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FYI: DVD of American's Beheading is Hot Item in Gaza

A new DVD featuring the recent beheading of an American in Iraq is apparently selling like hotcakes in video shops in Gaza. The clip starts with masked men reading the charges and justifying their actions based on Islam. When done, they hold up the severed head. "They used a knife which was not sharp... It seems they wanted to kill him slowly to torture him," said another Palestinian who saw the footage," one viewer told The Jerusalem Post. "The worst thing I remember is the howl of the poor hostage... He was shaking all over. It's hard to imagine how anyone can watch it."

Terrorists Claim Five Lives in Holiday Attacks


It began on Wednesday evening, as Israel began settling down for the first day of the weeklong Sukkot holiday. A Kassam rocket fired from northern PA-controlled Gaza slammed into Haggai Street in S'derot at about 5 p.m., critically wounding two small children who were playing together in a yard. Dorit Aniso, 18-months, and Yuval Abebeh, 4, died of their massive injuries a short time following the attack.

About 25 persons were transported to hospital, with 18 reportedly treated for hysteria and anxiety. One person was seriously injured, one moderately, and the remainder light. Dorit and Yuval will be laid to rest in the city's cemetery on Friday morning at 11.

On Thursday morning at about 10 a.m., a terrorist opened fire murdering Shulamit Batito, 36, from Nisanit while she was jogging on the road between the northern Gaza communities of Nisanit and Alei Sinai. Staff-Sergeant Victor Ariel, 20, from Moshav Kadima, a combat medic in the Shimshon unit, was in the initial IDF responding force. Victor was killed and other soldiers were wounded, one seriously. Shulamit was buried Thursday evening in Ashkelon.

In another attack at about Thursday, Nahal Brigade soldier Staff-Sergeant Gilad Fischer, 22, from Hoshaiya was killed when terrorists hurled a grenade at his position in the Beit Hanoun area of northern Gaza. Another soldier was seriously wounded and a third light. The terrorists were eliminated.

Fighting is reported as heavy in northern Gaza as the Security Cabinet meets to evaluate the situation. There is talk of calling up reservists and order a larger scale anti-terror offensive in Gaza to silence the Kassam launchers. Police have moved to a level III alert, one level below a state-of-emergency, with Friday being October 1st, the fourth anniversary of the Israeli Arab riots that led to the deaths of 12 Israeli Arab citizens and marked the beginning of the Oslo War.

Israel Intensifies Push into Gaza Refugee Camp, At Least 28 Killed

By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Jerusalem) & Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent, BosNewsLife

Israeli tanks pushed into the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza a day after two Israeli children were killed by a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists. Clashes have intensified in Gaza since Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reaffirmed his plan to pull out Jewish settlers from the area next year.

Israeli tanks moving into the areas largest Palestinian refugee camp early Thursday were met by masked gunmen and stone-throwing youngsters in the camps' main street. It was the first Israeli military foray into the Jabalya camp since Palestinians launched an uprising four years ago. Residents say bulldozers demolished houses near the entrance to the camp.

Clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian terrorists have intensified in Gaza since Sharon told his cabinet he still intends to dismantle settlements. The Israeli leader has met with stiff opposition within his own party but insists he will present the withdrawal plan to the parliament by November.

The Associated Press said 108 Palestinians, both civilians and "militants," were wounded, the highest single-day Palestinian casualty count in four months. The latest fighting came as Israel Army Radio said the Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz decided after consultations with army commanders Thursday to widen the military campaign and send more troops to Gaza. Sharon has ordered more troops into the area in an effort to stop the constant bombardment of mortars into the settlements, the Voice of America and other news sources reported.

AP quoted witnesses as saying that bulldozers demolished 15 homes along a relatively narrow road leading into the camp apparently to widen it and allow more tanks to get through. Armored vehicles avoided the booby-trapped main street in the area. "A bulldozer entered our living room and demolished half the house," AP quoted Hussein al-Jamal, a resident of the camp's Block 2, as saying. He and his family fled, along with many of his neighbors, the news agency reported.

'Passion' Debuts in Israel on Christmas Eve


"The Passion of the Christ" will finally be seen in Israel albeit in a limited capacity. Tel Aviv Cinematheque director Alon Garbuz says that Mel Gibson's controversial film about the final hours of Jesus' life will screen once, on Christmas Eve, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The private screening, however, will only be attended by Cinematheque members and invited guests. Besides the obvious religious theme, "Passion" has courted controversy for its graphic depiction of violence. "Passion," starring Jim Caviezel and Monica Bellucci, has earned more than $600 million worldwide.

