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Two More Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Strike

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The IDF has confirmed that a helicopter gunship attack in Gaza Tuesday evening was targeting Fatah terrorists, from the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade. The targets have been involved in rocket attacks on Jewish targets, according to the IDF statement. The terrorists were identified by Arab sources as Suheil Bakr and Muhammad Abu-Shari'a, and were said to have been killed in the IDF missile strike. The two al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members killed bring to nine the number of terrorists killed in Israeli air strikes since Saturday.

Church of England Backs Disinvestments

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The Church of England has backed a proposal from the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem to sell investments in companies that profit "from the illegal occupation." The Church backed "morally responsible investment in the Palestinian occupied territories."

The English church rejected appeals by the Jewish community, which argued that Israel is defending itself against suicide bombers and other terror attacks. The Church also did not allow debate on amendments proposed by Anglicans for Israel.

According to a British newspaper, The Telegraph, heads of the Anglican Church voted to remove funds from such firms, particularly a 2.2 million pound investment in Caterpillar, which manufactures tractors used to demolish Palestinian homes as well as in the construction of the security fence.

The vote, which was supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, stands in contradiction to the stance of former Archbishop Lord Carey, who said the Church should support Israel.

During the debate that preceded the vote, members of the General Synod said they believe the Church must be seen to be investing its money for the common good, and not merely for the best financial return.

One of the participants in the meeting, Keith Malcouronne from Guildford, said he had received a letter of support for the initiative from the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal.

The Bishop of Chelmsford John Gladwin said Christians in Palestine were in despair and held Israel accountable. "Caterpillar may be a company being used for dreadful purposes across the world, but the problem is not Caterpillar. The problem is the situation in the Middle East and the government of Israel," he said.

The only participant to voice opposition to the proposal was Bishop of St. Albans Christopher Herbert, who is chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews and said the debate was unbalanced. He said there was a "belief and hope" in the Jewish community that Christians would understand their perspective in such debates, but the Synod had not reflected the complexity of the situation.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli Embassy in London, Shuli Davidovich, said in response that "assuming the newspaper report is accurate, this is a decision that seriously hampers the dialogue we believed was taking place between us and the Anglican Church."

"It's unnecessary to point out the miserable timing of this decision. It's regrettable we did not hear the Church speak out against the terrible statements by Iran's president, the Holocaust denier, who called for the destruction of Israel," she added.

Syrian Hamas Leader: Islam Will Rule the World


The Hamas terrorist leader in Syria said in a mosque last week that "the West will be defeated" and that "the nation of Islam will sit at the throne of the world."

The sermon by Khaled Mash'al was televised on Aljazeera television and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The crowd in the mosque answered, "Death to Israel. Death to America."

He asserted, "The nation of Muhammad is gaining victory in Palestine. The nation of Muhammad is gaining victory in Iraq.... Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world." Mash'al called on Europe to apologize for what he said is an anti-Muslim attitude.

Rumors of Injuries Causing Blindness, Sterilization Denied


The spokesperson for Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital said Tuesday that rumors to the effect that youths injured in Amona last week may have been made sterile by blows to the genitals or abdomen are not true. The hospital, she said, is unaware of any injury from Amona that could lead to future sterility.

Similarly, Dr. Matty Ehrlichman, who was the chief physician treating the hundreds of wounded protestors at Amona, denied that any protestor was blinded or made sterile in the clash. "It is all a lie," the doctor said. He noted that had anyone suffered such injuries, it would have been as publicly known as the injury to Yechiam Ayal, who was knocked unconscious and hospitalized in serious condition.

At the same time, Ehrlichman admitted that claims of sterility cannot be known for several years, but he cautioned that only extremely serious wounds could generally have that effect on a patient.

Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Ramallah Area


Three weeks ago, Israeli police found a mosaic floor in an Arab car. The Antiquities Authority has confirmed that the floor belongs to a previously undiscovered synagogue in the Ramallah area.

Researchers from the Israeli Antiquities Authority believe that the mosaic formed part of an ancient synagogue floor because it contained depictions of Jewish symbols, such as the base of a menorah (a seven branched candelabrum), a lulav (palm branch) and dates.

Another, no less interesting feature of the mosaic, are the words "Shalom (peace) on Israel" which are inscribed on it. At first, researchers thought the thieves had stolen the mosaic floor of an ancient Jericho synagogue, known as the "Shalom on Israel" synagogue, because if has the same inscription.

But after some checking, the researchers learned that the Jericho synagogue, located in an area subject to the jurisdiction of the PA, was intact and in place. The inevitable conclusion was that the newly discovered mosaic was from an as yet undiscovered ancient synagogue.

