Contents: Jerusalem News nos 421-450

Jerusalem News-421
1. New Chamish Feature
2. United Arab Emirates Firm May Oversee  U.S. Ports
Selections from Articles
(a) United Arab Emirates Firm May Oversee 6 U.S. Ports
(b) It's the Corporation, Stupid
(c) UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports
3. Britain gave Israel plutonium, files show

1. New Chamish Feature
Due to popular demand we have taken  our
remarks about Barry Chamish out of the feature:
"Answers to Queries About Conspiracy"
and posted them along with additional material
in an entry of their own:
"Replies to Queries:
New material on this subject may be seen at:
Q. 3. Question: What Kind of Reaction Have you had from followers of BC?
The answer to this question includes:
(a) A reply to a vitriolic defence of BC made by pseudo-Karaite
revivalist Charles Voss.
(b) A remark in favor of BC by Roslyn and the Brit-Am reply.
(c) Encouragement of Brit-Am on this issue from Craig Blackwood.

2. United Arab Emirates Firm May Oversee  U.S. Ports
Selections from Articles
(a) United Arab Emirates Firm May Oversee 6 U.S. Ports
(b) It's the Corporation, Stupid
(c) UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports

(a) United Arab Emirates Firm May Oversee 6 U.S. Ports

By Ted Bridis
Associated Press
Sunday, February 12, 2006; Page A17
Extracts Only
A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism.

The Bush administration considers the UAE an important ally in the fight against terrorism since the suicide hijackings and is not objecting to Dubai Ports World's purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

The $6.8 billion sale could be approved Monday and would affect commercial port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia.

The State Department describes the UAE as a vital partner in the fight against terrorism. But the UAE, a loose federation of seven emirates on the Saudi peninsula, was an important operational and financial base for the hijackers who carried out the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the FBI concluded.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the administration to consider the sale carefully. "America's busiest ports are vital to our economy and to the international economy, and that is why they remain top terrorist targets," Schumer said. "Just as we would not outsource military operations or law enforcement duties, we should be very careful before we outsource such sensitive homeland security duties."

Shipping experts noted that many of the world's largest port companies are not based in the United States, and they pointed to DP World's strong economic interest in operating ports securely and efficiently.

"It's in Dubai's interest to make sure this runs well," said James Lewis, who worked with the U.S. committee at the State and Commerce departments.

Stephen E. Flynn, who studies maritime security at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, said even under foreign control, U.S. ports will continue to be run by unionized American employees. "You're not going to have a bunch of UAE citizens working the docks," Flynn said. "They're longshoremen, vested in high-paying jobs."

(b) It's the Corporation, Stupid
By Molly Ivins, AlterNet
Posted on February 23, 2006

In 2002, the Coast Guard
estimated it would take $5.4 billion over 10 years to improve port
security to the point mandated by the Maritime Transportation
Security Act. Last year, Congress appropriated $175 million. The
administration had requested $46 million, below 9-11 levels.

As David Sirota points out, the administration has been negotiating
a free trade deal with the United Arab Emirates at the same time the
port deal was being negotiated. This whole thing is about free trade
and the lock big corporations have on our government to further free

Sirota also points out you will see and hear almost no discussion of
this fact in the corporate news media. I have no idea whether DP
World represents a security threat, but U.S. News & World Report
said in December that Dubai was notorious for smuggling, money
laundering and drug trafficking in support of terrorists. I suppose
the same could be said of New York, but it doesn't sound pleasant.

Dubai is believed to be the transfer port for the spread of nuclear
technology by the Abdul Qadeer Khan network.

(c) UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports
UPI Pentagon Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A United Arab Emirates government-owned
company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21
American ports, far more than the six widely reported.

The Bush administration has approved the takeover of British-owned
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. to DP World, a deal set
to go forward March 2 unless Congress intervenes.

P&O is the parent company of P&O Ports North America, which leases
terminals for the import and export and loading and unloading and
security of cargo in 21 ports, 11 on the East Coast, ranging from
Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida, and 10 on the Gulf Coast, from
Gulfport, Miss., to Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the
company's Web site.

President George W. Bush on Tuesday threatened to veto any
legislation designed to stall the handover.

Kimmitt said because the 2005 Chinese proposal had caused such an
uproar before it ever got to CFIUS, the lack of reaction to the
Dubai deal when it was reported on last fall suggested it would not
be controversial enough to require special notification of Congress.

Central to the debate is the fact that the United Arab Emirates,
while a key ally of the United States in the Middle East, has had
troubling ties to terrorist networks, according to the Sept. 11
Commission report. It was one of the few countries in the world that
recognized the al-Qaida-friendly Taliban government in Afghanistan;
al-Qaida funneled millions of dollars through the U.A.E. financial
sector; and A.Q. Khan, the notorious Pakistani nuclear technology
smuggler, used warehouses near the Dubai port as a key transit point
for many of his shipments.

Since the terrorist attacks, it has cut ties with the Taliban,
frozen just over $1 million in alleged terrorist funding, and given
the United States key military basing and over-flight rights. At any
given time, there are 77,000 U.S. service members on leave in the
United Arab Emirates, according to the Pentagon.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England warned that the uproar about
the United Arab Emirates involvement in U.S. ports could risk
alienating the very countries in the Middle East the United States
is trying to court as allies in the war on terrorism.

"It's very important we strengthen bonds ... especially with friends
and allies in the Arab world. It's important that we treat friends
and allies equally around the world without discrimination," he

The security of port terminal operations is a key concern. More than
7 million cargo containers come through 361 American ports annually,
half of the containers through New York-New Jersey, Los Angeles and
Long Beach, Calif. Only a small percentage are physically searched
and just 37 percent currently screened for radiation, an indication
of an attempt to smuggle in nuclear material that could be used for
a "dirty bomb."

Port facility operators have a major security responsibility, and
one that could be exploited by terrorists if they infiltrate the
company, said Joe Muldoon III. Muldoon is an attorney representing
Eller & Co., a port facility operator in Florida partnered with M&O
in Miami. Eller opposes the Dubai takeover for security reasons.

"The Coast Guard oversees security, and they have the authority to
inspect containers if they want and they can look at manifests, but
they are really dependent on facility operators to carry out
security issues," Muldoon said.

"The concern is that the UAE may be our friend now ... but who's to
say that couldn't change, or they couldn't be infiltrated. Iran was
our big buddy," said Muldoon.

In a January report, the Council on Foreign Relations pointed out
the vulnerability of the shipping security system to terrorist

CFR suggests a terrorist event is likely to be a one-time operation
on a trusted carrier "precisely because they can count on these
shipments entering the U.S. with negligible or no inspection."

"All a terrorist organization needs to do is find a single weak link
within a 'trusted' shipper's complex supply chain, such as a poorly
paid truck driver taking a container from a remote factory to a
port. They can then gain access to the container in one of the half-
dozen ways well known to experienced smugglers," CFR wrote.

3. Britain gave Israel plutonium, files show,,1727978,00.html
Richard Norton-Taylor
Friday March 10, 2006
The Guardian

Britain secretly supplied Israel with plutonium during the 1960s despite a warning from military intelligence that it could help the Israelis to develop a nuclear bomb, it was disclosed last night. The deal, made during Harold Wilson's Labour government, is revealed in classified documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained by BBC2's Newsnight programme.

The documents also show how Britain made hundreds of shipments to Israel of material which could have helped in its nuclear weapons programme, including compounds of uranium, lithium, beryllium and tritium, as well as heavy water.

Israel asked Britain in 1966 to supply 10mg of plutonium. Israel would have required almost 5kg of plutonium to build an atomic bomb, but British defence intelligence officials warned that 10mg had "significant military value" and could enable the Jewish state to carry out important experimental work to speed up its nuclear weapons programme.

Documents show that the decision to sell plutonium to Israel in 1966 was blocked by officials in both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office, who said: "It is HMG's policy not to do anything which would assist Israel in the production of nuclear weapons." But the deal was forced through by a Jewish civil servant, Michael Michaels, in Tony Benn's Ministry of Technology, which was responsible for trade in nuclear material, according to Newsnight.

Peter Kelly, who was British defence intelligence's expert on the Israeli nuclear weapons programme, knew Mr Michaels. He told Newsnight he believed Mr Michaels knew that Israel was trying to build an atomic bomb, but that he had dual loyalties to Britain and Israel.

Mr Benn told the programme that civil servants in his department kept the deals secret from him and his predecessor, Frank Cousins.

He had always suspected that civil servants were doing deals behind his back, but he never thought they would sell plutonium to Israel. He told Newsnight: "I'm not only surprised, I'm shocked. It never occurred to me they would authorise something so totally against the policy of the government.

"Michaels lied to me, I learned by bitter experience that the nuclear industry lied to me again and again." He thought Wilson may not have known that Britain was helping Israel to get the bomb.

Last year Newsnight showed that in the late 1950s Harold Macmillan's Conservative government provided Israel with 20 tonnes of heavy water to start up its Dimona reactor. Newsnight said it learned that Jack Straw had admitted to the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, that Britain knew the heavy water was destined for Israel, and that in 1961, Macmillan even made a failed attempt to get it back.

See also:
Jerusalem News-392
item #1. UK Helped Israel Obtain Nuclear Bomb

"Brit-Am Now"-580
item #4. Stephen Spykerman: HOW the UK GAVE ISRAEL THE ATOM BOMB

Jerusalem News-422
1. Genes and Environment: Important New Evidence
2. Acting PM Olmert: The Dangers of Drug-Use to Society
3. Steven Collins: New Update from South Dakota
4. Archaeologists Find Ancient Israel Tunnels
5. Rationale for Wall
a. Israel Needs More People to Survive.
b. The "Arabs" must leave Israel.

1. Genes and Environment: Important New Evidence
From: "duncan"
Subject: Environment and Habits reprogram genes

Code 2

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Scientists are rewriting the laws of heredity as they learn more about a
mysterious second genetic code that turns our genes on and off.

The traditional idea that we are the passive carriers of our genes is
being challenged by the notion that we are their custodians. Our
lifestyles ­ what we eat, how much we exercise, whether we smoke ­ may
play a role in a chemical switching system that activates or deactivates
our genes. There are signs that our behaviour may program sections of
our children's DNA, and that how we live may even affect our
grandchildren's genes.

“It introduces the concept of responsibility into genetics,” said Dr.
Moshe Szyf, a researcher at McGill University in Montreal and a pioneer
in the field of epigenetics, the study of genetic changes that don't
involve mutations in DNA.

“It changes the whole way we think about inheritance.”

If DNA is the hardware of inheritance, the epigenetic operating system
is the software, controlling the 30,000 genes that carry instructions
for the proteins that make up our bodies and keep them running.

Scientists are still deciphering what has been described as the second
genetic code. They know, Dr. Szyf said, that a number of chemicals in
our bodies act like dimming switches and determine whether every gene in
each cell produces a lot of a particular protein, very little or none of it.

They suspect this chemical switching system can be affected by diet, the
air pollution we inhale, whether we smoke, and the stress we endure. It
may be a mechanism through which our environment affects our genes.

In mice there is proof some of these changes can be passed down from
generation to generation. There are signs this may be the case for
humans, as well, if the environmental changes affect genes in sperm or eggs.

A recent study found that found men who started smoking before puberty
are more likely to have overweight male children. Dutch women who went
hungry in the Second World War gave birth to small babies, but their
children also had small babies, even though they had enough to eat.

There is also evidence, at least in rats, that a mother can turn genes
on and off in her offspring. Mothers who lick their pups activate a gene
that restricts the production of the stress hormone cortisol. As a
result, their babies are more laid back.

Canadians scientists in Montreal and Hamilton are now doing an
unprecedented experiment in humans, and want to find whether a mother's
behaviour affects similar genes in young children. They should have
preliminary results by the fall.

A recent study in Spain found that as identical twins get older, they
become genetically less similar. They start out with the same genes, but
as they age, the switches that control their genes start to look
different. The changes are barely noticeable in three-year-old twins,
and most pronounced in elderly twins, especially those who have spent
less of their lives together.

This helps explain why, in the Spanish study, a 35-year-old woman
developed breast cancer but her identical twin didn't. It may also
explain why when one identical twin develops schizophrenia, it is
estimated that the other one has only a 50-per-cent chance of developing
the mental illness.

Identical twins can look less similar as they get older, and often act
very differently. Epigenetics may help explain why.

Darrick Antell, a plastic surgeon in Manhattan, began doing face lifts
on identical twins so he could compare the two surgical techniques. But
he found that one twin was always an older version of the other.
Smoking, sun exposure, diet and the amount of stress they had endured
took a toll on their faces. But some of the differences were not so
easily explained. One set of twins lived together, but one smoked and
the other didn't. The smoker had much more grey hair than his twin.

“I think there is more at work here,” said Dr. Antell, who has performed
plastic surgery on more than 30 sets of twins, more than anyone else in
the world.

But epigenetics may help explain more than the differences between
people who are genetically identical.

Scientists are also looking at many common diseases to see if they might
be caused, at least in part, by problems with the switching system that
activates and deactivates genes. In Canada and around the world
researchers are looking at the role epigenetics plays in various kinds
of cancer, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Parkinson's disease,
Alzheimer's disease, lupus and other illnesses.

Genes seem to play a part in all of these diseases, but not always the
starring role. One patient with Alzheimer's can't recognize the faces of
their loved ones, while someone else with the same gene linked to the
disease is lucid at the age of 90.

The difference is not a mutation, or a change to the four chemicals ­
known as nucleotides ­ that make up the long strings of DNA in our
chromosomes that we inherited from our parents. The problem may be an
aberration in the operating system that controls which genes are turned
on and off, and how much protein they produce.

Dr. Petronis characterizes the epigenetics explanation as a promising
theory, one that may answer many perplexing questions about cancer and
other diseases.

But first, he and other researchers caution, many mysteries need to be
solved. No one knows how the switches in all our cells are controlled.
Also unknown is to what extent changes in them are passed down from
generation to generation.

A number of scientists suspect that heavy metals, pesticides, diesel
exhaust and tobacco smoke and other chemicals in the environment may be
interfering with the human genetic switches. They fear that endocrine
disrupters, the so-called gender-bender chemicals, may somehow be
switching genes on and off, resulting in fish with both male and female
sexual organs and male alligators with shrinking penises.

Michael Skinner a professor at Washington State University, briefly
exposed pregnant rats to high levels of two endocrine disrupters, and
insecticide and a fungicide. He and his colleagues found that their male
offspring had lower fertility and sperm production for not one, but four

Scientists are also intrigued about the role epigenetics may play in
evolution. Switching genes on and off may be a way for animals,
including humans, to adapt to the environment more rapidly than the
glacial speed allowed by evolution, which depends on relatively rare
mutations to DNA.

“You inherit DNA, but it doesn't tell you if you are living in a rich or
a poor environment. If it is rich, you don't have to store fat, don't
need to be anxious,” Dr. Szyf said. “But if you are going to be thrown
in a ghetto, that is a different thing.”

Take the mother rats that don't lick their pups much. They tend to be at
the low end of the rat social hierarchy, and as a result lead more
stressful lives. It is probably a good thing that their pups produce
more cortisol ­ a stress hormone ­ and are more uptight. Cortisol makes
rats less aggressive, and less likely to get into fights they can't win.

Researchers in Montreal have found that the boys in neighbourhoods with
high crime rates who don't get in much trouble tend to have higher
levels of cortisol than boys who join gangs or steal cars. Their higher
stress level seems to make them more fearful, and less likely to engage
in risky business.

As for our modern lifestyles, exercise is good, but not just for burning
calories. It may reprogram our genes, Dr. Szyf said.

Fat may do more than add extra body weight and clog arteries; it may
also switch a number of genes on and off that in the past were helpful
in preparing humans for a long winter without much food.

Epigenetics may revolutionize medicine, said Dr. Szyf, and it also could
change the way we think about daily decisions like whether or not to
order fries with a meal, or to go for a walk or to stay in front of the
television. You aren't eating and exercising for yourself, but for your

2. Acting PM Olmert: The Dangers of Drug-Use to Society

March 12, 2006
Address by Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Israel Anti-Drugs Authority
Tel Aviv
Extracts Only:

Distinguished Guests,

You heard the statistics: there are 300,000, some even say 350,000, drug
users in the State of Israel. There are 20,000 to 25,000 addicts - what we
call hard users. The amount of money we refer to per drug addict, is
approximately $3000 per day. Perhaps this is not a lot of money, but it is
over and above the average salary in our economy. Usually, drug addicts do
not work, so in order to be able obtain their daily dosage, they are dragged
into various criminal acts, including damage to property, and often involve
physical injuries. That is, a full circle of social perversion and crime
becomes an inseparable part of the life of an addict and also involves those
who are not addicted to drugs.

There is no simple and easy way to deal with this problem. I assume that
you heard many explanations and analyses regarding psychological aspects and
types of characters who develop dependency for drugs and are dragged into
drug abuse - because of personal psychological causes related to their
background, education, social environment and family and have nothing to do
with any focused external influence. However, we are aware of the fact that
this phenomenon can be examined in the context of social plight, poverty,
hopelessness, of a social surrounding which is criminal, and intentionally
creates a market of users. The market of users increases the profits of
criminals, dealers and all those who run this industry, at the head of which
are extremely cynical people. Perhaps they do not use drugs, but they cause
harm to the lives of thousands of people and thousands of families who fall
apart because of this horrendous deterioration into drug addiction.

The big question is: how do we create a reality which seriously decreases
exposure and danger? I do not wish to mislead you. I wish I could be as
optimistic as Ronny Douek, and believe that we could clean up everything. I
do not know of any society on the face of this earth which succeeded in
doing that. However, I think we could achieve a serious decrease.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a saying which reflects the Jewish tradition,
"He who saves one soul, it is as if he saves the entire whole world." That
is, if we truly succeed in making a difference in a few thousand cases, then
there is no limit to the contribution we would make to the quality of those
lives - to society as well as to those individuals.

This effort cannot focus on only one authority, but should be a
comprehensive social and national effort led by the Government.

Prime Minister Sharon recognized the seriousness of the threat and the
importance of the struggle. We discussed it often....
We will continue in this path. We will set perennial and
multi-layered estimations to deal with this. There is not only one
component. It could always be claimed that it is the responsibility of the
State, and not voluntary bodies. However, there are hardly any fields in
which the third sector is not involved, and I view it as a very positive
phenomenon, that a section of the public which has capabilities and means
says: "I can give something back to society and my way of doing it is to
invest in fields which could influence the quality of life of various
sectors and tackle various predicaments." There is an increasing number of
such people and I am proud of them.

3. Steven Collins: New Update from South Dakota
From: Steve Collins <>
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-420

As a follow-up to my commentary on my state's strict anti-abortion law, FOX-News released a poll of South Dakotans who were asked questions about it. While the responses confirm majorities in our state are pro-life, the question about how people would vote in a state-wide referendum shows how the measure has split the pro-life people. FOX News' poll found the sentiment was split evenly (45% to 45%) on whether people would vote to approve the measure without an exemption for rape and incest victims.


4. Archaeologists Find Ancient Israel Tunnels
From: James Trimm <>

Archaeologists Find Ancient Israel Tunnels
Associated Press Writer

Underground chambers and tunnels used during a Jewish revolt against
the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago have been uncovered in northern
Israel, archaeologists said Monday.
The Jews laid in supplies and were preparing to hide from the Romans
during their revolt in A.D. 66-70, the experts said. The pits, which
are linked by short tunnels, would have served as a concealed
subterranean home.

Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority said the find
shows the ancient Jews planned and prepared for the uprising,
contrary to the common perception that the revolt began
"It definitely was not spontaneous," Alexandre said. "The Jews of
that time certainly did prepare for it, with underground hideaways
here and in other sites we have found."
The underground chambers at the Israeli Arab village of Kfar Kana,
north of Nazareth, were built from housing materials common at the
time and hidden directly beneath the floors of aboveground homes _
giving families direct access to the hideouts. Other refuges found
from the time of the revolt are hewn out of rock.
"This construction was very well camouflaged inside one of the
houses," Alexandre said. "There are three pits under this house and
one tunnel leading to another pit. There are 11 storage jars in that
Built like igloos, the chambers are wide at the base and small at
the top. The tunnels between them are short and the ceilings are too
low for standing upright.
Zeev Weiss, a professor of archaeology at Hebrew University in
Jerusalem not connected to the discovery, said the find "can give us
more information about life in the Galilee in the first century and
the preparations Jews were making on the eve of the revolt." Weiss
is director of excavations at Sepphoris, which was the largest city
in the Galilee at the time of the revolt.
The Jewish revolt against Roman rule ended in A.D. 70, when the
Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple.
The ancient Jews at the Kfar site built their houses over the ruins
of a fortified Iron Age city, reusing some of the stones from the
original settlement. Then they dug through 5 feet of debris from the
ruins to build their hideaway complex. "It was quite a lot of work,"
Alexandre said.
The original settlement, which dates from the 10th and 9th centuries
B.C., is also a new discovery.
Alexandre attributes current dating of the original city as an Iron
Age settlement to pottery remains, which are plentiful. The
excavators have also found large quantities of animal bones, a
scarab depicting a man surrounded by two crocodiles and a ceramic
seal bearing the image of a lion.
The excavation of the city's architecture has uncovered fortified
walls which still stand 5 feet tall in some places. "It's
magnificent," said Alexandre. "You can walk among them."

5. Rationale for Wall
The Strategic Logic of Israel’s Security Barrier

This article shows that Israel in its present state needs the
"Wall" for security reasons.
This point is valid and it may be that the Present Israeli Government's
course is the only long-term option UNTIL they realize that:

a. Israel Needs More People to Survive.
This should be achieved by:
(1). Strengthening and intensifying Jewish religious observance.
(b) Increased "aliya" immigration of Jews to Israel.
(c) Increased birthrate through encouraging large families and abolishing abortion
and changing social attitudes on this issue in general.
(d) Massive conversion programs for descendants of "Joseph" who are suitable and
really already WANT to join Judah at this stage and on Judah's terms.
[JOSEPH has his OWN role which is just as important if not more so
but there are those at present amongst Joseph who would gladly join themselves with
Judah even at this stage if encouraged to do so.]
If Israeli society was more Jewish-conscious in the religious sense it would actually
make it easier for Joseph.

b. The "Arabs" must leave Israel.

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 13:40:00 +0200
Jerusalem News-423
1. Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson calls radical Muslims 'satanic'
2. Police Cars Attacked: Beginning of The Payback?
3. Israeli Forces Capture Murderers of Zeevi
4. Conspiracy: Protest from Charles Voss and Brit-Am Reply
5. Coffee: Good or Bad?

1. Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson calls radical Muslims 'satanic'
By The Associated Press

Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson said Monday on his live "700 Club" television program that Islam wants to take over the world and is not a religion of peace, and that radical Muslims are "satanic."

After watching a news segment about radical Islam in Europe, Robertson remarked that the outpouring of rage elicited by cartoon drawings of the Prophet Mohammed "just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it's motivated by demonic power. It is satanic and it's time we recognize what we're dealing with."

Robertson also said that "the goal of Islam, ladies and gentlemen whether you like it or not, is world domination."

Unknown vandals sabotage car of senior police commander

By <>David Ratner, Yuval Azoulai and <>Eli Ashkenazi, Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz Service

2. Police Cars Attacked: Beginning of The Payback?
Unknown vandals sabotaged the car of the police commander of the Judea and Samaria District Major General Yisrael Yitzhak near his Yavneh home, in a predawn attack Tuesday.

The damage included smashed car mirrors, and was performed despite police patrols near Yitzhak's house, implemented for fear of such actions. Police forensics experts were to examine the car.

This has been the third vandalism attack within a month on cars of senior police officers from the Judea and Samaria District.

Police said they will investigate whether the vandalism was linked to Yitzhak's involvement in the evacuation of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona in early February.

On Friday the car of the Judea and Samaria District's head of intelligence, Chief Superintendent Haim Padlon, was torched in Hadera.

It is believed the arsons were right wing activists who protested Padlon's involvement in the evacuation and the investigation of rioters. The arson came after Padlon was threatened.

The arson came less than a month after the <>torching of the car of the commander who oversaw the Amona evacuation, Brigadier General Meir Bokovza.

3. Israeli Forces Capture Murderers of Zeevi
Arutz Sheva News Service -
Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 15 Adar 5766
By Hana Levi Julian

The six murderers of former Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi
surrendered Tuesday evening to IDF forces after a day-long siege on
the Jericho prison where they were being held.

A special anti-terror police unit and the IDF Nahal Brigade charged
the prison Tuesday morning after U.S. and Britain withdrew their
observers "out of concern for the monitors' safety."

Ze'evi's killers surrendered along with 202 other prisoners after nine
hours of shelling with heavy artillery and machine gunfire. The six
will be taken to a prison in Israel.

Three Arabs were killed and several others wounded during the day-long
siege. The IDF released 76 prisoners after it was determined they had
not been involved in terrorist activity.

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dan Halutz made a personal call
to Ze'evi's family to inform them of the capture. "This is a great
day for Israelis," said Palmach Ze'evi, the son of the murdered
Tourism Minister. He also said, however, that Israel should have
"settled the score right then and there" on the day his father was

Arabs protested the action with riots and kidnappings throughout
Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. During the day, 17 foreign
nationals were kidnapped. Two Australians, an American lecturer and a
Red Cross official were released shortly after they were abducted.

According to Israel Radio, armed terrorists were hunting for
foreigners in local hotels. The Gaza police chief ordered his
officers to fire on anyone who attempted to kidnap foreigners.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan called for an immediate
release of foreigners who were kidnapped.

Some 15,000 Arabs protested in Gaza City against the Jericho
operation, the British Cultural Center was torched and approximately
300 rioting Arabs broke into the European Union compound. In
addition, gunmen burst into the German television network (ARD)
offices, the same building that houses the British Broadcasting
Company (BBC) studios. The office of AMIDEAST, a private nonprofit
organization that provides educational support services, was also a
target for armed Arab attackers. "We don't want to see any Americans
here," one shouted at police who arrived on the scene.

The UN and the Red Cross both announced they were pulling their
representatives out of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas
temporarily in the wake of the kidnappings and other violence. Red
Cross officials in Geneva later denied they had told their staff to

European Union monitors also fled their posts at the Rafah and Kerem
Shalom crossings with Gaza Tuesday afternoon at the instruction of
their governments. Both crossings were closed as armed Arabs gathered
at the sites. In addition, the Karni crossing was closed due to
specific warnings of impending terror attacks.

Meanwhile, PA security forces did nothing to prevent the disorders
taking place at the crossings. There was also concern that Arabs
might try to break through the fence separating Egypt and Gaza.
Egyptian and Israeli officials were continuing to exchange information
on the situation.

The six assassins who were targeted on Tuesday in "Operation Pay a
Visit" were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP), led by mastermind and PFLP leader Ahmed Sa'adat.

Israel had warned the PA numerous times that it would capture Sa'adat
if he was freed. When the monitors pulled out, the Defense Ministry
decided to act immediately in the wake of comments by PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas, who said last week that he had "no problem releasing
Ahmed Sa'adat."

PA officials angrily said they were not informed in advance of the
decision by the U.S. and Britain to pull their observers. British
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the British Parliament, "We were
afraid that if we announced that our forces were leaving, we would put
them at risk of being kidnapped." He said neither Israel nor the PA
was warned in advance of the move.

The PA and the PFLP both accused the U.S. and Britain of "collusion"
with Israel, and
IDF Central Command head Yair Naveh pointedly squelched rumors of an
international conspiracy when speaking to reporters late in the day.
"There was no coordination here with the Brits or the Americans," he
said. "We began preparations several weeks ago," he added, and said
the PA had received a letter from the British a week ago warning of
the impending withdrawal of the observers.

Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres held Hamas responsible for the IDF
action. He told reporters on Tuesday that the terrorist organization
which now leads the PA government planned to break previous agreements
to uphold the lifetime prison terms for the killers.

Naveh acknowledged that there is a possibility that a new round of
terror might be set off by Tuesday's operation although he hoped the
minimal number of casualties would "end the wave."

He underscored the fact that Sa'adat's capture was no different than
other IDF actions to catch Arab terrorists. "We are talking about the
detainment of murderers, as we do every night in Nablus, Hevron and
Ramallah. In this regard, there is no difference," he said.

The PFLP warned that Israel would "pay dearly" for the capture of its
leader and Hamas Prime Minister-to-be Ismail Haniyeh warned Israel
that hurting any of Ze'evi's murderers would have "serious
repercussions on the situation." Several other terrorist
organizations threatened to attack Israeli, U.S. and British targets.

Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigade spokesman Abu Qusai warned American and
British citizens to leave PA-controlled areas immediately, "otherwise
they will be subject to kidnapping and other consequences," he said.

4. Conspiracy: Protest from Charles Voss and Brit-Am Reply
At 04:53 PM 3/15/2006, wrote:
> Jerusalem News-421
> Contents:
> 1. New Chamish Feature

< cut >

> 1. New Chamish Feature
> Due to popular demand we have taken our
> remarks about Barry Chamish out of the feature:
> "Answers to Queries About Conspiracy"
> and posted them along with additional material
> in an entry of their own:

< cut >

> "Replies to Queries:
> Chamish"
> New material on this subject may be seen at:
> Q. 3. Question: What Kind of Reaction Have you had from followers
> of BC?
> The answer to this question includes:
> (a) A reply to a vitriolic defence of BC made by pseudo-Karaite
> revivalist Charles Voss.
> (b) A remark in favor of BC by Roslyn and the Brit-Am reply.

Shalom Yair,
I am sorry that you were so rankled by my private email to you about
Barry Camish. I appreciate you taking the time to read it so that
you could point out the error I made in the spelling of the word
conspiracy. Since that is all you pointed out as error, then I must
assume the rest was OK except that you took issue with my remark
about the Talmud.

What do I think of you as a person? I think that you are a
honorable Orthodox Jew and faithful to your beliefs. I appreciate
the work that you are doing concerning the discovery and reuniting
of all the Tribes of Israel. I am totally in agreement with you on
that and refer people to your site all of the time.

Yes, we do have different opinions about the Talmud. However, the
conclusion of that issue will have to wait until the advent of the
Mashiach to see which book (s) he will instruct us to read,
understand, and obey. Therefore, that makes the Talmud a concern
for me.

Since my letter to you was in private and you chose to answer it in
a public venue; I request and expect you to do the honorable thing
and publish my reply to you in your Jerusalem News.

By the way, what is a "pseudo-Karaite revivalist"? Is it something
like pornography and conspiracy that I will just know it when I see

Your Hebrew brother,
Charles J. Voss

Charles Shalom,
You sent me a letter concerning Barry Chamish with a Cc. copy being sent to
Chamish. You did not mention it being a private letter.
Usually when people send such letters
to us they hope we will publish them and sometime express disappointment when we do not do so.
You are a public person. You have your own original ideas concerning the Bible, your own web site
and publication. People write me about you. To a degree our audience overlaps. Anything you write us concerning issues we have discussed has a potential interest to some of our subscribers.
You are a player in the same field as ourselves and subject to the same rules.
You made a spelling mistake. We took advantage of the opening to make an ineffective low blow
and probably lost more points than it was worth as a result.
You wrote a letter defending Conspiracy Theories in general and specifically speaking on behalf of a common criminal, reprobate, and de facto Holocaust denier
whose opinions I consider to be personally offensive and do not understand why other people do
not feel the same.
You also included a point against the Talmud. Brit-Am sometimes mentions Talmudic opinion
but usually in connection with a Brit-Am identity point or a Biblical commentary and as
something worth considering. We do not push the Talmud as a belief system since it is not
applicable to non-Jews. When people ask us about the Talmud we refer them to more authoritative
I personally attend daily lessons in the Talmud
and try to apply its teachings in my daily life. It helps me personally and if I would do it more often
and more thoroughly it would help me more. Your remark on this issue was out of place.
You asked
<<what is a "pseudo-Karaite revivalist"?>>
The Karaites were originally a Jewish sect (as far as we know) who rejected the Oral Law of the Sages
The Karaites and Rejection of Oral law
The Karaites are now quite quiescent apart from the attempts of an American
Orthodox newcomer to put some life into them.
You are not a Karaite but I understand from your publications that you have a similar
My terminology was probably exaggerated and if I offended I apologize
but you touched on sensitive issues.
You said:
<<I appreciate you taking the time to read it so that
you could point out the error I made in the spelling of the word
conspiracy. Since that is all you pointed out as error, then I must
assume the rest was OK except that you took issue with my remark
about the Talmud.>>
Sorry Charles,
The rest was not "OK".
Conspiracy Theories are a malicious poison
and blatantly false and insulting as we have emphasized and as we
have dedicated an article to:

5. Coffee: Good or Bad?
Genes dictate whether coffee is good or bad for us

Coffee can increase or reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack - depending on your genes, , according to a new study.

