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'You Can't Buy Us With Schnitzel"'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Likud Knesset member Uzi Landau has indicated he does not plan to attend a Sycamore Farm dinner party being hosted by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Thursday evening. Aides to Landau, who heads the party's loyalist faction stated, "We cannot be bought with schnitzel." Persons close to Landau explain that at the very same time the dinner event will be taking place, Landau will be meeting with expellees from Gush Katif, seeking to solve their housing and employment dilemmas. The most recent comes from Jerusalem's Regency Hotel, where close to 100 families face possible eviction by month's end.


Israel Calls for Iran's Expulsion from UN

By VOA News

Israel's Vice Premier Shimon Peres has called for Iran's expulsion from the United Nations following comments made by Iran's president that Israel should be "wiped off the map."

Iran's president made his comments at a conference called the "The World Without Zionism," attended by several thousand students in Tehran. Iran's president also says that Muslim leaders who recognize Israel would "face the wrath of their own people."

In a letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Peres said the remarks "contravene the United Nations charter and are tantamount to a crime against humanity." He called on the Israeli government to submit a request to the U.N. Security Council to obtain Iran's expulsion from the world body. Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry said Israel takes the matter very seriously.

"Our ambassador at the United Nations has spoken directly at the Security Council and with the secretary general," said Regev. "We think that the international community cannot sit silently. We have a situation where one U.N. member has called for the destruction of another U.N. member. This goes against the very principles on which the U.N. is based. It goes against the principle of peace and cooperation. This is an outrage and we think the organized international community has to condemn this in very harsh terms."

The comments by Iran's president have been condemned around the world. European Union leaders meeting in London on Thursday said such comments would cause concern about Iran's role in the region and its future intentions. The EU leaders said they remain committed to a solution to the Arab-Israel dispute based on the principle of "two states living side-by-side in peace and security."

Meanwhile, in Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the Iranian leader's remarks, "underscore the concerns the U.S. has about Iran's nuclear operations." Speaking on Wednesday following a meeting with Russia's foreign minister, Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom said Israel considers Iran's nuclear ambitions to be a grave threat to its security, and he called for action by the United Nations. "If Iran does not comply with its international obligations and continues to threaten global security then sanctions must be initiated and the sooner the better."

Last month the International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution that could allow Iran to be referred to the Security Council for what the U.N. agency called Iran's non-compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The United States accuses Iran's government of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge, saying it is seeking to develop a nuclear power capability for energy production.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the host of Thursday's E.U. summit, said he finds the Iranian's comments repugnant. "There sentiments are completely and totally unacceptable," said Blair. "I have never come across such a situation of the president of a country saying they want to wipe out another country."

He said the statement raises new concerns about Iran's controversial nuclear program. "If they carry on like this the question people are going to be asking is, when are you going to do something about this, because you imagine a state like that, with an attitude like that, having a nuclear weapon."

IDF Commander: Terrorists Will Strike Ashkelon

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The outgoing head of the Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Dan Harel, said, "Kassam rockets will reach Ashkelon, which is already in range." He also admitted the IDF involvement in the expulsion was not purely military.

Harel expressed fears that Egypt would not keep terrorists from attacking Israel. He added that Israel would have to live with terror on the south as it does in the north and depend on a "balance of terror" to maintain quiet. Speaking in an interview with the Ynet Hebrew web site, Harel said flatly that Ashkelon eventually would be a target of terrorists. A huge electric power plant is located south of the city, about five miles from terrorist bases in northern Gaza

Concerning the expulsion (from Gaza), the outgoing commander admitted that the IDF acted in matters "that were not purely military." He added, "I am not sure the disengagement stemmed from security considerations, although I assume they were part of the considerations that brought the move."

Harel, who has been appointed IDF attaché in Washington, said that it is too soon to judge the expulsion. "The question of whether the disengagement succeeded or not hinges on the objectives whoever thought up the idea hoped to achieve."

