Contents: Jerusalem News nos 511-540

Jerusalem News-511
Date: 21 Tishrei 5767, 13 October 2006
1. Are All Conspiracy Freaks Dupes of The John Birch Society??
2. Terrorist with Explosive Belt Intercepted in Israel
3. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday,
October 11, 2006, 19 Tishrei 5767

4. The Under-reported Muslim War Against the West: A collection of headlines
5. Million whites leave SA - study

1. Are All Conspiracy Freaks Dupes of The John Birch Society??
<<For the first TWENTY YEARS of my membership in The John Birch Society, I never heard anyone ELSE EXCEPT The John Birch Society produce any expose on the CFR or The Illuminati or the Rockefellers.  The information that The John Birch Society had; so painstakingly, made known, gradually worked its way into other groups. >>
 John Perna

2. Terrorist with Explosive Belt Intercepted in Israel
October 11th 2006

Terrorist with explosive belt intercepted in Israel, deadly attack thwarted

A terrorist carrying an explosive belt attempted to infiltrate Israel
yesterday evening. The man was identified immediately after crossing the
security fence into Israel, south of Karni crossing. The terrorist was shot
and killed, thus thwarting an attempt to carry out a deadly attack inside

The terrorist's body was transferred into the Gaza Strip overnight.

3. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday,
October 11, 2006, 19 Tishrei 5767

By Hillel Fendel

Police in India have begun an investigation into a possible bribery
case involving senior government officials and a weapons deal with
Israel. Israel's arms company denies any connection.

Indias federal investigating agency named former Defense Minister
George Fernandes, his colleague and Samata Party leader Jaya Jaitley,
and former Navy chief Admiral Sushil Kumar as top suspects in a
half-million dollar bribe scandal.  Some of the charges involve
India's purchase six years ago of the Barak missile system from

India requires the Barak system, considered to be one of the world's
most advanced close-in weapons systems, against Pakistans sea-based

Fernandes and Jaitley maintain that the Barak system was being
considered for purchase long before they entered the picture.
However, the owner of a plush hotel in Delhi has reportedly confessed
to being a middleman for a bribe to Jaitley that was later passed on
to Fernandes.

Fernandes is a controversial figure on the Indian political scene,
with many political enemies.  He has blamed Sonia Gandhi, the
President of the Indian National Congress, for being behind the
accusations against him.

The Barak deal between India and Israel was worth $269 million.

Israel Aircraft Industries and Rafael Armaments Development Authority
released statements saying they have no connection with the
suspicions.  India has not contacted Israel's Defense Ministry in
connection with the investigation, though Israel has said it would be
willing to cooperate if such a request was received.

India has made several arms purchases over the past decade from
Israel, including the famous Falcon spy-plane deal of October 2003 -
the largest in the history of Israel's defense industries.  The
$1.2-billion deal involved the sale of three spy-and-early-warning
Falcon jets from Israel Aircraft Industries to India.  The United
States, which had long objected to the sale, withdrew its objections
to the deal in light of the decreasing tensions between India and

The Falcon is considered to have the most modern warning system in the
world, with radar installed on a large dish atop the plane.  It can
detect air targets hundreds of kilometers away, and can track dozens
of targets simultaneously.  It can also "hear" enemy broadcasts, sort
them, and extract necessary information in real time.

A7 Radio's "The Tovia Singer Show"

Expert: Israel Nearly Unleashed Her Vast Nuclear Arsenal during the
Yom Kippur War
Walter J. Boyne, author of "The Two OClock War: The 1973 Yom
Kippur War and the American Airlift that Saved Israel", reveals
that the IDF was within a hairbreadth of launching the "Samson Option"
when Nixon elected to help America's desperate ally with a tremendous
airlift that saved the friendless Jewish state from immanent
destruction.  Boyde explains that this monumental US military
intervention successfully staved off Israel's immanent nuclear
attack against Egypt and Syria.  Boyne is the former National Director
of the Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Also on Tovia Singer:
Who do you Blame for the Blundered War in Lebanon, Israel or the
Professor Eugene Narrett, author of Israel and the Endtimes, argues
that the US pressured Israel in accept the terms of the UN ceasefire,
enabling Hezbollah to reload for the next conflict with the Jewish

For more A7 Radio visit

4. The Under-reported Muslim War Against the West
A few (out of very many) Selected Headline Extracts from very recent events only
Source for headlines and access to articles in full:

Third Night Of Ramadan Rioting In Capital Of Europe,  Brussels Journal 
Looting, arson, vandalism attend Muslim holy month in Brussels.

Honour Killing Claims Life of Six-Year-Old,  Daily Mail (London)
Multiculturalism in Birmingham, England.

The Windsor Disturbances, 
Details on a story the British press has ignored.

Unclean Guide Dog Banned By Muslim Cab Driver,  Daily Mail (UK) 
Muslim cab drivers in Britain, Australia and Norway will not let in seeing-eye dogs.

Boy Snatched Off Street, Set Alight And Murdered For Being White,  Scotsman 
Nothing would have happened if Kriss had been Chinese, African-American, or Asian.

People Smuggler Jailed,  Daily Mail (UK)
Turks brought thousands of illegals into UK.

Publisher Pulls Book On Muslim Violence,  Jewish Press 
Company will not publish for fear of Muslim retaliation.

Race Clashes Hit Windsor,  Daily Mail (UK) 
Violent confrontations continue for third day.

Muslim Accosts Injured Para In Hospital,  Daily Telegraph (UK), 
Muslim walks in off street, threatens wounded soldier.

Anger In Holland Over Apartheid Islamic Hospital,  Daily Telegraph (UK)
Hospital will treat only Muslims; sexes to be segregated.

Wild Scenes As GP Convicted, 
Muslim doctor found guilty in Australia of drugging and raping patient; calls conviction racism.

Muslims Are Waging Civil War Against Us, Claims Police Union,  Daily Telegraph (UK)
2,500 police officers wounded so far this year in Frances intifada.
October 4, 2006

More US Hispanics Drawn To Islam,  Christian Science Monitor 
About 200,000 Hispanics embracing a heritage that was denied to them.

Hundreds Clash In Street Battle,  Lancashire Evening Post 
More violence in multi-racial Britain.

Is Islam Dying? Europe Certainly Is, Brussels Journal

More Muslims Arrive In US, After 9/11 Dip, New York Times

5. Million whites leave SA - study
Johannesburg - One million white South Africans - almost a fifth - have left the country in the past ten years.

Jerusalem News-512
Date: 24 Tishrei 5767, 16 October 2006
1. 64-year old Turkish woman gives birth
2. Israel -a strategic asset for the US
3. Philistine Gaza on the Way to Explosion

1. 64-year old Turkish woman gives birth
A 64-year-old Turkish woman has given birth to a baby boy in Istanbul, becoming the second oldest mother in the world, a hospital spokesman said.

2. Israel -a strategic asset for the US
Efraim Inbar, THE JERUSALEM POST Oct. 8, 2006

The major challenges to US diplomacy in the post Cold War era - threats to
the free flow of oil, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and
Islamic terrorism - originate in the Middle East. With America's invasion of
Afghanistan in 2002 and of Iraq in 2003, this region has become the focus of
US efforts to neutralize radical anti-American forces.

Washington thus welcomed Israel's military response to the provocations of
the radical Islamist Hizbullah, an Iranian proxy and an enemy of the US.
Yet, Israel's mixed military performance against Hizbullah in Lebanon has
raised questions in Washington as to whether Israel still constitutes a
strategic asset for the US.

For four decades, the US has provided Israel with generous financial aid and
with access to America's arsenal of the latest weaponry in order to
strengthen the IDF and make it into a mighty military machine. Yet, the IDF
failed to achieve a clear defeat of Hizbullah, an accomplishment that would
have enhanced Israel's deterrence and weakened the influence of Iran and
other radical factions in the region. In light of America's difficulties in
Iraq, Washington was more in need than ever of such a success against the
radical Islamic forces.

DESPITE THE troubling questions regarding Israel's strategic behavior in the
summer of 2006, Washington still understands that Israel remains its most
reliable ally in the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean. There is no
other state in the Middle East where an American airplane can count with
certainty on being welcomed in the near future. Even American allies such as
Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey may have second thoughts about
hosting an American presence and all of them have a record of denying the US
military use of their facilities. Moreover, the stability of their regimes
cannot be taken for granted as all of them grapple with modernization and
are threatened to various degrees by Islamic radicals.

Israel is one of the few countries in the world that does not see US primacy
in international affairs as a troubling phenomenon. Unlike much of the rest
of the world, Israel is not preoccupied with how to tame American power. In
fact, Israeli foreign policy displays an unequivocal pro-American

In addition, Israel's strategic culture is much closer to that of the US
than to that of many of the US's European allies. In contrast to Washington
and Jerusalem, European ruling elites usually have a low threat perception
and question the utility of the use of force in the international arena.
Indeed, it is becoming politically more and more difficult for European
capitals to dispatch troops to join the US in Afghanistan and Iraq. European
support for the seemingly inevitable American use of force against the
nascent Iranian nuclear program is also uncertain. Unlike other American
allies, Israel supports America's unilateralism, which is in fact in tune
with its own defense doctrine that stresses self-reliance and is skeptical
of the effectiveness of multilateral action.

Following 9/11, the US approach to the use of military force has come to
bear an even closer resemblance to that of Israel. In 2003, the US adopted
preemptive strikes as part of its official menu of policy options. Such
strikes have been part of the Israeli modus operandi since the 1950s.
Israel's preemptive posture, which was once a source of tension in the
bilateral ties, is now met with better understanding in the US, for which
the dilemmas involved in combating terrorists particularly in urban settings
with large civilian populations are no longer merely academic questions.

COOPERATION with Israel on security matters confers many advantages. The
American military uses Israeli training installations and has continuous
access to Israeli intelligence, military experience and doctrine. Currently,
officers serving in Iraq compare notes regularly with Israeli counterparts
on a variety of military issues connected to low-intensity conflict
operations. Israel has vast combat experience and an array of weaponry
specifically tailored for such situations - both of which the US capitalizes
upon. Similarly, the greater American effort to defend its homeland from
terrorist threats has intensified US cooperation with Israel, a country that
has coped with such threats for decades.

Israel is also an important source of military technology. While the US
dominates the international arms market, Israel enjoys a relative
technological advantage in several niches, upon which US firms have
capitalized. Israeli-developed systems are employed by the American military
and the US Senate, recognizing this contribution, has just approved an
appropriation of half a billion US dollars for American-Israeli weapon R&D.

The case for the continued US support of Israel as an important strategic
ally due to its strategic location and political stability, as well as its
technological and military assets, is very strong. The current strategic
relationship is based on a common strategic agenda that has survived the
Cold War politics. However, this commonality of strategic interests must be
continuously nurtured. Being a Western democracy in the Middle East with a
strong and supportive Jewish lobby in the US is not enough to secure
critical America support. Rather, Israel must take care to ensure that it is
playing a positive strategic role in an American-dominated world.

The writer is professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and
director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

3. Philistine Gaza on the Way to Explosion
IDF intelligence: Hamas has anti-aircraft missiles Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Oct. 15, 2006

The head of the IDF intelligence research department, Brig.-Gen. Yossi
Baidatz, said Sunday that Hamas was smuggling advanced anti-tank and
anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip.

The development meant that the army had to prepare for a new reality in Gaza
that would likely include stiffer resistance to IDF raids. The new weapons
could also increase the danger for aircraft flying missions over Gaza,
Baidatz said.

Baidatz added that weapons smuggling from Syria to Lebanon was continuing,
in contravention of the UN ceasefire resolution.

Jerusalem News-513
Date: 25 Tishrei 5767, 17 October 2006
1. Arutz Sheva News Sunday,
2. Irish king left a wide genetic trail
3. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.25

1. Arutz Sheva News Sunday,
 October 15, 2006, 23 Tishrei 5767
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz and Hillel Fendel

Hundreds of rioting Arabs surrounded a yeshiva in Acco (Acre) Saturday
night, preventing the students from leaving the building. An IDF
soldier was detained for shooting in the air.

Local police were called in to break the Arab siege on the Hesder
yeshiva, located in the Wolfson neighborhood of Acco. Police officers
took control of the volatile situation and the crowd began to
disperse. There were no injuries reported, but one person was arrested
for discharging a firearm.

Accounts from Acco indicate that the riot and subsequent siege was
preceded by verbal and possibly physical attacks on several yeshiva
students by local Arabs as the students were dancing Torah scrolls
through the streets.  The police verified that a yeshiva student, an
active-duty IDF soldier, fired his weapon in the air when he believed
he detected a threat to himself and the other students, who were
dancing and singing in traditional post-Simchat Torah celebrations. 

The gunfire led an Arab mob to surround the yeshiva, with the shooter
and several dozen students retreating inside.

*High Tensions*
Acco, on Israels Mediterranean coast north of the city of Haifa, is
an ethnically mixed city of Arabs and Jews.  Tensions have been high
in the city since the beginning of the holy Moslem month of Ramadan
three weeks ago.  The situation has been especially taut in the
Wolfson neighborhood, where Moslems have been broadcasting via
loudspeaker verses of the Koran every evening.  The police originally
confiscated the loudspeakers, until local Arab leaders intervened.  A
compromise was then reached wherein Moslem chants would be broadcast
at less-than-maximum volume and for two minutes each evening, to
announce the end of the daily Ramadan fast.  

Jews in the neighborhood accused the authorities of caving in to the
Arab demands, in violation of city laws forbidding such announcements
in a residential neighborhood.

The Acco Hesder yeshiva has over 100 students who, in addition to
combining Torah studies and military service, take part in educational
activities with Acco schools and old age homes, assist children with
disabilities, volunteer with the Civil Guard, and other
community-serving projects.

Acco is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities, mentioned in
ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back 3,500 years. In ancient
times, all ships that arrived in the Land of Israel from abroad would
dock at the port of Acco.

2. Irish King left a wide genetic trail
Scientists say 3 million men are descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages

Brit-Am Note: if this is what the descendants of Nial who lived ca
 (c. 342 - c. 405) may have been capable of imagine what the descendants of
David who lived about 1300-1400 years earlier may have acheived!!
<<Besides taking St. Patrick in his youth, Niall's reign is known mainly for two things. First, he consolidated the northern region of Ireland and created a dynasty that kept his descendants High Kings of Ireland for 600 years. Second, his military ability led him to the Irish Control of all of Alba and a large part of Britain. He seriously damaged the Romans ability to control Britain and even managed to carve out some Irish controlled territory in France. It is said this Irish Empire was only eclipsed in size by Dathi's, Niall's nephew and successor.>>

3. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9.25
Brit-Am Comments in Square [ ] brackets.
Adapted with permission.
From: david meadows <>
explorator 9.25 October 15, 2006

A Burnt City roundup:
[Sistan, eastern Iran, destroyed ca 1000 BCE
by Assyrians?]

How water reached Zippori:
[Former capital of the Galilee in Israel]

A pair of Australian Radio programs on the Codex Sinaiticus:
[Earliest copy of Christian Bible in Greek]

More coverage of that Temple Treasure theory:,,3-2397919,00.html

Latest Temple Mount news:

Iraq War and Archaeology:


More coverage of that Thracian brain surgery find: (Echo) (USA Today)

Visit our blog:

Mediterranean Archaeology:

Early Brits were dairy folk: (DN)

Neolithic dwellings near Stonehenge: (DN)

In case you missed it the first time ... the Battle of
Hastings: (BBC)

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

A relic of Stone-age Sydney: (SMH)

An Eastern Hand Dynasty painted coffin from Inner Mongolia:

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

The latest 'peopling of the Americas' study: (Portuguese)

.... cf. this semi-related bit of info on the Bering Strait: (Reuters via Yahoo)


More coverage of that monolith from Mexico City:

More coverage of the role of theater in Maya political

More coverage of those 'cloud warrior mummies' from Peru: (blog)

On the DNA front, they're looking at goats and human migration: (NG)
[<<A team of archaeologists and biologists has traced the origins of domesticated goats in Western Europe to the Middle East at the beginnings of the Neolithic period. >>
I guess you have to begin somewhere??]

.... while here's a somewhat different application of DNS technology:
[<<More than 11 million Africans were forcibly shipped to the Americas during the slave trade that peaked in the 17th and 18th centuries.>>
Says that claims to trace individual Afro-Americans to specific African ethnic group only right  in ca 10% of the cases]

More coverage of that Ptolemaic atlas sale: (This is London)

.... and what the results were: (Reuters) (IOL)

Robin Hood as scholarly subject: (BBC)

Google Earth is turning out to be a major tool for identifying
potential sites:

A miniseries about Henry VIII is in production:

Jerusalem News-514
Date:26 Tishrei 5767, 18 October 2006
1. Muslims Systematically Victimising and Gang-Raping Western Women
2. Dhimmitude for Dummies
3. Hezbollah Coming to Your Home Town Soon?
4. Daniel Pipes: Op Eds Now More Central in War than Bullets
5. Jonathan Levy and Thomas Easton: Vatican Bank partners with War Criminal Croatian Nazi-Ustasha?
6. Guysen Israel News
7. Israel Some Statistics and Thoughts

1. Muslims Systematically Victimising and Gang-Raping Western Women
The victims are usually young, sometimes very young.
Women admittedly are also frequently attacked in western countries by their own
kin but the attacks do not have any implied religious or cultural sanction.

Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark,

Western Muslims' Racist Rape Spree

Australia: 20-year-old jailed for 55 years on gang rape charges

Battered Westerner Syndrome inflicted by myopic Muslim defenders

Jihad through rape: Attacks on Western women by Muslims "resembles warfare" - media censors attack stories worldwide

Muslim rapes of non-Muslim girls an epidemic

2. -Dhimmitude for Dummies
Subject: Fw: Dhimmitude for Dummies: Wake Up Call for the West

Dhimmitude for Dummies   
By Victor Sharpe   Front Page Magazine

Ask one hundred people in the United States what a dhimmi is and perhaps two or three might know. In Western Europe the number would be slightly higher because of latent memories of battles fought against invading Moslem armies over hundreds of years.

    Dhimmitude is the direct outcome of jihad, which is the military conquest of non-Islamic territory mandated by Allah as a spiritual obligation for every individual Moslem and Moslem nation. From its beginnings in the seventh century, Islam spread through violent conquest of non-Moslem lands. In the eighth century, a formal set of rules to govern relationships between Moslems and non-Moslems was created based upon Moslem conquests of non-Moslem peoples. These rules were based upon jihad, which established how the Moslems would treat the conquered non-Moslems in terms of their submission to Islam.  Jihad can be pursued through force or other means such as propaganda, writing, or subversion against the perceived enemy. The so-called enemies are those who oppose the establishment of Islamic law or its spread, mission, or sovereignty over them and their land.

  Propaganda and subversion are the very means now being employed against the West and Judeo-Christian civilization, and Islamists have shown themselves to be brilliantly adept at manipulating the gullible and uninformed western media in pursuit of their aims of world domination.

    ...non-Islamic lands are considered the dar al-harb, the "house of war," until they submit to Islamic rule and enter the dar al-Islam.  Since the Oslo Accords, successive Israeli governments have been guilty of the now thoroughly discredited notion of "land for peace" in which Israel gives away land but never receives peace. Even the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan are cold at best and the lands given away to Lebanon and the Arab Palestinians has been a calamitous error. The belief that Moslem Arab powers respond to overtures of peace by ending their aggression is but a mirage in the desert. This is proven time and again to be a delusion and is, in fact, a classic example of the mindset and behavior of the dhimmi.

  A non-Moslem community forced to accept dhimmitude is condemned to live in a system that will only protect it from jihad if it is subservient to the Moslem master. In return, it is guaranteed limited rights under a system of discriminations that it must accept, or face forced conversion, slavery, or death. According to Mitchell G. Bard, who has written extensively on the subject and produced the rebuttal to Arab and pro-Arab propaganda in his book, Myths and Facts,
     "... dhimmis, on pain of death, were forbidden to mock or criticize the Koran, Islam or Muhammad, to proselytize among Moslems or to touch a Moslem woman (though a Moslem man could take a non-? Moslem as a wife)."  Dhimmis were excluded from public office and armed service, and were forbidden to bear arms. The dhimmi had to show public deference toward Moslems, always yielding them the center of the road. The dhimmi was not allowed to give evidence in court against a Moslem, and his oath was unacceptable in an Islamic court. To defend himself the dhimmi would have to purchase Moslem witnesses at great expense. This left the dhimmi with little legal recourse when harmed by a Moslem. Dhimmis were also forced to wear distinctive clothing. In the ninth century, for example, Baghdad's Caliph al-Mutawakkil designated a yellow badge for Jews,a precedent that followed centuries later. By the twentieth century, the status of the dhimmi in Moslem lands had not significantly improved. H.E.W. Young, British Vice-Consul in Mosul, wrote in 1909: "The attitude of the Muslims toward Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, whom he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed." The concept of jihad is not something now discarded by Islam as a quaint belief appropriate to the distant past. On the contrary, it is a cardinal belief in the 21st century for Moslems based upon Koranic injunctions, believed in by millions of Moslems around the Third world, as much as by Moslems living in America, Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
It is a belief, passionately held, that one day the entire world will become Islamic and accept completely the will of Allah. It is vital, therefore, that the general public in every non-Moslem country be made aware that Moslems consider themselves in a perpetual state of war with their non-Moslem neighbors. If Islamic armies are unable to defeat what they consider the "infidels," (that's you and me), then a period of "truce" exists.   Sheikh Zayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaida's second in command, recently invited America to embrace Islam. The invitation is always given, according to some experts, prior to a major assault upon the "infidel nation," because any rejection is considered by Moslems as an empirical reason to wage war upon the non-Moslem state; in this case the United States of America.

It is nearly impossible for sophisticated and secularized Western and European elites to understand or accept such medieval concepts, let alone the idea that a religious war is being waged against them. But their dismissal and amused disregard of what is taking place is as calamitous as that exemplified by the myopic politicians in Britain and America before the Second World War.
The lone voice in the wilderness at that time, Winston Churchill, appealed in vain to the political leaders who had not the ears to hear or the eyes to see the growing fascist menace during the 1930s posed by Germany and Italy.

      Western notions of peaceful co-existence between states, human rights and liberal democracy are all alien to the bin-Ladens and Zawahiris of the Islamic world. Hizbullah, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hamas, Al Qaida, ad nauseum, all reject Judeo-Christian civilization as being in theological error. For them, the entire human race must embrace Allah's pre-eminence and the Moslem believer is the divine instrument to bring about the "Umma"  (worldwide Moslem community) in whatever way possible, including warfare and terror. Jihad has reappeared as a way of wiping out the humiliation the Arab and Moslem world has felt as Western power became ascendant, especially after the defeat of the Ottoman Turkish Empire at the end of the First World War.

   With a never ending flow of petrodollars pouring into Arab and Moslem coffers, the belief among Moslems is that the time is now right for Islam to reassert itself in dominating the world and bringing it to Allah through all out war, including nuclear war, if necessary.

   The corollary to jihad is dhimmitude. This is what appeasement by non-Moslems to Islamist threats and terror leads to. Winston Churchill would have been shocked but not surprised at the craven appeasement displayed by today's elitists in the European political echelons. It is in marked contrast to the manner in which their ancestors confronted an earlier existential Islamic threat when they defeated decisively the Moslems at Tours, Iberia (Spain and Portugal), Lepanto and Vienna. But without a similarly decisive defeat of present day Islamist aggression and Islamo-fascism we may all be faced, sooner than we think,with the choice of forced conversion to Islam or subservience and wretchedness as dhimmis.  Better, therefore, for us all to be aware of the facts and not also be dummies.

Brit-Am Note: The above text only tells part of the story.
Even if the non-Muslim people were to accept the subservient status of "dhimmitude"
they would still be periodically robbed, beaten, raped, have their women and children abducted
and lost to them, and face periodic decimations often culminating in a choice between
Islam or death.

3. Hezbollah Coming to Your Home Town Soon?
How soon will Hezbollah be in you home town once we withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan?

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4. Op Eds Now More Central in War than Bullets
by Daniel Pipes

New York Sun
October 17, 2006

[NY Sun title: The West Must Learn The Public Relations of War]

Soldiers, sailors, and airmen once determined the outcome of warfare, but no longer. Today, television producers, columnists, preachers, and politicians have the pivotal role in deciding how well the West fights. This shift has deep implications.

In a conventional conflict like World War II, fighting had two premises so basic, they went nearly unnoticed.

The first: Conventional armed forces engage in an all-out fight for victory. The opposing sides deploy serried ranks of soldiers, lines of tanks, fleets of ships, and squadrons of aircraft. Millions of youth go to war as civilians endure privations. Strategy and intelligence matter, but the size of one's population, economy, and arsenal count even more. An observer can assess the progress of war by keeping tabs of such objective factors as steel output, oil stocks, ship construction, and control of land.

Second assumption: Each side's population loyally backs its national leadership. To be sure, traitors and dissidents need to be rooted out, but a wide consensus backs the rulers. This was especially noteworthy in the Soviet Union, where even Stalin's demented mass-murdering did not stop the population from giving its all for "Mother Russia."

Both aspects of this paradigm are now defunct in the West.

First, battling all-out for victory against conventional enemy forces has nearly disappeared, replaced by the more indirect challenge of guerrilla operations, insurgencies, intifadas, and terrorism. This new pattern applied to the French in Algeria, Americans in Vietnam, and Soviets in Afghanistan. It currently holds for Israelis versus Palestinians, coalition forces in Iraq, and in the war on terror.

This change means that what the U.S. military calls "bean counting" counting soldiers and weapons is now nearly immaterial, as are diagnoses of the economy or control of territory. Lopsided wars resemble police operations more than combat in earlier eras. As in crime-fighting, the side enjoying a vast superiority in power operates under a dense array of constraints, while the weaker party freely breaks any law and taboo in its ruthless pursuit of power.

Second, the solidarity and consensus of old have unraveled. This process has been underway for just over a century now (starting with the British side of the Boer War in 1899-1902). As I wrote in 2005: "The notion of loyalty has fundamentally changed. Traditionally, a person was assumed faithful to his natal community. A Spaniard or Swede was loyal to his monarch, a Frenchman to his republic, an American to his constitution. That assumption is now obsolete, replaced by a loyalty to one's political community socialism, liberalism, conservatism, or Islamism, to name some options. Geographical and social ties matter much less than of old."

With loyalties now in play, wars are decided more on the Op Ed pages and less on the battlefield. Good arguments, eloquent rhetoric, subtle spin-doctoring, and strong poll numbers count more than taking a hill or crossing a river. Solidarity, morale, loyalty, and understanding are the new steel, rubber, oil, and ammunition. Opinion leaders are the new flag and general officers. Therefore, as I wrote in August, Western governments "need to see public relations as part of their strategy."

