Contents: Jerusalem News nos 661-690

Jerusalem News-661
5 Elul 5767, 19 August 2007
1. Population Transfer- Arab Style
Al Qaeda Drives out Yazidi Kurds
2. Israeli Soccer Fans Strike Back
After Bosnian Nazi Salutes
3. Did Haym Salomon Really Finance The American Revolution

1.Population Transfer- Arab Style
Al Qaeda Drives out Yazidi Kurds
Al Qaeda Dislocates US Security Plan by Genocidal Massacre
This time, Al Qaeda in Iraq selected a tiny, isolated, unprotected community of some 150,000 Yazidi Kurds, persecuted by Sunni and Shiite Muslims alike, as the victims of its barbarity. Tuesday, Aug. 14, within minutes, three oil tankers driven by suicide bombers had murdered at least 500 people, injured more than 1,000 and transformed an ancient indigenous Iraqi sect into a humanitarian problem.

While rescuers were still digging bodies out of the rubble of their destroyed homes in Qataniya and Adnaniya near Mosul, tens of thousands snatched their remaining belongings and streamed to the Syrian border.

2. Israeli Soccer Fans Strike Back After Bosnian Nazi Salutes
by Ezra HaLevi

( Israeli sports fans in Bosnia say they were ejected from a game after angrily responding to Nazi chants and gestures by opposing fans.

Supporters of HaPoel Tel Aviv attended Thursday night's soccer match against Bosnia Siroki Brijeg. They told Army Radio that Bosnian fans were shouting "Sieg Heil" and making Nazi salutes, enraging many Jewish fans, one of whom threw a firecracker into the Bosnian fan section.

At that point, the game was halted and Bosnian police rushed in and began beating the Israeli fans. The referees then made a decision to eject all Israeli fans from the stadium.

Other Israeli fans told Army Radio, however, that the blame lay with their fellow Israelis, who come to the games drunk and "go wild." They reject news reports, however, saying that the Israelis lit the stadium's seats on fire. "Some firecrackers and torches were thrown on the field, and when the ushers threw them back into the stands that started the fire."

Two Israelis were arrested and one was hospitalized.
The Israeli team won the game, 3-0.

3. Did Haym Salomon Really Finance The American Revolution?

Jerusalem News-662
10 Elul 5767, 24 August 2007
1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 10.17
2. Archaeology:
Stone Age settlement
found in English Channel
3. Terrorist: U.S. training helps attack, kill Jews
4.Guysen Israel News -
5. The Occult Origins of Conspiracy Theories

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 10.17
From: david meadows <>
explorator 10.17 August 19, 2007
Egypt 'one ups' the Roman footprint find (see below):

Assorted finds from various periods in Turkey:

More coverage of that Sinai fortress:

More coverage of that cuneiform biblical bit: (Discovery)

Review of H. Tristam, *The Survey of Western Palestine*:

A Phoenician site in Sardinia: (ANSA)

Coverage (in English) of that intact Etruscan tomb find: (ANSA) (IOL) (SD) (SciAm)

... and it's interesting because an amateur group found and
excavated it:

A Roman soldier's footprint: (Journal)

Petroglyphs in Somerset:

A Neolithic settlement in Orkney:


Threats to Australian sites (maybe):

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:
Pima/Apache burial from Tucson:

Overviewish thing on the Popham colony:

Lincoln may have had a facial defect:

The viking ship is now in Ireland:

... and the Danes apologized (?!):,,2149421,00.html

Did Indian mathematicians beat Newton to the punch?:

On the origins of white rice:

Interesting radio program on the end of slavery:

... and on early humans affecting climate:

A pile of English Civil War coins are 'going home':


Ancient Coin Collecting:

Ancient Coins:

On fixing the Israel Museum:


2. Archaeology:
Stone Age settlement found in English Channel

Excavations uncovered two ancient ovens at edge of underwater cliff

Erosion on the floor of the English Channel is revealing the remains of a busy Stone Age settlement, from a time when Europe and Britain were still linked by land, a team of archaeologists says.

3. Terrorist: U.S. training helps attack, kill Jews
Posted by: "Shield of David List Moderator"   magen_david_1948\
By Aaron Klein
RAMALLAH ? United States-run programs that train militias
from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah
organization have been utilized to kill Jews and were
instrumental in the "success" of the Palestinian intifada that
began in 2000, a senior Fatah militant trained by the U.S. told

"I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance
would have been so successful and would have killed more than
1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza
without these [American] trainings," said Abu Yousuf, a senior
officer of Abbas' Force 17 Presidential Guard unit in Ramallah.

The U.S. has long run training programs at a base in the West
Bank city of Jericho for members of Force 17, which serves as de
facto police units in the West Bank, and for the Palestinian
Preventative Security Services, another major Fatah security

The training program, which includes courses in the use of
weapons, is paid for by $86.5 million in U.S. tax dollars granted
to the PA by Congress in April.

Many members of Force 17 and the Preventative Security Services
also openly serve in the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's
declared "military wing," which took credit along with the
Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel in
2005 and 2006. Statistically, the Brigades is responsible for
more terrorism from the West Bank than any other Palestinian

Yousuf received U.S. training in Jericho in 1999 as a member of
the Preventative Security Services. He is a chief of the Al Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah, where he is accused of
participating in anti-Israel terrorism, including recent
shootings, attacks against Israeli forces operating in the city
and a shooting attack in northern Samaria in December 2000 that
killed Benyamin Kahane, leader of the ultranationalist Kahane
Chai organization.

After the Kahane murder, Yousuf was extended refuge by Yasser
Arafat to live in the late PLO leader's Ramallah compound, widely
known as the Muqata. Yousuf still lives in the compound.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last month granted Yousuf amnesty
along with 178 other Brigades leaders reportedly as a gesture to

Speaking during a sit-down exclusive interview for the upcoming
book "Schmoozing with Terrorists,"
Yousuf said his American training sessions were instrumental in
killing Jews:

"All the methods and techniques that we studied in these
trainings, we applied them against the Israelis," he said.

"We sniped at Israeli settlers and soldiers. We broke into
settlements and Israeli army bases and posts. We collected
information on the movements of soldiers and settlers. We
collected information about the best timing to infiltrate our
bombers inside Israel. We used weapons and we produced
explosives, and of course the trainings we received from the
Americans and the Europeans were a great help to the resistance."

Yousuf describing his U.S.-provided training:

"I myself received American trainings in Jericho. Together with
my Preventative comrades, I received trainings in intelligence
methods and military trainings. In the intelligence part, we
learned collection of information regarding suspected persons,
how to follow suspected guys, how to infiltrate organizations and
penetrate cells of groups that we were working on and how to
prevent attacks and to steal in places.

"On the military level, we received trainings on the use of
weapons, all kind of weapons and explosives. We received sniping
trainings, work of special units especially as part of what they
call the fight against terror. We learned how to put siege, how
to break into places where our enemies closed themselves in, how
to oppress protest movements, demonstrations and other activities
of opposition.

"We also learned to discover agents that Israel tried to plant in
our cells," he said.

Yousuf stressed he "isn't talking about U.S. training in order to
irritate the Americans or the Israelis and not in order to create
provocations. I'm just telling you the truth. We applied against
Israel all that we learned from the Americans."

4. Guysen Israel News -
Thursday 2007-08-22 , 8 Elul 5767
 PM Ehud Olmert has praised the positive figures for economic growth. The Israeli economy is in constant growth, with the GNP standing at 6.6%.
23:17  President Bush said on Wednesday that the early withdrawal of American troops from Iraq would lead to chaos in the country. According to him the situation would resemble Vietnam after the departure of the Americans.  (Guysen.International.News)
12:50  According to the Palestinian press agency Maan, the Israeli navy assisted by combat helicopters has destroyed 7 Palestinian boats off the coast of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, and proceeded to a vast swoop. Several Palestinians have already been arrested. (Guysen.International.News)
11:27  Twelve million Nazi archive documents have been transferred to Yad Vashem. These archives were held until now by the Red Cross in Bad Arolsen, in Germany. They will allow new information on the millions of Jews exterminated during the Shoah. This is the first delivery and another one is expected soon in Israel. (Guysen.International.News)
10:11  If a war were to break out between Israel and Syria, the IDF would conquer Damascus in a few hours, according to a new report by the CSIS, the American Center for Strategic and International Research. The supremacy of the Israeli airforce over that of the Arabs should suffice to neutralize in a few hours the Syrian airforce and DCA systems. This report also considers that it is unlikely that an armed conflict will break out between the two countries. (Guysen.International.News)
08:27  Kirk Douglas: ''Never without my Torah''. The American actor, producer and director Kirk Douglas, or Issur Danielovitch Demsky, his real name, will no longer travel without his Torah scrolls since his helicopter accident in 1991, when he was the sole survivor. He has since then taken to learning Torah, feeling that his life was spared for this purpose: to rediscover his Judaism.  (Guysen.International.News)

5. The Occult Origins of Conspiracy Theories
Extract from

 in "Brit-Am TRUTH" issue no.10

The First World War ended in 1918, the Russian Revolution had taken place in 1917. Russian Counter ("White")-Revolutionaries, under General Denikin..The native Russian and Ukrainian Forces of Denikin viciously attacked Jewish communities. In the Ukraine, between 1918-1920 more than 60,000 Jews were massacred with many more raped and injured. Churchill, though an anti-Communist and supporter of Denikin, attempted to prevent these pogroms but with limited successes. Anti-Jewish propaganda relied heavily on distribution of "The Protocols of Zion".  Incidentally, Henry Ford in the USA subsidized distribution of "The Protocols" in America and overseas and had long excerpts from them published in his own newspaper, "The Dearborn Independent".
(a) The Protocols
"The Protocols of Zion" purported to describe a plot by the Jews and Freemasons to undermine the traditional foundations of society, crate anarchy and licentiousness, and then take over the World. The Protocols originally were taken from works of fiction and political satire in France and Germany that described secret organizations plotting to corrupt society. Later they were republished, Jews included amongst the villains, and presented as fact. When the Protocols were first published in their "World Jewish-Plot" permutation it was a period of upheavals and revolutions that appeared to fit the "master plan" outlined by them. "The Times" newspaper in England at first tended to consider the Protocols as genuine but later published articles by Philip Graves that exposed them as a forgery. Philip Graves used information provided by Lucien Wolf in 1921. Modern Conspiracy Theory to some degree is a development of "The Protocols". The Jesuits along with the Secret Services of Prussia and Russia helped spread the Protocols and/or similar literature in an attempt to counter reform movements in Europe.
[Belief in the Protocols has been recently revived by Arabs and Conspiracy Freaks including Jewish ones such as Barry Chamish and Marvin Antelman. Even otherwise God-fearing, intelligent, well-informed, nationalist, patriotic supporters of Zionism have been taken in by such scallywags. The justification used by these scoundrels is that there are "bad" Jews and "good" Jews with the "bad" ones being responsible for the "Conspiracy" plots!]
(b) Nesta Webster 
In Britain, Nesta Helen Webster (1876-1960) in 1920 wrote "The Jewish Peril" based on "The Protocols". ...It should be noted that Nesta Webster was involved in the occult. There was a school of devil worshippers and Hindu aficionados popular in intellectual circles. It was headed by Aleister Crowley (1874-1947) but included Irish Nationalists and leading anti-Semites amonst the British Upper Classes. Members of this circle became early supporters of the Nazis in Germany. Quite a few leading anti-Semites all over Europe were involved with occultic (witchcraft) practices. They were the ones who propagated The Protocols and Conspiracy Theory.  They themselves could do with some examining.

Jerusalem News-663
12 Elul 5767, 26 August 2007
1. More Immigrants from Burma
2. Jewish boy was forced to serve as Nazi 'mascot'
3. Israeli Economy Up, Unemployment Down
4. Physical Anthropology: The Mystery of Changing Skull Shapes
(a) The Times: Long Skulls, Round Ones, and Long Again!
(b) The Guardian: Skull Shape Changes Only in Males;
Left-handedness was more common!
5. Conspiracy Theories and Big Power Plotting in General
(a) Was President Kennedy Assassinated by Conspirators and Related Matters
(b) Is Conspiracy Theory actually part of a "Conspiracy" against Israelite Peoples?

1. More Immigrants from Burma
Recent Bnei Menashe immigrants settle in
A group of over 100 Bnei Menashe who arrived here from India late last week spent an emotional first Shabbat in Israel this past weekend, as they sought to adjust to their new surroundings.

118 members of the community, which claims descent from a lost tribe of Israel, were brought here by the Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization, which is housing them in Pardes Hanna.

The immigrants, who arrived on special tourist visas issued by the Interior Ministry, will spend the next few months studying Hebrew and Judaism under Shavei Israel's auspices prior to undergoing formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate.

The group will shortly be joined by an additional 113 Bnei Menashe, bringing the total number of immigrants to 231. "This is the largest group of Bnei Menashe ever to come here," said Michael Freund, chairman of Shavei Israel and a Jerusalem Post columnist. "We spent many months lobbying for permission to bring them, and we are grateful that they have finally fulfilled their dream of returning to Zion and to the Jewish people."

"This is an historic event for the Bnei Menashe," said Yigal Hanshing, who served as the community's president in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur prior to making aliya. "Thanks to Shavei Israel, we have come home."

Hanshing was greeted upon arrival by his son Avi, who made aliya several years ago and now serves in an IDF combat unit.

Over 1,200 Bnei Menashe already live in Israel, and another 7,000 remain in India awaiting permission to make aliya. "We will continue to work on their behalf and to press the Israeli government until all of the Bnei Menashe are able to come here," Freund said.

For Brit-Am Commentary to this phenomenon
"The Burma Blues"

2. Jewish boy was forced to serve as Nazi 'mascot',7340,L-3441457,00.html

3. Israeli Economy Up, Unemployment Down
 by Ezra HaLevi

( Israel's economy continues to improve, with unemployment continuing to decline according to figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Unemployment continued to fall during the second quarter of the year, hitting 7.6% - down from 9.2% in the first quarter of 2005 and from 7.7% during the first quarter of 2007. That translates to a decrease of 27,900 unemployed over the last two years.

The monthly average number of unemployed was 220,000 during the second quarter. Of the unemployed, 58% have not worked for over a year and 29% have not worked for at least six months. 117,200 people working part-time are still looking for full-time employment.

Israel's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by an annualized 6.6% in the first half of the year. The increase follows a 3.4% in the second half of 2006 and 6% in the first half of that year. The growth surpassed the predictions of the Bank of Israel and Finance Ministry.

Israel's economy now has experienced five years of continuous growth - the longest period in the state's history.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert issued a statement saying that the data reflects the three main components of the Government's socio-economic policy  fiscal discipline, encouraging growth and reducing gaps by encouraging employment. "The Government's economic policy has proven itself and today's data are even better than the forecasts."

4. Physical Anthropology: The Mystery of Changing Skull Shapes
(a) The Times: Long Skulls, Round Ones, and Long Again!
Mystery of the medieval skulls still has archaeologists scratching their heads

A study into the mysterious changing skull shape of medieval man casts serious doubt on current theories.

The peculiar shift from long narrow heads to those of a rounder shape, and back again, which took place between the 11th and 13th centuries, has been noted at sites throughout western Europe. But a study of skulls found at the deserted village of Wharram Percy, near Malton, North Yorkshire, suggests that the anatomical blip was not down to an influx of Norman immigrants, or climate change, English Heritage has said.

It examined nearly 700 skeletons recovered from the village. Unlike other research, data from the Wharram site traces the change to a single, indigenous community which has been radiocarbon-dated.

Simon Mays, a skeletal biologist, said: "Our work has yielded few clues on why skulls changed, but we have cast serious doubt on some of the current theories. Despite the best efforts of science, we're still in the dark to explain why it happened."

The findings are presented in the latest volume of the Wharram Percy project, which aims to publish the results of 40 years of archaeological excavations at the Yorkshire Wolds village between 1950 and 1990.

(b) The Guardian: Skull Shape Changes Only in Males;
Left-handedness was more common!
Village skull finds deepen mystery of roundheads

A long-standing mystery over the way men's skulls changed from long to round in medieval Europe has been deepened by discoveries at a Yorkshire village.

Huge volumes of data collected at Wharram Percy cast doubt on all current theories about the unexplained blip between the 11th and 13th centuries which has been recorded by archaeologists across the continent.

Immigration and climate change have been the two main hypotheses but neither makes sense of the 700 Yorkshire skeletons. They are expected to cause widespread revision of the period's history, as the first large-scale find from a single, accurately-dated indigenous community.

The leading theory, that Scandinavian incomers brought new racial characteristics to the rest of Europe, does not make sense at Wharram, a lonely valley in the Wolds near Malton. Its natural isolation was reinforced during the 200 years of the skull change by plague and sheep blight which soon after led to its abandonment.

The skulls also show that only men were affected, which would not have applied if its cause was new genetic stock. Simon Mays, the human skeletal biologist in charge of the English Heritage study, said: "If immigration was responsible we would expect both sexes to be affected. There's also the puzzle of why male skull shapes eventually reverted back, becoming similar to those we have today."

This has been put down to climate change, with male bones more sensitive to environmental change during their development than those of women. Round skulls, rather than the proverbial Yorkshire big head, are found in colder parts of the world because they have less surface area and retain heat better. "But the climate at Wharram during the critical period rose by 0.5C and was actually warmer than it is today," said Mr Mays. "Further, as the weather got much colder in the later medieval period skulls started to become longer and narrower again."

Attention is now turning to possible effects of the plague, which repeatedly devastated Wharram along with many other parts of western Europe. Villagers finally called it a day around 1500, leaving only mounds and the ruined St Martin's church today.

The study, the latest of 14 volumes on 40 years of excavation at Wharram, also shows that left-handedness was much more common in medieval times, at 15% compared with 8% today. Infant mortality was also unexpectedly low, possibly because illness and poor diet set in only after weaning off breast milk.

See also:

For summary see:

5. Conspiracy Theories and Big Power Plotting in General
(a) Was President Kennedy Assassinated by Conspirators and Related Matters
You are always going on about how sinister Conspiracy Theory is
and how you believe it is false, how then do you explain the death of
President John F. Kennedy?

Answer: Both those who believe in Conspiracy Theories and those who are against them
tend to confuse the issue by equating Conspiracy Theory with plotting in general.

A lot of events in recent history could be caused by governmental lplotting and cover-ups
and could require further examination,
e.g. the assassination of Palme in Sweden, Holt in Australia, President Kennedy, Rabin in Israel, 9-11, etc, etc.
My personal understanding is that in many cases things are more or less as described but there may be exceptions.
Plots and manipulations etc by those in power may occur and in some cases for all I know they may even prove to have been justifiable!
e.g. It is claimed that president Roosevelt knew the Japanese were about to attack Pearl Harbor but let it happen because it was the only way US public opinion  would agree to wage war.
This is probably false but even if theoretically it was true and resulted in the world being saved from Nazi-Nipponese Tyranny who is to say it would not have been worth it?

Big Power Plotting is not Conspiracy Theory!
Conspiracy Theory says that a group of people consciously
associate together over a long period in order to secretly take control.
This is not true, at least not in the west and not as depicted by Conspiracy Quacks.
On the other hand, there are economic and ideological interests that become accepted as the consensus of elite groups as well as long term tendencies of policy and trends of thought along with national patterns of behavior, etc.

We do not believe in Conspiracy Theory per se.
Even so there are a lot of things we do not believe in as well as matters we do not really care about one way or the other.

We would normally leave Conspiracy Theory alone and not be concerned with it  since it could interfere with our own specialization.
The problem is that Conspiracy Theory is invariably anti-Jewish and anti-"Anglo-American".
It has all the marks of a plot to undermine belief in Zionism and in the Civilizing Destiny of the British and American Peoples and their kin.

(b) Is Conspiracy Theory then actually part of a "Conspiracy" against Israelite Peoples?
Answer: We doubt that Conspiracy Quacks are consciously part of a conspiracy
it is used by types who wish to hide their true anti-Israelite motivations (of which they may not always be conscious) under a veneer of rationalisation.

Jerusalem News-664
13 Elul 5767, 27 August 2007
1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of  Explorator 10.18
2. Iraq: Oil and Economy
3. Shiites versus Sunnis
4. Arutz Sheva
(4.Israeli Air Force  DREAMS OF A
5. Iran Attacks Kurdish Villages in Iraq?

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of  Explorator 10.18
From: david meadows <>
explorator 10.18 August 26, 2007


Bronze Age climate change and Israel:

Trying to preserve Samarkand:

Some humour:


Yet another spin on the peopling of the Americas: (Times Colonist)

... and another:

Mystery graves in Philipsburg:


Mysteries about medieval skulls:

A missing Constable sketch has been found:,,2155406,00.html

Ancient Scots sang songs to attract seals to traps (!):


A Museum of Slavery is opening in Liverpool:

An online atlas of Hadrian's Wall:
Philip Masters:
Plenty of coverage (alas) of this 'curse of the pharaohs' story: (Telegraph) (Daily Star)

2. Iraq: Oil and Economy
Sands of Iraq hold world's 2nd largest oil reserve

Nonsense aside, the sands of Iraq hold oil... lots of it. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), "Iraq holds more than 112 billion barrels of oil - the world's second largest proven reserves. Iraq also contains 110 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and is a focal point for regional and international security issues."

Iraq's Oil Reserves: Untapped Potential
While its proven oil reserves of 112 billion barrels ranks Iraq second in the work behind Saudi Arabia, EIA estimates that up to 90-percent of the county remains unexplored due to years of wars and sanctions. Unexplored regions of Iraq could yield an additional 100 billion barrels. Iraq's oil production costs are among the lowest in the world. However, only about 2,000 wells have been drilled in Iraq, compared to about 1 million wells in Texas alone.

Importance of Iraqi Oil to the U.S.
During December 2002, the United States imported 11.3 million barrels of oil from Iraq. In comparison, imports from other major OPEC oil-producing countries during December 2002 included:

Saudi Arabia - 56.2 million barrels
Venezuela 20.2 million barrels
Nigeria 19.3 million barrels
Kuwait - 5.9 million barrels
Algeria - 1.2 million barrels

Leading imports from non-OPEC countries during December 2002 included:

Canada 46.2 million barrels
Mexico 53.8 million barrels
United Kingdom 11.7 million barrels
Norway 4.5 million barrels

[Source: Imports of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products into the United States by Country of Origin, December 2002]

3. Shiites versus Sunnis
Islamist cleric issues Iran warning,7340,L-3442337,00.html
Leading Kuwaiti sheikh attacks 'Iranian expansionist scheme', warns of 'Shiite exploitation'
Yaakov Lappin
Published:  08.27.07, 09:48 / Israel News

Iran and its associated Shiite sects are hijacking Arab causes and exploiting them to serve an "expansionist scheme", a top Sunni Islamist cleric warned in a statement.

Sheikh Hamid al-Ali, based in Kuwait, is a leading Islamist ideologue, whose teachings are often posted on Islamist websites. He has been linked to al-Qaeda activities in the Gulf state, and is described by the US government as a "terrorist facilitator who has provided financial support for al-Qaeda affiliated groups seeking to commit acts of terrorism in Kuwait, Iraq, and elsewhere." Ali is also well known for lashing out against Shiites.
United Nations

In a statement posted on an al-Qaeda affiliated internet forum on Sunday, Ali cited western reports tracking Iran's nuclear program, and military expansion, before turning his attention to Iran's role in the region.

"Lebanon is a vivid example the Iranian expansionist scheme at the expense of real Arab causes, which are exploited by Shiite sects," Ali said. "Iran has also established strong relations with the Palestinian Islamic resistance, enabling it to use this relationship to organize events (in the Palestinian territories). Iran was very devoted to a Hamas victory in the elections," he added.

"The jihadi movement has to be aware of the reality of the size of Iran's influence, and must not allow Iran to exploit legitimate causes, as seen in Lebanon," he declared. 

"In the coming stage we will see more isolation, friction, and escalation... and an inevitable confrontation," Ali predicted, adding that "it is certain that Islam and Muslims will be victorious," describing his vision of Sunni Muslims overcoming Shiites.

Responding to Ali's comments, members of the jihadi forum called for holy war to be declared against Iran. "We ask that God makes the Islamic State of Iraq (Iraqi Sunni jihad group) declare war against Iran for the sake of Islam, and awaken the nation to the danger of Iran," one member wrote in a message in the forum.

Professor Raymond Tanter, co-author of the recently published "What Makes Iran tick," said Sunni jihadis had cause to fear Iran, but told Ynetnews he doubted a full-scale war would erupt between al-Qaeda and Iran.

Iran's imperial ambitions

Tanter is also president of the Washington-based Iran Policy Committee, comprised of former officials from the White House, State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence services. He said Ali was not alone among Sunni clerics in condemning Iran. "Other Saudi sheikhs have even condemned the imperial ambitions of Iran, not only because of the threat from Tehran's nuclear weapons progress, but also because of the Iranian regime's support for Shiite Hizbullah in Lebanon," Tanter said.

"As Iran progresses toward nuclear weapons status, there is an increasing pushback from Sunni spiritual and political leaders about the Iranian threat to create a Shiite crescent and to dominate both Shiites and Sunni Muslims," Tanter explained. "Because the Iranian regime arms, trains, and funds militias killing Sunni civilians in Iraq, leading Wahhabi sheikhs in Saudi Arabia are increasingly critical of Tehran," he added.

Tanter said, however, that "there is little chance of war between Sunni al-Qaeda and the Shiite state of Iran. Both have more in common than they share differences," adding that "there are indications that Tehran provides safe haven to portions of the al-Qaeda leadership. That said, however, Sunni jihadis are correct to view Iran as a threat to them."

Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, told Ynetnews that Sunni-Shiite warfare had already been waging since the 1990s.

10,000 dead in Shiite-Sunni war

"This started well before Iraq. In 1995, al-Qaeda in Afghanistan carried out mass killings against Shiites. In Pakistan, terrorism was used against the sizeable Shiite minority in Pakistan. The Shiites responded by organizing their own terror groups. Over 10,000 people were killed in terror attacks between the two groups, which targeted each other's mosques and centers through suicide bombers, though this has hardly been reported," he said.

Citing an exchange of letters between the late al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Osama bin Laden, Karmon said al-Qaeda had gradually come to accept Zarqawi's view that Shiites are infidels and represented a priority target for jihad.

"This issue will dictate the Middle Eastern agenda in the years to come," Karmon said. "In Iraq, al-Qaeda strikes Shiites every day. If the Americans withdraw, it will be presented as a Sunni victory, as Shiites hardly took part in the war against the Americans," he said.
Karmon added, however, that "this does not prevent cooperation between the two," and said that Iran may decide to use al-Qaeda to respond to strikes against its nuclear facilities to avoid tracing the attacks back to Tehran. He also highlighted the growing admiration held by the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for Iran's successful Islamic Resolution and international activities.

'Iran planning to weaken Arab identity'

Meanwhile, in Kuwait, the Jordanian Parliamentary Speaker, Abd Al-Hadi Al-Majali, stated that Iran's intervention in Iraq had "nothing to do with either religion or with the Sunni-Shiite conflict," adding that it was nationalistically motivated and part of an historical conflict between the Arabs and the Persians," a dispatch by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported.

4. Arutz Sheva Monday,
 Aug. 27 '07, 13 Elul 5767

by Gil Ronen

Half of the IDF's young combat officers are religious Jews, according to statistics published as the lead story Sunday in Maariv, Israel's second largest daily newspaper. The report also says that about 40% of the cadets of the most recent Officer Course in Bahad-1, the IDF's officer training school, were religious; this number refers to all officers, as opposed to just combat officers.
"This says something very good about the sons of the religious Zionist movement," opines the writer of the piece, senior correspondent Ben Caspit. "They are becoming the IDF's backbone. Their presence in the army is several times larger than it is in the general population."
"They give their entire soul"
"Any way we look at it," he says, "it's about education." It is clear, Caspit states, that "the religious Zionist movement's educational institutions continue to disseminate values, Zionism, Judaism and mission orientation. The religious youth is mission-oriented. [It sets out to] conquer the hilltops, and then to conquer the military service and the officership."
The entry of the religious Zionists into the officer corps began after the Yom Kippur War, says Caspit, when Major-Generals Yair Naveh and Elazar Stern entered service, and "continues with the pre-military academies, which send a sizeable percentage of their graduates to the Officers' Course." The "Hesder" yeshivas, he says ? the seminaries that combine religious study with a shortened army service ? do not contribute many officers.
"They do everything willingly, with their entire soul," Caspit says of the religious Zionist soldiers. Alongside them one finds, he claims, many youths from the socialist-agricultural moshav and kibbutz movements, as well as soldiers from new-immigrant and lower-income families who see the military as a chance for upward social mobility.
However, what Caspit refers to as "the First Israel" - the middle and upper classes - is no longer very visible among the officers. More and more of its sons either actively evade service, or opt for what he calls "a gray evasion" ? the employment of various tricks to serve less time, serve closer to home, and without endangering themselves. "They find all the ways in the world to fool the system, to see the IDF as some foreign element which is meant to curtail their personal advancement, independent thought, private ambition and other legitimate aspirations of 21st century man."
Caspit sees this trend as a worrying one and calls for urgent action to raise the motivation of non-religious Israelis to serve and excel. He does not specify what this action might be.
Socio-political ramifications
Religious Zionists have often noted, in the course of political debates, that their youth plays a disproportionate role in the IDF, but secular Israelis have usually denied this. The article by Caspit, one of Israel's top journalists and the author of several books, including biographies of Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, can be seen as an admission by a secular Israeli that the religious Zionists have been right on this subject.
The statistics are important for Israeli society because the IDF is seen as the nation's backbone and its pride. Since the State of Israel was founded it has had five native-born Prime Ministers, four of whom were from the military: Yitzchak Rabin, Netanyahu, Barak and Ariel Sharon. Rabin and Barak both served as IDF Chiefs of Staff, Sharon was a Major-General and Netanyahu was an officer in an elite unit that was commanded by his brother, Yoni, who was himself a military hero killed in the rescue of passengers from a hijacked Air France jet in Uganda in 1976. Thus, traditionally, service as combat officers goes hand in hand with leadership potential.
Another reason these statistics are significant is that many religious soldiers have been refusing orders to evict Jews from their homes in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. If half of the IDF's new officers are religious, this means that the refusal movement could indeed have a deep deterrent impact on the IDF and government when and if it decides to attempt additional pullouts from territory.

