the Biblical promise to bless Israel and the
Jewish people. Only 28% of conservative Christians cite reasons related to
end times as the main theological reason why they support Israel. This is a
sharp departure from the caricature often painted of conservative Christian
support for Israel as based solely on the Second Coming of Christ. Moreover,
as seen among conservative Christians, roughly two-in-three Jews (62%) also
point to God's covenant to the Jewish people as the number one theological
reason why they support Israel.
• One thing this survey does reveal about those individuals who are
"anti-Israel" is that three-quarters of them (76%) believe that the Israelis
and the Palestinians are equally to blame for the current conflict. Overall,
just 38% of Americans lay blame solely on Yasser Arafat and the
Palestinians; however, this figure climbs is notably higher among both
conservative Christians and Jews (47% and 67%, respectively).
• When comparing other survey responses among conservative Christians and
Jews, there is plenty of evidence in this survey to show that these two
groups in fact share similar opinions and viewpoints on many issues,
especially when it comes to Israel. The big difference is that many
conservative Christians would speculate that their opinions and values are
similar to those held by Jews, but Jews are far less likely to accept the
notion that their opinions and values are similar to those held by
• On the issue of whether or not conservative Christians believe they share
the same viewpoint as Jews when it comes to the issue of Israel and its
current struggle against Palestine, 67% indicate that they believe their
viewpoint is similar. However, when asking Jews whether or not they share
the same viewpoint as fundamentalist and evangelical Christians on the issue
of Israel, only 49% indicate that they believe that their viewpoint is
similar. This is an important disparity because it demonstrates that
conservative Christians here in the U.S. think they are on the same page as
the Jews when it comes to the issue of Israel, but the Jews just don't see
it the same way.
• Despite the fact that 53% of Jews would agree with the statement that
fundamentalist and evangelical Christians are strong supporters of Israel,
Jews continue to harbor a certain degree of skepticism towards the
evangelical Christian community. Jews also reject the notion that
conservative Christians seek to create a Christian nation by a margin of
two-to-one, thus suggesting that dialogue between these two groups is

II. Other major findings from this survey
• Four-out-of-five adults (80%) agree that enemies of the United States,
like Saddam Hussein and Al Queda, are also enemies of Israel. Agreement with
this statement exceeds 75% among nearly every major demographic group.
• Nearly three-in-five Americans (59%) say they favor U.S. military action
against Iraq; 39% oppose such action. conservative Christians are among
those most in favor of U.S. military action against Iraq (69%), as are
Republicans (80%) and men (65%). In contrast, Democrats and self-identified
liberals are essentially evenly divided on this issue.
• This survey finds that George W. Bush is making real progress in appealing
to the Jewish community. A clear majority of Jews (81%) see Bush as a strong
supporter of Israel, and 46% say they would be more likely to vote for him
based on the way he has been handling the war on terrorism. His job approval
and image ratings are also quite strong among Jews given the fact that over
60% of this population identify themselves as Democrat and fewer than 20%
voted for Bush in 2000. Fully 43% approve of the job Bush is doing as
President and 53% have a favorable impression of him. The bottom line is
that Bush appears to making some significant inroads with this heavily
Democratic group, something that could have an impact on the next two
election cycles.

III. Conclusion
• Conservative Christians are strongly supportive of Israel, an opinion that
is driven more because of the strong relationship that Israel has with the
United States than theological reasons. And it?s not just the evangelicals
themselves telling us that they stand for Israel, other groups ­ namely Jews
­ also acknowledge that they believe evangelicals are supportive of Israel.
Indeed, this survey demonstrates that Christians and Jews share similar
values, especially on the key issue of the conflict in Israel. Certainly the
door is open for these two groups to engage in dialogue.

2. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 / Cheshvan 4, 5763

A grandmother from Ramat Gan was killed this morning in a suicide-bomber terrorist attack - but it could have been many times worse.
Shortly before 8 AM near Ramat Gan, a crowded Dan Company #87 bus stopped to pick up passengers on the Geha Highway opposite Bar-Ilan University, when an Arab passenger trying to board through the back door slipped and fell outside. As the bus began to pull away, several passengers yelled to the driver that someone had fallen. He stopped the bus and, together with another man, went to attend to the fallen would-be passenger - but they soon saw that he was aiming to be more than just another rider. The two caught a glimpse of wires wrapped around the Arab's body, and realized that he was a suicide terrorist wearing an explosives belt.
They quickly grabbed the murderer's arms to prevent him from detonating the device, and yelled to the passengers to get off the bus. When the bus was cleared of people, the two men let go of the terrorist and started running. Seconds later, the bomber got up, ran about 30 meters towards a group of people and detonated his explosives - killing Saadah Aharon, 71, of Ramat Gan, and lightly wounding 11 others. They were transported to nearby hospitals, where nine of them still remain.
Mrs. Aharon left three children and 15 grandchildren. "She was the ultimate in vitality, the ultimate in giving, the ultimate in warmth," one relative said. "A real woman of valor, whose grandchildren loved her very much..." She will be buried this evening in Rosh Ha'Ayin.
Based on the distance the murderer's organs flew as a result of the blast, police say that the powerful explosive, which contained metal balls, would have been catastrophic had it been detonated on board the bus.
After the rescue work had been completed, several dozen people arrived on the scene carrying signs that read, "Revenge and Death Sentences for Terrorists." Police finally came and removed them from the highway.\

Israeli citizen and Princeton University professor Daniel Kahneman yesterday became the first Israeli to win the Nobel Prize in Economics. The Nobel Committee chose to honor Kahneman for his unique achievement in applying psychological theories to economic principles. Kahneman becomes the fifth Israeli Nobel Laureate since the founding of the state. The others were Shmuel Yosef Agnon (literature), and Prime Ministers Begin, Rabin and Peres (peace).
At least two other Israelis (David Grossman and Amos Oz) hoped that they might also be chosen for the Nobel Prize today, but in the end it was Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian Jew who survived Auschwitz, who was picked to receive the Literature Prize. He was recognized for his writing that "upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history." Kertesz, who spent a year as a teenager in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, wrote several books about Holocaust-related themes. "For him," the Prize-awarding Swedish Academy declared about Kertesz, "Auschwitz is not an exceptional occurrence. It is the ultimate truth about human degradation in modern experience.''

US Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said yesterday that Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hizbullah and Islamic Jihad have sleeper agents in the United States and pose an immediate danger to America and its citizens. International affairs correspondent Michael Freund reports that in a speech to the Senate, Graham said, "I am concerned by those who see only one evil. I urge my colleagues to open their eyes to the much larger array of lethal, more violent range of foes that are prepared to assault us here at home."

"If Israel continues to practice restraint in the face of the Lebanese water-pumping, this will deal yet another blow to Israel's deterrence ability." So warned top IDF leaders last night in a meeting with government leaders. They were referring to the new southern Lebanese water pumping station, which is scheduled to start regular operations next week. The new installation, only about a mile from the Israeli border, will draw water from the Wazani River, which pours into one of Israel's main water sources, the Hatzbani River. Prime Minister Sharon is said to agree with the military warning, yet feels that the American mediation efforts must be given another few days to succeed.

Rabbi Dov Begun, founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Meir Institute for Jewish Studies, talked with Arutz-7 today about the yeshiva's record registration this year of 300 students. Known as the flagship of religious-Zionist institutions for the newly-religious, the yeshiva - known as Machon Meir - "has students from all walks of life: Kibbutzim and moshavim, academia, 'regular' people - and just last week, we opened a new French-speaking division... Last year we had 'only' 200 students, and this year we had to turn some away; many are still waiting in line..."
Asked how he explained the phenomenon, Rabbi Begun said,
"Over the past few years, we have seen a great awakening of Jews in Israel, and in the Diaspora as well, looking for their roots... You see this throughout the whole country: Compare Eilat of 30 years ago to now, when you can barely find a bomb shelter that doesn't have a synagogue. [Ed. note: Makeshift synagogues in Israel often start out in underground bomb shelters until more permanent quarters can be found.] The prophet Ezekiel says that when we return to the Land of Israel, there will first be a religious crisis, but then 'I will sprinkle pure water on them, I will give them a new heart, etc.' We are in the beginning of a period not only of a return to Zion, but also of a return to the Torah... It's more than just a phenomenon of 'returnees to Judaism;' you now see so many people who used to be so far from tradition but who are now returning to synagogues, to Jewish holidays and customs..."

3. George K. Bernstein: Thank God for the Evangelical Christians
Evangelical Christian Support is Crucial in the Battle to Preserve Israel
National Unity Coalition for Israel

WUST AM, Jewish Community Program - October 06, 2002
Here's the weekly talk I gave last Sunday.

Good Afternoon.

Thank God for the evangelical Christians.

With the exception of a few Jewish organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America and Americans for a Safe Israel, evangelical Christian groups, such as the Christian Coalition of America, the Christian Friends of Israel and CIPAC [Ed.: the Australian based Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign], are Israel's most loyal supporters in the United States.

I am not troubled by their Messianic beliefs involving Jerusalem. When the Messiah comes, it will be time enough to speculate on Israel's future. Right now, I'm worried about Israel's survival - today and tomorrow.

Well before the Oslo Accords, fringe groups, such as Peace Now and Tikkun, pressured Israel to surrender Judea, Samaria and Gaza and supported the establishment of another Palestinian State. Some of their spokesmen likened Israel to apartheid South Africa.

With the advent of Oslo, most of the American rabbinate, Jewish organizations and Jewish members of the media joined the "peace at any price" movement and tried to make pariahs of those who opposed appeasement and defended Israel's historical rights.

They argued that if only the Jewish State would retreat to pre-67 borders, share Jerusalem, create another Palestinian State, recognize a right of return for Arab refugees and not respond to the murder of its innocents, it would be loved by the world and find peace with its Arab brothers.

The folly of these American Jews was exceeded only by that of the Israeli fantasists who negotiated Oslo, armed the Arab enemy, and ceded sacred and strategically essential land to a proven group of anti-semitic murderers and terrorists.

These American Jews welcomed Arafat and his henchmen in their synagogues and conventions. It was only fair, they claimed, to hear the other side. And anyway, wasn't there going to be a "New Middle East" where, according to Shimon Peres, economic self-interest would erase religious and ethnic differences between Arab and Jew?

Most American Jewish organizations, including those with the highest access to policymakers in our government, opposed conditioning aid to Arafat on his compliance with Oslo, opposed moving our embassy to Jerusalem and opposed indicting Arab murderers of Americans in Israel. They even covered up Israeli documentation of the Palestinian Authority's stockpiling of arms, sheltering and support of terrorists and anti-semitic incitement to violence.

In the name of the "peace process," they always found an excuse for Arafat's transgressions.

We still hear rabbis and Jewish columnists condemning Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount as the cause of the current intifada, although it was planned months earlier, immediately after Arafat's incredible rejection of Barak's suicidal proposals at Camp David.

Thank God for the Christian supporters of Israel! They have been telling the truth about the disaster of Oslo from the beginning. They have endorsed Israel's unconditional right to defend itself against those committed to its destruction.

These Christians, in coalition with the National Unity Coalition for Israel, [Ed.: formerly] Voices United for Israel and a few committed Jewish groups, have spoken out against another Palestinian state and the peril to Israel's temporal and spiritual existence of surrendering any portion of Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem.

Unlike most American Jews, evangelical Christians are not too timid to quote the Torah and cite Israel's biblical heritage.

They are not afraid to attribute to God, Israel's right to the promised land.

The Jewish People owe a debt of gratitude to these Christian defenders of Israel. I am ashamed that so many Jews have shown less commitment to the Jewish State.

Jerusalem News-131
1. A Palestinian father pleads for mercy
2. Bin Laden and the murderer of Rabbi Meir Kahane
3. Red Cross Hypocrisy
4. Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Oct. 11, 2002

1. A Palestinian father pleads for mercy
?From the blood of the wounded heart of a
father who has lost what is most precious to
him in the world, I turn to the leaders of the
Palestinian factions, and at their head the
leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and their
sheikhs, who use religious rulings and statements
to urge more and more of the sons of Palestine
to their deaths, knowing full well that sending
young people to blow themselves up in the heart
of Israel deters no enemy and liberates no
land?On the contrary, [it] intensifies the
aggression?I ask, on my behalf and on behalf
of every father and mother informed that their
son has blown himself up: ?By what right do
these leaders send the young people?in the
flower of their youth, to their deaths????

Abu Saber M.G., the father of a young Palestinian
who carried out a suicide bombing in an Israeli city,
in a letter to the editor of the London Arabic-language
daily Al-Hayat. (MEMRI, Dispatch No. 426, Oct. 8)

2. Bin Laden and the murderer of Rabbi Meir Kahane
[Voice Of Judea] Israel Headlines
Bin Laden Kahane Connection?
According to the New York Daily News, Osama Bin Laden funded the trial of
El Sayed Nosair, the murderer of Rabbi Meir Kahane. Rabbi Meir Kahane was
assassinated Nov. 5, 1990. At the time of the assassination, NY police and
the FBI insisted that Nosair was a lone gunman with no ties to any
organized terrorist network.
The annual memorial service for the late Rabbi Meir Kahane will be held
Sunday Oct 20, 2:00 PM at the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center, 2600 Ocean
Avenue, Brooklyn NY. for more info.
Voice of Judea Commentary:
If only the authorities had listened to the warnings of Rabbi Meir Kahane
and his followers, how many lives could have been saved 9/11?

3. Red Cross Hypocrisy
Subject: [Canadian Court cynically rules against Magen David Adom] Sabotaging Israel's Red Star of David
Sabotaging Israel's Red Star of David
By Edward L. Greenspan and David C. Nathanson
National Post (Canada)
October 10, 2002
[With thanks to MidEastTruth ]
The Magen David Adom (MDA), the Red Star of David, was born 52 years ago. It
is the Red Cross, except with a Jewish symbol. Its purpose is to protect
life and health and to alleviate human suffering. It serves, without
discrimination, the entire Israeli population, including 1.1-million Israeli
Arabs, and Palestinian Arabs in need.
MDA is not a government agency. It sought membership in the International
Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) with the Red Star of David as its emblem. The
Star of David is the symbol of the Jewish people as well as of Israel.
Surrender of its emblem should not be a condition of membership. But its
application for membership of the IFRC was rejected at the 1949 Geneva
Conventions, which required all new national aid societies to adopt the Red
Cross symbol. And yet since that time some 25 Red Crescent Societies
representing the Muslim world have been admitted to the IFRC which is now
called the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Services.
Every effort Israel has made to obtain recognition of MDA's emblem has
failed due to tremendous world anti-Israel sentiment. MDA's exclusion and
the non-recognition of its symbol are blatant examples of the ongoing
campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State. The IFRC's treatment of MDA as a
pariah is shameful.
MDA is the only national emergency relief society to be
excluded from the world's largest humanitarian network.

4.Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Oct. 11, 2002
Friday, Oct. 11, 2002 / Cheshvan 5, 5763
Soldiers stationed on the battlefronts in Judea, Samaria and Gaza show less battle-weariness than their comrades stationed in the north. Thus concludes a field study carried out by the IDF Psychological Branch, published in the IDF weekly BaMachaneh [In the Camp]. The army says that the study proves that though the soldiers in Yesha have more of an operational load, they have a more positive feeling about what they are doing. Two proposed explanations are the monotony in the north, as opposed to the varied and rich operational experience in Yesha, and the feeling that in Yesha, their activities are necessary and have a purpose.

Yasser Arafat and top Palestinian Authority officials, abandoning all pretenses, refused to condemn Thursday's human bomb attack at a crowded bus stop near Tel Aviv. Michael Widlanski of Media Line reports that the official PA spokesmen made a point of not calling the attack an act of terrorism. Instead, they blamed what they called "the Tel Aviv government" for provoking it by military offensives such as uncovering arms-smuggling tunnels near Rafiach. A 71-year-old grandmother of 15, Saadah Aharon, was murdered in yesterday's suicide bombing. She was buried in Rosh Ha'Ayin last night.

Both houses of the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed resolutions authorizing the U.S. to attack Iraq even without United Nations consent. The legislators insist, however, that diplomatic efforts must be made to obtain this consent. The votes were followed by militant war cries by both American and Iraqi officials. President Bush promised "no negotiations with Iraq? Its days as an outlaw state are nearing their end,"
Looking a little further ahead is Infrastructures Minister Effie Eitam (National Religious Party). Speaking with the B'Sheva newspaper this week, the Brig.-Gen. (res.) said,
"If the Iraqi issue ends, I see a possibility wherein the entire area of Jordan and Iraq become the area of two [different] countries. Today, each of them has a minority that is disrupting the entire region. I am referring to the Kurds [in Iraq] and the Palestinians. I foresee a situation in which the areas of Jordan and Iraq will be re-divided, and in each one a new country will be formed: A Palestinian state in most of Jordan's territory, and a Kurdish state. If a solution for the Kurds is found, tensions will decrease in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. If a solution is found for the Palestinians on the other side of the Jordan River, the tensions here will decrease. [This will form] a ring around Syria, made up of Israel, the new Jordan, the new Iraq, and Lebanon. All of them demand that Syria stop supporting Hizbullah. This will allow us to sign a peace agreement with Lebanon within a short time. [In short,] I see the defeat of the Iraqi regime as changing the entire Middle East."

Jerusalem News-132
1. I.D.F. Forces Arrest 55 Wanted Palestinians in Ramallah
2. Uri Dan: Israel's Take on a Justified War

1. I.D.F. Forces Arrest 55 Wanted Palestinians in Ramallah
I.D.F. Forces Arrest 55 Wanted Palestinians in Ramallah
IDF Spokesperson 10 October 2002
During the night of 9 October 2002, the I.D.F. conducted a special operation
in 23 villages to arrest militants and neutralize terrorist networks in
Judea and Samaria. Working during the night, IDF Forces arrested 55 men
wanted by the security forces in the Ramallah area.
The reserve company commander who took part in the operation Lieutenant
Colonel Ilan, described the nature of the activities:
"We are directing our activities against those people and those houses. The
actions are pinpoint operations in order to reach specific people. The
objective is not to confront the local Palestinian population, but to carry
out the operations without harming any innocent civilians. We surprised all
the wanted militants in the dead of night; you need to understand that even
they are human beings and get tired eventually, and they realize that if
this situation keeps on going that we will enter a very hard war, but we
will not break."
"Only two weeks ago the battalion uncovered a number of explosives belts,
various explosive devices and arrested a terrorist who worked with
explosives and was on his way to carry out an attack."
"We give fair treatment to the civilian population which is not involved in
terrorism. We make a distinction between terrorists to the civilian
population that isn't involved in terrorism."
"There is an understanding in the Israeli civilians and reservists about the
current security situation which shows up in the percentage of reservists
showing up for reserve duty. Currently, 100% of the reservists are showing
up for their army duty. When you capture an explosive belt you understand
the importance of what you are doing. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank all the soldiers for the work of yesterday and the previous month
in general."
Lieutenant Colonel Aviv is the commander of the Nahal Company that
participated in the operation:
"The activity began last night near midnight and ended in the early hours of
the morning. We owe the success of the operation to the excellent
coordination between the forces, proper preparation, a common working
language, and a precise and professional execution of the operation."
"The objectives of the operation were to strike at the Hamas terrorist
infrastructure in the area. Most of their activists belonged to the
terrorist branch of the movement, which committed, or planned to commit,
terrorist attacks inside Israel. The rest were either planning or providing
logistical support for the terrorists. We were searching for these
terrorists for a long time. The soldiers who took part in the operation were
dedicated to its success and the successful removal of these dangerous
terrorists, but only as long as innocent civilians were not hurt, and as
long as their property was not damaged. The operation was a success largely
owing to the maturity of the soldiers and commanders. That is what they are
taught in training and briefings.