People who metabolise caffeine more slowly have a 36% increased risk if they drink two to three cups of coffee a day.

And if they drink more than four cups, this risk rises to 64%, reports New Scientist.

But people who metabolised caffeine quickly and consumed two to three cups of coffee a day had a 22% reduction in the risk of heart attack.

"Our data suggest that the longer caffeine is lingering in the system, the more harm it can do," says Ahmed El-Sohemy at the University of Toronto, Canada, who led the study.

Brit-Am Comment: First it was Chocolate.
Jerusalem News-416
item #5. Eating chocolate may halve risk of dying
Now it is coffee.
One cannot say that Jerusalem News-423
has not your best interests at heart.

Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 12:49:24 +0200
Jerusalem News-424
1. Archaeology: Recommended Reports of Interest
3. Survey of Anti-Semitic attitudes in Sweden
4. Science: Liars 'too self aware to twitch'
5. NZ Agreement with Pat Robertson

1. Archaeology: Recommended Reports of Interest
Note: David Meadows provides a weekly service concerning ALL
fields of archaeological activity. In the excerpts below
we have selected only those URLs that we feel will probably interest
Brit-Am subscribers more than the others. This week there quite a few
new articles of such interest but it sometimes happens that there are hardly any.

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2006 08:26:09 -0500
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 8.47

Irrigation in Nineveh former capital of Assyria

Plenty of coverage this week of the finds at Kafr Kana, including
the tunnels from Revolt times: (BSun) (NG) (JPost)

Interesting mosaic from Tiberias:

Olive oil fueled the copper furnaces of Cyprus:

Ancient Motya [Phoenicians: Sicily] was not (apparently) destroyed by the Greeks: (Science Daily) (ANSA)

Aborigines apparently dug underground water reservoirs:
[See also:
Aborigines may have farmed eels, built huts ]

DNA and cultural differences:

Arutz Sheva News Service -
Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 21 Adar 5766
By Ezra HaLevi

United States President George W. Bush has declared that the U.S. will
defend Israel militarily should Iran launch an attack on the Jewish

"I see a threat in Iran," Bush said Monday, answering a question after
a speaking engagement in Cleveland, Ohio. "The threat from Iran is, of
course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel.
That's a threat, a serious threat. It's a threat to world peace; it's
a threat, in essence, to a strong alliance. I made it clear, I'll make
it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally,

Bush stressed, though, that diplomacy was America's preferred mode of

During the first Gulf War, the U.S. also promised to defend Israel.
The practical assistance Israel received, though, in the form of
sometimes-effective Patriot defense missiles, was paid for by Israel's
agreement not to defend itself against Saddam Hussein's unprovoked
Scud missile attacks.

Members of the United Nations' Security Council, America, Russia,
China, France and Germany, met Monday to formulate diplomatic measures
against Iran. Officials involved report that Russia and China have not
yet agreed to cooperate with action against Iran, but have given
indications that they may in the future.

At the beginning of March, Iran's UN representative dealing with
nuclear matters, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, threatened the U.S., saying,
"The United States is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if that is
the path that the U.S. wishes to choose, let the ball roll."

The U.S. suspects that Iran has funneled weapons into Iraq to support
the local guerilla war against U.S. troops stationed there.

3. Survey of Anti-Semitic attitudes in Sweden
Forwarded by Orjan Svensson
From: Orjan <>

This ynet story has been sent to you by Orjan
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Anti-Semitic attitudes in Sweden

New poll shows majority of Swedes reject anti-Semitism, but 'world's oldest hatred' persists for sizeable minority, including amongst country's 350,000 Muslims
Susanna Abramowicz

Poll results released this week in Sweden show a majority of Swedes reject anti-Jewish attitudes.

The study found that 59 percent of Swedes generally rejected anti-Semitic attitudes, while 36 percent were ambivalent and agreed with some anti-Semitic statements and rejected others or did not express a clear opinion.

Five percent displayed strongly anti-Semitic attitudes.

Results of the study

Overall, 26 percent partly or completely agreed with the statement that "Israel's politics is based on Old Testament vengefulness (eye for an eye)." The same number partly or completely thought that "Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is reminiscent of the Nazi treatment of Jews."

However, only three percent agreed that "Israel has no right to exist." 14 percent thought there was truth in the statement that "Israeli policies engender hatred against Jews."

A total of 17 percent partly or completely agreed that "Jews think they are the only ones who have suffered", while 14 percent believed that "The Jews have been exploiting the Nazi genocide on Jews (the Holocaust) for financial and political purposes."

Meanwhile, 26 percent of those questioned partially or wholly agreed that "Jews have great influence over the world economy", 18 percent that "Jews have great influence on the media" and 17 percent that "the Jews are directing US foreign policy."

Those with higher education were more likely to reject anti-Semitic notions as opposed to those with less education, 70 percent versus 48 percent. However, the beliefs in Jewish power over media, finance or US foreign policy were equally widespread among all the respondents, irrespective of education.

Jews and Muslims in Sweden

Among Swedish Muslims, 39 percent displayed systematic anti-Semitic attitudes as opposed to five percent in the general Swedish population.

In order to compare attitudes toward other religious minorities, some questions in the poll were about Muslims, the largest religious minority in Sweden. There are 18,000 Jews in Sweden and 350,000 Muslims. The poll showed that the intolerant attitudes towards Muslims were higher than those towards Jews.

Two percent of Swedes supported discriminatory measures toward Jews. Only 2.9 percent of Swedes think that there are too many Jews in Sweden, while 24.1 percent feel there are too many Muslims. 6.7 percent also feel that "Muslims ought not be allowed to vote in political elections."

Official reaction

Prime Minister Goran Persson reacted to the findings of the poll on Tuesday to the Swedish-language daily Dagens Nyheter after a visit with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.

"I've been dealing with this issue for a long time, in many different forms, and I'm deeply engaged in the struggle against anti-Semitism. I am surprised at the figures but not that the problem exists."

"I must say that I'm frightened and surprised at the answers, especially concerning the attitude to the issue of (a Jewish) prime minister. On the other hand, anti-Semitism exists in all societies, it regularly rears its ugly head and we must resist it and never be complacent."

Anti-racist PM

Prime Minister Persson initiated the creation of a series of International Holocaust Conferences that took place every January 2000-2004 in Stockholm, in connection with International Holocaust Day.

Lisa Abramowicz, chairperson of the Information Committee of the Jewish community in Stockholm, and secretary-general of Swedish Israel Information, told the European Jewish Press, "The results of the report are not surprising. We knew that anti-Semitism, the world's oldest prejudice, still lives and thrives in Sweden.

"What is surprising is that so many ethnic Swedes are so unaware of their own prejudices. There is a widespread feeling among Swedes that unless they are members of right-wing extremist or neo-Nazi groups, they have no prejudices against other religious or ethnic groups," she said.

Jews have been living in Sweden since 1774 and are well integrated into Swedish society.

4. Liars 'too self aware to twitch'
Story from BBC NEWS:
The image of a twitchy nervous liar touching his nose and stroking his hair may itself be a lie, a study says.

Italian and British researchers found when people lied they tended to stay still as they were acutely aware their body language might give them away.

The team monitored 130 volunteers as they were asked to make a series of honest and dishonest statements.

The study, in Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour, found liars touched their noses 20% less than truth tellers.

People expect liars to be nervous and shifty and to fidget more, but our research shows that is not the case
Dr Samantha Mann

Psychologist Dr Samantha Mann, who co-authored the study, said there was a popular perception that when people lie they scratch their nose and play with their hair more.

These movements are known as self-adaptor gestures which serve to comfort a person feeling vulnerable or exposed.

Instead of giving into these urges, she claimed, liars tried very hard to stay still and were just as likely as an honest person to look the questioner in the eye.

She added: "People expect liars to be nervous and shifty and to fidget more, but our research shows that is not the case.

"People who are lying have to think harder, and when we think harder we tend to be a lot stiller, with fewer movements, because we are concentrating harder."

She added: "As soon as we know that we are lying we suddenly become very aware of our behaviour.

"Most people tend to refrain from making movements at all."

The team from the universities of Portsmouth and Bergamo in Italy, also looked for changes in seven categories of hand gestures in their volunteers.

Self-adapting gestures

They found liars literally went to huge lengths to cover their tracks, especially when they were challenged over whether they were telling the truth.

Those under strong suspicion used certain types of hand gestures more in order reinforce the point.

The use of metaphoric gestures - such as touching the heart to show love and or the holding of hands apart to indicate size - were used 25% more often when people lied.

Rhythmic gestures such as repeated pointing to emphasise statements were also used more often by liars.

However, the use of what body language experts refer to as "self-adapting gestures" such as striking the hair, nose or other parts of the body, were used those telling lies 15-20% less.

Dr Peter Bull, a psychologist who has looked into the link between deception and body language, said there was a popular misconception that if someone is touching their nose they are more likely to be lying.

He said: "There is no Pinocchio's nose of lying. It doesn't mean that if you touch your nose in a certain way you are lying.

"And if it did people would stop doing it."

He said there needed to be a much closer analysis of what the subjects were saying when they did certain types of gestures.

5. NZ Agreement with Pat Robertson
From: Shaul Suhr <>
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-423
item #1. Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson calls radical Muslims 'satanic'

Hi Yair,
Id have to agree with Pat Robertson all the way.
I view the so called "Palestinians" as the real anvaders, and they should be treated like the Philistines of old !
Come Mashiach Ben David !

Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 14:33:23 +0200
Jerusalem News-425
1. David Jackson: Israel Should Defend Itself
2. Charles Bassett: Ishmael the Wild Man
3. Some Arabs in Favor of Moving?

1. David Jackson: Israel Should Defend Itself
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-424

I am glad that our President said we would use US military force to defend
Israel. But it does concern me whenever our government says something with
the tone that Israel shouldn't defend itself.

I mean I doubt that in WW2 President Roosevelt would have simply said we
will defend Britain and left it at that. Any statements almost certainly
would have been phrased along the lines of we will stand WITH Britain, and
so acknowledging that we expected the British to be the first to defend

When President Bush promised to defend Israel from an Iranian attack, the
Israeli PM might have responded "So will we".

David Jackson
Texas, USA

2. Charles Bassett: Ishmael the Wild Man

Sir: When Abraham had the son by Hagar, Ishmael. Later when Sarah had Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away, they were in the desert in very bad shape God appeared to her and told what would happen to Ishmael, one of the statements said he would be a wild man. It is still true today with the way they send their people out to kill themselves so as to kill others and try to force their religion on others it is as pagan as you can get. Charles Bassett

3. Some Arabs in Favor of Moving?
From: mishal <>
Subject: Herut Leader Almost Lynched - Arab Emigration Plan Angers Arabs please

Herut Leader Almost Lynched - Arab Emigration Plan Angers Arabs

by Moshe Ben Israel

Michael Kleiner, the leader of the Herut party was nearly lynched
when he came to Jaffa in a last-minute effort to solicit Arab votes.
Kleiner's supporters posted signs in Arabic in Jaffa, and in other
Arab towns throughout Israel, urging Arabs to vote for him, in the
upcoming Israeli national elections next week. Kleiner is promising
to push for legislation of a law that would pay Arabs to leave

According to recent surveys, as many as 50 percent of the
"Palestinians" would gladly leave Israel if they were given start-up
funds to begin a new life elsewhere.

Arabs in Shefaram and Um El Fahem greeted the Herut supporters and
helped post up the provocative Arabic posters. In Jaffa, local Arab
leaders incited a violent riot when Herut's Michael Kleiner arrived
to spread his message. One Herut supporter was injured. Local Jaffa
Arabs also hurled a stun grenade at the Herut campaigners.

Footage of the violent incident can be seen on

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 23:03:55 +0200

Jerusalem News-426
1. Dore Gold: Israel and the USA, A More Complete Picture
2. Steven Plaut to Brit-Am: Keep up the good work!
Chamish Exposed
3. Honenu -Israel Amnesty
4. Articles by Steven Plaut
5. Israel-Arab Conflict Site
7. Jeff Jacoby: America takes side of Israel

1. Dore Gold: Israel and the USA, A More Complete Picture

Jerusalem Issue Brief
Institute for Contemporary Affairs
founded jointly at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
with the Wechsler Family Foundation

Vol. 5, No. 20 - 24 March 2006

The Basis of the U.S.-Israel Alliance
An Israeli Response to the Mearsheimer-Walt Assault

Dore Gold

On December 27, 1962, President John F. Kennedy told Israeli Foreign
Minister Golda Meir: "The United States has a special relationship with
Israel in the Middle East really comparable only to what it has with Britain
over a wide range of world affairs."

The U.S. and Israel had a joint strategic interest in defeating aggressors
in the Middle East seeking to disrupt the status quo, especially if they had
Moscow's backing. In 1970 when Syria invaded Jordan, given the huge U.S.
military commitment in Southeast Asia at the time, it was only the
mobilization of Israeli strength that provided the external backing needed
to support the embattled regime of King Hussein. That same year, Israeli
Phantoms downed Soviet-piloted MiG fighters over the Suez Canal, proving the
ineffectiveness of the military umbrella Moscow provided its Middle Eastern

In 1981, Israel destroyed the nuclear reactor of Iraq's Saddam Hussein,
severely reducing Iraqi military strength. Ten years later, after a U.S.-led
coalition had to liberate Kuwait following Iraq's occupation of that
oil-producing mini-state, Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney in October
1991 thanked Israel for its "bold and dramatic action" a decade earlier.

In the 1980s, several memoranda of understanding between the U.S. and Israel
on strategic cooperation were followed by regular joint military exercises,
where U.S. forces were given access to Israel's own combat techniques and
vice versa. The U.S. Marine Corps and special operations forces have
particularly benefited from these ties, though much of the U.S.-Israel
strategic relationship is classified.

Saudi Arabia has tried to tilt U.S. policy using a vast array of powerful PR
firms, former diplomats, and well-connected officials, with the result being
that America is still overly dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Given the
ultimate destination of those petrodollars in recent years (the propagation
of Islamic extremism and terrorism), a serious investigation of those
lobbying efforts appears to be far more appropriate than focusing on
relations between the U.S. and Israel.

A Special Relationship Spanning Decades

It was mid-morning on December 27, 1962, when President John F. Kennedy
hosted the Foreign Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, in Palm Beach, Florida,
for a heart-to-heart review of U.S.-Israel relations. Kennedy's language was
unprecedented. In the secret memorandum drafted by the attending
representative of the Department of State, Kennedy told his Israeli guest:
"The United States has a special relationship with Israel in the Middle East
really comparable only to what it has with Britain over a wide range of
world affairs "1

According to a new paper prepared by two of America's top political
scientists, Professor John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago and
Professor Stephen Walt from the Kennedy School at Harvard University,
"neither strategic nor moral arguments can account for America's support for
Israel." The explanation for U.S. backing of Israel, according to these
academics, is the "unmatched power of the Israel lobby."2 Yet their analysis
is not grounded in any careful investigation of declassified U.S. documents
from the Departments of State or Defense.

What led Kennedy in 1962 to declare that the U.S.-Israel relationship was
even comparable to America's alliance with the British? Since the early
1950s, the U.S. defense establishment has understood Israel's potential
importance to the Western Alliance. Thus, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, General Omar Bradley, assessed in 1952 that only Britain, Turkey,
and Israel could help the U.S. with their air forces in the event of a
Soviet attack in the Middle East.3 But against whatever Israel could
tangibly offer the U.S., there was always a need to politically juggle
America's ties with Israel and its efforts to create strategic relations
with the Arab states.

The first limited U.S. arms supply to Israel preceded Kennedy. During the
Eisenhower years, when Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' plans for a
Baghdad Pact collapsed with the 1958 overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy in
Iraq, the U.S. began to upgrade its defense ties with Israel. Kennedy
started his presidency trying to build on a new relationship with Egypt's
Nasser. But by 1962, Nasser intervened with large forces in Yemen, bombed
Saudi border towns, and threatened to expand into the oil-producing areas of
the Persian Gulf.

Israeli Actions That Served U.S. Interests

The U.S. and Israel had a joint strategic interest in defeating aggressors
in the Middle East seeking to disrupt the status quo, especially if they had
Moscow's backing. This became the essence of the U.S.-Israel alliance in the
Middle East. It would repeat itself in 1970 when Syria invaded Jordan. Given
the huge U.S. military commitment in Southeast Asia at the time, it was only
the mobilization of Israeli strength that provided the external backing
needed to support the embattled regime of King Hussein.

In 1981, Israel destroyed the nuclear reactor of Iraq's Saddam Hussein,
severely reducing Iraqi military strength. Ten years later, after a U.S.-led
coalition had to liberate Kuwait following Iraq's occupation of that
oil-producing mini-state, Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney thanked Israel
for its "bold and dramatic action" a decade earlier. Indeed, Cheney would
add in an October 1991 address: "strategic cooperation with Israel remains a
cornerstone of U.S. defense policy."

During those years, Israel became one of the main forces obstructing the
spread of Soviet military power in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 1970
Israeli Phantoms downed Soviet-piloted MiG fighters over the Suez Canal,
proving the ineffectiveness of the military umbrella Moscow provided its
Middle Eastern clients in exchange for Soviet basing arrangements. When in
the 1980s the Soviet Mediterranean Squadron made the Syrian port of Tartus
its main submarine base, Israel offered Haifa to the U.S. Sixth Fleet, which
had already begun to house U.S. ships in 1977. U.S.-Soviet arms control
agreements in the 1980s over arms deployments in Central Europe increased
the importance of NATO's flanks - including its southern flank - in the
overall balance of power between the superpowers.

This expanding cooperation was made concrete in the 1980s by several
memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and Israel on strategic
cooperation, signed in 1981 and 1983. According to the Congressional
Research Service, the strategic cooperation agreements were followed by
regular joint military exercises, where U.S. forces were given access to
Israel's own combat techniques and vice versa. The U.S. Marine Corps and
special operations forces have particularly benefited from these ties. The
U.S. European Command took a particular interest in Israeli combat
helicopter training ranges.

By 1992, the number of U.S. Navy ship visits to Haifa had reached 50 per
year. Admiral Carl Trost, the former Chief of Naval Operations, commented
that with the end of the Cold War and the shifting American interest in
power projection to the Middle East, the Sixth Fleet's need for facilities
in the Eastern Mediterranean had actually increased.

Do U.S. and Israeli interests diverge sometimes? Like any two countries,
such differences can be expected. During the Cold War, Israel needed U.S.
security ties in order to increase its own capabilities to deal with hostile
Arab states. But Israel did not seek to become a target of the Soviet Union.
Nonetheless, it signed an MOU with the U.S. in 1981 which singled out the
USSR as a joint adversary of both countries. The MOU underscored that "the
parties recognize the need to enhance strategic cooperation to deter all
threats from the Soviet Union to the region."4 In the 2003 Iraq War, most
Israeli military leaders identified Iran as the greater threat to the Middle
East at the time. Nonetheless, Israel certainly did not oppose the efforts
of the U.S.-led coalition to topple Saddam Hussein.5

One complaint about the U.S.-Israel defense relationship has been the
constraints Israel has put on it as a result of Israel's firm commitment to
its doctrine of self-reliance. As Carl Ford, the Principal Assistant
Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Bush (41)
administration, confided to a Senate Caucus in October 1991: "Another
limitation, of course, is the longstanding view on the part of Israel, one
which I think most of us share the viewpoint on...that not one ounce of
American blood should be spilled in the defense of Israel." He suggested
that changes needed to be introduced to make "our operations and
interactions with Israel the same as they are with Great Britain and

This comment was significant since detractors of the U.S.-Israel
relationship like to insinuate that Israel seeks to get America to fight its
wars for it. The truth is completely the opposite: while U.S. forces have
been stationed on the soil of Germany, South Korea, or Japan to provide for
the defense of those countries in the event of an attack, Israel has always
insisted on defending itself by itself. If Israel today seeks "defensible
borders," this is because it wants to deploy the Israel Defense Forces and
not the U.S. Army in the strategically sensitive Jordan Valley.

Much of the Relationship Is Classified

There are other issues affecting the public discourse on U.S.-Israel defense
ties. Much of the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship is classified,
particularly in the area of intelligence sharing. There are two direct
consequences from this situation. First, most aspects of U.S.-Israel defense
ties are decided on the basis of the professional security considerations of
those involved. Lobbying efforts in Congress cannot force a U.S. security
agency to work with Israel.

Second, because many elements of the relationship are kept secret, it is
difficult for academics, commentators, and pundits to provide a thorough net
assessment of the true value of U.S.-Israel ties. Thus, Israel is left
working shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S., and finds itself presented by
outside commentators as a worthless ally whose status is only sustained by a
domestic lobby. Nonetheless, what has come out about the U.S.-Israel
security relationship certainly makes the recent analysis of Professors Walt
and Mearsheimer extremely suspect.

Ask About the Saudi Lobby and U.S. Dependence on Middle East Oil

Does Israel have supporters in the U.S. that back a strong relationship
between the two countries? Clearly, networks of such support exist, as they
do for U.S. ties with Britain, Greece, Turkey, and India. There are also
states like Saudi Arabia that have tried to tilt U.S. policy using a vast
array of powerful PR firms, former diplomats, and well-connected officials.
The results of those efforts have America still overly dependent on Middle
Eastern oil with few energy alternatives. Given the ultimate destination of
those petrodollars in recent years (the global propagation of Islamic
extremism and terrorism), a serious investigation of those lobbying efforts
appears to be far more appropriate than focusing on relations between the
U.S. and Israel.

* * *


(1. "Memorandum of Conversation, Palm Beach, FL, December 27, 1962, 10:00
a.m.," in Nina J. Noring (ed.), Foreign Relations of the United States,
1961-1963, Volume XVIII: Near East 1962-1963 (Washington: Government
Printing Office, 1995), pp. 276-283.
(2. John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, "The Israel Lobby," London Review of
Books, Vol. 28, No. 5, March 23, 2006,
(3. "Military Requirements for the Defense of the Middle East" (A Briefing by
the Chairman, the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the Deputy Secretary of
Defense), JCS 1887/61, November 26, 1952, in Paul Kesaris (ed.), Records of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Part 2, 1946-53, the Middle East.
(4. "U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding, October 30, 1981, Memorandum of
Understanding between the Government of the United States and the Government
of Israel on Strategic Cooperation," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
(5. Dore Gold, "Wartime Witch Hunt: Blaming Israel for the Iraq War,"
Jerusalem Viewpoints #518, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 1,

* * *

Dr. Dore Gold, who served as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in
1997-1999, heads the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

2. Steven Plaut to Brit-Am: Keep up the good work!
Chamish Exposed
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 08:30:31 +0000 (GMT)
From: Steven Plaut <>
Subject: Conspiracies

Take a look at on Chamish's ties to Neo-Nazis and Holocaust Deniers.

By the way, I believe there are other Biblical prohibitions on conspiracism beyond what you cited. For example, some of the prohibitions on cloud-readers and other pseudo-methods of pagans. False conspiracism is a from of paganism.

See also

Keep up the good work!

March 24, 2006

3. Honenu -Israel Amnesty
["Have Mercy on Us": Expression from a well-known prayer]
Honenu was founded as an ad hoc organization by a group of caring Israeli volunteers in response to the growing need in Israel for competent legal representation by those who could least afford to hire private counsel. In today's stressful times, that need has increased many fold.

Site and related sites is worth viewing. This is a genuine organization that does what it says it does
and more. Many of the people helped by Honenu are Israeli patriots
who have been treated unjustly by the powers that be.
Honenu provides practical assistance and backing
for they who both need and deserve it and in many cases might not
otherwise receive it.

4. Articles by Steven Plaut

5. Israel-Arab Conflict Site
I have only just glanced at this site but from what I have seen
it looks to be
possibly the best site I have so far come across on the subject.
It is important for the links it provides
and for its graphical presentations.

Arutz Sheva News Service -
Monday, March 27, 2006,
27 Adar 5766
By Hillel Fendel

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz has approved the appointment of Lt.-Col.
Rabbi Avi Ronsky as Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces.

Rabbi Ronsky, 54, became an observant Jew after the Yom Kippur War in
1973, in which he served as an IDF Company commanding officer. He was
a founding member of the community of Itamar in Samaria, where he
still lives. He continued to serve in the reserves each year, and
still serves as head of the Shomron Regional Division.

Rabbi Ronsky was adamantly against refusal of orders during the
Disengagement and expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif and Northern
Shomron last summer.

Peace Now says that the appointment "of an extremist settler like
Rabbi Ronsky who lives in an illegal outpost [sic] is a slap in the
face at the rule of law. A person with opinions like his does not
belong in the top echelons of the IDF."

He taught in Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim in the Moslem Quarter of
Jerusalem's Old City and Yeshivat Machon Meir. He later founded a
yeshiva in Itamar, which he continues to head. He is the author of a
work of Halakhic [Jewish legal] responsa on army issues, entitled, "As
Arrows in a Warrior's Hand."

Speaking with Arutz-7 recently, Rabbi Ronsky said that up until
Operation Defensive Shield in March 2002, "the IDF was a frightened
army." He noted that the army was generally afraid of entering
PA-controlled areas, "for instance, during the incident at Mt. Eval
when 40 hikers needed to be rescued from a band of Arabs who were
firing at them, and it took the army - with all its tanks,
helicopters, and power - five hours to rescue them. [One hiker, Rabbi
Binyamin Herling, was killed in that incident. -ed.] The army was
helpless until then, but from Operation Defensive Shield and onward,
it regained the initiative, and entered the refugee camps to thwart

Rabbi Ronsky will be promoted to the rank of Col. and will replace
Chief Rabbi Col. Yisrael Weiss this summer. Rabbi Weiss was the
army's first Chief Rabbi who was not promoted to the rank of Maj.-Gen.

7. Jeff Jacoby: America takes side of Israel
From: Women in Green <>

America takes side of Israel
By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe
March 26, 2006

A GALLUP POLL released last month puts American support for Israel at near-record levels. When asked for their views on the Middle East, 59 percent of Americans say they sympathize with the Israelis, while just 15 percent favor the Palestinians. Pro-Israel sentiment rises with increased knowledge -- 66 percent of those who follow international affairs "very closely" support Israel, compared with 52 percent of those who don't pay close attention to foreign news.

Other findings are comparable. More than two-thirds of Americans say their overall view of Israel is favorable. Only 11 percent, by contrast, have a favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority. While 22 percent of the public wants Washington to conduct diplomatic relations with the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government even if it refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist as a sovereign state, 44 percent say recognition of Israel must be a precondition to relations with the United States. Another 25 percent -- one American in four -- oppose any US dealings with Hamas at all.

Staunch American support for Israel is nothing new. In February 2005, Gallup reported similarly lopsided findings -- 69 percent of the public viewed Israel favorably, 25 percent unfavorably. In 2004, when Israel was being denounced in Europe and the United Nations for its assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the leader of Hamas, 61 percent of Americans said Israel was justified in killing him. In 2002, when a CBS News poll asked whether Israel's actions against Yasser Arafat and his forces were equivalent to US actions against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, 59 percent agreed that they were.

In short, solidarity with Israel is an abiding feature of American public opinion. Because the American people are pro-Israel, the American government is pro-Israel. And because Americans so strongly support Israel in its conflict with the Arabs, American policy in the Middle East is committed to Israel's defense.

Only someone far outside the American mainstream, then, would insist that "Israel's past and present conduct offers no moral basis for privileging it over the Palestinians." Or that US policy is engineered through a Zionist "stranglehold on Congress." Or that "neither strategic nor moral arguments can account for America's support for Israel," leaving only one possible explanation: "the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby."

Those aren't the words of American neo-Nazi David Duke -- though Duke has ringingly endorsed them. They aren't the words of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the granddaddy of Islamist radicalism -- though a top Brotherhood official praises them. They aren't the words of the PLO -- though the PLO is actively distributing them.

The source of those words, and many more like them, is a bitter anti-Israel screed masquerading as academic scholarship. Co-authored by Stephen Walt, academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer, "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy" was released last week as a "working paper" on the Kennedy School website. But so slipshod is the paper's research and so extreme its bias that within days the Harvard and Kennedy School logos were stripped from the title page. "It clearly does not meet the academic standards of a Kennedy School research paper," said Marvin Kalb, one of the school's best-known scholars.

The idea that the American public and US policy makers dance to a tune played by an all-powerful "Israel Lobby" is an old canard. Neo-Nazis like Duke have long described Capitol Hill as part of the ZOG, or Zionist Occupation Government. Right-wing nativist Pat Buchanan notoriously charged "the Israeli defense ministry and its 'amen corner' in the United States" with "beating the drums for war" in 1990.

If the truth be told, it isn't hard to understand why America's ardent support for Israel might strike some people as odd, or even suspicious. In so much of the world -- Europe, the Middle East, the UN General Assembly -- Israel is despised. Even if Americans don't share the anti-Semitism that is rife in other lands, wouldn't it be more practical for them to stop taking Israel's side? After all, there are 500 million Arabs in the world, and they control one-third of the world's oil supply. Why should Americans alienate them by continuing to support Israel, a country with no oil and just 6 million people?

As a matter of plain economic common sense, the United States has every reason to turn against the Jewish state. What accounts for its refusal to do so? If it isn't an "Israel Lobby" pulling hidden strings, what on earth can it be?

Something more powerful than economics: the kinship of common values.

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 12:21:14 +0200
Jerusalem News-427
1. sagi cohen: a hearty congratulations
2. Brit-Am Comment on the Conspiracy-Chamish Affair
3. Israeli Preliminary Election Results
4. Brit-Am Preliminary Commentary on Election Results
5. Very Important Archaeological Finds in Germany?

1. sagi cohen: a hearty congratulations
For Yair, shalom
First, a hearty congratulations for your exposing the schizophrenic wing of
the Jewish people, meaning - the conspiracy nuts involved in promoting
their discredited "theories" about the Rabin assassination. These
"theories" are largely the inventions of the UFO nut Barry Chamish, who
publishes most of his rants on the web sites of Neo-Nazis and Holocaust
Deniers (for documentation, go to and also see the
item on Chamish at English Wikipedia.)

Second, I would like to urge you to broaden your campaign of exposure
beyond Chamish to include the small group of mentally-ill and
mentally-retarded losers who help to promote Chamish's nonsense...

Exposing these fools is holy work and I urge you to continue to expose them
and monitor them.
Chamish is collaborating with the worst anti-Semites on earth, and the
continued support for him by Koret and Rutstein make them just as guilty as

Thank you!

2. Brit-Am Comment on the Conspiracy-Chamish Affair
Brit-Am came out against Chamish because he was spreading mistruths about the
Jewish Leadership, the Zionist Movement, the State of Israel, the Jewish
Religion, Jewish history,
etc, i.e. about "Judah" in general and ALSO he was (and is) seriously
maligning and besmirching
"Joseph" meaning especially Britain and the USA.
For details see:
Brit-Am Replies to Queries: Chamish

Brit-Am Replies to Queries: Conspiracy

We have done our part and will continue to do so but it is not what we are
concentrating upon.
Brit-Am has its Three Rs (Research, Revelation, Reconciliation).
In a sense our campaign against Conspiracy Theories may be considered an aspect
of the goal of Reconciliation between Judah and Joseph.
Both sides should know the truth about each other especially
on points whereby they have common interests in a positive direction.

