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European Jewish, Pro-Israel Web Sites Hacked
Germany's largest Jewish web portal, Hagalil.com was hacked so severely last week that
all of its subdomains were wiped out and it was completely deleted from its server. This
week, a second German web site espousing pro-Israel views, German Media Watch, was hacked
into as well. German sources report that the Hagalil site was hacked from an IP address in
the Arab state of Qatar, located in the Persian Gulf.
Kassam Rocket Hits Ashkelon Power Station
A few minutes before 3 p.m. Wednesday, Arab terrorists fired a Kassam rocket that
impacted in the Rotenberg Power Station outside Ashklelon. It is the first time that the
enemy has succeeded in hitting the power station. The rocket was fired from the northern
Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported in the attack.
The unprecedented terrorist strike on the Rotenberg Power Station came even as the IDF
continues Operation Blue Skies, targeting rocket-firing cells and launching areas with
artillery and helicopter gunships. The enemy attackers, for their part, continue to rain
rockets down on Jewish towns in proximity to Gaza.
And a team of divers and a group of sappers were working Wednesday afternoon to examine
a half-ton bomb dud found in the water near Ashdod harbor. Local fishermen reported the
find, which officials said was thought to be old.
Israel Says it Will Set Final Border After Elections
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said Israel would keep major settlement
blocs in the West Bank in any agreement reached with the Palestinians.
Olmert told Israel's Channel Two News that Israel would "separate from much of the
Palestinian population that lives in the West Bank." He said Israelis would be gathered
into main settlement blocs so as to preserve a united Jerusalem. He also said large
Israeli settlements in the West Bank where about 100,000 Israelis live would stay under
Speaking in his first TV interview since assuming the office of prime minister
following Ariel Sharon's stroke, Olmert also said Israel cannot give up control of its
eastern border, indicating that Israel intends to keep control of the Jordan Valley. But
at the same time, he said Israel would withdraw from some territories in the West Bank.
Olmert said Israel's future border is not the one it holds today, adding he believes
that on the other side of what will eventually be Israel's final border, there will be a
Recent polls show Olmert's position is popular with Israeli voters, putting him in a
favored position to win general elections on March 28 as the head of the Kadima Party,
formed last year by Sharon, before he suffered a massive stroke and cerebral hemorrhage.
Olmert's views are almost identical to those expressed by Sharon.
Olmert said he hopes to pursue the internationally backed "Roadmap Peace Plan" with the
Palestinians. It calls for Israel to stop building settlements, and for the Palestinians
to stop attacking Israel and pursue a negotiated joint settlement leading to the
establishment of a Palestinian state.
Hamas Says It Will Decide Palestinian Leadership
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Leaders of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas wrapped up several days of meetings in
Cairo with a warning to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to make changes in the
Palestinian government without their approval. The Hamas leaders also repeated that they
would not recognize Israel.
The Hamas leaders ended three days of talks without naming a prime minister. At a
closing press conference the group's political chief Khaled Mash'al said leaders in the
Palestinian Authority should not issue decrees or make decisions without consulting Hamas.
He said if that happens Hamas will not accept them.
He also said Hamas would not disarm or renounce violence because he said Hamas is
obliged to resist what it regards as Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.
In media interviews this week, the Hamas leader has said his group could enter into what
he describes as a long-term truce with Israel if Israel withdrew to its pre-1967
Palestinian newspapers have been reporting growing tensions between Hamas and leading
members of the Palestinian Authority, most of whose members belong to the rival Fatah
Party of Abbas. Hamas soundly defeated Fatah in legislative elections on January 25, which
saw Hamas take 74 seats in the 132-seat Palestinian parliament.
Hamas leaders say they want to form a coalition government with other parties, but no
agreement has been reached on how to do so. The Palestinian Legislative Council is
scheduled to convene on February 16.
Mash'al told the BBC Wednesday that his organization may be willing to deal with
Israel, under certain conditions. But in no case would the Islamists recognize an Israeli
right to exist.
"A long-term truce with Israel is a position that Hamas could take, but not now, only
after Israel recognizes the rights of the Palestinians, to show and confirm its
willingness to withdraw to the 1967 borders," said the Hamas leader. Mash'al also used the
opportunity to explain why terrorism, which he called "the fight against the occupation,"
Iran 'Retaliates', Sponsors Holocaust Cartoon Contest
The best-selling Iranian newspaper, the daily Hamshahri, has decided to run a contest
for the "best" Holocaust cartoon. The contest will have 12 winners, the same number of
caricatures of Mohammed that have appeared in European newspapers and have led to
worldwide Muslim riots and violence.
The supreme authority in Iran, the chief cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared on
Tuesday that the cartoons were a Zionist plot in retaliation for the Islamic Hamas
movement's recent electoral win in the Palestinian Authority last month.
The Danish editor behind the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that
ignited deadly riots in the Muslim world said Wednesday he's trying to coordinate with an
Iranian paper soliciting cartoons on the Holocaust.
"My newspaper is trying to establish a contact with the Iranian newspaper, and we would
run the cartoons the same day as they publish them," Flemming Rose said Wednesday in an
interview on CNN's "American Morning."
Rose, Jyllands-Posten's culture editor, told CNN he came up with the idea after several
local cases of self-censorship involving people fearing reprisals from Muslims. "There was
a story out there and we had to cover it," Rose said. "We just chose to cover it in a
different way, according to the principal: Don't tell it, show it."
