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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 pope."

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 Holocaust period.

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 the declaration.


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 perform.

For additional information, contact: 1-888-894-2927 for registration or information.


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