Israel's Take on a Justified War
Uri Dan

Jerusalem Post - October 09, 2002
Three leaders are participating in the campaign against the Butcher of Baghdad: US President George W. Bush, who is leading the offensive with the full assistance of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
It should be said at once that Israel's role in the campaign against Saddam Hussein is a defensive one. The reason is obvious Israel is liable to become the target of a desperate Saddam's revenge in a situation where the US and Britain are about to attack and destroy his regime in Baghdad. with the arsenal of weapons of mass destruction he has developed so secretly and thoroughly.
Officially, Israel has neither encouraged the attack against Saddam nor attempted to prevent it.
But it would be hypocritical to say that Israel has no vital interest in the removal of the dictatorial regime in Baghdad. Saddam served as Yasser Arafat's inspiration, long before he sent millions of dollars to finance terrorist activities against Israel and award prizes to the families of the suicide bombers who have murdered hundreds of innocent people in Israel.
Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, until recently head of the Weapons Development Branch of the Ministry of Defense, holding the rank of major-general, told me his greatest concern was that Saddam's biological weapons might get into the hands of the terrorists.
"This is a greater threat than Saddam's Scud missile warheads being armed with anthrax or plague, or mustard or sarin gas.
"Israel is the most protected country in the world against Saddam's potential threats," this expert went on. "Our Arab neighbors would be exposed to greater danger than Israel if one of Saddam's nonconventional warheads hit them by mistake."
Ben-Yisrael recalled that during Operation Desert Storm missiles aimed by Saddam at the Tel Aviv area fell in Jordan and in Palestinian areas in Judea and Samaria.
The question of how Israel will respond if Iraq succeeds in causing Israeli casualties will apparently be a major topic on the agenda during Sharon's seventh visit to the White House next Wednesday. There has been an (obviously secret) Israel-US dialogue on this issue.
Foreign media reports indicated that US and British bombers have made pre-emptive strikes against Saddam Hussein's control center in the area of H-3 the region in western Iraq from which Scud missiles were launched against Tel Aviv in January-February 1991.. At their meeting, Bush will be able to forge a personal understanding with Sharon before the US initiates the preventive war against Saddam.
Sharon himself, after asking his ministers and generals to stop chattering about the American campaign against Iraq, restricted himself to a single laconic sentence when asked how Israel would respond if attacked by Iraq: "We will know how to defend ourselves."
SHARON IS not repeating the mistake, made more than 10 years ago by prime minister Yitzhak Shamir and defense minister Moshe Arens at least not the psychological one. They declared they would "retaliate" if Saddam attacked Israel with Scud missiles.
In 1991 the US and British forces could not destroy even one mobile Scud launcher in western Iraq. And Shamir and Arens, under US pressure, did not retaliate at all.
As a consequence Israel's deterrent capability was harmed. Israel never punished Saddam for aiming murderous missiles at its citizens, and the unsupported declarations by Shamir and Arens caused many citizens to flee in panic from the Greater Tel Aviv region to all parts of the country.
Sharon, who served as minister of housing and construction in the Shamir government, participated in the dramatic meetings of Shamir's defense cabinet in January-February 1991. It is still too early to reveal the details of those meetings, held while Tel Aviv was under daily attack by Saddam's Scud missiles. However, it may be assumed that Sharon remembers them well, and has drawn the appropriate conclusions, in light of the changes that have taken place since then, notably Israel's bitter war against Palestinian terrorism.
There is historical and moral justice in the fact that two young leaders, Bush and Blair of the greatest democracy in the world, the US, and of the mother of parliaments, Britain have decided to launch a crusade against Arab fascism in Baghdad. Israel's military strength, albeit great, is of course small compared to these two powers'.
However, Israel's leader, the 74-year-old Sharon, has much greater military, political and strategic experience regarding the Middle East. More than two decades ago, together with prime minister Menachem Begin, Sharon had already identified the danger posed by Saddam. He sent 27 notes and letters to Begin to encourage him to decide to bomb Saddam's atomic reactor in Baghdad in June 1981.
Today it is clear that this was one of the most important strategic decisions since World War II. In August 1982 Begin and Sharon expelled Arafat and his 10,000 terrorists from Beirut 20 years before the American administration declared the Palestinians must introduce reforms in their leadership that would expel Arafat from the gates of Jerusalem.
Therefore, with Bush and Blair setting out on a justified war and Israel forced to play a defensive role, the views of the prime minister of the Middle East's only democracy are worth attention.
The writer is the Mideast correspondent of The New York Post. Who We Are: National Unity Coalition for Israel Founded in 1991, we are the largest worldwide coalition of Jewish and Christian organizations, with more than 200 groups representing millions of people dedicated to Israel. Though we have many different backgrounds, we have one common goal: A Safe and Secure Israel.
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Jerusalem News-133
1. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002
2. Bali: Australia in State of Shock

1. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002 / MarCheshvan 9, 5763

The Likud internal party elections, cut short on Monday because of irregularities and lack of organization, resumed today in some ten locations for 40,000 voters - about 13% of the total number of Likud members. Jerusalemites are voting at the Binyanei HaUmah convention center, instead of at the Teddy Stadium, where the physical arrangements turned out to be more "voter friendly." Polls are also open in the Binyamin Regional Council, Petach Tikva, Be'er Sheva and elsewhere.
The big story of the elections appears to be the success of the new "Jewish Leadership" movement within the Likud, headed by Moshe Feiglin. The weekly Makor Rishon wrote on Friday that the group's "success has been phenomenal. Anyone who understands the Likud agrees that Jewish Leadership has become a powerful force." Even Yediot Acharonot, Israel's largest paper, wrote, "Feiglin's movement cannot be pushed aside. The Jewish Leadership bloc is projected to bring over 100 members to Likud's Central Committee. They will effect decisions on such things as the makeup of the Likud Knesset list and will directly influence governmental decisions."

The killing of two terrorists last night by an IDF force in the northern Shomron prevented a large-scale attack in Israel. The two were Islamic Jihad members who had planned to carry out their attack within a day or two.
Miracles appeared to continue this afternoon when an IDF force thwarted an attempt to blow up an army vehicle. The soldiers discovered two 80-kilo bombs buried under a road near Netzarim, designed to explode under a passing Israeli tank. Sappers neutralized the potentially destructive devices. Two similar but smaller bombs were found and neutralized in the same area yesterday... An IDF force blew up a large explosives lab today in Kabatiye, in the northern Shomron...
Meanwhile, senior PA official Nabil Shaath has been quoted as saying that American and European Union officials have been engaged in secret contacts with the Hamas terrorist organization. See <> for more.

A Jewish Agency delegation to North America is spreading word of a new neighborhood built specifically - but not exclusively - for American olim (immigrants). The community, called Kiryat Ohr Moshe, is under construction in Kokhav Yaakov, located just six miles north of Jerusalem. The new houses in Kiryat Ohr Moshe will be custom-designed to accommodate some of the amenities commonly found in North American homes. Of the 50 first-stage homes, 38 have already been purchased.
The Jewish Agency group, which includes Arutz-7 broadcaster Tamar Yonah, is encouraging not only individual families to move to the new neighborhood, but also entire communities led by their rabbis. The hope is that this "transfer" and re-rooting will contribute to a strong support network for new olim, who will have their friends, community and spiritual leader in Israel with them in their new home. Ohr Moshe, named for the late Torah giant Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, is being built under the auspices and guidance of Rabbi Mordechai Tendler of New Hempstead, New York. For more information, see <>.

A Jerusalem court has granted a request for a 64-million shekel lien against assets of the Palestinian Authority that Israel has already frozen. The order was granted on behalf of the family of Vadim Norzitch, one of two reserve soldiers who were brutally beaten to death by PA police officers in Ramallah two years ago this month.
After Norzitch and another soldier mistakenly into Ramallah, they were arrested by PA para-military police and brought to a local station house. A frenzied gang of police officers then began to savagely attack them with knives and clubs. After killing the two Israelis, the murderers threw their mangled bodies out the window to a mob of Arabs, who frantically tore the bodies apart with their hands. The cruel lynching was partially videotaped by a news reporter, and it brought international condemnation of the Palestinian Authority. The Court, noting the overwhelming amount of evidence, including the confessions of numerous Palestinian police officers, ordered a lien placed on the full amount of the lawsuit.
"This is the first time that a preemptive attachment of this size has been granted against frozen Palestinian assets for the victims of Arafat's terror," noted Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, representing the Norzitch family. "The courts have finally begun to adopt our demand that the Palestinians themselves be made to compensate the families for the murders and not the Israeli taxpayers. We are determined to continue suing the PA... until they are completely bankrupt."
Darshan-Leitner, asked about the psychological aspects of suing the PA, told Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson: "We have found that tragedy effects every family in a different way. Some really want to sue, some feel it is blood money. Most are very overcome with grief, but after months and months they come forward... Some want to talk with the media, some shun it; some thank us, some curse us, and many trade off blessing and cursing us. After all, we are the ones who remind them of what happened, bother them with documents, reports and decisions, bring them to court, ask them horrible probing questions and make them recall this very personal tragedy in public trials before judges who are strangers. It is very very emotional..."

The Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Executive Committee has decided to renew its opposition to the inclusion of Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA - Red Star of David) in the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Michael Freund reports in The Jerusalem Post that the group is also against allowing MDA's red Star of David to be recognized as an official symbol of the international humanitarian organization, and plans to convey its "categorical rejection" of MDA to all relevant international groups.
The irony in the Arab stand is poignant, notes Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson, in that MDA's application for membership in the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) has long been rejected because its emblem was a star, not a cross. This first occurred in 1949 - yet since that time some 25 Red Crescent Societies in the Muslim world have been admitted to the IFRC.
MDA's troubles transcend the Middle East, however. Canada's Federal Court of Appeal recently upheld a decision by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency to revoke the "charitable organization" status of MDA's Canadian branch. The decision has aroused opposition:
"Like the Red Cross," wrote Toronto lawyers Edward Greenspan and David Nathanson in an article last week in Canada's National Post, "MDA depends upon contributions from friends, volunteers and chapters worldwide. By denying charitable status, the judgment impedes fundraising needed to enable MDA to fulfill its humanitarian objectives... The majority [of the Federal Court] wondered whether or not MDA is truly a charitable organization and why the IFRC has not accepted Israel as a member. Does the majority not read the newspapers? Does it not understand there is an attempt to isolate Israel, to de-legitimize virtually all its organizations, an attempt stemming from hatred for Israel and its people? The effect of this judgment is to lend support to Israel's enemies. This judgment is wrong and should not stand."
The two lawyers noted that the ruling could be nullified either by an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, or by the Minister of National Revenue's refusing to publish the revocation notice in the Canada Gazette. Their article concludes,
"The cross is the symbol of Christianity. The crescent is the symbol of the Muslim world. The Star of David is the symbol of the Jewish people as well as of Israel. There is no reason on earth that the Red Star of David should not be accorded the same international recognition as the other two symbols."


The Jerusalem Gold Hotel at the entrance to the capital has come out with a unique promotional campaign: Pay as much as you want! In an effort to prop up low hotel occupancy rates and introduce the public to the young glatt-kosher establishment, the hotel is offering ten rooms each night at a special rate - to be determined by the guests themselves. The offer is limited to one night per guest...

2. Bali: Australia in State of Shock
'Our Own Sept. 11'; Australia in State of Shock;

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia was gripped by grief and anger Monday as it struggled to cope with the loss of so many of its sons and daughters in the Bali bombings.

As the injured survivors continued to arrive home, Parliament closed, church services were held in honor of the dead and plans were laid for a national day of mourning next Sunday.

There were so many Australians among the dead and injured that hardly a town or village had not been touched.

While some families waited by their telephones for news, others crowded into airport lounges to meet a fleet of jets carrying the walking wounded and those who simply wanted to leave the Indonesian island.

There were emotional scenes at the Perth and Sydney airports as hundreds of casualties and other returning holiday-makers arrived, having joined a mass evacuation organized by the Australian airline Qantas and the federal government.

The story was the same across Australia: there were thousands of grieving and anxious families, many of whom still do not know the fate of their relatives. The Department of Foreign Affairs had 15,000 calls from people desperate for news of a friend or relative.

By Monday night more than 200 Australians were still unaccounted for and government officials said that it might be several days before the identification process was complete.

John Howard, the Prime Minister, said that most of the bodies were beyond recognition.

"It's a hard thing to say, but it has to be said to explain why more information isn't available," he said.

Many of those flown out of Bali as part of the medical evacuation were later flown to Australian cities for treatment. An emergency-services official said that those able to travel would go to other hospitals, where burns units and casualty departments were under less pressure.

Len Notaras, the Royal Darwin Hospital medical superintendent, said: "We're looking at full-body burns, which are quite horrendous. In a sense it has been our own September 11; it's a tragedy."

The waiting ended for some with a telephone call from holiday-makers who had escaped. Brett Patterson called his home in Sydney to say that five young members of his Coogee Dolphines Rugby League team had died. They had been on an end-of-season trip to Bali.

Peter Blomeley, the club's founder, said that the loss of the young men was devastating.

"We've lost mates and we've lost friends," he said.

There was a similar sense of loss in the Western Australia capital of Perth, where seven members of the Kingsley Senior Australian Rules Football Club were reported missing and feared dead.

Marilyn Stuart, the mother of one of them, knew that there was only a slim chance of finding her son Anthony alive. She said that he had last been seen in the middle of the dance floor.

"His friends have been looking constantly around the hospitals and today they were going around the morgues to identify the jeweler," she said.

The despair was matched only by the sense of outrage felt by so many that Australians appear to have been deliberately targeted. Australia is not accustomed to terrorism, but now finds itself in the front line.

Callers to radio stations sobbed and screamed as they sought an explanation of the terrorists' motive.

Some accused the Prime Minister of having blood on his hands, suggesting that it was his active support of the Bush administration over Iraq that had provoked the attack. Others insisted that Mr Howard had to stand up to terrorism.

In truth, the country seems equally divided on Australia's international political stance, although there are many who believe that the country is suffering the consequences of its high profile in the confrontation with Iraq.

Bruce Haig, a former Australian diplomat, said that the Prime Minister had been too vocal in his support of U.S. threats to attack Iraq and was now paying the price.

"Our Prime Minister should adopt a much lower profile," he said.


Simon Crean, leader of the parliamentary opposition, described the bomb attack as a "calculated brutal act against innocent Australians."

Bob Carr, the New South Wales Prime Minister, said that he would ask the army to secure potential terrorist targets in Sydney.

"Terrorism has come demonstrably closer to our shores," he said.

Australian police and government officials, led by Alexander Downer, the Foreign Minister, were due to fly to Bali Monday night to visit the injured and to help the Indonesian investigation.

Jerusalem News-134
1. Bali death toll: Breakdown by country
2. Reactions in Australia
3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002

1. Bali death toll: Breakdown by country

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 Posted: 2:19 AM EDT (0619 GMT)

HONG KONG, China -- The number of international tourists confirmed to be among the victims of Saturday's Bali nightclub bomb is continuing to grow -- nearly 200 people were killed by the atrocity at the beach resort of Kuta.

There was a high proportion of Australians and Indonesians among the victims. Other nationalities among the dead and more than 300 wounded included Singaporean, British and American. These are the most up-to-date details:

AUSTRALIA: Thirty three Australians have been confirmed dead and 140 are unaccounted for, the Australian government has said, adding that not all of those are assumed to be fatalities.

BELGIUM: Six Belgian nationals were known to have been slightly injured in the explosions, the Belgian foreign ministry told Reuters.

ECUADOR: One dead, according to the Sanga Hospital in Bali.

FINLAND: Finnish national broadcaster YLE, quoting the Finnish embassy in Indonesia, said one Finn had been slightly wounded in the blast.

FRANCE: Four French nationals are missing, three are reported as being severely injured.

GERMANY: The hospital listed one German as dead. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Sunday that eight Germans had been injured, five badly, Reuters reported. Two German women were missing, one a Bali resident, he said.

GREAT BRITAIN: An estimated 33 Britons have been killed.

INDONESIA: Nine Indonesians are confirmed dead and a further 195 wounded.

ITALY: Six Italians slightly injured in the blast and none killed, the Italian embassy in Jakarta said.

JAPAN: Ten Japanese have been wounded. There is no reports of Japanese deaths but two people are still unaccounted for, according to local media.

NETHERLANDS: One dead, according to the hospital.

NEW ZEALAND: Two New Zealanders have been confirmed as killed.

SINGAPORE: Five Singaporeans are dead, according to the hospital's list.

SOUTH KOREA: One dead, the hospital said. The South Korean embassy in Jakarta is trying to find two women travellers who did not take their return flights, YTN television quoted a diplomat as saying.

SWEDEN: Two dead, the hospital said.

SWITZERLAND: One Swiss woman killed, the Swiss foreign ministry told Reuters. Two further Swiss seriously wounded and three slightly wounded.

TAIWAN: One Taiwanese is unaccounted for, a family member told local media.

UNITED STATES: Two Americans were killed, five are missing and three were injured.

The Associated Press & Reuters contributed to this report.

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THE Bali bombing is the worst slaughter of Australians since World War II,
one of the worst strikes on civilians anywhere in the past decade, and
proves that Australians are a target for Indonesian extremists almost
certainly linked to al-Qa'ida.
Australians need to understand that this is not just an attack on our
citizens and the West. It is part of a campaign to destroy civil authority
in Indonesia, wreck the Government of Megawati Sukarnoputri and convert
Indonesia from a largely tolerant society into a militant Islamic state.

Bali's October 12 attack links security within Indonesia directly to the
security of Australia and Australians. It is an ominous linkage. It has
always existed in theory and now it exists in practice.

This dramatises a crisis for South-East Asia. The issue now is whether
terrorism gains a decisive foothold in South-East Asia and whether
Australia's immediate region becomes a frontline in the global war on
terrorism. This will have ramifications for our psychology, our budgets, our
Asian engagement and our security policies.

