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The six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust were more than a mere statistic. They were individuals and the Yad Vashem Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names demonstrates that fact. Each Page of Testimony represents one life. It ties the victim to a family: a spouse, a father, a mother and sometimes children. It links the person to the living remnant of the family through the submitter of the Page of Testimony, invariably a relative. To submit a Page of Testimony, go to!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_9M. Submit them through this web site rather than through the paper form. There is already a backlog of thousands of written Pages of Testimony that must be keyed into the database by the Yad Vashem staff. Performing the data entry yourself will speed up the process.

Massive Attack on IDF in Gaza

By & VOA News

Arab terrorists and suicide bombers exploded a tunnel near an IDF post killing four Israelis and injuring at least 10 other soldiers Sunday night during a carefully planned massive assault on the army and nearby Jewish towns.

The attack came on the heels of continued shelling of nearby Jewish communities the day after an Israel Army commander declared his soldiers would defend Gush Katif just as they protect Jews in the western Negev inside the pre-1967 border. The army killed at least one terrorist and wounded others involved in the combined assault of two suicide bombers and terrorist gunmen who are associated with the ruling Palestinian Authority Fatah party and Hamas.

The injured soldiers, including seven in serious or critical condition, were rushed by helicopter and ambulances to the nearby Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. Constant Arab gunfire delayed rescued personnel in evacuating the wounded soldiers. They found one soldier in serious condition after being trapped for two hours in the exploded tunnel.

Terrorists blew up more than one ton of explosives in a quarter-mile long tunnel near a check post where Arabs pass from Gaza to Egypt. The blast occurred around 5:30 p.m., when the passage is closed, and apparently was timed to prevent injuries to Arabs. Terrorists followed the bomb blast with gunfire and mortar shelling and then detonated another bomb which destroyed an IDF post. ,
The Palestinian rerrorist group Hamas and a group calling itself the Fatah Hawks, a military youth wing of the ruling Fatah party of Abu Mazen, claimed they were behind the well-planned assault, which they warned will be followed by others. A Hamas official said 1.5 tons of explosives were set off in the blast. Ha'aretz quoted a Palestinian militant who gave his name as Abu Majid as saying the explosion in the tunnel was retaliation for what he called "the assassination" of Yasir Arafat, who died on November 11.

On Saturday, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, Nasser al-Kidwa, Arafat's nephew, refused to rule out that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by Israel, despite a statement from the French hospital, where he was treated until his death, that there was no evidence of poisoning.

Arabs also continued to fire Kassam rockets and mortar shells on Jewish communities in Gush Katif, less than three miles from the tunnel blast, and on northern Gaza Jewish communities, three miles south of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. No one was reported injured, but a community clubhouse suffered heavy damage. No one was inside when the shell struck.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and defense officials recently have stated that the IDF is beginning to coordinate with PA security forces in an effort to "test" the PA's ability to control terror. Sharon also has declared that he will not allow his expulsion plan to take place under fire. Shortly after Sunday's assault, Gaza Arabs celebrated and danced in the streets, similar to reactions following dozens of terrorist attacks in the past.

Sunday's attack will not change the government's plan to release more than 100 Arab terrorist prisoners, an aide close to the prime minister said. The Cabinet decided to form a ministerial committee to determine the criteria for their release. Based on past experience, the Supreme Court will be asked to step in.

The Cabinet decision was taken at the behest of Prime Minister Sharon, as a gesture to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in honor of Azzam Azzam's release. Azzam was released last after eight years in Egyptian prison; he had been convicted of spying for Israel, though he and Israel both strenuously denied the charges. Egypt did not release Azzam for nothing; Israel released six Egyptians it arrested three months ago for conspiring to murder Israeli soldiers.

A team headed by the Director of the Justice Ministry will prepare, by the end of this week, a list of terrorists whose prison terms can be shortened or ended. A ministerial team will then review the list and make the final decisions.

Meir Indor, of the Terror Victims Association (TVA), said, "What's clear is that Egypt now knows that it should kidnap other innocent Israeli citizens, hold them in prison for a while until Israel gets used to having them there, and then they'll receive the release of terrorists and the evacuation of Jewish towns in return for finally freeing them. Given that our government is so irresponsible, this should be a warning to all Israelis not to visit Egypt and other Arab nations."