It Ain't Pretty

By Jack De Lowe (Commentary)

The article below that you are about to read is not pretty. I'm not happy that it takes a vital issue and turns it into partisan politics. I ask you to overlook this as it conveys a very important message. The source may or may not be important. I have never seen anything written by the author (Aisa Siddiqa Qureshi) previously, so I don't know if he is actually real, but the overall message that he is sending is nonetheless critical.

Don't simply sluff this off as 'something that could never happen here.' I hope and pray that it never will, but that does not mean that we should not work hard against the possibility and that each of us should not be prepared in every way possible.

Take the time to stand up and speak out whenever you hear or see something anti-Semitic or blatantly anti-Israel. The Net gives us that power today. Don't worry about whether what you have written is eloquent enough. Say what you feel and share those thoughts with all those on your list and urge them to do likewise.

At the same time, do everything possible to strengthen your own Jewish roots and those of your children. Support Jewish institutions both at home and in Israel. Visit Israel and send your children and grandchildren on programs to Israel not only to strengthen Israel, but also to develop a stronger connection with our homeland. This is especially true for the many of you who have never been to Israel or have not been here for many years.

Finally, remember that we live in a real world, not the one that is made up of wonderful ideas (like the UN) that simply do not work. We must deal with the world that way it is. It is slightly more than one month to the U.S. elections. Part of the reality that I would like each of you to consider is to exercise your right to vote.

Although I personally believe one of the candidates is less 'bad' than the other, the really important thing is that you vote. If you feel strongly about 'your' candidate, go out and volunteer to help in the campaign. Only 52% of those eligible to vote actually did so. A large voter turnout not only expresses the true wishes of the American people, but it also sends a message to the world that Americans really do care about their democracy.

Liberal America, Europe Slowly Rebelling Against The Values Required For Civilized Existence

By Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi (Commentary)
Copyright (c) 2004 Muslim World Today

Dear Jews, everywhere, I would like to point out the time bomb likely to explode in your faces. It has already been detonated in France. When it happens in the country you call home, you may be shocked and unprepared, so I present this letter to you as a warning. In it, I will inform you of some basic facts - facts that can never be changed.

  1. You are a Jew, whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter if you change your name. It doesn't matter if you convert. You say you don't think of yourself as Jewish? Perhaps Judaism is just too far beneath your enlightened consciousness. Well tough luck - it's still a part of who you are. I know, I know, this is the modern world.

In America, Jews are first class citizens. But it really is "only in America" where Jews enjoy equal status. Perhaps you have forgotten that with the exception of the United States and Israel, Jews in all other countries suffer the stigma of the outsider. Granted that your personal future looks bright since you overcame your ancestry, however, you mistakenly believe that you are a member of the elite club of secular society.

But, have you ever heard of the Holocaust? A little over 60 years ago, the discovery of one Jewish grandparent in one's family tree was enough to mark that person for the slaughter. That means that Jews living the high life in denial were plucked from their exalted status and plunged into the concentration camps and worse. And in the centuries and decades prior to the Holocaust, was life more secure? At certain periods, indeed it was - or so it seemed - and then, the inevitable fall from grace.

You have become used to being accepted. But, if you forget the stories of your ancestors, you are sure to see them come true in your own lives. Please believe me. Being a Muslim, living under the dark shadows of Islamism, I see, watch and experience every day the reach and depth of anti-Semitism that has taken hostage a whole people. There cannot be a better person than a Muslim to warn you of your misguided sense of liberalism; I live in an environment that is so carefully and skillfully prepared to annihilate Jews.

Note the rising anti-Semitism in Europe and in certain sectors of American society (college campuses, the media, the Presbyterian Church etc.) Just a few weeks ago, 200 French Jews immigrated to Israel, fed up with the rampant persecution by "Muslim toughs," as former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch puts it. The country which has pledged "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" since the 1800s once again turned its back on the Jews. "Never again" is the oath the Jewish people have collectively sworn since the horrors of World War II. All freedom-loving peoples of the world must actively participate in securing Jewish future to guarantee that this oath holds true. Jews truly are the chosen people - when things in the world go sour, Jews are chosen to pay the penalty.