Even in a case like the Iranian regime's acquisition of atomic weaponry, Western public opinion is the key, not its arsenal. If united, Europeans and Americans will likely dissuade Iranians from going ahead with nuclear weapons. If disunited, Iranians will be emboldened to plunge ahead.

What Carl von Clausewitz called war's "center of gravity" has shifted from force of arms to the hearts and minds of citizens. Do Iranians accept the consequences of nuclear weapons? Do Iraqis welcome coalition troops as liberators? Do Palestinians willingly sacrifice their lives in suicide bombings? Do Europeans and Canadians want a credible military force? Do Americans see Islamism presenting a lethal danger?

Non-Western strategists recognize the primacy of politics and focus on it. A string of triumphs Algeria in 1962, Vietnam in 1975, and Afghanistan in 1989 all relied on eroding political will. Al-Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, codified this idea in a letter in July 2005, observing that more than half of the Islamists' battle "is taking place in the battlefield of the media."

The West is fortunate to predominate in the military and economic arenas, but these no longer suffice. Along with its enemies, it needs to give due attention to the public relations of war.

5.Jonathan Levy and Thomas Easton: Vatican Bank partners with War Criminal Croatian Nazi-Ustasha?
From: "Root & Branch Association, Ltd." <>

Lawyers for the Vatican Bank -- including Pope Benedict's personal attorney -- have argued that genocide committed in Croatia during the Second World War by a Nazi regime was permissible under international law.

In the ongoing lawsuit Alperin v. Vatican Bank, the Vatican Bank has filed a motion set for hearing in November [2006] which argues in part that the Vatican Bank is immune because the Nazi backed Croatian regime did not violate international law by slaughtering 500,000 of its own citizens - Serbs, Jews, and Roma (Gypsies) in an ethnic cleansing campaign.

The Vatican Bank stands accused of the post war laundering of the profits of genocide - including dental gold taken from the victims of the Nazi backed Croatian regime known as the Ustasha.

Attorneys for the Holocaust survivors are outraged that the Vatican Bank suggests genocide and plunder are permissible acts under international law.  Jonathan Levy, one of the attorneys for the Holocaust survivors, questions whether the Pope is even aware of what the bank's attorneys are proposing:
        "On the one hand the Vatican is quick to condemn Israel and Serbia in recent years but in essence says its O.K. to butcher 500,000 people, steal their belongings and stash it in the Vatican Bank...Pope Benedict should be concerned that the moral integrity of his Papacy is being undermined in a Federal Court".

The lawsuit has been ongoing since 1999.  Despite growing evidence of the Vatican Bank's complicity in criminal acts, the lawsuit has been resisted tenaciously by the Vatican Bank.

Shavua Tov [Good Week] from San Francisco,

Jonathan Levy and Thomas Easton, Esqs.
Tel:            202-318-2406

6. Guysen Israel News
From: GuysenIsrael News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News october 17, 2006
24 Tishri 5767
[]Heightened tension between Hamas and Israel. Hamas announced on Monday evening in Gaza that it was ready for a war with the IDF and added : "Your destroyed tanks will become an eternal witness to your failure". Hamas possesses many antitank missiles smuggled into the Gaza Strip.
23:50  Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the defense and foreign affairs committee that the head of the French contingent in Unifil warned Israel that it may be obliged to open fire on IDF planes if they continue to fly over Lebanese territory. Peretz added that Israel would continue its air patrols in Lebanese air space until the UN resolution 1701 was implemented. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
18:25  The American government has confirmed that the tests carried out by North Korea on the 9th October were indeed nuclear tests, but that they were limited in nature.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
18:17  Jerusalem welcomed more than 1.5 million tourists and Israeli holiday makers during Succot - a 30% increase with respect to last year. The most visited sites or events were the Kotel (750,000 people), the Jerusalem Parade (100,000 people, a 50% increase over last year) and the Biblical Zoo (40,000 visitors).  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
16:33  10% of people who lived through the katyusha fire during the last war with Lebanon are still suffering from emotional disturbances and dysfunction in daily life, according to Dr. Rivka Yahav, of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Center of the University of Haifa. In collaboration with the Haifa municipality, a special therapeutic program is being created for these people. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

7.Israel Some Statistics and Thoughts
The Israeli population of Judea and Samaria numbered 246,100 as of December 31 2005, and had an annual growth rate of 5.1% from 2004 to 2005. Total voters [i.e. adults above 18 years of age] for 17th Knesset totaled 152,315.
The evicted Gush Katif voters accounted for an additional 3,569 votes for a total of 155,884 voters.
The 2004 Palestinian-Arab population was closer to 2.4 million than to the 3.8 million reported by Palestinian Authority (PA) officials.

According to the above Jews in Judah and Samaria are outnumbered 10 to 1 by Arabs.
Most of the area however remains underpopulated or hardly populated at all.
More than 70% of the Arabs would leave willingly tomorrow if enabled to do so
while the majority of those who would not leave immediately
would be open to consider the matter if reasonable alternatives were available.

As at October 1, 2006, the population of Israel stands at 6,990,700.
According to the annual statistical summary of 2005 published by the Central Bureau of Statistics,
76% of the population is Jewish and 19% Arab.
The population figure is comprised of: 5,313,800 Jews, 1,140,600 Muslims,
146,000 Christians (of them 118,000 Christian Arabs), 115,200 Druze and 272,200 who did not classify a religion.

Total Muslim Population (including Judah and Samaria) is ca 3.5 million.
Population classified as Jews includes ca.  300, 000 (or more?) who are
not so and would prefer not to identify as such.
On the other hand the Muslim population includes ca 10% (or more?)  who would prefer to
 be considered "Israeli" under any condition and no matter what the circumstance.

Jerusalem News-515
Date:27 Tishrei 5767, 19 October 2006

1. Israeli statistics in general: Official
2. Winston Churchill:
3. Jews are not wanted"
4. Leftists For a Second Holocaust
5. Stan Goodenough: Italy and France Versus Israel
6. Jordan River, Syrian Dams, and Environment
7. Guysen Israel News

1. Israeli statistics in general: Official
[free government booklet that can be downloaded]

2. Winston Churchill:

<<Churchill was in favour of Israel joining the Commonwealth. "Do not put that out of your mind," he said to Shuckburgh, "It would be a wonderful thing. So many people want to leave us; it might be the turning of the tide." Churchill's was Israel's best friend. And as a friend his attitude was shaped by sentiment as much as by pragmatic considerations. He was emotionally attached to Israel and its people, and his stance was a corollary of this. His oft-repeated, self-declared Zionist sympathies, his emotional attachment to the Jewish people and their restored sovereign entity, permeated his attitude toward Israel and the Arab-Israeli dispute.
<<He was perhaps the last romantic Zionist Gentile. Or perhaps the last romantic Zionist.

3. "Jews are not wanted"
A Thought-Provoking article from a secular point of view much of which we disagree with but it is worth reading:

by Philip Greenspun in February 2003
Conclusions of the Article:
Jews are not wanted in Europe or in Islamic countries
Although initially settled by some idealistic Zionists, Israel has become primarily a dumping ground for the world's unwanted Jews and this is its principal significance to non-Muslim countries
For dictators in Muslim nations, inculcating mass hatred of Jews has substantial political value; Israel's principal significance to Muslim countries is as a focus of popular hatred
For the dictators and subjects of Arab nations, the State of Israel takes on an additional significance as a place whose successful conquest would signify a resurgence of Arab power as exciting as the Arab conquests circa 700 A.D.
Palestinian violence continues because it is yielding substantial material support from Arab and European nations, support that should lead to a gradual victory over the Jews and the liberation of all of Palestine.

4. Leftists For a Second Holocaust
Paul Bogdanor,
The Jewish Press,

5. Stan Goodenough: Italy and France Versus Israel
Nations United Against Israel
Italy aids Lebanon against Israel

By Stan Goodenough
October 18, 2006

Reports out of Rome revealed Wednesday that the pro-Arab regime of Italian Prime Minister Romana Prodi has chosen to actively support Lebanon against Israel.

In order to ensure that Israeli aircraft do not overfly Lebanese territory to monitor Hizballah activity should hostilities resume between the two sides, Prodi has given instructions for his Italian Ministry of Defense to push through the sale of the advanced surface-to-air Aster 15 missile system.

DEBKAfile, which scooped this story, described the Aster 15 as the only Western surface-to-air missile with an active guidance system capable of last-minute corrections of targeting at the moment of interception.

It is designed to shoot down helicopters, warplanes and drones.

French president Jaques Chirac, whose country co-developed the Aster 15 with Italy, has approved to the sale.

Chirac, who presides over one of the most antisemitic populations in Europe, has had a long-standing love affair with the Arabs.

He oversaw the sale of the Osiris (god of the dead) nuclear reactor to Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, and exploded with fury when the Israeli Air Force successfully crippled it in 1981 to prevent Saddam from developing a nuclear bomb.

On top of thise, citing Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretzs briefing to a Knesset panel on October 16, DEBKAfile reports that commanders of the French UNIFIL contingent have threatened to fire on Israeli warplanes in Lebanese skies.

Meanwhile, Italian instructors are expected to accompany the Aster 15 missile battery to Lebanon, there to train the Lebanese in how to use it against Israeli aircraft.

Says DEBKAfile: Since 50% of those officers are Shiites loyal to Hizballah or Amal, the Shiite terrorists are looking forward to gaining access for the first time to top-of-the-line Western anti-air missile technology.

Apparently ever the appeasers, Israels government has not yet lodged a formal protest with the Italian government.

Jerusalem has also not officially complained about ongoing illegal Hizballah movements and arms-smuggling.

6. Jordan River, Syrian Dams, and Environment
Subject: Environmentalists: New Jordanian/Syrian    dam may cause Jordan River
 to dry up

Environmentalists: New dam may cause Jordan River to dry up
By Tzafrir Rinat, Haaretz Correspondent 18 October 2006

An environmental group warns of a dramatic drop in the quantity and quality
of the water in the southern section of the Jordan River, following the
completion of a joint Jordanian-Syrian dam.

The river could dry up completely over the next summer, the group also

The dam, expected to hold 110 million cubic meters of water, will reduce
significantly the flow of the Yarmuk River into the Jordan's section between
Lake Kinneret and the Dead Sea.

Ahead of the World Water Monitoring Day, held on Wednesday, Friends of the
Earth - Middle East have called for the rehabilitation of the southern
Jordan River by increasing the flow of its tributaries.

The region's shortage in water and the lack of cooperation between the
countries along the Jordan, however, will probably leave the call unheeded.

According to Friends of the Earth, 92 percent of the Jordan's waters are
already being used for human consumption. The new dam would reduce the water
flow by a further 25 percent.

The group says that the river, sacred to millions around the world, has
already become a polluted gutter that mainly channels sewage from Israeli
and Jordanian communities.

Efrat Farber, a researcher at the Ben Gurion University Geology Department,
says that despite the horrid state the river is in, the streaming of sewage
should continue as long as the river does not regain a solid source of fresh

According to Farber, stopping sewage streaming would increase the river's
salinity and would harm the ecosystem, as well as the farmers that use the
river water for irrigation.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

7. Guysen Israel News
From: Guysen Israel News <>
[] 2006-10-17 , 25 Tishri 5767

[][PM] Ehud Olmert, on a visit to Moscow, said that his purpose was not to succeed in convincing President Vladimir Putin of the necessity of sanctions against Iran but to put an end to the nuclear armament of Teheran.

23:40  American and European officials have said that works at the Iranian nuclear plant in Bushehr will continue even if sanctions are imposed by the UN Security Council against Teheran. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

22:20  British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that a withdrawal of British troops from Iraq at the present time would have "disastrous consequences". He added that the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan were necessary for "world security". (Guysen.Isra l.News)

[19:14  According to Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter, Hizbollah carried out attacks with the assistance of Israeli Arabs.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

18:33  In a conference in the United States, Avi Dichter said that Hizbollah and Iran illegally transferred millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority in the last six years.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

15:49  The IDF discovered a 12 meter deep tunnel in the south of the Gaza Strip, that was used for the transfer of arms from Egypt to the territories under Palestinian control. Soldiers blew it up in a controlled explosion. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

11:36  Zeev Boim (Minister of Immigrant Absorption)
considers that Israel will have to launch a vast offensive in the Gaza Strip to wipe out the firing of kassam rockets and arms smuggling. The minister also said that the Palestinians are responsible for the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, as they attack the border checkpoints.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

Jerusalem News-516
Date: 28 Tishrei 5767, 20 October 2006
1. Google to open R&D facility in Tel Aviv
2. German Jews: Atmosphere like 1930s
3. French critic of Islam in hiding
4. Gigantic New Archaeological Center and Museum being built in Jerusalem
5. Arutz-Sheva: selected items and extracts
(1) Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) Protest Planned Gay March
(2) Another Blood Libel - Courtesy of French TV

(3) Gentiles in Southern Italy Prefer that their Religious Tax Allocation go to Jews

1. Google to open R&D facility in Tel Aviv,7340,L-3316703,00.html
Web search leader says seeks to establish partnerships with Israeli institutes, universities
Published:  10.18.06, 17:20
Google Inc. said on Tuesday it will open a research and development centre in Tel Aviv in early 2007 as part its strategy of expanding global R&D operations.
The Web search leader said in a statement it seeks to establish partnerships with Israeli institutes and universities.
Israel is considered one of the world's biggest high-tech centers and has large operations belonging to high-tech giants such as Intel, Motorola, Microsoft and IBM.
The Tel Aviv office will be headed by Yossi Matias, a scientist and expert on algorithms, databases and Internet technologies.
Matias is on leave from his faculty position at Tel Aviv University and was previously a research scientist at Bell Laboratories.
Google's centre in Tel Aviv adds to the recent opening of its Haifa center in northern Israel.

2. German Jews: Atmosphere like 1930s,7340,L-3316778,00.html
Published:  10.18.06, 20:26
Copies of Anne Frank's diary burned at Neo-Nazi parties, Ethiopian youth beaten because of his ethnicity, student humiliated because of his association with Jews. These are only some manifestations of the rise in Neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic violence in Germany. Jewish community leaders say dangerous trend is being ignored by government

A sharp increase in acts of anti-Semitism has been recorded over the past two years in Germany so reports the 'Tagesspiegel' daily on Wednesday based on figures complied by the Interior Ministry.

According to the data, over the course of the first eight months of the year 8,000 acts of Neo-Nazi racial crime were documented. This compared to 6,605 in the previous year. The figures show a 20 percent increase compared to 2005 and a 50 percent increase compared to 2004. Over this time period 452 violent anti-Semitic attacks were reported, in which 325 people were injured. During the parallel time period in 2005 363 violent attacks occurred and 302 people were injured.

Among the incidents reported was the startling event reported last week, in which students forced a fellow classmate to bear a sign which said "I am the greatest pig of all because I am friends with Jews" and Neo-Nazi parties where copies of 'Anne Frank's Diary' were thrown into a campfire against the background of racist chants.
The figures were released while extremist right-wing party NPD achieves significant victories in regional elections in the federal state of Mecklenburg West-Pomerania last month, when it broke the votes threshold and ensure representation in the local parliament. Mecklenburg West-Pomerania joins Saxony and Thuringia as the third federal state with NPD parliament representation.

The figures have awoken intense public debate in Germany, several months after managing to display tolerance and openness during the World Cup. Charlotte Knobloch, president of the central Jewish-German council, warned that the trend was a dangerous one. "Anyone who still thinks that we're talking about isolated events doesn't grasp the danger to the community. The aggressiveness we're experiencing is reminiscent of 1933," she said to DPA, the German news agency.

In 1933 Hitler first rose to power as Prime Minister of Germany. Jewish businesses were boycotted and Nazi agents assaulted, threatened and kicked out Jews from German cities. Knobloch blamed the German political system which is ignoring the issue purposely, and is contributing to the rise of anti-Semitism and strengthens the extreme right.

German's domestic intelligence agency, Verfassungsschutz, is trusted with keeping tabs on Neo-Nazi activity in the country. According to the government's figures there are 40,000 right-wing extremists, about a quarter of which are defined as violent skinheads. 

3. French critic of Islam in hiding

France's anti-terrorism authorities have launched an enquiry into death threats against a philosophy teacher who wrote an article criticising Islam.

Robert Redeker has been forced into hiding after making controversial remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.

Writing in France's Le Figaro, Mr Redeker described the religion's founder as "a merciless war leader".

Since publishing the article, he has been under police protection and forced to move between safe houses.

On Friday, the Paris prosecutor's office said it had opened a preliminary investigation into the threats to see if they were linked to terrorist activity.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin described the threats as "intolerable".

"We are in a democracy, everyone has the right to express his views freely - of course while respecting others," he said.


Mr Redeker says that his personal details and home address are now available on Islamist websites.

His article was entitled "In the face of Islamist intimidation, what is the world to do?" and was written in reaction to Muslim protests following remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Pope has since apologised several times and said the views quoted were not his own.

In the article, published on 19 September, the French teacher describes the Koran as a "book of extraordinary violence" and Islam as a religion which "exalts violence and hate".

Mr Redeker says that he fears he will not be able to come out of hiding for the immediate future.

"The Islamists have succeeded in punishing me on French territory as if I were guilty of a speech crime," he said.

Paris-based press watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said the choice not to publish Mr Redeker's article would have represented "a defeat for freedom of thought".

France has one of Europe's largest Muslim communities with an estimated total of six million people, or ten percent of the population.

Story from BBC NEWS:

4. Gigantic New Archaeological Center
and Museum being built in Jerusalem

Note: Brit-Am co-founder Rabbi Avraham Feld frequently speaks of the need for a Brit-Am Museum in which the Brit-Am case could be presented graphically. Who knows if one day this will not be an acuality?
At present however our more immediate concerns include continued functioning and more prosaic matters like paying the rent etc.

5. Arutz-Sheva: selected items and extracts
(1) Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) Protest Planned Gay March
First Anti-Pride Protest Held in Jerusalem
<<One of the speakers said, "Everyone whom G-d has blessed with children must check the level of modesty in his own home. You can't say, 'I don't know about this, I'm not involved in it.' We must all unite against this plot that has fallen on us, and fight against it. All of us together will fight against this scheme."

<<Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the head of the Eidah Hareidit Rabbinical Court, delivered a fiery speech, promising total dedication to the goal of stopping the march "in accordance with the rabbis' rulings." He quoted traditional Jewish sources saying that righteous people die because they fail to protest abominations. "We must protest against the filth [coming to] Jerusalem," he said.

(2) Another Blood Libel- Courtesy of French TV
French Court Rules in Favor of French TV in Al Durah Affair
Richard Landes, one of the experts who testified at the trial, explained in an article printed in The New Republic why he, a medieval historian, was relevant to the case:

Firstly, I noted almost immediately that Palestinians and anti-Zionists, insisting that Israel killed the boy on purpose, used Al Durah in a way familiar to medievalists--as a blood libel. This was the first blood libel of the twenty-first century, rendered global by cable and the Internet. Indeed, within a week, crowds the world over shouted We want Jewish blood! and Death to the Jews! For Europeans in particular, the libelous image came as balm to a troubled soul: This death erases, annuls that of the little boy in the Warsaw Gherro, intoned Europe1 editorialist Catherine Nay. The Israelis were the new Nazis.

(3) Gentiles in Southern Italy Prefer that their Religious Tax Allocation go to Jews
Italy's Jews Elect New President, Deal With New Problems
Gattegna: "There is an Italian law, passed eight years ago, that says that 8/10 of 1% of one's taxes can be transferred, at the discretion of the taxpayer, to the official bodies of various religions. Most of this, of course, goes to the Catholic Church, and some to the Protestants, and then come us, the Jews... The Moslems, for instance, have not yet signed this agreement, and therefore they cannot receive this money, and no one can ask to transfer his taxes to them."

Ouziel: "I have heard that not only Jews request to transfer these tax percentages to the Jewish communities."

Gattegna: "Correct. The number of signatures we receive [for transfer of tax money] is more than the number of Jews living in Italy. We get tax money from places in which not even one Jew lives. For instance, in southern Italy there are many families that give this money to the Jewish Communities, and we can't understand exactly why they are doing this..."

[Note: Our friend Aaron Menazzi points out that by these Southern Italian families requesting that their religious taxation money go to Jewish organizations they are consciously making an open and official declaration.
This is not an anonymous action.]

Jerusalem News-517
Date: 1 Heshvan 5767, 23 October 2006
1. Arutz Sheva News Sunday,
2. The Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:26
3. DNA
Genetic makeup of Macedonians and Greeks
Greek (or Macedonian) DNA amongst Pathans
4. Yad Sarah: Helping Others
5. 81% of U.S. Jews believe Arabs want to destroy Israel
6. Canadian PM defends backing Israel in war with Hezbollah
7. Hezbolla Using Israeli-Made Rockets??

1. Arutz Sheva News Sunday,
October 22, 2006, 30 Tishrei 5767
By Ezra HaLevi

It isnt every day a rabbi ordained by the late Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
runs the New York City marathon but it is every year.

On November 5th, 76-year-old Rabbi Dr. Eliezer (Leon) Ehrenpreis
will run his 36th New York City marathon.

Since his first 26-mile run in 1970, Ehrenpreis has never missed the
marathon, despite a broken arm one year and a babys due date another.
He plans to run again this year.

The New York City marathon has become a global phenomenon, attracting
over 35,000 runners and two million spectators. The 2006 race,
however, bears little resemblance to the 1970 marathon, in which no
streets were closed to traffic and no barricades lined Central Park.

When I first ran the marathon, there were very few runners or
spectators, and it was like old home week, Rabbi Ehrenpreis
recalls. Everyone knew everyone else and it was like a family party.
Now its a huge race with media coverage, people fighting to get in,
and police protection. But, on the flip side - the enthusiasm and
excitement in New York is now incredible. People who dont know me
hear my wife and children calling my name and cheer along with them.

A renowned Torah scholar and mathematician, Ehrenpreis was ordained
and remained an advisor on mathematic and scientific issues to Rabbi Feinstein
until the famed authority on Jewish law passed away in 1986.

He has taught mathematics at New York University, Princeton, Harvard,
University of California at Berkeley and Yale Universities in the
United States.  He as also taught at both Hebrew University and
Bar-Ilan in Israel, the Sorbonne in France and Kyoto University in
Japan. Ehrenpreis is currently a tenured professor at Temple
University in Philidelphia.
I spend most of my time doing research, and I find that I can train
without wasting time, Ehrenpreis says. I think about math while Im

2. The Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:26
From: david meadows <>
explorator 9.26 October 22, 2006

Finds from various periods found from sifting the dirt from
Temple Mount:

A new archaeological campus is under construction in the heart
of Jerusalem:

More coverage of theories about the Temple Treasure: (BG) (JPost)

A construction boom in Jordan is threatening ancient sites: (MEFN)

The archaeological stuff of Messene: (AthensNews)

All about the Seven Wonders:

Why ancient Greek monuments survived earthquakes (sort of): (Kathimerini)

Remains of nine Neolithic structures near Stonehenge: (GNN)

A 2000 b.p. 'city' near Inverness: (Courier)

A Viking ship from Larvik:

A Chinese kiln in Bendigo:

A mystery tower on Rhode Island:

Horses might have been first domesticated in Kazakhstan: (DN)

More coverage of archaeological use of Google Earth: (Observer) (Red Orbit)

Demystifying Columbus:

More Sardinia-as-Atlantis coverage:

3. DNA
Genetic makeup of Macedonians and Greeks
Genetic makeup of Macedonians and Greeks

Greeks (or Macedonian) DNA amongst Pathans
Eur J Hum Genet. 2006 Oct 18; [Epub ahead of print]
Y-chromosomal evidence for a limited Greek contribution to the Pathan
population of Pakistan.
Firasat S, Khaliq S, Mohyuddin A, Papaioannou M, Tyler-Smith C, Underhill PA,
Ayub Q.
Three Pakistani populations residing in northern Pakistan, the Burusho,
Kalash and Pathan claim descent from Greek soldiers associated with Alexander's
invasion of southwest Asia. Earlier studies have excluded a substantial Greek
genetic input into these populations, but left open the question of a smaller
contribution. We have now typed 90 binary polymorphisms and 16 multiallelic,
short-tandem-repeat (STR) loci mapping to the male-specific portion of the human Y
chromosome in 952 males, including 77 Greeks in order to re-investigate this
question. In pairwise comparisons between the Greeks and the three Pakistani
populations using genetic distance measures sensitive to recent events, the
lowest distances were observed between the Greeks and the Pathans. Clade E3b1
lineages, which were frequent in the Greeks but not in Pakistan, were
nevertheless observed in two Pathan individuals, one of whom shared a 16 Y-STR haplotype
with the Greeks. The worldwide distribution of a shortened (9 Y-STR) version
of this haplotype, determined from database information, was concentrated in
Macedonia and Greece, suggesting an origin there. Although based on only a few
unrelated descendants, this provides strong evidence for a European origin for
a small proportion of the Pathan Y chromosomes.European Journal of Human
Genetics advance online publication, 18 October 2006; doi:10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201726.

4. Yad Sarah: Helping Others
Photo Essay: Yad Sarah - Giving While Creating Givers
19:09 Oct 22, '06 / 30 Tishrei 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

 Yad Sarah, with its grand nerve-center in Jerusalem, has become a model of professional charity that allows those receiving its services to "pay it forward." Arutz-7 takes you behind the scenes.

Yad Sarah is known for its wheel-chairs, used by nearly all Israelis who have found themselves in need - but the organization offers much more. In addition to a huge array of services and medical equipment, Yad Sarah has become a model of offering assistance in a way that spares those on the receiving end from feeling as though they are asking for charity and empowers them to become a part of the volunteer-powered organization in the future.

What started out as a neighborhood service founded by current Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski in 1976, now has over one hundred branches across Israel and more than 6,000 volunteers.

5. 81% of U.S. Jews believe Arabs want to destroy Israel
Poll: 81% of U.S. Jews believe Arabs want to destroy Israel

By Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz Correspondent

WASHINGTON - Eighty-one percent of American Jews believe that the real goal of the Arabs is the destruction of Israel and not the return of occupied land, according to the annual survey of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on various issues.

While 54 percent said they supported the establishment of a Palestinian state, only 38 percent said Israel and the Arabs could solve the conflict peacefully. Another 56 percent said they believed the conflict could not be resolved.

6. Canadian PM defends backing Israel in war with Hezbollah
By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared his support for Israel in an address to B'nai Brith Canada last Wednesday, saying "When it comes to dealing with a war between Israel and a terrorist organization, this country and this government cannot and will never be neutral."

Harper was justifying his government's support for Israel during the recent Lebanon War and in its aftermath.

