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It began as a school lesson about prejudice. What happened next was a miracle. This inspiring family documentary reveals the moving true story of a group of Tennessee students who turned their Holocaust education into a valuable lesson for the entire world. Their simple promise--to collect one paper clip for each person exterminated by the Nazis during World War II--led to them gathering more than 27 million paper clips, with more than 11 million being housed in a donated WWII railroad car memorial that was shipped to Whitwell, TN from Germany. Paper Clips is being shown on HBO this week. Scheduled times can be found at

Israeli Armor to Protect GIs in Iraq


Israeli companies are renowned worldwide for their expertise in providing armor for military vehicles. Now, kibbutz-owned Plasan Sasain, located in the northern Galilee, which specializes in manufacturing armor protection kits for military vehicles, aircraft and naval systems, has won a deal to provide $100 million worth of equipment to the Marine Corps.

Plasan Sasa will serve as a sub-contractor for Armor Holdings, which won a Defense Department tender to provide armor for the Marines' vehicles. The company will provide the corps with modular armoring to protect vehicles against improvised explosive charges, land mines, and various other terror threats. The add-on armors will be installed on 930 light trucks. The contract constitutes part of the Marines' plan to equip its fleet of tactical trucks, MTVR, with advanced armor.

Plasan Sasa CEO Danny Ziv said the company succeeded in meeting the high technological and operational demands presented by the U.S. Navy. "We proved that our solution substantially reduces damage and represents the most effective armor for tactic vehicles in today's modern battlefield.

"This contract illustrates the Marine Corps' satisfaction with Plasan's sophisticated armor solutions, since it constitutes a renewal of an identical deal between Plasen and the U.S. Navy signed the previous year," he said.

Sources at Plasan explained that the company's solutions would not only provide protection for the vehicles, but would also enable easy and fast installment and dismantling of the add-on armors, to suit the changing needs of the forces.

Founded in 1985, Plasan Sasa has specialized in the manufacturing of add-on armor since 1987. Plasan provides its solutions to the IDF, as well as to military forces around the globe. The company currently employs about 400 workers and is expected to gross a total $150 million in revenues in 2005, compared to only $45 million in 2004.

Israeli Troops Kill Senior Hamas Militant

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem) & Ha'aretz

Israeli troops have shot and killed a senior commander of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. Hamas vowed to avenge the killing.

And on Monday evening Hamas opened fire on an Israeli vehicle in the Halhul region south of Hebron, causing no casualties. One bullet, however, penetrated the vehicle.

Shortly earlier, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell toward Israel, but the shell landed in an open Palestinian area near the security fence on the border with Israel. In response, Israel Defense Forces artillery units pounded targets in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas' military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, said in a statement faxed to the Associated Press, stating "The painful retaliation of Al Qassam is coming. We say to the Zionists that you are going to pay the price. You will regret each drop of blood you shed."

Amjad Hanawi, 34, the commander of the armed wing of Hamas in the northern West Bank was killed as he tried to escape Israeli forces that were raiding a home in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Uvoal Bazak, a senior Israeli military commander in the West Bank told Israel Radio that Hanawi had been involved in attacks against Israel for nearly a decade and that he was an important commander in Hamas. The Israeli military commander said the Hamas terrorist headed a cell in Nablus that was planning a large scale attack against Israelis.

At least a half dozen alleged Hamas terrorists were arrested in the raid, and Israeli authorities have arrested nearly 30 other Palestinians in the area.

The raid took place just hours before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, where she urged Palestinian authorities to do more to disarm Palestinian groups like Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

The armed wing of Hamas, Izzedine al Qassam has threatened retaliation against Israel. Palestinian groups and Israel have been observing an unofficial truce since March of this year, despite several suicide bombings in Israel by Palestinian terrorists, and continued military operations against those groups by Israel.

Agreement on Rafah Crossing Expected

By Robert Raffaele (VOA-Washington, DC)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Israel and the Palestinians are close to agreement on re-opening a key border crossing linking the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Her comments came after separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Rice said that re-opening the Rafah crossing with Egypt is necessary to allow freedom of movement for Palestinians living in Gaza.

Israel closed the Rafah crossing shortly before withdrawing from Gaza in September. Its reopening for Palestinian travel and trade is widely seen as crucial for reviving the Palestinian economy.

Following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Rice said the Palestinians have obligations to meet to move the peace process forward. "We talked about the need to support the democratic process here in the Palestinian territories, and also the need to condemn and fight terror. It is a roadmap obligation of the Palestinian Authority to fight terror and dismantle the infrastructure of terror." Rice was referring to long-running negotiations concerning the internationally supported "road map" peace plan.

Earlier, Rice met with Israeli leaders - including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - in Jerusalem. Israeli officials said a compromise package now being considered would include the stationing of security personnel from the European Union to "augment" Palestinians involved in policing the Rafah complex.

Saudi Teacher to be Flogged for 'Saying the Jews Were Right'


A secondary school teacher in Saudi Arabia was charged with "dubious ideology, mocking religion, saying the Jews were right, discussing the Gospel and preventing students from leaving class to wash for prayer," according to the Saudi newspaper Al-Madina.