  1. The world has hated and will always hate Jews for one reason

Over the summer a friend of mine attended a lecture in Israel given by Rabbi Eric Coopersmith of Aish Ha Torah, entitled "Why the Jews?" He told me that Rabbi Eric disproved the common misconceptions of why the Jews are always picked on and got to the truth of the matter. It isn't because the Jews supposedly control the world and all the money in it (you don't), or because you killed Jesus (you didn't), or because you just happen to always be the scapegoat. I agree with Rabbi Coopersmith who pointed out that you can only scapegoat a group of people you were already willing to hate. His humorous example was that the Nazis couldn't scapegoat midgets and it's true - it would never work. Whether they realize it or not, people are and have always been willing to hate the Jews for one simple reason: they gave the world the concept of an objective right and wrong.

When the first seeds of Judaism were planted in Abraham, his descendents were required to teach humanity about conscience and morality. In a time of universal barbarism and cruelty, the ancient Hebrews were the first to adopt for themselves the six values essential for civilized existence: the sanctity of life, education, family, social responsibility, equality before the law, and peace (Source: WorldPerfect by Ken Spiro). In my view, the ancient world couldn't forgive you for it and neither could Hitler. In his writings, Hitler clearly said that he is a barbarian who wants to express his primal instincts and Judaism says he can't. For him, not only is the concept of conscience "a Jewish invention; it is a blemish, like circumcision." The infamous Hitler Youth even sang a song with these lyrics:

"We are the joyous Hitler Youth; we have no need for Christian virtue. Our leader is our savior; the pope and rabbi shall be gone. We shall be pagans once again."

Hitler also told his people that Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortifications of a false vision known as conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and personal independence which only a very few can bear. (Visit for the full seminar.)

Yes, even though Hitler is Hitler and he was no liberal, the comparison matters because liberal America and Europe are slowly rebelling against the values required for civilized existence. These are the values advanced in the Jewish Bible, specifically the Torah, and summed up in the 10 Commandments. These values were offered - though hardly accepted - to all of humanity through the vehicles of Judaism and Christianity. But, liberals, either through base ignorance or intention, are rejecting those values in word and deed. Example: a deaf lesbian couple genetically engineered two deaf children on purpose! If you don't see what is wrong with that - how selfish and cruel it is for parents to deliberately handicap children they supposedly love and are required to care for - then I've made my point. You have abandoned the notion of objective morality, feeling that it stifles your freedom of action. You have become a barbarian that feels he can do whatever he wants and, like Hitler, is proud of it.

  1. You can't have your cake and eat it too. And if you lose your cake, there's nothing to eat.

I really like animals and I really care about the environment. I am also in favor of women's rights. But you know what? None of it matters. "Yes it does matter!" I can hear you thinking. But here's my answer: we have bigger problems! Civilization as we know it is in jeopardy because liberals are so eager to abandon the values on which it rests. They are not willing to support the institutions that safeguard those values. Case in point: radical Islam threatens to subjugate the world and murder, enslave or convert all non-Muslims. Liberals are not even willing to support the institution most necessary for our defense against radical Islam: the military. Instead, they blame America.

To them, America is the immoral bully. Likewise, Israel is another immoral bully that liberals are reluctant to support. But in actuality, Israel has been a victim of Islamist terrorism since the 1920s, long before the state was established. The same terrorism is now being waged worldwide, even against countries, like Saudi Arabia, that sponsor it! Israel is on the front lines of Islamist terrorism and Americans, especially American Jews, should support it. Liberals undercut American efforts and damage the morale of our troops by questioning the war while it is being waged! Some say the war is a mistake, that it is just a pompous show of American imperialism. Others go as far as to claim that we are fighting an enemy of our own invention, denying Saddam Hussein's link to global terrorism, and assuming that just because WMDs have not been discovered yet, they do not exist.

My friends, after 9/11, how can you possibly assert that war against Islamist terrorism is unjustified? Should we trust the terrorist supporters who, in English, deny that they are waging global jihad against the civilized world, yet say it outright in their own language? Liberals would rather trust Saddam than our own president. Israel's fight is civilization's fight and we must support it before the same unremitting terror comes to our own shores. We must show that we are willing to fight and expect to win.

Liberals criticize the United States for not involving the U.N. in its war on terror. But if you care about Israel, why would you want the U.S. to empower an institution that is corrupt, anti-Semitic, and anti-Zionist?

I know a lot of liberal Jews who support Israel. Here's what I say to them - they can just give themselves a big old pat on the back because that's really all they're going to get from anyone. In other words, there's nothing to be gained by voting for Kerry with respect to Israel but I'll tell you what you risk losing: our "cake" - Israel.