The prospect that al-Qa'ida operates in Australia will evolve into possibly
the most severe test so far for Australian multiculturalism. It will inject
an urgency into the debate about the rights and responsibilities of ethnic
communities and compel, on security grounds, a clearer definition of these

Above all, the Bali terror challenges Australia-Indonesian relations. It is
apparent that Australians were targeted in this attack and this tragedy will
become a landmark around which national stories will be perpetuated for
decades. The death toll is frightful. Next Sunday is a national day of
mourning. But this is just the start - there will be survival stories,
books, films, memorial services and media tributes to the victims that
extend over months and years.

Much now depends upon Indonesia's response. Defence Minister Matori Abdul
Djalil says he is sure the attack is linked to al-Qa'ida. John Howard says
there is "mounting evidence" of al-Qa'ida along with the Indonesian
terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah. The US ambassador in Jakarta, Ralph Boyce,
says he had "detailed and specific" data on terrorist threats, yet his
warnings were repeatedly dismissed by the Indonesian Government.

The campaign of the Islamic militants who champion Osama bin Laden is
potentially the most serious threat to Australia's security since that posed
by the Indonesian Communist Party 40 years ago. But the Bali bombings
constitute a greater danger to Indonesia than Australia. This is a struggle
over Indonesia's future. The origins of JI, the group most mentioned in the
context of the Bali bombing (without any confirmation), lie in the 1950s and
the long-nourished religious-revolutionary goal of creating an Islamic

Singapore, Malaysia and the US have documented the activities of JI, which
is known to have links with al-Qa'ida. The Australian high commission in
Singapore was a target of a terrorist plot revealed in January 2002, with a
number of the detainees linked with JI. The US has told Jakarta that its
territory is being used to establish a regional terrorist network, but the
Megawati Government has been in denial.

The spiritual leader of JI, the Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, enjoys
political support within Indonesia and has reportedly accused the US of
being responsible for the Bali bombing. He has previously been defended by
Indonesia's Vice-President Hamzah Haz, who has criticised the US for making
baseless accusations.

Howard's response has been measured, balanced and well-judged. The truth,
again, is that Australia can achieve nothing, but nothing, without the will
to act in Jakarta. Howard told the ABC yesterday: "We can't just go into
another country and take things over. We have to work with people." Since
then, Australia seems to have won Jakarta's consent to put a large police
and intelligence team into Indonesia in an effort to find the perpetrators.

But Howard's words carry an unmistakable warning to Jakarta. He said
Australians had a right to a "deep anger". There is a demand for
accountability. Howard accepts that the Australian Government, on behalf of
its people and its dead, will seek justice and press Indonesia to act. After
speaking with Megawati, he reports that her Government has been "shaken".
But will Megawati become the partner that Howard seeks?

In reality, it is hard to imagine such a weak leader as Megawati summoning
the power and imposing the crackdown that Australia wants and needs. The
moral is that Australia, as usual, is hostage to Indonesia. This heralds a
difficult period as the Australian Government tries to contain the domestic
anger and encourage Jakarta to a firmer position.

If Indonesia fails to meet this challenge, the consequences will be dire -
growing dislocation within Indonesia, more terrorism in South-East Asia,
more threats to Australians in the region and at home, and growing tension
between Indonesia and its Asian neighbours on the one hand, and the US and
Australia on the other.

The correct foreign policy message is that drawn by Labor's foreign affairs
spokesman Kevin Rudd. Australia needs to renew its multiple links within the
region. The problems of crime, drugs and boatpeople have been joined by
terrorism. There is no option but deeper regional co-operation. Call it
Keating's revenge.

Finally, people should repudiate the effort to slander their own Government
for the Bali murders. No obscenity is too vile or too irrational for the
Howard haters and US haters. So, what should Australia have done? Been
clever like the French and backed a two-stage Security Council resolution
against Iraq? Sure. Is there anybody fool enough to think that would have
averted the Bali bombing?

We know the answer. Australia's high commission in Singapore was a target
last year - and that predates completely the debate in this country about

3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002
Amidst belligerent threats against Israel by the Hizbullah terror organization, Lebanon held a lavish ceremony today to mark the beginning of operations of the Wazzani River pumping station. Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel yesterday that his men are prepared to launch their missiles "within minutes" should Israel strike the water facility. The new pumping station will divert for Lebanese use water bound that, up until today, was bound for Israel via the Hatzbani River.
Israel has not ruled out military force against the installation, but has said that it is waiting for the results of American mediation efforts. American officials did not participate in today's Lebanese ceremony, saying it was damaging to efforts to find a peaceful solution to the problem, but Russian and European Union representatives did take part. Official Lebanese television featured pictures of the new pumping station alongside images of Katyusha rockets, which have been fired over the years against northern Israel communities.


Despite the large number of wanted terrorists apprehended over the past few weeks, the war against terrorism is far from over. Col. Shimshon Arbel, who heads the office of the coordinator of government activities in the territories, told The Jerusalem Post that many terrorists from cities in which the IDF has a strong presence have found refuge in Bethlehem. Arbel warned that the "relative calm" in the Bethlehem area can be deceiving, and that the city has actually become a hotbed of terrorists from all over Judea and Samaria who convey instructions to terrorists elsewhere to perpetrate attacks.

Welfare Minister Shlomo Benizri (Shas) decided recently to reinstate the Demographic Council, in order to follow and encourage an increased Jewish birthrate in Israel. The purpose of the council is to create conditions that will make it easier for people to want to have children and ensure that Israel retains its Jewish character. Former government minister Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino (Labor) explained, "Our intention is to preserve the Jewish nation, in light of the assimilation among Diaspora Jewry." This did not stop four left-wing MKs, including Yael Dayan and Zahava Gal'on, from protesting that the council is both racist and sexist. MK Anat Maor said that the government is trying to "turn the woman into a birth machine for the state."

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1. Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Oct. 18, 2002

1. Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Oct. 18, 2002
The Israel Defense Forces conducted an investigation into yesterday's incident in Rafiach during which eight Arabs, including two women and two children, were killed. The investigation shows that Arabs attacked an IDF unit, whose soldiers responded at first with light-weapons fire. After the Arab attackers then shot anti-tank RPG rockets at the Israelis, the latter fired three tank shells precisely at the houses from where the rockets were fired.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who met with Prime Minister Sharon before the latter departed for Israel last night, reportedly asked for an explanation of the incident. Sharon said, inter alia, "The IDF is the army with the highest level of ethics, and does everything not to hurt civilians."
MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union), rejecting criticism of yesterday's operation, says that guilt for the death of the Arabs lies solely on the shoulders of the terrorists, "who purposely and pre-meditatedly fire on our soldiers from within civilian populated areas." Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson noted, "They have apparently decided that to be suicide bombers is no longer sufficient, and now insist that other Arabs be killed along with them as they try to murder Israelis."
Final results of the Likud's internal elections are due to be publicized today - but even then, it will not be clear whether the Sharon camp or the Netanyahu camp has won. The first test will be when the new 2,800-man Central Committee convenes next week.
Arutz-7 has learned that Prime Minister Sharon phoned Moshe Feiglin, head of the Likud's newest faction - Jewish Leadership - from Washington this week. Sharon congratulated him on his movement's achievements in the election, and invited him to a meeting. Binyamin Netanyahu has also asked Feiglin for an appointment. The Jewish Leadership faction, whose goal is to form a faith-based Jewish state on the entire Land of Israel in order to bring to fruition the vision and morals of the prophets and serve as a "light unto the nations," will apparently send well over 120 delegates to the Committee.

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1. M. Gardner :The anti-Adam Shapiro
3. Malaysia versus Israel: The more, the merrier
4. Arutz-7 News: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002

1. M. Gardner :The anti-Adam Shapiro
Jewish World Review Oct. 18, 2002 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5763
The anti-Adam Shapiro
By M. Gardner |
This spring, Adam Shapiro, the former Jewish Brooklynite who spent the night at Yasser Arafat's compound when the P.A. leader was under "house arrest," made headlines around the world for many reasons. Among them, obviously, were the "man-bites-dog" element of a Jew embracing the "Palestinian" cause, including, reportedly, calls for violence against his co-religionists.
Then, there was his engagement -- and, later marriage -- to an Arab woman.
"How odd," commentators opined. Well, actually, not. Though certainly not at the rate Jews and Christians intermarry in America, Arab-Jewish unions are far from rare in the Jewish State.
Below, we present the amazing but true story of the product of one such union. And a even more surprising ending.

To say that Salah Abdel Manam has yichus, or distinguished lineage, would be an understatement.
On his maternal side, his great-grandfather was a famous Safed mystic (mekubal). And his first cousin died heading a distinguished combat division in Lebanon while heroically defending Israel.
On his paternal side, his great-grandfather was a famous Moslem cleric. And a first cousin is one of Arafat's close advisors, who this spring was holed-up with him at the Mukta compound.

Although Jewish activist organizations helped Salah's mother escape twice from her Arab village and her husband, she ultimately decided to cast her lot with them. While Salah's father was willing to marry a Jewish woman, he nevertheless continued to affiliate with the strictest strain of Islam. In time, 9 children were born to the couple. Each was raised a devout Muslim.
Salah became proficient in the Koran at a young age, and knew large parts of it by heart. Adopting religious dress, he even wore a jalabiya.
Hatred of Jews was a recurring topic in his home and at school. Though married to a Jew, Salah's father wasn't reluctant to proclaim openly his hated of all things Jewish.
His parents intermarriage impacted Salah's day to day interaction with the world around him. "Because my mother was a Jew, I had to show that I was more extreme than everyone else. I knew I was always being watched," Salah explains, matter-of-factly.
But while going through the motions of being an "extremeist," Salah would at once be troubled by contradictions he found in the Koran.
And then politics began to intrude into his life. He lived, after all, in the Middle East.
When the first wave of suicide bombings began, friends tried to draft Salah into the Al Aksa Brigades. The Koran, he was told, "requires me to become a shahid." But being proficient in the Muslim holy book, Salah challenged the recruiters to find the source of this "teaching."
They couldn't.
"It was easy for them to convince the young and the ignorant, but they couldn't seduce me since I knew the Koran inside out. … I also knew that the Koran calls on believers to honor the Jewish people and not to scheme against them. They couldn't fool me," Salah recounts, proudly.
As Salah was finishing high school, he was becoming more and more troubled by the way of life he had known since birth. Eventually, he joined his friends in search of work in Israel proper.

At the time, Salah recalls, "I didn't know I was a Jew, according to Halacha," or Jewish law. "But whenever I would pass a synagogue, I felt a certain warmth emanating from inside. It was as if G-d was calling to me: 'Return my son.' I identified with my Jewish side. I'm not sure why."
Salah's parents soon began to notice the gradual change taking place in their son. They tried to convince him to join his 3 brothers -- including his twin -- who were studying Islam at a Mecca seminary, which propounds extreme Islamic views. They hoped that sending Salah there would put a speedy end to his interest in Judaism.
But Salah refused. He continued working in Israel.
Salah's first encounter with religious Jews was at a Tel Aviv construction company where he found employment. But whenever he would attempt to ask questions about Judaism, his co-workers were evasive. When he eventually confided in them that his mother was a Jew -- which renders him 100% Jewish -- Salah was advised to enroll in classes at a school ("yeshiva") for those seeking to become observant.
He did, but did not reveal his secret.
One day -- almost two years ago -- Salah returned home to his Arab village near Carmiel and packed his few belongings. He has not returned since and intends never to step foot in the region again.
All's well, that ends well? Not exactly.

Salah discovered that despite his sacrifice, his problems were only beginning.
Initially, he decided to move to an Israeli city with a large religious population. But with suicide bombings and terror attacks escalating, Salah, who began to wear a yarmulke and other distinct Jewish garb, was regularly viewed by residents with deep suspicion due to his Arabic name and his orange Palestinian identity card.
(In recent months, suicide bombers have donned Jewish garb in attempts infiltrate secure areas.)
Worse, his return to Judaism was literally threatening his life. During a police sweep, Salah would be picked up and expelled to the West Bank. Israeli authorities would not believe that he wanted to become a Jew, thinking it was a ruse. Yet were he was returned to the Palestinian Authority, he knew he would be hanged and murdered for being a "collaborator" with Israel.
"I was going out of mind," Salah confides. "I was afraid to walk in the streets. I was afraid to go to offices. I was afraid to go to the Ministry of the Interior to change my status because my parents might find out where I was living and someone with a knife or a weapon might come after me."
In the end, he finally decided to open-up to the dean ("rosh yeshiva") of his Judaic studies school. Once the sage verified Salah's astounding story, he took the truth seeker under his wing. The easiest way to solve Salah's problems, it was decided, was to have him officially be converted by the Rabbinate, who ruled that he had to undergo a Halachic circumcision.

To his amazement, Salah found out that he had been circumcised according to Jewish law.
"When I was born, there were no local Arab mohelim," Salah explains. "There was no Intifada, and Jews freely entered Arab towns without fear. There was a mohel in one of the settlements near the village where my parents lived, and he did the circumcisions for our family. Afterwards, I understood why. My Jewish mother wanted her children's circumcisions to be authentically Jewish. She specifically asked the mohel to perform these rites quietly and make sure that no one heard or saw. He knew that my mother was Jewish and he gladly fulfilled her will. Who knows if I returned to Judaism in the merit of this."
In the past year and a half, Salah has been vigorously pursuing his studies in a yeshiva. His Arab accent has completely disappeared, and sidelocks and a beard now frame his face. He has also worked unceasingly on his pronunciation of Hebrew, and today it is flawless.

Salah has reconnected with his mother's Jewish relatives, who received him warmly like a lost son. He has taken the same last name as his illustrious great-grandfather, and says he is doing everything possible to forget his Moslem past.
Now 24, Salah, who uses the name "Yehudah," is recently married to an Italian-born Jewish woman who recently returned to her Jewish roots, although in a much more conventional manner. A chessed (benevolence) organization undertook to help pay for his wedding.

Yehudah says that there are hundreds of Jewish women like his mother who remain in Arab villages -- not because they have such a good life; many, in fact, are abused -- they stay because they feel they have nowhere to return to. Their families have already sat "shiva" (mourned) for them.
He believes that if the Jewish people would open their hearts to these unfortunate women, they could save many of them. []
M. Gardner is a columnist for the Israeli daily, Yated Ne'eman, from which this article was translated.

WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The Bush administration has been urged to confront
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to end their financing of Al Qaida and
satellite groups deemed as terrorist.
A report by by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations said the war
against terrorism will fail unless Saudi Arabia is forced to end funding to
Al Qaida. The report, issued by a panel of experts on counterterrorism,
recommended that the administration pressure the Saudi kingdom regardless of
the consequences.
Saudi Arabia, the report said, has been painfully slow in tightening
restrictions on money laundering. In 1999, Saudi Arabia approved amendments
intended to bring anti-money laundering laws into compliance with
international standards. So far, these amendments have not been implemented.
"Significant 'source and transit' countries-especially Saudi Arabia,
Pakistan, Egypt, the Gulf states, and other regional financial centers-have
special responsibilities to combat terrorist financing," the report,
entitled "Terrorist Financing: Report of an Independent Task Force," said.
"When U.S. spokespersons are only willing to say that 'Saudi Arabia is being
cooperative' when they know very well all the ways in which it is not, both
our allies and adversaries can be forgiven for believing that the United
States does not place a high priority on this issue."

3. Malaysia versus Israel: The more, the merrier
Subject: Bali Low
From: "Dr. Bryan Griffith Dobbs" <>

The Jerusalem Post recently quoted the Prime Minister of
Malaysia calling for attacks on
Israel instead of Iraq.

4. Arutz-7 News: Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002
Sunday, October 20, 2002 / MarCheshvan 14, 5763

After almost four stormy hours of attempts to destroy the remaining structures in the Gilad Farm, and after an aborted shot at it last night, the army finally succeeded shortly before 3 PM this afternoon. After the synagogue was taken down, and after a crane was put out of commission by the crowds that arrived to prevent the uprooting of the site, an army jeep did the final honors and destroyed the remaining caravan. The army was unable to cart off the two large containers that had been used as living quarters, and instead cut them in half and welded them shut. Hundreds of people remain at the site at this hour, vowing to keep up a Jewish presence at the site. Follow the latest news at <>.

The uprooting of the farm this afternoon was the most recent chapter in an ongoing national controversy involving Sabbath desecration, allegations of unfulfilled commitments and personal political motivations, ministerial name-calling, violence between security personnel and Land of Israel faithful, and the perpetual dispute over allowing Jews to actualize their rights to their land.

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Humanizing Israeli Victims

From: Honest Reporting <>
Subject: Humanizing Israeli Victims

HonestReporting Communique
20 October 2002
* * *
Dear HonestReporting Member,
As public support for Yasser Arafat and his corrupt regime reaches an
all-time low, the media has begun to shift to a more sympathetic portrayal
of Israeli society. This week, 5 articles focus on "positive" stories from
an Israeli perspective, in the sense of telling the Israeli side of the
story, and particularly humanizing Israeli victims of terror.
HonestReporting encourages members to contact your local editors and
recommend that they publish similar articles.
Thanks to journalist Tom Gross for the research.