More Indications that Gaza is Only Sharon´s First Step


The Sunday Times of London reported that Labor Party leader Shimon Peres "believes that Ariel Sharon will eventually be prepared to withdraw" from much of Judea and Samaria - not just Gaza. The Times wrote that Peres feels that Sharon will "eventually be prepared to withdraw from more West Bank land than the small amount designated in his disengagement plan." Peres is on the verge of leading his party into a unity government with the Likud – a government in which Peres will have a major say in diplomatic affairs.

Peres explained to the Times that Sharon has "accepted the vision of President Bush which includes the declaration of a Palestinian state," and that such a state cannot be created with the presence of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The logical conclusion, according to Peres and the Times, is that Sharon agrees that "tens of thousands of Jewish residents" in Judea and Samaria must be expelled from their homes.

The question of the future of Judea and Samaria has been a point of contention between the Likud and Labor since Israel liberated these areas during the Six-Day War in 1967. The disagreement has largely been overlooked, though, in the drive to form a national unity government between the two parties. Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (Likud) alluded to it in an interview with Voice of Israel this morning, and said that the Likud must be on guard to ensure that Labor's position does not win the day.

"Mr. Peres is already looking beyond the disengagement from Gaza," Netanyahu said, "towards a return to the 1967 borders and the division of Jerusalem. Labor has apparently not learned very much from the dismal failure of Oslo. In any event, the Likud will have to stand very strongly on its principles, namely, no return to 1967 borders and no division of Jerusalem."

Netanyahu may be waging a losing battle. As reported on Arutz-7 last week, there have been other indications that Sharon and the U.S. do not plan to stop in Gaza. Elliot Abrams, director of the U.S. National Security Council Middle East section, told American Jewish leaders in Washington not long ago that the US demands that Israel evacuate and abandon all Jewish communities behind the anti-terror partition fence. "It's clear to us that in the end, the settlements on the other side of the partition will be dismantled," Abrams said. He explained that the Americans will support Israel's retention of "settlement blocs" only if Israel uproots everything else in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.

Close colleagues of Ariel Sharon indicate that the Prime Minister shares these positions. Former Herzliya Mayor Eli Landau told Arutz-7 over three months ago that Sharon's withdrawal plan "would eventually take Israel all the way back to the anti-terrorism partition fence." Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, as well, has been saying for a year that Israel will have to withdraw from many areas in Judea and Samaria.

French Jews Protest Anti-Semitic TV


French Jews have launched a national campaign against the French government's recent decision to allow the Hizbullah terrorist organization's satellite television station to broadcast in France. The decision to allow Al Manar, the Hizbullah station, to broadcast was "a shock for the French Jewish community," Roger Cukierman told CNN, as it "espouses the merits of terrorism." Cukierman is president of CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France), a French Jewish umbrella organization.

A French governing agency, the CSA, admitted last week that Al Manar broadcasts were a threat to the public and in violation of an agreement to bar anti-Semitic broadcasts it signed last month. Despite this, the CSA rejected a government recommendation to stop Al Manar transmissions in November and granted the terrorist organization a new license to continue.

Cukierman accused France of bowing to pressure from Arab countries in allowing Al Manar to broadcast. Media officials from Lebanon warned France Friday that Lebanon might ban French stations if it takes Al Manar off the air.

A November 23 Al-Manar broadcast accused "Zionists [of] transmitting dangerous diseases such as AIDS through exports to Arab countries," according to Cukierman. Other broadcasts have showed "actors dressed as rabbis slitting the throats of children to get blood for matzos [unleavened bread eaten by Jews on Passover - historically a traditional target for infamous blood-libels against Jews - ed.]," he told CNN.

Israeli Technology to Enable In-Flight Cell Phone Usage


Israeli technology will soon enable passengers to call ahead about delays in arrival times, rendering obsolete in-flight announcements to "Please turn off all cellular phones before takeoff." Thanks to new Israeli technology, though, the in-flight cellular phone ban may become a thing of the past.

