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Lawyer Wants Yom Kippur Prayers Outside Sharon's Farm


Jerusalem attorney Baruch Ben-Yosef has turned to the Supreme Court seeking permission to hold Yom Kippur prayers outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Shikmim [Sycamore] Farm in the Negev. Ben-Yosef wants to permit some 20 right-wing activists to pray outside the farm area but Shin Bet officials are refusing his request, insisting such a move would pose a security threat to Sharon.

Powell: World Getting Tired of Waiting for Arafat to Cede Power

By David Gollust (VOA-State Department)

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday the international community is growing weary of waiting for Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to hand over control of security forces to an empowered prime minister. He suggested this could mean reduced outside aid for the Palestinians.

Powell made no specific threats for cutting aid and set no deadlines. But at a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the Secretary suggested that international aid to the Palestinians could be jeopardized if Arafat continues to resist calls for reform, especially demands that he yield control of security agencies to Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.

"There is a weariness in the international community to continue providing the kind of assistance the Palestinian people so desperately need unless we see some sort of political reform and determination on the part of the Palestinian Authority to improve itself," he said. "And improve itself in the form of having an empowered prime minister who has control over the security forces, can rationalize the security forces, and can put in place a government that is ready to take political responsibility for Gaza, security responsibility for Gaza, and is ready to engage the Israelis."

The United States has been the largest single aid provider to the Palestinians through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, despite its differences with Arafat, with whom it ceased political contact in 2002 because of his failure to curb terrorism.

Shalom To UN: End Obsession with Israel

By Ha'aretz

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom urged the UN General Assembly on Thursday to shed its obsession with Israel and said Iran has replaced Saddam Hussein as the main source of world terrorism. Shalom also called on the General Assembly to fight threats arising from Syria's occupation of Lebanon and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Shalom, who said Wednesday that Iran must be taken before the Security Council over its nuclear program, said Iranian missiles can reach London, Paris and southern Russia. "The international community now realizes that Iran does not only pose a threat to the security of Israel but to the security of the whole world," Shalom told the General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting. "Indeed Iran has replaced Saddam Hussein as the world's No. 1 exporter of terrorism, hate and instability," Shalom said.

He said Syria's military presence in Lebanon and support for Hezbollah is a threat to Israel and to peace in the region. The day before, Shalom called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Teheran if it fails to dismantle its nuclear programs, saying that Iran has missiles that can strike at capitals in Europe and the Middle East.

The foreign minister also called on the 191-member General Assembly, which is heavily influenced by the voting blocs of Arab, Islamic and non-aligned countries, to Shalom called on the 191-nation body to sponsor a special session aimed at bringing an end to racism and anti-Semitism.

Suicide Bomber Was Children´s TV Show Hostess


The young 18-year-old female suicide terrorist, Zeinab Ali Isa Abu-Salem, who murdered two Israelis Wednesday and wounded some 30 others, was none other than a children's TV show hostess on a local station in Shechem.

Ofra resident Debbie Segal, who noticed the terrorist approaching the bus stop moments before she blew herself up, described her as "extraordinarily beautiful." She comes from a very wealthy Arab family in Shechem, which owns the TV station where she worked.

Palestinian Media Watch has thoroughly documented numerous children's TV programs that indoctrinate Arab children to seek "heroic death for Allah." On January 15, 2002, Arafat himself, during a PA televised message to children, told them, "Is it not the greatest message to the world, when a child dies for Allah?"

Abu-Salem raises the number of female suicide terrorists to eight. Security sources say that she, like most of them, was young, single, and intelligent. Another 40 female terrorists have been arrested since the Oslo War began on Rosh Hashanah, 2000, some of whom were on their way to commit suicide attacks.

Eyewitnesses to Wednesday's attack said that the terrorist, clad in a veil, was stopped at the Border Guard post at the entrance to the crowded bus-and-ride stop, and argued with one of the policeman who wanted to check her. When the second officer approached them, Abu-Salem detonated the explosives that she held in a bag in her hand. IMRA notes that this occurred just a day after President Bush told the UN General Assembly that Israel must "end the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people" - a reference to the checkpoints. A few hours after the attack, Israeli forces demolished the homes of the terrorist and of her dispatcher. The two lived in the Shechem area in northern Shomron.

Wal-Mart Agrees Not to Sell Anti-Semitic Tract

By Reuters

Bowing to a barrage of complaints from Jewish groups, retail giant Wal-Mart Inc. on Thursday stopped selling "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion," an infamous anti-Semitic tract long exposed as fake.

Jewish leaders had complained that the book, which purports to tell of an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world, was being sold on with a description that suggested it might be genuine instead of a forgery concocted by the Czarist secret police in the early 20th Century.