(4. Israeli Air Force DREAMS OF A HAREIDI UNIT
by Hana Levi Julian

The Commander-in-Chief of the Israel Air Force is a man with a vision that some might call a fantasy. But General Eliezker Shkedi has transformed his vision into a project that he hopes will win recruits from the hareidi sector for the IAF.
Traditionally, when hareidi Jews serve in the armed forces, the recruits usually join the IDF ground forces, often in combat units.  Shkedi?s new initiative, expected to begin within the next few weeks, may become the entr'eacute;e for hareidi religious Jews to wear silver wings on their uniforms ? and hopefully, he told NRG in a report published Monday, their ranks will swell by the hundreds.
"The sky is the limit," declared Shkedi, who promised that eventually hareidi recruits will be accepted to all the different professions available in the IAF, including flight itself.  ?I am open to everything,? he said.
Shkedi explained that he sees the project in a larger sense as a way of reuniting the hareidi and secular parts of Israeli society into the greater whole that comprises the Jewish State.
The head of the IAF revealed that he has worked for months to bring the project to fruition, reaching out to the hareidi community and establishing quiet contacts within its leadership. A special staff was also established to create and pilot the unique project.
Shkedi is upbeat about the initiative. ?This will be a process of unity and embracing each other?s positive qualities,? he said, adding it will become a win-win scenario for everyone.  ?This is a situation in which both sides will gain and learn to appreciate each other."
The endpoint is obviously the legacy that Shkedi will eventually leave in the IAF, which will include the new hareidi recruitment project, together with relocating much of its central operations to the Negev.
He also plans to expand the participation of women in the more coveted ? and formerly exclusively male ? IAF professions, shattering the glass ceiling that has in the past prevented women from becoming pilots, navigators, flight engineers and mechanics.
But first on the list is the hareidi recruitment project, with Shkedi promising to launch the initiative this year, and vowing to ensure its success. ?I believe that we will create a positive dynamic,? he said.
At present the plan calls for a direct draft from the hareidi yeshivot to a ?Nachal Hareidi Avir? (a hareidi IAF unit) where the new recruits will be trained in technological professions, including technical support work.
Skedi envisions a group of recruits that will include men who are older than the average soldier, who have more life experience and who will bring to the IAF a desire to participate in the new initiative while learning a profession that is much in demand. 
?I myself come from a hareidi religious background,? he commented. "The negative dynamic created by the disenchantment of the hareidi public with the state has brought about harsh results. We must do everything possible to demonstrate that we are one people. They are a part of us, and we are a part of them.?

5. Iran Attacks Kurdish Villages in Iraq?
Iranian soldiers cross into northeastern Iraqi Kurdistan Thursday and attack villages

August 24, 2007, 10:30 AM (GMT+02:00)

Mayor of Choman Abdul Wahid Gwany said they crossed in 10 places, traveling some 5 km into the mountain region and bombing villages as they drove. Some villagers were killed. DEBKAfile adds: The apparent targets were Iranian Kurdish rebels, members of PJAK, who are reported holed up in mountain havens in this part of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Jerusalem News-665
16 Elul 5767, 29 August 2007
1. Norman Cohn: Historian
Arutz Sheva Wednesday
(1. Policeman Assaulted
Trying to Stop Illegal Temple Mount Dig
(4. Pastor and Jewish Activist to Debate on BBC
3. President Bush warns of 'holocaust' if Iran gets nukes

1. Norman Cohn: Historian
August 27, 2007
Brit-Am Note: We read  "Warrant for Genocide:
The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion"  and found it of great benefit.
We also have the impression that there is much to gain from the other works of Norman Cohn even though on some issues he may have been mistaken.
At all events he was an historian of note who made an important and interesting contribution and that is why we are posting the following obituary article:
It may be prottested that Norman Cohn was the type of scholar who would have authored attempts to "debunk" beliefs such as those of Brit-Am. nevertheless, there is a difference in os far as Brit-Am beliefs are true ones. We need scholars such as Norman Cohn and the time will come when they realize they need us.

Norman Cohn, Historian, Dies at 92 By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Norman Cohn, a historian who influenced a generation of historians and social scientists with his insight that totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century, chiefly Communism and Nazism, were propelled by mythologies associated with medieval apocalyptic movements, died on July 31 in Cambridge, England. He was 92.

The cause was a degenerative heart condition, said his son, Nik Cohn.

In highly detailed, laboriously researched studies that depended on his knowledge of many ancient languages, Mr. Cohn reached far back into history to illuminate subjects of compelling current interest from totalitarianism to anti-Semitism to repression of minorities.

His gift for seeing old stories with new eyes shone in his book on the development and interpretation of the biblical story of Noah, "Noah's Flood: The Genesis Story in Western Thought." His crisp writing drew praise.

He was an unusual historian in that as a student he did not study history, but was trained as a linguist; he then put his knowledge of medieval Latin, Greek, Old French and High and Low German to work in his famously meticulous research. He also brought passion to his search for the roots of hatred: he had lost relatives in the Holocaust.

The Times Literary Supplement included his seminal 1957 book, "The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages," in a 1995 list of the 100 nonfiction works with the greatest influence on how postwar Europeans perceive themselves. Other books on the list were by Camus, Sartre and Foucault.

Beginning with the Crusades and concluding with 16th-century Anabaptists, Mr. Cohn showed in this book how the desire of the poor to improve their lot merged with prophecies of a final struggle between Christ and Antichrist, to be followed by the emergence of a new paradise.

"In situations of mass disorientation and anxiety, traditional beliefs about a future golden age or messianic kingdom came to serve as vehicles for social aspirations and animosities," he wrote.

This vision, he suggested, passed among cultures and languages and from religious to secular discourse without losing its coherence or power to jolt the downtrodden to rise up. Messianic leaders like Stalin and Hitler appealed to the deep, biblically inspired belief that after intense struggle history would end, and an elect of believers would inherit paradise.

"The old religious idiom has been replaced by a secular one, and this tends to obscure what otherwise would be obvious," he wrote. "For it is the simple truth that, stripped of their original supernatural sanction, revolutionary millenarianism and mystical anarchism are with us still."

Mr. Cohn's theory emerged from a decade of research into millennial movements like the Flagellants who massacred the Jews of Frankfurt in 1349, the 16th-century Anabaptist theocracy of Munster, Germany, and the Ranters of the English Civil War.

Anthony Storr, a psychoanalyst who has written on historical figures, once called Mr. Cohn "the historian of important parts of history that other historians do not reach."

Norman Rufus Colin Cohn was born on Jan. 12, 1915, in London to a Jewish father and a Roman Catholic mother. He began studying linguistics at Gresham's School in Holt, which he attended on a scholarship. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, with first-class honors in medieval and modern languages.

During World War II, Mr. Cohn was in the Intelligence Corps.
Immediately after the war, in Vienna, he interrogated members of the SS and met refugees fleeing Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. He then lectured in French at the University of Glasgow from 1946 to 1951.
There, he began the millennium book, which took him a decade to complete and has been translated into at least 11 languages.

Mr. Cohn went on to teach at universities in Ireland, Britain, the United States and Canada. In 1966, he published "Warrant for Genocide:
The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion." He showed how ancient myths coalesced with modern ideologies to give prominence to a racist tract proved to be a hoax.

In 1975, he published "Europe's Inner Demons: An Inquiry Inspired by the Great Witch-Hunt," which argued there was no credible evidence behind the witch hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. He found precursors to the witch hysteria in the persecution of early Christians by the Romans and elsewhere.

His "Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith" (1993) plowed deeper into the roots of belief in an apocalyptic end of time, finding that the Iranian prophet Zoroaster laid the groundwork for the phenomenon. Older conceptions of time, like the Egyptian and Mesopotamian, did not lead inexorably to a final end, he said.

In 1996, Mr. Cohn published "Noah's Flood" which explored the flood story in the context of scientific progress.

Mr. Cohn was married to Vera Broido, an author and daughter of Menshevik revolutionaries in Russia, from 1941 until her death in 2004.
In addition to his son from that marriage, he is survived by his wife, Marina Voikhanskaya.

Mr. Cohn summarized his work by explaining that it was all about the same phenomenon, ?the urge to purify the world through the annihilation of some category of human beings imagined as agents of corruption and incarnations of evil.?

He wrote, "It occasionally happens that this underworld becomes a political power and changes the course of history."

2. Arutz Sheva Wednesday
15 Elul 5767 /  Aug. 29 '07
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(1. Policeman Assaulted Trying to Stop Illegal Temple Mount Dig
Hillel Fendel

A policeman trying to stop an Arab tractor engaged in illegal Temple Mount excavations was assaulted - and the police chief who arrived on the scene arrested no one.

Officials of the Moslem Waqf (religious body) on the Temple Mount are digging there illegally, likely destroying precious artifacts from as early as the First Temple period.  So say eyewitnesses and representatives of the Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities.

Gideon Charlap, a top Jerusalem architect and Temple Mount expert, told Arutz-7 what he saw when he visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday: "The Arabs there are digging a deep north-to-south trench, up to a meter [1.1 yards] deep.  It is being dug in the area that served during Holy Temple times as the Ezrat Nashim [the area known as the Women's Courtyard, though it was not reserved only for women -ed.].  The trench passes through three east-to-west walls, according to my calculations - walls that probably served as separations for the Temple's offices and the like.  This means that the destruction is tremendous..."

"At one point during the digging," Charlap continued, "a policeman - apparently a Druze - tried to stop the work from going on, and actually entered the cabin of the tractor.  A struggle ensued, and when the Arabs finally pushed him out, he actually stood in the trench and physically blocked the rest of the work!"
"But instead of stopping the lawbreakers," Charlap related with incredulity, "he tried to 'calm down' the policeman!"

Charlap said that at that point, the chief officer of the Temple Mount police station, Shai Alali, arrived on the scene. "But instead of stopping the lawbreakers," Charlap related with incredulity, "he tried to 'calm down' the policeman!"

Charlap said he was unable to see how the story developed from there, "because our allotted time was over."  Jews are permitted onto the site - Judaism's most sacred anywhere in the world - only four or fewer hours a day.

Police Chief Shai Alali was unavailable for comment. Police spokesmen say they will look into the assault and illegal digging.

The digging is taking place just east of the Dome of the Rock. 

Millennia of Artifacts - Down the Drain
Dr. Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist and a leading member of the Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, spoke with Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine about the desecration.  "It is an untenable situation," she said.  "Underneath the Temple Mount is a closed area, one that has barely been disturbed since the Destruction of the Second Temple.  Anyone can realize that remnants of both the First and Second Temples are there, and can guess what damage is being done by the tractor.  The most precious findings are just rolling around there and are available to be found - and instead they have a tractor there!  If I would try to work with a tractor at one of my digs, the Antiquities Authority would stop me immediately!  With a tractor, it's impossible to make any type of careful examination of the earth and pieces being dug up."

Asked if there has been any lull of late in illegal digs on the Temple Mount, Dr. Mazar responded negatively.  "They have a clear goal of turning the Temple Mount into a place exclusively for Moslem prayer.  In recent years, they have turned two giant structures - at the Huldah Gate and Solomon's Stables - into giant mosques, where none ever stood before...  It is totally illegal; how can such violations of the law be allowed - especially in such an important place for Jewish Nation?  This is a top archaeological site, and the fact that it's not considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world is our fault, because we don't talk about it enough and certainly don't preserve it enough."

(4. Pastor and Jewish Activist to Debate on BBC
Hillel Fendel

Inspired by a IsraelNationalRadio program, some 30 Christians protested at a Florida church against its pastor's national call for a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel.

Holding signs imprinted with Biblical verses, including one from the Book of Joel against "scattering My people and dividing My land," the demonstrators were responding to an open letter to President Bush favoring a Palestinian state.  The letter equates Israelis with Palestinians, stating, "Both Israelis and Palestinians have legitimate rights stretching back for millennia to the land of Israel/Palestine.  Both Israelis and Palestinians have committed violence and injustice against each other."

The signatories numbered more than 30 evangelical leaders, and among the leading names was that of Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland Church in Longwood, Florida.

Light Unto the Nations
The radio broadcast he was referring to was that of Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz, hosts of Arutz-7-IsraelNationalRadio's Light Unto The Nations program.  They issued a call to the pastor to explain his position, from a religious standpoint, on their show.  Hunter declined, however, with his assistant explaining that it "just isn't the best forum for Dr. Hunter to explain his position on this issue."

The two Israeli show hosts added, "Pastor Hunter would be wise to heed the warning issued by his namesake, the prophet Joel, who prophesized, '...there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land.'"  

"It is one thing for Pastor Hunter to stand against G-d on his own," they aver, "but to lead his congregation into such error is tragic indeed."

Abramowitz told Arutz-7 he is happy to be able to debate the issue in purely religious terms.  "There are many truth-seekers in the Christian community who are willing to stand with Israel even if they have to defy their own leaders," he said.  "Truth resonates. As the Jewish people, we are not seeking allies; we have a responsibility to share the truth and clarify it to a world that may not want to hear it."

3. President Bush warns of 'holocaust' if Iran gets nukes,7340,L-3443276,00.html
US president also demands Tehran end support for extremists in Iraq. 'Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere, and the United States is rallying friends and allies to isolate Iran's regime, to impose economic sanctions,' he tells American Legion veterans group

Jerusalem News-666
19 Elul 5767, 2 September 2007

1. Tom Carew: The Muslim Killing Fields

2. Archaeology: Brit-Am version of Explorator 10.19

3. British troops hunt the Taliban in Afghanistan

1. Tom Carew: The Muslim Killing Fields


Subject:The Muslim Killing Fields

Responding to those who accuse Israel of "savage and unprecedented brutality" from 1947 onward, researcher Tom Carew of Dublin, Ireland, a member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, has written an article which might well be titled:


The Muslim Killing Fields


He points out that if warranted by the facts, the alleged savage and unprecedented brutality of the Israelis, from 1947 onwards "should be recorded and acknowledged."  However, these "facts" "should also be set in the context of the entire peaceful Levant region and in the wider and equally peace-loving Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East as a whole."


Here are the findings of Carew's research:

1. The Bosnian War, March 1992 to December 14, 1995, saw 102,622 dead, according to the 2004 research of the International Criminal Tribunal. At least, 63,994 MUSLIM Bosnians were killed, and the Tribunal estimated that about 38,000 were MUSLIM civilians.  Srebrenica in July, 1995, saw 8,000 dead, while the 1992 to February 29, 1995 Serb Siege of Sarajevo saw 12,000 dead, and over 50,000 wounded.  At the hands of armed Serb Orthodox elements.

2.  The Kingdom of Jordan's suppression of the PLO threat in September 1970 saw up to 25,000 MUSLIM Palestinian Arabs dead.  At the hands of the Muslim Royal Jordanian Army.

3.  In MUSLIM Kosovo, 1998 to 2000 saw about 10,000 killed.  By Orthodox Serb forces.

4.  In Assad's Syria, in January 1982, up to 20,000 Muslims  were massacred by Muslim government forces in suppressing the Muslim Brotherhood in Hama.

5.  Egypt's Col. Nasser, hero of the Arab street, gassed some 1,400 MUSLIMS in the 1963-1967 Yemen Civil War, using Phosgene and Mustard aerial bombs. Joining only Hitler and Saddam in gassing their own people. And overall, Yemen saw 100,000 -150,000 MUSLIM dead from 1962 to 1970.

6.  In then French-run Algeria, in 1954-1962, some 600,000 MUSLIMS were killed in the FLN war with the French.

7.  Another 100,000 MUSLIMS loyal to France were also massacred by Muslim FLN elements.

8.  In Algeria again, the Islamic gangs from 1991 to 2002 saw up to  200,000 MUSLIMS killed.

9.  Sudan saw 500,000 killed from 1954 to 1972.

10.  And another 1.9 million MUSLIMS from 1983.

11.  Darfur has seen at least 200,000 dead.

12.  The Iran-Iraq War saw at least 450,000 MUSLIM dead on EACH side, or 900,000 minimum, with estimates of up to 1.62 million overall.

13.  Afghanistan saw 1 to 1.5 million  MUSLIMS dead from Dec 24, 1979 to Feb 2, 1989.

14.  The Taliban produced in excess of another 1 million dead in Afghanistan.

15.  The Russian-ruled territory of Chechnya saw up to 100,000 MUSLIM dead from 1999.

16.  In Iraq, under Saddam, 200,000 to 300,000 MUSLIM Kurds perished.

17.  The 1991-1992 Shia Rising against Saddam in the South saw up to 200,000 MUSLIMS killed.

18.  The purges carried out by Saddam in Iraq killed up to 1 million MUSLIMS.

19.   And MUSLIM Indonesia massacred up to 200,000 in East Timor from 1975 to 1999.

20.  Indonesia also saw 400,000 MUSLIMS killed in 1965-1966.

21.  Bangladesh saw up to 2 million MUSLIMS killed in 1971.

22.  Somalia saw up to  550,000 MUSLIMS  dead from 1977.

23.  Tajikistan saw 50,000 MUSLIMS  killed from 1992 to 1996.

24.  Iran has seen 10,000 MUSLIM Kurds killed.

25.  Turkey has seen at least 20,000 MUSLIM  KURDS killed.

26.  Zanzibar in 1964 saw up to 17,000 MUSLIMS killed.

27.  The Crusades overall  killed only 1.5 million from 1096 to 1270, including some  70,000  MUSLIMS in Jerusalem in 1099, and 100,000 MUSLIMS in Antioch in 1098. Maybe 900,000 MUSLIMS perished overall.

28.  The MUSLIM Turks killed 1.5 million Armenians in their 1915 to 1917 genocide.

29.  Lebanon's 1975 to 1990 Civil War saw 130,000 dead.

30.  In contrast, the "savage, racist, brutal, in-discriminate, dis-proportionate, aggressive" Israelis killed up to 70,650 MUSLIMS from 1947 to the present (during which time these same Israelis lost 1% of their population in 1947-1949 War of Independence and over 20,000 dead defending their right to exist).  Here is the data of Muslims killed by Israelis during this 60-year period:


1947-1949 War of Independence        5 to 15,000

1956 Suez War                                     1,650

1967 June  Six Day War                         21,000   

1973 Yom Kippur Oct                                 8,500

1982 First Lebanon War                            18,000

1987 onwards -  First Intifada                     1,800

2000  Second Intifada                                  3,700

2006   Hezb-ALLAH War from Lebanon    1,000

MAXIMUM possible total killed by Israelis from 1947:   70, 650      

Although all of the above data involve rough estimates or ranges of dead, a most significant fact emerges from this survey:  For a very long time it has been clearly and, extremely dangerous to be either a Muslim in the whole region, or to be at the tender mercy of armed Muslims, especially if you are yourself a Muslim.  Indeed:

The safest place for a Muslim is to be facing Israeli guns!

The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy
P.O. Box 23702, Jerusalem 91236 Israel

972-2-586-1207   ?   Fax 972-2-586-0141  




2. Archaeology: Brit-Am version of Explorator 10.19

From: david meadows <>


explorator 10.19 September 2, 2007





Another new theory about what killed the Iceman: (IHT)




Claims (I think we've heard this before) that there was a

second Sphinx: (Daily India)

Very interesting mass burials from Tell Brak:,0,3255_5726_293931389,00.html

... and a rather different spin on what the site tells us: (SciAm) (LAT)

Latest in the Temple Mount saga: (JPost)

... buried within that dispute are claims about the discovery of some

remains of the Second Temple: (Italian) (JPost)

... with some skepticism about same:

Remains of a fortress at Gezer:

I think we've mentioned this 'Second Great Wall' from Iran

find before:




The palace of Vercingetorix may have been found: (Telegraph)

Some Roman baths in Malta are in a deplorable state:

This might be 'elmer' material, but an archaeologist is claiming to

have located some 'lost city' mentioned by Pytheas: (Times of India)

A feature on garum:

More coverage of that Roman footprint: (SD) (UPI)

Visit our blog:




An 'extension' of the Ferrybridge Henge has been found:

Archaeology in Europe Blog:




Evidence that the Spanish or Portuguese may have beat Cook to

Australia: (Telegraph),23739,22345028-3102,00.html

I think we've mentioned this change in Europeans' skull shape





A sort of 'state of the question' piece on the peopling of the


Plans are afoot to search for John Paul Jones' boyhood home:




On Maya elite crafts:

Plans are afoot to study some 'natural' mummies from Mexico:,0,3255_5726_293606333,00.html




Interesting article on Freud's antiquities collection: (Age)

Assorted arts items of interest: (2nd, 3rd, 4th)




Quebec City:




A bunch of gold coins from an English garden: (DI)

Interesting 'coin collector' story:


Ancient Coin Collecting:

Ancient Coins:




River of Gold - Precolumbian Treasures:

Assyrian sculpture at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art:




Bad Archaeology:




An Asian 'Atlantis' has been found off Japan (I think we've heard this before):

3. British troops hunt the Taliban in Afghanistan


Jerusalem News-667
20 Elul 5767, 3 September 2007
1. US and Israeli Quislings prepare violence against Jews in Israel?
(a) The ugly sideof US policy
(b) The ugly side of secular defeatist Israel
(c) Quislings Rewarded with Cash Payments
2. DNA: Malnutrition Can Cause Multiple Mutations at a Fast Rate
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  1. US and Israeli Quislings prepare violence against Jews in Israel?
(a)The ugly side of US policy
The Hebrew-language daily "HaModia" reported today  the Vice Premier, Haim Ramon, as saying that the Israeli Government had obligated itself to President Bush to demolish a number of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

(b) The ugly side of secular defeatist Israel
 IDF planning for 'extreme violence' in West Bank outpost evacuations
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST Sep. 3, 2007
While the IDF predicts that the evacuation of 26 illegal West Bank outposts will be difficult and violent, the army is in the final stages of drawing up an operational plan that could be implemented within a matter of weeks after the government gives the green light, defense officials said Sunday.

The list includes outposts established since 2001, when former prime minister Ariel Sharon promised the US that he would evacuate the sites.

The list includes Avigail, Asael, Maon near Hebron, Pnei Adam in the Binyamin Region, Havat Gilad near Kedumim, Kida near Shevut Rachel, Ma'aleh Rehavam near Tekoa, and Migron, whose legal status is currently being determined by the High Court of Justice.

"There will be extreme violence," said a high-ranking defense official involved in planning the evacuations. "Once the evacuation date is determined by the political echelon, we could begin the evacuations in a matter of weeks."

(c) Quislings Rewarded with Cash Payments
The Israeli Weekly, "BeSheva" reported that all policemen, officials, and professional soldiers that were involved with the demolition of Israeli settlement in Gush Kativ received a grant (or a series of grants) totalling  16,000 shekels per person i.e. close to $4000 each.
This is a nice sum for anyone and in Israeli with its inequitable wage structure especially so.
Considering the low social-economic status of some of those participating it is an amount that they would otherwise have great difficulty to come by.

2. DNA: Malnutrition Can Cause Multiple Mutations at a Fast Rate

In plain language the extracts below show that lack of enough of the right foods can cause changes in DNA and that such changes can occur repeatedly at a much much faster rate than conventional DNA explanations allow for.

From: "John Ozment"
Subject: [DNA] Deficient diet and mutation rate ?
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 22:49:20 -0700


One wonders if poor diet can hasten mutations
above that which the mutation rate alone would create.

On PBS television, Dr. Michael Roizen of RealAge recommended daily dosages of ...
Vitamin D -- 400 IU and
Folic Acid -- 800 mcg.

He said that the ACGT bases most often mutate on the T, that folic acid forestalls such mutations (even as in birth defects), and that vitamin D helps fuel the cell division's "proofreader" capacity to further prevent mutations.
From: "Sasson Margaliot"
Subject: Re: [DNA] Deficient diet and mutation rate?

It is then possible that the founding population of major Haplogroups (like C, DE and F) and its branches (for example) experienced a difficult condition for several generations when Vitamin D and Folic Acid were not available.

In period of just 500 years, the very high mutation rate could
have generated the level of genetic variance that looks to us like hundred times that much, because our calculations are based on mutation rates as observed at present.

On a Vegetarian Diet, the Vitamin D production depends very much on sun light conditions, and also on genetics.

Also, on a Vegetarian Diet, people would need green vegetables to get enough Folic Acid.


3. Arutz Sheva Daily Israel Report

Monday, Sep. 03 '07, 20 Elul 5767

by Hana Levi Julian and Alex Traiman

A large trench being dug on the Temple Mount is destroying a never before uncovered section of the outer wall of the Second Temple. The construction is being supervised by the Wakf, the Muslim Authority acting as custodians to the Temple Mount.
Archeologists have been calling for construction to halt on the trench which is approximately 1,300 feet long and five feet deep.  The Wakf claims the trench is being dug to replace 40-year-old electrical cables for nearby mosques.
New photos of construction debris from the Temple Mount show carved stones casually dumped in a pile that appear to be a section of the outer wall of the Second Temple, according to archaeologist Eilat Mazer. 
According to Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, the Wakf is intentionally digging in areas where "undoubtedly the Temple once stood."  "For the first time since the Temple's destruction, a section of the Temple Wall itself has been exposed," Richman said.  "And the Wakf under the guise of laying down electrical pipes has dug a trench, destroying the most important holy artifact ever found to date."
Richman contends that the Temple remains are being "purposely destroyed with no supervision," calling the government's tolerance of the construction "complicit cooperation."
According to a report by WorldNetDaily, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert personally gave permission for bulldozers, steam shovels and other heavy equipment to be used to dig the trench.
"This is an extraordinarily serious offense," Richman states.  "A corrupt, spiritually bankrupt government is allowing Judaism's holiest site to be trashed because of political agreements to officially hand over the Temple Mount to the Palestinian Authority.  Jews in Israel and abroad are asleep, and have not awoken to the importance of the Temple in Judaism or the desecration of this holy site being performed daily by the Wakf."
The Israel Antiquities Authority approved the construction despite archaeologists' concern that precious artifacts are being destroyed. The Authority, which digs for religious artifacts across the State of Israel, has not inspected construction on Judaism's holiest site even once since the work began, despite continuous calls for the construction to be supervised and halted.
The police say they will not act since the Antiquities Authority approved the dig.
The Wakf has denied that any Jewish artifacts have been discovered during the dig, but new photos of work on the Mount belie the claim, clearly showing what is likely to be an ancient piece of carved wall.
The wall in question is from the outer wall of the Temple itself, as opposed to the Western Wall, which is a remnant of the retaining wall around the larger Temple platform.
Mazer, a member of the faculty at Hebrew University and a member of the Public Committee for Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount says it is "crucial this wall is inspected."  She explains that the current ground level of the Temple Mount is slightly above the original Temple Mount platform, ?meaning anything found is likely from the Temple itself.? 
Mazer insists that she must personally inspect the stones to confirm their status, and attempted to inspect the site last week.  She was stopped by Israeli police who are protecting the construction.
"The only hope is for Jews and non-Jews from across the world to stand up and start putting pressure on the religious, political and archeological communities to immediately halt this process," Richman concludes.  "The whole world is wondering what the Jews are doing, allowing their most precious site, the Holy of Holies to be destroyed right before their eyes."

by Hana Levi Julian

A new study shows that children born in June and July are at higher risk of becoming near-sighted than their peers who enter this world during the winter months, in December and January, according to a report by Israel21c.
The findings of the research were reported in the August issue of Opthalmology, a clinical eye journal.
Professor Michael Belkin of the Tel Aviv University Goldschleger Eye Research Institute says early-life exposure to natural light can lead to myopia, or near-sightedness. A number of other factors place some children at higher risk than others, such as genetic background, long and intense periods of reading.
In their research, Professor Belkin and Dr. Yossi Mandel, a senior ophthalmologist in the IDF Medical Corps, showed in their research a 24 percent higher risk that babies born in the summer will develop myopia, in comparison to those born in the winter.
"Slight myopia is not really significant," the professor stressed, "but severe myopia, where numbers rise above five or six, is already a disease that can lead to visual problems that cannot be solved by glasses alone." He added that severe myopia, cataracts and retinal degeneration are partly due to UV light from the sun. "It's cumulative and it adds to the severity," he said.
Professor Belkin, a foremost expert in the field who spent 30 years researching the subject, explains there is a mechanism which causes an eyeball to lengthen in response to prolonged exposure to light. This creates myopia, which makes it difficult to see distant objects.
The mechanism, he added, is also associated with melatonin, a substance secreted by the body which sets the Circadian rhythm, or "body clock."
According to the report, 17.3 percent of new IDF recruits are near-sighted. By the time the same group ends its three-year stint, 25 percent of the soldiers have developed the condition.
Professor Belkin's grandchildren wear sunglasses, even as babies.  He recommends that other parents and grandchildren make sure that their children do the same.


