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>JN March 18, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 51
Jewish Leaders Disappointed by Vatican Declaration
By Arutz-7 News Service
Many Jewish leaders throughout the world have expressed
disappointment at the contents of the Vatican's declaration on the
Holocaust, which was published Monday. Israel's Chief Rabbi
Yisrael Meir Lau announced his reaction to the declaration and
demanded an "explicit apology for the shameful attitude of the
Rabbi Leon Klenicki, director of interfaith affairs in the
Anti-Defamation League, said that the new document -- promised to
Jewish groups over 10 years ago -- is very disappointing in
comparison with its earlier versions. He said that the Vatican is
attempting to cover up the silence of Pope Pius XII during the
Abraham Foxman, director of the ADL, said that the document took
very little responsibility for the church's history of teaching
contempt for Jews. "We are perplexed how the Vatican, under the
leadership of Pope John Paul II, could have finalized a document
that lags behind the unequivocal statements [of apology] of the
German and French bishops."
Rabbi Eliyahu Touaff, Chief Rabbi of Rome, expressed approval of
Farrakhan Excommunicated in Muslim Ruling
By Arutz-7 News Service
The Board of Clergymen of the Italian Muslim Association issued a
ruling on March 7, excommunicating Louis Farrakhan and his "Nation
of Islam" movement.
Root and Branch reports that the religious ruling states, "Everyone
who belongs to the 'Nation of Islam' is in fact not a Muslim, but
a non-believer. Muslims must declare this truth, and each one of
them who keeps silent while listening to Mr. Farrakhan being
called a 'Moslem leader' is sinning."
The ruling is based on Farrakhan's teaching that Allah appeared in
the form of a human being named Fareed Muhammad, which "is a clear
contradiction of the monotheistic faith (Tawhid)."
Israelis Say Cook is Pro-Palestinian
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
israel's prime minister has cut short his talks with British
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, charging that the British official
broke an agreement to tour a controversial Israeli building site
accompanied only by Israeli officials.
The Israelis are showing their anger against Cook. Arriving at
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, he was told that
instead of three hours of talks over dinner, they would talk one
hour without dinner. The Israelis charge that Cook broke an
agreement to visit the controversial Jerusalem building site the
Israelis call Har Homa, only with Israeli officials. Instead, Cook
also met Palestinians there.
The Israelis also charge that Cook has put Jerusalem in the center
of the negotiating table, while the Israel-Palestinian agreement
puts off talks about Jerusalem. And they say Cook -- representing
the European Union -- is taking a pro-Palestinian stance. A British
official said the Israeli reaction was grossly exaggerated.
Netanyahu to Address Christians in Orlando
By IINS News Service
Thousands of Christians and Jews will gather in Orlando, April
29-May 3, to celebrate Israel's Jubilee year as a nation, and to
take a strong stand against anti-Semitism. Among the highlights of
the conference will be an address by Israel's Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, who will speak to the estimated 18,000 people
at the Orange County Convention Center on Sunday, May 3, as part of
the closing festivities.
The Israel's Jubilee conference, which will reach a global audience
via satellite and Internet, is expected to be the largest gathering
of Christians and Jews ever convened in support of the State of
Israel. The event, which is being organized by Christian Alliance
for Israel, has been sanctioned by Israel's 50th Anniversary
Committee as an official part of the nation's birthday celebration.
Christian Alliance for Israel represents a coalition of individuals
and organizations who share a love for and commitment to Israel and
the Jewish people.
Ambassador Alan Keyes, who helped lead the successful effort in the
UN to repudiate the "Zionism is Racism" resolution, will be the
opening night keynote speaker. Also participating will be former
Time Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman; the 700 Club's Ben
Kinchlow; Rabbi Daniel Lapin, founder of Toward Tradition and host
of a nationally syndicated radio program; Jay Sekulow, chief
counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice; Jan Wilhelm
Van der Hoven of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem
and singer Glen Campbell.
Many prominent evangelical leaders also will be part of the
conference. Dr. John Hagee, pastor, broadcaster and author, and
Benny Hinn, who leads an international media ministry, are among
those who will address the conference. Popular Christian recording
artists, drama and dance troupes from across the United States will
For additional information, contact: 1-888-894-2927 for
registration or information.
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