Jerusalem News-91
1.Palestinians Cheer Carnage
2.Saudi blacklists 200 companies
3. Arutz Sheva News
4. Some Facts and Figures

1.Palestinians Cheer Carnage
Subject: Israel News - Palestinians Cheer Carnage

Palestinians Cheer Carnage
With kids cheering murder, is peace even possible? Michael B. Oren
Wall Street Journal - August 06, 2002
JERUSALEM -- In Gaza last week, crowds of children reveled and sang while adults showered them with candies. The cause for celebration: the cold-blooded murder of at least seven people -- five of them Americans - - and the maiming of 80 more by a terrorist bomb on the campus of Jerusalem's Hebrew University. The joyful response of so many to the death, suffering, and mutilation of students and university workers raises pointed questions about the health of Palestinian society, both mental and moral. It makes many Israelis ask whether, even if a cease-fire is reached and negotiations someday resume, peace with the Palestinians is possible.

There is, of course, nothing new about Palestinians applauding terror. During the Gulf War in 1991, they danced on rooftops in praise of Iraqi Scud missiles raining on Israeli neighborhoods. Again, in the mid-1990s, after bus bombs in Israel killed dozens -- one of them was my sister-in-law -- an estimated 70,000 Palestinians filled a Gaza stadium to cheer a reenactment of the massacre. The deaths of over 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11 was another cause for dancing in Palestinian streets, though Arafat's men suppressed foreign coverage of the fete.

The terrorist acts and their gruesome effects are celebrated as inspiration for the next generation. Most recently, a West Bank university held an exhibition in honor of the suicide bomber who killed 14 Israelis at a Jerusalem pizzeria in 2001; the props included painted puddles of blood and scattered body parts. Palestinian parades regularly feature columns of masked and hooded youths girded with cardboard explosives, proclaiming their frenzy to kill. Palestinian babies have also been photographed -- proudly -- in suicide bomber's garb.

Readers of Richard Rhodes's recently published book, "Masters of Death," learn that, after a day of shooting thousands of Jews, members of the SS Einsatzgruppen often repaired for a celebratory drink and banquet. The Nazis' behavior is readily identified as barbaric and insane. Surely those same adjectives apply, then, to Palestinians who rejoice not only when great numbers of Jewish civilians are butchered, but when their own children are blown up in the process.

For all the kudos discretely given SS killers by the regime, Nazi Germany never publicly lionized them, never plastered their pictures on the streets, or openly encouraged children to emulate them. That kind of adoration for mass murderers can only be found, in abundance, among the Palestinians.

2.Saudi blacklists 200 companies.

NEW YORK TIMES 6 Aug.'02:"Saudis Ban Cos. Over Israel Exports" A.P.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -Saudi Arabia has blacklisted about 200 foreign
companies during teh past 10 months for importing $150 million of Israeli
products into teh oil-rich kingdom, a Saudi trade official said Monday.
Ahmed al-Ouda, a counselor in the kingdom's Commerce Chamber, told The
Associated Press that the companies -- mostly Jordanian and Cypriot --
forged certificates of origin of Israeli products in order to bring them
into the Saudi market.
Al-Ouda said the companies -- including 72 from Jordan, 70 from Cyprus, 23
from Egypt and 11 from Turkey -- will not be able to trade in Saudi again.
The other banned companies come from the United States, Britain, Singapore,
Thailand, Portugal and Poland.
He did not name any of the banned companies or give the exact number of
companies blacklisted.
Al-Ouda said Saudi authorities verified the goods originated in Israel after
making checks on items imported by the companies, which include vegetables,
seeds, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
About $300 million worth of Israeli goods were imported to Gulf countries
during the last 10 months, al-Ouda said, with about half that amount
entering Saudi Arabia.
An Arab League boycott has been in place since 1951, banning companies that
do business with Israel from dealing with Arab nations. But the boycott,
which once listed more than 8,500 companies and people from Coca-Cola to the
Ford Motor Co., has not been active for almost a decade.
Recently, however, boycott calls [IMRA: Especially from Syria] have risen
because of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli violence.

3. Arutz Sheva News
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 / Menachem Av 28, 5762
A briefing given last month to a top Pentagon advisory board described Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States. "The kernel of evil, the prime mover, the most dangerous opponent," is how the report describes Saudi Arabia, according to an article in the Washington Post today. The briefing recommended that U.S. officials tell the Saudis to either stop backing terrorism, or face seizure of its oil fields and its financial assets invested in the United States.
"The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader," according to the report, which was presented on July 10 to the Defense Policy Board, a group of prominent intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon on defense policy. Another excerpt: "Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies."
A Pentagon spokeswoman was quick to say that the briefing does not "reflect the official views of the Department of Defense," emphasizing that Saudi Arabia "is a long-standing friend and ally of the United States." But the Post noted that the views expressed in the briefing represent an increasingly accepted point of view within the Bush administration, especially on the staff of Vice President Cheney and in the Pentagon's civilian leadership.

A powerful bomb was found this morning near the Tunnels Highway just south of Jerusalem. Security experts say it was waiting to be picked up by a terrorist for use in a major attack in Jerusalem. The ten kilograms of explosives were hidden inside fire extinguishers.
A suicide terrorist on his way to a mass attack in or near Afula blew himself up prematurely yesterday evening, killing only himself and injuring the driver whose car he commandeered. The terrorist, standing at a gas station in the Israeli-Arab town of Um el-Fahm, just north of the Shomron, forced himself into the car of an Israeli-Arab from Nazareth, but seconds later his explosives belt partially detonated. The driver, who was not connected with the terrorist, was evacuated to a hospital, and sappers were called in to destroy the remaining explosives.
In another averted attack yesterday, soldiers approached four suspicious Arabs near the Shomron community of Tzufim, just northeast of Kfar Saba. The soldiers' suspicions were on target; the Arabs immediately fled towards Kalkilye, leaving behind a bag containing five AK-47 assault rifles, a pistol, ammunition and grenades. In a similar incident in the south today, a terrorist was spotted on the Aravah Highway; he threw away his bag and ran away. Weapons were found inside the car he abandoned, a large-scale search was undertaken, and the area was placed on high alert.

Haggai Huberman, PA affairs correspondent for Arutz-7 and HaTzofeh newspaper, is optimistic: "Israel's political and military situation of Israel is better than it was a year ago, better than it was at the beginning of the Oslo War, and generally appears to be going in a positive direction. Last summer, for instance, Israel was not able to take military action in Area A [areas handed over to the PA], and the IDF was very restricted in its responses to terrorism. Today, we act freely in these areas, with barely any international pressure. We have taken over almost the whole of Judea and Samaria , and the world barely says a thing. The American president calls for Arafat's ouster - who would have contemplated such a thing last year at this time?
"Arafat started this war - almost everyone now agrees - almost two years ago when he was just a handbreadth's away from a state. The PA had offices, institutions, 42% of the territory, the beginning of a constitution, a phone system, and many other trappings of a state. All he had to do was make one last concession and he would get his state - but he decided not to do that. Instead, he decided to start a war that would bring in international forces to take away the rest of Judea and Samaria from us.
Arafat wanted international intervention - and he got it in his face; the whole world is screaming for reforms in the PA, i.e., the end of his career.
"His situation now is that all the institutions that he built up are totally destroyed and no longer exist. They are further away from a state now than they were even at the beginning of the Oslo process in 1993. The PA's institutions don't function; the cabinet and the Legislative Council can convene, but they control nothing. The only systems that work to some degree are their health and education systems. Not only has he not gained any territory, but he has lost much of it. The Palestinian public realizes that they have lost everything. Now it is harder for them to build up all their institutions from scratch; when they did it eight years ago, there was an orderly transfer of power from the IDF's civil administration, which gave them all their lists - but now it has to be built up from nothing. Israeli Yesha, on the other hand, has grown, both in population and in area - the outposts, etc.
"In short, it appears that we are returning to Eretz Yisrael..."

The UN General Assembly last night passed a Palestinian-initiated resolution demanding an immediate end to IDF operations in Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza). The resolution equated PLO-sponsored terrorism with Israel's anti-terror efforts by demanding an end to "military incursions and all acts of violence, terror, provocation, incitement and destruction..."
The non-binding resolution passed by a vote of 114-4, with 11 nations abstaining. Voting against were Israel, the United States, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. The original draft accused Israel of carrying out war crimes against the Palestinian population, but was toned down in light of strong opposition by the U.S. U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte recently announced that the U.S. would not support similar UN resolutions unless they also condemn Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Arafat's Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, as well as recognize that any future Israeli withdrawal must be linked to an improvement of Israel's security situation.
Referring to the recent wave of PLO-sponsored terror that left 13 Israelis dead in one day, Negroponte said that the discussions at last night's special session were "out of step" with the reality of the events in Israel.

4. Some Facts and Figures

Do you know how many Islamic terrorist attacks Israel has been subjected to since September 2000? 13,890 attacks not including rock throwing.

Do you know how many have been injured, many becoming invalids, many missing limbs, many walking around with screws and nails in their organs? 4,379

Do you know how many have been barbarically massacred ?
603 - babies, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers, innocents in pizzarias, cafes, shops, bakeries, Passover meals, buses, and other everyday venues.

Do you know what this translates to if it had happened in the U.S.? 201,434 injured, 27,278 massacred. This equals 9 September 11 attacks in a span of 2 years. That means one 9/11 every 4.5 months. How would the U.S. respond to such barbarism? Would you live with that?

What would America do? Go into Saudi Arabia and Iraq and take over their oil fields. After all, it is thanks to U.S. technology these terrorist countries even have any oil. Second, eliminate, and we mean eliminate, Syria, the PA, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and every other terrorist government ( including those who want us to believe they are moderates) which has instigated anti-American rhetoric in their mosques, media, and schools, has funded terrorism thru telethons and other means, cooperated in shipment of arms, and any other activites which has led up to the mass murder of innocents.

Should Israel be expected to do anything less? No.

But Israel is suffering from occupation. This occupation is one the brainwashed media will never talk about. This occupation has resulted in illegal settlements - 244 Muslim settlements, 100 more than the Jewish settlements the world is hysterical over. This is the illegal occupation of Jewish land by illegal Muslim expatriates trucked in from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and other 3rd world countries to pretend they are Palestinians.

"And I will make of you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great.
And you shall be a blessing.
"And I will bless they who bless you, and curse him who curses you.
And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
(Gensis 12;2-3).

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Jerusalem News-92
1.Al Qaida operating through Hamas, Israel warns
2. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday
3. Yaacov Perry admits his past analysis faulty
4.Saudi enemy of America?
5. Arutz Sheva News Thursday
TIDBITS FROM THE P.A. : reporters witness execution of Arab by Arafat goons

1.Al Qaida operating through Hamas, Israel warns

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

JERUSALEM — Israeli officials said Al Qaida has given the green light for the recruitment of Palestinians and the financing of attacks in both Israel and against Jewish targets abroad.

The officials said Al Qaida is operating through the Hamas organization.

Meanwhile, authorities have reported scores of intelligence alerts of suicide attacks over the last week.
The Cabinet has been briefed on Al Qaida's efforts, officials said. They said Al Qaida has been given permission to recruit and organize insurgency cells in the Palestinian Authority, Middle East Newsline reported.
Health insurance for the self-employed: Special offer
"It has recently been found that Bin Laden's organization has been investing efforts into attacking Israeli/Jewish targets in Israel and around the world, and the organization has attempted to recruit and establish an operational infrastructure in the PA areas," a Cabinet statement said on Sunday.
The government has outlawed Al Qaida and declared it a terrorist group. This enables authorities to prosecute any member or supporter of the organization.
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer outlawed Al Qaida in October 2001. But the Cabinet decided on Sunday to declare Al Qaida a terrorist organization to expand the range of legal measures.

2. Arutz Sheva News
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002 / Menachem Av 29, 5762

Police Chief Shlomo Aharonishki said it could have been an attempt to perpetrate the long-feared mega-terrorist attack. He was referring to a bomb placed this morning or last night on the underside of a truck containing 15,000 liters of fuel. The truck loaded up this morning in Pi Gelilot, near Tel Aviv, where a similar bomb eleven weeks ago damaged a truck but injured no one. Today's bomb went off after the trucker pulled into a Rishon LeTzion garage, and caused minor damage; the driver was lightly wounded. Police are investigating the exact route the truck took since yesterday afternoon.
It was reported this morning that Prime Minister Sharon met this morning with top-level security officials to discuss mounting intelligence warnings of an Arab "mega attack" on an Israeli target. The first attempt of this nature was thwarted in April when troops in Kalkilye intercepted a car packed with explosives bound for a Tel Aviv skyscraper's underground parking lot.

If US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's remarks yesterday are any measure, American support for the Israeli position has probably never been stronger. Asked for his opinions on Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, Rumsfeld essentially justified their existence and said they're a non-issue. Admitting that this might not be the official Bush Administration's position, Rumsfeld twice called Yesha "the so-called occupied territories."
Excerpts from Rumsfeld's appearance at a Pentagon Town Hall meeting yesterday:
"If you have a country that's a sliver and you can see three sides of it from a high hotel building, you've got to be careful what you give away and to whom you give it. If you're giving it to an entity that has some track record, that has a degree of accountability, that has the ability to enforce security that's promised in whatever arrangements are made, it seems to me that's one thing. If you're making a deal and yielding territory to an entity that cannot or will not do that - and there is no question but that the Palestinian Authority have been involved with terrorist activities - so that makes it a difficult interlocutor.
"My feeling about the so-called occupied territories are that there was a war, Israel urged neighboring countries not to get involved in it once it started, they all jumped in, and they lost a lost of real estate to Israel because Israel prevailed in that conflict. In the intervening period, they've made some settlements in various parts of the so-called occupied area, which was the result of a war, which they won.

A young Arab-Israeli woman, 19, was indicted this morning for doing nothing to stop a suicide bomber from blowing himself up and killing nine people. She found out about the terrorist's intentions this past Sunday morning as she was sitting with a friend on a bus bound for Meiron and Tzfat in the northern Galilee.
According to the story she told police, she was on her way to nursing school classes in Tzfat when an Arab sat down beside her, and warned her to get off the bus fast because it was going to blow up. After much hesitation, she finally asked the driver to stop and allow her and her friend to alight. She did not warn the driver or two of her other acquaintances on the bus - two Druze sisters, one of whom was killed. A police source told Ynet that she warned only the first friend because "she was of Moslem origin."
Only after the two got off did the first girl explain to the other why she did so; her friend reportedly reacted with skepticism. The suicide bomber blew himself up about 20 minutes later - during which time the two young women did not notify the police or other authorities. Police sources said that even if they would not have been able to prevent the murderer from detonating the bomb, the lives of those who boarded the bus after the two got off or who were killed outside the bus - there were four of these - could have been saved.
The Arab woman will be tried in a court in Nazareth. The police will not charge her friend, as she did not personally hear the terrorist's warning.

Husam Hamdan, a leading Hamas military figure in Gaza, was killed there today, shot by an IDF sniper from several hundred meters away. Hamdan was saved from a previous attempt on his life when he managed to escape from a car targeted by an IDF helicopter strike... An Arab stabbed a Jew in Haifa today, wounding him moderately. Nationalistic motives are assumed... Two soldiers were shot at last night near Kadim in the northern Shomron; they suffered light to moderate injuries... Arabs also threw rocks at a soldier near Ramallah, hurting him lightly; hurled grenades at soldiers in southern Gaza, hurting no one; and firebombed soldiers stationed near Hevron, again hurting no one...

Israel has agreed to purchase 50 million cubic meters of water from Turkey each year for the next 20 years. The deal was announced following a meeting yesterday between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Zeki Cakan. The two countries have established a committee to plan how the water will be transported. Each cubic meter of water will cost Israel approximately 80 cents, according to experts' calculations.

3. Yaacov Perry admits his past analysis faulty
Subject: Yaacov Perry admits his past analysis faulty (yet doesn't hesitate to
propose concessions)
Sender: Week of August 13, 2002
Israel and the United States have consistently been wrong on the issue
of suicide bombings, a leading security official said.
Yaakov Perry, a former head of Israel's domestic intelligence agency,
said Israel and the United States completely underestimated the significance
of suicide bombers and its potential for spreading throughout Arab society.
The former Israeli security chief, who remains a senior consultant to
the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said that for years both
countries thought suicide bombers could only come from Shi'ite Muslims.
The first assessment by Israel and the United States took place after
Hizbullah suicide bombings against Israeli and U.S. targets in the early
1980s. More than 250 U.S. soldiers were killed in Hizbullah bombings around
Beirut in 1982 and 1983.
"The events of the '90s focused us to recognize our error. After both
Hamas and Islamic Jihad began to carry out suicide attacks, however, we
still believed that this phenomena occurred only among religious fanatics.
This assessment was also mistaken."

In the early 1990s, he said, Hamas took
about three months to prepare a Palestinian to blow himself up in a suicide
"Today, martyrs are totally different," Perry said. "Those responsible
for suicide attacks are able to identify and recruit the candidate, train
him or her, and arrange an implementation of the terrorist act itself within
a matter of days, if not hours. Obviously the situation greatly impedes our
ability to gather intelligence and to prevent or preempt the suicide
Perry, who headed the General Security Services from 1988 to 1995, said
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has not fought Islamic
insurgency groups throughout his tenure with the exception of a brief period
in 1996.
"He has been ill in recent years," Perry told a Brooking Institution
seminar. "He has trouble moving and speaking and apparently may have serious
problems in grasping reality."
"Anyone involved in this war knows that the lone suicide bomber is the
nightmare of intelligence organizations, precisely because identifying and
locating him is so difficult," Perry said. "I must admit that the sheer
number of suicide bombing acts over the course of the last year overwhelms
me and many like me."

4.Saudi enemy of America?
From: Chaim Sidman

Report: Pentagon advisory panel told
Could it be that the state department is covering up for the Saudi's?
I guess Saudi oil profit has more importance than national security.
Saudi Arabia is ENEMY
WASHINGTON - A briefing last month for a top Pentagon advisory panel depicted Saudi Arabia as an enemy to the United States and a backer of terrorism, The Washington Post reported in Tuesday editions.
"The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader," stated the briefing prepared by Laurent Murawiec, a Rand Corporation analyst, according to the Post.
The briefing was presented on July 10 to the Defense Policy Board, a group of prominent intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon on defense policy, the report said, adding that it appeared to be linked to the growing debate over how to drive Iraqi President Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.
"Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies," Murawiec was quoted as saying in the briefing.
He also urged the United States to demand that Riyadh stop funding fundamentalist Islamic outlets around the world, stop all anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli statements in the country," the newspaper reported.
The briefing urged U.S. officials to target Saudi oil fields and overseas financial assets if the Saudis refused to comply, according to the Post.
A Pentagon spokesman was not immediately available for comment on the report.
The newspaper quoted Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke as saying neither the briefing nor the advisory board represented the views of the U.S. government.

5. Arutz Sheva News Thursday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002 / Rosh Chodesh Elul 5762
Former Soviet Jewish refusenik Yosef Mendelevich may have been expected to rejoice at the news of the hundreds of immigrants arriving from Russia this week. After all, he was imprisoned for some ten years in Soviet Russia for the "crime" of fighting for Jews' right to immigrate to Israel. He was not overjoyed at the news, however, and he told Arutz-7's Tamar Yonah yesterday why:
"Unfortunately, the Jewish Agency is making every effort to bring to Israel everyone who could possibly have a legal right to Israeli citizenship - such as a Jewish man's non-Jewish grandchildren - instead of working specifically to bring Jews. The Jewish Agency, by definition, should be working with Jews, and really should have nothing to do with others who may have a right to live here. The Jewish Agency is not a government body, nor does it protect the gates of Israel; its job is solely to bring in Jews..."
Mendelevich said that the above policy is based on Jewish Agency Chairman Salai Meridor's ideology "that he must do whatever he can to offset the Arab demographic threat - even at the cost of bringing in non-Jews. This is a grave mistake."
Mendelevich suggested that individual citizens who are concerned about the growing number of non-Jewish Russian immigrants, their impact on the Jewish character of the State, and increasing incidents of Russian anti-Semitism within Israel - should try to contact Knesset Members:
"The goal must be to obtain a Knesset majority to change the Law of Return so that automatic citizenship will be granted only to Jews and their immediate family members... Prime Minister Sharon should also be contacted, as Agency Chairman Meridor is a representative of the Likud party, and Sharon should be able to have an influence on him... In addition, many of the dozens of little Jewish Agency centers throughout Russia and the Ukraine should be closed, and only the ones in the large cities should be left open. This will help attract fewer non-Jews... In addition, the policy of sending Christian emissaries to try to attract people to come on aliyah [immigration] should be stopped; it is clear that these emissaries are attracting many non-Jews..."

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports that a Muslim boycott of The New York Post has been announced, for its "numerous insults against Islam and the Islamic world." The Association of United States Muslims (AUSM) issued a communique a few days ago announcing that U.S. Muslims will neither buy nor sell the New York Post, and that, "in a separate harmonious move, 500 Muslim merchants active in distributing the press in New York also announced that they will stop distributing the New York Post for the same reasons."

TIDBITS FROM THE P.A. : reporters witness execution of Arab by Arafat goons
As PA officials were arriving for a recent meeting with Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, and as reporters were milling around outside waiting for news to break, PA policemen took a young man in his early 20's to the back of a building in Arafat's compound and executed him. Khaled Abu Toameh reported in yesterday's Jerusalem Post:
"Three policemen standing about three meters away sprayed him with bullets from their rifles. He was hit in the head and chest and fell to the ground. One of the policemen then walked up to him and fired one more shot into his head. 'Take him away,' came the order from another police officer... When the rest of the journalists heard the shots they rushed towards the area to see what was happening... Nervous policemen charged at the cameras and reporters and ordered them to leave the area. I asked a police officer what had happened and he replied, 'A criminal has been executed. What's the big deal?' ...
"[One of the reporters] was still in shock even after we arrived back in Jerusalem. 'This is a surrealistic experience,' he said. 'To execute someone in a place where the representatives of the world media are standing and where the cabinet is meeting is unprecedented. I have never heard of a case like this and it shows the cultural gap between the Palestinian society and most of the world.'"

Jerusalem News-93
1. MK Kleiner visits Temple Mount

1. MK Kleiner visits Temple Mount
Aug. 9, 2002

Nearly two years after the Temple Mount was declared off-limits to non-Muslims due to concerns over renewed violence, MK Michael Kleiner (Herut) was permitted by police to briefly enter the area Thursday night.
Kleiner, who had led a group of several hundred demonstrators on a walk to the Western Wall plaza from Jaffa Gate, said that his decision to visit the site came after months of increasing frustration and failure by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to reopen the site to Jews and Christians.
"The Temple Mount, the holiest site for Judaism, has been decreed Judenrein," Kleiner said. "This racial discrimination must stop."
Waving placards that read "Free the Temple Mount," and wearing T-shirts that read "The Temple Mount is for the Jews, Mecca is for the Arabs," the largely religious crowd of several hundred made its way through the narrow alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City to the plaza area.
Separated by a large police cordon, a group of two dozen Peace Now supporters held a counter demonstration near the area, their signs reading "Sharon and Kleiner a twin disaster," as Arab passersby watched.
"Even excluding the religious reasons, the discrimination against Jews and Christians is amazing," said 21-year-old Ben Marcus, of Long Island, a participant in the demonstration. "It just isn't fair that Judaism's holiest site should be closed to Jews," said Avi Piner, 20, of Brooklyn who is studying at the capital's Mir Yeshiva.
"You are asking for more spilled blood," a Peace Now demonstrator shouted out as the marchers made their way to the Western Wall plaza, where three of them were arrested by police.
Fearing renewed Palestinian violence, police have barred non-Muslims, including archeologists, from entering the Mount since then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon's controversial visit to the site in September 2000, leaving the site without any archeological supervision. The 22 months since then is the longest period the site has been closed to non-Muslims since the unification of Jerusalem in 1967.
A year ago, Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau called the restrictions on Jewish and Christian entry to the mount "an anomaly" that "runs counter to all the democratic principles of the Jewish State. Israel will have to find the proper time to see to it that principles of freedom of worship and archeological preservation are ensured," Landau said in August 2001.
"Anybody who reads the Bible and who knows history knows the significance of this place to the Jewish nation," said one of the most elderly participants in last night's march, 80-year-old Rachel Cohen, who came from the Negev.

"And I will make of you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great.
And you shall be a blessing.
"And I will bless they who bless you, and curse him who curses you.
And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
(Gensis 12;2-3).

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1. Acceptance of Prophecy.
2. Self-Respect (no hatred of fellow Israelite groups, no antisemitism)
3. Acknowledgement of The Israelite Identity of many people amongst
Western Nations.

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1. The spread of Identity Awareness.
2. Increased Identity research and clarification.
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Jerusalem News-94
1.Israeli intelligence was duped by Arafat
2. Arutz-7 News
3. Ancient Egyptian Beer Now Available?

1.Israeli intelligence was duped by Arafat
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 02:04:18 -0400
Ha'aretz: Israeli intelligence was duped by Arafat -assumed he embraced
peace process in first years of Oslo
[IMRA: This interesting and important article, the first of two in a series,
unfortunately does not discuss the psychology, ideology and avarice that
also played a role in these assessments:
* Psychology: many of the key intelligence people were being wined and dined
by their Palestinian colleagues - with family visits etc.
* Ideology: many of the key intelligence people have a left wing
orientation - many have expressed this after leaving their positions. In
fact, even those who admit that they erred in their assessments now promote
programs that are also based on essentially similar rosy assumptions
vis-a-vis the Palestinains in particualr and the Arabs in general.
* Avarice: some of the key intelligence people have engaged in business
dealings involving the Palestinian Authority since leaving their
positions. ]

But despite information compiled about the Palestinians and terror, the fact
that no model of indicating signs was constructed regarding the PA might
convey a hint that Israeli intelligence, particularly Military Intelligence,
and also the Shin Bet, fell victim to a misbegotten "conception"
(reminiscent of unwarranted assumptions which preceded the 1973 war).

Indeed, MI did not conclude until 1996
that Arafat was preserving the terror infrastructure intact, in order to use
it for his own purposes; and until September of that year, IDF Intelligence
did not believe that Arafat would use his soldiers to shoot at IDF soldiers
(as happened in the Western Wall tunnel incident).

Array of dangers
A top officer in IDF Intelligence from that period, Colonel (res.) Dr.
Shmuel Even, who served as deputy to the head of the research division
during the years 1992-1994, insists that intelligence findings were
genuinely precise. "The level of accuracy was so high that in retrospect we
have been surprised by the precision of these estimates," he says. As Even
sees it, "we emphasized the terror threat posed by Arafat during all stages
of the Oslo process. After the Oslo signing, in 1994, we released an
intelligence document and circulated it relatively widely; recipients
included the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In the document
we described possible dangers, including risks of terror and assistance
tendered to the Palestinians by hostile states such as Iraq and Iran. True,
we didn't delve into definitions of the probability of the dangers, and when
they were likely to transpire; but we definitely described the array of
dangers. We described the terror threat posed by the PA as a clear,
immediate danger which had a high probability of coming to the fore during
all stages of the Oslo process."

2.Arutz-7 News
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Sunday, August 11, 2002 / Elul 3, 5762

31-year-old Yafit Herenstein, mother of two little girls - 2.5 years and four months old - was murdered in an attack last night by an Arab terrorist in the Jordan Valley community of Mechora. Her husband remains in serious condition in an intensive care unit in Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital.

They came to kill, and were killed instead. Several Arab terrorists, using a nearby abandoned house as cover, began shooting at a group of Israeli surveyors working near the entrance to Dugit in northern Gaza. One of the Israelis was hit by at least five bullets and was taken to the hospital in moderate to serious condition, but soldiers who arrived on the scene returned fire and apparently killed both terrorists - although it is possible, the army reported, that one of them got away. The terrorists were armed with a powerful bomb. The abandoned house was demolished by an IDF bulldozer.
Yesterday morning, soldiers killed yet another Hamas terrorist on his way to carry out an attack in northern Gaza. The man was spotted cutting through the security fence separating Gaza from pre-1967 Israel. Troops opened fire, detonating the Arab's explosives belt and killing him instantly. He was found armed with five hand grenades, a Kalachnikov assault rifle and ammunition.
Two IDF soldiers were wounded this afternoon by Palestinian gunfire in Jenin. They were flown by helicopter to the hospital for treatment. One in listed in moderate condition…

Israeli pole-vaulter Alex Averbukh soared higher than everyone else - 5.85 meters (19.3 feet) - and was awarded Israel's first-ever gold medal in a major competition. It occurred at the European Athletics Championships in Munich, Germany, last night. Averbukh, who immigrated to Israel in 1999, dedicated his win to his recently deceased father and to the people of Israel. He broke down in tears as the Israeli flag was raised and HaTikvah, Israel's national anthem, was played during the victory ceremony.
Averbukh's triumph came a day before this morning's memorial ceremony for 11 Israeli athletes slain by PLO terrorists exactly 30 years ago at the 1972 Munich Olympics. All 17 Israeli athletes competing this year's European championship games, along with the relatives of those killed at the 1972 games, took part in the commemoration. A monument has been erected outside Munich's Olympic stadium in memory of the victims.

3. Ancient Egyptian Beer Now Available?
Subject: [origin of nations] Brewers concoct ancient Egyptian ale
To: Origin <>
Brewers concoct ancient Egyptian ale
Did King Tut sup on the Old Kingdom recipe?
A Japanese beer maker has taken a 4,400-year-old recipe from Egyptian
hieroglyphics and produced what it claims is a brew fit for the Pharaohs.
The Kirin Brewery Co. has called the concoction Old Kingdom Beer.
It has no froth, is the colour of dark tea and carries an alcohol content of
10% - about double most contemporary beers.

Sakuji Yoshimura, an Egyptologist at Waseda University in Tokyo, helped
transcribe the recipe from Egyptian wall paintings.
Kirin spokesman Takaomi Ishii said: ''It has a taste very different from
today's beer. It tastes a little like white wine.''
Research purposes
The beer is based on barley, but does not use hops, which give modern beer
its bitter taste, Mr Ishii said.

Drinkers will have to stick to normal ales. Old Kingdom is not for sale

However, don't expect the brew to be drawn from a pump in your local.
Kirin has no plans to sell Old Kingdom commercially, and said it developed
the beer for research purposes.
The 36 litres (eight gallons) brewed in the current batch will be presented
at a conference of the Master Brewers Association of America in Texas in

Evidence of beer making in Egypt dates back to the 10th century BC.
In 1996, British beer maker Scottish and Newcastle sold a limited edition,
1,000-bottle batch of beer brewed according to an ancient Egyptian recipe.
A bottle of its Tutankhamen Ale sold for £50 ($78).
See also:

"The Bible...he who has lost his God can rediscover Him in this work.
He who has never known Him will inhale here the breath of God's word."
-Heinrich Heine.

"It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people.
The principles of the Bible are the ground work of human freedom."
-Horace Greeley.

Jerusalem News-95

1.Sharon: Iraq is our Biggest Danger
2. Blood Libels Against Jews and Israel
3. Israel to hit back if Iraq strikes
4. EU warns against U.S. immunity
5. Arutz-7 News Monday
6. Arutz-7 News Tuesday
Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna declared his candidacy for the Labor Party leadership at a press conference this morning. Recent polls showed that Mitzna would pose a serious challenge to current Labor Party head and Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer -
7. Jews Still in Ethiopia


1.Sharon: Iraq is our Biggest Danger
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Sharon to panel: Iraq is our biggest danger
By Gideon Alon
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday told the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee that Iraq "is the greatest danger facing
Asked by Labor Party MK Ophir Pines-Paz and Shas MK Yitzhak
Cohen if Israel plans to attack Iraq if Baghdad attacks Israel, Sharon said
that "we don't know for certain if the U.S. will attack Iraq. Iraq is a
great danger. It could be said it is the greatest danger. We aren't
intervening in U.S. decisions." But he said that "strategic coordination
between Israel and the U.S. has reached unprecedented dimensions."
Asked about the chance of reaching a peace agreement with the
Palestinian Authority, Sharon said that "no deal will be done at the expense
of our security."

Herut MK Michael Kleiner outraged MKs when he proposed to Sharon
that the IDF carpet bomb Palestinian cities. He was responding to Sharon's
request that the MKs in the committee propose ways to deal with the terror
problem. When Sharon said Israel has no intention of harming the civilian
population that is not involved in terror, Kleiner interrupted. "Are the
100,000 people who attended Salah Shehadeh's funeral innocent?"
Kleiner explained that a quick victory was within reach if
Israel took the right steps. "Just like the Americans bombed the German city
of Dresden in World War II, and they bombed Afghanistan and Yugoslavia, we
should do the same." He proposed an IDF plane drop leaflets warning people
to leave their homes in time, and that the bridges to Jordan be kept open
"because after the bombing the people won't have anywhere to return."
Sharon angrily shot down the idea. "I would never do such
horrible things. That would be an enormous mistake. You do it when you're
prime minister," he said to Kleiner. MK Ran Cohen, chairman of the
committee, summed up, "Kleiner's proposal is as disgusting as the suicide

2. Blood Libels Against Jews and Israel
HonestReporting Communique
12 August 2002
* * *
Dear HonestReporting Member,
We thought that the modern revival of the blood libel was only finding
expression in the Arab world. But Honest Reporting cites three recent
examples of irresponsible (or maliciously) false reports citing "Jewish
attacks on Arab civilians."
BBC recently reported that the editor of Egypt's leading daily, Al-Ahram,
is being sued in a French court for alleged incitement to racial hatred.
The investigation relates to an Al-Ahram article headlined "Jewish Pie
From Arab Blood." On August 1, 2002, BBC wrote (emphasis ours):
"[The] article cited an incident which OCCURRED in 1840 and was first
reported by the French orientalist Charles Laurand in his book 'The Murder
of Father Toma and His Servant Ibrahim Amara'... He cites two Greek
WITNESSES who said the French priest was kidnapped by Jews, killed and had
his bones ground and his blood brewed to be used in cooking a matzo, the
Jewish unleavened bread traditionally eaten during Passover."
BBC reported the blood libel as if it were factual! HonestReporting member
Adam S. and others complained, and BBC updated the article to read as
follows (emphasis ours):
"[The] article cited an ALLEGATION by a 19th century French author,
Charles Laurand, that a French priest and his servant had been killed by
Jews in Damascus. He CLAIMED that their bones and blood had been used to
cook a matzo, the Jewish unleavened bread traditionally eaten during
Good work, Adam. Awful bias, BBC.

===== CHICAGO READER =====
Meanwhile, the Chicago Reader (, with a
distribution of over 250,000, accuses Israel of using nerve gas on
Palestinian children. Chicago Reader movie critic Ted Shen writes
(emphasis ours):
"American filmmaker James Longley traveled to Gaza in January... In the
press package Longley is careful not to take sides, but the constant
barrage of artillery shells, the civilians' complaints, and the IMAGES OF
of the Sharon government. The film focuses on Mohammed, an Arab boy who
curses Jews for what they've done to his friends and family; near the end
of the film he smiles at the camera and declares that he wants to martyr
himself and attain paradise, a testament to the region's bleak future."
Despite great efforts by HonestReporting member Ora H. and others, the
Chicago Reader has never retracted or apologized for this "blood libel."

