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Bedouin Arrested for Transporting Be'er Sheva Bomber in August


Security officials on Monday lifted a gag order permitting the reporting of the arrest of a 22-year-old Israeli man, a member of the Bedouin community, accused of transporting the suicide bomber to the Be'er Sheva Central Bus Station on Aug. 28.The suspect in custody denies the charges being leveled against him. Some 50 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred on a Sunday morning. Police stated the actions of two security guards who used their bodies to prevent the bomber from entering the station saved countless lives. The two guards were very seriously injured in the attack.

Sharon to Stay in Likud


Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is expected to announce in the coming days his intention to stay in the Likud, the political party he helped create in the 1970s, for next year's election campaign. Sharon returned Monday buoyed from a visit to the U.N. under unusual circumstances for an Israeli leader - international praise over the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank last month - but came home to a political dogfight aimed at removing him from the Likud leadership.

The prime minister is expected Tuesday to try minimize the political damage he suffered as a result of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, which opponents in the Likud strongly denounced, by holding the first of three scheduled meetings with party supporters ahead of next week's Likud Central Committee convention. Angry members are expected to begin proceedings to push up party primaries, in a bid to remove Sharon from party leadership.

Sharon's decision to clarify his intention to stay in the Likud was taken following several days of rumors he would leave the party he helped create more than 30 years ago. The rumors have hurt Sharon's efforts to thwart a push by party rivals Binyamin Netanyahu and Uzi Landau to push up party primaries to challenge Sharon for the party leadership. While Sharon has trying to put the brakes on his eroding hold on party leadership, his Likud rivals have joined forces to try to convince the central committee to push up the primaries.

Meanwhile, however, only one week remains before a committee meeting that promises to be stormy. During that time, Sharon is expected to host hundreds of supporters in his office in Jerusalem, and will encourage them to attend next week's convention to bolster the prime minister. At the same time, Sharon is expected to warn supporters about pushing up party primaries this far ahead of the next scheduled elections, and to tell them it makes no sense to shorten the Likud's term in office.

Sharon's security detail has decided to prevent the prime minister from campaigning amongst the party faithful ahead of the vote, due to the prohibitive cost of securing such a move and because of the forces' inability to monitor activists who will attend party meetings in different locations. Instead, the Sharon camp will set up a headquarters aimed at encouraging supporters to show up for the convention to vote.

Around the prime minister, activists are gathering strength from a new political deal between Sharon and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to counteract the joint Netanyahu-Landau attempt to remove him. For his part, principal challenger Netanyahu is expected to convene supporters in Haifa, and will likely continue pushing to topple Sharon until the last possible minute.

Abbas Asserts Control in Gaza, but Faces Challenge from Terrorists

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

The Palestinian Authority is asserting control over its volatile border with Egypt, to halt the flow of weapons to Islamic terrorist groups. But the militants are challenging his attempts to restore order.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that the border with Egypt would reopen only as part of an international agreement. Police sealed the frontier on Sunday, after Palestinians tore down the border fence and smuggled in weapons following Israel's pullout from Gaza a week ago. "We want to do the right job at the right time," Abbas said. "We want to act as a state and a responsible authority." But he faces a growing challenge from the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.

In a show of force, about 10,000 members of the Hamas military wing marched through Gaza City, defying a Palestinian Authority ban on parading weapons in public. Among the displayed arsenal were assault rifles, rocket propelled grenades and rockets. Leaders of the group vowed to continue their jihad, or holy war, until Israel is destroyed.

Israel Radio's Arab affairs expert Avi Sacharov said the Palestinian Authority has lost control. "The armed organizations are controlling Gaza Strip, not only the Hamas, but everyone who has a weapon is becoming a kind of a new landlord of Gaza," he said. That's a serious problem for Abbas who is seeking international support for a Palestinian state. He wants to revive peace talks with Israel, but the Palestinians who rule the streets want holy war.

Palestinian Authority Enraged Over Israeli Buffer Zone Plans


PA elements are furious because Israel proposes constructing a buffer zone between northern Gaza and mainland Israel - even though it is to be built in Israeli territory. The planned protective zone is to be at least 4.5 miles long and 165 yards wide. Israel has two critical strategic areas in close proximity to northern Gaza: the crude oil tanks of the Ashkelon-Eilat oil pipeline, and the Rothenberg power station in Ashkelon.

Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman reported that a fence already exists along the Gaza-Israel border - part of which is concrete - and another fence is planned for the other side of the buffer zone. The community of Netiv HaAsarah is located practically on the Gaza border, and Yad Mordechai, Zikim and Karmiyah are just to the north.

The fact that the location of the planned buffer zone is in Israel has not stopped the Arabs of Gaza from threatening Israel. Gaza residents are quoted in the PA's Al-Ayam newspaper as saying they would even be willing to kill themselves in order not to allow Israel to "take over the lands once again" - though Israel has no intention of doing so at present.

The Iz A-Din Al-Kassam terrorist forces of Hamas have threatened "all-out war" against Israeli soldiers who attempt to reconquer land in Gaza. The Islamic Jihad Brigades, too, warned Israel against "stealing Palestinian lands." One Islamic Jihad leader said that his group sees the Israeli plan as a "renewed attack on Palestinian lands that have just been liberated from the Israeli conquest."

Guise and Dolls

By Ha'aretz

Dolls are rapidly becoming the latest look in interior design Dolls are not only for children; they have played a role in human culture since the dawn of civilization. Ancient ceramic dolls have been unearthed at archaeological sites that were used in play and religious rituals. In Egypt, dolls were found in the graves of children, and the ancient Japanese believed dolls possess a soul.

