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Police Ordered to Protect Land-Selling Muslims

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the peace process is being jeopardized by alleged complicity of the Palestinian Authority in recent killings of Palestinians who have sold Arab-owned land to Jews.

At a special high-level meeting Monday, the prime minister ordered the Israeli police to do what they can to protect Palestinian land dealers who are at risk. He told Army Radio Israel cannot continue as though nothing has happened after "Senior Palestinian officials openly encouraged murder."

Netanyahu ordered the indictment of those found to be responsible for the recent killings, which the Israeli police say includes a senior Palestinian security officer.

Senior Palestinian officials have called for the death penalty for any Palestinians who have been involved in selling Arab-owned land to Jews -- a statement some people have apparently taken as a license to kill. But officials deny anyone in the Palestinian authority is involved in the recent killings.


Jerusalem Day: 30 Years Later

Wednesday is "Jerusalem Day," marking the 30th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. President Ezer Weizman proclaimed the beginning of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

Maj.-Gen. Uzi Narkiss, who headed the Central Command during the Six Day War said he is saddened by fact that the younger generation takes the reunification of the city for granted. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement is planning a march Wednesday from Ammunition Hill to the Temple Mount.

They will then blow the shofar in the southeast corner of the Temple Mount. In the First and Second Temples this was called the "corner of the Jubilee." The Zo Artzeinu movement has announced that it will conduct visits to the Temple Mount tomorrow. The announcement reads, "We will stand up for our right to go up to the Mount and to pray for the survival of the people of Israel in their land."

A committee of rabbis from Judea and Samaria decided to encourage people to ascend to the Temple Mount to pray, the first time such a decision has been made other than by groups such as the Temple Mount Faithful and in opposition to the position of Israel's official rabbinate, which prohibits this.


Red Heifer Dispatch

Two months ago, the birth of a red calf at Kfar Hassidim, a small religious kibbutz near Haifa, caught the attention not only of the local media, but of news organizations worldwide. Rabbi Mordechai Shmaryahu, a Kfar Hassidim resident and keeper of the newborn heifer, bemoans the media's response.

"It's ridiculous to assume that the next step for us is to conquer the Temple Mount," says Shmaryahu. "We're looking at this as an opportunity to teach our kids about the Holy Temple." Although some Orthodox groups have been organizing trips to Kfar Hassidim to see the heifer, Shmaryahu plays down its significance as a miracle, and now even calls into doubt the authenticity of the calf as a halachically kosher red heifer.

"When the cow was born, rabbis from Jerusalem came here with members of the press and immediately declared it a kosher red heifer," Shmaryahu says. "But after cleaning it we found a few white hairs in its tail, so we're not even sure it's the real thing." The ashes of a red heifer are mixed with spring water to purify high priests before they entered the Temple. Even though mainstream religious groups have not rallied around the cow, some secular Israelis see her as a threat.

"The potential harm from this heifer is far greater than the destructive properties of a terrorist bomb," the liberal Ha'Aretz newspaper wrote recently. Menachem Friedman, an expert on religious affairs at Bar-Ilan University, said the birth created "a very delicate situation."


"Resistance of the Heart"

A history professor at Florida State University, Nathan Stoltzfus, has written a book containing interviews with survivors of the February 1943 Rosenstrasse protest.

In a final roundup, the Gestapo arrested some 10,000 Jews remaining in Berlin, 2,000 of whom had non-Jewish relatives. The 2,000 prisoners were locked into a collection center on a street called Rosenstrasse. As news of the arrest spread through Berlin, hundreds of Gentile spouses hurried to the Rosenstrasse in protest, and a chant broke out, "Give us back our husbands."

The spouses and an assistant to Goebbels were interviewed by Stoltzfus, and he depicts Nazis, who were more concerned with public opinion and Germans who were willing to risk their own lives to save some Jews.

The protest lasted for one week and Berlin police and uniformed SS scattered the women with threats of death. Again and again, the women regrouped and advanced in solidarity until they won, facing down Hitler's genocidal policy and securing the release of their loved ones.


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