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Hamas: We Will Use Jewish Skulls to Build a Bridge to Heaven by Israel Faxx News
The Hamas website (www.palestine-info.info) 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
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 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
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
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