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Presbyterian Leaders Meet Hizbullah Terror Chief
Presbyterian Christians from Chicago met recently with Hizbullah terror chief Hassan
Nasrallah in Lebanon. The meeting took place during a trip co-sponsored by the Chicago
Presbytery's Middle East Task Force, in which Rev. Bob Reynolds of the Presbytery's
executive board took part.
The trip's leader, Dr. Robert Worley, praised Hizbullah and expressed understanding for
the terror group's activities against the Jewish state, saying that Presbyterians "have
suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations." Worley also told Nasrallah
that Jewish influence in America leads to the perception that Hizbullah is a terrorist
Hizbullah terrorists have killed scores of Israelis and kidnapped Israeli soldiers and
Various Jewish Federation and Anti-Defamation League officials contacted the Chicago
Presbytery leadership, which refused to condemn the statements or meeting, saying instead
that the trip was unofficial and not the responsibility of the group. "The goal of my trip
was educational," Reynolds told the Associated Press. "I think one way people can learn
from one another is to learn the way people talk about themselves and describe their own
The Presbyterian Church (USA) embarked on a campaign of divesting from Israeli
companies last year, a move condemned widely, including by other Christian groups.
Israel Promises Painful Retaliation for Suicide Bombing
By VOA News & IsraelNatiobnalNews.com
Israel is promising painful retaliation for Monday's suicide bombing in the coastal
city of Netanya that left five Israelis dead. The Palestinian Authority is taking its own
At an emergency meeting, Israel's security Cabinet decided on a series of measures to
punish the Islamic Jihad group, which claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. The
army will resume assassinations of Islamic Jihad leaders and step up arrest raids in the
"We will have to increase our efforts and intensify our sustained operations against
the terrorists," said Israeli spokesman Ra'anan Gissin. "We will have to pay house calls
to those Palestinians who instigate and perpetrate acts of terror and bring them to
justice or bring justice to them."
Israel has sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip, barring Palestinians from entering
the country. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is also seeking approval to resume the
controversial policy of demolishing the family homes of suicide bombers.
The demolitions, which Israel sees as a deterrent, were suspended after an
Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire was declared in February. In the latest raids, the bomber's
father and three brothers were arrested at a village in the northern West Bank.
Israel says it would fight terrorism on its own, until the Palestinian Authority
dismantles terrorist groups as demanded by the internationally-backed "Roadmap" peace
Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat told VOA that his side would comply. "We have
a commitment, a gradual commitment, to maintain the one gun and the one authority and the
rule of law, and this commitment we will honor."
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been reluctant to confront heavily armed militant
groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, fearing civil war. But he vowed to punish the
perpetrators of the bombing. In a rare move, Palestinian police said they arrested three
Islamic Jihad terrorists from the area where the bomber lived in the West Bank.
The Russian newspaper Pravda has predicted that terrorists would probably rule the
Palestinian Authority (PA) after the planned legislative elections January 26. "A young
and succeeding bureaucrat in a Hamas-controlled city hall cannot understand why he has to
fight because he is already in power," the newspaper wrote.
It added that that a young generation is gaining power in the ruling Fatah party and
favors bringing more terrorists into the police forces. Recent primaries in the PA "not
only strengthened the positions of young activists of a new wave [but also] brought out
good results to more radical field commanders of the movement's paramilitary units,"
according to Pravda.
New Law: Foods Must be Marked Milk, Meat or Pareve
As of Wednesday, food may not be sold in Israel without being marked as either meat,
dairy or pareve (neither milk nor meat).
A new law to this effect passed its third and final reading in the Knesset Wednesday.
It was originally proposed by MK Uri Ariel (National Union) as an amendment to the Kashrut
law. The original law provided only that a food billed as Kosher carry the name of the
authorizing rabbi, rabbinate or Kashrut agency.
"The Ministry of Trade could have merely issued a directive requiring the new
markings," Ariel said, "but it did not do so. The Merchants Union complains that many
Kashrut-conscious consumers refrain from buying certain foods because they are not marked
as dairy or pareve. The new law will help consumers avoid the problem of whether to buy a
food because of the fear that it may contain milk or meat ingredients."
Jewish law forbids the eating of milk products and meat products together, as well as
the consumption of milk products within six hours (or three, according to some customs) of
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