"Our approach to the Middle East, as elsewhere, has been guided by our values," he said.

7. Hezbolla Using Israeli-Made Rockets??
The Israeli daily Newspaper "HaModia" today carried news of a Russian counter to an Israeli request to prevent Russian arms from reaching the Hezbollah.
The Russian Minister said that more Hezbollah rockets are Israeli made than Russian!!
The report claimed that Ehud Olmert had spoken of the incident in a Cabinet meeting.
The claim (if true) has so far been neither denied nor explained.
The report may yet turn out to be mistaken (news reports sometimes are) but keep your eyes open. Could it be that Israel was selling rockets to some third-world country but in transit they were being diverted to Lebanon? Was it the Chinese? Somebody else? Another explanation? A false report?

Jerusalem News-
Date: 2 Heshvan 5767, 24 October 2006
1. Arutz Sheva News Monday, 
2. Poll: Americans Split on Pro-Israeli Influence on American Acts in Iraq, The Media Line,
3. Steven Collins: An Intersecting Russian Viewpoint
4. Report: IAF wiped out 59 Iranian missile launchers in 34 minutes
5. Jewish refugees from Arab states campaign for recognition

1. Arutz Sheva News Monday
October 23, 2006, 1 Cheshvan 5767
A7 Radio's "Weekend Edition" with Tamar Yonah and Malkah Fleisher

How to use

What's so bad about a gay pride parade?  Tamar, Malkah, and Mina
Fenton of the Jerusalem Municipality give real reasons for stopping
the march in our holy city.

Also on Tamar and Malkah:
I'll Be Sending the Dove - Shlock Rock Rocks a New Album!
The Israeli Government is planning more expulsions -find out the
shocking details, and what you can do to stop the madness. 
Plus: Lenny Solomon gets us ReJewVenated!

2. Poll: Americans Split on Pro-Israeli Influence on American Acts in Iraq, The Media Line,

3. Steven Collins: An Intersecting Russian Viewpoint
From: Steve Collins <>
Subject: A Look at Modern Communist Theory and Strategy in Russia

Shalom Yair,
This interview with a Russian imperialist is lengthy and rambling, but there are nuggets of very interesting facts and plans in it. His hatred of the USA, UK and Israelis is palpable, and he claims we will all be invaded after 2010(?) with new Russian superweapons. He is an evolutionist who has no realization that our Creator will defend us at the end of this age.
I thought of Ezek. 38-39 when I read this prophecy.

4. Report: IAF wiped out 59 Iranian missile launchers in 34 minutes

5. Jewish refugees from Arab states campaign for recognition
<<Jewish groups have estimated that since 1948 at least 900,000 Jews have been forced to leave their homes in Arab countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

<<At least 600,000 went to Israel. The rest sought sanctuary in France, Britain, the United States and other countries.

<<Linda Abdel Aziz, who fled to Israel in 1971, is one of many thousands of Jews born in Iraq who left or were expelled as conditions deteriorated due to discriminatory legislation, pogroms and public executions.

<<Abdel Aziz has recorded her testimony in the campaign. Her father, Jacob, who stayed behind in Iraq, disappeared in 1972, and family members believe he was executed by the ruling Baath party regime for being a Jew.

<<"We did not interfere in politics but we were persecuted. We are all haunted," said Abdel Aziz, 56.

Jerusalem News-
Date: 4 Heshvan 5767, 26 October 2006
2. Christians, Jews must unite in face of radical Islam'
3. Washington Post: North African Arab Participation for Good and Bad in the Holocaust
4. Caroline Glick: Prime-time blood libels
5. BBC Prejudiced?

From: surfer11 <>

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its
votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a
man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits,
slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and
insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet
rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement;
the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law
every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either
as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction
of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power
among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of
the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being
moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has
already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors
at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the
strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly
struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the
civilization of ancient Rome."
Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages
248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899). 

2.Christians, Jews must unite in face of radical Islam'

3.Washington Post: North African Arab Participation for Good and Bad in the Holocaust
The Holocaust's Arab Heroes

By Robert Satloff
Sunday, October 8, 2006; B01
[Limited Extracts Only]
Virtually alone among peoples of the world, Arabs appear to have won a free pass when it comes to denying or minimizing the Holocaust. Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has declared to his supporters that "Jews invented the legend of the Holocaust." ... And Hamas's official Web site labels the Nazi effort to exterminate Jews "an alleged and invented story with no basis."

Such Arab viewpoints are not exceptional. A respected Holocaust research institution recently reported that Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia all promote Holocaust denial and protect Holocaust deniers...

The Holocaust was an Arab story, too. From the beginning of World War II, Nazi plans to persecute and eventually exterminate Jews extended throughout the area that Germany and its allies hoped to conquer. That included a great Arab expanse, from Casablanca to Tripoli and on to Cairo, home to more than half a million Jews.

Though Germany and its allies controlled this region only briefly, they made substantial headway toward their goal. From June 1940 to May 1943, the Nazis, their Vichy French collaborators and their Italian fascist allies applied in Arab lands many of the precursors to the Final Solution. These included not only laws depriving Jews of property, education, livelihood, residence and free movement, but also torture, slave labor, deportation and execution.

About 1 percent of Jews in North Africa (4,000 to 5,000) perished under Axis control in Arab lands, compared with more than half of European Jews. These Jews were lucky to be on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, where the fighting ended relatively early and where boats -- not just cattle cars -- would have been needed to take them to the ovens in Europe. But if U.S. and British troops had not pushed Axis forces from the African continent by May 1943, the Jews of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and perhaps even Egypt and Palestine almost certainly would have met the same fate as those in Europe.

The Arabs in these lands were not too different from Europeans: With war waging around them, most stood by and did nothing; many participated fully and willingly in the persecution of Jews; and a brave few even helped save Jews.

Arab collaborators were everywhere. These included Arab officials conniving against Jews at royal courts, Arab overseers of Jewish work gangs, sadistic Arab guards at Jewish labor camps and Arab interpreters who went house to house with SS officers pointing out where Jews lived. Without the help of local Arabs, the persecution of Jews would have been virtually impossible.

Were Arabs, then under the domination of European colonialists, merely following orders? An interviewer once posed that question to Harry Alexander, a Jew from Leipzig, Germany, who survived a notoriously harsh French labor camp at Djelfa, in the Algerian desert. "No, no, no!" he exploded in reply. "Nobody told them to beat us all the time. Nobody told them to chain us together. Nobody told them to tie us naked to a post and beat us and to hang us by our arms and hose us down, to bury us in the sand so our heads should look up and bash our brains in and urinate on our heads. . . . No, they took this into their own hands and they enjoyed what they did."

But not all Arabs joined with the European-spawned campaign against the Jews. The few who risked their lives to save Jews provide inspiration beyond their numbers.

Arabs welcomed Jews into their homes, guarded Jews' valuables so Germans could not confiscate them, shared with Jews their meager rations and warned Jewish leaders of coming SS raids. The sultan of Morocco and the bey of Tunis provided moral support and, at times, practical help to Jewish subjects. In Vichy-controlled Algiers, mosque preachers gave Friday sermons forbidding believers from serving as conservators of confiscated Jewish property. In the words of Yaacov Zrivy, from a small town near Sfax, Tunisia, "The Arabs watched over the Jews."

I found remarkable stories of rescue, too. In the rolling hills west of Tunis, 60 Jewish internees escaped from an Axis labor camp and banged on the farm door of a man named Si Ali Sakkat, who courageously hid them until liberation by the Allies. In the Tunisian coastal town of Mahdia, a dashing local notable named Khaled Abdelwahhab scooped up several families in the middle of the night and whisked them to his countryside estate to protect one of the women from the predations of a German officer bent on rape.

And there is strong evidence that the most influential Arab in Europe -- Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris -- saved as many as 100 Jews by having the mosque's administrative personnel give them certificates of Muslim identity, with which they could evade arrest and deportation. These men, and others, were true heroes.

According to the Koran: "Whoever saves one life, saves the entire world." This passage echoes the Talmud's injunction, "If you save one life, it is as if you have saved the world."

4. Caroline Glick: Prime-time blood libels
From: Women in Green <>

Our World: Prime-time blood libels
October 24, 2006

Last Thursday a French court found Philippe Karsenty guilty of libeling France 2 television network and its Jerusalem bureau chief Charles Enderlin. Karsenty, who runs a media watchdog Web site called Media Matters, called for Enderlin and his boss Arlette Chabot to be sacked for their September 30, 2000 televised report alleging that IDF forces had killed 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura at Netzarim junction in Gaza that day.

Their lawsuit against Karsenty was the first of three lawsuits that Enderlin and France 2 filed against French Jews who accused them in various ways of manufacturing a blood libel against Israel by purposely distorting the events at Netzarim junction that day. The second trial, against Pierre Lur at, is set to begin this week. Lur at organized a mass demonstration against France 2 on October 2, 2002 after the broadcast of a German television documentary film by Esther Schapira called Three Bullets and a Dead Child: Who Shot Muhammad al-Dura? Schapira's film concludes that IDF bullets could not have killed Dura.

September 30, 2000 was the third day of the Palestinian jihad. That day an IDF position at Netzarim junction was attacked by Palestinian Authority security forces. A prolonged exchange of fire ensued. That afternoon, France 2's Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma submitted footage of a man and a boy at the junction cowering behind a barrel. The two were later identified as Jamal al-Dura and his 12-year-old son Muhammad. Enderlin, who had not been present at the scene, took Rahma's 27 minutes of raw footage and narrated a 50-second film in which he accused the IDF of having shot and killed the boy. Enderlin's film itself does not show the boy dying. There are no blood stains where the boy and his father were crouched. No ambulance came to evacuate them. No autopsy was performed on Muhammad's body.

FRANCE 2 distributed its film free of charge to anyone who wanted it - although not the full 27 minutes that Rahma filmed. The film was shown repeatedly worldwide and particularly on Arab television networks. The results of the footage were murderous. On October 12, two IDF reservists, Yosef Avrahami and Vadim Novesche, were lynched by a mob at a PA police station in Ramallah. The mob invoked Dura's death as a justification for its barbarism. The Orr Commission which investigated the violent rioting by Israeli Arabs in October 2000 stated in its final report that "Muhammad al-Dura's picture, which was distributed by the media, was one of the causes that led people in the Arab sector to take to the streets on October 1, 2000."

Countless suicide bombers and other Palestinian terrorists have cited Dura as a justification of their crimes. For the past six years PA television has continuously aired a film showing Dura in heaven beckoning other Palestinian children to "martyr" themselves by becoming terrorists and join him there.

The Palestinians are not the only ones who have used Dura as a terrorist recruitment tool. He is prominently featured in al-Qaida recruitment videos and on Hizbullah banners. Daniel Pearl's murderers interspersed their video of his beheading with the France 2 film. Throughout Europe, and particularly in France, Muslims have used Dura as a rallying cry in their attacks against Jews - attacks which broke out shortly after the Dura film was broadcast.

AT FIRST, Israel accepted responsibility for Dura's death without conducting an investigation. Yet, in the weeks that followed the event, engineers Nahum Shachaf and Yosef Doriel conducted investigations on behalf of the IDF's Southern Command.

Both men separately proved mathematically and physically that the IDF forces on the ground could not see the Duras from their position and that it was physically impossible for their bullets to have killed Muhammad. Then OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen.Yom Tov Samia held a news conference in late November based on their findings at which he said that the probability that the IDF had killed Dura was low.

Yet Samia was the only senior Israeli official to question the veracity of the film. Then chief of General Staff Shaul Mofaz disavowed Samia's investigation. Prime minister Ehud Barak never questioned the veracity of Enderlin's murderous accusation against the IDF.

In the intervening years, private researchers and media organizations have taken it upon themselves to investigate what happened that day. Their findings have shown that at a minimum, the probability that the IDF killed Dura is minuscule and more likely, the event was either staged or edited to engender the conclusion that Dura had been killed by Israel. The few people who have been allowed to watch Rahma's entire film have stated that it is impossible to conclude that Muhammad was killed because he raises his head and props himself up on his elbow after he was supposedly shot.

Respected media organizations like The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Atlantic Monthly and Commentary magazine have published detailed investigations that all conclude that the footage was either staged or simply edited to show something that didn't happen.

Yet, even as private individuals were dedicating their time and passion to proving that France 2 had purposely broadcast a blood libel against Israel that caused the death and injury of Israelis and Jews throughout the world and marred the honor of the IDF, official Israel remained silent.

The Foreign Ministry never asked France 2 to show its officials the full 27-minute film. Neither the IDF nor the Foreign or Justice Ministries defended the IDF or called into question the veracity of Enderlin's film. As late as this past June 23, IDF spokeswoman Brig.-Gen. Miri Regev told Haaretz, "I cannot determine whether the IDF is or is not responsible for the killing of al-Dura."

IN THE French judicial system, the people's interest is represented by a special court reporter who recommends verdicts to the judges. It is rare for judges to disregard the reporter's recommendations. During his trial, Karsenty and his witnesses produced piece after piece of evidence that called into question the credibility of the France 2 film.

For its part, France 2 sent no representatives to the trial. Its attorney did not question any of the evidence submitted by Karsenty nor did she cross-examine any of his witnesses. She brought no witnesses of her own. She simply produced a letter of support for France 2 from President Jacques Chirac. The court reporter recommended dismissing the case.

In their judgment last week, the judges argued that Karsenty's allegations against Enderlin and France 2 could not be credible since "no Israeli authority, neither the army which is nonetheless most affected, nor the Justice [Ministry] have ever accorded the slightest credit to these allegations" regarding the mendacity of the Dura film.

Over the years Israeli officials have justified their silence by saying that it was a losing proposition to reopen the Dura case. We'll be accused of blaming the victim, they said.

This statement is both cowardly and irresponsible. As the French verdict shows, without an Israeli protest, the protests of private individuals, however substantial, ring hollow. When Israel refuses to defend itself from blood libels, it gives silent license to attacks against Israel and world Jewry in the name of those libels.

In 2000, Barak was desperately trying to close a peace deal with Yasser Arafat. The last thing he wanted was to admit that Arafat was promulgating blood libels against Israel. So he was silent. This is unforgivable, but understandable.

Israel's continued silence is a sign that Israeli officialdom has still not understood what the war of images demands of it. The Dura film, like the fictional massacre of Lebanese children at Kafr Kana in Lebanon this summer, shows that victory or defeat in wars is today largely determined on television. To win, Israel must go on the offensive and attack untruthful, distorted images that are used to justify the killing of Israelis and Jews throughout the world.

When Karsenty heard the court's verdict last week, he said, "If this judgment is upheld, Jews should ask themselves questions about their future in France. Justice covers the anti-Semitic lies of a public channel. It's a strong signal, it is very severe."

To this it should be added that if the Israeli government continues to be silent as the good name of the IDF, of Israel and of the Jewish people is dragged through the mud by distorted television images broadcast by foreign news outlets; if the Israeli government does nothing to defend those who are persecuted for fighting against these distortions, then Jews will have to ask themselves some questions about how on earth we are supposed to defend ourselves, let alone win this war against those who seek our destruction.

Women For Israel's Tomorrow  (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
Tel: 972-2-624-9887 Fax: 972-2-624-5380

5. BBC Prejudiced?

We are biased, admit the stars of BBC News
By SIMON WALTERS, Mail on Sunday
Last updated at 21:11pm on 21st October 2006

It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted
what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by
trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in
favour of multiculturalism.

A leaked account of an 'impartiality summit' called by BBC chairman Michael
Grade, is certain to lead to a new row about the BBC and its reporting on
key issues, especially concerning Muslims and the war on terror.

It reveals that executives would let the Bible be thrown into a dustbin on a
TV comedy show, but not the Koran, and that they would broadcast an
interview with Osama Bin Laden if given the opportunity. Further, it
discloses that the BBC's 'diversity tsar', wants Muslim women newsreaders to
be allowed to wear veils when on air.

At the secret meeting in London last month, which was hosted by veteran
broadcaster Sue Lawley, BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated
by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes
multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to
the feelings of Muslims than Christians.

Jerusalem News-
Date: 5 Heshvan 5767, 27 October 2006
1. Arutz Sheva News Thursday
2. Decorated (neolithic) skulls in Syria
3. Blood borders
How a better Middle East would look
New Maps to be drawn???

Maps: Before and After?

1. Arutz Sheva News Thursday
October 26, 2006, 4 Cheshvan 5767
By Gil Zohar

The percentage of Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (Yesha) willing to
relocate abroad jumped to 32%, according to a Birzeit University
survey last month.

For many years, that figure hovered just below 20 percent, according
to an October 24th report by the Christian Science Monitor's Middle
East correspondent Joshua Mitnick.
Birzeit University pollster Nader Said, who has monitored emigration
attitudes for 12 years, attributed the rise to dissatisfaction over
the Hamas-led government.  Because of the international aid boycott of
the Palestinian Authority, some 165,000 civil servants have not been
paid a regular salary since January when Hamas was elected. Those
government employees and their families - one-third of the PA's
population - have fallen into severe poverty.  Compounding that
hardship, the society has been disrupted by widespread strikes and
armed clashes between Hamas and Fatah gunmen which threaten to explode
into a full-blown civil war.

Even more telling, Said added, is that the percentage surges to 44
percent among Arabs in their 20s and 30s.  Among younger men, it
surges beyond 50 percent. Said called this the "most shocking result"
of the survey.
Among the Arab residents of Yesha, the mere mention of hijra - Arabic
for emigration - is enough to stir up painful memories of the 1948
Arab-Israeli war that left hundreds of thousands of Arabs stranded
outside the newly independent Israeli state.
"Emigration means that you are escaping the occupation and that you
don't want to liberate your land. It's a shame on you," says Abdel
Nasser Najjar, a columnist for the Arab daily Al Ayyam. "Now it's
different. There are many pressures: economic pressure and
psychological pressure. Many people are speaking out."
While the interest in emigration is widespread, most Yesha Arabs do
not qualify for permission to immigrate to Western countries because
of limited professional experience or education.

The majority of Arabs, 62.3%, oppose the idea that Hamas must
recognize Israel at this point of time, the poll shows.  Yet, 67%
support an immediate resumption of negotiations with Israel.

2. Decorated (neolithic) skulls in Syria

3. Blood borders
How a better Middle East would look
New Maps to be drawn???
By Ralph Peters

Jerusalem News-
Date: 7 Heshvan 5767, 29 October 2006
1. "Celts" in Xinjiang
2. Infant Twins Have Different Skin Color
3. Composite European Physical Types
4. Climate change 'hitting Africa'
5. DNA
Jews from Middle East

1. "Celts" in Xinjiang

2. Infant Twins Have Different Skin Color

<<In an interview with Britain's Sky News program, mother Kerry Richardson said that the boys were both born white but as they've gotten older one of the boys got darker and the other lighter.

<<Today, she says, the twins attract attention wherever they go.

<<Richardson is of mixed race, with Nigerian and English heritage, while the father is white.

<<A genetics expert at Oxford University says such births are rare, as the genes that cause skin color normally mix together. In this case, he says, it appears the genes for skin color didn't combine for some reason and the boys may have inherited different genetic codes from their mother.

3. Composite European Physical Types
The geography of European phenotypical variation

4. Climate change 'hitting Africa'
Droughts are becoming more frequent, the report says
Climate change is already affecting people across Africa and will wipe out efforts to tackle poverty there unless urgent action is taken, a report says.

Droughts are getting worse and climate uncertainty is growing, the research from a coalition of UK aid agencies and environmental groups says.

Climate change is an "unprecedented" threat to food security, it says.

5. DNA
Jews from Middle East

Jewish and Middle Eastern non-Jewish populations share a common pool of Y-chromosome biallelic haplotypes
The results support the hypothesis that the paternal gene pools of Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East descended from a common Middle Eastern ancestral population, and suggest that most Jewish communities have remained relatively isolated from neighboring non-Jewish communities during and after the Diaspora.

Jerusalem News-
Date: 8 Heshvan 5767, 30 October 2006
1. "Ethnic cleansing works"
2. The Brit-Am Version of
explorator 9.27
3. Israel's Heritage vrs. Palestinians


1. "Ethnic cleansing works"
Blood borders

How a better Middle East would look
By Ralph Peters
<<The boundaries projected in the maps accompanying this article redress the wrongs suffered by the most significant "cheated" population groups, such as the Kurds, Baluch and Arab Shia, but still fail to account adequately for Middle Eastern Christians, Bahais, Ismailis, Naqshbandis and many another numerically lesser minorities. And one haunting wrong can never be redressed with a reward of territory: the genocide perpetrated against the Armenians by the dying Ottoman Empire.

<<Yet, for all the injustices the borders re-imagined here leave unaddressed, without such major boundary revisions, we shall never see a more peaceful Middle East.

<<As for those who refuse to "think the unthinkable," declaring that boundaries must not change and that's that, it pays to remember that boundaries have never stopped changing through the centuries. Borders have never been static, and many frontiers, from Congo through Kosovo to the Caucasus, are changing even now (as ambassadors and special representatives avert their eyes to study the shine on their wingtips).

<<Oh, and one other dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works.

<<The most glaring injustice in the notoriously unjust lands between the Balkan Mountains and the Himalayas is the absence of an independent Kurdish state. There are between 27 million and 36 million Kurds living in contiguous regions in the Middle East (the figures are imprecise because no state has ever allowed an honest census). Greater than the population of present-day Iraq, even the lower figure makes the Kurds the world's largest ethnic group without a state of its own. Worse, Kurds have been oppressed by every government controlling the hills and mountains where they've lived since Xenophon's day.

<<A just alignment in the region would leave Iraq's three Sunni-majority provinces as a truncated state that might eventually choose to unify with a Syria that loses its littoral to a Mediterranean-oriented Greater Lebanon: Phoenecia reborn.

<<Iran, a state with madcap boundaries, would lose a great deal of territory to Unified Azerbaijan, Free Kurdistan, the Arab Shia State and Free Baluchistan, but would gain the provinces around Herat in today's Afghanistan a region with a historical and linguistic affinity for Persia.

<<What Afghanistan would lose to Persia in the west, it would gain in the east, as Pakistan's Northwest Frontier tribes would be reunited with their Afghan brethren (the point of this exercise is not to draw maps as we would like them but as local populations would prefer them). Pakistan, another unnatural state, would also lose its Baluch territory to Free Baluchistan. The remaining "natural" Pakistan would lie entirely east of the Indus, except for a westward spur near Karachi.

2. The Brit-Am Version of
explorator 9.27

From: david meadows <>

explorator 9.27 October 29, 2006

An undisturbed Syrian tomb dating to the third millennium
B.C./B.C.E. (coverage of this is quite varied): (Telegraph ... interesting photo) (Sun ... I think this is the same site) (NG) (great photos)

Recent arrests of tomb raiders in Egypt have led to the discovery
of the tombs of some ancient Egyptian dentists: (NG) (NPR),,1929720,00.html (SMH) (LA Times) (JPost)

A family tomb from the New Elamite period: (Iranmania)

More coverage of what they're finding in Temple Mount siftings:

Reconsidering Norman Golb's theories on the Dead Sea Scrolls: (Tribune)

New edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica: (JPost)

Review of Miriam Vamosh, *Food at the Time of the Bible*:


Assorted finds, including a nice bust of Aristotle, from near
the Acropolis: (Kathimerini) (just a photo) (IOL)

... and the Temple Treasure theory of Sean Kingsley: (Chronicle)

... the Delphic Oracle on gas story:,,13509-2418509,00.html (Australian)

Review of Barry Strauss' Trojan tome:

Visit our blog:

Rethinking Uncle Tom:

Recreating ancient scents:

Manure as evidence for horse domestication: (NG) (SciAm)

On the Celtic roots of Hallowe'en:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Lives of the Week:

Assyrian reliefs at the Hood:

American Indian Art and Artifact Show:

3. Israel's Heritage vrs. Palestinians


















Jerusalem News-523
Date: 10 Heshvan 5767, 31 October 2006
1.  "young Europeans..better emigrate"
2. Arutz Sheva Monday,
( 7.  New Hit in Japan: Pomelits from Israel
 (8.  A7Radio: The Pink Swastika
3. Guysen Israel News
Violence in Marseille [France] .
Kazakhstan and a canal between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea.
4. Ancient Wild Dog Links Between North America and Korea?
5. AncestryByDNA

1.  "young Europeans..better emigrate"
Europe's Anticipatory Cultural Extinction Syndrome
From an article in the Brussels Journal, by Paul Belien:

The German author Henryk M. Broder recently told the Dutch newspaper
De Volkskrant (12 October) that young Europeans who love freedom,
better emigrate. Europe as we know it will no longer exist 20 years
from now. Whilst sitting on a terrace in Berlin, Broder pointed to the
other customers and the passers-by and said melancholically: "We are
watching the world of yesterday."
Europe is turning Muslim. As Broder is sixty years old he is not going
to emigrate himself. "I am too old," he said. However, he urged young
people to get out and "move to Australia or New Zealand. That is the
only option they have if they want to avoid the plagues that will turn
the old continent uninhabitable."

Belien says most Europeans would rather submit to the Religion of
Submission than fight for their survival, and the reason they hate
Israel and America so much is that those countries (or at least a
sizable number of the people in those countries) still want to fight.

2. Arutz Sheva Monday,
October 30, 2006, 8 Cheshvan 5767

(7.  New Hit in Japan: Pomelits from Israel
By Hillel Fendel

Some half-million crates of Israeli pomelit fruits were exported this week to Japan, where they are rapidly becoming a major hit. And not only in Japan...

Two shiploads of the Israeli fruit left for Japan this week, after having undergone a careful check by Agriculture Ministry supervisors. Though a ripe pomelit is generally yellow, it is shipped to Japan while still green, the color symbolizing health and flowering in Japanese culture.

The pomelo is a citrus fruit, somewhat larger than a grapefruit but with a similar flavor and a thicker rind. The pomelit is a hybrid of the two fruits.

The Agriculture Ministry notes that pomelit juice has special qualities enabling the reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as proven by studies in Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Click here for details.

Another 500,000 crates of the fruit are soon to be on their way to European markets.

The citrus export season in Israel begins in September, and so far some 25,000 of the anticipated 160,000 tons - up 15% from last year - have been exported. Some 36,000 tons of citrus fruits are to be sent to eastern Europe, also a large increase over previous years.

Aryeh Shreiber, Chairman of the Citrus Fruit Growers Association, says that the citrus fruit sector has flourished once again over the past years. Citrus fruits are grown in 200,000 dunams (50,000 acres) worth of orchards around the country, and thousands of families work in farming, packing and related industries.

(8.  A7Radio: The Pink Swastika
A7 Radio's "Weekend Edition" with Tamar Yonah and Malkah Fleisher

Is it wrong to be intolerant of homosexuality? Who are the real discriminators? What did all the upper-eschelon Nazis have in common? One author reveals the disgusting truth about Nazi Germany.

