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Pollard Activists Targeted American Symbols in Jerusalem

By IsraelNationalNews.com

"Free Pollard" posters were affixed to American symbols in Jerusalem to coincide with American Independence Day celebrated on July 4th. The Statue of Liberty presented to Jerusalem by former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and the Liberty Bell were both covered with pictures of Pollard who is now serving his 20th year on a spy conviction after he passed classified documents to Israel. Earlier, protestors demonstrated outside the American Embassy in Tel Aviv demanding Pollard's release.


PA Demands Handover of Israeli Town Near Ashkelon

By IsraelNationalNews.com

National Security Council Chairman Giora Eiland told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that the Palestinian Authority is now demanding towns adjacent to Gaza be handed over. PA security chief Mohammad Dahlan publicly voiced the PA demand that Israel withdraw from the town of Netiv Ha'asara, a small residential community south of Ashkelon, in order to complete the planned withdrawal from Gaza.

Netiv Ha'asara, one of the few communities to relocate from Sinai and maintain its original name, has suffered many Kassam rocket attacks since the beginning of the Oslo War. The PA position is that Israel must withdraw to the 1949 cease-fire lines and not the lines that existed just before the 1967 Six Day War. This would bring the new PA-controlled area even closer to the coastal city of Ashkelon following an Israeli withdrawal.

Eiland said that Dahlan's demand was "a gimmick" similar to the demands made by Hizbullah following Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon. Hizbullah has claimed that the correct border between Israel and Lebanon is not the one recognized by the United Nations, but rather the line set in the early 1920s by the British and French, who divided the region into separate zones of influence. Hizbullah claims that a number of Israeli villages along the border actually belong in Lebanon. They use that claim in order to justify continued terrorism against the Jewish State. Under the Oslo Accords, the PA agreed to the pre-'67 boundaries as defining the area of Gaza.

MK Ilan Shalgi (Shinui), a member of the committee, said, "The demand regarding the border of the Gaza Strip and the location of the Erez roadblock is an oddity and contradicts the Oslo agreements." MK Uzi Landau (Likud) said in response to the new demands, "The Palestinians understand the weakness of our situation and are taking advantage of it."


7,000 Athletes from 55 Countries to Participate in the 2005 Maccabiah Games

By IsraelNationalNews.com

On July 11, 7,000 athletes from 55 countries will march to the Ramat Gan International Stadium together with 4,000 dancers, singers, and performers from Israel and the Diaspora. The ceremony will mark the opening of the 17th Maccabiah Games, also known by some as the "Jewish Olympics," to be opened by President Moshe Katsav. Every four years, the best Jewish athletes come to Israel from all over the world to compete in the games.

The Maccabi movement, named for Judah Maccabi, was initiated in 1895-96 when the first all-Jewish Maccabi gymnastics club was formed in Constantinople. By the end of World War I, more than 100 Maccabi-style clubs existed in Europe. The first Maccabiah Games, featuring 14 countries and 390 athletes, was held in 1932. World events forced the delay of the third Maccabiah Games, scheduled for 1938, until 1950. The Maccabiah Games have been a quadrennial event since 1957. The 60th annual traditional carrying of the torch took place during the Chanukah holiday last December near the graves of the Maccabees in Modi'in with the participation of thousands of members of the Maccabi youth movement.

The Games today are organized by an International Maccabiah Committee and are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and World Federation of Sports. The Maccabiah Games, ranking among the five largest sports gatherings in the world (in number of participants), are considered Regional Games by the International Olympic Committee.


Where is the War?

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

Where is the War On Terror? In the Middle East? Yes. Throughout the world? Yes. In the United States? What do you think?

On Friday May 13, 2005 a cleric affiliated with Hamas, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiras, gave a sermon on a TV station supervised by the Palestinian Authority. Mudeiras set forth an Islamic program for world domination, claiming that Islam will ultimately prevail and rule both Britain and the United States.

He said, "The day will come when we will rule the United States, the day will come when we will rule Britain, we will rule the whole world [and all will live in peace and comfort under our rule] except the Jews. "The Jews will not live in peace and comfort under our rule. Treachery will keep being their nature throughout history. The day will come when the whole world will rid itself of the Jews."

Mudeiras is not alone in his hate for democracy and the U.S. Sharon Behan of the Washington Times reported that terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi declared war on democracy in Iraq "and all those who seek to enact it." The capture of a Westerner can earn an Iraqi up to $5,000 and twice that for an American. They obviously hate Americans twice as much.

As a reporter for CNN in 1992, Steve Emerson started monitoring the radical Islamists. In his book "Jihad in America" Emerson shares his findings from around the world. One day, while at the convention Center in Oklahoma City, Emerson was drawn to a convention attended by people in Middle Eastern attire. It was a meeting of the Muslim Arab Youth Association. Steve wandered into the bazaar area. There were books preaching Islamic "Jihad," books calling for the extermination of Jews and Christians, even coloring books instructing children on subjects such as "How to Kill the Infidel."