Jerusalem News-668
22 Elul 5767, 5 September 2007
1. John Hulley: "Do NOT Underestimate China"
2. British ambassador in Israel wines and dines settlers
3. 80,000 illegal arms in terrorist hands in W. Bank
4. Biblical Beehives Uncovered
5. Free Videos and a personal note on Self

 1. "Do NOT Underestimate China" by John Hulley *
           On January 11th  the Chinese proved their ability to shoot down an old satellite of theirs 500 miles up in the sky.   And last September they used a ground-based laser to "paint" a U.S. satellite.   They thereby conveyed the message that they either have or may soon have the technical know-how to disable it.  

John Hulley Both events seem to have surprised authorities in Washington.   These and similar surprises in the past could be the result of an extraordinary and dangerous under-estimate.   The Chinese are probably four, yes,  four, times stronger than officially calculated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 
My slight experience in warfare does not qualify me as a military expert, but I do claim to be an international economist.  I worked for some years at the World Bank, which manages the International Comparison Program.   Said to be the world's largest statistical initiative, the ICP compares economic and social data from more than 100 countries.   For further assurance I have checked my statistical analysis with a couple of former colleagues at the Bank.  They endorse it.

Chart Estimates

There are at least 1.3 billion Chinese, the largest national population in the world, more than four times the American.   Result: average income in China needs only to reach one quarter the U.S. level to bring the whole economy to a level exceeding the American.  And China can then support a defense effort that is also bigger than that of the U.S. 
Languishing in poverty, this supernumerous people used to be no threat to the great powers of the world.   But after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1976 that all changed.  A radical reform of the economic system "from altogether socialist to largely capitalist" soon led to record rates of progress.   During the last thirty years the Chinese economy has grown nearly four times faster than the American (averaging 8.2% compared to 2.2% per year).  
And their military program has been expanding in proportion.  In fact they put a higher share of their economic output into defense than does the U.S.  As a result the gap between the two countries is rapidly narrowing.   Total military expenditures of the Chinese could surpass the American less than five years from now.   After that it might take a few more years to build up reserves of weapons such as those held by the U.S.   China would then be the world's greatest military power.
How much further the process could go is anyone's guess.  Traditional disciplines of hard work and obedience have brought Hong-Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan to levels of average income comparable to those of northwestern Europe "about" that of the U.S.    Suppose the Chinese reach  the same level of income per person as them: with a population more than four times the American they would then produce an economic output more than three (= ? x 4) times bigger.  If the same share of that economy goes into defense as at present, the Chinese military will also be three times the size of the American. 
Of these dangers Washington seems blissfully ignorant.  The economic growth of China in the 1980s and 90s did lead a concerned Congress to ask Department of Defense  for an annual report on its military strength, including an assessment of prospects 20 years ahead.   And in 2002 the Department of Defense did start submitting such reports.  But the latter show Chinese power as far smaller than it really is or is likely to be.
The problem is in the method of accounting.  The old OER (official exchange rate) or MER (market exchange rate) method is much easier to figure; but it is far less accurate in this case than the modern PPP (purchasing power parity) method.  Using the old system would work reasonably well in comparing countries at roughly the same level of income, such as Sweden and Denmark.  But the larger the gap between the income levels of the countries being compared, the larger the error.  
 For example you can hire at least six Chinese soldiers for the price of one American.  Also available at lower prices are land and buildings, medical and other services, pensions and local manufactures such as transport vehicles, clothing, furniture and much other equipment.  Higher prices apply primarily to imports, fuel, and high-tech items, including advanced weaponry.  But these are only a small share of total defense expenses.  As a result $100 billion will get you a much bigger army in China than it will in the U.S.  
To make a reasonably accurate comparison of the size of the Chinese economy and military effort with the American it is therefore necessary to make corrections for the differences in wages and other prices of the different components.    This is the PPP method, which economists and statisticians have been using for decades. 
DoD however has chosen the easier path of assuming that the same amount of money, according to the exchange rate, will get you the same amount of defense in both countries.   The difference is enormous - about 4 to 1!    Thus, according to the Department of Defense, the Chinese economy in 2006 was $2.5 trillion less than 20% of the American.  By the more modern method of accounting however it was $10 trillion more than 75% of the American (see Chart).  
In 20 years according to the Department of Defense the Chinese economy will still be less than $7 trillion.   By the modern method it already exceeded that size some three or four years ago!  
The difference in the results of the two methods of accounting has major implications for American policy.  According to the old method the U.S. may be free to focus most of its attention on trying to export democracy to Iraq.   But according to the modern method the number one problem is defending our own democracy against the greatest threat in history.  
          Officially the National Security Strategy of the U.S. is to deter potential adversaries from seeking to surpass or even equal American power.   But the Chinese challenge to the military superiority of the U.S. is more real and more imminent than Washington seems to realize.    Any effort to limit the quantities and types of Chinese weapons is more likely to succeed if it is done sooner rather than later. 
The difference in perception of reality is amazingbut not amusing when you consider what the world would be like under Chinese domination.  If they become the greatest power in the world, they could push their interests and their way of life wherever they wish.   How they would do it can be inferred from what they have done to date.  In countries they control they have applied such practices as: overwhelming force in support of one-party rule; censorship of all media; regimentation of religions to bring them in line with Communist beliefs; persecution, torture and killing of political and religious dissidents.  
North Korea is reported to have concentration camps the size of cities.  In Laos about 30% of the population is estimated to have been killed, in Tibet 15% and in China itself also about 15%.  Figure it out: with a population of 400,000,000 at the time, the total of Chinese executed was awesome.  Even now, with 1/5th of the world population, that country routinely executes far more people than do the other 4/5ths of the world put together. 
Currently the Chinese are emplacing batteries of missiles along the shore opposite the democratic island of Taiwan.   And at the UN they are using their veto power to protect the efforts of North Korea and Iran to develop nuclear weapon systems.  
The leader of one of these countries, Iran, has announced his hopes of terminating Israel.  
Adapted from an article in the "Jerusalem Post, Christian Edition", February 2007.
John Hulley is an international economist currently resident in Jerusalem. 
To comment or to request further data you can email him:    
His websites has articles concerning the Lost Ten Tribes, see

2. British ambassador wines and dines settlers
by Stan Goodenough

3. 80,000 illegal arms in terrorist hands in W. Bank
Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST Sep. 4, 2007

Over 80,000 illegal weapons are believed to be in the hands of West Bank terrorists, according to the IDF's latest assessments of the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and Fatah.

The weapons are mostly held in private homes or hidden in caches throughout Judea and Samaria.

According to the latest assessment, and contrary to earlier predictions, defense officials told The Jerusalem Post this week that Hamas was just as strong as Fatah in the West Bank and could pose a genuine threat to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's security forces.

On Monday, the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported that Fatah security forces had recently thwarted an attempted coup in the PA by Hamas.

Hamas had tried establishing a military force in the West Bank similar to its Executive Force in the Gaza Strip, which then planned to attack PA institutions and take over the government, according to the report. "They have weapons and explosives and, more importantly, they are highly motivated," a senior defense official said.

According to the official, Hamas is currently in a "waiting period" and is trying to unite some of its splinter groups spread throughout the various West Bank cities, with terrorist hubs in the northern Samaria cities of Nablus and Jenin.

Earlier this year, the IDF foiled plans by Hamas to create a military force in the West Bank like the Executive Force that took over the Gaza Strip from Fatah in June.

According to a high-ranking IDF officer, Hamas tried uniting all of its factions across the West Bank but failed due to IDF preemptive action. Since then, Hamas has focused on infiltrating its men into the ranks of PA security branches - the Palestinian Police and the National Security Force.

While Fatah is currently better organized and is in control of the official PA security forces in the West Bank, the Israeli defense establishment is concerned that when Hamas launches its coup attempt, Fatah force will collapse just like they did in Gaza. There, Fatah had four times the men Hamas did, a defense official said.

For this reason, senior officials in the defense establishment have voiced opposition to a plan recently raised by the US security coordinator to the region Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton according to which Abbas needs an additional five battalions in the West Bank to counter the growing Hamas threat.
"It is not about manpower," the official said, "but about motivating the Fatah forces to want to fight and defend the PA."

The IDF Central Command believes that Abbas's time is running out and that in the coming months Hamas will try to topple his government in the West Bank and attempt to take over the PA security branches and institutions.
Last week, PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad announced that his government had closed down 103 welfare and charitable institutions connected to Hamas in an effort to impair the Islamist group's financial capabilities.

The IDF has decided to take a number of steps to assist Abbas in motivating his men to fight if and when Hamas attempts its takeover.

According to defense officials, quality of life in the West Bank is an important factor in motivating PA security forces. As a result, the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria is working on a number of ways to ease travel restrictions for PA security personnel.

Ahead of the upcoming hajj, which begins in mid-December, the civil administration is also examining ways to ease restrictions on Palestinians in general who want to travel abroad.

"The security forces need to feel that they have a reason to fight," a defense official said. "They need to feel like they have a better life to look forward to. Otherwise, they will not pose a challenge to Hamas."

4. Biblical Beehives Uncovered
by Hillel Fendel

( Archaeologists digging south of Beit She'an in the Jordan Valley have uncovered, for the first time ever, beehives from the period of Israel's kings.

The dig, at Tel Rehov, located between the religious Kibbutzim Sdei Eliyahu and Ein HaNetziv, is being supervised by archaeologist Amichai Mazar of Hebrew University.  Mazar is a nephew of the famed archaeologist Binyamin Mazar, whose archaeologist daughter, Dr. Eilat Mazar, is a member of the Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities.

The tel - a heap of ancient ruins from different periods, one on top of another - at Rehov is twice the size of Tel Megiddo, and the excavation team has found there rich destruction layers. Among the finds there were hundreds of restorable vessels, figurines, cult stands and the only beehives ever found in an excavation of an Iron Age site. 

The discovery of the beehives was made this past summer, and "it is the earliest beehive complex currently known," Prof. Mazar says. "It is dated to the 10th?9th centuries B.C.E." - around the time of King Solomon.

The beehive complex was found to contain three rows of beehives, for a total of 30, and another 70 are believed to have been there as well. Each beehive, 80 centimeters (32 inches) long, is shaped like a cylinder 40 centimeters in diameter, and is made of clay and dried straw.

Present-day bee keepers who visited the site estimated that a half-ton of honey could be raised each year from the area that was excavated.

The city of Rehov, while not mentioned in the Bible, is listed in Egyptian writings from the times of Pharoah Shishak, mentioned in the Bible during King Solomon's times (Kings I 11,40).

The discovery of the beehives may also give new meaning to the frequent Biblical phrase, "Land of milk and honey."  It is customary to understand "honey" as referring to that which is produced from dates and figs, but scholars increasingly believe that the Land of Israel was one of bees' honey as well. 

"This find is unique," Prof. Mazar says, "in that never before have beehives been found in the Ancient East on such a scale.  A complex so organized and large has never been found before.  We have found clay vessels that were used to raise bees, but never have we found beehives."

The beehives have enabled researchers from other disciplines to make exciting finds as well.  Dr. Guy Bloch of the Life Sciences Institute in Hebrew University is studying the biological aspects, and has found remnants of bees in the honeycombs removed from the beehives;   Dr. Devori Namdar of Weizmann Institute has succeeded in identifying beeswax molecules in the beehive walls; and Prof. Mina Evron of Haifa University is researching the pollen found in the beehives.

A sweet new year to all!

Terrorist Nations
North Korea: the United States has removed Pyongyang from its blacklist of countries supporting terrorism. The American list of rogue states includes Cuba, Iran, Syria and the Sudan. (Guysen.International.News)

5. Free Videos and a personal note on Self Defence
A whole list of videos that all sound interesting.
I cannot vouch for all of them but from what I have seen
they are worthwhile.
Titles include:

The 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction
A Deadly Deception: Protocols of Elders of Zion
Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence
Blaming The Jews (WMV)
Blaming The Jews (XviD AVI)
Brigitte Gabriel: Because They Hate
British Islamist parasite defends London bombings (WMV)
Brotherhood of Terror: The Muslim Brotherhood (WMV)
Canada: The Cell Next Door
Cities of the Underworld: Hitler's Underground Lair
Conspiracy? CIA and the Nazis
David Horowitz vs. Cary Nelson Debate
Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Kabbalah
Dogfights: Air Ambush
Dogfights: Desert Aces
Dogfights of the Middle East
Glenn Beck: The Extremist Agenda Exposed
History's Raiders: Hostage Rescue in Entebbe
Human Weapon: Krav Maga of the Israeli Commandos
The Infamous Dreyfus Affair
Innocents Betrayed
Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber
Islam: What the West Needs To Know
Part 1: ?There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Prophet?
Part 2: The Struggle
Part 3: Expansion
Part 4: ?War is Deceit?
Part 5: More than a Religion
Part 6: The House of War
Israel, Islam and Armageddon
Jihad on Horseback (51 min)
Lost Worlds: Hitler's Supercity
Masada [2 hours]
The Naked Archaeologist: Biblical Epicentre - Temple Mount
The Naked Archaeologist: The Last Man Standing
The Naked Archaeologist: The Real Mount Sinai Part 1
The Naked Archaeologist: The Real Mount Sinai Part 2
Obsession: The Threat of Radical Islam (FoxNews Version)
Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East
Six Days in June
Touring Israel
The War on Britains Jews
Straight from the front lines in Iraq, THE WAR TAPES
On the URL each title is accompanied by a short description of the content that in itself is eulicidating.

On a personal note Yair Davidiy found the Video on Krav Maga
especially interesting.
Krav Maga is an Israeli style of martial art.
The video features Itai Gil as the main instructor.
Itai introduced me to wrestling, some defence techniques, and Thai Boxing.
After that I learned with Oscar Winter and then continued with BENNY COGAN with whose program I still train.
BENNY COGAN as well as being probably the primary Thai Boxing instructor and Promoter in Israel has read our Hebrew-language work "Achim Acharim" and spoken highly of it.
This is a sport that in the case of others has helped resolved difficult situations.
I find that this training keeps one mentally and psychologically in form and helps me with Brit-Am.

People of an otherwise sedentary occupation like myself are in need of a regular physical activity.

Jerusalem News-669
23 Elul 5767, 6 September 2007
1. Britain's Prince Edward arrives in Israel for first royal visit in over a decade
2.Jewish Participation in WW11.
3. Foreign Leftists in Shechem Thwart Counter-Terror Missions
4. Chinese military hacked into Pentagon
5. Australian Forces help USA in Iraq

1. Britain's Prince Edward arrives in Israel for first royal visit in over a decade
by Daphna Berman, Haaretz Correspondent

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Israel on Wednesday, in the first royal visit here in more than a decade.
Prince Edward
But despite his high-profile four-day tour, the Prince's visit has been categorized as "private," meaning that still no member of the British royal family has made an "official" visit to Israel.

Prince Edward, who is seventh in the line for succession to the British throne, is the third member of the British royal family to visit Israel. Both his father, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh and his brother, Prince Charles, have made unofficial visits to Israel.

Prince Edward The Prince was invited by the Israel Youth Award organization, a self-development group for Jewish and Arab youth that is affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association. In recent years, Prince Edward has become increasingly involved in his father's commitments, including the awards scheme.

During his visit, the Prince will tour Yad Vashem, where a tree has been planted in honor of his grandmother Princess Alice of Greece, who was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations for sheltering a Jewish family in her Athens home during the Holocaust. He will also attend Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem with Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger.

2.Jewish Participation in WW11.
An article in the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot 24 Shaot (28.8.07)
discusses the Jewish participation in WW11.
1,500,000 Jewish soldiers served in the Allied Forces of the USA, Great Britain,

USSR, Russian, Ukrainian, and Yugoslav Partisan forces,  etc.
250,000 Jews were killed fighting on the Allied side.
The relatve percentage of Jews engaged in warfare was higher than that of any other population.
They served in all branches of the military, many received high ranks, and relatively large numbers earned awards for valor reaching the highest levels.

3. Foreign Leftists in Shechem Thwart Counter-Terror Missions
by Ezra HaLevi

( A video released by "internationals" in Shechem (Nablus) depicts foreign citizens who travel to Israel as tourists and then seek to act as human shields for wanted terrorists has been uploaded onto the Internet as counter-terror operations in the city continue.

The video, from earlier this month, shows the left-wing extremists blocking the way into one of the most violent neighborhoods of the city with martyr posters hanging overhead and local Arabs screaming Allahu Akbar. The footage shows them taunting IDF soldiers, saying: "It will look bad on the news that six internationals were run over by your jeep" as they block the way before IDF jeeps.

4. Chinese military hacked into Pentagon
Posted by: "Shield of David List Moderator"   magen_david_1948
Tue Sep 4, 2007 2:11 pm (PST)\

by Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Richard McGregor in


The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American officials.

The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defence secretary, but declined to say who it believed was behind the attack.

Current and former officials have told the Financial Times an internal investigation has revealed that the incursion came from the People's Liberation Army.

One senior US official said the Pentagon had pinpointed the exact origins of the attack. Another person familiar with the event said there was a "very high level of confidence...trending towards total certainty" that the PLA was responsible. The defence ministry in Beijing declined to comment on Monday.

The PLA regularly probes US military networks - and the Pentagon is widely assumed to scan Chinese networks - but US officials said the penetration in June raised concerns to a new level because of fears that China had shown it could disrupt  systems at critical times.

"The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale," said a former official, who said the PLA had
penetrated  the  networks  of US defence companies and think-tanks.

Hackers from numerous locations in China spent several months probing the Pentagon system before overcoming its defences, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Pentagon took down the network for more than a week while the attacks continued, and is to conduct a comprehensive diagnosis.
"These are multiple wake-up calls stirring us to levels of more aggressive vigilance," said Richard Lawless, the Pentagon?s top Asia official at the time of the attacks.

The Pentagon is still investigating how much data was downloaded, but one person with knowledge of the attack said most of the information was probably "unclassified". He said the event had forced officials to reconsider the kind of information they send over unsecured e-mail systems.

5. Australian Forces help USA in Iraq
In Australia, President Bush finds staunch support for Iraq effort in Prime Minister Howard,
The Christian Science Monitor, Tom A. Peter  

Jerusalem News-670
24 Elul 5767, 7 September 2007
1. Yair Davidiy: Why Muslim Arabs Want to Destroy Israel
(a) Israel not secular.
(b) Judah the Law-Maker
(c) Feminism.
(d) Secularism is indeed a weakening factor in the psychological war against Ishmael
2. Princess Alice, Grandmother of Prince Edward (and Prince Charles) saved Jews
3. Sha'ul Suhr: Fiji and NZ had Highest Relative Rate of Casualties in WW11!

1. Yair Davidiy: Why Muslim Arabs Want to Destroy Israel
(a) Israel not secular.
A recent national religious type American-Israeli Commentator claimed that the Arabs want to destroy Israel because Israel is a secular state.
We disagree. Israel is not exactly a secular state and the Arabs hate the Jews because the Jews represent the God of Israel.
For this reason alone all true Israelite should support the Jews in Israel.

(b) Judah the Law-Maker
The Commentator mentioned the interference of the Judiciary in the every-day affairs of the Israeli public.
He mentioned,
 <<Israel's self-appointed Supreme Court whose judicial imperialism or power has no equal in the world's 88 democracies.>>
This is true but it goes deeper than that.
The Israeli "Praklitut" literally "The Lawyership" or Public Prosecutor (equivalent of the Attorney General) in effect DECIDES who will go to trial and what for and what their sentence will be.
There is virtually no such thing as an acquittal.
This together with the "activism" of all the Courts  and especially the Supreme Court makes for a Government of Lawyers parallel to that of the Knesset or Israeli Parliament.
This is the Principle of LAW gone astray that characterizes Judah in its non-religious expression.
Strange to say many foreigners actually admire this aspect of Israeli Society. 

(c) Feminism
Secularism is however a problem and the Arabs with their growing "religious fanaticism"could never accept the type of permissive society many Israelis strive towards.
One aspect of the secular state that especially rankles Arab feelings is feminism.
Feminism is an adjunct of  "Secularism" but not an indispensable concomitant of it.
Israelis empower females as policewoman, soldiers, clerks, etc.
Arabs resent very much contacts with Israeli authorities not so much because they are worse than Arab ones (a moot point) but rather because they do not like to deal with Israeli women authorities.
Israeli women soldiers attached to the police forces roam the streets in pairs asking Arabs in Jewish areas for proof of their identity. Female soldiers also help man checkpoints etc. On the one hand there is an advantage in this in so far as females are less confrontational than males (or supposed to be) but many Arabs feel insulted at being "checked" by young girls in this way.
In Islamic eyes (as remarked upon by Winston Churchill) all women in effect have the status of slaves and therefore it is demeaning when they tell "honorable" males what to do.
In addition Israeli authorities in their contact with Arabs in subtle ways have endeavored to empower Arab women.
This is not appreciated by the Arabs nor by their womenfolk.

(d) Secularism is indeed a weakening factor in the psychological war against Ishmael
The Arabs do not really see Israel as a secular state.
Nevertheless Secularist elements do have a disproportionate influence on what happens in Israel.
Secularism is an important factor for the following reason.
The Arabs in their own way believe in Divine Providence. After being defeated or having to face the prospect of defeat the Arab would normally tend to accept the Jewish presence as the Will of "Allah". Seeing that the Jewish mainstream public itself is not religious causes the Arab to find it less self-evident that it is the Divine Will that he submit to it or even accept its existence.
Secularism also has an adverse effect on the Jews as it weakens the will of the Israeli People to believe in their cause and to fight for their heritage.
Whenever the Jew shows even a little weakness the Arab finds it difficult to resist his animalistic urge to take advantage of vulnerability.
[A trait reflected in the behavior of one Arab to another.]
According to tradition, Ishmael (representing the Arabs and Islam) will ultimately repent and make himself subservient to Israel and Judah. He will do this after being thoroughly defeated. According to some sources however before his final defeat he may obtain a few intermediate temporary victories.
If such an eventuality ever comes to pass God help us all.

2. Princess Alice, mother of Prince Philip and Grandmother of Prince Edward (and Prince Charles) saved Jews
(a) News Item
Guysen Israel News - Thursday 6 September 2007

Prince Edward
 07:54  The British Prince Edward started his three day visit to Israel n Wednesday. He is due to visit the grave of his grand-mother Princess Alice, a righteous person from the nations, who is buried on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem. He will also visit Yad Vashem and will dine on Saturday evening with the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger. Since the assassination of Itzhak Rabin, no member of the British royal family has visited Israel. (Guysen.International.News)

(b) Wikipedia: Princess Alice
Princess Alice of Battenberg - Slight Editing of Extracts from Wikipedia

Full name Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie
Born 25 February 1885
Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire
Died 5 December 1969 (Aged 84)
Buckingham Palace, London
Buried Church of Maria Magdalene, Gethsemane, Israel
Consort to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Issue Margarita
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Royal House House of Oldenburg
House of Hesse
Father Louis of Battenberg
Mother Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine

Princess Alice of Battenberg, later Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark... was the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (consort of Queen Elizabeth II).
Princess Alice Congenitally deaf, she grew up in Germany, England and the Mediterranean. After marrying Prince alice of Greece and Denmark in 1903, she lived in Greece until the exile of most of the Greek Royal Family in 1917...In 1930, she was diagnosed as schizophrenic and committed to a sanatorium; thereafter, she lived separated from her husband. After her recovery, she devoted most of her remaining years to charity work in Greece.

World War II

During World War II, Princess Alice was in the difficult situation of having sons-in-law fighting on the German side and a son in the British Royal Navy. Her cousin, Prince Victor zu Erbach-Schoenberg, was the German ambassador in Greece until the occupation of Athens by Axis forces in April 1941. She and her sister-in-law, Princess Nicholas of Greece (the mother of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent), lived in Athens for the duration of the war, whilst most of the Greek royal family remained in exile in South Africa. She moved out of her small flat and into her brother-in-law George's three-storey house in the centre of Athens. She worked for the Red Cross organization, helped organize soup kitchens for the starving populace and flew to Sweden to bring back medical supplies on the pretext of visiting her sister, Louise, who was married to the Crown Prince.She organised two shelters for orphaned and stray children, and a nursing circuit for poor neighbourhoods.

The occupying forces apparently presumed Princess Alice was pro-German, as one of her sons-in-law, Prince Christoph of Hesse-Cassel, was a member of the NSDAP and the Waffen-SS, and another, Berthold von Baden, had been invalided out of the German army in 1940 after an injury in France. Nonetheless, when visited by a German general who asked her, "Is there anything I can do for you?", she replied, "You can take your troops out of my country".

After the fall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in September 1943, the German Army occupied Athens, where a minority of Greek Jews had sought refuge. The majority (about 60,000 out of a total population of 75,000) were deported to Nazi concentration camps, where all but 2,000 died.During this period, Princess alice hid Jewish widow Rachel Cohen and two of her five children, who sought to evade the Gestapo and deportation to the death camps. Rachel's husband, Haimaki Cohen, had aided King George I of Greece in 1913. In return, King George offered him any service that he could perform, should Cohen ever need it. Cohen's son remembered this during the Nazi threat, and appealed to Princess alice, one of only two remaining members of the Royal Family left in Greece (the other was Princess Nicholas). She honoured the promise and saved the Cohen family.

She is recognised as "Righteous Among the Nations" at Yad Vashem.

After the war, she founded a nursing order of nuns known as the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary.

After the fall of King Constantine II of Greece and the imposition of military rule in Greece in 1967, she was invited by her son and daughter-in-law to live at Buckingham Palace in London, where she died two years later.

On 31 October 1994, Princess Alice's two surviving children, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess George of Hanover, went to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial) in Jerusalem to witness a ceremony honouring her as "Righteous among the Nations" for having hidden the Cohens in her house in Athens during the Second World War. Prince Philip said of his mother's sheltering of persecuted Jews, "I suspect that it never occurred to her that her action was in any way special. She was a person with a deep religious faith, and she would have considered it to be a perfectly natural human reaction to fellow beings in distress."

3. Sha'ul Suhr: Fiji and NZ had Highest Relative Rate of Casualties in WW11!
From: Sha'ul Benya'akov <>
Subject: RE: Jerusalem News 669
Shalom Yair,
Im afraid there has been some misinformation in the Jerusalem News 669, in which  article it is stated that there were more Jews fighting, per head of population, than any other group in the world .
This is simply a ridiculous claim.
There were far more Fijians killed, per head of population, than any other group, just for a start, as they scouted for allied forces against the Japanese in the Pacific during WW2, not far behind them is good old New Zealand, who with a population of just over a million people, had the highest casualty rate in WW2 of any commonwealth country, per head of population.
More Jews fought in WW2, than there were people in NZ, or Fiji, at the time.
Kind regards.
Sha'ul Suhr, NZ.

Jerusalem News-671
26 Elul 5767, 9 September 2007
1. Conspiracy: The Irish PLOT to take over America!
[Satire?] Beware the Irish Conspiracy?
2. 8 non-Jewish Russian immigrant teens
arrested over Neo-Nazi activity
3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 10.20

1. Conspiracy: The Irish PLOT to take over America!

[Satire?] Beware the Irish Conspiracy?

Posted by: "Shield of David List Moderator"   magen_david_1948
Fri Sep 7, 2007 10:51 am (PST)

Very good satire. :-)

September 07, 2007 Beware the Irish Conspiracy? By James Lewis
As every conspiracy theorist knows with certainty, hidden hands manipulate the innocents of the world. Jews have a commanding lead over all other groups as the target of suspicion in the vast literature of conspiracists. But this tradition, reinforced by the new book
17690&sr=8-1> The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, should not blind us to other dangers, more deeply hidden and cleverly disguised.

In fact, the biggest hidden influence in American politics is no doubt the Irish Conspiracy. Largely staying in the background of American life, the Irish have penetrated all our institutions, even the Presidency itself. No less than twelve American presidents are believed to have had Irish ancestry <\ d_government> . (See Kennedy, Reagan). Irish politicians have been rife at all levels of American government (Tip O'Neill, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Ed Rendell).

In many cities entire police and fire departments are stacked with the Irish. The iron fist of paramilitary dominance is exercised every year for all the world to see, as Fifth Avenue in New York City has its center line painted green and the Chicago River flows into Lake Michigan dyed green on St. Patrick's Day, a demonstration of raw power that chills to the bone knowledgeable initiates into the secrets of this cabal. None will ever reveal to the rest of us the dark truths they hide.

They have infiltrated major American religious institutions, like the Catholic Church. The upper ranks of the Church in America are of predominantly Irish descent, and many of the priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys likewise have been of Irish extraction.
Need I say more?