3. Israel to hit back if Iraq strikes
August 13, 2002
Israel to hit back if Iraq strikes <>
By Alan Philps

JERUSALEM — Israel has told the United States that it will retaliate if attacked by Iraqi missiles during an anticipated American assault to depose Saddam Hussein. The decision means that Israel is likely to be a participant in the campaign, in contrast to the 1991 Persian Gulf war, when it was restrained by pressure from Washington.
Officials said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has told President Bush that there was no question of Israel staying on the sidelines, as it had done earlier.
Americans are believed to be sympathetic to Israel's desire to demonstrate its deterrent capability, although some are pressing for any response to be "symbolic" if there are no casualties. But there is little likelihood of the Israelis showing such restraint.
"Israel paid a price in terms of its deterrent posture by not responding in the past to Iraqi attacks," said Dore Gold, an adviser to the prime minister. "In a region where ballistic missiles are proliferating, there is a limit to how far our country can voluntarily erode the credibility of its deterrence."
During the Gulf war, 40 Iraqi Scud missiles landed on Israel but did little damage. Two persons died of shock. Despite threats from Saddam to "burn half of Israel," he did not use biological or chemical weapons and had no serviceable nuclear warheads.
In that conflict, the United States fought alongside an international coalition that included Egypt, Syria and other Arab states. The alliance would have fallen apart instantly if Israel were seen actively participating.
The Israeli air force was not granted access to codes that would enable it to be recognized as a member of the alliance. This time, however, there is no coalition to be blown apart.
The 1991 experience left a deep scar on many Israelis as they huddled together in their gas masks, fearing a chemical attack.
The conflict now would be even more frightening for the Israelis, as Saddam is not being given the chance to survive, which might spur him to use every weapon in his arsenal.
But Israelis are calm. There is a feeling that the country escaped lightly 11 years ago and has had a decade to improve its defenses. The government is preparing smallpox vaccine to inoculate the whole nation, in case of a biological attack.
But the calm is most likely because Israelis, by and large, are already saturated with worry about the Palestinian uprising and the economic slump stemming from it.
They have no energy to fear a conflict not yet on their doorstep.

4. EU warns against U.S. immunity
August 13, 2002
EU warns against U.S. immunity <>
By Ben Barber

The European Union yesterday told all countries hoping to join the bloc that they should not sign U.S. accords granting immunity to U.S. peacekeepers from the new International Criminal Court.
Yugoslavia said yesterday it would not sign such a pact.
The warning by European Commission President Romano Prodi to aspiring EU members followed an EU announcement of regret that Romania had become the first country to sign an ICC-immunity agreement with the United States.
"Other candidate countries which have also been approached by the United States, for now in any case, should not make any more moves to agree to sign such an accord," said a spokesman for Mr. Prodi in Brussels yesterday.
Mr. Prodi "would like that before going forward, the other candidate countries wait for a complete analysis to be completed by the EU" on the consequences of this type of accord, said the spokesman.
The 15 EU member nations are currently considering applications for membership by 10 former Soviet-bloc nations — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia — as well as Cyprus and Malta.
A Washington spokesman for the European Union said the warning against bilateral immunity treaties with the United States was not a threat directed at aspiring EU members.
"There is no reason to believe if you don't comply [with the Prodi warning yesterday] something will happen to you," said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The United States has refused to sign the Rome Treaty creating the International Criminal Court, designed this year to try war crimes such as genocide. China, Russia and Israel have also refused to sign.
Fearing its peacekeepers abroad could be tried in a court that is not accountable to U.S. laws or officials, the Bush administration is seeking to negotiate treaties with each ICC member state to grant immunity to U.S. peacekeepers under Article 98 of the Rome Treaty.
Only Israel and Romania have signed such accords with the United States.
Yesterday the State Department repeated a warning that nations that refuse to grant Article 98 immunity to American troops might be barred from U.S. military assistance.
"If you look at the American Service Members Protection Act, there is a section that prohibits military assistance to a variety of countries or to countries that enter into the Rome Statute of the ICC," said spokesman Philip Reeker yesterday.
"These restrictions do not apply to assistance to NATO member countries or major non-NATO allies or others, and it also provides the president with the authority to waive these restrictions where a country has signed an Article 98 agreement and also in other cases where it's in the national interests."
Ambassadors from several countries have been invited to the State Department to receive similar warnings in the past two weeks.
Romania said Sunday its decision to sign the immunity accord with the United States did not undermine its loyalty to the European Union.
"It is wrong to speak of a conflict of interest, it is wrong to call into question our loyalty toward membership in NATO or the EU," Foreign Minister Mirco Geoana said.

5. Arutz-7 News: Monday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Monday, Aug. 12, 2002 / Elul 4, 5762

It was reported today that a Jenin man had shot his son in the leg after he learned - from the IDF - that his son was planning a suicide attack against Israel. In addition, another father brought his son to an IDF checkpoint and turned him in, claiming that the young man was planning a suicide attack. The army says that these are only two of several recent incidents affirming the effectiveness of its new policy of demolishing homes and expelling terrorist relatives in saving Jewish lives.
Another suicide terrorist from northern Jerusalem was arrested today, following the arrest of his accomplice - a female minor - a few days ago.

Atef Abeyat, who was head of the Tanzim terrorists in Bethlehem until Israeli forces killed him ten months ago, murdered an IDF soldier merely because of a bet he made with other terrorists. A recently-arrested Tanzim terrorist told his investigators that about a year and a half ago, Abeyat was playing cards with some terrorist friends. During the course of the game, it was decided that the loser would kill an Israeli soldier. The loser was Abeyat, and he quickly set out, in accordance with his "obligation," to kill a soldier - Sgt. Danny Darai, 20, who was shot in his army base near Rachel's Tomb on April 2, 2001. Abeyat was also responsible for the deaths of four other Israelis and dozens of other shooting attacks. He was killed in October 2001 when a bomb exploded in his car.

A shower of meteors will be seen tonight in Israeli skies. The climax will be at 1:08 AM, and can best be seen in a dark place, without the help of binoculars or a telescope. The meteor storm is the result of Earth passing through a dust belt left by a recent comet.

6. Arutz-7 News Tuesday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Tuesday, August 13, 2002 / Elul 5, 5762

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has made only his second visit to eastern Jerusalem since being elected over 18 months ago. He took part today in the dedication ceremony of the new Rehavam Ze'evi Promenade, leading from the Intercontinental Hotel on the Mt. of Olives towards the Old City. The promenade includes three observation points providing impressive views of the Temple Mount and vicinity. Standing at one of them, only dozens of meters from the Temple Mount, Sharon said, "No one is more fitting to be memorialized by this observation point, where the entire Old City of Jerusalem is laid out before us, than Rehavam Ze'evi." Ze'evi, Tourism Minister in the Sharon government and a high-ranking IDF officer in the reserves, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in October 2001.
Sharon's last visit to the area was shortly after his election in February 2001, when he prayed at the Western Wall. The General Security Service, responsible for protecting him, has since then not allowed him to enter even his home in the Moslem Quarter of the Old City. Today's visit was secured by hundreds of policemen, and only a small group of journalists was permitted to cover the event.

Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas party, will visit the terrorism-plagued city of Emanuel tomorrow. He will take part, together with Israel's Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, in a memorial ceremony for the nine victims of a bombing-and-shooting terrorist attack on a bus outside the town one month ago. Rabbi Yosef's visit symbolizes a rapprochement of sorts between Shas and the Yesha leadership. Many Yesha residents have not forgotten Shas' support for the original Oslo Agreements nine years ago.
This morning, Shas leader Interior Minister Eli Yeshai met with Yesha Council chief Bentzy Lieberman, and the two took some minutes off to talk with Arutz-7. "We're talking about the struggle faced by Yesha residents in the increasingly difficult day-to-day situation," Yeshai said. "We've always made tremendous efforts to help Yesha, but now even more so. Rabbi Yosef has often personally asked me to help Yesha in various ways..."

Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna declared his candidacy for the Labor Party leadership at a press conference this morning. Recent polls showed that Mitzna would pose a serious challenge to current Labor Party head and Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer -

The Oslo War and accompanying terrorism has brought Israel's tourism industry close to a standstill, and many small businesses are on the brink of collapse. Many communities abroad have taken the initiative, essentially telling their brothers in Israel, "If we can't come to you, then we'll bring you - or your products - to us." One example is an Israeli "mall" to be exhibited in Toronto (1126 Finch Ave. W., units 16,17) from Aug. 18-22. Twenty Israeli merchants will display their wares, including jewelry, casual wear, art, Judaica, Israeli crafts, skin care products, honey, and more.
A similar fair was held this Sunday in the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach. Organizer Sharon Haberman of Manhattan told Arutz-7 that she "wanted to do something to help Israel, its vendors, and the economy in general" - and the idea was born. Some 30 vendors were represented, bringing products such as T-shirts, olive oil, art, Judaica, jewelry, and more. Thousands of dollars were also raised for victims of terror in other activities such as raffles. "Baskets for IDF soldiers - made in Israel, of course - were also sold," Sharon said, "and we had petting zoos, pony rides, balloons, crafts, a food court, and more." An estimated 2,000 people showed up during the course of the day.
Other Israeli goods fairs have been held recently in various American cities, and more are planned in Lakewood, Monsey, Queens, and elsewhere.

6. Ethiopian Jews in Ethiopia
Subject: [Kulanu] Ethiopian Jews in Ethiopia To:
An article about an outsider's February 2002 visit to the Jewish
compound in Addis Ababa has just been posted to Kulanu's web site
It's an astonishing read. Here's the first paragraph:
"The facts and figures are astounding. In just a few walled acres in a
slum neighborhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1100 preschool children are
fed in four hours every weekday. Adult Education (in Hebrew and Jewish
Studies) in eight shifts per day serves 1600 in a week. Some 2700
school-age children are educated and fed every day, five days a week.
Simple but nutritious meals have been developed costing 17 cents each
($53 per child per year). And 850 adults (mostly heads of households)
are hired as paid employees, 700 of them in embroidery work. On a slow
day, when the weather is threatening, morning Shabbat services may be
attended by "only" 2500 adults and 500 children and youths."

The article is listed as "A Day with the Jews in Ethiopia" under Ethiopia

Jerusalem News-96
1.Arutz-7 News: Wednesday
2.The 10 Fatal Flaws of Oslo
3. Fighting Myths
4. 30 Jewish women take over roof of house
5. 'If attacked, Israel might nuke Iraq'

1.Arutz-7 News: Wednesday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 / Ellul 6, 5762
Fatah Tanzim terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, a right-hand man of Yasser Arafat, was indicted this morning in a Tel Aviv District Court on charges of murder and related crimes.
Barghouti stood behind dozens of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians since the beginning of the Oslo War almost two years ago. The charges against him include murder, aiding and abetting murder, attempted murder, criminal conspiracy, and serving as an active member in a terror organization. He was apprehended on April 15 at the height of Israel's Operation Defensive Shield anti-terror campaign. Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein made a special decision to try senior terrorists captured during Operation Defensive Shield in civil, not military, trials, as a way of emphasizing the direct involvement in terrorism of the leaders of the Palestinian Authority.
The charge sheet specified that Barghouti "led, managed, paid for, and activated terrorist activities against Israeli targets using leading terrorist activists." Among the dozens of terror acts he oversaw were the following:
* The murder of six Jews during a Bat Mitzva celebration in Hadera in January 2002;
* A shooting spree on Jaffa St. in Jerusalem, killing two, Jan. 22, 2002.
* The murder of a Greek Orthodox monk on the road to Ma'aleh Adumim, June 12, 2001;
* The murder of a policewoman in N'vei Yaakov, a coffee company owner and philanthropist in Atarot, and three Israelis in a Tel Aviv restaurant - all in a ten-day period in Feb.-Mar. 2002.

2.The 10 Fatal Flaws of Oslo
The 10 Fatal Flaws of OsloYossi Klein Halevi
Jewish United Fund - July 31, 2002
In establishing that new sequence, Bush sought to correct a fatal flaw of the Oslo process: that Israel would yield concrete assets in exchange for easily revoked promises of peace.

But that was only one fatal flaw in a fundamentally flawed process. Here is a list of the 10 fatal miscalculations made by the architects of Oslo--perhaps the worst wound Israel ever inflicted on itself:

Empowering Arafat: "Only Arafat can make the necessary compromise," the Oslo visionaries assured us.
Empowering Arafat, then, meant creating a Hamas-like regime--protected by international legitimacy.

Whitewashing Arafat: They want to forget it now, but many on the Israeli and American Jewish left were actually charmed by the mass murderer.

Empowering the leadership of 1948: PLO-Tunis represented the Palestinian diaspora, the refugees of 1948. Israel resurrected the PLO, just as it was on the verge of collapse following the Gulf War. By saving Arafat, we imposed the leadership of 1948 onto the Palestinians of 1967--that is, of the West Bank and Gaza, who had lived with us, however unhappily, and with whom we’d shared a measure of coexistence.

Promoting a false symmetry: "Both sides want peace," the Oslo architects assured us. "A Palestinian mother and a Jewish mother both want the same things for their children." Our children came home from kindergarten waving little flags made of Stars of David entwined with doves; their children were taught paeans to suicide bombers. And now Palestinian mothers send their grown-up children off to martyrdom.

Pretending that the Middle East resembles Western Europe after World War II: That was a favorite insight of Shimon Peres, the basis for his New Middle East. Like the European Union, he said, the Middle East was on its way to replacing dreams of national glory for prosaic prosperity. Peres was right about Israeli society: Like Western Europe after World War II, most Israelis had fought one war too many and were ready to exchange nationalist for consumerist dreams. But he misjudged the Arab world by one war: Arab society more closely resembles Europe after World War I--aggrieved, militaristic and waiting for revenge for all those decades of Israeli military victories.

Encouraging dictatorship: In Yitzhak Rabin’s words, Arafat could be trusted to suppress terrorism because, unlike Rabin himself, he wouldn’t have to contend with "Bagatz and B’tzelem"--that is, with a Supreme Court and human rights watchdogs. The result was that Israel helped build one of the Arab world’s most corrupt regimes, and destroyed whatever hope the Palestinians had of emulating Israeli democracy.

Turning Judea And Samaria into the West Bank: The moral premise of partition is that two nations claim the same land, and so the only fair solution is to divide it between them. But what if one side insists that the whole land belongs to it by right, while the other side waives its claim to part of the land?

That is precisely what Israel did by turning "Judea and Samaria" into the "West Bank." The result was that the world quickly came to see the Israeli willingness to concede its biblical heartland as no concession at all, merely the occupier returning his theft to its natural owners.

Delegitimizing the critics: It’s not only the right who delegitimized Rabin; the left did the same to Oslo’s critics. And Rabin himself was a prime offender, mocking the settlers and even comparing the Likud to Hamas as part of an "anti-peace" bloc.

Democracy for peace: The Rabin government sacrificed democratic norms for the sake of the peace process, ramming through the Knesset far-reaching territorial concessions on the basis of a single vote--that of an unscrupulous rightwing parliamentarian who was lured to support Oslo by a political bribe. It is hard to recall another democracy making such a fateful decision on the basis of a majority of one, let alone a majority won through a parliamentary trick.

The culmination of Oslo’s anti-democratic spirit occurred at Taba in January 2001, when Prime Minister Ehud Barak, left with a minority government and facing a landslide defeat, offered the Palestinians even more concessions than he’d offered six months earlier at Camp David.
The above list is by no means exhaustive; additional follies could easily be cited. Understanding what went wrong with Oslo is crucial, especially at a time when some people are trying to divide the Jewish world with their insistence that Oslo’s failure was Israel’s fault.

3. Fighting Myths
From: Oscar Villarreal <>
Subject: RE: Jerusalem News-88
Shalom Yair,
As always it is good to get correspondence from your organization because you give me ammunition to debunk the myths about Palestinian suffering being soley because of Yisrael's "occupation". There are so many gullible people here in Chicago, Illinois, USA that buy into a strangely twisted media opinion, that it makes you sick. I frequently pass out copies of newsletters from an organization called FLAME or Facts and Logic About the Middle East and usually get good responses. Myths, by the way are the theme of this letter and how simply by repeating things (often by unintended ignorance) that the lies become truth. See below an excerpt from the homepage on Arabian Fables I and II, especially on the term "palestinian".

4. 30 Jewish women take over roof of house
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 02:35:13 -0400

30 women take over roof of house in W. Bank, demand that IDF destroy it
By Ha'aretz Service 15 August 2002
Some 30 women from the settlements of Shilo and Ma'aleh Levonah took over
the roof of a house in the West Bank village of Luban a-Sharkiyeh and
demanded that the IDF destroy the building. The women claimed that the house
was the site from which terrorists shot and killed Revital and Avi Wolansky
last week.
On Sunday 25 settlers took to the roof of the building, and five women, who
had stayed on top after the rest had left, only agreed to come down after
the IDF said that it was considering removing them forcefully.

5. 'If attacked, Israel might nuke Iraq'

'If attacked, Israel might nuke Iraq'
By Ze'ev Schiff Ha'aretz 15 August 2002
If Iraq strikes at Israel with non-conventional weapons, causing massive
casualties among the civilian population, Israel could respond with a
nuclear retaliation that would eradicate Iraq as a country. This grave
assessment, from American intelligence, was presented last week to the U.S.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
During the 1991 Gulf War, then U.S. defense secretary Richard Cheney, now
vice-president, told CNN that Israel could respond with nuclear weapons to
an Iraqi strike that included the use of chemical weapons. This assessment
has only been strengthened since then, because according to all the signs,
Iraq now has biological weapons that could cause mass casualties.
According to one assessment, military-grade biological weapons can be almost
as lethal as a nuclear bomb.
The U.S. intelligence assessments include an analysis of possible Israeli
responses. The lowest probability is that Israel would respond initially
with a conventional military retaliation if it is slightly harmed, and would
add a warning that a non-conventional response was possible if the Iraqi
attacks on the Israeli civilian population continued.
The possibility of Israel using nuclear weapons against Iraq appears in a
document submitted by military expert Dr. Anthony Cordesman, a fellow at the
Center for Strategic and International Studies, to the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee. Presumably, the document is based, in part, on official
administration assessments.
In the worst case scenario, writes Cordesman, Israel could face an
existential threat to important urban areas such as Tel Aviv or Haifa. Under
such conditions, it would threaten nuclear retaliation against Iraqi cities
and military forces to cease the [Iraqi] attack.
If the Iraqi attack were to continue, and there was a lethal biological
strike on an Israeli city, Israel would certainly respond with nuclear strikes
against Iraqi cities that were not yet in the hands of American forces,
Cordesman says. Such an Israeli reaction could destroy Iraq as a state.
Based on this assessment and the possibility of an Israeli retaliation in
the event of an Iraqi strike, it is presumed that the United States will, at
the earliest stages, make a special effort to neutralize any possible use of
Scud and El Hussein rockets that Iraq positions in its western regions, as
it did in the Gulf War, for a more convenient launching site for attacks
against Israel. During discussions in Washington, Israeli representatives
asked the United States to take action against the missiles in western Iraq.
The Americans know that Iraq is not depending only on long-range missiles in
its plans for using chemical or biological weapons against its enemies,
including Israel. As part of its preparations, Iraq has also been working on
developing pilotless planes. Unlike the usual development of drones used
primarily for intelligence gathering purposes, the Iraqis are working on
normal-sized planes loaded with chemical or biological weapons and intended
to be flown by remote control. They are working on an Eastern European
training plane and on a version of the MiG-21. Both planes have been tested.

Jerusalem News-97
1. Saudis and September 11
2.Israeli Discovery: Salt Brings Rain
3. IDF arrests suspected killer of 10-month-old Shalhevet Pass
4.Arutz-7 News: Thursday
5. Arutz Sheva News: Friday,
6. Arafat's Money. The guy's a billionaire. Where does his money come?

1. Saudis and September 11
The Twin Tower terrorist attack in New York killed 2,823 people
wounded and maimed many more, caused great material damage,
and seriously impugned the US image.
19 terrorists are believed to have participated directly in the attacks.
The bodies of nine of the 19 have been found. One was a Lebanese citize,
eight were from Saudi Arabia.

2.Israeli Discovery: Salt Brings Rain
A team headed by Professor Daniel Rozenfeld from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem,
published findings in the recent issue of "Science":
A spray of sea -water from the Ocean reaching clouds causes small water droplets to grow in size
and thus increases the possibility of rain falling. This type of rain has the ability to purify the atmosphere
of pollution.
In Israel spay produced from Dead Sea water is now being sprayed on clouds to induce rainfall.

3. IDF arrests suspected killer of 10-month-old Shalhevet Pass

By Amira Hass, Ha'aretz Correspondent , News Agencies and Ha'aretz Service
16 August 2002
In an operation in the Hebron area early Friday morning, Israel Defense
Forces soldiers arrested Sudki Zaro, the Palestinian sniper who is believed
to be behind the March 2001 killing of 10-month-old Shalhevet Pass, Israel
Radio reported.
South of Jenin, troops arrested five Palestinians, including four who appear
on Israel's most-wanted list.
The IDF demolished late Thursday night the family homes of two Palestinian
terrorists in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported.
Troops destroyed the home of Iyad Sawalha, an Islamic Jihad activist
responsible for the Megiddo Junction car bomb attack in which 17 people were
killed two months ago, in the village of Rais.

4.Arutz-7 News: Thursday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002 / Elul 7, 5762
Jerusalem Post printing employees arrived at work on Tuesday morning, only to find the gates locked - and most of them out of a job. Danny Ben-Sheetrit, chairman of the Jerusalem region of the Histadrut Labor Union, told Arutz-7 that the paper has decided to transfer most of its printing operations to two new locations - and that one of them is Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority "capital" in Judea/Samaria.
The 40 workers were told on Tuesday that most of them were fired, and that the management was interested in keeping only nine (20, according to other reports). After two days of hopeful but fruitless negotiations, the workers have chained themselves to the gates and are not allowing the printing of the daily edition, nor are they permitting entry into Post offices. The workers say that if no solution is found, they will bring their family members along to their Sunday protest. Arutz-7's calls to Jerusalem Post management offices for comment went unanswered.
More than 1,000 people gathered in the Shomron community of Emanuel yesterday to take part in a memorial ceremony for the 20 Israelis who were murdered in two separate terror attacks over the past year just outside the town's entrance. Addressing the crowd were Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau as well as Shas party spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Rabbi Yosef told the Emanuel residents that they were "modern-day heroes," that the commandment to settle the Land of Israel was equal to all others, and that Emanuel should one day number a million Jews.
The event marked Rabbi Yosef's first official visit to a Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) community since he announced his support for the Oslo Accords nine years ago. Several Shas Knesset Members also attended the ceremony. Yesha Council Secretary-General Adi Mintz said today that Rabbi Yosef originally supported Oslo "in the belief that it would save lives. Now that it is clear to him that supporting Oslo actually costs lives, he is very supportive of those who are fulfilling the commandment to build up the Land of Israel."
Rabbi Menachem Felix of Elon Moreh, who once spent several weeks protesting outside the home of Rabbi Yosef against his support for the Oslo process, said today, "It is fine and praiseworthy that a leader and a party look at the reality and have the courage to change course if necessary."
Although the rainy season doesn't begin for another two months, heavy rains fell in the Tel Aviv area this morning as well as in the Jerusalem Mountains. The weatherman says that this is the fringe of the freak weather that has hit Europe in recent days.

5. Arutz Sheva News
Friday, August 16, 2002 / Elul 8, 5762
New York's City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution yesterday calling for the closure of the PLO office on Park Avenue in New York City. Calling the office a "danger" to New Yorkers, and labeling the Palestinian Authority a terrorist organization, the resolution asks U.S. President Bush to work with the United Nations to seek the immediate closure of the office.
"This is a great victory," said Rabbi Avi Weiss, President of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, whose organization lobbied heavily on behalf of the resolution. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Vice-President of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, said, "This is the first step in our process of closing the doors of the PLO's Mission to the United Nations. Now that the Council has spoken, we intend to announce legal action to actually evict the PLO." Of the 52 council members, only six voted against the resolution.

6. Arafat's Money. The guy's a billionaire. Where does his money come?
Arafat's Stash - The guy's a billionaire. Where does his money come from?
By Rachel Ehrenfeld - National Review August 15, 2002
Yesterday's news that Yasser Arafat has a $1.3 billion personal slush fund is
no surprise. The information disclosed by Israel's military-intelligence
chief emphasized that the stash was not skimmed from aid intended for the
Palestinian people (donated by the likes of USAID and the EU), but he
refrained from identifying the actual sources.
So questions abound: Is that the sum of all the money Arafat controls? Is it
actually stolen from international aid money? How long have we known about
A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from Nablus, Muawiya
Al-Masri, was interviewed earlier this month by a Jordanian publication
about Arafat's regime. When Al-Masri went public about PA corruption back in
1999 he was nearly killed in retaliation. Undeterred, he again spoke at
length about the endemic corruption of the PA and Arafat. "No minister can
appoint a driver or a delivery boy in his ministry without the president's
consent," said Al-Masri. "There is no institutional process. There is only
one institution - the presidency, which has no law and order and is based on
bribing top officials."
Following the Oslo Accords, Arafat overtook even PEDCAR (the Palestinian
Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction), founded under strict
European conditions, as soon as it began operating. "His [Arafat's] became
the authorized signature. Today, no amount, no matter how small, leaves the
PEDCAR funds without the president's signature."
Experts estimate that the $1.3 billion Arafat controls could feed three
million Palestinians for a year, buy 1,000 mobile intensive-care units, fund
ten hospitals for a decade, and still leave $585 million to fund other
social projects.
But firsthand testimonies by disaffected Palestinians, and volumes of
documents found in his headquarters in Ramallah, leave no doubt that Arafat
controls all PA money. And since this goes back to the 1960s, the amount of
money that passed through his hands is staggering.
Over the years, the PA has had multiple funding sources. Every Palestinian
"contributes" taxes. Arab nations send money. International organizations
donate with poor Palestinians in mind. At the time the PA was created in
1993-4, the British National Crime Intelligence Service estimated that the
PLO's ill-gotten gains totaled $8-10 billion. In addition, the PLO enjoyed
an annual income of about $1.5-2 billion from "nations, extortion, payoffs,
illegal arms dealing, drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, etc." Since
then, they've gotten even more. So where is that money?
Only Arafat, his wife Suha, and his "economic adviser" Mohammed Rashid know
where the loot is hidden. Few others are in the know, but all of Arafat's 34
ministers have managed to get very wealthy over a short period of time,
thanks to monopolies, gifts, and tens of thousands of dollars in regular
payments from Arafat.
How much money is under Arafat's control? In addition to the $1.3 billion
that he keeps to himself, he also controls all the money that is in the PA
budget, money intended for development, businesses, education, health, etc.
He decides who gets what and when - and that's how he controls his gang.
Arafat also controls a growing criminal industry - a blooming counterfeit
industry that includes hundreds of thousands of CDs and DVDs, movies,
designer cloths, schoolbooks, and even cosmetics. It's a cash cow for
funding terrorist activities - but not before Arafat and his gang get their

7. Why the Palestinians are Winning the Media War
Why the Palestinians are Winning the Media War:
An Interview with David Bedein in Reform Judaism Magazine
David Bedein has run the Jerusalem-based Israel Resource News Agency, which
provides news services for the foreign media, since 1987. He has also
worked on special assignment for BBC, CNN Radio, the Los Angeles Times, and
the weekly Israel news magazine Makor Rishon. He was interviewed by RJ
editor Aron Hirt-Manheimer.
Do you agree with those who say that "the Palestinians have been doing a
better job than the Israelis on the public relations front"?
Yes. For the past twenty years, the Palestinians have outmaneuvered the
Israelis in framing the conflict for the world media. The turning point
came during the 1982 Lebanon War, when the Palestinians initiated a
propaganda campaign to cast themselves as the defenders of human rights and
the Israelis as the violators of human rights. At the same time, Yasser
Arafat's brother, Dr. Fatchi Arafat, exploited his position as director of
the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to release grossly inflated casualty
figures. On June 10, 1982, for example, Dr. Arafat issued a statement
declaring that "10,000 Palestinians have died and 600,000 have become
homeless in the first few days of the war"--a lie calculated to portray the
Palestinians as the victims of a genocidal assault in Lebanon. In fact, the
total population in the war zone numbered fewer than 300,000. Yet the
International Red Cross and Middle East Action Committee of the American
Friends Service Committee spread the 10,000/600,000 figure to every media
outlet in the world, and the major American networks picked up the story.
NBC's Jessica Savitch reported, "It is now estimated that 600,000 refugees
in south Lebanon are without sufficient food or medical supplies."

Palestinian media professionals have no qualms about deceiving the media
for political advantage. In their attempt to convince the world that the
IDF massacred hundreds of civilians in the Jenin refugee camp during
Operation Defensive Shield, they used animal carcasses to fill the air with
the stench of rotting flesh in places where reporters and UN officials were
likely to visit. The IDF caught that ploy on video, as they did a staged
funeral in which "the body" jumped out of the coffin and ran for cover when
an Israeli surveillance plane flew over the site.
Are you suggesting that such tactics have been counterproductive?
Not at all. Such bloopers are the exception. The Palestinians have an
excellent track record in manipulating images that appear in the world
media. They achieved an enormous propaganda windfall at the beginning of
the second intifada, when a Palestinian film crew working for a French
television network recorded the shooting of eleven-year-old Mohammed
al-Dura as his father tried in vain to shield him during a battle at a road
junction near Gaza. The video, edited to portray the IDF as heartless child
killers, fit the Palestinian story line perfectly. The Israeli government
fell into the trap, issuing an apology even before investigating the
incident. Mohammed al-Dura, the "poster boy" of the second intifada, will
go down in history as a celebrated martyr of the Palestinian people--and
yet, the Palestinian version of al-Dura's death is a lie, an invention of
Palestinian P.R. professionals. A thorough IDF investigation, which was
issued three weeks after the incident and confirmed by a German TV crew,
showed that the bullets fired at the boy had come from the direction of
Palestinian gunmen who had attacked an Israeli guard post. But the world
had "witnessed" the shooting of al-Dura, as the media scripted it--an
atrocity committed by Israeli troops--and the damage could not be undone.
It is impossible to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

How do Palestinian P.R. professionals get their training today, and who
funds it?
The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
(PASSIA) provides courses and more than thirty how-to manuals on public
relations, media relations, fundraising, communications, lobbying, and
public speaking. PASSIA trains Palestinian academics who will be teaching
abroad on how to promote their cause on university campuses; in addition,
Palestinians in the U.S. are taught how to seek out the Arab constituencies
in each congressional district and how to lobby members of Congress for
political and financial support of the Palestinian cause. And who picks up
the tab for PASSIA? The United States Agency for International Development
(USAID), a program of the U.S. State Department, grants PASSIA and eighteen
other Palestinian media relations firms in Jerusalem more than $1 million
annually. It was only this past March, after a U.S. House International
Relations Committee staffer discovered that USAID was providing allocations
for Palestinian media relations, that members of Congress became aware of
this aid. A surprised Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) looked at PASSIA's
advocacy manual and said incredulously: "Here we are in Congress paying
them to lobby us."

Do you believe the United Nations plays a role in advancing the Palestinian
P.R. agenda?
Definitely. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) maintains a
professional media relations department and a news service called the UNRWA
television network, both based in the Ain el-Helweh UNRWA refugee camp in
Lebanon. UNRWA cooperates with the media services of the PLO and the
Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) to provide the visiting press with
information and services. Its literature focuses largely on the plight of
the refugees who are being housed in camps until they can "return to their
homeland"--which, according to their literature, includes not only the
territories captured by Israel in 1967, but also all the areas that Israel
annexed after Israel's War of Independence in 1948.

The UN's agenda is to present the Palestinian Arabs as victims. In Witness
to History: The Plight of the Palestinian Refugees, one of several primers
distributed by UNRWA and published by MIFTAH, the Palestinian media agency
run by well-known Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi and commissioned by
the Canadian government, the UN asserts, on page 13, that all "refugees and
their descendants have a right to compensation and repatriation to their
original homes and land . . . . "

How do the Palestinians and Israelis different in their methods of media
Professionally trained and disciplined Palestinian spokespeople usually
present themselves as a ragtag bunch of amateurs. They meet Western
reporters in modest Jerusalem or Ramallah hotels or against the backdrop of
refugee camps. This tactic has been very successful in reinforcing the
stereotype of their side as the aggrieved underdog. An interview with a
Palestinian in an alleyway with burning tires and bullets flying overhead
captures the imagination of editors who place a premium on entertainment
value--the human drama unfolding.
In contrast, when foreign correspondents meet with Israeli officials, they
are often greeted by slick government spokespeople at fancy hotels,
state-of-the-art media centers, or modern offices. Israeli spokespeople
labor under three false notions: first, that formal, professionally
packaged P.R. is persuasive; second, that lengthy explanations of the
history of the conflict will be more effective than sound bytes in
convincing the public of the rightness of their cause; and third, that the
moral correctness of their action and cause is self-evident to any
rational, fair-minded human being. Along these lines, Israel's Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres once said: "Good policies are good P.R.; they speak
for themselves." Unfortunately, Peres was wrong. A lie can be more powerful
than the truth, if you market your lie well enough for people to believe it.

Why do you think the Israel government has had such difficulty in recent
years getting its point of view across to the Western media?
I think Israel made a major mistake in 1986, when Israel Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres and his deputy Dr. Yossi Beilin revised the way in which the
government would relate to the PLO. They asked the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs to cease distribution of the PLO covenant, which has never
officially changed the provision calling for the destruction of the State
of Israel. They also asked that the ministry stop defining the PLO as an
enemy. In countless briefings that the ministry held in the late 1980s,
both Peres and Beilin explained that the time had come to put the fight
with the PLO in the past. The 1986 Peres/Beilin policy change paved the way
two years later for the U.S. government to recognize the PLO.
The Israeli government also gave the Palestinians a free ride from 1993-
2000, during the seven-year Oslo process, by downplaying terrorist attacks
and the two-faced message of the Palestinian leadership, which presented a
message of peace in English and a message of war in Arabic. To keep the
Oslo process from collapsing, both Israeli and U.S. leaders decided in 1993
to ignore the PA's daily radio and TV calls for a renewed war against
Israel. Indeed, in 1995, when the Institute for Peace Education Ltd., which
our agency helped to facilitate, produced videos of Arafat's speeches
promoting jihad (holy war), then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres asked Israel TV not to air any of
Arafat's speeches in Arabic. In September 1995, Peres went so far as to ask
Representative Ben Gilman, the chairman of the U.S. House International
Relations Committee, not to hold a special hearing in which these videos of
Arafat's speeches were to be screened. The House committee ignored the
The "don't tell" policy continued during the Netanyahu administration from
1996 to 1999. While Netanyahu's office churned out weekly reports on PA
incitement for Likud Party members, a senior official of the Netanyahu
administration confirmed to me that the reports were deliberately withheld
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli media. In October
1998, during my coverage of the Wye conference, I asked the Israeli embassy
why they did not distribute this material. They answered, "The Israeli
government downplays the reality of Arafat's PA in order to not alienate
the U.S. government." The Barak government, which assumed power in May
1999, went so far as to quietly eliminate the clause in the Oslo accords
that required the PA to cease incitement against Israel.

Do you believe that many Western journalists harbor an anti-Israel bias, or
are there other factors which work in favor of the Palestinian point of view?
I agree with the assessment of Dr. Mike Cohen, a Jerusalem-based strategic
communications analyst and IDF reserve officer, who says that most foreign
journalists are not inherently anti-Israel, antisemitic, or
pro-Palestinian. They are, however, easily swayed by Palestinian
manipulation, which relies on the reporters' and editors' lack of
background knowledge, combined with the lack of time and desire to take a
deep look at the facts. Another factor is the fear of losing access to
Palestinian sources and logistical support if their stories are perceived
as hostile. Moreover, non-Palestinian reporters are deliberately impeded
and intimidated when trying to cover news that may embarrass the PA. I know
of several foreign journalists who had reported incidents of Palestinian
incitement and were thereafter barred from PA briefings.

Jerusalem News-98
1.Arafat, the Nazi by Joseph Farah
2. De-Nazify the West Bank by Caroline B. Glick
3. Arutz-7 News: Sunday
Interview with Uri Dan
4. Updated Statistics of Oslo War
5. Message to EU who fund Arafat

1.Arafat, the Nazi by Joseph Farah
Yasser Arafat is a murderer of Christians, Jews, Israelis and Americans – including U.S. diplomats, tourists, innocent women and children. Yasser Arafat is an unrepentant terrorist – the modern-day inventor of Arab terrorism, an inspiration for Osama bin Laden and others. Yasser Arafat is an exploiter of his own people, keeping them in squalor and perpetuating their hatreds while padding his own Swiss bank accounts.