There has been a recent increase in the popularity of dolls as a design element. They are now sold in home design stores as well as galleries as decorative features, just as one would use a vase or a lighting fixture. Their integral presence in the aesthetic appearance of the home, on a shelf or an armchair, adds charm and cachet to the surroundings.

Toy dolls, in the form of a human, an animal or an imaginary being, are usually made of fabric, plastic or wood, while decorative or collectable dolls are typically made of porcelain or glass. Carved-wood, 17th century Japanese Kokeshi dolls have round, hand-painted faces. While there are many types of Kokeshi dolls, they all share a common philosophy: A search for the beauty and perfection inherent in simplicity.

Other dolls have been transformed into cultural icons, like Dondon, the dog, and Kamkam, the cat, of Hong Kong. Both popular creatures are central to an entire industry of products, including bags, paperweights, key chains, pens and watches.

The American Uglydolls series captured the hearts of the world two years ago and has become an independent label. Artists Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath produced these handmade dolls. The couple strived to create unusual dolls with an exceptional appearance. The ugliness of their dolls is the source of their beauty. Each doll in the series of nine has a name, unique traits and a favorite sweet.

Certain designer labels, like those that produce jeans, design a doll to accompany their products, as a good luck charm, of sorts. Philippe Starck designed a doll in keeping with his "pop-style." The Teddy Bear Band hybrid combines the traditional teddy bear with an admixture of rabbit, dog and lamb, all in one doll. The doll takes the consumer grid to task by making it possible to purchase three dolls in one.

Bei Mir Bist du Schon

By Israel News Faxx Services

They called themselves Johnny and George, and they played the Apollo Theatre and any other gigs they could get one hot summer in the 1930s. Somewhere along the way, they managed to get a booking at Grossinger's up in the Catskills. Not bad. Free meals, you make a few bucks and you're out of New York City for a little while, beating all that August heat that could blow down the sidewalks of 125th St. like a blast furnace.

One day Jenny Grossinger showed them the music sheets for this Yiddish song called "Bei Mir Bist du Schon," and Johnny and George had a little fun with it, with never a clue that what they had here was going to become one of the biggest hits of their time - but not for them.

So summer's over now, and Johnny and George are back down at the Apollo, and they decide to open with this Grossinger's song. They sing it straight through in Yiddish, but they kick up the beat and they get it rocking. And then they get it rocking more. The crowd goes wild. Everybody's dancing. The Apollo has never heard anything like this. Two black guys singing a swing version of a Yiddish song? In Yiddish?

Watching all this from the balcony that night were two up-and-coming songwriters, Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, and they both knew a sensation when they heard one. Who owned the rights to this song? they wondered. And what would they want for them? Checking it out, Cahn and Chaplin learned that the lyrics had been written by one Jacob Jacobs, who, with his music-writing partner Sholom Secunda, had composed "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" for a Yiddish production called "I Would If I Could."

They'd already tried to sell it to Eddie Cantor, with no luck. When Cahn offered $30, they were happy to accept. This was nothing unusual for them. They'd sold hundreds of songs for $30 apiece.Cahn and Chaplin went straight to Tommy Dorsey with their new $30 song, urging the bandleader to play it at the Paramount Theater. Dorsey wasn't interested. Well, it was in Yiddish, he explained. So Cahn and Chaplin translated the lyrics into English. And then they took the tune to this new group of girl singers. The Andrews Sisters, they called themselves.

It happened that the sisters were then recording a Gershwin song called "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and it was decided that "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" >would work okay as the B side:. Of all the boys I've known, and I've known some; Until I first met you, I was lonesome; And when you came in sight, dear, my heart grew light, And this old world seemed new to me. And so I've racked my brain, hoping to explain. All the things that you do to me. Bei mir bist du schon, please let me explain, Bei mir bist du schon means you're grand,

The Andrews' record was released a few days after Christmas 1938. By New Year's Eve it was playing over and over again on every radio station in New York City. It started when "The Milkman's Matinee" on WNEW picked it up and played it on the all-night show. Soon there were near riots at the record stores. Crowds would line up and the song would be played out into the street from loudspeakers. Traffic would back up for blocks. By the end of January, "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" had sold more than 350,000 copies.

Bei Mir Bist du Schon" fever spread across the land. "It's wowing the country," reported one New Jersey paper. "They're singing it in Camden, Wilkes-Barre, Hamilton, Ohio, and Kenosha, Wisc. The cowboys of the West are warbling the undulating melody and so are the hillbillies of the South, the lumberjacks of the Northwest, the fruit packers of California, the salmon canners of Alaska."

And it was huge hit in Yorkville: "The Nazi bierstuben patrons yodel it religiously, under the impression that it's a Goebbels-approved German chanty." I could say Bella Bella, even say Wunderbar, Each language only helps me tell you how grand you are. Over in Germany, Hitler himself was a big fan. Finally, the Third Reich had a tune it could hum to. At least until it was discovered that the thing had been written by two Jews from Brooklyn. Over the years, "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" made millions of dollars for a lot of singers and record companies.

Finally, in 1961, after standing on the sidelines and watching the royalties ring up over the years for a song that they'd made 15 bucks each on, Secunda and Jacobs got the rights back. As for Johnny and George, who started all the excitement one night at the Apollo up in Harlem, it goes unrecorded whatever became of them, or even what their last names were.

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