Dual loyalties Are the Irish loyal to this country? The question is intriguing, but the answer is not clear. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., a known Nazi sympathizer prior to World War II, made his money as an organized crime chief, smuggling illegal substances that brought more families to ruin than crack cocaine or heroin. An IRA supporter, Kennedy, Sr. and his Irish friend Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago are widely believed to have stolen the presidential election of 1960 for Kennedy's son Jack.
American IRA sympathizers have long been a mainstay of terrorist support, paying for decades of bombings and shootings against our closest European ally, Britain -- including attempts to assassinate Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
During World War Two, the IRA secretly plotted with Nazi Germany, and even today, the Irish Republican Army receives funds from hidden sympathizers in Boston and elsewhere.
Do the Irish have dual loyalties? According to Wikipedia
<> (which sometimes is
accurate), during World War II:
"The IRA fostered links with German intelligence (the Abwehr) and Foreign Ministry, with men such as Francis Stuart travelling to Germany to talk, though these attempts were largely ineffectual due to a combination of Abwehr and Foreign Ministry incompetence and IRA weakness. Germans also came to Ireland, the most notable of whom was Hermann G rtz, who was captured in possession of "Plan Kathleen"- an IRA plan that detailed a Nazi supported invasion of Northern Ireland." The Irish Diaspora Do the Irish ever give up their distinctive identity? The Constitution of Ireland reads, "the Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage." There are more than 80 million people of Irish descent in the world, only six million of them living in Ireland.
Legally, Irish citizens can maintain their native citizenship for three generations after departing the Auld Sod. Therefore thousands of Irish immigrants, legal and illegal, can blend into the American population and still consider themselves Irish citizens. 26,000 people in America speak Gaelic, making covert coded communcations <>

Fifth column anyone?
Take the case of Che Guevara, who was half-Irish. Che was a
ruthless killer who dedicated his adult lifetime to stirring up
anti-American hatreds in Latin America. His influence is still
felt. Wouldn't it be more honest if his name was Che O'Houllihan?

Media control:

The smiling face of the Irish menace
What do the following media figures have in common?

* Maureen O'Hara
* Princess Grace of Monaco
* Eugene O'Neill
* Peter O'Toole
* Anthony Quinn
* Michael Flatley, creator of Riverdance
* Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison of the
* Bruce Springsteen
* Judy Garland
* Gene Kelly
* Johnny Rotten, Lead singer of the Sex Pistols.
Obviously they are major Irish media figures. The Irish influence in Hollywood and the media is both visible and hidden. The reason why Ireland gets such a good press, why Hollywood celebrates it in sentimental movies, and why Saint Patrick's Day (a Catholic and ethnic holiday) is celebrated with supermarket specials on beer and corned beef, is that the Irish maintain a virtual stranglehold over the media, luring millions of innocent non-Irish into unwitting participation in the rituals of their sinister ceremonies.

Is it a conspiracy or a culture?
Why is the Irish Conspiracy so powerful and well-hidden? We can only speculate. But notice that author Stephen Walt, who is sounding the alarm about the Jewish lobby in America, has his academic position at the Kennedy (!) School of Government.
Clever conspirators always divert attention to sidewhows, lest their true powers become visible. The very lack of active public discussion of the Irish Conspiracy is the most convincing proof of all of the real power exercised by it, and the cunning intelligence of the puppet masters behind it.
Next week: How the British Foreign Office drew America into two world wars.
[Editor's note: in case it isn't obvious, this article is satirical. You can relax about the Irish -- at least until next St. Patrick's Day]

James Lewis blogs at

2. 8 non-Jewish Russian immigrant teens arrested over Neo-Nazi activity
[Israel Radio reports that the boys were not Jewish though they immigrated
under the Law of Return]

Cleared for publication: 8 teens arrested over Neo-Nazi activity
Raanan Ben-Zur YNET Published: 09.08.07, 23:23 / Israel News,7340,L-3447357,00.html

Five teenagers from Petah Tikva were arrested on suspicion of being involved
in the desecration of synagogues and abuse of people.

According to the suspicions, the boys, all immigrants from the former Soviet
Union, used to meet and exchange Hitler salutes. The investigation was
launched about a year ago after swastikas were sprayed on the walls of a
Petah Tikva synagogue.

3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of Explorator 10.20
From: david meadows <>
explorator 10.20 September 9, 2007

Plenty of coverage of the discovery of some 3000 b.p. beehives: (JPost)

Plenty of coverage of apparent photographic proof that antiquities
are being destroyed at Temple Mount: (includes audio)

... there are still questions, however, whether the remains are
of the Second Temple:

... and it appears that some 15% of excavations have been conducted
'over the Green Line': (JPost)

An update on this season's excavations at Tell Hatzor:

Brief (and possible repeat) item on finds at Gezer:

More Solomonic-era remains:

An item on the Philistines:

A pile of sites found in Iran's Sistan Plain:

Finds from various periods at Keramos:

An interview with Ehud Netzer:

More coverage of the Tell Brak mass graves:

... and the 'origins of cities' theory tied to Tell Brak:

I think we've mentioned this impending return of the Hezekiah Inscription
to Israel before:


Vercingetorix's palace:

Remains of the 'sky disc' people:

Pig DNA is revealing things about early humans in Europe:,1,4515146.story

Nice feature on CT scans of bog mummies:

Living in an old house in Wales:

... semi-similar:

Plans are afoot to build a really big pyramid in Germany (!):


Davey Crockett's last known letter:

... but it might be fake:

An overviewish thing on the appeal of various museums:

... and the Philadelphia Museum:

Topps created a trio of very nice/strange/expensive George
Washington collectibles:

An auction of some golf clubs of interest (to some):


Jerusalem News-672
27 Elul 5767, 10 September 2007
1. Anatomy of Syrian-Israeli Tensions: A Background Analysis
2. Finding Past Articles that Appeared in "Latest Jerusalem News"
3. Conspiracy.
"The Shamrock: Proof of an Irish Plot to Undermine Society and Take Over the World?"
4. Forewarnings of Muslim Menace
(a) Winston Churchill On Islam
(b) Others: Stephen Emery
(c) The Prophet Hosea as explained by Brit-Am
5. Other Brit-Am Articles on Islam
Response to Islam"
by Rabbi
Avraham Feld
by Stephen

1. Anatomy of Syrian-Israeli Tensions: A Background Analysis


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

Vol. 7, No. 14    7 September 2007

Anatomy of Syrian-Israeli Tensions: A Background Analysis
Jerusalem Center Strategic Affairs Unit

Syria served as a primary conduit for the build-up of Iranian-backed Hizbullah prior to the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War in July 2006.
Damascus supplied the majority of the heavy-payload rockets Hizbullah fired at Israel.

The Syrian-Israeli military balance has been characterized by a gross asymmetry in Syria's favor in standing active-service formations along the Syrian-Israeli border. In October 1973, Israel was forced to repel a massive Syrian ground assault with only 177 tanks against a total Syrian force of 1,400 tanks, providing an advantage for Syrian armor of more than eight to one.

Syria has undertaken a massive military build-up over the past few years, focusing primarily on Scud (B, C, and D) heavy rockets and chemical warheads. Syria has become a regional superpower in chemical weaponry.

Russia is providing state-of-the-art weaponry and military technology to Syria, and is reopening a Russian naval base on the Syrian coast.
Additionally, Iran's huge petrodollar-driven financing capability has played a major role in Syrian weapons procurement.

Syria's destabilizing role in the region was underscored by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., former U.S. Commander in Iraq, who confirmed that Syria has acted as a primary line of supply for weaponry and volunteers that continue to stream unfettered over the Syrian-Iraqi border to support the Iraqi insurgency against U.S. and coalition forces.

One of Syria's prime motivations in its current military behavior is to free itself of international pressure in the context of its continuing involvement in destabilizing Lebanon and with regard to its suspected main role in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Syrian Rockets Hit Northern Israel in the Second Lebanon War

The report of Israeli air force activity over northeastern Syria along the Turkish-Syrian border on September 6 comes in the context of disturbing trends in Syrian military behavior. Syria served as a primary conduit for the build-up of Iranian-backed Hizbullah prior to the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War in July 2006. Damascus supplied the majority of the heavy-payload rockets Hizbullah fired at Israel, including, 220mm rockets and 302mm rockets.1 Syrian-supplied rocket warheads usually contained anti-personnel munitions - a mixture of lethal explosives and steel balls or fragments.

Syria has also increased the tempo of its military exercises and has removed roadblocks that existed for years between Damascus and the city of Kuneitra in the Golan Heights that is adjacent to its front line with Israel.

Historically, the Syrian-Israeli military balance has been characterized by a gross asymmetry in Syria's favor in standing active-service formations along the Syrian-Israeli border. While Syria maintains its army on battle-ready status, the bulk of the Israeli army is organized around army reserve units that are only mobilized in the event of an imminent attack.
For example, in October 1973, Israel was forced to repel a massive Syrian ground assault with only 177 tanks against a total Syrian force of 1,400 tanks that stretched back from the Golan Heights to Damascus, providing an advantage for Syrian armor of more than eight to one.

Key Factors in Syrian Behavior

At present, Syria's behavior is a function of the following factors:

The Syrian perception that it has a realistic military option against Israel based on their view of Hizbullah's successes in last summer's war.

Syria's continued sponsorship of radical Palestinian Islamic terror groups including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and other Jihadi organizations.

A massive Syrian military build-up focusing primarily on Scud (B, C, and D) heavy rockets and chemical warheads, with a massive commensurate increase in military spending over the past few years. The Syrian armament build-up in recent years has included a major investment in chemical weaponry, in which Syria has become a regional superpower. It is important to stress that Damascus' strategic decision to build up its military arsenal preceded the U.S. decision to provide advanced military weaponry to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Syria has also increased the tempo of its military exercises, and has enhanced its infrastructure on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Syria's recent military build-up is all the more destabilizing in view of the decision by Russia to upgrade its influence in the region by providing state-of-the-art Russian weaponry and military technology, and to reopen a Russian naval base on the Syrian coast. Additionally, Iran's huge petrodollar-driven financing capability has played a major role in Syrian weapons procurement.

Syria's destabilizing role in the region was underscored by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., former U.S. Commander in Iraq, who confirmed that Syria has acted as a primary line of supply for weaponry and volunteers that continue to stream unfettered over the Syrian-Iraqi border to support the Iraqi insurgency against U.S. and coalition forces.2 At this sensitive juncture, it is in the interests of both Syria and Israel to prevent further deterioration of the situation.

This Jerusalem Issue Brief is available online at:

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

2. Finding Past Articles that Appeared in Jerusalem News

I am looking for the article on China by John Hulley.
It is no longer where it was when I first saw it.
How can I find it?


The article by John Hulley,
"Do Not Underestimate China" is to be found at:

The article was at first in our section,
"Latest Jerusalem News"
Here the issues are arranged from top to bottom according to order of appearance with the most recent issues appearing at the top.
After a short time (that may vary from one day to about a week) the articles
are moved to the
"Jerusalem News Archive"
Here the articles are arranged in chronological order with the latest issues appearing at the end of the list.
"Latest Jerusalem News"
"Jerusalem News Archive"
are directly accessible from the front page of our website
where they are displayed prominently below the top of the page in the center just under the Brit-Am Magen David symbol.

All this is intended to be quite clear and simple and it is hoped that a cursory glance at these features be sufficient for the reader to find their way around.

Alternately, articles may be found by going to the Search Engine on our site:
This too is accessible from the front web page a little down from the top right hand corner under the heading
"Search this Site"

3. Conspiracy.

"The Shamrock: Proof of an Irish Plot to Undermine Society and Take Over the World"
"Jerusalem News-671"
#1. Conspiracy: The Irish PLOT to take over America!
[Satire] Beware the Irish Conspiracy

Symbol of Eire

The refrain of a famous song goes:
"The sweet little shamrock, the dear little shamrock,
The sweet little, green little, shamrock of Ireland."
This innocent looking little plant is a national symbol of Ireland.

It may be suspected of having aphrodisiacal psychedelic-enhancing properties.
The possible existence of such qualities must have been kept such a close secret that until now nobody knew about them but how else did the Irish manage to raise such large families?
By equal measure it may well originally have been the totemic emblem of esoteric druid societies.
Just look at it!
What more proof does one need?
Next Week: The sinister implications and pagan associations of the "Irish Apple" commonly known in the communal community of commoners as the common potato.
Click Here for Source of Picture

4. Forewarnings of Muslim Menace

(a) Winston Churchill On Islam

A quote from an 1899 book by Winston Churchill, "The River War", in which he describes Muslims he apparently observed during Kitchener's campaign in the Sudan

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. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; 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 civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

(b) Others: Stephen Emery
Quite a few observers have been warning for decades about the threat of Islam and Arab terrorists, one of them was Stephen Emery.

(c) The Prophet Hosea as explained by Brit-Am
Brit-Am came out with its warning rather late in the picture but still well before the mainstream became aware of it.
What is more we derived our understanding from verses in the Hebrew Bible.
The Book of Hosea, chapter nine, speaks of the Mohamed the Mad Man association with whose followers and with Egypt is liable to bring disaster to Ephraim.
This was explained in our work,
"Ephraim. The Gentile Children of Israel", chapter two.
This work was first published in 1995 and is temporarily out of print.
A milder version of the relevant message in "Ephraim" is given in our Commentary to Hosea:
[Hos 9:6] For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles. Read (from the Hebrew original) Hosea 9;6 as "For behold they are gone due to looting Egypt (Mitsrayim), Moph (Memphis) gathers them, Machmad [i.e. Mahomad] buries them, their silver ensnared, the thorn in their tents (tabernacles) inherits them (9;6).
[Hos 9:7] The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. Read Hosea 9;7 as "The days of visitation have arrived, the days of payment have come, Israel shall know, the prophet is evil, mad*l [Hebrew: "Meshuga"] a man of spirit because of your transgression and of great hatred (9;7):
 The muslims are not rational. Anyone in the west who acted as Islam seems to require its adherents to think and act would not be considered normal.
On the other hand similar things could be said about the adherents of many religions in different contexes so it is perhaps best to concentrate upon our own duties. Nevertheless the verses are there and they did have a specific intention.
[Hos 9:8] The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.  Also translatable as: "Ephraim looked out with the god of the prophet, a hidden snare on all his paths, hatred in the house of his god (9;8):

5. Other Brit-Am Articles on Islam
Response to Islam"
by Rabbi Avraham Feld

by Stephen Spykerman


Jerusalem News-673
5 Tishrey 5768, 17 September 2007
1. Israel Government Statistics on Israel
2. Sunday Times article:    Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache'
3. How Did Neo-Nazis Enter Israel?
by David
4. Conspiracy: The Jewish Chronicle
How the Jewish conspiracy myth still flourishes
5. Jew-Hatred and Jihad
The Nazi roots of the 9/11 attack.


1. Israel Government Statistics on Israel

2. Sunday Times article:    Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache'
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 11:52:39 -0400 (EDT)

Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache'
Secret raid on Korean shipment
Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv, Sarah Baxter in Washington and Michael Sheridan
The Sunday Times September 16, 2007

IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria's formidable air defences went dead.

An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way.

At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets.
The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.

Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.

The Israeli government was not saying. "The security sources and IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage," said Ehud Olmert, the prime minister. "We naturally cannot always show the public our cards."

The Syrians were also keeping mum. "I cannot reveal the details," said Farouk al-Sharaa, the vice-president. "All I can say is the military and political echelon is looking into a series of responses as we speak. Results are forthcoming." The official story that the target comprised weapons destined for Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group, appeared to be crumbling in the face of widespread scepticism.

Andrew Semmel, a senior US State Department official, said Syria might have obtained nuclear equipment from "secret suppliers", and added that there were a "number of foreign technicians" in the country.

Asked if they could be North Korean, he replied: "There are North Korean people there. There's no question about that." He said a network run by AQ Khan, the disgraced creator of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, could be involved.

But why would nuclear material be in Syria? Known to have chemical weapons, was it seeking to bolster its arsenal with something even more deadly?

Alternatively, could it be hiding equipment for North Korea, enabling Kim Jong-il to pretend to be giving up his nuclear programme in exchange for economic aid? Or was the material bound for Iran, as some authorities in America suggest?

According to Israeli sources, preparations for the attack had been going on since late spring, when Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, presented Olmert with evidence that Syria was seeking to buy a nuclear device from North Korea.

The Israeli spy chief apparently feared such a device could eventually be installed on North-Korean-made Scud-C missiles.

"This was supposed to be a devastating Syrian surprise for Israel," said an Israeli source. "We've known for a long time that Syria has deadly chemical warheads on its Scuds, but Israel can't live with a nuclear warhead."

An expert on the Middle East, who has spoken to Israeli participants in the raid, told yesterday's Washington Post that the timing of the raid on September 6 appeared to be linked to the arrival three days earlier of a ship carrying North Korean material labelled as cement but suspected of concealing nuclear equipment.

The target was identified as a northern Syrian facility that purported to be an agricultural research centre on the Euphrates river. Israel had been monitoring it for some time, concerned that it was being used to extract uranium from phosphates.

According to an Israeli air force source, the Israeli satellite Ofek 7, launched in June, was diverted from Iran to Syria. It sent out high-quality images of a northeastern area every 90 minutes, making it easy for air force specialists to spot the facility.

Early in the summer Ehud Barak, the defence minister, had given the order to double Israeli forces on its Golan Heights border with Syria in anticipation of possible retaliation by Damascus in the event of air strikes.

Sergei Kirpichenko, the Russian ambassador to Syria, warned President Bashar al-Assad last month that Israel was planning an attack, but suggested the target was the Golan Heights.

Israeli military intelligence sources claim Syrian special forces moved towards the Israeli outpost of Mount Hermon on the Golan Heights. Tension rose, but nobody knew why.

At this point, Barak feared events could spiral out of control. The decision was taken to reduce the number of Israeli troops on the Golan Heights and tell Damascus the tension was over. Syria relaxed its guard shortly before the Israeli Defence Forces struck.

Only three Israeli cabinet ministers are said to have been in the know:
Olmert, Barak and Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister. America was also consulted.

According to Israeli sources, American air force codes were given to the Israeli air force attache in Washington to ensure Israel's F15Is would not mistakenly attack their US counterparts.

Once the mission was under way, Israel imposed draconian military censorship and no news of the operation emerged until Syria complained that Israeli aircraft had violated its airspace. Syria claimed its air defences had engaged the planes, forcing them to drop fuel tanks to lighten their loads as they fled.
But intelligence sources suggested it was a highly successful Israeli raid on nuclear material supplied by North Korea.

Washington was rife with speculation last week about the precise nature of the operation. One source said the air strikes were a diversion for a daring Israeli commando raid, in which nuclear materials were intercepted en route to Iran and hauled to Israel. Others claimed they were destroyed in the attack.

There is no doubt, however, that North Korea is accused of nuclear cooperation with Syria, helped by AQ Khan's network. John Bolton, who was undersecretary for arms control at the State Department, told the United Nations in 2004 the Pakistani nuclear scientist had "several other" customers besides Iran, Libya and North Korea.

Some of his evidence came from the CIA, which had reported to Congress that it viewed "Syrian nuclear intentions with growing concern".

"I've been worried for some time about North Korea and Iran outsourcing their nuclear programmes," Bolton said last week. Syria, he added, was a member of a "junior axis of evil", with a well-established ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction.

The links between Syria and North Korea date back to the rule of Kim Il-sung and President Hafez al-Assad in the last century. In recent months, their sons have quietly ordered an increase in military and technical cooperation.

Foreign diplomats who follow North Korean affairs are taking note. There were reports of Syrian passengers on flights from Beijing to Pyongyang and sightings of Middle Eastern businessmen from sources who watch the trains from North Korea to China.

On August 14, Rim Kyong Man, the North Korean foreign trade minister, was in Syria to sign a protocol on "cooperation in trade and science and  technology". No details were released, but it caught Israel's attention.

Syria possesses between 60 and 120 Scud-C missiles, which it has bought from North Korea over the past 15 years. Diplomats believe North Korean engineers have been working on extending their 300-mile range. It means they can be used in the deserts of northeastern Syria ? the area of the Israeli strike.
The triangular relationship between North Korea, Syria and Iran continues to perplex intelligence analysts. Syria served as a conduit for the transport to Iran of an estimated ?50m of missile components and technology sent by sea from North Korea. The same route may be in use for nuclear equipment.

3. How Did Neo-Nazis Enter Israel?
by David Bedein

A quirk in the first law of the state of Israel.

Ironically, a quirk in the first law of the state of Israel, the Law of Return - the policy that welcomes Jews to return to their homeland - allowed those who are anything but Jewish to enter Israel legally.
The "grandfather clause" was Israel's answer to Hitler.

While religious Jewish law defines a Jew as someone who was born to a Jewish mother or as someone who has converted to Judaism, Israeli law defines a Jew, for purposes of immigration, as someone who is descended from at least one grandfather who was Jewish.

During World War II, the Nazis defined a Jew as someone who had at least one grandfather who was Jewish. David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, was often quoted as saying that the "grandfather clause" was Israel's answer to Hitler. The "grandfather clause" was never an really an issue, however, until the advent of the mass immigration from the former Soviet Union.

In the late 1980s, as the former Soviet Union began to collapse, hundreds of thousands of Jews who had been living in a land where the practice of Judaism had been forbidden since the 1920s would finally be able to come to Israel. However, hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens held identity cards as Jews, even though they had become an integral part of Soviet society - even in the most anti-Semitic areas of the Ukraine, Lithuania and other parts of the former Soviet Union.

The motivation of these non-Jews with Jewish roots was hardly one of Zionist intention. The former Soviet Union, with a collapsing society and deteriorating economy, was a place to leave. Israel, promising material comfort, was a desired place to come to.

In the late 1980s, many senior officials of the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel, which processes immigration to Israel, suggested that the "grandfather clause" be dropped. However, American Jewish charitable organizations objected. These organizations had been asked by Israel to raise funds for the exodus of Jews, and they protested any proposed change in the Israeli government definition of "Who is a Jew?"

In the mid-1990s, the Jewish Agency for Israel sponsored ads in the major Russian papers that proclaimed: "If you have a Jewish grandparent, you can qualify for citizenship in Israel under the Law of Return." That law also provided immigrants with a basket of free services for at least three years.

In 1997, a member of Israel's Knesset, Alex Lubotzky, a liberal-minded Orthodox Jew, announced that he was ready to check out all conversion possibilities to provide all options of conversion for new immigrants. But in December of that year, Lubotzky announced that, of the 200,000 non-Jews who had arrived in Israel under the Law of Return, less than 2,000 expressed any interest whatsoever in becoming Jewish. Instead, a Russian culture overtook many neighborhoods where former USSR residents established themselves, totally devoid of anything Jewish or anything Zionist.

The late Dr. Yuri Shtern, a hero in the Zionist resistance movement in the USSR who later became a leading member of Israel's Knesset, warned about a disturbing aspect of the non-Jewish immigration to Israel: anti-Semitism. Another former Soviet activist, Knesset member Yuli Edeslstein, concurred. Yet, until very recently, the Jewish Agency, the Israeli government and the Israeli police would not react to the increasing problems that were beginning to surface, which included sporadic attacks of non-Jewish Russians on religious Israeli Jews.

One Russian Jewish Israeli, however, Dr. Zalman Gilichinski, made it his business to document Russian anti-Semitism in Israel and to mobilize Israel's law enforcement system to tackle it. Gilichinski launched a web site,, which consolidated reports of unimaginable anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi organizations in more than fifteen Israeli cities, organized by non-Jews whose families had come to Israel under the Law of Return.

Gilichinski pleaded with organizations and academic institutions that monitor anti-Semitism to join with him to report anti-Semitic attacks as a threat to Israel's security and well-being. However, no groups would heed Gilichinski's warnings. Undaunted, Gilichinski took his case to the highest levels of the police five years ago and kept updating the police with comprehensive reports of attacks launched by Israeli neo-Nazi cells, along with reports of their subculture.

The unkindest cut of all was Gilichinski's revelation that the precise anti-Semitic literature, tapes, CDs, movies and books that are now banned throughout the former Soviet Union are sold and marketed in almost every bookstore and music store that serves the Russian-speaking population in Israel.

Since only one group of neo-Nazis has been caught so far, it is reasonable to assume that this is only the tip of the iceberg of a crisis that hardly anyone in Israel ever expected to cope with.

see also:
The Israeli Information and Assistance Center for the Victims of Anti-Semitism

4. Conspiracy: The Jewish Chronicle
How the Jewish conspiracy myth still flourishes
By Anthony Julius

5. Jew-Hatred and Jihad
The Nazi roots of the 9/11 attack.
by Matthias Koentzel


Jerusalem News-
11 Tishrey 5768, 23 September 2007
1. Homos in Germany (and Rest of World) Victimize Little Children!
2. Environmental Crisis:  An Alternative Opinion
3. Israeli Commandos in Action
 'IDF seized nuclear materials in Syria'

1. Homos in Germany (and Rest of World) Victimize Little Children!
From: Eliezer <>

Child molestation and pedophilia, as now encouraged by the German
government, occur far more commonly among homosexuals than among
heterosexuals on a per capita basis, according to a new study.  In her
thesis -- also written for the Regent University Law Review -- Doctor
Judith Reisman cited psychologist Eugene Abel, whose research
found that homosexuals "sexually molest young boys with an
incidence that is occurring from five times greater than the
molestation of girls. ?"
This has all happened in Germany before. As recent as the Weimar
Republic (1918-1933) to be exact. Read "Between The Flames..."
A Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars (Hardcover)
by Anton Gill (Author)
Plus... The Poisoned Stream
The Poisoned Stream is derived from Samuel Igra's 1945 book,
Germany's National Vice. During the Weimar Era (1918-1933)
Germany was popularly known as the most sexually corrupt
nation in the world. Seems they haven't learned a thing from
history. As Voltaire Writes - "History Never Repeats Itself,
Man Always Does."

2. Environmental Crisis:  An Alternative Opinion
"Hysteria's History
Environmentalist Alarmism in Context"
by Amy Keleita with Gregory R. Forbes.
The URL above is worth reading.
It claims that Environmentalists have been exaggerating and are actually detrimental.
This may be so.
Nevertheless  our impression is that cleaning the environment is necessary.
Pollution affects health adversely and should be diminished as much as possible.
People who are health conscious and eat "natural" products are on the whole healthier and better off.
In any field of human activity one will find exceptions to the rule, eccentrics who harm themselves, and so on.

In the URL above the claims for Zero Population Growth are criticized.
This criticism is valid.  Israelites need to have more children not less.

3. Israeli Commandos in Action
IDF seized nuclear materials in Syria'
Soldiers from an elite Israeli unit captured North Korean nuclear material from a secret Syrian military installation before IAF jets bombed the installation, a report by Britain's Sunday Times wrote Saturday night, quoting "informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem."
According to the sources, the alleged IAF attack was sanctioned by the US on September 6, after the Americans were given proof that the material was indeed nuclear related.

The sources confirmed that the materials were tested after they were taken from Syria and were found to be of North Korean origin, which raised concerns that Syria may have been trying to come into possession of nuclear arms.

The commandos, who, according to the report, belonged to the legendary General Staff's Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal), may have been disguised in Syrian army uniforms. It also stated that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who used to head the unit, personally oversaw the operation.

Israeli sources admitted that special forces had been accruing intelligence in Syria for several months, the report said, adding that evidence of North Korean activity at the installation was presented to President George Bush during the summer.

According to the Times, North Korea and China believed that North Koreans were among the dead in the subsequent alleged IAF air strike.

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Israel and the United States had collaborated on intelligence ahead of the alleged IAF raid.

According to the Post report, Israel informed the US over the summer that North Korean personnel were in Syria to assist the country's nuclear weapons program. The intelligence in question reportedly included satellite imagery.

Meanwhile, Newsweek quoted Binyamin Netanyahu adviser Uzi Arad in reference to the Syria operation. "I do know what happened, and when it comes out it will stun everyone," he said.


Jerusalem News-675
13 Tishrey 5768, 24 September 2007
1. The Arab Malaise: Egyptian Sexual Problems
2. Quarry for Temple Mount's Giant Rocks - Found
3. Ask the aliya experts: "How do I prove I'm Jewish"?

1. The Arab Malaise: Egyptian Sexual Problems
Ramadan serials court controversy
By Pakinam Amer in Cairo

Many Egyptian women have stories, usually branded as "shameful" and "embarrassing", of public harassment and even outright sexual assault in public.

A recent statistical study carried out by the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights revealed that 40 per cent of women have experienced sexual harassment.

In October 2006, Wael Abbas, a human rights activist, captured video images of throngs of men pulling scarves off veiled women and ganging up on two or three women at a time in downtown Cairo.

One picture even showed a group of girls taking sanctuary in a downtown store, crowds of men waiting at the door as a number of police officers seemed unable to contain the pandemonium. 

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2. Quarry for Temple Mount's Giant Rocks - Found
 by Hillel Fendel

The Antiquities Authority announced today that it has found the quarry that supplied the giant stones for the building of the Temple Mount.  The quarry is located in what is now one of Jerusalem's newest neighborhoods, Ramat Shlomo (also known as Reches Shuafat), between Ramot and French Hill.  The quarry was found in the course of an archaeological rescue dig prior to the construction of a neighborhood school.

The ancient quarry is spread out over at least five dunams (1.25 acres), with rocks between three and eight meters long - the size of those that can still be seen today at the foundations of the Temple Mount and in the Western Wall - hewn out of the ground. Click here for photos of the quarry on the Israel Matzav blog.