Also on Tamar and Malkah:
A Violent Gay Parade in Jerusalem
Is the impending gay pride parade a security concern for Jerusalem? Are so-called "supporters" or gay rights activists simply trying to frame their enemies? Also: win the Arutz Sheva watch!

For more A7 Radio visit

3. Guysen Israel News
From: Guysen Israel News <>
 october 30, 2006
 2006-10-29 , 7 Heshvan 5767

Violence in Marseille [France] . On Saturday evening, a 26 year old woman was seriously injured after a bus was set on fire, in an ambush by a gang of youths. On Monday, Mr. de Villepin will hold an emergency meeting in Matignon on the security of public transport.

Kazakhstan is going to participate in the creation of a canal between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres signed an agreement for this purpose with his Kazakhstan counterpart Karim Massimov on Sunday morning. This moderate country wishes to invest in Israel.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)

4. Ancient Wild Dog Links Between North America and Korea?
<<Experts have said that Carolina Dogs are seemingly indistinguishable from the Jindo>>

5. AncestryByDNA

This company claims to be able to tell someone what proportion of ancestry they possess from different sources with out relating to where it came from (mother, father) or what haplogroup etc a person may belong to.
The test has been described (on the internet) as of doubtful reliability in some cases.
Nevertheless it is interesting that such a test is available.

<<By submitting a DNA sample to our lab, customers can receive an impressive analysis of their geographic origins. AncestryByDNA will determine your genetic heritage among the four anthropological groups:
Native American
East Asian
Sub-Saharan African (areas south of the Sahara Desert)
Indo-European (Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Western Asia)

<<These groups are named using modern-day terms but represent anthropological lineages that extend back in time tens of thousands of years. For example, the term European is meant to describe a common ancestry held by peoples from continental Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, Central Asia and South Asia sometimes referred to as Caucasoids. EuroDNA is a more advanced analysis tool that allows our clients of Indo-European heritage to more thoroughly understand their ancestry. This service will predict your Indo-European heritage among the following groups:
Northern European 
Southeastern European
Middle Eastern
South Asian

<<The Northern European region is comprised of the British Isles, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, etc.

<<The Southeastern European region is comprised of Italy, Greece and Turkey.

<<The Middle Eastern region is comprised of countries near the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, etc., and countries in North Africa, including Algeria, Libya, Morocco, etc.

<<The South Asian region is comprised of India and Pakistan.

Jerusalem News-522
Date: 8 Heshvan 5767, 30 October 2006
1. "Ethnic cleansing works"
2. The Brit-Am Version of
explorator 9.27
3. Israel's Heritage vrs. Palestinians

1. "Ethnic cleansing works"
Blood borders

How a better Middle East would look
By Ralph Peters
<<The boundaries projected in the maps accompanying this article redress the wrongs suffered by the most significant "cheated" population groups, such as the Kurds, Baluch and Arab Shia, but still fail to account adequately for Middle Eastern Christians, Bahais, Ismailis, Naqshbandis and many another numerically lesser minorities. And one haunting wrong can never be redressed with a reward of territory: the genocide perpetrated against the Armenians by the dying Ottoman Empire.

<<Yet, for all the injustices the borders re-imagined here leave unaddressed, without such major boundary revisions, we shall never see a more peaceful Middle East.

<<As for those who refuse to "think the unthinkable," declaring that boundaries must not change and that's that, it pays to remember that boundaries have never stopped changing through the centuries. Borders have never been static, and many frontiers, from Congo through Kosovo to the Caucasus, are changing even now (as ambassadors and special representatives avert their eyes to study the shine on their wingtips).

<<Oh, and one other dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works.

<<The most glaring injustice in the notoriously unjust lands between the Balkan Mountains and the Himalayas is the absence of an independent Kurdish state. There are between 27 million and 36 million Kurds living in contiguous regions in the Middle East (the figures are imprecise because no state has ever allowed an honest census). Greater than the population of present-day Iraq, even the lower figure makes the Kurds the world's largest ethnic group without a state of its own. Worse, Kurds have been oppressed by every government controlling the hills and mountains where they've lived since Xenophon's day.

<<A just alignment in the region would leave Iraq's three Sunni-majority provinces as a truncated state that might eventually choose to unify with a Syria that loses its littoral to a Mediterranean-oriented Greater Lebanon: Phoenecia reborn.

<<Iran, a state with madcap boundaries, would lose a great deal of territory to Unified Azerbaijan, Free Kurdistan, the Arab Shia State and Free Baluchistan, but would gain the provinces around Herat in today's Afghanistan a region with a historical and linguistic affinity for Persia.

<<What Afghanistan would lose to Persia in the west, it would gain in the east, as Pakistan's Northwest Frontier tribes would be reunited with their Afghan brethren (the point of this exercise is not to draw maps as we would like them but as local populations would prefer them). Pakistan, another unnatural state, would also lose its Baluch territory to Free Baluchistan. The remaining "natural" Pakistan would lie entirely east of the Indus, except for a westward spur near Karachi.

2. The Brit-Am Version of
explorator 9.27

From: david meadows <>

explorator 9.27 October 29, 2006

An undisturbed Syrian tomb dating to the third millennium
B.C./B.C.E. (coverage of this is quite varied): (Telegraph ... interesting photo) (Sun ... I think this is the same site) (NG) (great photos)

Recent arrests of tomb raiders in Egypt have led to the discovery
of the tombs of some ancient Egyptian dentists: (NG) (NPR),,1929720,00.html (SMH) (LA Times) (JPost)

A family tomb from the New Elamite period: (Iranmania)

More coverage of what they're finding in Temple Mount siftings:

Reconsidering Norman Golb's theories on the Dead Sea Scrolls: (Tribune)

New edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica: (JPost)

Review of Miriam Vamosh, *Food at the Time of the Bible*:


Assorted finds, including a nice bust of Aristotle, from near
the Acropolis: (Kathimerini) (just a photo) (IOL)

... and the Temple Treasure theory of Sean Kingsley: (Chronicle)

... the Delphic Oracle on gas story:,,13509-2418509,00.html (Australian)

Review of Barry Strauss' Trojan tome:

Visit our blog:

Rethinking Uncle Tom:

Recreating ancient scents:

Manure as evidence for horse domestication: (NG) (SciAm)

On the Celtic roots of Hallowe'en:

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Lives of the Week:

Assyrian reliefs at the Hood:

American Indian Art and Artifact Show:

3. Israel's Heritage vrs. Palestinians


















Jerusalem News-521
Date: 7 Heshvan 5767, 29 October 2006
1. "Celts" in Xinjiang
2. Infant Twins Have Different Skin Color
3. Composite European Physical Types
4. Climate change 'hitting Africa'
5. DNA
Jews from Middle East

1. "Celts" in Xinjiang

2. Infant Twins Have Different Skin Color

<<In an interview with Britain's Sky News program, mother Kerry Richardson said that the boys were both born white but as they've gotten older one of the boys got darker and the other lighter.

<<Today, she says, the twins attract attention wherever they go.

<<Richardson is of mixed race, with Nigerian and English heritage, while the father is white.

<<A genetics expert at Oxford University says such births are rare, as the genes that cause skin color normally mix together. In this case, he says, it appears the genes for skin color didn't combine for some reason and the boys may have inherited different genetic codes from their mother.

3. Composite European Physical Types
The geography of European phenotypical variation

4. Climate change 'hitting Africa'
Droughts are becoming more frequent, the report says
Climate change is already affecting people across Africa and will wipe out efforts to tackle poverty there unless urgent action is taken, a report says.

Droughts are getting worse and climate uncertainty is growing, the research from a coalition of UK aid agencies and environmental groups says.

Climate change is an "unprecedented" threat to food security, it says.

5. DNA
Jews from Middle East

Jewish and Middle Eastern non-Jewish populations share a common pool of Y-chromosome biallelic haplotypes
The results support the hypothesis that the paternal gene pools of Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East descended from a common Middle Eastern ancestral population, and suggest that most Jewish communities have remained relatively isolated from neighboring non-Jewish communities during and after the Diaspora.

Jerusalem News-524
Date: 11 Heshvan 5767, 2 November 2006
1.Palestinian emigration on the rise
2. Guysen Israel News - Wednesday
3.Arutz Sheva Wednesday,
4. Injustice in Israel: The Case of Daniel Pinner
5.  Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Israel

1.Palestinian emigration on the rise Staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Nov. 1, 2006

Palestinians are leaving the territories due to the harsh security and economic situation there, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Israel Radio reported that thousands of Palestinians have received permits to emigrate to Arab and other foreign countries.
Ahmed Suboh, a Palestinian Foreign Ministry official, said at a Ramallah press conference that over the last four months, foreign and Arab diplomats in the territories have authorized 10,000 Palestinians to enter their countries.

Suboh said that some 45,000 additional emigration requests were currently being evaluated by various foreign representatives.
The Foreign Ministry official noted that Palestinian emigration was likely to continue with the deterioration of the security situation.

2.Guysen Israel News - Wednesday
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News november 01, 2006
[] 2006-10-31 , 9 Heshvan 5767
21:42  Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon said that George Bush's letter of the 14 April 2004 was as important as the Balfour Declaration.. In the letter, Bush recognized the bloc of settlements in Judea and Samaria as Israeli territory and rejected the idea of a right of return for Palestinians. Mr. Ayalon will end his term this Tuesday.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
15:36  France is asking Israel to stop its surveillance flights over Lebanon. Jean-Baptiste Mattei, the spokesman for the Quai d'Orsay, said that it is a violation of Lebanese sovereignty. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
13:55  The Lebanese army confirmed that it opened fire on Israeli fighter planes. The airforce made eight reconnaissance flights over Dahiya, in the south of Beirut, considered to be a Hizbollah bastion. The Lebanese army fired DCA anti-aircraft missiles. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
12:09  Jerusalem is encouraging winter tourism to the capital. The project called "Hamshushalayim 2006" will allow free access to cultural centers for three weekends from the end of November. There will also be discounts in hotels and restaurants. Last year the project encouraged 400,000 visitors to the capital. This year the municipality is hoping for a 30% increase in visitors.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
10:56  The bus fire in Marseille: 5 people, 3 of whom minors, were arrested in the north of the city this morning. They are all suspected of carrying out the arson attack on a bus in Marseille, in which a 26 year old female student was seriously injured on Saturday evening. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

3.Arutz Sheva Wednesday,
 November 01, 2006, 10 Cheshvan 5767

By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Fatah terrorists are receiving US arms & training, while Hamas
terrorists are preparing missile & anti-tank divisions.  IDF officer
criticizes: IDF's operations are not targeting the Hamas build-up.

Speaking before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on
Tuesday, the IDF Southern Command chief warned that the Palestinian
Authority's ruling Hamas organization is planning to establish missile
and anti-tank units. The new units were decided upon in light of the
lessons Hamas learned from the Hizbullah's successes against Israel
during the recent war in Lebanon, the IDF commander explained.

"Hamas is establishing an organized division with anti-tank
capabilities and with missiles that could reach threatening
distances," Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant told the Knesset committee.

Anti-tank missiles caused about a third of the IDF casualties in
Lebanon during the recent campaign against the Hizbullah.  Military
analysts, as well as Hamas propagandists and strategists, have noted
that long-range missiles of the type used by Hizbullah deployed in
Judea, Samaria and Gaza would place many Israeli strategic facilities
in danger.

In an initiative presented as an effort to counter the growing
strength and influence of Hamas, the United States has been arming and
training a militia affiliated with the Fatah terrorist group, headed
by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The premise for the
American support is that Fatah and Hamas are headed for a violent
civil war, and the US prefers a Fatah victory.

Maj.-Gen. Galant told the Knesset Committee that IDF operations in
Gaza, no matter how extensive, have all been part of general security
operations, "and were not specifically intended to degrade the
strengthening Hamas or its building up of its forces."  Overall, he
said, "the strength of Hamas has grown immensely and significantly
since the Disengagement."
The IDF commander described a complex system of tunnels along the
Philadelphi Route, "most of which are camouflaged and not even dug up.
The minute there is an order for smuggling, they dig out an opening
and connect to a preexisting tunnel; and after the smuggling is
completed, they cover it over."

He said that Hamas has begun building an army-like hierarchical
infrastructure, including special forces, brigades and battalions. In
part, these units are meant to counterbalance such forces currently
under the command of the Fatah organization, headed by Mahmoud Abbas
(Abu Mazen).  "It is reasonable to assume that, in the future, Hamas
will put into the field a force of thousands of terrorists, organized
and well armed... with weapons systems and night-vision systems, which
will form a division. In addition, Hamas is constantly working to
increase the range of the Kassam [rockets] - and the technology is
within reach."

According to security analyst Aluf Benn, American security coordinator
General Keith Dayton presented Quartet representatives in London last
week with a program for training the PA's presidential guard - Force
17, controlled by Abbas - using Egyptian, British and Jordanian
instructors. PA sources say the training by Americans started more
than a month ago, at a compound near the Intercontinental Hotel in

In the past, official PA militias were found to have used weapons
provided by the US and Israel in terrorist attacks on Jewish targets.

Earlier this month, in an interview with WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein,
a Force 17 terrorist implied that weapons supplied to Fatah from the
United States would be transferred to the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades,
which is recognized as a terrorist organization under US law.

By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

More than 50,000 people are expected to visit the tomb of Rachel in
Bethlehem this Thursday, the anniversary of the Biblical matriarch's

Security in the area from Jerusalem to the tomb, recently transferred
from the IDF's jurisdiction to that of the police, will be increased
to ensure the safety of the worshipers. The fortified security
arrangements will be put into effect beginning Wednesday afternoon and
will last through Thursday night. In the past, Palestinian Authority
terrorists have fired at Jews visiting the religiously and
historically significant site.

In addition, the increased police presence will oversee and maintain
the flow of traffic to and from Rachel's tomb. The Egged public
transportation company will provide buses running every few minutes
from various Jerusalem neighborhoods to the Bethlehem site.

With the transfer of responsibility for the tomb and its immediate
environs from the military to the Jerusalem civilian authorities in
September, Mayor Uri Lupolianski directed the municipality to provide
services there. To that end, the capital's sanitation service has
prepared the tomb complex for the expected wave of visitors this week
and has also begun expanding services to the site on a regular basis.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Uri Maklev has arranged for a large visitors
tent to be set up at an intersection on the way to Rachel's tomb,
along with a supply of drinking water. At the tomb site itself, drinks
and snacks will be provided, as well.

In honor of the anniversary of the passing of the matriarch Rachel,
the city of Jerusalem is this week hosting dozens of lectures and
activities geared towards women. The events are sponsored by the Torah
Culture Department of the municipality.

The Biblical Rachel died on the 11th of Cheshvan of the year 2208 in
the Jewish calendar (1553 BCE) while giving birth to her second son,
Benjamin. Rachel's tomb, in Bethlehem, has served as a place of prayer
for Jews for more than 35 centuries.

4. Injustice in Israel: The Case of Daniel Pinner
It is Brit-Am Policy not to emphasis negative aspects concerning the State of Israel.
Nevertheless the case of Daniel Pinner is an exception if only because he is a friend of ours and letting others know of the injustice done may bring some good.

From: "Root & Branch Association, Ltd." <>
Subject: JAIL by Elli Rodan

Daniel Pinner cannot understand how an Israeli court could sentence him to two years in jail for shooting a Palestinian when the chief police investigator testified that this might have been a mistake.

In April, 2006, Pinner, a 39-year-old resident of the Samarian ("West Bank") Jewish community of Tapuah, was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for shooting a Palestinian man on the Gaza shore weeks before the Israeli eviction of some 10,000 Jewish residents and their supporters.  During the trial, police acknowledged that they did not investigate the shooting because they mistakenly thought Pinner had confessed to the crime.

"Maybe we made a mistake", Shimon Amar, the head of police investigations, testified.

The judge was not impressed and Pinner was convicted.  For attorneys and civil rights groups, this was no surprise.  Many of them reported a trend by the courts to ignore rules of evidence when dealing with Jewish opponents of the government's withdrawal policy from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
 for more see:
Go to the the second  article down on the right hand side.
The article is  headed "Site News".     

5.  Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Israel
Subject: Kazakhstan will sell oil to Israel and receive from it
 technological knowledge for hi-tech development


President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili at a conference of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the University of Haifa: "Georgia's Status as an
Oil Transit State Can Help Stabilize the International System"

Karim Massimov, Kazakhstan's Deputy Prime Minister, at the conference: "We
will sell oil to Israel and receive from it technological knowledge for hi-tech development"

HAIFA. November 1, 2006 - "There are oil-rich states whose interest is in undermining the international system in order to raise oil prices, so they intentionally create international crises."
The president of the republic of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili made this charge yesterday at a ceremony launching the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the University of Haifa.
This is the reason that the Caucuses are so vital for insuring and stabilizing the world energy economy," Saakashvili added.  The University conferred an honorary doctorate on the Georgian president in the course of the ceremony.
In his opinion, Georgia is a resource-poor country that has succeeded in becoming important to the world energy market because of its location. "Many energy lines pass through us, and so a stable Georgia is important for the stabilization of the world energy market," he stated.
            The Deputy Prime Minister of another former member of the Soviet Union, the energy-rich Kazakhstan, told the conference audience that his country had already held a number of talks with Israel on connecting it to the BTC oil pipeline, which runs from the Caucuses to Turkey.  Israel would then be able to import oil from Kazakhstan.  "We have shown our readiness for the project in a number of discussions that we held with Israeli government representatives," he said.
            Massimov cited his country's dual role of an oil supplier, on the one hand, and a friend of Israel, on the other.  According to Kazakhstan government assessments and declarations, the state can increase its oil production capability to 3.5 million barrels a year up to the year 2015.
            "As an oil supplier that has relations with many countries," he continued, "we must take a much more active role in the war on terrorism."

Amir Gilat, Ph.D.
Head of Communication and Media Relations
University of Haifa

Jerusalem News-525
Date: 15 Heshvan 5767, 6 November 2006
2. Lieberman: "Jews and Arabs can never live together"
3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of explorator 9.28
4. New Runic Stones Found in Denmark
5. New York Times: Iraq under Sadam was on the verge of obtaining a nuclear bomb!


Excerpted from: Eurasia Security Watch No. 138, November 2, 2006
American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, DC

The already-chilly relations between Saudi Arabia and Syria are about to get even frostier. According to a new expose in a leading Gulf paper, the government of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus is gearing up to unleash a wave of attacks against leading Saudi figures. Syria's intelligence service, the report says, is recruiting Saudi, Algerian and Moroccan extremists who live in Syria and Jordan to target key members of the House of Saud, including Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the Kingdom's former Ambassador to Washington and current head of the Saudi National Security Council. The Syrian campaign appears to be motivated by revenge; observers say officials in Damascus blame recent acts of violence in the Ba'athist state on Saudi and Saudi-influenced extremists. (Kuwait Al Seyassah, October 20, 2006)

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

2. Lieberman: "Jews and Arabs can never live together"
Subject: Jews and Arabs can never live together, says Israel's vice PM Lieberman
[Extracts Only]
Jews and Arabs can never live together, says Israel's vice PM Lieberman
By Harry de Quetteville in Jerusalem, The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
Last Updated: 12:13am GMT 05/11/2006

In his first interview since taking office - exclusively with The Sunday Telegraph - Mr Lieberman said that the best means of achieving peace in the Middle East would be for Jews and Arabs to live apart, including those Arabs who now live inside Israel.

Israel was on the "front line of a clash of civilisations between the free world and extremist Islam," he said.

On Iran, he said: "Every week, the president of Iran declares his intention to destroy us."

Mr Lieberman, 48, the leader of Yisrael Beitanu (Israel Our Home), who has previously urged Israel to bomb Teheran, said: "Iran is the base of an axis of evil which is a problem for all the world."

Mr Lieberman, whose addition to the coalition as "strategic threat" minister
prompted the resignation of a cabinet colleague, also said that Israel's 1.25 million Arab minority was a "problem" which required "separation" from the Jewish state. "We established Israel as a Jewish country," he said. "I
want to provide an Israel that is a Jewish, Zionist country. It's about what kind of country we want to see in the future. Either it will be an [ethnically mixed] country like any other, or it will continue as a Jewish country."

Ophir Pines-Paz, the former culture minister who resigned in protest, decried Mr Lieberman's politics as "racist", adding that the new vice prime-minister - a former bouncer who emigrated from the former Soviet republic of Moldova in 1978 - was himself "a strategic threat to Israel".

Beyond that, however, protest has been muted. There have been no mass demonstrations. Few voters or politicians seem scandalised as they were in 2003.

Analysts say the smooth appointment of a man recently considered an extremist -rabble-rouser is a sign of political radicalisation in Israel.

"After the summer war in Lebanon, many Israelis have moved to the Right,"
said Gideon Doron, professor of political science at Tel Aviv University.
"They think security is bad and trust Palestinians and Arabs less. They don't believe in the possibility of peace through negotiations, so Lieberman has become the centre of a new consensus."

Mr Olmert has insisted that the addition of Israel Our Home to his coalition is tactical rather than political. It bolsters his majority in the Knesset to 78 out of 120 seats, allowing him a margin of security in a country known for its revolving-door governments.

But while Mr Olmert says Israel Our Home will not change government policy, it seems almost inconceivable that the prime minister's main election promise of withdrawing tens of thousands of Jewish settlers from the West Bank will be implemented with Mr Lieberman - himself a settler - in the cabinet.

Mr Lieberman, for one, has other ideas. He has no intention of withdrawing Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Instead, he wants to keep them while, "in return", redrawing Israel's border to eject thousands of Israeli Arabs from the country.

"Minorities are the biggest problem in the world," he said in his soft, Russian-accented English. Asked if Israeli citizens of Arab descent should be forced out through territorial redistribution, he said: "I think separation between two nations is the best solution. Cyprus is the best model. Before 1974, the Greeks and Turks lived together and there were frictions and bloodshed and terror.

"After 1974, they constituted all Turks on one part of the island, all Greeks on the other part of the island and there is stability and security."

When it was pointed out that in Cyprus thousands were forcibly driven from their homes, he replied: "Yes, but the final result was better."

Later, an aide to Mr Lieberman tried to flesh out his remarks. "Israeli Arabs don't have to go," he said. "But if they stay they have to take an oath of allegiance to Israel as a Jewish Zionist state."

Mr Lieberman does not explain how he plans to separate Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem, whose eastern half is home to several hundred thousand Palestinians but which Israel has annexed to form its "eternal and undivided capital". The aide said: "He will not compromise on Jerusalem."

Such hawkish, straightforward sentiments have made Mr Lieberman the most powerful new force in Israeli politics. Since he split with the Likud party and its leader, the former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to form his own party in 1999, he has in effect monopolised the votes of more than a million Russian immigrants. At elections earlier this year, Israel Our Home demolished Likud's traditional grip on the Right to win 11 seats.

Mr Lieberman insists that the world must unite against "an axis of evil led by Iran. Iran is the biggest threat. It's a problem for the whole world, but Israel really has a bad location. We are on the front line between the clash of civilisations between the free world and the extremist Islamic world." His use of the phrase "clash of civilisations" is another example of what Mr Doron calls Mr Lieberman's "popular straight-talking". But there is one subject on which Mr Lieberman is uncharacteristically coy. When asked if he wants to lead the country one day, he smiled and said: "It's too early for that."

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of explorator 9.28
From: david meadows <>

Not sure whether this is the same Syrian tomb as the one we mentioned last week ... interesting details about sacrifices of various beasties:

... this is the one we mentioned last week:

Babylonian cuisine:

Searching for Parthian remains near Ecbatana:

Locating Sodom and Gomorrah:

An inscription of the general who took Masada:

Not sure how you "stumble upon" something while swimming, but
a lifeguard has found a 4000 b.p. iron anchor near Netanya: (JPost)

More coverage of the Delphic Oracle stuff: (Live Science via Yahoo),2933,226504,00.html

Viking era coins from Sweden (is it my imagination, or are most
finds in this part of the world made by schoolkids?):,2933,226231,00.html

... a blogpost tells of other finds too:

A 'new' Viking inscription with runes:

This is different (and I'm somewhat skeptical) ... examination
of a fingerprint purported to belong to Leonardo da Vinci
suggests he may have "Middle Eastern" roots:

Strange trial of a 92-year-old archaeologist in Turkey (it's
interesting that no one seems to be questioning the claim
itself): (G&M) (JPost)

Most haunted roadways in Britain (in the spirit of Hallowe'en,
of course):,,1935459,00.html

Review of Ole Benedictow, *The Black Death*:,,25340-2432149,00.html

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Lives of the Week:

New Jersey paper currency:

Interesting George Washington skull and crossbones funeral medal (make sure you look at the reverse):

4. New Runic Stones Found in Denmark
Possible third Jellinge stone found
By The Copenhagen Post
Archaeologists believe they have found a new Viking-era stone engraved with ancient Danish Rune writing

Archaeologists from Vejle Museum think they may have found a third 'Jellinge stone' - a large rock with carved runes and considered the first examples of written language in Denmark.
The researchers have found seven stones in all, which they believe date from the 10th century. Jellinge stones tell of the founding of Denmark and of Christianity's arrival in the country.

Even if the stones do not yield a true Jellinge stone, the find is still significant.

'I have no doubts that this is a prehistoric structure,' said Peter Mohr Christensen, one of Vejle Museum's archaeologists, to Ritzau.

The stones - some up to two square meters in size - lay partially buried in the area surrounding Jellinge church on Jutland, the site of the original two stones. Christensen believes the stones and the hill where they were found served as a ship launch for the Vikings or perhaps later groups.

The older of the two known Jellinge stones was raised ca. 950 by King Gorm the Old, recognising him as the first king of Denmark. His lineage runs all the way to the current monarch, Queen Margrethe II, making the Danish royal family the oldest ruling dynasty in Europe.

The larger Jellinge stone was raised by Gorm's son, Harald Bluetooth, in memory of his parents. Its runes tell of the Danes conversion to Christianity - or at least Harald's declaration of such, since it was unlikely many in Denmark were even aware of Christianity at that time.

It is only rumour that there exists a third Jellinge stone, but Christensen is still excited about the find.

'It could be fun to turn the stones over and see whether there is anything written on them. But it is interesting as well that they could cast new light on Jellinge Hill's significant shipping site.'

5. New York Times: Iraq under Sadam was on the verge of obtaining a nuclear bomb!
<<Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Husseins scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.>>

The Gulf War  (also called the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, or Second Gulf War) took place in 19901991.

The Second Gulf War (called by the U.S. military  "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and the UK military as "Operation TELIC") was in 2003.