----- (1) USA TODAY -----
A page one story from USA Today declares that "Israelis have discovered
ways to live with everyday terror." Ellen Hale writes:
"Through small daily actions, deliberate public policies and subtle
adjustments in the way they think, [Israelis] have found healthy methods
of taking control of their lives and going about their business amid the
chaos of war. Though they may have had to cut back on liberties they once
enjoyed, most say they have learned to take pleasure in people and
experiences they previously undervalued -- (small moments with their
families and friends).
"The day it re-opened, Cafe Moment [where 12 Israelis were killed on March
9] was packed with the families of those killed, as well as those injured
in the blast, in a robust show of survival that someone called
'non-violent revenge.' Moment bomb victim Joseph Cohen, 50, spent two
months recuperating in a hospital. He now walks with a cane, is partially
blind and has pitted scars over his back from nails planted in the bomb.
Yet, he returns to the cafe every day for a drink. Says Cohen: 'I made
myself do it. You have to. You live, or not.'"
Online at:
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----- (2) TIMES OF LONDON -----
As the war against Iraq gathers steam, The Times of London published a
profile of the Iraqi Jewish community. ("Iraq's last Jews Wait in Fear for
War" - Oct. 18)
Writer Ian Cobain makes mention of the often-forgotten Jewish refugees who
were forced to flee Arab countries in the wake of Israel's independence:
"Fifty years ago, there were about 350,000 Jewish people in Iraq. When the
British marched into Baghdad at the end of the First World War a fifth of
its citizens were estimated to be Jewish... After the creation of the
state of Israel hundreds of thousands of Jews fled Iraq, at first slipping
across the borders in small numbers, then joining airlifts organised by
the Israeli Government."
The Times reports on the remnants of the community today: "Today 38 [Jews]
remain in the capital. In Basra, the once prosperous port in the south,
there is just one old woman. In Mosul and Amarah, and other Iraqi cities
where Jews had lived for more than two millennia, their communities have
vanished without trace." In Baghdad, the guardian of the only functioning
synagogue said that he required "written permission from the Ministry of
Information before I can talk to you, and then they will send one of their
minders to sit in on the interview."
Online at:,,3-450465,00.html
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----- (3) CHICAGO SUN-TIMES -----
F. David Radler, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote a column
"Boldly Standing Up for Israel," in which he declares:
"It is not easy to be an Israeli today. They are faced with threats of
terror, taunted by unyielding and unjust condemnation from the
international community, yet the country continues to grow. So do its
"Israel and the United States are on the front lines of the war on terror
for the same reasons. Both are free and both are democratic... The
Sun-Times finds no moral equivalence between soldiers who protect the
innocent and suicide bombers who murder them.
"We are also clear that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah-Tanzim are
terrorists, not militants. Militants don't bomb campuses -- terrorists
bomb campuses. Militants don't explode buses -- terrorists explode
buses... When terrorists kill civilians in Israel, we have no problem
labeling them the same as we label the al-Qaida terrorists of Sept. 11."
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----- (4) ASSOCIATED PRESS -----
Whereas the regimes in Iraq and Saudi Arabia continue to make financial
payments to the families of those who murder Jews, The Associated Press
reports that Jews are rewarding those who save lives. ("Guard Rewarded for
Stopping Bomber")
Mikhail Sarkisov is the security guard who prevented last weekend's
massive attempted Tel Aviv beachfront terror attack. Sarkisov had checked
the suicide bomber with a metal detector, which revealed something
suspicious. When the man put his hand in his pocket, Sarkisov tackled the
bomber with his bare hands.
Sarkisov is now staying as a complimentary guest for nine days in a luxury
Israeli hotel, while counting reward money from at least three private
sources, including a Swiss Jewish millionaire. In addition, the security
company that employs Sarkisov gave him a promotion and is paying a year's
rent for a Tel Aviv apartment.
AP reports that more than 250 Israelis have been killed in more than 70
Palestinian suicide bombing attacks during two years of violence.
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----- (5) WASHINGTON POST -----
The Washington Post reports on private philanthropists who have helped
ease the crisis of Israelis stricken by terror. In the article, "To Jewish
Philanthropists, a Personal Thanks," reporter Caryle Murphy writes:
"Shoshana Gottlieb calls herself a survivor, not a victim. So when the
49-year-old Israeli told 1,000 other Jewish women at [a Washington]
conference how she ended up paralyzed from the chest down, she spoke
without tears or traces of self-pity. It was her audience that cried.
Addressing a darkened ballroom from her wheelchair, Gottlieb, a mother of
four, told how she was left paraplegic when Palestinian snipers fired on a
van ferrying her home from work in February 2001.
"The export-import manager for an Israeli chemical company then thanked
the women for the gift they helped make possible: a device that lets her
navigate the stairs in her multistory apartment building. 'There are no
words,' Gottlieb said to her subdued and sometimes sobbing listeners, 'to
describe my appreciation.'"
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Jerusalem News-138
1. Egypt practices moving forces across Canal
2. Arab Nazis Bark Again
3. Iraqis linked to Oklahoma atrocity
4. Sweden cited for failure to prosecute Nazis
5. suicide terrorists killed 14 people and injured 42

1. Egypt practices moving forces across Canal
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 06:33:41 -0400
Egypt practices moving forces across Canal towards Israel
Aaron Lerner Date: 21 October 2002
Israel Radio Arab Affairs Correspondent Avi Yissakharov reported this
afternoon that the Egyptian army has completed a major military training
exercise that involved moving a large force across the Suez Canal and into
Sinai. The exercise also included destroying "enemy" fortifications.
While the "enemy" was never identified in the exercise, that apparently used
American weapons and equipment that the US contributed to Egypt as a reward
for agreeing to sign a treaty with Israel (under which they received the
entire Sinai), Israel is the only relevant target of such an operation.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director

2. Arab Nazis Bark Again
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 19:21:00 -0400
Subject: MEMRI: Al-Hayat Highlights Popularity of Syrian Defense Minister's
Blood Libel Book

Special Dispatch - Syria/Arab Antisemitism
October 22, 2002
No. 432
Al-Hayat Highlights Large Popularity of Syrian Defense Minister's Blood
Libel Book at Syrian International Book Fair
Today, the London Arabic daily Al-Hayat(1) reported that Ba'ath party leader
for decades Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass's book "The Matzah of
Zion," which presents the Damascus blood libel of 1840 as a "historical
fact,"(2) enjoyed high popularity at the international book fair held in
Damascus. The following are excerpts from the article:
"A source in the Tlass Publishing House for Research and Translation told
Al-Hayat that this book is very popular among both the 600 books of the
Tlass publishers, and the 38,000 books exhibited in the fair. The reason for
its popularity, said the source, is 'the will of the next generation to know
about the Jews, how they harmed Arabs and others, and their motives to
murder other human beings.'"
"Due to the large demand, the Tlass publication decided to publish its
eighth reprint of the book in Arabic, and to publish it in other languages
as well, such as English, French, and Italian."
"Tlass promised that to every new reprint, he will attach a document or a
new chapter which will shed light on the distortion of the Torah [by the
Jews] and on the criminal Jewish religious rituals. He said he will do it
on the basis of the belief in Allah's words, be he praised..."(3)
"The present reprint includes a part of Tlass's dissertation and a
translation of a book named 'The Young Martyr of Prague' that tells the
story of the murder of the youth Simon Abeles in 1694 in Prague,
Czechoslovakia.(4) It also includes the reactions to Tlass's book since its
first issue. Recently, Tlass responded to accusations that he is
antisemitic, saying: 'Don't they know what antisemitism means? Do they know
I'm an Arab, and the Arabs are semites, and being anti-Arab is being
"The official Syrian response to the same accusation was: 'We are not
racists, we are not against the monotheistic religions and the Jewish
religion amongst them; we are against Zionism.'"
(1) Al-Hayat (London), October 21, 2002.
(2) See MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 99: The Damascus Blood Libel (1840)
as Told by Syria's Minister of Defense, Mustafa Tlass,;
Special Dispatch No. 150: Leading Egyptian Newspaper raises Blood Libel,;
Special Dispatch No. 190: The Arab Answer to 'Schindler's List,'
(3) At this point he quotes from the Koran, Sura 13:17.
(4) See the Jewish Encyclopedia on this issue:

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

3. Iraqis linked to Oklahoma atrocity
-From: Eliezer <>
Subject: Iraqis linked to Oklahoma atrocity
Iraqis linked to Oklahoma atrocity
By James Langton in New York, for the Evening Standard
The FBI is under pressure from the highest political levels in Washington to investigate
suspected links between Iraq and the Oklahoma bombing.
Senior aides to US Attorney-General John Ashcroft have been given compelling evidence
that former Iraqi soldiers were directly involved in the 1995 bombing that killed 185 people.
The methodically assembled dossier from Jayna Davis, a former investigative TV reporter,
could destroy the official version that white supremacists Timothy McVeigh and Terry
Nichols were solely responsible for what, at the time, was the worst act of terrorism on
' American soil. Instead, there are serious concerns that a group of Arab men with links
to Iraqi intelligence, Palestinian extremists and possibly al Qaeda, used McVeigh and
Nichols as front men to blow up the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
Davis, who was one of the first reporters on the scene after the blast, has spent seven
years gathering evidence of a wider conspiracy. But it is only as America prepares to
wage war on Iraq and Saddam Hussein that her conclusions are being taken seriously
at the highest level. Finally, she says, the authorities are examining the idea "that the
Oklahoma bombing might not simply be the work of two angry white men".
After hearing her evidence, several senior members of Congress have called for a new
probe. What triggered Davis's investigation was a report immediately after the Oklahoma
explosion of Middle-Eastern looking men fleeing in a brown Chevrolet truck only minutes
earlier. The FBI launched an international hunt for the men but later cancelled the search.
Within days McVeigh and Nichols were arrested, and the case seemed to be one of
home-grown terrorists, motivated by a hatred for authority. But the case has always
had loose ends. In particular, several witnesses in Oklahoma City that April morning
saw a third conspirator with McVeigh. The elusive dark-haired suspect became known
as "John Doe 2".
Terry Nichols, now serving life for conspiracy in the bombing and involuntary manslaughter,
was the original "John Doe 1" but, with his arrest, the FBI claimed that the case had been
wrapped up. They eventually concluded that "John Doe 2" was Nichols all along.
Davis thought otherwise. Early on, she found that a brown Chevrolet truck almost identical
to that once hunted by the FBI had been seen parked outside the offices of a local
property management company several days before the bombing.
The owner was a Palestinian with a criminal record and suspected ties to the Palestine
Liberation Organization. Later she found that the man had hired a number of former Iraqi
soldiers. He had recruited them to carry out maintenance on his rental properties, but
several were later discovered to be missing from work on the day of the bombing.
Eyewitnesses have told Davis that they saw several of them celebrating later that day.
But what increasingly drew her attention was another Iraqi living in Oklahoma City, a
restaurant worker called Hussain Hashem Al Hussaini, whose photograph was almost
a perfect match to the official sketch of "John Doe 2". Al Hussaini has a tattoo on his
upper left arm, indicating he was once a member of Saddam's elite Republican Guard.
Since then, Davis has gathered hundreds of court records and the sworn testimony of
two dozen witnesses. Several claimed to have seen a man fitting Al Hussaini's
description drinking with McVeigh in a motel bar four days before the bombing.
Others positively identified former Iraqi soldiers in the company of McVeigh and Nichols.
Two swore that they had seen Al Hussaini only a block from the Murrah building in the
hours before the bombing. With the case against McVeigh and Nichols seemingly
watertight, the FBI has until now consistently refused to reopen it. McVeigh went to
his death in the execution chamber two years ago, insisting he alone was responsible.
Davis thinks he may have done so out of loyalty to his family, not wishing to go down
in history as a traitor to his country. But she has evidence that up to 12,000 Iraqis
were allowed into America after the Gulf war. Some of these, she suspects, are using
their status as refugees for cover. "They are here," she said. "And they are highly
trained and motivated."
The renewed interest in Washington is clearly linked to America's case against Saddam
as broker of world terror. And there is more. Al Hussaini, who entered the US from a
Saudi refugee camp, worked after the Oklahoma bomb as a cook at Boston's Logan
Airport - from where the two hijacked aircraft that hit the World Trade Center took off.
There is another confirmed incident that suggests something more sinister. Two of
the 11 September conspirators held a crucial meeting at a motel in Oklahoma City in
August 2001. The motel's owner has since identified them as ringleader Mohammed Atta
and Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, who has known links with
shoe-bomber Richard Reid. The motel is unremarkable - except for one thing. It is
where a number of Davis's witnesses are sure they saw McVeigh drinking and perhaps
plotting with his Iraqi friends.


4. Sweden cited for failure to prosecute Nazis
By Haim Shapiro April, 08 2002
The Jerusalem Post
JERUSALEM (April 8) - Sweden is among the worst offenders in refusal to prosecute Nazi criminals, and received a failing mark in a report to be issued today by the Simon Wiesenthal Center-Jerusalem on worldwide prosecution of Nazi war criminals.

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the center, said yesterday that, due to a statute of limitations on murder, the Swedish government in principle refuses to investigate, let alone prosecute, Swedish Nazi war criminals or such criminals, mostly from the Baltic states, who found refuge in Sweden after World War II. Zuroff noted that this is particularly unfortunate, since Sweden is a world leader in education on the Holocaust.

The director of the Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem pointed out that legal experts have questioned the Swedish statute of limitations, indicating that international law might apply relating to crimes involving genocide. He also said that he has appealed to the Swedish prime minister to change the law, to no avail.

Zuroff classed Sweden along with Syria, which has consistently denied that the notorious Nazi criminal, Alois Brunner, is living in Damascus, despite convincing evidence to the contrary. Brunner was recently sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment in France, which is seeking his extradition, along with Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland.

The other states receiving a failing mark were Venezuela and Colombia. During the period under review, from January 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002, the center submitted a list of 18 suspected Nazi war criminals from the Baltic states who had emigrated to Venezuela and 11 similar suspects to Colombia, but both states have not responded, Zuroff said.

Despite the situation in such countries, Zuroff said it is amazing how many Nazis are still being tracked down, almost 57 years after the end of World War II.

"Practically every month a Nazi criminal is uncovered somewhere in the world," Zuroff said.

He noted that the US, and to a lesser extent Canada, had received the best results, prosecuting Nazi war criminals not for war crimes or genocide, but for immigration and naturalization violations, which are easier to prove. During the period under review, the US obtained six convictions and Canada three.

Zuroff characterized Canada as having had moderate success in this area, along with Germany, which has a special agency to facilitate prosecution of Nazi war criminals and obtained two convictions for murder during the period under review. During this time, one new case was filed and nine new investigations were initiated.

Also in this category is Poland, which has recently established an Institute for National Remembrance. During the period under review, Poland had one conviction for genocide and 48 investigations were begun.

Among the states characterized as having only minimal success were Lithuania, France, and Italy. Zuroff was particularly scathing about Lithuania, which has established a Special Investigations Division that initiated 100 new investigations, but where not a single Lithuanian Nazi war criminal has ever sat one day in jail.

"In practice, a Nazi in good health can be certain that he will remain free until he is too ill not to be put on trial," Zuroff said.

As for Italy and France, in both countries it has proven extremely difficult to take legal action against local Nazi collaborators.

Great Britain and Scotland, Croatia, Estonia, Costa Rica, Austria, and Australia, were all graded as having made insufficient or unsuccessful efforts. In particular, Zuroff pointed out that Australia, to which hundred, if not thousands, of collaborators and criminals fled after World War II, has failed to take successful legal action against a single one.

Austria, he said, should have been a leader in the prosecution of Nazi perpetrators, but little has been achieved. During the period under review, 10 new investigations were opened, but no convictions were obtained and no new cases were filed. In both countries, he said, the political climate is not conducive.

"The center's experience has been that the existence of political will to bring Nazi war criminals to justice is an absolute prerequisite for the successful prosecution of Holocaust perpetrators," Zuroff said.

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5. suicide terrorists killed 14 people and injured 42
Tuesday, October 22, 2002 Cheshvan 16, 5763 Israel Time: 16:58 (GMT+2)

Two suicide terrorists killed 14 people and injured 42 yesterday in a car bomb attack on an Egged bus at Karkur Junction in northern Israel.

Diplomatic and security sources said Israel would refrain from a massive retaliation for the attack and will instead focus on trying to prevent terrorists leaving the northern West Bank by tightening closures, reinstating curfews, and canceling other measures that tried to ease life for ordinary Palestinians.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon did not even convene the security cabinet last night, instead consulting by phone with Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer.

The attack turned Bus 841, traveling from Kiryat Shmona to Tel Aviv, into an blazing inferno of screams and burned victims. The blast and ignited fuel unleashed intense flames that sent huge plumes of smoke into the sky and at first prevented police and rescue workers from approaching the stricken bus.

It took an hour to bring the fire under control and the vehicle was reduced to to a blackened skeleton. Ammunition carried by soldiers riding the bus blew up in a chain of explosions, adding to the hazards for victims and rescue workers.

"There were explosions non-stop and the flareup was so fast that I couldn't understand how," said Michael Yitzhaki, a passenger who escaped. "It looks like the fuel tank was hit first. The flames ate up the bus with amazing speed, and with the ammunition going off as well, we didn't manage to get back in to save anyone. It was pretty terrible looking at people whom we couldn't help anymore."

"It was like an earthquake. The whole bus is burnt and nothing is left of it," added another witness, Meital Ziskin. Of the wounded, five were in serious condition and six were moderately injured; the rest were lightly injured.

Using a tactic rarely used before in the intifada, two Palestinians rammed their car into the rear of the bus while it was picking up passengers at Karkur Junction shortly before 4:30 P.M. and detonated about 100 kilograms of nail-studded explosives that packed in the car.

A few of the 31 passengers on board managed to escape, some by crawling from the windows, but others were trapped inside by the flames. The bombers, whom Palestinian sources identified as Hamdi Hasnin and Asraf al-Asmar of Jenin, were also killed. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack

Over the last two and a half weeks, the Shin Bet security service has received 49 specific warnings of planned terror attacks in Israel and the territories.

Of these, 31 have been successfully foiled, mainly by the various security services, but in one case by an alert private security guard in Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem News-139

1.spy ring in Israel uncovered

2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002

3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002

1.spy ring in Israel uncovered
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 02:32:06 -0400
Subject: Ha'aretz sanitizes English report on IDF Officer
[IMRA: While the front page Hebrew edition headline of Ha'aretz reads "Lt.
Col. from the minorities charged with spying for Hezbollah" and the
accompanying stories devote considerable space to this aspect, for some
reason, the editors of the English edition of Ha'aretz decided not to share
this piece of information with their readers.]
Biggest Hezbollah spy ring in Israel uncovered
By Baruch Kra, Amos Harel and Jalal Bana Ha'aretz 24 October 2002
The Shin Bet security service and the police recently uncovered a spy ring
operated by Hezbollah in Israel, the largest of its kind since the Israel
Defense Forces pull-out from southern Lebanon two and a half years ago.
Indictments in the case are to be submitted today against an Israel Defense
Forces Lieutenant Colonel, the prime suspect, and six others from the north
who in the past served in the IDF. The suspects are accused of trading
information to the militant Lebanese organization for a prolonged period, in
exchange for drugs and substantial cash payments totaling millions of
Altogether 11 Israeli citizens have been detained in the investigation of
the Hezbollah spy affair. One of the arrested men has been released. Details
of the arrests were cleared yesterday for publication.
The suspects, Israeli officials believe, relayed (or tried to relay) maps,
details about sensitive intelligence facilities, and personal information
about former IDF Northern Commander Major General Gabi Ashkenazi, today the
IDF Deputy Chief of Staff, and another senior Northern Command officer.
Hezbollah apparently asked for data about the two top officers in order to
assess the feasibility of an assassination attempt on either or both men. In
addition, the suspects allegedly relayed information about IDF operations
along the northern border fence, the size of deployments on the border,
soldiers who serve in sensitive facilities, and about tank ambushes in the
Senior security sources said yesterday that Israeli citizens in the spy ring
caused grave security damage to the state. The ring's continued activity,
the sources suggested, would have done even more serious harm to state
security. Particularly alarming, they added, is the recruitment of a top IDF
officer by Hezbollah; the officer was in a position to relay secret
information to the Shi'ite organization.
The spy ring was also responsible for the transfer of cell phones to
Hezbollah. One was found on the body of a terrorist who penetrated into
Israel last March and carried out a terror attack near Kibbutz Metzuba, in
which six Israeli citizens were killed. The monitoring of calls to this cell
phone was one means by which Israeli authorities cracked the spy ring case.
However, no evidence has been found to link members of the ring directly to
the Metzuba attack.
The espionage and drug ring operated for about 18 months, and almost all its
members were residents of the north, Israeli investigators believe.
Information was passed on to Hezbollah via drug dealers and couriers; in
exchange for the information, the suspects received hundreds of kilograms of
hard drugs, and cash. In some cases, investigators believe, suspects had
direct contacts with senior Hezbollah figures.
Information was delivered at various points along the border in the north,
investigators suspect. The couriers are well acquainted with these border
locales owing to their service in the IDF. Prime suspects peddled drugs
received from Hezbollah to dealers in Israel, and the drugs reached markets
all over the country.