As fallout from our revelation of the truth concerning BC and company we lost
some important supporters and disappointed others.

On the other hand, surprisingly enough, it has also helped us.
It has increased interest in Brit-Am in general.
It turns out that certain Jewish (and possibly some non-Jewish) pro-Israel
activists had also been seriously perturbed by the slurs that Chamish excretes.
Brit-Am has become the voice of these activists and Israeli supporters and
has earned their appreciation.
This was not our intention but naturally it is a welcome development.
Brit-Am in one way or other reaches more than a thousand five hundred
people EACH day.
[The actual figures could be much higher. Those who we reach take in our
at a deeper level than happens with parallel services. The Brit-Am audience
is also
to a significant degree of a high quality].
We are making more of an impact than we realized.
God willing we will continue to do so.

3. Israeli Preliminary Election Results
Kadima Wins Underwhelming Victory, Parties React
08:59 Mar 29, '06 / 29 Adar 5766
By Ezra HaLevi and Hillel Fendel
With the counting of the results of Tuesday’s election nearly complete,
incoming and outgoing Knesset Members were quick to assign blame and take
credit for the results.
The results, after more than 99% of the votes were counted:

Kadima-28 Knesset seats
Yisrael Beiteinu-12
Arab parties-10
United Torah Judaism - 6

Based on past experience, these results might change slightly following the
counting of special votes, such as those of the military and the
hospital-bound, and the final distribution of the Knesset mandates.

Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said he would remain as party head and
work to reform the party despite the “harsh blow” it was dealt at the
polls. Netanyahu also laid part of the blame at Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon’s doorstep, saying that “Sharon left us with a broken party” when he
split off to form the victorious Kadima faction. He held a brief
consultation with his party faction, at which Silvan Shalom, Limor Livnat,
Danny Naveh and Yisrael Katz were not present - signaling a likely attempt
to unseat him in favor of Shalom.

Likud MK Michael Eitan said of his party’s decline, "There is no doubt that
we deserved a punishment, though I believe that the punishment was a bit
too harsh. For one thing, the Central Committee was identified with
corruption - sometimes unjustly. Also, we had a big split... Third, the
Likud zig-zagged, and the public doesn't like that…Many of the Likudniks
remained in the party, but merely stayed home; we see that in the low voter
turnout in the Likud strongholds."

Likud outgoing Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said that the party has a
great heritage, but “must consider the reasons why it failed so deeply."

Meanwhile, the Labor Party is celebrating the modest performance of Kadima,
which received only two/thirds of the seats that had originally been
predicted for it. It is widely assumed that Kadima basically inherited the
Shinui Party’s mandates (15) and retained those Knesset seats its members
held up until Tuesday (14).

MK Danny Yatom (Labor) said that the results are a "great blow to Kadima,
and bring great joy to Labor."

Members of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, were
not surprised by their positive showing, which surpassed the Likud Party in
terms of mandates.

Haaretz commentator Ari Shavit said, "Ehud Olmert did not receive a mandate
to carry out a unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. Yisrael
Beiteinu and Shas are clearly against such a move."

Shimon Peres of Kadima, though, announced Tuesday night that the future
coalition will be one that will promote the "turning inward" plan ­
Olmert's euphemism for future unilateral withdrawals, forced evictions, and
convergence upon two or three large settlement blocs.

Olmert made his acceptance speech after visiting the Western Wall, saying,
"A chapter in the history of the country has ended. We're charged with
shaping the future of the State, and before we bring peace with our
neighbors we must make peace within ­ with patience and with love."

Though Kadima performed much worse than all polls projected and is the
smallest party to ever enjoy the status of the largest Knesset party,
Olmert said it received a mandate for its vision. "The people have spoken
clearly, they want Kadima," Olmert boomed, adding that the dream of the
Greater Land of Israel must be repudiated “and Jews, with much pain, must
be evacuated.”

Olmert also thanked “our prime minister, Ariel Sharon.” Olmert donned a
skullcap at the end of his speech and recited the traditional Prayer for
the Welfare of the State of Israel.

The Yisrael Beiteinu was extremely pleased with the election results,
celebrating at the Jerusalem Gates Hotel in the capital after results were
announced. "We have become the largest party in the national camp and I'm
certain that next time we will be Israel's ruling party," Chairman Avigdor
Lieberman told activists. “This is only the beginning.” He spoke when some
polls predicted he had won 15 seats - a total which has since leveled out
at 11.

The Hazit-Jewish National Front party of Baruch Marzel did not pass the
minimum threshold, though it received an unexpected 1.2% of the vote in
Rehovot. Marzel said that the entire right-wing and Yesha leadership must
be replaced.

4. Brit-Am Preliminary Commentary on Election Results
The Israeli Knesset has 120 seats in memory of the Great Assembly
that was instituted by Ezra after the Return from Babylon.

Kadima (the party created by PM Ariel Sharon who is still in a coma) with
28 Knesset seats will probably form the Government by making a coalition
with other
parties but things could change.
Kadima is liberal, capitalist, in favor of territorial compromise but firm
regarding basic security requirements, secular but not antagonistic towards
traditional values, progressive. Its members come across as perhaps
ruthlessly capable but not
inspiring professionals.

Labor with 20 has come down from its long-entrenched power base in Israeli
and may continue to do so.

The Religious Parties (Shas 13, NU/NRP 9, United Torah Judaism 6)
together number 27 which is more than Labor and almost as much as Kadima (28).
Recently the possibility of the religious unitinghas become more and more

Shas (the Sephardi Religious Party) with 13 seats has proven itself to be a
permanent player
on the scene that can no longer be disregared.

NU/NRP (National Union/National Relgious Party ) with 9 represent the settlers
and Religious Zionists.

United Torah Judaism with 6 seats represent the Ultra-Orthodox
and appear to be under-represented.
[From the Brit-Am point of view this is one of THE most important sections of
Israel reality].

Yisrael Beiteinu (12) header by Avigdor Lieberman is mainly comprised of
immigrants. It is basically right-wing and secular but NOT in principle

The Likud at 11 is under-represented since historically it is part of the
of a much larger segment of the Israeli public.

Arab parties with 10 members underscore their real strength in the Israel
electorate since
many Israeli Arabs vote for Israeli secular parties though some also
support Jewish religious ones.

Retirees with 7 members represent the Pensioners. This is a surprise result.
In Israeli politics 7 members can represent a real power base.

Meretz with 4 represent the bourgeois left-wing who are also under-represented
and appear to have been pre-empted by the larger parties who have
extreme left-wing representatives of their own.

5. Very Important Archaeological Finds in Germany?
Note: The finds below may all be part of an elaborate scam
for which Germany archaeology has a predilection.
Also take no notice of the dates given for these finds.
Anything found in Germany seems to get thousands (or tens of thousands) of
added to its real age.

On the other hand, these finds are interesting and could potentially be
very important.
The links below are also worth viewing.

Found: Europe's oldest civilisation

By DAVID KEYS, Archaeology Correspondent
The Independent, London Saturday, 11 June 2005

Archaeologists have discovered Europe's oldest civilisation, a network
of dozens of temples, 2,000 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
More than 150 gigantic monuments have been located beneath the fields
and cities of modern-day Germany, Austria and Slovakia. They were built
7,000 years ago, between 4800 BC and 4600 BC. Their discovery, revealed
today by The Independent, will revolutionise the study of prehistoric
where an appetite for monumental architecture was thought to have
developed later than in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

In all, more than 150 temples have been identified. Constructed of earth
and wood, they had ramparts and palisades that stretched for up to half
a mile. They were built by a religious people who lived in communal
longhouses up to 50 metres long, grouped around substantial villages. Evidence
suggests their economy was based on cattle, sheep, goat and pig farming.

Their civilisation seems to have died out after about 200 years and the
recent archaeological discoveries are so new that the temple building culture
does not even have a name yet.

Excavations have been taking place over the past few years­and have
triggered a re-evaluation of similar, though hitherto mostly undated,
complexes identified from aerial photographs throughout central Europe.

Archaeologists are now beginning to suspect that hundreds of these very
early monumental religious centres, each up to 150 metres across, were
constructed across a 400-mile swath of land in what is now Austria, the Czech
Republic, Slovakia and eastern Germany.

The most complex excavated so far­located inside the city of Dresden­
consisted of an apparently sacred internal space surrounded by two
palisades, three earthen banks and four ditches.

The monuments seem to be a phenomenon associated exclusively with a
period of consolidation and growth that followed the initial establishment of
farming cultures in the centre of the continent.

It is possible that the newly revealed early Neolithic monument
phenomenon was the consequence of an increase in the size of­and competition
between­ emerging Neolithic tribal or pan-tribal groups, arguably Europe's
earliest mini-states.

After a relatively brief period­perhaps just one or two hundred
years­either the need or the socio-political ability to build them
disappeared, and
monuments of this scale were not built again until the Middle Bronze Age, 3,000
years later.
Why this monumental culture collapsed is a mystery.

The archaeological investigation into these vast Stone Age temples over
the past three years has also revealed several other mysteries. First, each
complex was only used for a few generations­perhaps 100 years maximum. Second,
the central sacred area was nearly always the same size, about a third of a
Third, each circular enclosure ditch­irrespective of diameter­involved
the removal of the same volume of earth. In other words, the builders reduced
the depth and/or width of each ditch in inverse proportion to its diameter,
so as to always keep volume (and thus time spent) constant .

Archaeologists are speculating that this may have been in order to allow
each earthwork to be dug by a set number of special status workers in a set
number of days - perhaps to satisfy the ritual requirements of some sort of
religious calendar.

The multiple bank, ditch and palisade systems "protecting" the inner
space seem not to have been built for defensive purposes­and were instead
designed to prevent ordinary tribespeople from seeing the sacred and presumably
secret rituals which were performed in the "inner sanctum".

The investigation so far suggests that each religious complex was
ritually decommissioned at the end of its life, with the ditches, each of which
had been dug successively, being deliberately filled in.

"Our excavations have revealed the degree of monumental vision and
sophistication used by these early farming communities to create Europe's
first truly
large scale earthwork complexes," said the senior archaeologist, Harald
Staeuble of
the Saxony state government's heritage department, who has been directing the
archaeological investigations. Scientific investigations into the recently
material are taking place in Dresden.

The people who built the huge circular temples were the descendants of
migrants who arrived many centuries earlier from the Danube plain in what
is now
northern Serbia and Hungary. The temple-builders were pastoralists, controlling
large herds of cattle, sheep and goats as well as pigs. They made tools of
bone and wood, and small ceramic statues of humans and animals. They
substantial amounts of geometrically decorated pottery, and they lived in
large longhouses in substantial villages.

One village complex and temple at Aythra, near Leipzig, covers an area of
25 hectares.
Two hundred longhouses have been found there. The population would have
been up to 300 people living in a highly organised settlement of 15 to 20 very
large communal buildings.


Germany's Bronze Age Blockbuster,1564,1361492,00.html

Rebuilding Germany's Temple of the Sun,1564,942824,00.html

Archaeologists Unearth German Stonehenge,1564,1604678,00.html

Jerusalem News-428
1. Hispanic "Intifada" in USA?
2. Suadi Arabia Prepares Nuclear Option?
3. Complaint Concerning Brit-Am anti-Chamish Postings:

1. Hispanic "Intifada" in USA?
Marchers say gringos, not illegals, have to go
Activists turn tables, offer no amnesty for 'non-indigenous' on 'our continent'
Posted: March 29, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Mexica Movement activists protest in L.A.

WASHINGTON While debates about guest-worker programs for illegal aliens
take place in the corridors of power, in the streets of America's big
cities no amnesty is being offered by activists calling for the expulsion
of most U.S. citizens from their own country.

While politicians debate the fate of some 12 million people residing in the
U.S. illegally, the Mexica Movement, one of the organizers of the mass
protest in Los Angeles this week, has already decided it is the
"non-indigenous," white, English-speaking U.S. citizens of European descent
who have to leave what they call "our continent."

The pictures and captions tell the story.
"This is our continent, not yours!" exclaimed one banner.
"We are indigenous! The only owners of this continent!" said another.
"If you think I'm illegal because I'm a Mexican, learn the true history,
because I'm in my homeland," read another sign.

"One of the more negative parts of the march was when American flags were
passed out to make sure the marchers were looked on as part of 'America,'"
said the group's commentary on the L.A. rally.

Both Rep. James Sensebrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee and a proponent of tougher border security, and California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger were caricatured as Nazis by the group on its posters
and banners.

The group insists the indigenous people of the continent were the victims
of genocide a campaign of extermination that killed, according to one
citation, 95 percent of their population, or 33 million people. Another
citation on the same website claims the toll was 70 million to 100 million.

The only solution, says the Mexica Movement, is to expel the invaders of
the last 500 years, force them to pay reparations and return the continent
to its rightful heirs.

The platform of the group illustrates the diverse and sometimes extreme
agendas of those participating in the mass mobilizations that have been
seen largely as protests against efforts to curb illegal immigration.

Some of those involved, including the Mexica Movement, have much bigger
goals than stopping a piece of legislation before Congress.

A group called "La Voz de Aztlan," the Voice of Aztlan, identifies Mexicans
in the U.S. as "America's Palestinians." Many Mexicans see themselves as
part of a transnational ethnic group known as "La Raza," the race. A May
editorial on the website, with a dateline of Los Angeles, Alta California,
declares that "both La Raza and the Palestinians have been displaced by
invaders that have utilized military means to conquer and occupy our

Others in the coalition hope to see a "reconquest" of the American
southwest by Mexico. This would not likely take place through military
action, they say, but rather through a slow process of migration both
legal and illegal.

2. Suadi Arabia Prepares Nuclear Option?

JEDDAH, 1 April 2006 - Saudi Arabia yesterday denied a German magazine
report that it was working on a secret nuclear program with the help of
Pakistani experts.  ... .
Pakistan also rejected the report.
"It is a fabricated story and motivated by vicious intentions," Foreign
Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.
Citing Western security sources, German magazine Cicero said in its latest
edition that during the Haj seasons in 2003 through 2005, Pakistani
scientists posing as pilgrims came to Saudi Arabia in aircraft sponsored by
the Kingdom.
Between October 2004 and January 2005, some of them took the opportunity to
"disappear" from their hotel rooms, sometimes for up to three weeks ... .
According to Western security services cited by the magazine report, Saudi
scientists have been working since the mid-1990s in Pakistan, ... .
Cicero, ...  also quoted a US military analyst, John Pike, as saying that
Saudi bar codes can be found on half of Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
The magazine also said satellite images prove that Saudi Arabia has set up
in Al-Sulaiyyel, south of Riyadh, a secret underground city and dozens of
underground silos for missiles.

3. Complaint Concerning Brit-Am anti-Chamish Postings:

Bonnie wrote:

>Hello Yair,
>I have been reading your posts for about a year now and thoroughly enjoy
>all the information about the LTT and your research into who and where we
>are today.
>You regularly identify yourself  as an Orthodox Jew. This is a branch of
>Judaism that chooses to follow pretty strict adherence to the commandments
>of God contained within Torah and also the code of ethics found throughout
>the books of Talmud, Mishnah, and Gemara
>For the year that I have been subscribing to your posts I have been fed an
>abundant supply of information regarding the Tribes and how they ended up
>at the four corners of the earth. I have purchased your books so that I
>can read from home at my leisure and understand even better what you say
>in your  posts.
>Recently your columns seem to be devoted to tearing at a man named  Barry.
>Speaking of him as anti-Jew, along with  other comments about the man is
>in my opinion, Lashon Hara. It is spoken of in the Talmud as something
>that is forbidden and could actually rob you of your "place in the next
>life". The Scriptures are pretty explicit on this subject of "judging
>another" as well.
>Lashon Harah / Evil tongue:
>Encompasses all forms of forbidden speech (gossip, slander, lying,
>etc.).  According to the Talmud, slander is a hideous capital crime; a
>slanderer is like one who denies G-d; G-d says of the slanderer: "He and I
>cannot live together in the world" (Arachin 15b)
>I have only been reading your posts for about a year.but I don't ever
>remember reading any kind of derogatory statements about any individual
>like I have seen about BC. Truthfully as I have read your posts I don't
>remember commentary about anything except the LTT.
>I also read repeatedly at the bottom of your posts that because Brit-Am's
>purpose is to bring the truth about LTT and evidence from research related
>to the LTT that you choose not to engage in other types of religious and /
>or otherwise unrelated conversations.soI wonder even more why you have
>posted all that has been emailed to so many individuals concerning  BC. ..
>I feel a need to tell you why I unsubscribed from your newsletters.....the
>last post depicting BC as a Neo-Nazi with links all over the Internet to
>explode this mans character was in my opinion Lashon Hara and not
>something I want to be associated with in any manner.
>If BC is all that you say he is then time will reveal his true nature and
>agenda. I wish I had never seen or read any of the last several months
>postings degrading this man as they have caused me to sense that you are
>less than the man of integrity I once held you up to be.
>Respectfully and with no malice intended

Bonnie Shalom,
We referred to Chamish as Chamish or as BC or as Barry Chamish.
I do not think we ever called him "Barry".
Your complaint mentions:
a. Lashon HaRa (Bad Speech) about somebody else.
b. Lack of relevance to Lost Tribes studies.
c. Demeaning of our dignity by "degrading" someone else.
In reply:
a. Lashon HaRa (Evil Speech) or "Shem Ra" (causing a bad name)
strictly speaking refers to something that is not publicly known.
Our criticisms did not concern the "dark corners" (or lack of them) in the
private life of any
particular person. All our criticism referred to articles and written
material that had been
made available to thousands of people before we even mentioned them.
The category of "Lashon HaRa" also does not apply to dangers to the
community or
public enemies.
b. From the very beginning Brit-Am has been against anti-Semitism and
against Conspiracy Theories
especially those that demonize the Jewish people or their leadership and
the "Anglo-Saxon" nations.
This is pertinent to our Brit-Am Lost Ten Tribe studies.
You complained about: "the last post depicting BC as a Neo-Nazi with links
all over the Internet "
I do not remember anyone saying BC was a neo-Nazi but now that you mention it
in some repects he is worse.
I think you intend a reference by Steven Plaut  to an URL about BC that
proves its point by direct examples and references to neo-Nazi URLs and the
like that do quote BC.
Jerusalem News-426
#2. Steven Plaut to Brit-Am: Keep up the good work!
Take a look at

So too whatever we said about BC is substantiated by his own
writings that are publicly available.

c. I may well not be as dignified as you imagined me to be in the past.
We do what we have to do when and how it has to be done according to our
You said:
"If BC is all that you say he is then time will reveal his true nature and
This is not a question of "revealing" anything that is secret but rather
remarking about a
matter that is constantly being shoved in our faces.
The fact is that Conspiracy Theories, irresponsible liberalism, and Islam
are the three
main enemies facing our peoples today.
Of these three only Conspiracy Theories have significantly infected members
of the audiences we reach out unto.
Not many muslim "Imams" subscribe to Brit-Am but quite a few believers in
"Conspiracy" do
and we have a duty to tell these people the truth.

Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 22:16:38 +0200
Jerusalem News-429
1. Shawn Rappaport: Cartoons from the Arab and Islamic World
2. Shawn Rappaport: Recommendations
3. Archaeology:
Sources of the Nile
Kafr Kana
Temple Mount Road
The Kabbalah
headless bodies near York
4. SC: Justified Criticism is NOT Lashon Hara
5. Man who helped save 100,000 lives Passes Away

1. Shawn Rappaport: Cartoons from the Arab and Islamic World
From: Shawn Rappaport <>
Subject: New "Inoffensive" Cartoons from the Arab and Islamic World

2. Shawn Rappaport: Recommendations
Shawn Rappaport <>
Today Tehran, Tomorrow the World
What's at stake in the dispute over Iranian nukes? Ultimately, human survival,8816,1176995,00.html

Common Name, Uncommon Valor
The story of Paul Smith, the Iraq War's only Medal of Honor recipient so far.

Killing for Allah


Thank You, Italy

Blame Carter, not Bush

Racism gets a whitewash

Please plug the following book in a future email. It is written by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., an Egyptian ex-Muslim (don't ask me how he got his name) and a scholar of Islam and the Koran.  I'm almost finished reading his fantastic book called "Islam and the Jews: The Unfinished Battle":

It's well written, very easy to understand and fast reading.

I'm so impressed with it, I'm going to order his other two books:
"Islam and Terrorism":

"Journey Into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist":



3. Archaeology:
Sources of the Nile
Kafr Kana
Temple Mount Road
The Kabbalah
headless bodies near York

From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 8.49

Remember that group that was looking for the source of the
Nile? They claim to have found it in Rwanda:

More on Kafr-Kana:
(Hebrew, with photo)

A road which ran to Temple Mount during the Second Temple period
has been revealed: (JPost)

Review of Joseph Dan, *Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction*:

A cemetery full of headless bodies near York:,,2099-2091049,00.html

4. SC: Justified Criticism is NOT Lashon Hara
From: <>
Subject: Please inform your readers that it is NOT Lashon Hara

It is not "Lashon Hara" (or evil gossip) to expose anti-Semites or reveal the public activities of conspiracy nuts.  After all, these people foul the web with their own droppings in public, so citing what they themselves publish can hardly be "Lashon Hara", and even denouncing or exposing the lies in the articles they publish would not be Lashon Hara.  Lashon Hara would be if BritAm were to write that someone like Barry Chamish is .....because such behavior, even if correct, would not be part of the process of evaluating his public activities.  The moment he goes public with his inventions, lies, and fabrications, he is fair game.  Moreover, the biggest practitioner of Lashon Hara in the country is none other than Chamish himself, as a fast glance at his web site reveals.  He falsely accuses scores of people, public and private persons, of being murderers and spies, all on the basis of his own imaginations and lies.

Prohibitions on "Lashon Hara" were never intended to protect actual scoundrels from criticism and from the lash of public opinion.


5. Man who helped save 100,000 lives Passes Away
From the Globe and Mail:
Auschwitz escapee who told the world dies in B.C.

VANCOUVER -- When Rudolph Vrba fled Auschwitz in the spring of 1944, he made what may have been the most monumental escape of all time, slipping past Nazi guards and attack dogs that were trained to rip prisoners to pieces.

Although his life ended quietly this week in Vancouver, where he succumbed to cancer at age 82, his escape shook the world 62 years ago because of the secret he and a fellow prisoner revealed.

They told the world about Auschwitz.

Dr. Vrba's feat was remarkable not merely because of what he did -- managing, with prisoner Alfred Wetzler, to confound a Nazi security system that killed hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Jewish prisoners -- but because of why he did it.

He did not flee to save his own life. He made the suicidal escape bid, which succeeded against all odds, to warn Hungarian Jews that they were about to be rounded up by the SS and sent to the gas chambers.

He and Mr. Wetzler, who died in Slovakia in 1988, brought the first eyewitness accounts of Auschwitz-Birkenau, writing a shocking and detailed report about what was taking place in the death camp.

Although their warning, which became known as the Auschwitz Protocols, was delayed in its release until after mass transports of Hungarian Jews had started, Dr. Vrba and Mr. Wetzler are widely credited with sounding an alarm that saved 100,000 lives.

Ruth Linn, dean of education at Haifa University in Israel, and author of a book about Dr. Vrba's experiences, described the emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia yesterday as a hero.

"We have lost a rare history maker that the history tellers are yet to find the right words to describe," she said in an e-mail.

"Dr. Vrba was an exemplary courageous hero and warrior, an independent thinker who had never feared confronting the establishment.

"He was a scholar who knew the power of knowledge, a person who believed that the deportees to Auschwitz should have been given that power too. He believed that if they knew the fate [that] awaits them upon arrival in Auschwitz, many lives would have been saved. He promised himself to bring them that knowledge, and he kept his promise."

Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said he first heard Dr. Vrba speak about his experiences in Auschwitz when he appeared as a prosecution witness in Ernst Zundel's 1985 hate trial.

"There are very few stories from those that were actually there . . . [and] his story was breathtaking," Mr. Farber said yesterday.

"He had what's been described as a photographic memory. He was able to recall the numbers of those who were killed. He was able to give eyewitness testimony that was unshakable, and he played a pivotal role in Zundel's conviction. . . . He was able to tell the story with such clarity that people were able to understand the Holocaust."

Dr. Vrba, born in 1924 in Slovakia, was among those rounded up by the Nazis in 1942 and sent to the death camp of Majdanker. A few months later, he was transferred to Auschwitz.

"He was imprisoned in the main camp and was put to work in 'Kanada,' the camp name for the work detail that had the gruesome task of removing the dead from newly arrived trains, gathering the luggage and sorting it for the rapacious Nazi killers," journalist Paul Lungen wrote in a profile in The Canadian Jewish News last year.

From the main Auschwitz camp, Dr. Vrba was transferred to Birkenau, a satellite camp four kilometres away, the final stop for hundreds of thousands of Jews.

"On arrival, survivors were split by sex into two groups, and then Nazi doctors, headed by Josef Mengele, made a selection. With a casual thumb pointing to the left, a prisoner or an entire family would be consigned to the gas chambers and immediate death. Those sent to the right would be registered, tattooed and shaved and then, most often, be subjected to slave labour," wrote Mr. Lungen.

Dr. Vrba was one of the lucky ones. He went to the right and was given a number of jobs that allowed him to roam throughout the camp.

"As a result, he was able to witness and document the killing process first-hand," reported The Canadian Jewish News.

"From August, 1942, to June, 1943, he worked in Kanada and was present at the arrival of nearly all train transports. During that time, he committed to memory each transport, its place of origin and the number of arrivals."

By April, 1944, Dr. Vrba had calculated that 1.7-million Jews had been killed in the death camps. And from guards he'd overhead, he knew that the number was going to climb, with "a million units" expected to arrive from Hungary.

Dr. Vrba and Mr. Wetzler, knowing they would be tortured to death if caught, escaped by hiding in a space that had been hollowed out inside a pile of construction lumber just outside Birkenau's barbed-wire inner perimeter. Each day, prisoners were allowed out to the construction site under the watchful eye of guards. At night they were herded back inside the inner camp.

From watching other unsuccessful escape attempts, Dr. Vrba knew that once their absence was detected in an evening count, guards would search the outer area for three days. So he and Mr. Wetzler, their scent masked from guard dogs by tobacco sprinkled with gasoline, huddled in their hiding spot until the night of the third day before slipping away. They made their way under darkness to the Sola River, and, using a map Dr. Vrba had torn from a child's atlas inside Birkenau, eventually crossed the Slovakian border and made contact with the Slovak Jewish Council.

Their warnings about Auschwitz were dutifully recorded and sent to Slovakia, Hungary and Switzerland, but their report was not passed on immediately to the general Jewish population in Hungary.

"A month later, nearly half a million Jews were deported to their deaths. None of them knew what was in store for them. As a result, Vrba and Wetzler concluded that their information had been suppressed. Vrba, for one, remains convinced that if the intended victims had been warned, they would have resisted or hid or fled. The tragedy of the Hungarian Jewry would have taken a very different course," John Conway, a UBC emeritus professor of history and a friend of Dr. Vrba's, has written.

Dr. Vrba leaves his wife, Robin Vrba, his daughter, Zuza, of Cambridge, England, his granddaughter, Hannah, his grandson, Jan, and nephews Stefan Horny, of Montreal, and Jan Horny, of Tuttlingen, Germany. He died on Monday.

Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 09:28:53 +0200
Jerusalem News-430
1. Publishing the Names of Commentators
2. Debunking the "Jewish Lobby" Libel
3. Arutz Sheva News Service -
4. Proverbs 4: 5-9
5. Holocaust: Polish Participation in Murder of Jews

1. Publishing the Names of Commentators
People write in with information and opinions to be posted on our Postings.
Some people want their names published
along with their e-mail addresses and would welcome private correspondence.
Some do not. Some think they do but later change their mind.
Or some want their names given without the e-mail address.
Others wish to remain anonymous.
According to the nature of the posting we try and guess how to
attribute its authorship but do not always get it right.
If you write in and have a specific wish on this matter please be specific about it.

2. Debunking the "Jewish Lobby" Libel
Here's a new web page on a recent issue

3. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 6 Nisan 5766
Editor: Hillel Fendel
By Hillel Fendel

As the leaven-free holiday of Passover approaches, forward-looking
Jews are already thinking of ways to save chametz from being
wasted by "saving" it for needy families instead.

Throwing away your chametz [non-Kosher for Passover food] before
Pesach? Why not give it to Hasdei Yeshurun instead, which will
distribute it to needy families after the holiday has ended?

Two yeshiva men, originally from Washington, D.C. and South Africa,
founded Hasdei Yeshurun 16 years ago in the Ramot neighborhood of
Jerusalem. Their idea was to take leftover food that schools, wedding
halls and the like were planning to throw out, and distribute it to
needy and/or large families, new immigrants, the elderly, and the
like.  But before Pesach (Passover), their program takes on a special

As people all over the city are cleaning for the holiday and making
sure to get rid of all non-Kosher-for-Passover products, they often
take the easy way out and simply throw the stuff out. Even unopened
boxes of cereal, whole loaves of bread, spaghetti, packages of flour
and crackers, and more find their way into the trash. Hasdei
Yeshurun's mission statement says: "Wait! Don't throw out your
chametz! Bring it to us - at close to 30 drop-off points throughout
the capital - and we'll sell it, store it and give it to the needy
after the holiday."

During the holiday itself, the food is not allowed to be owned by a
Jew - which explains why it was about to be thrown out. Before the
onset of Passover, Hasdei Yeshurun sells the food, with a proper
contract and bill of sale, to a non-Jew. After the holiday, according
to accepted custom, the organization either buys it back for a nominal
fee, or the sale is canceled retroactively for lack of fulfillment of
one of the conditions.

In past years, Hasdei Yeshurun was able to help some 200 families
after Passover, and it appears that this number will be surpassed this
year. The food is kept in a large cellar and in family freezers
throughout the organizers' neighborhood - making for a very complex
logistical operation both before and after the holiday.

Families are asked to bring their chametz to one of many drop-off
points throughout the city, in Har Nof, Geulah, Bayit Vegan, Ramot
Eshkol, Kiryat Moshe, and elsewhere. Volunteer drivers, vehicles and
shleppers [food carriers] are needed, and more storage place and
helpful donations will similarly be welcomed.  For more information,
call (in Israel) 02-586-0202 or 052-686-4819.

Hasdei Yeshurun, which was recently awarded the Welfare Minister
Shield award for its volunteer work, welcomes food contributions all
year round as well.

For those who have no chametz pick-up program nearby and who would
like to sell their chametz, you may appoint an emissary to carry out
the sale by clicking

By Ezra HaLevi

Forbes Israel reported Sunday that twelve business groups control
Israel's economy - making it among the most concentrated on the globe.
The report echoes warnings by journalist Ari Shavit.

According to the report, the business groups are controlled by the
following families: Sami Ofer, Nochi Dankner, Shari Arison, the
Cerberus-Gabriel consortium, Charles Bronfman, Yitzchak Tshuva, the
Saban group, Lev Leviev, Matthew Bronfman, Tzadik Bino, the Borovich
family, and Eliezer Fishman. The 12 families own 60 percent of the
aggregate market value of all Israeli public companies (excluding the
even larger Teva Pharmaceutical Industries), Forbes reported.

The report goes on to say that the families have constructed their
empires, which consist of Israel's largest companies, using
organizational structures that have long ago been done away with in
the Western world.

The report explains that the groups have an inordinate amount of
control over Israel's economy, political leaders and media due to the
structuring of their holdings as pyramids meaning several layers of
companies each own others beneath them but are all beholden to the
leading families. Such a phenomenon was eliminated in the US in the
early 20th century through restrictions on ownership and the double
taxation of dividends a company paid its owner company.

