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Israeli Army to Disband Religious-Only Units

By VOA News &

Israeli Army officials have announced the phase-out of military units comprised solely of religious Jews. Maj.-Gen. Elazar Stern said Tuesday officials made the decision because they no longer wanted ideological units in the armed forces. The plan will be implemented in March. In the future, students from orthodox seminaries will be deployed into mixed companies.

Stern acknowledged concern that some soldiers might refuse to participate in the evacuation of settlers under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan. However, he dismissed speculation that the change is related to the planned removal of all 21 settlements in Gaza and four in the West Bank later this year. Embittered Jewish settlement leaders and others are calling on soldiers to disobey orders to evacuate settlers from land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War.

"We have no interest in ideological units in the army," said Stern, himself an observant Jew, to Army Radio. "The IDF is an army of the people, and people should get to know each other, and not think that the other side has horns." He implied that even the Nachal Hareidi - special units that enabled many hareidi-religious soldiers to serve in the army because of their nearly total separate nature - might be dismantled as well. The special hesder units were established to enable the observant soldiers to pray together and otherwise their religious way of life.

Knesset member Effie Eitam, a Brig.-Gen. in the reserves, is up in arms at the attempt to destroy the orthodox units. "I commanded these units very often during my 30 years in the army... No one ever considered them to be ideological units; they are combat units for all intents and purposes. The timing of this decision is clearly political, and the army has allowed itself to become embroiled in the public political controversy."

Eitam said he plans to fight the decision: "I will submit a Knesset query to the Defense Minister, I will bring it up for debate in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and I will speak with the Chief of Staff as well."

Rabbi David Stav, head of the Petach Tikvah hesder yeshiva, accused Stern of acting "without integrity" in making such a unilateral decision: "He asked us what we think, we told him we object - and then he suddenly makes this extreme decision. This is the first time such a thing has been done, without consultation and without trying to reach agreement." He said that it is not true that the yeshiva soldiers do not mix with the regular army: "After 10 months in the army, in any event, they are dispersed in different units."

Another concern is the increasing number of young female soldiers serving in combat and other units in the army - a situation with which the yeshivot hesder wish to avoid coming in contact.

Sharon Evicts Observant Jews from Army Before He Evicts Jews from Their Homes

By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)

Sharon has ordered all religious Jewish military units disbanded and all religious Jews 'evicted' from the IDF (Israel Defense Force) before he begins his 'Disengagement' - the eviction of Jews from their homes.

This news comes to us even as the anti-Semitic United Nations devoted a day-long special session to commemorating the Holocaust. Eloquent speeches were made to a half-empty hall - even by Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan, saying such an event must never be allowed to happen again. We must be on the watch for any revival of anti-Semitism (now ramping up viciously in Europe and Britain). We must be ready to act against these new forms of anti-Semitism that are happening today.

Some may recall that I often refer to Prime Minister Sharon, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres and the rest of the Oslo Gang as "Non-Jewish Jews". They may be Jews according to Jewish law, having been born of a Jewish mother but that is where their Jewishness stops. After that they can be anything because in their hearts they have no belief in the Jewish people, the Covenant of all the Land of Israel given by G-d or even the belief in G-d. Clearly, they are not Jews who believe in Jews. Slowly Sharon will lose the loyalty of the Army who already distrust his judgment. Sharon may have to employ German, Polish and Ukrainian mercenary soldiers to control the Jews he has betrayed.

Now we hear that the religious Jewish military units will be disbanded and they will be made into civilians who will not be able to stand in the way of the Sharon-Peres army who have been ordered to ignore any Jewishness within themselves or any spark of belief that the Land G-d gave to the Jews for Eternity is really theirs to do with as they please...

There is little doubt that Sharon has shed any semblance of an honest, democratic leader who was voted in as Prime Minister as the temporary custodian of the Nation of Israel. He has blossomed into a fully fledged dictator who has clearly transformed himself from being our hero to becoming an enemy of the Jewish people. As anti-Semitism ratchets up in Europe and England, Sharon joins them in spirit, in actions and in fact...

Today Israel has an ugly, non-Jewish government, pretending to be democratic and Jewish at the same time. Sharon and Peres have betrayed the (only) Jewish nation and the Jewish people world wide, acting as if their election passed over to them the ownership of all Jewish Land. This is not the first time Jews have been sold out by the ever-present 'Judenrat' who have haunted our people since Moses accepted the 'Erev Rav' (non-Jewish trash or mixed multitude) when he took the Jewish people out of Egypt. They were always there - in every land - to subvert, betray and bond with our most vicious enemies.

Sharon is a direct reflection of what all other hostile nations want of Israel's leadership. Sharon will be the midwife or godfather of another Arab Muslim State of Palestine, which will rapidly fill with terrorists from all over the globe to become a global terrorist base to mount terror attacks against Israel as well as the rest of the Free World. Even now Sharon has made it possible for Palestinian terrorists in Gaza to fire Kassam rockets directly into Israeli cities.

