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Anti-Semitism Reported at Foothill College
Editor: A Foothill College student recently wrote Davka about anti-Semitism on his campus. Christopher Ojeda's letter was inspired by an incident that occurred on the California junior college campus where Prof. Leighton Armitage was interviewed in the campus newspaper speaking of a Jewish conspiracy to control America and also comparing Jews to Nazis. Ojeda, a Mexican-American who converted to Judaism, told us about anti-Semitism at Foothill College. To read the Armitage interview, paste the following link into your browser then read page 9 of the Sentinel: http://www.foothillsentinel.com/temp/preview2.pdf
Powell Blames Arafat for Impasse in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts
By David Gollust (VOA-State Department)
Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday put blame for the impasse in
Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts squarely on Yasir Arafat, who he said was aware of those
who are committing anti-Israel acts of terror but has failed to move against them.
In Senate testimony, Powell insisted U.S. peace efforts are intensive. He said that
unless Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia can wrest control of security forces from
Arafat and move against terrorism, U.S.-led efforts to get progress on the international
"road map" to Middle East peace would be frustrated.
In testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Powell leveled some of his
sharpest criticism to date of Arafat, who he said has failed to move in any "systematic or
definitive" way against radical factions that he knows are behind suicide attacks against
"I put the blame squarely on Chairman Arafat for his unwillingness to speak out, use
the moral authority as a leader that everybody says he has, not just to occasionally give
a statement condemning this, not only to condemn this kind of activity, but take action
against those organizations that he knows is committing those acts," he said. "And if he
would show that kind of effort, that kind of commitment, then we could stand the
occasional attack that takes place because we know that the Palestinians have become a
partner in going after the perpetrators of these attacks."
Powell said he understood the frustration among Palestinians about Israeli policies,
including settlements, detentions and the route of its controversial security barrier in
the West Bank. But he said those problems couldn't be allowed to "serve as an excuse" for
suicide attacks or other acts of terror.
Under questioning from Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, Powell acknowledged that the
United States' standing in the Muslim world has been hurt by a lack of progress toward
resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he insisted the administration is doing a
great deal to try to advance peace efforts even though President Bush did not mention the
subject in his State of the Union message last month.
"It is a matter of utmost urgency for us, because we fully understand that this
conflict, between the Palestinians and Israelis, is the source of a great deal of the
anti-American feelings that exist in that part of the world, and does affect what we're
doing in Iraq," he said. "And I would do anything to find a magic bullet to solve this
one. But the problem is the same problem that has been there for the three years that I
have been working in this account. And that is terrorism, terrorism that still emanates
from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other organizations that are not interested in
peace, not interested in a state for the Palestinian people. They're interested in the
destruction of Israel."
Powell said he would send another U.S. diplomatic team to the region "in the next week
or so" to seek a better understanding of plans by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for, among
other things, dismantling Israeli settlements and whether they might be useful in getting
peace efforts moving. He said the immediate goal of U.S. diplomacy was to help arrange a
meeting between Sharon and Qureia and said he hoped that could happen soon as a catalyst
to get the sides "to engage more fully."
Israel on High Alert as Palestinians Vow Revenge for Gaza Raids
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel is on high alert for possible attacks by Palestinian militant groups who are
vowing revenge for Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip Wednesday in which 15 Palestinians were
killed and scores more were injured. Israel's Army Radio said troops have been put on high
alert throughout the country in anticipation of possible revenge attacks by Palestinian
The militant group, Hamas warned of bloody attacks to come in retaliation for
Wednesday's Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip. One Hamas leader told Israel
Radio the group had sent out the word to its cells in Gaza and the West Bank to prepare to
strike at Israelis everywhere. Hamas spokesman Abdelaziz Rantisi said Israelis would pay a
Israeli forces clashed with armed militants in two separate raids Wednesday in what
turned into the bloodiest day of operations in recent months. In eastern Gaza City, 12
Palestinians were killed, while another three were killed in Rafah, near the Egyptian
border. The military said the raids were designed to crack down on militant cells
preparing to launch attacks against Israeli targets.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said if peace talks with the Palestinians fail, he was
prepared to disengage unilaterally by removing almost all the Israeli settlements from
Gaza. Some analysts said Israel will want to show toughness prior to any pullout to make
sure Palestinian militants do not see such action as a victory. Some saw Wednesday's
operations in Gaza as part of a muscle flexing exercise.
Swine: Secret Weapon Against Islamic Terror?
A suggestion that has been made repeatedly since the start of the Oslo War is about to
be adopted by Israel's police force. According to a report by Maariv, the plan calls for
the insertion of bags of pig fat in public buses and other central locations in the hope
that it will deter Islamic terrorist suicide bombers aiming for martyrdom from detonating
The suggestion is based on the fact that Islam regards the pig as an unclean animal and
Muslim law bars any Muslim who touches a pig before dying access to heaven. One of the
basic motives for Islamic suicide terrorists is the assurance that as a 'shahid' or
martyr, their place in paradise is guaranteed as they die in 'holy martyrdom' for the sake
Although the idea has been vocally suggested for years, and was practiced in various
forms by the British before 1948, the Maariv report said that the police just recently
"thought of the idea," but wanted to obtain rabbinic assurance that the plan would not
upset observant Jews.
Rabbi Eliezer Moshe Fisher, of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, issued his official
ruling on Wednesday saying, "There is no halachic (Jewish legal) ban on using bags of lard
in buses and other places" when saving lives is concerned. The Jewish legal permit says
that bags of lard may be placed in any place that might be a target for suicide bombings,
such as schools, shopping malls, railway stations and any other crowded area.
The rabbi also said that if the police do not use pig fat in buses, tens of thousands
of Torah-observant Jews would arm themselves with spray guns filled with liquid lard,
which they would then spray on terrorists as the need arises.
Deputy Defense Minister MK Yaakov Edri (Likud) came out in support of the new idea. "If
bags of pig lard will prevent zealous Muslim terrorists from carrying out attacks, I'm all
According to the Moskovski Komsomol newspaper, Russian security have been burying
Chechen terrorists wrapped in pig's skin ever since the siege on a Russian theater last
year. Reportedly, the actions have become a deterrent amongst Chechen Muslims but have
done nothing to deter nationalist terrorism.
Residents of Gush Katif have tried the formula in the past, inserting pig fat in the
body of terrorists that have attacked their homes. Residents told Arutz-7 that a
"right-wing kibbutz-nik" had supplied them with the swine tissues. Arab MKs responded to a
report of such actions with outrage.
Abdel Malek Dahamshe said, "The ethical inferiority and lowliness that the settlers
have reached is intolerable. This is an act of first-degree desecration of God's name." MK
Tzvi Hendel responded, "If these primitive murderers stuff their brains with nonsense
about Paradise and who-knows-how-many virgins waiting only for them, then they certainly
believe in the other nonsense that being buried with pigskin blocks their way to
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