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Twin Towers Victim Recognized as Victim of Terror

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Israeli citizen Haggai Shefi, killed in the 9/11 terror attack in New York City, was officially recognized by the State of Israel as a 'victim of terror' as the Tel Aviv District Court handed down its the ruling. The ruling is seen as a precedent-setting once since to date, none of the Israelis who perished in the Twin Towers have been recognized as terror victims under Israeli law. Following the court ruling, his widow and children will be entitled to Bituah Leumi (National Insurance Institute) assistance as is given to all victims of terror attacks


PA TV Sermon: Subjugate Christians, Exterminate Jews!

By IsraelNationalNews.com

A sermon broadcast last Friday on PA (Palestinian Authority) television called for the subjugation of all Christian countries under Islam and the extermination of every Jew.

The Muslim cleric, Ibrahim Mudayris, told Palestinians, "The day will come and we shall rule America, Britain, we shall rule the entire world, except the Jews." According to Mudayris, unlike the Christian countries, Jews cannot be placed under subjugation. He told Palestinian television viewers that the only fate awaiting Jews is death by extermination.

The sermon's content clearly indicates that the PA under Mahmoud Abbas has not met its commitment to stem anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incitement in the Palestinian media. The cleric's sermon is as virulent and hateful as any of the Jew hatred published by the Nazi German regime, making the PA one of the primary proponents of anti-Semitic propaganda in the world today.

In the sermon, which was translated by Itmar Marcus and Barbara Cook of Palestinian Media Watch, Ibrahim Mudayris reiterated many of the often-repeated PA justifications for the anticipated genocide, including the following hate message:

"1. The Jews have inherently evil character traits that Muhammad warned Muslims about in the Koran. 2. The Jews have been the source of conflict throughout all of history: "The Jews are a virus similar to AIDS, from which the entire world is suffering." 3. The persecution of Jews throughout history is presented as natural responses of self-defense by numerous countries against the evil of the Jews. Britain, France, Portugal, Czarist Russia, Nazi Germany, all persecuted and/or expelled Jews - as acts of self-defense and revenge.

"4. Zionism was created by Britain in order solve its Jewish problem by sending them to Israel.5. God has predetermined that the Jewish problem will be solved with the extermination of the Jews.6. God has predetermined that the Christian -Islam interactions will end with today's Christian countries under Islam. 7. Israel has no right to exist and will be destroyed.

"This [May 15, the day the PA marks Israel's Independence] is the hardest day of remembrance for the Palestinian people ... because with the loss of Palestine, the Arab nation was lost, and with the establishment of the false State of Israel, the whole Muslim nation was lost.

"With the establishment of the State of Israel, the entire Muslim nation was lost because Israel is a cancer that spread in the body of the Islamic nation; because the Jews are a virus similar to AIDS, from which the entire world is suffering. This has been proven in history. Read the history! I don't want you to read the Koran, because the Koran is clear and permanent and we all believe it, but for those who do not believe the Koran, we say to them: read the history...

"You'll find that Jews behind every conflict on Earth. The suffering of nations? The Jews are behind it! Ask Britain! What did it do to the Jews at the beginning of the sixth century? What did they do to the Jews? [They] chased them down them, made them suffer, and prevented them from entering for more than 300 consecutive years...

"Ask France what it did to the Jews! They made them suffer, chased them down and burned their Talmud, for the conflicts that they [i.e. Jews] tried to ignite in France in the period of Louis XIX. Ask Portugal what it did to the Jews!

"Ask Czarist Russia - who hosted the Jews and they plotted to murder the Czar! And they were massacred again and again. Don't ask Germany what it did to the Jews, since the Jews are the ones who provoked the Nazis so the world would go to war against it.

"On the day the Jews provoked - through the Zionist movement - the nations of the world to fight Germany economically, and to boycott German goods; on the day that they incited Russia, Britain, France and Italy, the anger of the Germans toward the Jews increased significantly, and what happened - happened at that time so that [Holocaust] Remembrance Day is commemorated by the Jews to this day.

"For they are doing worse things than what was done to them in the era of the Nazi war. It is likely some of them were killed, and it is likely some of them were burned, but they're exaggerating the description [of the Holocaust] in order to gain [the attention of] world media, and world sympathy.

"The worst criminal acts in history were perpetrated upon the Jews, but they are not worse than those perpetrated upon the inhabitants of Palestine. What was done to the Jews is a crime, but isn't what they are doing in Palestine a crime...?

"The Jews did not have a national home on this earth because they are liars! They are liars if they say that the establishment of a national home in Palestine appears in their faith. They were never interested in and never considered the establishment of a national home in Palestine itself. They were interested in a national home in any place at all, any place at all...

"Britain is the one that promised them the establishment of a national home on the land of Palestine. Why? Because Britain was disgusted by the Jewish presence there, in Britain, and wanted to be relieved of them, and therefore promised to establish a national home in Palestine...

"The right [of the Jews] stems from their power, but our right - or our power - stems from our right. The rights of the Jews stem from their power, and power is transient...

