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Jewish Floridian, Vol. 1, #1, 10/19/1928
Getting a paper out is no picnic. If we print jokes, people will think we're silly. If
we don't, they will say we're too serious. If we publish original stuff, they will say we
lack variety. If we clip from other papers they'll say we're too lazy to write. If we stay
in the office they'll say we ought to be out hunting news, and if we hunt up news we are
not tending to business in the office. If we wear old clothes, we're stingy. If we wear
new ones, they're not paid for. Like it as not, some one will say we swiped this article
from another newspaper. WE DID.
Palestinian Groups Withdraw From United Leadership Talks
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian groups, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, have announced they are
suspending indefinitely talks aimed at forging a united leadership. The move comes just
days after Yasir Arafat said he was open to including these organizations in his
government, despite strong opposition from the U.S. administration.
The talks began two weeks ago, and were meant to resume on Saturday in Gaza City,
following signs that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were ready to join a coalition with the
Palestinian Authority. Officials said Sunday the discussions had been canceled until
Both groups are listed by the U.S. State Department as terrorist organizations, and
have been responsible for frequent suicide bombings and other terror attacks that have
killed hundreds of Israelis. Palestinian officials said it was decided to postpone
negotiations on including these and other groups in the government, to allow the different
organizations more time to study the concept of a single national leadership.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials confirmed that both groups had sought a delay to
examine various proposals. These groups and the Palestinian Authority have set down their
own conditions for forming a national unity government. Hamas officials said if the
organization were accepted as a full political partner, they would want their members
accepted in all of the various Palestinian security organizations. Hamas then declared
that it wanted to draw up a power-sharing formula in Gaza with the Palestinian
The proposals are being discussed following Israel's plans to unilaterally withdraw
troops and remove Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian foreign affairs
minister, Nabil Shaath, said he expected Hamas to declare a ceasefire, once Israel leaves
Gaza. He expressed the hope that the withdrawal would also pave the way for Palestinian
'Mr. Sharon, You Have No Mandate'
When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon leaves for Washington, D.C. on Monday night at the
close of the Passover holiday, domestic opposition will give him an angry send-off.
Protests Mondays will be held under the slogan, "You Have No Mandate."
In the U.S., Sharon will be working towards obtaining a White House declaration of
support for his controversial "disengagement" plan, which calls for a unilateral
withdrawal from Gaza and the expulsion of its 8,000-strong Jewish community.
A protest organized by the Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) Council is scheduled for
Monday night at 10, the planned hour of Sharon's departure. The demonstrators will stand
with "You Have No Mandate" signs all along Route 1, from Jerusalem to Ben-Gurion
International Airport. In tandem, Gush Katif residents will demonstrate outside Sharon's
Shikmim Farm in the Negev.
The protesters will be pressing the theme that Sharon "Has No Mandate" to "surrender to
terrorism and to uproot Jews from their homes." They will also decry any plan "to carry
out a transfer of tens of thousands of Jews who settled the land by law and as emissaries
of the government of Israel." To retreat from Gaza, the disengagement opponents will note,
is to "grant a prize to terrorism and to ignore the warnings of the Chief of Staff, the
head of the Shabak, IDF Intelligence, IDF generals and security establishment heads, who
say clearly that running away from Gush Katif will increase terrorism."
From the other side of the political spectrum, ultra left-wing opposition Knesset
Member Zahava Gal'on has called upon Sharon to address the parliament following his return
from Washington. Gal-On explained that it is only fitting that the Prime Minister present
and explain whatever understandings and agreements he reached with the U.S.
administration. By detailing the events to the Knesset, Gal'on added, Sharon can enlist
additional support among legislators.
One issue certain to be raised in Washington is the cost of "disengagement" from Gaza
and four Jewish communities in the northern Shomron. According to government officials, a
withdrawal from Gaza and several Jewish communities of Samaria and Judea will cost about
$1 billion. As reported earlier, the Americans have intimated that some economic aid may
be forthcoming, depending on the implementation of the Prime Minister's plans for
withdrawal from Gaza.
Google Caught in Anti-Semitic Flap
By CNET News.com
Search site Google has been drawn into a controversy during the week of Passover over a
search listing that directs viewers to an anti-Semitic site when they enter the keyword
The dispute began several weeks ago, when Steven Weinstock, a New York real estate
investor and former yeshiva student, did a Google search on "Jew." The first site returned
was Jew Watch, a site filled with short articles focusing on alleged Jewish conspiracies
and other anti-Semitic topics, with headings such as "Jewish Controlled Press" and "Jewish
Mind Control Mechanisms." The administrator of Jew Watch did not respond to an e-mail
message requesting comment.
Weinstock has launched an online petition, asking Google to remove the site from its
index. He said if Google receives 50,000 requests to remove the site, it would comply.
"Google is the No. 1 search site, and the fact that the first search result would yield an
anti-Semitic site is all too common in a growing era of increased anti-Semitism," he wrote
in his introduction to the petition.
The petition site appeared to have been hacked last week, however. Clicking on links to
view or sign the petition brought up pages with pornographic images, plus the message,
"This guestbook is for the most LAMEST petition ever."
Google spokesman David Krane said the company's search results are determined by a complex set of algorithms that measure factors such as how many sites link to a given page. The company can't and won't change the ranking for Jew Watch, regardless of how many signatures the petition attracts, he said. "Google's search results are solely determined by computer algorithms that essentially reflect the popular opinion of the Web. Our search results are not manipulated by hand. We're not able to make any manual changes to the results." The online petition site is www.removejewwatch.com
Bid to Promote Peace Through Beauty Contest
Israeli and Palestinian girls have until end of May to apply to take part in an
upcoming beauty pageant that aims to build bridges between the two estranged communities,
"We want to promote peace between the two sides, try to use understanding rather than
guns," says Uzi Nagar who lives in Gilo. Only contestants from Gilo, Bethlehem and two
adjacent villages of Beit Sahour and Beit Jala can take part in the event. Nagar, who says
20 Gilo girls have already applied, dreamt up the idea of the contest, describing himself
as "a believer in peace" and a member of the opposition Labor party.
Aware that the project may seem like a drop in the ocean of distrust between
Palestinians and Israelis, Nagar insisted, "It is better to do a little than nothing at
all." A valley separates Gilo from the Palestinian town of Beit Jala. The area was dogged
by frequent exchanges of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen at the start
of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, until Israel built a concrete wall.
Jacqueline Yussef, a hair salon owner in nearby Beit Safafa, is in charge of recruiting
Palestinian contestants. "I've had seven entries so far," she said. But some in Bethlehem
think the idea of a joint beauty contest is utterly inappropriate as long as Israel
continues to occupy Palestinian land.
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