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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Scrawled on Walls of Death Camp


Anti-Semitic graffiti was found scrawled on the walls of a World War II Nazi death camp in central Serbia on Thursday. The graffiti included "Holocaust is a Jewish Lie," "Serbia for Serbs" and the Auschwitz death camp slogan, "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Will Make You Free). The head of the Jewish community in Nis, near the camp, said it appeared the incident was timed to coincide with the 64th anniversary of the massacre of over a thousand Jews, Serbs and Gypsies in the camp.

Iranian Missile Test

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Iran tested a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, according to a report on Channel 2. The missile has a 2,000-kilometer (more than 1,200 miles) range, according to the report.

Russia's chief of staff has not ruled out the use of military force against Iran. "Will the events lead to a choice of force?" he said speaking to journalists on Thursday, according to RIA-Novosti news agency. "I do not rule this out but a decision by force is not the best."

On Tuesday, Russian political expert Mikhail Delyagin said the United States would launch a missile attack against Iran this summer already. "Lately the demand of U.S. military actions against Iran has become really obvious," he said.

Last week, the senior Russian parliamentary official and leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Vladimir Zhirinovsky said a U.S. attack against Iran was "inevitable."

"Any country claiming a leading position in the world will need to wage wars. Otherwise it will simply not be able to retain its leading position. The date for the strike is already known - it is the Election Day in Israel (March 28). It is also known how much that war will cost," Zhirinovsky said.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards warned that Iran was ready to counter any U.S. aggression with offensive action "We have worked on all defensive and offensive scenarios for any possible attacks," Revolutionary Guards chief General Yahya Rahim Safavi told state television.

Washington's European allies have stressed that military action against Iran is not an option and Safavi said he did not foresee a U.S.-led strike for now.

"Currently there is no military threat against our country, and the United States and Israel are only talking about our nuclear program as part of psychological war in order to escape from their defeat in Iraq and Palestine," he said.

However, earlier this month, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Washington did not rule out using military force against Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

"All options, including the military one, are on the table," Rumsfeld told German financial newspaper Handelsblatt. "There is a genuine possibility that these weapons could fall into the hands of people who behead innocent people and blow up children."

Safavi had already warned late last month that in the event of a U.S.-led attack, Iran was ready to use its ballistic missiles, which have the capacity to strike Israel as well as coalition targets in the Persian Gulf.

"Iran has a ballistic missile capability of 2,000 kilometers. We do not intend to attack any country, but if we are attacked we have the capability to give an effective response," he said.

Russia Considers Selling Helicopters to Palestinian Authority


The Chief of the Russian General Staff, Yuri Baluyevsky said the Russian government might sign an arms deal with Hamas during scheduled visit by the terror group's leaders to Moscow in March.

Palestinians have expressed their willingness to purchase two M-17 helicopters and some 50 armored vehicles

The Hamas delegation, headed by Khaled Masha'al, is set to visit Russia sometime next month. "The decision to sell arms to Hamas must be reached through the cooperation of both sides," the general said.

Baluyevsky said the helicopters "would be used for transporting Palestinian leaders, in addition to armed vehicles to help preserve stability." However, the Palestinians would not be able to receive the equipment without Israeli consent.

On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the invitation to Hamas is a realistic way to foster future peacemaking after the Islamic terrorists won the Palestinian elections.

Jordan, which has moderated its stance towards Palestinian terror group Hamas since its election win, said on Wednesday it invited Hamas leaders to make their first visit since the kingdom expelled them in 1999.

Hamas has begun declaring a series of appointments ahead of taking the reigns of the Palestinian Authority, such as the nomination of Dr. Abdel Aziz Duaik to the position of Palestinian parliament chairman. According to Palestinian law, the chairman of the parliament would replace the PA chairman in case the latter dies, falls ill, or resigns.

Holocaust Denier to Plead Guilty


The London-based Telegraph reported that British revisionist historian David Irving revealed he would plead guilty to charges of Holocaust denial when appearing in Vienna court next week

According to the report, Irving, 67, who has been held in an Austrian prison since last November, said he did not consider himself to be a Holocaust denier but had no choice but plead "guilty as charged."

Irving was charged Tuesday with violating an Austrian law that makes Holocaust denial in this formerly Nazi-ruled nation a crime. "Under the law I've got no alternative," he told the television channel More4 News. But he added: "I deny that I'm a Holocaust denier. This is a filthy smear."

The charges date back to 1989, when the right-wing author of books such as Hitler's War gave speeches in Vienna and Leoben in which he disputed the existence of the gas chambers in Nazi concentration camps.

Under Austrian law, denying the Holocaust is illegal and punishable with a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Irving said he had been labeled a Holocaust denier by Austrian and German journalists and deliberately misunderstood, the report said.

"It means they've not read anything I've written since the actual offense was committed, which is 1989 - 17 years ago," Irving said. "If they read that, they'll see I describe in great detail what Hitler and his troops were doing to the Jews behind the Eastern front ... I'm very angry indeed about it."

Irving was arrested in Austria in November, where he was to give a lecture to a right-wing student fraternity. He accused Austria of acting like a "Nazi state" for allegedly burning books of his that the authorities found - to their embarrassment - in the prison library.

Irving, who lives in London and Florida, said his lawyer had advised him to plead guilty. Irving lost a high-profile court case in London in 2000 in which he sued the U.S. academic Deborah Lipstadt for calling him a Holocaust denier. The judge described him as a "falsifier of history."

Israel Proposes Sanctions Against Hamas Government

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Israel is putting the economic squeeze on the Palestinians, after the election of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas last month. Hamas is also under growing pressure from Palestinian moderates to renounce violence.

