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Bill proposed to replace 'Draconian' press law

By, Ha'aretz

A license will no longer be required to publish a newspaper, and the Minister of Interior's power to shut down a paper will be revoked - if the proposed bill for the Press Law by the Ministry of Interior is passed into law. The new law will replace the press ordinance that dates back to the British Mandate period, which was legislated in 1933 and is still valid. Minister of Interior Avraham Poraz said Sunday that he would promote the bill because "it was improper for an administrative body to possess Draconian powers that have the potential of harming the freedom of press."

Hizbullah Escalation: Claims Drone Over Israel

By & Ha'aretz

The Hizbullah terrorist organization's television channel Al-Manar announced Sunday that a drone - a pilotless aircraft - had been dispatched by Hizbullah to northern Israel. The report stated that the drone returned from its flight over Nahariya, on Israel's northwestern coast, without incident "after carrying out its mission."

The terrorists reported that they would continue to run the espionage flights over "northern Palestine," in response to Israel's drones that fly over Lebanon. Chief Hizbullah terrorist Sheikh Nasrallah boasted last week that his organization would soon activate new technology in response to Israel's flights over Lebanon.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed Sunday evening that a drone did indeed enter Israeli airspace, and flew over the northern city of Nahariya. The IDF said that the drone crashed into the sea when it returned to Lebanon. Reports from Lebanese fishermen of an object slamming into the sea apparently confirm the IDF's report.

"The new qualitative achievement comes as part of the natural response to Israel's violation of Lebanese air space," the militant organization said in a report on its television channel, Al-Manar. In a statement to the Associated Press, Hezbollah said a reconnaissance drone of the Islamic Resistance, the group's military wing, carried out its first flights over "occupied northern Palestine, flying over several Zionist settlements, reaching the coastal settlement of Nahariya and returning safely to its base."

"This qualitative and new achievement by the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon comes as part of a natural response to the Zionist enemy's repeated and permanent violations of Lebanese airspace," the statement said. Hezbollah also warned "Starting today, we will send our planes as we please."

Since Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, its air force planes have frequently flown into Lebanese airspace, incidents which have been widely covered in the Arab press.

Labor MK Eitan Cabel demanded that the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee hold an urgent meeting to examine how such a simple device could have successfully entered Israeli airspace, undetected by a sophisticated radar system that costs millions of dollars.

Palestinian Leaders Prepare Post-Arafat Security Plan

By VOA News

Palestinian leaders have agreed on a plan to provide security in Gaza and the West Bank as Yasir Arafat remains in serious (some reports indicate he is brain dead)) condition in a Paris hospital. Palestinian political leaders and heads of militant groups have also called for unity in the event the ailing terrorist leader dies.

The Palestinian Authority president's health has worsened since he flew to France for medical care in late October. Aides said Sunday that he is in stable condition in the intensive care unit. There have also been reports he is in a coma.

Also Sunday, Israel said it completed preparations for the long-time terrorist leader to be buried in Gaza. Arafat has made it clear in the past that he wants to be buried in Jerusalem, but Israel rejected that. Asked why Israel would not allow the PLO chief to be buried in Jerusalem, Justice Minister Yosef Lapid said, "Jerusalem is burial place for Jewish leaders, not Arab terrorists." Some Israelis don't agree. MK Ofir Pines of Labor has called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to consider permitting Arafat's burial in Jerusalem, in exchange for a PA promise to cease all violence.

Top Palestinian officials said they would fly to Paris on Monday to consult with doctors about Arafat's health. Current Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas may also meet with French officials during their visit. France's foreign minister Michel Barnier Sunday described Arafat's condition as "very complex, very serious and stable."

A top Arafat aide said the Palestinian leader was not in a coma. The aide, Nabil Abu Rdainah, told reporters that the Palestinian president was in stable condition in the intensive care unit. However, some reports say the 75-year-old Arafat has been in a coma since last week as doctors work to find out what ails him.

Murdering Terrorist as Seen Through the World's Rose-Colored Glasses


As Yasir Arafat lies on his deathbed in Paris, media and politicians throughout the world are taking pains to speak kindly about the 75-year-old man who made a career out of being a terrorist.

The South African news site News 24, in summing up Arafat's career, referred to him as the founder of the Palestinian Students' League in 1949. The site then related that he formed the Fatah guerilla movement in 1965 and became Palestinian Liberation Organization chairman in 1969 after Israel attacked his base in Jordan.

Under the title "Key Dates" in his life, News 24 omitted any reference to Arafat's terrorist activities. Instead, it mentioned his address to the United Nations, his surviving an Israeli air strike on the PLO in Tunisia, the Oslo agreements and his winning of the Nobel Prize for Peace. The list concluded with the Israeli cabinet in 2002 declaring him an "enemy, his refusal to go into permanent exile and his recent airlift to France.