As a liberal Jew, you think that by voting as a Democrat you will save the earth and all its peaceful creatures, and by some crazy extension, Israel's survival will somehow be guaranteed. You don't believe that war solves anything and neither does your presidential candidate. You and Kerry believe that diplomacy and appeasement will protect Israel, even while its Arab enemies send in suicide bombers to kill civilians, and launch mortar and rocket attacks on schools, synagogues, and hospitals. Right?

Wrong. To quote the guys at Protest Warrior ( "Except for ending slavery, fascism, Nazism, and communism, war has never solved anything!" You may want peace - and believe me, so do I - but do you know who doesn't want peace? Arafat, Saddam, Bin Laden, and all their brainwashed followers - the illiterate as well as the many literate ones - who blame America and Israel for their problems instead of their self-indulgent, sadistic dictators. OK, they actually do want peace, but all of infidels have to convert to Islam first. That's not going to work for anyone who believes in truth and justice. We can pretend that our enemies share our values and see the world the same way we see it, but the truth still remains - they won't budge from their positions, forcing us to act as appeasers in an ever futile attempt to win their favor.

To paraphrase Daniel Pipes, appeasement doesn't work against ideologically driven opponents. They see it as a show of weakness and hence, a victory for themselves. It didn't work with Nazis and it's not going to work with our enemies of today either. We can't make peace with people who don't want peace. And if they say they want peace, we need to evaluate their actions before we blindly accept their words as gospel, as we have so many times in the past.

Speaking of empty words and promises, don't be duped by the 2004 election propaganda from either party. So when the Kerry-Edwards "Greetings from the Jewish Outreach Team" tells you that John Kerry plans to wean America off its dependence on the Saudis, don't buy it. Don't assume that Kerry's the better candidate believing that he, unlike Bush, is not in bed with the Saudis. Folks, the bed is a lot bigger than you think, and there's plenty of space taken up by Kerry. Sure, George W. Bush is no George Washington but that doesn't automatically make Kerry Abe Lincoln. Translation: we must vote for the lesser of two evils.

The Saudis will be tied up with our government no matter who wins (source: Sleeping with the Devil by Robert Baer), which makes the entire subject of Saudi dependence a non-issue. In the words of Dr. Jack Wheeler, "The American game of life is poker. All of us are in the highest-stakes game of our lives right now and the only way to back out is to leave the table - leave America and move somewhere else. If you're staying put, then you're in the game, and you play the hand you're dealt.

There is absolutely no escaping from this reality: either John Kerry or George Bush will be elected President of the United States this November."

But wait! If you're a Jew, how can you possibly support the religious Right which seeks to convert you? Here's my response. First, I feel much more comfortable supporting a party that is based on JUDEO-Christian VALUES. Look guys - values! Second, they've been trying to convert the Jews for over 2,000 years. Has it worked? No it hasn't - you are still here. Third, they may want to convert you, but at least they don't want to slice off our heads and parade around holding our body parts. Your real enemies have done more than just taunt you with their master plan. You have seen the plan and how it works. Why are you not more shaken by that?

So you may love your live minks and your trees and trust me, I'm happy for your diverse, non-discriminating family, but at the end of the day you're still a Jew, remember? And if you've ever taken the time to stroll through history, you'd know that the one thing that makes Jews of today so much more privileged than Jews of the past is the fact that you have a state.

When France, or Germany, or God forbid, America doesn't want you anymore, Israel will take you in. Can you imagine being told you have a matter of days to leave your home and you have nowhere to go? A Jewish friend of mine says, she certainly can't imagine it but her great-grandparents were there. It was a time when there was no Israel and America had already closed her gates - the fact that her grandmother and her parents were admitted to this country is nothing short of miraculous. The rest of their family wasn't so fortunate.

I beg of you, put your vanities aside and for the sake of your children, let's make sure they have somewhere to go. Your real protection is there, in the heart of the Middle East, surrounded by 22 Arab nations that all want to devour it. It's there, and it's your, but more often than not, Israel's very existence is dangling by a thread. That was the case in 1948, 1967, 1973, and countless other times, including now - 2004. You have no time to waste. Help let the world know that you are here to stay. With a homeland, your survival is guaranteed; without one, your own lives are also on the line. You can assimilate as much as you want but that doesn't change your inherent Jewish blood and DNA.

The Jew-haters of the world want to eradicate every trace of you. They will not be satisfied by simply watering you down. That was Hitler's belief. Radical Muslim enemies share his goal and are attempting to carry out his plan. Bush understands their end game. Do you?

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