Israel's defense ministry has recommended barring Palestinian workers in the Gaza Strip from entering Israel and restricting the movement of goods. The measures, which are expected to be imposed next week, would be a severe blow to the Palestinian economy, already battered by five years of conflict.

Israel also plans to cut off $50 million in monthly tax payments to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said the move is part of economic pressure against a Hamas-led Palestinian parliament that will be sworn in on Saturday. "No one can ask Israel to transfer funds to terrorist organizations like Hamas and have those funds come back to us in the form of suicide bombings," he said.

Hamas described the Israeli measures as collective punishment. But Hamas is also feeling the squeeze from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas of the defeated and more moderate Fatah party. Concerned about the loss of economic support, Mr. Abbas plans to order Hamas to renounce violence and accept his goal of pursuing a peace agreement with Israel if it wants to take over the government.

Palestinian analyst Wadia Abu Nasser said it is part of an emerging power struggle within the Palestinian Authority. "I believe that we will witness in the coming months almost daily struggle between the presidency of the PA, meaning President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Palestinian Cabinet and parliament led by Hamas."

Abbas believes the only way to achieve Palestinian statehood is through internationally recognized peace talks with Israel. Hamas believes a state will come about only when Israel is destroyed through jihad, or holy war. And it's going to take some time for the two rival factions to bridge the gaps.

A leading political scientist has said that Israel is continuing past mistakes, paving the way for future hatred and murder by talking with terrorists - even if only on a local level.

Prof. Ephraim Inbar, the head of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University, spoke on Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine on the topic the Israeli government's approach to Hamas:

"The world is looking at us, and if it sees us beginning to find ways to approve of Hamas, even partially, it will be happy to join in the fun. We have to ensure that the wall of opposition to Hamas stays firm; so far, the countries who are willing to talk with Hamas, such as Russia and Venezuela - and France is also showing some signs of coming towards Hamas - are doing this only in order to flex their muscles against the United States..."

Turkey, as well, hosted Hamas leaders Thursday morning. Foreign Minister Tzippy Livny said she knew of the meeting in advance, and informed her Turkish counterpart that Israel insists that no recognition be shown to Hamas until it abandons its goal of destroying Israel. Turkish officials said they agreed to meet with Hamas political leader Khaled Masha'al and other Hamas representatives in order to "inform [them] of what the international community expects from them."

In addition, Jordan announced that it would invite Hamas leaders for a visit next week - the first time they will be allowed into the kingdom since they were banished in 1999.

Inbar said that Israel is once again repeating a grave mistake that led in the past to catastrophic results: "It should be known that Israel is already talking with Hamas, on the municipal level, with various mayors from the Hamas organization. The mayors are working for their municipal needs, but in the final analysis, they are building in their cities a strong educational infrastructure for the continued fight against Israel. They are building Muslim schools, which teach that shahidim [martyrs] who kill Jews are to be admired and emulated. Mayors, too, play a major role in building the terrorist infrastructure. It must be made very clear that what we did in the past [in talking with them] is total nonsense and must be stopped.

Asked if Israel is not bound by its agreements with the Palestinian Authority, Inbar said, "Of course not. They violated their commitments not to act with violence against Israel, and so I don't see any ethical basis for a claim that we are bound to these agreements."

He warned against engaging in dialogue with Hamas: "To say that they have to abandon terrorism [is not enough]; this is exactly what we said about the PLO and Fatah 12 years ago, but yet they continued with terrorism throughout... We need not act like an ostrich, but we should rather tell the world exactly where we stand, and tell them the real truth that they might not like to hear - such as, 'There is no solution.' People don't like to hear bad news, but the PA is bad news.

"The world has become accustomed to seeing the Palestinians as a suffering nation," the professor said, "but it forgets that this is situation is of their own choice."

Israeli Researcher: Red Grapefruit Lowers Cholesterol


According to Dr. Shela Gorinstein of Hebrew University, one red grapefruit a day will keep the cholesterol away and help prevent heart disease.

A new study published in the March issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry by a research team led by Gorinstein found that red grapefruit in particular was more effective than white although it is not yet clear why.

"It is likely that antioxidants in the grapefruits are responsible for their health benefits," said Gorinstein. Red grapefruit has more antioxidants that the white variety. "But it's also possible that red grapefruit may contain unknown chemicals that are responsible for the observed triglyceride-lowering effect," she said.

The research team included Prof. Abraham Caspi, head of the Institute of Cardiology at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot as well as scientists from Singapore and Poland who carried out lab work for the project.

One cup of fresh grapefruit is approximately equal to a half cup of juice. Both are beneficial. Since grapefruit sometimes interacts with certain medications, researchers emphasize that people should consult with their doctor before eating the fruit or drinking the juice.

Birthright Applications Outpace Capacity Israel Faxx News Services

Birthright Israel has received many more applications for its upcoming trips than it has spaces available.

Some 14,000 young Jews applied for 8,000 spots in the program's spring/summer 2006 trips in just the first 12 hours of registration Feb. 8. The organization provides free trips to Israel for Jews aged 18 to 26.

In the six years since its founding, birthright has brought 98,000 people from 45 countries to Israel; the upcoming trip will include the program's 100,000th participant. "The level of demand is unprecedented and well exceeds our financial capability to accommodate the majority of those who currently wish to go on Taglit-birthright Israel trips," said Susie Gelman, chair of the birthright Israel Foundation.

Taglit is the Hebrew name for the program. "As Taglit-birthright Israel grows rapidly and develops into a community-supported organization, we hope that our friends will support us in enabling more young Jews to participate in the Taglit-birthright Israel experience, so that we can send the 100,000th participant and plan for the next 100,000."

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