His principal concern is the 155 mile "weak spot" border between Egypt and Israel. "Criminal activity is taking place along it and must be curbed. The danger is that the criminal platform can also be used to send terrorists to Israel. There were already some attempts that we stopped. I hope we can keep this balance, but doubt it, and I expect the Egyptians to do much more," Harel said.

Concerning the chaos along the Rafiah border with Egypt following the IDF withdrawal, the IDF commander said, "there was a big mess" in which terrorists and ammunition-entered Gaza. "As far as we know, no weapons that change the balance of power were transferred. I'm not ruling out the possibility that it can happen."


Israeli Air strike Kills Jihad Militant in Gaza Strip

By VOA News & YnetNews.com

An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip has killed a top Islamic Jihad commander and at least six other people; a day after an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber killed five people in central Israel.

The Israeli military confirmed the Thursday evening helicopter strike near the Jabaliya refugee camp, saying it targeted an Islamic Jihad militant. Palestinians identified him as Shahdi Mohanna, the Islamic Jihad commander for the northern Gaza Strip. Mohanna was a commander of the al-Quds Brigades, a branch of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. The IDF reported that Mohanna was behind several deadly terror attacks on Israel, including the firing of Kassam rockets. It added that three other Islamic Jihad activists and three civilians were also among the dead, and at least 15 people were wounded.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced an offensive he said would not stop until the Palestinian Authority moves decisively to stop militant attacks. He also said he would not hold talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas until the attacks stop.

Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator Saeb Erakat condemned the Israeli attack and warned of "consequences of this escalation."

One of the senior Islamic Jihad terror heads, Sheikh Hadar Haviv, reacted to the IAF missile saying, "Israel has opened a war against us. We will react quickly with additional attacks against the criminal enemy that is spilling our blood." He described the IAF attack as a new Israeli massacre. He also called to the other terrorist groups to join the Islamic Jihad in attacks against Israel.


Jordan Cancels TV Series Following U.S. Rabbis´ Protest

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The government of Jordan has agreed to cancel an anti-Semitic series airing on Al-Mamnou TV after receiving a protest letter from 24 American rabbis who had met last month with Jordan's king.

"During the 1930s, too many Americans were silent in the face of rising anti-Semitism, with tragic results," said Wyman Holocaust Studies Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff who organized the protest letter. "Our generation must not repeat that error. We must speak out against anti-Semitism today, whenever and wherever it erupts."

The rabbis' letter was sent to the Jordanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on October 24. Two days later, the Jordanian Embassy announced the cancellation of the series calling the program "controversial".

Signatories to the protest letter included Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff, vice-president of Reform Judaism's Hebrew Union College and other Orthodox, Conservative, and Reconstructionist rabbis.

The Syrian-produced television series, called "Al-Shatat," includes horrific distortions of Judaism, including the presentation of the use of a Christian child's blood in preparation of Matzah for Passover, as religious necessity. The graphic episode features Jews kidnapping a Christian boy and slitting his throat to drain his blood, and the brutal execution of a Jew by a "Talmudic" court, by pouring boiling lead down his throat. [Warning: The following two video links to the above episodes are very difficult to view: 1) Christian boy, 2) Talmudic Execution] All of the anti-Semitic libels in this series are presented as fact.

The series also portrays Jews conspiring to assassinate world leaders, cause stock market crashes, and provoke world wars, as part of a plan to conquer the world. Another episode shows Jewish leaders helping the Nazis slaughter Europe's Jews in order to win world sympathy for Zionism. The 29-part series has also aired in the past on Hizbullah's Al-Manar Television and on Iranian Television.

In their letter to Jordan's king, the 24 rabbis wrote: "We fear that these horrifying libels could incite viewers to hatred and even violence. Jordanian citizens, especially young people, should not be inculcated with such messages and images, which undermine your noble efforts to promote peace ... Your Majesty, the words you spoke at our meeting last month gave us hope. Please do not allow Al-Mamnou to shatter that hope by broadcasting incitement to hatred."