You might think that track record would be enough for Arafat to be targeted for termination or at least relegated to political obscurity once and for all as America and its allies wage an international war against terrorism.

For some reason, it has not been enough. Arafat is continually resurrected politically by Americans, Europeans and Israelis. So let me offer one more bit of Arafat's sociopathic history for consideration.

Arafat is a Nazi sympathizer.

In an interview last week, published in Al Sharq al Awsat, a London Arabic daily, reprinted in the Palestinian daily Al Quds, Aug. 2, and translated by Palestinian Media Watch, Arafat called the Arab leader and Nazi ally, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, "our hero." He drew an analogy between himself and al-Husseini who survived as a leader despite world pressure against him because of his Nazi ties.

"We are not Afghanistan," said Arafat in the interview. "We are a mighty people. Were they able to replace our hero Hajj Amin al-Husseini? There were a number of attempts to get rid of Hajj Amin, whom they considered an ally of the Nazis. But even so, he lived in Cairo, and participated in the 1948 war, and I was one of his troops."

Arafat seldom tells the truth, but, in this case, his facts are correct.

Hajj Amin al-Husseini was the grand mufti of Jerusalem leading up to World War II. He supported the Nazis. He met with Adolph Hitler. He was a strong proponent of the Nazi program for mass murder of the Jews.

In fact, Arafat's hero became a German agent, and the British tried repeatedly to arrest him as a spy.

Perhaps the mufti's "greatest achievement" was the recruitment of tens of thousands of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania to the German SS. His Arab legions later participated in the massacres of thousands of partisan Serbs, Jews and Gypsies.

On March 1, 1944, Arafat's hero was in Berlin making a dramatic radio broadcast: "Arabs! Rise as one and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion. This saves your honor."

The Nazi mufti visited numerous death camps and encouraged Hitler to extend the "Final Solution" to the Jews of North Africa and Palestine. In fact, his only condition for recruiting the Arab legions in the Balkans was a promise from Hitler to wipe out the Jews of the Middle East after the war.

In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the mufti as a war criminal for his role in the massacres. He escaped from French detention in 1946. He then traveled to Egypt where he lived until 1974.

The grand mufti was not just Arafat's "hero," as he says. Arafat was, in fact, so close to al-Husseini that the young terrorist called him "uncle." Arafat's real name is Rahman Abdul Rauf el-Qudwa al-Husseini, though his actual blood relationship with al-Husseini is in question. His entire career was sponsored by the dreaded Nazi mufti. He was, indeed, Arafat's mentor, his inspiration for 40 years of terror, murder, hatred and international duplicity.

The world's people are too forgetful. This history is well-documented. Now Arafat, in his own words, has reminded us once again about the bloody ties between his movement and the Nazi monsters. He even reminds his own people of why the mufti was scandalized. He knows his own people have no ill feelings toward the Nazis. He knows his movement and the Nazis still share a common goal – the death of all Jews. He knows this history can't haunt him among his constituency.

But why do decent people, freedom-loving people, Christians and Jews, Americans and Europeans, even Israelis, allow Arafat to escape accountability for his words and his deeds?

Let this be Arafat's final political epitaph: He was a terrorist. He was a murderer. He was a liar. He was pro-Nazi scum.

2. De-Nazify the West Bank by Caroline B. Glick | August 9, 2002

The television camera lens moves with seeming effortlessness from the pictures of suffering and
death at the Hebrew University to the carnival in Gaza City, where thousands take to the
streets in celebration of the pictures from Jerusalem. Gazing at the revelers on the screen,
one strains one's eyes to find an expression of shame, guilt, or remorse on the faces in the
crowd. One unconsciously prays to discern anything that would show that those in front of the
camera are there by accident or because they were forced to be there. But no, the faces on the
screen are uninhibited, joyful ones.
Far from being forced to participate in the festivities, each and every one of the people at
the parade in Gaza makes a personal decision to leave his or her home and join the crowd in
applauding the mass murder of Jews. They are there because they support the murders. They are
there because such murders make them happy.
These Gazans, and their counterparts at Balata refugee camp near Nablus, were not celebrating a
military victory. There was no battle at the cafeteria in the Frank Sinatra International
Student Center. These Palestinians men, women, teenagers, and small children came together to
celebrate another massacre in their genocidal campaign against the Jewish people.
Yes, genocide. The Palestinians have reached a point in this war where it has now become clear
that their goal in this struggle is not the end of the so-called "occupation," but rather the
organized, premeditated mass murder of Jews because they are Jewish. That is, the Palestinian
goal today is genocide.

The fact that the Palestinians don ski masks and keffiyehs rather than brown shirts and
swastikas also makes us undervalue the fact that, like the Nazis, the Palestinians are
utilizing all their technological know-how and military resources to kill Jews and are making
their best efforts to constantly improve and enhance these resources to increase their kill

It is not just Hamas or Tanzim or Islamic
Jihad that we must fight, but Palestinian society itself must be transformed for there to be
peaceful coexistence. All major indicators point to the conclusion that the overwhelming
majority of Palestinians is complicit in the aim of committing genocide against the Israelis.

Virulent, Nazi-style Jew hatred and dehumanization has become for the Palestinians, as for the
Germans before them, the central unifying theme of society. The best-seller lists in the PA for
years have included such works as Mein Kampf and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Being a
relative of a suicide bomber is a status symbol.
From the schoolrooms to the mosques to the daily papers to the art studios, Palestinians teach,
preach, write and paint in praise of genocide. Even Yasser Arafat's purportedly democratic and
pro-Western opposition has no moral qualms about massacring Israelis. Leaders like the
much-feted Sari Nusseibeh argue against suicide bombings not because they are morally
reprehensible, but because of their tactical inconvenience.

Once we understand that this is the situation in Palestinian society, we reconcile ourselves
with the fact that we are not in a struggle against a political movement for national
sovereignty. We are being victimized by a genocidal campaign for our violent elimination
supported by the overwhelming majority of Palestinians.

3. Arutz-7 News: Sunday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Interview with Uri Dan

Interview with Uri Dan
Arutz-7 spoke today with Uri Dan, a long-time friend and confidante of Prime Minister Sharon.

When Arutz-7's Ariel Kahane asked him why Sharon is negotiating with Muhammad Dahlan, the man who oversaw the terrorist murder of two teachers and maiming of several children in Kfar Darom, Dan said,
"Have you heard of the verse, 'By deception you should make war?' Engrave it on your heart. This is a very cruel war, that of cleaning out all the weapons that Yossi Beilin allowed in here at the beginning of the Oslo process is a very weighty job... Listen clearly to what I am saying: The only one who is able to run this war on behalf of the Jews, their future, and their security - better than anyone else - is Ariel Sharon. He has proven this over these past difficult months, with the war in and for our homes."
"But we are trying to learn how exactly he will do this, and you're not exactly answering," Kahane probed. Dan:
"Because I think that this is not a matter for discussions on the radio. Everyone with eyes in his head can see that if Sharon had not acted this way, we would have had not 600 [ed. note: 615] painful deaths, but 6,000. Note the accomplishments of this war against terrorism. Note how Pres. Bush stood by Israel's side when he called for a change of PA leadership, and note how Sharon prevented a deterioration into the regional war that Arafat was hoping for, with international intervention, and note how he preserved national unity during this difficult time..."
Kahane: "But it looks like he is planning to waste these accomplishments by doing things like talking with Dahlan...?"
Dan: "Have you seen him talking to Dahlan?"
Kahane: "No, but he sent his Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer to talk with him."
Dan: "So then wait and see. Wait and see. Look, we don't live from newspaper headlines. What's nice about our country is that the good things here usually happen despite and against the headlines..."

Israel's largest bus company, Egged, plans to sue the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat for hundreds of millions of dollars. Egged claims that the terrorist attacks of the past two years have murdered some 100 people on Egged buses, and have cost the company close to 200 million shekels a year, including a drop in the number of riders. The suit will be submitted in a Tel Aviv court two weeks from now.
In another civilian effort to stop terrorism, the parents of Meiron Junction bus bombing victim Marian Menachem, 20, of Moshav Safsufa, have filed a complaint with police against two Israeli-Arab women students. The students learned that the suicide terrorist was planning to blow up the bus about 20 minutes ahead of the attack, got off the bus, and made no effort to notify authorities. The complainants say that their daughter's life could have been saved had the women taken the trouble to call the police.
"It is doubtful whether it is against the law" to wear a T-shirt reading, "No Arabs - No Terrorism." So ruled Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Drori today, based on a previous broad interpretation by the Supreme Court of the right to freedom of speech. Judge Drori rejected the State's appeal against the release from prison of Aharon Yirmiyahu, a teenager accused of disturbing the peace at the funeral of terrorist victim Elazar Leibovitz in Hevron three weeks ago while wearing a shirt with the above words.

A bomb exploded today alongside an Israeli car near Avnei Heifetz, in western Shomron; eyewitnesses said that miraculously, no one was hurt...
Arabs continued attacking Israelis in different places and using various methods over the weekend. A female motorist was lightly wounded yesterday afternoon when Arabs hurled rocks at her car on the Jerusalem-Maaleh Adumim highway. Police arrested three suspects from the nearby village of Issawiya... At least 18 other Arabs suspected of terrorist activity were arrested over the weekend.
An IDF soldier was lightly wounded this morning in a grenade attack near the southern Gaza community of Gadid...
A firebomb was hurled at a gas station in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood. No one was hurt in these incidents…

4. Updated Statistics of Oslo War
4,478 injured, 609 killed, 14,085 attacks 29 September 2000 through 17
August 2002
IDF Spokesperson 18 August 2002
Injured: 3,198 Civilians + 1,280 Security Forces = 4,478 Total Israeli
Killed: 427 Civilians + 182 Security Forces = 609 Total Israeli Killed
Total Attacks*: 6,559 West Bank + 6,917 Gaza Strip + 609 Home Front =14,085
* Does not include attacks with rocks or firebombs.

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Jerusalem News-99
2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday
3. British 'force field' protects tanks by zapping grenades by Michael Smith
4. Abu Nidal's death
5. Arutz 7 Commentary: The Fruits of Miracles
6. Zimbabwe: Blacks take over farms as whites flee police by Peta Thornycroft


2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Tuesday, August 20, 2002 / Elul 12, 5762
IDF Sgt. Kiven Cohen, 19, from Petach Tikvah, was killed by Arab sniper fire early this morning at the Yakinton Outpost outside Gadid in Gush Katif. A lone bullet hit his head following a night of gunfire, and he died on the way to the hospital. Israel Air Force helicopters overflew the PA city of Khan Yunis to find the murderer, but without success. Heavy exchanges of gunfire later developed at the Tufah Crossing near N'vei Dekalim, and one Arab was killed.
The murder occurred only hours after Israel began implementing the Gaza First agreement yesterday. Israel began easing restrictions with the goal of withdrawing its forces from the area and handing over full security control to the PA. The PA is obligated to work to stop terrorism by its own Fatah-Tanzim, as well as by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others, but many of these groups said they would continue their violence. Hamas claimed credit for today's killing.

Israeli forces began implementing the Bethlehem part of the agreement last night by withdrawing its troops from Bethlehem and vicinity, including Beit Jala, and redeploying outside the towns. PA forces under the command of Haj Ismail took control of the area following Israel's withdrawal.

A resident of Kokhav Yaakov was saved from a shooting attack last night. Arab terrorists opened fire on him as he passed by Sinjil, near Shilo, in the Binyamin region, puncturing his car's tire and hitting the clutch. The uninjured driver radioed for help from his disabled car, and security officers from the nearby Jewish towns responded quickly. The attack occurred only 100 meters away from the spot where Ofrah teenager Erez Rund was murdered ten weeks ago. Israeli security forces know the murderer's identity, but he has yet to be apprehended. Several dozen residents of the Shilo-Eli area demonstrated at the site of last night's attack, demanding better protection from the army.
Slightly further north, another Israeli vehicle was hit by gunfire this afternoon near the Arab village of Luban el-Sharkiya. No one was hurt. Avi Vilensky and his wife Avital were murdered two weeks ago by terrorists from the same Arab village...

Is the southern wall of the Temple Mount safe? The Jordanians don't think so, and neither does Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University, a member of the Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Temple Mount artifacts. A Jordanian delegation arrived at the Temple Mount a few days ago to check the situation of the wall (that which stands to the right of worshippers at the Western Wall, visible to the right upon entry from Dung Gate) - but Dr. Mazar says that both the problem and its cause are obvious.
"What's the problem with the southern wall?" asked Arutz-7's Haggai Segal of Dr. Mazar.
"The problem is that it's about to fall," she responded, "within a matter of months, and possibly even weeks; I have trouble believing that it will last the entire winter. I am referring to the southern wall, at its eastern corner."
A-7: "Why is this?"
Mazar: "It's not hard to guess, actually. Precisely on the other side of the [bulge in the] wall is where the major works of destruction were carried out by the Waqf [the Moslem body that controls the Temple Mount] starting in 1996, when Netanyahu allowed them to build the largest mosque in the ancient site of Solomon's Stables, and the area was entirely changed. Tractors worked there, and tremendous quantities of fill - composed of ancient artifacts - were taken out. These walls were not built to carry tractors and loaded trucks. The path of the rainwater was also changed in the process, and water is trickling down the walls and eating away at them. The bulge can clearly be seen [not from the path to the Western Wall, because the view is blocked, but rather] from the road around the southeast corner of the Mount; if a year ago it was a 'fourth-month' bulge, now it looks like it's in its 'eighth month.' It is shocking, because it looks like it can fall on those standing below..."
Dr. Mazar said that the Jordanians and the Waqf are doing nothing about the problem except blaming Israel, nor is Israel able to do anything: "Jews are not allowed in to the Temple Mount... The Waqf has placed some scaffolding there to try to hold up the wall, but is doing no work there. Israel has stationed two policemen there to watch... The scaffolding itself is a joke; it's not strong enough to hold up the wall, and in fact, no scaffolding would be strong enough. The wall has to be taken down and rebuilt, that's the only thing that will help.
A-7: "Doesn't the Waqf care about this?"
Dr. Mazar: "The Waqf? The only thing it cares about is Islamicizing the Temple Mount, and absolutely nothing else. Let's not forget, in the past five years the Waqf has only been destroying there - their only goal is to build a mosque on the entire compound. They claim that the entire area is Moslem, and that it's always been that way, and that's it. Nothing else interests them - not the Jewish connections, not what Christianity says, not the cultural significance, and not the law... It's true that the massive destruction of the past few years has stopped of late, but on the other hand, Jews are not allowed in to ensure that under the surface nothing illegal is being done... We have absolutely no idea what's going on there under the surface. Prime Minister Sharon has no plan, and has simply decided not to decide. The only thing that will solve this problem is a public outcry against the continued destruction of the Temple Mount."

3. British 'force field' protects tanks by zapping grenades by Michael Smith
August 20, 2002
British 'force field' protects tanks by zapping grenades <>
By Michael Smith

LONDON — An electric "force field" for armored vehicles that vaporizes anti-tank grenades and shells on impact has been developed by scientists at Britain's Ministry of Defense.
The "electric armor" has been developed in an attempt to make tanks and other armored vehicles lighter and less vulnerable to grenade launchers such as those used by Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan.
It could be fitted to the light tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) that will replace the heavy Challenger II tanks and Warrior APCs in one of the two British armored divisions.
The ubiquitous RPG-7, a rocket-propelled grenade, can be picked up for a mere $10 in many of the world's trouble spots and is capable of destroying a tank and killing its crew.
When the grenade hits the tank, its "shaped-charge" warhead fires a jet of hot copper into the target at about 1,000 mph. It is capable of penetrating more than a foot of conventional solid-steel armor.
The new electric armor is made up of a highly charged capacitor that is connected to two separate metal plates on the tank's exterior. The outer plate, which is bulletproof and made from an unspecified alloy, is grounded, and the insulated inner plate is live.
The electric armor runs off the tank's power supply. When the tank commander feels he is in a dangerous area, he simply switches on the current to the inner plate.
When the warhead fires its jet of molten copper, it penetrates both the outer plate and the insulation of the inner plate. This makes a connection, and thousands of amps of electricity vaporize most of the molten copper. The rest of the copper is dispersed harmlessly against the vehicle's hull.
Despite the high charge, the electrical load on the battery is no more than that caused by starting the engine on a cold morning.
In a recent demonstration of the electric armor for senior army officers, an APC protected by the new British system survived repeated attacks by rocket-propelled grenades that would typically have destroyed it several times over.
Many of the grenades were fired from point-blank range, but the only damage to the APC was cosmetic. The vehicle was driven away under its own power.
Professor John Brown of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, which developed the "pulsed power system," said it was attracting a lot of interest from both the British Defense Ministry and the Pentagon.
With the easy availability of RPG-7 rocket launchers, "it only takes one individual on, say, a rooftop in a village to cause major damage or destroy passing armored vehicles," he said.

4. Abu Nidal's death from Hararetz

Iraq on Tuesday confirmed Abu Nidal's death, saying the feared Palestinian terrorist leader had committed suicide.

Baghdad's first official confirmation of his death came amid claims that Abu Nidal recently held talks with Saudi and Kuwaiti agents and that plans for an American attack on Iraq were found in his Baghdad apartment.

The claims, made on Tuesday by a senior Palestinian official in the West Bank city of Ramallah, were quickly rejected by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

But these reports and the murky circumstances surrounding Abu Nidal's death - he is said to have suffered several gunshot wounds - fueled speculation outside Iraq concerning his final days.

"Yes, I confirm his suicide and an official will give you full details on Wednesday," Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz told reporters on Tuesday without elaborating.

Palestinian media had reported Monday that the internationally-wanted Abu Nidal, 65, was found dead in his Baghdad flat. The Al-Ayyam newspaper in Ramallah reported he had apparently committed suicide. The Arabic news television network al- Jazeerah also said Abu Nidal was dead.

Quoting "well-informed Palestinian sources" they reported it was believed that an Iraqi force tried to arrest Abu Nidal, who then shot himself. However, the report did not exclude that the terrorist was murdered.

The Fatah Revolutionary Council split from Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1974 and is believed to be responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, killing or injuring almost 900 people.

Some sources believed Abu Nidal , whose original name was Sabri al- Banna, had been living in Iraq since the late 1980s, with reports in the past coming out that he was dead.

In another scenario, the Palestinian militant was said to have fled Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War for fear of capture by the United States.

5. Arutz 7 Commentary: The Fruits of Miracles
Subject: Arutz 7 Commentary: The Fruits of Miracles
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The Fruits of Miracles
by David Wilder
The Jewish Community of Hebron
August 19, 2002
Way back in 1994, the Meshulam family, Rabbi Inon, his wife Orna, and their children left their home in Rechovot and made Aliyah to Hebron. Here they took up residence in Beit Shneerson, right next to Beit Hadassah. Rabbi Inon, a serious Torah scholar continued to study and teach. His wife Orna taught in the Kiryat Arba Ulpana, the girl’s high school. A Yemenite family, the Meshulam’s added a special flavor to the Hebron environs.
On a Sunday morning in January of 1995 the Meshulam’s had an unexpected visitor. Their then 10 year old daughter Bat-El stayed home that day, not feeling well. Everyone else was out, at work or at school. At about 9:15 in the morning women outside Beit Hadassah hearing a nearby explosion, ran to soldiers guarding in the area and asked what had happened. The soldiers shrugged, answering that the explosion occurred far away. The women and soldiers were still discussing the incident when 10 year old Bat-El ran outside, calling to them, screaming, ‘something exploded in our kitchen.” Everyone ran upstairs and found the remains of a Lowe missile smoldering on the floor. The missile, shot by terrorists from the Harat a’Shech hills, smashed through the Meshulam’s kitchen window and plowed into the wall, not far from where Bat El was resting in her room. Fortunately for her and for the other residents of the building, the Lowe missile, stolen from an Israeli military base near Jericho, was used by Israeli forces for training exercises and did not contain a loaded warhead.
Almost a half a year ago, in March, another one of the Meshulam children, 16 year old Eliya was walking outside the Avraham Avinu neighborhood when an Arab terrorist ran out from the Arab market with a knife in his hands. He plunged the knife into the Jewish youth and ran off, managing to escape from Israeli military forces. Eliya was seriously wounded, as the huge knife virtually pierced him, from side to side. However, G-d was watching over Eliya Meshulam. Despite injuries to his liver and colon, two weeks later Eliya was back home. Another Meshulam family miracle.
But that wasn’t really the second miracle. It was the third. Almost exactly a year ago, on August 25, 2001, eleven year old Tzviel Meshulam and his seventeen year old brother Matanel were playing on the porch of their home. At seven o’clock in the evening Arab terrorists began shooting at them from the infamous Abu Sneneh hills. One bullet tore through Matanel’s hand and a bullet fragment punctured Tzviel’s chest, missing his lungs by millimeters. Tzviel’s injury was, at first, considered to be serious, but he recovered quickly. Matanel’s wound caused grave damage to his hand, and he has undergone numerous medical procedures over the past year. At the time of the shooting Matanel was serving in the army. These days, in between medical care, Matanel spends his time studying Torah.
One might ask, how does a family react to continued terrorist acts, especially when they strike, not just so close to home, but literally at home? The Meshulam’s have tremendous faith, and I think I can accurately state that these three terror attacks have strengthened them. They did not leave Hebron, they did not try and run away from the murderers attempting to kill them. Rather they have stood up to the terror, staring it in the eye, defeating it.
Tonight, almost exactly one year after being shot, Matanel Meshulam is marrying Inbar, ready to begin his own family, a family that will undoubtedly be imbibed with faith, personifying the ideal of settling the land, together with Torah study, within the framework of the highest ethical and moral standards. Due to the lack of space at the moment in Hebron, the young couple will begin their married life only a few minutes away, in the community of Bat Ayin, in Gush Etzion. The very fact that Matanel is continuing in the footsteps of his parents is a victory for Am Yisrael in its war against an enemy wishing to destroy us.
In 1995, following the missile attack on the Meshulam home, then 10 year old Bat-El was interviewed on Israeli radio, only hours after the missile exploded in her kitchen. When the interviewer asked her if she wanted to stay in Hebron she answered affirmatively. When asked why she answered, “I feel very lucky to live in Hebron. This is the City of the Patriarchs. I live near Ma'arat HaMachpela. I have the privilege to pray there. Now I'm going to walk to Ma'arat HaMachpela to say "Birchat HaGomel" (a blessing of thanksgiving) for the miracle that happened to me this morning".
Bat-El was the first of four Meshulam children that have recited the blessing for miracles in the past seven years. And those miracles are starting to bear fruit, beginning tonight, with Matanel Meshulam’s wedding.
With blessings from Hebron,
This is David Wilder

6. Zimbabwe: Blacks take over farms as whites flee police by Peta Thornycroft
Blacks take over farms as whites flee police
By Peta Thornycroft in Harare
(Filed: 17/08/2002)

At least 20 white farmers were rounded up and flung into police cells across Zimbabwe yesterday as hundreds of new black farmers, the beneficiaries of recently-appropriated white-owned land, celebrated their new opportunities.

Police fanned out across the country and farming officials issued a radio alert to white farmers, advising those who had yet to obey President Robert Mugabe's eviction order that they should flee their homesteads to avoid detention.

The Commercial Farmers' Union said last night that hundreds of farmers had heeded the warning and left their homes.

Those already in police custody - including 75-year-old Robin Grieves, who is blind - were expected to spend the weekend in jail before being brought before the courts.

Six farmers, including "Mac" Crawford, a provincial leader of the CFU, who were detained on Thursday, appeared yesterday in a rural magistrate's court where they were bailed for 5,000 Zimbabwean dollars - about £5.

They will appear again on September 6 when they will be charged with defying the government's order to vacate their land by midnight on August 8.

A further 20 farmers were cautioned yesterday and made to sign statements, and could yet face arrest.

Jenni Williams, a spokesman for the Justice for Agriculture campaign, said: "We are made to believe that a police signal has been sent out . . . that all farmers violating Section 8 (eviction order notices) will be arrested."

Ignatius Chombo, the local government minister, appeared to confirm that Mr Mugabe had decided to increase the pressure on those among the 2,900 farmers ordered off their land who have so far defied him.

"We have lost our patience with defiant farmers and the time has come for us to act," he said. "We cannot allow them to hold the whole nation to ransom at a time when the beneficiaries of the land reforms are supposed to be preparing for the next agricultural season."

German Musundi, 46, was celebrating his good fortune alongside fellow new farmers at the annual congress of the Zimbabwe Farmers' Union, which represents the interests of more than 100,000 black peasant farmers.

"I was a teacher and I always wanted to be a farmer, but until now I never had a chance," said Mr Musundi.

The numbers at the congress, in Matabeleland, were swelled this year by new farmers who were awarded plots on white-owned land of up to 40 acres each.

"I do not know which white farmer owned my land. I applied to be resettled and I was successful and resettled in June. Now I am going to grow food," said Mr Musundi, who was resettled in the southern part of Manicaland province.

• Zimbabwe has deported a Libyan it accuses of spying for Britain, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.

Yousef Murgham, an intelligence officer at the Libyan embassy until 1993, was also accused of assisting the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and attempting to "scupper oil deals" between Libya and Zimbabwe.


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1.Saudis withdraw billions of dollars from US
2. UK tightening arms embargo on Israel -
3. Arutz Sheva News, Wednesday
4. Arnaud de Borchgrave "Behind the PC Shield" Washington Times

1. Saudis withdraw billions of dollars from US
By Roula Khalaf in London
Published: August 20 2002 21:49 | Last Updated: August 20 2002 21:49

Disgruntled Saudis have pulled tens of billions of dollars out of the US, signalling a deep alienation from America.

One analyst said the total funds withdrawn by individual investors amount to $200bn. Other bankers put the figure nearer to $100bn.

The US-Saudi alliance was put under severe strain after September 11, when 15 of the aeroplanes' 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

Accusations that Saudi Arabia's austere brand of Islam breeds terrorism and its charities finance Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network have been perceived in the kingdom as attacks on Saudi society and its religion.

An analyst from the Rand Corporation said at a Pentagon briefing this month that Saudi Arabia was the "kernel of evil", exacerbating concerns among the country's elite that they have become demonised in the US and their money is no longer safe there.

As part of the fight against terrorism, the US and Saudi authorities have been monitoring the accounts of dozens of Saudi companies and individuals, a move that alarmed Saudi merchants. Youssef Ibrahim, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations working on a project re-examining US-Saudi relations, said Saudis had withdrawn at least $200bn from the US in recent months. He said the move has been driven by hawkish US commentators' calls for the freezing of Saudi assets.

The trend, he added, can be expected to accelerate with last week's trillion-dollar lawsuit by relative of the victims of September 11. The lawsuit accuses several Saudi institutions and charities and three members of the royal family, including the defence minister, of financing terrorism.

Details of Saudi investments in the US are sketchy but financial analysts believe they range between $400bn and $600bn. The funds are invested in private equity, the stock and bond markets and real estate. The figures include investments by members of the royal family.

Investors are not thought to be closing down their US accounts. Instead they are moving money into European accounts. Bankers in London said the largest established Saudi investors did not yet seem to be following the trend.

One said: "I'm sceptical about a mass exodus. But there was a lot of Saudi money with American banks that was not diversified, now they [the Saudis] are spreading their wings. Perhaps 30 per cent to 50 per cent of the money that was with US banks is seeking diversification."

The Saudi money shifts may have contributed to the recent downward pressure on the dollar.

"People no longer have any confidence in the US economy or in US foreign policy," said Bishr Bakheet, a financial consultant in Riyadh.

"And if the latest lawsuit is not thrown out in court, it will mean no more Saudi money in the US."

<> © Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2002.

2. UK tightening arms embargo on Israel -

UK tightening arms embargo on Israel -
By Amnon Barzilai, Ha'aretz Correspondent Ha'aretz 22 August 2002
Britain has embargoed the supply of various materiel to Israel, including
pilot ejection seats used by the Israel Air Force for its F-4 Phantom
Jeremy Clayton, the director of export controls in the UK Department of
Trade and Industry, says in a letter that the embargo was being enacted
since Israel had broken a pledge not to use British equipment against the
Palestinian Authority.
The Defense Ministry deputy director-general for foreign affairs, Brigadier
General (res.) Yekutiel Mor, confirmed Wednesday that "the facts on the
British embargo are correct." Mor said: "The British are raising
difficulties with export licenses. The Defense Ministry is trying to solve
the problems in a dialogue with them."

Defense officials say Israeli military equipment purchases in Britain are
not particularly large - about $50 million a year - but some are critical

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has tried to persuade British Prime Minister
Tony Blair to cancel the embargo. Though Israeli officials understood the
embargo was being lifted, the letter from the export control director of the
Department of Trade and Industry makes it clear the boycott remains in

3. Arutz Sheva News, Wednesday
Almost 60% of the new immigrants who have arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union since the beginning of 2002 are not Jewish. The Interior Ministry reports that in the first seven months of this year, Israel has absorbed some 9,300 immigrants from these areas, of whom only 3,800 are Jewish. Interior Minister Eli Yeshai says that the statistics indicate the gravity of the situation and "emphasize the urgency with which the Law of Return must be changed." The law currently grants automatic citizenship to non-Jewish grandchildren of a Jew immigrating together to Israel. "If this law is not changed," Yeshai said today, "the State of Israel will lose its Jewish identity within eight years." Previous attempts to change the law encountered strong opposition from the Yisrael B'Aliyah party and others.
MK Yuri Stern (Yisrael B'Aliyah) said that changing the law would affect only a small percentage of the problem: "It would do nothing to prevent non-Jewish fathers, wives, husbands, children, and children-in-law from immigrating to Israel. The problem is not the law, but rather how to deal with those who immigrate and help them integrate into our society."

The Galilee town of Rosh Pina, east of Tzfat (Safed), is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its founding this year, but it has now been learned that Jewish settlement there is thousands of years old. Archaeological excavations there have found a stone wall, remnants of a floor, and pottery from the Biblical days of Israelite settlement in the Holy Land. Archaeologist Yossi Stepansky says that the village - which was destroyed by fire, as is still evident - was of the tribe of Naftali. He says that the Arab village Ja'uni, which was located there in the 19th century, carries the name of one of the sons of Naftali, Guni (Gen. 46, 24).

The cemetery at the former Theresienstadt concentration camp where 10,000 Holocaust victims are buried has been swamped by floodwaters, submerging everything but the tops of gravestones under a large muddy lake. Floodwaters from the Ohre River a few feet away swept not only over the rows of graves last Thursday, but also the nearby museum. AP reports that firemen are working to pump out the water, though these efforts may take months. Precious documents describing Holocaust life in the concentration camp have literally been hung out to dry.
Over 140,000 Jews were brought to Theresienstadt and its surrounding ghetto during the Holocaust; 83,000 were later sent to be killed in other concentration camps, and 34,000 died or were killed in Theresienstadt itself. When burial ground in Theresienstadt began getting scarce, the Nazis built a crematorium there that could burn 190 bodies a day, the ashes of which they stored. In an effort to cover their tracks near the end of the war, the Nazis dumped 17,000 boxes of ashes of their dead Jewish victims -- into the Ohre River.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres made a convincing case for Israel in his talks in Norway. He told Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik yesterday that only "when the Palestinians take responsibility, and prove it, in Gaza, will the IDF redeploy and begin to ease restrictions." Bondevik told Peres that he objects to the call by Norwegian trade unions to boycott Israeli goods. Itim News Agency reports that Peres met with the union president and rebuked her for her decision: "Even the most minor judge learns the facts before passing judgment. You are acting out of ignorance and a lack of desire to learn the facts. You passed judgment without any basis… Your call is an embarrassment to Norwegian labor and trade unions all over the world."

Israel needs to improve its math skills. Prof. Yaakov Katz, head of the Pedagogic Council in the Ministry of Education, explained to Arutz-7:
"Every five years, an international comparative math test is administered. Israel has been participating since 1964, and the last test was administered in 1999. In 1964, we were #1, and since then we have gone steadily downhill, finishing 28th out of 38 in the most recent test three years ago. The Education Ministry therefore established a committee, whose recommendations were essentially two-fold: Better training for teachers, especially in elementary school, and changes and improvements of texts and curricula. We are now working on a plan to change the math curriculum, and also to incorporate textbooks used in Singapore - which has finished first in this test several times…"
Asked why Israel doesn't simply return to the math-teaching methods used back in 1964, Prof. Katz responded, "The truth is that the program in Singapore incorporates much of the old system of teaching math, adapted to the 21st century of course, and we will be trying out this system in 20 schools in the coming school year."

Rabbi Menachem Makover, one of the heads of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, says that a leading Israeli silver company has signed on to the task of designing and manufacturing Holy Temple vessels.
"HaTzorfim - the leading company in designing silver objects, and gold as well - will manufacture vessels that can be used in the Beit HaMikdash [Holy Temple]," Rabbi Makover told Arutz-7 yesterday. "The company will avail itself of our detailed research of many years, and will take upon itself the development and design of many of the vessels."
Rabbi Makover explained why the company is taking on this project:
"I think HaTzorfim concluded that as a Jewish company based in Israel but working around the world, its ultimate project would be the designing of vessels for the Holy Temple. HaTzorfim will not sell them, or make money on them, as these vessels are designed for use in the Temple. I am sure, however, that the company will be able to use the knowledge it garners, as well as the designs, for other objects that it produces and sells. But the primary objective is truly the idea of producing utensils for the Temple. These objects have not been, and will not be, consecrated for Temple use, for then they would be Hekdesh [and forbidden for use]; their status is rather that they *can* be used in the Temple."
Rabbi Makover said that that the Temple Institute has completed almost all the Temple vessels, "but with our meager budget, we were able to fashion them only according to the basic requirements of Halakhah (Jewish Law), and not in the most beautiful manner that the Holy Temple - 'the beauty of the world,' our Sages teach - would necessitate. HaTzorfim will redesign them in the beautiful manner that befits the Beit HaMikdash."

4. Arnaud de Borchgrave "Behind the PC Shield" Washington Times

Behind the PC shield
Arnaud de Borchgrave
Many of the imams who run Britain's 500-odd mosques show no restraint at Friday prayers as they open the sluice gates of anti-American vitriol. Britain's 2 million Muslims ”mostly from South Asia” have been listening to lies about the war the U.S. is accused of waging against Islam. Freedom of speech ג€” and religion ג€” gives the imams a license to resort to the time-tested and time-proven methods of totalitarian propaganda. The big lie repeated often enough eventually becomes fact.
The London Sunday Times recently reported that some 3,000 British passport-holders had been recruited since 1996 for training in Osama bin Laden's Afghan camps. Abdullah al-Muhajir, a k a Jose Padilla, the "dirty bomber," was recruited to the ranks of radical Islam while serving time in a U.S. prison. International terrorism expert Peter Brown believes Padilla is just one of several hundred American passport-holders who made the same journey prior to September 11.
Afghanistan's medieval Taliban regime was defeated last November. But Taliban still has a web site U.S.-based ” that specializes in disinformation about U.S. forces in Afghanistan, all shielded by freedom of speech and of the press.
French and German security sources say it's pretty much the same sad story in thousands of mosques on the European Continent. Muslim clerics carefully abstain from taking on the host country. The Bush administration is the villain, killing children in Afghanistan and incarcerating innocent Muslims in America. Imams in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague were reported to Dutch authorities as inciting their congregations to violence.
Between 1989 and 1999, Europe's Muslim population more than doubled to 14 million. Germany with some 3.2 million Muslims (mostly Turks) has 2,300 mosques and France with 5 million Muslims (mostly North Africans from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) has 1,500 places of Islamic worship.
In the 1960s, there were fewer than 20 mosques in America. Now there are more than 2,000, a number that keeps growing much faster than new churches or synagogues. Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi clergy provides the driving missionary zeal and most of the funding. Islam is now on a trajectory to surpass Judaism in the U.S. by 2010. Islamic estimates show about 9 million American Muslims, and Jewish surveys say the figure is closer to 3 million. Approximately 5 million is closer to the mark.

