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UN Probes Alleged Israeli Arms Sales to Ivory Coast
By VOA News
Israeli officials have confirmed that the United Nations is investigating the alleged
sale of Israeli arms to Ivory Coast - a possible violation of a U.N. arms embargo against
the West African country. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev Thursday said that Israel
is cooperating fully with the U.N. probe. Israeli officials say a U.N. team was in Israel
this week to look into possible violations of the arms embargo against Ivory Coast.
Israeli officials have denied any wrongdoing. The Security Council unanimously imposed the
embargo last November to try and stop a renewal of fighting in the country. The
French-drafted resolution prohibits arms sales to both Ivory Coast's government and rebels
in the north. It also allows U.N. and French peacekeepers to inspect cargo shipments into
China Seeks Bank Hapoalim Takeover
An investment bank representing the Chinese government and a group of Chinese
businessmen are vying for control over Bank Hapoalim. Attorney Yaakov Weinroth, who met
with the Chinese financiers in Israel earlier this week, represents the "Chinese Group,"
which also consists of Jewish-American billionaire Leon Charney and a British real-estate
entrepreneur. On Tuesday Weinroth and Charney met with Finance Ministry Accountant-General
Yaron Zalicha, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Chinese companies, seeking to flex economic muscle, are increasingly active in global
acquisitions. Currently, the Chinese government-backed oil company CNOOC is making a
hostile bid for U.S. oil firm Unocal. The threat of Chinese ownership of what some
consider a strategic U.S. asset, an oil company, has led Congress to call for a review of
the deal that could delay the possible takeover by many months.
On Wednesday, American stockholders in Bank Hapoalim, Scot Shay and Lou Ranieri, sold
off their shares. Hyperion Fund, owned by Shay and Ranieri, owned 2.3 percent of the
bank's shares, which they sold for $90 million. Sources close to the two said the sale
was a response to the passing of the Bachar Reform, which forces banks to sell of their
holdings in firms that manage trust and providence funds.
Lou Ranieri arrived in Israel a year ago, around the time the recommendation of the
Bachar Committee for reforming the financial markets were made, and opposed the intent of
regulators to get involved in banking activities. "If Israel passes a law that forces
banks to give up providence funds, it will be seen as the expropriation of private
property," Ranieri said at the time, adding, "that recent of events in the country worry
us, American investors, very much. It's causing us to wonder if the government is changing
its policy and no longer works as a Western state with a free market."
Israeli Police Ban Mass Protest Against Gaza Pullout
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israeli police have banned the latest settler protest against next month's planned
pullout from the Gaza Strip. The move comes amid a political storm over a so-called "death
curse" declared against the prime minister.
Jewish settlers hoped to bring 70,000 supporters to march on the Gush Katif settlement
bloc in Gaza, in a last ditch attempt to stop the Israeli pullout that is due to begin in
mid-August. But police banned the demonstration, which was set for next week, saying they
would block any attempt to torpedo the withdrawal. Police banned another mass
demonstration earlier this month and the protest fizzled. The settlers say the ban is
anti-democratic. "This is very dangerous for the country," said settlement activist Israel
Meidad. "The right of free expression, the right to demonstrate, the right of assembly is
Under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan, 21 Gaza settlements will be
dismantled along with four more in the West Bank. More than 9,000 settlers will be removed
from their homes. With settler protests failing to stop the pullout, a small group of
Jewish extremists has decided on more drastic action. Twenty men dressed mostly in black
held a mysterious religious ceremony and imposed a "death curse" on Sharon.
The ritual set off a storm of condemnation across the political spectrum. Shlomo Riskin
is the head rabbi at the Jewish settlement of Efrat near Bethlehem. "It's built on
superstition and voodoo. It has nothing at all to do with Jewish Law," he said. "It's a
very hateful act done by individuals who believe that they can curse other individuals and
thereby blot them out of existence."
While it may be superstition, Israelis fear the death curse could inspire Jewish
extremists to take the law into their hands. A similar curse was imposed on the late Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin shortly before a fellow Israeli assassinated him in 1995.
And in other disengagement news, Prof. Eli Faulk, chairman of the organization,
Israel's Media Watch, expressed his worry at the intention of the army spokesman to assign
journalists to teams of soldiers in order to prevent free and objective coverage of the
expulsion from Gush Katif. This is the same format that the Americans used in Iraq,
presumably to protect the journalists from enemy fire in Iraq.