Divine Regards
Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem told Arutz-7 that the discovery of the quarry was both historically dramatic and spiritually exhilarating: "Precisely now, when the Moslems are trying to erase all vestiges of the presence of our Holy Temple, and when even among our own leaders there is a trend towards giving it away and viewing it as an unnecessary burden - precisely now, with this discovery, G-d is sending the Jewish People a kiss, as if to say, 'Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you; there are those who want to give it [the Temple Mount] away or take it away from you, but I still have big plans for both you and for the Holy Temple - and the Temple will yet become the focal point of the world once again."

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky has ordered a halt to the school-building plans, budgeting 350,000 shekels ($86,500) for the archaeological work. 

Jerusalem archaeologist Yuval Baruch told Arutz-7 that the ancient hewing was done in stages. First, deep and narrow trenches were dug around the four sides of what was to be the rock.  Then, dozens of small specially-shaped picks were used to make holes underneath, at a distance of several centimeters from each other, until the rock was able to be separated from the ground.  Archaeologists found one such pick in the area - a 15-centimeter (6-inch) long metallic object.

Gideon Charlap, a top Jerusalem architect and Temple Mount expert, told Arutz-7 that while rocks for the Temple may not be hewn with iron on the Temple Mount, iron may be used on the rocks before they reach the Mount.  This, as opposed to stones used for the Temple's altar, which are never permitted to be hewn with iron.

The rulers of ancient Jerusalem used top-quality, shining-white stone for their public buildings, of the type they called Malcha (from the word for royalty).  Dozens of quarries have been discovered in and around Jerusalem over the years, Baruch said, "including some from the period of Herod, like this one. However, never before has one been found with such large rocks."

The Shuafat mountain is some 80 meters higher than the Temple Mount.  That, and its proximity to the main road to Jerusalem from the north, made this quarry a prime candidate to provide the rocks to be used in the city's important buildings.  Teams of oxen pulled the giant stones down the moderate incline towards the city. The rocks were then placed upon the bedrock, forming the foundation of the Temple Mount, and keeping it stable and firm without the use of concrete even up until today.

Coins and pottery were also found in the quarry, dating back 1,900 years - further evidence that this quarry was used during the height of construction in ancient Jerusalem.

Ancient Drainage Tunnel and Escape Route Found
Earlier this month, the Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of the City of David's main drainage channel - later used by Jerusalem residents when they tried to flee from the Romans.  The channel is located along the route from the Temple Mount to the Shiloah Pool, and apparently continues on to Nahal Kidron on its way to the Dead Sea.  It drained the rainfall of ancient Jerusalem - the Jewish quarter, the western region of the City of David, and the Temple Mount. The excavations were jointly carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Elad Association.

The excavation directors wrote, ?There is evidence in the writings of Josephus Flavius, the historian who described the revolt, the conquest and the destruction of Jerusalem, that numerous people took shelter in the channel and even lived in it for a period until they succeeded to flee the city through its southern end."

3. Ask the aliya experts: "How do I prove I'm Jewish"?

Jerusalem News-676
14 Tishrey 5768, 26 September 2007
1. Environment:
Man-made chemicals blamed as many more girls than boys are born in Arctic
2. Free Candy
in Succah Made from Candy
Maariv Survey: 65% Keep Kashrut to Some Degree!

1. Environment:
Man-made chemicals blamed as many more girls than boys are born in Arctic,,2167005,00.html#article_continue

High levels can change sex of child during pregnancy
Survey of Greenland and east Russia puts ratio at 2:1

Paul Brown in Nuuk, Greenland
Wednesday September 12, 2007
The Guardian

Twice as many girls as boys are being born in some Arctic villages because of high levels of man-made chemicals in the blood of pregnant women, according to scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (Amap).

The scientists, who say the findings could explain the recent excess of girl babies across much of the northern hemisphere, are widening their investigation across the most acutely affected communities in Russia, Greenland and Canada to try to discover the size of the imbalance in Inuit communities of the far north.
In the communities of Greenland and eastern Russia monitored so far, the ratio was found to be two girls to one boy. In one village in Greenland only girls have been born.

The scientists measured the man-made chemicals in women's blood that mimic human hormones and concluded that they were capable of triggering changes in the sex of unborn children in the first three weeks of gestation. The chemicals are carried in the mother's bloodstream through the placenta to the foetus, switching hormones to create girl children.

Lars-Otto Reierson, executive secretary for Amap, said: "We knew that the levels of man-made chemicals were accumulating in the food chain, and that seals, whales and particularly polar bears were getting a dose a million times higher than that existing in plankton, and that this could be toxic to humans who ate these higher animals. What was shocking was that they were also able to change the sex of children before birth."

The sex balance of the human race - historically a slight excess of boys over girls - has recently begun to change. A paper published in the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences earlier this year said that in Japan and the US there were 250,000 boys fewer than would have been expected had the sex ratio existing in 1970 remained unchanged. The paper was unable to pin down a cause for the new excess of girls over boys.

The Arctic scientists have discovered that many of the babies born in Russia are premature and the boys are far smaller than girls. Possible links between the pollutants and high infant mortality in the first year of life is also being investigated.

Scientists believe a number of man-made chemicals used in electrical equipment from generators, televisions and computers that mimic human hormones are implicated. They are carried by winds and rivers to the Arctic where they accumulate in the food chain and in the bloodstreams of the largely meat- and fish-eating Inuit communities.

The first results of the survey were disclosed at a symposium of religious, scientific and environmental leaders in Greenland's capital, Nuuk, yesterday, organised by the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, Bartholomew I, which is looking at the effects of environmental pollution on the Arctic.

Dr Reierson said the accumulation of DDT, PCBs, flame-retardants and other endocrine disrupters has been known for some time and young women had been advised to avoid eating some Arctic animals to avoid excess contamination and possible damage to their unborn children.

Dr Reierson, said blood samples from pregnant women were subsequently matched with the sex of their baby. Women with elevated levels of PCBs in their blood above two to four micrograms per litre and upwards were checked in three northern peninsula's in Russia's far east - the Kola, Taimyr and Chukotka - plus the Pechora River Basin.

To check the results the survey was widened and further communities, including those on Commodore Island, were investigated. The results were now in for 480 families and the ratio remained the same.

He said full results for the widening of the survey would not be published until next year but preliminary results for Greenland showed the same 2:1 ratio in the north.

Aqqaluk Lynge, the former chairman of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference who hails from Greenland, said: "This is a disaster, especially for some 1,500 people who make up the Inuit nations in the far north east of Russia.

"Here in the north of Greenland, in the villages near the Thule American base, only girl babies are being born to Inuit families.

"The problem is acute in the north and east of Greenland where people still have the traditional diet.

"This has become a critical question of people's survival but few governments want to talk about the problem of hormone mimickers because it means thinking about the chemicals you use.

"I think they need to be tested much more stringently before they are allowed on the market."

The Inuit are nomadic in nature, having survived for thousands of years using formidable hunting skills to seek out the bowhead whale, seal, caribou and walrus. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), an international body, was founded in 1977 to represent the rights of the approximately 150,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). With relatively low levels of educational attainment and few opportunities, violence, alcohol and drug dependency are a growing problem as the Inuit try to safeguard its traditions.

2. Free Candy in Succah Made from Candy
Subject: Jerusalem to feature 1,000 sq.m. Candy Sukkah    - free candy for all

Jerusalem, September 23rd 2007

For the First Time in Israel: The Sweet  Sukkah

The Jerusalem municipality and The Ariel municipal Company are building this year , for the first time in Israel a Sukkah made of candy (Hasukka-Rya).
The sukkah will be placed at Safra Square.

2 tons of candy and unique ornaments in the shape of candy will decorate the 1000 square meter Sukkah. The walls of the Sukkah will be covered with colorful candy and bubble gum. Candy chains will be hanging from the ceiling.

The lighting is designed in the shape of candy and the tables are adorned with sweet bouquets. Chocolate fountains, marshmallows on outdoor grills and cotton candy will be served to visitors free of charge.

The Sukkah will be open for visitors as of Wednesday September 26th.
Throughout the week many other attractions and cultural events will take place in the Sukkah. visitors can expect music shows, exhibitions, candy workshops for kids and much more.

Main holiday events will be held in the Sukkah-

- Mayor Lupolianski and his wife will hold a reception on Monday October 1st between 18:00-19:00. The reception will be open for the public. Diplomats from various countries and representatives of the different communities and religions will also attend the event.

- The Jerusalem parade (Tuesday, October 2nd) will pass through the Sukkah between 15:00-17:00 at Safra Square, and thousands of participants in the parade are expected to enjoy the free sweets.

-The opening of the Sukkah will be on Tuesday September 25th, 18:00.The opening will be at the presence of Mayor Uri Lupolianki. On a special evening the Sweet Sukkah (HaSukka-rya) will be presented to the media for coverage. This could be a nice opportunity to bring your kids to work.
Outside of the Sukkah you will find Chocolate fountains, grilled Marshmallows, cotton candy, popcorn in different colors, a huge candy machine and more.
Please consider this a personal invitation. The opening event is closed for the public and therefore not for earlier publication.

Gideon Schmerling,
Municipality's spokesman

Brit-Am Postscript: Dentists of the World may be sending a thank-you letter to Mayor Lupolianski since he is evidently concerned enough to ensure their livelihood.

3. Maariv Survey: 65% Keep Kashrut to Some Degree!
A Maariv Survey of  500 adults (assumedly Jews) in Israel
showed 51% keep Kosher in principle all the time, 14% partly do,
and 35% not at all.


Jerusalem News-677
23 Tishrey 5768, 5 October 2007
1. Australian company explores Eilat desert for gold
2. Arabs Besmirch Each Other: News Hoaxes
3. Iran Could Strike USA by 2015?

1. Australian company explores Eilat desert for gold,7340,L-3452778,00.html
Jewish Australian businessman explores desert for precious stones, finds concentrations of 4 grams of gold per ton of earth
Amit Sharvit
Published:  09.24.07, 09:21 / Israel Money
Geological explorations conducted in deserted mountainous areas north of the southern city of Eilat have shown high concentrations of gold "4 grams per ton of earth" scientists said Sunday.
The find could attract investors to open a gold mine there.
The explorations were conducted by KiTov Resources, a company owned by Jewish Australian businessman Abraham Rod Salfinger.
Speaking to Yedioth Ahronoth from Australia, Salfinger said drilling in the area could start as early as December.
But the project could face many hurdles before coming to life. The digs ought to be conducted on a cluster of hills known as Har Yadidiya, which is a nature reserve. The reserve is off-limits to the large vehicles and machinery required for the project and KiTov will have to have recourse to helicopters, which will raise costs.
The current explorations have cost KiTov hundreds of thousands of dollars and a digging venture could see costs running into millions of dollars.
KiTov is a privately owned company but Salfinger intends to float in Canada for a market value of $10 million.
KiTov currently has an exploration license for an area of 70 sq. km. and officials at the Infrastructure Ministry say the company will have to present a detailed financial plan and apply for a digging license.
In the 1980s a gold mine set up north of Eilat by a government-owned company survived a few months and was eventually shut down. Its short lifespan prevented researchers from determining whether a gold mine in the area was financially viable.

2. Arabs Besmirch Each Other: News Hoaxes

From: Khaled Abu Toameh
To: "Dr. Aaron Lerner" <>
Sent: Sunday, 30 September, 2007 05:43
Subject: Fatah hoaxes

In the context of the Hamas-Fatah power struggle, Fatah officials and security agents have distributed a video documenting the alleged killing of a 16-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip.

But it has emerged that that the footage was taken in Iraq, where a 16-year-old girl was killed for "dishonoring" her family.

Fatah claimed that the victim was Nahed Juha, a 16-year-old girl who was indeed killed together with her two sisters, Lina and Suha, in the Gaza Strip last July.

Fatah security officials even provided reporters with two "eyewitnesses" who claimed that that had witnesses the lynching of Nahed Juha.

For the past few years, both Fatah and Hamas have been involved in a smear campaign against each other. The two parties have devoted tremendous efforts to manipulate the media, often feeding reporters with false information.

Last week Fatah managed to sell another hoax to reporters when it claimed that its security forces had discovered rocket launchers in Bethlehem that were directed against Jerusalem. It later turned out that the "rockets" were simple pipes that has been set up by children who were trying to imitate Hamas.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. Iran Could Strike USA by 2015?

Jerusalem News-678
25 Tishrey 5768, 7 October 2007
1. Survey: Half the inhabitants of Gaza wish to leave
2. Circumcision in the US: Extracts
 3. The Situation in Iraq: Extracts

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1. Survey: Half the inhabitants of Gaza wish to leave
Ca 47% of the inhabitants of Gaza wish to leave
due to poor economic conditions and the security
[News Item in Hebrew]
The survey was conducted 25-27th September
and encompassed 470 Palestinian men, and women.
"Brit-Am Now"- 458
#3. Future Biblically-predicted Expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from the Land
of Israel

2. Circumcision in the US: Extracts,7340,L-3456808,00.html

Jewish 'intactivists' in US stop circumcising
More and more American Jews choose not to circumcise their sons and question the ritual's relevance in today's world

About 85 percent of all American boy babies were circumcised at its peak in 1965, according to a National Opinion Research Center survey.

By 2004, it had fallen to about 57 percent, reflecting the increased birth rate among Hispanics, who are less likely to circumcise their sons, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

Circumcision is even before the courts. In November, the Oregon Supreme Court will rule on whether a convert to Judaism can force his 12-year-old son to undergo the procedure.

'Benefits outweighed by the risks'

Reiss, who calls himself an "intactivist," maintains a roster of 50 officiants who conduct nonsurgical alternatives to the brit, traditionally performed on the eighth day after a boy's birth. He says he fields as many as five queries weekly from conflicted parents.

At the Jewish Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, director Ron Goldman maintains a list of 400 names of Jews who refuse to circumcise their sons.

Reiss and Goldman question circumcision's purported health benefits, such as lower rates of penile cancer and the recent reports that it can halve men's risk of HIV infection.

"Circumcision has always been the panacea for the disease of the decade," Reiss said, noting that non-Jews first adopted it to reduce masturbation, thought to cause syphilis.

Also, they think any benefits are outweighed by the risks, which include shock from blood loss, antibiotic-resistant infections and even death.

Such incidents are extremely rare, said Dr. Jack Swanson of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between two and six infant boys experience complications per thousand circumcisions, but those are usually minor bleeding or treatable infections.

Under a trained professional, the risk to the child is "infinitesimal," said Conservative Rabbi Joel Roth.

"Jews have given their lives for circumcision more than for any other (religious obligation) and that's why it has become so defining an act of membership," said Roth.

Bad or good for sex life?
Islam has no comparable movement against circumcision, said Batool Al-Toma of the New Muslims Project. Most converts undergo the procedure, although Islam waives the requirement, said University of Colorado religion professor Frederick Denny.

Michael Young, a convert to Islam, had his infant son circumcised but did not undergo the procedure himself. "I'm very squeamish and hate the thought of it," he said.

Judaism is divided on the matter of converts. Reform Judaism does not require it, Orthodox and Conservative movements do.

Circumcision's detractors also claim the procedure reduces sexual sensation and endurance.
"I haven't attempted foreskin restoration surgery, but I've thought about it," said Matthew Taylor, an active Bay Area Jew who resents his own circumcision and who preaches on the evils of the practice to Jewish friends.

But author Julius Lester, who became a Reform convert to Judaism in 1982 and underwent circumcision to feel Jewish, said the procedure also boosted his sex life.

"Circumcised there are far more subtle sensations, and staying power is much, much longer," he said. "From a sexual point of view, I wish I'd gotten circumcised many years earlier."

 3. The Situation in Iraq: Extracts
Success in Iraq Demands More Time and More Troops

From DEBKA-Net-Weekly 316, Aug. 31, 2007
September 10, 2007, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

Eight of the most dominant trends are singled out by DEBKA-Net-Weekly?s military sources.

(1. Along with improved security in some districts in and outside Baghdad, US commanders on the spot agree that they are still short of strength for cementing their control of the territory gained and completely routing al Qaeda and Sunni and Shiite insurgent forces. They also agree that the security gains and the measures they have put in place will soon melt away once American troops are gone.

(2. The same manpower shortfall prevents their achieving sustainable gains in such places as Anbar to the West of Baghdad, Diyala to the East and Babil to the south.

(3. With the troops currently at their disposal, US commanders cannot afford to detach fighting strength from Baghdad to shoring up other active fronts without security in the capital breaking down and the Shiites, who make up two-thirds of the city?s population, seizing control. According to the commanders, if the Shiites took over, there would be no stopping them carrying out genocidal ?cleansing? of the Sunni Muslims still clinging to their homes in Baghdad.

(4. Baghdad?s fall to the Shiites would spell the demise of Baghdad as the seat of central federal government. The country would then fall apart into three or four entities which would claim independence and sink into fraternal warfare. The American army would become irrelevant having lost is primary missions, barring the fight against al Qaeda.

(5. US military successes in the western province of Anbar with several Sunni tribal chiefs pitching in to the American war on al Qaeda carry no long-life guarantees. The chiefs have thrown in their lot with the US for three reasons: First, to prevent al Qaeda appropriating their men and lands; second, to be at the receiving end of large amounts of weapons and cash from the Americans, the Saudis and the Arab emirates; third, to hold on to power bases for resuming their fight to drive the Americans from Iraq once al Qaeda is disposed of. The tribal leaders are quite capable of turning their guns against US forces at any moment.

(6. The offensive against al Qaeda?s forces in Iraq is still unfinished. The jihadists appear to have lowered their profile, but nowhere, even in Anbar, do their followers seem to be at breaking point or near turning tail. The reverse is true: they are struggling towards a recovery from successive American blows.

(7. Iraqi government forces? will to shoulder responsibility for security in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq remains slack. While their fighting skills have improved in certain areas, three of their inherent characteristics are unaffected. They are still unable to carry out operations independently without an American presence and support; their religious and tribal affinities override their national loyalty; and all their ranks are highly prone to penetration by al Qaeda or Sunni insurgents.

In these respects there has been little progress from the situation in 2005-2006.

(8. Where matters have gone from bad to worse is in the scale of Iran?s military and intelligence penetration of Iraq and its spreading domination of Shiite militias.


Jerusalem News-679
27 Tishrey 5768, 9 October 2007
1. U.S. Renews Bid to Destroy Opium Poppies in Afghanistan
2. Arab-Israeli Fatalities
Rank 49th
by Gunnar Heinsohn and Daniel Pipes
3. Yad Vashem unveils tree that saved Jew during WW II

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1. U.S. Renews Bid to Destroy Opium Poppies in Afghanistan
The New York Times:

Published: October 8, 2007


KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 7 After the biggest opium harvest in Afghanistan's history, American officials have renewed efforts to persuade the government here to begin spraying herbicide on opium poppies, and they have found some supporters within President Hamid Karzai's administration, officials of both countries said.

Taliban Raise Poppy Production to a Record Again (August 26, 2007)

Afghanistan: Helmand Helmand accounts for nearly half Afghanistan's opium.

Since early this year, Mr. Karzai has repeatedly declared his opposition to spraying the poppy fields, whether by crop-dusting airplanes or by eradication teams on the ground.

But Afghan officials said the Karzai administration is now re-evaluating that stance. Some proponents within the government are pushing a trial program of ground spraying that could begin before the harvest next spring.

The issue has created sharp divisions within the Afghan government, among its Western allies and even American officials of different agencies. The matter is fraught with political danger for Mr. Karzai, whose hold on power is weak.

Many spraying advocates, including officials at the White House and the State Department, view herbicides as critical to curbing Afghanistan's poppy crop, officials said. That crop and the opium and heroin it produces have become a major source of revenue for the Taliban insurgency.

But officials said the skeptics  who include American military and intelligence officials and European diplomats in Afghanistan fear that any spraying of American-made chemicals over Afghan farms would be a boon to Taliban propagandists. Some of those officials say that the political cost could be especially high if the herbicide destroys food crops that farmers often plant alongside their poppies.

"There has always been a need to balance the obvious greater effectiveness of spray against the potential for losing hearts and minds," Thomas A. Schweich, the assistant secretary of state for international narcotics issues, said in an interview last week in Washington. "The question is whether that's manageable. I think that it is."

Bush administration officials say they will respect whatever decision the Afghan government makes. Crop-eradication efforts, they insist, are only part of a new counternarcotics strategy that will include increased efforts against traffickers, more aid for legal agriculture and development, and greater military support for the drug fight.

Behind the scenes, however, Bush administration officials have been pressing the Afghan government to at least allow the trial spray of glyphosate, a commonly used weed-killer, current and former American officials said. Ground spraying would likely bring only a modest improvement over the manual destruction of poppy plants, but officials who support the strategy hope it would reassure Afghans about the safety of the herbicide and make eradication possible.

Aerial spraying, they add, may be the only way to make a serious impact on opium production while the Taliban continues to dominate parts of southern Afghanistan.

For all the controversy over herbicide use, there is no debate that Afghanistan's drug problem is out of control. The country now produces 93 percent of the world's opiates, according to United Nations estimates. Its traffickers are also processing more opium into heroin base there, a shift that has helped to increase Afghanistan's drug revenues exponentially since the American-led invasion in 2001.

A United Nations report in August documented a 17 percent rise in poppy cultivation from 2006 to 2007, and a 34 percent rise in opium production. Perhaps more important for the effort to stabilize Afghanistan, officials said, the Taliban has been reaping a windfall from taxes on the growers and traffickers.

The problem is most acute in the southern province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold. It produced nearly 4,400 metric tons of opium this year, almost half the country's total output, United Nations statistics show.

Moreover, as Afghanistan's opium production has soared, the government's eradication efforts have faltered. Federal and provincial eradication teams  using sticks, sickles and animal-drawn plows  cut down about 47,000 acres of poppy fields this year, 24 percent more than last year but still less than 9 percent of the country's total poppy crop.

And even that effort had to be negotiated plot by plot with growers. Powerful and politically connected landowners were able to protect their crops while smaller, weaker farmers were made the targets. The eradication program was so spotty that it did little to discourage farmers from cultivating the crop, American and European officials said.

A United Nations report estimates that the country's cultivation of poppy buds has risen 17 percent in the last year.

The American government contends that glyphosate is one of the world's safest herbicides "less toxic than common salt, aspirin, caffeine, nicotine and even vitamin A," according to a State Department fact sheet.

One well known supporter of glyphosate as a counternarcotics tool is the American ambassador in Kabul, William B. Wood, who arrived in April after a four-year posting as ambassador to Colombia. There, Mr. Wood oversaw the American-financed counternarcotics program, Plan Colombia, which relies heavily on the aerial spraying of coca, the raw material for cocaine.

But among European diplomats here, a far greater concern than any environmental or health dangers of chemical eradication is the potential for political fallout that could lead to more violence and instability.

Those diplomats worry particularly that aerial spraying would kill food crops that some farmers plant with their poppies. European officials add that any form of spraying could be cast by the Taliban as American chemical warfare against the Afghan peasantry.

The British have been so concerned that on the eve of Mr. Karzai?s trip to Camp David in August, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called President Bush and asked him not to pressure the Afghan premier to use herbicides, according to several diplomats here.

In something of a reversal of traditional roles, officials at the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency have also challenged the White House and State Department support for spraying, raising concerns about its potential to destabilize the Karzai government, current and former American officials said.

American officials who support herbicide use do not dismiss such concerns. They say an extensive public-information campaign would have to be carried out in conjunction with any spraying effort to dispel fears about the chemical's impacts.

Mr. Schweich, the assistant secretary of state, emphasized that a new American counter-narcotics strategy for Afghanistan, introduced in August, went far beyond eradication. He noted that it would increase punishments and rewards, including large amounts of development aid, to move farmers away from poppy cultivation. It also calls for more forceful eradication, interdiction and law enforcement efforts, and closer coordination of counternarcotics and counterinsurgency efforts, which until now have been pursued separately.

2. Arab-Israeli Fatalities Rank 49th
by Gunnar Heinsohn and Daniel Pipes
October 8, 2007


The Arab-Israeli conflict is often said, not just by extremists, to be the world's most dangerous conflict and, accordingly, Israel is judged the world's most belligerent country.

For example, British prime minister Tony Blair told the U.S. Congress in July 2003 that "Terrorism will not be defeated without peace in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. Here it is that the poison is incubated. Here it is that the extremist is able to confuse in the mind of a frighteningly large number of people the case for a Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel." This viewpoint leads many Europeans, among others, to see Israel as the most menacing country on earth.

But is this true? It flies in the face of the well-known pattern that liberal democracies do not aggress; plus, it assumes, wrongly, that the Arab-Israeli conflict is among the most costly in terms of lives lost.

To place the Arab-Israeli fatalities in their proper context, one of the two co-authors, Gunnar Heinsohn, has compiled statistics to rank conflicts since 1950 by the number of human deaths incurred. Note how far down the list is the entry in bold type.

Conflicts since 1950 with over 10,000 Fatalities*
1 40,000,000 Red China, 1949-76 (outright killing, manmade famine, Gulag)
2 10,000,000 Soviet Bloc: late Stalinism, 1950-53; post-Stalinism, to 1987 (mostly Gulag)
3 4,000,000 Ethiopia, 1962-92: Communists, artificial hunger, genocides
4 3,800,000 Zaire (Congo-Kinshasa): 1967-68; 1977-78; 1992-95; 1998-present
5 2,800,000 Korean war, 1950-53
6 1,900,000 Sudan, 1955-72; 1983-2006 (civil wars, genocides)
7 1,870,000 Cambodia: Khmer Rouge 1975-79; civil war 1978-91
8 1,800,000 Vietnam War, 1954-75
9 1,800,000 Afghanistan: Soviet and internecine killings, Taliban 1980-2001
10 1,250,000 West Pakistan massacres in East Pakistan (Bangladesh 1971)
11 1,100,000 Nigeria, 1966-79 (Biafra); 1993-present
12 1,100,000 Mozambique, 1964-70 (30,000) + after retreat of Portugal 1976-92
13 1,000,000 Iran-Iraq-War, 1980-88
14 900,000 Rwanda genocide, 1994
15 875,000 Algeria: against France 1954-62 (675,000); between Islamists and the government 1991-2006 (200,000)
16 850,000 Uganda, 1971-79; 1981-85; 1994-present
17 650,000 Indonesia: Marxists 1965-66 (450,000); East Timor, Papua, Aceh etc, 1969-present (200,000)
18 580,000 Angola: war against Portugal 1961-72 (80,000); after Portugal's retreat (1972-2002)
19 500,000 Brazil against its Indians, up to 1999
20 430,000 Vietnam, after the war ended in 1975 (own people; boat refugees)
21 400,000 Indochina: against France, 1945-54
22 400,000 Burundi, 1959-present (Tutsi/Hutu)
23 400,000 Somalia, 1991-present
24 400,000 North Korea up to 2006 (own people)
25 300,000 Kurds in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, 1980s-1990s
26 300,000 Iraq, 1970-2003 (Saddam against minorities)
27 240,000 Columbia, 1946-58; 1964-present
28 200,000 Yugoslavia, Tito regime, 1944-80
29 200,000 Guatemala, 1960-96
30 190,000 Laos, 1975-90
31 175,000 Serbia against Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, 1991-1999
32 150,000 Romania, 1949-99 (own people)
33 150,000 Liberia, 1989-97
34 140,000 Russia against Chechnya, 1994-present
35 150,000 Lebanon civil war, 1975-90
36 140,000 Kuwait War, 1990-91
37 130,000 Philippines: 1946-54 (10,000); 1972-present (120,000)
38 130,000 Burma/Myanmar, 1948-present
39 100,000 North Yemen, 1962-70
40 100,000 Sierra Leone, 1991-present
41 100,000 Albania, 1945-91 (own people)
42 80,000 Iran, 1978-79 (revolution)
43 75,000 Iraq, 2003-present (domestic)
44 75,000 El Salvador, 1975-92
45 70,000 Eritrea against Ethiopia, 1998-2000
46 68,000 Sri Lanka, 1997-present
47 60,000 Zimbabwe, 1966-79; 1980-present
48 60,000 Nicaragua, 1972-91 (Marxists/natives etc,)
49 51,000 Arab-Israeli conflict 1950-present
50 50,000 North Vietnam, 1954-75 (own people)
51 50,000 Tajikistan, 1992-96 (secularists against Islamists)
52 50,000 Equatorial Guinea, 1969-79
53 50,000 Peru, 1980-2000
54 50,000 Guinea, 1958-84
55 40,000 Chad, 1982-90
56 30,000 Bulgaria, 1948-89 (own people)
57 30,000 Rhodesia, 1972-79
58 30,000 Argentina, 1976-83 (own people)
59 27,000 Hungary, 1948-89 (own people)
60 26,000 Kashmir independence, 1989-present
61 25,000 Jordan government vs. Palestinians, 1970-71 (Black September)
62 22,000 Poland, 1948-89 (own people)
63 20,000 Syria, 1982 (against Islamists in Hama)
64 20,000 Chinese-Vietnamese war, 1979
65 19,000 Morocco: war against France, 1953-56 (3,000) and in Western Sahara, 1975-present (16,000)
66 18,000 Congo Republic, 1997-99
67 10,000 South Yemen, 1986 (civil war)

This grisly inventory finds the total number of deaths in conflicts since 1950 numbering about 85,000,000. Of that sum, the deaths in the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1950 include 32,000 deaths due to Arab state attacks and 19,000 due to Palestinian attacks, or 51,000 in all. Arabs make up roughly 35,000 of these dead and Jewish Israelis make up 16,000.