Jerusalem News-526
Date: 16 Heshvan 5767, 7 November 2006
1. Jewish Roots in Spain
2. White Gold: European Slaves of Muslim Overlords
3. William McGonagall  "the world's worst poet"
4. "A Larger Israel" Needed!
5. War with Syria is Coming?

1. Jewish Roots in Spain
With Jewish Roots Now Prized, Spain Starts Digging
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TOLEDO, Spain Spain has sometimes been slow to recognize its own treasures. Miguel de Cervantes was slipping into obscurity after his death until he was rescued by foreign critics. El Grecos paintings were pulled from oblivion by the French. The Muslim palace of Alhambra had fallen into neglect before the American author Washington Irving and others wrote about it in the 1800s.

Now, 500 years after expelling its Jews and moving to hide if not eradicate all traces of their existence, Spain has begun rediscovering the Jewish culture that thrived here for centuries and that scholars say functioned as a second Jerusalem during the Middle Ages.

Weve gone from a period of pillaging the Jews and then suppressing and ignoring their patrimony to a period of rising curiosity and fascination, said Ana Mara Lpez, the director of the Sephardic Museum in Toledo, a hub of Jewish life before the Jews were expelled or forced to convert to Christianity in 1492 during the Inquisition.

Cities and towns across Spain are searching for the remains of their medieval synagogues, excavating old Jewish neighborhoods and trying to identify Jewish cemeteries. Scholars say they are overwhelmed with requests from local governments to study archaeological findings and ancient documents that may validate a regions Jewish heritage.

Other people are joining in, delving into family histories to hunt for signs of Jewish ancestry. I dont go a week without someone calling and asking me if their last name has Jewish roots, said Javier Castao, an expert in Spains Jewish history at the Higher Council for Scientific Research in Madrid.

Its the opposite of 300 years ago when people changed their last names to Spanish names and looked for ancestors of pure Spanish blood, he said. Now its trendy to say you have Jewish roots.

This whole revival is a very important and positive contribution, Mr. Castao said. The problem is that in some cases people are falsifying the past by creating a Jewish patrimony that never existed.

Spain had the most vibrant Jewish population in Europe before the expulsion of 1492, and it produced one of the most influential cultural legacies in Jewish

It was here that Hebrew was reborn as a language suitable not just for prayer and liturgy but for poetry and other secular pursuits, contributing to the advent in Spain of what has been called a golden age of Jewish literature, philosophy and science in the 10th and 11th centuries.

In the minds of her sons and daughters, Sepharad was a second Jerusalem, Jane S. Gerber wrote in her book The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience.

Expulsion from Spain, therefore, was as keenly lamented as exile from the Holy Land, she said.

Scholarly interest in this chapter of Jewish history has been intensifying in Spain for decades, but only recently has it extended to the public.

Besides the revival of Jewish neighborhoods, there has been an explosion of books on Jewish themes, with 200 to 250 published every year, and new museums, cultural centers, restaurants and musical groups devoted to Sephardic traditions.

Medieval festivals that have typically included only Muslims and Christians are now seeking to add Jewish participants.

Still, despite the new enthusiasm for Spains Jewish heritage, intolerance toward Jews here is far from a thing of the past, the leaders say.

A contradictory element in all this is that a new anti-Semitism is also developing in Spain, said Jacobo Israel Garzn, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain. It uses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as its source, but it passes very quickly from anti-Israelism to anti-Semitism.

Mr. Israel said the number of Jews in Spain today was still small, 40,000 to 50,000. But he said the population was growing steadily thanks to immigration, particularly from North Africa, where so many Jews fled after the expulsion 500 years ago.

2. White Gold: European Slaves of Muslim Overlords
New book reopens old arguments about slave raids on Europe,3604,1166720,00.html
US scholar claims more than 1m people were captured by African pirates

Rory Carroll, Africa correspondent
Thursday March 11, 2004
The Guardian
[Extracts Only]

North African pirates abducted and enslaved more than 1 million Europeans between 1530 and 1780 in a series of raids which depopulated coastal towns from Sicily to Cornwall, according to new research.

Thousands of white Christians were seized every year to work as galley slaves, labourers and concubines for Muslim overlords in what is today Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya, it is claimed.

Scholars have long known of the slave raids on Europe. But American historian Robert Davis has calculated that the total number captured - although small compared with the 12 million Africans shipped to the Americas in later years - was far higher than previously recognised.

His new book, Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800, concluded that 1 million to 1.25 million ended up in bondage.

Villages and towns on the coast of Italy, Spain, Portugal and France were hardest hit but the raiders also seized people in Britain, Ireland and Iceland. According to one account they even captured 130 American seamen from ships that they boarded in the Atlantic and Mediterranean between 1785 and 1793.

To keep the slave population stable, around one quarter had to be replaced each year, which for the period 1580 to 1680 meant around 8,500 new slaves per annum, totalling 850,000.

The same methodology would suggest 475,000 were abducted in the previous and following centuries.

The arrival of gold from the Americas and the shipping of slaves from west Africa squeezed the traditional business of the Barbary merchant fleet which was transporting gold and slaves from southern to northern Africa, so they turned their gaze to Europe, said Prof Blanchard.

However David Earle, author of The Corsairs of Malta and Barbary and The Pirate Wars, said that Prof Davis may have erred in extrapolating from 1580-1680 because that was the most intense slaving period: "His figures sound a bit dodgy and I think he may be exaggerating."

Dr Earle also cautioned that the picture was clouded by the fact the corsairs also seized non-Christian whites from eastern Europe and black people from west Africa. "I wouldn't hazard a guess about the total."

According to one estimate, 7,000 English people were abducted between 1622-1644, many of them ships' crews and passengers. But the corsairs also landed on unguarded beaches, often at night, to snatch the unwary.

Almost all the inhabitants of the village of Baltimore, in Ireland, were captured in 1631, and there were other raids in Devon and Cornwall.

Reverend Devereux Spratt recorded being captured by "Algerines" while crossing the Irish sea from Cork to England in April 1641 and in 1661 Samuel Pepys wrote about two men, Captain Mootham and Mr Dawes, who were also abducted.

Last year it was announced that one of the richest treasure wrecks found off the coast of Devon was a 16th-century Barbary ship en route to catch English slaves.

Although the black Africans enslaved and shipped to North and South America over four centuries outnumbered Prof Davis's estimates of white European taken to Africa by 12-1, it is probable they shared the same grim conditions.

While Africans laboured on sugar and cotton plantations the European slaves were put to work in quarries, building sites and galleys and endured malnutrition, disease and maltreatment.

Ruling pashas, entitled to an eighth of all captured Christians, housed them in overcrowded baths known as baos and used them for public works such as building harbours and cutting trees. They were given loaves of black bread and water.

The pasha's female captives were more likely to be regarded as hostages to be bargained for ransom but many worked as attendants in the palace harem while awaiting payment and freedom, which in some cases never came. Some slaves bought by private individuals were well treated and became companions, others were overworked and beaten.

3. William McGonagall  "the world's worst poet"
<<ALREADY hailed as the world's worst poet, William McGonagall is poised to claim the title of the world's worst playwright, thanks to a newly discovered manuscript. >>
The poems (deliberately or not) are not bad and ingenuously entertaining.

To my mind they affirm the principle that speech needs to express meaning and as long it does that it is correct.

4. "A Larger Israel" Needed!
From: valerie knowles
Subject: Fwd: [Tamar-Yonah] Tonight:
 "A Larger Israel: Expanding Israel's Borders"
Well my goodness!
This sounds good enough to stay up for!!![]
From: Tamar Yonah <>
Subject: [Tamar-Yonah] Tonight: "A Larger Israel: Expanding Israel's Borders"
Tonight on The Tamar Yonah Show!   Tonight      Tonight     Tonight  

Topic: A Larger Israel:
Expanding Israel's Borders

Today, the thinking goes, if Israel just gives up land, the Arabs would give Israel peace. Israeli born author David Naggar turns the tables and explains how a LARGER Israel would have a better chance at securing peace, and be good for the World. 
Read his book

The Case for a Larger Israel
posted on the web now!
Naggar: "In light of heightened Middle-East turmoil, there is pressure on the international community to lay the groundwork for a solution now.
Publishing this book on the web is the most productive way to refocus the international debate away from how to implement an unworkable two-state solution within the confines of Israel and "the territories," and toward a debate about the size Israel (and possibly a Palestinian State) should be, in order to be self-sustaining and viable in the long run.

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We have NOT yet read this work but from what we can see it is worth investigating.

5. War with Syria is Coming?
From: Steve Collins <>
Subject: Fw: article Israel to be in WAR soon

Shalom Yair,
This item from a website was mailed to me and I'm forwarding it FYI.
Hezbollah may think it won a "victory" over Israel recently, but it was an entirely defensive struggle on its part and they had years to burrow themselves into the ground and the Israeli army was not fully used. If Hezbollah and Syria attempt to invade Israel, they must all come out of their lairs into the open. This will make them easy targets.

'War within 10 months'
Israeli military assessment warns Syria, Hezbollah seeking to attack

Jerusalem News-527
Date: 17 Heshvan 5767, 8 November 2006
1. Muslims Still Enslaving White Women!
2. UK [Muslim] plotter sought to kill thousands
3. Map of The Legitimate Biblical Borders of Israel
4. Guysen Israel News: Wednesday
5. Arutz-7 Features
Photo Feature: Elon Moreh, Living in Abrahams Footsteps
Israel Develops Laser to Destroy Roadside Bombs
Arab Brain Drain Continues


1. Muslims Still Enslaving White Women!
re Jerusalem News-526
#2. White Gold: European Slaves of Muslim Overlords

I've got news for you Yair. The Muslims still are enslaving white European woman. I am a first hand witness to this fact as I once lived in Brunei and the Sultan's brother would import woman by way of misleading them with information that these girls would be doing above board things as entertainment.  They were recruited by  two modeling agencies they themselves set up as a front that i know of (I'm sure there is more).One was in Los Angeles and the other was in Las Vegas. The wannabee women who just didn't make the cut in modeling were offered an opportunity to be escorts for the Sultan. Escorts to dinner and shows etc... They were never told about the sexual favors they would be asked to perform. They were returned home with a big check. The process went like this: a group of girls would be sent to one of their 'guest houses'. They would then be sent to the Sultan's hospital to get checked for venereal diseases. Their passports were taken away so they had no autonomy. These girls were dressed in riding boots and chaps and were paraded before the playboy friends of the Prince to choose which woman they wanted that night when they had Polo matches. It was disgusting. I felt very sorry for the girls. The Former Miss America was stuck up in this mess. She was a moral girl and blew the whistle on this. Her name was Shannon Marketic. I read her story in People nine years ago. This is still happening all across the I hear. Please do not use my name nor isp because this info can be dangerous. Please copy and paste so there is no trail. Thanks for your consideration in this.

2. UK [Muslim] plotter sought to kill thousands
November 8, 2006
[Extracts Only]
A MUSLIM convert plotted mass murder in Britain and the US then submitted his carefully laid plans to the al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan for approval, a British court has heard.

Dhiren Barot, 34, planned to set off a radioactive dirty bomb and attack hotels, buildings and railway stations with gas bombs in cars, a Crown prosecutor told the court in what may be Britain's most significant terrorist trial since the September 11 attacks on the US.

Barot, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and was due to be sentenced yesterday, began planning his attacks in 2000 and predicted they would create "another memorable black day for the enemies of Islam," the court heard.

He and seven alleged co-conspirators who will stand trial in April also planned to pack stretch limousines with gas canisters and explosives and detonate them in car parks under buildings, prosecutor Edmund Lawson, QC, told Woolwich Crown Court.

Barot's plans contained detailed notes on the lay-out of major London railway stations and hotels such as the Savoy. How far advanced they were is unclear, but they were "costed and, most chillingly, drawn up as business plans to kill hundreds if not thousands of people without warning," Mr Lawson said.

Barot was arrested in August 2004 in an "outstanding counter-terrorist operation" lasting 2 years. Barot, who was born in India to a middle-class Hindu family, moved to London as a baby in 1972. He converted to Islam as a young man and, in 1995, reportedly travelled to Pakistan for terrorist training. He fought in Kashmir and wrote a book about jihad.

Not identified as a terrorist suspect until June 2004, two months before his arrest, Barot was skilled at evading surveillance, Mr Lawson said.

He rarely spent more than one night at an address and managed to throw security agents off his tail in July 2004 an incident that probably provoked his arrest six days later.

3. Map of The Legitimate Biblical Borders of Israel
Map of Israel as it should be according to the Bible and as it will be (God willing) in the near future.
This map should be considered a conservative depiction since the actual borders in reality could be far more expansive.

Land of Greater Israel

4. Guysen Israel News: Wednesday
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News november 08, 2006
[] 2006-11-07 , 16 Heshvan 5767
23:36  The orthodox mobilization against the Gay Pride parade is continuing in Jerusalem. Rocks were hurled at a building in which Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupoliansky was attending a celebration. The police rescued him from the building unhurt.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
23:34  Arcadi Gaydamak, the Israeli Russian millionaire and owner of Beitar Jerusalem, met with the organizers of the Gay Pride parade this evening to persuade them to hold their march outside of Jerusalem. He is planning to finance the transfer of the march himself.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
23:08  A major archeological discovery: during excavations in the Holyland park in Jerusalem, a 4000 year old cemetery was unearthed. Amulets imitating Egyptian scarabes and other objects made of iron, and weapons and work tools from the Bronze Age were found. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
22:25  The IslamicJihad is threatening a new wave of suicide attacks in Israel.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
21:49  250 orthodox are demonstrating in Beit Shemesh against the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem. The police dispersed the crowd. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
20:43  The disengagement from the Gaza Strip has brought Ashkelon within the range of kassam rockets. According to the president of the Likud parliamentary group, Gidon Saar, the rockets fired on Ashkelon are a direct consequence of the unilateral withdrawal. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
17:31  A special unit of the Israeli police has just arrested three terrorists in a cafe in Ramallah who were planning to carry out a kidnapping in Israel in the next few days.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
16:33  In the last hour, 5 kassam rockets fell on and around Ashkelon. A woman was taken to hospital in a state of shock. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
14:55  The trial of Bruno Gollnisch has opened in France. The number two in the "Front National" is being tried for denying the Holocaust. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
12:45  In a personal initiative, Shas Minister for Commerce and Industry Eli Yishai is petitioning the Supreme Court to cancel the Gay Pride parade. "Why don't they organize their march in Mecca or in the Vatican. It's an explosive belt that could ignite the entire Middle East", he added. The Shas minister will be taking part in the counter demonstration to the Gay Pride event on Friday. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

5. Arutz-7 Features
Photo Feature: Elon Moreh, Living in Abrahams Footsteps
Very nice photos of a former center of the Tribe of Joseph.
Takes about a minute (or less) to upload. Recommended.

Alon Moreh
Aerial Photo of Elon Moreh, Samaria, Israel
Taken by Peace Now Sponsored by the EU

Israel Develops Laser to Destroy Roadside Bombs

Arab Brain Drain Continues

Jerusalem News-528
Date: 18 Heshvan 5767, 9 November 2006
1. Poll: Most Popular Leaders in Israel
2. Arutz Sheva News Thursday,
3. Deputy Minister of Defense Ephraim Sneh
'IDF must stop Iran'

1. Poll: Most Popular Leaders in Israel
8 November 2006

Poll conducted by Israel Center for Youth Leadership finds:
Most Influential Non-Political Figure in Israel is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. 2nd
place is Arkadi Gaydamak

(Jerusalem, Israel) - The Israel Center for Youth Leadership, a non-profit
organization aimed at developing a new generation of leaders in Israel,
conducted a poll of youth aged 14-30 on the subject of "Israeli youth's
perception of leadership," together with Smith Research & Consulting.

The results put leading Israeli sephardi rabbi and Shas spiritual leader
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in first place as the single most influential Israeli
with 27% of the vote; Arkadi Gaydamak, the wealthy Russian Israeli
businessman and owner of Betar Jerusalem soccer team was picked second with
20%. Gaydamak has recently be involved in a number of high profile gestures
to the Israeli public such as establishing a tent city for residents of the
North during the recent war in Lebanon. Secular youth chose Gaydamak as the
most influential figure with 23% of those polled, while 62% of
ultra-Orthodox youth picked Rabbi Yosef. The American film director and
producer Steven Spielberg received 8%.

In other results most of those polled labeled Moses as the greatest Jewish
leader of all time (48%). Theodore Herzl placed second with 19%, and David
Ben Gurion was third with 14%. No current Israeli leader received a vote in
this category. The greatest historical figure of all time was King David
(52%) followed by Napoleon Bonaparte with 10% and Winston Churchill with 8%.

Additionally, the vast majority (84%) feel that Israeli leaders need
extensive military experience. Two-thirds believe that today's teachers are
not exemplary leadership role models, and two-thirds felt that the current
leadership was more concerned with "spin" than with "real issues." Only 6%
believe "strongly" that today's leaders were dealing effectively with the
country's real problems.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

2. Arutz Sheva News Thursday,
November 09, 2006, 18 Cheshvan 5767
By Hillel Fendel and Hana Levi Julian

In light of dozens of terrorist warnings and hundreds of thousands of expected protestors, the homosexual parade scheduled for Friday has been replaced by a rally. Only minor protests are expected.

While the Supreme Court prepares to hand down its response to four petitioners who demand that the parade be legally stopped, the organizers have essentially thrown in the towel on their own. 

Fearful that the police would cancel the parade because of both increasing terror warnings and unyielding religious-community threats to actively protest it, the Jerusalem Open House - organizer of the parade - pre-emptively canceled it on its own. 

Instead, it will hold a closed event in the stadium of the Givat Ram campus of Hebrew University, not far from the government complex.

Organizers of the religious protests convened afterwards to decide if and how to continue the protests.  One rabbi from the Shas Party camp, Rabbi Eldad Shmueli, said that though he perceived a victory of sorts, "it is still our obligation to protest against a public display of rebellion against G-d.  True, it is not in the streets - but it is in an open stadium, and the desecration is nearly the same...  We cannot be concerned with public opinion, but rather with protesting against oben rebellion against G-d's will."

Speaking with Arutz-7, Rabbi Shmueli explained how he sees the "Divine hand" in evidence throughout the last few months:  "The left-wing public often threatens that when they finish with the Arab problem and bring peace, then they'll start dealing with the religious problems - which means to make war with us.  So we see that when they wanted to hold this international abomination parade last summer, the war in Lebanon came along to stop them.  And now again, they were about to hold it - and suddenly comes this event in Beit Hanoun with the 20 dead that compels the police to have to deal with terror threats.  Not to mention that some of them simply became afraid to march..."

Afterwards, at approximately 4 PM, it was learned that the leaders of the largest groups of protestors - hareidi-religious sage Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Eida Hareidit head Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss - had agreed not to protest against the planned stadium rally tomorrow.
However, their conditions include: the release of all the hareidi protestors arrested this week, no parade next year, and no signs of the rally outside the stadium.  It is likely that only the first condition will be fulfilled.

Meanwhile, the Komemiyut religious activist organization conducted a parade of sheep, horses, dogs and donkeys in Jerusalem this afternoon, in protest of the homosexual march. The theme of the parade is that bestiality and homosexuality are both forbidden, in consecutive verses, by the same Torah (Leviticus 18).  A court petition by an animal rights' organization against the march was turned down, but the organizers were warned to treat the animals without cruelty.

Israel police are operating on a Level 3 alert following the deaths of 19 Arab civilians in an apparent IDF mishap during a retaliatory artillery attack against rocket launching areas in northern Gaza.
Palestinian Authority leaders and terrorist organizations have called for Arabs to attack Jews both in Israel and worldwide.

Police reported more than 80 terror alerts this morning, including 15< hot alerts, referring to credible intelligence information of specific planned attacks.

By Hillel Fendel

Five more rockets were fired at Sderot and the western Negev today,
with one landing just outside the office of the Yeshiva dean in
Sderot.  No one was hurt.

The Kassam rocket attacks on the citizens of Sderot and other Negev
towns continue incessantly.  Two rockets hit Kibbutz Be'eri, causing
light damage to a barn.  Another rocket rained down on the Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot shortly before 10 AM.

"I was in my office preparing for a class," Yeshiva Dean Rabbi David
Fendel said, "and I heard the shriek of the rocket with which we have
become so familiar.  A few seconds later, it smashed down just two
meters away, with a tremendous crash."

Hundreds of students were in the study hall at the time, and they say
that the uneventful results of the rocket were a "miracle."  "When
they arrived on the scene and saw the rocket and its thick, black
smoke," eyewitnesses said, "they immediately broke out in song and
thanksgiving to G-d at the great miracle that had occurred."

"No one was hurt, thank G-d - but no thanks to our government," the
Rosh Yeshiva said. "The government is busy apologizing about what
happened yesterday, instead of making sure the same thing doesn't
happen to its own citizens.  What is needed is to retake the areas of
Dugit and Elei Sinai from where our army ran away last year - what is
called a proper Zionist response - or else the terrorists will
continue to think they will succeed in throwing us out of Sderot, just
as they did from Gush Katif."

Michael Siman-Tov, an administrator in the yeshiva who was also in the
offices at the time, told Arutz-7, "I head the shriek and immediately
ran to the shelter. I don't usually do that , but after yesterday's
rockets, which landed nearby, I decided to make a run for it.  Running
outside in the open might be considered taking a chance, but on the
other hand, being inside these flimsy buildings is also like being

The yeshiva students often make their way to the sites of Kassam
landings to offer their support, and just yesterday they held a
protest-prayer service not far from where a rocket landed just hours
before.  Today, they did not have far to go.

The IDF reported that it had liquidated the head of the Kassam
production enterprise in Gaza, Ahmed Awad of Hamas, in a Wednesday
night offensive.

Following the IDF's anti-Kassam "Operation Autumn Clouds," army
sources said that the offensive had been successful and that the
rocket launching cells had been pushed out of Beit Hanoun - less than
two aerial kilometers from Sderot - and to the south.  It was also
stated that the accuracy of the Kassam launchings had been impaired.
The people of Sderot, however, have not felt any difference in the
quantity or accuracy of the rockets upon their town over the past few

Chaim, a resident of one of the Kibbutzim in the area, told Army Radio
today that life in the area has been operating under the dark fear of
Kassam rockets.  "No one can promise what type of psychological damage
the children will suffer for having to hide under chairs every time a
rocket is fired," he said.  A 13-year-old boy was lightly wounded by a
rocket yesterday, and several Sderot residents were hurt by shrapnel.

By Hana Levi Julian

A new study conducted by professors at Leipzig University shows that anti-Semitism is once again rearing its head in a population that still yearns to be a world power run by a dictatorship.

The two unidentified researchers who conducted the study for the German Friedrich Ebert Fund surveyed 5,000 German citizens to determine their level of agreement with extreme right-wing views.  The results were troubling.

The findings showed that 18 percent of Germans believe Jews have too much influence in the country.  Fourteen percent said that Jews are more inclined to cheat in business, and an equal number said Jews are not fit to live in Germany because they are different.

Those who expressed anti-Semitic views were primarily elderly and unemployed; the more educated the respondent, the less anti-Semitic were his or her expressed views.  Men were more anti-Semitic than women.

Anti-Semitism was found to be higher in western Germany than eastern Germany, and was more prevalent in the wealthy provinces of Bavaria and Nordrhein-Westfalia, where 10 percent revealed anti-Semitic sentiments.  Only 4 percent of the respondents in eastern Germany expressed anti-Semitic views.

Additional findings by the researchers showed equally problematic trends:15 percent believe Germans are naturally superior to other people
28 percent long for Germany to return to its position
as a major international player and condone using force to reach the position [they] deserve26 percent hope for a single popular party to take control of the nation9 percent support a German dictatorship
35 percent in western Germany and 44 percent in the east said foreigners come to Germany only to exploit it.

The German-language study is posted on the homepage of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

3. Deputy Minister of Defense Ephraim Sneh
'IDF must stop Iran'

"I am not advocating an Israeli preemptive military action against Iran, and I am aware of all of its possible repercussions," Sneh stressed. "I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort."

In the most dramatic comments to date by a senior government member on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program, the former IDF brigadier-general described an untenable scenario of Israel "living under a dark cloud of fear from a leader committed to its destruction."

He said he was afraid that, under such a threat, "most Israelis would prefer not to live here; most Jews would prefer not to come here with their families; and Israelis who can live abroad will. People are not enthusiastic about being scorched."

Thus the danger, Sneh elaborated, was that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would "be able to kill the Zionist dream without pushing a button. That's why we must prevent this regime from obtaining nuclear capability at all costs."

Jerusalem News-529
Date: 22 Heshvan 5767, 13 November 2006
1. Articles by Matthias Kuentzel
2. Welsh Genealogy Project
3. A7news: Sunday, November 12, 2006,
(6. Academic Boycott Against Israel Continues
(7. US Uses Veto Power to Prevent Condemnation of Israel
4. Archaeology: Explorator 9.29 -Brit-Am Version
5. WORLD TRIBUNE. Israeli intelligence:

Bin Laden is dead, heir has been chosen

1. Articles by Matthias Kuentzel
Titles include:
Ahmadinejad's World
Why Israel's Reaction is Right
Ahmadinejad's Demons
Are 500,000 Keys to Paradise Enough?
A Sense Of Foreboding
The Booksellers of Tehran
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Suicide Bombing for a Higher Ideal?
A Dubious Achievement: Joschka Fischer, the Road Map, and the Gaza Pullout
National Socialism and Anti-Semitism in the Arab World
Antisemitism in the Middle East: Abbas and Hamas
The Roots of Delusion
European Roots of Antisemitism in Current Islamic Thinking
Brilliant Achievement
Islamic Antisemitism And Its Nazi Roots
German Silence
Jihadism and Antisemitism
Germany and the Kosovo

2. Welsh Genealogy Project

A WEBSITE is set to allow keen genealogists to find out whether they are related to the ancient princes of Wales.

The site is being created by an academic at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, based on the work of an Englishman who compiled a massive collection of work on Welsh ancestry.

It will make the task of proving a connection with historical figures such as Hywel Dda, Llywelyn the Great or Owain Glyndr much easier.

The university will create an electronic database of Welsh genealogy between 300 and 1500AD thanks to a grant of 300,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

It is based on the work of Dr PC Bartrum, a native of Hampstead, London, who has no links with Wales, and who worked as meteorologist until his retirement in 1955.
But he has collected information about Welsh ancestry from early works such as Brut y Tywysogion, a manuscript indexed Harley 3859 in the British Library which dates from around 1100, and other manuscripts largely from the 15th century onwards, compiled by heraldic bards, poets who were experts in the ancestral history of noble families.

