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Brutal Anti-Semitic Series on Jordanian TV
According to the Palestinian Media Watch, Jordanian TV Al-Mamnou is now airing a series
for the month of Ramadan, which depicts Jews as trying to take over the world. The show,
produced in Syria, is being broadcast on Arabic language Satellite TV. The program was
first broadcast in 2003 on Al-Manar (Hizbullah TV) and in 2004, on Iranian TV. The series
revolves around the "Secret Jewish World Government" whose members meet and plan how to
control the leaders of the world and thus direct all of history. It includes graphic
scenes depicting the old blood libels of Eastern European infamy and a brutal execution of
a Jew by a "Talmudic" court. All of the anti-Semitic libels in the series are presented as
Israel Won't Interfere with Terrorist Hamas Participation in Palestinian
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has backed down from an international campaign to keep the Islamic terrorist
group Hamas out of upcoming Palestinian elections. Israel said Hamas participation would
harm efforts to revive the internationally backed Roadmap peace plan. Israeli spokesman
Mark Regev told VOA. "We are not going to do anything active to interfere in the
The U.S. told Israel that while it regards Hamas as a terrorist organization, it would
not dictate who could participate in Palestinian elections. Regev said the lukewarm
international response was unfortunate. "Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization,
responsible for countless acts of senseless violence and murder against Israeli civilians.
And as long as they are a terrorist organization, armed to the teeth, they are not a
legitimate political partner."
But Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Hamas participation is democracy at
work. "The way to one authority, the way to one gun, the way to public order has to go
through the road of elections." Polls show Hamas has about 30-percent support among
Palestinians. Its charity network - and its campaign of suicide bombings - have won
popularity. The group is regarded as an alternative to the Palestinian Authority, which
is widely seen as corrupt. But Israel has warned that if Hamas enters the Palestinian
parliament, it could doom the peace process.
Two Israeli Arabs Detained on Charges of Terrorism
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Security forces have arrested two Israeli Arabs from the Galilee on suspicion of
joining Hamas in the 1990s while studying dentistry in Romania, and then carrying out
assignments for the armed group, police and the Shin Bet security service said Sunday.
The suspects, from Nazareth and Kafr Manda, allegedly met with Hamas agents in Romania
and went to Turkey for training in covert operations before returning to Israel. They are
also suspected of giving Hamas information meant to help it carry out terror attacks.
Haifa District prosecutors plan to charge the suspects - Nazmi Hussain from Nazareth and
Abdel Salam Zidan from Kafr Manda - with assisting the enemy in wartime and making contact
with foreign agents. Prosecutors will also ask that the suspects be jailed until the end
of proceedings against them.
The suspects were arrested last month and have confessed to the allegations. While
abroad, Hussain took part in religious services and lectures at a mosque in Romania,
during which he listened to inciteful speeches on the ideals of the Islamic Brotherhood.
"He intended to assist the organization in its activities against the State of Israel,"
Supt. Shmuel Boker, commissioner of the Central Command of the Galilee said. "With this
purpose in mind, he took part in training sessions in Turkey, exercises and various
underground, secret activities. Afterwards, he was asked to find other Israeli Arabs who
would be willing to help him with his activities."
Boker added that after a while, Hussain conscripted the other dentist, a-Salaam Zidan,
who was also studying in Romania. "Both of them met with Hamas agents. The second man,
from Kafr Manda, was sent to Turkey for training, where he learned terror tactics. He then
traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he trained with Hamas members. He gathered information on
densely populated areas and high buildings. The two were also asked to choose apartments
for overnight accommodation in Kafr Manda."
Haifa District prosecutors plan to charge the suspects - Nazmi Hussain from Nazareth
and Abdel Salam Zidan from Kafr Manda - with assisting the enemy in wartime and making
contact with foreign agents. Prosecutors will also ask that the suspects be jailed until
the end of proceedings against them.
Hussain's attorney said his client vehemently denies having any ties with Hamas. The
attorney said that many Muslims contacted his client while he was in Romania, but that
they discussed religious issues, not political, security or criminal activity. Zidan's
father said he and his family are convinced Zidan is innocent, and that his son had
rejected two overtures by Hamas, in 1998 and 2002.
The Shin Bet said terror organizations see Israeli Arabs as an attractive recruiting
target because they have freedom of movement within Israel. Hussain told the Shin Bet that
in Istanbul, he learned how to follow people and gather information, and studied
encryption techniques. His Hamas handlers told him he would also receive military training
in Iran, but due to his Israeli passport, he did not go there.
In 1999, the Shin Bet said, Hussain recruited another Israeli for Hamas - the second
suspect, Zidan. Hussain said he gave Hamas the names of several people with whom he had
studied in Romania and whom he said might want to join Hamas. Zidan, 36, told the Shin Bet
that Hamas asked him to locate an apartment for rent in his Galilee village.