Islam is gaining an impressive number of American converts in prisons, almost all African-Americans, but political correctness has inhibited investigative reporting on the phenomenon. Less than 12 percent of American Muslims are of Arab descent. Native-born African Americans account for roughly 42 percent and immigrants from south Asia 24 percent. The others came to the U.S. from more than 100 countries.
The National Islamic Prison Foundation coordinates a coast-to-coast campaign to convert inmates to Islam. Foundation officials claim an average of 135,000 such conversions per year. More than 10 percent of the 2 million plus U.S. prison population is Muslim. When black American Muslims are released from prison with the customary $10, a suit of clothes and a one-way bus or train ticket, they know any mosque or masjid (Islamic center) will shelter and feed them and help them find a job.
The Saudis have funded most of the North American mosques in recent years, and dispatched imams from several Mideastern countries to settle in America, much the way Christian missionaries go to sub-Saharan African countries. They have also sent tens of thousands of copies of the Koran to U.S. prisons. Most masjids in the U.S. and Canada are now funded and run by the zakat the obligatory 2.5 percent of income from Muslim doctors, lawyers, computer scientists and engineers, and wealthy businessman.
A retired warden at the D.C. prison in Lorton, Va., said, not for attribution, that Muslim chaplains had done "a good job" of calming violence-prone inmates. But few, if any, he added, believe Osama bin Laden was responsible for September 11. What do they believe? That the U.S. and Israel planned it as a pretext to launch a crusade against Islam.
Al Qaeda training manuals captured in Afghanistan were not the only evidence that America's black prisoners had been targeted as potential recruits. Politico-religious extremists in Pakistan, such as Sami ul-Haq and Fazrul Rehman, have convinced themselves that "in the next 10 years, Americans will wake up to the existence of an Islamic army in their midst an army of jihadis who will force America to abandon imperialism and listen to the voice of Allah."
Rev. Louis Farrakhan, who heads the Nation of Islam in the U.S., harbors similar hopes. For the immediate future his objectives are less ambitious. It was Muslim slaves, he says, who laid the foundations and roots of Islam in America. This past weekend in Washington, his organization joined forces with other black radical organizations in the "Millions for Reparations Mobilization."
Reparations demands range from $1.5 trillion in unpaid wages to slave labor to $8 trillion, or more than U.S. gross domestic product. White groups that joined the mobilization were a throwback to the Cold War e.g., Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP); Refuse and Resist (RNR); Anti-Capitalist Convergence (ACC); Workers World Party (WWP); International Action Center (IAC); Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ). Organizers suggested "a sea of red, black and green internationalist flags, and not red, white and blue American flags."

Jerusalem News-101
1. 67% Oslo hurt the nation
3. Arutz-7 News Friday
4.Saudis in secret moves for new king
5. Al-Qaeda

1. 67% Oslo hurt the nation
Poll Results 23 August 2002 67% Oslo hurt the nation
Aaron Lerner Date: 23 August 2002
The following are the results of a Dahaf Poll of a representative sample of
500 adult Israelis (including Israeli Arabs) carried out the week 23 August
2002.Statistical error +/- 4.5 percentage points.
In the final analysis, did signing Oslo hurt or help Israel?
Hurt 67% Helped 21% No reply 12%
Are you ready to make more or fewer concessions today than you were before
the Intifada?
More 22% Fewer 54% No change 21% No reply 3%

Israeli security officers have arrested 15 people, including at least four Israeli Arabs in connection with a string of attacks that left 35 people dead and hundreds injured.
The terror cell was being run by Hamas’ Ramallah operation. The men either carried out attacks themselves or helped other terrorists. At this stage it is known the group was behind the attacks on the Hebrew University, and the Moment cafי in Jerusalem, a club in Rishon Lezion, the key Pi Glilot petroleum and gas holding facility near Tel Aviv, and the bombings of at least two trains. Several of the men were picked up on their way to carrying out what the police are calling a mega-terror attack in one of the country’s largest cities.
Two of the terrorists lived in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, just yards from the Western Wall, while a further two lived in the nearby Ras Al-Amud. All four men carried Israeli identity papers and worked for Israelis. In the case of one, he was a staff member of the Hebrew University ­ Mount Scopus campus. He reportedly told his investigators a friend dropped a bomb in a bag over the campus’ perimeter wall. The following morning he clocked into work as normal and picked up the device. He said he took the bag into the Frank Sinatra cafeteria where he left it on a table, with a Hebrew newspaper on top so as not to arouse suspicion. He then left the campus and detonated the device by cellular phone. He showed up at work the following day so as not to arouse suspicions.
(The Media Line, August 22, 2002)

3. Arutz-7 News Friday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Friday, Aug. 23, 2002 / Elul 15, 5762
Moledet party head MK Benny Elon is working tirelessly to disseminate the idea of transfer-by-consent of the Arab population out of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. In an interview with the current edition of the weekly B'Sheva newspaper, he said that it's an idea whose time has come:
"I believe that we will win this war, even if it escalates further. But we must not allow it to end the way the Yom Kippur war ended, where the Arabs obtained at the negotiating table what they lost on the battlefield. We must be ready for the day after, and I feel that the ears of the Israeli public are now open to hear. A word like 'transfer' used to have connotations of illegality... but now people are willing to hear, and I refuse to miss this chance."
"There are U.S. Senators and British MPs with whom I have met," Elon said, "who are willing to go along with us on a type of agreed-upon transfer... but on condition that I am not just a passing fad without political backing." He explained, therefore, that his Moledet party would not run in the next election together with parties unwilling to agree to a form of transfer. "We must prove to the Israeli public and the entire world," Elon insists, "that the lexicon has changed. A Jew in the land of his forefathers does not get uprooted. The Arab, who is uprooted in any event and lives in a refugee camp, must find a solution as to how and where he will be re-settled."

The army's policy of razing houses belonging to terrorists and their families continues to save Jewish lives. A Hevron Arab yesterday turned in his son, a Hamas member, to IDF forces. Kol Rina News Agency reports that the father told the Israelis that his son was planning a terrorist attack, but "I don't want my house demolished."
IDF forces razed the home of one of the Park Hotel Pesach Seder massacre organizers in Tul Karem last night. The police, with the strong backing of Public Security Minister Uzi Landau, have also recommended that the homes of the Jerusalem Gang members arrested this past week also be destroyed. These terrorists, permanent residents of Israel, murdered 35 Jews, including 5 Americans, in three separate attacks; carried out five other attacks including placing bombs on fuel trucks and train tracks; and were about to carry out another mass attack when they were arrested. No Israeli-Arab terrorist has yet had his home destroyed in the current war.

4.Saudis in secret moves for new king

Paul Kelso and Giles Tremlett, Madrid
Friday August 9, 2002
The Guardian

Members of the inner circle of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia have held a series of secret meetings in Geneva to discuss the succession amid fears that the ailing king's health is fast deteriorating, it was reported yesterday.
The 79-year-old king, who has suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years, has been in his palatial villa in the Swiss city since May and last week had a successful operation on a cataract.
But according to the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds his health is failing, and this has prompted discussions on the sensitive issue of the succession.
According to the paper two potential successors, Prince Sultan and Prince Salman, have met secretly with the king's inner circle in the past few weeks. The king's son, Mohamad, who is also his chief-of-staff, is said to have led talks aimed at finding an alternative to Crown Prince Abdullah, the kingdom's de facto ruler.
The US government is reported to be opposed to the Abdullah succession because of his position on Israel and, more recently, Iraq. This week the Saudi government indicated it would deny US forces access to bases in the kingdom in the event of an attack on Iraq but insisted it had not asked US troops to leave its bases near Riyadh.
Prince Abdullah's peace initiative for Palestine is also said to have damaged his standing in Washington.
The Saudi succession has the potential to destabilise the entire region. The ruling dynasty is under increasing international pressure to prove that it has not nurtured or encouraged al-Qaida elements, and a briefing paper presented to the Pentagon recently suggested the country should be viewed as a potential US enemy.
Internal dissent is also on the increase in Saudi Arabia.
Despite doubts about his health, rumours persist in Spain and Geneva that King Fahd is due to arrive at his holiday palace in Marbella at the weekend.
The Mar-Mar palace, an imitation of the White House with its own private mosque, has begun hiring 500 extra staff, according to Sur, the local newspaper.
The last time King Fahd stayed at his palace was in 1999. On that occasion he had to be lowered by a mechanical platform from his private jet. Arriving with seven aircraft, the king reportedly also brought his own mobile surgery. He and his retinue were said to have spent £50m during their six-week stay

5. Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda, meaning the base, is the organisation or network established and led by Osama Bin Laden.

US investigators say it has a command-and-control centre which discusses and approves major undertakings and attacks. They say it was based in Peshawar from 1989 to about 1991, and then moved to Sudan until about 1996, before relocating to Afghanistan where it operated training camps.

It is believed to form loose operational alliances across continents with a wide range of similarly-minded groups.

Al-Qaeda was founded in 1988 by Bin Laden and Mohammed Atef - believed to have been the organisation's military commander.

It was established as an umbrella group for Islamic militants who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Army.

Al-Qaeda is dedicated to opposing non-Islamic governments by any means, including force. One of the organisation's principle aims is to drive US forces from Saudi Arabia - land considered by the group to be holy.

By 1998 it had merged with Egyptian Islamic Jihad, vastly enhancing Bin Laden's reach and organisational ability, according to trial testimonies of those arrested.

Intelligence agencies say al-Qaeda planned and carried out the atrocities on 11 September 2001.

They say the detailed planning was carried out by one of Osama Bin Laden's close associates, who remains unnamed.

They believe al-Qaeda operates in more than 50 countries - in Europe and North America, as well as the Middle East and Asia.

Al-Qaeda has been blamed for the attacks on the US embassies in East Africa in 1998, as well as the killing of 18 US soldiers in Somalia in 1993, and were linked to the attack on the USS Cole in October 2000.

The FBI says it has established that three of the 19 suspected hijackers were associates of al-Qaeda.

One of them has been identified as playing a key role in both the East Africa embassy and USS Cole attacks.

Investigators say the planning and execution of the attacks on 11 September were "entirely consistent with previous attacks", citing multiple simultaneous attacks, the use of suicide bombers, and meticulous long-term planning as examples.

Al-Qaeda regards US civilians as legitimate targets, and investigators say associates of Bin Laden were warned to return to Afghanistan from other parts of the world by 10 September, and were naming the "date for action" as on or around 11 September.

However, due to the shadowy nature and loose organisational structure of al-Qaeda, proving a direct link and tracking the suspects is a complex task.

Jerusalem News-102
1.Egyptian Islamic Jihad
2. Target: Saudi Arabia?:
3. Over 200 Palestinian "collaborators" held in PA jails face execution
4. US planes over Iraq
5.Germans Lay Out Early Qaeda Ties to 9/11 Hijackers

1.Egyptian Islamic Jihad
BBC News

[Ayman al-Zawahiri]
Ayman al-Zawahiri
Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) has been working since the late 1970s to achieve its primary goal - the overthrow of the Egyptian Government.

The EIJ is led by Ayman al-Zawahiri believed to be a close associate of Osama Bin Laden . Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who has been convicted of conspiracy relating to the February 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, is the spiritual leader of the group.

The group specialises in armed attacks against Egyptian Government personnel and official Egyptian and US facilities. The organisation is believed to have networks in Egypt, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.

[Known History]

The original Islamic Jihad was responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

EIJ claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of Egyptian Interior Minister Hassan al-Alfi in 1993. In the same year, the group attempted to kill Prime Minister Atef Sidqi.

It is also believed to have been responsible for a bombing in 1995 at the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, and for a foiled 1998 attack on the US embassy in Albania.

Unlike Egypt’s other militant Islamic group, the Gamaat al-Islamiya, the EIJ does not target middle and lower level security personnel, Coptic Christians, and Western tourists.

It is believed to have merged with al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden’s organisation in the late 1990s.

[Washington's allegations]

US officials have made it clear that their campaign against international terrorism aims much wider that Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation. Newspaper reports have described EIJ leader Zawahiri as prime suspect number two, after Bin Laden.

Zawahiri is also wanted in the US, along with Bin Laden, in connection with the US embassy bombings in east Africa.


Several of the 19 suspected hijackers named by the FBI are linked to EIJ. In particular Mohammed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the hijackers, is a known member of EIJ.

2. Target: Saudi Arabia?:
Allah's Last Laugh
By Michael C. Ruppert
The Sarajevo of the 21st Century
Is Iraq a Diversion from the Real Invasion or Will Bush Try to Occupy
Both Countries at Once?

(FTW) -- The global horrors of the First World War - the war to end
all wars - began with the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
in Sarajevo in 1914. The apocalyptic war of the 21st century may have
begun with a $1 trillion lawsuit filed in the United States by 9-11
victim families against Saudi Arabian banks and members of the Saudi
royal family. In what may be the opening salvos of a financial and
energy apocalypse, the Financial Times reported yesterday that
wealthy Saudi investors had begun a run on their U.S. banking
deposits that may have taken as much as $200 billion out of U.S.
banks. These massive withdrawals - out of an estimated $750 billion
in Saudi U.S. investments - occurred within days of the August 15
filing of the suit.

There are two basic questions to ask about Saudi Arabia. Why was
Saudi Arabia not a focus of U.S. action and serious media attention
in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11 even though there were so many
obvious connections? And why now is Saudi Arabia so prominently a
focus of what is apparently government-approved U.S. animosity? One
thing is obvious. On the eve of a U.S. invasion of Iraq the
deployment of U.S. military personnel in the region is also a
convenient placement of resources for what may be a one-two punch to
take over a tottering kingdom that owns 25 percent of all the oil on
the planet at the same time that Saddam Hussein is removed from power
in a country that controls another 11 percent. Together, the two
countries -- which have not yet peaked in production capacity -- and
which are the only two nations capable of an immediate increase in
output possess 36 percent of the world's known oil.

Osama Bin Laden is a Saudi. Fifteen of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi.
There has been an obvious and clear financial trail showing Saudi
support for the Al Qaeda.

On June 20 the Jang group of newspapers in Dubai reported that Al
Qaeda networks were active in Saudi Arabia. This followed a June 18
announcement that a group linked to Al Qaeda had been arrested inside
the kingdom and charged with planning attacks on Saudi government
On July 18 the BBC reported that Saudi Prince Nayef Bin Sultan Bin
Fawwaz Al-Shaalan had been indicted by a Miami court on charges of
having smuggled 1,980 kilos of cocaine on his private jet in 1999.

On Aug. 1, The World Tribune reported that Saudi Arabia, which has
been acquiring long range ballistic missiles had also been, according
to reports confirmed by U.S. officials, attempting to acquire nuclear
weapons from Pakistan which has been well-documented to have heavy
concentrations of Al Qaeda supporters within all parts of its

Al-Fagih also noted that in general the dislike of the Saudi people
for the U.S. was intense because of its unremitting support of Israel
and also because the U.S. had maintained a military presence on Saudi
soil long after the end of the Gulf War.
Just five days later on Aug. 6 the Washington Post reported that a
month earlier on July 10, a top Pentagon advisory group had received
a briefing from Rand Corp. analyst Laurent Murawiec describing Saudi
Arabia as en enemy of the U.S. and threatening seizure of its oil
fields and financial assets if it did not stop supporting terrorism.
The Pentagon group which received the briefing, the Defense Policy
Board, is headed by renowned hawk Richard Perle. Although high-level
Bush administration figures like Colin Powell downplayed the
briefing's significance, it received heavy-handed media play for
several days. Subsequent reports stated that Vice President Dick
Cheney's staff had "embraced" the report.

On Aug. 15 amidst massive daylong publicity, a 15-count, $1 trillion
lawsuit was filed against various Saudi interests for liability in
the 9-11 attacks. Included among the defendants were the Saudi Bin
Laden Group of companies (previously connected through the Carlyle
Group to Bush family finances), three Saudi princes, seven banks,
eight Islamic foundations, a number of charities and the government
of Sudan.

Recent reports starting in 1998 indicate that Saudi Arabia contains
enormous quantities of gold. A 1997 Saudi embassy press announcement
revealed 800 locations where gold had been discovered. A Nov. 8
report from Ohio State University -- based upon new Global Imaging
System technologies, confirmed "2,100 known occurrences of gold,
silver, copper, and other metals in the western third of the Saudi
peninsula." Saudi Arabia appears to be sitting atop one of the
largest gold stores on the planet.
But there is something else in the western third of the country --
the two holiest cities in all of Islam -- Mecca and Medina. And a
gold bust-out might well signal the end of the U.S. dollar's reign as
the dominant currency in world commerce -- the means by which the
U.S. has policed its global financial empire. And Iran has just
signaled that it is considering pricing its oil in Euros.

3. Over 200 Palestinian "collaborators" held in PA jails face execution

Over 200 Palestinian "collaborators" held in PA jails face execution
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH The Jerusalem Post Aug. 24, 2002
At least 200 Palestinians suspected of collaboration with Israel are being
held in Palestinian Authority prisons, according to informed Palestinian
sources. Many of them have complained of torture and may face execution.
The PA's security forces in the Gaza Strip arrested the majority of the
"informers" over the past two years, the sources told The Jerusalem Post.
The sources said that the next few months will witness a large number of
executions of collaborators in the West bank and Gaza Strip. "Arafat is
under tremendous pressure to execute many collaborators," the sources added.
"That's because there is a feeling that the Israelis have managed to recruit
many collaborators. This explains why many top Hamas and Fatah activists
have been killed or arrested by the Israeli army in the past few months."
A large number of the suspects are being held in the Gaza Strip, where most
of the PA security installations and prisons remain intact.
Among the suspects are former Fatah and Hamas activists who have allegedly
confessed to being on the payroll of the Israeli Shin Bet. Palestinian human
rights groups and families of the detainees have complained that many were
tortured during interrogation and some were forced to sign confessions.

The number of suspected collaborators held in the PA's West Bank prisons is
not known, but one source put the figure at 50- 80. Some 100 suspects
managed to escape from PA prisons when the IDF first entered the cities and
villages during Operation Defensive Shield. Some told the IDF that they had
been brutally tortured.

4. US planes over Iraq
New York Times:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes on Friday attacked a missile guidance radar in a northern ``no-fly'' zone of Iraq after the radar targeted American and British jets policing the zone, the U.S. military said.

The U.S. European Command said in a brief statement from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey that all Western jets departed the area safely and damage was being assessed to the radar near Irbil after the latest in more than a decade of such exchanges.

It was the fourth air strike in little more than a week and the 29th this year by Western warplanes against air defense targets in northern and southern no-fly zones in Iraq, set up after the 1991 Gulf War to protect Kurds in the north and Shi'ite Muslims in the south from attack by Baghdad's forces.

The raids have increased in recent months amid threats from President Bush to oust President Saddam Hussein. Washington accused Baghdad of developing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Iraq denied the charge.

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5.Germans Lay Out Early Qaeda Ties to 9/11 Hijackers
[The New York Times] [The New York Times International] August 24, 2002
Germans Lay Out Early Qaeda Ties to 9/11 Hijackers

[G] erman investigators say they have evidence that Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, and two accomplices trained at Qaeda camps in Afghanistan from late 1999 to early 2000. They have also established a clear link between Al Qaeda and a recent attack on a Tunisian synagogue, a top official said.

The timing of the Afghanistan training, outlined yesterday by a senior investigator, provides the strongest evidence so far that plans for the attacks on the United States were worked out there. Less than six months after leaving Afghanistan, Mr. Atta and the other two men enrolled in flight schools in the United States.

There have been previous reports that Mr. Atta and other conspirators trained in Afghanistan, and F.B.I. officials have said privately that all 19 hijackers are believed to have spent time there. But the investigator, Klaus Ulrich Kersten, director of Germany's federal anticrime agency, the Bundeskriminalamt, provided the first official confirmation that the three pilots had been in Afghanistan and the first dates of the training.

Mr. Kersten, the top official in Germany's equivalent of the F.B.I., also indicated that Al Qaeda was still operating. He said a Qaeda leader identified by the American authorities as a key planner of the Sept. 11 attacks was phoned by a suicide bomber three hours before the bomber set off a blast outside a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, in April that killed 21 people.

Mr. Kersten said the suicide bomber had telephoned the Qaeda contact, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a 37-year-old Kuwaiti identified by the American authorities in June as having played an important operational role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mr. Kersten said the bomber, Nizar Nawar, called the Kuwaiti, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, shortly before Mr. Nawar pulled up outside the synagogue in a truck. The vehicle was filled with liquid propane, and Mr. Nawar ignited an explosion that killed 14 German tourists, 6 Tunisians and a Frenchman, in addition to himself.

"There are indications that this attack in Djerba was perpetrated with the blessing or approval of Al Qaeda," he said. "We can say Sept. 11 and Djerba with certainty were Qaeda."

Mr. Mohammed, the Kuwaiti, may be the link between Sept. 11 and other Qaeda plots. The American authorities said intelligence reports placed him in Germany in 1999, when Mr. Atta and others lived there.

He may also be tied to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and he has been charged in a plot to blow up as many as 12 American jetliners over the Pacific in 1995. The American authorities said Mr. Mohammed might be a relative of Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the leader of the group that carried out the 1993 bombing.

In the interview in Wiesbaden, Mr. Kersten acknowledged that substantial amounts of the planning for the Sept. 11 attacks had occurred in Germany. But he said the authorities now had evidence that the plot originated with top Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan.

"We know that the initial decision to carry out a terrorist act came from Afghanistan," he said, "more specifically, from the top Qaeda leadership. We believe, too, that there were then further phases when the plans were made more precise, not only in Germany, and involving many other people."

Mr. Kersten did not identify any new suspects or specify how many other people might have been involved. French antiterrorism officials said in interviews last month that the Sept. 11 plotters were probably assisted by many other people in Europe and the United States, though few arrests have been made.

The investigator also said Al Qaeda was planning new attacks, though he said the authorities knew of no specific plots.

"The threat still exists, and it is as great as before," he said. "There is no decline in action, and there are indications of new plans. Al Qaeda is not defeated, maybe weakened."

Jerusalem News-103
1. Saudi royal family paid Bin Laden not to attack kingdom
2. Arutz-7 News: Sunday,

1. Saudi royal family paid Bin Laden not to attack kingdom

Report: Saudi royal family paid Bin Laden not to attack kingdom
By Sharon Sadeh, Ha'aretz Correspondent - Ha'aretz Sunday, August 25, 2002
Senior members of the Saudi royal family paid the Al Qaida organization of
Osama bin Laden and the Taliban regime at least 200 million pounds so that
they would not attack targets in Saudi Arabia, the Sunday Times reported
The report was based on affidavits and testimonies that were part of a
lawsuit submitted to a U.S. court by the families of victims of the
September 11 attack.
The alleged agreement between the Saudis and Al Qaida also stated that bin
Laden would not attempt to overthrow the current Saudi regime in return for
a Saudi promise that it would ignore requests to extradite Al Qaida members
and to close the organization's training camps in Afghanistan. The Saudis,
according to the report, also promised to provide oil to the Taliban regime
and to bin Laden.
According to the documents, some of which have been made public in the
American media over the past few weeks, the agreement was drafted after two
secret meetings between the royal family and Taliban and al Qaida leaders,
which were attended by bin Laden himself.
The documents, based on private investigations carried out by the families'
attorneys and on intelligence information, reveal that the money paid by the
Saudi royal family was used by al Qaida to fund training camps in
Afghanistan, where the perpetrators of the September 11 attack spent time.
The documents state the names of the Saudi royals who engaged in
negotiations with al Qaida, and give details on the way the organization
raised its funds, including the names of charity funds and businesses that
worked for al Qaida.
According to the documents, the Saudi royal family was concerned that there
would be attacks on U.S. targets within the kingdom, and was afraid that al
Qaida members, expelled from Sudan to Afghanistan, would try to overthrow
the Saudi regime because of its acquiesence to the presence of U.S. forces
in its soil.
The first meeting between Saudi princes and businessmen and al Qaida
representatives was held in Paris in 1996 and another was held in 1998 in
Kandahar, Afghanistan, the paper said.
The second meeting was attended by Saudi Prince Turki al Faisal al-Saud,
Taliban leaders, senior Pakistani security officials and bin Laden. Prince
al Saud knew bin Laden personally because he was the one who chose bin Laden
to organize the Muslim militia that fought to expel the Soviets from

2. Arutz-7 News: Sunday,
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Sunday, August 25, 2002 / Elul 17, 5762
The IDF website <> reports on a new children's outdoor game being played these days in the PA city of Ramallah. The name of the game was not reported, but "Blow Yourself Up" seems to be appropriate. Tarek Hamida, a reporter for the PA weekly Al-Aman, is quoted by the IDF as saying that the usual games of "Arabs and Jews" have given way to improved versions:
"We have noticed a new development in the children's games. We saw how one of the children would stand next to his friend and say, 'Strap me.' The 'engineer' would then strap a toy explosives belt onto his friend, under his shirt or robe. The two of them then hug each other, and the 'suicide terrorist' then turns towards a bus or a group of his friends, screams Allahu Akbar!, and presses a button. The children jump and fall on his right and left from the force of the 'explosion.' The game ends only when all the children have had their turn at being the suicide killer, wearing the vest and pressing the button!"
As the children grow up, the games become more serious, as is well known - and not only against Israelis. An Arab mother of seven, 39-year-old Ikhlas Yassin of Tul Karem, was executed over the weekend by members of Fatah's Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades. Accused of "collaborating with Israel," her bullet-riddled body was found lying in the central square of Tul Karem yesterday. She was the first woman among the dozens of suspected Arab collaborators killed in the PA in the past two years - a few of them by official PA bodies.
The town of Crawford, Texas will be hosting a "We Stand With Israel" rally this afternoon. The organizers of the event have invited all people who love Israel - Jews, Christians, Texans, and "out-of-towners" - to attend. The rally cries will be, "Land cannot be traded for 'peace'" and "Americans love Israel."

Jerusalem News-104
1.Palestinians murder mother of 7
2. New evidence Arafat killed U.S. diplomats
3. Arutz-7 News: Monday,

1.Palestinians murder mother of 7
Palestinians murder mother of 7 after her son fabricates story she helped
Israel as Palestinians torture him
Son of executed female collaborator says was tortured
By The Associated Press [as reported in Ha'aretz website 25 August 2002]
The son of the first known Palestinian woman to be executed as an Israeli
collaborator Sunday said gunmen tortured him
until he invented a story about his mother's involvement in a militant's
Ikhlas Khouli, a 35-year-old mother of seven, was shot dead Saturday after
being seized from her home in the West Bank
city of Tul Karm.
Bakir Khouli, 17, lifted up his T-shirt at his one-room house in Tul Karm on
Sunday to reveal black and blue marks he
said were made by electrical wires shortly before his mother was killed.
"They accused me of helping Israeli intelligence," he told The Associated
Press. "When they started beating me with this
wire, I confessed and invented a story."
Dozens of suspected Palestinian collaborators have been killed since the
beginning of a Palestinian uprising in
September 2000, but Khouli was the first woman reported executed.
A member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is linked to the Fatah
movement of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser
Arafat, said the militia seized Khouli from her house Friday and took her to
a deserted building where they videotaped
her confessing that she had spied for Israel.
On Saturday, she was executed as a lesson to others who would consider
collaborating with Israel, he said on condition
of anonymity.
He said Khouli admitted she had recruited her son Bakir to assist her.
Bakir said he told his torturers that he informed his mother of the
whereabouts of militia leader Ziad Daas, killed by
Israel on August 7.
But he said he made up the story to avoid further torture.
Bakir said the gunmen allowed him to catch a glimpse of his mother shortly
before she was taken away and shot. He said
he was seized Friday from his Tul Karm home, his head covered by a bag, and
tortured for about an hour.
A few hours later, his mother was taken, too, he said.
Najla'a Khouli, the eldest of the seven children at 18 years old, broke down
in tears when she spoke of her mother,
whose body she said she saw in a hospital.
"It was a horrible sight. I would never have imagined that one day I would
see my mother like this," she said.
She said the children's father died of an illness eight months ago and that
she is engaged to be married and will soon
be leaving the family home.
"Who will take care of my brothers and sisters?" she asked.
An Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader said his group was forced to "strike with
an iron hand" to prevent collaboration with
"I know that this woman had children but we had no choice. We left her son
alive to take care of the children," he said,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Asked why his group employed torture, he said: "This is the only way you can
get confessions from such people who betray
their people."

2. New evidence Arafat killed U.S. diplomats
New evidence Arafat killed U.S. diplomats - Nixon historian finds CIA report
on Fatah link to 1973 murders
By Joseph Farah Monday, March 18, 2002 © 2002
A long-buried Central Intelligence Agency report, found in the National
Archives by a historian chronicling President Nixon's career, shows the
agency, former Secretary of State William Rogers and many other officials
were aware of Yasser Arafat's involvement in the 1973 murders of two U.S.
diplomats by Arab terrorists.
The files were discovered by Russ Braley, author of "Bad News: The Foreign
Policy of The New York Times" and a Nixon researcher who has plumbed the
National Archives "Nixon Project," created when Congress took control of the
late president's papers, for bits of information about the administration
not released to the general public and press.
Braley recently found several boxes of documents related to the 1973
kidnap-murders in Khartoum, Sudan, of U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel and Charges
d'Affaires George Curtis Moore, along with Belgian diplomat Guy Eid by Arab
terrorists. Though the files had been, according to Braley, thoroughly
purged of information regarding intercepts of Arafat giving the explicit
order for the machine-gun murders of the diplomats, one surviving CIA
report, found in NSA box 666 and enclosed in a message from Rogers to some
40 U.S. embassies, shows Arafat's complicity in the terrorist crimes. (See a
copy of the report: , , )
The embassies were instructed to convey the information to foreign
governments "orally only," due to its sensitivity:

3. Arutz-7 News: Monday,
Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 / Elul 18, 5762
Following last week's bombshell news of the involvement of five Israeli-Arabs from the Jerusalem area in three murderous terrorist attacks, the police and GSS came out with another shocker (for some) this morning: Seven Arab citizens of Israel from the Galilee - all members of the extended Bakri family of the village Ba'na - have been arrested on charges of cooperating in the suicide attack in Meiron two weeks ago. Nine people were killed in that explosion, including a Druze soldier, an Israeli-Arab, and two Filipino women.
The police attribute tremendous importance to the above arrests. "The terrorist was the bomb; they were the murderers," said Galilee Region Police Chief Brig.-Gen. Yehuda Solomon today, referring to the two main suspects, Ibrahim and Yassin Bakri. The former submitted a full confession to police today, saying that as a Palestinian, his goal was to kill as many Jews as possible. The two cousins allowed the suicide murderer to sleep in their home before the attack, drove him to the bus stop, recommended the target, and even bought him batteries with which to detonate his explosives.
Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler reports that the police began cracking the case open within hours after the Aug. 4th attack when they arrested the military head of Hamas in Jenin and the two Arab women who were seen getting off the bus shortly before the explosion. It turned out that one of the latter - Yassera Bakri - was from the same extended Bakri family of Ba'na. She happened to sit down on the ill-fated bus next to the terrorist, who told her to get off because "it's going to be a mess here." She and her friend did so, and took a taxi to their nursing classes in Tzfat. They did not call the police, and Bakri has already been indicted for taking no action to prevent the massacre.

MK Zevulun Orlev (National Religious Party) blames the Israeli-Arab Knesset Members for exacerbating Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. "There is no doubt that the incitement and support for incitement by some of the Arab MKs helps enlist terrorists from among the Israeli-Arab public," Orlev said today.
"According to the logic of those who demand a wall between eastern Jerusalem and the rest of the capital," Arutz-7's Haggai Segal noted, "we will also have to build a partition between the Galilee and the rest of the State of Israel."

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon drew sharp criticism from left-wing personalities this morning after sharing his hawkish views of the current conflict with several hundred rabbinical leaders last night. Yaalon was the guest of honor at the annual convention of rabbis organized by Israel's Chief Rabbinate, but refused to start speaking until all journalists had left the room.

According to partial transcripts obtained by Maariv and Ynet, Yaalon said that the current Palestinian leadership does not recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state and is trying to destroy Israel step-by-step. He said that the PA believes that terror will help it succeed in establishing a state, first in all of Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) and then in the rest of Israel. Therefore, Ya'alon said, "this confrontation obligates us to win in a manner that will engrave into the Palestinian consciousness that terror and violence have no chance of achieving them anything at all." He added that a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Yesha would amount to a submission to terror.
Ya'alon had strong words against Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000, saying that the Arabs looked to it as proof that Arab terrorism and violence can help demoralize Israeli society and force Israel to retreat. Yaalon said that this is not true, however, noting that Israel's successful Operation Defensive Shield proves that she is no "spider's web" - the metaphor used by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah in his "victory" speech following Israel's Lebanon withdrawal.
Environment Minister Tzachi HaNegbi, defending Yaalon this morning, said that the withdrawal from Lebanon is not even a controversial issue anymore: "It's a matter of public record that Nasrallah said a few days after the withdrawal from Lebanon, 'What's the matter with you Palestinians? It took only about 500 Hizbullah men to show that Israel is nothing more than a spider's web. Why can't you do the same?' It was known that Arafat took this very much to heart, and in fact only four months later, the Oslo War broke out…"
Chief of Staff Ya'alon also said he loses no sleep over the Iraqi threat, as he feels that Israel is ready to respond to any Iraqi missile attacks and that its decisive military response could put Saddam Hussein out of business. He said that the Palestinian danger is greater than that presented by Iraq.

Jerusalem News-105
1.They Hate Christians, Too
2.Arutz-7 News: Tuesday
3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday,
4. Holocaust Denial Symposium in Abu Dhabi
5.A Belated Revelation by Prof. Paul Eidelberg
6. Palestinian Goal is Destruction of Israel in Stages by Itamar Marcus
7. NYT reviews Pipes, "Militant Islam Reaches America"

1.They Hate Christians, Too
by Michael Freund The Jerusalem Post, August 28, 2002
The fact that America's Arab allies often express their hatred for Jews in
ways that would make even the most stolid of State Department bureaucrats
blush no longer seems to qualify as earth-shattering news.
Calls for waging holy war against Israel, combined with anti-Semitic
rantings reminiscent of the Middle Ages, have sadly become all too common in
so-called moderate Arab countries ranging from Egypt to Saudi Arabia.
But just in case you thought that America's ostensible Arab partners in the
war on terror reserved their nastiest vitriol exclusively for the Children
of Israel, consider some of the following recent observations they have made
about Christians.
This past Friday, on August 23, Yemen's government-run television station
broadcast a prayer sermon delivered at the Grand Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen's
capital. Here is what the preacher had to say, "O Allah, destroy the Jews
and their supporters and the Christians and their supporters and followers.
O Allah, destroy the ground under their feet, instill fear in their hearts,
and freeze the blood in their veins."
This marked the third week in a row that official Yemeni TV had broadcast a
sermon in which the preacher issued a chilling, and decidedly unpleasant,
call for the destruction of both Jews and Christians.
Needless to say, America has gone to great lengths to assist Yemen's
government in combating Islamic terror groups operating in their territory.
Isn't it nice to see just how much the Yemeni government appreciates all
that help?
Arab states in the Gulf region, which stand to gain the most from America's
impending removal of Saddam, are likewise just as grateful as their Yemeni
associates. Take, for instance, the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, where a
massive American military base is being built in preparation for the war on
Iraq, as the New York Times reported on August 19.
Earlier this month, in a Friday prayer sermon broadcast live on official
Qatari TV from the Omar Bin-Khattab Mosque in Doha, the preacher denounced
what he termed the "vile Christians" and pleaded with Allah to annihilate
them: "O Allah, destroy the usurper Jews and the vile Christians. O Allah,
pour out Your anger on them. O Allah, destroy them."
And so, just a few weeks shy of the first anniversary of the attacks on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Qatar's government apparently sees
nothing wrong with televising a call to destroy Jews and Christians.
Nor, it seems, does Qatar hesitate to invoke the most abhorrent of
anti-Semitic imagery in its denunciations of Jews. On August 16, Qatari
television's dose of religious inspiration for its viewers included a sermon
delivered by one Sheikh Dr. Anwar al-Badawi, in which he referred to Jews as
"grandsons of monkeys and pigs" and said they were "filthy".
In nearby Saudi Arabia, the same government-run hate machine that produced
15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers continues to spew out similar venom. A
recent homily screened on the official Saudi TV1 network included the
following: "O Allah, destroy the tyrant Jews for they are within your
Bear in mind that the stations broadcasting this bile are owned, funded and
administered by their respective governments. Hence, the hateful messages
they propagate are the full and undeniable responsibility of their leaders,
the very same leaders now being courted by the US State Department in the
hopes they will participate in the war on terror.

