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US Jewish Leaders Discuss Evangelists' Aims
More than 10 U.S. Jewish leaders met in New York this week to discuss whether
evangelists are trying to "Christianize" the United States. "It was not a 'damn the
evangelicals and full speed ahead' sort of meeting," said Marc Stern, an executive of the
American Jewish Congress. The leaders agreed that "there are elements of the evangelical
community that, if unchecked and the trends continue, raise disturbing issues for the
Jewish community." Stern said that everyone agreed they do not foresee an "imminent
pogrom" but that there is enough concern of evangelism that the leaders should continue to
study the issue.
Iranian President: Move Israel to Europe
By IsraelNationalNews.com. Reuters & Ha'aretz
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said last month that Israel should be "wiped
off the map," suggested in Saudi Arabia on Thursday that the Jewish state should be
transferred to Europe.
The official Iran news agency, IRNA, reported that the president told a news conference
in Mecca that he rejects that the Holocaust occurred but that if it did, it is no reason
for Europeans to support "the occupiers of Jerusalem." He added, "If the Europeans are
honest, they should give some of their provinces in Europe -- like in Germany, Austria or
other countries -- to the Zionists.
"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews
in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary
to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail," IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as
White House spokesman Scott McClellan replied, "It just further underscores our
concerns about the regime in Iran, and it is all the more reason why it is so important
that the regime not have the ability to develop nuclear weapons."
The latest comments also provoked quick condemnation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel
called them "totally unacceptable" and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said, "I
condemn them unreservedly. They have no place in civilized political debate."
Earlier in his speech, the Iranian president said: "The question is where do those who
rule in Palestine as occupiers come from? Where were they born? Where did their fathers
live? They have no roots in Palestine but they have taken the fate of Palestine in their
"Isn't the right to national self-determination one of the principles of the United
Nations charter? Why do they deprive Palestinians of this right?" he said.
Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said in Tel Aviv
Ahmadinejad was voicing "the consensus that exists in many circles in the Arab world that
the Jewish people ... do not have the right to establish a Jewish, democratic state in
their ancestral homeland".
"Just to remind Mr. Ahmadinejad, we've been here long before his ancestors were here,"
Gissin said. "Therefore, we have a birthright to be here in the land of our forefathers
and to live here. Thank God we have the capability to deter and to prevent such a
statement from becoming a reality."
Israel accuses Iran of giving arms and funding to terrorist Palestinian groups such as
Islamic Jihad and of building nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charges. Tehran calls
Israel a "terrorist state" and has developed missiles that can reach Israel. It says it
would use them if Israel tried to bomb its nuclear facilities.
Israeli Strike Kills Two Terrorists in Northern Gaza
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
08 December 2005
Two Palestinian terrorists and an Israeli have been killed in a fresh wave of violence
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel has suspended the latest round of
Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded Palestinian terrorist targets in Gaza in
response to rocket attacks across the border. One air strike killed two armed terrorists
from the al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, a State Department designated terrorist group.
The rocket attacks were in retaliation for Israel's killing of a senior terrorist in an
air strike Wednesday. Israel resumed its controversial assassination policy after a
suicide bomber killed five Israelis in the coastal town of Netanya on Monday.
"And I know of no country that will tolerate these kind of attacks, and therefore, you
can expect a very harsh response to this attack, which [represents] a marked escalation on
the part of the terrorist organizations," said Israeli government spokesman Ra'anan
Israel also suspended talks to open a road link between Gaza and the West Bank for the
first time in nearly five years. The so-called "safe passage" route was scheduled to open
next week under an agreement mediated by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Israel said
there is nothing to talk about until the Palestinians keep their commitment under the
internationally backed "road map" peace plan and disarm militant groups.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said freezing the talks is a "flagrant
violation" of an international accord. "I honestly cannot comprehend because we have a
written agreement with them not to do that."
In the West Bank, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in the neck and killed him at an
army checkpoint. With the escalating violence, the 10-month-old cease-fire is
UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel
The United Nations held a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" last week. And a
large map of "Palestine," with Israel literally wiped off the map was featured prominently
in the festivities.
The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Secretary
General Kofi Annan and the presidents of the UN Security Council and the General
During the festivities, a map labeled a "map of Palestine" was displayed prominently
between UN and PLO flags. The map, with "Palestine" written in Arabic atop it, does not
include Israel, a member of the UN for 56 years. The map does not even demarcate the
partition lines of November 29, 1947, marking a Jewish state alongside an Arab state. The
UN General Assembly itself dictated the partition.
At the start of the ceremony, the dignitaries present asked attendees to observe a
moment of silence. "I invite everyone present to rise and observe a minute of silence in
memory of all those who have given their lives for the cause of the Palestinian people,"
the master of ceremonies said, "and the return of peace between Israel and Palestine."
Donald Trump Planning Complex in Netanya
Netanya Mayor Miriam Feierberg revealed Thursday that billionaire Donald Trump is
planning a $500 million beachfront hotel complex in the coastal city. She said Trump
associate Michael Dezer has visited Netanya three times and has proposed building several
hotels on a 38-acre site on the Mediterranean Coast. The project will include a museum for
The mayor added that Monday's suicide attack in the city has not altered the plans for
the project. "The bombings are a part of life in Israel. We are used to it, and it doesn't
change a thing," said Dezer, an Israeli living in the United States.
Mel Gibson's Holocaust Project Raises Eyebrows
Catholic actor and director Mel Gibson's latest project - a TV movie set against the
backdrop of the Holocaust - is raising eyebrows before a single scene has been shot. His
production company, Con Artist Productions, and two others are developing a miniseries for
ABC television based on a memoir by
Dutch Jew Flory van Beek, whose Catholic boyfriend hid her from the Nazis.
Gibson, whose film "The Passion of the Christ" was seen by some critics as anti-Semitic
and whose father is on record as doubting the Holocaust, may not take an executive
producer credit on "Flory." But his attachment to the project has attracted the attention
of some Jewish groups.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said the
project would give "Gibson a chance to redeem himself from the controversy over 'The
Passion of the Christ,' which did not portray Jews fairly." Hier said the project would
also "provide a first-class education for his father, who is a Holocaust denier."
Gibson's ultraconservative Catholic father, Hutton Gibson, is on record as doubting the
Holocaust, describing it last year as "maybe not all fiction, but most of it is."
Mel Gibson has denied blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus and has made clear he
believes the Holocaust happened. The actor is in Mexico filming a Disney movie and his
representatives could not be reached for comment.
Quinn Taylor, vice president of television movies for ABC, described "Flory" as a love
story and said critics should "shut up and wait and see the movie, and then judge. I'm not
about to rewrite history. I'm going to explore an amazing love story that we can all learn
from and hopefully be inspired by," Taylor told the show business trade newspaper Daily
Several observers said Gibson might be trying to repair his image in the Jewish
community. But Deborah Cohn, assistant professor of marketing at New York's Yeshiva
University, said Gibson might have other intentions. "I think his aim is to portray
Catholicism in the best possible light and to show the good deeds of Catholics in those
times. Families did step up and those stories should be highlighted. I think this film is
not going to address the things his father is denying," Cohn said.
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