The report stressed that the issue is not economic, but political
saying the only way to regulate the power of the families is a large
government coalition that would seek such regulation.

By Hillel Fendel

Daniel Pinner was sentenced to two years in prison today.  He was
convicted of having injured an Arab in Gush Katif by shooting in the
air when an Arab mob attacked him with rocks.

Pinner, 38, has been in Ramle's Maasiyahu Prison since June 2005, and
can therefore be expected to be released six and a half months from
now, if he receives one-third off for "good behavior."  He has not
been allowed to leave jail even one time since his incarceration -
except for trips to the Be'er Sheva District Court.

Pinner was arrested on June 22 for allegedly firing at and injuring an
Arab "with intent to cause harm" on the Gush Katif beach. Arab
witnesses later admitted in court that they were part of a group
throwing rocks at Pinner.

An unmarried licensed electrician, Pinner was in Gush Katif at the
time to volunteer his services in the refurbishing of the Palm Beach
Hotel for new families. He was taking a walk on the beach when "about
50 Arabs throwing rocks attacked me," he said. "I was carrying an Uzi,
so I shot in the air. After a few yards they began throwing rocks
again, so I fired several more shots in the air. The Arabs then backed
off, and I went back to the hotel. Four days later I was arrested at
home, with the police claiming that I had shot one of the Arabs and
wounded him. First they said in the chest, later it turned out that
there was an Arab who claimed to have been shot in the leg..."

Pinner said that his life was "clearly in danger."

Though no proof was brought that the Arab had been shot by Pinner, the
accused remained in prison "until the end of the proceedings" for
seven months until his conviction.

4. Proverbs 4: 5-9
Note: The inclusion of Commentary in a Posting of  "Jerusalem News"
(instead of in "Brit-Am Now") is not a mistake but is part of our policy
of having some Biblical content in everything we send out.
This policy until now has however been honored more in the breach
than in the practice.

We should try to understand things and know how to live.
We all make mistakes but we also do right things.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslave said, "If you believe you can make it worse then also believe you can make it better".
Words can help. Words can make a difference. Say positive things to others especially to those around you.

Do not abandon wisdom and right knowledge and you will be lead in the right path.

Get good knowledge and right principles but also strive to understand how these should be applied and how they work. It can be done and you can do it.

Do this, cling to this, and you shall come forward. Even if you make mistakes on the way you wiill still progress if you keep striving and intend the good of all and belief in the Almighty.

Eventually through striving in the right path you will earn the respect of others. Even more importantly you will gain your own self-respect. Even if you have lost it in the past, you will get it back.

Previous Brit-Am Commentary to the
Book of Proverbs is to be found at:

5. Holocaust: Polish Participation in Murder of Jews
Jerusalem Post Article:
Victims or perpetrators?
Polish reluctance to face the complicity of
individual Poles in murdering Jews remains powerful .

Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 00:37:20 +0200
Jerusalem News-431
1. Hamas Leader A Conspiracy Freak?
2.  Detained for Crossing Bering on Foot
3. Are Conspiracy Freaks Part of a Well-Funded Conspiracy?
4. Proverbs 4:10-12
5. Biblical Faith is healthier
Thin is not a mitzvah for religious girls

1. Hamas Leader A Conspiracy Freak?
Extracts Only
Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Hamas leader: Jews controlling U.S. Christianity
Top terror official claims he directed study proving 'Zionists' infiltrated churches

Radio host Rusty Humphries, WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein and Hamas terrorist Mohammad Abu Tir

United States churches are secretly run by Jews who converted to Christianity with the intention of controlling religious Americans including President Bush, a top Hamas official claims.

"Even the churches where the Americans pray are led by Jewish who were converted to Christianity, but they were converted to keep controlling the Americans," Mohammad Abu Tir, the number two Hamas terrorist in the newly formed Palestinian Authority government said during an exclusive interview from his home yesterday with top radio host Rusty Humphries and WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.

"I made a study and I know very well that all this radicalism in some parts of the Christianity, [including] the Anglicans who are being led by Bush, is because of the control of Zionists," said Abu Tir.

The Hamas official, famous for his orange-dyed beard, went on to accuse "Zionists" of controlling Western media organizations and "leading terrorism inside the mass communications media."

Abu Tir was elected to the number two spot in the PA in January's legislative ballots in which Hamas won by a large margin. He spent nearly 25 years in Israeli prisons for directing terror activities, including the attempted poisoning in the early 1990s of Israel's water supplies.,2933,190517,00.html

Karl Bushby and Frenchman Dimitri Kieffer faced temperatures of -30C

Ex-paratrooper Karl Bushby, 37, is the first Briton to walk across the
Bering Strait, the treacherous 58-mile frozen sea between North
America and Russia. He spent 14 days walking on shifting plates of ice
in temperatures of -30C, during a world trip lasting 12 years.  DDeden

2.  Detained for Crossing Bering on Foot

Fox News

Tuesday , April 04, 2006

MOSCOW Russian authorities have detained an American and a British citizen in the far east after the pair made a rare crossing by foot of a frozen 56-mile stretch of the Bering Strait, officials said Tuesday.

The two were arrested in Chukotka province for failing to register with the authorities, Andrei Orlov, spokesman for the Federal Security Service's (FSB) northeastern border guard division, said on NTV television. All visitors are required to register with police within three days of their arrival in Russia, even if they have visas.

Russian authorities did not identify the two or say when they were arrested.

But one of the adventurers, Briton Karl Bushby, said on his Web site that he and Dimitry Kieffer of Anchorage, Alaska, reached Chukotka province Friday. It took them 15 days to walk the 56 miles from Alaska to Russian territory.

The Web site said Bushby, a 36-year-old former paratrooper, made the crossing as part of a round-the-world walk that began in 1998 at the southern tip of South America.

Bushby's father, Keith, of Hereford, England, confirmed the two had arrived in Russia on Friday and had been detained sometime after that, though he did not know exactly when.

In a posting dated Friday, March 31, Karl Bushby's Web site said he and Kieffer were in the village of Uelen, near the point where the Bering Sea meets the Chukchi Sea, about 560 miles northwest of the provincial capital Anadyr.

Keith Bushby said the travelers were headed south down the coast en route to the city of Provideniya, about 380 miles northeast of Anadyr, to officially register with Russian authorities. But they were stopped on their way there in the small village of Lavrenty, about 500 miles northwest of Anadyr.

They did not enter the country at a border crossing, so they had no stamps in their passports.

"Because they were walking across the Bering Strait, they could not take the normal route. Consequently, they didn't have the correct stamps and a landing permit," Keith Bushby told The Associated Press.

"We don't blame the Russian bodyguards because they are doing their job. Karl fully expected a problem, because he knew this would happen."

He added that his son was feeling fine but was upset that his trip through Russia could be cut short if the authorities deny him permission to continue his travels.

"He will be worried that the authorities will not let him walk any further in Russia," Keith Bushby said.

Orlov said the detained men had Russian business visas but failed to complete registration procedures as foreigners are required to do. The pair also had satellite phones, GPS mapping equipment, a video camera and a pistol, he said.

"So far, the actions of these tourists is unclear, so to speak, and an investigation is being conducted," Orlov said.

The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted FSB spokesman Vadim Shibayev as saying the two were accused of illegal border crossing and are currently being questioned by authorities.

"The American and the Briton did not notify the Russian side through official channels of their (border) crossing, which not only violated border legislation, but also put their lives in serious danger," Shibayev was quoted as saying.

The U.S. Embassy said its consulate in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok was handling the incident, but it could not confirm the identities of the travelers.

Staff at the British Embassy said they were aware of media reports and were getting in touch with Russian authorities in Chukotka but could not verify the information or provide more details.

Bushby wants to be the first person to walk all the way around the world, his Web site says. Since the beginning of his journey on Nov. 1, 1998, he has covered 17,000 miles, walking through South, Central and North America.

3. Are Conspiracy Freaks Part of a Well-Funded Conspiracy?
The Plot Thickens.
From: Steven Plaut <>

4. Proverbs 4:10-12
The length of a person's lifetime on theo ne hand is decried. On the other hand we are all aware that by our actions we have a good chance to lengthen or shorten our lifespans. On the whole a person who does good will live longer and better. Not only will they have a longer life but the life they do have will be worth more to them.


If one absorbs Biblical knowledge then eneven under pressure and/or in exceptional circumstance one will act correctly for the good of everybody.

5. Biblical Faith is healthier
Thin is not a mitzvah for religious girls
Jerusalem Post

The more religious a Jewish girl is, the less likely she is to suffer from poor self-image and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, according to a new University of Haifa study.

The more religious the girl, the less her drive for thinness, the higher her perceived self-esteem, the more satisfied she is with her body and the less her concern with food and weight. Prof. Yael Letzer of the university's School of Social Work, working with Shira Gefen and Prof. Ora Gilber, based her findings on interviews with 320 religiously observant Jewish girls in ninth through 12th grades in state-religious schools for girls.

The researchers' main explanation for this finding was that Western culture glorified thinness as an important value representing beauty and an expression of self-control, independence and high social status. But religious Jewish society directs girls from a young age to succeed in their tasks of being wives and mothers and puts much stress on their functioning inside the house and less stress on their appearance and what they do outside the home. "Sex roles are much more defined, and this constitutes a type of protection for the teenage girl and prevents her from being dissatisfied with her body and, developing eating disorders," said Letzer.

She added that observant girls are taught to internalize traditional values such as modesty and simplicity rather than beauty and appearance. "Jewish tradition praises internal characteristics and traditional principles and not beauty," said Letzer. "Instead, religious girls focus on a strict lifestyle and observance of the commandments."

Jerusalem News-432
1. Medical Information: How to Recognize a Stroke
2. Arutz Sheva News Monday,
3. Now Confirmed: Head Shape Can be Inherited or it Can Change

1. Medical Information: How to Recognize a Stroke
 STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...S.T.R.
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition.
It only takes a minute to read this...

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S       Ask the individual to SMILE.
T       Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently).
R       Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

{NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke}
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

2. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Monday, April 10, 2006, 12 Nisan 5766
Editor: Hillel Fendel
By Ezra HaLevi

Orthodox and traditional Jews comprise a majority of Israel's Jewish
population according to a Central Bureau of Statistics study published

According to the study, which was carried out from 2002 to 2004, 8% of
Israeli Jews defined themselves as hareidi-religious, 9% as Orthodox
and 39% as traditional leaving secular Jews as a minority of 44%.

The rate of those identifying as secular is much higher among native
Israelis of European and North American origin (63%) than those from
Asian origin (33%) or Sephardic and North African origin (25%).

When the questions used terms of religiosity instead of denominational
labels, just 18% said they were "not religious at all." 11% said they
were "very religious," 42% as "religious" and 21% said they were "not
very religious."

Of those identifying as hareidi-religious, 58% said their primary
activity is Torah-study at a yeshiva or kollel (full-time Torah
academy). Overall, 9% of Israel's Jews answered similarly.

According to the survey, 81% of Israel's population is Jewish, 12% are
Muslim, 3.5% are Christian, 1.5% are atheist and .5% said they belong
to other religions. 48% of Israel's Druze population said they were
not religious.

The survey also examined religious trends among Israel's Arabs,
finding that only 18% said they were not religious at all. 11% said
they were "very religious," 49% said they were "religious," and 21% as
"not very religious."

By Ezra HaLevi and Josh Shamsi

Ahead of the upcoming Passover holiday, members of Israel National
News Arutz-7 staff took part in baking matza - the unleavened bread
eaten over the week-long festival.

3. Now Confirmed: Head Shape Can be Inherited or it Can Change

Heritability of human craniometric traits
Am J Phys Anthropol. 2006 Mar 21; [Epub ahead of print]
Maximum likelihood estimation of human craniometric heritabilities.
<<while cranial length and height measures have heritability values ranging between 0.102-0.729. >>

<<Given the fact that heritabilities calculated on one population should not be applied to others>>

Jerusalem News-433
1.  Arutz Sheva News Monday
2. The Shawn Report:
(a) Mexistinians
Anti-Jewish is Anti-American
(b) Jewish Left-Wing Anti-Semites
(c) Arab Human-Rights Activist Condemns Islamic clerics
(d) The PC Make-Over of Passover
by Steven Plaut
(e) China's Auschwitz
3. Steven Plaut: Chamish
4. Nazis, Arabs planned Final Solution for pre-state Israel
5. The Scotsman: Climate Change Danger
6. Germans: U.S. More Dangerous than Iran
7. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of Explorator

1. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Monday, April 17, 2006, 19 Nisan 5766
By Scott Shiloh

An Arab suicide bomber, detonated a large explosive at a Tel Aviv fast
food stand in the Neveh Sha'anan neighborhood Monday afternoon,
killing at least eight civilians.

At least 50 persons were wounded, with 15 sustaining moderate to
severe injuries. The wounded have been evacuated to local hospitals,
among them, Ichilov, Beilinson, Wolfson, and Tel Hashomer.

Of those seriously injured, at least five are reported to be in
critical condition.

An eye-witness at the scene, Rafi Hayun, told Israel Radio that the
terrorist was a female. He estimated that five persons, aside from the
terrorist, were killed in the attack. That figure has since been
confirmed by official sources. The identity of the terrorist has not
been confirmed.

Police are investigating how the terrorist reached the Tel Aviv
destination and whether any assistance was received by other
terrorists still in the vicinity.

The Islamic Jihad terror group and the Al Aksa Brigades, the military
wing of the Fatah party, have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Fatah is the party of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader
Mahmoud Abbas, and his predecessor, PLO terrorist chieftain Yassir

In 1993, Israel signed the Oslo Accords and ceded control of heavily
populated Arab areas to the Palestinian Authority. When the accords
were signed, the PLO and its largest component, Fatah, pledged in
writing to refrain from carrying out terrorist attacks or from using
violence of any kind against Israel.

The Al Aksa Brigades and the Islamic Jihad have been cooperating
extensively to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, especially
since Hamas won a pivotal parliamentary election in the Palestinian
Authority last January.

The fast food felafel stand, "Rosh Ha-Ir," in the vicinity of Tel
Aviv's former central bus station, was the site of a terrorist attack
three months ago.  Thirty-two people were injured in that attack which
was also carried out by the Islamic Jihad.

Following Monday's latest attack, Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi,
put the nation on maximum alert, out of concern that the inauguration
of the 17th Knesset, scheduled for 4:00 this afternoon will serve as a
pretext for more attacks.

As of Monday afternoon, Israel's security apparatus was faced with the
threat of 19 specific  terrorist attacks, warning of an impending
attack at a specific time and place.  Eighty more general threats of
attack have been reported to Israel's intelligence agencies.

Karadi noted that the police had no specific warning of the impending
terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.

According to latest reports, a blue Mitsubishi, suspected of being the
vehicle that transported the suicide bomber to his target in Tel Aviv,
has been stopped by the IDF at the Ofir roadblock on Jerusalem-Tel
Aviv Highway 443, near Ramallah in the Binyamin area. A number of
persons in the car have been arrested and are being questioned by
security agencies.

2. The Shawn Report:
(a) Mexistinians,
Anti-Jewish is Anti-American
This Mexican, pro-Palestinian site is chock full of anti-Semitic and anti-American rubbish:

I hate to give it publicity, but people should know it exists.

(b) Jewish Left-Wing Anti-Semites
"Progressive" Jewish Thought and the New Antisemitism

This is long (40 pages), but a fast and very worthwhile read.

(c) Arab Human-Rights Activist Condemns Islamic clerics
Bahraini women's rights activist Ghada Jamshir attacks Islamic clerics for fatwas authorizing sexual abuse of children, polygamy and abusing women's rights:

(d) The PC Make-Over of Passover
by Steven Plaut <>

(e) China's Auschwitz
A Place Called Sujiatun
Are they killing Falun Gong, for their organs?

3. Steven Plaut: Chamish
From: steven plaut <>
Chamish endorses openly nazi book:

For details see:

See also:
Is BC a Holocaust Denier?

Note especially the concluding remarks of Brit-Am:

<<Conspiracy Freaks with their works of fiction and vain imaginations neutralize and expose to ridicule valid true claims that need to be made and might be listened to. Were it not for Conspiracy freaks and the like that "commandeer" these issues normal people might feel more concerned about them. The same applies to all anti-Semites.
They have a vile mind-set that negates the concerns of decent people instead of promoting them.
Be logical.
Suppose something is wrong and you have a valid argument to prove it.
Are you likely to be listened to if you wrap your claims up with wild false fantasies as well as besmirching others who do not deserve it?

4. Nazis, Arabs planned Final Solution for pre-state Israel
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 12:08:42 +0200
From: Women in Green <>
Subject: Nazis, Arabs planned Final Solution for pre-state Israel by By  Stan

Nazis, Arabs planned Final Solution for pre-state Israel
By Stan Goodenough, April 10th, 2006

Nazi Germans responding to the pleas of Palestinian Arabs planned to open up a "branch" of the Holocaust in the Land of Israel and exterminate the half-a-million Jews then living in the land in line with Adolph Hitler's plan to rid mankind of its "Jewish problem."

According to reports carried in the Israeli press over the weekend, a new study by two German historians has revealed that in 1942 the Nazis created a special SS force - one of its mobile death squads known as "Einsatzgruppe" - tasked to do to the Jews in British-mandated Palestine what was being done to them in Poland and other parts of Europe.

Called the "Einsatzgruppe Egypt," this Jew-killing force was formed shortly after "Palestinian" leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, personally visited Hitler in Berlin and offered the services of his people to the cause of the Third Reich.

By then nationalism was burgeoning among the Arabs of Palestine who -- motivated by their religious beliefs which taught hatred of the Jews and rejection of Jewish sovereignty over any territory previously under Islamic rule -- were despairing of their own efforts to prevent the rebirth of the Jewish state.

For them, the rise of Nazi Germany was an answer to their daily prayers for help from "Allah and the Prophet."

Two years earlier al-Husseini messaged Hitler to congratulate him:

"...on the occasion of [your] great political and military triumphs....The Arab nation everywhere feels the greatest joy and deepest gratification on the occasion of these great successes.... The Arab people...confidently expect the result of your final victory will be their independence and complete liberation.... [T]hey will [then] be linked to your country by a treaty of friendship and collaboration."

In late 1941 al-Husseini arrived in Mussolini's Rome and, after conversing with Il Duce and the Fuhrer, got the Fascist and Nazi leaders to make a joint pronouncement committing their nations to helping in "the elimination of the Jewish national home in Palestine."

Follow-up meetings between the Mufti and Hitler found an understanding, according to the American historian Howard M. Sachar, whereby Hitler's forces would invade Palestine with the goal being "not the occupation of the Arab lands but solely the destruction of Palestine Jewry."

According to a report in Ynetnews Saturday, "the director of the Nazi research centre in Ludwigsburg, Klaus-Michael Mallman, and Berlin historian Martin Cueppers say an Einsatzgruppe was all set to go to Palestine and begin killing the roughly half-a-million Jews that had fled Europe to escape Nazi death camps like Auschwitz and Birkenau."

This special death squad led by Obersturmbannfuehrer Walther Rauff was attached to Rommel's Africa Korps and was waiting in Athens for the British to be driven from the Levant.

Wrote Mallman and Cueppers: "The central plan for the group was the realisation of the Holocaust in Palestine."

Though he may never have realized the wider impact of his actions, the great British general Bernard Montgomery saved the Jews of Palestine when he hurled Rommel's forces back at El Alamein.

The "Einsatzgruppe Egypt" never left Athens.

It was the beginning of the end for Hitler, who saw his primary calling and mission as being to "cleanse" the world, not just Europe, but of all Jews.

Much to the vexation of al-Husseini and his followers, they did not get to the Jews of Palestine. Nonetheless, the same hatred and religious fervor that drove the Mufti to applaud Hitler and seek to collaborate in his final solution persists in the Arab world today.

"The only thing we have against Hitler," wrote popular Egyptian columnist Anis Mansour a number of years ago, "is that he did not finish with the Jews."

5. The Scotsman: Climate Change Danger
Three billion lives hang on three degrees, warns scientist


GLOBAL temperatures are set to rise by more than 3C, sparking a massive drought that could put 400 million people at risk of hunger, the government's chief scientific adviser has warned.

Professor Sir David King called for the world to take immediate action to alleviate the looming crisis, which could also jeopardise water supplies for up to three billion people.

His warning, on the back of an official report by a leading UK climate change centre, highlights the huge gulf between government's goals on gas emissions and the level of cuts needed to curb global warming.

Even by the most optimistic assessments, carbon dioxide levels are set to rise to double what they were during the industrial revolution, Prof King said.

In Britain, the main threat would come from flooding and "coastal attack" as sea levels rose. He said it was essential that the world began to take action to cope with the changes over the next 100 years.

Prof King said global warming might be unavoidable, given the Americans' refusal to cut emissions and the need for China and India to boost their economies to tackle poverty.

However, environmentalists warned it would be dangerous to accept a 3C rise in temperatures - - from a current global average of 14.7C - and accused him of not going far enough.

Duncan McLaren, Friends of the Earth Scotland's chief executive, said: "It is technologically possible to significantly reduce our emissions and deliver 2C. Professor King should be pressing for policies to deliver on this rather than accepting the current lack of political will and talking of 3C as inevitable."

Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment Secretary, questioned whether the government was "throwing in the towel" over climate change. "Sir David King's pessimism on climate change is disturbing," he said. "The world's poorest people would be hit first and hardest [if temperatures rose by over 2C]," he added.

6. Germans: U.S. More Dangerous than Iran
According to this poll, more Germans consider the U.S. to be a danger for world peace than Iran.
45 % of Germans call the U.S. a "greater threat to world peace" than Iran. 28 % think that Iran is a greater threat. For 16 %, the U.S. and Iran pose identical threats.

 7. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of Explorator

From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 8.51

[[Below is a limited selection from explorator 8.51
made by Brit-Am for Brit-Am audiences. Those who wish to receive
the original unexpurgated version should contact David Meadows directly.
Brit-Am comments are given in square brackets [ ] and are not part of
the original]].

Mapping the medieval trans-Sahara mineral trade:
[Interesting. It was the Arabs who maintained and promoted
the African slave trade].

11th century jewellery from a dig at Ramle: (JPost)

A Knights Templar burial (!) in northern Israel: (Telegraph)

Latin is alive and well ... in Germany:,2144,1967550,00.html
[Hitler admired the Ancient Greeks and Romans and sought to emulate them.
He felt something approaching contempt towards the Ancient Germans.
The buildings etc he designed were based on the Roman model.
It was Himmler who sought to glorify the German past.]

All about Pontius Pilate: (News Daily)
[Article says that Pontius was of German origin]

Hype for a documentary about Hannibal: (Courier Mail)

... and Vin Diesel's Hannibal flick:,,1751553,00.html

A new Asterix movie:,,13509-2128006,00.html
[Article claims that Asterix is used as an anti-American figure?
If such is the case it is unfortunate since in the past I have found
Asterix to be both educational and

3d guides to Hadrian's Villa: (ANSA)

Roman precedent is being appealed to in the US immigration


An Anglo-Saxon coin hoard: (Berwick Today)

... and a medieval site from Wales: (24dash) (ic Wales)

Overview piece on archaeology in Shetland:

A brief history of medicine: (Scripps)
[Extract from article, still true today:

<<"Roger Bacon (1214?-94), the English friar-scientist, was deeply influenced by the stoic writings of Pliny, particularly as they pertained to personal health. Confronting the transgression in Eden, Bacon declared that man's first sin was not so much disobedience as eating the wrong food. He contended that moderation in one's diet would prevent a wide range of chronic illnesses. Living well, he wrote, demanded an understanding of the principles of moderation, abetted by an appreciation of the Holy Scriptures.">>]

Can't remember if we mentioned this 300-year-old human-skin-
covered book last week: (CP)

Only very vaguely within our purview, but interesting to read
what some folks are using DNA tests for:
[See however the Brit-Am reservations on this matter:
 "Brit-Am Replies to Queries: DNA" ]


Mary Boyce (Zoroastrianism):,,1751102,00.html
[Mary Boyce was one of the sources we used in our researches.
See also:
What Spake Zarathustra?
We found her work valuable]

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Jerusalem News-434
1. Is Conspiracy Theory Really Against the Torah?
2. More info on Arab Nazis
3. Climate Change Potentially Beneficial?

1. Is Conspiracy Theory Really Against the Torah?
I fail to see any conflict of interest (or logical consistency) between subscribing to "C"onspiracies and abiding by the Torah and being a patriot of one's country and the greater Commonwealth of Israel (all 13 tribes of Jacob/Israel). Naturally, a number of "C"onspiracies are fallacious, but please don't attempt to convince me that ALL "C"onspiracies are "pornograhic" and anti-Semitic. -KSLB

Brit-Am Answer:
(a) Conspiracy Freaks and Pornography
We never said that they are all pornographic. Some seem to be and others could well appeal to the same sort of
mind-set that likes pornography. There is a lust amongst Conspiracy Freaks to hear more
about how non-existent entities like the "Illuminati"
or the "Jewish Frankists" (a Chamish invention,
are exploiting the world.  The more far-fetched the detailed plots are made the more thrills the
Conspiracy Freaks receive.

(b) Conspiracy Freaks and Anti-Semitism
In  theory Conspiracy Theories need not be necessarily anti-Semitic
but they nearly all are and this not in a mild "simple dislike of Jews" manner but rather in the vilest
style possible. Even those very few Conspiracy Freak Theorists who are pro-Israel (and Chamish is not)
and pro-Jewish (and Chamish is not) frequently lend credence to the polluting fantasies of their anti-Semitic
Conspiracy buddies.
Brit-Am is against Conspiracy Theories with a capital "C"
Conspiracy Theories with a capital "C" is what we mean by Conspiracy Theories.
These by definition are evil by their very nature and antagonistic to Judah and Joseph.
Conspiracy Theories are against the Torah.
Conspiracy Theories are against the Jewish People.
Conspiracy Theories are against the British.
Conspiracy Theories are against the USA.
Conspiracy Theory Freaks are the enemies of the Israelite Peoples.
We can all make mistakes and all Conspiracy Theory Freaks are being called upon to repent
of their evil ways, request forgiveness from the Almighty and from they whom they have offended,
to seek true knowledge, and henceforth to go in the right path.
Brit-Am Replies to Queries: Conspiracy
(1. Are "Conspiracy" Theories Correct?
(2. Are Conspiracy Dangerous and Harmful to those who believe in them?
Secular Humanists and Conspiracy Theorists are your enemy and ours!!!
(3. Are Conspiracy Theories Against the Bible?
(4. What do you think of the Conspiracy Ideas of Barry Chamish?
(6. Is Rejection of Conspiracy Theory Consistent With Biblical Prophecy?
(7. What Kind of "Reaction" has Brit-Am Experienced from its Stand Against Conspiracy Theories?
(8. How can you be against Conspiracy Theories when history is full of examples of groups conspiring together?
(9. What is "Conspiracy" with a Capital "C"?
(10. Conspiracy Freaks claim that the world is controlled by the Illuminati who are trying to introduce a New World Order? What is this? Is there any proof of it?

Guest Articles:
Move Away from Conspiracy Theories" by Dean Van Druff
"Answers to Conspiracy FAQ" by Dean Van Druff

2. More info on Arab Nazis
From: Dafydd

Re. Jerusalem News-433 item 4. Nazis, Arabs planned Final Solution for
pre-state Israel

Your readers may be interested in a photographic record of Amin al-Husseini,
"Hitler's Mufti", located at the following addresses:

If your readers are also concerned about the spread of Islam in "infidel"
lands, particularly if they acknowledge that we are approaching the time of
Jacob's troubles (Jeremiah 30:7), then I can recommend the following sites
for their greater education. and sister site

I recommend those sites as there is a common misconception among some
sections of the Christian Church that the prophecies concerning the time of
Jacob's troubles will impact the Jews alone. If this was so, then Jeremiah
would have written "Judah's troubles", not Jacob's. All of Israel, both in
Eretz Israel and the scattered "lost sheep", will feel the increasing heat.
9/11, London tube bombings, etc. are just the opening shots.

My best wishes for a restful Passover,
Dafydd Cotter

3. Climate Change Potentially Beneficial?
From: Duncan Long <>
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-433
item 5. The Scotsman: Climate Change Danger

It is wrong to think that Global Warming would be bad for the planet or
mankind. In fact CO2 levels in the air create greater vegetation -- thus
global warming and higher CO2 content would be a blessing for the poor
and starving of the Earth. Greenland once grew crops and Antarctica
trees -- suggesting that "Global Warming" is a normal part of the
Earth's cycle rather than something new or unusual.

Much of the push to stop global warming comes from those wanting to
limit the population of the Earth -- and keeping the planet from having
more bountiful harvests is a very brutal but efficient way to do this.

Also, a couple of articles attached. --Duncan


Jewish World Review April 3, 2006
George Will
Let cooler heads prevail: The media heat up over global warming |

There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998*

Jerusalem News-435
1. The Nazi Intentions to Kill the Jews of "Palestine"
2. The Nazis in North Africa
3. The Shawn Report
Al-Husseini (Palestinian MUfti) with Hitler
Words All Non-Muslims Should Know
4. Defence of Conspiracy by Lea and Brit-Am Reply
5. Proverbs 4:13-18: " THE PERFECT DAY"

1. The Nazi Intentions to Kill the Jews of "Palestine" Online Edition: Home


 'Hitler's holocaust plan for Jews in Palestine stopped by Desert Rats'

       By Allan Hall in Berlin

         Published: 14 April 2006

 Adolf Hitler made plans to conduct a holocaust of Jews living in Palestine
 during the Second World War, according to German historians who have
 examined government archives for a new book that examines the  extension
 of the extermination programme outside of Europe and Russia.

 It was the victory of the famed Desert Rats of Britain's Eighth Army at
 El Alamein under the leadership of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery that
 saved the Jews in Palestine from annihilation. The turning point in the
 desert war signalled a reprieve from a planned German invasion of what
 was then the British Mandate of Palestine.

 If Arabs had joined Nazis in genocide, the map of the Middle East could
 be totally different to present day and the historians speculate whether
 the state of Israel would ever have been founded if such an unholy
 alliance had been achieved.

 The Nazis stationed a unit of SS troops in Athens, tasked with following
 invading frontline troops in Palestine and then rounding up and  murdering
 about 500,000 European Jews who had taken refuge there, according to
 historians at the University of Stuttgart.

 But the unit, answerable to the Afrika Corps under Field Marshal Erwin
 "The Desert Fox" Rommel, never deployed.

 It was designed to function like the Einsatzgruppen or "action squads" of
 the SS that followed the German army into Russia, shooting close to a
 million Jews and political enemies before the static killing centres such
 as Treblinka and Auschwitz were established in Poland.

 Klaus-Michael Mallmann of the University's Ludwigsburg research team and
 his assistant Martin Cppers said they had spent three years studying
 German wartime archives, including those at the foreign office in Berlin
 which had hitherto remained sealed.

 "The Allied defeat of Rommel at the end of 1942 had prevented the
 extension of the Holocaust to Palestine," they said. If Rommel had beaten
 the Allies in the desert and invaded Egypt, a push into Palestine would
 have followed and the unit would have deployed there.

 The researchers, whose findings appear in a new book entitled Germans,
 Jews, Genocide: The Holocaust as history and the present, said the  Athens
 unit would follow the blueprint drawn by Nazi units that hunted  for Jews
 in eastern Europe, massacring them on the spot or shipping them  off to
 death camps. In Palestine, they say, it would have been more of  the
 former than the latter due to the greater distances involved.

 Mr Mallmann and Mr Cppers said the Nazis had planned to exploit Arab
 friendship for their plans.

 "The most important collaborator with the Nazis and an absolute Arab
 anti-Semite was Haj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem," they say in
 the book. He was a prime example of how Arabs and Nazis became  friends
 out of a hatred of Jews.