The drawings - including one depicting the prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb -
have touched a nerve in part because Islam is interpreted to forbid any illustrations of
the Prophet Muhammad for fear they could lead to idolatry.
"I do not regret it," Rose said. "I think it is like asking a rape victim if she
regrets wearing a short skirt at a discotheque Friday night. In that sense, in our
culture, if you're wearing a short skirt, that does not necessarily mean you invite
everybody to have sex with you. As is the case with these cartoons, if you make a cartoon,
make fun of religion, make fun of religious figures, that does not imply that you
humiliate or denigrate or marginalize a religion."
Germany lambastes Iran for dragging Israel into the cartoon fray. A German government
minister said that the Iranian newspaper's call for Holocaust cartoons is an attempt to
drag Israel into a conflict between Europe and the Muslim.
"After denying the right of Israel to exist and denying the Holocaust, the people
around President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad are trying to escalate the situation," Deputy
Foreign Minister Gernot Erler was quoted as saying in Wednesday's edition of the Berliner
Zeitung daily newspaper. "This fills us with deep concern, that a state is using this
clash of cultures as a tool to further its own dominance."
Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany, punishable with up to five years in prison.
Printing cartoons that make light of the Holocaust but do not question it would not be a
crime but would invite private lawsuits and other legal difficulties for a newspaper in
Cartoon Contest Fights 'Hate with Humor'
By Israel News Faxx
The World Union of Jewish Students in conjunction with editorial cartoonists, Edward
Margolis and Noah Crissey, announced an International Editorial Cartoon Competition for
students called "Fight Hate with Humor."
Inspired by an Iranian contest where students around the world have been invited to
join in a global competition to create hate cartoons depicting "A World without Zionism",
"A World without the United States", and glorifying the "Intifada", they plan with humor
"to stand the Iranians on their heads."
According to Margolis, "The whole thing about the Iranian contest would be hilarious if
it weren't so terrifying." Margolis said that "editorial cartoons in Iran and throughout
the Middle East are taken very seriously and are considered to be a barometer of public
opinion. Totalitarian governments recognize the power of these strong visual images and
through state controlled media use cartoons to manipulate the masses even where literacy
WUJS is looking for cartoonists that are interested in taking part in its global
campaign against the policy of the Iranian government towards Israel and the Jews.
Entries will be accepted until May 1. The best cartoons will be published as part of the global presentation of the WUJS campaign.. Submissions can be made at http://www.wujs.org.il/home/cartoon.php.
Israel News Faxx has offered to publish the winning cartoons on its web site, www.israelnewsfaxx.com and in its daily newsletter.
Israeli Rightist Indicted Over Nazi Slur
Right-wing activist and head of the "Women in Green" movement Nadia Matar was indicted
Wednesday on charges of insulting a public official, after comparing Disengagement
Authority Chief Yonatan Bassi to Jewish collaborators with the Nazis.
In a letter to Bassi, first published by Ynet, Matar wrote: "The truth is you're a
modern-day version of the Judenrat. In fact, a much more terrible version, because during
the Holocaust this was forced upon Jewish leaders by the Nazis and it's very difficult for
us to judge them today."
According to the indictment, a day after the letter's publication on Ynet, Matar
submitted to an interview with Army Radio and repeated the same charges made in the
letter. The rightist activist later repeated the remarks in an interview with Channel
After learning of the State Prosecutor's Office's intention to file an indictment over
the affair, Matar said she was glad the government of Israel made a terrible mistake that
it would be sure to regret. Matar said the trial would allow her to hold a public trial
against the Gaza and northern West Bank withdrawal and those who executed it, headed by
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"I will prove in the courtroom that Yonatan Bassi, as well as the architects and
executors of the disengagement crime, ranging form the prime minister to the lowliest
official, sold their souls to the devil and became the successors of the Nazis, the Arab
terrorists, and PLO, Hamas, and Jihad activists."
At the time, Matar added that she hoped the trial would lead to a crisis among
government ranks and eventually lead to the toppling of "Ariel Sharon's malicious
Planeload of Ethiopian Immigrants Arrives in Israel
A chartered plane brought 150 new immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel Wednesday morning
after a long wait and lull in Ethiopian Aliyah (immigration to Israel).
Also on the flight was Jewish Agency Chairman Ze'ev Bielski and 100 North American
donors, who stepped in to help fund the mass Aliyah of the remaining Ethiopian Jews
waiting to emigrate.
The Americans visited the slums where the new olim (immigrants) had been living while
awaiting departure to the Jewish state. Shantytowns were built near Israel's embassy in
Addis Ababa as prospective immigrants waited for their visas.
Israel has already absorbed more than 50,000 Ethiopian Jews. Since 1998, though, only
2,500 have been brought to Israel, under a family reunification program.
Though the Falash Mura, as they are called, are believed to be the descendants of the
tribe of Dan, they undergo conversion when rejoining the Jewish people due to the
intermarriage and forced conversion of their ancestors and Jewish legal complications
their lengthy estrangement from the Oral Law has presented.
The Union of Jewish Communities in North America pledged to raise $100 million to help
with the Aliyah and absorption of Ethiopian olim.
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