Just look how what are now called 'insurgents' have poured into Iraq from Syria, Al Qaeda, Iran.... to murder, blow up, kidnap, behead American and allied soldiers and civilian construction workers trying to rebuild a free, democratic Iraq. They are pouring all their fire into stopping the coming election in Iraq now that is a preview of what will soon happen in Israel.

Imagine that virulent force descending on Israel - from a fully Muslim Arab terrorist State in Gaza after Sharon retreats and creates a "Judenrein" (Jew-Free) base for Global radical Islamic terror. Sharon will have enabled them to attack all of Israel from close in, with long range, high tech weapons supplied by all the surrounding Arab Muslim States (including Russia) hostile to the tiny Jewish State.

Sharon knows that the Arab Muslim Palestinian terrorists, backed by Syria and Iran will not give Israel any moment of peace and security. Knowing this has made Sharon into a betrayer of the Jews of Israel. Ordering the Jewish army and Police to attack Jews and drag them away from their homes, farms, factories, schools, synagogues, water, infrastructure and even their cemeteries follows Hitler's "Final Solution to his Jewish question" quite closely.

Do you think these statements are too extreme? Reset your mind-set. Look at the facts without your inner revulsion denying that this could be true. The only reason to state these abhorrent facts is to prevent them from happening by stimulating a tremendous response of self-defense within all Jews all over the world...

What can you do about it? Ask yourself. Who can you write to and "Shrei Gevalt!" (Yiddish for Call to Alarm)? At the least send a message to and Also, write to your local Jewish Federations, leaders, local and national media (both secular and Jewish), Jewish organizations and synagogues. Write to whomever else you can reach from the president of your countries to those individuals who may seem to have no power. Our power will arise from our unity. Our unity will come from our belief in G-d's Covenant that gives the Land of Israel to the Jewish people in perpetuity. Defend yourselves; defend your fellow Jews; defend the only Jewish State.

Demonstration Against Catholic Church in Birkenau


A delegation from Amcha - the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, will be demonstrating Wednesday at the site of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. The action at Auschwitz comes on the eve of the 60th anniversary commemoration of the death camp's liberation from the Nazis, which is drawing heads of state and foreign ministers, including United States Vice-President Dick Cheney and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The demonstrators at Auschwitz will be at the Catholic church in Birkenau, Auschwitz' killing grounds, where over a million Jews were murdered. The church had been the SS commandant's headquarters at Birkenau.

The demonstrators charge "the presence of the church at Birkenau is totally inappropriate since one million Jews were murdered there by the Nazis because they were Jews. We demand that the church decamp the building immediately. The presence of the church only perpetuates the strong feeling that the Catholic church is making a deliberate effort to Christianize sites and symbols of the Holocaust. The Polish government, which administers the Auschwitz site, has the power to remove the church."

Rabbi David Kalb, National Vice President of Amcha - the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, stated "it is completely inappropriate to have a church at the site of the largest Jewish cemetery in the world. We do not agree with the construction of any religious house of worship in Birkenau - the camp must be left how it was, so people can really understand what happened." This demonstration is coordinated by the US-based Amcha - the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, whose national president is Rabbi Avi Weiss.

Study: PA Conducting Nazi Propaganda Against Jews

By Ha'aretz

A new study conducted at the request of Diaspora Affairs Minister Natan Sharansky has accused the Palestinian Authority of conducting systematic Nazi propaganda against Jews. The researchers admitted that no direct proof of a directed policy was found, and that the theory that they developed was based on "circumstantial evidence" through analyzing Palestinian publications with clear anti-Semitic themes.

Sharansky said Tuesday that Palestinian Authority schools were training "tens of thousands of future terrorists. We welcome the efforts being made recently to prevent dozens of terrorists from carrying out terror attacks. But at the same time, Palestinian schools teach and Palestinian national television broadcasts terrible anti-Semitic propaganda," Sharansky said at a press conference in Jerusalem, in which the findings of the study were presented. Sharansky is due to present the study's findings to foreign ambassadors at the Knesset on Wednesday.

The research was conducted by Palestinian Media Watch, an institute that tracks PA publications and textbooks. The main point made by the researchers is that the PA has constructed a "legal file," as they phrase it, against Jews, consisting of the same messages used by Nazi Germany.

The file, they claim, consists of three phases: Presenting Jews as sub-human and having evil qualities; presenting Jews as a nation that threatens the existence of Palestinians, Arabs, and the world in general; and the Palestinian version of the "final solution," the elimination of the Jews. "During Abu Mazen's [Mahmoud Abbas] tenure, a slight decrease has been marked in the number of calls to murder Jews, but there has been an increase in broadcasts depicting Jews as sub-humans and as an existential threat to mankind," Itamar Marcus, one of the two individuals who conducted the research, said at the press conference,

Some 20 segments from interviews with various individuals, originally broadcast on Palestinian TV were presented at the press conference. The segments included clear anti-Semitic themes, some of which included references to Jews as monkeys and pigs, as well as a quote from an Islamic religious text, which mentions the destruction of the Jews.

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