 Al-Husseini had met Adolf Eichmann, Adolf Hitler's chief architect of  the
 Holocaust, several times to settle details of the slaughter. In the
 academic work they draw on documents from the Reich Main Security Office
 showing "Einsatzgruppe Egypt" was standing by in Athens and was ready to
 disembark for Palestine in the summer of 1942.

 The Middle East death squad was to be led by the SS Obersturmbannfhrer
 Walther Rauff.

 Rauff was involved in the development of "gassing vans": mobile gas
 chambers used to fatally poison Jews, persons with disabilities, and
 communists, who were considered by the SS as enemies of the German state.

 After escaping from an American internment camp in Italy after capture, he
 hid in a number of Italian convents, apparently under the protection of
 Bishop Alois Hudel, the notorious German cleric at the Vatican credited
 with providing fake papers for high-ranking Nazis to escape to South

 Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka, where a million people were
 murdered, was among his "clients." In 1948 he was recruited by Syrian
 intelligence and went to Damascus, only to fall out of favour after a coup
 there a year later. He settled in Chile, where he fought off extradition
 proceedings to stand trial in Germany and died peacefully in 1984. He
 hinted at plans to kill the Jews in Palestine in an interview  in 1979, in
 which he was unrepentant about his wartime "service to my Fatherland".

2. The Nazis in North Africa

Subject: Walther Rauff and Hitler's Palestine-Nazis Plans

"The Allied defeat of Rommel at the end of 1942 had prevented the
extension of the Holocaust to Palestine," . ...

The Middle East death squad was to be led by the SS Obersturmbannf hrer
Walther Rauff. Rauff was involved in the development of "gassing vans":
mobile gas chambers used to fatally poison Jews, ..."

The historical fact is that the Nazis didn't give up with extending the
Holocaust beyond continental Europe.  A not well-known fact, but pictured
at Yad Vashem, is that the Nazis SS Obersturmbannf hrer Walther Rauff, was
sent to French Tunisia, which was occupied by Nazi Germany in November
1942, to deal with the Jews there. In Tunisia, the Nazis started to follow
the blueprint implemented in Europe, forcing the creation of Judenrat and
slave labor camps, and flying some Jews to Auschwitz.

Edith Shaked
Holocaust Instructor

3. The Shawn Report
Actual videos of al-Husseini [the Palestinian Religious Leader]  with Hitler and other Nazis at:

Please also plug the "Obsession" DVD:

It should be mandatory viewing for all freedom-loving people.

Words All Non-Muslims Should Know
English Translation of Islamic/Arabic words

4. Defence of Conspiracy by Lea
and Brit-Am Reply

Dear Yair Davidiy,

Your summing up of what " Conspiracy Theories" are against ( the Torah, no less, the whole of the Jewish People, no less, the British and the Americans) I must say that this sounds totalitarian.
Sometimes evil people conspire to do evil deeds and against which people has more evil been conspired and executed than against Israel?
There are evil people to-day and many very very evil things have happened since the modern  State of Israel was founded. Egypt and Syrie conspired to attack Israel on Yom Kippur, other people conspired to set up a fake assassination of Jitschak Rabin and this somehow went all wrong and left the Prime minister really dead. And whomsoever wants to believe the official version of what happened has a very very hard time. It is impossible that things happened like we are being told officially. There must have been a conspiracy and we do not live in Orwellian times (or may be we do but I protest) and we do not kneel for just any truth, only for our Father in Heaven and He wants us to think for ourselves.
Instead of asking good people to repent for not believing official "truth" it would be preferable to call on our politicians to NOT lie to the people and to the media to do likewise. We are free men and women and we shall think and believe what seems right to us. Stalin is dead.  And we were liberated also from his "Egypt". Do you, Yair suggest we should build ourselves an Israeli "Egypt" where we should repeat mantra's dictated to us by politically motivated thought controllers?
I though that Judaism was all about freedom, the freedom to choose between good and evil and the freedom of the mind to go all the way up to Heaven above.


Brit-Am Reply
We have said several times that we are against Conspiracy Theories with a Capital "C"
meaning those that target Jews and/or "Anglos".
In effect ALL Conspiracy Theories are of such nature.
Does this mean therefore that we are against ALL Conspiracy Theories?
In practice yes but in theory not necessarily so since someone theoretically
could put together a Conspiracy Theory that did not involve Conspiracy with a
Capital "C".  They have not done so.
This shows that the motivating drive behind the inventors and propagators of these theories
is from an unclean source. Shame on them.

As for Rabin we have also repeated said that we do not care way or the other. We resent attempts
to cloud the issue by imputing to us an opinion on the matter of Rabin that we do not hold.

We are not <<asking good people to repent for not believing official "truth">>.
We are asking them to repent for believing in lies and for preferring Conspiracy lies
to the truth.

Brit-Am is not about Judaism or Judaism only but Brit-Am is not contrary to Judaism.
We equate Judaism with the Torah and the Torah
gives us the freedom to do what we should and what our Israelite souls
wants us to. This includes belief in the truth
and discerning truth.

5. Proverbs 4:13-18: " THE PERFECT DAY"
We learn something some times. It happens that we realize a certain truth or receive an insight that we were not aware of previously or had forgotten. We should treasure such instruction and store it with us. How many times have we made the same mistake over and over again? This is not necessary.

Do not believe in Conspiracy Theories or in the mind set of the evil beasts who concoct them.
The same applies to free-thinkers and liberal humanitarians and the like who in the name of high-sounding principles work against nthe cause of the Bible, of good, and of justice.

Keep away from evil paths. If you cannot or will not fight it simply avoid it.

This is the way of evil people. They may not be consciously aware of their own evil intentions
But in most cases what the practical results of their evil machinations could be are quite obvious.

Lack of resistance to evil or the acceptance of evil doctrines invites violence and evil.

We must be just, fair, speak the truth and acknowledge it.
If we believe in God and avoid evil our light will shine brilliantly without any effort on our part. What is more we will have contributed in some way towards the arrival of "THE PERFECT DAY" at the End of Times.

Jerusalem News-436
1. NYTimes: Does Eating Salmon Lower the Murder Rate?
2. The Great Arab Withdrawal. They Must Go!
3. Steven Plaut: Chamish Incriminates Himself

1. NYTimes: Does Eating Salmon Lower the Murder Rate?

Does Eating Salmon Lower the Murder Rate?


Most prisons are notorious for the quality of their cuisine (pretty poor) and the behavior of their residents (pretty violent). They are therefore ideal locations to test a novel hypothesis: that violent aggression is largely a product of poor nutrition. Toward that end, researchers are studying whether inmates become less violent when put on a diet rich in vitamins and in the fatty acids found in seafood.

Could a salmon steak and a side of spinach really help curb violence, not just in prison but everywhere? In 2001, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, a senior clinical investigator at the National Institutes of Health, published a study, provocatively titled "Seafood Consumption and Homicide Mortality," that found a correlation between a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids (most often obtained from fish) and lower murder rates.

Of course, seeing a correlation between fatty acids and nonviolence doesn't necessarily prove that fatty acids inhibit violence. Bernard Gesch, a senior research scientist at Oxford University, set out to show that better nutrition does, in fact, decrease violence. He enrolled 231 volunteers at a British prison in his study; one-half received a placebo, while the other half received fatty acids and other supplements. Over time, the antisocial behavior (as measured by assaults and other violations) of the inmates who had been given the supplements dropped by more than a third relative to their previous records. The control group showed little change. Gesch published his results in 2002 and plans to start a larger study later this year. Similar trials are already under way in Holland and Norway.

What would it mean if we found a clear link between diet and violent behavior? To start with, it might challenge the notion that violence is a product of free will. "But how do you exercise that free will without using your brain?" Gesch asks. "And how, exactly, is the brain going to work properly without an adequate nutrient supply?" The belief that people choose to be violent may be irrelevant if the brain isn't firing on all cylinders. This may especially be the case for impulsive acts of violence, which are less a choice than a failure to rein in one's worst instincts.

Consider, for example, a study conducted by researchers in Finland. They tested prisoners convicted of violent crimes and found that they had lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids than ordinary, healthy subjects. Why? Omega-3's foster the growth of neurons in the brain's frontal cortex, the bit of gray matter that controls impulsive behavior. Having enough of these fatty acids may keep violent impulses in check. Violent criminals may not be the only ones who would benefit from more fatty acids in their diet. In a recent double-blind trial, when omega-3's were given to people with a history of substance abuse, the symptoms of "anger" fell by 50 percent.

Of course, omega-3's are widely hailed these days as a miracle substance, credited with boosting health in dozens of ways. But Gesch warns against what he calls "silver bullets." The state of the evidence, he says, "doesn't allow us to pinpoint which dietary fat is responsible for changes in behavior." In his new study, he will look into whether several interdependent nutrients may play a role.

Gesch further adds that we shouldn't expect nutrition alone to banish violent behavior. "The brain needs to be nourished in two ways. It needs to be educated, and it needs nutrients. Both social and physical factors are important." Simply throwing fish and vegetables at violent criminals is unlikely to have a lasting effect on its own.

Caveats aside, there's something that many people may find unnerving about the idea of curing violent behavior by changing what people eat. It threatens to let criminals evade responsibility for their actions. Think, for example, of the infamous "Twinkie defense," in which an accused murderer's lawyer suggested that junk food was partly to blame for his client's compromised mental state. More controversial, perhaps, is the brave-new-world idea of using diet to enforce docility and conformity to the rules, a sort of state-sponsored version of that timeless parental demand to children everywhere: "Eat your vegetables."

Then again, we already live in a society in which parents have resorted to drugs like Ritalin to quell unwanted outbursts and impulsive behavior. And when you approach it from that perspective, changing what people eat may not be so radical after all.

Stephen Mihm teaches history at the University of Georgia.

2. The Great Arab Withdrawal. They Must Go!
Extracts Only
Below are extracts from a very interesting article.
The article appears to be anonymous which to my mind is infortunate.
All those interested in more details are encouraged to
look at the article in full.

There is an Alternative!
(To Another Unilateral Withdrawal)

Article Summary:

It has become evident to the Israeli public that there is not, and will not be, a partner for peace.  Thus, the question has arisen what to do with the Arab population of Judea, Samaria (aka the West Bank) and eastern Jerusalem.  Reconquering and annexation have been ruled out for demographic reasons.  The primary solution being proposed, even though it is apparently opposed by a significant majority of Israelis, is another unilateral withdrawal.  Various plans for the transfer of the Arab population have been rejected due to lack of willingness of any country to negotiate a population transfer treaty with Israel, and lack of support for forced transfer among the Israeli Jewish population.

However, there is a practical alternative to both these.  Numbers quoted in the media as justifying the need for a quick demographic solution are based on falsified data provided by the Palestinian Authority.  According to the "path breaking study" by Zimmerman, Seid and Wise "The Million Person Gap", published by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, in reality there is currently a 67% Jewish majority in pre-67 Israel plus Judea and Samaria (aka West Bank).

In polls of West Bank Arabs, 17% said they would emigrate abroad immediately if they had the resources to do so, and "70% identified some form of material measure, translatable into monetary terms (such as accommodation, education, financial compensation and so on), that could bring them to emigrate permanently. ...Furthermore, only 15% stated that that there was no inducement that could prompt them to leave their present place of residence permanently."   In addition to this 59% of Israeli Jews support the government encouraging Arabs to emigrate.

This article argues that the establishment of an Israeli government funded Agency to provide the above mentioned incentives with the addition of legal and logistical aid would provide a practical long term solution to the demographic threat by encouraging the voluntary emigration of individual Arabs and immediate family units to third countries through normal immigration channels, thus bypassing the need to gain official agreement of any third party government.

This policy could result in an over 75% Jewish majority in Israel and the West Bank by 2025. The direct cost of this plan at 32 billion shekels spread over 20 years would have significantly less of an economic impact than that of a unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank at 100 billion shekels spread over 3 - 4 years.

Limited Excerpts from Longer Article:

"When adjusting for the PCBS [Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics] errors, the Arab population in the Territories at mid-year 2004 was calculated at 2.49 million rather than the 3.83 million reported by the PCBS a gap of 1.34 million persons."

In reality, there are only about 2.49 million Arabs in Gaza, and Judea / Samaria, about 1.09 million in Gaza and 1.4 million in Judea / Samaria. The group also found that current overall Arab growth rates are not as high as previously thought.  It is also apparent from the data for Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, West Bank Arabs and surrounding Arab countries found in their study, "Population Forecast for Israel and West Bank 2025", that if current Jewish and Arab trends continue, the Israeli and West Bank Arab birth rates will fall below Jewish birth rates in 10 to 20 years.

What does this mean practically?  It means that west of the Jordan river there is a 60% Jewish majority, in pre-67 Israel plus Judea / Samaria there is a 67% Jewish majority and in pre-67 Israel by itself there is an 81% Jewish majority and that these percentages are projected to stay more or less stable for the foreseeable future according to their mid - high case scenarios. (*3) Since Israel has already relinquished control over Gaza, the focus here will be on Judea / Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

So what then do we do with the 1.4 million Arabs living in Judea and Samaria and the approximately 200,000 Arabs in eastern Jerusalem?  For that matter, is there also a way to reduce the number of Arabs in pre-67 Israel relative to the number of Jews which does not infringe on the Arabs civil rights?

Assuming that an Emigration Ministry was established and found a significantly large population desiring its services; would this in fact have a significant effect on the demographic problem?  According to the previously cited study, "Population Forecast for Israel and West Bank 2025" (*3), if Jewish net immigration reaches levels of 50,000 per year, and 10,000 Israeli Arabs and 20,000 West Bank Arabs emigrated annually, then the currently 67% Jewish majority in pre-67 Israel plus Judea / Samaria would increase to 71% by 2025.

Currently, about 10,000 Arabs are emigrating abroad from Judea / Samaria annually, on average.  Taking into account actual measured Jewish growth rates which have been higher than projected, and overall Arab growth rates which have been significantly lower than projected; increasing West Bank Arab emigration to an average of 50,000 per year would increase the Jewish majority to around 75% in 20 years assuming the trend of sharp declines in Arab fertility rates continues.

Would Israelis support a plan to encourage non-Jewish emigration with monetary and other aid?  There seems to be a strong desire in Israeli society to, "separate", or get away from the Arabs.  A major element of the center and left wing's campaign in support of the separation barrier has been the slogan, "Us Here, Them There".  Not only is there the desire for physical separation, but for political separation as well.  A headline appeared on the front page of Maariv December 19th, 2004 which stated, "51% of Israeli youth don't want Arabs in Knesset ".   More specific to the idea of an Emigration Ministry, a poll was conducted by the Dahaf Institute on behalf of Madar, the Palestinian Center for Israel Studies, which found that 59% of Israeli Jews felt that the state should encourage Arabs to emigrate (*8).  Thus it would seem that such a plan in principle would garner widespread public support.

Now that those questions have been answered, we arrive at practical questions regarding implementation of a plan encouraging non-Jewish residents to emigrate.  The first question is whether or not there are sufficient people willing to emigrate.  According to a poll carried out by the firm Maagar Mochot, in cooperation with The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion under the management of Dr. Nabil Kokli (*9), it was found that,

"according to a representative sample of the adult population in Judea and Samaria, over 40% respondents have considered emigrating permanently to some other country. Furthermore, only 15% (!) stated that that there was no inducement that could prompt them to leave their present place of residence permanently. By contrast, 70% identified some form of material measure, translatable into monetary terms (such as accommodation, education, financial compensation and so on), that could bring them to emigrate permanently." (*10)

In addition the study found that 17%, equivalent to 238,000 people out of 1.4 million, said they would emigrate abroad immediately if they had the resources to do so.  This data shows that the popular assumption that the Arabs of Judea and Samaria are committed to "their land" above all other things are patently false.  In reality, the majority of these Arabs are more concerned with their physical and financial welfare than with nationalist issues, and significant portions of the population are willing to consider relocation given the proper aid is provided.

But where would these people go?  What countries would accept them?  While most Arab countries would not accept these people, evidence shows that they would not have a difficult time gaining entry through normal immigration channels to most other countries.

 For example, looking at migration statistics provided by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) for North American and the EU shows nearly 2 million permanent legal immigrants per year. This does not even count so called temporary immigrants such as people on student or work visas, many of whom eventually become permanent immigrants.  This adds millions more places to the number of available legal immigration slots for first world countries.  (*11)  Looking outside North America and the EU to other first world countries (*12) shows Japan accepting over 300,000 and Australia accepting over 120,000 per year (*13).  Expand the list of target countries to include Second and Third World areas such as Eastern Europe and South America and the number of legal immigration slots available increases by millions more.  Unlike in the past, when countries had religious or ethnic based quotas, such as the famous anti-Jewish quotas of the 1930's, today they have more or less impartial and non-discriminatory regulations which govern the admittance of legal immigrants.  And any other style of quotas, such as country of origin quotas, which might exist are unlikely to be a problem since 50,000 emigrants per year is only 2,500 people immigrating to each of 20 countries.  It also appears that the level of education or skill set of those immigrating does not materially affect their ability to qualify for immigrant status as shown by the fact that only 30% of Lebanese migrants during the civil war had either a higher education or were considered to be skilled workers. (*26)

How would this proposal be implemented from the Israeli side?  Part of the Ministry of Emigration would be logistical support.  It would retain the services of immigration law firms in various countries who would help deal with filling out the paperwork for that country and guiding families through the bureaucratic and legal maze of immigrating. Each person / family could provide a list of preferred countries and the Ministry would help them apply in each of the countries.  They could go wherever they get in.  The Ministry would pay for transportation to the destination and also help them find homes, jobs and whatever else they need assistance with to get settled in.  Pre-existing administrative infrastructure could be utilized for many of these tasks, such as the Jewish Agency.  There would be monetary grants in addition to housing grant and grants for attending language courses.  Just like the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, except in reverse.

In order to calculate the yearly cost it must be determined what a reasonable cost to the state is and what is the minimum amount which will be effective in persuading someone to emigrate.

In 2005 the state of Israel had a budget of approximately 266.6 billion NIS. (*14) This does not include the approximately 10 - 11 billion shekel cost of the "disengagement" plan which is planned to be spread over the 2005 - 2007 budgets, with part being financed by budget cuts and part by borrowing. (*16,*17,*18)  Originally the total cost was estimated by the government at 5 billion shekels or about 1% of the projected 2005 GDP. (*16)  Actual GDP for 2005 was NIS 531.4 billion. (*15)  The projected cost as of Feb. 2006 is a staggering 2% of GDP, or about 4% of the yearly budget.  Assuming that the original estimated cost of 5 billion shekels a year spread over a period of 3 years was considered an acceptable outlay with minimal economic impact, than 1.6 billion shekels per year could be considered a reasonable cost to the state which can be used as a base budget for the Emigration Ministry.

2005 estimated per capita income in Judea and Samaria (aka West Bank) is approximately $1000.  (*19)  Such a grant would constitute nearly 30 years income for the average West Bank Arab family.  In most Second and Third World countries the $30k grant would be sufficient to pay all of a family's living expenses for many years. (*25) Even in a first world country such as the USA, this amount would be sufficient for 2 - 3 years in the less expensive parts of the country.  (*24)  This, plus the ability to start a new life away from the current violent conflict would seem to constitute a significant incentive in light of explicitly expressed interest in emigration among the Arab population and the fact that over 10,000 Arabs currently emigrate annually by their own means.  In comparison, about 900,000 Lebanese emigrated during the period of the civil war (1975-90) and hundreds of thousands more have emigrated since in order to escape conditions similar to those among the Arab population in Judea and Samaria. (*22)  The primary practical difference between the two populations is that most of the Arabs of Judea and Samaria do not possess the means to emigrate on their own.

3. Steven Plaut: Chamish Incriminates Himself
From: Steven Plaut <>
First read this:
\and then read this:
What do you conclude?

Interesting blog entry on Chamish conspiracism

Jerusalem News-437
1. Richard E Atwood: Best Solution, Encouraged Emigration of Palestinians
2. The Economics of Conspiracy Theories
3. 4.  Guysen Israel News Thursday
Syria Could Accommodate Palestinians?
Beduin Terrorists Versus Egypt?
Britain versus Iran
US Blocks Funds to Palestinians
4.  Guysen Israel News Friday
Spanish pro-Israel statement?
France Supports  Bankrolling of  Palestinians
Microsoft increases Investment in Israel
US blocking Palestinian Funds
Europe already within range of Iran Missiles?
Vatican vrs Egypt over Holocaust??
5. Anti-Black Genocide in Sudan?

1. Richard E Atwood: Best Solution, Encouraged Emigration of Palestinians

From: Richard E Atwood
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-436
#2. The Great Arab Withdrawal. They Must Go!

This second article is very interesting.  maybe someone should start
raising money to help the Israeli government implement this policy.  It
certainly appears to be the best solution I have heard and according to
the preliminary survey would be less costly then giving up land and
relocating Jewish settlers.

2. The Economics of Conspiracy Theories
By Sam Vaknin, Ph.D.

3.  Guysen Israel News Thursday
Syria Could Accommodate Palestinians?
Beduin Terrorists Versus Egypt?
Britain versus Iran
US Blocks Funds to Palestinians
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 08:28:32 +0100
From: Guysen <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - April 27, 2006

[] 2006-04-26 , 28 Nisan 5766

09:36  At the demand of the UN Refugee Agency, Syria is to take in 181 Palestinian refugees who have fled Iraq. In Israel this initiative by Damascus has been closely followed and it is hoped that this exceptional measure will be the beginning of a resolution to one of the principal problems of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
According to Prof. Moshe Maoz of Tel Aviv University, the last time Syrai made such a proposal was 60 years ago. "In '49, under Houssni Zaim and in 1952, the Syrians made an offer to Israel to take in 300,000 Palestinian refugees in the framework of a peace agreement, in exchange for strategic concessions", he said.
08:18  Egypatin authorities have identifies the three terrorists who perpetrated the attacks in Dahab on Monday evening. They were three Beduins form the north of Sinai. According to the daily ''Al Ahram'', human remains of the terrorists and an identity card were found at the site of these attacks which resulted in 24 dead. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
08:05  Great Britain has joined the United States in warning Iran about the initiation of sanctions if Teheran does not accede to the demands of the UN Security Council to stop uranium enrichment. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw has also condemned, in Parliament, the new appeal for the eradication of Israel by President Ahmadinejad. He said such a proposition can only reinforce the fears of the international community as to Iran's real intentions.
07:25  According to Palestinian Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razek, the 25 million dollars promised by the Gulf States to the Palestinian Authority have been blocked by Arab banks afraid of an American boycott. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

4.  Guysen Israel News Friday
Spanish pro-Israel statement?
France Supports  Bankrolling of  Palestinians
Microsoft increases Investment in Israel
US blocking Palestinian Funds
Europe already within range of Iran Missiles?
Vatican vrs Egypt over Holocaust??
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 02:35:51 +0100
From: Guysen <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News -
[] 2006-04-27 , 29 Nisan 5766
18:45  Former Spanish prime minister Jos Maria Aznar has asked NATO to welcome Israel as a partner in the fight against Islamic terrorism. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
16:50  According to various sources, French President Jacques Chirac could suggest the idea of a fund administered by the World Bank, which would allow the 165,000 employees of the Palestinian Authority to be paid directly. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
16:23  The American software giant, Microsoft, is to open a second research and development center, to be situated in Tel Aviv (the first is in Haifa). Stve Ballmer, Microsoft's director-general, said that these two centers will play an important role in the global research and development strategy of his company. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
12:44  Ghazi Hamad, spokesperson of the Palestinian government said that the US was attempting by every means to intercept the distribution of funds already collected for the AP and to dissuade the banks from proceeding with the transfer of these funds, under threat of being black-listed. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
In an interview on Palestinian-Israeli radio Kol Hashalom he said: " We say clearly that we want a state with 1967 borders. If Israel accepts, there will be a serious change on the side of the Palestinians".
11:17  According to General Amos Yadlin, head of Military Intelligence, Iran has bought surface-to-surface missiles with a reach of 2,500 km from North Korea. Some of these weapons have already reached Teheran. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
These BM 25 missiles put Europe within firing distance of Iran.
10:11  Unprecedented: For the first time, an important member of the Vatican, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, has criticized Egypt's silence during the Holocaust. In Jerusalem it is estimated that it is still too early to know if these remarks, pronounced Tuesday, reflect a true change in the politics of the Holy See with regards to the silence of Pope Pious XII during the Holocaust. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

5. Anti-Black Genocide in Sudan?
Subject: Fwd: Stop the Genocide in Darfur

For over three years Sudan's government-backed Janjaweed Arab-Muslim militia has had free reign to slaughter innocent civilians in Darfur. Thousands of villages and their inhabitants are being systematically wiped off the face of the Earth. Most of the victims are themselves Muslims and all of them are black Africans.

As many as 400,000 people have been killed
2.5 million have been displaced from their homes
3.5 million are starving

Jerusalem News-438
1. Chamish joins Armenian Nazi Lovers
[birds of a feather]
2. Daniel Pinner released from prison
3. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.1
4. Circumcision an AIDS preventive?
5. Chinese-Saudi Cooperation: Oil but also Missiles
6. Climate Change
7. Proverbs 4:23-27

1. Chamish joins Armenian Nazi Lovers
BC in his latest tirade entitled
"Ariel Sharon's Killers Confess"
in which as usual he accuses apparently innocent people of homicide
also has the following:

<<The newest Frankist creep is Joshua Bolten, White House Chief-of-Staff, hired to keep Bush in check.
There is, first of all, the well-known fact that Brandeis' ancestors had been believers in the eighteenth century pseudo Messiah, Jacob Frank. >>

This is a pack of lies told by a pathological lier but what bothers us more is the insertion
about armenian genocide.
In this website using information concocted out of anti-semitic writings from another era that we thought was behind us
along with the puerile fantasies of Chamish himself the Jews are being accused of a crime they did not commit.
Chamish not only repeats the lies of anti-semites he also supplies them with
lies he has invented himself or that he has taken from another degenerate like himself.

When we began to point out the falsities of Chamish some people on our list who support him
requested that we desist and we temporarily did so.
Chamish continued to spread his anti-Jewish poison so we resumed our protests.
As a result we lost some friends and supporters.
I was sent letters of protest, threats, pleas, etc and a friend was spoken unto
as if he could be persuaded to make me see "reason".
Reason however is on the side of Brit-Am
and they who reject Brit-Am harm themselves more than anyone else.
At the time I took a forgiving attitude to these fifth-column (Chamish) supporters  but now
I want them to look at themselves. They can read. They see what Chamish
is saying and what he is recommending and what effect he is having or could have.
[The Armenian Jew-haters apparently need Chamish to supply them with ammunition against the
Jews. They quote from Chamish and attack ALL the Jews].
Chamish would not be able to get away with his malicious inventions if he was not
being supported and his supporters are therefore responsible.
The war against anti-Semites is a war against Amalek
and Chamish is with the anti-Semites who are all agents of evil.
They who chose to be on the side of quislings are quislings themselves.
They who are not for the nations of Israel are against them.

2. Daniel Pinner released from prison
From: Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah <>
Subject: Danniel Pinner: "He's Out!"

Daniel Pinner was surprised yesterday to learn that he was being
released after languishing in an Israeli prison for the past ten

Pinner was sentenced to two years prison after being convicted for
shooting at an Arab in Gaza, last June, several months prior to the
expulsion. Pinner claimed that he merely shot in the air to scare
away a mob of Arab marauders who were attacking him and other Jews.
One Arab and one Jew were injured. The Jew had been injured by rocks,
while the cause of injury of the Arab was never substantiated.

Pinner was released yesterday after his attorney, Baruch Ben Yosef
filed an appeal against the conviction and against the harsh
sentence. Ben Yosef also requested Pinner's release on bail until the
High Court hears his appeal. It came as a complete surprise to Pinner
that the courts had faxed the decision to release him on bail to
Massiyahu Prison.

Pinner was greeted by dozens of neighbors and friends when he
returned home last night in Kfar Tapuach. In an exclsuive interview
with Voice of Judea TV, moments after his release Pinner explained
that he does not hate the judge who sentenced him. He said he felt
sorry for her for she will one day stand trial before "the judges of
judges" for her actions. To view this interesting and inspiring
interview, visit,

3. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.1
Adapted with permission:
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 09:06:47 -0400
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.1


Interesting essay in the NY Times on the history of Iran:

Nice piece on the political side of archaeology in

... semi-related: the discovery of some Second Temple
burials during expansion of the Knesset is causing a
ruckus: (JPost)

Smithsonian Magazine has a piece on 'biblical archaeology':

What the Egyptians did for us:

A fair bit of coverage for a proposed redating of a chunk of the
Aegean bronze age: (Age) (Telegraph),2933,193443,00.html
[Brit-Am tends to identify the Philistines with the Minoans of Crete.
This is supported by the Bible and history.
The above archaeological revisions also support this]

Somewhat strange (it seems to me) claims about coins of
Caligula: (icCoventry)

Some ninth century bronzes from the Kashmir:

Trying to figure out where King Naresuan died:

Review of David Gilmour, *The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in
the Victorian Raj*:

A natural mummy in New Hampshire:


Caesar's Way (on the Israel Trail): (JPost)

4. Circumcision an AIDS preventive?
April 28, 2006
NY Times
[Extracts Only]
Circumcision Studied in Africa as AIDS Preventive

JOHANNESBURG, April 27 For well over a decade, southern Africans have battled the spread of H.I.V. with everything from condoms and abstinence campaigns to doses of antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women and yet the epidemic continues unabated.

Now a growing number of clinicians and policy makers in the region are pointing to a simple and possibly potent weapon against new infections: circumcision for men.

Armed with new studies suggesting that male circumcision can reduce the chance of H.I.V. infection in men, and perhaps in women, health workers in two southern African nations are pressing to make circumcisions broadly available to meet what they call a burgeoning demand.

The most striking studies suggest that men can lower their own risk of infection by roughly two-thirds, and that infected men can reduce the odds of transmitting the virus to their partners by about 30 percent, simply by undergoing circumcision. Research suggests that the cells on the underside of the foreskin are prime targets for the virus and that tears and abrasions in the foreskin can invite the infection.

Of the nearly 5 million people worldwide who became infected last year, 3.2 million live in sub-Saharan Africa, the agency said.

Daniel Halperin, an epidemiologist and H.I.V. specialist in Africa for the United States Agency for International Development, argues that low rates of circumcision and high rates of multiple, concurrent sexual partners are the main reasons that the AIDS epidemic has raged in southern Africa but left western Africa mostly unscathed.

According to a study Mr. Halperin published in 1999, seven southern African countries, where fewer than one in five men were circumcised, had H.I.V. prevalence rates in adults of 14 percent to 26 percent in 1998. In nine western African countries, where more than four in five men were circumcised, H.I.V. prevalence rates were below 5 percent.

Researchers have suspected since the 1980's that such patterns are more than coincidence, and while the topic has long been a controversial one, many experts say the bulk of studies suggest that circumcision has at least some protective effect.

An analysis of data in 2002 cited by the Agency for International Development found that 38 studies, mostly in Africa, appeared to show that uncircumcised men were more than twice as likely to be infected than circumcised men.

Perhaps the most compelling evidence came last year from a study financed by the French government of 3,274 men outside Johannesburg. Half of them underwent circumcision; the others were uncircumcised.

After 17 months, 49 of the uncircumcised men became infected with H.I.V., while only 20 of the circumcised men caught the virus. The study was called to a halt in March 2005 when a review board decided that it would be unethical to withhold circumcision from the control group. Researchers estimated that the procedure reduced the risk of contracting H.I.V. by roughly two-thirds.

One study in February of the medical records of more than 300 Ugandan couples suggested that male circumcision also benefited women. In it, researchers estimated that circumcised men infected with H.I.V. were about 30 percent less likely to transmit it to their female partners.

