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In South Florida, Tony Martin got a surprise while fishing. He
reeled in something heavy; a pillowcase containing valuables.
There were credit cards, gold jewelry and watches inside. Police
say whoever placed them there had stolen them. So the only thing
Tony Martin got to take home from his catch was a great story to
Terrorism Expert Predicts Future
By Paul Wolfson (Congress)
Congress held a hearing on terrorism Monday, and heard a stern
warning from an American expert in the field. The recent bomb
attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets in Buenos Aires and London
have been described by some observers as attempts to derail the
Middle East peace process. But Steven Emerson, the author of
several books on terrorism, sees these incidents in a very
"The bombings are part of an escalating worldwide battle between
radical Islamic militants and the West. The perpetrators of these
bombings are not motivated by what we know as 'legitimate
Emerson contends that in the 1970s, most Middle East terrorism
could be linked directly to the Arab-Israeli dispute. But he
insists today's acts of terror are different and broader based.
"Radical Islamic militants see the very existence of pro-Western
nations, such as Israel and Egypt, or pluralistic systems such as
democracy, or rival religions such as Judaism and Christianity or
even moderate Muslims, as a mortal threat to their own being.
These militants see the continuation of a thousand year conspiracy
waged by the infidel to subjugate Islam."
And so the great enemy of radical Islam, suggests Emerson, is
not Israel, it is the United States and America's allies. And
he warns terrorists are likely to turn their attention more and
more to Western targets -- such as the World Trade Center in New
York City. "The fact remains that radical Islamic leaders see the
west as part of a major conspiracy to wipe out Islam. In this
context, Israel is the little Satan and the US is the great Satan.
Attacks on targets like the World Trade Center last year or in
Buenos Aires two weeks ago are justified -- even mandated -- as
part of the holy war against the infidels."
Arafat Wants a Say in Jerusalem's Future
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Palestinian Leader Yasir Arafat says he wants to speed up
negotiations on Jerusalem. The declaration comes a week after
Israel agreed to recognize Jordan's special role concerning Muslim
holy sites in Jerusalem.
Arafat told reporters in the Gaza Strip that negotiations over the
holy sites in Jerusalem can not be separated from political and
Referring to Israel's acknowledgment of at least partial Jordanian
jurisdiction over Muslim holy sites, Arafat said that if Israel has
started to negotiate on Jerusalem, the Palestinians insist they
must be included. Palestinian leaders claim sovereignty over Arab
East Jerusalem, which they want to be the capital of a future
Their claim includes the city's Muslim holy sites, and even partial
Jordanian authority would conflict with the Palestinian position.
Jordan controls the Islamic trust that administers Al-Aqsa mosque
and the other Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. Israel and the PLO
agreed to defer discussion of Jerusalem until later in the peace
process, but there is nothing in their agreement to prevent them
from accelerating the negotiations.
Jerusalem the Holy
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
It's hard to avoid religion in Jerusalem. For Christians, it's the
site of the central event of their faith, the crucifixion and
resurrection of Jesus. For Muslims, it's where the prophet
Mohammed ascended to heaven on his night journey. Jews revere the
city as the location of their ancient temples, and of the Western
Wall, the last remnant of the Second Temple.
But the holiness of Jerusalem is not just in the historic and
traditional events that happened here. The Jerusalem of today
resonates with the echoes of its spiritual past.
You see it on the Via Dolorosa, the old city street that traces
the traditional route taken by Jesus on his way to the crucifixion.
Christians, often carrying full-size wooden crosses, retrace the
steps of Jesus. Archbishop Samir Kafiti, the Episcopal Church's
top clergyman in the Middle East, says it is part of God's design
that the central events of Christianity happened in Jerusalem.
"To us, the holy land is a sacrament where pilgrimage is to be
exercised. It's where the faith is nourished. And commitment to
Jesus Christ becomes more and more vivid and visible after a
pilgrimage to the land of Jesus. Without Jerusalem there is no
Christianity. And without Christianity, Jerusalem would not have
the same significance that it does in the Christian faith."
Jerusalem is often described as the third holiest site in Islam,
and the call to prayer can be heard five times a day from the
city's many mosques. Jerusalem's Muslim holy sites are under the
jurisdiction of the Islamic Wakf. The head of the Wakf is Adnan
Husseini who says the fact that God brought the prophet Mohammed
to Jerusalem on his night journey to heaven is a declaration
about the importance of Jerusalem, alongside the other holy
cities, Mecca and Medina.
