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Arabs attack Jews on Board Jordanian Royal Air Flight


Arabs attacked two Israeli brothers in their late twenties, Amir and Dror Gal, on a Jordanian Royal Air flight from Thailand. One of the victims explained that about six Arab passengers began shouting "Jew" and the mob then beat them for several minutes. At some point, security and flight officials escorted the attackers to their seats but they did not intervene for some time while the two were being beaten according to their version of the attack. The Gals stated they plan to file a complaint with police, adding that included among the attackers was at least one Hebrew speaking Arab, possibly an Israeli Arab they explained.

59 Percent of Europeans Say Israel is Threat to Peace

By VOA News & Ha'aretz

A new survey indicates nearly six out of 10 Europeans view Israel as a greater threat to world peace than North Korea, Iran or Afghanistan. Some of the findings of the poll, ordered by the European Commission, were published in the International Herald Tribune newspaper, ahead of its full release by the EC on Monday.

About 7,500 people across the European Union were given a list of 15 countries and asked if any of them present a threat to world peace. Israel was rated first, with 59 percent saying the Jewish state is a threat. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust, called the survey's results "shocking" and "racist," demonstrating that "anti-Semitism is deeply embedded within European society." Other countries considered a threat would not be named until Monday's release of the full report.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom rejected Sunday claims that "the greatest danger to world peace" was proof of European anti-Semitism. He said the poll reflects the over exposure of Israel in European media. "There's no comparing the amount of media exposure Israel gets in Europe compared to Iran or North Korea. The images broadcast from here have an impact, but we should not get exerted by it," he told Ha'aretz.

Israel Readies for General Strike

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israelis filled up their cars at gasoline stations on Sunday, after trade unionists cut fuel supplies ahead of a planned nationwide general strike. Israel's Federation of Trade Unions, the Histadrut, warned motorists on Sunday that fuel in gas stations across the country would run out by the end of the day.

The warning came ahead of a general strike scheduled to begin on Monday, after talks broke down between the unions and the government over planned cutbacks in the national budget. The planned strike is an intensification of industrial action that began four weeks ago, when Israeli government employees stopped answering telephones, and refused to receive members of the public at their offices. Starting Monday, the international airport will be closed, and all public transport will come to a halt. The trade unions are also planning to cut supplies of water and electricity.

Israel Eases Some Restrictions on Palestinians' Movement

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel allowed more than 6,000 Palestinian workers from the Gaza Strip to cross into the Jewish state on Sunday. The decision represents a continued easing of restrictions imposed on the Palestinians following a suicide bombing one month ago. Palestinian laborers lined up at the Erez Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip from dawn, and submitted to stringent security checks.

The workers, all older than 35, were given permits to go back to their jobs in Israel, ending a month-long ban that had denied them access to their employment. The move follows Israel's decision on Thursday also to allow more than 4,000 Palestinian laborers and merchants in the West Bank to go to work in Israel.

The easing of restrictions on Palestinians came in the wake of strong criticism from the head of the Israeli army, Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, who blamed the government for not trying to improve conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He said the continuing closures on both areas had been stirring Palestinian hatred, and setting the climate for more suicide bombings.

The strict closures began in September for the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, but were extended following a Palestinian suicide bombing at a restaurant in Haifa in October that killed 21 people. The restrictions meant that nearly three million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip could not travel to Israel, and many could not visit other Palestinian communities. Many Palestinian farmers were also prevented from reaching their fields to harvest olives, one of the area's staple commodities.

Israel says it has no wish to harm ordinary Palestinians, and imposes restrictions from time to time only to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers and other attackers from harming its citizens.

Plans to Bring 19,000 Falash Mura Home to Israel


Plans are in the works to bring thousands more Ethiopian Jews, currently suffering the ravages of famine, to Israel, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

In a meeting in Jerusalem this past month, Israeli government officials met with representatives of the Ethiopian community, Jewish humanitarian organizations and North American federation leaders who have rallied around the cause of Ethiopian Jewry - to figure out a way to assist the thousands of members of the Falash Mura still in Ethiopia.

The Falash Mura are the descendents of Jews who converted to Christianity, often under duress, and have returned to their Jewish roots in the past generation. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has recognized the Falash Mura as Jews.

Israel's Cabinet voted, last February, to expedite the Jewish verification process of the 19,000 Falash Mura remaining in Ethiopia so they could immigrate to Israel. Since 1998, Israel has brought about 2,500 Falash Mura immigrants each year. Since February, though, little progress has been made and the process of bringing the Ethiopian Jews home has stalled, prompting representatives of Ethiopian Jewry to blame Israel's interior minister, Shinui's Avraham Poraz, for the impasse. In Israel, advocates for the Ethiopians are pursuing legal action to force Poraz to accelerate the emigration process.

When 4,000 Falash Mura were brought to Israel in 1998, many thought they constituted the last group of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia, said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and a board member of the Jewish Agency and the Joint Distribution Committee. But then another 14,000 people turned up at the compounds in Addis Ababa and Gondar, and the Jewish relief operations in Ethiopia continued.

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