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Neo-Nazis March in Berlin During Katsav's Visit

By Israeli Faxx News Sources

German neo-Nazis marched in Berlin on Monday to protest the visit of Israeli President Moshe Katsav, compounding awkwardness for a German government already under pressure to supply military hardware to its ally. About 100 supporters of the far-right NPD party gathered in freezing temperatures on Monday evening, holding banners reading "Hands off Palestine - No German Weapons for Israel." About 400 counter demonstrators gathered around a police cordon to show support for Israel. Police say there is no law to prevent the march.


Israel Warns Arafat Not To Go To Bethlehem

By VOA News

A spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that Yasir Arafat should not try to attend Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Raanan Gissin said the Palestinian leader should stay home because Christmas is a festival of peace, and Arafat has done nothing to advance the cause of peace. But he stopped short of saying Israel would bar Arafat from the city.

Last year, Israel prevented Arafat from attending midnight Mass in Bethlehem that tradition holds to be the birthplace of Jesus. The Associated Press reported that Palestinians are warning of an escalation in tensions if Israel again stops Arafat from attending. Arafat began attending the mass in Bethlehem after the city was turned over to Palestinian control in the mid-1990s.

Meanwhile, in Monday violence, Israeli troops shot and killed a mentally disabled Palestinian man near a military checkpoint in the West Bank. Military officials say soldiers opened fire after the man refused to identify himself and started running. Palestinian security officials say Israel troops also killed a Palestinian woman near Nablus.


Thousands Search For 22-Month-Old Girl

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The two-day-old search continues for the toddler Hodayah Kedem-Fimshtein. She was last seen late Saturday morning in her father's home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat HaYovel.

One hundred fifty Jewish Agency workers, hundreds of new immigrants from absorption centers, 140 Civil Guard workers from the south, and many more, have joined the thousands of volunteer searchers from all over the country.

At the same time, in the case of the missing 5-year-old girl - Nur Abu Tir - from an Arab village east of Jerusalem, police are turning their attention to a family feud and relatives who may have been involved in her abduction - though the search for her goes on as well. Police have ruled out any connection between the two cases. Police on Monday questioned a woman of the Abu Tir family in connection with Nur's disappearance.

Rabbi David Simchon, the neighborhood rabbi of Kiryat HaYovel and the man responsible for security and emergency measures in the Jerusalem municipality, said, "The searches have expanded to nearby neighborhoods, but basically we are clueless and have nothing pointing in any specific direction. I can say, however, that in times of trouble such as these, when a little girl disappears, all of Am Yisrael comes out to help, from every sector... There is no stone that has not been overturned twice... The criminal angle is also being investigated..."

Regarding a letter allegedly written to the child by her father about their souls meeting soon in heaven, the rabbi said, "I have not seen such a letter, nor has anyone here. I think it is just a rumor." The police, too, attribute no importance to the allegations of a letter.

Investigators Monday continued to question Eli Fimshtein, father of the missing toddler. The father was taken away Sunday for further questioning by police and underwent a lie detector test, the results of which were indecisive.

The parents have jointly promised a "very respectable monetary award" and no punishment to whomever returns the child or provides clear information leading to her safe return. The girl's mother said that she has absolutely no suspicions that her former husband would hurt their child.


Kenya Offers Cash Reward for Info on Bombing Suspects

By Alisha Ryu (VOA-Nairobi)

Police in Kenya are offering a substantial cash reward for information about two men suspected of taking part in last month's attacks in the coastal city of Mombassa. They are offering nearly $6,300, a huge sum of money in Kenya, for information that can help identify the two men they believe were involved in the attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner on Nov. 28.

Senior Police Chief William Langat released black-and-white, computer-generated images of the suspects. The men are believed to be between 30 and 45-years-old. One of the men is shown with a full beard, thick eyebrows and some hair loss. The other man is mostly bald. Langat said the images are based on eyewitness descriptions.

On Sunday, the al-Qaeda terrorist organization reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing at an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombassa and the failed attempt to simultaneously shoot down an Israeli airliner with shoulder-launched missiles. The bombing killed 13 Kenyans and three Israelis.

In a statement posted on the Internet, leading al-Qaeda member, Sulaiman Bu Ghaith, vowed even more lethal strikes against Israel and its chief ally, the United States. He said that al-Qaeda would continue to target Israeli and U.S. installations and facilities all over the world. The former Muslim cleric is believed to be a close associate of al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, and is among the men being vigorously pursued by the United States.


San Francisco Supermarket Bows to Arab Pressure and Removes Israeli Products

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that certain departments of the co-op Rainbow Grocery have removed Israeli-made products from their shelves. The existing partial ban on Israeli-made goods, imposed by the proprietors of Rainbow's packaged-food and bulk-food departments, is causing controversy both inside and outside the Folsom Street store, the Chronicle reported. This marks the first time such action was reported in a U.S. supermarket.

There have been similar unsuccessful attempts in Europe, particularly on products manufactured across the Green Line. A few Israeli-made packaged foods including gelt, the chocolate coins popular at Chanukah, were removed from the store's shelves about a year ago, a spokesman admitted. The move was largely unnoticed until recently, when customers began looking for the candy ahead of the holidays, he said.

In Rainbow's nontraditional, decentralized organization, departments within the 27-year-old co-op act autonomously. The spokesman said that most departments have decided so far to continue carrying Israeli-made products such as sea salt, herbal remedies and candles. Kosher and Jewish products made outside Israel are not among the products under discussion.

A storewide boycott of Israeli-made goods would require a 51 percent vote of worker-members. The store has about 200 employees, 175 of whom have voting privileges. For several months, the Justice in Palestine Coalition of the Bay Area has been pushing Rainbow Grocery to remove all Israeli-made products from its shelves as soon as possible, coalition member Eyad Kishawi said. The coalition wants similar actions taken by about 30 other Bay Area businesses it considers socially and politically progressive, as a show of support for Palestinians and to minimize financial support for Israeli exporters.

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