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Thousands Of Anti-Semitic Internet Sites Found on Internet
A report by the Wiesenthal Center reports that there are approximately 4,000
anti-Semitic sites operating on the Internet. The report notes also that the majority of
these sites are based in the U.S. with a minority operating from South America and
Tel Aviv Suicide Bomber Kills Three
By VOA News & Ha'aretz
At least three people were killed and 35 others were wounded, five seriously, by a
suicide bomber who blew himself up at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning at a beachfront pub
on Herbert Samuel Street in Tel Aviv.
The pub, "Mike's Place," is located on Tel Aviv's beachfront, close to the United
States embassy, and is popular with tourists. The embassy was not damaged in the
The terrorist set off the explosives at the entrance to the pub after the security
guard on the door physically prevented him from entering; Army Radio quoted eyewitnesses
Ten people who were lightly hurt received medical attention at the scene. The rest of
the wounded were evacuated to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and Wolfson Medical Center in
The blast came hours after the Palestinians approved their first prime minister,
Mahmoud Abbas, who has promised to dismantle Palestinian terrorist groups.
Abbas Approved as First Palestinian Prime Minister
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian parliament has approved Mahmoud Abbas as the first prime minister. The
decision clears the way for the U.S. government to present a long-promised new
international peace plan for the Middle East. The Palestinian Legislative Council endorsed
Abbas' cabinet at a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah by a vote of 51 to 18, with
Lawmakers cheered the result before kissing and congratulating Abbas, the first
Palestinian prime minister, who declared himself happy with Palestinian democracy. The new
cabinet, to be sworn in Wednesday, is the result of intense international pressure on
Palestinian Chairman Yasir Arafat to give up some of his powers and implement democratic
Ordinary Palestinians, who say they want an end to corruption and mismanagement within
the Palestinian Authority, also pushed for change. The ministers in the new cabinet
include both critics of Arafat and loyalists from within his Fatah faction, the dominant
group in the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Before the vote, Abbas, who is also known as Abu Mazen, repeated his opposition to
terrorist attacks on Israelis. In his first policy speech, he denounced terrorism and
promised to control militant groups and illegal weapons. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan
Shalom cautiously welcomed his address, saying it was a good start.
But militant groups, including Hamas, immediately rejected any attempt to disarm them,
saying they would continue to launch attacks against Israelis. Senior Hamas official Abed
el-Aziz Rantisi stated the terror organization would continue, "to defend our land against
the occupational Zionist forces."
Abbas also called for the removal of all Israeli settlements from the West Bank and
Gaza, and for the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The White House has welcomed the vote of the Palestinian parliament and reaffirmed
President Bush's pledge to publish a Middle East roadmap to end the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. The plan is also supported by Russia, the European Union and the United
Abu Mazen Financed the Olympics Massacre in Munich
Abu Mazen is not as terrorism-free as might have been thought - and he is in fact
connected with one of the 20th century's most infamous terrorist crimes: the massacre of
11 Israeli athletes - including American citizen David Berger - at the Olympic Games in
Munich, Germany in 1972.
Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, long the treasurer of the PLO, was the man who
provided financing for that attack, according to information compiled by Israeli attorney
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center.
Darshan-Leitner told Arutz-7 that PA sources themselves told her that it is ridiculous
to claim that Abu Mazen was never involved in terrorism. In addition, Abu Daoud, who
masterminded the Munich attack, has said that Abu Mazen provided the funds to carry it
out. He made these charges in his autobiography, "Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich"
(published in French in 1999) and again in an interview last August in Sports Illustrated
magazine. Abu Daoud called Abu Mazen "the financier of our operation" - though he later
seemed to qualify this by saying that Abu Mazen did not know what the money was to be used
President Bush praised Abu Mazen last week as "a man dedicated to peace," and indicated
that he would soon invite him to the White House for talks.
Abu Daoud, in an interview about the Munich massacre for a film called "One Day in
September," admitted that Black September was merely the cover name adopted by Fatah
members when they wanted to carry out terrorist attacks. WorldNetDaily.com reported that
the PLO terrorist murderer recalled how Arafat and Abu Mazen both wished him luck and
kissed him when he set about organizing the Munich attack.
Canonization of Queen Isabella Moves Ahead
By Telegraph Group Limited
Spain's Roman Catholic bishops plan to petition the pope to canonize Queen Isabella of
Castile, one of history's most vilified monarchs; one who decreed the eradication of one
of history's most vibrant Jewish communities and created the dreaded Inquisition
Senior churchmen led by Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, the Archbishop of Madrid, have
revived a campaign asking that Queen Isabella be beatified, the first step towards being
made a saint. They hope for her to be beatified next year to mark the 500th anniversary of
The newspaper El Mundo reflected a widely held view in Spain that a key impediment to
Isabella's beatification cause is Jews wielding influence in high places -- and not just
in the secular ambit. "The worldwide Jewish lobby, which apparently has much influence in
the Vatican, doesn't look favorably on the beatification," the newspaper said.
Detractors say that the queen's policies were nothing less than genocidal, leading to
the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula and the destruction of indigenous
cultures in Latin America. After a century of pogroms against Jews, Isabella and Ferdinand
ended the "Golden Age" of Spanish Jewry, which had produced great minds such as Maimonides
and Yehuda Halevi and some of the first kabalistic writings.
The monarchs" gave an estimated 100,000 Jews remaining in Spain in 1492 the choice of
conversion or flight. And they established the Inquisition, which condemn heretics and
"judaizers" to torture or death in the infamous auto da fe, or burning at the stake.
During her tempestuous 15th century reign, Isabella conquered much of Latin America for
the Vatican, ended the 700-year presence of Moors and Jews on the Iberian Peninsula and
assured the hegemony of Castile and the Catholic Church in Spain.
"We have investigated every aspect of this controversial and fascinating woman and it
appears to be the time to abandon intransigence and see her in the context of her time and
environment," said Jose Delicado, the Archbishop of Vallodolid.
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