Qualcomm Israel, a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Qualcomm, has developed technology which would allow for clear, safe cellular phone calls to be made while riding in an airplane. This past summer, the company carried out tests, together with American Airlines, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the satellite-based air-to-ground cellular service, reported.

The successful test demonstrated in-cabin voice communications using commercially available CDMA mobile phones and an in-flight third-generation (3G) 'pico-cell' network. "During the flight, we were able to support about 10 calls, as well as SMS text messages," Qualcomm Israel's Boaz Bryger told Israel21c. "We tried every combination - incoming and outgoing, from mobile to mobile, land to mobile, etc... The voice quality was good, and the system was stable." Bryger directs engineering at the company's Israel headquarters and headed the engineering team that was in charge of the project.

Qualcomm's "pico-cell" technology consists of a laptop computer sized Base Station Sytem which acts as a cellular antenna within the aircraft. The pico-cell then beams the voice-data via satellite to the ground networks. According to USA Today, developers believe that travelers will use their cell phones while in the air if they are charged less than a dollar a minute. Customers would pay by entering their credit card numbers upon placing a call, or may just have the charges added to their monthly cell phone bills.

Attention eBay Bidders: Zionist Flavor Cafe For Sale

By Galit Yamini

The Internet auction company eBay is well known for selling just about everything under the sun, from used scissors to rare works of art. However, an original Israeli initiative has now made it possible to buy a cafe with a historical Zionist flavor - Cafe Taanug on 15 Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. The owner, businessman Shlomo Asch, gave up on regular ads and decided to try his hand with a more original approach. Asch is asking for $900,000 on the Web site's real estate section for the building.

He provides the following information for potential buyers: "RESTAURANT BAR IN HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD, TEL-AVIV, ISRAEL Restaurant / bar for sale by owner. Located at 15 Rothschild Avenue, at the heart of Tel-Aviv's historic neighborhood "Achuzat Bayit". The property is located across the avenue from The Independence Hall, part of Eretz Israel Museum, where Israel's Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948. Rented until 2009. $36,000 for the first two years, with a 5% annual increase afterward. The restaurant includes 1130 square feet (there's licensing for additional sidewalk seating). The shop includes additional 4.9% common property rights of the office building."

Asch considers eBay a good way to publicize his property internationally. "Investors want to buy growing businesses with a good return, and they are seeking special angles, like a historic site like this one," he observed, adding that eBay was not the only place he would advertise, but the first one he thought of since so many people visit the site. Asch said that potential buyers from around the world already have contacted him, and he is exploring a number of offers. He is paying $350 to advertise for three months, and believes it will pay off very soon despite acknowledging that he will have to pay commission fees. "It is still more lucrative than other marketing means."

Law Firm Representing Terror Attack Victims

By Israel Faxx News Services

The law firms Mann & Mairone (USA and Israel) and H2O Law LLP (UK) represent hundreds of victims of terrorist attacks by Palestinian terrorist organizations. Their spokesman said that the firms will advise "on the civil legal remedies available against terrorists and against those international financial institutions that have, for significant profit, assisted in the financial arrangements that ultimately have furthered terrorism."

The initial action, to be filed in the U.S. courts this week, will be against the Arab Bank Group for their operation of "Account 98"; an account advertised within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as providing finance to the Palestinian administered territories in support of the Second Intifada and the families of suicide bombers.

Within the next two weeks a group representing more than 500 victims of suicide bombings, will personally deliver a writ to the Arab Bank Group's U.S. headquarters at 520 Madison Avenue in New York City. The writ will allege, among other allegations, that the Arab Bank Group allowed itself to be the vehicle to transfer money to the families of suicide bombers.

These proceedings mark the beginning of an unprecedented civil campaign by the victims of terror. Never before have so many victims of different terrorist atrocities united together in a common stand through the rule of law against the culture that sustains terrorism.

For more information, contact Gavriel Mairone  at Mann & Mairone Jason McCue, H2O Law LLP at Rehov Ha-Chilazon 12 40-43 Chancery Lane
Ramat Gan London, Israel WC2A 1JQ, Tel: +972 3 612 2292 Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 4700, Fax: +972 3 612 2123 Fax: +44 (0)20 7061 9461 or e-mail or

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