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Palestinian Gunmen in Gaza Release Two Foreign Journalists
Palestinian gunmen briefly kidnapped an American reporter and a British photographer in
Gaza on Wednesday. Assailants who stopped their car near the town of Khan Yunis and took
them away at gunpoint seized the two men working for Knight Ridder newspapers. Seven hours
later, Jerusalem-based American correspondent Dion Nissenbaum and British photographer
Adam Pletts were freed after Palestinian officials made contact with the kidnappers and
security forces mounted a search, officials said. The gunmen belonged to a little-known
group calling itself the Black Panther, an armed, breakaway faction of President Mahmoud
Abbas's mainstream Fatah movement, militant sources said. Mystery surrounded the motive
behind the abduction.
Israeli Denied Compassionate Release, Dies in New Zealand Prison
By Israel News Faxx Services
An Israeli serving eight and a half years in a New Zealand prison for drug running died
in a hospital on Thursday after being denied compassionate release, a news report said.
Aviv Atias, 28, had been on life support since October 8 when he was declared clinically
dead after being taken to hospital and his family had been trying to persuade prison
authorities to grant him a compassionate release so that he could return home to die.
The Department of Corrections said he died from assumed natural causes and its manager
for prisons Phil McCarthy said an investigation and inquest would be held, Radio New
Zealand reported. The Parole Board had refused to release him and Justice Minister Phil
Goff said Thursday that he had no power to order officials to let him go. The local
Dominion Post newspaper said it understood Atias had tried to commit suicide, but
officials would not confirm that.
Atias' family had asked to take him back to Israel so that he can die there and the
Howard League for Penal Reform was trying to help them. New Zealand Rabbi Antony Lipman
commented that generally the Jewish faith does not accept Atias' state as sufficient
reason for a person to be taken off life support. The Dominion Post said family and
religious, diplomatic, hospital and prison authorities had been battling each other to
decide Atias' fate. The paper said police had described Atias as a "field marshal" in an
international drugs syndicate when he was jailed in November 2003 for his part in one of
the biggest shipments of Ecstasy to New Zealand.
Rate of Conversions up 50 Percent
Rabbi Haim Druckman, head of the Conversion Administration at the Prime Minister's
Office, reported an increase of approximately 50 percent in approvals of conversion
requests in Israel in 2005, compared to 2004. According to the data presented to the
government, 5,546 people have received conversion certificates in the first nine months of
2005, compared to 3,599 in the whole of 2004. The increase is estimated at approximately
Druckman explained that the change in the policy does not contradict the conversion
policy according to Jewish law, which has been implemented up to now. However, the factors
related to the conversion process were combined under the definition of a more humane
policy, and this dramatically raised the rate of the eligible people. They referred to the
joined activity of the relevant courts with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the
Jewish Agency, Judaism studies institutes, as well as private bodies.
However, alongside the data presented by the Prime Minister's Office, severe human
cases of people whose conversion requests were denied are still occurring in Israel. One
of the stories, which belongs to Ibrahim, a Muslim citizen, was published recently in the
"I am an Arab-Israeli citizen. Already two years ago I wanted to convert and approached
the Tel Aviv rabbinate. Time goes by and the requests pass from one rabbi to another. It
turned into a conversion nightmare for me," Ibrahim said. "At the previous time he asks me
to bring a character reference and then he says that he wants to check with the Shin Bet,
and I ask him how long will it take you? And he tells me half a year. Then my nerves
exploded, and I told him: I am more loyal to this country than you and the Shin Bet
person. Besides, the Shin Bet person doesn't do anything according to Jewish law and
doesn't understand religion," he continued.
"I approached the state comptroller and the Department of Religious Affairs. But the
person who will check my complaint is of course an ultra-orthodox and he is God's landlord
and the one who decides instead of God that the secular are atheists, let alone if I am an
Arab," he added. "I don't have to tolerate the disgust of the ultra-orthodox. My desire to
convert to Judaism has developed since childhood. Even today, when I am 43-years-old, I am
still determined. However, I fear that I will not be able to face cruel institutions,"
600 Israeli Soldiers Under Psychiatric Care Plus Suicides
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has left a trail of broken bones, pernicious lies
and all the things that indelibly mark a dictator driven by his own interests.
The following is unreported by the Leftist Media: Of the 40,000 soldiers sent in to
roust Jews from their homes, 600 are under psychiatric care with seven having committed
suicide so far - according to reliable, confidential sources. For every one who has sought
help and committed himself to psychiatric facilities, one may assume there are multiples
of those numbers who are brooding, depressed who may yet end up in a psychiatric facility
or "God forbid" commit suicide for their role in being one of Sharon's storm troopers.