Working on intelligence tips several weeks ago, policemen arrested two of
the Israeli suspects in the case just as they completed a drug deal. One of
these detained men is the brother of the top IDF officer. The two suspects
had in their possession nine kilograms of hashish and seven kilograms of
heroin. The drugs came originally from a Lebanese drug dealer, Kamil Nahara,
whose alias is Abu-Said, investigators say.
On September 11, soon after they established the connection to the brother,
authorities arrested the IDF Lieutenant Colonel. The prime suspect in the
case, the officer has served in the IDF for many years, mainly in field
operation roles. Israeli investigators believe that he received very large
amounts of drugs, possibly worth millions of dollars, from the Shi'ite

Relatives and friends of suspects detained in the case expressed shock and
dismay yesterday. They are residents of a community where the vast majority
of male residents serve with various security forces.

Security sources yesterday explained that material motives, not ideology,
fueled members of the spy ring. The ring's members secured drugs to sell
them for profit, not to use them, the sources said.

2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002
Tuesday, Oct. 22 2002 / MarCheshvan 16, 5763
As 209 Clevelanders arrived in Israel on a Jewish Federation solidarity mission yesterday afternoon - they were gathering their luggage at Ben-Gurion Airport - they were informed about the Karkur Junction bombing that engulfed a busload of Israelis in flames. They were saddened, but not deterred. "While we are mourning the loss of life," group spokesman Michael Bennett later told Arutz-7's Josh Hasten, "the group is almost taking an Israeli attitude that life must go on. The bombing will not deter us! We're here to experience Israel, to show solidarity with Israel, and to enjoy being in Israel - so it's really full steam ahead. And just like Israelis have to live with these terrible things, we'll keep going as well. We're here on a mission and we are going to carry it through."
The Cleveland group is here for a week participating in a number of social services programs geared at improving the quality of life of Israel's citizens. One of the projects involves the launching of a training curriculum for medical professionals to provide care for Israeli women of diverse backgrounds. The group is also scheduled to build and then dedicate a new playground in the town of Kiryat Malachi, near Ashkelon, for Israelis of Ethiopian descent.

Hundreds of women from all over Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) arrived at the Hyatt Hotel in Jerusalem this afternoon for a first-of-its-kind gathering. "Our purpose," Naamah Shpeter, chairperson of a new group called Women of Yesha, told Arutz-7 today, "is to strengthen and be strengthened, to give and receive encouragement, in our daily struggle with the war of terrorism forced upon us." She said that though terrorism is a threat to many people in Israel, "we have a double burden: We face its threat not only on the roads or in town, but even in our homes - as we have seen children and adults who have been killed here in Yesha by terrorists inside their very homes... We find ourselves supporting everyone: our husbands, our children, in our communities and on the various committees on which we volunteer - and we would like to draw strength from each other today in our continuing efforts to lead Yesha forward."
Shpeter said that guests at the gathering will include government ministers Livnat and Livny and deputy ministers Ezra and Blumental.


3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 / MarCheshvan 17, 5763
Egypt has concluded what it called a "major military exercise" in the Sinai Peninsula. Middle East News Line (MENL) reports that the 10-day exercise was conducted by the Third Army in southern Sinai, and was meant to determine combat skills and integrate new weaponry and systems for Egypt's ground forces. The exercise, the second in the Sinai peninsula over the last three months, was attended by Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi and other senior Egyptian officials. Tantawi said Egypt requires a powerful military to safeguard the country and regional peace.
Dr. Aryeh Stav, Director of the Ariel Center for Policy Research, told Arutz-7 several months ago,
"I head a center that takes a long-range, strategic view. Egypt is one of the poorest nations in the world, yet it spends 20% of its budget on re-arming. It has one of the largest armies in the world, with 450,000 soldiers, and another 400,000 in auxiliary frameworks, and is outfitted with some of the most modern weaponry. It has no viable enemies anywhere else, and therefore the conclusion is that this army is being built up to fight a war against Israel. They announce this openly: Tantawi said recently that the army is preparing for the fight with the 'Zionist enemy.'"

The Likud Party convention will open in Jerusalem tonight with a newly reconstituted Central Committee. Over half of the some 2,600 delegates were recently elected for the first time - including 125 delegates from the Jewish Leadership movement headed by Moshe Feiglin. Feiglin was asked by Arutz-7 today whether it's Sharon or Netanyahu who has the majority in the new Committee. "It's hard to speak of a balance of power in the Central Committee," he answered, "because the elections were really on a geographical basis. But the general feeling is that the Committee tends to Netanyahu."
Feiglin is proud of his movement's strong showing in the recent elections: "We have 125 delegates who are united and who work together, and this is considered an important asset - we received many compliments for this achievement. Many of the other groups are not unified, or don't always show up, etc."

The five motions that the Jewish Leadership movement plans to submit at the convention include the following:
1) The Likud charter currently calls for "persistence in settling and developing all parts of the Land of Israel, and annexing them." The motion calls to add these words: "actualization of our sovereignty on the Temple Mount and speeding up settlement efforts in Yesha."
2) The Oslo War must be won in the shortest possible time, and we call upon the Prime Minister to:
* annex all of Yesha;
* nullify the Oslo Accords and kill the murderers and those who send them, including Arafat;
* implement wartime practices with the Palestinian enemy, including preventing all trade, aid, and supplies to the enemy until they give up all their weapons, turn over all the terrorists among them, and accept Israel's sovereignty on its homeland;
* legislate into law an "Autonomy Law" regulating the status of locations in Israel populated by non-citizens;
* provide aid to Arabs of Yesha who wish to escape the tragedy brought upon them by their terrorist leadership and begin new lives somewhere else.
3) We call upon the Prime Minister and his government to legislate laws stipulating that the appointment of judges and officials of the law enforcement, public service, and other agencies in which public policy is set, be carried out democratically and openly before the public, and require the approval of the Knesset.
4) We call for drastic cuts in public spending, a gradual end to American financial aid, an end to foreign labor, a 50% cut in Knesset and government salaries, and other economic measures.
5) We wish to "strengthen the hands" of Jonathan Pollard, and call upon the government to act firmly to bring about his release and take all measures - including military - to bring about the release of IDF prisoners, and call to ban all Likud MKs except for the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from setting foot on American soil until Pollard is freed.

American mediator William Burns, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, is scheduled to arrive in Israel today. On his agenda will be the U.S. "road map to peace in the Middle East" - a plan supported by the U.S., Russia, European Union and the United Nations. The plan calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2005, with a series of target dates to be met in the interim.
Burns will meet with Peres, who said this morning that the plan is only a rough draft to which Israel has two months to respond. Prime Minister Sharon said last night, "It cannot be that Israel carries out irreversible steps while the other side merely makes declarations." Sharon is particularly concerned that supervision of the plan's implementation will be entrusted to the above quartet.

"How do we overcome this dilemma?" This was the question posed today to Maj.-Gen. (res.) Oren Shachor, who served as head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria and was a senior member of the Israeli negotiating team with the PA under the Rabin and Peres governments. The question was based on the statement of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon yesterday that the lifting of the curfew on Jenin helped the Karkur bus terrorists arrive at their destination and explode their carbomb this past Monday. "We can't keep hundreds of thousands of people under curfew for months at a time, yet when we ease the restrictions, we get terrorism. What to do?" asked Arutz-7's Ariel Kahane.
"This has long been our problem," Shachor sighed. "On the one hand, you want to enable the Palestinian population to live, eat, and move around, while on the other hand we have to watch over our citizens' lives. When we take off the curfew, they take advantage of it. As government coordinator [in the territories], I had difficulty recommending removing the curfew, because I knew that it would open holes [in our security]. I think the Palestinians should take very much to heart what Yaalon said; it was basically a strong warning. They better realize that even though we are a humane nation and we care about the Palestinians, our overriding concern is to save our citizens' lives. It will definitely now be much harder to open the curfews."
Shachor said that what has to be done now is for "the army to increase its presence in Yesha... To withdraw from Hevron does not appear to be very relevant or practical at present. We must remain in the centers of power in the different cities, from Hevron to Jenin. We have to increase our military activity in other areas as well, including in the Hamas and Islamic Jihad strongholds in Gaza..." Shachor also reiterated his position that Arafat should be expelled, without concern for how he will behave or be receive abroad. "His place is not here," Gen. Shachor said.

Egyptian Television will broadcast a 30-part series based on the anti-Semitic work "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The book was authored in Russia over 100 years ago, and alleges that the Jews plan to take over the world. The TV series, entitled, "Horseman Without a Horse," will be broadcast over the course of the month of Ramadan, which begins two weeks from now.

Jerusalem News-140
1. Christian Zionists verbally attacked by Arab Nazi
2.Sniper Suspects al-Qaeda Sympathizers..
3.Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002
4. Israel offers advice on Bali bombings

1. Christian Zionists verbally attacked by Arab Nazi
Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has accused US Christian supporters of Israel of hatching a "plot" to liquidate the Arabs and driving them into exile, the Beirut Daily Star reported Wednesday.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony, Nasrallah said that "Christian Zionists" are gaining strength in the US and that they have a powerful impact on US foreign policy. Christian groups in America, he said, are financed by oil companies and weapons firms, and seek to encourage Jews to move to Israel and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. However, he said, "if they all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."
(By Michael Freund, Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2002

2.Sniper Suspects al-Qaeda Sympathizers..
From: "" <>

Two suspects arrested last night in the sniper shootings --- John Mohammad, a black American Muslim, and Lee Malvo, a-17-year-old Jamaican foreign national --- are both al-Qaeda sympathizers. According to the Seattle Times, both men “may have been motivated by anti-American sentiments in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Both were known to speak sympathetically about the men [9/11 hijackers] who attacked the United States.” The 41-year-old Mohammad is described as “a Muslim convert and former Fort Lewis soldier sympathetic to Islamic terrorists.

Mohammad also worked as a security guard for the Million Man March, an anti-white, pro-black rally organized in 1995 by Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrahkan.
Regarding Mr. Malvo, authorities have been secretive about his background, except only to confirm that he attended Bellingham High School last year in Bellingham, WA, near the Canadian border. According to the State Department, “it has no record of having issued an immigrant or a non-immigrant U.S. visa to a John Malvo from Jamaica.” This indicates that Malvo is an illegal alien who snuck into the country, possibly from Canada.
While the authorities are trying to downplay any direct links to al-Qaeda, the evidence continues to point to a terror connection. It is likely that both Mohammad and Malvo were acting as a “fifth column” for al-Qaeda and/or were operating as a terror cell for al-Qaeda. It should be recalled that the recent al-Qaeda arrests in Portland, Oregon and Buffalo, New York were primarily of U.S. citizens. Indeed, one Portland suspect now in custody is an American Muslim who also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

3.Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 19:24:23 +0200
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 / MarCheshvan 18, 5763

Lt.-Col. Omar al-Hayb, from a well-known Bedouin family whose sons have served and serve in the IDF, was indicted today on charges of treason, aiding the enemy, grave espionage, and drug dealing. He served as Chief Tracking Officer in the Northern Command until he left the army six months ago - well after his alleged espionage activities began - and was also responsible for enlisting soldiers in the Bedouin sector. He lost an eye while pursuing terrorists in southern Lebanon six years ago, but requested to remain in the army.
Nine other Bedouin soldiers from the same extended family in the northern village of Zarzir have also been arrested in the case, and five of them were indicted today on similar charges. In exchange for hundreds of kilos of drugs and tens of thousands of dollars, the suspected traitors are accused of providing Hizbullah with classified maps of the northern border, details of troop movements and tank deployments, and information regarding the movements of senior military commanders.
The ten were arrested six weeks ago. One of them is suspected of having bought and transferred 12 cellular phones to Hizbullah elements, one of which was later found on the body of a suicide terrorist. This massive espionage case, which some have called the most serious the army has ever known, has already led to reports of built-in problems in Northern Command tracker units. One former officer said that that these units have become the "exclusive domain" of the Bedouin soldiers, with insufficient supervision by the upper IDF echelons.

4. Israel offers advice on Bali bombings
From: "Arnold Roth (Webmail)"
Subject: Post-Bali #4
Since my earlier emails referred to a shortage of Israeli responses,
here's a report that presents a different view.

From today's Australian Jewish News [25-Oct-02]
Israel offers advice on Bali bombings
Bernard Freedman
ISRAEL has offered to share with Australia its experience in its fight
against terror bombing following the Bali attacks last week.
The offer from Israel's Defence Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer was among a
number of messages of condolence sent to Australia from Israel in the
past week, including one from Israel's President Moshe Katsav saying how
deeply shocked he was.
Mr Ben-Eliezer, who described the Bali attack as "one of the most
heinous, senseless and indiscriminate terrorist assaults ever", offered
to help with advice on fighting terrorism in a letter to Australian
Defence Minister Robert Hill.
"Be assured that Israel is ready to share with you the experience it
gathered in its fight against this all too common scourge of terrorism
which now seems to afflict us all, regardless of geography, religion or
nationality," Mr Ben-Eliezer said.
Israel's Foreign Minister Shimon Peres not only sent a message of
condolence, he also telephoned Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander
Downer to express his shock and sympathy. Mr Downer told him Australians
could now understand even better what Israel had had to face, sources
Israel's Transport Minister Dr Ephraim Sneh, who recently visited
Australia, sent condolence messages to Opposition Leader Simon Crean, Mr
Downer and Transport Minister John Anderson.

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Jerusalem News-141
1. Murder of Palestinian Women by Palestinians
1. Murder of Palestinian Women by Palestinians
Subject: Murder of Palestinian Women Accused of "Collaborating" Condemned by
Shurat Hadin [Human Rights Group]
Shurat HaDin Accused PA Leaders of Compliance in Murder of Alleged
October 27, 2002
Shurat HaDin -Israel Law Center condemns the brutal murder of a
Palestinian women, Haifa Mohammed Sultan, 39, in the Shechem (Nablus)
casbah on Friday evening. Sultan was dragged from her home by masked
members of Yasser Arafat's al-Aqsa Brigades. She was killed in the street
by a gunshot to the head.
Her younger sister, Adibeh, was also shot in the legs by the same Fatah
The terrorist group announced that Sultan was suspected of providing
information to Israel. Family members are fearful that the gunmen might try
a second time to murder Adibeh, who is in a local hospital being treated
for her gun wounds.
Sultan is the third women to be murdered by Yasser Arafat's Fatah gunmen in
recent months.
"The responsibility for the murder of Haifa Sultan rests solely on the
shoulders of Yasser Arafat and the PA leadership," said Shurat HaDin
director attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, "Members of his terrorist Fatah
organization are roving the territories killing their fellow Palestinians
with impunity. Even after the years of murders of hundreds of suspected
"collaborators" by Fatah, there is yet to be one arrest, one indictment or
one trial."
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Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 05:08:18 -0400
Subject: Linked to WWII crimes, Waldheim continues to receive UN pension

Linked to WWII crimes, Waldheim continues to receive UN pension
By Michael Freund The Jerusalem Post, October 20, 2002
Despite having been linked to Nazi crimes against the Jews, former United
Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim continues to receive a six-figure
pension from the world body, the New York Daily News reports.
Waldheim, who served as a Wehrmacht intelligence officer and has been on a
US Justice Department 'watch list' since 1987, receives an annual pension of
$124,754. He served two five-year terms as the UN's chief official from 1972
to 1982.
Former US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who served as US representative
to the UN from 1975 to 1976, denounced the continued payments to Waldheim.
"The awful fact that he still receives a UN pension speaks to the corruption
of an institution that has abandoned the principles on which it was
established", he said, adding, "Waldheim was a low point in UN history."
In the mid-1980's, a Justice Department probe revealed that Waldheim had
"assisted or participated in" Nazi deportations and executions of Greek and
Yugoslav Jews and allied soldiers in the Balkans during World War II.
In 1986, Moynihan introduced a nonbinding rider to a congressional
anti-terrorism bill that would have frozen Waldheim's pension by withholding
U.S. contributions to it. The measure was approved, but no action has ever
been taken to implement it.
Waldheim, who is now 83, will continue to receive his UN pension until his
death, at which time his widow will collect half of it annually until she
The paper notes that when Waldheim retired from the UN in 1982, his pension
was $80,000 per year, but that it was repeatedly increased even as evidence
surfaced regarding his involvement in war-time atrocities.

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Jerusalem News-142-143
1. Terror attack in Shomron
2. Russian Gas Poisoning
3.Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002

1. Terror attack in Shomron
From: Hebron <>
Subject: News from Hebron: Terror Attack in Shomron
News from Hebron
The Hebron Press Office Tuesday October 29, 2002

At about 10:30 tonight, one or two terrorists infiltrated into the Hermesh community, in north Shomron. As of this writing (midnight), six people have been reported hit by terrorist gunfire. A 14 year old girl was killed, and a second 14 year old girl was very critically wounded. An older couple is reported to be in moderate condition. A soldier was slightly wounded. There is a report of a sixth injury, probably also slightly wounded.
One of the terrorists was killed. Searches for a possible second terrorist are continuing.
It should be noted that security officials are attributing renewed terror attacks to "easing of conditions" within the 'innocent Arab population.'

2. Russian Gas Poisoning
Gas Poisoning Killed All But One Of Russian Theater Hostages
(AFP) -- All but one of the 117 hostages who died in a special forces
operation to rescue them from Chechen rebels succumbed to gas
poisoning, the Moscow chief medical officer said.
One hostage died from bullet wounds, doctor Andrei Seltsovsky told a
press conference.
The gas was a "psychotropic" (mood-changing) substance, which is used
as a general anaesthetic, the Moscow chief anaesthaetist Yevgeny
Yevdokimov, told the same news briefing.
In high doses, it changes the basic functions of the body, possibly
leading to a loss of consciousness and impairing the breathing and
blood circulatory systems, he added.
Seltsovsky said all 117 dead hostages had perished as a result of the
Russian rescue operation. Of the 117, 63 were men and 54 were women.
He said 646 of the hostages remained in hospital.
Of those, 150 were in intensive care, 45 people of them in a serious
condition, the chief medical officer added.
The Russian health ministry said earlier on Sunday that 118 people
had died.
Russian special forces staged a pre-dawn assault on Saturday to
rescue more than 800 people seized in a Moscow theatre by Chechen
separatist rebels last Wednesday.