These figures mean that deaths Arab-Israeli fighting since 1950 amount to just 0.06 percent of the total number of deaths in all conflicts in that period. More graphically, only 1 out of about 1,700 persons killed in conflicts since 1950 has died due to Arab-Israeli fighting.

(Adding the 11,000 killed in the Israeli war of independence, 1947-49, made up of 5,000 Arabs and 6,000 Israeli Jews, does not significantly alter these figures.)

In a different perspective, some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, or 0.3 percent, died during the sixty years of fighting Israel, or just 1 out of every 315 Muslim fatalities. In contrast, over 90 percent of the 11 million who perished were killed by fellow Muslims.

3. Yad Vashem unveils tree that saved Jew during WW II

Jerusalem News-680
29 Tishrey 5768, 11 October 2007
1. Sudan Accommodates Palestinians?
2. Article by Daniel Pipes followed by reactions from Yair Davidiy, a resident of Israel
3. Palestinian Suing UK to Stop Arms Sales to Israel
4. Anti-semitism and anti-Israel Prejudice in Norway
5. Questions Remain; 28% of Israelis Say Amir Didn't Kill Rabin

1. Sudan Accommodates Palestinians?
Sudan is offering accommodation to hundreds of Palestinians. The Sudanese government announced that it would provide a home to hundreds of Palestinian refugees located on the border between Iraq, Syria and Jordan. President Omar al-Bashir has granted the request made by Fatah and Hamas, and must inform the Arab League of this. (Guysen.International.News-Tuesday)

2. Article by Daniel Pipes followed by Reactions from Yair Davidiy, resident of Israel
Note the article in the original contains links to URLs that elaborate on the points made.
Some of these links are worth viewing go to:

A. The Article

Zionism's Bleak Present
by Daniel Pipes

Jerusalem Post
October 11, 2007

"We are all Keynsians now," Richard Nixon famously asserted just as the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes fell into disrepute. Likewise, one could have said with similar confidence in 1989, as Israel's existence reached wide acceptance, "We are all Zionists now." No longer.

Count the ways Israel is under siege: from Iranians building a nuclear bomb, Syrians stockpiling chemical weapons, Egyptians and Saudis developing serious conventional forces, Hizbullah attacking from Lebanon, Fatah from the West Bank, Hamas from Gaza, and Israel's Muslim citizens becoming politically restive and more violent.

World-wide, professors, editorialists, and foreign ministry bureaucrats challenge the continued existence of a Jewish state. Even friendly governments, notably the Bush administration, pursue diplomatic initiatives that undermine Israeli deterrence even as their arms sales erode its security.

Let's suppose, however, that the country muddles through these many problems. That leaves it face to face with its ultimate challenge: a Jewish population increasingly disenchanted with, even embarrassed by, the country's founding ideology, Zionism, the Jewish national movement.

As developed by Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) and other theoreticians, Zionism's call for a sovereign Jewish state fit the political context and mood of its time. If Chinese, Arabs, and Irish sought to establish a national state, why not Jews?

Indeed, especially Jews, for through nearly two millennia they had paid the greatest price of any people for their political weakness, having been expelled, victimized, persecuted and mass murdered as none other. Zionism offered an escape to this tragic history by standing tall and taking up the sword.

From its inception, Zionism had its share of Jewish opponents, ranging from the Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) to nostalgic Iraqis to reform rabbis, But, until recently, these were marginal elements. Now, due to high birth rates, the once-tiny Haredi community constitutes 22 percent of Israel's current first-grade class; add to this the roughly equivalent number of Arab first-graders and a sea-change in Israeli politics can be expected about 2025.

Worse for Israel, Jewish nationalism has lost the near-automatic support it once had among secular Jews, many of whom find this nineteenth-century ideology out of date. Some accept arguments that a Jewish state represents racism or ethnic supremacism, others find universalist and multi-cultural alternatives compelling. Consider some signs of the changes underway:
Young Israelis are avoiding the military in record numbers, with 26 percent of enlistment-age Jewish males and 43 percent of females not drafted in 2006. An alarmed Israel Defense Forces has requested legislation to deny state-provided benefits to Jewish Israelis who do not serve.
Israel's Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has up-ended the work of the Jewish National Fund, one of the pioneer Zionist institutions (founded in 1901) by determining that its role of acquiring land specifically for Jews cannot continue in the future with state assistance.
Prominent Israeli historians focus on showing how Israel was conceived in sin and has been a force for evil.
Israel's ministry of education has approved school books for third-grade Arab students that present the creation of Israel in 1948 as a "catastrophe" (Arabic: nakba).
Avraham Burg, scion of a leading Zionist household and himself a prominent Labor Party figure, has published a book comparing Israel with 1930s Germany.
A 2004 poll found only 17 percent of American Jews call themselves "Zionist."

Abraham Burg, a former Labor Party leader, compares Israel with 1930s Germany.
Seen in a larger context, this turn from Zionism echoes trends in other Western countries, where old-style patriotism and national pride have also declined. In Western Europe, citizens tend to see little of special value in their own history, customs, and mores. Last month, for example, the Netherlands' Princess Maxima, wife to the heir to the throne, announced to wide acclaim that "The Dutch identity does not exist." This Western-wide decline of patriotism aggravates Israel's predicament, suggesting that developments there fit into a larger trend, making them the more difficult to resist or reverse.

To top it off, Arabs are moving these days in the opposite direction, reaching a fever pitch of ethnic and religious bellicosity.

As a Zionist myself, I watch these several trends with foreboding about Israel's future.

I console myself by recalling that few of today's problems were evident in 1989. Perhaps in 2025, Zionism's prospects will again brighten, as Westerners generally and Israelis specifically finally awake to the dangers posed by Palestinian irredentists, jihadists, and other extremist Middle Easterners.
Other items in category Israel

B. Reactions from Yair Davidiy
We actually like Daniel Pipes and read his column regularly.
Unfortunately and exceptionally this time he seems to have said the wrong things on a few points.

Pines notes that,
*Israel is in danger as usual.
In our opinion, Israel needs to become more religious, stop abortions, have more children,be more patriotic in its attitudes. Perhaps consider Brit-Am options.

*The US Administration to a degree appears to be working against Israel.
If the USA abandons Israel both nations will suffer.
The answer for the USA is also to turn back to the God of Israel and be aware of its Israelite destiny as explained by Brit-Am.

*Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) and other theoreticians was responsible for Zionism's call for a sovereign Jewish state.
Zionism did receive something of its modern form from Herzl but basically it is an expression of the Tanach (Bible) and of traditional Jewish aspirations.

*The Haredim are Increasing.
Concerning the "Haredi" (ultra-Orthodox) community Daniel Pipes refers to "The end of Zionism" by Nehemia Shtrasler
and to
"Retreat from reason" by Isi Leibler

The prime lament of Shtrasler is that Haredim do not all serve in the army.
Religious youth however make the best soldiers. About 40% of all new officers and up to 50% of the front-line elites unites are comprised of religious.
The North and South Irish in the British Army sang,

"Oh, it's always to be seen,
The Orange and the Green,
Goin' before the thin red line".

This refrain described the Orange of Ulster and the Green of Ireland advancing to battle before the main body (thin red line) of British troops.
Though in some ways similar to the Hibernians of the Emerald Isle, the religious in Israel are actually proud of their extra dedication and sacrifice and even eager for it.

Nevertheless the IDF seems to go out of its way to make being religious difficult when there is no justification for doing so.
About one-third of religious youth who join the army finish their service as non-religious.
The IDF should clean its act up and show some appreciation for those who do serve before complaining about those who do not.

The article by Isi Leibler of Australia is negative and misleading.
It is interesting to note that of everything Mr. Lieber wrote, this article (the worst he has ever written) appears to attract the most attention.
The Ultra-Orthodox are in fact a favorite target of those who lack understanding or have questionable motives.
Mr Liebler quotes in his support a few eminent figures some of whom supported the Oslo Agreements which was one of the greatest betrayals the State of Israel has experienced.
Liebler seems dissatisfied with what he calls the "extremism" of the haredim.
The problem about "extremism" seems to be that some people take what they believe in seriously.
To bring the mainstream to the center someone has to pull at the edges.
Liebler and his pals need to wake up. We need more Judaism, not less.
The more Haredim in Israel the better Israel is.
The Haredim actually strengthen Israel's economy, keep the National Religious going, and stabilize Israeli society.
Thanks to the Haredim it is safe to walk the streets at night and Israel is a good place to live in.
They are the dynamic force and secret of the Jewish people.
It was not for nothing that Nazi troops and followers delighted in degrading and abusing Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
They may be anti-Zionist to a degree but without them Zionism would not exist and would be unable to continue.

Liebler is also dissatisfied with the Ultra-Orthodox taking the shemitta (sabbatical year) in earnest.
With our modern socio-economic understanding and ecological awareness it may not be a bad thing to let the land lie fallow once in seven years; re-organize resource allocations, and give the land, air, and water supplies a chance to recuperate from fertilizer abuse and other agricultural spinoffs.

* Pines mentions avoidance of army service in Israel in general.
The Israeli Army does not need more soldiers at present. It has too many.
It encourages people not to enlist.
If the IDF  was really serious it would stop conscripting females who on the whole cost the army more than their economic worth as compared with male enlistees and reduce the fighting edge of the IDF.
They are enlisted for ideological reasons rather than practical ones.
Furthermore, females in the army diminish the number of Jews born.
Women soldiers after discharge have less babies and other problems that affect their future husbands and Israeli society in general.
Soldiers who serve should perhaps receive extra benefits but regular benefits should not be denied to those who do not.
In my opinion there should be a larger body of paid permanent professionals in the elite front-line units.
The period of regular service should be reduced from three years to one with those serving extra years being paid highly.
Those who fulfill their regular conscription (which should not exceed one year) should also be paid reasonably well and have more rights.

*Pine says Mazuz is in a Maze.
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz possibly received his post on the understanding that he would help the Sharon family avoid serious prosecution for various misdemeanors. This is what he did. He also facilitated the Disengagement and other items on the secular agenda.
He is doing what they who chose him want him to do. This is the problem of Secular Zionists.
The same applies to the Minister (or rather "Ministress"?) of Education, Ms. Yuli.

*Pines noted,
"Prominent Israeli historians focus on showing how Israel was conceived in sin and has been a force for evil. "

Extrapolating from the field of Archaeology researchers sometimes become "prominent" due to their views rather than their substance. [The formula seems to be "attack the Bible and you will become famous" as long as you have a degree and some pretense to academic standards.]
The  historical sources quoted by Pines included:

<<Fabricating Israeli History: The "New Historians">> by Efraim Karsh
<<Karsh focuses on three main issues: David Ben-Gurion's alleged endorsement of "transferring" Arabs out of the territory to become Israel, "collusion" between the Zionist movement and King Abdallah of Jordan to snuff out a Palestinian state, and secret British support for this joint effort.>>

Karsh considers the above claims to be mistaken and Pines implies that they are anti-Israeli.
But are they really?
Ben Gurion was in favor of encouraging Arabs to leave. His main mistake was not encouraging enough of them strongly enough.
See our notes on
Movement of Arab Populations (MAP)
Jordan always has been either against a Palestinian state or half-hearted about it.
The British very often were, even at the worst of times, in practice more pro-Zionist than either they or the Israelis wish to admit.
It is not a tragedy that some historians finally begin to take notice of this "amazing" (and apparently scandalous?) fact.

The other historian referred to by Pines is,
Zeev Maoz, "Defending the Holy Land. A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy"
who complains that Israel in the past was "trigger-happy".
Maybe it was and maybe it needed to be and maybe it was not.
Maybe that was what has been lacking?
Whatever the case discussing the issue does not have to be a negative phenomenon.

*Pines remarks on the diminishing Jewishness of the Jews in the USA.
Jews in the USA will follow the lead of Israel. If the State of Israel was more religious the Jews in the Diaspora would follow their lead, and have better and more Jewish family lives.
There would be more Jews, Jews would be glad that they are Jewish, and more Jews would come to Israel.

3. Palestinian Suing UK to Stop Arms Sales to Israel

4. Anti-semitism and anti-Israel Prejudice in Norway
An interesting pro-Israeli Norwegian Site in English

5. Questions Remain; 28% of Israelis Say Amir Didn't Kill Rabin
by Hillel Fendel
An interesting article. Not enough to feed a "conspiracy"
though who knows?

Jerusalem News-681
2 Cheshvan 5768, 14 October 2007
1. A7News: 6 Years After Murder,
Ze'evi's Son Talks Transfer on Army Radio
2. DEBKAfile Exclusive: The US plans new military presence
in Lebanon including big air installation close by Syrian border
3. U.S. 2002 Pre-invasion Plan to Divide Iraq Into Three Separate States
5. Analysts Find Israel Struck a Nuclear Project Inside Syria

1. A7News 29 Tishrei 5768 / Thursday, Oct. 11 '07
From: Arutz Sheva <>
6 Years After Murder, Ze'evi's Son Talks Transfer on Army Radio
by Ezra HaLevi 
Wednesday marks six years since the assassination of Rechavam "Gandhi"  Ze?evi, who was Israel's Tourism Minister at the time of his murder by an Arab terrorist on October 17, 2001.

Ze'evi, an IDF general and renowned historian, headed the Moledet party and promoted a platform of voluntary transfer of Arabs from Israel, including Judea, Samaria and Gaza. 

He was shot dead at Jerusalem's Hyatt Hotel, now the Regency, by terrorists of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Ze'evi's eldest son Palmach was interviewed on Army Radio Wednesday morning. Host Razi Barkai asked him where his father would be today if he were still alive.

"He would be prime minister," Palmach said. "There are a good chances that even you would give him much more credit today after all that has happened. Much has changed since they used to throw tomatoes at the idea of transfer."

Barkai: So if he was prime minister, he wouldn't go to Annapolis? He wouldn't make a deal with Abu Mazen? He wouldn't give up territory?

Ze'evi: I'll tell you something, my father would always ask himself, "What has changed that we are suddenly deciding to take these steps? Have the Arabs changed? Has Islam changed? We have sat with all the so-called moderates, and even they haven't given up the Right of Return. We are falling over ourselves to receive a hug from the world and endangering the country."

Barkai: You have to admit, morality aside, that transfer is simply not do-able, it is not practical today. It just can't be done in the Middle East today.
Ze'evi: Razi, let's stop this demagoguery. If you and all those who repeat the mantra that transfer is impossible would hold a serious discussion on it for once, it would be considered seriously. It is serious if you desire life. Two nations cannot split the land. That has not worked anywhere in the world and certainly not in the Middle East. This is the reality. There are many ways to implement it, but to come and say let's make two camps so we can live here, and to say that transfer is racist and impractical, is really not dealing with the issue.

2. US plans new military presence in Lebanon including big air installation close by Syrian border
October 9, 2007, 8:58 AM (GMT+02:00)

Lebanon-Syria The air base, according to DEBKAfile's military sources, will be located at Kleiat in northern Lebanon roughly 75 air miles from Damascus, which these days doubles as a shared Syrian-Iranian military hub and Tehran's eastern Mediterranean forward base. The American air installation will also lie 22 air miles from Tartous, Syria's main naval base and the Russian Mediterranean fleet's command center. And the aircraft posted there will be minutes away from the joint Syrian-Iranian arms and missiles industries at Homs and Hamma.

This new direction was confirmed after the Israeli air raid over Syria of Sept. 6.

It brings the American military back to Lebanon after a 25-year absence. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan pulled US troops out of the country after Syrian military intelligence orchestrated terrorist bombing attacks on the US embassy and Marines headquarters in Beirut, which left more than 300 soldiers, diplomats and CIA agents dead.

3. U.S. 2002 Pre-invasion Plan to Divide Iraq Into Three Separate States
by Gary D. Halbert
Global Research Editor's Note:
The following text was first published in October 2002 prior to the invasion of Iraq. It suggests that dividing up Iraq along ethnic lines and redrawing national borders was part of the US foreign policy/military agenda prior to the onslaught of the war. 

U.S. Considers Dividing Iraq Into Three Separate States After Saddam Is Gone

Well, my good friends at STRATFOR.COM released a fascinating report last Friday. is one of the most respected geopolitical intelligence services in the world.  Stratfor's high-level sources tell them that one of the leading long-term strategies being considered by US war planners is one that will DIVIDE Iraq into three separate regions.  Under this plan Iraq would CEASE TO EXIST. 

Stratfor believes the plan would divide Iraq as follows:
The central and largest part of Iraq that is populated by the Sunni Arabs would be joined with JORDAN to form one "United Hashemite Kingdom," which would be ruled by Jordan's King Abdullah.  This area would include Baghdad, which would no longer be the capital.
The Kurdish region of northern and northwestern Iraq, including Mosul and the vast Kirkuk oilfields, would become its own autonomous state.
The Shia Region in southwestern Iraq, including Basra, would make up the third state, or more likely it would be joined with Kuwait.

Stratfor's sources indicate that the plan to divide (and thus eliminate) Iraq as described above is not the only plan under consideration, and it is also not finalized.  However, such a plan makes a lot of sense to me.

Stratfor says that such a plan reportedly was discussed at an unusual meeting between Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and pro-US Iraqi Sunni opposition members in London in July.  Further, they say that in September, the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, stated that the US goal in Iraq was to create a United Hashemite Kingdom that would encompass Jordan and Iraq's Sunni areas.  Also, Israeli terrorism expert Ehud Sprinzak recently echoed this sentiment on Russian television on September 24.

So whose idea is this?  According to Stratfor, Sprinzak stated that the authors of the "Hashemite" plan are Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, both considered the most hawkish of Bush administration officials.  That is not surprising.

Why Such A Plan Might Make Sense

As noted above, the Bush administration may be considering the proposal because the current goal of replacing Saddam Hussein with a pro-US Iraqi government still would not guarantee long-term democratic stability over the territory and its oil.  It may become too hard for a new government in Baghdad to effectively control the whole country, even with US troop support.  An example is Afghanistan, in which the government of President Hamid Karzai still controls only the capital.  Stratfor offers the following analysis:

"The new government's attempts to establish control over all of Iraq may well lead to a civil war between Sunni, Shia and Kurdish ethnic groups, with US troops caught in the middle. The fiercest fighting could be expected for control over the oil facilities. But uniting Jordan and Iraq under a Hashemite government may give Washington several strategic advantages.

First, the creation of a new pro-US kingdom under the half-British Abdullah [king of Jordan] would shift the balance of forces in the region heavily in the US favor.  After eliminating Iraq as a sovereign state, there would be no fear that one day an anti-American government would come to power in Baghdad, as the capital would be in Amman [Jordan]. Current and potential US geopolitical foes Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria would be isolated from each other, with big chunks of land between them under control of the pro-US forces.

Equally important, Washington would be able to justify its long-term and heavy military presence in the region as necessary for the defense of a young new state asking for US protection -- and to secure the stability of oil markets and supplies. That in turn would help the United States gain direct control of Iraqi oil and replace Saudi oil in case of conflict with Riyadh."

Benefits To The US

According to Stratfor's sources and the Israeli media, the richest oil areas would go not to the Hashemite kingdom but to the autonomous Kurdish region in the north. To make sure the new Kurdish state is not seen as a threat to Turkey, our ally, the US would deploy armed forces and build new military bases in the area, not only to prevent any hostilities along the border, but also to insure the free flow of oil from this area.

As a part of this plan, it is believed that the Bush administration would also negotiate new deals to build US military bases in the Hashemite kingdom and in the Shia Region to the south.  This would be a huge development in the War On Terror.  With US military bases in the three new states, the US would be in an ideal position should it choose in the future to go after Iran, Saudi Arabia or other states in the region that are supporting terrorism.

With Iraq divided as described above, with US aid and military assistance, and not to mention, huge oil revenues going into government coffers (as opposed to Saddam's pocketbook), this region could become very prosperous very quickly.

Benefits For Israel And Jordan

Stratfor suggests that the division of Iraq, as described above, will reap big benefits for both Israel and Jordan.  Iraq, arguably Israel's most determined enemy, would be eliminated. The end of Saddam's regime would also deprive the Palestinians of much financial and other assistance, which could reduce the effectiveness of their attacks against the Jewish state.

King Abdullah of Jordan would vastly expand his role and prominence in the region with a joint Hashemite state, becoming the second-most important US ally in the region after Israel.  In addition to his huge territorial gains, he also would get a chunk of Iraqi oil.  And Palestinians, who currently make up half of Jordan's population, would become a minority in the new state, with much less potential to stir up trouble.



Women soldiers 'face frontline ban'
But a Ministry of Defence report, entitled Combat Effectiveness Gender Study, has found fewer than 2% of female soldiers are as fit as the average male soldier, the newspaper says.

5. Analysts Find Israel Struck a Nuclear Project Inside Syria
Published: October 14, 2007
New York Times
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 Israel's air attack on Syria last month was directed against a site that Israeli and American intelligence analysts judged was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel, according to American and foreign officials with access to the intelligence reports.

The attack on the reactor project has echoes of an Israeli raid more than a quarter century ago, in 1981, when Israel destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq shortly before it was to have begun operating. That attack was officially condemned by the Reagan administration, though Israelis consider it among their military's finest moments. In the weeks before the Iraq war, Bush administration officials said they believed that the attack set back Iraq?s nuclear ambitions by many years.

Many details remain unclear, most notably how much progress the Syrians had made in construction before the Israelis struck, the role of any assistance provided by North Korea, and whether the Syrians could make a plausible case that the reactor was intended to produce electricity. In Washington and Israel, information about the raid has been wrapped in extraordinary secrecy and restricted to just a handful of officials, while the Israeli press has been prohibited from publishing information about the attack.

A senior Israeli official, while declining to speak about the specific nature of the target, said the strike was intended to ?re-establish the credibility of our deterrent power, signaling that Israel meant to send a message to the Syrians that even the potential for a nuclear weapons program would not be permitted. But several American officials said the strike may also have been intended by Israel as a signal to Iran and its nuclear aspirations. Neither Iran nor any Arab government except for Syria has criticized the Israeli raid, suggesting that Israel is not the only country that would be disturbed by a nuclear Syria. North Korea did issue a protest.

Nuclear reactors can be used for both peaceful and non-peaceful purposes. A reactors spent fuel can be reprocessed to extract plutonium, one of two paths to building a nuclear weapon. The other path, enriching uranium in centrifuges, is the method that Iran is accused of pursuing with an intent to build a weapon of its own.

Syria is known to have only one nuclear reactor, a small one built for research purposes. But in the past decade, Syria has several times sought unsuccessfully to buy one, first from Argentina, then from Russia. On those occasions, Israel reacted strongly but did not threaten military action. Earlier this year, Mr. Assad spoke publicly in general terms about Syria's desire to develop nuclear power, but his government did not announce a plan to build a new reactor.

The partly constructed Syrian reactor was detected earlier this year by satellite photographs, according to American officials. They suggested that the facility had been brought to American attention by the Israelis, but would not discuss why American spy agencies seemed to have missed the early phases of construction.

North Korea has long provided assistance to Syria on a ballistic missile program, but any assistance toward the construction of the reactor would have been the first clear evidence of ties between the two countries on a nuclear program. North Korea has successfully used its five-megawatt reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex to reprocess nuclear fuel into bomb-grade material, a model that some American and Israeli officials believe Syria may have been trying to replicate.


Jerusalem News-682
4 Cheshvan 5768, 15 October 2007
1. Germany's Iranian secret
2. Transfer of a Million Arabs by Iran
3. Mini-Earthquake Sets Off Predictions of a Larger One

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1. Germany's Iranian secret

By Benjamin Weinthal
A total of 5,000 German enterprises conduct business with Iran, and the list reads like a "Who's Who" of blue-chip corporations, including Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Krupp and Hermes, the debt guarantee entity for exports. The extent of the Iranian economy's dependency on German know-how was summed up by Michael Tockuss, the former president of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce in Tehran: "Some two thirds of Iranian industry relies on German engineering products."

...According to the German business paper Handelsblatt, "German companies are trying ... not to publicize their contracts with Tehran." For that reason, the power of Iran in Germany is the scandal that dares not speak its name.

How does one explain the disconnect between Merkel's tough political rhetoric and her government's inability to clamp down on the mushrooming business deals, many of which involve the sale of dual-use technology (that is, for both civilian and military purposes)?

Petra Hitzler, who oversees trade relations with Iran in the Economics Ministry, said she cannot comment on dual-use technology because "it is not possible to inspect the business transactions of private companies." A spokesperson from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control - the agency charged with scrutinizing business with Iran - told me that privacy laws prevent her from publicly naming German firms that have received special permission to supply material for civilian-use nuclear reactors in Iran. More disturbingly, she added, "we cannot control how the material is utilized in Iran."

The revelation in early July that the public prosecutor in the city of Potsdam expanded its ongoing investigation of a group of German companies - whose contracts with Iran total between $100 million and $150 million - because of their allegedly unlawful supply of materials has raised troubling questions about Germany's official policy of being committed to preventing Iran from acquiring the bomb.

The initial investigation involved some 50 companies, but has meanwhile been narrowed down to three or four firms, accused of smuggling technology to Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant. In 1974, Siemens played a vital role in building Bushehr's reactor, which was destroyed during the Iran-Iraq war.

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, a Middle East expert who heads the Wadi organization, based in Iraq, argues that "the Foreign Ministry is blocking Merkel, who is alone in her human rights policy."

The director of the Middle East section of the German Institute of Global Area Studies, Dr. Udo Steinbach, offered reasons for such an attitude in a interview he gave to the Eurasisches Magazin in April: "Europe should in no way feel threatened," if Iran secures nuclear weapons; rather, he said, "Iran is a threat to a secular Turkey and, of course, Israel." Steinbach's Middle East department receives a lot of funding from the German Foreign Ministry. The British-American journalist Christopher Hitchens has written, in a different context, that "only a moral cretin thinks that anti-Semitism is a threat only to Jews." Similarly, you'd have to be an imbecile to think a nuclear-armed Iran is a threat only to a secular Turkey and Israel. Is Germany smart enough to move beyond short-term profit maximization, to work for long-term peace in the Middle East and Europe?

Benjamin Weinthal is a journalist working in Berlin.

2. Transfer of a Million Arabs (from Khuzestan) by Iran
Middle East transfer: The continuing Iranian persecution of its Ahwazi Arab population

Over a million Arabs have been deported from the district of Al-Ahwaz [Khuzestan], home to some eight million Arabs, in Southern-East Iran, near the Iraqi border. They have been replaced with Persian Iranians. Ahwaz-KHUZESTAN
Human rights activists in this area have been arrested and placed in detention centres. Detainees have been subject to torture and at times execution.
As part of a broader Iranization policy, the teaching of Arabic is forbidden in Ahwaz while it is compulsory for students to learn Farsi.

3. Mini-Earthquake Sets Off Predictions of a Larger One
by Hillel Fendel

( The Patzael region in the central Jordan Valley, just 20 kilometers north of Jericho, was touched by a small earthquake on Saturday night, registering 3.0 on the Richter scale.  A similar quake occurred in the same area two months ago.

On Sunday morning, researchers at Tel Aviv University presented a new study on the timeline of earthquakes throughout history.  No precise future earthquake dates can be extrapolated from the data, but the researchers say one is on the way - as no major quake has hit the danger area between the Dead Sea and the Kinneret in centuries.

"It's like the first winter rain," said Dr. Shmuel Marko, who took part in the study. "The longer the dry summer lasts, the closer the first rain is.  Here, as well: The quiet is worrisome.  The longer we go without a large quake, the more we can expect one."

On the other hand, experts have said that Israel's earthquakes are in general less frequent than those in other quake-prone regions such as California, Japan and Turkey. 

Israel is located along the Syria-Africa rift, a friction point between two subterranean plates and is therefore considered earthquake-prone.   

In 1927, some 250 people were killed in an earthquake that hit Jericho and central Israel.  In November 1995, a 6.2 quake caused injuries to several people in Eilat. A minor quake, 5.0 on the Richter scale, hit Israel in February 2004, shaking buildings in many cities and even causing damage to the Knesset building.  No one was reported hurt. 

The northern city of Tzfat was hit by two earthquakes in recent centuries, in 1759 and in 1837.  The latter one killed at least 2,000 people, when residents were buried under the ruins of their homes and help did not arrive for days.


Jerusalem News-683
6 Cheshvan 5768, 18 October 2007
1. Israeli Water Defiled Due to Fertilizer and Other Pollutants
2. Top IDF general's attempt to defend disengagement failure inappropriate
3. Israel Warns World War III May be Biblical War of
Gog and Magog

1. Israeli Water Defiled Due to Fertilizer and Other Pollutants
Pines decries quality of country's drinking water

"The quality of drinking water in Israel is unsatisfactory. I cannot wholeheartedly recommend to the public to freely drink tap water," MK Ophir Paz-Pines cautioned in a Knesset discussion Tuesday.

Pines "cannot wholeheartedly recommend to the public" to freely drink tap water.
Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

Pines slammed the Health Ministry for its inactivity over the past seven months, in disregard of recommendations made by the Adin Committee for updating drinking water regulations.

Prof. Avner Adin, head of the eponymous Adin Committee, blamed several deaths over the past few years on consumption of bad drinking water.

