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Muslim Cleric Names First Child 'Saddam Hussein'


Undeterred by the fate of the captured Iraqi dictator, an Indonesian Muslim cleric has named his first child Saddam Hussein. Imam Asyrofi Alfarisi, from Bandar Lampung city in south Sumatra, gave the name to his first child, a son who was born on Monday. "The full name will be Ahmad Saddam Hussein," Alfarisi said according to a report Tuesday by the state Antara news agency. Alfarisi, 38, said the decision "was not just a fad" but so that his son will become "brave and good." Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim-populated nation.

PA: Israeli Instigation Behind Attack On Maher


In an interview with the Gulf-based satellite news station Al-Jazeera, Nabil Sha'ath, foreign affairs representative for the Palestinian Authority, insinuated that the attack by Arab worshippers on Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher on the Temple Mount was the product of instigation by Israel.

At first, Sha'ath told the Al-Jazeera interviewer "We are not completely certain about who is behind this incident, or what their objectives are, or what kind of message they wish to convey." However, when asked if he believed that "such behavior is nothing else other than expressing discouragement and despair about what is taking place," Sha'ath answered: "I am not convinced that this is the correct interpretation. Theoretically, this interpretation could be the reason. However, if this group was incited to instigate a riot which harms the issue and harms Egyptian-Palestinian strategic relations, the reason would not be the despair of the Palestinian people, but rather, the reason is that there are those who incite against the Palestinian people.

"So one should not rashly interpret a diplomatic objective which seems to be convincing." More explicitly, Sha'ath complained, "The Israelis manipulated - they took brother Ahmad Maher from the Moors gate, whereas the Palestinian delegation was waiting for him at the Al-Asbat gate on the other side, so they made it difficult for us to defend him."

Arab Intifada is a European Proxy War on America


European Union Parliament member Ilka Schroeder recently delivered an address entitled, "The European Union, Israel, and Palestinian Terrorism" at the Center for German Studies of Ben Gurion University.

"The Europeans," explained Schroeder, "supported the Palestinian Authority with the aim of becoming its main sponsor, and through this, challenge the U.S. and present themselves as the future global power. Therefore, the Al-Aqsa Intifada should be understood as a proxy war between Europe and the United States.

"It is an open secret within the European Parliament that EU aid to the Palestinian Authority has not been spent correctly," Schroeder said during a recent address in New York. "The European Parliament does not intend to verify whether European taxpayers' money could have been used to finance anti-Semitic murderous attacks. Unfortunately, this fits well with European policy in this area."

One year ago, Schroeder, a 25-year-old former member of the German Green Party, set her sights on an issue long avoided by members of the radical Left - the diverting of some of the 250 million Euros in annual aid for the Arabs of Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) to corrupt officials and terrorist groups bent on Israel's destruction.

In her address, Schroeder argued, "The primary goal of the EU is the internationalization of the conflict in order to underline the need for its own mediating role," warning that renewed European calls for a multinational force in the region - heard most recently by the head of the largest political bloc in the parliament - combined with heightened levels of anti-Semitism in Europe and the Arab world, could spell disaster for Jews everywhere. "The Palestinians are playing the ugly role of being the cannon fodder for Europe's hidden war against the U.S."

While Schroeder's call for accountability in EU funding was supported by nearly one quarter of the 626-member parliament, she appears grimly convinced that her efforts to expose anti-Zionism, which she sees as Europe's polite version of anti-Semitism, has come to naught. Schroeder has been embraced by many Jewish groups in Europe and the U.S. and decided to visit Israel for her first time in order to further research the EU's role in the region.

"There is no difference in the consciousness of an average member of the European Parliament and an average German peace demonstrator, and I consider this to be a mixture of naiveté, moralism, anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Zionism and an altogether serious danger," she said during her U.S. speaking tour. "It is against these trends that my efforts are directed."

Chanukah Miracle for Holocaust Survivor Siblings


After 65 years, a brother and sister separated since the Holocaust were reunited in Israel this week. 78-year-old Binyamin Shilon believed for most of his life that his sister had been murdered by the Nazis, along with the rest of his family in Poland. 73-year-old Shoshana November, Shilon's sister, had presumed him part of the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust, as well.

During the Holocaust, Shoshana November was sent to a concentration camp and was eventually selected to be sent to the gas chambers. A stranger saved her life by pushing her into a line for slave labor rather than gassing. Binyamin Shilon joined the Soviet Red Army. In 1945, he was sent to Poland with orders to liberate the death camps there. After the war, each decided independently to immigrate to Israel in 1948.

Their reunion came about after a friend of Shoshana's convinced her to visit Israel's Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, last Friday. She started looking through the archive for members of her husband's family because she assumed that she herself "had no one left," but a member of the archive's staff typed her information into the database and discovered that her brother Binyamin was still alive. Shilon had left his details just two weeks earlier in the Holocaust museum's "Pages of Testimony."

On Saturday night, following the end of the Sabbath, Binyamin and Shoshana saw each other for the first time since 1938. They lit a Chanukah menorah together and thanked God for reuniting them. They found they had been living just a 90-minute drive from each other.

"We jumped on one another and we hugged and kissed and it was hard to talk - it was hard to think," November said of their meeting. "I looked for her and my siblings during all the years after the war. In the end, it happened like a Chanukah miracle," Shilon added.

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