Researchers surmise that the synagogue is located somewhere in the Ramallah area, because the two suspects in the car where the mosaic was found are from Shuafat, a north Jerusalem neighborhood bordering Ramallah.

The precise location of the synagogue can only be guessed at, because areas, such as Ramallah, which are controlled by Palestinian Authority security forces, are off-limits to Jews. Jews who attempt to visit or do research in those areas are at risk of being kidnapped or killed.

Ironically, the "Shalom on Israel" synagogue in Jericho is also off-limits to Jews, despite a specific provision of the Oslo accords that guarantees Jewish access to the site.

During the First and Second Temple periods, the Ramallah area was at the heart of the Jewish commonwealth, so the possibility of an undiscovered synagogue in the area came as no surprise to antiquities researchers.

Like many archeological discoveries, this one was revealed entirely by accident, when border police stopped and searched a suspicious vehicle. When they saw the mosaic, police knew they were on to something unusual, and immediately called in a special unit, whose job is to investigate the theft of antiquities. That unit turned the mosaic over to the Antiquities Authority.

Despite the security obstacles, the Antiquities Authority said it would attempt to use undercover means to discover the exact location of the synagogue.

Remember Never Again

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

Countries have established judicial systems to resolve disagreements between individuals and or companies. Unfortunately, there is no such binding system when the conflict exists between countries. At the present time there are many countries having life and death conflicts with each other.

There are two ways in which countries can resolve their disagreements -- either going to war, or sitting down to negotiate. At times a government may act unilaterally conceding something to the other in an attempt to exhibit flexibility, hoping to motivate the other to come to a mutually agreeable solution. At times this may be called appeasement. Appeasement can ultimately have very undesirable effects.

In London on July 7, 2005 six explosions ripped through buses and subway cars murdering about 50 innocent civilians. Newspaper headlines in England cried out "terrorism." Reuters and the BBC still used terminology like "militants," "gunmen," and "freedom fighters." You have the right to ask why.

The Sept 24, 2004 issue of "Honest Reporting" stated that Reuters' global managing editor acknowledged that Arab intimidation influenced his agency's news coverage. Even if Reuters, or other media, fear their reporters would be harmed, bending to intimidation is still appeasement. The media have other options they can safely exercise. Rather than using more appropriate words such as terrorists and murderers the media is whitewashing these horrendous actions thus helping the terrorists obtain world sympathy and support excusing their actions.

In October 2001 The Washington Times reported that Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, told the White House "Do not try to placate the Arabs at Israel's expense. We are not Czechoslovakia." It is believed Sharon was referring to Britain's and France's decision to try to appease Hitler by allowing Nazi Germany to occupy part of Czechoslovakia in exchange for a promise of peace that was later broken.

On July 5, 2005 The Zionist Organization of America again strongly criticized Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for dangerous and unreasonable demands she was making on Israel. Rice twisted their arms to make concessions to Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority -- Concessions such as weapons for Abbas and restraint in response to terror. Sharon's aides said Rice "Ticked us all off."

On Jan. 10, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported that their freelance reporter, Jill Carroll, was kidnapped in Baghdad, Iraq. Carroll was to meet with Mr. Dulami, a Sunni politician. Mr. Dulaimi, however, turned out not to be at his office, and after 25 minutes, Carroll and her interpreter left. Their car was stopped as she drove away. "It was very obvious this was by design," said the driver. Her Arab Christian translator was later found dead.

The terrorists threatened to kill Carroll unless female terrorist in U.S. custody were released. President Bush has made statements, such as the one on April 4, 2002, that "Terror must be stopped. No nation can negotiate with terrorists.

On Jan 27, 2006 the New York Times reported that Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a military spokesman said "The military freed five of the 10 Iraqi women in its custody late Thursday afternoon as part of a regular prisoner release." Whether Johnson is telling the truth or not, the terrorists will believe they have succeeded and rightly so. They have used the same tactic again and again. Carroll became the 31st journalist to be kidnapped. Some were returned and some were murdered.

Israel's Likud party said that the recent Hamas surprise electoral victory was a direct result of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan and that Palestinians concluded from the Gaza pullout that terror and violence were the means to achieve diplomatic gains. It is about time to stop appeasing murderers.

Appeasement in any form is appeasement, and by appeasing terrorists we have given them a powerful weapon. Day-by-day and week-by-week they are getting stronger because we are helping by appeasing them. When will the world learn to stop looking weak. Every one of us must exercise our right, our obligation in notifying our politicians what we think. Remember Never Again. Our combined opinion has clout.

(Ed Ziegler is a Board Member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida. He can be reached at

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