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Victory in Gaza
A victory over both terrorism and schemes to uproot the Jews of Gaza was celebrated in
Kfar Darom Tuesday. Eliezer and Chana Bart held the brit - ritual circumcision - of their
week-old son, naming him Amichai [My Nation Lives] Yisrael. Chana is wheelchair-bound and
paralyzed in the lower half of her body, following a terrorist shooting attack two years
ago. Among her first concerns at the time was whether she would be able to bear more
children. The family has seven other children, and the joy in Kfar Darom was complete.
Amichai was born the day after Sharon's bombshell announcement of his plan to expel the
nearly 8,000 Jews of Gaza from their homes.
IDF Intelligence Chief: PA Arabs will See Retreat as Victory for Terrorism
After a series of informal military warnings against a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza,
IDF Intelligence Chief Gen. Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash made it official Tuesday. Appearing
before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, he said that Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon's statement of intent to withdraw from Gaza would instigate more terrorism
and attacks against IDF forces.
"The Palestinians see [this plan] as a victory for terrorism," Farkash said.
Acknowledging that some calls might be heard against continued terrorism after the IDF
leaves, Farkash emphasized the likelihood that the plan will "strengthen the legitimacy of
terrorism in the view of Islamic elements in Gaza. [The terrorist groups] see it as a
surrender to terrorism, and this gives them motivation to perpetrate more terrorism in
order to achieve more diplomatic gains."
A predecessor of Farkash, Gen. (res.) Shlomo Gazit, has similarly said, "Our exit from
Gaza will transform it into a big armed camp, into which weapons of all kinds will stream
via land, sea and maybe even air... Moreover, this capitulation will be rightly viewed as
a clear victory for the Palestinian armed struggle."
However, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon has instructed his senior commanders
to refrain from commenting on the prime minister's Gaza unilateral disengagement plan,
Israel Radio reported. Ya'alon explained to his commanders he is trying to avoid a
confrontation between the military and political echelons.
France Probes Bank Accounts of Arafat's Wife
French prosecutors said on Tuesday they had opened an inquiry into transfers totaling
nine million euros ($11.5 million) into bank accounts held in France by Suha Arafat, the
wife of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat.
The Paris public prosecutor confirmed a report in Le Canard Enchaine weekly that an
inquiry into Suha Arafat, who lives in Paris, was launched last October after information
provided by the Bank of France and a government anti-money laundering body. The
prosecutor's office said they wanted to check transfers from a Swiss-based institution
made between July 2002 and July 2003 into two separate accounts held by her in Paris.
Yasir Arafat has rejected allegations of corruption within his Palestinian Authority.
Yet it has suffered a fall in foreign donor money amid allegations that some of it has
been siphoned off by corrupt officials or diverted to militants waging a suicide bombing
campaign against Israel.
Mel Gibson's Fake 'Passion' Effects
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
Mel Gibson has let his Hollywood imagination get carried away with special effects as
he inflated his "Passion" film. Let us deal with a few small things first. Take a look at
the lumber being carried by the Jesus actor. Any carpenter - or even lay handyman - will
tell you that the Jesus player is carrying a sawmill-produced 6inch x 6-inch x 10-foot
timber. In the news clips on FOX NEWS you can see that it is neatly trimmed and squared
timber, which is usually displayed in churches and medallions of the cross.
The problem is that the Romans had been crucifying rebellious Jews for many years and
didn't commit the man-hours needed to take a tree trunk and hand craft it to a neatly
squared and smooth timber, merely to crucify another Jew. The best they could do would be
the familiar technique of building a log cabin where two sides of a tree trunk were
laboriously chipped with a mattock on two sides so they could be stacked somewhat flat on
top of each other. The Romans would not have bothered to square timber and besides, having
already crucified thousands of rebellious Jews over 30 years, they had plenty of posts
standing and empty, the bodies having rotted away.
Long before Jesus was added to the hundreds of thousands (some 220,000 of crucified
Jews), the surrounding forests were chopped down for their Roman torture instruments,
which the Christians subsequently adopted as their symbol, the cross. The posts would have
been raw trees with bark - no fancy millwork...
The Romans used the tree trunks as highly visible torture instruments to remind
passers-by that this was the penalty for rebellion against the Roman Empire. Their
objective was not to beat their victims to death before hanging them up but rather to keep
them alive for as long as possible. A figure dying slowly over many days, groaning,
screaming, pleading for water, was a far better deterrent than whipping a victim so that
he would bleed to death in hours - as was displayed in the Gibson film. With the amount of
colored ink dribbling down Gibson's Jesus, he would have died in hours from blood loss or
Hundreds of thousands of Jews lined the Road going up the Jerusalem, crucified,
babbling insanely as they died of dehydration and pain...The Jews in Gibson's film were
made to look grim and threatening, all in accordance with Christian literature of what
they call "The perfidious Jew." Gibson was very careful to follow early Church doctrine in
demonizing the Jews, which recommended murder as a solution to their "Jewish Problem".
The Roman soldiers look fit and clean, presumably the pre-cursors of the Church of
Rome, although they were the ones who actually tortured, beat and crucified Jesus.
The Chicago Tribune of February 8 reported that Reverend Pawlikowski who directs the
Catholic Theological Union's Catholic Jewish Studies programs was part of a nine person
interreligious panel that sent Gibson a scathing critique of the script last spring.
Pawlikowski said: "We concluded that it was one of the worst things we'd seen in 25
years," Pawlikowski said. "It went to all the classical accusations about primary Jewish
responsibility for the death of Christ which, of course, was the source of a great deal of
anti-Semitism from the Christian side over the centuries."
Hollywood's Weinstein to Film Warsaw Ghetto Classic 'Mila 18'
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is set to begin filming author Leon Uris' Warsaw
Ghetto classic "Mila 18" later this year in the Polish capital, Poland's PAP news agency
Director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Anthony Minghella, whose work includes the
award-winning "The English Patient", are slated to make the film in conjunction with
Weinstein, co-producer of the explosive box-office hit "Lord of the Rings" trilogy among a
string of other global blockbusters.
Scriptwriter Hossein Amini has adapted Uris' novel for the screen. The story revolves
around the harrowing experiences of Polish-Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis inside the
Warsaw Ghetto during the audacious, but failed 1943 Ghetto Uprising.
"Mila 18" was the address of the bunker where many of the last surviving partisans of
the Jewish Fighting Organization (ZOB), including commander Mordechaj Anielewicz,
committed suicide to avoid being taken alive by Nazi forces. Translated from the Polish,
"Mila" means "pleasant."
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