Except for some, Jewish boys and girls are not suited to be warriors against their own
people. Some can meet the role model of pathological thugs. Former PM Yitzhak Rabin and
Shimon Peres and now Arik Sharon fit that role model, along with the Yattam units,
specially selected for their cruel personalities. Clearly, the Sharon government is
desperate not to have this story get into either the Hebrew Media or the International
Many played a role in this senseless tragedy of forcible evacuation, which brought the
Jewish nation nothing but elevated terror. The Left cheered (and they still are) the hurt
done to the pioneering Settlers. Half of the Right of the Likud Party voted to keep their
paying jobs rather than to de-throne Sharon. As the Jewish evacuees wander from hotel to
hotel, in filthy rooms, little promised compensation, forced to pay mortgages for homes
Sharon had demolished, the political hacks appointed by Sharon make promises to the
desperate evacuees of Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron (which are rarely kept).
In the meantime, the large army Sharon raised to force the Settlers out are watching
the results of what they have done. A dictatorial thug attacked and claimed a legal
"Democratic" right to order the forced evacuation. This turned the wonderful IDF (Israel
Defense Forces) into a legal but immoral force of criminals.
The decent young members of what was once the most honored institute in Israel,
suddenly saw a reflected image of themselves in the infamous Yattam troupes, dragging
10,000 men, women and children out of the homes, gardens and verdant farms they had built
themselves over 38 years from the barren sand dunes of Gaza - on land the Arab Muslims
didn't want and couldn't make bloom. Then, they saw these good people thrown to the winds
by a ruthless Sharon government and knew they had become part of it.
They were told that this was their duty "under democracy" but, in fact, the Sharon
thuggery was a democracy in name only. If there is a word for a democratic dictatorship,
this is what Israel has become. The change from a semi-democracy that cared about her
people to a dictatorship who cared only about itself was not lost on either the young
soldiers or the people.
The once vaunted Army has lost its luster as a protectorate of the people. The Israeli
Knesset has confirmed that it is a useless organization, dedicated only to its well-paid
seats and the financial perks that attend their office.
As for Sharon and his gaggle of corrupt appointees and advisors, they have stained the
'Mark of Cain' on their foreheads as criminals worthy of facing the gallows of a Nuremberg
Tribunal.' Sharon's word and even his legal commitments are less than worthless. In the
Prime Minister "legal" and binding document entitled: ADDENDUM A: REVISED DISENGAGEMENT
PLAN - MAIN PRINCIPLES", many disingenuous and illegal claims which Sharon ignored as if
documents are irrelevant. (Note! Most of the Knesset and Sharon's Cabinet did not even
bother reading this so-called "Legal Document of Purpose")
Note item # 7: Real estate assets: In summation, Sharon states that "he" will transfer
to a third international party the commercial, agricultural and industrial properties
owned and developed by the Gush Katif Settlers for the benefit of the Palestinian
population not involved in Terror. (Sharon did transfer all named assets to Terrorists,
including 400 buildings - those not burned down and looted - which were, indeed, turned
over to Terrorists.
I would remind the reader that, in the late 1970s, Sharon started his own Party
"Shlomzion" which had a pledge to start a State of the PLO with Yasir Arafat as its
leader. His Party failed but, the idea continued on through Rabin and Peres who (in the
early 1980s when it was illegal) met with Arafat to plan an evacuation of the 'West Bank'
(Judea and Samaria).
Apparently, the sub-level linkage between Sharon, Rabin and Peres (was always there) on
the forceful evacuation of Jews from Judea and Samaria. That plan morphed into the failed
Oslo Accords and now is a mixture of Yossi Beilin's Geneva Accords (connected to the Bush
'Road Map'). That snake still lives and no one has thought to cut off its head, which
would insure the snake is finished.
In the meantime, the 600 soldiers who suffer deep psychological problems for their role
as storm troopers are taking their toll. Separating them from other soldiers who
themselves are depressed from being misused, is growing. In every army, there is always a
certain shock, causing mental disturbance. This grows exponentially when a soldier is
ordered to attack his own people.
Please forward this to your local newspaper wherever you are. In Israel, the Leftist
Hebrew Media are trying to keep Sharon in power by suppressing such news as soldiers under
psychiatric care. Force them to print the facts. Force the army to divulge the
statisticians of Sharon's Folly.
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