The Switzerland Information site says Arafat "will be remembered as the leader who led the way to negotiations with Israel and hopes for peace, but who ultimately failed." The site, "Swissinfo", describes him as being the "military leader" of the PLO. It continues, "Arafat was associated with violence and hijackings in the late 1960s and '70s. But, in later years, he took on the role of statesman and mediator."

It concluded that "analysts are skeptical about the current prospects for peace" in the Mideast because of Israel's refusal to grant Arabs the "right of return" which would allow millions of Arabs to overwhelm Israel. It adds that a "prerequisite for peace from the Israeli side is that the Palestinians clamp down on the militant groups that have carried out frequent suicide bombings."

The New York Times, in its usually style of referring him as "Mr. Arafat," wrote that "with Arafat gone, the argument of the United States and Israel that there is no partner for them to talk to is obviously not valid anymore." The Times does not identify the future partner.

The MSN internet news service writes, "Yasir Arafat was the subject of some pretty bad jokes," such as one in which a fortune teller tells Arafat he will die on a Jewish festival. The mystic explained, "Mr. Chairman, any day you die is a major Jewish holiday."

MSN told its readers "the worst and cruelest Arafat joke is the state he has left his people in--or...the absence of a state." But it then referred to his actions as having "saved the Palestinians." Arafat was described as a "terrorist pioneer" who made "brilliant and cold-blooded use of television to tell the world of the Palestinian cause." Most news sources viewed Arafat as having failed to negotiate successfully with Israel, and virtually every source omitted reference to his career as a terrorist.

The BBC has received at least 500 complaints over a broadcast in which its correspondent said she "started to cry" when Arafat departed his ruined PLO headquarters in Ramallah for a hospital in Paris.

Barbara Plett, BBC's Middle East correspondent, reported on a BBC Radio 4 program last Saturday her impressions of the sickly Arafat's departure. "When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry," she said. The Sunday Telegraph, reporting on the controversy caused by her remarks, noted, "The fact that a Middle East correspondent has such sympathies will fuel claims of BBC bias towards the Arabs." BBC sources were quoted as saying that Plett realized that her words were a "misjudgment."

Plett's broadcast displayed her strong sympathy for Arafat, though among what she called his "obvious failings," she listed "his ambivalence towards violence." She was likely referring to the thousands of murders attributed to him and his men, earning him the commonly used title, "father of modern-day terrorism."

Plett also noted Arafat's "use of corruption [and] his autocratic way of ruling," but then said, "During those black days in Ramallah, he was a symbol of Palestinian unity, steadfastness, and resistance." She later added, "Throughout his years of revolution, peace, and uprising, the Palestinian leader has been an enduring national symbol."

Danny Seaman, the director of Israel's Government Press Office, responded sharply. "This is a clear example of the problem that Israel has been facing for years," he told Ynet, "and that is the lack of balance in BBC reports... BBC never displayed feelings like that towards Arafat's victims."

Israel's Magshoe Provides a Step Ahead in Security Solutions


Terrorism is a clear and present danger that has grown to global proportions and threatens the very fabric of American daily lives. At airports, walk-through gate detectors are not reliable in detecting metal in shoes or on the lower body extremities. As a result, passengers at airport security check-in are required to remove their shoes to pass "securely," causing passenger discomfort, anxiety and annoyance, air traffic delays and, most importantly, compromised security.

A new Israeli device could change that. With the Magshoe metal detector, developed by Israeli startup Ido Security, the passenger simply steps fully shoed onto the device, and the check is completed in 1.2 seconds. Passengers proceed quickly and easily through security, alleviating tension, reducing departure delays - and ensuring safety.

The detector checks the weight of the shoes, the amount of metal they contain, and any difference between the two shoes. Results are displayed on a screen and automatically trigger a buzzer if the shoe presents a potential threat. Using the most sensitive setting, sensors are able to detect objects as small as a cardboard knife blade. Exterior extension detectors detect metal objects as large as handguns or gun parts.

The Magshoe has received a U.S. patent, and according to Business Development Manager Yoav Hirsh, has been sold to a number of locations. The device is also designed for use in prisons, border crossings, railroad stations, stadiums, and any other high security portal, such as VIP homes and offices, office buildings, and more.

"It's the only device of its type in the world," Hirsh told ISRAEL21c. He said the Magshoe was developed in cooperation with Israeli security services, and that the main people in the company all had background in defense services, including Gil Stiff, the founder and main shareholder. Working in their Rishon Lezion offices, Ido employs 12 people.

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