Each year, there are approximately 400 cases of contamination in sources of drinking water across the country. Factories, gas stations and cow sheds are the most frequent culprits of the pollution. Last year alone there were 65 indictments against water contaminators, and the Environment Ministry collected NIS 4.5 million in fines.

And while improvement of tap water quality is just in the discussion phase, Dr. Aaron Dotan, water specialist for the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam Teva V'Din), said he had reservations about the opinions expressed in the meeting Tuesday morning.

"Ophir Pines insists that the water is bad and that he cannot recommend that the public drink tap water. I think that's not exactly the situation. The drinking water, from a health point of view, is okay," Dotan told The Jerusalem Post.

Dotan said the chief problem with Israeli tap water is the nitrate levels permitted under the Health Ministry's regulations: "The Israeli standard is much more permissive than the EPA, WHO or EU standards," he said.

Nitrate, which is a pollutant that comes from fertilizer seeping into the water supply, poses a particular threat to small children; it can block the transfer of oxygen in the blood and cause breathing problems or Blue Baby Syndrome.

Dotan said nitrate posed a minimal risk to adults.

Dotan fears that Pines's comments will cause the public to switch to drinking more bottled water, which, he said, was not a solution.

"From an environmental point of view, bottled water is not a good thing. Tap water may be a better option - if, of course, the public can have confidence in it."

Dotan said the damage to the environment cause by massive consumption of bottled water was mainly due to the transport and bottling of the water. Worse yet are companies such as Ein Gedi that take "precious water from the natural environment and deprive wildlife and plants from using that water," said Dotan. "The Ein Gedi reserve is impoverished because of Ein Gedi water."

Tap water also remains unpopular because of its taste, he said. "My wife insists on drinking bottled water," Dotan said, "the taste is not acceptable in many places. I'm sure that in Jerusalem, you don't enjoy drinking tap water."

To implement the Adin Committee's recommendations would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Dotan said. "[But] the option of doing nothing is not an option."

Leave excuses for leftists.

2. Top IDF general's attempt to defend disengagement failure inappropriate,7340,L-3460427,00.html
Uri Orbach

3. Israel Warns World War III May be Biblical War of Gog and Magog
 by Ezra HaLevi

( US President George W. Bush said a nuclear Iran would mean World War III. Israeli newscasts featured Gog & Magog maps of the likely alignment of nations in that potential conflict.

Channel 2 and Channel 10 TV showed the world map, sketching the basic alignment of the two opposing axes in a coming world war, in a manner evoking associations of the Gog and Magog prophecy for many viewers. The prophecy of Gog and Magog refers to a great world war centered on the Holy Land and Jerusalem and first appears in the book of Yechezkel (Ezekiel).

On one side were Israel, the United States, Britain, France and Germany. On the other were Iran, Russia, China, Syria and North Korea.

US President Bush said Wednesday during a press conference that Iran attaining nuclear weapons raises the risk of "World War III."

"If Iran had a nuclear weapon, it'd be a dangerous threat to world peace," Bush said. "So I told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested [in preventing a nuclear Iran]"I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously."

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Iran Tuesday and slammed the US's refusal to rule out the use of force against Iran's nuclear project. "Not only should we reject the use of force, but also the mention of force as a possibility," he said.

Russia has blocked tougher UN sanctions in the UN Security Council, where it has veto power. The Russian president asserts that there is no evidence Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons rather than a peaceful nuclear power program.

Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called for a new Security Council resolution against Iran at a press conference following her meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday. "I do believe there is a need for another Security Council resolution," she told reporters. "In the past, the need to get everybody on board - including Russia and China - led to some compromises on the nature of the sanctions. I hope this will not be the case this time."

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Wednesday a sudden trip to Moscow Thursday morning, where he will meet with Putin about Iran. Other topics of discussion will reportedly be Russia's continued supply of weapons to Syria, which have then made their way into the hands of various terrorist groups based there as well.  

Jerusalem News-684
10 Cheshvan 5768, 22 October 2007
1. The Kurdish Revival
2. Israeli No-Confidence Motion
Arutz Sheva News
(5. Report: Israel Had Man on Inside of Syrian Nuclear Facility
(6. Priestly Blessing on Temple Mount

1. The Kurdish Revival
ARAB NEWS (Saudi) 18 Oct.'07:"Kurds: Stateless on Regional Fault
Line"Christophe de Roquefeuil, Agence France Presse -

PARIS, 18 October 2007: Above and beyond the current tensions between Ankara
and Baghdad, the Kurdish question represents a perennial risk in an
explosive area at the crossroads of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. "The
mountains are our only friend," goes a Kurdish saying, which encapsulates
perfectly the history of a people on one of the most unstable fault lines in
the world.
With no access to the sea and no state to represent them, the 25 to 35
million Kurds have maintained their language, traditions and clan-based form
of social organization. "Up to the end of the 19th century, the Kurds were
used as tools by the Persian and Ottoman empires, which gave them great
latitude and hired them as auxiliaries" to keep the peace on their borders
or control other minorities, said Oliver Roy, a specialist in the region.
"It was when the Persian and Turkish worlds went secular - with Ataturk in
Ankara and the Pahlavis in Tehran - that the Kurds developed in reaction
their own ethno-national claims," he said.
But the countries of the region have regularly acted together to quell
aspirations for Kurdish independence. In 1947, Baghdad, Tehran and Ankara
signed the Pact of Saadabad, aimed at coordinating efforts against the
"armed gangs."
And today the three countries - secular Turkey, Islamic Iran and Iraq under
US tutelage - still waver between fear of separatism and the temptation to
use the Kurdish question to further their own designs against neighbors. The
games of the great powers created uncertain times for the Kurds themselves.
World War I saw the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, but left no lasting
solution for Kurdistan, which continued to be claimed by Turkey.
The League of Nations for a time considered the idea of an independent
Kurdish state, but in 1926 it opted instead to attach the region around the
Kurdish city of Mosul to the British protectorate of Iraq. Not until the
first Gulf War of 1991 did the Western powers intervene to protect Kurds
against the exactions of Saddam Hussein.
Allied to the US, the Kurds were major beneficiaries of the American
intervention, which confirmed their substantial autonomy and the relative
stability of their region. The downfall of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad then
profoundly changed the balance of powers in the region.
"What we are now seeing is a meeting between the Kurds of northern Iraq and
the Kurds of Turkey on the cultural, linguistic and economic levels in a way
never seen before," said Roy. Iran is also involved, with a "very clear
increase in state repression in Iranian Kurdistan," Roy said.

2. Israeli No-Confidence Motion

3. Arutz Sheva News
9 Cheshvan 5768 / Sunday, Oct. 21 '07

(5. Report: Israel Had Man on Inside of Syrian Nuclear Facility

by Ezra HaLevi

The latest in the string of foreign press reports regarding Israel's September 6 strike in Syria claims Israel had a mole inside a Syrian nuclear facility. The IDF has released no information regarding the mission.

ABC News reported Saturday that, Israeli officials believed that a target their forces bombed inside Syria last month was a nuclear facility, because they had detailed photographs taken by a possible spy inside the complex.

The report quotes an unnamed senior U.S. official saying Israel noticed the Syrian nuclear facility this summer, leading the Mossad to either co-opt one of the facility's workers or to insert a spy posing as an employee. As a result, the Israelis obtained many detailed pictures of the facility from the ground.

The official described the photographs as showing a large "cylindrical structure with very thick walls all well-reinforced." He said it was located far from civilization, near a lone pumping station that was to supply the cooling tower for the nuclear reactor. He added that the facility was of North Korean design.

The report adds an element to previous reports on US involvement in the attack. The official said that Israel urged the US to destroy the reactor, but it refrained from doing so due to the lack of actual nuclear material in the photos.

"It was unmistakable what it was going to be," the official said. "No doubt in my mind."

Washington Post: Syria Burying the Evidence
Syria has begun destroying the remains of the facility, which was allegedly bombed in an Israel Air Force operation on September 6, according to the Washington Post.

The report, which also quotes an unnamed US official, says Syria is trying to get rid of the evidence that a nuclear facility was present at the site in order to obscure it from UN nuclear inspectors.

Last week, Syria brought reporters to a facility it claimed had been hit by the Israeli strike. The Post reported that it was a different place altogether.

(6. Priestly Blessing on Temple Mount
by Hillel Fendel

A historic first: Last week, during a special visit to the Temple Mount, the Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26) was recited there, for arguably the first time since the 1st-century destruction.

The Blessing is recited daily in synagogues in Israel by descendants of Aaron the Priest, and only on festivals in the Diaspora.
On the Temple Mount: During the Priestly Blessing, the "Kohanim" raise their hands.

The special visit was held to commemorate the 842nd anniversary of Maimonides's famous visit to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site.  A group of some 25 Jews, organized by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, marked the special day with a commemorative visit.  Giving extra-special meaning to the occasion was a spontaneous Priestly Blessing delivered to the group by Yehuda Katz, the lead singer of the Reva L'Sheva band, and Eliezer Breuer, originally of the former Soviet Union and now from Kiryat Arba.

Rabbi Chaim Richman, one of the organizers of the trip, said, "This was probably the first time since the destruction of the Temple [1,928 years ago] that the Priestly Blessing was delivered on our holiest site.  At times like these, when there is talk of giving away our precious places, and when despair is sometimes in the air, events of this nature serve to remind us that G-d has not forgotten about us, and that He still has big plans for both us and the Holy Temple - and that the Temple will yet become the focal point of the world once again."

Another notable aspect of the visit was the welcoming attitude of the police.  "In an unusual departure from standard procedure," one participant said, "we found that the police were particularly sympathetic to our needs.  At one point, when the Moslem Wakf guards started yelling that we were praying, one of the policemen took our side and even threatened to remove them if necessary." 

Maimonides, also known as the Rambam, made his historic visit to the Temple Mount on the sixth day of the month of MarCheshvan in the year 1166 (4926 in the Jewish calendar). Unanimously considered one of Judaism's greatest figures, the Rambam wrote that he put himself in danger to make a trip to Jerusalem, where he entered "the Large and Holy House [the Temple Mount] and prayed." Three days later, he also visited the Machpelah Cave in Hevron, and vowed to commemorate the anniversaries of those days as his personal festivals for years to come. 
Thursday's visit to the Temple Mount

Last week's visit was also led by Rabbis Yisrael Ariel and Yehuda Glick.  Rabbi Ariel is a former Yeshiva head, founder of the Temple Institute, and one of the paratroopers who took part in the 1967 liberation of the Temple Mount. Rabbi Glick made news briefly over two years ago when, as Director of the Absorption Ministry's Ashkelon region, he became the first public official to resign in protest over the plans to withdraw from and destroy Gush Katif. 

Though the Chief Rabbinate disagrees, the Yesha Rabbis Council has ruled that one who ascends and visits the Temple Mount while adhering to three conditions - prior immersion in a mikveh; keeping the laws of Awe of the Temple (no leather shoes, proper respect, etc.); and knowledge of the precise permitted areas - is fulfilling a "great mitzvah [Torah commandment]."
The group stands on a staircase built recently by the Muslim Waqf on the Mount's southern end, leading to new mosques below.  The Waqf does not allow entry to non-Muslims.

To arrange a trip to the Temple Mount in accordance with the above requirements of Jewish law, click here.

"The more Jews who visit this holy site," Rabbi Richman told Arutz-7, "the more cooperative the police are with us and the more respectful they are of our needs - as some police officers have indicated to me.  And the more we encourage Jews with stories like what happened last week, the more they will come."

Jerusalem News-685
10 Cheshvan 5768, 22 October 2007
1. European Governments Encourage Investment in Iran
2.For the First Time,  Archaeological Remains dated to the First
 Temple Period have been Discovered  on the Temple Mount
3. Archaeologists find link to First Temple

1. European Governments Encourage Investment in Iran
One Smart European Policy Toward Iran
by Paolo Casaca, MEP
 in Realite EU:

Now is the time for Europe to end our two-headed policy on the world's
largest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran. Iran, in violation of the recent
unanimous UN Security Council Chapter 7 Resolution, has not only failed to
stop enriching uranium, it has said with defiance that it will continue to
enrich at a greater pace.

Until now, however, the response from Europe has been schizophrenic.
Security minded officials in the European Union have agreed to impose
sanctions on Iran. This is critical leadership that could help bring a
peaceful solution to a dangerous nuclear standoff.

Meanwhile, European big business interests have placed money before our
security an have twisted government policy so many European taxpayers (who
likely do it without even knowing) continue to lavish economic and
financial support to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Indeed, the European
Union has long been one of the largest trading partners of Iran, and as
surprising as it might sound today, it has developed its operations and
investments in Iran parallel with the development by Iran of its nuclear

Between 2003 and 2005, Europe's exports to Iran rose 29% to ?12.9 billion;
machinery, transport equipment and chemicals make up the bulk of the
sales. European imports from Iran, predominantly oil, increased 62% to
?11.4 billion in that period. In addition, Europe heavily invests in
Iranian oil, gas, mining automotive, transportation and communications

Europe is Iran's main supplier of goods and makes up 44% of the country's
total imports. Much of that commerce is subsidized by European tax dollars
which underwrite deals with and within Iran. Indeed, in some European
nations such as Germany, the Federal government export credit guarantees
play a very important role for German exports to Iran. It insures, through
export guarantee programs, approximately 65% of the total German exports
to Iran. After Germany (with around 5.5 billions ? of export guarantees),
comes Italy (with around 4.5 billions ? of export guarantees), and then
France (with around 1 billion ? export guarantees). Austria too guarantees
about 800 million ? of exports to Iran....

2.  For the First Time, Archaeological Remains dated to the First
 Temple Period have been Discovered  on the Temple Mount

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:  "The finds [AL: AFTER BEING SMASHED BY HEAVY
EQUIPMENT BEING OPERATED BY PALESTINIANS] include fragments of bowl rims,
bases and body sherds; the base of a juglet used for the ladling of oil; the
handle of a small juglet and the rim of a storage jar. The bowl sherds were
decorated with wheel burnishing lines characteristic of the First Temple
Period.  In addition, a piece of a white washed handmade object was found.
It may have been used to decorate a larger object or may have been part of a

We will never know what bowls, jugs and other objects from the First Temple
waited over 2,600 years to be revealed only to be smashed by Palestinians
determined to erase any memory of the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount -
essentially aided and abetted by an Israeli Government that lacks the will
to protect the Jewish People's interests at this holiest of sites.]

Israel Antiquities Authority  October 18, 2007
For the First Time, Archaeological Remains dated to the First Temple Period
have been Discovered on the Temple Mount

Archaeological Inspection by the Israel Antiquities Authority over Works of
the Waqf has Uncovered Remnants of the First Temple Period (Iron Age IIB)

During a recent archaeological inspection of the Temple Mount, carried out
by the Israel Antiquities Authority on the maintenance work of the Waqf, an
apparently sealed archaeological level dated to the First Temple Period was
exposed in the area close to the south-eastern corner of the raised platform
surrounding the Dome of the Rock. Archaeological examination of a small
section of this level, undertaken by Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem District
Archaeologist, uncovered finds that included fragments of ceramic table
wares and animal bones.  The finds are dated from the eighth to the sixth
centuries BCE.

Yuval Baruch of the IAA, Prof. Sy Gitin, Director of the W. F. Albright
Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, Prof. Israel Finkelstein
of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Ronny Reich of Haifa University examined
the finds and the archaeological data and reached the conclusion that the
characteristics and location of the finds may aid scholars in reconstructing
the dimensions and boundaries of the Temple Mount during the First Temple

The finds include fragments of bowl rims, bases and body sherds; the base of
a juglet used for the ladling of oil; the handle of a small juglet and the
rim of a storage jar. The bowl sherds were decorated with wheel burnishing
lines characteristic of the First Temple Period.  In addition, a piece of a
white washed handmade object was found.  It may have been used to decorate a
larger object or may have been part of a figurine.

An archaeological seminar concerning these finds and their archaeological
interpretation will be organized by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. Archaeologists find link to First Temple
Etgar Lefkovits , THE JERUSALEM POST Oct. 21, 2007

Israeli archaeologists overseeing contested Islamic infrastructure work on
Jerusalem's Temple Mount have stumbled upon a sealed archaeological level
dating back to the First Temple Period, the Israel Antiquities Authority
announced Sunday.

The find marks the first time that archaeological remains dating back to the
First Temple period have been found on the bitterly contested Jerusalem holy
site, the state-run archaeological body said.

No archaeological excavations have ever been carried out on the Temple
Mount, which is Judaism's holiest and Islam's third holiest site, due to
opposition from religious leaders.

The sealed archaeological level, which is dated from the eighth to the sixth
centuries BCE, was exposed at the end of August in the area close to the
south-eastern corner of the raised platform surrounding the Dome of the
Rock, and includes fragments of ceramic table wares and animal bone.

"The layer is a closed, sealed archaeological layer that has been untouched
since as early as the 8th century B.C.E," said Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem
District Archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority.

But independent Israeli archaeologists from the nonpartisan Committee
Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount which has
repeatedly lambasted the Antiquities Authority for allowing Islamic
officials to carry out the infrastructure work this summer downplayed the

The archeologists said that the maintenance work, which was carried out with
a tractor, left a 100-meter-long and roughly 1-1.5 meter deep trench, and
had badly damaged antiquities at the site.

"The Antiquities Authority is standing behind the barbaric Islamic
destruction of antiquities on the Temple Mount, and then presents the
results of the destruction to show just how important the finds are," said
Hebrew University archeologist Dr Eilat Mazar, a leading Temple Mount

"This is a smoke screen for the destruction of antiquities," she said.

According to decades-old regulations in place at the Temple Mount, Israel
maintains overall security control at the site, while the Wakf, or Islamic
Trust, is charged with day- to-day administration of the ancient compound.

The Antiquities Authority, which by law is charged with supervising Israel's
archeological sites, has in the past been criticized by the nonpartisan
group of
archeologists and public officials for overlooking large-scale Islamic
construction on the site which has resulted in archeological damage because
of the political sensitivities involved.

The ancient compound is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over
control of Jerusalem.


Jerusalem News-686
12 Cheshvan 5768, 24 October 2007
1. Scottish Clans Plan Mass Gathering
(a) BBC News Feature
(b) About The Gathering 2009
2. Report: British commando forces operated in Iran
3. 99.8 Percent of Criminal Trials End in Conviction
4. Dr. Mazar
: PM's Office Complicit in Temple Mount Destruction
5. Israel reassures Turkey over Kurds

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1. Scottish Clans Plan Mass Gathering  

(a) BBC News Feature
Pledge to launch clan gathering
The "biggest" clan gathering for almost 200 years is to take place in Edinburgh after receiving ?300,000 in funding.

The Gathering, which is expected to attract 8,000 clan members and 30,000 spectators, is being planned for Holyrood Park in 2009.

Edinburgh City Council, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian, and EventScotland are helping to fund some of the ?1.5m cost of the event.

The rest of the money will come from ticket sales and private enterprise.

As well as the traditional displays of piping, dancing, athletics and heavy events, the games will have a food and drink fair.

There will also be an exhibition allowing visitors to trace their ancestry, and a live music stage featuring leading contemporary and traditional bands.

"The Gathering 2009 will focus the world's attention on Scotland's culture and as hosts we will be ready to make the most of this fantastic opportunity to promote Edinburg" Steve Cardownie, Edinburgh City Council

The highlight of the clan programme will be a clan parade up the Royal Mile and historic pageant of the clans in the arena on the Castle Esplanade.

The organisers led by Lord Sempill, chief of the Name and Arms of Sempill and vice convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, and Jenny Gilmour, expect to attract 30,000 local visitors to the event planned for 25 - 26 July 2009.

Already more than 60 clans have said they want to take part, including Clan Donald, the world's largest clan.

Lord Sempill, said: "Not since Sir Walter Scott's Royal Pageant in 1822 have so many clans come together, so The Gathering 2009 will be a meaningful historic, as well as cultural, event.

"Our clan tradition and cultural identity are very closely linked and, at a time when Scots are coming to terms with their identity, The Gathering is a fantastic opportunity to reinforce a very important part of our heritage and to celebrate its existence."

(b) About The Gathering 2009
The Gathering 2009 has the honour of hosting the 2009 World Highland Games Heavy Athletic Championships. Over the weekend the largest highland games ever to have been held in Edinburgh will play host to the greatest international clan gathering to have taken place on Scottish soil.

Set in the magnificent Royal Park of Holyrood, with its breathtaking volcanic backdrop of Arthur's Seat and Salisbury Crags, it will showcase heavy events such as caber tossing and hammer throwing, accompanied by time honored disciplines such as piping and highland dancing. There will be a host of contemporary musicians, high-quality Scottish arts and crafts and a 'taste experience' of the best of Scotland's produce.

2. Report: British commando forces operated in Iran,7340,L-3462328,00.html
Sunday Times reports special forces have crossed into Islamic republic several times in recent months as part of secret border war against Revolutionary Guards' al-Quds forces responsible for training Shiite militias in Iraq, supplying them with advanced weapons

British special forces have crossed into Iran several times in recent months as part of a secret border war against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard?s al-Quds special forces, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported, quoting defense sources.

According to Britain and the United States, the al-Quds forces are responsible for training the Shiite militias in Iraq and are supplying them with advanced weapons.

According to The Sunday Times, There have been at least half a dozen intense firefights between the SAS commando unit and arms smugglers, a mixture of Iranians and Shi?ite militiamen. The unreported fighting straddles the border between Iran and Iraq and has also involved the Iranian military firing mortars into Iraq.

UK commanders are concerned that Iran is using a militia ceasefire to step up arms supplies in preparation for an offensive against their base at Basra airport, the report said. A SAS squadron is carrying out operations along the Iranian border in Maysan and Basra provinces with other special forces, the Australian SAS and American special-operations troops.
The Sunday Times reported that the special forces were patrolling the border, ambushing arms smugglers bringing in surface-to-air missiles and components for roadside bombs. ?Last month, they were involved in six significant contacts, which killed 17 smugglers and recovered weapons, explosives and missiles,? a source said. It was not clear if any of the dead were Iranian or Iraqis.

Last week, British Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth said the Ministry of Defense was unable to say whether British troops had killed or captured any Iranians in Iraq. The ministry declined to comment, but privately officials insisted British troops never carry out hot pursuit across the border, the report said.

There have been persistent reports of American special-operations missions inside Iran preparing for a possible attack. According to The Sunday Times, however, the security sources said British troops were solely stopping arms smuggling.

The fighting comes amid an increase in US and British intelligence operations against Iran. According to The Sunday Times, Britain?s forces have more than 70 Farsi experts monitoring Iranian communications, and the intelligence is shared with the United States.

In addition, seven American U2 spy planes have passed through RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this year on their way to Akrotiri in Cyprus or Al-Dhafra in Abu Dhabi, the bases for flights over Iran.

3. 99.8 Percent of Criminal Trials End in Conviction
 by Gil Ronen

4. Dr. Mazar: PM's Office Complicit in Temple Mount Destruction
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
( Well-known archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University told Arutz Sheva Radio that she sees the recent revelation of First Temple artifacts on the Temple Mount as further proof of what she called the Antiquities Authority's "criminal behavior."
The destruction on the Temple Mount continues... due to "a direct order from the Prime Minister's Office."
destruction on the Temple Mount continues, she charged, due to "a direct order from the Prime Minister's Office" to ignore the Islamic Waqf's violations of antiquities preservation laws.

Asked why the Prime Minister would issue such a directive, Dr. Mazar said, "I am an archaeologist, not a politician. However, it is clear that the Prime Minister must not avert his eyes from the destruction of antiquities on the Temple Mount. Not even at the cost of tranquility. These are artifacts that have been permanently ruined and we will never be able to restore them."

The Antiquities Authority, Mazar noted, allows construction by the Waqf, the Islamic religious authority, to proceed on the Temple Mount without consistent state oversight. In the past, Mazar, as a member of the Committee for the Prevention of Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, warned that ongoing Waqf digging of a trench on the Mount was destroying Second Temple artifacts.

In September, the Committee of which Dr. Mazar is a member filed a petition with the High Court of Justice to halt the destructive works being carried out by the Waqf. In addition to an immediate intervention, the Committee petitioned for the regulated oversight of any further Waqf construction on the Temple Mount.

"We would expect that the same demands [made during construction at other historical sites] be applied primarily at the Temple Mount," Mazar added, explaining that the Antiquities Authority provides precise regulations for such projects all around the country. Under existing law, contractors who discover artifacts while digging for their construction projects are obligated to freeze construction and inform the appropriate authorities. This law is completely ignored on the Temple Mount, according to Dr. Mazar and her colleagues.

Waqf Denies Existence of First Temple Artifacts
The director of the Waqf for holy sites in Jerusalem told a Lebanese newspaper that Israeli reports of archaeological finds from the First Temple period are baseless. Azzam Al-Hatib charged that Israel timed the reports to try to prove a Jewish link to the site at the same time the Palestinian Authority has demanded control of the Old City.

Muslims have been conducting a campaign that has escalated in the past two years to convince the world that there is no Jewish connection with the Old City of Jerusalem. They argue that the Western Wall (Kotel) was a hitching post for a mythical horse ridden by Islam's founder, Muhammad. Historically, the 7th-century Arabian leader never set foot in Jerusalem.

5. Israel reassures Turkey over Kurds
Published: 10/23/2007

Israel moved to allay Turkish concern over its alleged support for Kurdish rebels.

Turkey's recent threats to invade Kurdish areas of northern Iraq in retaliation for rebel attacks on its border troops have thrown a spotlight on Israeli ties to the Kurds.

Since the Saddam Hussein regime was overthrown in 2003, there have been high-profile reports of Israeli sponsorship of Iraqi Kurdish forces, either in the form of private military training or as an intelligence proxy for monitoring nearby Iran.

But Israel, which has carefully cultivated defense and trade relations with Turkey, denies that it supports Kurds fighting Ankara's rule from Iraqi bases. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was scheduled to meet his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Erdogan, in London on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

"We have no intention of cooperating with the Kurds in northern Iraq," an Olmert aide told Yediot Achronot. "Turkey is a top strategic partner, as far as we are concerned, and we don't plan to play with fire when it comes to our allies."

Israel has been active in Kurdistan since the 1960s, when it adopted a policy of building alliances with non-Arab players in the Middle East.


Jerusalem News-687
13 Cheshvan 5768, 25 October 2007
1. More on the First Temple Finds
2. A Coming Alignment: USA and Israel versus Russia and Islam?
3. The Rabbit and the Wolf

1. More on the First Temple Finds
Relics of Solomon's Temple uncovered for the first time in a sealed layer on Temple Mount, Jerusalem
October 22, 2007, 8:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
Undisturbed since circa 800 B.C.E., the layer yielded fragments of bowls and shards decorated in the style of the First Temple Period, the base and handle of a small jug used to ladle oil, the rim of an oil storage jar and animal bone.
They may be the relics of a sacrificial rite held in the First Temple built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C.E. before it was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. thus ending the era in which Jewish kingdoms reigned over much of the present-day area of Palestine.
Jerusalem regional archeologist Jon Seligman said the find could finally help scholars place Solomon's Temple at its precise location and study its dimensions for the first time.
Surface relics of the Second Temple razed by the Romans in 70 C.E. survive on the Jerusalem's surface, including the Western Wall. But no artifacts or structures of Solomon's Temple were ever found on Temple Mount. Over the centuries, the Muslim rulers of Jerusalem built the al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock on the holiest site of Judaism, paving it, calling it the Noble Sanctuary and making it the third holiest shrine of Islam They denied the Jewish Temple had every stood there.
The discovery of the First Temple artifacts occurred by chance when Israeli archeologists were brought in to oversee the Muslim Authorities work to replace power cables around the Dome of the Rock at the southeastern corner of Temple Mount. Archeologists and scholars were horrified to find the work was being performed illegally and with heavy earthmoving equipment.
Members of Knesset challenged the Jerusalem municipal authorities, the police and the state Antiquities Authority, for allowing a deep trench to be dug at the sensitive site, instead of having power lines run from the nearby al Aqsa mosque.
However, ironically, the illegal trench served an unexpected purpose: It uncovered the first of the long-sought relics ever found of Solomon's Temple.

2. A Coming Alignment: USA and Israel versus Russia and Islam?
The Coming U.S.-Russian Train Wreck -
Is Israel Caught in the Middle?
 by Ariel Cohen
 Extracts below from the much longer and more detailed article:

Russia is in the midst of two overlapping political games: the Duma and presidential election cycle of December 2007-March 2008, and a real power struggle between competing pro-Putin factions over the architecture of the next Russian regime. Every move the Putin Administration makes today is dictated by the desire to shape Russia's future internal power structure.
For the last four years, the Kremlin has steadfastly allowed its once-close ties with Washington to decay. Keeping the relationship with Washington in a simmering crisis and inventing an imaginary "American enemy" is creating much needed legitimacy for the current Russian leadership.
Many foreign policy initiatives undertaken by former presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin are often viewed today in Moscow as treasonous or at least as harmful to Russia's vital interests. Current Bush Administration policies, such as democracy promotion, are viewed as part of a sinister plot to undermine the Russian government through a series of "orange revolutions."
The current elites define Russia's strategic goals as being in opposition to the United States and its policies; and in de-facto alliance with the Muslim world, particularly Iran and Syria, as well as with China. The Kremlin is reaching out to anti-status quo players such as Hugo Chavez, and is convinced that Russia is culturally distinct from "the West."
The Moscow propaganda machine is only a step away from putting Israel on the "short list" of designated enemies. After all, the memory of fighting Zionism and promoting official anti-Semitism is fresh in the minds of the post-Soviet elites, and relations with the rich and fanatically anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli ayatollahs are cozy for many.
Israel is located on the fault line between the secular West and the Muslim East. In addition to confrontation with the Palestinians, the wider Sunni Arab world, and the Iranians, Jerusalem's relationship with Moscow may deteriorate if Russia continues to treat Israel as an American satellite state.