2.Arutz-7 News: Tuesday
Arutz Sheva News Service
About 115 Israeli-Arabs have been arrested on suspicion of assisting terrorist attacks since the beginning of 2001. GSS Director Avi Dichter said that through the end of July, about 100 had been arrested - and this does not include the two groups of terrorists arrested in the past week in Jerusalem and the Galilee. Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzfat, asked to comment on the phenomenon of Israeli-Arab terrorism, recalled that the murderous attack at the Meiron Junction earlier this month (9 killed) saw other manifestations of anti-Israeli feeling as well:
"An Arab doctor at the hospital in Tzfat expressed solidarity with the murderers, blaming the victims and not the murderers. He also did not hurry to give medical aid; it's a matter of dispute whether it was a delay of a half-hour, or of an hour - but only after he was yelled at, did he administer the required medical care." The story was publicized at the time, but the hospital denied it.
Rabbi Eliyahu said that many Arabs say openly, "'The day will come when we will throw you out and live here instead… This is my house, and we'll throw you out of here…' They are not shy, but rather say it quite brazenly." Asked if there were any exceptions, Rabbi Eliyahu mentioned some of his Druze neighbors who are "literally Righteous Gentiles… [Regarding Arabs, however], they are all to be considered suspect, unless proven otherwise."

3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday,
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002 / Elul 20, 5762
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has agreed to convene a restricted forum of ministers and other public officials to discuss the danger that the Temple Mount's southern wall may collapse. Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein, security force heads and Antiquities Authority officials are expected to participate.
The issue burst onto the public scene yesterday morning during an interview on Israel Radio with archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar. Dr. Mazar repeated what she had told Arutz-7 last week, namely that the wall is in imminent danger of collapse. Interior Minister Eli Yeshai was sufficiently alarmed to ask Cabinet Secretary Gideon Sa'ar to include the issue on the agenda of the next cabinet meeting. "Thousands of [Moslem] worshipers are in danger," Yeshai said. "It is the government's duty to look into the matter in depth and to decide on a comprehensive plan to save the wall."
Compounding the difficulties is the attitude adopted by the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust that essentially runs the Temple Mount. The Waqf refuses most dealings with the government, generally prevents Jews from entering the Temple Mount, and even insists that the southern wall is not in danger of collapsing. The government's options are either to pursue cooperation with the Waqf, or to declare the southern wall, or part of it, a site in danger of collapse. This would empower the Jerusalem Municipality to ban any activities or presence in or around the area. Attorney-General Rubenstein must first authorize such action, however.

Tel Aviv attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has petitioned the Palestinian Authority for permission to appear in the Gaza Security Court to defend an alleged Arab collaborator with Israel. In a letter to the PA's new justice minister, Ibrahim Abu Daghmeh, Darshan-Leitner asked that she be authorized to provide legal representation for Akram Muhammad al-Zatma, who was arrested earlier this month by PA Preventive Security forces. Al-Zatma, 22, is accused of assisting the IDF in the targeted killing of Hamas and Fatah leaders, and faces a possible death sentence. The Israeli lawyer noted that Arab lawyers in Gaza are too fearful of Islamic militants to appear on behalf of al-Zatma, leaving him with no defense counsel.
In December 2000, Darshan-Leitner filed a similar petition on behalf of another accused Palestinian collaborator, Alan Bani-Odeh. The request was denied. A Palestinian security court then held a ten-minute trial, during which masked Hamas gunmen roamed the courtroom, and sentenced Bani-Odeh to death. Shortly afterwards, Bani-Odeh was brought to a public square in Shechem and executed by a Palestinian firing squad.

Two more Israeli-Arabs have been arrested for terrorist activities. The police announced today that under detention are two residents of Nazareth who drove a suicide terrorist to his final destination. The would-be murderer in fact blew himself up, purposely or accidentally, in the Israeli-Arab town of Um el-Fahm, wounding one of the two Arabs who was later arrested.
The incident occurred this past Aug. 5, when the two detainees drove the terrorist in their car; they knew him to be in Israel illegally, and even told him how much they were charging him for the trip. During the trip, the two learned that their passenger was a suicide terrorist. They stopped the car and tried to convince him to get out and continue on his own. They later claimed that he threatened to blow them up. One of them ran away, while the other finally reached an agreement with the terrorist according to which he would take him only to Um-el Fahm. When the car stopped in Um el-Fahm, as planned, the explosion occurred. Though it was originally reported that the driver was an innocent bystander, he and his colleague - who had together often driven many illegal Palestinians around Israel, and were even detained for it last month - were indicted today on charges of abetting terrorism.
In yet another case, a PA paramilitary policeman in Ramallah was recently arrested on suspicion of having plotted to murder a military judge in the Beit El Military Court. He then confessed, during his interrogation, that he also planned, together with other Fatah terrorists, to perpetrate a shooting-and-carbomb attack on a local Jewish bus.
The GSS arrested a man and a young woman yesterday, two PA residents of the northern Shomron who were on their way to a suicide attack. The woman had planned to detonate herself in a crowded area in northern Israel, while the man's role was merely to accompany her into Israel... Last night's high police alert for a possible attack in northern Jerusalem has been removed... An Israeli car was shot at near Peduel this morning; no one was hurt... Soldiers in Gaza escaped injury when Arabs launched an anti-tank rocket at their position this morning, and light-weapons fire was directed at a number of outposts... IDF troops apprehended two wanted terrorists last night in Halhoul, just north of Hevron... A leading Hamas terrorist, responsible for many attacks in the Hevron region, was arrested in Hevron late this afternoon...

The commander of the Judea/Samaria Division, Brig.-Gen. Gershon Yitzchak, awarded citations to soldiers and units that excelled in their battle performance over the past months. Among those decorated were three Duvdevan Unit officers who commanded 240 missions, including the capture of Marwan Barghouti and Hamas leader Mazan Fuka. Another soldier to be recognized was a corporal who saved a wounded comrade under fire when terrorists infiltrated Itamar two months ago...
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon has strong words for elements "on our side" that "are more comfortable blaming the Israeli side, or the army, or the Chief of Staff." In an interview appearing in tomorrow's edition of Haaretz, Yaalon said, "You try to stand and stop [the deteriorating security situation], and you get shot at from all directions. People from your own side come and literally undermine you. It's very frustrating, and sometimes drives me nuts…" He attributed a central role to the Israeli media in "promoting [that] mindset..."

4.Holocaust Denial Symposium in Abu Dhabi
Subject: Yad Vashem Condemns Holocaust Denial Symposium in Abu Dhabi
(Jerusalem, 28 August 2002) Yad Vashem condemns in the strongest terms the
Holocaust denial symposium being hosted in Abu Dhabi by the Zayed Center for
Coordination and Follow-up and expresses deep concern and regret that the
subject of the Holocaust is being used as a platform for racist objectives.
Although the Holocaust generally serves as a cultural code of education,
democracy, protection of human rights, and an ultimate symbol of suffering,
recently it has been manipulated to act as a tool furthering political aims
that condemn the Jewish people.
Chairman of the Directorate of Yad Vashem, Avner Shalev reacts: "Yad Vashem
continues to strengthen bodies fighting antisemitism by providing accurate
Holocaust materials and promoting current research. In addition, we provide
educational tools and explanatory activities aimed at better educating the
public and combating such obvious fabrications."
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Remembrance Authority was
created by the Israeli parliament in 1953. Yad Vashem contains the world's
largest repository of information on the Holocaust and the most extensive
collection of documents on this subject in existence.

Comment by Brit-Am: holocaust denial is usually associated with Nazis and their friends.
From the very beginning Brit-Am has been voicing the well-founded suspicion that Arab oil (in addition to funding Islam terror extremists) has been bank-rolling anti-semitic groups all over the world, the conspiracy industry, and elements in the media
including those who appeared to be above suspicion such as members of Time magazine editorial board in the past,
the ones who told lies about Ariel Sharon.

5.A Belated Revelation by Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Subject: Belated
A Belated Revelation
By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
IMRA reports: “Israeli Chief of Staff Ayalon caused a political stir this week by announcing that the Palestinian Authority plan is to destroy Israel in stages, through the implementation of the Oslo Accords.
His professional assessment based on military intelligence analysis confirms the findings in a PMW report published last year which documents some of the numerous statements made by Palestinian political leaders in Arabic, including Faisal Husseini, which lead to the same conclusion. These include explicit statements in Arabic that the purpose of Oslo is to destroy Israel.”
My goodness, we’ve known this for almost three decades! What Ayalon does not say is that PLO is merely a client of Egypt, which has been supplying arms to Arafat via tunnels into Gaza. (Egypt is on a war-time economy of close to 30% of its GDP!@) The PLO’s strategy of stages is based on that of Anwar Sadat ­ which, to this day, scholars ignore. Sadat’s strategy is documented in my 1978 book of that title. I personally handed a 5-page projection of the book to Menachem Begin the day before he left for Camp David and warmed him of Sadat’s insidious intentions. The book was distributed to VIPs in more than 100 countries, to all American congressmen, and passages were read in the Knesset by former MK Moshe Shamir. Needless to say, the book was utterly ignored, although Prof. Eugene Rostow, a former American undersecretary of state, responded to an updated chapter of the book, saying the documentation was compelling.
The PLO’s strategy of states is documented in my book Demophrenia:Israel and the Malaise of Democracy (1994).

6. Palestinian Goal is Destruction of Israel in Stages by Itamar Marcus
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Palestinian Goal is Destruction of Israel in Stages
By Itamar Marcus

Israeli Chief of Staff Ayalon caused a political stir this week by
announcing that the Palestinian Authority plan is to destroy Israel in
stages, through the implementation of the Oslo Accords.
His professional assessment based on military intelligence analysis confirms
the findings in a PMW report published last year which documents some of the
numerous statements made by Palestinian political leaders in Arabic,
including Faisal Husseini, which lead to the same conclusion. These include
explicit statements in Arabic that the purpose of Oslo is to destroy Israel.

[quotes eight authoritative sources, then comes no.9
Dr. Ahmed Yousuf Abu Halbiah, a Palestinian Authority Religious leader,
a member of the Palestinian Sharianic (Islamic religious law) Rulings
Council, and Rector Advanced Studies, the Islamic University:
"All the agreements are temporary"

"We the nation of Palestine, our fate from Allah is to be the vanguard in
the war against the Jews until the resurrection of the dead, as the Prophet
Mohammed said: The resurrection of the dead will not come until you do
battle with the Jews and kill them. We the Palestinians, are the vanguard in
this issue, in this battle, whether we want to or whether we refuse. All
the agreements being made are temporary."
[Preacher Dr. Ahmed Yousuf Abu Halbiah, PATV, 28 July 2000]

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, a Palestinian Authority religious leader:
"We will blow them up in Hadera, we will blow them up in Tel-Aviv"
"We will blow them up in Hadera, we will blow them up in Tel-Aviv and in
Netanya... We will fight against them and rule over them until the Jew will
hide behind the trees and stones and the tree and stone will say: 'Moslem!
Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him'. We will enter
Jerusalem as conquerors, and Jaffa as conquerors, and Haifa as conquerors
and Ashkelon as conquerors...."
[Preacher Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi, PATV, 3 August 2001]

7. NYT reviews Pipes, "Militant Islam Reaches America"
by David Schoenbaum
New York Times
August 28, 2002

Meanwhile America acquired an increasingly visible and audible Muslim minority, part diaspora from all over the Islamic world, part African-American in growing numbers. Then, out of a literally clear blue sky, came Sept. 11.
"Here and now begins a new era in world history, and you can say that you were there," said Goethe of the Battle of Valmy in 1792, the first important engagement in the French Revolutionary Wars. Millions of Americans think of Sept. 11 in much the same way.
Wrong, says Daniel Pipes in this anthology of random pieces going back to 1990. That Tuesday from hell was not the beginning, let alone the end of history. Nor should the hijackers, their shadowy handlers and Osama bin Laden be taken for the authentic voice of Islam, the religion and civilization, with 1.3 billion adherents and nearly 1,400 years of history. On the contrary, says Mr. Pipes. What hit us on Sept. 11 was Islamism, the ideology, a product of relatively recent civilizational discontents in a swath of the world where a glorious past has somehow led to a futureless present.
He estimates the ideology's hard core at 70,000 in some 50 countries. To this he adds a penumbra of fellow travelers, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of the world's Muslims.
As a professional historian and trained Arabist, he regards Islamism as a global menace. But he finds its zeal, animus, organization and technology thoroughly modern and familiar, despite the conspicuous display of beards, caftans and turbans.

On the other hand Mr. Pipes also notes that the "war on terror" is confusingly, even dangerously open-ended, when our war is really with radical, politicized Islamic fundamentalism; that we are not engaged in a "clash of civilizations," because Islamists are as dangerous to fellow Muslims as they are to us; and that the containment policy that served us so well in the cold war can work again.

Jerusalem News-106
1. The Bulge on the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount Becomes Larger by Gershon Salomon
Excerpts: Bush seeks Saudi assistance. Temple Mount wall bulge.
3. Ha'aretz interview with IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon
4.Arutz-7 News: Thursday

1. The Bulge on the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount Becomes Larger by Gershon Salomon
Gershon Salomon <>
The Bulge on the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount Becomes Larger
Archaeologists Say that the Southern Wall Will Soon Collapse Together with the Mosque
The Temple Mount Faithful to Sharon:
Let it collapse! This is the Hand of G­d!

On 27th August 2002, the archaeologists of the Israeli Antiquities Authority warned that the southern wall of the Temple Mount is in great imminent danger of collapsing. They stated that the bulge in the wall, which was first noticed after Tisha b’Av last year immediately after the Temple Mount Faithful had carried the cornerstone for the Third Temple to the area in front of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, has become much larger. Last year the bulge was 70 cm and was 30 metres long. The bulge has now increased to over 1 metre and is much longer.

The archaeologists also stated that if the wall collapses, the Al Aqsa mosque will collapse together with it as well the other two illegal mosques that have been built over the past years when they changed the Hulda entrance to the Temple Mount and the so-called Solomon’s Stables and made them into the mosque in the Middle East. Both of these holy places, together with the southern wall were built by the Israeli King Herod and completed by 10BCE. They were part of the temple complex. On the southern wall were the Double Gate and Triple Gate which were known as the Hulda Gates after the prophetess Hulda and were used as the main entrance for millions of Jewish pilgrims in the Second Temple. The Hulda Tunnel and Solomon’s Stables (which were never stables and did not exist in the time of King Solomon but were erroneously called this by the Crusaders) remained exactly as they were at the time of the Second Temple until recently when the Arabs on the Temple Mount covered the beautiful ornamentation and the pillars and illegally converted the area into a mosque.

The archaeologists called on the Israeli authorities to repair the wall. However, the archaeologist, Eilat Mazar, stated that nothing can prevent the imminent collapse of the wall. They also stated that they do not know the reason for the bulge. However, the Arabs on the Temple Mount refuse to allow the Israeli authorities to try to repair the wall.

Yesterday (28/08/02) the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement sent an open letter to Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel. In the letter the chairman of the Movement, Gershon Salomon, stated that the reason for the bulge and the “danger” of the wall collapsing is the Hand of the G­d of Israel. Gershon wrote in the letter that the bulge and probable collapse is no accident but the commencement of a godly move for the collapse of all the strange, pagan Arab presence on the Temple Mount which is the most holy site of the temple. This is a fulfilment of the prophecies of the prophets of Israel for the redemption of the Temple Mount, Israel and all the world. It is so sad that everyone who looks for the reason for the bulge are too blind to understand this prophetic fact. Gershon called on the Israeli authorities and the archaeologists not to interfere in G­d’s activities and to prevent any activity to repair the wall. This godly event signifies the start of the collapse of the walls of violence and hatred against the people of G­d and the presence of the Arab Islamic enemy of the G­d and people of Israel in the most holy place of the G­d and people of Israel. The G­d of Israel is moving the end-time history of Israel and all the world towards the purification of His holy hill from the foreigners and their desecration and towards the rebuilding of the temple. This is also the start of G­d’s judgement on these foreign enemies on the Temple Mount who have desecrated, vandalised and destroyed the remains of the First and Second Temples, built new mosques on the holy site of G­d and still continue their activities to convert the Temple Mount into an Islamic site by eliminating the remains of the Jewish temples. They dared to lift their hands against the G­d of Israel and the people of Israel. They were deluded into thinking that they could deny and ignore the existence of the temple on the Temple Mount and in this way prevent the godly historical end-time step of the redemption of the Temple Mount, Israel and all the world.

The G­d of Israel showed them that no one can raise their hands and fight against Him. So many enemies of Israel who have occupied the Temple Mount and Jerusalem since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70CE have completely disappeared from the stage of history like dust in the wind under the judgement of G­d. This and even worse will be the fate of the current enemies of the G­d and people of Israel on the Temple Mount and all over the land of Israel.

Gershon called on Ariel Sharon not to squander the great credit that G­d and history gave him at a very great and critical time in the history of Israel but to co-operate with G­d and to remove His enemies from his most holy hill and to immediately start the building of the Third Temple

Gershon reminded Prime Minister Sharon of the Hand of G­d on the southern wall of the Temple Mount during Tisha b’Av 2001 when the Temple Mount Faithful Movement carried the cornerstone to the area in front of the wall and its historical gates and how the bulge had immediately started to appear. It was a clear message from G­d that the gates and walls should immediately be opened to the cornerstone and the starting of the rebuilding of the temple. Exactly as His word states in the Psalms, “the stone which the builders rejected became the head of the corner”. Through this cornerstone G­d caused a political and spiritual earthquake in Israel, the Middle East and all over the world. In all the Arab countries models of the temple that they built were burned and again the had illusions that they could prevent this major godly end-time event by such activities which again brought them to desecrate the Name of G­d. It is no accident that G­d caused the bulge and eventual collapse on the southern wall of the Temple Mount. This was the main entrance for pilgrims to the First and Second Temples and G­d is eager to open this wall and its gates to millions of pilgrims to the Third Temple.

Excerpts: Bush seeks Saudi assistance. Temple Mount wall bulge.

Excerpts: Bush seeks Saudi assistance.Temple Mount wall bulge.
+++JORDAN TIMES 29 Aug '02,"Bush says Saudi Arabia needs to resolve disputes
over custody of American citizens"
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - Under pressure from conservatives, ... . Bush is
urging Saudi Arabia to resolve custody disputes involving American children
who are barred from returning to the United States.
Bush for the first time raised the issue to the Saudi ambassador, Prince
Bandar Ben Sultan, during his Tuesday visit to the Texas ranch.
. . .
In the hourlong session, Bush also expressed exasperation with the kingdom
for failing to meet its commitment to provide financial assistance to
...Afghanistan, Fleischer said.
Saudi Arabia is one of a few nations that have failed to make good on its
pledge, delivering "far short" of the $100 million promised ... .
Fleischer described Bush's meeting with the ambassador as "a social visit,
as well as a business visit," but it was convened to help thaw the mounting
tension between the two countries ... particularly over Iraq and a potential
US military strike. The president did not sway Bandar on Iraq; US officials
said the Saudis still oppose military action to oust ...Hussein.
Conservatives have been pressing Bush to more forcefully pursue humanitarian
issues with Saudi Arabia, particularly citizenship cases in which American
children are kidnapped or detained, often by their Saudi fathers, and are
prevented from leaving.
"The president cited ... the crying humanitarian concerns, the issues
involving justice and the rights of people to come back to the United States
if that's their desire," Fleischer said.
Bush referred to the case of Amjad Radwan, 19, born in Houston to an
American mother and Saudi father. Radwan is prohibited from leaving Saudi
Her story was the subject of a congressional hearing this summer, and
Republicans in Congress have written several letters to Bush urging him to
Radwan's mother, Monica Stowers, had taken the child and her older brother
to Saudi Arabia in 1985, only to learn that her husband already was married
with a family.
Stowers attempted to retrieve the children when she left, but her husband
refused to let them go and a Saudi court awarded him custody. Courts there
almost always favour Saudi fathers in child custody cases involving
non-Saudi mothers ... .
In 1990, Stowers snatched the children and fled to the American embassy,
which refused to help. Stowers ultimately was arrested and imprisoned.
Eventually, Radwan escaped to live with her mother and brother in Saudi
Arabia, but she is not allowed to leave.
Fleischer said Bush asked the Saudi ambassador to help resolve the problems
so Radwan can return to the United States. He also urged resolution of other
similar cases.
The ambassador said he would relay the message back to Saudi Arabia.

"Israel warns bulge in Jerusalem wall could turn deadly"
"Israelis allege the mosque compound is built atop the remains
of a Jewish temple."
"warned the government nine months ago that the Palestinians
were carrying out 'illegal excavations,' creating a vacuum in
important supporting soil and causing the bulge in the exterior
"turned the accusation against the Israelis blaming their own
excavations of a tunnel which runs along the nearby Wailing
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli experts warned Wednesday that a bulge in
the wall supporting Al Haram Al Sharif Mosque [IMRA: The TEmple Mount.]
compound could collapse at any moment and ignite tensions across the region,
a charge Palestinians dismissed as a bid to extend Israeli control of the
The compound was setting passions ablaze again, two days after members of
the "Israeli Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Antiquities on the
Temple Mount" sent an urgent warning to ...l Sharon over a 11-metre-wide
swelling in the wall.
"In the current context of the Intifada, this appears to have a very
political implication," said Khaled Nashef, the director of the Palestinian
Institute of Archaeology at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah.
The bulge is located on the southern side of the wall which buttresses Al
Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam and a traditional
political flash point where the Palestinian Intifada erupted two years ago
following a provocative visit by then opposition leader Sharon.
Israelis allege the mosque compound is built atop the remains of a Jewish
temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD and which they consider the holiest
site in Judaism.
[Agence France Presse(AFP) shows its colors.]
Eilat Mazar, who heads the committee, said she warned the government nine
months ago that the Palestinians were carrying out "illegal excavations,"
creating a vacuum in important supporting soil and causing the bulge in the
exterior wall of an area known as Solomon's Stables.
Members of the committee accuse the Palestinians of attempting to wipe out
any "Jewish traces" on the site and call for joint supervision of the works,
an option the Palestinians have categorically rejected.
"On the archaeological level, it is a huge disaster. Not only Jewish, but
Islamic and Christian artefacts are being destroyed. It is everybody's
heritage and what is going on is criminal," said Mazar, whose father
Binyamin was one of the first archaeologists to search the site after Israel
seized it in the 1967 war.
"But the most urgent concern is that tens of thousands of people are going
to visit the mosque for Ramadan later this year and their lives will be at
risk," she told AFP.
Adnan Husseini, who heads the Waqf - or Islamic trust running the site -
dismissed the charges as a political move and turned the accusation against
the Israelis, blaming their own excavations of a tunnel which runs along the
nearby Wailing Wall.
[IMRA: The tunnel runs along the outside of the Western wall. The bulge
is on the Southern wall.]
"The issue of the bulge is not new. We have been monitoring it for a long
time. We had a timetable to finish the restoration before Ramadan but the
Israelis prevented us from continuing," he told AFP.
But according to the Israeli antiquities authority, the bulge has now sagged
to a depth of 1.5 metres from 70 centimetres a year ago, and Mazar refuses
to make it a political issue.
"Everything is political in Jerusalem. But does this mean nothing should be
done?" she exclaimed. "Closing down the mosque is now a necessity. Who is
going to take responsibility for the hundreds of people who will get killed
if the wall collapses?"
. . .
The bulge, hidden by scaffoldings which have not been used in months, has
become the new tourist attraction in Jerusalem. But this time, Israeli
newspapers were splashed with alarming scenarios ... .
"It looks like a scenario that could ignite the entire region: Part of the
Temple Mount collapses, hundreds of worshippers are killed, thousands more
stream to the holy place in fury," the Maariv newspaper said Wednesday.
. . .
When the Intifada erupted, access to the site was banned to non-Muslims.
In an editorial entitled "How We Lost the Mount," the daily explained: "The
government's hands are tied. It will not allow, in these days of record
tensions, the entry of Jews to the Temple Mount... but closing the gate to
Jews signals the loss of any chance to exercise Israeli sovereignty over the

3. Ha'aretz interview with IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon

HA'ARETZ Friday Magazine 30 Aug.'02"The enemy within"
By Ari Shavit


Q. Lieutenant General Yarom,: of all the threats surrounding the State of
Israel, which disturbs you the most? Are any of the threats of an
existential nature?

A. "When I look at the overall map, what disturbs me especially is the
Palestinian threat and the possibility that a hostile state will acquire
nuclear capability. Those are the most worrisome focal points, because both
of them have the potential of being an existential threat to Israel. We have
good answers for all the other threats. We have a good answer for what
Hezbollah can do and for what the Syrians can do. We also have a good answer
for what the Iraqis are liable to do."

Q. There is something surprising in the fact that you see the Palestinian
threat as an existential threat.
A. "The characteristics of that threat are invisible, like cancer. When you
are attacked externally, you see the attack, you are wounded. Cancer, on the
other hand, is something internal. Therefore, I find it more disturbing,
because here the diagnosis is critical. If the diagnosis is wrong and people
say it's not cancer but a headache, then the response is irrelevant. But I
maintain that it is cancer. My professional diagnosis is that there is a
phenomenon here that constitutes an existential threat."

Q. Describe for me the present campaign between the Palestinians and us:
Who is against whom, and for what, in this campaign?
.A. "The campaign is between two societies that are competing for territory
and, to a certain degree, for existence. I don't think that there is an
existential threat to the Palestinian society. There is an existential
threat to us. In other words, there is asymmetry here, but it is reversed:
Everyone thinks we are Goliath and they are David, but I maintain that it is
the opposite."

Q. Are you saying that despite what appears to be a war of the oppressed
against the oppressors, of the occupied against the occupiers, the
Palestinians actually have a sense of strength and power?

"Of course. They feel that they have the backing of a quarter-of-a-billion
Arabs and they believe that time is on their side and that, with a
combination of terrorism and demography, they will tire us out and wear us
down. There is also an additional reverse asymmetry here: We do not have
intentions to annihilate them and we have also expressed readiness to grant
them a state, whereas they are unwilling to recognize our right to exist
here as a Jewish state."

Do you not see the war of the Palestinians against us as a campaign to end
the occupation?

"If the term `occupation' had any relevance at all, it lost it, as far as I
am concerned, in the year 2000, when the State of Israel put a certain
proposal on the table that was supposed to resolve the problem. That
proposal was supposed to get the Palestinians off our back, but instead they
started to stab us. They stayed on our back, attached to us and stabbing us.
That is the reality. Therefore, without getting into a political discussion
of what the solution should be, I maintain that the story is not occupation.
The story is non-recognition of the right of the State of Israel to exist as
a Jewish state."

In other words, the goal of Arafat and of Fatah is to liquidate Israel by

"Of course. Not to reach an agreement and not to arrive at the end of their
claims, in order to preserve the conflict and to let time run its course
according to the phased theory."

If so, you would say that the Oslo agreement was a mistake?

"We can't talk in terms of a mistake or not a mistake. If you ask me
personally, in terms of the rightness of our way, I find the situation far
more convenient today. When I move, in the end, to fight against what the
Palestinians are creating, I think that after what we went through in the
past nine years, I have fewer question marks and more exclamation marks. For
me, moral clarity has emerged here."

Do you consider him [Arafat] an illegitimate leader?
"[U.S. President George] Bush's speech [on the Middle East on June 24] was
strategically decisive and normatively decisive. He defined things very
clearly: Anyone who is tainted by terrorism is not legitimate. Therefore,
Arafat can no longer be the decision-maker on the Palestinian side. There is
nowhere to go with him. The Americans made it clear that they are not going
to liquidate him, but that if the Palestinians want to see light at the end
of the tunnel, they themselves should neutralize him. That is an unequivocal
statement: Arafat will not be the decision-maker. He will not be."

"Yes. I have no doubt that when this period is viewed historically, the
conclusion will be that the War of Independence was the most important event
in our history and this war was the second most important event."

Even more important than the Six-Day War or the Yom Kippur War?

"Of course, of course. Because we are dealing with an existential threat.
There was an Israeli attempt to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by
means of a territorial compromise, and the Palestinian reply was war. So
this brings us back to the confrontation of the pre-state period, the
partition proposal and the War of Independence.

"At the same time, there is no reason for gloom. We are a power. Even though
we are only 6 million, we are a power: a military, economic, cultural and
scientific power. Nor do I think that there is any sort of decree from
heaven here. In Islam, there are waves that rise and fall, sometimes in the
direction of extremism and sometimes in the direction of moderation. The
Muslim world is not monolithic. It is possible that over time, the region
will see processes of Westernization, democratization, a joining of the
global village. But as long as we are under attack, Israeli society must
show staying power. True, it is difficult, but when I was a boy, it was more
difficult. And true, people are sad. But we should look at things in
perspective: After 54 years, we are truly a power. Therefore, at bottom, I
am truly optimistic."

Lieutenant General Ya'alon, where do you come from? What are the sources of
your Israeliness?

"I suppose it begins with my parents. My father fled Bolshevism in 1925. One
of his brothers was murdered because he was a Jew and another brother was
arrested for Zionist activity, and then their father decided to pack up the
property and the factory in Ukraine and come to this country. My mother is a
Holocaust survivor. She fled the Nazis and survived. She joined the
Partisans and, in the end, reached Italy and from there came here after the
war and was imprisoned [by the British] at Atlit, but she managed to get
away from there, too.
"Our home was a typical one in Kiryat Haim [a Haifa suburb]: an
Israeli-Zionist-workers' home with all that Kiryat Haim of the 1950s and
`60s reflects. My father was a worker in the Shemen factory [which
manufactures cooking oil and soap] and we lived a very modest life. At the
time, I didn't understand that we were poor, but today I understand that we
were poor. But I didn't feel any lack; I had no idea that there was any
other kind of life. [There was] no bicycle, no car, not even a telephone in
the house. Once every few months, we had felafel. Most of the time, we drank
water and ate black bread because it was cheaper. Everything was on a modest
scale. Our good time was the beach. Still, for me, it was a happy

Was there a sense of the Holocaust in the background?

"It wasn't talked about. But there was no [extended] family. Nearly the
whole family on my mother's side was murdered. Finally, you understand that
even though no one talked about it, it was a formative experience. You
understand that you imbibed it."

Lieutenant General Moshe Ya'alon was born in 1950 in Kiryat Haim, a suburb
of Haifa. He was drafted in 1968, serving in the airborne unit of the
paramilitary Nahal brigade. Within the framework of the "self-fulfillment"
doctrine of his youth movement, he joined Kibbutz Grofit, north of Eilat, of
which he is a member to this day.
In the Yom Kippur War of 1973, he fought as a reservist in the Paratroops
and took part in the conquest of the Suez Canal. Returning to active service
after the war, he completed an officers' training course and served in
command posts in the Paratroops. Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg and others who
served under Ya'alon remember especially that company commander Ya'alon's
wife, Ada, would come to the base on the weekend and stay with him in a pup
In 1978, Ya'alon was the commanding officer of the Paratroops' sayeret
(reconnaissance unit), taking part with it in Operation Litani in southern
Lebanon. He spent the next three years in the elite Sayeret Matkal
reconnaissance unit and then was appointed commander of a battalion in the
Paratroops. He was sent to England for advanced studies in 1986 and, on his
return, was named commander of Sayeret Matkal. He rehabilitated the unit in
the wake of a series of crises it had experienced and, among other
operations, led it in the liquidation of Abu Jihad. His next appointments
were as commander of the Paratroops Brigade (1990), commander of the West
Bank Division (1992) and commander of an armored division (1993).
In June 1995, Ya'alon was appointed director of Military Intelligence and
already then began to have doubts about Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat,
arousing the wrath of Shimon Peres. In May 1998, he became head of Central
Command, where he prepared the command's units for the violent confrontation
with the Palestinians that he foresaw. He was appointed deputy chief of
staff in September 2000, and on July 9, 2002, took over as chief of staff.
For the past few years he and his wife have lived in a small community in
the center of the country, even though they are both still kibbutz members.
They have three children. (U.S.)n

4.Arutz-7 News: Thursday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002 / Elul 21, 5762
Israeli soccer fans were thrilled last night when the Maccabi Haifa soccer team reached a 3-3 tie with their Austrian opponents, enabling it to become the first Israeli team ever to reach the European Championship League. President Moshe Katzav congratulated the team, saying that the "important accomplishment contributes to the morale of the People of Israel and the State of Israel." Maccabi's first European challenge will be Manchester United of Great Britain, in some three weeks' time.

In Sweden, Per Anger, an assistant and colleague of Raoul Wallenberg in Hungary of 1944, died this week at the age of 89. Anger, who himself was recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Gentile for his actions to save Jews during the last months of the Holocaust, said in the past that Wallenberg should be credited with the saving of 100,000 Jews.
The Nazis were in the midst of deporting the large Hungarian Jewish population to death camps while Wallenberg, with help from Anger, was preparing life-saving visas for thousands of them. In November 1944, for instance, Jews were marched on foot from Budapest to the Austrian border where trains were waiting to take them to death camps. Wallenberg and Anger traveled up and down the 120-mile route distributing vanloads of food, medicine, warm clothing and passports. Wallenberg also took measures to ensure that Jews with protection passes were not deported. An estimated 2,000 Jews were saved in this way. Wallenberg was arrested by Soviet forces in early 1945 and was never seen again.

Ninety-five members of the Bnei Menashe arrived in Israel today as new immigrants. Members of the group, who have been living in northeastern India for hundreds of years, consider themselves the descendants of the Biblical tribe of Menashe. The group has been practicing Jewish customs, such as circumcision on the eighth day after birth and Sabbath observance, for generations. Once in Israel they will study Judaism, undergo formal conversion by the Chief Rabbinate, and live observant Jewish lifestyles. They will be joining the more than 600 Bnei Menashe members already living in Israel. Twenty of them arrived today in Beit El, joining some ten families who preceded them in the north-of-Jerusalem town several years ago.

Jerusalem News-107
1. Cricket Victory
2. Turkey warns it might annex northern Iraq
3. Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday
4. Something Rotten in Denmark? by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard

1. Cricket Victory
More glory as Israeli kids beat favorites Germany - Cricket / European
under-13 championships
By Steven Shein HA'ARETZ 28 Aug.'02:
The Israel under-13 cricket team continued their brilliant run of successes
at the European Championships currently being played in Italy, when they
beat tournament favorites Germany by 36 runs yesterday.
The Germans, a team of mostly Pakistani players far bigger than the young
Israelis, were on the receiving end of another stunning Israel performance.
While the whole squad can be commended, the two spin bowlers, Ronen Wasker
and Raz Ben-Zakan again stood out. They not only have prodigious talent, but
this tournament has highlighted a fine temperament, so crucial for any
aspiring sportsman.

2. Turkey warns it might annex northern Iraq

Turkey warns it might annex northern Iraq
Ankara threatens use of force to prevent independent Kurdish state

Turkish officials said Ankara has warned the United States that Turkey regards parts of northern Iraq as Turkish territory. They said this includes the oil-rich region around Kirkuk.

