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State Department Issues a New Mideast Travel Advisory

By Israel Faxx News Services

The Department of State has issued a new Mideast travel advisory.

It warned against possible violence that could include attacks against Americans in the area, including attacks against "aviation, ground transportation and maritime interests, specifically in the Middle East, including the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa."


Report: Hizbullah Missiles Can Hit Anywhere in Israel

By Ha'aretz

Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siasa has reported that Hizbullah had received new missiles from Iran with a range of 217 miles, capable of reaching most of Israel. The paper quoted Syrian opposition sources, which said their information came from a Syrian army officer. The missiles were reportedly transferred 10 days ago to three Hizbullah bases near Lebanon's border with Syria.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) the paper connected the missile transfer to Hizbullah with Iranian concern over an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities. According to Al-Siasa, this is the first time Iran has supplied such missiles to an external body.


Palestinians Warn US Over Israeli Settlement Expansion

By VOA News

Palestinian leaders said this weekend that the United States would destroy the Middle East peace process if it endorses Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied territories. Under the U.S.-brokered "road map" peace plan, Washington has demanded a freeze in all Israeli home construction in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But Saturday, The New York Times quoted U.S. and Israeli officials as saying the Bush administration has altered its stance and approved growth in at least some settlements. The officials said the U.S. move is aimed at lending political support to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his plan to pull Israeli settlers from Gaza and small parts of the West Bank. Neither the Bush administration nor Israel has commented on the report.

Sunday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said he was waiting for official confirmation of the U.S. policy shift.


Hamas Condemns U.S. Arrests as Politically Motivated

By VOA News

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has condemned U.S. criminal charges against three alleged members of the organization, saying the indictments are politically motivated by U.S. presidential politics. In a statement, Hamas called the charges a bid by President Bush's campaign to "gain more votes" in the November election. Hamas also said it has no organizational connections to two suspects arrested last week.

Two of the three men named in the indictment, Mohammad Hamid Khalil Salah of Chicago and Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar of Alexandria, Virginia, were arrested late Thursday night.

A third suspect, currently in Syria, Mousa Abu Marzook, deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, told the Associated Press he was willing to turn himself in, if he could be assured a fair trial. But he also said he did not think a fair trial was possible.

Friday, Attorney General John Ashcroft said the suspects were part of a U.S.-based cell that laundered money for Hamas. Washington has classified Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization.

The three men were charged with financing terrorist activities of Hamas. Ashcroft said the men were part of a cell that labored over a 15-year period to provide financial support for Hamas, which has been responsible for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel.

"The individuals named in this indictment are alleged to have played a substantial role in financing and supporting international terrorism," he said. "They are alleged to be material supporters of a foreign terrorist organization, taking advantage of the freedoms of an open society to foster and finance acts of terror."


More Muslim Plans to Destroy Jewish Bonds with Temple Mount

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Muslim Waqf plans to remove another few thousand tons of dirt dug up in the course of its illegal construction/destruction work on the Temple Mount.

The dirt contains ancient remnants from the Temple Mount, and the leaders of the Committee to Prevent the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities were scheduled to meet on Sunday with Antiquities Authority Chairman Shuka Dorfman to counter this intention. In the past, the Waqf has received permits from the Prime Minister's Office and the Public Security Ministry to remove dirt of this nature.

It is well known that the Muslim goal is to erase all vestiges of Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, Judaism's most sacred site in the world. Islamic Movement leader Israeli-Arab Sheikh Raed Salah has said that the "use of the Temple Mount is exclusively a Muslim Arab Palestinian right," adding, "There never was any First or Second Temple in the vicinity of the Mosque."

Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar has told Arutz-7 that the Waqf's objective is to turn "the entire Temple Mount compound into a large mosque, with absolutely no Jewish, Christian or other presence there. The archaeology there absolutely does not interest them; they merely want to cover up all signs of Jewish history there."


350 Years Since First Jew Landed in New York

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Sunday, August 22nd marked the 350th anniversary of the first Jewish immigrant to arrive in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, what is today New York City.

Having departed the Dutch colony of Recife, Brazil on July 8, 1654, Jacob Barsimon, a Sephardic Jew, became the first of many Jews who would organize what would later become the first Jewish community in the United States. Barsimon was employed by the Dutch East India Company, which was a trading and colonizing company for the Dutch.

In January of 1654, Holland lost Brazil to the Portuguese navy, leaving the Jews to once again uproot and find a new home. At the time, the Inquisition in Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain and other countries was furiously pursuing Jews; trials, resulting in burnings at the stake, were a frequent occurrence.

Barsimon and 23 Jews who came the following month, and more who came the following year started the first Jewish congregation known as Shearith Israel (Remnant of Israel), a congregation that is still in existence today.

The International Society for Sephardic Progress, a Sephardic Jewish advocacy agency in the United States, called Jacob Barsimon "a man who risked his life traversing many countries in treacherous times because he refused to give up his religion."


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