The letter also suggested that Jordanian Television should air the Holocaust movie "Schindler's List," which Jordan and other Arab countries refused to show when it was released in 1994.

From the City of Lights to the City of Gold

By Mag-Net.

When Meyer Dadouche and family came on aliyah recently, he fulfilled his dream as well as that of his parents. They had considered aliyah from Morocco many years previously, but without success. "I was lucky to be born in Morocco," stated Meyer. "I received a traditional Jewish education with an emphasis on speaking Hebrew. Although I still have more to learn, it is definitely an advantage."

Like his eight siblings, Meyer, 36, left Morocco at the age of 18 to pursue his studies in Paris. He learned accounting and taught the subject for 10 years in a Paris university in addition to working for an accounting firm. He met his wife Yael while both were visiting Israel. Yael, from Lyons, studied law and worked for a commerce bank.

In 2003, the Dadouches started to contemplate aliyah. They were parents of an infant daughter, Salome. "Of course, we always felt a strong sentiment for Israel, our country. We also wanted a place where we can feel free. In Paris we felt restricted in many ways. At work it wasn't easy for me to wear a yarmulke. I had to constantly come up with excuses for avoiding the lunch break with my colleagues," recalled Meyer.

The Jewish Agency office in Paris helped Meyer by providing information, books, and contacts with Israelis. Meyer and Yael came on a pilot trip organized by Shalom Wach of Alyah de Groupe. The group had first spent two Sabbaths together in France before the trip. "During the intensive trip, we met representatives from various offices providing us with details about life in Israel. A pilot trip is indispensable preparation for aliyah!"

The Dadouches made aliyah through AMI, a voluntary organization established by a French businessman to help French Jews implement their aliyah. AMI grants financial aid to those who need to pay back loans or move their businesses to Israel, as well as stipends for students making aliyah. It also helps with finding employment and providing retraining courses. "The assistance from AMI is a great help," said Meyer.

Over 300 French olim arrived on July 25 in two planes organized by the Jewish Agency and AMI. The Dadouche family arrived a week before these flights and were welcomed in their apartment by a Jewish Agency representative. They live in the new Har Homa neighborhood in Jerusalem. "We felt that if we come to Israel, Jerusalem is the place to be! The view of the hills surrounding Har Homa and the quiet attracted us to the neighborhood. Both don't exist in Paris!" The neighborhood is popular with young families, including French-speaking Israelis.

After two months in the country, Meyer and Yael are learning Hebrew in two different ulpans. Meanwhile, Salome is picking up Hebrew in her pre-school and making friends. After completing ulpan, Meyer hopes to enroll in a tax advisor course, which emphasizes Israeli tax law. "Thanks to the assistance of AMI and the Jewish Agency, I don't have to think so much about work during these first months in Israel."


Pope Reiterates Vatican's Commitment to Good Relations with Jews

By Reuters

Pope Benedict assured the world's Jews on Thursday that he and the Vatican were irrevocably committed to good Catholic-Jewish relations and to never forgetting the Holocaust.

The Pope spoke for the 40th anniversary celebrations of a Second Vatican Council document called "Nostra Aetate" (In Our Time) that revolutionized relations by repudiating the concept of continuing collective Jewish guilt for the death of Jesus. "This anniversary gives us abundant reason to express gratitude to almighty God..." he said in a message to Catholic and Jewish leaders commemorating the anniversary in Rome.

"The message of Nostra Aetate is as clear today as it was then: a firm 'no' to any form of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism and the condemnation of every offence, discrimination and persecution that derives from them," said Cardinal Walter Kasper. "Our path, in truth, is still a long way from the Promised Land," said Kasper, head of the Vatican department for religious relations with Jews. "It is a path along which there are still many obstacles, misunderstandings and suspicions to overcome, wounds of the past to heal."

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