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Israeli Envoy to be Next VP of UN General Assembly
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman was Monday unanimously elected
as the new vice president of the UN General Assembly. This is the second time that an
Israeli envoy has been elected to a position of this rank. Legendary Israeli diplomat Abba
Eban assumed the role in the early 1950s. Gillerman was the candidate of the Western
nations, a bloc containing some 30 states, including members of the European Union,
Canada, Australia and the United States."This is an important and historical moment for
the State of Israel, both in essence and in timing," said Gillerman of his election
Monday. The vice president is responsible for running General Assembly discussions in the
absence of the president, and is a member of the committee which decides on the daily
agenda for the assembly.
Palestinian Factions Considering Ending Truce with Israel
Palestinian factions are weighing to end a de facto truce with Israel following last
week's renewed violence, reports said Monday. The latest move was made at a meeting of
13 Palestinian factions at the headquarters of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza
City on Sunday evening, which reevaluated the fragile truce shaken by the latest exchange
of violence in the territories, said the report.
"Israel has completely blown up the status of calmness through its ongoing operations
and aggression on the Palestinian people, therefore there is nothing called unilateral
calmness," Mohamed al-Hindi, a Jihad leader who attended the meeting was quoted as saying.
"We would never accept to be an audience watching our people slaughtered everyday. There
is a Palestinian consensus on the dangerous impact of the Israeli attacks on calmness and
we must have a stance," vowed al-Hindi. He indicated that the decision to end the truce
would come in a few days.
The meeting was called by Islamic Jihad a few days after Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas met the militants in Gaza and persuaded them to respect the current truce. Islamic
Jihad and Hamas, the two main militant factions bent on Israel's destruction, agreed to
observe the ceasefire at a meeting with Abbas in mid-March, after it was reached with
Israel at the Feb. 8 Sharm el-Sheikh summit.
Disengagement, the Video Game
The organizers of the "Day against Occupation and for Democracy," which will occur on June 17, have found a creative new way to get across their political message by way of a free, Flash game on the internet that allows users to play IDF soldiers removing settlers from the territories (http://brand.co.il/unik/westbank/). "This is your opportunity to remove the settlements and get Israel out of the territories," the game's home page says.
To remove a caravan, the player need only click on it once, but when the caravan turns
into a house, two clicks are necessary to remove it. The game gets trickier when it comes
to removing a settlement guarded by soldiers. "To get rid of a settlement, you have to
drag back the poor soldiers who have to guard it back across the Green Line to
Israel," the game explains.
The game's left-wing developers do have their limits, though: Those who toss Israeli
soldiers into the sea do not get any points.Once the soldiers are removed, the settlement
can be taken down, but it is an almost Sysiphean task as the settlers keep on coming back
to rebuild. If the player loses the game, the screen displays a particularly bitter
message: "One more settlement and the country is lost."
It should be noted that, until now, the left-wing presence on the Net is negligible as
compared to the right-wing, which runs many forums and sites. In 2003, left-wing activists
published the addresses of residents of the Gaza settlement of Netzarim in order that
people can try to persuade them to leave the area of their own free will.
Brochure Lays Out Threat Scenarios
A brochure for teachers prepared by the Home Front Command and Education Ministry ahead
of the disengagement lays out threat scenarios encompassing dozens of communities
surrounding Gaza. The brochure, approved by the army's Southern Command, says 45
communities in the sector surrounding the Gaza Strip - in the regional councils of Hof
Ashkelon, Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Hanegev, as well as the city of Sderot - will likely be
exposed to direct fire by light weapons, mortar shells and Qassam rockets, as well as
terrorist infiltrations, after the disengagement is implemented.
The brochure is being distributed to teachers in the relevant communities, with the
idea of inculcating students with a proper sense of the dangers involved, and preparing
accordingly. Teachers at schools in these areas are already participating in workshops
sponsored by the Home Front Command, and are supposed to transmit the material to the
students in homeroom classes.
The communities in question are being asked to employ a series of security precautions,
some of which are already in place but need to be upgraded. The guidelines refer to an
electronic fence; a perimeter road combined with security lighting; patrol vehicles;
electric gates; public address systems in homes and schools; observation equipment; secure
rooms; early warning systems; precision weapons, such as the M-16 rifle; bulletproof
classrooms; and protective walls designed to safeguard communities against direct hits.
These walls are slated to be erected in places where communities are devoid of natural
barriers like sand dunes.
One section in the brochure covers the preparations that families should take for a
time of emergency in their community. Another section considers a terrorist infiltration
into a school, and describes how pupils should behave in such an event. Other scenarios
look at the possibility of cars being attacked by light weapons fire or Molotov cocktails.
The brochure details a series of psychological aspects pertaining to young children and
ways of dealing with these.
Man Found Wandering Naked in Jerusalem After Castrating Himself
By Ha'aretz & Ynetnews.com
A 23-year-old Jerusalem resident who castrated himself was found wandering naked and
bleeding profusely through the streets of Jerusalem on Monday.Passersby on Stern Street
immediately called the Magen David Adom ambulance service, who took him to Hadassah
University Hospital, Ein Karem. At the same time, additional units went to the scene to
search for the missing organ.
It remains unclear whether the man cut off his own penis or whether another party
inflicted the injury."He was completely indifferent (to his situation), fully
consciousness and in stable condition," Magen David Adom paramedic Matan Morad told Ynet.
"He climbed into the ambulance of his own free will," Morad said. "It was clear that he
had lost blood, but not in large quantities. We have never encountered anything like this
before."The man was rushed to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.
Police and Magen David Adom teams scoured the area for the severed penis but failed to
locate it. Should the penis be found eventually, doctors would consider reattaching it,
hospital sources said.
A team of urologists at the hospital performed an emergency operation on the man,
during which they tried to reconstruct the severed blood vessels.Hospital sources said the
organ has still not been located, but the doctors have succeed in repairing the blood
Israel's Maccabiah Games Set for July
Set to run from July 10 to 21, the 17th Maccabiah Games promises to be the biggest
sports event ever held in Israel. The opening ceremonies are shaping up to be an
extravaganza of Olympian proportions involving a torch relay from the tombs of the ancient
Maccabean leaders. Some 7,000 male and female athletes, along with 4,000 dancers, singers,
artists and players are slated to participate in the opening march into the Ramat Gan
International stadium in B'nei Brak near Tel Aviv.
Thousands of participants are expected from at least 55 countries, including sizeable
delegations from Canada and the United States. Competitions in swimming, chess, golf,
tennis, cricket, softball, rugby and other sports are scheduled in a range of facilities
in Caesaria, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ashdod, Petah Tikvah, Herzliyah and other sites.
After the last race has been run, the Games will close with a big-screen stage
extravaganza in which celebrity performers and a large troupe of dancers will kick up a
fond farewell against the floodlit backdrop of Jerusalem's Old City walls.
Often described as the "Jewish Olympics," the Maccabiah Games are held in Israel every
four years. The idea originated with Yosef Yekutieli, a Swedish teenager who was so
excited by the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm that he conceived the notion of a worldwide
Olympics for Jewish sports people in the land of Israel. The first Maccabiah-hosted event
was a motorbike trek around the Mediterranean basin in 1931. Planned for display during
the current games, a set of memorabilia exhibits will recall the first and second
Maccabiahs of 1932 and 1935.
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