With 118 Dead After Siege, Russia Faces Tough Questions
On Use Of Deadly Gas
AFP --

Special forces stormed a Moscow theatre early Saturday where more
than 800 people had been held hostage since Wednesday night by a gang
of dynamite-strapped Chechen militants who vowed to blow up the
Putin rejected their calls for an end to Moscow's three-year army
campaign in Chechnya, and Russian authorities said the army assault --
which killed 50 hostage-takers and led to 118 hostage deaths -- had
been a success.

The Chechen rebels, who took the Moscow theater-goers hostage late
Wednesday, had threatened to start executing the hostages from
Saturday or blow up the building unless Russian troops withdrew from
Zyogonov said the guerrillas said they would decapitate some of the
hostages if Russia failed to meet their demands.

"We achieved the near impossible, saving hundreds, hundreds of
people," Putin said in a televised address late Saturday. "We proved
that Russia cannot be brought to its knees."
He acknowledged the high price paid for ending the crisis,
saying: "Now I want to address the families and friends of those who
died. We were not able to save everyone. Forgive us."
Among those killed were two foreigners, a Dutch woman and a Kazakh
teenage girl. Some 75 foreign hostages were among those trapped in
the Moscow theater.

3.Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 / MarCheshvan 23, 5763
Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah accuses US Christian supporters of Israel of hatching a "plot" to liquidate the Arabs and encourage Jews to move to Israel - but he is not worried. "If they [the Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide," Nasrallah said, according to the Beirut Daily Star.
Michael Freund reported in The Jerusalem Post that Nasrallah also told his audience that "Christian Zionists" are gaining strength in the US, have a powerful impact on US foreign policy, are financed by oil companies and weapons firms, and seek to encourage Jews to move to Israel and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.

Samaria/Judea (Shai) District police arrested today an Israeli-Arab who took part in the near-lynching of two Israelis between Ramallah and Beit El almost four years ago. On Dec. 3, 1998, Arutz-7 reported:
"Yesterday afternoon, in a savage, well-planned, and filmed attack, a mob of Arab university students attacked two Israelis at Ayosh Junction, at the northern entrance to Ramallah. The Arabs wounded Jerusalem resident Yehuda Oliva [who had just come from visiting Arutz-7 offices in Beit El] and a soldier [Assaf Miara] when they threw large stones and blocks at their car. They beat up the soldier, stole his weapon, and set the car ablaze. Films of the attack, which were widely televised in Israel and around the world, show the Arabs hurling large stones at army jeeps, an Israeli car, and then at Oliva's car - which did not have protective windows. The film shows the large stones being thrown, the driver running away, the soldier attacked while still in the car, and his weapon being stolen by one of the Arabs. The weapon was later returned by the PA, after the army sealed off the exits from Ramallah."

A Border Guard police unit operating in the PLO-controlled village of Tubas last night killed senior Hamas terrorist Assam Sawafte. Sawafte was responsible for enlisting and dispatching several suicide bombers in the last few months. The forces surrounded Sawafte's uncle's home and called on him to surrender; he did not, and was killed in the ensuing gun battle.
An attempt to murder a Border Guard policeman in Hevron was thwarted this afternoon when soldiers saw an Arab woman approaching his post with a knife in her hand. They overcame her, and managed to get the knife away. She was taken to the Hevron police station... Arabs fired two more mortar shells at Gush Katif communities last night. One of the shells slammed into an apartment building, causing damage but no injuries... A bus in Yesha and homes in the Dagan neighborhood of Efrat were shot at last night. Over 20 bullets hit the bus between Ofrah and Shilo. No one was hurt in either incident.
IDF troops continue to operate in the PA-controlled city of Jenin in search of Arab terror suspects. A total of 60 wanted Palestinian terrorists have been taken into custody since Friday, and troops have also discovered several bomb-making laboratories. At least one ready-for-use explosives belt was found and dismantled.

Last night near Shechem, a terrorist engaged in planning a major attack was caught, and led his captors to the explosives belt he planned to detonate. Near Ramallah last night, forces arrested Fatah-Tanzim officer Iman Abu-Areb, responsible for terror attacks on both sides of the Green Line.

U.S. authorities said yesterday that Nation of Islam member John Allen Muhammad and his stepson John Lee Malvo are apparently linked to a shooting at a Jewish temple this past May. The two are suspected of being the Serial Snipers who shot and killed ten people in the Washington, D.C. area this month. A man who said that he allowed Muhammad and Malvo to stay in his house for a few months earlier this year told police that he had lent guns to the two - and one of the weapons was used in a shooting at Temple Beth El in Tacoma, Washington between May 1 and May 4. No one was believed to be in the building at the time.

Finland refuses to sell to Israel what are considered to be the best gas-detection kits in the world, despite widespread evaluations that Iraq may attack Israel with poison chemical weapons. The computerized kits accurately identify chemical warfare materials, but Finland claims that the European Union forbids the export of dual-use equipment to countries in conflict. A speech by Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuominioja provides some "background" to the decision, however. "I am appalled at the Israeli policy of suppression, humiliation, subordination and impoverishment towards the Palestinians," he said, revealing what could be Finland's true feelings about Israel.

Jerusalem News-144
1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002
2. Israeli Troops in Iraq

1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002 / MarCheshvan 24, 5763

The national unity government was dismantled this evening - Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer submitted his resignation just before 6 PM this evening - but the national budget passed its first reading in the Knesset tonight, 67-45. The Labor Party MKs voted against it, leaving them no way back to return to the government. This is due to the fact that Prime Minister Sharon made it clear that a nay vote against the budget by coalition members is akin to leaving the government. In order to avoid being fired, the Labor ministers handed in their resignations this evening. The government still stands, but no longer as a "unity" government, as one of the two major parties is not a member.

The Labor ministers' resignations will go into effect 48 hours after they were submitted. Culture Minister Matan Vilnai, who is not a Knesset Member, will have no official title at all, while the other ministers will retain their status as Knesset Members. Ben-Eliezer will replace Meretz MK Yossi Sarid as opposition leader, as Labor is larger than Meretz. Prime Minister Sharon will have to decide whether to form a narrow right-wing government, or to call new elections.

Teenage girls stood and sobbed at the funerals of two of their murdered friends this afternoon - at that of Hadas Turjeman, 14, in Netanya, and Linoi Sarousi, also 14, in the Yarkon Cemetery. The two were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist last night as they stood talking outside the house of one of them. The murderer climbed under a fence in the northern Shomron community of Hermesh, shot the two girls, and then entered another home and fatally shot Orna Eshel, 53. Her husband was also shot, and was taken to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera in "moderate" condition, where he learned of his wife's death.
A woman resident of the town tried to shoot the terrorist, but did not succeed. Soldiers who arrived on the scene then shot and killed him; one of them was lightly wounded. The terrorist used a Kalachnikov assault rifle, and was also wearing an explosives belt that he apparently hoped to detonate and cause more deaths.

An Israeli man is in "moderate to serious" condition after being shot early this evening by a Palestinian terrorist. The incident occurred near a construction site of the Cross Israel Highway, north of Tul Karem. Guards at the site shot and killed the terrorist.

Iran has released the final five of 13 Iranian Jews arrested on charges of spying for Israel, but it is feared that they could be re-arrested at any time. This is because they were not pardoned, but rather "granted an extended leave of absence from prison." JTA reports that the uncertain status of the five seems to underscore the precarious situation faced by the entire Jewish community in Iran, which now numbers between 22,000 and 25,000, down from approximately 100,000 prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

2. Israeli Troops in Iraq
(Steven Collins brought our attention to this article):
Israeli Special Forces Go On A Scud Hunt
By Tony Allen-Mills
The Sunday Times | October 29, 2002

An Israeli commando force is hunting for Scud missiles in western Iraq as America shows increasing signs of losing patience with the failure of the United Nations to reach agreement over action against Saddam Hussein.

Unit 262, Israel's equivalent of the SAS, is on a mission to foil any pre-emptive attack by Iraq on Israel that would undermine US war preparations. The Israelis decided to act despite America's recent promise to Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, that the US would protect Israel from missile strikes, as it tried to do during the 1991 Gulf war.

Senior officials in Washington expect an imminent showdown at the UN if no consensus is reached on a new resolution governing the return of UN weapons inspectors to Baghdad. "It feels as if the crunch will come this week," said one. The Israelis, too, believe war is looming ever closer. They are understood to have deployed two teams of 24 commandos.

They have detected at least one Scud base in western Iraq. "Western Iraq is as big as Wales, and finding Scud missiles is extremely difficult," said an Israeli security officer. "The Iraqis pre-prepared their Scud-launching locations and hid the remaining missiles in the desert. One well-aimed missile with a chemical warhead could cause a catastrophe."

During the Gulf war 39 Scud missiles were launched from western Iraq, mostly at Israel. Carrying half a ton of conventional explosives, they caused great damage but few injuries.

Scud hunting is not the Israeli special forces' first mission inside Iraq. The same unit has planned at least twice to assassinate Saddam near the town of Tikrit. One operation was called off 24 hours before it was due to start after six soldiers were killed in a rehearsal.

On this mission the commandos hide by day and operate at night, when Iraqi missile convoys are most likely to be susceptible to ambush. They are provided with data from the Israeli spy satellite Ofek-5, which transmits images of Iraqi targets to Israel every 60 minutes. "The Ofek-5 photos have such good resolution that the commandos can read the registration plates of vehicles moving towards them from Baghdad," said a military source.

There would be little danger of an Iraqi missile attack at the outset of a conflict, said Brigadier-General Yaacov Amidror, an intelligence officer. "But after the first 10 days, when Saddam feels threatened, the situation will become dangerous." As another precaution Israeli air force officers are working with their Jordanian counterparts to detect low-level Iraqi planes flying towards Israel.

America is reported to be infuriated by the lack of co-operation from other allies. Washington was particularly incensed by the circulation last Friday of alternative draft UN Security Council proposals separately drawn up by Paris and Moscow. After six weeks' negotiations over the text of a new resolution, Washington believes the compromise text it has submitted should remain the sole basis of discussion. Paris and Moscow want to force Washington to return for a second Security Council debate should Saddam try to obstruct inspectors. If the French or Russians attempted to replace the American draft with their own, it would cause "intense irritation" in Washington, one official warned.

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's ambassador to the UN, said the continuing discussion on the rival texts "shows that they're genuinely trying to conduct a negotiation". But he added: "I think they need to realise that the US and the UK are pretty firm about what they want to see in the text."

Washington remains determined that Baghdad should be threatened with "serious consequences" should it cheat or obstruct inspectors. Dominique de Villepin, the French foreign minister, said France would work with America on Washington's resolution, but would present its own if no agreement could be reached. The struggle to produce a resolution has narrowed the window of military opportunity for Pentagon planners who had been hoping to mount a campaign this winter. But Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, is believed to be convinced that Saddam's regime is near collapse and that a short, sharp shove will force him out.


Jerusalem News-144 (145)
1. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002

1. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002 / MarCheshvan 25, 5763

Finance Minister Silvan Shalom, who succeeded in his efforts to have the first reading of his 2003 budget passed in the Knesset yesterday, failed, for reasons far beyond his control, to retain the support of Labor. Speaking on Arutz-7 today, he acknowledged that it is "nearly impossible" that Labor would return to the government after the primaries: "It's an option only if Ben-Eliezer wins the primaries, and even then, it's practically impossible." He therefore made an impassioned plea to the right wing parties - particularly National Union-Yisrael Beiteinu - to join the government and form what he called a "nationalist government."
Minister Shalom said that the right-wing must not repeat the mistakes of 1992 and 1999, when it toppled right-wing governments (of Yitzchak Shamir and Binyamin Netanyahu, respectively) and were "rewarded" with left-wing governments (headed by Yitzchak Rabin and Ehud Barak, respectively) - the first of which "led us directly to Oslo," and the second of which "led to Camp David, which miraculously and with the help of G-d did not cost us Jerusalem."
Shalom asked to emphasize the absurdity of the situation:
"The reason we had to make these budget cuts that Labor says it objects to is because of the war that erupted here two years ago. But why did the war break out? Because Yossi Sarid and his friends wanted to sell the Land of Israel, and this led to the illusion of Camp David... and that's why Arafat and his gang started the war. And who brought them here in the first place? The very same people who today are complaining about the cut in pensioners' allowances! And who gave them guns? Also them! ? We are forced to make all these cuts, and suffer from growing unemployment, all because of this war started by Arafat whom they themselves brought here and armed."

IDF forces in Shechem were able to arrest a terrorist on his way to carry out an attack this week - all because of a mistaken announcement by the terrorists. In its announcement taking responsibility for last week's murderous attack outside Ariel (three soldiers who tried to overcome the suicide terrorist were killed in the blast), the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade mistakenly indicated that its operative Muhammad Shakir had carried out the attack. It turned out, however, that Shakir was not involved, but was rather planning to commit a different suicide attack in Israel. The erroneous announcement exposed Shakir, and IDF forces arrested him in Shechem after conducting a manhunt.

Tuvia Victor of Beit El, on the last leg of his 420-kilometer bicycle ride from Jerusalem to Eilat, spoke to Arutz-7 today from the road. "It's great!" he said. "We are about 100 cyclers riding on behalf of Alyn Children's Hospital in Jerusalem, and we have gotten to see some beautiful scenes on the roads of Israel. Today's sunrise over Yotvata was particularly beautiful." The group began its trek on Sunday, traveled through Beit Guvrin, towards Gaza, east to Mitzpeh Ramon, and then to Eilat. Victor said that one of their number suffered a difficult injury when he fell and broke his collarbone, "but the rest of us are holding up quite well. Twenty people came especially from abroad to take part... We do about 100 kms a day."
Holding his cellular phone with one hand and the handlebars with the other, Victor alternately talked and breathed as he cycled up the Aravah highway: "It rained last night, but we had already finished for the day. Yesterday we had lunch at the Shikmah army base, where they were very supportive... In general people have cheered us on." He said that each rider pays $300 and is expected to raise at least another $2000 for the hospital, which deals with children with very serious injuries either from birth, accidents, or terrorism. "We should arrive in Eilat around noon, rest up, and we'll fly back tomorrow morning," Victor said. The group includes four teenage riders, as well as 13 over 50 years old - and one who is 67. Find out more about Alyn Hospital, "Israel's Only Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center," at <>.

An Arab terrorist disguised as an innocent olive picker shot and lightly wounded an IDF soldier near the Beit El Military Court this afternoon - and an officer stormed the terrorist's position and killed him. The incident occurred only a few hundred meters from the Beit El military base and the entrance to Beit El. The "olive picker" stood in an olive grove overlooking the road and shot at the army jeep, hitting the driver in the arm. The passenger jumped out, ran towards the terrorist, and shot and killed him.

Strong rains fell in much of Israel last night, leading to the closing of many roads in the Negev. Some highways were still flooded late this morning. The level of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), Israel's largest reservoir, stands at 214.32 meters below sea level - some 40 centimeters higher than it was two years ago at this time, but still worrisomely low
Jerusalem News-(145)-146
1: Anti-semitism in Europe
2. Mofaz accepts Defense post
3. Archaeologists unearth Tyre’s Phoenician roots

1: Anti-semitism in Europe
ADL survey (November 2002): Survey of Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland:
21% hold anti-semitic views.
Similar survey in June 2002: Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany: 30 % hold anti-semitic views.
Spain the worst (33% plus anti-semitc), Netherland the best (7% antisemitic).
Anti-semitism: 23% Italy, 22% Switzerland, Austria 19%.
source: The Jerusalem Post, Friday, 1-11-02: p.A5: source: "Anti-Semitism alive in Western Europe"
by Melissa Radler


2. Mofaz accepts Defense post
Gil Hoffman Nov. 3, 2002
The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

Former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz accepted Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offer to replace Labor Party chairman Binyamin Ben-Eliezer as defense minister, the Prime Minister's Office announced on Saturday night.

Sharon said he was happy Mofaz decided to take on the position, and that he is confident that Mofaz's rich military experience will help him successfully fill the role.

In what will likely be the first test of his government since the departure of the Labor Party from the coalition, the prime minister intends to bring Mofaz's appointment to the Knesset for approval on Monday.

If approved, Mofaz's acceptance speech in the Knesset would be his first official political statement since retiring from the IDF on July 9.

Sharon invited Mofaz to join the Likud during a meal at the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem shortly after he retired.

Since then, Mofaz has served as a visiting military fellow at the Washington-based Institute for Near East Policy, a Middle East think tank in the US headed by former special US envoy Dennis Ross.

Cabinet secretary Gideon Sa'ar said the appointment of Mofaz is necessary because it will allow Sharon to spend more time dealing with the economy and other internal matters.

Mofaz could be a most valuable asset to the government in its war on terrorism and the US attack on Iraq, Sa'ar told Israel Radio.

He added that the government must find new methods to deal with Palestinian terrorism, and Mofaz has learned firsthand from the mistakes of the past.
The six Labor ministers' resignations took effect Saturday evening; Sharon now holds all the portfolios.

Until Monday, Sharon will serve as interim defense minister, even though after the Lebanon War the Kahan Commission recommended against permitting Sharon to hold the Defense portfolio.

Ben-Eliezer wished Mofaz success on Saturday night.

"It is a complicated job these days, and what is more complicated is not to run the Defense Ministry, but to know how to stand opposite Sharon as the defense minister," he said on Israel Radio.

Palestinian cabinet minister Nabil Shaath called Mofaz's acceptance of the job discouraging.

"He is very close to Sharon's way of thinking, which is an aggressive and military one. He belongs to a school of thought which advocates finishing off the Palestinian Authority," Shaath told Reuters.
The Jerusalem Post -

3. Archaeologists unearth Tyre’s Phoenician roots
Archaeologists unearth Tyre’s Phoenician roots
Dig uncovers 12 burial jars
Spanish archaeologists discovered a Phoenician cemetery containing 12
jars during excavations in Tyre on Friday, one of them reported. “We
have discovered 12 earthenware jars of various sizes, filled with burned
up bones and ashes at the southern entrance of Tyre,” Maria Eugenia
Aubet told AFP. Aubet said her team “hopes to find gold jewelry under
the ashes, which date back to between the ninth and 10th century before
Christ.” “The Phoenicians used to bury their dead in jars along with
their jewelry after incinerating their bodies,” she said. The team from
Barcelona’s Pomper Fabria University is excavating under the supervision
of the Directorate-General of Antiquities. In 1997, Spanish
archaeologists made a similar discovery in the same area, unearthing
several clay jars containing cremated human remains in a 3,000-year-old
cemetery. It was the first such discovery in the city, fueling
speculation that the jars could provide clues to Tyre’s Phoenician
origins. According to archeologists, the excavation revealed evidence of
a period when Tyre was at the center of Phoenician expansion, with the
ancient traders establishing colonies at Carthage ­ modern-day Tunisia ­
and Cadiz in Spain. “Tyre was the most famous and powerful Phoenician
metropolis on the Syrian-Lebanese coast at that time,” said Aubet. Tyre
was one of the great city states established by Phoenicians who
populated the Levant between 3,000 BC and 300 BC. It was King Hiram of
Tyre who provided King Solomon with the wood for the construction of the
Temple of Jerusalem. While the city has long been renowned for its Roman
and Greek ruins, little evidence remains of its Phoenician past.