The teacher, Mohammed Al-Harbi, was sentenced to 40 months in prison and 750 lashes for his "crimes". He was denounced by colleagues and students at his school. The Saudi authorities and Arab newspapers are presenting it as a case of the teacher "mocking religion" and receiving the appropriate penalty.

Blind Golfer Gets Hole-in-One

By Ha'aretz

Israel's only blind golfer, Zohar Sharon, now has something else to be proud of, something that every golfer dreams of - a hole-in-one.

After hitting his 7-wood at Caesarea Golf Club's par-3 15th, and getting the approval from Shimshon Levy, his caddy and "eyes" on the course, Sharon climbed into his golf cart and the two headed for the green, some 173 yards away. When they got there, however, the ball was nowhere to be seen. "I probably overflew it," Sharon muttered.

But after a five-minute search that proved futile, Sharon said, "It actually was a pretty good shot; look in the hole." When the astonished Levy saw the ball in the hole he shouted, "I'm not touching it. You come and get it."

A hole-in-one is one of golf's holy grails, and millions will spend a lifetime on the course without making one, let alone seeing one. Aside from the high-fives from friends and witnesses, slaps on the back from everyone in the clubhouse, and seeing one's name engraved on a brass board, the acer gets the "right" to buy drinks for everyone present.

In Japan, the feat is even more expensive: Every one at the club can go to the pro shop and treat himself to anything he fancies on the poor acer's account. To prevent bankruptcies, the Japanese take out insurance against such an eventuality.

Israelis About Average in Bedroom


So what is happening in your bedroom; and in the bedrooms of others? Herein are results of condom-maker Durex's ninth worldwide sex survey among 317,000 people in 41 countries, including Israel.

People have sex 103 times a year on the average, according to the latest global annual survey of worldwide sex habits in 41 countries sponsored by condom-maker Durex. After the virile Greeks (138 times a year) come Croatians (134), Serbs (128) and Bulgarians (127). Israelis have sex 100 times a year, only slightly less than the world average, according to the survey.

Having the least sex are the Japanese (46), Singapore (73), India (75), and Indonesia (77). These results are in line with the 2004 survey, which also found Asian countries at the bottom of the list.

The most frequent lovemaking is carried out by people between the ages of 35 and 44, 112 times a year on average; among 16- to 20-year-olds it's 90 times a year, among those 25-34 it's 108 times a year.

The average age of sexual initiation according to the survey is 17.3 years of age. The survey reflects the fact that youngsters are having sex younger. Teens begin sexual activity by the age of 16.3 years.

The most conservative teens are in India. Sexual activity begins at a much later 19.8 years of age. Vietnamese begin sexual activity at 19.6 years, and at 18.6 in Hong Kong. Scandinavians are active much earlier. Iceland's teens begin having sex at 15.6 years, Denmark's at 16.1.

In Israel, sexual activity starts at 16.7 years of age, earlier than in Australia, the U.S., England and actually most countries. Germans, however, start at 15.9.

Almost half of those asked (47 percent) admitted they have unprotected sex without knowing the sexual history of their partners. Some 65 percent of 45- to 55-year-olds also have unprotected sex. Unprotected sexual relations are most prevalent among Norwegians (73%), Greeks (70%) and Swedes (66%). Indians are the most cautious; only 21% said they had unprotected sex. Some 41% of Israelis surveyed admitted they practice unprotected sex. Nearly three-quarters of the people asked said that AIDS awareness needs to be increased.

Four out of 10 people say they look for new ways to spice up their sex lives. The three most common are: pornographic films and magazines (41% worldwide, 34% in Israel), aromatic massages (31% in the world, 37% in Israel). Among women, 33% expressed a preference for massage, while 49% of men said they prefer pornography as a stimulus.

Predictably the bedroom is the most common place for having sex, followed by the car (50%), bathroom (39%) and parents' room (36%). Some 82% of Thai respondents said they prefer cars, as did 57% of Israelis.

Israelis named model Bar Rafaeli as the sexiest celebrity; she received more than 18% of the men's vote. In second place was model Miri Bohedana with 13.2%, and in third place was actress-model Yael Bar Zohar, with 12.9%. For the women again, model Dudi Balsar took first place, with 22.4%; actor-model Yehuda Levy was second with 15.1 percent. Columnist Yair Lapid received 5.6% of the vote.

Israelis were asked what are the three sexiest parts of the body. More than half of the men (55%) said the bust is the sexiest part of a woman's body, followed by the derriere and a shapely figure. Intelligence was important to 18.8%, followed by legs and smiles. Women said a great body (48.3%), followed by eyes and smiles. Intelligence was considered a sexy feature by 37% of women.

Asked the million-dollar question, there was a surprise: 85.5% of Israeli men said that quality sex was preferable to quantity. For women, 95.6% said they preferred quality to frequency.

More than a quarter of Israeli women said half a year is too long to go without sex. And 16.5% believe that three months is a dry spell. Men are a little different: 9% were ready to go half a year without sex while 12.7% felt three months is too long to wait.

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