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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
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
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
"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
"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
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