The Turkish message was submitted to Washington amid U.S. talks with Kurdish opposition groups, officials said. Ankara's message was meant to stress that Turkey will use force to stop any independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq and would not rule out annexing parts of the area, the Turkish officials said.

Turkish Defense Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu said Ankara has the right to northern Iraq in a claim that has existed since 1920. That claim was part of a Turkish parliamentary decision that set the borders of Turkey.

"It is an area which had been forcibly separated," Cakmakoglu said. "Northern Iraq is under our safekeeping."

The statement by the defense minister was regarded as the most explicit threat by Ankara to annex parts of northern Iraq. Officials said Turkey also intends to press Turkoman, or ethnic Turkish claims, to Mosul in northern Iraq.

Officials said Turkey has been alarmed by the prospect that the United States would begin its campaign against the Saddam regime by an attack in northern Iraq. They said such a scenario would comprise a U.S.-supported Kurdish attack against al-Qaida insurgents in northern Iraq.

Hundreds of al-Qaida supporters infiltrated northern Iraq in an effort coordinated by Iran and Iraq amid the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. The al-Qaida force, known as Ansar Islam, has been battling the pro-U.S. Patriotic Union of Kurdistan over the last month.

Ansar Islam, which has been in northern Iraq since 1988, was said to have been bolstered and taken over by al-Qaida insurgents who fled from Afghanistan over the last year. The officials said Ansar, with Iranian supplies and Iraqi weapons, has taken control of Kurdish villages near the Iranian border.

3.Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday
Arutz Sheva News Service
The British financial weekly The Economist sees a relatively rosy future for Israel within a few months. Expressing more optimism than Israeli Finance Ministry officials, the paper predicts that the Israeli economy will grow by 2.6% in the coming year. The Economist credits Bank of Israel Governor David Klein's interest rate hikes earlier this year with stabilizing the shekel and slowing down inflation. Statistics released yesterday indicate early signs of a recovery in the Israeli economy.

Both the IDF Chief of Staff and Israel's Police Chief said today, in separate media interviews, that the relative quiet of the past few weeks is not due to a Palestinian decision to opt for peace, but rather to successful Israeli military operations to thwart terrorism. Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon said that for the first time in two years, there are now more explosives belts than suicide terrorists willing to detonate them.
Yaalon also noted with surprise that he was greeted very warmly by Arab residents of Hevron during his visit there last week. He explained that the IDF presence in the cities of Judea and Samaria "freed the [Arab] residents from the heavy yoke of the Palestinian Authority." It was learned today that the IDF has essentially revived the Civil Administration that governed Judea, Samaria and Gaza between 1967 and 1993. An office is open in Hevron, serving hundreds of people a day.

4. Something Rotten in Denmark? by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard
From | Original article available at:
Something Rotten in Denmark?

by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard
New York Post
August 27, 2002

A Muslim group in Denmark announced a few days ago that a $30,000 bounty would be paid for the murder of several prominent Danish Jews, a threat that garnered wide international notice. Less well known is that this is just one problem associated with Denmark's approximately 200,000 Muslim immigrants. The key issue is that many of them show little desire to fit into their adopted country.

For years, Danes lauded multiculturalism and insisted they had no problem with the Muslim customs - until one day they found that they did. Some major issues:

* Living on the dole: Third-world immigrants - most of them Muslims from countries such as Turkey, Somalia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Iraq - constitute 5 percent of the population but consume upwards of 40 percent of the welfare spending.

* Engaging in crime: Muslims are only 4 percent of Denmark's 5.4 million people but make up a majority of the country's convicted rapists, an especially combustible issue given that practically all the female victims are non-Muslim. Similar, if lesser, disproportions are found in other crimes.

* Self-imposed isolation: Over time, as Muslim immigrants increase in numbers, they wish less to mix with the indigenous population. A recent survey finds that only 5 percent of young Muslim immigrants would readily marry a Dane.

* Importing unacceptable customs: Forced marriages - promising a newborn daughter in Denmark to a male cousin in the home country, then compelling her to marry him, sometimes on pain of death - are one problem.

Another is threats to kill Muslims who convert out of Islam. One Kurdish convert to Christianity, who went public to explain why she had changed religion, felt the need to hide her face and conceal her identity, fearing for her life.

* Fomenting anti-Semitism: Muslim violence threatens Denmark's approximately 6,000 Jews, who increasingly depend on police protection. Jewish parents were told by one school principal that she could not guarantee their children's safety and were advised to attend another institution. Anti-Israel marches have turned into anti-Jewish riots. One organization, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, openly calls on Muslims to "kill all Jews . . . wherever you find them."

* Seeking Islamic law: Muslim leaders openly declare their goal of introducing Islamic law once Denmark's Muslim population grows large enough - a not-that-remote prospect. If present trends persist, one sociologist estimates, every third inhabitant of Denmark in 40 years will be Muslim.

Jerusalem News-108
1. Hebron Jewish Worshipers Attacked on Friday Night
Terror attack at Har Bracha
2. Attack in Har Bracha
3. Arutz-7 News: Sunday
TIDBITS: Dr. Perl honored, Sheikh Hassan arrested
4.Arutz-7 News: Monday,

1. Hebron Jewish Worshipers Attacked on Friday Night
News from Hebron
The Hebron Press Office Saturday August 31, 2002

Worshipers attacked Friday night
On Friday night, as worshipers were walking from Ma'arat HaMachpela in Hebron to Kiryat Arba, Arab terrorists opened fire on them with automatic weapons. At least 50 shots were fired at the group. MIraculously, no one was hit by the terrorist gunfire. One woman broke her hand while falling to the ground during the attack.
Soldiers and others returned gunfire at the source of the shooting, but the terrorist escaped. At the scene of the shooting security forces discovered ammunition magazines, knives and other weapons.
In reaction to the shooting, the IDF uprooted over 30 trees in the field which was the source of the shooting and declared a curfew in the area.

2. Attack in Har Bracha
Voice of Judea News and Commentary

Attack in Har Bracha
Two people were seriously injured after a terrorist penetrated onto the
Yishuv and opened fire, shortly after 8:30 PM Saturday night. Another two
people were lightly wounded during the exchange of fire. The local
response team on the Yishuv killed the terrorist, who was armed with a
Kalchnikov and a knife.

[IMRA: Yediot Ahronot reported in the 1 September edition that "In the IDF
it was believed yesterday that the terrorist came from Nablus via the
Samaritan neighborhood on Mount Grizim. IDF sources said yesterday that the
terrorist exploited the easing of the curfew after it was lifted during the
day with the opening of the school year yesterday in Nablus.
Ha'aretz in the
English edition website.
By Baruch Kra, Amira Hass and Nadav Shragai 1 September 2002
Two Israelis, a couple from Jerusalem, sustained moderate to serious
injuries yesterday evening when a terrorist infiltrated the settlement of
Bracha, near Nablus.

In the Bracha attack, the terrorist shot the couple when both were about to
get on a bus, at the end of Shabbat. They were visiting Bracha for an event
held at a yeshiva located next to the settlement.
As Shabbat ended, at 8:30 P.M., a group of Jerusalemites who had been guests
at the yeshiva headed toward the bus. The terrorist had infiltrated the
settlement, and was waiting in an area near the path that led to the bus. He
fired at the couple. Eyewitnesses relate that after the first shots hit the
couple - apparently the woman - the man threw himself atop his wife, to
protect her. The terrorist moved toward the couple, and shot the man in the
At this stage, one of the guests, Avi Ofer, noticed the attack. "I ran with
my M-16 [rifle]," Ofer, a 20-year-old resident of the Psagot settlement and
a soldier in the Givati commando unit, related. "I saw this noble scene -
the husband was lying atop his wife, to protect her. I moved closer to them,
and I saw the terrorist firing from a field, nearby. I started to shoot at
him; I think I managed to stop him, he stopped firing. I only had five
bullets left in my cartridge, so I ran toward the yeshiva; there, a member
of the local security squad gave me his Galil rifle."
Members of Bracha's security team reached the scene of the attack about a
minute after the terrorist opened fire. They, too, fired at the terrorist.
"I went back with the Galil rifle," Ofer related, "and I saw the terrorist
between some shrubs, and I opened fire at him again. This time, too, I think
I hit him. After a few minutes, a large number of security forces reached
the scene - police, army, Magen David Adom [medical rescue workers] - and so
I stopped shooting, because I didn't want to hit any of our forces."
Security officials later speculated that the terrorist entered Bracha from
one of the villages around Nablus, and waited near the path that led to the
bus for several minutes. The security officials believe that the assailant
chose to fire at unarmed persons because he waited for the Jerusalem couple;
several other persons in the group carried weapons.
Police and IDF men on the scene found that the terrorist was dead, and
started to comb the area to ascertain whether other attackers were at large.
A Kalashnikov rifle, cartridges and military backpack were found near the
terrorist. Some security sources reported that footprints of a second
terrorist who helped the assailant, and who apparently managed to escape,
were spotted in the area.
The two wounded Israelis were taken by helicopter to Beilinson and Sheba
Medical centers.
The Israeli woman who sustained moderate wounds was identified as Dalit
Renad, the sister of a groom for whom a celebration was being held at the
yeshiva. She was taken to Beilinson Hospital-Rabin Medical Center. Her
husband Yaakov was taken to the Sheba-Tel Hashomer Medical Center.

3. Arutz-7 News: Sunday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Sunday, September 1, 2002 / Elul 24, 5762
Hizbullah launched four rounds of shells over the northern border today, causing no damage or injuries. The condition of one of the three soldiers wounded in Thursday's Hizbullah attack has deteriorated, and he is now listed in critical condition. Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer said this morning that Israel was fully aware that Hizbullah might continue its provocations. He said that Israel was using various channels to clearly warn Syria, Lebanon and Hizbullah that they were "playing with fire."

Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh presented his plan for fighting the scourge of traffic accidents at the Cabinet meeting today. His plan is based chiefly on more severe punitive measures against drivers who violate traffic laws, and also includes a proposal to forbid young drivers from driving between midnight and 5AM.

Dr. Perl honored
The Jerusalem Municipality named a street in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood today after Holocaust hero Dr. William Perl. Speakers included former Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert. Dr. Perl is credited with saving over 40,000 lives from the clutches of the Nazis, by organizing and directing 62 voyages from Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia and elsewhere in southern Europe to Israel. For his troubles, he was sentenced to death by both Germany and Britain, but later joined United States Military Intelligence serving in Europe and the War Crime Tribunal after the German surrender. He became the chief interrogator of German Storm Troopers (SS). Among the books he authored was "The Holocaust Conspiracy: An International Policy of Genocide." ...

Sheikh Hassan arrested
An elite IDF unit arrested top Hamas terrorist Sheikh Hassan Yousef, along with two cohorts, at their Ramallah hideout yesterday afternoon. When the soldiers surrounded and then entered the house, Yousef and friends chose to surrender rather than confront the troops. The group was found to be in possession of tens of thousands of Israeli shekels...

4.Arutz-7 News: Monday,
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Two residents of an Arab suburb of Jerusalem, Beit Tzafafa, were indicted this morning in a Jerusalem court on charges of spying for the Palestinian Authority. They are accused of attempting to enlist two women soldiers into their network, promising them money and drugs. The two suspects admitted their connections with Jibril Rajoub's Preventative Security organization.
GSS agents discovered the plan when they reviewed PA documents seized during Operation Defensive Shield. Officials note that this "severe case once again shows the easy access that Jerusalem Arabs have to the Israeli population, by virtue of the freedom of travel that they are granted and the fact that they work in Israel."

Jerusalem News-109
1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday
TOPPLING THE GOV'T? [Government accomplishment]

1. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2002 / Elul 27, 5762
U.S. Defense Department officials estimate that Saddam Hussein has 600 tons of chemical weapons and tens of thousands of missiles capable of carrying a chemical or biological warhead. US President George Bush met with congressional leaders today to explain why he feels Saddam Hussein must be overthrown. Yesterday, his Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld - who, like Vice President Cheney, is strongly in favor of attacking Iraq - denied that there was a split within the administration on the Iraqi issue, calling such rumors "baloney." Secretary of State Colin Powell, however, who represents the American government's more dovish leaders, said he sees "lots of differences" within the administration, but added, "Some are real, some are perceived, some are over-hyped."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday delivered a hawkish speech against Saddam Hussein, promising to soon release documents proving the great extent to which the Iraqi dictator has been stocking up on non-conventional weapons. "If the 11th of September teaches us anything, it teaches us the importance of not waiting for the threat to materialize," Blair said.

TOPPLING THE GOV'T? [Government accomplishment]

Minister Effie Eitam, who leads the National Religious Party ... Speaking with Arutz-7 today, he first listed the government's positive accomplishments in terms of security:
"The army rides around Hevron in open jeeps, there is no more [PA-controlled] Area A, etc. All this could not have been done without a national unity government - everyone remembers the damage done by the left-wing demonstrations during the 1982 Peace for Galilee war..." He then acknowledged, however, that the government "is now wobbling between two sides, one of which is totally determined by the political dictates of the internal race [within Labor] between Ben-Eliezer and Mitzna. We [the NRP] must keep careful watch..."

WMCA 570 AM, "New York's Christian Radio," has canceled a show designed to "directly address the malicious, distorted, anti-Israel bias in the world media" - because its host is too closely associated with anti-missionary efforts.
Prominent New York Rabbi Tovia Singer has long been engaged in reaching out to Jews who have been targeted and converted by evangelical groups such as Jews for Jesus - but his WMCA show did not touch on this topic. Instead, the weekly call-in program focused on the "common ground that both Christian and Jews share," such as Israel's precarious position in the world arena. He featured such guests as Arutz-7's Jay Shapiro, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, Holocaust scholar Deborah Libstadt, counter-terrorist expert Steven Emerson, and more.
WMCA General Manager Carl J. Miller, explaining the decision to terminate the show, said that the "feedback [against the show] from our core listeners and leaders in the Christian community is too strong... Our core listeners' knowledge of his anti-missionary efforts causes too large an inconsistency to our primary program format."
Rabbi Singer, however, was more to the point:
"Jews for Jesus immediately went on a full court press to have the show canceled. Complaints were orchestrated by other prominent missionaries such as the leaders of Chosen People Ministries, one of America's oldest Christian missions to the Jews… With all the breast-beating and loud 'We love the Jews and Israel' slogans emanating from the conservative Christian world these days, I didn't want to believe that this could happen - at least not now... If the Reverend Graham gets it [a reference to Graham's public shunning of evangelism that specifically targets Jews for conversion], why doesn't WMCA understand that rabbis must have the right to protect their own flock from aggressive evangelism without the fear of retribution from Christian media?"
Rabbi Singer expressed confidence that his show would be back on other airwaves shortly - possibly even within a week. He said the new show "will directly address those who are committed to annihilate our nation physically, as well as those who wish to destroy us spiritually."

Religious-secular relations appear to be better than ever. The Gesher organization, which works on behalf of religious-secular dialogue and understanding, has found that only 18% of 500 Jewish respondents feel that secular-religious relations are "bad" - compared with 65% who felt that way five years ago. Almost a quarter of those asked feel that the relations have improved, compared with only 10% who said the same two years ago.

Amnon Lord
Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints
No. 482 6 Av 5762 / 15 July 2002
Muhammad Al-Dura, the poster child of the current Palestinian uprising, was
not killed by IDF gunfire at Netzarim junction, according to an inquiry by
the German ARD television network based on a study by Israeli physicist
Nahum Shahaf. Shahaf analyzed all available unedited videotape from the area
of the event, spoke with IDF soldiers and photographers who were present,
and concluded: The Palestinians, in cooperation with foreign journalists and
the UN, arranged a well-staged production.

The story of the death of the child Muhammad Al-Dura -- who, according to
reports from world and local media, was shot and killed by IDF soldiers at
Netzarim junction -- became the symbol of the intifada: the Palestinian
martyr whose blood must be avenged by the Muslim and enlightened world. His
death turned into a blood libel accompanying the terror and violence, and it
became the altar upon which the good name of the people and the State of
Israel was sacrificed during the last two years. The world was flooded with
pictures of the dead child. As a result of, among other things, world
incitement originating with the mantra: "Israel murders Palestinian
children," the UN conference in Durban turned into a frightening
anti-Semitic crusade.
Meet Nahum Shahaf
Nahum Shahaf accumulated and analyzed all
available material connected to Al-Dura's death.

IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ron Kitri says the IDF did not claim responsibility
for the death of the boy, but did take responsibility for the heavy gunfire.
Kitri also acknowledged that a child had been killed there and Gen. Yom-Tov
Samia, head of the IDF Southern Command, ordered an investigation. Yet there
was no Palestinian cooperation in the investigation, and they were not
willing to allow an autopsy to be conducted.
The IDF investigation, in which Nahum Shahaf participated, was completed in
January 2001 and reported that the cause of death of the child was not
known. The IDF report also indicated that no unedited film exists showing
who shot the child. Furthermore, the father's testimony, that Muhammad was
hit in the back, does not square with the claim that he was shot by IDF
However, the German television inquiry, based on Shahaf's own decisive
conclusion, determined that Muhammad Al-Dura was not killed by IDF gunfire
at Netzarim junction. Rather, the Palestinians, in cooperation with foreign
journalists and the UN, arranged a well-staged production of his death.
Two blood libels instigated the current war: One, a visit to the Temple
Mount by a Jew -- the current prime minister of Israel -- and the second,
the collective guilt of the people of Israel for the murder of a Palestinian
* * *
Amnon Lord is a veteran Israeli columnist.

Comment by Brit-Am: Most Palestinian casualties are "soldiers" in so far as they males in the age group
17-40 with those in their twenties predominating. The casualties usually occur as a result of participating in,
or being associated with, aggressive provocative behavior that puts Israeli lives at risk.
"Civilian" casualties however do occur and child bystanders have been killed. Mohamed Dura could have been
killed accidentally by Israeli fire since he was close to an Israeli outpost that was under siege by armed Palestinians.
Israeli was blamed worldwide for the death of Mohammed and I received a letter from an erstwhile friend and supporter
attacking Israel because of this. Even so, there is a difference between what "could have happened" and what actually did. The Palestinians are not above killing their own kind for a 'higher" cause and also of outright lying for propaganda purposes.

Jerusalem News-110
1.Iraq Sued for 9/11 Attacks
2. Antisemitic radio station in Poland
3. Another blood libel by Aram Paquin
4.Arutz-7 News: Thursday
5. Sharon versus Libya

1.Iraq Sued for 9/11 Attacks
To: Laurie Mylroie <>
Lawsuit: Iraq Knew of 9/11 Attacks
By Larry Neumeister
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, September 4, 2002; 7:16 PM
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims Iraq knew Osama bin Laden
was targeting the Pentagon and New York City prior to Sept. 11 and that it
sponsored terrorists for a decade to avenge its defeat in the Gulf War.
"Since Iraq could not defeat the U.S. military, it resorted to terror
attacks on U.S. citizens," according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District
Court seeking more than $1 trillion in damages on behalf of 1,400 victims of
the Sept. 11 attacks and their families.
The suit names bin Laden, al-Qaida and Iraq as defendants. It was
brought by Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York law firm specializing in
aviation disaster litigation.
The lawsuit tries to draw a link between Iraq and terrorism that the
government has so far not alleged in public court actions.
It relies in part on a newspaper article published July 21, 2001, in
Al Nasiriyah, 185 miles southwest of Baghdad. The law firm provided The
Associated Press with a copy of the article written in Arabic and an English
According to the lawsuit, a columnist writing under the byline Naeem
Abd Muhalhal described bin Laden thinking "seriously, with the seriousness
of the Bedouin of the desert, about the way he will try to bomb the Pentagon
after he destroys the White House."

Jim Kreindler, a lawyer for the firm, said Muhalhal had advance
knowledge of al-Qaida's specific targets on Sept. 11 and that "Iraqi
officials were aware of plans to attack American landmarks."
"Further, we have evidence that Iraq provided support for bin Laden
and his al-Qaida terror organization for nearly a decade," he said.
The lawsuit said there have been numerous meetings between Iraqi
intelligence agents and high-ranking al-Qaida members to plan terror

2. Antisemitic radio station in Poland
Note: The following information describes anti-semitic activity in Poland organized by
a Catholic priest BUT the Pope and other members of the Catholic hierarchy oppose

Today's Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Friday 8/30/02, #200, p.3) has an
article on Polish radio station, Radio Maria, run by a Redemptorist
Priest named Tadeusz Rydzyk that campaigns against
foreigners--especially Germans, Jews, Turks, and "Negern" (which could
mean either Negros or "Niggers," depending on the Polish original). The
Redemptorists are an order that promotes the cult of Mary, and that is
the main focus of the station, but Rydzyk is clearly a nasty piece of
work. He is said to have a following of about 20% of Poles, about the
level of support Le Pen won in the recent French election--his opponents
point out that this means 80% of Poles don't support him.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung is available online at
"One of the most popular radio stations in Poland is the Catholic Radio
Maryja, founded in the mid-1990s and headed by Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk of the
Redemptorists order.

Its presenters and guest interviewees often use antisemitic and xenophobic rhetoric.
According to the mainstream weekly Polityka (October 1999), Radio Maryja's
audience numbers 4-6 million. Surveys conducted in 1999 showed that most of
them were women, people over 50 years old (especially retired people and
pensioners; younger listeners constituted about 30 per cent of the
audience), people with lower educational levels and low income, and
small-town- and village-dwellers rather than urbanites.

Despite the station's religious profile and declared loyalty of the Catholic Church,
members of the Polish episcopate as well as the Pope himself have
criticized it. Radio Maryja has, in turn, criticized those liberal bishops
and members of the Polish clergy who are engaged in inter-faith dialogue
and Christian-Jewish reconciliation."
Marcin Starnawski (


3. Another blood libel by Aram Paquin

Yair, you said
"Mohamed Dura could have been killed accidentally by Israeli fire since he was close to an Israeli
outpost that was under siege by armed Palestinians."
Have you read the latest reports of all the detailed facts in this case?
This is another "magic bullet" incident.
The physical, measurable evidence says that Mohamed Dura simply could NOT have been shot from the IDF position.
A child's body was delivered to a morgue but that incident took place before the alleged shooting even occurred.
An Israeli request for an autopsy was denied.
This event was a carefully planned & uncharacteristically well executed Palestinian PR stunt.
If Israeli authorities had had a little more faith in its military & weren't always so eager to apologize to anybody & everybody for everything under the sun, a timely, proper investigation would have precluded this bubbeh meiseh from ever growing legs.
Now, the damage is done & the world community "knows" that Jews kill children.
I think it was Goebles or Goering who said that if you tell a big enough lie often enough, eventually, everyone will believe it.
Evidently, it succeeded this time, since even you aren't sure that it didn't happen.
Now, about those strange tasting Passover matzos..........

4.Arutz-7 News: Thursday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Thursday, Sep. 5, 2002 / Elul 28, 5762

It is not yet known what set of crowded downtown buildings the Palestinian terrorists were planning to blow up, but it is clear that the alertness of two Border Guard police volunteers at 2 AM this morning prevented the major catastrophe from happening.
The pair spotted two suspicious vehicles traveling in the area of Pardes Chana and Givat Ada from Wadi Ara, an Arab-populated area bordering the Shomron. Police ordered the drivers to halt, but they continued driving, abandoning the vehicles after a short distance and fleeing on foot. Inside one of the cars the two Border Guard volunteers found a 600-kilogram bomb, fuel, and a cellular phone attached to a battery. Sappers arrived on the scene and successfully detonated the huge bomb in a controlled explosion. The controlled blast was heard in Hadera, 25 kilometers away.
A massive manhunt for the terrorists, including helicopters, hundreds of policemen and dozens of checkpoints, began immediately. Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler added that the bomb was composed of a deadly combination of gas canisters and explosives. The local police chief said, "I don't even want to imagine what could have happened had that bomb gone off."
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said, "If that car had exploded, it would changed the entire situation."

Two soldiers were killed this morning, and several were wounded, in two separate attacks in the Gaza Strip. Around 8 AM today, Lt. Malik Grifat, 24, from the Druze town of Zarzir, was killed when Arab snipers opened fire on his jeep in northern Gaza, between the communities of Dugit and Nisanit. The terrorists opened fire from within an Arab school filled with children. A second soldier sitting in the jeep was wounded. Other soldiers nearby engaged the sniper in an exchange of fire, finally killing him. A half hour later, one soldier was killed and three others wounded when their tank ran over a large explosive device planted under the road near the Kisufim Crossing into Gush Katif. The wounded were flown by helicopter to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.

IDF troops arrested three wanted terrorists in Shechem's Balata neighborhood last night, just in time to prevent them from carrying out their plans to perpetrate a major suicide attack during the upcoming Rosh HaShanah holiday... In a daring raid, paratroopers caught an important Fatah Tanzim terrorist north of Tul Karem, by taking him from his car at gunpoint. He, too, was planning a suicide attack in Israel on Rosh HaShanah... Another wanted Arab was arrested in the Hevron district this morning...

The trial of Fatah-Tanzim terrorist orchestrator Marwan Barghouti opened today, yet did not make much progress. Arutz-7's Effie Meir reports that it turned into a spectacle, as Barghouti used the stage given him by Israel - the world media covered the story extensively - to rage against the Israeli "conquest" and refuse to identify the court's right to try him. He even put his hands over his ears as the indictment was read aloud - an indictment charging him with 37 counts of murder, aiding and abetting murder, enlisting others to murder, and more. Barghouti is accused of involvement in the double lynching in Ramallah almost two years ago, an attack in Tel Aviv six months ago in which three people were killed, and generally leading the campaign of terrorism against Israel.
Many relatives of terrorism victims attended today's session. These included Mrs. Ben-Shalom, who lost her son Yaniv, daughter-in-law and the latter's brother in one attack; the mother of Gila Sarah Kessler of Eli, murdered at Jerusalem's French Hill junction; and others. When Barghouti asserted that he was merely fighting for freedom and independence for two states, Judge Sarah Sirota responded, "A fighter for peace doesn't turn children into bombs and kill people."

The Jewish Agency reports that some 34,000 new immigrants (olim chadashim) arrived in Israel during the Jewish year of 5762. Of these, 4,100 are from Argentina, 3,000 are from Ethiopia, 1,700 are from France, and 1,500 are from the United States. In addition, from the former Soviet Union came over 21,000, many of whom are eligible for automatic citizenship because they are first- or second-degree relatives of a Jewish immigrant.

5. Sharon versus Libya
Libya denies Sharon charge it is developing nuclear weapons
By Ha'aretz Service and Agencies

Libya on Thursday rejected an Israeli charge that it was trying to stockpile weapons of mass destruction and accused Israel of having a nuclear arsenal it should scrap before pointing the finger at others.

"Israel is the only (Mideast) country that has weapons of mass destruction," Libyan envoy Ali al-Treiki told reporters on the sidelines of an Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo.

"Libya does not own weapons of mass destruction and it does not want these weapons and is seeking to remove weapons of mass destruction from the whole area," he said.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told Israeli TV that Libya may be the first Arab country to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

North Korea, Iraq and maybe Pakistan are helping Libya's president Muammar Gadhafi to develop new weapons, perhaps with Saudi Arabian money, Sharon told Channel One Television, indicating that he was referring to nuclear weapons.

Israel has prepared its population for the possibility that if Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein may launch a chemical or biological weapons attack on Israel, if the United States attacks Iraq, Sharon said.

Gas masks have been distributed to the Israeli population and other precautions have been taken, but the threat from Iraq was not the only danger causing concern in Israel, Sharon said.

"Libya is becoming perhaps a more dangerous country than we thought," he said. "Libya may be the first [Arab] country with weapons of mass destruction."

Asked what kind of weapons of mass destruction Libya was seeking, Sharon replied "Probably the bad kind."

He did not elaborate, but military analysts say nuclear weapons present a much more serious threat than chemical or biological weapons.

Sharon said Israel is worried about the threat from Libya, is gathering intelligence about it and is making preparations to meet the threat.

Jerusalem News-111
1. SEPTEMBER 11TH: Remembrance
2. Arutz-7 News Friday
3. Major US, UK Air Strike in Western Iraq,

1. SEPTEMBER 11TH: Remembrance
From: David Brown <>
Subject: Fwd: [Our-Fathers-Faith] ON THE FIRST YAHRTZEIT [Annual remembrance of the deceased] OF SEPTEMBER 11TH WHERE ARE THE SPARKS AMIDST THE ASHES?
I cannot recite the names of all 2,811 people who died on September 11th,
I wish I could.

And I cannot recite the names of all the 528 who have died in acts of
terror in Israel this year, I wish I could.

But let me say yizkor [prayer for remembrance of the deceased] today for just a few of them:

Do you remember starting with September 11th, and for about six months
afterwards, the New York Times printed obituaries of those who died every
single day. They printed their pictures, and a brief biography of each
one, and what impressed me the most when I read those obituaries was what
some of these people did in the last moments before they died.

Stuart Meltzer, for example, was on the 73rd floor of the twin towers. He
realized what was going on, and he understood what his chances were and so
he reached for his cell phone, and called his wife. She wasn't home, but
he left this message on the machine:
"Honey, something terrible is happening. I don't think I'm going to make
it. I love you. Take care of the children. Bye."

And Kenneth Van Aukin was on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center.
He called home and left these words on the answering machine for his wife:
"Darling, I'm in the World Trade Center and the building was just hit by
something, something big. I don't know if I am going to make it out or
not, but if I don't, I want you to know that I love you very much. I hope
I'll see you someday, someplace. Bye."

And these are the words of Jeremy Glick, who was one of those who tried to
take back that hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93 and made it crash
in the woods of western Pennsylvania, instead of going on to Washington to
do who knows what damage there. He spoke in a whisper so that the
hijackers couldn't hear, and he said:
"Darling, this plane has been hijacked. We are going to get together and
rush them in a minute, but first, I want to tell you that I love you, and
I love Emma. And whatever decisions you make in your life, know that I
only want you to be happy. And then he said; OK, now it's time to roll.
Here we go." And he hung up.


Instead, every one of them called those whom they loved to say goodbye and
to wish them well...

Isn't there a lesson here for us? For us, who have so much time for
narishkeit [childish foolery], and so little time to spend with those whom we love?

Isn't that a spark of light that can be found in the ashes?

2. Arutz-7 News Friday
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 / Elul 29, 5762

The Jewish population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza has grown in the past two years - the years of the Oslo War - by 12%. Not including the areas officially annexed to the capital city of Jerusalem, the Yesha settlement enterprise now numbers some 220,000 pioneers. The largest town is Maaleh Adumim, with close to 27,000 inhabitants, followed by Beitar Illit and Ariel. Some 30 babies are born in Beitar Illit every week, and 50 new classes were opened there this school-year. The Binyamin Regional Council gained 620 new families this past summer.
Two armed terrorists, senior figures in Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, were killed this morning in a clash with IDF soldiers in Jenin. Israeli forces were engaged in a house-to-house search when they were fired upon; the two terrorists, members of the murderous Al-Aksa Brigades, were killed by the soldiers' return fire. The army denies Palestinian Authority reports that the two were killed at short range in a planned attack.
In Kalkilye this morning, Israeli forces arrested six terrorist suspects

3. Major US, UK Air Strike in Western Iraq,
Daily Telegraph
September 6, 2002
100 jets join attack on Iraq
By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent
About 100 American and British aircraft took part in an attack
on Iraq's major western air defence installation yesterday in the biggest
single operation over the country for four years.
The raid appeared to be a prelude to the type of special forces
operations that would have to begin weeks before a possible American-led
war. It was launched two days before a war summit between President George W
Bush and Tony Blair in America.
The Prime Minister promised that Britain would be alongside the
Americans "when the shooting starts".
The raid seemed designed to destroy air defences to allow easy
access for special forces helicopters to fly into Iraq via Jordan or Saudi
Arabia to hunt down Scud missiles before a possible war within the next few
Although only 12 aircraft dropped precision-guided bombs on to
the H3 airfield, 240 miles west of Baghdad and close to Jordan, many support
aircraft took part.
The strikes were carried out by nine American F15 Strike Eagles
and three RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft flying from Kuwait.
At least seven types of aircraft took part. Fighter cover was
provided by US F-16 Fighting Falcons and RAF Tornado F3s from Saudi Arabia.
RAF VC10 tanker aircraft flying from Bahrain were among the support

Mr Bush, speaking in Louisville, Kentucky, said that, besides
having talks with Mr Blair, he would be meeting the leaders of France,
Russia, China and Canada over the next few days. He would tell them that
"history has called us into action" to oust Saddam Hussein, the president of
He said he was looking forward to the talks, but suggested that
the US could do the job on its own if need be.
"I am a patient man," he said. "I've got tools; we've got tools
at our disposal. We cannot let the world's worst leaders blackmail,
threaten, hold freedom-loving nations hostage with the world's worst