Dr. Diana Dickinson, who has battled H.I.V. for years from her private health clinic in Gaborone, Botswana, is one of many clinicians in a quandary over how to react to such studies. On the one hand, she said, she wants her patients to be protected as much as possible. On the other, she worries that if circumcision is oversold, circumcised men may think they are free to engage in risky sex.

"I really worry about mixed messages," she said. World Health Organization officials warn that even if studies now under way confirm the benefits of circumcision, it must be viewed as part of a broader prevention strategy to promote testing, condom use, reduction in the number of sexual partners and abstinence.

"There never has been a magic bullet," said Mr. O'Reilly of the W.H.O., "and there never will be."

Other H.I.V. specialists are concerned that the studies may encourage unsafe circumcisions by traditional healers. Every year, the authorities in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa report deaths and amputations from botched circumcisions of young boys.

Although circumcision is not a custom among most ethnic groups in the region, studies in Botswana and elsewhere suggest that more than half of men would accept circumcision if it were free and done safely. Most say they think circumcision improves hygiene and sexual pleasure.

5. Chinese-Saudi Cooperation: Oil but also Missiles
By Simon Henderson April 21, 2006
PolicyWatch #1095 The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 1828 L
Street NW Suite 1050 Washington DC 20036

6. Climate Change
Vanity Fair
April, 2006
While Washington Slept
Temperatures are rising, the Queen learned from King and other
scientists, because greenhouse gases are trapping heat in the
atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, the most prevalent of such gases, is
released whenever fossil fuels are burned or forests catch fire.
Global warming, the scientists explained, threatens to raise sea
levels as much as three feet by the end of the 21st century, thanks
to melting glaciers and swollen oceans. (Water expands when heated.)

This would leave much of eastern England, including areas near
Sandringham, underwater. Global warming would also bring more heat
waves like the one in the summer of 2003 that killed 31,000 people
across Europe. It might even shut down the Gulf Stream, the flow of
warm water from the Gulf of Mexico that gives Europe its mild
climate. If the Gulf Stream were to halt-and it has already slowed 30
percent since 1992-Europe's temperatures would plunge, agriculture
would collapse, London would no longer feel like New York but like

7. Proverbs 4:23-27
Rashi quotes the Midrash to say that it is the little things we are careful about that give us success in spiritual and profane matters. The Sages emphasize being careful about the little things for we do not know how important they may turn out to be. Try not to be irritable and not to inadvertently hurt other people.  Why make enemies? Why offend people you have nothing against?

Do not tell lies or speak offensively. Very often we let ourselves be trapped into speaking in a way that does not reflect what we ourselves would wish.

Rashi says this means we should seek out the truth and the honest answer. Others say it means that when you are doing a good deed, do it well.

Think things out before you do them. Do not let yourselves be streamrolled into actions you do not really agree with especially those that are liable to cause harm.

Take the middle path. Place yourself in the center and keep away from badness.

Jerusalem News-439
1. Archaeology:
(a) "Roman style" boats in Vietnam
(b) The Brit-Am Edition of  explorator 9.2
2. Conspiracy Freaks "are like the Egyptian rabble"
3. New Brit-Am Web Site Feature:
"Brit-Am Fights Its Enemies: Conspiracy Watch"
6. Israel's President Reflects Candidly on Islam
7. Arabs Target Christian Zionists

1.   Archaeology:
(a) "Roman style" boats in Vietnam;312/5772/360b

(b) The Brit-Am Edition of  explorator 9.2
Adapted with Permission.
Square brackets [ ] contain Brit-Am commentary
From: david meadows <>
explorator 9.2                                       May 7, 2006

... and of the possible redating of the Aegean Bronze Age: (UPI) (M&C) (Innovations Report)

Review of Frederic Raphael, *Some Talk of Alexander*:
[general histroy connected with Greece]

The Times has an excerpt from Terry Jones, *Barbarians*:,,2092-2168328,00.html
[very interesting. an excerpt from this article will be posted in
"Brit-Am Now"-701
#1. Were The Celts More Advanced Than the Romans?]

A 2000 b.p. chariot burial from Yorkshire (more of a followup
than a new discovery): (Leeds Today)

Interesting burial at Tara:

Were Cistercian monks at a British abbey trying to make gold?

Did early humans lead to the extinction of prehistoric horses in
Alaska?: (NG)

Interesting item on fleeing slaves during the American
Revolution (this might be a book review ... it's hard to tell): (New Yorker)

Review of Nathaniel Philbrick, *Mayflower*:
An interesting pattern to British royal executions:
[Interesting but not fair to the monarchs themselves who often were forced
to dispose of their relatives because the relatives really were an active

A reasonably accurate look at the Ceasarean section in history: (LAT)
[Interesting excerpt:
<<Eventually, about 300 years later, women began to survive with some regularity. In the British Empire, the first known successful C-section was performed by Dr. James Barry, an eccentric army doctor who championed humane treatment of, among others, women. This made more sense once Barry died and an undertaker discovered "he" was actually "she." (Barry masqueraded as a man to enroll in university and kept up the charade to practice medicine.)>>]

Celebrating the Swiss Guards' 500th anniversary:

Provence: (Telegraph)
Portraits of British kings and queens:
[Very good site. Portraits of much value. Worth seeing].

Apparently there were Muslim schools in the southwestern U.S.
in the seventh and eighth centuries:

2. Conspiracy Freaks "are like the Egyptian rabble"
Shalom Yair: Please continue to speak the truth regarding Barry Chamish.  Forget those on the Brit Am list who support him.  They are like the Egyptian rabble who accompanied the Israelites out of Egypt.  Periodically, we need to cull out those who really are working against the mission of Brit Am.  I am fed up with all these conspiracy nuts who see subterfuge behind every rock.  If these people don't like it, then they should leave Brit Am.  -Bill Rasmussen

3. 3. New Brit-Am Web Site Feature:
"Brit-Am Fights Its Enemies: Conspiracy Watch"
Conspiracy Update:
Turkish Anti-Semites Correlate with Chamish and pals
Steven Plaut: Is Mikey Lerner Joining the 9-11 Conspiracist Nazis?


Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 17:19:53 -0400 (EDT)

WASHINGTON [MENL] -- U.S. allies in the Middle East have been cited for
supporting groups deemed terrorists by the State Department.

A State Department report, based on data from the National Counterterrorism
Center, said the United States has provided military and security support to
Middle East countries that either finance or harbor terrorist groups. These
countries have not been placed on the department's list of terrorist
Entitled "Country Reports on Terrorism 2005," the report cited aid by Saudi
Arabia to Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The department said Hamas
has also been raising funds in other Arab as well as Western states.

"[Hamas] receives some funding from Iran but primarily relies on donations
from Palestinian expatriates around the world and private benefactors in
Saudi Arabia and other Arab states," the report said. "Some fundraising and
propaganda activity takes place in Western Europe and North America."

Our World: The IDF's suicide attempt
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST May. 8, 2006


Today, the national religious sector makes up some 15 percent of the overall
population, yet its sons make up more than 30 percent of combat soldiers in
the IDF. Soldiers from the national religious camp make up a plurality of
cadets in combat officer training courses and a majority of soldiers in most
commando units.

SOME 60 percent of NCOs in combat units graduated from national religious
high schools and last year, 80 percent of company commanders in Golani
infantry brigade were from the national religious camp. National religious
officers are similarly overrepresented - by a ratio of between 2:1 to 4:1 in
all combat units to the level of battalion command in the IDF. During the
course of the Palestinian terror war since September 2000, 30 percent of
soldiers killed in action were from the national religious camp.

6. Israel's President Reflects Candidly on Islam
Excerpt from
From: "D. Pipes Mailing List" <>
Subject: #671: Pipes weblog on NY police, judges v. juries, Judaism's future,
 Pasha Bordello

At a memorial ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers at in Jerusalem, Israel's President Moshe Katsav (himself of Iranian origins) spoke to the Muslim religious and political leaders in attendance and asked them:

Are you really sanctifying the spilling of blood as a religious value, as a value with which you want to shape the future generation? Can it be that one of you will rise and say this is not the way, not through the path of the spilling of blood? Could it be that we, the Jewish people, will be the only one who say that terror is not the path of Islam, that it stands in contradiction to the tenets of the Koran, and not one of you speaks up? It's best for those who send [the terrorists] and leaders is to admit that their path did not lead them anywhere but the abyss.

In another pointed question, Katsav asked, "Can we possibly say that this is not the way of Islam, when the imams are silent in the face of terror?" And in a nearly simultaneous interview with the Jerusalem Post, he made a similar point:

How absurd. I as a Jew come and say that Islam and the Koran oppose bloodshed and terrorism. They, in the name of Islam, say, "No, Islam does support acts of terror," like the one in the old bus station in Tel Aviv, against women, old people, young people, hurt in the name of religion. I am certain that there cannot be a religion that supports bloodshed. It cannot be that the Koran and Islam support this. But I don't hear Muslim religious leaders speaking out against this.

Comment: These are most daring statements for a politician. Will other Israeli and Western leaders follow suit? (May 2, 2006)

7. Arabs Target Christian Zionists
 Date: Mon, 08 May 2006 09:17:56 -0700
From: sr <>
Subject: PA: Christian Zionists adopted Satan as God

Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin - May 8, 2006

PA: Christian Zionists adopted Satan as God

By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

Official PA government Religious Judicial Council web site:
Christian Zionists "adopted Satan as God"
Christian Zionism is a dangerous distortion, a deviation from the true Christian faith
The Christian Zionists and Zionist Jews "comprise the greatest danger to world truth, justice, and peace".
The International Christian Embassy "carries out criminal activities" against Palestinians
Christian Zionism must be expelled by the World Church.

Jerusalem News-440
1. The Brit-Am Edition of explorator 9.3
2. Web Site on Ethnic Studies etc.
3. Laura Bush -a Friend?
4. Astronomy and the Bible Codes
5. Brit-Am and the Codes

1. The Brit-Am Edition of explorator 9.3
Date: Sun, 14 May 2006 09:11:34 -0400
From: david meadows
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.3
Adapted with permission.
[...] signifies Brit-Am Commentary

explorator 9.3 May 14, 2006

Another piece on the political side of archaeology in Jerusalem: (CHN)

[This site seems to be concerned mainly with the early Christian world in the Middle East. Some may find the historical notes of interest]

Very interesting Sabine chariot find: (ANSA)
[The Sabines were an Italian people important in early Roman history]

The Times had an excerpt from Terry Jones' book on Barbarians:,,176-2168328,00.html
[This is the same piece we brought excerpts from in "Brit-Am Now"-701
#1. Were The Celts More Advanced Than the Romans?
Worth reading]

More coverage of what they're finding as they dig that tunnel under the Bosporus:,1518,415463,00.html
[Jerome seemed to understand Jewish Tradition as saying that the Lost Ten Tribes moved to Europe via the Bosporus and that they will return via the same route and pass over on dry land.
Interesting that a tunnel is now being built that could bring about the fulfillment of the tradition by natural means???
Zechariah 10:11 ]

Life in Neolithic Britain was apparently much more violent than folks previously thought: (New Scientist)

A study of "vernacular" buildings in Scotland in various periods:

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

In case you were wondering about Kennewick Man: (Tennessean)

Review of Catherine Allgor, *A Perfect Union*:
[article on the social life of Dolly Madison wife of President Madison]

Review of David Davis, *Inhuman Bondage*:
[article on slavery in the USA]

Nice piece on ancient Gnosticism (an interview with New Testament scholar Peter Jones):
[Interesting article depicts Gnosticism as being against the God of Israel and against the Bible.
If you want to understand where the Conspiracy Freaks are really coming from and the metaphysical conspiracy behind them read this article].

Archaeology Briefs:
[Some points of interest, e.g.

2. Web Site on Ethnic Studies etc.
This site gives summaries of the latest ethnic DNA research findings and related matters.

Y chromosome variation of Finns

The Slavs in Russia

See also:
Brit-Am Answers to Queries: DNA

3. Laura Bush -a Friend?
From: Maurice
Date: 05/12/06 15:18:27
Subject: Bush's New Chief of Staff

Because of his last name, most people don't realize that new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten is Jewish. But Ronald Kessler's best-selling new book "Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady" reveals that Bolten is the Bushes' guru on matters Jewish - and spotlights Laura's special interest in Judaism.

Kessler writes that Bolten noticed that interest when he began working for the first Bush presidential campaign as policy director in March 1999.
"I would have dinner with the family at the Governor's mansion or at the ranch," Bolten is quoted as saying.
While not Orthodox, Bolten does not eat shellfish and eats meat only when it is served in a kosher home or restaurant, Kessler found.
"I didn't make a big deal of it, but she [Laura] noticed that I would just pass on certain items of food," Bolten says. "She was sensitive to that." Laura would make sure to include a vegetarian alternative like a grilled portobello mushroom with melted cheese.
"She doesn't pepper you with questions, but she would ask interesting questions about the Jewish holidays or the meaning of the rituals," Bolten said. "Whenever I was over for a meal, they would say grace. They would ask me to say grace in Hebrew and ask for the translation."

When Bush became president, Laura held the first Hanukkah lighting and party in the White House and served the first entirely kosher meal there.

Kessler says that when Laura would invite Bolten to stay over at Camp David, she would remember a prayer Bolten had said at meals back in Texas. Called the "Shehecheyanu," it begins, "Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season."
The prayer is said on a blessed occasion, such as the first day of a holiday.
At Camp David, Laura would ask Bolten to say the blessing to mark a joyful event.

The book notes that on April 18, 2001, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Laura and the president toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was the first of several visits by the first lady. Fred S. Zeidman, the chairman of the museum's governing council, had been a friend of the Bushes for more than 15 years. But it was not until 2005 that he learned that Laura's father Harold Welch had been a liberator of the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany, when he served in the Army during World War II.
For President Bush, the lessons of the Holocaust have taken on a special meaning.
"The President has said to me several times since 9/11," Zeidman disclosed, "that almost every day he gets up and thinks about what he learned during his tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum. It's given him the resolve during the tough times involving Iraq and the war on terror, because he knows that it's the right thing to do to prevent further loss of life and to protect America."

On the morning of the second Hanukkah lighting and party on December 4, 2002, Bush met with Jewish leaders in the Roosevelt Room, Kessler writes. Jay Lefkowitz, an observant Jew who was chief of the President's Domestic Policy Council, remembered that one participant stood up and said that some 60 years earlier, his father had been part of a delegation of Jewish leaders who sought to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to urge that the U.S. bomb railroad tracks to impede the Nazis' ability to kill Jews in concentration camps. The Jewish leaders never got a meeting, and Roosevelt never took action to thwart Hitler's genocide. He said it would divert resources from the effort to win the war.
"Mr. President," the man said to Bush, "I think I can speak for everyone in this room when I say that if you had been President, there would be millions more of us alive today."

Several months later, in May 2003, Laura created a stir during a visit to Jerusalem when she visited the Wailing (Western! SR) Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine (? SR), and was angrily heckled by Israelis. The protesters shouted "Free Pollard now!" demanding that the U.S. release American Jew Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned for spying for Israel. But Laura calmly placed a handwritten note in the wall, as is the Jewish custom, and returned to her motorcade...
Shana Lev
EarthLink Revolves Around You.

4. Astronomy and the Bible Codes
Rabbeinu Bachya and the First New Moon
Rabbi Bachya, a Jewish Bible commentator, lived in 13th Century Spain. He revealed a 42 letter skip code, starting with the first letter in the book of Genesis. With that skip code he calculated the length of the lunar orbital period- of 29 days, 6 hours, 44 minutes and 2.69 seconds. Interestingly, this value is as accurate as that calculated by NASA scientists in the seventies. The scientists, however, calculated their value by bouncing a laser off of the Moon. They made use of a special reflector, that was placed by mission Apollo astronauts on one of the NASA lunar excursions.
Source Bible Codes Search Help

5. Brit-Am and the Codes
Brit-Am has had an interest in the Codes from the very beginning long before the book by Drosnin and the popularization of the subject.
We used the Codes as supportive evidence in the 2nd issue of our magazine "Tribesman".
See Brit-Am Findings on the Codes:

For an objective but critical article on the codes see:
Bible code

For Orthodox Jewish Defence of the Codes see:
The Refutation of the Attempts to Invalidate the Torah Codes
Bible Codes: The Real Story

Jerusalem News-441
1. Steven Plaut: Terrorism Without "Occupation": Some Lessons From The Early Arab
2. The Shawn Report
4. Changing Head Shapes In Modern America
5. Samson Blinded

1. Terrorism Without "Occupation": Some Lessons From The Early Arab
by Steven Plaut

The Bash-Israel media and the Arab terrorist amen chorus have been
repeating for so many years that Palestinian terrorism and barbarism are
caused by Israeli "occupation" that few are still capable of examining
that "theory" critically.

The simple fact is that Palestinian terrorism and atrocities against Jews
began not only long before Israel "occupied" the West Bank and Gaza, but
long before Israel was created. Examining those early waves of violence
can shed enormous light on the Middle East conflict even today and help us
understand its true nature.

There were waves of attacks against Jews in Palestine throughout the
1920's . the Jewish population of Hebron was destroyed by Arab terrorists
in 1929. Palestine at the time was part of the British Mandate. While a
few hundred thousand Arabs lived in there in the 1930's, it had never been
an Arab Palestinian state, and in fact had not been under any form of Arab
rule since the Dark Ages.

The worst anti-Jewish atrocities in Palestine were part of a wave of Arab
pogroms lasting from 1936 to 1939 and dubbed the "Arab Revolt" by
apologists for the terrorism. They were designed to stop immigration to
the Land of Israel by Jewish refugees trying to flee a Europe that was
coming under the growing shadow of Hitler. During the "Revolt," between
415 and 463 Jews (depending on the source) were murdered by the Arab

The pogroms were aimed at Jewish civilians and sometimes at British
colonial forces. They escalated in September 1937, after the British Royal
"Peel Commission" made its recommendations. That commission called for a
tiny Jewish mini-state and a large Arab state, both to be carved out of
Western Palestine. It also called for severe restrictions on further
immigration to Palestine of Jewish refugees from Europe. But because it
did not rule out Jewish sovereignty and Jewish immigration altogether,
which were the minimal demands of the terrorists, the pogrom leaders
ordered escalated violence.

At the time, Palestinian Arabs were led by an "Arab High Command" headed
by the infamous Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini. The mufti served as
chief clergyman in Jerusalem with British approval, even though he had
fought against the British in World War I.

Al-Husseini later went on to become Hitler's ally and point man, assisting
Hitler in recruiting Muslims for the German side in World War II.

On May 10, 1941 the mufti broadcast a fatwa (religious ruling) calling for
a holy war against the British. It claimed the British had profaned the
Al-Aksa mosque and were out to destroy Islam (an allegation reinvented
against Israel by more recent Palestinian leaders). In 1943 the mufti was
sent to Yugoslavia, where he organized the 13th Waffen SS division, which
not only was responsible for the murder of about 90 percent of Bosnia's
Jews but also destroyed numerous Serbian churches and villages.
In his memoirs, the mufti thanked Eichmann and praised him as "gallant and

Throughout this period the Jews did not "occupy" anything except their own
personal property, exercising no sovereignty at all in the Land of Israel.
The campaigns of Palestinian terrorism had nothing to do with occupation,
because there was no Jewish occupation.

Apologists for the terrorists, like Hebrew University's pro-Palestinian
professor and propagandist Baruch Kimmerling, argue that the violence
proves that a "Palestinian nationalism" was emerging in the late 1930's.
In fact, the term "Palestinian" referred at the time to Jews, not Arabs.
Palestinian Arab leaders did not begin to demand the right to
"self-determination" and statehood until after 1967. When the West Bank
and Gaza were occupied by Egypt and Jordan, the Palestinian leadership had
no complaints about any "alien occupation" and expressed no desire for

Were there no voices of moderation and tolerance among Palestinian Arabs
at the time? As a matter of fact, there were. And the story of what became
of one of them can help us understand the entire Middle East conflict.

On May 4, a fascinating story related to that era was published for the
first time by the dovish Israeli journalist (and filmmaker) Yehuda Litani
in Yediot Aharonot, Israel's leading daily. Litani is well known for

films sympathetic to the mundane problems of Palestinian Arabs.

Back when the mufti was beating
the war drums and organizing mass murders of Jews, it seems that an
article was published by a young Palestinian Arab intellectual, Araf
al-Asli, age 27, denouncing the mufti, the pogroms, and the violence.

The article appeared in both Hebrew and Arabic leaflets. Titled "The
History of the Jews and the Arabs," its theme was that Jews and Arabs had
cooperated in the past, especially during the era of cultural flowering in
Muslim Spain. That cooperation had helped make Spain the most advanced
civilization of its age, surpassing the rest of Europe in science,
literature, and architecture. Indeed, Muslim Spain was the most tolerant
regime in all of medieval Europe.

Al-Asli went on to denounce Arab leaders trying to organize violent
assaults against Jews and trying to recruit support among Palestinian
Arabs for the untrustworthy dictators of the Arab states. He called for
cooperation and solidarity with the Jews. He warned the Arabs that if they
chose the path of armed conflict with the Jews, rejecting the outstretched
hand of the Zionists, the Arabs would lose.

In the midst of the anti-Jewish pogroms, al-Asli was proposing an
immediate ceasefire, followed by an alliance with the Zionists that would
produce prosperity for Jews and Arabs.

Soon after publication of the essay, terrorists commanded by the mufti
kidnapped the dissident, interrogated him, and eventually walled him up
inside a cave on Mount Scopus. Meanwhile, al-Asli's father, a civil
servant in Jordan, managed to persuade the mufti to let his son out of the
cave. Afraid of antagonizing the Jordanian regime, the mufti allowed the
battered son out, but banished him to Lebanon. There al-Asli found work
waiting tables and teaching Hebrew to students at the American University
of Beirut.

The story was buried for many years until relatives of al-Asli told it to
Litani and he published it. The incident shows clearly why so few voices
of moderation have ever been heard among the Palestinian Arabs.

The mufti died in 1974, but the al-Husseini family has continued to play a
central role in Palestinian terrorism and extremism.

For those who think Middle East terrorism is attributable to Jews
"mistreating" and "occupying" Palestinians, nothing can better remove the
blinders than studying the 1936-39 period in Palestine.

2. The Shawn Report

Darfur: Never Again?$.xml&torahportion=

Islamic Imperialism

What the Israelis don't understand

Reconquista is real

Echoes of a dying culture

(article by Robert L. Kelly)


"There is a tendency for early North Americans to resemble South
Asians and Pacific Islanders more closely than other modern peoples,
but as with Kennewick Man, most individuals are dissimilar to any
modern population (Jantz and Owsley 1997, 1998; Steele and Powell
1992, 1994).  Exceptions are the Buhl woman (Green et al. 1998) which
has been shown through morphometric analysis to have cranial
morphometry typical of an Ainu (Lovvorn et al. 1999), and Wizards
Beach male, who is similar to modern Amerinds (but also to Europeans
and Polynesians; Jantz and Owsley 1998).

American Antiquity
Volume 65 Number 2 April 2000
The Recovery and First Analysis of an Early Holocene Human Skeleton
from Kennewick, Washington
James C. Chatters

4. Changing Head Shapes In Modern America

The changing shape of infant heads


The normal head shape of American infants has changed from mildly dolichocephalic to mildly brachycephalic. Although normalcy is redefined, societal or parental expectations do not change immediately. Some parents become concerned, perceiving their infant's head shape as abnormal. Although some parents may respond to reassurance, others search for solutions, such as head-molding helmets or more invasive options such as surgery.

Infant sleep position impacts the development of head shape. Changes in infant sleep position, specifically the movement toward supine sleep, have led to a redefinition of normal head shape for infants in the United States. Historically, a dolichocephalic (elongated) head shape was the norm. Currently the norm has changed to a more brachycephalic (shorter and broader) shape.

5. Samson Blinded
The following site offers a free book for downloading
The book, "Samson Blinded", approaches the present Islam-Israelite conflict from what it
calls a "Machiavelian" right-wing perspective.
So far I have only skimmed through the work.
It looks interesting with some valid points and insights.
NEVERTHELESS, something seems to be lacking.
The only real long-term solution we can see is one that incorporates Brit-Am principles
and takes cognizance of Brit-Am researches and findings.

Jerusalem News-442
1. Astronomy and the Bible Codes: Correction to Previous Entry
2. Pyramids in China? Tibet?
3. Prior Knowledge of Arafat's Goal (Also NOTED by Brit-Am at the time)
4. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Edition of Explorator 9.4
5. Brit-Am Appeal

1. Astronomy and the Bible Codes: Correction to Previous Entry
Jerusalem News-440
#4. Astronomy and the Bible Codes
We quoted:
<<Rabbeinu Bachya and the First New Moon
<<Rabbi Bachya, a Jewish Bible commentator, lived in 13th Century Spain.  He revealed a 42 letter skip code, starting with the first letter in the book of Genesis.  With that skip code he calculated the length of the lunar orbital period- of 29 days, 6 hours, 44 minutes and 2.69 seconds.  Interestingly, this value is as accurate as that calculated by NASA scientists in the seventies.  The scientists, however, calculated their value by bouncing a laser off of the Moon.  They made use of a special reflector, that was placed by mission Apollo astronauts on one of the NASA lunar excursions.
Source Bible Codes Search Help

This entry is misleading. The Rabbinical Sages using astronomical methods calculated
the length of the lunar orbital period.
Rabbi Bachya found a skip code that corresponded to this calculation.

2. Possible Pyramids in China? Tibet?

China? Tibet?
See also:
The worlds largest pyramid is in China and wasn't discovered until
 pilots recognized the square base during WW II. From the ground, it
 was simply a huge hill, overgrown with trees and brush. Nobody has
estimated an age or made determinations of content,

3. Prior Knowledge of Arafat's Goal (Also NOTED by Brit-Am at the time)
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 18:29:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Rafi Eitan reveals Mossad knew Arafat's    goal was to destroy Israel
 after Oslo

IMRA: One would have expected the following revellation to lead to calls for
an inquiry into why the Government of Israel ignored such a clear message:

"During one of the Palestinian conferences I was able to infiltrate, Yasser
Arafat reiterated what he had said his entire life: 'We will build a
Palestinian system of many separate military units; only in this way will we
be able to defeat the Jews and expel them to the sea'," ]

Minister Eitan: Israel in no position to attack Iran

Pensioners' Affairs minister says, 'Iran will produce operational nuclear
bomb within 3-10 years; Israel cannot attack without Washington's consent.'
Adds: No chance of reaching agreement with Palestinians in near future
Moran Zelikovich YNET  20 May 2006,7340,L-3252826,00.html

Pensioners' Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan said Friday, "according to
intelligence information Iran will produce an operational nuclear bomb
within 3-10 years," adding that Israel has been left to deal with the
situation on its own as the US under the Bush Administration will not attack

Speaking before members of the Trade and Industry Club in Tel Aviv, Eitan
said, "I believe that there is no power in the world that can prevent Iran
from producing a nuclear bomb. Currently Israel does not have the
military-political option of attacking Iran, as the US controls the Persian
Gulf, Iran and Iraq area," he said.

"We cannot attack without Washington's consent," Eitan said. "Bush is weak
within the US, and the chance that he'll launch an attack against Iran is
slim. I don't think sanctions will affect Iran in its quest for a bomb. The
threat is not only directed toward Israel, but also at Arab and other

Turning his attention to Israeli-Palestinian relations, Eitan said, "there
is no chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinians in the near

'Arafat realized his vision'

Eitan, who served as Mossad's director of operations for many years, said
"such agreements can be reached, but they wouldn't be worth anything at this
stage of our lives."

"During one of the Palestinian conferences I was able to infiltrate, Yasser
Arafat reiterated what he had said his entire life: 'We will build a
Palestinian system of many separate military units; only in this way will we
be able to defeat the Jews and expel them to the sea'," he said.

"Arafat realized his vision and built separate units that were added to the
PLO's military wings. This structure still exists in today's Palestinian
Authority; Hamas won't change it, and neither will Fatah. I don't see anyone
who can change it."

As to Prime Minster Ehud Olmert's plan to unilaterally evacuate settlements
in the West Bank Eitan said, "Israel must remain in the security zones,
meaning all those zones we do not plan on annexing."

(05.19.06, 18:03)

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

4. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Edition of Explorator 9.4
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 09:59:39 -0400
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] Explorator 9.4
explorator 9.4                                      May 21, 2006

A tomb from Tombos is shedding light on how Egypt 'managed'
Nubia: (UPI)

A (possible) palace of Darius in Bolaghi Gorge (Iran):

Some 13th century (A.D./C.E.) glass furnaces have been found on
Kish: (Iranmania)

Politics and archaeology on Temple Mount:


A very interesting brooch from Hadrian's Wall: (24dash)

Review of Simon Armitage's adapation of the Odyssey:,,1778219,00.html


Archaeology in Europe Blog:
A log from a farmer's field in Ontario is being linked to one of
the explanations of 'Noah's flood': (

Civil War Photos (book review):
Very interesting mummy from Peru: (Miami Herald) (AFP via Yahoo) (AP via Yahoo) (CNN) (NG) (Myrtle Beach Online) (AOL)

More coverage of that Peruvian 'observatory':,,2089-2189818,00.html (UPI) (SMH) (NG)

More on that Brazilian 'Stonehenge':,1518,416164,00.html

Similiter, a computer model suggests modern Tuscans are not
connected genetically to the Etruscans: (Stanford) (ANSA)

Being outside academia, I find this one a bit strange ... it's an
'academic boycott' of Israel: (JPost) (JPost)

In case you're wondering about the progress of that date seed
from Masada:

TAARI Newsletter: Archaeology:


Archaeology Briefs:

Ancient Coin Collecting:

Ancient Coins:

5. Brit-Am Appeal
Brit-Am does much on a low budget.
Nevertheless the budget has to be met.
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Jerusalem News-443
1. Arabs Want to Leave
2. One Out of Ten Israelis Calls Jerusalem Home
3. Study: Israel Provides Relatively Little Social Support
4. Ya'alon: We Need Churchills [New Brit-Am Feature]
5. Robert Samuelson: The Impact of Collapsing Birthrates

1. Arabs Want to Leave
Arutz Sheva News Service -
Monday, May 22, 2006, 24 Iyar 5766
Editor: Hillel Fendel
By Hillel Fendel
Extract Only:
In a related item, an article entitled "Canadian Funding Misused by
PA" was published this week on the PMW (Palestinian Media Watch) site.  PMW's
Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, citing the PA's official newspaper,
report on an event promoting the Arabs' so-called Right of Return -
and which was part of a project funded by the Canadian International
Development Agency.

Marcus and Crook write that the term 'Right of Return' is the PA's
"claim to the 'right' to resettle in Israel millions of Arabs who are
now living in refugee camps. In recent years, the term has been
commonly used as the politically correct way of packaging the call for
Israel's destruction under the guise of a humanitarian issue.  While
CIDA and other international donors are trying to support progressive
projects in the Palestinian Authority, this is yet another example of
money from well-intentioned donor countries being used for projects
that are political and that actually prevent reconciliation with

In other PA news, just over a third of Arab residents of Judea,
Samaria and Gaza say they have considered or are considering moving
out.  The poll was carried out at the end of April.  The main reason
stated by those who considered leaving is the poor economic situation.
 Over half the respondents feel that Hamas prime minister Ismail
Haniye has not formulated a plan to deal with the economic crisis.
58% said their personal financial situation is bad.

2. One Out of Ten Israelis Calls Jerusalem Home
Arutz Sheva News Service
19:02 May 23, '06 / 25 Iyar 5766
by Scott Shiloh

[] Since 1967, Jerusalem's population has grown almost three-fold to nearly 718,000, the largest city in Israel. Jews make up the overwhelming majority, but the Arab minority is growing.

At the end of 2005, Jerusalem's population stood at 718,000, representing 10% of Israel's citizens, according to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of Jerusalem Day celebrations which begin Thursday night.

Thirty-nine years since the eastern portion of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the Temple Mount were liberated from Jordan, Jerusalem's population has risen by 170%.

