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Yassin: Jewish State in Europe, Not in Israel
Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin proposes that Israel be replaced by a Jewish state
somewhere in Europe. In an interview with Der Spiegel in Germany, Yassin said that the
purpose of the "Palestinian struggle is so that all Palestinians can live on their
homeland... I am against a Jewish state on Palestinian land. The Jews should found a state
Hamas Planned Attacks in North America
A Canadian Hamas member planned to assassinate a senior Israeli official in the United
States, and target leaders of the American and Canadian Jewish communities as well.
A gag order was lifted Monday permitting the publication of the planned Hamas terrorist
attacks by Jamal Akal, 23, from Nutzeirat in Gaza, just south of Netzarim. He was taken
into Israeli custody five weeks ago. Akal was living in Canada for several years and
holds Canadian citizenship.
Security officials reported that he arrived in Gaza recently for what he reported was a
family visit. It was learned, however, that he was finalizing plans to assassinate a
senior Israeli official visiting the United States, as well as perpetrate other
Akal admitted to his interrogators that after arriving in Gaza, he met with Ahmed
Wahabe, a senior Hamas terrorist from Nutzeirat, who asked him if he could assist Hamas in
Canada. After Akal agreed, Wahabe instructed him to gather information via the media on
any senior Israeli official who might be arriving in the U.S., and to learn as much about
his itinerary as possible.
Wahabe also asked Akal to attack members of the U.S. and Canadian Jewish communities,
either by shooting or by bombing their homes and/or cars. "New York is an easy place to
find Jews," Wahabe said, and advised him to train with an M-16 rifle. Wahabe also told
Akal to contact people in the mosques in which he prayed in Canada, and raise funds,
ostensibly for the families of suicide bombers. In actuality, however, the funds would be
used for purchasing a weapon and financing his expenses in monitoring his prospective
targets and in perpetrating the attacks.
Three days before Akal was due to return to Canada, Wahabe contacted him again, taught
him how to use an M-16, and practiced with him near Netzarim. Wahabe also gave Akal
theoretical and practical instruction in making bombs.
Experts Ponder Impact of Failed Palestinian Ceasefire Talks
By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)
Sunday's failed ceasefire talks among Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo have
political analysts and senior government officials in the region pondering what the
eventual impact of that failure might be.
Not only did the three and a half days of meetings fail to produce agreement to halt
hostilities against Israel, Palestinian sources said no agreements of any kind were
reached among the Palestinian factions. According to the head of the al-Quds Center for
Political Studies in Amman, Jordan, Uraib el-Rantawi, that failure could spell bad news
for the Palestinian people.
"It is a step back for the Palestinians," said el-Rantawi. "It is a bad signal, the
failure to reach an agreement. It is a very bad signal for the public opinion among the
Palestinians themselves. This will give the right-wing government in Israel an excuse not
to go ahead with the peace process, [not] to comply with the road map agenda. And I think
this will bring pressure on the Palestinian authority to take care about those factions
and to go ahead with its agenda to secure the situation in Palestine."
The meeting of the Palestinian factions was hosted by the Egyptian government. The
spokesman for the 22-member Arab League in Cairo, Hossam Zaki, said Palestinians would
never be able to agree to halt hostilities, unless Israel provides assurances it is
willing to do the same.
"We have to bear in mind that this is not a dialogue in a vacuum," explained Zaki.
"This is a dialogue that has to be taken in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict, which means that there's another side to the equation. And the equation is not
only Palestinian, it is Palestinian-Israeli. And as long as Israel is not committed to
anything, there is no real hope that the Palestinian factions can reach a sustainable kind
of deal on the freeze of their activities."
While Israeli officials have insisted only an end to all Palestinian hostilities could
pave the way for a mutual ceasefire agreement, they have also said they are willing to
scale back military operations in the territories, as long as the relative quiet of recent
The spokesman for the Arab League said that, while the Palestinian factions failed to
reach any agreements, the fact they were willing to gather for such a high level meeting
should be seen as a desire among Palestinians to achieve peace.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia had hoped the factions would agree to halt
attacks against Israel, so he could take such an agreement to the bargaining table with
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Officials for both prime ministers have been meeting
in an effort to arrange a summit between the two men.
Egyptian Library Pulls Protocols; Lies About It
Egypt's Alexandria Library, renovated recently by UNESCO, had included in its display
of manuscripts of Judaism, along with Torah scrolls and other items, the anti-Semitic
tract, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. However, following media attention, the item
was removed from the display.
The Alexandria Library director, Ismail Siraj A-Din, said that it was a mistake to have
displayed it and that it was only shown "as a curiosity." He denied that it was displayed
alongside Torah scrolls.
However, according to an interview with the manuscript museum director, Dr. Yusuf
Zeidan, in the Nov. 17, 2003, edition of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Usbu, he "decided
immediately to place it next to the Torah. Although it is not a monotheistic holy book, it
has become one of the sacred [tenets] of the Jews, next to their first constitution, their
religious law, [and] their way of life. In other words, it is not merely an ideological or
AG Orders probe into Street Nudity Promo
By Baruch Kra, Ha'aretz Correspondent
Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein ordered the police to launch an investigation of
individuals involved in the sales promotion campaign for the Kenvelo clothing company on
Monday. The organizers of the campaign are suspected of enticing young men and women into
undressing on a public stage in exchange for a free pair of pants or a shirt.
Kenvelo launched its campaign under the slogan, "A shirt for a shirt; pants for pants."
A few weeks ago, the company erected a platform in Sheinkin Street in Tel Aviv, and called
on passers-by to step up, remove their clothes and, in return, receive shirts and pants
from the company. Many of the passers-by went along with the promotion, got up on the
stage and undressed.
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