  Keeping the relationship with Washington in a simmering crisis and inventing an imaginary "American enemy" is creating much needed legitimacy for the current Russian leadership, which now has only Putin's personal popularity as its political base.

The image of Russia surrounded by enemies is absolutely necessary for today's Russian ruling class, composed of senior secret police officers, as it positions itself in the eyes of the people as the saviors and defenders of Mother Russia. This approach has venerable roots in Russian history, harking back to the Romanov police state of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Then, the monarchy busily promoted the fight against "the enemies within," including the Jews, and "the enemies without," such as the British Empire, the superpower of the day. This was done in order to delay democratic reforms and justify the outrageous privileges of the nobility and the court.

The old Soviet obsession - that Russia's fate, its cosmic goal, is to fight "American imperialism" - remains undiluted, even fifteen years after the collapse of communism, a tragic position for Russia, Europe, and the rest of the world.

Russia's foreign strategy is driven by military and security elites who view their country as the direct heir to the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and understand its role as America's principal counterbalance on the world scene. here was no significant changing of the guard in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union when it comes to Russia's foreign and defense policy-makers, in sharp contrast to the turnover that occurred in the fields of business and economics.

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of Russians have been killed by Muslim extremists in Afghanistan and in Chechnya, as well as in terror attacks in Russia's cities, the U.S. remains Russia's obsession, its "principal adversary."

The current elites define Russia's strategic goals as being in opposition to the United States and its policies; and in de-facto alliance with the Muslim world, particularly Iran and Syria, as well as with China. The Kremlin is reaching out to anti-status quo players such as Hugo Chavez, and is convinced that Russia is culturally distinct from "the West."

A massive stumbling block is also the central Europe-based U.S. anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense, primarily intended to intercept possible future Iranian missiles. A senior Russian official in charge of defense and military technology told the author that the U.S. will install the Czech Republic-based radar to spy on Russian territory to the Urals. This same official does not believe Iran will ever develop nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). However, he recognized that Iran may be only 18 months away from producing enough fissile material to arm an atomic bomb. Thus, as Iran already possesses medium-range missiles capable of hitting parts of Europe and all of the Middle East, the deployment [by the USA] in Poland and the Czech Republic makes a lot of sense. Paradoxically, the Russian intent to modify the INF Treaty has to do with recognition that Iran may obtain intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) capable of reaching the majority of Russian cities, and could arm them with nuclear warheads. This would require Moscow to recreate an IRBM arsenal to maintain a balance of power with Teheran.

Putin has proposed substituting an old Russian radar tracking station in Gabala, Azerbaijan, and a modern one in Armavir in southern Russia for the Polish and Czech ABM systems. These offers may be accepted by the U.S., provided central European deployment is still on the table. But Moscow will most likely reject that deployment.

President Putin's proposal is not a new concept. In fact, it is surprisingly similar to the strategic vision that Ronald Reagan laid out more than two decades ago....While the utilization of former Soviet radar stations may or may not assist in tracking missiles fired from rogue states, sharing information gathered by U.S. and NATO systems with Russia, and possibly linking radar and early warning systems, would be useful in ensuring transparency and reaffirming our cooperative approach.

However, Senator Lugar may have missed the explicit lack of Russian trust of American intentions at the highest level; the absence of a desire to work together with the Americans; and a wealth of accumulated disappointment in Washington with Russia's domestic and foreign policies.

The current Russian elite feels more comfortable in confrontation with the U.S. than in peace. "The U.S. is not a friend. It is more like an enemy," a senior Russian politician recently told me. Russian leaders say they believe that the U.S. and the UK are behind every evil in the world, from supporting Chechens Islamists to the mysterious poisoning of former security services defector Alexander Litvinenko in London with a rare radioactive isotope. oday, unfortunately, it is Moscow which is often behaving in an unfriendly manner.

The Moscow propaganda machine is only a step away from putting Israel on the "short list" of designated enemies. After all, the memory of fighting Zionism and promoting official anti-Semitism is fresh in the minds of the post-Soviet elites, and relations with the rich and fanatically anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli ayatollahs are cozy for many.

Arms sales are but one item in Moscow's full array of modern international relations tools: from public diplomacy, to weapons sales backed up by the ample credit lines of an energy superpower; from putting former and possibly current political leaders on the petrodollar payroll, to strategic information operations (SIOs) aimed at depicting America as an out-of-control hyper-power and a threat to the international community, to coddling terrorist organizations. In the words of one incisive observer, "Russia has left the West."

History and geography have condemned Israel to live on the frontlines. Israel is located on the fault line between the secular West and the Muslim East. In addition to confrontation with the Palestinians, the wider Sunni Arab world, and the Iranians, Jerusalem's relationship with Moscow may deteriorate if Russia continues to treat Israel as an American satellite state. If things go wrong, Russia may amplify existing threats to Israeli security. However, if Israel devises and practices a foreign policy that serves Israeli national interests and relies on Israel's ample security and defense capabilities, the survival of the country and the people can be ensured for the long term.

3. The Rabbit and the Wolf
Educational and True
At least this is how things should be and God willing will continue to be.


Jerusalem News-688
18 Cheshvan 5768, 30 October 2007
1. British Leftwingers Caught Destroying Jewish Property in Israel
2. 100, 000 Turkish Troops on border opposite Kurds in Iraq
3. France Steps in Against Iran?

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1. British Leftwingers Nabbed Destroying Jewish Property in Israel
'Olive Harvest' Activists Caught Destroying Jewish Vineyards
by Ezra HaLevi

( Jewish-owned vineyards in Samaria were once again destroyed by leftist ?humanitarian groups? Friday. This time some were caught in the act and arrested.

Shortly after residents of Dolev, located north of Jerusalem, discovered Friday that a local synagogue had been burned to the ground overnight, they saw that 3,000 plants in nearby vineyards had been destroyed. This is the third case of major agricultural vandalism in the region in recent months.

Vines were torn from the ground, and expensive irrigation equipment was damaged. The Jewish locals saw a group of foreign activists and Arabs heading toward an additional Jewish agricultural plot and alerted the police and IDF. The group fled, but three female activists from the United Kingdom were slower and were caught by police.

Destruction Under Guise of Humanitarian Assistance
Residents say the vandalism occurred under cover of the much-publicized PA Arab olive harvest. Local Arabs, joined by leftists ? many foreign nationals ? focus their harvest activities on trees abutting Jewish communities. This year, the IDF has been tasked with ensuring that Jewish residents do not leave their communities while the harvest activities are going on, citing fears of clashes. Two administrative orders have distanced two Jewish residents from all of Judea and Samaria for the duration of the harvest.

Adi Mintz, an area resident and member of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Yesha) who is running for mayor of the region, said that the Yesha's Jewish residents have now received ?a clear warning sign. Today it is synagogues and vineyards that are destroyed - tomorrow it will be the lives of human beings. The army must send in more forces to defend the residents of this area,? he said.

The owner of the destroyed vineyard, Shlomi Cohen, said the attack had caused NIS 60,000 of direct damage and would cost him an additional NIS 120,000 in lost produce.  The damage was particularly severe because the attack took place during the shemittah (sabbatical) year, when Jews are forbidden to work the land.

British "Peace Activists" Responsible
The three British women who were apprehended by police are accused of responsibility for the destruction Friday. Police also have evidence, however, that the women were part of the group that destroyed farm equipment in the nearby town of Neria in an earlier incident as well. 

The women are activists with the International Solidarity Movement, a militantly anti-Zionist group that seeks to enable provocative actions against the IDF and Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, under the assumption that their foreign citizenship will raise the threshold on the response of security forces. The lines between ISM and local terrorist groups are quite blurry. In the past, British terrorists even carried out a suicide bombing
after being embedded in an ISM cell.

Most of the vandals also take part in clashes with the IDF near the Arab village of Bilin. The militants were recently handed a victory by the Supreme Court, which ordered the IDF to move the security fence in the area of the weekly protests.

2. 100, 000 Turkish Troops on border opposite Kurds in Iraq

Amid war drums, Turkey's Kurds fear loss of rights

Democratic gains in southeastern Turkey may be sacrificed if Ankara goes after rebels in Iraq.

By Yigal Schleifer | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
from the October 29, 2007 edition


Yuksekova, Turkey - The 100,000 Turkish troops massing near the border with Iraq is a palpable presence here in the predominantly Kurdish towns of southeastern Turkey.

Heard above the shouts of children playing on the streets in this small city of Yuksekova are the thump-thump of military helicopters shuttling troops and supplies. Periodically, armored vehicles merge with the honking cars and trucks.

On Sunday, Turkish soldiers killed 20 Kurdish guerrillas in a major military operation against separatist rebels about 400 miles northwest of here, Army sources told Reuters.

In response to stepped-up attacks from the PKK across the nearby Iraq border, public support for a tough, military response is building in Turkey. As part of this fight with the PKK, some analysts expect Turkish troops will restrict the rights and movement of locals, and begin arresting residents who are perceived as PKK supporters.

"If the local population sees democratic reforms being rolled back [here], they could fall back into supporting the PKK and following a more radical line," says Volkan Aytar, a researcher at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, an Istanbul-based think tank.

Clearly, the renewed PKK attacks ? particularly the Oct. 21 ambush that killed 12 Turkish soldiers ? have also exposed a deep fault line running through Turkish society, one that is being watched with increasing concern in the southeast.

That attack in the nearby mountain village of Daglica led to protests across Turkey, with thousands of flag-waving marchers calling for Turkey to take action against the PKK. More disturbingly to residents here, offices of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (DTP), which currently has 19 of its members in parliament, were attacked by mobs in several cities.

"While we are looking for terrorists in the Kandil Mountains [of northern Iraq] we should not forget that the supporters of terrorists are ... even in the corridors of the parliament," Devlet Bahceli, leader of the right-wing Nationalist Action Party (MHP), said at a recent party meeting, referring to the DTP.

Mr. Aytar warns that "the real danger is... an increasing securitization of the Turkish political discourse, which is threatening democratization."

Kurds, most of whom maintain a strong ethnic identity even if they don't support the PKK's goal of a Kurdish state on Turkish soil, are already feeling alienated by anti-PKK rhetoric and protests taking place across the country.

Turkey is pushing the US and Iraq to clamp down on the PKK. Some 3,000 fighters are using Iraq as a base for carrying out attacks in Turkey. On Sunday, US Gen. David Petraeus said, "I am not going to say anything about what we may be doing with our long-standing NATO allies Turkey, although we clearly are doing things with them. Nor will I say what we are doing with our Iraqi partners to endeavor to stabilize the situation and to ensure that the sides are talking and taking actions to reduce the tension."

Halit Tekci, an older gentleman sitting at a sidewalk caf?in Yuksekova, says, "What will ruin Turkey are these protests [in the cities calling for war against the PKK]. "These protests only increase hatred against the Kurds and will lead to a Turkish-Kurdish conflict." .

3. France Steps in Against Iran?
DEBKAfile Reports: Iranian-Syrian nuclear issues heat up amid growing mistrust of IAEA director in Washington, Paris and Jerusalem
October 29, 2007, 10:33 PM (GMT+02:00)

French defense minister Herve Morian visit Saudi King Abdullah

French defense minister Herve Morin said Monday, Oct. 29, he has information that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. He thus publicly contradicted remarks made by IAEA director Mohammed ElBaradai that there is no such evidence. Morin, on a visit to the Persian Gulf emirates, spoke at the same time as the IAEA director's address the UN General Assembly.

DEBKAfile?s sources report that president Nicolas Sarkozy plans a state visit to Jerusalem in a few weeks, during which he will the address the Knesset on the Iranian nuclear threat, counter-measures and his commitment to Israel's security.

Washington and Jerusalem are in intensive discussions over the prudence of Israel publicly leveling on its Sept. 6 attack on the Syrian installation, in consideration of the risk that a statement by prime minister Ehud Olmert could further raise war tensions. DEBKAfile's military sources report that Israel's air force and navy have been on high alert for some days.'  

Jerusalem News-689
21 Cheshvan 5768, 2 November 2007
1. It's all in the Money: France Suffers
2. The Kurds: Pertinent Remarks
3. Israeli Minister: "Don't go finding me any lost tribe"

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1. It's all in the Money: France Suffers

France Loses Out as Saudis Sign $2.2 Billion Deal for Russian Helos
by Giovanni de Briganti
(Source:; published Oct. 30, 2007)


PARIS --- In an abrupt policy shift, Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement to buy over 150 Russian-made Mi-35 Hind and Mi-17 Hip helicopters worth over $2.2 billion, ending French hopes of sealing a long-delayed sale of 148 helicopters and raising doubts about future French arms sales to the Saudi kingdom.

The sources also said that Saudi Arabia appears to have decided to buy T-90 main battle tanks and medium-range air-defense systems from Russia, replacing previous plans to buy French-made Leclerc tanks and Aster 30 SAMP/T air-defense systems. No agreement has yet been signed for these systems, however,

Abdallah also is loosening arms ties with France because of its insistence on large, multiple-system packages, and its stubborn arm-twisting to include weapons that the Saudis do not want, like the Rafale combat aircraft, in these packages.

[France is hoping that Libya, which has contracted to upgrade its obsolete Dassault Mirage F-1 fighters, may also agree to buy the Rafale, and an agreement could be announced during Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forthcoming visit to Paris, possibly in December.]

The Saudis are also said to be unhappy with what they perceive as French snubs.

Another factor is that the election in May of Nicolas Sarkozy to succeed Chirac as French president has not gone down well with the Saudis, who take exception at his declarations that French diplomacy would in future distance itself from its traditional pro-Arab stance.

The loss of the Saudi contracts, whose total value was estimated at well over 7 billion euros, is a severe loss for French industry, which is encountering growing difficulties in exporting its weapons in the face of cut-throat competition from the United States and Russia.

Paris is now making a last-ditch attempt to salvage at least some Saudi deals, and President Sarkozy's planned visit to Saudi Arabia, in January, might constitute such an opportunity.

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2. The Kurds: Pertinent Remarks
Despite the removal of Saddam, the Kurds still have immense value to the United States as a counterweight to the Shi'ites of the south. In 1924, when King Faisal I insisted on including Mosul vilayet within the borders of the Iraqi state, one of his objectives was to balance the Shi'ite south. In the new realities of postwar Iraq with the emergence of strong Shi'ite Islamism, coupled with sentiments of anti-Americanism, the U.S. might revert to the Kurds in the fine balancing game between Iraq's different communities. Until Iraq is reconstituted on a new basis, the Kurds are the best buffer against the demands of some Shi?ites for an Islamic state, which could easily combine anti-Americanism and despotism. As Jalal Talabani has said, "The psychological state of the Iraqi people will not accept replacing Sunni rule with Shi'ite rule?which is in effect what having Islamists in power would mean."[13] If the Kurds are wise, they can parley this American dependence on them into a share of the central government itself when it is reconstituted.
The exact number of Kurdish people living in the Middle East is unknown, due to both an absence of recent census analysis and the reluctance of the various governments in Kurdish-inhabited regions to give accurate figures.
According to the CIA Factbook, Kurds comprise 20% of the population in Turkey, 15-20% in Iraq, perhaps 8% in Syria,[37] 7% in Iran and 1.3% in Armenia. In all of these countries except Iran, Kurds form the second largest ethnic group. Roughly 55% of the world's Kurds live in Turkey, about 20% each in Iran and Iraq, and a bit over 5% in Syria.[38]. These estimates place the total number of Kurds at somewhere between 27 and 36 million.

Kurds in Turkey
About half of all Kurds live in Turkey. According to the CIA Factbook they account for 20 percent of the 70 million people of Turkey, thus numbering about 15 million people.[48] Other estimates vary between 12 to 15 million. They are predominantly distributed in the southeastern corner of the country.[9]

From 1915 to 1918, Kurds struggled to end Ottoman rule over their region. They were encouraged by Woodrow Wilson's support for non-Turkish nationalities of the empire and submitted their claim for independence to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The Treaty of Sevres stipulated creation of an autonomous Kurdish state in 1920, but the subsequent Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 failed to mention Kurds. In 1925 and 1930 Kurdish revolts were forcibly suppressed.
Following these events, the existence of distinct ethnic groups like Kurds in Turkey was officially denied and any expression by the Kurds of their ethnic identity was harshly repressed. Until 1991, the use of the Kurdish language, although widespread, was illegal.

The Partiya Karker? Kurdistan (PKK), also known as KADEK and Kongra-Gel, is considered by the US and EU to be a terrorist organization dedicated to creating an independent Kurdish state in a territory (traditionally referred to as Kurdistan) consisting of parts of southeastern Turkey, northeastern Iraq, northeastern Syria and northwestern Iran. It is an ethnic secessionist organization using force and threat of force against both civilian and military targets for the purpose of achieving its political goal.

Between 1984 and 1999, the PKK and the Turkish military engaged in open war, and much of the countryside in the southeast was depopulated, with Kurdish civilians moving to local defensible centers such as Diyarbak r, Van, and rnak, as well as to the cities of western Turkey and even to western Europe. The causes of the depopulation included PKK atrocities against Kurdish clans they could not control, the poverty of the southeast, and the Turkish state's military operations.[51] Human Rights Watch has documented many instances where the Turkish military forcibly evacuated villages, destroying houses and equipment to prevent the return of the inhabitants. An estimated 3,000 Kurdish villages in Turkey were virtually wiped from the map, representing the displacement of more than 378,000 people.

3. Israeli Minister: "Don't go finding me any lost tribe"

Mocking Asian Jews, Gov't Minister Favors Selective Aliyah
by Ezra HaLevi

( Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) struck a blow to one of the central pillars of Zionism Tuesday, calling for an end to automatic citizenship for Jews who make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).

Addressing the governing board of the Jewish Agency, Sheetrit said that funds should be directed to helping immigrants already living in Israel instead of absorbing "lost tribes" from Africa and Asia. "Don't go finding me any lost tribes, because I won't let them in any more," he declared. "We have enough problems in Israel. Let them go to America."

Jewish Graduates from India at the MaTan-Herzog Hospital Nurse's Assistant Program in Israel

Sheetrit said that new immigrants should not automatically receive citizenship, but have a five-year waiting period, take a pledge of allegiance and pass a Hebrew-proficiency test prior to becoming Israeli.

He specifically referred to a rise in cases of neo-Nazism among Russian immigrants, some one million of which immigrated to Israel in the past 16 years. Three to four hundred thousand of the Russian immigrants are non-Jews recruited by the Jewish Agency using Jewish donor funds.

As it stands, the Law of Return, passed in 1950, mirrors the classifications of "Jewish descent" outlined in the Nazi Nuremberg Laws, with the intention that anyone who would have been persecuted as Jewish by the Nazis be granted refuge in the Jewish State.

Under this law, the Jewish Agency has been accused of taking advantage of the Law to recruit non-Jews with tenuous connections to the Jewish people  "via one grandparent or the marriage of relatives to a Jew" promising them a better economic situation so as to increase the numbers of immigrants it can report having brought.

Many groups have called for the Law of Return to be amended to open Israel's doors only to those considered Jewish by Halacha (Jewish Law).

The Interior Minister is, however, calling to make aliyah harder for all Jews. The ministry proposes to change the Law of Return to reflect absorption policies of other Western countries. "I want to see that he is not a criminal, that he is learning Hebrew and that he is here for five years before receiving citizenship," Sheetrit said.

The Jewish Agency said in response that "the State of Israel must remain open to any Jew, without any conditions? and continues to support the Law of Return in its current form.

Sheetrit said the funding spent on encouraging aliyah should be used to help immigrants already living in Israel, "whose lives are miserable."

Michael Freund, who heads the Shavei Israel organization, which assists groups of Jewish descent in converting and moving to Israel called Sheetrit's remarks "post-Zionism in its ugliest form."

"Essentially, Mr. Sheetrit has lost sight of what Zionism and Israel are all about. The country was founded on immigration and meant to serve as a refuge for the entire Jewish people," Freund said. Freund pointed out that Sheetrit's own family, immigrants from Morocco, would themselves bear the brunt of his callousness had he been Interior Minister at the time of their aliyah. "It is as if he has forgotten everything that he and his family and millions of other immigrants went through."

Commenting on Sheetrit's mocking of descendents of the lost ten Jewish tribes, Freund alleged that Sheetrit has refused to study the issue or even meet with members of communities such as the Bnei Menashe, who have been converting and moving to Israel from northeast India. "Sheetrit is, unfortunately, exploiting recent news reports about the discovery of neo-Nazis among recent immigrants to Israel as an excuse to keep out other unrelated groups that sincerely want to tie their fate with the people of Israel. These are apples and oranges. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other."

Freund went one step further: "Mr. Sheetrit has no place serving in the government of a Zionist Jewish state There is a strong element of racism and ignorance that runs through Mr. Sheetrit's thinking on this issue. A person's country of origin or the color of their skin has nothing whatsoever to do with their Jewish identity,  nor should it. The return to Zion is a Divine process that is greater than any one man or institution. And no one, not even a minister in the cabinet, can stand in its way. The return of the Bnei Menashe to Israel can and will continue."

Israel's Chief Rabbinate recognized the Bnei Menashe as "Descendants of Israel" in March, 2005 and sent a a beit din (rabbinical court) on its behalf to the region to formally convert them to Judaism.

Jerusalem News-690
23 Cheshvan 5768, 4 November 2007
1. 10% of US Whites hard-core anti-Semites!
2. Pollard: In Jail Because He's A Jew
3. Australian Victory at Beer Sheba Re-Enacted

1. 10% of US White hard-core anti-Semites!
ADL 2007 report

From The Jerusalem Post summary of the ADL 2007 report:
35 million Americans 'blatantly anti-Semitic'
THE JERUSALEM POST      Nov. 1, 2007

A nationwide survey released Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shows the number of Americans who hold anti-Semitic attitudes remains constant from its 2005 findings, demonstrating once again that "anti-Semitic beliefs endure in America."

The 2007 Survey of American Attitudes Towards Jews in America, a national telephone survey of 2,000 American adults conducted October 6 through< October 19, found that 15% of Americans - or nearly 35 million adults - hold views about Jews that are "unquestionably anti-Semitic," compared to 14% in 2005.

Fifteen percent of the general population believes that Jews have "Too much power in the US," with Jewish influence on Wall Street being named in particular.

The survey revealed that 29% of foreign-born Hispanics hold hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs, while 15% of Hispanics born in the US fall into the same category.

"We believe that the strong anti-Semitic views held by one of the fastest growing segments in America is no doubt a reflection of what is being learned about Jews in the schools, churches and communities of Latin American countries, which is anti-Semitism at its most basic," said Foxman.

The 2007 survey found that 32% of African-Americans hold strong anti-Semitic beliefs, more than three times more than the 10% for whites.
That finding is perhaps related to another that found that the more educated a person is, the less likely he or she is to hold Anti-Semitic views.

On a positive note, the survey found a majority of Americans hold Jews in high regard on many issues, especially on issues related to ethics and family.

2. Pollard: In Jail Because He's A Jew

3. Australian Victory at Beer Sheba Re-Enacted
From: Ron Fraser

Greetings Yair!

I thought you might be interested in this piece from the Melbourne-based
Age newspaper,


Ron Fraser

Cavalry charge re-lived

November 1, 2007 - 2:04PM

Ninety years ago to the day, they set out at full gallop towards the Turkish guns in what one historian called a "crazed" charge.

This time, those re-enacting the famous charge of the Light Horse Regiments in the Battle of Beersheba in 1917 broke into little more than a gentle canter.

Still, it was hot and dusty and some of those dressed in heavy woollen period uniforms, complete with slouch hats adorned with emu feathers, and carrying World War I issue rifles, were no longer young men.

Nor was the reception as hostile.

Instead of Turkish artillery, the 50 or so members of the Australian Light Horse Association, and others, were greeted by cheering Israelis as they rode into what was then known as Beersheba, now the Israeli city of Be'er Sheva, on the edge of the Negev Desert.

In all, nearly 1000 Australians, New Zealanders, Israelis, Britons and others gathered to honour the Australian Light Horse Brigade, whose last-ditch, seemingly near-suicidal charge against the Turks on October 31, 1917, was a turning point in World War I and helped pave the way for the creation of the state of Israel.

The proceedings began with memorial services at the Commonwealth War Cemetery, continued with a memorial for fallen Turks who defended Be'er Sheva against attacking Australians and New Zealanders, and ended with a re-enactment of the dramatic charge.

Those who rode ranged in age from 18 to 80, and some were descendants of those involved in one of the last great cavalry charges, before modern warfare made horses irrelevant.

For Grant Pike, of Rainbow Flat in NSW, the re-enactment held a special significance - his great-uncle Harold Seale survived the charge.

Not all did. After the first memorial service, Pike knelt at the grave of George Cooke, one of around 30 Australians who died.

"This man was a friend of my great uncle," Pike explained.

He displayed a photograph of the fallen soldier, on the back of which Pike's great-uncle had scrawled: "George, who was killed in our charge in Be'er Sheva".

Trooper Cooke was just 22 when he died. His family chose his epitaph "Duty Nobly Done".

"I'm very honoured to be here," Pike said.

"It reminds us to be grateful for what we have, and not to take things for granted."

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Meachem, of Temora in NSW, is serving with the United Nations observer force at the Israel-Lebanon and Israel-Syria borders.

Standing in the dusty field known as Sarah Valley, waiting for the Light Horse charge re-enactment to begin, he said: "As a serving Australian soldier, this is an amazing opportunity".

"The interesting thing is how long Australians have been serving here.

"We're standing at graves of soldiers who died 90 years ago, and here we are, still in uniform, still trying to solve the problems in the region."

As with Gallipoli, the sites of old battles are increasingly drawing younger Australians keen to learn of the exploits of their forebears.

"It's one of the few times we get to be really patriotic," said Heidi Le Lievre, 22, an Australian "traveller and temp" in Israel to visit a friend working at the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

"Seeing how hard the light horse society worked to be here, and their attention to detail, and to have so many people here and so many nations represented, is encouraging.

"It's good to see that the contributions of these soldiers is acknowledged. It does make one proud to be an Australian."

Speakers at the ceremonies included the mayor of Be'er Sheva, the ambassadors of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, and representatives of the Australian Light Horse Association and the Israeli World War I Society.

They spoke of the bravery of the fallen soldiers, the hope for peace in the region, and the opportunity, as Australian Ambassador James Larsen put it, "to give thanks that those we once fought here are now our friends".

Despite the heat and the sense of ceremony, the mood of the day was friendly and festive, as those re-creating the charge paraded through Be'er Sheva and posed for photographs with locals.

"It's great for the people who live in Be'er Sheva that finally something exciting is happening here," said 15-year-old Eliza Frankel.

"We see the (commonwealth) cemetery and the monument (to fallen Turks), and now we appreciate it."

The charge by the 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse Regiments has passed into legend.

The attack on what was then an outpost of the Ottoman empire was launched to outflank the Turkish bastion of Gaza, against which two previous attacks had failed.

The Australian Light Horse managed to do what no one else had managed for hundreds of years: they overthrew Turkish forces controlling the Gaza-Be'er Sheva line, paving the way for commonwealth forces to reach Jerusalem.

Though an obscure location by almost any measure, Be'er Sheva, named for the water wells which were said to have been dug by Abraham, was strategically crucial because of its water supplies.

With water running out among the commonwealth forces, Light Horse commander, Lieutenant General Harry Chauvel, ordered his men to storm Be'er Sheva before nightfall on October 31, or to die trying.

The Light Horse - who were mounted infantry rather than cavalry - set off, galloping, as usual, to a point 1,500 metres from the Turkish trenches.

But rather than stopping to dismount to fight on foot, as they normally would, the 800 horsemen continued at full gallop toward - and then directly over - the Turks and their guns.

Riding at full speed, the Light Horse overran the Turkish lines before the defenders were able to adjust their artillery.

It was all over in less than an hour, with relatively few casualties.

The survivors later formed the honour guard for the British commander, Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, on his victory march into Jerusalem.

The 90th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba was also marked in Australia.

In Sydney, NSW Governor Marie Bashir unveiled a plaque commemorating the battle at 4.30pm - the same time the Light Horse began their charge.

At the same ceremony, John Cox presented the World War I and Boer War medals won by his father, the light horseman Arthur Cox, to the Australian War Memorial.

"We think that by giving the medals to the memorial to be displayed then more people will be able to see them and then more people may realise just what we owe to those blokes who went away and fought and were willing to die for us to save our country and to save our ideals," Cox told AAP.

He said Beersheba was a greater cavalry attack than the more famous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854, during the Crimean War.

"It's a shame that it is not taught to many of our children at school and most people haven't even heard of it," Cox said.

"Yet those 800 men did what the crusaders couldn't do, they did what the soldiers of a number of armies couldn't do and that is they defeated the mighty Turkish army.

"By winning that they shortened the war."

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