Illegal immigration from Judea and Samaria plus a high birthrate have contributed to increasing the percentage of Arabs living in the capital. In 1967, Jews constituted nearly three fourths (74%) of the city. Today, they make up two thirds (66%).

David Hadari, a member of the city council said "the order of the day" was to increase Jerusalem's Jewish population. He said Israel must educate its children to recognize the importance of Jerusalem in the land of Israel. "If we don't come en masse and settle Jerusalem, there's a chance we can lose the struggle for Israel's capital," he said.

Representatives of the National Religious Party (NRP) on the city council said they "support any initiatives to bring young people to Jerusalem." They suggested granting scholarships and expanding the city's boundaries eastward to include Ma'ale Adumim. Ma'ale Adumim is the largest Israeli city in Judea and Samaria, with over 30,000 residents.

The NRP representatives called on the government to implement "E-1," a plan for settling thousands of Israelis in a corridor from Jerusalem to Ma'ale Adumim to ensure territorial contiguity between the two cities.

Prior to last March's election, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he was committed to implementing the plan. E-1 has been severely criticized by the Bush Administration which claims it contradicts the road map plan.

From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - May 25, 2006
23:07  According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, 39 years after its reunification, Jerusalem has 719,500 residents, making it the most populated city in Israel. 65% of its residents are Jews, 32% are Muslim and 2% are Christian. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
Jerusalem is also a young city. 35% of its residents are under 15 years old.

3. Study: Israel Provides Relatively Little Social Support
Arutz Sheva News Service
17:47 May 23, '06 / 25 Iyar 5766
by Hana Levi Julian

[] Child allowances, National Insurance Institute payments and unemployment stipends in Israel are at the low end of the list of Western nations, according to a new study.

Dr. Maimon Dahan, a researcher with the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), found that Israel ranks very low among Western nations in the way it addresses socio-economic needs.

The study, reported on the Globes business news website, found that Israel is second-to-last on the list for child allowance benefits for the first three children in a family. Only Greece has a lower child allowance among Western nations.

Israel also has the lowest maximum number of days for unemployment insurance eligibility. Benefits in Israel continue only up to a ceiling of 175 days. Length of benefit eligibility in other countries ranged from a low of 270 days in Italy, to 1,800 days in the Netherlands.

The study was prepared for presentation at the IDI Annual Economic Conference, also referred to as the Caesarea Conference, scheduled for next month.

Ministry of Finance Director-General Dr. Joseph Bachar said, in response to the findings, that economic conditions in Israel at present are good, "except for social issues." He warned that it is "very easy to ruin policy and waste the budget."

Bachar added that it would be better to use revenue surpluses to cut taxes and reduce the debt Israel owes to other countries. "Investment in social services should only be made in the long term," he said, "when there is a real surplus."

David Brodet, economic director for this year's conference and a former director-general of the Ministry of Finance, said, in contrast, that Israel should improve its way of dealing with social problems, including poverty. He pointed out that the Israeli government has focused its efforts solely on economic growth for the past three years and that it is now time for a change.

4. Ya'alon: We Need Churchills
New feature:
Brit-Am Replies to Queries: Zionism
Q1. Was the Oslo Agreement Justified?
Ya'alon: We Need Churchills,
Not Chamberlains
Account of interview with former Israel Defense Force (IDF) chief of staff Lieutenant-General Moshe Ya'alon

Addition new features in our Question and Answer section
Reunification of Joseph and Judah

5. Robert Samuelson: The Impact of Collapsing Birthrates

From: at May 24, 2006 - 02:05:59 PM CDT
The Washington Post
May 24, 2006
The Impact of Collapsing Birthrates
By Robert Samuelson
[Extracts Only]

WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has inadvertently spotlighted one of today's momentous mysteries: collapsing birthrates in industrialized countries. Putin proposed that Russia pay women to have children to remedy a ``critical'' population outlook. Actually, he might have said ``desperate.'' In 2000, Russia's population totaled almost 147 million; Putin says it's declining by 700,000 a year. With plausible assumptions, the U.S. Census Bureau projects it at 111 million in 2050. The median age (half the population above, half below) would be almost 50, up from 38 now. Could this Russia maintain a strong economy, national optimism or a capable military?

Russia's case, though extreme, isn't isolated. There's no more population ``explosion.'' In wealthier countries, motherhood is going out of style and plunging birthrates portend population loss. This is a hugely significant development, even if we don't fully understand the causes -- 30 years ago experts didn't predict it -- or consequences. One way or another, the side effects will be massive for economics, politics and people's well-being. Indeed, they may already have started. Is it a coincidence that Germany and Italy, two countries on the edge of population decline, are so troubled?

First, some facts. On average, women must have two children for a society to replace itself. The number of children per woman is called the ``total fertility rate,'' or TFR. Here are the estimated 2005 TFRs for some major countries: Germany, 1.4; Greece, 1.3; Italy, 1.3; Japan, 1.4; Spain, 1.3; and Russia, 1.3. Low fertility rates don't instantly lead to population declines. They can be offset by immigration, longer life expectancies and greater numbers of young mothers. But ultimately, low fertility rates suggest falling populations. The table below compares the 2005 populations (in millions) for four countries with the Census Bureau projections for 2050.

2005 2050

Germany 82.4 (mil.) 73.6

Italy 58.1 50.4

Japan 127.4 99.9

Spain 40.3 35.6

``The forthcoming and dramatic depopulation of Europe and Japan will cause many problems,'' writes Ben Wattenberg in ``Fewer,'' his excellent book on the subject. ``Populations will age, the customer base (for businesses) will shrink, there will be labor shortages, the tax base will decline, pensions will be cut, retirement ages will increase.'' All plausible. In 2000, one in six people in Germany and Japan were 65 or older; by 2050, the projections are for one in three. Of course, projections go wrong. But they could as easily underpredict population loss as overpredict (indeed, these projections already assume a significant recovery of fertility rates).

American fertility is roughly at the replacement rate, 2.1 children per woman. Nor does the U.S. rate merely reflect, as some think, a higher rate among Hispanic Americans. The fertility rate is 1.9 for non-Hispanic whites and about 2 for African-Americans, reports demographer Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute. What explains the American exception? Eberstadt cites three differences with Europe and most other advanced countries: greater optimism, greater patriotism and stronger religious values. There's some supporting evidence. A survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago asked respondents in 33 countries to react to this statement: ``I would rather be a citizen of (my country) than of any other.'' Among Americans, 75 percent ``strongly'' agreed; among Germans, the French and Spanish, comparable responses were 21 percent, 34 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Children are now usually a conscious choice -- whereas they were once considered economic necessities or religious obligations. Somehow American society better mixes child rearing and jobs than other societies that provide greater child subsidies (government day care, family allowances).

No one knows. Among experts, there is much skepticism that Putin-like economic incentives will alone revive fertility rates. By not having children, people are voting against the future -- their countries' and, perhaps, their own. It is easy to imagine the sacrifices and disappointments of raising children. It is hard, try as people might, to imagine the intense joys and selfish pleasures. People ignore Adam Smith's keen insight: ``The chief part of human happiness arises from the consciousness of being beloved.''

Jerusalem News-444
1. Articles Against Conspiracy Type Theories
2. The Brit-Am Edition of explorator 9.5
3. Brian Henry: Conspiracy Myth is Anti-American and anti-Semitic

1. Articles Against Conspiracy Type Theories

(a) The Demonization Of Leo Strauss

(b) Interesting Times: Join the conspiracy

(c) Left-wingers and Arabs join Conspiracy Freaks
Until recently it was mainly the Whacky Right who were into
Conspiracy Theories. A recent phenomenon is that this pagan Conspiracy mythology
is also being adopted by the Whacky Left, the Whacky Continental Europeans,
 by the Whacky Arabs.
Their common denominator: They are all Whacky.

2. The Brit-Am Edition of explorator 9.5
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 07:47:32 -0400
From: david meadows <>

explorator 9.5                                     May 28, 2006

Another theory on how the pyramids were built (and this one isn't

More coverage of that Egyptian-colonization-in-Nubia story: (ME Times)

Revolt-era tunnels in Jerusalem (this is a repeat, no?): (Tribune)

Iron Age artifacts from Iran's Lorestan province:

Restoring the Tel Dan gate: (blog post)

They've moved that big model of the Second Temple: (JPost)

Is Boudicca buried in Birmingham?: (BBC) (Telegraph)

... and the Telegraph sidebar on Boudicca:

A catacomb in Rome full of Romans buried in 'elegant togas' is
baffling researchers: (Telegraph)

Talking about Kition: (second item)

More coverage of the (non) genetic relationship between the
Etruscans and modern Tuscans:

A recently-found (in the UK) Iron Age chariot is going on

Swedish antiques:

3. Brian Henry: Conspiracy Myth is Anti-American and anti-Semitic
From: Brian Henry <>

re "The Demonization Of Leo Strauss" by Adam Kirsch
It has been  asked, "Is the conspiracy theory involving Strauss and his
followers motivated by antisemitism?"

I'd suggest that this conspiracy theory illustrates the nexus of
anti-Americanism and antisemitism.

The myth of the neo-conservative cabal is primarily anti-American.  What
makes America evil?  It's controlled by demonic forces.  The central
point of the myth is American evil, not the identity of the demons.
Indeed, the most demonized American is certainly President Bush, who in
popular anti-American discourse is almost always labeled a neo-con, as
are Cheney and Rumsfield.

Here in Canada, conspiratorially minded leftists have even taken to
calling our new Prime Minister a neo-con.  The idea is that our new
government takes its orders from Washington, especially in regard to
Afghanistan, where the Canadian military is supposedly facilitating
American lust for oil and world domination.

However, the myth of the neo-conservative cabal is also always at least
potentially antisemitic.  When Kalle Lasn, editor of the Canadian
magazine, Adbusters, published an article titled, "Why Won't Anyone Say
They're Jewish?" (March/April 2004 issue), Lasn was essentially
suggesting that leftists should give the antisemitic aspect of this
mythology more respect.

In the article, Lasn produced a list of American neo-conservatives with a
dot (or perhaps it was a little yellow star) beside each Jew. "Half of
the them are Jewish," he wrote, in case his readers couldn't count. And,
he said, they control "Rumsfeld's Defence Department."

In contrast Noam Chomsky's objection to the John Mearsheimer and Stephen
Walt paper on the Israel Lobby was that Mearsheimer and Walt tilted the
demonology away from anti-Americanism.  According to Chomsky, Israel is an
American puppet, not the other way around - "a virtual appendage of the
US, in other words, another American "ally," to which the US .[can] turn
whenever it wanted a task accomplished"[1] - as for example in the Six Day
War when, according to Chomsky, Israel helped strengthen American
domination of the Middle East "by smashing secular Arab nationalism."[2]

But whether they believe the Israeli tail wags the American dog or vice
versa, much of the Left treats Israel-America as essentially a single

In "The Demonization Of Leo Strauss," Kirsch writes about: "Shadia Drury,
a Canadian professor and the author of 'Leo Strauss and the American
Right,' [who in a web interview] informs readers that 'the Straussian
cabal in the [Bush] administration' lied about the real motivation for
the invasion of Iraq, which was 'reorganizing the balance of power in the
Middle East in favor of Israel.'"

Kirsh is correct to point out professor Drury's antisemitic discourse,
but in fact Drury posits two "real reasons" for the American invasion of
Iraq: reorganizing the Middle East in Israel's favour and "Expanding
American hegemony in the Arab world."[3]  In other words, for Drury, the
beast is a two-headed animal: both Zionist and American.

Andrei S. Markovits puts the twin hatred of Israel-America into
historical context: "By the late 1960s, Israel became little more than an
extension of American power to many, especially on Europe's political
left. Israel was disliked, especially by the left, not so much because it
was Jewish but because it was American."[4]  Elsewhere, Markivits refers
to the new European antisemitism as, "an epiphenomenon of
anti-Americanism.."[5]   This seems to me to be essentially correct, and
I think it's an accurate description of the Canadian scene, as well.
Here in Canada, anti-Americanism is more widespread and has much deeper
historical roots than antipathy to Israel, but in their more virulent
forms, the one no longer seems to exist without the other.

The demonization of Israel is not of course the same as old-style racist
antisemitism, but it does draw on the old antisemitic motifs, such as
reworking the myth of the elders of Zion, and applies them against, not
only Israel, but the U.S. as well.  Indeed, it's not only anti-Zionism
that's often antisemitic, but so is anti-Americanism.


Brian Henry
editor & writer
Instructor, Writing Workshops & Seminars
G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Studies
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada

Jerusalem News-445
1. Guysen Israel News
3.  Tourism to Israel Jumps 30 Per  Cent in January-April 2006
4. Prof. Paul Eidelberg: The State of Israel Should Become a World Power?
5. Holland: Bible Codes Confirm Israelite Tribal Identity?

1. Guysen Israel News
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 08:51:53 +0100
From: Guysen Israel News <>
[] 2006-05-30 , 3 Sivan 5766

19:45  The US have decided to transfer an additional 1,500 troops, presently situated in Kuwait, to Iraq in order to stabilize the situation in that country. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

17:35  Israel is to participate in military exercises in the Black Sea along with NATO. This will be the first time that the Israeli marines take part in these exercises, whose aim is the preparation for a possible nuclear confrontation with Iran. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

17:21  According to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) Israeli men have the highest life expectancy of the entire world. At 78 years, Israel places first alongside Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Italy and Australia. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
In France, life expectancy for men is 76. On the other hand, Israeli women, with a life expectancy of 82, are three years below the Japanese, who live on average until age 85. But Israel is classified as the country in which the difference in life expectancy between men and women is the smallest.

16:18  44% of the residents of Judea-Samaria would be ready to leave their homes of the government and the Knesset confirm Ehud Olmert's realignment plan. This information was revealed by Dr, Rina Degani, head of the Geocartographia polling institute. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
According to a survey, 55,000 families live in Judea-Samaria. This represents 250,000 people divided among 125 settlements.

09:29  According to Sadat Hosseini, an official of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Iran began its first research into nuclear fusion five years ago, a process that allows it to create nuclear weapons hundreds of times more powerful than nuclear fission weapons. (Guysen.Isra l.News)


3.  Tourism to Israel Jumps 30 Per  Cent in January-April 2006
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 11:06:31 -0400 (EDT)

Spokesperson's OfficeMinistry of Tourism
Reference: 2006-0005-414
3 Sivan 5766

30 May 2006

Press Release

Tourism to Israel Jumps 30 Per Cent in January-April 2006
695,000 Visitors Enter the Country in First Four Months of the Year

695,000 tourists entered Israel in the period January-April 2006, a 30 per
cent rise over the same period last year. Tourist traffic from North America
surged 34 per cent compared to the first four months of 2005. 174,000
visitors arrived from the United States (up 42 per cent) making that country
the largest source of tourism to Israel.

"30 per cent growth in tourism is encouraging, and only emphasizes the need
for further investment in the industry to realize our goal of bringing three
million visitors to the country this year," says Israeli Minister of Tourism
Isaac Herzog.

Significant increases in tourism were recorded from the following countries:
Russia (+48 per cent), Ukraine (+41 per cent), Italy (+30 per cent), Austria
(+70 per cent) and the United Kingdom (+26 per cent).

4. The State of Israel Should Become a World Power?
[Note the article below does not necessarily reflect the Brit-Am point of view
but we thought it worth consideration in the light of Brit-Am

Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 17:24:43 +0200
Subject: World Power.doc

Toward a Powerful and Expanding Israel

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Extracts Only

The gentile world will never respect, and Arabs will never fear, a diminutive Israel, especially one whose government seeks to gain foreign approval by a policy of territorial contraction.  It was during the premiership of Ariel Sharon, who pursued that ignominious policy, when a French diplomat referred to Israel as a sh-ty country.  Sharons self-restraint or military indecisiveness toward Arab terrorism only emboldened the enemy and arguably fanned the flames of anti-Semitism even in America.

So long as Israeli prime ministers think small (and act smaller) Israel will be despised.  Constantly seeking the worlds sympathy for the little State of Israel has only succeeded in making gentile nations increasingly contemptuous of this country despite its high-tech achievements and (shackled) military power.  And let us not be deceived: the visits of gentile statesmen to Yad Vashem do not inspire admiration of Israel and hardly conduce to the security of its people.

Almost every Israeli government has been led by intellectual and moral pygmies.  None has sought to make Israel a world power.  The very idea would be abhorrent to Jews, indeed, would fill them with trepidation.  Yet Israel does have the best trained army in the world, the second best air force, and an economy which, despite government waste and corruption, competes well with European nations.

The correct policy for Israel is not contraction but expansion, a policy that will require Israel to maximize its power.  Let us remember that Rome started as a mere city.

The world will always hate a Jewish country that professes universal values but remains provincial or particularistic.  If Judaism embodies the truth as to how man should live, then the truththe Torahshould be Israels banner, and Israel should spread that truth far and wide.

Israels government has virtually imported perhaps as many as half a million Gentiles to diminish the political power of Israels religious community.   It should be the goal of the religious community to turn the tables on the government by an outreach program designed to facilitate the conversion of those Gentiles!  Increasing Israels Jewish population is a precondition of increasing Israels power.

I am not advocating bargain basement Reform conversions.  But I do advocate a serious conversion policy, the purpose of whichto sanctify Gods Namegoes Abraham; and lets remember that some of our greatest Rabbis were converts.

For Israel to become a great power it must utterly destroy the Palestinian Authority and its entire terrorist network. Judea, Samaria, and Gaza must be incorporated into the Jewish state, and their Arab inhabitantswho overwhelmingly elected Hamasmust be given positive incentives to leave.

Let us remember that the father of the American Constitution, James Madison, was only 30 years old when that extraordinary document was drafted.  Let us also bear in mind that, more than any other single factor, it is precisely the American Constitution that made America a great nation.  But what is especially significant in the present context is that the American Constitution, as understood at the time by Harvard president Samuel Langdon and Yale president Ezra Stiles, was very much based on the Torah.

The youth of Israel should be armed with this knowledge.  They will then become the leaders of a lofty, a powerful, and an expanding Israel.  Only such an Israel will be respected by the nations.  Only such an Israel will put an end to the genocidal war now being waged against this country.

5. Holland: Bible Codes Confirm Israelite Tribal Identity?
"The Tribes" was first published 1993.
The book identified peoples in the West as substantially descended from Israelite Tribes
who had lost their identity. Specific groups were equated with Israelite Tribes and Tribal Clans
within the Tribes.
Since then additional research has been conducted that have confirmed these results.
The sources for research work include Scripture, Talmudic and Rabbinical sources, archaeology, mythology,
linguistic studies and numerous other fields.
Recently the results began to be checked according to Biblical Codes
and this examination is still continuing.
With recent results concerning HOLLAND
that link Zebulon with Holland and The Hague (capital of Holland)
it may be said that in most cases the identifications made in THE TRIBES
have been confirmed.

Jerusalem News-446
1. Terrorists stopped in Canada
2. Where kids are worth more dead than alive
3. The Shawn Report

1. Terrorists stopped in Canada
Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 18:55:09 +0000
From: J B <>

Terrorist attack averted. Today June 3 2006, 17 individuals of Arab origin were arrested in Toronto area. They were discovered with detonators and 3 tones of the same explosive Timothy McVeigh used for the Oklahoma attack. However Timothy McViegh had only one tone of the same explosive.

2. Where kids are worth more dead than alive

Kids brandish guns to test IDF vigilance
yaakov katz and jpost staff, THE JERUSALEM POST
Jun. 1, 2006

Palestinian children chant pro-Hamas slogans during a rally
in support of the Hamas-led Palestinian government in the
West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday.

A group of Palestinian children were sent towards the Gaza Strip border fence holding toy guns on Thursday in order to test the vigilance of the soldiers on duty.

From a distance, troops noticed four apparently armed Palestinians approaching the border north of the Kissufim crossing.

When the four were some 400 meters from the fence, the soldiers realized that they were children, who looked to be about 13 years of age, and that their guns were toys.

The Gaza security fence has become the scene of almost daily incidences of would-be infiltrations from the Gaza Strip, attempted terror attacks, and occasionally exchanges of fire. Earlier Thursday, IDF forces arrested two unarmed Palestinians who breached the fence in order to cross into Israel.

And only Monday, a Palestinian was shot and killed by IDF soldiers after they identified three men near the fence and fired at them, suspecting they intended to carry out an attack.

3. The Shawn Report

They Did God's Work

Who thought Iraq had WMD? Most everybody

Iraq, WMDs and Troubling Revelations About Russia

North Korea's grisly arms tests on babies
MI6 file describes concentration camp bigger, deadlier than Dachau, Auschwitz

Can one be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic?

Academic Anti-Semitism
Boycotting Israeli scholars in Britain's universities.

Jewish anti-Jews

Why some Christians are so pro-Israel
(AUDIO Interview with David Brog)

Revisionist History: Antiwar myths about Iraq, debunked

A closer look at 9-11 'inside job' theory

Jerusalem News-447
1. Scotland tops list of world's most violent countries
2.  URLs of Interest
3. The Decimation of Jews in Arab lands
4. USA Helps Israel
5. Strategic Importance: Syrian Ports and Russia?

1. Scotland tops list of world's most violent countries
By Katrina Tweedie
Times Online

September 19, 2005

A UNITED Nations report has labelled Scotland the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America.

England and Wales recorded the second highest number of violent assaults while Northern Ireland recorded the fewest.

The study, based on telephone interviews with victims of crime in 21 countries, found that more than 2,000 Scots were attacked every week, almost ten times the official police figures. They include non-sexual crimes of violence and serious assaults.

Violent crime has doubled in Scotland over the past 20 years and levels, per head of population, are now comparable with cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Tbilisi.

The attacks have been fuelled by a "booze and blades" culture in the west of Scotland which has claimed more than 160 lives over the past five years. Since January there have been 13 murders, 145 attempted murders and 1,100 serious assaults involving knives in the west of Scotland. The problem is made worse by sectarian violence, with hospitals reporting higher admissions following Old Firm matches.

David Ritchie, an accident and emergency consultant at Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary, said that the figures were a national disgrace. "I am embarrassed as a Scot that we are seeing this level of violence. Politicians must do something about this problem. This is a serious public health issue. Violence is a cancer in this part of the world," he said.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, head of the Strathclyde Police's violence reduction unit, said the problem was chronic and restricting access to drink and limiting the sale of knives would at least reduce the problem.

The study, by the UN's crime research institute, found that 3 per cent of Scots had been victims of assault compared with 1.2 per cent in America and just 0.1 per cent in Japan, 0.2 per cent in Italy and 0.8 per cent in Austria. In England and Wales the figure was 2.8 per cent.

Scotland was eighth for total crime, 13th for property crime, 12th for robbery and 14th for sexual assault. New Zealand had the most property crimes and sexual assaults, while Poland had the most robberies.

Chief Constable Peter Wilson, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, questioned the figures. "It must be near impossible to compare assault figures from one country to the next based on phone calls," he said.

"We have been doing extensive research into violent crime in Scotland for some years now and this has shown that in the vast majority of cases, victims of violent crime are known to each other. We do accept, however, that, despite your chances of being a victim of assault being low in Scotland, a problem does exist."

2.  URLs of Interest
For people who like animals and Bible studies


Investments in Israel

3. The Decimation of Jews in Arab lands
Remembering the Farhud
By Abraham H. Miller | June 1, 2006

[Extracts Only]
Today marks the 65th anniversary of the Farhud. Arabic for "violent dispossession," this is the word used to describe the infamous pogrom of June 1, 1941, against the Jews of Baghdad. In its wake, the Farhud left some 200 dead, 2000 injured, and 900 Jewish homes destroyed. It was the beginning of the end of the Jewish community of Iraq, a community that had existed for twenty-six centuries, preceded Islam by a thousand years, and once numbered over 125,000 souls.

Today, not a single Jew is left in Iraq. Arab apologists trace the dismantling of the Jewish communities of the Arab world (Mizrachim) and of North Africa (Sephardim) to anti-Jewish sentiment growing out of the creation of Israel. Implicit in this is the imposition of collective responsibility, as if the Jews of the Arab world and North Africa were directly responsible for whatever Israeli Jews did or did not do.

The Farud began at 3 PM on June 1, 1941, the Jewish holy day of Shavout. The violence erupted when a pro-Nazi mob attacked representatives of the Jewish community as they crossed Baghdad's Al Khurr Bridge to greet the returning Iraqi Regent Abdul-al Ilah. The mob then murdered, burned and raped its way through the Jewish community. Jewish infants were special targets, killed as helpless parents looked on. The superintendent of police refused to stop the riots. He was not about to kill or injure Muslims to save Jews.

The Farhud is doubly embarrassing for Arab apologists. First, it resurrects the problem of the nearly one million Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa. In contrast to Palestinian Arab refugees, they received no recognition from the United Nations and no assistance outside of the Jewish community and the State of Israel. Instead of languishing for four generations in refugee camps, like the Palestinian refugees, within a few years they became both contributing members and citizens of Israel and Western societies.

Second, the Farhud was a Nazi riot. The Farhud was the result of the work of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin el Husseini. The Mufti cut a deal with the Nazis to overthrow the British-sponsored government of Iraq and provide Hitler with Iraqi oil vital to Germany's war efforts. In return, the Nazis would eliminate the "Jewish problem" in Mandate Palestine. In October of 1939, the Mufti came to Iraq to precipitate a coup that was to be led by Iraqi officers who embraced Nazism and were known as the "Golden Square." As a unifying inspiration for the coup, the Mufti invoked Nazi propaganda themes of anti-Semitism focusing on the Jews as "enemies of the state."

The coup failed. The Mufti fled Iraq to Berlin and the hospitality of SS Chief Henrich Himmler and later Hitler himself. Although the Nazis held the Arabs in only slightly higher esteem than they held Jews, the Nazis saw the Mufti as a useful ally against the British, and his anti-Semitic propaganda broadcasts in Arabic from Berlin further served mutual purposes. The Mufti's legacy of anti-Semitism became part of Iraqi culture.

This is embarrassing because while Arab propagandists routinely use "Jew" and "Nazi" in the same breath, Nazism is historically very much a part of Arab political culture. In 1947, when the United Nations took up the question of the Palestine Mandate, Iraqis organized new pogroms and used Nazi confiscation techniques to seize Jewish property. Similarly, the Ba'ath socialists of Iraq and Syria draw their inspiration from Nazism. This further belies the Arab claim that anti-Semitism is exclusively a Western and not a Middle Eastern phenomenon.

The aftermath of the Farhud spelled the end of Iraq's Jewish community. On September 23, 1948, Safiq Ades, Iraq's wealthiest Jew was publicly hanged on phony charges and his property seized. His body swung in the public square in Basara where Iraqi celebrants mutilated it. A month later, all of Iraq's Jews employed in the civil service were summarily fired. Iraq then set about systematically seizing Jewish assets and impoverishing its Jews. With a degree of almost unmatched cynicism, the Iraqi political oligarchy profited by requiring expelled Iraqi Jews to use Iraqi travel agents in order to flee to Israel. All the while, Iraq saw the imposition of 15,000 penniless Jews a month on the newly created Jewish state as a mechanism to defeat Israel by precipitating a major economic crisis. Indeed, Israel accepted these Jews at a time when there were not even enough tents or refugee camps to house them.

Iraqi Jews went to Israel and lived in refugee camps. So little is known about the plight of the Mizrachi and Sephardic Jewish refugees that even informed Jews are dumbfounded upon learning this. Yet, within the space of a few years, these refugees were absorbed into Israeli society. Unlike the Palestinian Arabs, they were not abandoned to languish without hope for generation after generation in impoverished camps.

Slowly but inevitably the truth about the one million Jewish refugees from Arab lands is coming to light. Remembering the Farhud is part of restoring the history of an oppressed and forgotten people, whose suffering and persecution have too long been ignored. Arabs and Muslims must ultimately take responsibility for the anti-Semitism of their world, a racism that resulted in Arab Jews becoming the largest ethnic group in Israel.

4. USA Helps Israel
18:18  In 2007, Israel is to receive 2.4 billion dollars from the United States. The US Congress has approved next year's international aid budget which totals 21.3 billion dollars. (Guysen.Israel.News)
The US will be giving Egypt (1,7 million dollars) and the Hebrew State the most important subsidy since the signing of the Camp David Accords.

5. Strategic Importance: Syrian Ports and Russia?

Russian Military Denies Seeking Mediterranean Naval Base in Syria


Russian military officials June 2 denied a report that Moscow hopes to
create a permanent naval base in Syria that would give it a Mediterranean
outpost and represent a major shift in the regional security balance.

Russia has begun work on deepening the Syrian port of Tartus and is also
widening a channel in another Syrian port, Latakia, the Kommersant newspaper
said, citing an official at Russia's embassy in Damascus, Vladimir Zimin.

The newspaper noted that Russia is seeking alternative accommodation for the
Black Sea fleet, based in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol, as it may have
to vacate that base when its lease expires in 2017.

"As an official at Russian naval headquarters explained, the creation in
Tartus of a fully fledged naval base should help Russia redeploy the naval
and supply ships leaving Sevastopol," Kommersant said.

A base in Syria would be in addition to its expanding Black Sea military
port at Novorossysk.

Tartus has hosted a supply point for the Soviet and then the Russian navies
since the 1970s, the newspaper noted.

"This can't be considered information - this is complete nonsense," said an
unnamed admiral quoted by the ITAR-TASS news agency.

"The Russian government hasn't had and doesn't have any plans to move the
Black Sea fleet from Ukraine. Our fleet is staying in Crimea at least until
2017," he said.

The agency quoted a "senior defense ministry" official as also denying the
report: "One would have to be crazy to leave Ukraine before 2017. So why
then sign an agreement?"

According to Kommersant, "For the first time since the Soviet Union's
collapse, Russia will create its own military base outside former Soviet
borders, which will allow Moscow to conduct its own political game in the
Middle East."

The new Russian naval base in Syria would be protected by a long-range
Russian air defense system, the S-300PMU-2 Favorit, staffed by Russian
personnel, the newspaper said, citing an unnamed defense ministry official.

The system could also protect a significant portion of Syria, the paper

The newspaper said that a permanent base would help in Russian naval
cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Russian
ships are currently undergoing training to join a NATO counter-terrorism
operation in the Mediterranean, Active Endeavour.

But a permanent naval base would also change "the disposition of forces in
the region," the paper noted.

"It means Russia henceforth taking the Syrian regime into its care and
protection," Kommersant said.

"Moscow's stake in Damascus would definitely damage relations between Russia
and Israel and could persuade the Iranian regime to be even less compliant
in talks on the Iranian nuclear program," the paper said.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

Jerusalem News-448
1. Archaeology: Findings from  Hasmonean Era at Bet-el (Bethel)
2. Readers Commentary: Scottish Violence due to lack of Guns
(a) Duncan Long
(b) Stephen Ray Hale
4. Black anti-Semites storm Pariss old Jewish quarter
5. Arutz Sheva Wednesday

1. Archaeology: Findings from  Hasmonean Era at Bet-el (Bethel)

2. Readers Commentary: Scottish Violence due to lack of Guns
RE: Jerusalem News-447
#1. Scotland tops list of world's most violent countries

(a) Duncan Long
From: Duncan Long <>

What the Violence In Scotland article fails to note is that this growing violence was sparked by strict gun control measures. The result has been that criminals have little to fear in attacking honest people. This same trend can be seen in England as well. Here in the US (as in Israel) when concealed carry and arming of the public is allowed, crime rates drop. Sadly the "lame stream press" rarely mentions this and thus we are left with "news stories" that fail to produce any reason for growing or declining crime rates. -Duncan

(b) Stephen Ray Hale
From: Stephen Ray Hale <>

The reason for the reported violence is because most of these countries have
extensive gun control, disallowing citizens, law biding ones at that, to
have or carry or use such even in defense of their own lives and property.