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"Each of us wants to be a holy martyr in our struggle for independence," Yasser Arafat said today, while at the same time condemning terrorism within pre-1967 Israel. He said that terrorism harms the Palestinian Authority's international standing, but justified "legitimate resistance to conquest." Arafat performed these oral acrobatics today in an hour-long address to the Palestinian Authority's Legislative Council in the Mukata in Ramallah, in a session approved by Prime Minister Sharon.
Arafat also accused Israel of using forbidden weapons, and said that the new partition wall between Arab-populated areas in Shomron and the rest of Israel allows the Israelis to "appropriate Arab lands." The arch-terrorist further said he would agree to cede his executive position, but emphasized that reforms would not be undertaken until Israel withdraws its forces. He specifically called for new elections this coming January "without the presence of Israeli soldiers in the territories."
A vote was to be taken today on the new cabinet presented by Arafat, but it was postponed because of irresolvable inner political disputes. Israel did not allow 13 of the Council's 88 members to participate in the session because of their involvement in terrorism. They were hooked up to a satellite broadcast of the proceedings.
Some Israeli reactions to the speech:
"Arafat is not relevant, and neither is his speech." - An unofficial statement from the Prime Minister's Office, which issued no official response.
MK Michael Kleiner (Herut)'s response to Arafat's announcement that the Palestinians wish to join the international campaign against terrorism:
"I would like to inform the public that the wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood story has announced that wolves are now prepared to join the Society for the Advancement of Vegetarianism."
"Saddam Hussein is the only leader in the world who believes Arafat's lies." - Likud Knesset faction leader MK Ze'ev Boim
"Arafat is himself the biggest terrorist attack in the Middle East." - MK Zevulun Orlev, National Religious Party
"There are some promising elements in Arafat's words." - Opposition leader MK Yossi Sarid (Meretz)
Despite all, Israeli-PA meetings seem to be in style this week. Senior IDF officers led by Central Region Commander Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky will meet tonight with top PA security officials in Jerusalem. Rumors of a meeting in the coming days between Prime Minister Sharon and either Abu Ala or Arafat's deputy Abu Mazen are afoot. Tomorrow, Saeb Erekat of the PA will meet separately with Foreign Minister Peres and Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer.
IDF troops backed by some two dozen tanks moved into a PLO-controlled area of Gaza last night, and army demolition crews leveled the home of a top Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist. The offensive was taken largely in response to the pre-Rosh HaShanah attack against an IDF tank in which Sgt. Aviad Dotan was killed.
An Israeli tank crew killed two Arabs attempting to crawl from Gaza into Israel-proper late last night. It was later reported that the two planned to cut through the fence surrounding Gaza and place a large explosive somewhere in pre-1967 Israel. The forces fired a shell, causing the bomb to explode and kill them on the spot.
Despite the IDF presence in Gaza, Arabs continued to launch mortar shells at Jewish communities in Gush Katif. Two shells landed harmlessly last night and this morning, concluding a series of six since Rosh HaShanah began on Friday night... In other holiday violence, Arabs threw grenades and shot at IDF troops at the Tarmit outpost in southern Gaza... A soldier was hospitalized with light wounds in a stone-throwing attack in Hevron… A bomb was detonated near an IDF jeep in the Shomron last night, and Arabs fired at soldiers in Shechem; no one was hurt...
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres continues to defend the Oslo Agreement that he orchestrated almost ten years ago when he served in Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin's government. He told Israel Radio this morning,
"Oslo is still alive and well, no one has decided to nullify it, and I don't understand all this groundless chatter. What, if we had remained in the territories, there would not have been terrorism? There would have been no suicide bombers? What kind of chatter is this, that Oslo gave them weapons? Most of the problem is suicide bombers..."
Environment Minister Tzachi HaNegbi (Likud) responded firmly,
"The Oslo Agreements are dead and were buried, and on the gravestone is inscribed, 'Camp David, 2000,' when then-Prime Minister Barak returned from there and essentially said, 'We have no partner.'"
Responding specifically to Peres' rhetorical question about weapons, Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA wrote today,
"While there were some Palestinians within the West Bank and Gaza Strip who did indeed have hand guns and some assault rifles prior to Oslo, the following is a list of just some of weapons that have reached the area thanks to Mr. Peres' Oslo (in addition to a combined force of official PA forces and armed militias that may exceed 100,000 armed men): Commercial grade explosives and explosive devices; sniper rifles manned by CIA trained snipers; anti-tank missiles; mortars; ground-to-ground missiles; anti-aircraft missiles."
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Maj.-Gen. (res.) Oren Shachor, a former IDF Coordinator for Judea and Samaria and a senior member of Israel's negotiating team with the Palestinian Authority under the Peres government, spoke with Arutz-7 about Peres' above remarks:
"I'm sure he believes in what he says... He is also correct from a formal standpoint, as the Oslo agreements were never nullified, and parts of it do still exist - such as the Palestinian Authority, and today's session of the Palestinian Legislative Council... But from a broad viewpoint, it's clear the Oslo Agreements are certainly not being carried out - first and foremost by the Palestinians; Peres should turn first to them. This began, actually, in Sept. '96 [during Arab riots and attacks after then-Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the Hasmonean Tunnels in Jerusalem; at least 11 soldiers were killed]... Peres is also not accurate in blaming Netanyahu for the failure of Oslo; Netanyahu actually went fairly far with Oslo. In the end he didn't give them much [except for Hevron] because he went with what he called, 'If they give, they'll get' - and he was apparently right in this matter, in the final analysis..."
[ed. note: Binyamin Netanyahu suspended Shachor from the Israeli negotiating team with the PLO after it was discovered that he had systematically leaked details of the negotiations to then-opposition head Shimon Peres. Shachor explained to Arutz-7 last year that he changed his mind about Oslo when it became clear that the PA was no longer interested in negotiations.]
Likud MK Yuval Shteinitz was asked today about Peres' claims that there were suicide attacks even before Oslo and that no one knows what would have been the situation had Oslo not bee signed. Shteinitz responded,
"It's true that there was always terrorism - but before Oslo there were 10 or 20 victims a year, while since Oslo this number has multiplied several times. This shows clearly that we have a totally new situation. Since Oslo, the terrorist infrastructures of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have grown by 2,000 or 3,000% - and I haven't even begun to talk about the terrorist infrastructures of the PA itself - Fatah, Al-Aqsa Brigades, etc. There's a difference between individual knife-wielding terrorists of the pre-Oslo period, and the situation now where the PA has entire mechanisms that encourage and train terrorists to carry out suicide attacks and ambush soldiers."
Shteinitz was also asked if he would recommend that Israel formally nullify the Oslo accords. He said that the first priority is to nullify the results thereof, namely, the Palestinian Authority:
"It's not enough to fight against the PA, or to have a cease-fire. All we have to do is look at the incitement to violence [in the PA], which is influencing Israeli-Arabs as well, and see the attempts to smuggle in weapons such as katyushas from Iran and to station them in close proximity to Tel Aviv and our army bases - these are reasons enough to put an end to the PA, even if terrorism were to stop for a long while."
Today, the third day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, is known as the Fast of Gedaliah - a day of fasting and reflection for Jews around the world. Gedaliah ben Achikam was appointed some 2,500 years ago by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to serve as Jewish governor in Israel. This occurred following the exile of most of the Jewish population and the destruction of the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Gedaliah was soon murdered, however, by a fellow Jew, thus putting an end to the Jewish entity in the Holy Land for the next 70 years.
Another serious incident of murderous Israeli-Arab intentions against Jews was permitted for publication this afternoon: Three Arab workers, including a chef, in a popular Jerusalem restaurant have been indicted on charges of plotting to poison the customers. The same group also plotted to send a suicide terrorist to detonate himself amidst a group of Jews attempting to visit the Temple Mount with MK Kleiner last week. The three are from the eastern Jerusalem villages of Jabel Mukaber, Silwan, and Ras el-Amoud.
Top White House officials took several opportunities over the weekend to justify a US strike on Iraq. US National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice told "CNN Sunday Morning" that Iraq "has a history of lying about everything. This is not a regime that can be trusted. The fact that they attacked Israel during the Gulf War should tell us something. This is a regime that wants to blackmail us [the US] because our interests clash [and] eventually it will want to blackmail the entire international community. If we wait until that blackmail includes the ability to blackmail with nuclear weapons, we will have made a grave mistake."
US Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC's "Meet The Press" that the cost of military action against Iraq now "would be significantly less than having to deal with being hit with another attack similar in magnitude to September 11." Secretary of State Powell also called for a regime change in Iraq.
Despite the tough talk, Spain joined the ranks today of those who oppose an attack on Iraq, and Canada is considering doing the same.
A special committee established by Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to investigate the deaths of 13 Arab "civilians" killed by IDF troops in three recent incidents found that the soldiers followed correct procedures in opening fire. The committee, lead by Maj.-Gen. Yitzchak Har'el, said that no disciplinary measures should be taken against any of the troops involved.
On September 1, soldiers killed four Arabs in the Hevron area who were found to be breaking into Jewish-owned property at 3 AM. The soldiers were acting following intelligence warnings of an impending attack. PA sources condemned the killings, saying the four worked nearby - but did not explain why they were going to work at 3 AM with wire-cutting equipment. A day earlier, civilians were killed near Shechem when IDF helicopter gunships targeted the car of top Al-Aqsa Brigade terrorist Rafat Daraghmeh. Daraghmeh was in the midst of planning a major attack for the coming days. On August 28, IDF tank fire killed four Arabs crawling in a closed military zone towards the Gush Katif community of Netzarim. Fearing a potential infiltration, the forces fired and killed them.
The members of the Israeli-Arab Hamas gang that carried out the July 31 Hebrew University blast (nine killed), as well as other attacks, do not want their houses destroyed. They appealed the IDF's plans to do so by submitting a request this morning to the Home Front Command. Israel has heretofore not razed the homes of Israeli citizens engaged in terrorism, but the terrorists in question are of the intermediate "resident" status: they carry Israeli identity cards, but may not vote in national elections. In a first-time move, Interior Minister Eli Yeshai revoked the citizenship of one of the Israeli-Arabs...
Hizbullah fired anti-aircraft shells this afternoon towards Israel's northeastern Galilee. No one was hurt, but a fire broke out in the field in which the shell landed...
A Mekorot Water Company water installation was set ablaze at the Shoket Junction in the Negev over night - the second such attack in a week. Damage is estimated at hundreds of thousands of shekels' worth, and water was cut off to at least one village in the region. Anti-Israel violence has been a frequent phenomenon in the Negev in recent weeks and months, including rock-throwings against Israeli vehicles...
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Jerusalem News-113
1. EU pays salaries of Arab Nazis
2. Palestinians hate USA
3. Arab Workers Planned to Poison Cafe Patrons

1. EU pays salaries of Arab Nazis
10, 2002
Fatah Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti is still receiving his monthly salary
as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) despite his
imprisonment for organizing murderous attacks on Israeli civilians.
Tel-Aviv attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written to European Union's
(EU) foreign minister Chris Patten demanding that he discontinue the EU
funds which are paying the salaries of Palestinian officials. The budget
for the salaries of PLC members comes completely from EU funding to the
Palestinian Authority.
Attorney Darshan-Leitner alleges that Barghouti is still receiving the
$2,500 payment each month, like all other PLC members despite the fact that
he has been formally indicted by Israel for the murder of 26 Israeli
civilians and the wounding of hundreds of others. The EU provides
"humanitarian aid" to the Palestinian Authority in the amount of 9 million
euros each month. Israeli leaders have insisted that the EU funding is
being diverted by the Palestinians for use in terror attacks. Despite these
protests the EU continues to provide the funds which it claims are used
solely for civilian purposes such as paying Palestinian Authority employees.

In May Darshan-Leitner brought suit against the EU on behalf of the family
of Tehiya Blumberg for was killed in a drive-by shooting attack near Rosh
Hayan in August 2001. Her husband Steven and daughter were grievously
injured in the shooting. Members of Barghouti's Fatah Tanzim terrorist
organization have been arrested for carrying out the attack. The civil
action claims that the EU recklessly continued to provide funding to the PA
although it had been repeatedly warned that the funding was being diverted
to the terrorist organizations."
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2. Palestinians hate USA

Booklet predicting end of US is PA best seller - PA orders preventing
celebration of Sept. 11
A booklet that anticipates the destruction of the US by 2004 has become a
best seller in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip. The author of the
32-page publication is Salah Eddin Abu Arafeh, a young Muslim preacher from
The booklet and a similar videotape prepared by the author have embarrassed
the Palestinian Authority, which has ordered its security forces to prevent
any form of celebration marking September 11.
Palestinians in Ramallah said yesterday there is a huge demand for the
booklet and tape.
Palestinian journalists said they have been warned against reporting on such
any expressions of joy. Some of them were told they would be arrested and
put on trial if they defied the instructions.
Last year, PA security forces confiscated tapes from cameramen who covered
the celebrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip immediately after the
September 11 attacks.
Abu Arafeh says his study was conducted following the attacks in Washington
and New York. The booklet, which sells for only NIS 2, is entitled The Koran
Anticipates the Destruction of the US and the Sinking of the American Army.

"We are now facing Pharaoh II," Abu Arafeh concludes. "We are facing Bush
II, who is just like Ramses II."
He claims he was also astonished to discover that the picture of the
pyramids is printed on US dollar bills. Moreover, the symbol of Egypt's
pharaoh was the eagle, "which is the same symbol of the pharaoh of America
and the White House. And anyone who visited Washington knows that the White
House keeps a pharaoh obelisk in one of its gardens."
He cites another sura, or verse, which in his opinion provides further
evidence that the US is about to be exterminated: "And we leveled to the
ground the great work and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people
erected [such pride]."
Abu Arafeh says he reached this conclusion based on the thorough analysis of
the Koran and that he will publish the details later.

3. Arab Workers Planned to Poison Cafe Patrons
Ha'aretz 10 September 2002
Three held in Cafe Rimon poisoning plot
East Jerusalemites used Hamas Web sites to arrange for lethal drugs and
By Jonathan Lis
Jerusalem police and Shin Bet security officers have foiled a plot by three
young East Jerusalem residents to poison food and drink at the city's Cafe
Police yesterday disclosed the arrests of the three young suspects who
confessed to developing the poison plot. Sufian Bakri Abadi, 23, from Jabal
Mukkaber, Moussa Mohammed Nasser, 22, from Ras el-Amud, and assistant chef
Utman Said Kianyah, 23, from Silwan, were arrested three weeks ago on the
basis of intelligence information gathered by the Shin Bet.
The group worked with Hamas and had secured information about poisons from
the Internet, police spokesmen said. Using emails and Hamas-affiliated Web
sites, the three received orders for terror attacks, along with "recipes"
for poisoning.
The suspects told police the poison they intended to use on Cafe Rimon
patrons has no taste nor smell and takes effect 15 hours after being taken.
It produces symptoms similar to a heart attack, they said.
Police spokesman Gil Kleiman said the suspects are believed to have
experimented on cats to try to identify poisons that left no traces of foul
play. Police yesterday said the arrests were made after one of the three
visited a pharmacy to buy tablets that might produce symptoms similar to a
heart attack.
"We tried to protect against all threats but we didn't think of this way [of
attacking the cafe]. We had checked and asked about our workers, but no one
saw any problems with them," cafe owner Ronen Rimon told Israel Radio. About
the arrest of his employee, he said: "We didn't suspect anything. He's a
good worker who sat down with me just a week ago to discuss a raise."
Investigation of the suspects has established that Sufian Abadi also plotted
a suicide bomb attack on a procession by members of the Herut movement in
Jerusalem's Old City last month. He was arrested with Nasser just a day
before he expected to receive explosives.
Police and investigators seized computer-based correspondence conducted by
Abadi which indicated his ties to Palestinian terror organizations.
Indictments against Abadi and Nasser were submitted in Jerusalem District
Court yesterday.

Last July, Abadi decided to carry out the suicide attack in revenge for the
assassination of Hamas leader Salah Shehadah in the Gaza Strip. To advance
this terror plan, Abadi sent email messages to a Hamas military figure
code-named Abu Sakar.
Abadi's sent inquiries about a suicide strike, but Abu Sakar proposed that
he poison food at Cafe Rimon. In subsequent correspondence with Abu Sakar,
Abadi received instructions about preparing poisons. Abadi made contact with
Kianyah, an assistant cook at Cafe Rimon.
The two worked out a plot in which Abadi would supply the poison and Kianyah
was to slip it into patrons' food and drink. Kianyah had the idea to use
cats in trial experiments with various poisons, police investigators say.
A month ago Abadi bought a drug at a pharmacy near Jerusalem's Damascus
Gate. Abadi conducted a number of tests with the drug, but he found it
difficult to follow instructions for preparing poison, investigators say.

- Utman Said Kianyah, 23, from Silwan. He worked as an assistant chef at
Cafe Rimon for more than three years; he is married and has a daughter. The
cafe owner praised him as a good worker. Abadi recruited him last month; he
agreed to put poison in food and drink of cafe patrons. He suggested that
trial experiments with poison be done on cats. (J.L.)

Jerusalem News-114: Rabbi Feld and the Rimon Affair
needed: For our archives: copies of "Jerusalem News" nos.1, 2, 4,

The Background:
1. Participation and Impressions of Rabbi Feld
In an early posting of "Jerusalem News" we posted news concerning an explosion on Ben Yehuda St.
and the participation of Rabbi Feld in treating the wounded. The space of the Rimon Cafe was used in evacuating the injured.
Rabbi Feld was in the neighborhood and since he is a trained medic he was able to assist in administering first aid.
We also gave the impressions of Rabbi Feld about the reaction of the Palestinian workers in Cafe Rimon.
If anyone still has a copy of this posting please send it to us.

2. Who is Rabbi Feld?
Rabbi Avraham Feld is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York. He lives in Jerusalem and is the father of five children.
Rabbi Feld is a co-founder of Brit-Am in Israel. Rabbi Feld frequently represents Brit-Am and speaks on our behalf at public gatherings and where possible before Rabbis, Government officials, and individuals in general. Rabbi Feld has written approbations to
all our works, articles in our magazines, a long appendix on the Oral Law in our book "Joseph", and gives us advice and participates in decision making.
Rabbi Feld is also one of the heads of the Maccabee Insititute in Israel. One of the activities of Maccabee Insititute is a street ministry whose aim is mainly to help youth in trouble. This involves being on the streets at all hours of the day and night
and when necessary treating them to a milkshake while they talk about their troubles and needs.

Rabbi Feld is extremely busy but he is prepared in principle to answer questions about Judaism from Brit-Am subscribers.
He may be reached through sending a message via Ariella to:

2. Cafe Rimon.
"Rimon" in Hebrew means promegranate. The promegranate is an attractive red fruit, full of sweet-bitterish seeds,
and representing fertility. It is one of the seven fruits the land of Israel was known for:
"Rimon" is also the name of the owners of "Cafe Rimon".
"Cafe Rimon" is a large restaurant in the very center of Jerusalem. It has both a dairy and a meat section. It has one of the highest standards of
Kashrut. It is both respectable and informal. Nearly anybody could feel at ease there. The ambience is pleasant, the service good (though in my opinion the waiters are sometimes a bit slow), the prices are moderately expensive but not overduly so, the food always seemed reasonable though (again in my opinion) not exceptional, and the place is open 24 hours a day. It is one of the very few places in Jerusalem that is always
functioning at any hour of the day or night. A couple of days ago news was released that two Palestinian workers at Cafe Rimon had been arrested for conspiring to poison customers. They had consulted about, studied, plotted, purchased, and tested poisons but as far as is known had not actually used them though they had also participated in other terrorist activities.
Rabbi Feld frequently used the facilities of Cafe Rimon in his consulting work and was on friendly terms with its owners. He was (on a pro gratia basis) helping them prepare an article about the hsitory of their establishment and its importance on the Jerusalem scene. He also advised them concerning his suspicions of their workers, and had suggested they dispense with certain of them. He had also reported the reactions of these Palestinain workers to the bombing and murder of innocent Jewish people in their vicinity. We too, in the name of Rabbi Feld, after the bombing incident reported to "Jerusalem News" the observations in this matter of Rabbi Feld.
In light of the above, please read the following item, no.3

3. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2002
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002 / Tishrei 4, 5763

Although many patrons of the popular Rimon Cafe in Jerusalem may have been shocked by yesterday's news that the Arab chef and two Arab waiters plotted to poison the Jewish customers, at least one person was not surprised. Avraham Feld of Jerusalem told Arutz-7 today:
"Last year, after the explosion that tore apart part of Luntz St. and Ben-Yehuda St. [and killed 11 young people], I arrived shortly afterwards at the Rimon Cafe… One of the things that overwhelmed me was the site of the kitchen staff of the Cafe Rimon in a state of joyous celebration - patting each other on the back, jumping up and down, singing songs in Arabic - it was like at the end of a soccer match when your team wins… They were marching and striding back and forth, so full of energy - it was amazing to me…"
The chef, who was indicted yesterday on charges of membership in a terror organization (Hamas) and aiding an enemy during wartime, told investigators that he learned from a Hamas website how to poison coffee and other drinks without being detected. He planned to use odorless and tasteless poisons that would strike the victim with heart attack-like symptoms some 12-15 hours after ingestion.
The owner of the Rimon Cafe said he was "shocked" at the news of the conspiracy, adding that the chef was employed there for three years. He denied Feld's report about the Arab kitchen staff's joy, saying the entire story was fabricated.
Many Jerusalemites are not as confident. Arutz-7's Effie Meir, who toured downtown Jerusalem today, found a group of men who said that they used to frequent Rimon daily, but recently changed over to a nearby establishment that employs only Jews. They said they began to fear the fact that the kitchen staff was largely Arab. One said, "Call it what you want, but I don't want an Arab to serve me. I've heard too many cases…" A woman told Meir that she feels unnerved in places where the workers are "our cousins," adding, "I buy meat at a butcher in Kiryat HaYovel, and he has two workers who are 'our cousins,' and sometimes they are there alone without supervision. It is disturbing…"
Ma'ariv newspaper editorialized today about the recent revelations of Israeli-Arab involvement in terrorism: "...the principal victims will be those Arab workers who will lose their livelihoods..." If in fact customers begin to think twice before patronizing establishments with Arab workers, the ramifications could be far ranging, affecting Jewish employment rates, ease of Arab mobility in Jewish areas, and more.

-Jerusalem News-115
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1. Original Observations of Rabbi Feld
2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2002
FATAH LEADERS DENY THEY'RE STOPPING TERRORISM [EU give OK to murder Jews in Judah and Samaria???!!!]
WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH MEET [Earhquakes Soon in Israel?]
3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday,

1. Original Observations of Rabbi Feld
Below is our original note concerning the bombing and the remarks of Rabbi Feld.
It was re-supplied to us by Vic Summerour
Subject: Last Night's bombing

Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2001 20:29:04 -0600

Answer: News Digest followed by experience of Rabbi Avraham Feld and Comment
Sunday, December 2, 2001
With 26 Israelis Dead and More than 200 Injured in
Palestinian Terror Rampage of Less than 24 Hours -
<< The
brightly-lit cafes,
restaurants and night
spots of central
Jerusalem's main
pedestrian mall were
packed with youngsters
on an ordinary Saturday
night's outing, when two suicide killers blew
themselves up at the heart of the throng.

<<The casualty total of 10 dead and 170 wounded, 9
critically and 44 seriously - rose from hour to hour,
packing all the hospitals of the city with injured,
crippled and traumatized victims.

We and our families are OK but many others are not.
Rabbi Avraham Feld had been near the scene of the explosions a few minutes before they occurred at ca 1130.
He returned to the scene where emergency teams of mainly Orthodox Jews were treating the wounded, moving
out the slain and injured and cleaning up the blood. Since Rabbi Feld knows one of the heads of the emergency teams
present at the scene he approached him and offered to help. His offer was immediately accepted. He was given an
identifying overall and immediately put to work and continued till ca 0400 in the morning. The nearby Cafe Rimon was used
as a temporary shelter for some of the wounded and for preparing the corpses for transit. Cafe Rimon employs about twelve
Arabs. Most of these Arabs (10 out of twelve, -all the younger ones) were openly chortling with jubilation at the tragedy.

2. Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2002
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002 / Tishrei 4, 5763

FATAH LEADERS DENY THEY'RE STOPPING TERRORISM [EU give OK to murder Jews in Judah and Samaria???!!!]
Contrary to today's widespread reports that Fatah had agreed to call off terrorism, Fatah leaders said this afternoon that "whoever speaks of such a thing is a traitor."
The story began with an alleged "rough draft" of a Fatah declaration, prepared with the help of the European Union, ruling out terrorism against "Israeli citizens." Though a CNN headline blared, "Fatah: End attacks on civilians," and other media featured similar headlines, the declaration was soon renounced by Fatah leaders. Ynet reported today that Fatah bigwigs Hussein A-Sheikh and Fares Kadura said they would publish a formal announcement distancing themselves from the declaration. A leader of Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades said that his organization carries out most of the attacks and that he had never agreed to stop any terrorism.
Even if the declaration were true, it promised relief only to some Israelis. The draft reads, "We remain loyal to our intention to struggle against the conquest of territories that were conquered in 1967. We will continue in this struggle until they are liberated. At the same time, we in Fatah reject and object to strikes at Israeli citizens, in accordance with the supreme interests of the Palestinian nation [sic]…" Translated, this means that Jewish residents of Yesha and soldiers are "fair game" for Palestinian terrorist murderers even during a period of "no terrorism."

As the world remembers the September 11 attacks, some Muslim and Arab elements are using the anniversary to foment anti-American and anti-Jewish hate. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that vicious caricatures of world leaders and Jews have appeared in official Arab press in Qatar, Oman, the Palestinian Authority and the United Arab Emirates in recent days.

Hundreds of pro-PLO demonstrators forced the cancellation of a scheduled talk by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at Concordia University in Montreal yesterday. Even before Netanyahu arrived, they tossed chairs at police and broke glass in the lobby. The police attempted to drive them back with batons and pepper spray and arrested five of them - but finally were forced to cancel the entire event, and to carefully escort the Jews, one group at a time, out of the building.
Following the canceled speech, Netanyahu held a press conference in which he blasted the protestors, accusing them of supporting terrorism. He said that that they caused damage to their own cause, "because instead of a few thousand students hearing me, now ten million Canadians will hear of the Arabs' behavior." Netanyahu said he would meet later in the day with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Netanyahu will take part in memorial ceremonies in New York for the World Trade Center victims, and will address the U.S. Congress on Thursday, two hours after a speech there by U.S. President George Bush.

Fatah-Tanzim terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti is still receiving his monthly salary as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), despite his imprisonment on charges of organizing terrorism against Israelis. Tel Aviv attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written to the European Union, demanding that it stop funding the Palestinian Authority. "The budget for the salaries of PLC members comes completely from EU funding," Darshan-Leitner says.

Prime Minister Sharon announced today that his security advisor Maj.-Gen. (res.) Meir Dagan will be the new Director of the Mossad (foreign intelligence agency). Dagan will replace Ephraim HaLevy, who will head the National Security Council. Dagan, 55, served in the IDF for 32 years, was wounded in action twice, and twice received citations for bravery. He served as head of former Prime Minister Netanyahu's Anti-terrorism Task Force. He was outspokenly against withdrawing from both the Golan Heights and southern Lebanon in the past few years. Labor MK Ophir Pines criticized the appointment of a "clearly-identified Likudnik" as head of the Mossad.

It was released for publication today that the GSS had intercepted a shipment of combat materials bound for the Palestinian Authority two months ago. The shipment, which originated in Taiwan in June of this year, was marked "Toys," and was sent by a Moslem charity organization to an Arab resident of Khan Yunis, Gaza. On the way, the ship stopped in an unnamed Arab country that has diplomatic ties with Israel, where the shipment was apparently switched. When it arrived at Israel's Ashdod port, where Israeli authorities confiscated it, it contained hundreds of kilograms of weapons, ammunition, telescopic sights and night-vision equipment. The label "Toys" was not entirely inaccurate, as the shipment also contained some toy lighters featuring likenesses of the World Trade Center and Bin-Laden's head.

WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH MEET [Earhquakes Soon in Israel?]
Directors of Israel's Seismological Institute met recently with Israel's Chief Rabbis and presented them with some grim predictions of possible earthquakes in Israel in the coming years. They told the rabbis that an earthquake on the scale of the Jericho earthquake of 1927 - estimated to have hit 6.25 on the Richter scale - could be expected. (Another strong earthquake hit the northern part of the country in 1837, devastating the town of Tzfat and leaving thousands dead.) Seismological Institute representatives have similarly met with the heads of other public bodies.

3. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday,
From: Arutz-7 Editor <>
Arutz Sheva News Service
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2002 / Tishrei 5, 5763
Israel joined nations around the world today in commemorating the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks on America. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lead the state's official ceremony at his office, which began at 3:46PM - corresponding to 8:46AM New York time - the moment American Airlines Flight #11 slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
Yesterday, Sharon shared his thoughts about last year's suicide attacks during the weekly Cabinet meeting. He said, "Our hearts are with the innocent victims' families and with the American people. I hold US President George Bush in the highest esteem for the true leadership that he showed in understanding the great historic challenge facing him. Israel, which has been engaged in a war against murderous terror since its independence to this very day, knows that there is no compromise in the war against terror. Any display of weakness in the battle against terror is destined to claim a heavy price."
An Israeli delegation lead by Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is in New York and will take part in a Jewish communal memorial service at Manhattan's Park East synagogue this afternoon. The event was organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Tonight, President Moshe Katzav and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert will be on hand at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the opening of a photography gallery dedicated to the memories of victims of September 11.
Arutz Sheva's Ariel Kahane spoke with World Trade Center survivor Ari Schonbrun this afternoon. Schonburn, an Israeli citizen and Cantor Fitzgerald brokerage employee, was on the 78th floor of the north tower, when the first hijacked plane collided with the building. Cantor workers totaling 658 died in the attack. He also spoke to Arutz Sheva on September 12, 2001 detailing his escape from the building.
Kahane: How have things been this past year?
Schonburn: It's been somewhat of a difficult year. There have been good times and bad times. The last two weeks have been very hard. I have been spending time with the families of my colleagues who were killed in the attack. Tomorrow our company will hold a memorial ceremony in Central Park.
Kahane: How did the attack impact your life?
Schonburn: What happened last Sept. 11 remains a part of me everyday. I'll never forget the images from that day: the building shaking, the thick smoke and the screams. It forced to me to reflect on what's really important in life, namely my family. Money and other materialistic items are irrelevant… Now when I leave the house in the morning I wonder if it will be the last time I say goodbye to my family… When I say, I love you to my wife or kids, it's truly from the heart.
Kahane: How can you explain your survival?
Schonburn: Look, I am a G-d-fearing Jew. I can't explain why I survived. Perhaps G-d was telling me that I still have things that I need to get done in this world. It just wasn't my time to go.

Jerusalem News-116
This last year culminated on the international scene with Judah (the Jews and the State of Israel) and Joseph (chiefly the USA and UK) drawing together with a common goal while the rest of the world began to take a position against us.

1.Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2002
2. ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)
3.Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Sep. 13,
4. Arutz-7 News Brief: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002

1.Arutz-7 News: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2002
The Jerusalem District Court sentenced a would-be suicide terrorist to 22 years in prison this morning. He was convicted of attempting to detonate himself, together with the Jewish patrons of the Caffit cafe in Jerusalem, six months ago. He pressed the detonator switch as he walked into the cafe, which held some 50 patrons at the time, but it did not go off. He tried more than once to detonate the bomb, but did not succeed before the security guard overpowered him. The judges wrote in their ruling today, "The accused took advantage of his residency in Jerusalem and of his Israeli ID card to travel freely and bring terrorism to [Israelis]."
Four eastern Jerusalem Arabs, members of the recently-apprehended Hamas Jerusalem cell - were indicted today on charges of carrying out eight terrorist attacks, murdering 35 people, and wounding close to 200. The attacks included the Hebrew University bombing, the Moment Cafe and Rishon LeTzion billiards club suicide attacks, and the first attempted Pi Gelilot mega-attack.

2. ISRAEL'S PECULIAR POSITION By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)
From: Chaim Sidman <>
Subject: worth reading

This article was written 34 years ago! by our favorite Philosopher. Some truths never change. Eric Hoffer was a Non-Jewish American Social Philosopher, also known as the Longshoreman Philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized
as a classic.
I began reading his daily columns in the New Haven Register when in Jr.High School during the Great Depression, the while delivering newspapers to augment the family income.
I have recently bought some of his works to re-read them, since he was so prescient in his world view. I left them in Florida, so they are probably sitting on a bookshelf in a second hand book store.
This body of this piece was sent to me by another friend of Israel, and I am grateful to her for the reminder
By Eric Hoffer (LA Times 5/26/68)
The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese-and no one says a word about refugees.
But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.
Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.
Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.
Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.
There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Negroes are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.
The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war, to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.
I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us.
Eric Hoffer 1968 June

3.Arutz-7 News Brief: Friday, Sep. 13,
Women of the Shilo-Eli-Maaleh Levonah area of the Shomron, about 15 miles north of Jerusalem, refuse to give up their struggle for safe travel. They moved this morning into a building in the Arab village of Luban el-Sharqiya, from where fatal and other attacks have recently been launched. This is the third time in a month that they have taken over this structure in their campaign to have IDF forces demolish it.
In a letter to women of the area this week, the organizers of the struggle wrote,
"About a month ago, we lost a precious couple from Hilltop 9 in Eli, Avi and Avital Vilensky, may Hashem avenge their blood, [in a shooting attack] about a kilometer from Shilo on the road passing by the village of Luban. [There have been other attacks in that area, including...] We have not yet received word of progress in our demand to clear away the roadsides and to destroy the houses used by the murderers [- even though] we were promised by senior army sources, including Central Commander Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky, that the matter would be dealt with. The army has significantly increased its presence here, but... we do not want only a temporary respite. We protest the injustice and the daily danger that faces us as long as this house is not demolished and as long as the terrorist's home still stands and his family lives safely inside it.
"...After the Dickstein couple and their son were murdered [near Maon, south of Hevron], the residents there began an uncompromising struggle that led to the razing of five buildings connected with that attack. We have good reason to believe that our struggle is [also] a worthy one..."

The Lebanese water-diverting works continue spiritedly along as the Lebanese seek to divert some of the Hatzbani River waters towards their farms. Dozens of trucks are being used to move large pipes in what IDF Northern Command officers are now saying is a larger-scale operation than was originally thought. Contrary to some who say that it is just an innocent action to quench the thirst of a growing Lebanese population, the officers say it is a calculated provocation on the part of Hizbullah and other elements. Prime Minister Sharon said earlier this week that the act is sufficiently serious to justify going to war. At present, however, Israel is sufficing with the exertion of diplomatic pressures.

4. Arutz-7 News Brief: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002
Close to 100 Jews took advantage of special military permission to pray at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem last night - the first time that Jews have been allowed to do so in two years. Buses and private cars brought the worshipers, including family members of terrorism victims from Itamar and other nearby locations. They recited the special Ten Days of Repentance prayers - s'lichot - and afterwards heard a Torah lecture from Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg, head of Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai that stood there for many years until 2000. Yigal Lalom, one of the worshipers, told Arutz-7 that the Arabs had destroyed everything in the compound, including all vestiges of the yeshiva.
Organizers said that not only were the worshipers very moved and excited by the event, but that the soldiers and officers were also noticeably happy, and that the latter expressed hope that the Jews would return there again. Yesha Council director and Shomron Regional Council head Bentzy Lieberman, who also took part in the prayers, said, "This was a very moving event, as exactly two years have passed since the site was close to Jewish worship. This represents the closing of a circle of that disgrace, and the beginning of victory over the Palestinians."
Following the prayers, the convoy of cars and buses stopped at a nearby cave where Rabbi Hillel Lieberman's body was found two years ago. Rabbi Lieberman, one of the first victims of the Oslo War, was brutally murdered by Arabs on his way to rescue Torah scrolls from the Arab mob that took over Joseph's Tomb. The worshipers this morning said a chapter of Psalms and a prayer at the cave.
Thousands of people also said s'lichot late last night at "another" holy site: the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Chief Rabbis Yisrael Meir Lau and Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, as well as Rav Ovadiah Yosef, Jerusalem rabbis, and President Moshe Katzav were all there.

Special U.S. and British forces are deployed in western Iraq to prevent the Iraqis from launching missiles towards Israel. So reports London's Daily Telegraph today. U.S. President George Bush said yesterday that he expects resolute action from the United Nations - and that if not, the United States would take action on its own.

The nation prepares today for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins this evening. Banks closed at 11 AM, national bus, train and plane service will cease early this afternoon, and all radio and television broadcasts will stop until tomorrow night. Ben Gurion International Airport will close at 1 PM - except for a special El Al flight from Romania bringing 110 passengers whose charter plane was forced to land in Bucharest this morning because of a bomb scare.
Tens of thousands of worshippers are expected to arrive at the Western Wall during the fast, most of them for the concluding prayer service of Ne'ilah. Large police and army forces will be on guard.

Yom Kippur, observance of which is mandated by Leviticus 16 and 23, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year. It is the day on which the sins of the Jewish people are atoned for, in conjunction with proper repentance and asking of forgiveness. Synagogue services continue for most of the day, and include scriptural readings from Leviticus and the entire Book of Jonah.

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2.Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2002
***QUOTE OF THE DAY: IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon
3. BBB: New 'moon' found around Earth

A nuke scandal is gathering steam

Pyotr Simonenko, the leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party released a sensational statement on Wednesday. In his words, there were 2400 nuclear warheads in Ukraine, although the export of only 2200 of them was officially documented. Simonenko claimed that nobody knows where 200 Soviet-era nukes in Ukraine are.

The official reaction followed the next day, but it was a rather weak one. Deputy chief of the Ukrainian Army Headquarters, Nikolay Goncharenko, declared that Simonenko’s statement regarding the disappearance of the nuclear weapons from the territory of Ukraine was absolutely groundless. The high-ranking military official stated that all weapons of the trilateral agreement concerning the execution of the contract for strategic offensive arms had been handed over to Russia. Ok, but how come the leader of Ukrainian communists counted 200 nukes? It seems that the nuke scandal will continue.