Jerusalem News-147
1. Water Supply in Danger?
2. Anti-Jewish Entertainment for Egyptian illiterates
3. Arutz Sheva News Sunday,
4. Europeans subsidize fifth column and pay for anti-Israeli propaganda

1. Water Supply in Danger?

Maariv, Monday, 4-11-02
reports that trucks from Lebanon have been spotted over the last few days dumping unidentified
substance into the stream of Ayion just beside Mettulla. The stream flows into the sea of Galilee which is the main
source of water for Israel. The substance has not yet been identified but already it seems clear that it is not
organic waste but something more serious.

2. Anti-Jewish Entertainment for Egyptian illiterates
The New York Times
October 26, 2002
Anti-Semitic 'Elders of Zion' Gets New Life on Egypt TV

CAIRO, Oct. 25 — The images flash quickly across the television screen. They show a bloody face, Victorian men and women in a drawing room, soldiers wielding rifle butts. And a man in black hat with side curls and long beard.

An Egyptian satellite television channel has begun teasers for its blockbuster Ramadan series that its producers acknowledge incorporates ideas from the infamous czarist forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." That document, a pillar of anti-Semitic hatred for about a century, appears to be gaining a new foothold in parts of the Arab world, some scholars and observers say.

The series, "Horse Without a Horseman," traces the history of the Middle East from 1855 to 1917 through the eyes of an Egyptian who fought British occupiers and the Zionist movement.

It is divided into 41 episodes and will be shown nightly through the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins in about two weeks and guarantees maximum viewership because many Muslims congregate at home after breaking the daily fast.

With Egyptian state television and other Arab channels also broadcasting the series, the potential audience numbers in the tens of millions.

A historical epic with a pulpy look, judging from the commercials, the series is the first production of one-year-old Dream TV.

The "Protocols," which purports to depict Jewish leaders plotting world dominion, has long been recognized as a fabrication by the czarist secret police. It was used in early 20th-century Russia and in Nazi Germany as a pretext for persecution of Jews. Still, the show's backers say they are keeping an open mind about its authenticity. They say that in any event, reality seems to bear them out, in that Israel controls part of the Middle East.

Indeed, the "Protocols" lately appears to be gaining more attention in the Arab media and more space on bookshelves. Yet the extent of its impact in Egypt is questionable. Egyptian observers say that most people in this country of limited literacy have not heard of the book, although those who have probably accept it as real.

"Once it goes on television it enters everyone's living room, and that's where the danger is," said Samir Raafat, a writer and chronicler of Cairene life who is critical of the series. "You are spoon-feeding them more hate propaganda. This is not conducive to tolerance of the other or knowing the other. There's a price going to be paid."

The "Protocols" spread through Europe in the 1920's, and has had a presence in the Middle East for decades, said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.

Mr. Foxman and experts say anti-Semitic writings and images are on the rise in the Arab world. Some here say anger at Israeli actions against the Palestinians is being expressed in anti-Jewish terms, with the line sometimes blurred. Perhaps that is not surprising when the words Jews, Zionists and Israelis are often interchangeable in the Arab media and official discourse.

3. Arutz Sheva News Sunday,
Sunday, November 3, 2002 / Cheshvan 28, 5763
In honor of Sha'ul Mofaz's appointment as Defense Minister, Nissan Slomiansky, a former MK of the National Religious Party and a former mayor of the large Shomron community of Elkanah, told Arutz-7 about some forgotten aspects of Mofaz's past:
"On May 1, 1977, less than three weeks before Menachem Begin came to power, we were a group of 17 families that settled in what was to become Elkanah - and one of our number was the young Mofaz couple, Sha'ul and Orit. Orit was my secretary when I served as head of the town secretariat. Sha'ul was a young army officer, and we quickly appointed him, appropriately, as our security officer. He was truly amazing, and seemed to be able to be in 20 places at once… After about two or three years, they moved out - to Kokhav Ya'ir, just west of the Green Line… Yes, we still keep in contact... As far as his opinions are concerned, you'll have to ask him - the fact that he was in Elkanah for two or three years says nothing about his outlook today, after he spent many years in the army - but I can say that the fact that he was one of the founding members of Elkanah shows that his is a Zionist, pioneering family."

IDF soldiers carrying out routine inspections on cars at the Tapuach junction in the Shomron yesterday afternoon uncovered an explosives belt hidden among boxes in an Arab-driven vehicle. The two men in the car were taken into custody. The belt, laced with steel nails, contained eight kilograms of explosives. Several hours later, a would-be suicide bomber and his dispatcher were arrested in the Shechem district. Officials believe there may be a link between these two terrorists and the men arrested at Tapuach.
IDF troops are well into their second week of activities in the terrorist-infested PA-controlled city of Jenin in the Shomron. Demolition crews destroyed last night two homes belonging to Arabs with blood on their hands. One of the houses belonged to a Hamas killer who murdered a soldier in a Jordan valley shooting attack this past March. The second house belonged to the Islamic Jihad suicide bomber who blew up in Binyamina in July 2001, killing two Israelis.
It was released for publication today that the GSS had uncovered, near the Shomron village of Salfit, a Fatah terrorist infrastructure whose members perpetrated several deadly shooting attacks in which four Israeli were murdered this past summer. The cell's victims include the brothers Mordechai and Shlomo Odesser on July 30, and Avi Vilansky and his wife Avital near Eli six days later; the couple's two young sons were wounded. The security forces have arrested ten terrorists of the cell, including the four murderers themselves.
Hizbullah fired two mortar shells at northern communities late this morning. No damage was recorded in the attack, which occurred on the western sector of the border.

Over 25,000 Jews from throughout Israel - and even from abroad - gathered to celebrate this past Shabbat in the Biblical City of the Patriarchs, Hevron. As in previous years, the gathering was held to coincide with the weekly Torah portion of Chayei Sarah, in which the sale of the Cave of the Patriarchs (Me'arat HaMachpelah) in Hevron to Abraham is documented. The entire Machpelah Cave was open to Jewish worshipers, including the Yitzchak Hall that is generally open only to Moslems. Meretz MK Ran Cohen demands an emergency Knesset session to discuss the fact that the Arabs of Hevron were placed under curfew over the weekend in order to enable the Jewish visitors to arrive. Cohen said that the curfew infringed on the Arabs' basic rights - but he did not relate to the Jews' basic rights to visit their holy places, or other areas, without fear of being murdered.
Hevron spokesman David Wilder was barely able to restrain his joy after the uplifting Shabbat. "There were so many people here that it took me over a half hour just to get out of Me'arat HaMachpelah after services yesterday morning!" he told Arutz-7's Josh Hasten this morning. "It meant a tremendous amount to us to see so much support, especially after the events here of the last few weeks - the army pulling out of 80% of the city, the terrorist attack during the Sukkot holiday... It really shows that Am Yisrael Chai - the Nation of Israel lives."
Wilder added that guests arrived in Israel from North America especially for this weekend. He said that one such family that flew in from Canada to show its solidarity with Hevron had lost a grandfather during the 1929 Arab massacre, when 67 of Hevron's Jews were murdered in their homes by their Arab neighbors.

A group of 30 prospective olim (new immigrants) from Uruguay will arrive in Israel this week for a week-long Jewish Agency "pilot tour" to explore absorption opportunities here. The group will examine living, work, and study options. The Jewish Agency also reports that during the coming week, 306 immigrants are expected to arrive. Of these, 71 are from Russia, 63 from the former Soviet Union and the Southern Caucasus, 60 from Argentina, 43 from Ukraine, 41 from Ethiopia, and 21 from France.

4. Europeans subsidizes fifth column and pays for anti-Israeli propaganda
Subject: NGO based anti-Israeli propaganda financed by European Commission,
New Israel fund, others

On Friday 1 November, an eight-page color cartoon pamphlet was distributed
with Haaretz. This pamphlet, produced by "Physicians for Human Rights", can
only be described as anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic propaganda. It included
caricatures of heavily armed Israeli soldiers "oppressing" innocent and
powerless Palestinians, refusing them medical care, and engaging in other
alleged "crimes and misdemeanors". In one cartoon, two Israeli soldiers at
a checkpoint are portrayed as mocking a pregnant Palestinian woman. The
ambulances used to carry suicide bombers and their explosives are
conveniently erased in this crude propaganda, and there is no mention of
Palestinian terrorism. The pamphlet was distributed in Hebrew in the
apparent effort to propagandize Israelis through emotional manipulation.
(The English version can be viewed on the internet at: )
As noted at the end of this pamphlet, the major costs involved in producing,
printing, and distributing this propaganda were provided by a number of
organizations and governments, including:
The European Commission,
The Embassy of Finland (Tel Aviv),
The New Israel Fund,
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,
The Ford Foundation,
Vicop Stiftung,
The Naomi and Nehemia Cohen Foundation
Art Exhibition Imagine,
Centrale Sanitare Suisse,
SIVMO, Entwichklungshilfe-Klub,
Haella Stichting
And Department for Global Ministries of the Uniting Churches of the
We are appalled by this crude propaganda and demand an immediate end to such
immoral and unethical practices.
Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg, Bar Ilan University [names to folllow]
Draft: 4 November 2002

Jerusalem News-148
1. Arafat calls for attacks to focus on Jerusalem
2. Lebanese Dumping Sewage into Ayoun River on Border with Israel
3. Arab anti-semitism
4. Arutz-7 News: Monday, Nov. 4, 2002
5. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002
6.US Supports Israel
7. Jewish Activist Murdered in USA detention?

1. Arafat calls for attacks to focus on Jerusalem
Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2002 13:11:05 -0500
Subject: Arafat calls for attacks to focus on Jerusalem

Aaron Lerner Date: 4 November 2002
Israel Television Channel correspondent Ehud Yaari reported this evening
that Yasser Arafat declared today "one martyr ("shahid") in Jerusalem is
equal to 40 martyrs elsewhere."
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director

2. Lebanese Dumping Sewage into Ayoun River on Border with Israel
Date: Sun, 03 Nov 2002 16:43:16 -0500
Lebanese Dumping Sewage into Ayoun River on Border with Israel
Aaron Lerner Date: 3 November 2002
Israel Radio reported tonight that the Ministry of the Environment confirms
that the Lebanese are dumping sewage water in the Ayoun River on the border
with Israel. The Director of the Northern District of the Ministry of the
Environment, Shlomo Katz, asked senior officials to act to put an end to the
polluting. He said that the four tanks of sewage that the Lebanese dumped
flow down a route that ultimately reaches the Kinneret - a key source for
drinking water in the nation. The Israel Radio correspondent noted that
drinking water is also drawn from the river itself.
Israel Television Channel Two reported that the move by Lebanon is seen as
another attempt to draw Israel into conflict after the recent water pumping
operation failed to lead to an Israeli reaction on the ground.

3. Arab anti-semitism
Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin
November 5, 2002
phone: 972- 2- 625-4140 fax: 972-2- 624-2803
visit our website, click here:
for further information, contact PMW Director, Itamar Marcus
material may be quoted, citing PMW as the source
"The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" - in Palestinian Authority ideology
by Itamar Marcus

The new Egyptian 40 part TV series connecting the State of Israel's founding
to the principles of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion has sparked
worldwide interest and outrage. This series may be one of the most widely
watched Arab productions, as it will be broadcast every evening during the
month of Ramadan ".on 22 Arab stations, among them Egypt 2, Syria, Saudi
Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Lebanon and other Arab states."
[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 1, 2002]
Scenes from the Egyptian film can be viewed on our website by clicking the
following link:

(These pictures are the depictions of Jews - "The Elders of Zion" at their
conspiratory meetings.)

This depiction of the infamous libel as a true Jewish conspiracy is not new
to the residents of the Palestinian Authority [PA], where the "Protocols"
has been presented as the reason for the creation of the State of Israel and
the guide for Israeli policy. The Egyptian production likewise depicts the
"Protocols" as the Zionist guide creating the State of Israel, as stage in
ruling the world.

It should be noted how the Palestinians,
including academics, present the forgery as a truthful plot upon which
Zionism is based.

4. Arutz-7 News: Monday, Nov. 4, 2002

Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 / MarCheshvan 29, 5763
Another 81,000 people were added to Israel's poverty rolls in the year 2001. The total number of people living under the poverty level at the end of 2001 stood at 1,169,000 - including over a half-million children. Labor and Welfare Minister Eli Yeshai forecasts that the cuts in the budget soon to be passed in the Knesset will only increase the numbers. Efraim Rivkin, director of the Orot Chessed nation-wide charity organization, said that he senses that the number of needy families has grown: "Thank G-d, people here are willing to give, but the needs are growing faster than they can be filled."

Children on their way to school in N'vei Dekalim, in the Gush Katif bloc of communities in Gaza, were amazed at the miracle that befell them this morning when an Arab-launched mortar shell landed near a kindergarten, exploded underground, and caused no injuries. Tzviya Ochayon, whose children had just left for school, told Arutz-7 what happened:
"It was about 7:45, when all the paths were filled with kids on their way to school. I was about to leave for work when I heard the all-too-familiar sound of a mortar shell coming, followed by a boom. I went outside... we saw smoke, so we went in that direction, but we couldn't find where the shell had landed. We were looking all over, until we finally found it two meters from where I was standing - but there was no shrapnel. Finally we realized that it had exploded underground. It was a tremendous miracle... It's too bad that when there's no blood and no wounded, no one pays any attention - but the fact is that this deadly bomb was aimed directly at Israeli children on their way to school."

In response to a recent report by Arutz-7 about a campaign to promote Israeli products in light of the country's financial troubles, many readers asked for a list of such products and where they can be purchased. The following websites are a partial list of sources for such products; more will be added in the future.
* <>
* <WWW.FINEFOODSISRAEL.COM> - a list of supermarkets and grocery stores that carry Israeli food and beverage products, sorted by U.S. zip code.
* <>

Over 1,100 Jews from 15 communities in the United States are expected to visit Israel in the month of November on solidarity missions sponsored by the United Jewish Communities (UJC). The UJC says that the trips will provide a badly needed boost to the Israeli economy, providing an estimated 6,850 hotel night stays, 208 days of tour guides and 208 bus days. The first group, from the Washington, D.C. area, is scheduled to arrive this week. Others will be flying in from Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, New Jersey, New York, Ocean County, San Diego, and St. Paul.
***SPECIAL INSERT: Discussion on Aliyah
Three leaders of a new Aliyah organization named Aloh Naaleh <> talked with Arutz-7 about the need for Aliyah from North America and what they are planning to do about it. The talk can be heard at <>. Paraphrased excerpts:
David Hollander, founding member and well-known philanthropist:
"We hope that we will be successful in waking up the Jews of North America to tell them how good it is to live here in Eretz Israel. We, new immigrants from North America, feel almost sorry for every day that we missed and were not here It's very important to have more and more Jews from North America come on Aliyah. Here every individual counts, and counts a lot We hope that you will share in this great vision. Know that G-d helped us -after 2,000 years, and after having reached the lowest point in Jewish history, Hashem helped us and gave us back our county. And so we are back here in the land, truly a land of milk and honey Friends and neighbors, please come home: We need you, and you need us."
Rabbi Yerachmiel Roness, Executive-Director:

Rabbi Gold:
"These are historic times ahead for the State of Israel, and all the help that we can get over here may very well shape the destiny of the state. Anybody who has been noticing what has been taking place over the past several years can see The State of Israel is in the process of becoming the largest Jewish community in the world. The latest figures coming from the US show that there are possibly 5.3 million Jews in America, and we're beyond that here in Israel. It means that what is taking place now is that we are moving into an era from which there will be no return. The center of the Jewish world today is the Land of Israel. And therefore it means that one who wants to carry his share of historic responsibility, building the country, making it, protecting it, working for its security - this is the place to do it. We need Jews here!"

5. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 / Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5763
Israel's next national elections will be held in less than three months' time - most probably on Jan. 28, 2003, the 25th of Sh'vat, 5763. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon exercised his right this morning to dissolve the Knesset and call elections for 90 days later, and President Moshe Katzav, whose approval of the move is legally required, made the official announcement at 9 AM today.

Binyamin Netanyahu will, in fact, be sworn in as Foreign Minister tomorrow morning in the Knesset. Netanyahu, who was Prime Minister from 1996-1999 and hopes to assume the post again three months from now, held his own press conference early this afternoon.

Julio Magre, 51, who immigrated this year from Argentina, was the guard who bodily prevented the Palestinian suicide terrorist from entering the crowded mall in Kfar Saba yesterday - and paid with his life. The second victim of the attack was a 14-year-old youth, also from Argentina. The guard identified the Arab as a terrorist, and ran towards him while yelling, "Terrorist, terrorist, everyone run!" When he reached the murderer, he stopped him from advancing into the mall - and at that point the murderer detonated the bomb.
Security sources say that there are currently close to 50 terrorist warnings, both general and specific/immediate, and that four suicide terrorists were apprehended in the last 48 hours.

Irv Rubin, a Jewish Defense League leader who was imprisoned in California last December on charges that he conspired to blow up a mosque, is considered to be brain-dead - and no one can explain how it happened. Prison authorities say he slit his throat and fell or jumped off a balcony, but family members and friends adamantly dismiss this claim. Relatives say that he was in fine spirits only the day before, and Voice of Judea notes, "In view of the fact that his attorney was scheduled to bring motions that could have led to his release today, it is outrageous to assume Irv would have committed suicide before the long-awaited court appearance." They demand an investigation into both the suspicions against Irv Rubin and his mysterious death.

In response to a recent report by Arutz-7 about a campaign to promote Israeli products in light of the country's financial troubles, many readers asked for a list of such products and where they can be purchased. The following websites, in addition to the three published here yesterday, are a partial list of sources for such products; more may be added in the future.
* <> - "Buy Israeli Products"
* <>
* <>
In addition, Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida has scheduled an "Israeli Marketplace Bazaar" this Nov. 17. Merchandise from over 20 Israeli vendors and artists from Israel will be available for purchase, giving the community the opportunity to show its solidarity with Israel and give its economy a much needed boost. Non-profit organizations such as Friends of the IDF and Magen David Adom will also be represented, and money raised at the event will go to the Jewish Federation's Israel Emergency Fund to help the victims of terrorism and their families.
Similarly, the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region sponsored a virtual Israeli Mall this past Sunday, hosting dozens of Israeli merchants for a one-day fair in Sacramento.

