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Jewish Agency Chairman Comments on Situation in France
Following a call from French Chief Rabbi Joseph Sitruk that Jews refrain from weapon a
kippah visibly outdoors, Jewish Agency Chairman Sallai Meridor stated that 60 years after
the events in Europe we once again find Jews might not walk about freely without fear.
Meridor decried the situation in France, calling upon the European community to take a
long hard look at current realities. Sitruk is advising Jews not to display their religion
outwardly in the hope of avoiding being targeted in anti-Semitic attacks.
Ex-IDF Intelligence Chief Makes Case Against Geneva Plan
Gen. Yaakov Amidror, a religious Jew who headed IDF Military Intelligence, has
condemned the Geneva plan in Ha'aretz. He noted a number of dangerous concessions proposed
by Yossi Beilin and the other Israelis who helped formulate the plan, including the ceding
of the Temple Mount, which he said clearly indicates that the "Jewish nation is giving up
on the center of its national identity, and giving it to its competitors who claim
ownership of the land."
Amidror also bemoaned the willingness to give up almost all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza,
especially the Ariel area, which "greatly increases the number of Israelis who will have
to be evacuated or expelled from their homes... and leaves [Israel's] central region
exposed to every threat."
The ex-intelligence chief wrote that the "unspoken" concession is that of "any security
arrangements," noting that the two "isolated and worthless warning stations" called for by
the Geneva plan are but a "wretched remnant of Yitzchak Rabin's demand for a military
border on the Jordan River," and that the defense arrangements are even worse than those
the PA agreed to during the Barak period.
Other points raised by Amidror: All of Israel's security demands have been traded for a
foreign military force and declarations of cooperation. No Israeli force in the Jordan
Valley or along Egyptian border to prevent terrorist infiltrations, or at crossings or
seaports to prevent arms smuggling. No Israeli rights to act against terrorists. If the
agreement falls apart, Israel will be in a much worse position than at present. Israel is
at the mercy of international arbitrators regarding the number of Arab "refugees" who may
"return" to Israel. An Israeli promise to memorialize the Arab villages that existed
before 1948. The plan obligates Israel to withdraw even if Palestinian terrorism
continues. Israel recognizes PA water rights, but not vice-versa. The PA is granted a
territorial corridor between Judea and Gaza, via which it can transport tanks.
The Geneva plan allows for "Special Cemetery Arrangements" enabling Palestinian access
to a cemetery in the German Colony neighborhood of western Jerusalem, on the central
thoroughfare Emek Refaim St. Ten weeks ago, a Palestinian terrorist blew himself up at a
cafe on that street.
In the meantime, however, the Supreme Court has nullified a ban by Israel's two
broadcasting authorities on commercials on behalf of the Geneva document. Supreme Court
President Aharon Barak headed a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the Geneva plan
initiators and against the regulations disallowing commercials on political issues.
Istanbul Shaken Following Explosions That Killed 27
By Amberin Zaman (VOA-Istanbul) & Ha'aretz
At least 27 people were killed and more than 450 wounded in Istanbul Thursday when
bomb-laden trucks slammed into the British Consulate and a branch of a London-based bank.
Among the victims was British Consul-General Roger Short. The attacks come just five days
after suicide bombers attacked two synagogues in the city, killing at least 26 people and
wounding 200 more.
Shards of shattered glass and jagged pieces of metal could be seen strewn for hundreds
of yards - scenes similar to those of Saturday's synagogue attacks. Eyewitnesses say they
saw a smoldering mountain of rubble seven feet high in front of the British Consulate,
where a police booth once stood. A policeman at the scene said he saw a green pick-up
truck pull up in front of the consulate just minutes before the attack.
Turkish interior minister, Abdulkadir Aksu, said there were similarities with
Saturday's suicide bombings of two Istanbul synagogues. A group with links to the al-Qaida
terror network claimed responsibility for those attacks. A man calling the semiofficial
Anatolia news agency claimed that al-Qaida and the militant Islamic Great Eastern Raiders'
Front, or IBDA-C, jointly claimed responsibility for attacks.
Turkish authorities established the identities of the suicide bombers at the synagogues
as Turkish citizens who had links with a local Islamic terrorist organization called
Hezbollah. The group has no connection with its Lebanese namesake, but reportedly received
training and equipment from Iran.
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Thursday that Turkey will defeat
terrorists and he deplored the timing of the attacks, during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
"Those who bloodied this holy day and massacred innocent people will account for it in
both worlds," he said. "They will be damned until eternity."
Jewish Talk Show Host Targeted by U.S. Islamic Group
A controversial Islamic organization in America is campaigning against the popular
Jewish radio psychologist, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, for what they term an "anti-Muslim
tirade" on her program this week. Schlessinger, whose syndicated call-in talk show is
listened to by 12 million Americans, "crossed the line from legitimate commentary on
terrorism to Islamophobic bigotry," accused the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
The comments, on Dr. Laura's program Monday, came in response to a mother who asked
whether her 16-year-old daughter should take part in a Catholic high school class's field
trip to a local mosque. The visit was part of a "moral themes" class that aimed to help
students learn how "Muslims are treated" in the United States.
Schlessinger told the mother, "This is a class on morals. What is the point of going to
a mosque? ... You're joking, of course... How many Americans have tortured and murdered
Muslims? I think you ought to stand up against this class and this teacher. This is
despicable. You tell him you are willing to go to the mosque only if it is one that has
done its best to rout out terrorists in its midst instead of complaining.
"I am horrified that you would let her go. I am so sick and tired of all the
Arab-American groups whining and complaining about some kind of treatment. What culture
and what religion were all the murderers of 9-11? They murdered us. That's the culture you
want your daughter to learn about?"
In a statement, CAIR said last year it asked Schlessinger to clarify her claim there is
a "Muslim plan" to take over the world. The group's communications director, Ibrahim
Hooper, said, "Dr. Laura's anti-Muslim tirade demonstrates a level of hostility toward
Islam that should be of concern to her program's audience and sponsors."
"It has been our experience that one-on-one interactions with ordinary American Muslims
are the best way to dispel Islamophobic stereotypes and promote religious tolerance,"
Hooper said. "It is a pity that Dr. Laura would interfere with that learning process by
dissuading a student from visiting a mosque."
However, CAIR itself has helped cast doubt on Muslim groups that purport to be
mainstream promoters of peace and tolerance, reports WorldNetDaily. CAIR is a spin-off of
the Islamic Association For Palestine, or IAF, identified as a "front group" for the
terrorist organization Hamas, according to two former heads of the FBI's counter-terrorism
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