Andrey Lubensky
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

2.Arutz-7 News: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2002
Arutz Sheva News Service
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002 / Tishrei 11, 5763
The 2,659 fallen soldiers of the Yom Kippur War of 1973 were remembered this morning in a public memorial ceremony at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that those who fell allowed Israel to turn what had begun to look like defeat into a shining victory. "Just as we emerged victorious then, so will we win the current war as well," he said. The Prime Minister noted that the main lesson of the Yom Kippur War is the necessity of responding whenever an agreement is violated. He said that if Israel had reacted firmly and quickly to Egypt's ceasefire agreement violations in the summer of 1970, the Yom Kippur War might never have broken out.
Arutz-7's Haggai Segal spoke today with a heroic veteran of the Yom Kippur War battles, Avichail Feld, who today lives in Karnei Shomron. "Where were you 29 years ago today?" Segal asked.
A. I was in the Mezach outpost, fighting in one of the two only Suez Canal outposts that did not fall to the Egyptians, opposite the city of Suez. The other one was the Budapest outpost, at the northern end of the canal, which was surrounded by swamps; the Egyptians never even made it there. With G-d's help, we lasted seven days against tough Egypt fighting. We were surrounded by water on three sides, making it very hard for them to enter. They kept trying, however, but we experienced countless inexplicable miracles...
Q. Was anyone hurt in the fighting?
A. Yes, we had casualties - 5 were killed, and 23 wounded. In the original group there were only less than ten of us, and then armored forces came, and some of them fell as well.
Q. You were in charge of religious affairs there, yet you took part in the fighting, and were even decorated for bravery.
A. Uhhh---
Q. When did you arrive there?
A. My friend David Breuer and I arrived before Rosh HaShanah to organize the prayers and religious affairs. We were hesder yeshiva students who had completed only basic training, and we had not yet been trained to fight. Even when we asked [in the days before the war started] to help out in various jobs, they did not give us a real role.
Q. Yet still you fought, and were even decorated - how did you know what to do?
A. When there's no choice, you just learn quickly. We learned to use the various tools - how to fire the MaG submachine gun, to throw grenades, to use the radio - all under Egyptian fire. Each of us fought both our own private war for life and the war in general.
Q. You were seriously wounded, I understand.
A. After a couple of days, yes, I was seriously wounded [losing an arm], and from that time on I waged a private war merely to survive - first in the bunker with other wounded and with practically no medical supplies, and afterwards in Egyptian captivity... We were captured in an organized fashion - portrayed in the famous photo of Hillel Unsdorfer carrying the Torah scroll into captivity - and we were there for almost six weeks.
Q. How many times a week do you think about that fateful week between Yom Kippur and Sukkot of the year 5734 (1973)?
A. The truth is that it is engraved like metal within me - it's not something that has to be thought about, because it's always with me...
Q. I understand that you are one of the leaders of the association to help wounded IDF soldiers?
A. Yes, I started this association in my office to help wounded soldiers on their first steps... It's in memory of Simcha Holtzberg, who devoted his all to this cause. It's hard to replace someone like Simcha, but we do whatever we can with a sense of a holy mission.

The Security Council of the UN will debate this afternoon Saddam Hussein's about-face proposal to invite UN inspectors to supervise his arms arsenals. International reactions to Iraq's sudden offer have been varied. Spokesmen for the governments of the U.S. and England voiced skepticism, and the United States continues to threaten military action if Baghdad does not comply with past UN resolutions. Australia, too, says that the Iraqi declaration must be taken with a great degree of skepticism, but China and Russia greeted it enthusiastically.

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will meet with the Madrid Quartet in New York today to discuss the brewing river crisis in southern Lebanon. The Quartet is comprised of the U.S. Secretary of State, the Russian Foreign Minister, and corresponding representatives of the European Union and the United Nations. Israel is demanding that Lebanon discontinue a project to divert up to a third of the Wazzani River's waters for its own use.
Water from the Wazzani flows into the Hatzbani River, which spills into Israel's Lake of Galilee, Israel's main source of drinking water. A delegation of American water experts arrived in Lebanon yesterday to inspect the project, which is advancing at a fast pace. Israel has threatened a military response should the status quo be changed. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said today that he has confidence in the American mediation efforts, but emphasized that Israel would not accept a diversion of water by Lebanon.

For the first time in two years, the army granted permission to a group of 78 people to pray at Joseph's Tomb this past Saturday night, the night before Yom Kippur.

Two separate initiatives yesterday helped some 200,000 Jews who might never have set foot in a synagogue - even on Yom Kippur - get a taste of what the prayers are all about. The first was organized by Deputy Foreign Minister and Norwegian Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior, who helped sponsor 110 "secular minyanim" [prayer quorums] throughout Israel. Each of them featured a chazan [prayer leader], an instructor, and a minyan director, as well as some observant Jews to give "life" to the service. The instructors were specially trained to explain the prayers as well as answer questions.
Another initiative of a similar nature was organized by the Tzohar rabbis' group. In Kibbutz Mitzpeh Shalem, for instance - on the Dead Sea shore, north of Ein Gedi - the surprisingly high percentage of one-third of the residents showed up for the special services. Participants expressed great enthusiasm at the venture, and some said they hoped this was just the beginning of more.
"If an evacuation [of a Jewish community in Judea, Samaria or Gaza] would take place under terrorism and violence, this would represent a great blow at Israel's security. It would be perceived as an Israeli surrender to terrorism, and as a result even stronger pressures would be brought to bear upon us."
- IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon, in an interview with Israel Radio on Sunday

3. BBB: New 'moon' found around Earth
[There could be another one]
By Dr David Whitehouse
BBC News Online science editor
An amateur astronomer may have found another moon of the Earth. Experts say it may have only just arrived.

Much uncertainty surrounds the mysterious object, designated J002E3. It could be a passing chunk of rock captured by the Earth's gravity, or it could be a discarded rocket casing coming back to our region of space.

It was discovered by Bill Yeung, from his observatory in Arizona, US, and reported as a passing Near-Earth Object.

It was soon realised, however, that far from passing us, it was in fact in a 50-day orbit around the Earth.

Paul Chodas, of the American space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, says it must have just arrived or it would have been easily detected long ago.

Calculations suggest it may have been captured earlier this year.

Moon or junk?

When he detected the object, Bill Yeung contacted the Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts, the clearing house for such discoveries, which gave it the designation J002E3 and posted it on their Near-Earth Object Confirmation webpage.

Soon, however, the object's motion suggested it was in an orbit around the Earth. Its movements had all the hallmarks of being a spent rocket casing or other piece of space junk.

But experts are not completely sure what exactly the object is.

Observations made by Tony Beresford in Australia indicate that the object's position does not match any known piece of space junk.

Observations made in Europe have failed to see any variations in brightness that might be expected from a slowly spinning metallic object.

Paul Chodas says the object must have arrived quite recently or else it would have been easily detected by any of several automated sky surveys that astronomers are conducting.

Its trajectory suggests that it may have been captured in April or May of this year, but there is still some uncertainty about this.

If it is determined that J002E3 is natural it will become Earth's third natural satellite.

Earth's second one is called Cruithne. It was discovered in 1986 and it takes a convoluted horseshoe path around our planet as it is tossed about by the Earth's and the Moon's gravity.

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1. Take Back Joseph's Tomb by Michael Freund
2. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2002
MORE FROM THE FRONT: Druze Community targeted by Palestinians
3. Arutz Sheva Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002

1. Take Back Joseph's Tomb by Michael Freund
The Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2002
This past weekend marked two years on the Hebrew calendar since a
Palestinian mob seized control over Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus),
ransacking the Jewish holy site and setting it ablaze.
Though a great deal has happened in the interim, it is difficult to forget
the painful scenes of mayhem and destruction that were broadcast around the
world at the time.
There was the smoke billowing from the tomb, as Jewish prayer books and
other religious articles left behind by the retreating Israeli army were set
alight by the crowd. And then there were the Palestinians with pick-axes and
hammers, smashing the stone building which housed the site and tearing it
apart, brick by brick, in a frenzy of hate and defilement.
Within two days, as an Associated Press dispatch (October 10, 2000)
reported, "the dome of the tomb was painted green and bulldozers were seen
clearing the surrounding area", as the Palestinians sought to transform the
Biblical Joseph's resting place into a Moslem holy site.

In the early hours of October 7, 2000, after days of relentless attacks by
Palestinian policemen and Fatah terrorists, Israel withdrew the small
contingent of soldiers who had been guarding the site. In exchange, the PA
promised to protect it, in accordance with their obligation under the Oslo
Accords. Within hours, Joseph's Tomb was reduced to a smoldering heap of
Israel's pullout from the site was a grave strategic error, marking the
first time that the IDF had withdrawn under fire and surrendered territory
to the Palestinians as a direct result of violence.
Coming barely a week after the start of the current intifada, the retreat
from Joseph's Tomb only served to whet the PA's appetite still further,
sending a dangerous signal to Arafat that in the face of unremitting
attacks, Israel would capitulate. Who knows what inspiration and
encouragement the Israeli withdrawal gave to the budding young terrorists of
Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad?
The pullback was also an affront to Jewish history and tradition, as Joseph' s
Tomb had long been a focus of Jewish pilgrimage and prayer.
The late Dr. Zvi Ilan, one of Israel's foremost archaeologists, described
Joseph's Tomb as "one of the tombs whose location is known with the utmost
degree of certainty and is based on continuous documentation since Biblical
times" ("Tombs of the Righteous in the Land of Israel", p. 365).
The Book of Joshua (24:32) states explicitly, "The bones of Joseph which the
Children of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried in Shechem in the
portion of the field that had been purchased by Jacob." Ancient rabbinic
texts such as the Midrash mention the site, as did the early Church
historian Eusebius of Caesaria, who visited it nearly 1700 years ago. Arab
geographers, medieval Jewish pilgrims, Samaritan historians and even 19th
century British cartographers all concur regarding the site and its
Prior to the Palestinian take-over in October 2000, the tomb's compound was
host to a yeshiva, and it was visited by thousands of Jewish worshippers
Indeed, in recent months, with the IDF again operating in Nablus, there have
been a number of unauthorized attempts made by Jews to reach the site and
pray there, often at immense personal risk. Whatever one thinks of the
wisdom of such efforts, the fact is that they seem to have worked: this past
Saturday night, for the first time in two years, the army officially
permitted some 100 Jews to visit the tomb and hold services there.
While that is a step in the right direction, it is hardly enough. The time
has come for Israel to take back Joseph's Tomb once and for all.

Twice in Jewish history, Joseph was forsaken by his brothers and handed over
to foreigners. The first time was in the Biblical story, when he was tossed
into a pit and sold to traveling merchants. The second time was in October
2000, when his tomb was surrendered to a crazed horde of Palestinian
Now, with Israel's army active in the territories, we have a chance to right
that historic wrong. And right it we must, because Joseph should not be
abandoned yet again.

2. Arutz-7 News: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2002
Arutz Sheva News Service
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2002 / Tishrei 12, 5763
Three Israelis were murdered in the past 24 hours in separate Palestinian terrorist attacks.

Shortly before 5 PM today, a suicide terrorist blew himself up as police approached him. The blast wounded three people, including a policeman who died of his wounds shortly afterwards, and a police vehicle was heavily damaged. An eyewitness named Ziyad said the explosion occurred as the policeman approached two Arabs at a bus stop. Police now assume that the dead officer was in effect a hero, in that his alertness prevented the bomber from blowing himself up inside a public bus in accordance with his plans.
Earlier in the afternoon, Yosef Ajmi, a 36-year-old father of four from Jerusalem, was murdered by terrorist gunfire in the northern Shomron near Hinanit, less than five kilometers south of Um el Fahm. At least one emergency rescue team arrived on the scene within seconds, and treated a wounded victim - a foreign worker in the employ of the dead man - as the terrorists continued shooting. Security officials reported that a vehicle bearing PA license plates near the site contained IDF uniforms, flak jackets and ammunition. The Al Aqsa Brigades of Fatah accepted responsibility for the attack.
The bad news began early this morning, with the discovery of the charred and badly mutilated body of 67-year-old Ma'aleh Adumim resident David Buchbut in the Arab village of El-Azariya, just east of Jerusalem. The victim's family reported him missing last night when he failed to return from a trip to the village - under Israeli security control, but PA administrative control - for building supplies. His son Avraham told Arutz-7 today that Arab workers were working on his house, "but we were relieved that the agreement was that they would buy all the supplies, and my father said that he would not buy any of the supplies himself in any Arab area. We have no explanation as to why he went there." Police reported that several Arabs apparently abducted him after he arrived in El-Azariya and tortured him for a long while before killing him.

Tourism Minister-designate Yitzchak Levy (National Religious Party) said today that the wave of attacks puts the lie to hints by Foreign Minister Peres of "a new spirit" coming over the Palestinian Authority.

The Fatah military wing announced today that it plans to carry out suicide attacks in Druze villages - in response to the behavior of Druze policemen and soldiers towards the Arabs of Judea and Samaria . The announcement, released in Shechem, said that the Druze officers act like "Nazis," and are in the service of the "Nazi" Sharon government.

In contrast to the terrorist murders of today, intelligence sources said earlier this week that Israel had succeeded in dismantling the Hamas terrorist infrastructure. This optimistic report is based on the fact that 98% of the organization's military wing, some 70 terrorists, have been killed or arrested since the beginning of the Oslo War. The IDF presence in and around the PLO-controlled cities is making it difficult for Hamas to re-group. In addition, the organization is also dealing with the deteriorating health of its leader, arch-terrorist Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and the struggle for power expected to follow his demise.

The Madrid "Quartet" - representatives of the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations - have agreed on a proposal for the establishment of a Palestinian state by the year 2005. The group met in New York yesterday to outline their vision of "an end to the conflict."
The program includes three phases, beginning with the reform of Palestinian security forces - assumed to mean an end to terrorism against Israelis - while Israeli troops are simultaneously withdrawn from Palestinian-controlled areas, together with preparations for PA elections in early 2003. The second phase would consist of establishing provisional borders and a constitution for a Palestinian state, followed by the third phase - Israeli-PA talks, aimed at reaching a permanent status agreement by mid-2005.

The French District Attorney said today he would appeal the sudden decision to free Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon from prison. Papon, 92, has been serving a ten-year sentence in a French prison for complicity in crimes against humanity - specifically for ordering almost 1,700 Jews deported from Bordeaux. Most of them were sent to Auschwitz, where almost all of them died. Papon was freed this afternoon by a French appeals court on grounds of his ill health.

The Supreme Court last night granted the IDF permission to level the family homes of two suicide terrorists in Abu Dis, just east of Jerusalem. The two Arabs killed eleven Israelis - males between the ages of 14 and 22 - by detonating explosives one after the other outside Cafe Rimon in Jerusalem's Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall on December 1, 2001. The Supreme Court justices criticized the Arab family members for appealing the destruction of their homes while failing to even condemn the attack that caused dozens of families to become bereaved.

Over the past several years, about 600 members of a tribe living in the jungles of northeastern India have arrived in Israel as new immigrants. Known as "Bnei [Children of] Menashe," they consider themselves the descendants of the lost Biblical tribe of Menashe. For generations members of the clan have stringently practiced customs resembling those of Judaism, including circumcision on the eighth day after birth, faith in one G-d (a unique belief in India), ritual fringes and more, in keeping with long-held oral traditions.
Several years ago, the Bnei Menashe succeeded in contacting Rabbi Eliyahu Avichail, the founder of Amishav, an organization dealing with the dispersed remnants of Israel. Rabbi Avichail traveled to India to meet some of the group members and was astounded by the extent to which their religious practices mirrored Judaism. He launched a campaign to bring many of them to Israel, where they agreed to convert according to Jewish Law in order to live as full-fledged Jews and as part of the Jewish nation.
This past month, about 100 Bnei Menashe members arrived in Israel, and many others would still like to join them. Shimon Gangte, 28, one of the first Bnei Menashe members to arrive in Israel almost ten years ago, spoke with Arutz-7's Josh Hasten today. He described the group's history from the mountains of Afghanistan to the jungles of India to the rocky hills of Yesha, as well as the members' life in modern-day Israel.

The NRP (National Religious Party) Knesset faction decided unanimously today to accept Prime Minister Sharon's offer of two ministerial portfolios, in exchange for the party's support of the budget proposals. Rabbi Yitzchak Levy, who has served in the past as Education Minister, Housing Minister and - for the past few months - Minister Without Portfolio, will become Minister of Tourism, while Effie Eitam will take over the Infrastructures Ministry. The latter post will be somewhat reduced, as Sharon has received Knesset approval to keep the all-important Lands Administration Authority for himself.

3. Arutz Sheva Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002 / Tishrei 13, 5763
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002 / Tishrei 13, 5763
Five Israelis were murdered this afternoon when an Arab suicide bomber detonated his explosives aboard a public bus in the heart of Tel Aviv. Everyone on the bus and in its vicinity - Allenby and Rothschild Streets - was hurt or killed; over 50 people were treated in nearby hospitals, including one with life-threatening injuries and another eight with serious wounds.
The bus was heading north when it exploded just meters away from Tel Aviv's Great Synagogue during the busy lunch hour. The bus was reduced to a heap of charred metal, and some passengers were thrown out through a large hole created by the explosion. Others got out on their own through windows and doors. Eyewitnesses were horrified to observe chunks of human flesh spread all over the ground in the vicinity of the doomed bus.
Yossi Landau, a volunteer for the emergency medical and burial organization known as Zaka, said today that the Allenby attack was especially grave, as the bomb contained an enormous amount of nails and screws that greatly compound the injuries caused by the explosion. He said that bodily remains were spread out over a very large radius.

Among the first to arrive on the scene to treat the wounded was Hatzolah rescue-team member Boaz Shabo, who lost his wife and three children in a terrorist attack in the Shomron community of Itamar this past June.

The Arab propaganda machine continues to spew blood libels against world Jewry. In a recent article published in the official Saudi daily newspaper Al-Jazira, columnist Dr. Muhammad bin S'ad Al-Shwey'ir accuses Jews of using human blood for holiday celebrations.

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1. Arutz-7 News Friday, Sep. 20, 2002
2. The German Problem By WILLIAM SAFIRE
3.Arutz-7 News: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002

1. Arutz-7 News Friday, Sep. 20, 2002
Friday, Sep. 20, 2002 / Tishrei 14, 5763
Following yesterday's government-and-army consultations in the wake of yesterday's Tel Aviv bus attack and the nine terrorist casualties in the last two days, the army took action in Ramallah last night and today. The forces have destroyed the caravans and most of the buildings in Arafat's Mukata complex. Two buildings remain standing - Arafat's and one other - but the Israeli forces destroyed the bridge connecting the two. Many terrorist fugitives have found refuge in the second building for nearly six months, and the destruction of the connecting bridge symbolizes the purpose of the operation: the isolation of Yasser Arafat.
The Israeli forces called for the terrorists inside the compound to give themselves up, and so far about 20 Arabs have done so. These do not include those who are high up on the wanted list, however, and 20 wanted terrorists, including Toufik Tirawi, remain inside the Mukata. Israel promises that Tirawi, who headed the PA's Gaza forces and is responsible for many murderous attacks against Israelis, will receive a fair trial. The government decided not to harm or expel Arafat, although the possibility of deporting Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is still under consideration. One Force 17 member has been killed in the operation.

The death toll from yesterday's murderous suicide attack in Tel Aviv rose to six this afternoon with the death of Yoni Jesner, 17, of Glasgow, Scotland. His parents said they would donate his organs for transplantation. Yoni will be buried this afternoon. Four other victims of yesterday's slaughter were laid to rest today:
* Bus driver Yossi Memistavlov, 40, of Or Yehuda, who drove the same #4 bus line for 15 years. He left a wife and four children, the youngest of whom is a month old.
* Solomon Hoenig, 79.
* Yaffa Shem-Tov Chanun, 49, of Tel Aviv.
* Ofer Zinger, 29, from Patzael. Ofer just recently completed his studies in electronic engineering.
The funeral of Rosna Siso, 63, of Gan Yavneh has not yet been set. Six victims listed in serious condition, and 20 others, are still hospitalized.
Despite the popular conception that this week's murders ended a five-week "lull" in Palestinian terrorism against Israel, the IDF reports that there have been 86 attacks in Judea and Samaria, and another 139 in Gaza, in the past three weeks alone. During the month of August 2002, there were 393 terrorist attacks - including 137 in Yesha, 248 in Gaza, and another 8 in pre-1967 Israel - which included Kassam missiles, mortar shells, grenades, roadside bombs and drive-by shootings. For more details, see <>.

Fourteen Breslover hassidim (followers), including nine minors, were arrested last night - and released today - after they entered the Joseph's Tomb compound in Shechem in violation of military orders. Another Breslover group entered the site this past Monday night, and found that Arabs had burned several tires there. The army has allowed Jews to enter the holy site only once in the past two years - 78 people this past Yom Kippur Eve.
Col. Yossi Adiri, who served until recently as Shechem Region Commander, says that there is no military or security reason why Joseph's Tomb should not be constantly open to Jews. "It is closed only for political reasons," he told the Shomron Regional Council journal MeRosh HaHar [From the Top of the Mountain]. Adiri says he has much criticism of how the ill-fated battle for Joseph's Tomb was waged two years ago, and "one day I will write a book on it." Regarding his attitude towards Jewish residents of Yesha, he says, "I was always accused of liking them - and I admit that it's true? If the Yesha population would break down and abandon the area, it would impact very badly on the standing power of the IDF and the entire nation."

The eight-day holiday of Sukkot (nine days, outside Israel) begins tonight. Known as "holiday of our joy," it features joyous celebrations and commemorations of ceremonies in the Beit HaMikdash [Holy Temple], as well as the Torah commandments of living in a sukkah [small temporary home] and taking the Four Species - lulav (palm branch), etrog (citron), hadassim (myrtle branches), and aravot (willow branches).

2. The German Problem By WILLIAM SAFIRE

WASHINGTON — At a meeting in the Axel Springer building in Hamburg on Aug. 27 with about 30
American friends of Germany, the defense minister who had been recently booted out of
Chancellor Gerhard Schrצder's cabinet for financial irregularities was asked why Germany was so
loudly opposed to President Bush's campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.
Rudolf Scharping reported that he had answered that very question in a Schrצder cabinet
meeting: it was all about the Jews. Bush was motivated to overthrow Saddam by his need to curry
favor with what Scharping called "a powerful — perhaps overly powerful — Jewish lobby" in the
coming U.S. elections. Jeb Bush needed their votes in Florida as George Pataki did in New York,
and Congressional redistricting made Jewish votes central to control of Congress. Germany, the
discredited minister said proudly to his discomfited audience, had rejected such pandering.
That bigoted political analysis is typical of the way Germany is undermining its Atlantic
alliance. Today, Schrצder — campaigning for re-election Sunday — seems eager to be more
pro-Arab than the Arab League. Not even if the U.N.'s Kofi Annan himself grabbed a rifle and
led the charge would his Germany send one soldier to depose Saddam.
The dismaying fact is that poll-driven German politicians are certain that such thumbing noses
at the U.S. is the key to political victory. Schrצder is using it to distract voters from 10
percent unemployment, 0.5 percent growth and a dispute about his hair color. His
semi-conservative opponent, Edmund Stoiber, tut-tuts about anti-Americanism but is afraid to
take a stand against the Hitler of the Persian Gulf.
No matter who wins, the German-American relationship loses. Our response cannot be to mutter
"how sharper than a serpent's tooth" and demand a refund of the Marshall Plan. It should be to
reassess the need for our troop presence in Europe, which a half-century ago was "to keep
Russia out, Germany down and America in." With Russia in and Germany up, should America get
Of 120,000 U.S. military in Europe, over 70,000 are in Germany (including those in heavy tanks
and other outmoded equipment confronting a Red Army that isn't there). An equal number of
dependents are in Europe with them, spending U.S. dollars.

Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company

3.Arutz-7 News: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002
Arutz Sheva News Service
Sunday, September 22, 2002 / Tishrei 16, 5763
At this time Yasser Arafat's entire Mukata Compound lies in ruins, aside from the single building housing his office where he and 50 other wanted Arab terrorists remain holed up. Last night, soldiers planted the Israeli flag atop the PLO-leader's office building. Throughout the night troops using loudspeakers demanded that the 50 Arabs--with blood on their hands--give themselves up. The soldiers threatened to destroy the remaining structure but have not yet done so. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said over the weekend that the siege of Arafat's headquarters will continue until the terrorists are in custody. At the same time, officials stress that Israel has no intention of harming the PLO chief.
While the European Union (EU) and others condemned Israel's raid, the United States remained silent about Israel's anti-terror efforts.

A public opinion poll recently conducted by the Palestinian Center for Political and Statistical Research shows that the vast majority of Arabs living under PLO-rule support terror activities against Israel. More than 90% of those surveyed expressed support for attacks against IDF soldiers and Yesha (Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) residents. Over half said they support terror against civilians within pre-1967 Israel. The results of the Poll were published on September 15 in the Palestinian daily Al-Ayam.

About 2,000 people gathered in the Gush Katif community of Atzmona this afternoon to take part in a Torah dedication ceremony in memory of five pre-military yeshiva (religious academy) students murdered by an Arab this past March. New York philanthropists Ira Leon and Ingeborg Rennert donated the Torah in memory of the slain youth. Several Knesset members attended the ceremony including National Religious Party Minister Effie Eitam as well as MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union Party).
Yair Davidiy
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Jerusalem 91004

Jerusalem News-120
1. JORDAN TIMES: Lebanon and Water
2. Succot Terror Attack in Hebron
3.Arutz-7 News: Monday, Sept. 23, 2002
4. Russian Opinion about the USA
5. Palestinian mob sets fire to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus

1. JORDAN TIMES: Lebanon and Water
Source: Dr. Jospeh Lerner, Co-Director IMRA
JORDAN TIMES 22 Sept.'02:
BEIRUT (AFP) - Lebanon's leaders say the country will "take every
drop" of the water it is entitled to from a southern border river at the
risk of inflaming Israel... ..
One newspaper also said France was planning to send an expert to
Lebanon to examine the situation ... adding to those of the United States
and the European Union.
...Sharon has warned that tapping by Lebanon of the Wazzani River,
which also feeds Israel's Sea of Galilee, would be viewed as grounds for war

2. Succot Terror Attack in Hebron
Succot Terror Attack
by David Wilder
The Jewish Community of Hebron
September 23, 2002
At about 6:20 tonight an Arab terrorist opened fire on Jewish visitors in Hebron, near the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. One man was killed and two or three people were wounded, including two children who were shot in the legs and are listed in moderate condition.
During the Succot holiday, thousands visit Hebron. Today was no different. From early in the morning buses started pouring into Hebron, first for early morning prayers, including a traditional “Carlebach service” held outside in the Ma’arat HaMachpela Courtyard. Hundreds participated in this special event, which included Moshe Musa Berlin and his orchestra.
During the morning and afternoon thousands joined in touring the Jewish neighborhoods, walking the streets from Ma’arat HaMachpela to Avraham Avinu, to Beit Hadassah and also Tel Rumeida. This year several other special events were added: an amusement park for the children and tours of the Casba, which parallels the Jewish neighborhoods.
The Casba was an integral element of the pre-1929 Jewish community in Hebron. Many Jews owned homes and shops in the Casba. Following our return to Hebron, Jewish property in the Casba was not returned to its rightful owners, and many of the buildings were illegally occupied by Arabs. Since the signing of the Hebron Accords, almost six years ago, the Casba was declared off-limits to Jews, despite the fact that it is within the Jewish controlled part of the city.
For years Hebron’s leadership has demanded that the Casba be accessible to Jews and that our property be returned to us. We warned military officers and political leaders that Arafat’s forces were populating the Casba with terrorists and an absence of any Jewish presence in the Casba would lead to terror attacks aimed at the community.
Recently our efforts began to bear fruit. In coordination with the army, groups were allowed to tour the Casba once a week. This was not enough, but it was a start. Today, again, in coordination with the army, groups were allowed to tour the Casba, with a full military escort. I myself participated in one of these half hour tours, not as a tour guide, rather as a photographer, clicking away as a group of Israelis visited the Casba for the first time.
It was an unbelievable day, with almost 10,000 people visiting us. Last year’s Succot holiday was marred by shooting attacks, which left two women wounded. We expected that this year, with the IDF back in the surrounding hills and patrolling in both sides of the city, today’s events would pass quietly.
At 2:30 in the afternoon the music festival began outside the Ma’ara. Haim Dovid began for almost an hour, followed by other talented young entertainers, performing for the masses outside in the Ma’arat HaMachpela courtyard. Everything went smoothly. Until six twenty.
A large group of people, on their way to the Avraham Avinu neighborhood passed by some soldiers, on their way to the eastern entrance to the neighborhood. A few people stayed behind to talk to the soldiers. Then, suddenly, a terrorist opened fire on them from a few meters away, from the Casba. One man was very critically injured and later died from his wounds. Several others were also wounded and are listed in moderate condition. The terrorist murderer escaped.
What is Hebron’s reaction to this atrocity. First of all, we are deeply saddened by the death of a fellow Jew, whose only crime was to be a Jew in Hebron. How is it that a person takes his family to enjoy a day during the Succot holiday and does not return home? We convey our sincerest condolences to the victim’s family.
Just as happened last year, there are those who expect us to cancel tomorrow’s events because of today’s tragedy. However, we will do just the opposite. Tomorrow Hassidic Superstar Mordechai ben David will perform in Hebron as planned, as will other entertainers. Ma’arat HaMachpela will be open to Jewish visitors from morning till night, including Ohel Yitzhak, the Isaac Hall, opened only ten days a year to Jewish worshippers. We will not, under any circumstances, allow the terrorists to determine how we will live, what we will do, or where we will do it.

So, if you are in Israel, the buses will be running all day, as they did today. Join us for Mordechai ben David’s concert in Hebron, and join with us in saying to our enemies: Hebron is our home. We are staying. Period.
With blessings from Hebron,
This is David Wilder

Subject: Israeli killed, his three children hurt in Hebron shooting
By Amos Harel, Jonathan Lis and Arnon Regular, Ha'aretz Correspondents, and
Ha'aretz Service 23 September 2002
An Israeli man was killed and his three children were wounded in a shooting
attack Monday evening near the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the West Bank city of Hebron.
One of the children is in serious condition; the other two were moderately
wounded. The family, from Jerusalem, had travelled to Hebron to celebrate the Sukkot
The gunman fired on the worshippers from the direction of the casbah, before
fleeing the scene.
Following the attack, IDF troops entered Palestinian-controlled areas of the
city. The curfew on Arab areas of Hebron
had been lifted prior to the attack.
Magen David Adom personnel said that all four were taken to Hadassah
University Hospital, Ein Karem.

3.Arutz-7 News: Monday, Sept. 23, 2002
Arutz Sheva News Service
Monday, Sep. 23, 2002 / Tishrei 17, 5763 - 3rd Day of Sukkot
The Israeli Army bulldozers have stopped their work at Yasser Arafat's Mukata compound in Ramallah, and Arafat and some 200 terrorists - 50 of them wanted - remain holed up in the lone remaining building - which now sports an Israeli flag. There were conflicting reports as to whether PA negotiators had begun to comply with Israel's demand this afternoon to prepare a detailed list of the persons inside. Saeb Erekat, who headed the PA negotiating team, was permitted to meet afterwards with Arafat.
"After the harsh attack in Tel Aviv last week [in which six Jews were murdered]," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said today, "we reached the conclusion that we have to arrest the terrorist leaders... They must give themselves up; we will not give in on this point." He emphasized that Israel has no intention of harming Arafat. Israel rejected PA suggestions today that the wanted terrorists be imprisoned in Jericho or transferred to Gaza.
Prime Minister Sharon will not allow the European Union's Middle East mediator Migel Mauritinus to meet with the besieged PLO leader.

Some 35,000 people arrived at the Western Wall this morning to take part in traditional Sukkot holiday prayers. The main attraction was the Priestly Blessing, where hundreds of Kohanim [of priestly lineage] blessed, as one, the thousands of worshipers. Police sources said that this was probably the largest gathering of worshipers at the Wall in the past two years. Taxis and private vehicles were not allowed into the Old City, thus that many thousands of people made their way to the holy site on foot.
Five busloads of visitors from North America, mostly from the New York area and the Young Israel of Forest Hills in particular, arrived in the sukkah of Yeshivat Beit El this afternoon.

At least three of the Four Species of Sukkot have medicinal properties. Margalit Shilo of the Leumit Sick Fund, quoted in HaTzofeh, counts the species' blessings: "The Etrog (citron) balances the liver's actions and increases appetite... Citron juice balances blood pressure... The Hadas (myrtle) is a cleansing agent, helping with intestine infections, stomach pains and constipation... and is an anti-dandruff agent... Water boiled with the Aravah (willow) can serve as a painkiller, and is good for the throat and gums..." It should be noted, however, that the Four Species used on Sukkot may not Halakhically be used for anything other than their ritual purpose until after the holiday.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hosted in his sukkah this morning soldiers who made aliyah [immigration to Israel] in recent years. A sukkah is a temporary one-room home built for the weeklong holiday of Sukkot, which ends this Friday. Volunteers from all over the country will also visit the Prime Minister's sukkah.

President Moshe Katzav, on behalf of the State of Israel, presented the Israel Museum last week with an ancient Bible printed in Spain not later than the year 1287. The unique volume somehow reached Syria in its wanderings through the Jewish exile, and Deputy Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior explained that the Syrian-Jewish owner decided to give it to Israel "in appreciation of the help he had received from Israel." The book will be on permanent loan to the museum.

4. Russian Opinion about the USA
The Russian intelligence-linked weekly "Zavtra" publishes, in its latest edition, the transcript of a round table
discussion on the world situation since Sept 11 of last year.
Leonid Shebarshin: The U.S. made a demonstration of its power in Afghanistan. She overwhelmed the Taliban, "put in her chosen Prime Minister, gave him 72 bodyguards, established an island of stability. Already, people are talking about a U.S. presence in Afghanistan of 5-10 years, and maybe longer. "Another important result: "the Americans used Afghanistan to take over the positions of the former Soviet Union in Central Asia. They got very good bases in Kirgistan, bases in Tadjikistan, agreements with Uzbekistan, pressure on Kazakhstan. I think we are looking at preparations for a serious confrontation with China, which is turning into a strategic issue. We are seeing the same approach with China, as earlier with the Soviet Union... China is already surrounded by a whole chain of major military bases, in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the taking over of the former Russian base in Vietnam, the base in Okinoawa; plus, Russia is being drawn into the NATO structure. .. This is the more long-term perspective. At the moment, after the `triumphal' victory in Afghanistan, the U.S. is launching a new adventure: the war in Iraq. Afghanistan was a `limited operation', although the firepower used there was colossal. Even in World War II it never happened that such firepower was deployed to overrun a single, weak opponent. ... But Iraq is not Afghanistan. Here there is a `50-50 situation'. The U.S. might stumble, and it this happens, it could be the beginning of a total collapse. Everything could disintegrate, just as the Soviet Union disintegrated, when in just four days, the whole state ceased to exist. "

Nagorny remarked to this: "The myth of supposed omnipotence of the U.S. military-political machine has already been overcome. We saw the Hollywood movies, and everyone there is convinced that Schwarzenegger could defeat a whole army just by himself. But the Americans are just as much idiots as we were..."

5. Palestinian mob sets fire to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus

Palestinian mob sets fire to Jewish site - Joseph's Tomb in Nablus
By Alan Philps in Nablus The Daily Telegraph 18 September 2002
[IMRA: The IDF Spokesperson confirmed today - 23 September that "very
serious dammage" was done to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus by the Palestinians.
For some reason the story received no coverage in the Israeli press until
A mob has torched and vandalised the Jewish holy site known as Joseph's
Tomb, one of the flashpoints of the two-year Palestinian uprising.
Yesterday the small domed chamber on the outskirts of Nablus was littered
with ash. One side of the tomb had been smashed open, exposing stonesand
sand inside the sarcophagus. There was a large crack running from the dome
down one wall.
There were remains of burnt tyres on the two pillars at either end of the
tomb where, in the 19th century, Christians, Jews and Muslims would all
leave offerings.
Local residents said a mob came to the tomb on Monday afternoon, while the
city of Nablus was under 24-hour Israeli army curfew for the ninth
successive day. The mob set the shrine on fire.
Jewish settlers around Nablus believe that the tomb is that of the Biblical
patriarch Joseph, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.
But Muslims contend that it is the grave of a sheikh, or holy man, from a
local family, also called Joseph. Jewish visitors have been banned from the
site for more than a year. But on Saturday night the first organised bus
tour brought them to pray.