Faulk said that the main problem is that the army would be able to control the
journalists. Their movements would be known and that will nullify their free movement and
prevent them from seeing what is truly happening in the area. The army would be able to
control what is seen and thus reported.
In a Jerusalem conference Thursday afternoon of military rabbis on reserves duty, the
rabbis ruled that the expulsion plan from Gush Katif and its execution are in direct
contradiction of Jewish Law. Therefore, under no circumstances would it be permissible to
desecrate the Sabbath.
Tens of rabbis participated in the conference, including three colonels and veterans of
the military rabbinate. They called to the Chief of Staff and the Chief Military Rabbi to
stick closely to the rules and regulations that were set down during Harav Goren's period
about the holiness of the Sabbath and how to preserve that holiness and at the same time,
the protection of the citizens in the State and not their expulsion.
The Palestinian Authority is busy preparing the celebrations for the day after the Jews
are finally expelled from Gush Katif. Tens of thousands of flags are being produced in
order to place them on the territory that will be evacuated in order to proclaim, "This is
Palestinian land that has been returned to its owners!" On Wednesday, PA Prime Minister
Ahmed Qureia said, "Gaza is only the beginning point for the Palestinians. The goal is to
get to a Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem."
Some residents of the northern Gaza community of Elei Sinai have announced that on
eviction day, they would don prison uniforms similar to those worn by WWII concentration
camp prisoners. Realizing the controversy surrounding the use of Holocaust symbolism,
proponents explained they are continuing efforts to oppose the expulsion within the
confines of the law, seeking to exhibit their level of opposition to being forcibly ousted
from their homes.
Not all Gush Katif residents and leaders are pleased with the announced plan, with some
regional leaders already expressing disapproval, warning against the use of anything that
connects to the Holocaust. Officials at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem
released a similar statement.
Arabs Warn: of War Over New Jewish Homes in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter
Arabs have blasted plans for 21 new Jewish homes in the Jerusalem Old City's Muslim
Quarter. "When the first tractor puts down the first stone, it will lead to the next
uprising," warned an Arab official.
The planning board of the Housing Ministry has approved the project for the new homes
and a new synagogue. Yousef Alalu, a moderate Jerusalem city council member who sits on
the municipality's Planning Board, warned, "It is clear that when the first tractor puts
down the first stone it will lead to the next uprising and could have international
impact. The plan...is similar to Sharon's visit to the mosque in September 2000, which
inflamed the Intifada."
Arab Knesset member Wael Taha wrote Housing Minister Yaakov Herzog, "Such a project
will spill innocent lives of Arabs and Jews. It will drag the area to a new cycle of
violence, and kill and chances for peace." The project still has to pass several
bureaucratic hurdles but has evoked ire from Arabs worldwide.
The Islam Online web site told its readers that "Jews claim that their alleged Haykal
[Hechal] (Temple of Solomon) exists underneath Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which was the first
'qiblah' (direction Muslims take during prayers)." It accused Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
of intending "to cement control over parts of the occupied West Bank, especially on the
outskirts of Al-Quds," the area including the Al-Aqsa mosque.
The Palestinian Authority minister for Jerusalem, Hind Khoury, charged that Israel is
using the Gaza expulsion plan as a cover for building in the Muslim Quarter. "This is the
real strategy behind the Gaza disengagement--redeploy from Gaza but help yourself to East
Jerusalem in exchange," she said. "We are witnessing the implementation of Israel's plan
to effectively remove Jerusalem from the negotiations table and thereby threaten any
possibility of a viable two-state solution."
Several Jews, including Sharon, already own homes in the Muslim Quarter, which also is
home to the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva. Yair Gabai, a Jerusalem council member, denied that
the new houses opposite the "Prachim Gate" would cause more violence. "Left wing people
like Ran Cohen [Mertez/Yahad MK] and Alalu are blind. They promised us wars in other
situations such as the closing of the Orient House, but Jews and Arabs live as good
neighbors in the Muslim Quarter." He accused left wing politicians to reap political
benefit from violence. He emphasized that the Housing Ministry and not private investors
initiated the project. He added that archaeological digs would accompany the new
construction and that previous findings have included artifacts from the ancient Holy
Arabs responsible for the Temple Mount have hauled away truckloads of earth, including
remnants of the Temple, the past few years while many Arab leaders deny that the Temple
ever existed. Gabai also pointed out the significance of the timing of the approval of the
plan. The period from last Sunday until Sunday night August 15 is the three-week period
when Jews mourn the destruction of the two Temples.