"I'll tell you that in our religion it is mentioned that if you
pray in Mecca, it means each prayer is [magnified] 10,000 times.
In Medina, it is 1,000 times. In Jerusalem it is 500 times. So,
this means that those three mosques are having a special importance
for God and for the Muslims themselves."
Jerusalem has always been a central focus of the Jewish faith. Jews
everywhere pray to be "Next Year in Jerusalem." In Jerusalem's Old
City, the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, is the only
surviving remnant of the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans
almost 2,000 years ago. Rabbi and philosopher David Hartman says
Jerusalem symbolizes the continuity of the Jewish people, who have
spent most of their history without a homeland.
"Jerusalem is the city in which you remind yourself that you (the
Jewish people) are 3,000 years old. In Jerusalem, Israel lives in
dialogue with its long history. Israel proclaims in Jerusalem that
we are not here because of the Holocaust and we are not here
because of Western guilt. We are here because we never left.
We've come home. And Jerusalem is the symbol of a people who see
themselves as coming home, as ending their eternal wandering."
As it has for thousands of years, Jerusalem continues to exert a
profound religious and spiritual hold on the faithful. Perhaps
it exerts too strong a pull, as politicians who have been trying
to unravel the conundrum of Jerusalem have been finding out for
years as they try to craft a way for Jews, Muslims and Christians
to live, side-by-side, in this extraordinary city.
Germany Blames Local Police
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
Germany's Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger,
says local police are to blame for allowing neo-Nazis to go on a
rampage at the Buchenwald death camp memorial last month.
The German justice minister says the attack on the Buchenwald camp
could have been prevented by police. She was referring to an
incident where 22 right-wing extremists went on a rampage, shouting
Nazi slogans and throwing stones. One suspect is accused of
threatening to burn a memorial worker to death.
Syria and Israel Both Want a 'Goodwill Gesture'
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Israel and Syria have each called on the other to make goodwill
gestures to help open the way to a resumption of peace talks. An
Israeli government minister suggests Damascus might rein in
guerrilla groups in the Israeli-controlled zone in South Lebanon as
a way of showing its commitment to the peace process.
Health Minister and Reserve General Ephriam Sneh says Israel is
not insisting that Damascus stop attacks by Hizbullah guerrillas
in South Lebanon. But Sneh said that if Syria allows the attacks
to continue, Israel might think Syrian President Hafez Assad isn't
serious about making peace.
Syria's government newspaper Tishreen Monday called on Israel to
make a goodwill gesture to show it is serious about resuming peace
talks, one day after Israel called for a Syrian gesture.
The stalled talks revolve around the Golan Heights, which Syria
wants back immediately. Israel has said it would discuss a
phased withdrawal if Syria commits itself to full relations with
the Jewish state.
Germany Apologizes as Warsaw Celebrates Anti-Nazi Uprising
By Jolyon Naegele (Warsaw)
Poles are marking the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising
against Nazi-German rule. Ceremonies commemorating the Warsaw
uprising began Monday with a field mass for veterans of the
underground home army.
German President Roman Herzog, British Prime Minister, John Major,
US Vice President Al Gore as well as senior officials from Russia,
France and other countries are in Warsaw for the uprising
The German president apologized for Nazi Germany's brutality in
Poland during the Second World War. Bowing down before the victims
of the Warsaw uprising as before all the Polish victims of the
Second World War, Herzog asked for forgiveness for what Germans did
The president said understanding, trust and good neighborliness can
only grow when the peoples of Germany and Poland bring what he
terms the dark aspects of their recent history into the open.
The Papal Nuncio in Poland, Jozef Kowalczyk, read out a message
from Pope John Paul II describing the Warsaw uprising as the
beginning of the process of forming independent states in Central
and Eastern Europe. The papal message went on to say that this
process could only be completed after the collapse of totalitarian
systems in 1989.
Monday's ceremonies were conducted in record-breaking hot weather.
Dozens of nurses and scouts provided the veterans and their
families with a steady supply of mineral water.
An unscheduled moment of drama at the commemoration site occurred
when a huge window-shaped temporary monument to the uprising was
engulfed in flames, apparently due to a fuel leak.
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