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Arab Countries Rely on Israeli Medical Supplies


Despite harsh words, condemnations and calls to boycott the Jewish State, Arab countries purchase much of their medical equipment from Israel. Arab countries purchase a wide array of medical supplies and equipment from 24 different Israeli companies. The countries include Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates. US military personnel in Iraq also put that country on the list. Overall, Israeli exports of medical equipment rose by 7.2% in 2004 to $1.09 billion and, according to the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, will rise by another 5-7% by the end of 2005. Israel is one of the world's leaders in medical patents per capita and the Jewish State's life-science industry is one of the strongest and most advanced worldwide.

Arab Summit Calls on Israel to Withdraw From Occupied Territories

By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)

With the Arab world facing pressing issues, including massive demonstrations in Beirut, the Syrian troop withdrawal from Lebanon and democratic reform, the Arab League summit opened Tuesday focused on just one issue: renewed calls for Israel to withdraw from occupied Arab territories in return for normalization of relations.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said that Israel believes relations with the Arab world would be normalized without concessions. He said commitments must be met with commitments, including an Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territories and creation of a Palestinian state. The comments were made following the rejection of a Jordanian proposal for Arab states to begin normalizing relations with Israel prior to an Israeli withdrawal, as part of a broad peace initiative. The summit is expected to once again endorse a Saudi land-for-peace proposal adopted by the Arab League three years ago that was rejected by Israel.

Anti-Expulsion Protesters Block Roads, Detainees Gassed and German-Bred Horses Used by Police


Anti-expulsion activists have once again captured the country's attention, blocking main intersections with varied degrees of success and bringing traffic to a halt on main roads across Israel. Protesters succeeded in blocking the major Poleg Junction on the coastal highway, near Netanya, for over half and hour during rush hour this evening. The activists responded to arrest with non-violent passive resistance despite violent arrest tactics used by the officers. Thirty activists were arrested as well as a bus driver parked in Netanya who was suspected of transporting the protesters to the site.

A short time earlier, the main Jerusalem-Dead Sea highway was blocked by burning tires. By the time police arrived to unclog the traffic jam, protesters had fled the scene. Anti-disengagement protesters also burned tires near the Ha`amakim junction in the north of the country.

Police, flustered at the failure to prevent the road-blockings, detained and questioned a busload of residents of Judea, Samaria and the Jerusalem region who were delivering mishloach manot Purim gifts to residents of towns along the coastal plain. The residents were bringing fresh produce from Gush Katif; along with pro-Land of Israel literature in order to explain the dangers of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan to Jews whose only exposure to the plan has been through the government controlled media.

The chartered bus they were riding in was halted by police at the Oranim Junction in Samaria and its passengers detained for over an hour. Arutz-7' reported that the police threatened the bus's driver with the revocation of his license if he did not turn around and return to Eli. The police took the driver's ID and license, saying they had intelligence information that a bus full of protesters planning on blocking major intersections had left from a Jewish town in the Shomron region. The officers were unconvinced by the large bundles of Gush Katif parsley and lettuce on the bus ready for delivery. "We have orders to detain you," they told residents repeatedly.

Some of the detained residents alighted from the bus to pray the afternoon prayer. They were met with a large police presence and a police helicopter hovering overhead. David, a 17-year-old passenger on another bus pulled over near the Glilot Junction and brought to a nearby police facility, told Arutz-7 of severe violence used by the police against the minors. "They locked us in the bus for two hours without water or the ability to go to the bathroom," David said. "Then, they lost their temper and threw a gas canister into the bus. Afterward, an officer boarded and started indiscriminately hitting people sitting inside the bus for absolutely no reason, including girls. The police simply went berserk. At one stage, the police lost their cool and burst into the bus spraying tear gas at girls and boys," he said.

David also said the police who used violence had removed their nametags to prevent their being identified later. Police told Ma'ariv they would investigate the use of pepper spray, but said that if it had in fact been used it was the decision of a lone officer who sprayed a small bottle of it from outside the bus. The police also claimed that any violence was used due to the youth's refusal to cooperate.

Elsewhere, police detained dozens of right-wing activists who planned on simply handing out promotional material and bumper stickers this evening wherever they were spotted near major intersections. It is common for members of various political movements to stand at intersections in order to distribute literature and bumper stickers.

Two Yesha residents driving a commercial vehicle in Netanya were detained as well, on suspicion of involvement in the road blocking. One activist called the police intervention "a new record in Sharon's tyranny. Now, all you have to do is appear outwardly religious or have a Yesha address to be rounded up by the Prime Minister's police."

Tel Aviv district police declared the highest state of alert Tuesday evening, dispatching a helicopter in search of protestors planning to block traffic. In Bat Yam, a group of anti-expulsion protesters gathered at the town's main intersections and were met by a very large police presence. The protesters did not interfere with the flow of traffic.

Police forces were spotted along most of Israel's main thoroughfares in the Tel Aviv region in anticipation of further obstructions of traffic. Activists have expressed their hope that if the withdrawal plan were actually gone ahead with, police would not be able to unclog the roads, expel Jews from their homes and quell mass civil disobedience all at once.

Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg said the actions of the police were uncalled for and counterproductive. "Unfortunately, the out-of-control actions taken by the police played directly into the hands of the road-blockers by backing up their claim that it is the only protest action left. We will pursue disciplinary measures against those responsible [for the detainment of the Purim gift deliverers]."

