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Hamas: We Will Use Jewish Skulls to Build a Bridge to Heaven by Israel Faxx News Services

The Hamas website ( published a banner Monday, encouraging the murder of Jews as part of Jihad (Holy War). The banner depicted an eagle pecking at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's severed head with the slogan: "We will use the skulls of Zion's sons (Jews) to build a bridge to Heaven." The banner was signed in the name of the Iz A Din Al Kassam Brigades, which is the military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization.

Israel Investigates Security Leaks

By VOA News

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the country's Shin Beth security service to investigate several senior government officials after sensitive information was leaked from high-level talks with Washington. Israeli news reports said Sharon ordered the investigation after U.S. officials angrily complained about the leaks.

Those being questioned by Shin Beth include National Security Advisor Ephraim Halevy, and Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon. The leaked information was published in the influential newspaper "Haaretz" the day after the Nov. 16 strategic talks in Washington between top Israeli and U.S. officials concerning possible war with Iraq.

Haaretz reported that U.S. officials asked Israel not to retaliate if Iraq fires missiles into Israeli territory after a U.S. attack. The newspaper also printed a story about the Israeli agenda for the Washington talks five days before the dialogue opened. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage reportedly showed the Israelis a copy of the newspaper and angrily asked why they are bothering to meet if Haaretz already published the details.

The United States has promised to protect Israel from an Iraqi attack, but Israel said it would strike back if Iraq fired missiles into its territory.

'Quartet' to Discuss Middle East Peace

By David Gollust (VOA-State Department)

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz met Secretary of State Colin Powell Monday as the Bush administration prepares to host, on Friday, a meeting of the international "quartet" on Middle East peace. The four parties are the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

The Bush administration has consulted with a succession of Arab, Palestinian and Israeli officials in advance of the "quartet" meeting, which is aimed at further refining a so-called "roadmap" for an Israeli-Palestinian peace by 2005. Israel has pressed the United States not to release the plan until after its elections on Jan. 28, and the Bush administration has discouraged speculation that the four-way meeting Friday would produce a final document.

In a talk with reporters after a 45-minute meeting with Powell, Mofaz said Israel's objective is to return to peace talks, but only if the Palestinians changed leaders and cracked down on terrorism.

"From our perspective, the main goal is to bring back the Palestinians to the table of negotiations. And for bringing the Palestinians to the table of negotiations, there are two main preconditions. The first one is to change, or to elect, or to choose the Palestinian leadership according to President Bush's speech on June 24. And the second issue is that the Palestinians will fight effectively against the terror activity and will stop terror activity. And then I believe that we will be able to sit around the table of negotiations and to move forward to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

The former Israeli military chief of staff said the meeting with Powell also covered international terrorism, and what Mofaz said he believed was the likelihood of a U.S.-led military conflict with Iraq. Asked if Israel would respond if attacked by Iraq as it was in the Gulf War a decade ago, Mofaz said Israel was not part of the equation in the crisis with Iraq. But he said if Israel were attacked, it has the right to defend itself.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, European Union chief diplomat Javier Solana and Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov are to join Powell for Friday's quartet meeting. According to a draft published in October, their peace roadmap provides specific benchmarks toward a Middle East peace including the possible creation of a Palestinian state with provisional borders by the end of next year.

Terrorism Survivors Sue Hamas and P.A. For NIS 176 Million


The surviving children of the Gavish family, whose parents, grandfather and older brother were murdered in a March terror attack, have brought suit in the Jerusalem District Court against the Hamas terrorist organization and the Palestinian Authority. The civil suit demands damages in the amount of NIS 176 million.

On March 28, 2002, the second night of Passover, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Gavish family's home in the central Shomron community of Elon Moreh. He opened fire against whomever he saw in the home, murdering the parents Rachel and David, the grandfather Yitzchak Kanner, and an older brother Avraham. Other family members escaped the attacker by fleeing from an upstairs window or by hiding under a table. Security personnel eventually killed the terrorist.

The survivors - six orphans of Rachel and David between the ages of 14 and 23, as well as Avraham's wife and 2-year-old daughter - are plaintiffs in the suit, which was brought by attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center.

The attorney told Arutz-7's Yosef Zalmanson that though there are about 10 other such suits underway at present in Israel and abroad, "this is the first time that Hamas is being sued." She explained that the PA is just as culpable as Hamas: "The Palestinian Authority permits Hamas' terrorist leadership and its members to be based in the territory under its control and gives them complete freedom of operation. Throughout the past two years, Arafat and the Hamas worked together to perpetrate a steady stream of infiltrations, shootings and suicide bombings against Israeli civilians."

Jewish Girl Attacked in NYC School


New York City Police confirmed a Dec. 12 attack in NYC's Intermediate School 259, in the Dycker Heights section of the city, in which an Arab girl attacked a 13-year-old Jewish student.

While police have not labeled the attack a 'hate crime,' Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind has spoken with the victim's family and he is certain the victim was targeted because she is a Jew. Hikind added, "They were chanting Jew! Jew! Jew!" the New York Post reported.

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