As a non-Muslim, Emerson was not allowed to enter the main meeting room. He managed to find someone to sponsor him for admission. Steve heard a procession of speakers, including the head of Hamas, Khalid Misha'a. Each taking their turn preaching violence and urging the assembly to use jihad against the Jews and the West. At times spontaneous shouts of "Kill the Jews" and "Destroy the West" could be distinctly heard.

When in Brooklyn, NY, Emerson purchased 20 videos at a Yemeni grocery. Upon viewing them he realized he was looking at paramilitary training videos. One of the videos, distributed by the Islamic Association for Palestine from Texas, showed the actual torment and forced "confessions" of Palestinian "collaborators" moments before they were executed.

There are Islamic organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations who exaggerate and distort the truth along with spewing hatred for the U.S., Christians, Israel and Jews. "Front Page" Magazine of May 18, 2005 examined CAIR's 2005 report on anti-Muslim hate crimes.

CAIR's report persists on mislabeling so-called Muslim hate crimes where authorities exposed them as fraud committed by the respective Muslim business owners. One such incident was in Everett, Wash. and another in Texas. Then they claimed there was a bomb explosion outside a mosque in Spring, Texas where the sheriff's department could not locate any related report. According to Steven Pomerantz a former chief of the FBI's counter section, CAIR's activities "effectively gives aid to international terrorist groups."

Yes there is a war in the United States. Do not fool yourself simply because we do not have daily suicide bombings. Remember the World Trade Center?

In 1993 the enemy made their first attempt to collapse one of the towers and spread poison gas into New York City. Their next attempt was successful and we now have 9-11 to remember. How many incidents of terror are needed? What more proof do we need that we are at war? If we are not - then our enemy is.

On Jan 14, 2005 Bill Gertz, of the Washington Times, reported on a new intelligence report. "Radical Islamic terrorists will continue to attack the United States and the world in the coming two decades and are likely to obtain and use biological weapons."

Being Americans we need to realize that the enemy is ruthless and fearless. Being Jewish Americans we should "Never Forget" that the enemy hates us and wants to eliminate us.

(Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Fl, and president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at edziegler@thevillages.net)


You've won, Mr. Sharon. I'm Disengaged

By Naomi Ragen (Commentary)

I'm watching the news on television. The screen is filled with a major Israeli security operation. Seven hundred police are involved, with major military backup. Could it be, perhaps, an attack on Hizbullah, which just sent three terrorists to infiltrate Israel, and attacked Har Dov with artillery fire, killing a 20-year-old soldier from Be'er Sheva?

No, they are involved in clearing out a bunch of teenagers from an abandoned hotel in Gush Katif! There are 10 soldiers and policemen for every kid. I see them dragging the children by their legs. I see them putting a young girl in a head hold. It takes them 20 minutes, tops, to empty the "right-wing extremist stronghold." And this is how I feel: Disengaged, in the real sense of the word, not Mr. Sharon's spin. I feel detached, withdrawn, my ties and obligations severed.

Who are these people who are running my country? I didn't elect them. I voted for those who promised to support Gush Katif, to fight terrorism. I sent my son to the army to shoulder arms and risk his young life to protect his people, not drag them kicking and screaming out of their homes. Not to mount a little war against a bunch of miserable teenagers.

Of course, you'd never know this listening to the Israeli media, who have joined forces with European and Palestinian spin doctors to foster anti-Israel propaganda. How many times did I hear the newscaster showing this shameful footage calling these kids "Men of the Right." Men? I didn't see any men. I saw 15year-olds, confused and unhappy and hyper.

Now why should that be? I mean, the fact that their government gave out guns to terrorists after signing worthless agreements with them couldn't be a factor, could it? Or the fact that they sat and had bombs thrown at them for four years, while their government was "negotiating." It couldn't be seeing their friends, neighbors, parents, teachers and rabbis gunned down or blown up in cold blood by their Palestinian neighbors, could it? Or the fact that they are about to lose their homes and have their synagogues, schools and even cemeteries bulldozed? I mean, that's no excuse for sitting on the roads and blocking complacent Tel Aviv homeowners trying to get to their television sets and humus. No, they must be "dangerous criminals who will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Bad seeds, "men of the right," violent fanatics who deserve and who will receive, no doubt, long jail terms if Mr. Sharon and his forces get their hands on them. I saw one of them throw a rock and injure a Palestinian, which was disgusting. This incident is now being denounced as a "lynch" (Lynch? You mean like the two Israeli reservists who were beaten to death by a Palestinian mob, who dipped their hands in the blood? That kind of lynch?

Let's kill the kids, why don't we? After all, they are worse than terrorists aren't they, with their "lynch" and their desperate, annoying attempts to wake up their fellow citizens, keeping them in traffic jams in hot days. Or like the soldier who cried out: "This is wrong!" during an operation to drag the kids bodily into waiting vans. He was given the maximum jail sentence. Not for refusing orders, mind you. For expressing his feelings. Let's string him up, too.

Disengagement: To detach oneself. Free oneself from an obligation or pledge. To withdraw. I guess that's how I feel about my government and the Israeli news media today. I'm disengaged. I think I speak for many.

(More of Naomi Ragen's commentaries may be found at her web page at : http://www.NaomiRagen.com)


















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