Professor Gruffydd Aled Williams, the university's head of Welsh, said, "PC Bartrum's work is a mine of information and an important source for academics, historians and literary historians, who study this period. It makes it possible to identify a person's lineage, his period and region with a minimum of effort, work which would otherwise take months of researching original manuscripts.

"By putting all this information online more people will have access to it. From the recent surge in interest in genealogy I am sure the website will become widely used.

"In theory, anyone who can trace their ancestry back to the 16th century should be able to go back much further thanks to Dr Bartrum's work."

In 1974 Dr Bartrum published an eight volume series called Welsh Genealogies AD 300-1400 (University of Wales Press), and in 1983 he published another 18 volumes, Welsh Genealogies AD 1400-1500 (National Library of Wales).

Since their publication Dr Barturm, who was born in 1907, has revised the work adding significant amendments and corrections. He has also handed his own personal set over to the university where a team of researchers has now started on the work of electronically scanning all the work so that it can be published online and as a DVD.

The project involves transferring the thousands of names which have been logged in Dr Bartrum's work to a customised computerised database.

By the time the work is completed in three years' time it will be possible to find the relevant ancestral line simply by entering an individual's name into a search facility.

Prof Williams said, "It will mean that people who can trace their ancestry back to say 1550, will be able to go back even further. It is primarily an academic work but in view of the huge interest in genealogy to so many people it could be used by them.

"When I met Dr Bartrum for the one and only time in 1973 I asked him what motivated him and he said he likes to organise things."

3. A7News: Sunday, November 12, 2006,
21 Cheshvan 5767
(6.  Academic Boycott Against Israel Continues
By Hillel Fendel

The International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom (IAB) at Bar Ilan University says that British bodies continue to unofficially boycott Israeli institutions.

The IAB reports that less than a month ago, the editors of the TSA/TBS translation study series in Great Britain publicized an offer for articles to be sent to them. Prof. Miriam Shlesinger, head of Bar Ilan's Translation and Translation Research Department, who herself had contributed an article to TSA/TBS in 2001, asked the organization if it would be willing to accept articles from Israeli academics. The answer: "From Israelis, yes - but not from Israeli institutions."

TSA/TBS, which belongs to the Manchester-based St. Jerome Publishing, states that it aims to be "unhampered by academic politics."

Its website says it is "committed to promoting high quality research and publication in all areas of translation studies and intercultural communication. ... [Its] first and foremost concern is to ... help create an environment in which the work of promising young scholars can reach the research community, unhampered by bureaucracy or academic politics."

However, it has been reported that one of its workers recently resigned on the backdrop of its policy not to sell books to Israeli institutions.

Academics in Ireland, and Others
Less than two months ago, 61 Irish academics from a wide variety of disciplines called publicly for a moratorium on EU support of Israeli academic institutions until Israel "abides by UN resolutions and ends the occupation of Palestinian territories."

Recently, the NATFHE union of British lecturers voted to boycott their Israeli colleagues who did not publicly declare their opposition to Israel's policies in Judea and Samaria. The ruling was nullified when NATFHE merged with another union to form the University and College Union. However, IAB assumes that the matter will be raised again next year.

This past August, acclaimed British director Ken Loach - the winner of this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival - declared his support for a recent call by Palestinian Authority film-makers and artists to boycott state-sponsored Israeli cultural institutions. Urging others to join the campaign, Loach announced that he would not take part in the Haifa Film Festival or "any other such occasions."

(7.  US Uses Veto Power to Prevent Condemnation of Israel
By Yechiel Spira

The United States has used its veto authority in the United Nations Security Council to prevent a condemnation of Israel.

At the behest of Arab states, the United Nations Security Council convened in urgent session over the weekend. Arab nations hoped to emerge with a condemnation against Israel is hand.

The urgent session dealt with last weeks artillery mishap in the Beit Hanoun area of northern Gaza in which 19 PA (Palestinian Authority) civilians were killed and tens injured.

Since the tragic incident, a number of the more seriously wounded victims were transported to Ichilov Hospital in Petach Tikvah. The preliminary findings of the investigation revealed that a newly-installed electronic component of the artillerys tacking system malfunctioned, sending false reading to the radar responsible for coordinates used to fire artillery shells. Seven of eleven shells fired were 200 meters (yards) off target, striking two homes in the northern Gaza village.

Britain, Slovakia, Japan and Denmark voted against the draft resolution and the United States used its veto authority, stating the resolution failed to address ongoing PA terrorism, the reason the IDF military operation, Autumn Clouds, was launched in the first place. The other nations who refused to support the draft resolution agreed with Americas position, calling the bill biased and one-sided.

US UN Ambassador John Bolton joined his colleagues in expressing sorrow over the loss of life, but stated emphatically that the resolution fails to address true realities in Gaza vis-a-vis ongoing terror against Israeli communities.

It is the ongoing Kassam rocket attacks into the western Negev and Sderot area that compelled the IDF incursion. Israel in the summer of 2005 completed its retreat from Gaza, forcing the expulsion of the approximately 9,500 Jewish residents of the area, setting the stage for independent PA rule throughout Gaza. Despite the move, the rocket attacks against Israeli civilian population centers continue to increase in frequency, while terrorists exhibit tenacious efforts to continue developing longer-range rockets capable of striking deeper into southern pre-1967 Green Line Israel, having succeeded to date in landing rockets in Ashkelon.

Bolton stated the United States is concerned and demands the draft resolution also address ongoing Gaza-based terrorism as well as the support terrorists enjoy from the current Hamas-led PA administration.

4. Archaeology: Explorator 9.29 -Brit-Am Version
From: david meadows <>

Skulls from "various races" have been found in burials near
the Iranian city of Semnan: (Iranmania)

A Bronze Age graveyard where that Second Temple model once was: (JPost) (ME Times)

Online book: Herbert Verreth, *The northern Sinai from the 7th century BC
till the 7th century AD. A guide to the sources*:

Roman and Punic [Phoenjician] finds from Pantelleria:
[Pantelleria is an island belonging to Sicily, Italy, that lies between
Sicily and Tunisia in North Africa] (ANSA)

Roman artifact found in a burial in Sweden: (UPI) (SD)

Global warming is now threatening sites around the world: (Mail and Guardian)

That Google-Earth-reveals-sites story is popping up again: (NG)

Ancient Bibles at the Smithsonian: (Sun)

Clash of Empires:
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5. Israeli intelligence: Bin Laden is dead, heir has been chosen
Wednesday, October 16, 2002

TEL AVIV Osama Bin Laden appears to be dead but his colleagues have decided that Al Qaida and its insurgency campaign against the United States will continue, Israeli intelligence sources said.

Al Qaida terrorists have launched a new campaign of economic warfare and are targeting shipping in the Middle East, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The Israeli sources said Israel and the United States assess that Bin Laden probably died in the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan in December. They said the emergence of new messages by Bin Laden are probably fabrications, Middle East Newsline reported.

But Bin Laden's heir has been chosen and his colleagues have decided to resume Al Qaida's offensive against the United States and Western allies, the sources said.
They said the organization regards the United States as the main target followed by Israel.

"In this case, it doesn't matter whether Bin Laden is alive or not," a senior Israeli intelligence source said. "The organization goes on with help from key people."

The sources said Al Qaida has already determined Bin Laden's heir. They said the heir has not been identified, but is probably not Bin Laden's son, Saad. Saad is said to be in his 20s and ranked within the top 20 members of Al Qaida.

Earlier this week, Bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, was said to have released a videotape in which he claims that the Al Qaida leader is alive and functioning. Bin Laden's voice was not heard on the tape.

A senior Bush administration economic official said last week that another major Al Qaida attack anywhere in the world could have devastating economic repercussions.

The FBI warned last week that Al Qaida may be preparing for a major attack. The warning followed the release of an audio tape featuring the voice of Zawahiri.

Bombings in Bali aimed at tourists, an attack on U.S. soldiers training in Kuwait and the bombing of a French tanker in Yemen are signs of the new campaign, reported in its Oct. 22 edition.

The first attack was carried out last week with the Al Qaida terrorist attack on the French tanker Limburg, a 157,000-ton ultra large crude oil carrier, that was bombed as it picked up a pilot before mooring at the Yemeni port of al Shihr.

One crew member was killed and others were injured in the blast.

According to intelligence officials, a small boat approached at high speed from the starboard side of the ship and detonated a large explosive device.

A week earlier, the Office of Naval Intelligence issued an alert to ships in the Middle East to be alert for Al Qaida terrorist attacks.

Jerusalem News-530
Date: 23 Heshvan 5767, 14 November 2006
1. Extracts from Steven Shamrak
(a) Forgotten Jewish Refugees.
(b) Arab Intention to Annihilate all Jewish Israelis
(c) Lasers for Healing
(d) Anti-Desertification
(e) US Army Helped by Israeli Invention
(f) The Two-Faced World
2. Joseph Puder:
Is an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible?
3. World's forests making a comeback
4. Prof. Paul Eidelberg: Sleeping With the Devil
5. Holocaust Studies:
(a) Annette Herskovits: The Mosque That Sheltered Jews
(b) The Nazis and Arabs had JOINT intentions to exterminate the Jews
(c) Robert Satloff: North African Arabs like Europe

1. Extracts from Steven Shamrak
Editorial Bulletin on the Arab-Israel Conflict
From: Steven Shamrak <>

(a) Forgotten Jewish Refugees.
It is estimated that almost 900,000 Jews were forced from their homes in Arab and Muslim countries in the course of the 20th century. Even the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has twice affirmed that Jews who fled the persecution of Arab countries were indeed refugees in every legal sense of the word.

It is estimated that Jews were robbed of more than $100 billion in personal and communal assets by Arab and Muslim governments. The Israeli governments ignored and refuse to use those facts to neutralize fictitious claims of the Arab propaganda war machine against Israel. As a result, unfortunately, the world only knows about so-called Arab refugees and their well-advertised fictitious claim on Jewish land.

Based on population poll information at the time (not Arab emotional propaganda) around 460,000 Arabs left currently controlled land by Israel, during the war of Independence in 1948. They left after the order from Arab political and religious leaders. The plan was to expose Jews, who were facing the might of Arab armies, to complete annihilation. It would make it easier to kill every Jew, without bothering about identification of Arabs. Another genocide of Jewish people was planned!

When Israel won the war of Independence, the number of so-called Arab refugees almost doubled over night at the end of 1948, after the UN announced that they are entitled to refugee status and international assistance! For several more years after the war, the   world was still betting that the  tiny Jewish state would disappear. International anti-Semites were hoping that Arabs would finish what they started in Europe!

(b) Arab Intention to Annihilate all Jewish Israelis
No Mistake Here. PA Spokesman Dr. Ghazi Hamad said "this country (Israel) must be wiped off the face of the earth." The remarks were made by so-called moderate Hamas leader, after Beit Hanoun incident. One mother lost four of her children in the explosion and what was her reaction?: " I am proud to be the mother of the shahids, it is a great honour and we pray to Allah to compensate us" she boldly told reporters. (Beit Hanoun was an accident, caused by technical error. The statements made by Hamas leaders and Arabs were deliberate and a deeply imbedded hateful act! Mournful mothers do not think or ask for the compensation, immediately after the death of their children!)

(c) Lasers for Healing
Jewish Contribution to Humanity.

Scientists of Ben-Gurion University in southern Israel hope to use highly concentrated light from commercial light bulbs to fight tumours. Laser systems currently used to treat tumours can cost up to $100,000. The new light bulb systems may eventually be sold for about $1,000.

(d) Anti-Desertification
Desertification Forum. Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba hosted a major UN forum in Israel on desertification. Prof. Alon Tal said that desertification currently affects some 400 million people around the world. "Israel has much to offer the international community on desertification, which is an international scourge, and developing countries look to us for leadership."

(e) US Army Helped by Israeli Invention
Saving Lives of American Soldiers . The Israeli Armament Development Authority (Rafael) has developed a laser system, which is called Thor, to destroy roadside bombs, which have killed hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq. The Thor system includes sensors that work either in day or night time conditions to detect the hidden explosive charge. The developers report that the Thor system has already been deployed in combat operations.

(f) The Two-Faced World
International Hypocrisy is still a Live.

Case-1: 18 Arab civilians accidentally killed, due to technical error, last Thursday during the IDF operation against Arab terrorists, responsible for the launching of the Hassam rocket into Israel.

Result: Israel had apologised for the incident. The UN Security Council held a special public session of condemnation of Israel. Incident received wide international press coverage.

Case-2: 68 civilians were killed when a camp Sri Lankan army shelled a camp of 2,000 people, during the operation against Tamil rebels last Thursday.

Result: NO apology from Sri Lankan government. NO 'special' UN Security Council session. Almost, no international press coverage.

Same date, similar actions, different international response!

2. Is an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Possible?
Daily News: Joseph Puder - Nov 10, 2006

Two statements issued by Hamas leaders, one in Damascus and the other in Gaza are perhaps most revealing about the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh unequivocally stated Hamas's position on Israel at a rally last weekend saying, I tell you with all honesty, we will not recognize Israel, we will not recognize Israel, we will not recognize Israel. And Khaled Meshaal reiterated Haniyehs feeling saying that Israel is a cancer that must be pulled out by its roots.

The supposedly secular Fatah party that was created by Arafat and is led today by Palestinian Authority president and chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) themselves) is committed to the armed struggle and the liquidation of the Jewish State in stages.

Although common Palestinians might privately yearn for prosperity and peace, the activists believe that everything must be subsumed to the armed struggle. Such buzz-words as democracy, womens rights, rule of law, and economic prosperity have no meaning in the Palestinian strategy, albeit, employed on occasion to appease western opinion. For this reason, U.S. and Israeli efforts to appeal to the Palestinians on common-sense pocket-book interests carry little resonance.

While Hamas is committed to the Islamic Umma and would like Palestine to resemble Iran, the secular Fatah has no social or economic policy. Their political policy and aims could be summed up as armed struggle.

Quite simply put, those ruling the Palestinians today do not seek to provide economic and social security for their people. If jobs would be created and the economic condition improved, Palestinian willingness to pursue the armed struggle would diminish. That is why the Palestinians did nothing with the resources left by the Israelis in Gaza. Instead of using the hothouses to develop an export industry: Fresh flowers to be exported to Europe as the Israelis did, the Palestinians simply destroyed every shred of Israeli memory.

After 41 years of armed struggle and in spite of the deceitful Oslo Peace Accords the Palestinian leadership has little to show for it. Killing Israelis civilians during Arafats Intifadah (2000-2004) did not bring the Palestinians political or economic gains. On the contrary, the living standard of the Palestinian people deteriorated, and education was adversely impacted. The glorification of martyrdom and the preaching of hate and intolerance towards Jews and Israel damaged the fragile minds of Palestinian children. Moreover, the Palestinian leadership brought many ordinary Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere close to starvation.

The much-heralded news that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) the forerunner of the Palestinian Authority, changed the Palestinian Covenant on paragraphs dealing with Israels right to exist was nothing but a smoke screen to appease President Clinton. Farouk Kaddoumi, the PLOs foreign minister confirmed last week to the Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab, that the Covenant was never changed.

In April 1996, the Peres government allowed many terrorists to enter Israel for a three-day Palestinian National Council (PNC) session on the issue of changing the PLO charter. The clauses calling for Israel 's destruction were to be removed, and afterwards, then-Prime Minister Peres called the outcome "the most important development in the last 100 years." In fact, however, as even left-wing politicians later said, what actually occurred was only a bureaucratic decision by the PNC to establish a committee to discuss the matter.

Moshe Sharon, Professor of Islamic History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem pointed out (Outpost, November 2006) that The time has come for the Jews in that little patch (Israel), who live in a bubble that they created for themselves and inside of which they play peace games, to internalize the simple, clearly manifest truth: there is no peace nor will there be peace in the Middle East as long as an independent Jewish State exists in which Jews and Muslims enjoy equal rights. There is not and there will not be peace in the Middle East unless it is in accordance with Islam: the total destruction of the Jewish State, the destruction of most of its Jewish residents and the transformation of Palestine into an integral part of the Muslim world.

Sharon goes on to say that The (Palestinian) Muslims consider the State of Israel nothing less than a sacred Islamic endowment, a Muslim waqf, that was expropriated from Muslim hands in a momentary tragedy and therefore must be returned to Islamic hands.

The best that Jewish Israel would be able to receive from the Palestinians is a hudnah, a 10-year armistice. The Prophet Muhammad set the precedent for a temporary postponement of Jihad when in 628 CE he signed the Treaty of Hudaybiyya with his Meccan adversaries. Professor Sharon pointed out that Holy War (Jihad) is a strategy and therefore the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan are a sort of interlude. These agreements are between governments, in which the Arab side fulfills only the bare minimumEgypt, which committed itself to stopping the atrocious propaganda against Israel and normalize relations, is the leader of antisemitic activities in the Arab World.
The Israeli public it appears, is less given to illusions of peace than its leaders (particularly its left-wing leaders).

The Israeli daily Haaretz reprts (in November 7, 2006 issue) that according to the Peace Index finding 68% believed that there was no chance for peace, the same percentage recorded in October 2001. The figure was only 40% at the end of the 1990s.

The Western mind it seems is now incapable of accepting reality when dealing with the Islamic Middle East. That reality dictates that peace agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors are at best temporary truces or hudnahs. Successive Israeli governments have seen it as their duty to keep hope for peace alive in spite of the grim facts on the ground of Arab rejectionism of Israel right to exist. Israeli leaders self-delusion is not only dangerous for Israels survival, it fosters American peace plans that waste resources, dash hopes, and ultimately undermines Israel security and territorial integrity.

3. World's forests making a comeback
The Age. Reuters
November 14, 2006 - 12:37PM

Many of the world's forests appear to be making a comeback, and some are more thickly forested now than they were nearly 200 years ago, according to a new study published today.

The United States and China had the greatest gain in forests over the last 15 years, while Brazil and Indonesia lost the most, according to the study published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The research by an international team took a new look at what makes a forest.

Rather than defining it simply as the area covered with trees, the scientists also considered how big the trees were -- how many of them were large enough to be considered timber, also known as growing stock -- how thickly they grew and how much atmospheric carbon was tied up in them.

Releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere spurs global warming. Trees absorb carbon dioxide.

In addition, the scientists took into account the amount of organic material, known as biomass, present in the forest.

By this standard, the researchers found that despite widespread concerns about deforestation, the number of timber-size trees increased from 1990 to 2005 in 22 of the 50 countries with the most forest.

The reasons to care about healthy forests are legion: forests foster biodiversity, anchor soil, slow erosion, and, when trees are allowed to grow to timber size, contribute to the economy in the form of lumber and paper.

In the United States, the transition from deforestation to reforestation took place first in the northeastern state of Connecticut in the early 1900s. Some states, including Texas, made the change only in 2002.

"The United States is doing quite well, but we've done quite well for a period of time," said co-author Roger Sedjo of the Washington-based group Resources for the Future. "Our forests have been more or less stable for the last 100 years."

Other countries made the transition much earlier: Denmark's shift came in 1810, France in the 1830s, Switzerland in the 1860s, Portugal by 1870, Scotland in the 1920s and European Russia in the 1930s.

Sedjo said in a telephone interview that the transition often comes when countries begin to prosper, and are better able to put policies in place that preserve forested land.

Almost every country with a per capita gross domestic product over $4,600 has moved to reforestation, the study found.

Why are the forests returning? Co-author Paul Waggoner of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station noted a set of events that seem to feed on each other.

When countries protect forests, they can grow; at the same time, when farmland is preserved, farmers are less likely to encroach on forests, Waggoner said in an answer to emailed questions.

In Europe, timber imports, energy technology, and economic development that sent country people to the cities also played a role, Waggoner said.

As farm technologies improved, farming concentrated on fertile lands and left marginally fertile forests alone, even as urban migration depleted rural populations.

4. Sleeping With the Devil
 By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

This article is based on Robert Baers book Sleeping With The Devil (2003).  Baer was a case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997.  His overseas assignments included stints in Iraq and Beirut.  Baer, who is fluent in Arabic, handled agents that infiltrated Hezbollah, Fatah, and al-Qaeda. 
Sleeping With The Devil is a partly (CIA) censored account of how the United States, or rather Washington, D.C., has been cohabiting with Saudi Arabia for decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations.  Lets understand why.
Saudi Arabia sits on 25 percent of the worlds proven oil reserves.   Although the Saudi Kingdom has more than eighty active oil and gas fields, half of its proven reserves12.5 percent of all the known oil in the worldis contained in eight fields. 
(According to Baer, if terrorists were to simultaneously hit only five of the many sensitive points in Saudi Arabias downstream oil system, they could put the Saudis out of the oil-producing business for about two years.  A commando boat attack could do the job.}
To appreciate the importance of Saudi oil, on September 12, 2001, less than 24 hours after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Saudis put on the market an extra nine million barrels of oil, going mostly to the United States.  It should be emphasized, however, that Saudi Arabia transferred half a billion dollars to al-Qaeda in the ten years beginning 1992.
No less significant:  The Saudis have financed the construction of thousands of mosques, many in the U.S. which preach a hatred of the West that is as vitriolic as anything heard in Iran at the height of the ayatollahs.  Baer notes that Saudi mosque schools and universities have become hothouses of militant Islam, the breeding grounds of Sunni global terrorism.  Bali, Kenya, Bosnia, Chechnya, and Lower Manhattan all point back to these schools, to Saudi Arabia.
Even while the Saudis spew hatred of America, Washington nurtures this Islamic virus.  Why?  Not because the Saudi government spends more per capita than any other country in the world on arms, but because much of those arms come from U.S. arms dealers.  According to Baer, two-way trade between Saudi Arabia and the United States in 2000 was almost $20 billion.
Thus, while the U.S. arms the Saudis, the Saudis call for a world without Americaas Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has put it. 
Now lets go back to 9/11.  Its well known that 15 of the 19 hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were Saudi nationals.  According to the law, those 15 Saudis should not have been issued visas. By issuing visas to these (unemployed) Saudis, the State Department broke the law.
The Saudis, says Baer, fed the ATM machines for the 9/11 hijackers.   Moreover, When NATO forces raided the offices of the Saudi High Commission for Aid to Bosnia, they found before-and-after photos of the destroyed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and of the World Trade Center (when it still stood), and of the U.S.S. Cole, as well as materials for forging official U.S. identity cards.
Baer notes that every Washington think tank has taken Saudi money, as have numerous lobbyists, PR firms, lawyers, and every presidential library of the last thirty years.  Nor is this all.
Despite CIA censorship, Sleeping With The Devil reveals that there is hardly a living former CIA director, assistant secretary of state for the Near East, White House staffer, or member of Congress who hasnt ended up on the Saudi payroll in one way of another.  At the corporate level, almost every Washington figure worth mentioning has served on the board of at least one company that did a deal with Saudi Arabia.
Baers conclusion:  While Saudi Arabia buys U.S. arms, we buy Saudi oil, refine it, and put it in our automobiles, and a certain small percentage of what we pay for ends up funding terrorist acts against America and American institutions at home and abroad. 
Now Israelis can better understand why Washington endorsed the Road Map to a Palestinian state initiated by Saudi Arabia.  But wait! 
Surely Baers revelations are known to Israels ruling elites.  If so, why doesnt Israels governmentwith plausible deniabilityexpose Washingtons cohabitation with Saudi Arabia?   Instead of the milk-and-toast hasbara [Explanation] that is supposed to endear Americans to Israel, why doesnt the government leak information about this conspiracy?  Is this reticence of Israels ruling elites a matter of timidity or of complicity?
5. Holocaust Studies:
(a) The Mosque That Sheltered Jews
"Their children are like our own children"

"Yesterday at dawn, the Jews of Paris were arrested. The old, the women, and the children. In exile like ourselves, workers like ourselves. They are our brothers. Their children are like our own children. The one who encounters one of his children must give that child shelter and protection for as long as misfortune - or sorrow - lasts. Oh, man of my country, your heart is generous."

- A tract read to immigrant Algerian workers in Paris, asking them to help shelter Jewish children.

by Annette Herskovits

During World War II, when the Germans occupied France, the mosque sheltered resistance fighters and North Africans who had escaped from German POW camps. (The French recruited 340,000 North African troops into the French army in 1939.) When the French police started rounding up Jews and delivering them to the German occupiers, the mosque sheltered Jews as well, most of them children.

The Nazi program called for eliminating all Jews, of any age. More than 11,600 Jewish children under 16, including 2,000 younger than six, were deported from France to be murdered at camps in eastern Europe. Still, 83 percent of the Jewish children living in France in 1939 survived. Most were "hidden," that is, given non-Jewish identities to keep them out of the authorities' reach. This required massive help from the French people.

For more:

This however was an exception, and concerned North Africans who are of mixed origins.
(b) ON the other hand:
The Nazis and Arabs had JOINT intentions to exterminate the Jews
, see:

(c) Robert Satloff
Regarding North Africa under Vichy (Collaborationist French) and Nazi occupation:
<<Arabs were, proportionately, not too different than Europeans * most were indifferent to the fate of Jews around them, a sizable minority participated fully in the persecution, and a small but important fraction helped Jews. In that sense, although the Holocaust was overwhelmingly a European story, it was an Arab story, too.>>
Robert Satloff
author, "Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands"

Jerusalem News-531
Date: 25 Heshvan 5767, 15 November 2006
1. Pope to Address Muslims
2. Israeli ambassador attacked in Ireland
3. Joel Bainerman: Israel supplying its elegant solutions for the aviation industry
5. Were Ancient Egyptians Black or White or In-Between?

1. Pope to Address Muslims
Prophetic trend: Edom and Ishmael will go together?

Extract of: Publisher TOPIC
Informations and Exchanges to the Events of the day
in Biblical perception
  Translated from the German for Brit-Am by Sonja Durski

Visit in Turkey: Will Pope Benedict XVI. speak to a Billion Muslems?

End of November Pope Benedict XVI. will visit Turkey. There it could come to a Historic moment. Because quite unexpected in October the Pope received an invitation from the Supreme Muslim of Turkey, Ali Barkakoglu. The Roman chief-shephard is to be sending a plea of peace and dialogue to over one billion Muslims in the great mosque of Ankara, which is to be published to the whole islamic world with TV-Media.
Strictly the Pope isnt a figure of attraction for many Muslims. Quite the contrary. When John Paul II. as the first Pope in February 2000 celebrated a mass on Egyptian soil, among the 20,000 participants were thousands of Muslims. Also, John Paul II. as the first Roman Pontifex in 2001, he entered a mosque in Damascus and prayed in the presens of Muslim clergyman at the grave of apostle John.
Also, at the Political rank Rome made agreements with the Muslim camp. So at the Worldpopulaions-Meeting 1994, when both parties fighted for the importance of Religious systems. End of October 2006 Pope Benedict XVI. received an Open letter from 38 high-ranking Muslim representatives. Therein they plead the Pope about a honest and fair-minded dialogue and elaborated, what powerforce Christians and Muslims are to be on earth, since they represent 55% of the world population. In addition, they reminded the present Pontifex of the words of his predecessor, who said at a meeting with the Muslim youth 1985 in the sports stadium in Casablanca: We believe in the same God, the only, the living God, who creates the world and who leads his creatures to perfection.
One can be anxious, if Pope Benedict XVI. will follow the footsteps of his predecessor and set a Historic sign regarding the Islam in Turkey.
2. Israeli ambassador attacked in Ireland
Source: Ynetnews
October 09, 2006

Israel's ambassador to Ireland was assaulted by a mob of pro-"Palestinian" protestors Saturday.