The description, now withdrawn from the Wal-Mart Web site, said, "If ... The Protocols are genuine (which can never be proven conclusively), it might cause some of us to keep a wary eye on world affairs. We neither support nor deny its message. We simply make it available for those who wish a copy."

In a statement e-mailed to Reuters, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said, "Based on significant customer feedback regarding the book titled 'The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,' we have made a business decision to remove this book ... from our site at" Wal-Mart had no immediate response to questions on whether the company wrote the description of the book on the Web site or if it came from the publisher.

Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, assistant dean of The Simon Wiesenthal Center, wrote to Wal-Mart President Lee Scott expressing their astonishment that the book was on sale without a disclaimer. "We are, quite frankly, astounded that a reputable company would even give consideration to marketing this flagrantly hateful text, which libels the Jewish religion and perpetuates the bizarre notion of a Jewish plot to take over the world," Cooper said in his letter to Scott.

"This forgery, first penned by members of the Czarist secret police, the Okhrana, has been used by tyrants throughout the last 100 years to justify the persecution of Jews, including Adolf Hitler. Its hideous intent is so apparent, that it has been dubbed 'a warrant for genocide.'" Both Barnes & Noble and sell "The Protocols" online but with strong disclaimers.

Foxman told Reuters that while he did not think he should tell Wal-Mart what it should sell, the company should have made it clear that the book was "a hateful anti-Semitic forgery. It was projected as a legitimate historic book. If it was going to be sold, it should be sold responsibly."

Reuters Admits Appeasing Terrorists Commentary)


HonestReporting has repeatedly denounced media outlets' categorical refusal to call terrorists 'terrorists' in news reports. As Islamic terror continues to spread worldwide, one major news outlet decided that enough was enough -- it's time to call terrorism by its name. CanWest, owners of Canada's largest newspaper chain, recently implemented a new editorial policy to use the 'T-word' in news reports on brutal terrorist acts and groups.

So when CanWest's National Post published a Reuters report on Sept. 14, they exercised their right to change this Reuters line that whitewashes Palestinian terror: "...The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which has been involved in a four-year-old revolt against Israeli occupation in Gaza and the West Bank." >(Jeffrey Heller, 9/13 'Sharon Faces Netanyahu Challenge') to this, more accurate line: "The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a terrorist group that has been involved in a four-year-old campaign of violence against Israel."

Reuters didn't like the adjustment, and took the unusual step to officially inform CanWest that if it intended to continue this practice, CanWest should remove Reuters' name from the byline. Why? The New York Times reported: "'Our editorial policy is that we don't use emotive words when labeling someone,' said David A. Schlesinger, Reuters' global managing editor. 'Any paper can change copy and do whatever they want. But if a paper wants to change our copy that way, we would be more comfortable if they remove the byline.'

"Mr. Schlesinger said he was concerned that changes like those made at CanWest could lead to 'confusion' about what Reuters is reporting and possibly endanger its reporters in volatile areas or situations. 'My goal is to protect our reporters and protect our editorial integrity,' he said."

This is a stunning admission -- Reuters' top international editor openly acknowledges that one of the main reasons his agency refuses to call terrorists 'terrorists' has nothing to do with editorial pursuit of objectivity, but rather is a response to intimidation from thugs and their supporters.

In every other news arena, western journalists pride themselves on bravely 'telling it as is,' regardless of their subjects' (potentially hostile) reactions. So why do editors at Reuters -- and, presumably, other news outlets -- bend over backwards to appease Islamic terrorists, using 'safe' language that deliberately minimizes their inhuman acts?

Scott Anderson, editor-in-chief of CanWest Publications, said that Reuters' policy 'undermine[s] journalistic principles,' and raised the key question: 'If you're couching language to protect people, are you telling the truth?'

An editorial in the Ottawa Citizen, one of CanWest's newspapers, spells out the issue in black and white: "Terrorism is a technical term. It describes a modus operandi, a tactic. We side with security professionals who define terrorism as the deliberate targeting of civilians in pursuit of a political goal. Those who bombed the nightclub in Bali were terrorists. Suicide bombers who strap explosives to their bodies and blow up people eating in a pizza parlor are terrorists. The men and women who took a school full of hostages in Beslan, Russia, and shot some of the children in the back as they tried to flee to safety were terrorists. We as journalists do not violate our impartiality by describing them as such.

"Ironically, it is supposedly neutral terms like 'militant' that betray a bias, insofar as they have a sanitizing effect. Activists for various political causes can be 'militant,' but they don't take children hostage."

If your local paper uses Reuters wire stories for coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bring Reuters' admission of non-objectivity to the attention of your local editor. Write a short letter to your local newspaper, citing Reuters' declaration that the goal of their soft language is to protect reporters, and recognizing the implication: Reuters is not providing unadulterated, independent coverage of stories like the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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