Zidan traveled to Turkey in 2002 for a meeting with his Hamas handler, who told him to
gather information about crowded places in Tel Aviv, especially malls and tall buildings.
Zidan is suspected of maintaining contact with his handlers since that meeting.
Like Hussain, Zidan received training in Turkey, where he learned how to prepare
explosives and studied encryption techniques. He was asked to acquire fertilizer for use
in making explosives and get an email address through which he was to receive additional
Jerusalem Post to Launch Christian Edition
The Guardian (UK) reports that The Jerusalem Post will launch a monthly Christian
edition early next year. It will have "very different emphases and different focuses,"
said the Post's editor. Chris McGreal, writing in the London-based The Guardian this past
Thursday, reported, "The Post, a widely respected paper until it fell into former owner
Conrad Black's clutches, is seeking to bolster its North American circulation by building
on the blossoming relationship between the Israeli right and Christian fundamentalists.
"The content is going to be jointly put together by the Jerusalem Post and the
International Christian Embassy [of Jerusalem, the ICEJ]," Post editor David Horowitz is
quoted as telling the Guardian. "It'll be things like archaeology and tourism and
ideological arguments and dilemmas and so on. Obviously, when your predominant mindset is
a Jewish audience there are different stresses that go into providing content, whereas if
you're doing it for a Christian audience, there are going to be very different emphases
and different focuses."
Responding in advance to criticism he and his paper can be expected to face for working
with an evangelical organization, Horowitz said, "The International Christian Embassy has
been operating in Israel for many years and [is] very aware of the framework. There are
laws in Israel against giving inducement to people to convert, and that organization has
operated within the framework to the satisfaction of the Israeli government. That is
actually very important to me."
Muslim leader: Messiah not coming to Israel
By Jerusalem NewsWire
A prominent Israeli-Arab Muslim leader this weekend blasted Evangelical Christian
support for Israel as a misguided effort to hasten the return of the Messiah.
Speaking to WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein, Islamic Movement Vice-Chairman Sheikh Kamal Hatib
said the "crazy" Christian support "is based on their faith that the return of the
Messiah...would be in Israel." (Editor's Note: Muslims in general accept that Jesus is the
"messiah," but do not regard him as mankind's savior. Nor do they accept that he was a
Jew, but rather a "Palestinian" adherent of Islam.)
"Therefore," Hatib continued, "[the Christians] support Israel, because they believe
that the continuation of Israel to exist hastens the arrival of the Messiah. Allah
forbid!" the sheikh exclaimed.
He surmised that this belief has led these Christians to desire "a war of
civilizations" between themselves and Islam, which George W. Bush, a born again Christian,
is currently leading. Ignoring that the Bush-led war on terror began as a direct result of
unprecedented Islamic attacks on the United States, Hatib condemned what he saw as the
true Christian rationale for the conflict. "The Messiah can never be the reason for war,"
The reporter said, "Readers of the Bible know that the Book of Revelation tells of a
time when Messiah himself will engage in unparalleled acts of warfare prior to
establishing his rule from Jerusalem. (Revelation 19:21), and that the Bible also
indicates Messiah will only return following the rebuilding of Israel's temple to the
Almighty (Malachi 3:1, Ezekiel 43:2-5), something Hatib insists the Jews have no right to
do atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
The sheikh echoed discredited Muslim claims that the mosques currently occupying the
Temple Mount have been in existence since the time of Adam, and that the children of
Israel never had a temple atop Mount Moriah. "We the Muslims believe that Al Aqsa was
built since the time of Adam - Allah bless him," Hatib said. "There is a very clear
historical event mentioned in the Koran concerning the mosque that was built by Adam and
where all our prophets prayed."
The Koran in fact does not once mention Jerusalem, where, at the time of the Koran's
writing, the Temple Mount was occupied by a Byzantine Christian trash dump rather than a
mosque. That did not stop Hatib from insisting the "Al Aqsa [literally 'the furthest
mosque'] of the Koran is the same Al Aqsa of our days, not any other mosque."
As for the Jewish temples, "we believe that [they] existed, but we deny they were built
near Al Aqsa" - in other words, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount." When the First Temple was
built by Solomon - Allah bless him - Al Aqsa was already built," said Hatib. "We don't
believe that a prophet like Solomon would have built the Temple at a place where a mosque
existed." Islam, of course, had its beginnings some 1,500 years after the time of
Klein noted that what the sheikh was saying "contradicts reality. There is no serious
scholar or archeologist in the world who argues Al Aqsa was built before the Jewish
Temples." Hatib's Islamic Movement is the largest Muslim organization in Israel. It's top
leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, has spent time in an Israeli prison for using the organization
to fund raise for Hamas.
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