Mr. Zion Evrony's speech at the National University of Ireland was disrupted several times by the group of well-organized anti-Israel demonstrators.

After being forced to leave the lecture hall, the rioters waited in ambush for Evrony's car, which they waylaid as the ambassador was trying to leave the premises.

There were no injuries in the incident, but neither did police make any arrests.

3. Israel supplying its elegant solutions for the aviation industry
by Joel Bainerman
Take Urban Aerodynamics Ltd, for example. The company has developed an aviation vehicle that can fly amid skyscrapers and park inside buildings. Its purpose is to become an effective life-saving rescue system.

Called the X-Hawk, the vehicle is a "rotorless" Vertical-Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle. Unlike a helicopter, the X-Hawk's propellers are not extended, but incorporated into the body of the aircraft, enabling it to pull up close to the windows of tall buildings without danger of collision.

Those unique characteristics make the X-Hawk suitable for rescue and law enforcement work: evacuating injured people from high-rise buildings, high speed pursuit and other daring police activities. The X-Hawk is expected to be able to achieve a maximum speed of 200 KPH and to remain airborne for up to an hour and a half (like small helicopters).

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2006, 01:44 PM
Extracts Only:
"Sieg Heil!" on Anniversary of Pogrom Against Jews

German neo-Nazis shouting "Sieg Heil" tore wreaths and candles off a
Jewish memorial on Thursday, the 68th anniversary of the "Night of Broken
Glass" in 1938 when Jews across the country were beaten up or murdered and
had their homes and stores wrecked. Anti-Semitism remains alive in
Germany, President Horst Khler warned.

Police place flowers back on the synagogue memorial stone after arresting
right-wing extremists who attacked it.

A group of jeering youths in the eastern German city of Frankfurt an der
Oder attacked a memorial stone marking the site of the city's former
synagogue after a ceremony of remembrance for the nationwide pogrom in
which it was destroyed in 1938.

Police arrested 16 youths aged between 15 and 24 who shouted "Sieg Heil"
and ripped freshly laid wreaths off the stone. "They were known members of
the far right scene," a police spokesman said. Police guarded the site
during the night to prevent any further unrest.

The synagogue was burned down 68 years ago during "Reichskristallnacht"
(Night of Broken Glass), when hundreds of synagogues were destroyed,
Jewish homes and stores were ransacked and Jews were attacked and beaten
to death across Germany and in parts of Austria.

While attacks by neo-Nazis on Jewish sites are not uncommon, Thursday's
incident was widely reported in the German media because of its timing,
and politicians condemned it.

"People who tear off flowers and candles placed in memory of the millions
of victims of the Holocaust show that they have learned nothing from the
greatest disaster in German history," said Matthias Platzeck, prime
minster of the state of Brandenburg which Frankfurt an der Oder belongs
to. "We mustn't tolerate such excesses here in Brandenburg."

President Horst Koehler, who attended the consecration of a new synagogue
in Munich on Thursday, had warned in his speech at the ceremony that
anti-Semitism was still alive in Germany.

"Still today our dream of a normal Jewish life in Germany clashes with the
reality that there is open and latent anti-Semitism and the number of
violent acts motivated by right-wing extremism is rising," Khler said in
the speech.

"It is all our duty to get involved and act to prevent people being
abused, injured or even murdered due to their religion, origin or
appearance," he added.

The site of Munich's new synagogue is near the building where Nazi
propaganda chief Josef Goebbels delivered a speech that paved the way for
the November 9-10 Kristallnacht. Munich's old main synagogue in the Herzog
Max Strasse had been demolished in June 1938 and two other houses of
worship were destroyed by the Nazis on Kristallnacht.

The anniversary coincided with the publication of a survey indicating that
far- right views remain firmly anchored across German society.
Commissioned by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, the survey of 5,000 people
tested people's views on a number of far-right and xenophobic statements
including this one: "The Jews are more prone than other people to use
nasty tricks to get what they want." Some 15.8 percent of western Germans
and 6 percent of eastern Germans said they agreed with that statement.

The far-right National Democratic Party, which declared solidarity with
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this year after he questioned the
Holocaust and said Israel should be wiped off the map, was quick to claim
that the survey confirmed that its views were becoming mainstream.

The NPD, which calls for the repatriation of foreigners and opposes
immigration, made headlines in September when it won 7.3 percent in
Chancellor Angela Merkel's home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in
a regional election on Sunday, clearing the 5 percent threshold needed to
enter the assembly.

It is now represented in two of Germany's 16 regional parliaments, both of
them in the economically depressed east. Its nationwide poll ratings
remain marginal, however.,1518,437593,00.html
Survey on Right- Wing Extremism: Far- Right Views Established Across
German Society (11/08/2006),1518,447255,00.html

5. Were Ancient Egyptians Black or White or In-Between?
A discussion

Jerusalem News-532
Date: 25 Heshvan 5767, 16 November 2006
1. Gordon Thomas: Al-Qaida's hold in Europe grows
2. Most Popular Israeli Names: Uri and Noa
3. The Re-Newed Sanhedrin?

1. Al-Qaida's hold in Europe grows

British report estimates 4,000 sleeper agents ready to strike
Publishing Date: 18.09.06 12:30
9/11 attacks were launched from Hamburg cell
By Gordon Thomas
Al-Qaida has close to 200,000 sleeper-cell agents and supporters in the United Kingdom and Europe, according to the latest estimate of Britain's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, or JTAC.
Of these, JTAC estimates "at least 4,000 of this number comprise sleeper agents trained to launch attacks on command."
The figure shows a significant increase since the last estimate in 2005.
The country-by-country breakdown was provided by intelligence services not only operating within the European Union but also is based on information provided by the Russian Federal Intelligence Service. Its input is a significant sign of the growing cooperation within the global security community to face the threat of expanding terrorism.
Britain's intelligence services - MI5 and MI6, supported by the country's electronic surveillance organisation, GCHQ - have placed the number of al-Qaida sleeper agents or "active sympathizers" as "around 35,000 and growing."
MI5 believes that, in spite of its recent waves of arrests of terrorist suspects, al-Qaida has continued to run a recruiting drive.
"Many of those recruited are recent converts to Islam," states the JTAC report. "They are organized into military-style units and meet regularly for training in the use of weapons, explosives, combat tactics and indoctrination."
The French security service, DST, estimates "there are now 40,000 active supporters of al-Qaida who provide a variety of services for its sleeper agents."
DST calculates that the number of sleeper agents is today "close to 3,000". A number are believed to have entered the country from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
Spain's foreign intelligence service reveals that there are now "somewhere in the region of 30,000 believers in the al-Qaida cause. The figure shows a significant increase since the Madrid bombings in al-Qaida support within Spain.
BND, the German security service, reported that there are now "around 50,000 al-Qaida sympathizers in the Federal Republic. The "best estimate" for sleeper agents is placed at "around probably 3,000."
BND believes a new recruiting drive is based on the port city of Hamburg, from where several of the 9/11 bombers came.
SISMI, Italy's secret service, has estimated the al-Qaida presence in the country now numbers "over 40,000 of which at least 3,000 are undercover". One of their centers is Bologna, a well-known hotbed of domestic terrorists.
Holland's intelligence service had calculated the number of al-Qaida supporters in the country was "somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000". A growing number were Muslims who had arrived from the Balkans.
Russia's Federal Security Service had given JTAC evidence that the links between al-Qaida and the Chechnya fighters had strengthened.
"These links have established new routes for terrorists into Europe," stated the Russian report.
The service estimates that the routes have seen a "significant number" of terrorists coming to the West.

2. Most Popular Israeli Names: Uri and Noa
16:40 Nov 16, '06 / 25 Cheshvan 5767
by Hillel Fendel

The next most popular girl's names last year were Roni, Yael, Adi, Sarah, Yovel, Hila and Michal. The next most popular boy's names last year were Ro'i, Amit, Yosef, Moshe and Yehonatan. Daniel, the most popular boy's name two years ago, dropped last year to 13th place.

Three percent of the Jewish girls who were born in 2005 were given the name Noa, while 2.1% of the boys were named Uri.

It has become increasingly popular to "share" names between boys and girls. Among the names given to both genders are Noam, Lior, Or, Shachar, Tal, Osher, and more.

Other numbers published this week by the Central Bureau of Statistics in honor of the upcoming International Children's Day include:
* One-third of Israel's population in 2005 was children under age 17 - a total of 2,326,400.
* The highest proportion of children - 63% - lives in the hareidi-religious Yesha town of Beitar Illit. Some Bedouin villages have similar numbers.
* 51.4% of the babies born last year were boys.
* 92% of children live with both their parents.
* Just over 69% of the children are Jewish, while just under 24% are Moslems.
* 143,900 babies were born, including 70% Jews and 23.7% Moslems - thus that the proportion of Jewish births increased slightly.

3. The Re-Newed Sanhedrin?
"Rabbi Avraham Shapiro abstained on the issue but also refused to discourage it."
Jerusalem News-533
Date: 28 Heshvan 5767, 19 November 2006
1. Israel NEEDS Samaria
Nile Water for North Sinai?
Aquifers in Samaria
2. India seeks access to Israeli
oil pipeline
3. WW3 on its Way?
4. Being rich lowers mens' attractiveness to women (??)
5. Zulu Women Prefer Fat Men?

1. Israel NEEDS Samaria
Another significant point is that Judea and Samaria are mountainous. The costal plain is flat. Therefore, defending the main population of Israel is very difficult.

As the maps make clear, while radar coverage from the coastal area (lower map) could not detect enemy aircraft approaching Israel from the east prior to their crossing of the Jordan Valley, radar coverage from Nablus (upper map) can detect aircraft well within Jordan.

Thus, while Israel's warning time without radar installations in Judea and Samaria was only a few seconds, radar coverage from the mountain ridge near Nablus provides precious minutes of warning time for Israel's main population centers in the costal area.

Note: Even More important than the above are  the underground  water resources
of  Judah and Samaria

See also:
Nile Water for the North Sinai?

Aquifers in Samaria
Determining the Extent of the Additional Withdrawals
Haim Gvirtzman
The ground water reservoir in Judea and Samaria, called the Mountain Aquifer, is the State of Israel's largest and most important water reservoir. Some 600 million cubic meters of water are produced from it in an average year, about a third of the State of Israel's national water consumption. This water is of the highest quality and supplies the domestic needs of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva, and most of the cities in the center of the country; it is also used for irrigation of large agricultural areas along the coastal plain, the piedmont, the Beer Sheva valley, the Jezreel Valley, and the Jordan Valley. Natural water sources must be preserved even in an era of desalination, because the value of water is not determined only by the cost of its production; rather, it has value as a national natural resource. Therefore, Israeli governments have declared that water is a strategic resource for Israel even in an era of peace.

After the IDF's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, some 500 new wells were drilled there, in violation of the agreement reached with the PA, and today many attempts to drill wells are being made in the Jenin area. The vital need to prevent wildcat drilling by Palestinians and the need to ensure the supply of good quality water in the future requires exclusive Israeli control of the vital pumping areas.

2. India seeks access to Israeli
oil pipeline

LONDON India is exploring prospects for energy cooperation with Israel.
The Indian government has proposed the use of an Israeli pipeline to receive crude oil from the Central Asia and Caspian Sea region. Under the proposal, India would import oil via Israel's 254-kilometer long Eilot-Ashqelon pipeline, which could transport crude from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar told a recent energy conference that the oil would originate from the Caspian region via the new 1,764-kilometer Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Aiyar said the oil would reach the Mediterranean Sea, and from there tankers would bring the oil to the Ashkelon port, Middle East Newsline reported.

The minister said the oil would be sent through the pipeline to Eilat before transport to India. Aiyar did not provide a timetable for the project.

3. WW3 on its Way?
If Islamic militancy is not stopped today, well go through World War Three tomorrow, US Middle East chief warns

November 18, 2006, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

Addressing a Harvard University audience Saturday, Army Gen. John Abizaid compared the rise of militant ideologies such as the force driving al Qaeda to the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s and said: If we dont have guts enough to confront this ideology today, well go through World War Three tomorrow.

If not stopped, said the general, extremists would gain an advantage to gain a safe haven, to develop weapons of mass destruction, to develop a national place from which to operate. And I think that the dangers associated with that are just too great to comprehend.

4. Being rich lowers mens' attractiveness to women (??)

Too good to be true? The handicap of high socio-economic status in attractive males

Simon Chu et al.

Empirical evidence concerning human mate-choice preferences suggests that females should select partners on the basis of cues to genetic quality and/or ability to contribute resources to childcare.
...We asked females to rate a number of different males in terms of attractiveness as a long-term partner. Females were presented with attractive, average and unattractive male faces paired with lonely-hearts advertisements implying high, medium or low socio-economic status. Highest ratings were consistently given to attractive males of medium status rather than high status. We suggest that females see physically attractive, high status males as being more likely to pursue a mating strategy rather than parenting strategy. Under particular circumstances, high socio-economic status in males can be subtly counter-productive in terms of attractiveness as a long-term partner.

5. Zulu Women Prefer Fat Men?
Culture and ratings of attractiveness of different body shapes
Evolution and Human Behavior
Volume 27, Issue 6 , November 2006, Pages 443-456

Changing perceptions of attractiveness as observers are exposed to a different culture

Martin J. Tove et al.
It has been suggested that certain physical cues can be used to predict mate quality and that sensitivity to these cues would therefore be adaptive. From this, it follows that in environments where the optimal values for these features differ, the attractiveness preferences should also be different. In this study, we show that there are striking differences in attractiveness preferences for female bodies between United Kingdom (UK) Caucasian and South African Zulu observers. These differences can be explained by different local optima for survival and reproduction in the two environments. In the UK, a high body mass is correlated with low health and low fertility, and the converse is true in rural South Africa. We also report significant changes in the attractiveness preferences of Zulus who have moved to the UK. This suggests that these preferences are malleable and can change with exposure to different environments and conditions. Additionally, we show that Britons of African origin, who were born and who grew up in the UK, have exactly the same preferences as our UK Caucasian observers. These results suggest that humans have mechanisms for acquiring norms of attractiveness that are highly plastic, which allow them to track different ecological conditions through learning.

Jerusalem News-534
Date: 1 Kislev 5767, 21 November 2006
1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:30
3. Arabs for Israel

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:30
Brit-Am Comments [ ]
From: david meadows <>
explorator 9.30 November 19, 2006

A feature on the finds from Tel Megiddo:

... and one on the Bronze Age burials at Bayit Vagan: (JPost)

Another piece on finds from Temple Mount rubble: (IHT)

More on Qumran latrines:
[Articles below quote:
"James Tabor, a biblical scholar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte".
Professor Tabor is known for his interest in Brit-Am type research
and has recommended subscribing to the "Brit-Am Now" newsletter] (JNW ... this has
the headline that I thought was 'obvious')

A talk on the ancient religion of Malta [not quite sure where
to classify this one]:

Stonehenge as a 'Lourdes of the ancient world': (AlphaGalileo)

Digging for Spain's hidden Jewish heritage:

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

Britain's Natural History Museum is returning some human remains
to Tasmania:
[Article concerns skeletal remains of Tasmanian Aborigines who were a different race from the Australian Aborigines and are now extinct]
North America's "Stonehenge": (Seacoast Online)
[If the facts mentioned in  this article are correct this is quite an amazing find from Salem, Massachusetts on the NE US coast:
"consists of acres of stone walls, chambers and an accurate astronomic calendar"]

This one will get a lot of attention, I bet ... remains from
an Aztec site at Tecuaque show signs of ritual cannibalism:

That recently-discovered stone monolith in the heart of Mexico
might be a big 'tombstone': (USA Today) (IHT) (LA Times)


First it was Greek hair dye, now it's Damascus steel which is
said to have benefitted unbeknownstedly from nanotechnology: (Telegraph)

On climate change, the rise of civilizations and human migration:

On the history of the periodic table:

This one on digital imaging techniques being used on 700 year
old Sanskrt manuscripts is making the rounds again:

Chocolate as an ancient treatment for hypchondria (works for


Interesting article on Alexander coinage from Ptolemy: (Saudi Aramco World)
[Deals with the aftermath of Alexander the Great and the succession of Ptolemy in Egypt.
Interesting image on coin of Alexander]


Ancient Coin Collecting:

Ancient Coins:


History of early Judaism and Christianity:

Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 09:19:15 -0500 (EST)

ABU DHABI [MENL] -- For the first time, Kuwait has openly examined the
prospect of an Arab war with Iran.

Officials said Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council were headed for a
confrontation for control of oil resources in the region.
They said Kuwait has discussed the need for a strengthened GCC alliance that
could defend against an Iranian assault.

"The GCC countries and Iran are on a collision course," Sami Al Faraj,
director of Kuwait's Center for Strategic Studies, said. "The Iranian
mentality does not regard GCC countries as their equal."

On Nov. 14, the strategic center conducted a simulation of a GCC crisis with
Iran. The simulation was sponsored by the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry and
included a scenario of a hostile Iran that sought to attack or destabilize
Kuwait, nearly half of whose population is Shi'ite.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. Arabs for Israel

Jerusalem News-535
Date: 2 Kislev 5767, 23 November 2006
1. Guysen; Israel News
2. Archaeology: Excavations at Megiddo
"The Largest City in the Ancient World"
3. DNA World Divisions

1. Guysen Israel News
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 13:39:48 +0000
From: Guysen  Israel News <>
[] 2006-11-20 , 29 Heshvan 5767
23:45  Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni confirmed that Syria ordered Hamas not to release Gildad Shalit and that Syria is behind the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian relations. According to Livni, the Syrian government is also interfering in internal Palestinian affairs. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
22:56  "Natan Sharansky is a symbol of the Jewish struggle", Ehud Olmert said at a farewell ceremony held in the Knesset today. The prime minister paid homage to the former Likud minister, emphasizing his attachment to his people and to Israel. Mr. Sharansky is leaving political life to devote himself to research. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
20:06  Every month a hundred fighters are infiltrating Iraq via Syria to fight against the American forces. The United States and Iraq are accusing Syria of not preventing the flow of fighters and arms from its borders. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
18:25  According to the United States, Iran has bacterial weapons, that were developed with North Korea's assistance, and Syria contributed to finance the research in this field. These comments were made at the opening of the Convention on Biological Weapons that is taking place today in Geneva. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
17:36  An attack against an El Al plane was foiled in Frankfort. The Berlin police has opened an investigation into several suspects implicated in the attempted bomb attack. The terrorists had intended to leave a suitcase containing a bomb on the El Al plane leaving Frankfort. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
09:37  "Israel is the winning card for Hewlett Packard". According to a director of the global HP, his company has invested $5.5 billion dollars in Israeli technology and "has no intention of stopping". (Guysen.Isra l.News)
08:18  George Bush would understand if Israel needed to attack Iran. He made these comments to his French counterpart Jacques Chirac, during a meeting that took place a few weeks ago. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
07:18  The White House received information from Israeli spies in Iran. According to the New Yorker these secret agents assessed that Teheran has succeeded in developing and testing material for a nuclear bomb. This information was not passed on to the CIA who consider that Iran is still far from being able to build an atomic bomb. The White House categorically denies this report. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

2. Archaeology: Excavations at Megiddo
Extracts Only:

"The Largest City in the Ancient World"
by Ran Shapira

The Early Bronze Age temple was initially discovered at Tel Megiddo a decade ago. When part of it was first unearthed in 1996, the researchers realized this was a very impressive structure. Since then, evidence accumulated supporting the estimated dimensions: In 2000, two large column bases were excavated.

Then last summer, most of the structure was excavated, and the researchers were surprised. The temple, it emerged, was built on a larger area than had been previously assumed, and is an artful construction of excellent materials.

Based on pottery shards and carbon-14 dating of olive pits found on the temple floor, the building was constructed shortly before the year 3000 B.C.E., during the Early Bronze Age. To date, it is the largest and most splendid structure of its sort to be found in the Near East.

Two of the compound's walls - the facade and the rear walls - are well-preserved. The front wall is four meters thick. The rear walls of the temple compound are about 50 meters long. The stones of one of the side walls were stolen back in ancient times, and another wall has been deemed unlikely to be located.

The site offers much evidence of animal sacrifices: Thousands of animal bones were found on the floors and in the corridors. The large number of bones and the monumental size of the structure led the researchers to conclude it was a temple. Dr. Paula Wapnish of Pennsylvania State University examined the bones and found that most came from sheep and cattle - domesticated animals. Only a few came from hunted animals.

 In recent years, evidence of monumental construction and central settlements of this sort has been found not far from Megiddo at Tel Rehov, near Beit She'an, and at Beit Yareah, near Lake Kinneret. But these are from later periods, and no structures equivalent in size to the one at Megiddo have been found.

To erect such a monumental structure, a very large workforce of laborers, planners, engineers, stoneworkers and artisans would have been needed, as well as a centralized government that controlled the area where all these professionals lived and could provide considerable material resources for the construction.

Finkelstein explains that the temple was built on the northern slope of the hill at Tel Megiddo. To construct such a large building on a slope, large quantities of earth had to be moved to level the area. Such an action could not have been accomplished without a strong central government. Such a government was also needed to transport the large basalt stones, which are not part of Megiddo's natural landscape.

The construction workers apparently lived in a community very close to Megiddo. A survey near the tel revealed that the territory to the west is sown with pottery shards from the period when the temple was built. An examination with the help of a magnometer, an apparatus used to find buried man-made structures, has revealed that during the Early Bronze Age, there was a settlement there on about 500 dunams of land, making it the Near East's largest settlement during that period. The monumental temple was built on the highest point at the edge of the settlement, like the acropolis in the city-states of Greece and throughout the East, and the inhabitants lived around it.

Professor Arlene Rosen of the University of London, who specializes in climate research, found that at the end of the 4th century B.C.E. the conditions in the Jezreel Valley were well-suited to agriculture: a lot of rainfall, springs for irrigating fields and fertile soil.

However, in addition to the attractive conditions that drew people to the region, there was another factor that probably led to the temple's downfall: Tel Megiddo, says Finkelstein, sits on a geologic fault. The archaeological findings show the temple was abandoned at some stage, but there is no evidence of a fire or other violent event.

Geologists Dr. Shmuel Marco of Tel Aviv University and Professor Amotz Agnon of the Hebrew University have found evidence of a very strong earthquake that damaged the site, leading the inhabitants to abandon it. Megiddo was resettled, to a lesser extent, only 200 years later. These later inhabitants established new temples at the tel that were in operation until the end of the second millennium B.C.E.

3. DNA World Divisions

Jerusalem News-536
Date: 3 Kislev 5767, 24 November 2006
1. Global Warning: A Coming Ice Age?
2. Yesha Leader: Peace Now [subsidised by the EU]
Trying to Undermine State of Israel
3. Noted religious Zionist rabbi calls for anti-Qassam militias

1. Global Warning: A Coming Ice Age?

2. Yesha Leader: Peace Now [subsidised by the EU] Trying to Undermine State of Israel
by Hillel Fendel
Left-wing anti-settlement "Peace Now" made headlines by reporting that nearly 40% of Jewish towns in Judea & Samaria lies on privately-owned Arab land. The Yesha Council denies, but who hears?

The Peace Now report, which was publicized widely in newspapers all over the world, "shows that Israel has effectively stolen privately-owned Palestinian land for the purpose of constructing settlements,'' the group's website says.

A website summary of the report states that most Yesha settlements - 130 of them - have been constructed either entirely or partially on private Arab-owned land, and that this is illegal according to a Supreme Court ruling of 1979.

Hundreds of Thousands of Jews in Yesha, Golan and Jerusalem
Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz of Beit El - a veteran leader of the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria - dismissed the report out of hand. "They merely want to weaken us and the State of Israel, and to maintain themselves in the news," he told Arutz-7. "After what we have seen in Gaza, with the failure of the Disengagement and the senseless uprooting of thousands of Jews, which has led to the bombardment and near-emtpying out of Sderot, they know that talk of another withdrawal is out of the question. So they want to keep themselves in the headlines and publicize reports like this - but it is totally false. The Supreme Court has ruled dozens of times on these matters, and always found that the contested communities and lands were legal."

"What, do they really think that we are going to uproot Maaleh Adumim and its 40,000 inhabitants? They simply don't know what to do with the 600,000 Jews who now live in Yesha, the Golan and the new neighborhoods of Jerusalem... The purpose of publicizing that report is merely to aggrandize themselves and keep themselves in the headlines."

The Yesha Council has reacted thus far with only a general and non-detailed denial, pending its review of the alleged evidence that even Peace Now admits was secret.

"Until 1979," Council Spokesperson Emily Amrousi told Arutz-7, "new communities, towns and neighborhoods were built all over Israel on privately-owned land, by military order. In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled that this could no longer be done - and since then, the government has carefully adhered to that principle in building new communities."

Communities Were Built Based on Careful Gov't-Sponsored Research
A former IDF lawyer told Arutz-7 that decisions as to where to build new communities in Judea and Samaria were based on careful and precise research, for the express purpose of making sure to avoid all privately-owned land.

The late Pliah Albeck, as head of the Civil Department in the Justice Ministry, was responsible for locating lands in Judea and Samaria for Jewish communities. "She was extraordinarily careful to make sure that no land that could be considered privately-owned was used," the IDF lawyer said. "She was extra stringent, and many communities were not even built because of her findings. She would go out to the area and check to see if land that was not registered was used for grazing; she didn't want anyone's sustenance to suffer because of a new community..."

"One community on the east side of Highway 60 had actually been planned to be on the west," the lawyer said, "but was moved because of what she found... There were dozens of court suits against new communities, but the Supreme Court always accepted her opinions."

One source familiar with the area in Judea and Samaria said that "perhaps 5%" of the uninhabited land there is privately-owned. "Vast areas in Judea and Samaria lay totally desolate in 1967 when Israel liberated them in the Six Day War," he said. "In addition, it is likely that Peace Now used strange definitions of the term 'privately-owned.' For instance, the Turks [who ruled the Holy Land up until 1917] would sometimes tax someone for a plot of land because he planted a tree on it - and then left-wing groups come along and say that his great-great-grandson, who no longer lives in the area, is the owner of the plot... In addition, sometimes one parcel of land may have been privately-held, leading some to jump to the conclusion that all the area around it is privately-held."

