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The June 17 issue will be our final issue before we move to Florida. Israel Faxx will
resume publication on June 23.
Yad Vashem: "No Holocaust in Romania" Claims are False
Yad Vashem announced its objection to the Romanian government's recent statement that
there was "no Holocaust inside Romanian borders between the years 1940-1945." Yad Vashem
emphasized that this statement was false, "especially in light of the fact that the murder
of Jews in greater Romania during the Holocaust has already been established." In fact,
420,000 Jews were murdered in greater Romania during the Holocaust years.
In a book published by Yad Vashem, Dr. John Ancel reported that the "Romanian
government in Bucharest, together with the Romanian army and the Romanian police, bear
direct responsibility for the murder of a large number of the Jews in greater Romania
during World War II."
Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev said, "The information is based on documents that were
collected from archives worldwide, including archives in Romania that are now located at
Yad Vashem and available to researchers. It is difficult to believe that a country which
endeavors to establish a democratic regime would present such a distorted version of
Palestinian Cease-Fire Talks End without Deal
By Larry James (VOA-Jerusalem)
Efforts to reach a formal ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups have
hit a snag. Palestinian militants ended two days of meetings in the Gaza Strip with
Egyptian negotiators, without agreeing to a ceasefire.
Egyptian mediators failed to get the militants to agree to a ceasefire, despite reports
that the U.S. has given its assurance that Israel would stop targeted killings of
Palestinians suspected of terrorism. Hamas leader Ismail Abu Shinab said after the meeting
broke up that now is not the time for a truce.
But Palestinian officials remained hopeful that a ceasefire could be agreed to soon.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said he hoped to get some answers from the
militant factions by Tuesday. The militants have said they would only consider suspending
their attacks if Israel promised to halt military strikes, including targeted
They also said they would only observe such a ceasefire in Israel proper and not in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Egyptian mediators have invited the militant factions to
continue their discussions later this week in Cairo.
Meanwhile, Israel's parliament gave its support to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent
statement that a peace settlement would be impossible, unless the Palestinian Authority
cracked down on militants. After a tumultuous session, the parliament voted 57-42 for a
non-binding resolution in support of the Sharon position.
Sharon told his Cabinet on Sunday that Israel would continue targeting, what he termed,
ticking bombs, a reference taken to mean militants about to carry out attacks. Foreign
Minister Silvan Shalom also rejected the idea of a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, saying
Palestinian security forces have to dismantle militias, as required by the so-called road
map peace plan.
Abbas Seeks Truce With Palestinian Militants
By VOA News
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is in Gaza where he will press Palestinian
militants to end attacks against Israel. Palestinian officials said Abbas would use
Tuesday's talks to persuade militant leaders to accept a ceasefire with Israel.
On Monday, Egyptian mediators ended two days of talks with Palestinian militants in
Gaza without reaching a ceasefire deal. Speaking after the meetings, a leader of the
militant group, Hamas, said a truce is not possible as long as Israel continues military
strikes against its leaders.
For its part, Israel said its forces would continue striking Hamas targets until attacks
on Israel stop. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the Israeli parliament Monday he has
ruled out a peace deal until the Palestinian Authority cracks
'The Aliyah Revolution Has Begun'
Leading religious leaders from the three major denominations of American Jewry have
issued statements calling for mass Aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel) from the United
One recent statement was issued in the context of encouragement bestowed upon the
hundreds of North American olim (immigrants to Israel) who are slated to arrive in the
Holy Land this summer with the help of Nefesh b'Nefesh, an organization seeking to
revitalize North American Aliyah by removing the financial, professional, and logistical
obstacles that prevent many "would-be" olim from fulfilling their dream.
"There are many ways for the Jewish community to connect with Israel and to contribute
to the well being of the Jewish state. Of all these expressions though, fulfilling the
mitzvah (biblical commandment) of aliyah is the highest manifestation of Zionism. This
decision, during these challenging times in Israel, is especially admirable. May God give
you strength to succeed in this most important commitment. We pray that you and your
family will enjoy living in the Jewish home in peace and success. Together we congratulate
you for your admirable decision."
The statement was signed by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, head of the Union of Orthodox
Jewish Congregations of America, Rabbi Jerome Epstein, head of the United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism and Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of the Reform Union of American Hebrew
That statement joins a previously released proclamation organized by Kumah - Americans
Return to Zion, a grassroots organization dedicated to encouraging and facilitating mass
aliyah to Israel by all Jews of the exile. The statement, signed by leading orthodox
rabbinic leaders, said:
"Our Rabbis learned: One should always live in Eretz Yisrael, even in a city whose
majority is idolaters, and he should not live outside Eretz Yisrael, even in a city with a
Jewish majority."(Talmud, Tractate Ketuvot p.110b)
Various Roshei Yeshiva (heads of Talmudic academies) urged all Jews to seriously
consider making aliyah. "We believe that a massive return to our eternal homeland will
contribute greatly to an alleviation of all demographic, economic and religious problems
in Israel today. We urge the entire Jewish Diaspora, particularly the younger generation,
to begin viewing aliyah as a goal rather than an option."
Nefesh b'Nefesh brought 550 Jews on aliyah last summer and is expecting to triple that
number this summer with three planeloads of North American Jews arriving over the coming
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