6.US Supports Israel
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 11:28:40 -0500
[PA complains] US Threatens its Firms against Joining Arab Ban of Israel
Palestine Media Center- (an official voice of the Palestinian Authority)
In response to an 18-Arab-state pledge to reactivate a ban on trading with
Israel, the US on Monday warned its firms not to take part in the commercial
boycott, warning that joining the campaign would be punishable by heavy
sanctions, including fines.
The US government is strongly opposed to restrictive trade practices or
boycotts targeted at Israel, said US Under Secretary of Commerce for
Industry and Security, Kenneth Juster.
The Commerce Department is closely monitoring efforts that appear to be
made to reinvigorate the Arab boycott of Israel and will use all of its
resources to vigorously enforce US antiboycott regulations, he said in a

7. Jewish Activitst Murdered in USA detention?
Voice of Judea News and Commentary
News We Doubt You've Seen - Views We Doubt You've Heard

Prison authorities in California claim that Irv Rubin slit his own throat
in a Californian jail. In a press releasesent out by, the
official Kahane website, the Kahane Movement is demanding an investigation
about Rubin's unjust arrest and mysterious death. Rubin's family also
refuses to accept the theory that Rubin tried to kill himself. Find here
excerpts from the press release that appears on

Irv Rubin, OBM
The Kahane Movement and Jews in Israel and around the world send their
condolences to the family of Irv Rubin and to the members of the Jewish
Defense League. Irv, died mysteriously in a Californian jail while
awaiting trial, earlier today.
Rubin, 57 was awaiting trial for an alleged conspiracy plot to bomb
a mosque in California, after Sept. 11.
The prosecution did not hide the fact that it was none other than a
federal agent who planted the bomb on another JDL member, prior to the FBI
search that lead to the arrest of Irv Rubin. Nothing incriminating was
found in Irv Rubin's home, and Rubin had no earlier convictions. However,
Irv was still not released on bail.
The Kahane Movement is calling upon the Israeli government to demand a
commission of inquiry from the American authorities to investigate the
false charges brought againt Rubin and to investigate the mysterious death
of Rubin.
We reject the reports that Irv Rubin took his own life. In view of the
fact that his attorney was scheduled to bring motions that could have lead
to his release today, it is outrageous to assume Irv would have committed
suicide before the long awaited court appearance.
The entire Irv Rubin case and death should serve as a wake-up-call to
Israel and all American Jews just how far America is prepared to go to
show even-handedness and to preserve the Arab Coalition. Everybody knows
that Irv Rubin was arrested so that America could show that they are not
exclusively targetting radical Islamics. Jewish terrorists had to be
found, created or fabricated.
For more information call Fern Sidman 718 375 3965
or in Israel David HaIvri 056 341 157

Jerusalem News-148 (149)
1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002
2. US-Israel "Nautilus" system intercepts artillery shell
3. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002
4. Palestinians in Spain: Why Can They Not all Go There?
5. The Palestinians will leave by air!
6. US kills terrorists, Is Arafat in line?

1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002 / Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5763
Foreign news sources such as Reuters and BBC, not generally known for their pro-Israel views, dryly noted this week an apparent "double standard" in U.S. policy towards Israel. The issue came to the fore after an unmanned U.S. drone successfully fired a bomb at a car in Yemen on Sunday, killing six suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists, including one of the main suspects in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole two years ago.
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz called the attack on the car "a very successful tactical operation" that was designed not only to get "rid of somebody dangerous, but to impose changes in [the enemy's] tactics and operations." Concerned reporters asked State Department spokesman Richard Boucher how the attack squares with American objections to Israeli targeted killings of known murderous Palestinian terrorists.
Boucher replied that it was a question of "different circumstances," including "the [Middle East's] prospects of peace and the prospects of negotiation and the prospects of the need to create an atmosphere for progress." Reuters described the answer as giving "the United States room to try to justify the killing of six men in a car in Yemen," while BBC reported that US officials "now face some awkward questions about their opposition to Israeli actions."
Boucher said again that the U.S. policy of objecting to Israel's "targeted killings in the Israeli-Palestinian context has not changed." The difficult position facing Boucher notwithstanding, American officials praised the Yemeni attack.

Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is not a member of the current Knesset, was sworn in today as Israel's Foreign Minister. The Knesset approved his appointment by a vote of 61-31. Netanyahu announced that his diplomatic advisor would be Uzi Arad, who served in the past as Head of the Investigative Division in the Mossad. Prime Minister Sharon expressed confidence in Netanyahu's abilities, but opposition MK Ophir Pines said that Netanyahu would concentrate more on his primaries race against Sharon at the expense of Israel's foreign policy matters.
Netanyahu said that he and Sharon would present a united front over the next 90 days (until the elections), but added that he believes he has solutions as to how to run the country for the next four years. The new Foreign Minister, who served as Deputy Foreign Minister and Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. in the past, received a warm welcome when he returned to the Foreign Ministry today. Offering veiled criticism of his predecessor, Shimon Peres, he said, "Our enemies succeeded in having the world community feel that they are right, even as they murder us. For too long we tried to make excuses; what we must do is insist on justice, and not let them rewrite history."

Although former JDL leader Irv Rubin was believed yesterday to have been brain-dead, an improvement in his condition has been noted, and family members request that prayers be recited on his behalf. His Jewish name is Yisrael ben Devorah. Rubin was imprisoned almost a year ago on charges of conspiracy to attack a mosque and a Congressman's office. American law enforcement officials reported yesterday that Rubin had tried to take his own life by cutting his throat, but close friends, colleagues and relatives reject such claims as baseless. They are demanding an investigation into the circumstances of Rubin's wounds.

2. US-Israel "Nautilus" system intercepts artillery shell
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 18:01:29 -0500

US-Israel "Nautilus" system intercepts artillery shell.
US company TRW and
Israel Aircraft Industries jointly developed the Mobile Tactical High Energy
Laser system.
Globes [online] - Israel's Business Arena, November 06, 2002 By Dror Marom
[With thanks to ATRC Newswire]
The joint US-Israel Nautilus system for intercepting Katyusha rockets
yesterday successfully shot down an artillery shell traveling at supersonic
speed. The trial, the first in military history, took place at the White
Sands testing grounds in New Mexico, where previous testing of the program
also took place.
The Nautilus, also called the Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL), is
the first and only system to ever intercept both an individual Katyusha and
a barrage of dozens of such rockets. Katyushas are much slower than
artillery shells. Development of the Nautilus began before the September 11,
2001 terrorist attacks and the increased threat of terrorism.
US company TRW (NYSE: TRW) and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) jointly
developed the system. Elta Electronic Industries developed the radar, IAI's
MBT (MABAT) - Weapon Systems and Space Technologyunit is developing the
sensors and the fire control system, Tadiran is developing the control and
monitoring tools, and Rafael (Israel Armament Development Authority) is
supplying the power source for the laser. The initial development costs
amount to $201.8 million. Israel put up $67.5 million, a third of the
financing, mostly for development, while the US promised to pay for testing
and production.
The mobile Nautilus system is designed for the Israel Defense Forces
on Israel's northern border, where Hizbollah's Katyusha rockets pose a threat
from Southern Lebanon, and in other locations. US Army Space and Missile
Defense Command and US Army Space Command commander General Joseph M.
Cosumano said, "The tactical laser is capable of changing the face of the
battlefield." TRW Space & Electronics president and CEO Timothy W. Hannemann
predicts that production of the operational mobile system will begin soon.
Israel and the US are considering development of a antiaircraft version of
the system.

3. Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002 / Kislev 2, 5763
Egypt has begun broadcasting a 40-part TV series depicting Zionism as a Jewish plot to rule the world as set forth in the anti-Semitic "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Egypt has refused to cancel the program despite criticism from Israeli media and Jewish groups. The series will be seen in 22 Arab countries around the world.

4. Palestinians in Spain: Why Can They Not all Go There?
Madrid El Pais (Internet Version-WWW) in Spanish 3 Nov 02
[FBIS Translated Excerpt] Palestinians deported to Spain moved to town and
Excerpt from report by Spanish newspaper El Pais web site on 3 November
Madrid: Ahmad Hamamrah is an almost free man in Soria. Every Monday he has
to report to the town's police station to sign the register to confirm he is
still in the Castilian town, so different from his native Bethlehem.
Almost no-one now remembers that on 22 May he arrived in Spain along with
Ibrahim Abayat and Aziz Abayat in exceptional circumstances. The three had
spent 38 days in April and May besieged by the Israeli army in the Church of
the Nativity in Bethlehem with 10 other Palestinian fighters (terrorists,
according to the state of Israel). The three were [originally] confined in a
forest house in Lubia, Soria Province, amid huge security measures, but they
left there in September to try and normalize their lives: Ahmed in [the town
of] Soria and his two colleagues in [the city of] Zaragoza. On 22 May 12 of
the 13 deportees were distributed in six EU countries - Spain, Belgium,
Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Greece...
In September the Spanish government agreed to facilitate the family
regrouping of the Palestinians. Ibrahim Abayat, who is single, and Aziz
Abayat, who is married, were placed in separate Red Cross flats in Zaragoza,
a place the three had thought of living because there is a sizable
Palestinian community.
Ahmad opted for another supervised flat in Soria. Yasmin is Ahmad's wife.
She is 12 years younger than him. They had not seen each other for months...
Now she has given birth in Soria...
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

5. The Palestinians will leave by air!
Adapted from "Ephraim", by Yair Davidi, chapter seven

The Prophet Isaiah and other prophets in addition to Obadiah foresaw the eventual reconciliation between Judah and Ephraim and the defeat of Edom and the Philistines:


The above verse (Isaiah 11;14) concerning the Philistines as it has been translated (in the KJ and Orthodox Jewish "Koren" translation) is consistent with the simple Hebrew and with the context. Nevertheless, one of the intricacies of Biblical Hebrew is that often words and expressions may intentionally have more than one meaning. In this case the Hebrew may be understood as saying,
but rather
. i.e. The Palestinians shall be transported elsewhere by air flight to the west, "towards the sea", to somewhere in the west, perhaps to Spain, or to North Africa or to South America. Ephraim and Judah co-operate in this humanitarian and necessary
As far as we are considered let them fly out first class and receive liberal assistance in resettlement, just as long as they go.

6. US kills terrorists, Is Arafat in line?
Subject: Washington Post: US kills terrorists,
asserts Israel killing politicians?

Washington Post: US kills terrorists, asserts Israel killing politicians?
[IMRA: Do the folks writing editorials at The Washington Post read the news?
Apparently not.
"If the United States can fire a missile at an Al Qaeda leader in Yemen,
some ask, why shouldn't Israel aim one at Yasser Arafat in Ramallah".
Who are the "some" asking this question? They certainly aren't part of the
Israeli leadership.
Does Israel "aim one at Yasser Arafat"? No.
Israel "aims one" at terrorists. These aren't political activists. These
are people who murdered Israelis and plan to continue murdering Israelis.]
A clean shot in Yemen
The Washington Post The Washington Post Thursday, November 7, 2002
Bush administration officials described the missile strike on a car carrying
six Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen on Sunday as a battlefield operation in the
war on terrorism, even though it occurred in a country where no conventional
military conflict is under way. Other observers called it a targeted
assassination, or even an extrajudicial killing - terms usually reserved for
violations of human rights or international law. Such condemnation is not
justified. The Yemen operation did not target political or criminal figures,
but trained combatants of an organization that has declared war against the
United States, that itself has defined the battlefield as global and that
recently has landed its own military blows in Yemen.
The distinction is important not because the Bush administration needs to be
defended from criticism, but because participants in numerous civil and
ethnic conflicts - especially those where terrorism has been employed -
would like to take cover behind the war that America is fighting. If the
United States can fire a missile at an Al Qaeda leader in Yemen, some ask,
why shouldn't Israel aim one at Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, or Russia target
exiled Chechen leaders in Turkey and Azerbaijan? It sometimes appears that
the Bush administration either accepts these comparisons or doesn't care
about the difference.
And yet the differences are fundamental. Al Qaeda has no conventional cause,
no homeland, no purely political leaders. There is no territory at stake in
its fight with the United States, and no possibility of negotiations or
settlement. The only course, chosen not by the United States but by Al
Qaeda, is a scattered and unconventional military conflict across
continents, lasting until one side is eradicated. There is no way to treat
Al Qaeda's members other than as combatants, because they have no other
understanding of themselves. America's war also differs from others in that
it is rightly being fought primarily with the tools of law enforcement,
financial regulation and intelligence. Al Qaeda combatants as dangerous as
those killed on Sunday are scattered throughout Europe, the United States
and Asia, yet these have not been targeted by American assassins or
missiles, nor should they be. Military action makes sense only when it is
impossible to work through law enforcement or local authorities. Yemen
clearly falls into that category. Its authorities tried and failed to
capture numerous Al Qaeda militants operating in remote parts of the
country, and now they appear to have acquiesced in the CIA's use of
missile-armed drones.
The success of Sunday's operation, which seems to have eliminated one senior
Al Qaeda figure and avoided innocent casualties, is therefore cheering. But
such clean shots are likely to be few and far between.


Jerusalem News-149-150
1. Arutz-7 News Friday
2. Arutz-7 News: Sunday,
3. EU supports murderers of Jews.
More Jews killed

1. Arutz-7 News Friday
Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 / Kislev 3, 5763
Close to 150,000 Arabs visited the Temple Mount today for the first week of Ramadan-month prayers. Some 2,000 police officers were on hand to ensure public order, and in fact no incidents were reported. A Jewish man wearing an Arab headdress (kefiye) was arrested at the entrance to the Temple Mount; he said he was a Moslem who wished to pray there. The man is known for his previous attempts to pray on the Mount. The Temple Mount, the holiest Jewish site in the world, has been closed to Jewish worship for over two years.

Declaring for the first time in a US court that the Palestinian Authority fails to meet the criteria for statehood that would grant it sovereign immunity, a Rhode Island federal judge has refused to dismiss a $250 million lawsuit filed by the family of an American terror victim against the PA.
In the landmark decision, Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled this week that the family of Yaron Ungar can proceed with a suit for damages filed last year against the PA for sponsoring a 1996 terrorist attack carried out by Hamas. Ungar and his wife Efrat, an Israeli citizen, were killed in a drive-by shooting west of Beit Shemesh on June 9, 1996. Their two young sons, who are being raised by Efrat's parents in Gush Etzion, and seven other relatives are named as plaintiffs in the suit. The Ungars' suit against the PA, PLO and Hamas alleges that the PA "praised, advocated, encouraged, solicited, and incited" terrorist attacks, resulting in the deaths of Efrat and Yaron Ungar.
Israeli Attorney Mordechai Haller is following the case. He told Arutz-7 today that the defendants attempted to have the suit rejected on the grounds that the PA/PLO constitute a sovereign state, and that the Ungars' deaths were part of a non-justiciable civil war between the Jews and the Arabs. The court threw out these arguments, as it did a year ago regarding other claims by the defendants. "What this means is that the PLO has run out of things to use to fend off these suits," Haller said. "The significance is not just for this one case, which is just the first of several suits that were filed under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act of 1991. This ruling interprets the status of the PA and the PLO for all the cases. It will also pave the way for other terrorism suits that are currently pending against the PA and the PLO to go forward quickly."
Haller said that the next stage of the case is "discovery," where documents are presented, witnesses are interviewed, and depositions are taken. He predicted that the PA officials are not likely to show up for this stage, even if and when the judge gives them several chances to do so, and that the Ungars would thus win the case by default. "The other option is that at some point the PA will come and make them a compromise offer," Haller said.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Moasher has issued a call to Arabs in Israel to stop all suicide terrorist bombings - at least until after the Israeli elections. He said that such attacks during the election period in Israel will only help the Israeli right-wing win more Knesset seats.

Soldiers near Kedumim, between Shechem and Raanana, prevented a major terror attack last night. They ordered a PA taxi to stop as it approached the Jit Junction checkpoint, and the two passengers to get out. The soldiers, standing about 20 meters away, told the men to lift their shirts - a common measure used to check if suspected terrorists are wearing an explosives belt. The two Arabs did so, uncovering exactly that type of explosive apparel on one of them. The terrorist then yelled, "Allahu Akbar" and started running towards the soldiers. The latter fired at him, he fell to the ground - and exploded. The second Arab, his apparent accomplice, was also killed in the blast. A search of the taxi turned up another bomb in the trunk.

2. Arutz-7 News: Sunday,
Sunday, November 10, 2002 / Kislev 5, 5763

IDF Special Forces yesterday morning shot and killed the Shomron region's top Islamic Jihad terrorist, Iyad Sawalha, 28. Security officials say that Sawalha was directly responsible for the murder of 31 Israelis in two deadly bombings including the October 21 suicide attack at the Karkur junction that left 14 Israelis dead, and the bus bombing at the Meggido junction this past June that claimed 17 lives. Sawalha was involved in at least half-a-dozen other incidents that wounded scores more, over the past two years.
Early Saturday morning soldiers surrounded Sawalha's Jenin home and ordered him to surrender. Sawalha refused and began hurling grenades at the soldiers, lightly wounding three. The troops then stormed the house and killed Sawalha during a gunbattle. Newly appointed Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz praised the operation's success.
Sawalha was first arrested for terror activity in 1992 and was sentenced to life in prison. However he was then released in 1998 as a gesture of "good will" towards the Palestinians as part of the Oslo accords.

3. EU supports murderers of Jews
More Jews killed

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 00:28:46 -0500
Subject: Arafat's forces take credit for murdering 5 - but not suicide attack
so doesn't violate promises?

Arafat's forces take credit for murdering 5 - but not suicide attack so
doesn't violate promises?
11 November 2002
Israel Radio Arab Affairs Correspondent Avi Yissakharov reported this
morning that Yasser Arafat's Tanzim Al Aqsa Brigade (the article by
Ha'aretz below opts to use the curious term "linked" while the Palestinians
themselves make no bones that they are members of Yasser Ararat's Fatah)
slaughter of 5 last night at a kibbutz within the Green Line technically did
not violate the deal being brokered by the European Union that there be no
suicide attacks within the Green Line since this was not a suicide attack.
Kibbutz Metzer is know for its excellent relations with its Arab neighbors.]

Police: 5 killed as terrorists open fire in Kibbutz Metzer
By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz Correspondent, Ha'aretz Service and Agencies
Five people were killed and three injured when terrorists infiltrated
Kibbutz Metzer, near the Green Line, close to midnight Sunday and opened
fire. Police sources said that the bodies of three adults and two children
had been found.
According to initial reports, it appeared that the terrorists entered a home
and opened fire, after first firing on kibbutz members walking from the
dining room to their homes. Israel Radio later reported that three people
were killed in a home and two near the dining room.

Officials in the defense establishment suspect that the shooting may have
been carried out by members of the same cell which tried to penetrate Israel
earlier in the day, near Kibbutz Metzer, in order to carry out a suicide
In that incident, two Palestinians were killed when their car exploded after
they were stopped by a Border Police patrol.