If these honorable citizens were allowed to own, carry and use guns in one
fell swoop legislation, and allow a bit of time for the people to purchase,
and practice, and get the sufficient permits for carrying, I would estimate
a very large increase or peak of gun use violence, and then a drastic
reduction in violent crime.  Why the peak?  Well, the ones needing to be
shot, when coming upon an armed "victim", to their own surprise, will be
shot, hopefully killed, and then the rest will be too wary to do anything
openly unless it is bushwacking or ambush.

That would get rid of the excessive number of lowlifes until a secondary
thing such as a religious revival of true Biblical (historically Protestant)
Christianity (or anyone who can emulate Biblical Christian virtues - the
majority version of Torah practice - whether it be by Catholicism, Judaism,
philanthropic pagan, or Atheistic philosophy of peaceful coexistence because
when True Christians practice philanthropy the whole range of other world
views raise the bar of their success at philanthropy even down to increase
in the honor amongst thieves - and I guess you can recognize this
parenthetical statement as a caveat)kicks in.

I guess you notice that the violence is with knives.  It is not the weapon
of choice that increases violence but the hearts of the violent, and they
will find whatever weapon they can lay their hands on to carry their
insidious ways.  Not many folk are proficient with knives, and that is why
the colt 45 in the Old American West was called a leveler.  Even a weak
person could defend themselves.

All of the countries mentioned below had some contact or influence with the
liberal, socialistic British concepts of disarming the Citizens.

I hope to gosh, even with all the socialism in the Israeli culture, they do
not add stupidity on top of foolishness now found in the society to disarm
the law biding citizen of Israel.

Even in America, with our politicians trying to disarm the American public,
the lowlifes are beginning to be emboldened to attack the innocents and the
weak with impunity.  There are, however, still laws that allow the citizen
to carry a concealed weapon and the increase in desire of American citizens
to do so, in spite of liberal madness, is making it dangerous for the
criminal to pick any old victim at random.  Some of us are shooting back.
Now we may be overwhelmed because of the open borders America is plagued
with and if any more liberal suicide politicians in control of the growing
tyranny in America is successful in taking away the arms of the people.

I condemn the United Nations attempt to disarm the peoples of the world,
especially the citizens of America so that governments will rule with
impunity...because governments are barely a class above criminal now-a-days.
I wish everyone would re-read John Locke's Second Treatise of government,
the book that is an amazing commentary on the political thinking that
brought about the original American experiment.  Though the Americans
tinkered with Locke's thought to tweak it a bit so that we have control of
the problem of the tyranny of the majority (we have a Republic with lots of
checks and balances).  Government ought be and chained down to be only a
servant, the protector of the Lives, Liberties, and property of the people.

A government is a gun, controlling the force of the community (the hands of
the citizens who can carry a gun). What right or purpose does a gun have
with charity or education.  It is the "charity" of the United States that is
offering aid to Israel and forcing, by the strings attached, Israel to not
do that which could be useful in her self defense against her enemies.  What
a strange "charity" to rob the people by high taxes to give to other nations
in order to garner influence and increase the power of government over the
people until tyranny triumphs.  I would rather give my aid to Israel,
directly, and only with the condition that they use it for their own
protection or good.  It would only be upon Israel's head if they despise the
gift.  God will reward me in heaven whether the gift is honored or not.

Stephen Hale from Midland, Texas


From: Shawn Rappaport
Subject: ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION - written in 1968


By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)

I received this article by e-mail and wanted to share it. It was written 34 years ago. Some truths never change. Eric Hoffer was a non-Jewish American social philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic.

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese - and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on. There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break of diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general. I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us.

Eric Hoffer 1968

4. Black anti-Semites storm Pariss old Jewish quarter

5. Arutz Sheva Wednesday

Arutz Sheva News Service -
Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 11 Sivan 5766
Editor: Hillel Fendel


By Hillel Fendel

Today, June 7, marks the 25th anniversary of the world's first air
strike against a nuclear plant - the Israel Air Force bombing of the
French-built Osirak nuclear plant in Iraq in 1981.

The 70-megawatt uranium-powered reactor, located 18 miles south of
Baghdad, was near completion at the time, but was not stocked with
nuclear fuel.  This meant there was no danger of a leak or
contamination as a result of the bombing.

The Israeli Government explained afterwards that the reactor would
have been ready, within ten weeks, to produce Hiroshima-size atomic
bombs, presenting "a mortal danger to the people of Israel...  Under
no circumstances will we allow an enemy to develop weapons of mass
destruction against our people."

The government scheduled the attack for a Sunday, when the French
workers at the site would be off duty.

To mark the anniversary, BBC interviewed former Iraqi scientist Dr.
Imad Khadduri, who witnessed the Israeli bombing.  He made headlines
by saying that the attack led Iraq to develop its nuclear program.
Khadduri admitted that there had been some "dabbling" in nuclear
physics beforehand, but charged that the "political decision ordering
us to make the bomb" followed the Israeli attack.

Khadduri told BBC that Iraq "managed exceedingly well in hiding the
scope of its program from foreign intelligence eyes - whether it was
Mossad, the CIA or MI6 - until after the 1991 war" when the U.S.
attacked Iraq following the latter's invasion of Kuwait.  "When the
International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors arrived, they finally
managed to put the pieces of the program together on the ground, but
only over a period of one year after that war."  Iran will be able to
learn from Iraq's experience in this area, Khadduri said.

BBC also spoke with strategic experts at the Jaffee Center for
Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.  Yossi Alpher said he
believes the attack "definitely made both Israel and the Middle East a
safer place for years to come."

The Center's deputy head Ephraim Kam was more specific, saying that if
Osirak had not been destroyed, Iraq would likely have had a nuclear
weapon before it invaded Kuwait.  Such a weapon, he said, would likely
have prevented the U.S. from fighting against Iraq in 1991 or in 2003.

Many Israelis note that Iraq fired deadly Scud missiles at it during
the 1991 war - a poor substitute for the bomb it would have liked to
use instead.

Six F-15 jets and two F-15s took part in the mission.  They were flown
by Mission Commander Ze'ev Raz, Amir Nachumi, Amos Yadlin, Dubi Yaffe,
Haggai Katz, Yiftach Spector, Yisrael Relik Shafir, and Ilan Ramon.
Ramon later became Israel's first astronaut, and was killed in the
Columbia shuttle spacecraft in 2003.

One of the last to brief the pilots and wish them well was the late
IDF Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan, known as Raful.  Still in the
seven-day mourning period for his son Yoram, an air force pilot who
had been killed in a training accident, Raful told them, "You've all
read the Bible. You know the history of our people." After mentioning
Moses, Joshua's entry into the Promised Land, Kings David and Solomon,
and the dispersion among the nations, Raful continued, "We've kept our
identity as a people.  And now, nearly 2,000 years later, we are
reunited as a nation... And now, we are faced with the greatest threat
in the long history of Israel - annihilation and destruction of our
country with atomic bombs by a madman terrorist who cares nothing for
human life.  We must not allow him to achieve the ability to build the
bomb that could destroy us."

The final word at that early Sunday morning meeting was had by Air
Force Commander David Ivry, who said, "G-d be with you."

The Israeli attack, which was totally successful and totally destroyed
the reactor, was condemned at the time by the world community,
including the United States and the UN Security Council.  Then-Prime
Minister Menachem Begin, who had authorized the mission, despite
objections by then-Opposition Leader Shimon Peres, did not go on the

"Despite all the condemnations which have been heaped on Israel for
the last 24 hours," Begin announced, "Israel has nothing to apologize
for. In simple logic, we decided to act now, before it is too late. We
shall defend our people with all the means at our disposal.

The United States suspended the sale of F-16s to Israel in response to
the attack, but quietly canceled the suspension less than three months

In 1991, just a week after the U.S. invaded Iraq in Operation Desert
Storm, a photograph was handed to the man who served in 1981 as head
of Israel's Air Force, David Ivry.  The photo showed the bombed Osirak
reactor, and included a hand-written note on the bottom: "With thanks
and appreciation.  You made our job easier in Desert Storm."  It was
signed: "Dick Cheney" - the man who served at the time as U.S.
Secretary of Defense, and is now the Vice President of the United

By Hillel Fendel

The IDF arrested 14 wanted terror suspects over the night - including
the murderers of Ita Tzur and her son Ephraim nearly ten years ago.

Husband and father Beit El resident Yoel Tzur was on his way home with
his wife and most of their eight children one December night, Chanukah
1996, when the shots rang out that forever affected his life.

The former commander of the regional IDF reserves division and
long-time managing director of Arutz-7 recalled today the events of
that night:
"We were happily on our way home to light Chanukah candles, and we
were about a kilometer away from Beit El on the [now closed-to-Jews]
Dolev-Beit El route, when we saw the oncoming car of one of our
neighbors in Beit El.  The terrorists were waiting on the side in
their car, and apparently figured that since she was alone, it wasn't
worth their while to shoot at her.  They then saw us coming from the
other direction, blocked us off, and began shooting from just 2-3
meters away.  They just pounded us with bullet fire."

The car absorbed some 50 bullets, and everyone in the car was hit.
"Our son Ephraim, then 12, died on the spot, and Ita was hit with a
barrage of bullets..."  Both Yoel and his dying wife showed amazing
presence of mind.  Yoel started running towards Beit El for help, and
had a passing Arab driver take him there.  At the same time, Ita was
able to call via two-way radio to the Arutz-7 ship broadcasting
offshore.  Within seconds, the Arutz-7 broadcast was interrupted with
a call for "anyone who can help or get help to the Surda intersection,
where there has just been a terrorist shooting, please do so

Beit El's Dr. Mati Erlichman heard the call and was able to provide
emergency help before the family was rushed to the hospital.  Ita died
of her wounds two hours later on the operating table, while the others
quickly recovered from their physical wounds.

Thousands of people attended the double funeral in Beit El the next
day, including then-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon
(Infrastructures Minister), Yitzchak Mordechai (Defense Minister),
David Levy (Foreign Minister), the since-deceased Education Minister
Zevulun Hammer, the Chief Rabbis of Israel, numerous Knesset members,
rabbis and other public figures.

The two murderers and their driver were caught within days by the
Palestinian Authority, partially with the help of Yoel Tzur's ability
to identify them.  They were immediately tried, convicted and
sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. Israel announced that it
would still seek their extradition.

Within 2-3 years, Tzur said today, "the murderers had either escaped
or been let out, however you want to put it, and were roaming around
in this very area.  The army has consistently tried to find them.  I
know that three months ago, we were on the verge of finding them, but
at the last second they managed to escape.  This morning at 3:00 I was
awoken to learn the happy news that they had finally been caught."

Asked if he would rather they had been killed instead of arrested, he
said, "I always told the army people with whom I spoke that they
should kill them, if they could.  But it's not always possible; the
terrorists didn't open fire first, etc.  ... Even though there's now a
chance that they'll be released in some sort of prisoner exchange, as
has happened before, still, we are very happy that they have been

During the funeral and the week of mourning afterwards, Yoel called
upon the government to immediately respond to the murders by either
building a new neighborhood of 1,000 housing units on Mt. Artis in
Beit El, or relocating the nearby army basis to Artis and building a
new neighborhood in its stead.  The now flourishing neighborhoods of
Maoz Tzur and Ginot Beit El were later built on part of the army base,
with close to 100 families.

The terrorists were arrested over night in their homes in Ramallah in
a joint IDF-General Security Service operation.  Tzur said the details
are still not being publicized, though it is known that loaded guns, a
magazine and a knife were found in their home.

In another Israeli military operation this morning, a joint
IDF/police force killed two wanted Islamic Jihad terrorists.  They
were suspected of planning a large-scale attack in the coming days,
and a large explosive was in fact found in the house.  The force
originally surrounded the house in which four terrorists were hiding,
and at one point, the terrorists burst out while firing on the Israeli
force.  The soldiers returned fire, killing two and seriously wounding
another, and the fourth gave himself up.

Jerusalem News-449
1. David Jackson: Israel Should Trust in itself
2. The Brit-Am Version of explorator 9.7
3. Arabs Murder  Arab Children
4. Recommended URLs Worth Reading
Like joining the Marines - but with a skullcap
Holocaust survivors face increased cancer risk
 Mystery Cave in Israel reveals bizarre ecosystem
Death of a Monster (Zarqawi cartoons)
5. Proverbs ch.6  The verses

1. David Jackson: Israel Should Trust in itself
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-448

There is a Bob Dylan song on an album called "Empire Burlesque".  The song
is "Trust Yourself" and contains these words:

You're on your own, you always were
In a land of wolves and thieves
Don't put your trust in un-Godly man or be a slave to what somebody else
Trust yourself!
And you won't be disappointed when vain people let you down

This probably applies to each of us individually (albeit with the proviso
that God is over all), but I think it particularly applies to modern Israel.

There won't be another holocaust unless Israel's leaders permit it.  Israel
has the power to destroy any force or nation that comes against it,
including superpowers like Russia and China, much less Iran.

When odd or misguided people (or just old-fashioned Jew-haters) attack
Brit-Am, or when supposed "world opinion" denounces Israel for
defending itself, don't be discouraged.  If Israel isn't for Israel, who
will be?

How many cures for diseases went up the smoke stacks of the WW2
concentration camps?  How many solutions to energy shortages or pollution
perished in the ovens there?

A greater Israel is in the world's best interest.

David Jackson
Keller, Texas

2. The Brit-Am Version of explorator 9.7
[adapted with permission]

From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.7

explorator 9.7                                     June 11, 2006


Latest on the Bet El excavations: (Blog translation of an article) (Arouts 7 ... French) (Hebrew ... photos)

Did Zoroastrianism begin at Merv?:

Bar Ilan University is planning an Institute of Biblical
Archaeology: (JPost)

Aren Maeir clarifies/corrects statements attributed to him in
the Jerusalem Post in regards to the above: (blog)

More coverage of ancient figs:

Very interesting Roman (and Basque) inscriptions from Spain: (EITB) (best photos)

A necropolis of Roman 'foes' has been found in the Abruzzo
region: (ANSA) (how they were found)

... possibly the same as the above: (Italian)

Scots pioneers in the U.S. (actually, a different spin on a
story from last week):

Folks might be interested in this Fortean Times piece on the
Ark of the Covenant:

Scotland has regained its place as the originator of golf:

3. Arabs Murder Arab Children

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem-----June 11.......An Israel Defense Forces intelligence officer has confirmed that the explosion that killed eight Palestinians on Friday, was caused by a stockpile of Hamas explosives.

"Shortly after we stopped defensive firing at Hamas rocket launch pads which were deployed behind Palestinian human shields, members of Hamas scrambled to fire more rockets at our positions," said Col. M. "We have eyes on every meter of Gaza, from the sky, from the ground and from the sea. One of their rocket tripods collapsed inadvertently setting off an explosion of a stockpile of Qassam rockets. The Palestinians killed their own children. And this was not the first time."

Hamas terrorists fired rockets and mortar bombs from a crowded Gaza beach at southern Israel. Some of the rockets fell near the Israel city of Ashkelon. Some 17 rockets were fired between Saturday and Sunday morning. A man at a school in the Israel town of Sderot was wounded, Israel officials said.

Israel Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant said today that the Israel Defense Forces has additional evidence that it wasn't Israel artillery that hit the beach in Gaza. Galant, who commands Israel's southern command, said Israel stopped firing 15 minutes before the explosion. It's all on secure videotape from both sides of the conflict. Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he was sorry about the deaths, which included three children.

Hamas's military branch had been responsible for dozens of suicide terror bomb attacks on Israelis since the second Palestinian uprising began in 2000. But until Saturday, Hamas had been honoring an informal ceasefire forged in February 2005 by Ariel Sharon, then Israel prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority.

The truce had been broken on occasion by other Palestinian terror groups, such as Islamic Jihad, and by Israeli forces, who said they were acting in retaliation.

Galant, warned that Palestinian terrorists "should expect a serious blow" since Hamas had ended its ceasefire. As the violence flared, Abbas was trying to convince Hamas to back his plan to hold a referendum on establishing a Palestinian state. The plan implicitly recognizes Israel's right to exist, which Hamas has so far refused to do despite tremendous international pressure, including the halting of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority from the European Union, the United States and others. Hamas wrestled control of the Palestinian Authority from Abbas's Fatah party in a January election, but Abbas who was elected separately as president still retains much power.

Abbas argued that the referendum should be held on July 26, while Hamas leaders said the vote should be delayed because of the beach attack.

Palestinian terrorists have been using their own civilian population as human shields for many years. An even more disturbing trend is that there is increasing evidence that "Palestinians" are killing "Palestinians" not only for collaboration with Israel (which could mean as little as buying and selling an Israeli product), but also for bumping up the numbers of "martyrs" for the "Palestinian" cause.

When the current Intifada started, after Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount, a handful of Palestinian rioters were "shot in the back" as they were throwing stones at the Israeli Police. The Israel Police never gave the order to use live ammunition. If the rioters backs were towards the Temple Mount compound, from what direction did the shots come?

Jibril Rajoub, head of PA Preventive Security had led the Israeli government to believe that there would be no reaction to Likud MK Arik Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount as long as Sharon did not attempt to enter the mosque itself. Yet exactly the opposite happened. Using forensic evidence to try and trace the source of the bullets themselves would be complicated by the fact that the Israeli Government authorized the transfer of thousands of guns to the Palestinians, for use by the Palestinian Police force. We have no problems with weaponry since we have enough guns that were given to us by Israel, stated Abed el-Qader, Senior Tanzim Leader on March 8, 2001.

The film clip of the shooting of Al Dura, the 12 year old palestinian boy, shown worldwide clearly shows firing coming from someone who stood next to the Palestinian camera man Talal Abu Rahma.

A BBC editor was killed by Hisbollah mortar fire, as the Israel troops were retreating from Lebanon, was blamed on Israel. The Christian German doctor from Beit Jalla who was asked to leave his house at 11:30 at night by Palestinian Paramedics, only to be gunned down 50 yards from his front door with bullet holes riddling the wall behind him that could not have come from an Israeli helicopter.

But perhaps the worst example of Palestinians killing Palestinians is when they teach their children that this is the norm. Mohammed al-Dura, the 12-year-old Palestinian youth whose shooting death made him the poster boy of the "Intifada," was courtesy of Palestinian television spoke to an ever-angrier generation of Arab youths from beyond the grave, beckoning to them from paradise to become terrorists and suicide bombers in a word, martyrs.

According to Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch, "examination of the TV clips aired extensively on PA [Palestinian Authority] television" reveals "incessant broadcasting" of programming that "extols and glorifies the dead and especially their willingness to be killed, and portrays their afterlife as idyllic." One particular film, he says, "openly and explicitly tells the children to seek death by portraying the most famous child 'Martyr,' Muhammad al-Dura, calling to other children to join him, in his idyllic afterlife."

Israel Defence Minister Amir Peretz said while on a visit to the 60-year-old Israel man seriously wounded by a rocket that Israel would make "painful" responses unless the rocket fire stopped. Peretz told the Israeli cabinet earlier that Israel would "act against all who are involved in terror, including Hamas members."

Many Israelis are doing themselves a gross disservice, and playing into the hands of the Palestinians, by presuming that an Israeli shell caused the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians Friday in Gaza, Prime Minster Ehud Olmert's Foreign media advisor Ra'anan Gissin said Sunday. "We are repeating the same mistakes of the past in taking responsibility when there are other possibilities about who is responsible," Gissin said. He said that Friday's tragedy on the Gaza beach may indeed be similar to the shooting of Mohammed al-Dura in 2000, the "Jenin Massacre" in 2002, and the killing of 21 people at the Jabaliya refugee camp last September.

While the Palestinians originally pinned the blame for all these incidents on Israel, it has since turned out that al-Dura may have been killed by Palestinians, that there was no "Jenin massacre," and that the deaths in Jabaliya were caused when Hamas activists "mishandled" explosives at a mass rally.

The Israel Colonel who confirmed that a Hamas explosives stockpile killed innocent Palestine children on a Gaza beach, added: "It should be noted that the Hamas rockets which killed those kids came from Iran. For many in Palestine, Iran and Syria, those children are now merely good "martyrs" and serve as blood food for the Islam terror propaganda machine."

4. Recommended URLs Worth Reading

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Jerusalem News-450
1. The Gaza Beach Libel - More Coverage
2. Arutz Sheva News Service -
4. BC Update
5.  Arutz Sheva Thursday,

1. The Gaza Beach Libel - More Coverage

2. Arutz Sheva Wednesday
Wednesday, June 14,
 2006, 18 Sivan 5766

By Hillel Fendel

Hunger strikers outside the home of Defense Minister Peretz in Sderot
demand that the army carry out a decisive ground force operation
against Kassam rocket launchers in Gaza.

Over 100 rockets have been fired on the small Negev city and environs
over the past five days.  The two most recent ones were directed
towards Kibbutz Alumim Tuesday night, and another community north of
Gaza Wednesday afternoon, causing no injuries or damage.

Alon Davidi, among the initiators of the hunger strike, insisted that
it would end only when security and quiet is restored to Sderot.
Speaking with Arutz-7 on Wednesday, Davidi said,
"Peretz spoke in the Knesset and called on us to stop our strike, but
I can tell him right now: You are welcome to visit us, but we will
stop our strike only if you come here with a clear military plan to
stop the terrorism of the Hamas government, distance the Kassams from
our city, and restore security to our children - and I don't mean by
reinforcing the buildings, by retreating from towns, or by holdings
summer camps.  I'm referring to another Operation Defensive Shield - a
massive ground-forces operation inside Gaza."

Many children of Sderot continue not to attend school, for fear that a
rocket might land in the unreinforced buildings.  Just three weeks
ago, a rocket smashed into a classroom as the students were about to
enter it.  Children of the hunger strikers are with them in the
protest tent that has been set up outside Peretz's house.

"60% of Sderot's children are in a situation of post-trauma," Sderot
Mayor Eli Moyal told the Knesset Education Committee today.  "Fear,
nightmares, bedwetting - they all need help."

Students of the local Yeshivat Hesder took time off from their studies
last night to visit families around the town.  One student, Michael,
told Arutz-7,
"We printed up a chapter of Psalms - chapter 130 - to be posted on
refrigerators.  We divided up into pairs, and everyone took a map of
the city and their list of assigned blocks, and we just went house to
house.  We told them that we're all in this together, that we want to
help in whatever way we can, etc. People were really very happy, and
there was a lot of emotion and a lot of joy, and it was quite moving."

Dozens of Sderot residents also marched part-way towards northern Gaza
last night, some of them carrying red cardboard models of Kassam
rockets depicting the threat their city faces from the Gaza
terrorists.  At the same time, dozens of Tel Aviv citizens marched
near the city's central administrative military base, in solidarity
with Sderot. Protestors held signs saying, "Residents of Sderot - The
People Are With You," and called for the destruction of the Hamas
terrorist organization.

A delegation of several Knesset Members visited the hunger strikers
Tuesday afternoon.  MKs Ruby Rivlin (Likud), Danny Yatom (Labor) and
others expressed their support for the cause, but asked the protestors
to end their strike. "The hunger strike weakens the justice of your
struggle," Rivlin said. "You have done your part, and the Knesset is
already holding a discussion today on the issue of the Kassams on

Three leaders of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria
and Gaza (the Yesha Council) visited Sderot and the strikers
yesterday.  They met with Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal, learning the
situation and offering ideas for the welfare, safety and recreation of
the residents.  It was announced around the same time that the
government would allocate two million shekels for summer activities
for the youth of Sderot and environs.

By Hillel Fendel

A service held in the historic Bevis Marks synagogue in London on
Tuesday marked 350 years of continuous Jewish life in the United
Kingdom - though there are some who cast doubt on this number.

Chief Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks and the President of the Board of
Deputies of British Jews, Henry Grunwald QC, were joined by Prime
Minister Tony Blair and government ministers, MPs, lords and leaders
of other religious groups in the special anniversary service.
Attendance was by invitation only.

Jews in Great Britain and Northern Ireland number some 300,000.  Over
2/3 of them reside in London, and more than 30,000 live in Manchester.

The Jews were expelled from England in the year 1290, exactly 100
years after the York massacre.  The 350-year milestone marks the year
1656, when Oliver Cromwell, who replaced King Charles as the Lord
Protector of England, began to allow them back into England.  However,
some historians dispute this date, saying that no official decision
was ever made to this effect.

In late 1655, Menasseh ben Israel, a leading rabbi from the thriving
Jewish community of Amsterdam, visited Cromwell and attempted to
persuade him to allow the Jews back in.  Cromwell tended to agree, and
called a conference of merchants, lawyers and clergymen to discuss the
proposal. But after a week of heated debate, they were unable to reach
a verdict, and no official decision to allow the Jews to return was
made.  Cromwell, however, began allowing the Jews to return in an
unofficial manner.  They were not allowed to build a synagogue until
almost 50 years later, when the still-standing Bevis Marks synagogue
was dedicated in 1702.

Historian Eliane Glaser, the author of a forthcoming history of the
Jews in England, also throws cold water on the celebrations by noting
that there were Jews in the country before 1655 as well.  However, as
she writes, the anniversary is "as much about celebrating the Jews'
achievements as about commemorating a historic event."

Prof. David Cesarani, who specializes in Jewish history, writes in The
Guardian today that the Jewish presence in England over the past 350
years has not passed with total smoothness.  The original statutes
"prescribed that Jews should not dispute with Christians, and should
not dress or act ostentatiously," he writes, and the Jews "adopted a
policy of keeping a low profile that became pathological... They
suffered legal disabilities, but so did Catholics and Protestant
dissenters [- but by] 1829, Catholics and Protestants were relieved of
civil disabilities, [while] Jews were excluded from the right to hold
office" until 1858.

At yesterday's ceremony, Prime Minister Blair said, "Throughout these
years, the community has shown how it is possible to retain a clear
faith and a clear identity and, at the same time, be thoroughly
British... As the oldest minority faith community in this country, you
show how identity through faith can be combined with a deep loyalty to
our nation."  Blair added that Britain would always be "a true friend
of Israel".

Rabbi Abraham Levy, the spiritual head of the Spanish and Portuguese
Jews' Congregations, referred vaguely to increasing local
anti-Semitism by saying, "We urge the Government to continue in its
efforts to eradicate unacceptable behavior from those who want to
disturb the tranquility of a peaceful, united country."

Judging by what we have seen (and we have not yet looked
at it all) the articles are worth reading and include:
A Historical Survey of Proposals toTransfer Arabs from Palestine, 1895 - 1947
Selection of Articles and Open Letters on Jewish Rights to Eretz Israel written between 1976 and 1995
The Two Alternatives - Liquidation of the Jewish State or Transfer of the Arabs
Transfer - History and Dilemma
Did or Did Not Dr. Baruch Goldstein Massacre 29 Arabs?
The History of the Author's Family who perished in the Holocaust

4. BC Update
Barry Chamish not long ago was hospitalized after a stroke.
After that he was involved in a serious car accident. He claimed
the event was part of a plot to assassinate him. He fled the country
to the wilds of urban Canada where upon arrival he was almost immediately
accused of stealing a computer.
He has now begun a lecture circuit.
The main  gist of his latest missives is to accuse all the Jews of being
cowards and worse because they are not flocking to attend his anti-Israel lectures.
A Jewish Conspiracy blog which however is a borderline case
and (unlike other Conspiracy Nuts) almost normal with some redeeming
features has just accused BC of being a pawn in the hands of
anti-Jewish Christian Missionaries:

5.  Arutz Sheva Thursday,
June 15, 2006, 19 Sivan 5766
By Hillel Fendel

Palestinian terrorists struggled with and tried to force two Jewish girls at gunpoint into a car - but an army vehicle happened along, and the would-be kidnappers were caught near Shilo.

The incident began shortly before 3 PM.  Two 9th grade girls were
standing at the Rechelim junction on Highway 60, waiting for a ride
from Jewish passersby towards Jerusalem.  A car passed slowly by, and
suddenly two armed Arabs got out and tried to force the two girls into
their car.  One of the girls was able to escape, watching helplessly
as the Arabs tried to force her friend into their car.

At that moment, a car carrying an IDF officer happened along - and the
kidnappers left the girl and tried to escape.  The officer radioed the
local forces to erect checkpoints along the road.  Shortly afterwards,
a white Chevrolet with the three Arabs was stopped near Shilo, and
they were arrested without further incident.

One of the girls was evacuated by ambulance to a Jerusalem hospital,
with back and face injuries.

Avigdor Shatz, chief security officer for the Binyamin Regional
Council, told Arutz-7 that though it has been the norm to hitch-hike
along Yesha roads, "our long-standing instructions have been not to do
so.  We will make it even more clear now, and we expect parents and
schools to show responsibility."

Shatz did not respond to a question as to whether the regional council
would provide more frequent local bus service.  The only public bus
service in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) is provided by the Egged
cooperative, with bus routes originating in the larger cities outside
Yesha and not always entering the communities along the way.  The
service is not convenient for students traveling to and from their
homes and schools in Yesha.
By Hillel Fendel

An American husband and wife who helped hundreds of refugees escape
the Nazis were recognized posthumously by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem this
week as Righteous Gentiles Among the Nations.

The couple, Martha and Waitstill Sharp, from Boston, Massachussets,
are only the second and third Americans to be so honored.  A
granddaughter of the couple, Martha Joukowski, represented the heroes
at the ceremony in Yad Vashem.  Eva Esther Feigl, one of the Jewish
children saved by the Sharps, spoke in appreciation of the Sharps.

Waitstill was a minister in the Unitarian church in Wellesley,
Massachusetts, and his wife Martha was a noted social worker. In 1939,
the Sharps accepted an invitation by the Unitarian Service Committee
to help Unitarians in Czechoslovakia.  (Pictured above: The Sharps as
they departed for Europe.)

Shortly after their arrival in Czechoslovakia, the Nazis took control
of the country.  The Sharps remained for a number of months, helping a
number of Jews to leave - Waitstill set up an underground escape route
from Prague, about which little is known to this day - until they were
warned that the Gestapo had taken notice of them.  A year later, they
arrived in Portugal on a mission to help Jewish and non-Jewish
refugees escape from war-torn France.  One of their most dramatic
missions there was to arrange the escape of world famous German-Jewish
author Lion Feuchtwanger; they personally smuggled him and his wife
out of Vichy-controlled France into Barcelona, then accompanying them
on a dangerous train ride to Lisbon, where the Feuchtwangers quickly
boarded a ship for New York.

Martha Sharp then returned to France, where she pleaded for and
finally received permits for a group of some 40 Jews and non-Jews,
including 29 children, to leave the country.

Largely as a result of the Sharps' courageous efforts, the Unitarian
Service Committee (USC) was established in the U.S. in May 1940.  The
USC, often in collaboration with other agencies, rescued between 1,000
and 3,000 people during and after the war years.

After the war, Martha Sharp helped raise funds for Hadassah, the
Womens Zionist Organization, and was active in helping Jewish
children reach Israel under the Youth Aliyah program. In that
capacity, in 1947 she journeyed to Morocco, and in 1951, to Iraq, to
coordinate clandestine emigration possibilities for Jews desirous to
leave for Israel. She died in 1999; Waitstill had passed away in 1984.

In light of the risks taken by the Sharps first of being apprehended
by the French authorities for helping Lion Feuchtwanger, a fugitive
from French law, to avoid arrest, coupled with the offense of bribing
French border guards, and the equal risks of arrest while traveling
incognito through Spain, a country leaning toward Nazi Germany, and
keeping in mind the Sharps meritorious assistance to other Jewish
fugitives of Nazi terror Yad Vashem decided last September to confer
upon them the title of Righteous Among the Nations.

The only other American to have been so honored was Varian Fry, an
emissary for the US Emergency Rescue Committee, who first alerted the
Sharps to Feuchtwanger's plight.  He helped save thousands of
endangered refugees who were caught in Vichy France escape from Nazi
terror.  Among those he saved were artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst,
writer Hannah Arendt, and sculptor Jacques Lipchitz.


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