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Ohio State University Hosts Terrorist Conference
By Israel Faxx News Services
Ohio State University in Columbus will host the Third National Palestine Solidarity
Conference November 9-12. Efforts to remove the conference entirely or marginalize it
have thus failed. A great deal of pressure from Jewish organizations and individual donors
to OSU have failed to persuade President Karen A. Holbrook to change her mind that the
spewing of hatred and support of terrorism fall within the constitutional protection of
the right to Free Speech.
Sharon: Iran is 'Main Threat' to Israel
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon urged European MPs meeting in Jerusalem Monday to exert
pressure on Iran, charging that the country was the "main threat to Israel" and seeks to
"obtain weapons of mass destruction."
He also told the 150-strong assembly gathered at the Knesset that he appreciated
Europe's efforts in convincing Iran to let nuclear inspectors review its controversial
atomic activities, but urged caution. "Iran constitutes the main threat to Israel as it
publicly calls for the destruction of the state of Israel... Nuclear weapons in the hands
of Iran is maybe the greatest danger for us."
Sharon also charged that "Iran is sponsoring Palestinian terrorism, is active in the
Arab Israeli population and in Lebanon through Hizbullah," referring to the Lebanese
Shiite militia that forced Israel out of southern Lebanon in May 2000 after a 22-year
"Hizbullah has 11,000 rockets with a range capable of reaching northern Israel," he
said, hours before the militant group fired a barrage of artillery at Israeli military
positions in a disputed border area, causing no casualties. Israel responded by shelling
the outskirts of southern Lebanese villages.
Sharon also said that Iran, via Hizbullah, was "operating with the military arm" of
Fatah, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's party. "They get money, weapons, they get even
instructions... Hizbullah should be added to the European Union terrorist list." Hizbullah
is already on a State Department list of international terror organizations
Threat of Missile Attacks Diverted El Al Toronto Flights
Details of the two separate surface-to-air missile attack threats, that diverted the
same El Al aircraft twice as it flew both to and from Los Angeles via Toronto, were
reported by the Canadian press Sunday.
Canadian security officials told the Calgary Sun that the planes were advised to land
in Montreal and Hamilton due to a "serious and legitimate" threat against the El Al jet
involving a shoulder-fired missile attack on the tarmac that was to be launched from the
Toronto area. The official said a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile was to be used in
the attack. The police were tipped off by a phone call originating from within the Toronto
area as well. Canadian police are trying to trace the phone call but are unsure whether it
was made from a pay or cellular phone.
The Canadian mounted police are tracing the origins and destination of a German-made
rocket launcher, found by Canada Customs officers among 14 caches of weapons, entering the
country at a Canadian postal plant between April 2001 and March 2003. The weapon is
designed to be fired from a person's shoulder and can be outfitted with heat-seeking
Israeli officials trace the threat to Al-Qaida, and link it to a pattern of attacks on
aircrafts using shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles. The planes were diverted to
Montreal and then to Hamilton, where the Canadian mounted police escorted the passengers
Israel to Provide Services to Settlement Outposts
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Israeli government has agreed to provide basic services to eight settlement
outposts in the West Bank, despite earlier promises to remove illegal outposts as part of
the Roadmap peace plan.
Israel's Defense Ministry has confirmed that eight outposts will get electricity,
water, school and kindergarten services, and a security fence. Basic services and security
are provided to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, but not to small outposts
that do not have government authorization to exist.
The order to provide services to the eight outposts was outlined in a letter signed by
the defense minister's advisor on settlements, Ron Schechner. The daily newspaper, Yediot
Achronot, calls the decision a whitewashing of illegal settlement outposts. Schechner told
Israeli media the decision to provide services does not mean the outposts are legal or
will stay there forever. He said that would be up to the politicians to decide.
During the initial phase of the internationally backed Roadmap for Peace, Israel was to
dismantle dozens of illegal settlement outposts that have been set up since March 2001. A
few, mostly uninhabited, sites were dismantled amid great publicity, but the process
quickly stalled and new small outposts have sprung up.
Palestinian cabinet minister Saeb Erekat said the Defense Ministry decision shows that
Israel continues to defy the Roadmap and remains intent on extending its occupation of
Palestinian land. The Israeli group Peace Now, which also monitors settlement activity,
called the move a blatant breach of the road map.
Just last week, Israel announced it would take bids to build more than 300 apartments
in existing West Bank settlements. Under the Roadmap Israel is to freeze all settlement
activity, but Israeli officials have said the government will not move ahead with
implementing the Roadmap until the Palestinians stop militant attacks and dismantle
Holocaust Hero Schindler Honored in Poland
The Jewish community in Poland honored German industrialist Oskar Schindler on Monday
by putting a commemorative plaque on a factory where he employed Jews during World War II
to save them from death in Nazi camps. Schindler, portrayed in Steven Spielberg's
Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List," saved 1,200 Krakow Jews from deportations to death
camps such as Auschwitz which Nazi German occupiers ran in Poland between 1940 and
"It seems to me I'm dreaming when I think I have lived to witness this moment," said
Eugenia Manor, born Wolfeiler, one of the Jews saved by Schindler. "He saved not only us,
but future generations, our children and grandchildren," the 77-year-old Manor told
reporters during a ceremony to unveil the plaque.
The plaque, founded by the Jewish community in Krakow and students of the U.S. Albion
College, was put on Schindler's old "Emalia" factory, which produced kitchenware for
German troops fighting on the eastern front. The plaque bears an inscription from the
Talmud: "He who saves one life saves the whole world."
Schindler managed to convince Nazi German authorities, often with bribes, that the Jews
he employed must not be sent to concentration camps because there were useful in his
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