"The Palestinian nation is the strongest on earth. Look at all the civilizations! Look at all the states! Look at all the civilizations and forces and empires. Where did Great Britain disappear? Where did the Czar's Russia disappear? Where did France, which almost ruled the world, disappear? Where did Nazi Germany, which massacred millions and ruled the earth, disappear? Where did all those forces disappear? In Allah's will, He will get rid of the USA like he got rid of them. He caused Russia to disappear within a day, and He is the one who can remove the USA and bring it down, and so He shall do it, in Allah's will...

"We [Muslims] have ruled the world [in the past] and a day will come, by Allah, and we shall rule the world [again]. The day will come and we shall rule America, Britain, we shall rule the entire world, except the Jews. The Jews will not live under our rule agreeably permanently, since they have been treacherous in nature throughout history.

"A day will come when all shall rest from the Jews, even the tree and the stone, which have suffered from them. Listen to your Beloved [Muhammad], who tells you about the most dire end awaiting the Jews. The tree and the stone want the Muslim to bring every Jew to his end. You all know the Hadith." [PA TV, May 13, 2005] Mudayris here is referring to following Hadith:

"'The Hour [Resurrection] will not come until the Muslims make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: 'Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.' He explains that the fulfillment of the often-preached Hadith means the extermination of every last Jew is Allah's will and is, thus, inevitable."


Pollard Expresses Disappointment and Disgust in Meeting with Israeli Ambassador

By Ha'aretz

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon visited Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in his North Carolina prison Tuesday evening. In the course of the meeting, Pollard had tough words for the ambassador and expressed his dissatisfaction with the Israeli government.

"I was severely disappointed and even disgusted," said Pollard. "After 20 years I had hoped for a serious meeting but instead all I received was an empty gesture and a meeting without substance." Ayalon's visit was the first by an Israeli ambassador with Pollard, who was sentenced to life after being convicted of spying for Israel in March 1987.

Pollard said he asked Ayalon to relay to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that he would not participate in any more of Sharon's "cheap tricks." Pollard also told the ambassador that if the Israeli government cannot secure his release, then the Israeli public must be informed that the relations between the two countries are not as good as they are being presented.

Ayalon confirmed that the meeting had been a difficult one, and said that after 20 years in prison, Pollard certainly has tough feelings regarding the Israeli government. "I came to him with a message of strength and support from the Israeli government and people," said Ayalon after the meeting. Ayalon rejected Pollard's accusations that the government was not doing enough to secure his release.

Prior to meeting with Pollard, Ayalon met Tuesday with Pollard's wife, Esther, who also slammed the visit and dismissed it as a "cheap trick" by Sharon. When he wanted to, Mrs. Pollard said, Sharon managed to secure the release of Azzam Azzam, who was jailed for eight years in Egypt on espionage charges, as well as Elhanan Tennenbaum, held by Hizbullah for more than three years.

Pollard's petition said he has undergone torture and harassment during his years of incarceration in the U.S. prison.


Sharon's U.S. Visit to Ignite Debate Among Polarized Jews

By Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to New York on Sunday is expected to bring to a head the raging controversy in the American Jewish community between those for and against Sharon and the disengagement. This is the first time that the rift in New York's Jewish community the most intense polarization since the harsh controversy following the first Oslo agreement, will be expressed openly.

Seymour Reich, president of the Israel Policy Forum, has initiated a full-page ad to be published in The New York Times on Sunday expressing sweeping support for Sharon and the disengagement. Reich, a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said 25 Jewish organizations have signed the letter in support of Sharon. They include the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith, Hadassah and the leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements.

The ad, which will be published in the form of an open letter to Sharon, says two-thirds of the American public and two-thirds of the Jewish community agrees with the government's decision to pull out of Gaza. The signatories promise to act to increase the support in Israel and the United States for the disengagement.

In contrast, the organizers of the demonstration against Sharon will distribute pamphlets calling on Jews to join a protest prayer to stop "Sharon's deportation plan," and to "stop the victory of the Hamas and terror."

Right-wing activists in New York who are involved in organizing anti-pullout demonstration expect several thousands to attend the rally. "While it will not be difficult to get 1,500 invited leaders to New York to support disengagement, New York could easily produce 20,000-50,000 protesters against disengagement on short notice," Dr. Mendy Ganchrow, past president of the Orthodox Union as well as former executive vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, wrote on his Web site.


280,000 Israelis Cannot Marry or Get a Divorce

By Ha'aretz

More than 280,000 Israeli citizens cannot marry or divorce in Israel because they do not belong to a legally recognized religious group, according to figures presented this week to the Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee.

Israeli law does not recognize civil marriage, and requires citizens to be married by their own clergy. Religious groups were determined during the Turkish period, which ended in 1917.

The Central Bureau of Statistics said that at the end of 2003, some 254,000 citizens were listed as "lacking religious classification," and about 27,000 as "Christians who are not Arab."

About 60,000 of these individuals are children under the age of 14. Some 78 percent of these groups, or 219,000, are natives of the former Soviet Union, who came to live in Israel by virtue of the Law of Return; 3 percent are Ethiopian; and 2 percent were born in Romania.

MK Yosef Paritzky (Shinui), who had called for the discussion on this issue, called it "crazy" that the state does not permit a quarter of a million people to marry and divorce, and Committee chair Colette Avital (Labor) called the situation "a time bomb."







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