Remember 'Never Again'
By: Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
War is very costly in bombs, bullets, property damage and human lives. However, there
is an important component that is comparatively inexpensive yet very effective;
Propaganda, "ideas disseminated to support a doctrine," using one or another form of the
media, TV, radio, newspapers, books, lectures, preaching etc. Propaganda can be the truth,
well publicized. It can also be a lie repeated often enough that people will begin to
believe particularly if they rarely, if ever, hear the other side. The Arab leaders and
clergy have proven they are smart enough to utilize the power of propaganda.
On Jan 14, 2003 the New York Post reported that a team of Israeli Navy Seals seized a
freighter, the Karine, with 50-tons of arms and ammunition. It also indicated the Karine's
captain, acknowledged on TV, that he was a Palestinian Authority employee acting under
Making this more interesting PA Chairman, Yasir Arafat himself, denied personal
culpability but acknowledged that his officers were implicated in the scheme. However, the
editor-in-chief of the Egyptian government's daily paper, "Al-Akhbar," reported otherwise,
printing "the story of the arms ship is but a licensed fabrication by Israel."
In the Nov. 30, 2003 issue of the Sunday "Dubai," Editor-in-Chief Abdul Hamid Ahmad,
wrote, "The head of state of the strongest nation on earth will normally not make a sneaky
and panicky visit to a country which is wholly occupied by his troops, unless he is
terrified and unsure of his own safety. That was what U.S. President George W. Bush did
but the trip was counter-productive because Bush appears to have demoralized his troops."
What an interesting interpretation of a President's trip to see his troops.
For a dramatic, impact on May 12, 2004 Al Jazeera TV showed a masked man reading a
statement justifying the killing of Nick Berg, a U.S. citizen. Their reason was for
revenge against America. The video showed five men shouting, "God is greatest" drowning
Berg's screams as one of them cut off the 26-year-old's head, This propaganda is to
generate fear saying oppose us and this will happen to you.
For a subtler message, in June 2004, Paul Cochrane of the Worldpress reported, "The use
of graphic images by Arab television news has generated anti-American sentiment in the
Middle East." In his article he showed a photo that Arab TV used of an Iranian women
wearing a habbib (head dress) and a traditional full-length black robe, in front of a sign
reading "DOWN WITH THE USA." Then there is the one they showed that reads, "Kill a Jew Go
To Heaven." It is said a picture is worth 1,000 words.
On July 17, 2005 the Jordan Times reported that Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), appealed to the Arab factions to halt their
attacks on Israel," Then he stated "We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for
the consequences of its policy, which reflects a step backward from what we had achieved."
He also said "No one could expect the continuation of the truce from one (Arab) side."
What a quick twist implying Israel is the one at fault. A very subtle message
For eight years the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has followed the official PA's TV and
newspapers. The PMW found that the PA has been teaching hate consistently since before
Sept 2000. Their propaganda has been preaching hatred of Jews and infidels and mandates
the killing of Jews just because they are Jews.
It's hard to believe that the PA uses their media to teach their very young children "Shahid," to ask for death. I find it incomprehensible to condition millions of children to joyously want to die. Everyone considered an Infidel, specifically the Jewish people, needs to understand the culture that considers killing a Jew as their path to heaven. Do not take my word for it. Look at actual conditioning training videos at (http://www.pmw.org.il/AFD.html) See leaders praising children who intend to commit suicide to kill Jews. See young children being trained to die. It is beyond our comprehension but Shahid is considered a blessing.
The day after Reem Riyashi, 21, a Palestinian terrorist, read the following words for
her farewell video, she murdered four Israelis in a suicide terror attack. "It was always
my wish to turn my body into deadly shrapnel against the Zionists and to knock on heaven's
doors with the skulls of Zionists."
Propaganda can shape opinions but when it is intense and prolonged it is brainwashing
"indoctrination to change one's beliefs." Everyone in the world, particularly Jews, needs
to realize that these fanatic Muslims are growing a generation of murderers filled with
blind hate. We must never forget. We must stand up and be part of the Jewish community to
(Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and president of its Brotherhood. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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