The Yesha Council also condemned the police response. "This Bolshevik suppression of legitimate protest activities attests to the regime's attempt to curb and prevent the expression of the 'incorrect' public," a statement said.

Orange has become the color of the struggle against the abandonment of Gush Katif, with orange sweatshirts, bracelets, hats, umbrellas, scarves, posters and bumper stickers filling the country in recent months. Organizers now hope to unite even more people - whether they currently wear a black kippah, a colored crocheted one or none at all - under one skullcap: an orange one. "This will give over the clear message that the People of Israel and of Gush Katif are one," explained, "and no one in the State of Israel has the right or strength to expel Jews from their Land and their homes."

While Gush Katif residents consider a wide-scale orange yarmulke campaign, the forces engaged in the disengagement evacuation are to be reinforced by some 50-60 German-bred horses. The police's cavalry unit plans to deploy the horses as part of the efforts to repress resistance during the expulsion of the Jews - and possibly thousands of their supporters - from their homes this summer. Some 5,000 to 6,000 policemen are expected to be involved in the actual expulsion work.

Each horse is "the equivalent of 100 policemen," Asst.-Cmdr. Amos Carmeli of the police's Technological and Logistics Department explained, without elaborating. "The use of German horses during the evacuation of Jews from their homes is very scary," said Yesha Council spokesperson Emily Amrusi. "I just hope they won't use German-made weapons as well." In addition, new vehicles will be deployed. These include the Tomcar vehicle, a 4x4 Israeli-made two-seater that can climb stairs, flip over, roll over sideways, and still keep on going. Another vehicle to be used will be the Hummer jeep, a five-seater that comes complete with a small radar-and-observation post.

Orange has become the color of the struggle against the abandonment of Gush Katif, with orange sweatshirts, bracelets, hats, umbrellas, scarves, posters and bumper stickers filling the country in recent months. Organizers now hope to unite even more people - whether they currently wear a black kippah, a colored crocheted one or none at all - under one skullcap: an orange one. "This will give over the clear message that the People of Israel and of Gush Katif are one," explained, "and no one in the State of Israel has the right or strength to expel Jews from their Land and their homes."

Proof Found of Hitler's Personal Involvement in Holocaust Details

By Reuters

Concrete evidence that Adolph Hitler was personally involved in the details of planning the Holocaust has been published in a new German book based on Soviet interrogations of two of the Nazi leader's closest aides.

Matthias Uhl, a Berlin historian who found a secret biography of the Nazi leader in Moscow commissioned by Josef Stalin, said on Tuesday such tangible proof of Hitler's role in the Holocaust that killed six million Jews had not been found before. "It was always assumed Hitler was involved in the Holocaust planning despite a lack of corresponding documents," Uhl told Reuters after the publication his 672-page "Das Buch Hitler" (The Hitler Book) based on a 413-page original for Stalin. "This shows for the first time that Hitler was intimately involved," he added.

"The Hitler Book" was first presented to the Soviet dictator in December 1949, in a limited edition of one. Uhl found it buried in a Soviet archive last summer and with the help of a Nazi expert, Henrik Eberle, published the book on Monday. Uhl said the biography designed to give Stalin details of Hitler's death, insights into his thinking, and information about the betrayals around him was based on two years of interrogation of two Hitler associates - his butler Heinz Linge and SS adjutant Otto Guensche.

Linge and Guensche spent 10 years working for Hitler. They were captured by the Soviets in Berlin on May 2, 1945, days after both helped burn Hitler's body. After beatings, they told the Soviet secret service all they knew about Hitler. They were released in 1955. Linge died in 1980 and Guensche in 2003. "Hitler showed personal interest in the development of the gas chambers," the book said. "He studied the development of the project that [SS leader Heinrich] Himmler presented him. Hitler ordered full support for engineers building the gas chambers."

The book, which supports much of what is already known about Hitler, his odd sense of humor and his relationship with Eva Braun, quotes from written reports by Linge and Guensche. "Hitler told Himmler to use more trucks with mobile gas chambers so that munitions needed for the troops wouldn't be wasted on shooting Russian [prisoners]," the book reads. "Himmler reported that the mobile gas chambers were working. He laughed cynically when he said that this method of murder is 'more considerate' and 'quieter' than shooting them," it adds.

Uhl, an historian at the Institute of Contemporary History, said the book offers confirmation that Hitler had no warning about his deputy Rudolf Hess's peace flight to Britain in 1941. "Obviously after more than 50 years of study into the Nazi era there isn't a lot to be found that's going to rewrite history," Uhl said. "But it does illuminate a lot of things." Uhl said Hitler's relationship with Eva Braun, for example, was closer than thought, especially after Germany's defeat at Stalingrad. He called her at least every second day after that.

Hitler also had a strange sense of humor. He allowed German soldiers in occupied countries to marry local women, but only after he saw photographs of the women. "Most of the women in the pictures were not especially pretty," the book said. "Hitler laughed and said once the soldiers who fell in love with these women sobered up again they would curse him for allowing them to marry."

The book quotes the two aides saying Hitler mocked the United States when it declared war in December 1941. "He said their cars never win races, American planes look sharp but their engines are worthless ... He said they hadn't proven anything - just mediocrity and advertising."

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