3. Noted religious Zionist rabbi calls for anti-Qassam militias

By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent

Well-known religious Zionist rabbi Yisrael Rozen is advocating unsupervised Jewish militias as a solution to the Qassam rocket fire in the South.

"Had the reins of the state been in 'Jewish' hands, not necessarily religious, we should have allowed the youth of Sderot, Ashkelon, the western Negev and anyone fit to bear arms ... to fight back in the framework of ungoverned militias," he wrote in remarks that will be published Friday in the weekly Zomet Institute bulletin Shabbat Beshabato.

"The eternal response to terror is counter-terror, an eye for an eye," wrote Rozen, who heads the Zomet Institute in the Gush Etzion settlement of Alon Shvut, which addresses issues related to Judaism and modern life.

"The strategic affairs minister will be able to argue that the State of Israel has become integrated in the Middle Eastern sphere and is incapable of controlling the mili[tant]-Zionist youth," Rozen argues.

Rozen wrote he would not argue with those who claim the suggestion is ineffective, "primarily because of the leftist underground organization in the media."

Rozen defends the proposal, saying he considers it an ethical one.

Earlier in the week, the settlers' rabbinical council expressed support for a return to the "Jewish ethic" of killing someone before he kills you.

Jerusalem News-537
Date: 5 Kislev 5767, 26 November 2006
1. Islamic no-go zones in France
2. Poll: Most Israelis Will Stay
3. USA: Voters personality traits in presidential elections

1. Islamic no-go zones in France
From: "D. Pipes Mailing List" <>
Subject: #731 Pipes weblog
The 751 No-Go Zones of France

They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count. They are conveniently listed on one long webpage, complete with street demarcations and map delineations.

What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.

Comment: A more precise name for these zones would be Dar al-Islam, the place where Muslims rule. (November 14, 2006)

2. Poll: Most Israelis Will Stay
Subject: Poll: 70% Certain stay in Israel even if Iran gets the bomb,

Extracts Only:
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 24 November 2006

Telephone poll of a representative sample of 450 adult Israeli Jews) carried
out by Teleseker "this week" (the report declines to cite a specific date)
for Maariv and published on 24 November 2006:

Can Israel alone stop the Iranian nuclear plans with force?
Yes 44% No 53%

If Iran gets the bomb, will it use it in order to try and destroy Israel?
Yes 66% No 32%

If Iran succeeds in attaining military nuclear capability, will you consider
leaving the country?
70% Won't leave the county under any circumstances
20% Would consider leaving but probably stay
07% might leave

If it turns out that all the international diplomatic efforts fail, should
Israel attack the Iranian nuclear facilities even alone and without
international support?
Yes 49% No 46%

Should Israel attack Iran even if it expects an Iranian response that will
cost dearly in losses, and the resulting postponement in the Iranian nuclear
program will be for only a short period?
Attack 45% Don't 49%

Do you count on the USA and on the Europeans to succeed in stopping the
nuclear program of Iran by peaceful means and via UN Security Council
Yes 24% No 75%

3. USA: Voters personality traits in presidential elections
Claudio Barbaranelli et al.


Personality measures of more than 6000 US electors on the Big Five Factors have been collected on the Web through a Web site designed to assess their personality. By means of structural equation modeling the impact of personality factors as well as of demographic variables, such as age and sex, on voting intentions on the forthcoming US presidential elections was investigated. Personality variables accounted for 16% of variance of voting intentions, while gender and age accounted for no more than 3%. High Agreeableness and Openness were predictive of intention to vote for Kerry, while all high Energy, Conscientiousness and Emotional Stability were predictive of intention to vote for Bush. Results are consistent with previous research conducted in a different country, using a different language.

Jerusalem News-538
Date: 5 Kislev 5767, 26 November 2006
1. Antisemitic French mob tries to lynch Jewish soccer fan
2. Muslim Insanity on Video
3. Sweden in WW2

1. Antisemitic French mob tries to lynch Jewish soccer fan
Source: The Jerusalem Post
November 26, 2006

France, home to one of the most antisemitic populations in the western (formerly Judeo-Christian) world, was the scene of the attempted lynching of a French Jewish soccer fan Thursday.

A black police officer came to the rescue of Yaniv Hazout after a mob of about 100 people allegedly chased, cornered, and then began to move in on him.

They reportedly hurled antisemitic and racist epithets at Hazout and the policeman.

One of the mob was killed when the policeman opened fire to defend himself and Hazout.

The policeman has been arrested pending an inquiry into the event, which took place following a soccer match in Paris between an Israel and a French team.

Israel's Hapo'el Tel Aviv beat Paris Saint-Germain 4-2.

Israeli supporters of their team were kept in the stadium for an hour-and-a-half after the match ended to ensure that most the local fans had dispersed.

2. Muslim Insanity on Video
"Death to Israel
     Death to America
    Death to England"
That is what the Muslims are shouting in  Iran and elsewhere.
Iranian Missiles can already reach the east coast of the USA
Important sections of the Iranian leadership have an apocalyptic Messianic "Mahdi" complex. They do not really care how many of their own people they may loose. They have the idea that by plunging the world into chaos they can bring forward the future "Islamic MIllenium".

From: Benayahu Zentgraf <>
Subject: RE: Frightening Stuff
Have a look below.
I just downloaded this video this morning, well worth a watch! It is a must see and I strongly recommended everybody who can to watch it for educational purposes.

Especially interesting is this Iranian Presidents references to their awaited Messiah who will wipe out the Jews and establish world peace.
 Here is a link to a wmv file (about 30mb).
Kind regards,
Benayahu Zentgraf
right click and save it.

3. Sweden in WW2
  From the magazine "Aftenposten" translated to english:

  Swedish Elite Kneels for Hitler

King Gustav V of Sweden decorated Hitlers henchman Hermann Gring with an order when the persecution of Jews was in full effect. He started a letter to Hitler in 1941 with the words Mein lieber Reichskanzler! [my dear Chancellor]

Sweden was not a neutral country under WWII, never!

In the book Mein lieber Reichskanzler! titled after the kings own words former Expressen editor-in-chief Staffan Thorsell joins the growing number of people who question Swedish policy during the war.

Chose to keep silent

Depending on your point of view and mood, Swedens policy in the first years of war can be described as cowardly, careful, realistic or egoistic, but it was never neutral. Intelligent adaptation was the tune of the times in the early 1940s, among diplomats, generals and politicians, but also among Swedish journalists. The truth is, you ducked in fear of the aggressive and racist superpower Germany, because that was considered wise and expedient, Thorsell says.

Close ties

In the book he describes close ties between the rulers and upper classes of the two countries. He starts off with a wedding in Koburg in October 1932, the first town to become nazified: Then Swedish presumptive heir Gustav Adolf marries princess Sibylla, daughter of grand duke Carl Eduard of Sachsen-Koburg. She would later become mother of present day king Carl XVI Gustaf.

Carl XVI Gustafs maternal grandfather was one of nazisms earliest supporters, Thorsell says, but makes a point of not burdening todays king with this.
- - - - - - - - - -
  The night of November 10th 1938 Anders Forshell, Swedish marine attach in Berlin, had his sleep interrupted by window breaking and noise: It was the Kristallnacht, the night that became the start of ever grosser harassment of Jews.


In February the year after the Swedish kings carl [aide] and Gustav V rolled into a Berlin railway station. His majestys errand was to decorate Hitlers general field marshal Hermann Gring with the Grand Cross of the Swedish Order of Swords, established by King Frederik I in 1748, awarded for outstanding merit in time of war and for beneficial and long-lasting activity.

Gring had a weakness for glitter and finery, but also for morphine way beyond medical use. When the German journalist in exile Kurt Singer wrote about this in the book Gring Germanys Most Dangerous Man, the Swedish government banned the book.

Has something in particular gripped you during your work?

That Sweden didnt do more for the Jews in the 1930s, while there was still time, Thorsell says.

In the book he writes that Sweden in that period was one of the least hospitable countries to Jewish refugees, and that the immigration law of 1937 stated that they were not to be considered political refugees.

He points to the fact that Sweden and Switzerland, three weeks before Kristallnacht, persuaded Germany to stamp a 3 centimeter tall J in the passports of German Jews.

Swedish anxiety

Thorell describes the enormous Swedish anxiety after April 9th 1940 (invasion of Norway), that the Germans might waltz over Sweden as well.

That anxiety would mark Sweden for the rest of the war, he says.

On April 17th 1940, a week after the invasion of Norway, Germany demanded to be allowed to send a few railway carriages with medical equipment, some food and nurses through Sweden to Narvik. The Swedes allowed it, but saw through their fingers the fact that a few carriages turned out to be 34 freight cars, mostly loaded with provisions for the army, and a passenger car with 40 young Germans from Bayern.

They were weapons experts and radio specialists. Sweden helped Hitler conquer Narvik. This betrayal is almost unknown in Sweden, Thorsell says.

Later the Germans would issue more of these demands, and the Swedes solved the problem by letting single German railway cars attach to Swedish trains. After a while alcohol and cigars would be included in the cargo to cheer up the German fighters in the cold north.

Sweden exported ball-bearings parts necessary to keep the war machine going to Germany until the autumn of 1944, Thorsell says.

On the 17th of May (Norwegian Constitution Day). Norwegians in Stockholm were ordered not to celebrate the day in public; it was feared that Swedes would join the celebrations and that it could turn into a demonstration against the German attackers.

Another story concerns Swedens foreign minister Christian Gnther, who banned the Norwegian president of parliament from broadcasting a radio speech from Stockholm after April 9th. The plan for the speech was detected by Berlin; Hitlers propaganda minister Joseph Gbbels was furious, and pushed all he could. Which was enough.

The speech was instead recorded in Stockholm, and transmitted from London.

Part of the story is also that Norway probably had more to gain from the fact that Sweden was not in war than any other country, as it became a destination for thousands of Norwegian refugees.

Towards the end of the war, Sweden went from neutral to the allied, Thorsell says.

When you piece these stories together is there a danger that you, in sum, paint a picture which is too dark?

That might be. But I want to change the mendacious view of a morally elevated neutrality which for too long has had power over Swedish foreign policy, Thorsell says.

Jerusalem News-539
Date: 6 Kislev 5767, 27 November 2006
1. Ole Gerstrom: ISLAM AND NAZISM
2. Give them all Guns??
3. Michael Rubin: Right war, botched occupation

by Ole Gerstrom
Former Member of Parliament
November 2006
The Palestinan Authority reissued in 2003 Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf in arabic in Johannes von Leers translation. During World War II Leers worked in the German Ministry of Propaganda for Joseph Goebbels. The preface states that Hitlers ideology and his theories about nationalism, dictatorship and race are still marching thanks to our holy Arabic world. After the war von Leers continued his work in Egypt, where he changed his name to Omar Amin. The magazine Frankfurter Illustrierte has estimated, that 2.000 Nazis came to Egypt, where they continued their activities in the police, in the army and in terrorisme.

To follow the connection we must go back to 1895,when Haj Amin al-Husseini, the later Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, was born in Palestine into a rich and prominent family. Both his  grandfather and his half-brother Kemal preceeded him as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. The family had served the Ottoman Turks as civil servants for generations. Husseini studied sharia-law at the al-Azhar University in Cairo and he also studied at the Istanbul School of Administration. He went on a pilgrimage to Mekka in 1913.

In the period 1914-16 Husseini was an artillery officer in the 47. Army Brigade of the Turkish Ottoman empire which existed from 1299 to 1922. It covered parts of The Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe. Until 1683 it went all the way up to Vienna. Husseinis army rank makes it highly probable that he took part in the Armenian genocide in which around 1.5 million Christians were killed in a jihad against the infidels. The leading Sunni authority Mustafa Hayrri Bey wrote in a pamphlet from November 14th 1914 He who kills just one infidel, shall be rewarded by Allah. The Armenian Genocide was not just an enforced exodus into the desert. It was cruel and bloody annihilation.

When Adolf Hitler made a speech in August 1939 about the plans for the invasion of Poland and the establishment of SS Einsatz commandos, which would later exterminate also women and children, he asked Who, after all, talks today about the extermination of the Armenians?

In 1920 Husseini was back in Palestine. He was the leader of pogroms in which hundreds of Jewish settlers were killed. The British Mandate sentenced him to 15 years of hard labour, but paroled him and made him in 1921 The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

On October 2. 3rd. 1937 Husseini received the later Gestapo Chief for Jewish Affairs Adolf  Eichmann in Haifa. Eichmann reported back to Berlin of houses draped with swasticas and pictures of Hitler. Husseini came on the payroll of the German military intelligence Abwehr under admiral Wilhelm Canaris.

In November 1942 Husseini fled to Berlin, where he was received as a head of state. He was lodged in a mansion confiscated from a Jewish family and was paid 25.000 Reichsmark - a small fortune - each month from Der Sonderfund, which was property from missing jews. He met with foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, and the famous meeting with Hitler took place on November 25th  1941. From the minutes we know that they discussed the establishment a Nazi-muslim dominated Middle East similar to the plans for Germany and Italy. Hitler stated that the German goal was to exterminate The Jewish People in the Arab World. The Mufti assured him that Arabic interests were identical with theirs. Regarding the European Jews Hitler favoured deporting them to Palestine amongst other places, but Husseini rejected that idea. Two months later Die Endl sung of the Jewish problem, , was decided at the Wansee-conference. This exluded the need for further deportations out of Europe.

Husseini stopped a proposed barter in which Germans i Palestine were to have been exchanged for 4.000 Jewish Bulgarian children. His argument was that small Jews will become big Jews.

At the Nurenberg war crime trials Eichmann' s deputy Dieter Wisliceny stated that Husseini had urged both Eichmann and Himmler to intensify the extermination of the Jews. He visited Auschwitz several times, where he told the guards to work more diligently.

In a radio transmission from Berlin in 1941 he spoke about the establishment of a KZ-camp for Jews in Nablus in Palestine. Arise, o sons of Arabia, Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion. That will save our honour.

In the Balkans Husseini organized several Waffen SS Divisions with 10.000s of Bosnian Muslims, called Hanzars, from the name of a dagger worn by officers in The Ottoman empire. Genocide was committed. 22.000 Jews, 40.000 Gypsies and 200.000 Christian Ortodox Serbs were killed. One of the murderers was a young Alija Izetbegovic, who would become president of the Bosnian-Muslim government in the 1990s.

In May 1945 Husseini surrendered to French forces in Germany. Thanks to Charles de Gaulle he was allowed to escape the N rnberg Trials and he went to Egypt in 1946, where he was first the guest of King Faruk and later of president Gamel Nasser and succesors.

In 1946 a 17 year old Yassir Arafat (the later boss of the PLO) joined him. Arafats real name was Abdul Rauf el-Qudwa al-Husseini and he called  Husseini our uncle. Arafat stated that it was an honour to walk in the foot steps of his uncle.

In 1995, when PLO security forces were sworn in, it was done with the nazi salute. In an interview in 2002 Arafat characterized Husseini as our hero.

Husseini died in Cairo in 1974.

In 1993 the Hanzar Divisions were reestablished in the Balkans. This time they were commanded by Mujahedin forces from Pakistan and Afghanistan, and here again the activities were directed against the Orthodox Christian Serbs.

And now in 2006, the Palestinian Authority still refuses to recognize the existence of The State of Israel.

Chuck Morse, The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorisme, iUniverse, 2003,
Zvi Elpeleg, The Grand Mufti, 1993,

2. Give them all Guns??
 Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 04:34:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Palestinian shot dead by Palestinian gunmen shooting  in protest of
 Palestinian killed by Israeli fire

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons
Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update
26 November 2006

A Palestinian Dies from a Previous Wound in Deir al-Balah and another One
Wounded in Gaza City Due to the Misuse of Weapons

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 21:00 on
Saturday, 25 November 2006, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City
declared that 'Ali Saleh Sarsour, 19, from the central Gaza Strip town of
Deir al-Balah, died from a wound he had sustained on Wednesday evening, 22
November 2006. Sarsour was hit by a live bullet to the head from an unknown
source, when he was near his house in Deir al-Balah.

Earlier on Saturday, at approximately 19:30, Sa'ed Mufeed 'Awadallah, 21,
from al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, was evacuated to Shifa
Hospital in the city, after he had been wounded by a live bullet to the
right foot. 'Awadallah was in the consolation house of a Palestinian who had
been killed by Israeli Occupation Forces, when a number of gunmen opened
fire in protest to the killing.

PCHR is gravely concerned over repeated casualties resulting from the misuse
of weapons, which has become a prominent feature of the ongoing security
chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian
National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate
these incidents and bring those who are found responsible to justice.

Public Document
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. Right war, botched occupation
by Michael Rubin
USA Today
November 27, 2006

As U.S. troops entered Iraq, President Bush promised freedom and democracy. But rather than establish a stable democracy, today terrorists and militias tear the country apart. After billions spent and the sacrifice of almost 3,000 U.S. troops, it is right to ask whether democracy in Iraq was not a fool's dream.

It was not.

President Truman faced similar questions about Korea. Critics accused him of embroiling America in open-ended war, ignoring his generals and losing touch with reality. They said democracy was alien to Korean culture. Time proved them wrong. Any juxtaposition of nuclear North Korea with democratic South Korea shows the value of Truman's policy.

Bush was right to liberate Iraq. Saddam Hussein had started two wars, used chemical weapons and subsidized suicide bombers. He claimed to have weapons of mass destruction. Sanctions had collapsed; containment failed.

With military action inevitable, the White House was right to pursue democracy. Cynical realism created Saddam. Iraqis who fled their country, meanwhile, had no problem accepting democracy; Iraq's problem was both its rule of law and its dictator's unaccountability.

What went wrong? Iraq's transformation was undercut by naive faith, not in democracy but rather in diplomacy. Instead of securing Iraq's borders, the Bush administration accepted Syrian and Iranian pledges of non-interference. They believed the canard that Iraq's neighbors sought a stable, secure Iraq. Both countries exploited U.S. trust.

Then, to win United Nations support, the White House defined itself as an occupying power. Overnight, liberation became occupation, and Iraqi democrats became collaborators. To appease Paris and Berlin, the Bush administration justified insurgent rhetoric.

Iraqis embraced democracy, but the wrong kind. U.N. experts sold the White House an election system based on party slates rather than on districts. Any system in which politicians are more accountable to party leaders than constituents, though, encourages ethnic nationalism and sectarian populism. Add militias to the mix, and the result is explosive.

Iraqis greeted U.S. troops as liberators, but the Bush administration fumbled the occupation. Blaming democracy does not address the cause of strife; rather, it absolves policymakers for poor decisions and implementation. Too much is at stake, not only for Iraq but also for U.S. national security, if policymakers learn the wrong lessons.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Jerusalem News-540
Date: 9 Kislev 5767, 29 November 2006
US unable to win in west Iraq, Marines say
2. Guysen Israel News
3. Queen celebrates with British Jews

1. US unable to win in west Iraq, Marines say
Dafna Linzer and Thomas Ricks, Washington
November 29, 2006

THE US military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity, according to newly disclosed details from a classified Marine Corps intelligence report.

"The fundamental questions of lack of control, growth of the insurgency and criminality" remain the same in the troubled Anbar province, a senior US intelligence official said.

The report describes Iraq's Sunni minority as "embroiled in a daily fight for survival", fearful of "pogroms" by the Shiite majority and increasingly dependent on al-Qaeda in Iraq as its only hope against growing Iranian dominance across Baghdad.

"From the Sunni perspective, their greatest fears have been realised Iran controls Baghdad and Anbaris have been marginalised," the report says. Moreover, most Sunnis now believe it would be unwise to count on or help US forces because they are seen as likely to leave Iraq before imposing stability.

Between al-Qaeda's violence, Iran's influence and an expected gradual US withdrawal, "the social and political situation has deteriorated to a point" that US and Iraqi troops "are no longer capable of militarily defeating the insurgency in al-Anbar". At least 90 US troops have died in Anbar since September 1.

The report paints a stark portrait of a failed province and of the country's Sunnis once dominant under Saddam Hussein now desperate, fearful and impoverished. They have been increasingly abandoned by religious and political leaders who have been assassinated or who have fled the country.

And unlike Iraq's Shiite majority or Kurdish groups in the north, the Sunnis are without oil and other natural resources. The report notes that illicit oil trading is providing millions of dollars to al-Qaeda while "official profits appear to feed Shiite cronyism in Baghdad".

The Iraqi Government, dominated by Iranian-backed Shiites, has not paid salaries for Anbar officials and Iraqi forces stationed there. Anbar's resources and its ability to impose order are depicted as limited, at best.

"Despite the success of the December elections, nearly all Government institutions from the village to provincial levels have disintegrated or have been thoroughly corrupted and infiltrated by al-Qaeda in Iraq," or a smattering of other insurgent groups, the report says.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said this week that Iran would do whatever it could to help provide security to Iraq amid warnings the country was on the brink of civil war.

Mr Ahmadinejad made his pledge to help Iraq at the start of a visit to Iran by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

"The Iranian nation and Government will definitely stand beside their brother, Iraq," Mr Ahmadinejad said.

The five-page US Marines report written by Colonel Peter Devlin, a senior and seasoned military intelligence officer with the Marine Expeditionary Force is marked secret, for dissemination to US and allied troops in Iraq only.

The report, State of the Insurgency in al-Anbar, focuses on conditions in the province that is home to 1.25 million Iraqis.

Colonel Devlin describes al-Qaeda in Iraq as the "dominate organisation of influence in al-Anbar", surpassing all other groups, the Iraqi Government and US troops "in its ability to control the day-to-day life of the average Sunni". WASHINGTON POST

Hezbollah training Baghdad militia

A SENIOR American intelligence official says the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah has been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Shiite militia based in Baghdad's Sadr City slum.

The official said that between 1000 and 2000 fighters from the Mahdi Army and other Shiite militia groups from Iraq had been trained by Hezbollah in Lebanon, mostly in small groups. The US official said that a small number of Hezbollah operatives had also visited Iraq to help with training there.

Iran had helped with the links, the official said, and Syrian officials had also co-operated, though there was debate among intelligence officials about whether it had the blessing of Syria's senior leadership.

2. Guysen Israel News
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 12:43:00 +0000
From:  <>
[] 2006-11-28 , 7 Kislev 5767
22:11  Walid Muallem has accused France of destabilizing the Syrian regime. The Syrian Foreign Minister said on the Al Jazeera television station, "I am not sure of the current French policy" without being more specific.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
17:00  A suicide attack on the Syrian-Lebanese border. According to the initial information, a man opened fire and threw grenades at the Syrian forces on the Syrian side of the demarcation line. At least two people were injured. According to Lebanese television, the attack was carried out by a kamikaze at the Jeidat Yabus crossing. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
16:25  The Criminal Court of Paris dismissed the case brought by France 2 and its reporter in Israel, Charles Enderlin against Pierre Lur at for defamation in the al-Dura case. It also dismissed the civil case for damages against Mr. Lur at. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
15:22  The WHO is planning mass circumcisions in Africa to reduce the risks of the transmission of AIDS. A study made more than a year ago revealed that amongst men who have been circumcised the risk of HIV transmission was reduced by up to 70%. Representatives of the WHO will meet Israeli doctors this week, as well as Jewish and Muslim men to consider the implementation of this measure. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
12:36  Rav Mordechai Eliyahu is calling for a law against the Supreme Court. In his weekly radio appearance, the former chief rabbi of Israel sharply condemned the green light given by the High Court of Justice for the registration in the population register of homosexual marriages contracted abroad. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
08:07  A new Palestinian newspaper will be available in Israeli kiosks. Palestine Times is a new Palestinian daily launched in Ramallah in the hope that it will also be read by Israelis. It will be in English and will use Israeli Arab journalists. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

3. Queen celebrates with British Jews

The Queen, together with His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, paid tribute to the British Jewish community on Tuesday night at a special reception at St. James's Palace, on London's famous Pall Mall, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Jewish community.

The event, which saw over 500 people from the Jewish community greeted by the Queen, was a celebration of the future as much as the past, with representatives from a broad selection of Jewish communal organizations, Jewish schools and youth movements attending.

To commemorate the occasion, Britain's chief rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, presented the Queen with a hanukia and Rabbi Tony Bayfield of the Reform Movement presented a kiddish cup to Prince Philip.

The Chief Rabbi said of the gift, "It is a symbol of light, and we felt for all sorts of reasons that was the gift we would like to give to the Queen. We are celebrating 350 years in a country that has led the world in tolerance that has been a wonderful home to Jews, especially those fleeing from persecution.

"The British Jewish community is intensely loyal both to Britain and to the royal family especially, and this was simply a way of saying thank you."

Rabbi Sacks also paid tribute to the contribution the Jewish community had made to modern Britain and said that Jews were well represented in public life in the UK.

"It [the Jewish community] has contributed some of the greatest scientists, musicians, doctors, lawyers, two of the last three lord chief justices have been Jewish, several Nobel prize winners, people in business and finance, and some of the best known faces in television. For a small community, I think it's probably produced a disproportionate number of people who really have contributed to life in this country."

The event was a magnificent highlight in a year of special events to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the resettlement of Jews in England, following the expulsion by Edward I in 1290.

Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex, said: "This is a celebration for Britain as well as the Jewish community. In no other Western country has the Jewish community enjoyed 350 years of uninterrupted freedom and protection of the law. The presence of the Royal Family and others outside the community at the celebration is an important recognition of the healthy state of Jewish integration in Britain. We retain our distinction without being in any way separate. The evolution of the place of the Jewish community in British life makes it possible to be British and Jewish in equal measure, a double blessing for British Jews. I hope this is a model for other, more recently arrived, religious minorities."

Emily Maitlis, BBC News presenter, said, "The image of the 'wandering Jew' may be as romantic as it is iconic. But in all honesty it's not much fun, 350 years in the same place is indeed something to celebrate. Here's to the next 350..."

Despite the presence of a handful of Jews at different times during the Tudor and Jacobean periods, there was no official community in England until after 1656, when Manasseh ben Israel, a Dutch Rabbi, petitioned Oliver Cromwell to allow Jews to return.

The Spanish and Portuguese Jews, who came from Amsterdam, founded the Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London. Built in 1701, it is the oldest synagogue in the UK.

Ashkenazi Jews from Germany and Poland arriving in the 18th century soon outnumbered the Spanish and Portuguese. The 19th century saw the Jewish community gaining increasing civil rights. In 1855, Sir David Salomons became the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London. In 1867, the first Jewish MP, Lionel de Rothschild was finally admitted to Parliament and a few years later, a Jew became solicitor general and the last disabilities were removed.

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