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Biblical Zoo Giraffe on Birth Control


The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem will carry out a first-ever experiment with birth control, using a giraffe at the facility. Shavit, a five-year old mother of two, received an implant that will slowly release birth control hormones into her system for the next year. The implant was delivered by a dart shot by the zoo veterinarian. There are currently nine giraffes in the zoo. U.S. and European zoos are unwilling to accept Israel's animals due to a risk of hoof-and-mouth disease.

Five Palestinians Killed in Clashes with Israeli Troops

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Five Palestinians have been shot dead during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank. It is the biggest Israeli crackdown since the Islamic terrorist group Hamas won Palestinian elections last month.

Hundreds of Israeli commandos and troops from other elite forces patrolled the West Bank town of Nablus for the fifth straight day, searching for wanted terrorists. The operation turned deadly when soldiers clashed with Palestinian gunmen, and opened fire on youths throwing Molotov cocktails.

The army said it launched the Nablus operation after receiving intelligence information that militants in the town were planning suicide bombings and other attacks. A bomb factory containing 154 pounds of explosives was discovered during a raid in the Kasbah, or Old City.

Israeli spokesman Ra'anan Gissin said Palestinian motivation to launch attacks has increased since the election of Hamas four weeks ago. "Those who launch terrorist attacks against us, whether they're members of Hamas, or members of Islamic Jihad, or any one of those organizations, which have decided that they want to destroy the state of Israel and continue in terrorist action, will have no immunity and no sanctuary."

Hamas described the Nablus raids as a war crime, and vowed to continue resistance against Israel. "We are living under occupation, and we have full obligation to emancipate our people from this slavery," said Abdel Aziz Duweik, the new speaker of the Palestinian parliament.

Hamas, which opened coalition talks with other Palestinian factions this week, accused Israel of trying to undermine its efforts to form a new government. Hamas has five weeks to establish a government, which Israel has already described as a terrorist regime.

Hamas has called on Palestinians to set out on demonstrations to protest IDF operations in Nablus and the Balata refugee camp. Designated Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that the operation was a "severe Zionist escalation." Haniyeh added, "The blood of Palestinians is not to be used for the elections struggle in Israel. All sides must intervene to stop the Israeli policies."

Speaking to the Hamas website, Haniyeh said that "what is happening in Nablus and the Palestinian camp Balata is a severe escalation that is designed to prevent all serious steps meant to stabilize the Palestinian arena and the assembly of the new Palestinian government."

Haniyeh added that the operation in Nablus "reflects the Zionist policy of oppression against the Palestinian nation, a policy designed to break its will and which turns Palestinian blood into part of the competition between parties in the upcoming Zionist elections campaign. This is unacceptable and we won't agree to it."

The Hamas senior figure said, "It is the right of the Palestinian nation to defend itself and oppose the occupation and aggressiveness of the Zionists." He sent his condolences to the families killed in Nablus and called on all sides involved in the conflict to become involved to "end the spilling of Palestinian blood."

In Israel, Arab Israeli Knesset Member Mohammad Barakeh, chairman of the Hadash party, harshly condemned the operation in Nablus. He said, "Olmert and Mofaz are attempting to improve the situation of their party in polls at the cost of spilling Palestinian blood. The beginning of the new circle of blood came to eternalize the option of confrontation and to distance as far as possible the option of negotiations and calling for a permanent solution."

Hamas Website 'Nukes' Israel


The terrorist wing of the new Palestinian majority party Hamas has placed on its website a graphic depicting Israel's symbol, the Star of David, enveloped in a nuclear blast.

The Macromedia Flash Player animation can be seen at After a nuclear explosion erases the star, a message, in Arabic, appears.

"The Az A-Din Al-Qassam website exclusively tells the whole story of the most elusive squad [to be uncovered] in the history of the Entity (Israel), in the city of Ramallah." The atomic destruction scene repeats every few seconds.

Hamas, responsible for more than 100 suicide bombings and scores of shooting and rocket attacks against Israelis, won overwhelmingly in the Jan. 25 Palestinian parliamentary elections and will form the next government.

As WorldNetDaily reported earlier this month, Hamas posted on its official website parting video messages from two suicide bombers, including one who vowed the terrorist group would drink the blood of Jews until they "leave the Muslim countries." Another terrorist urged his mother to be joyous over his death and his "wedding" with the "Maidens of Paradise." The terrorist act glorified in the video took place Dec. 7, 2004, reported Palestinian Media Watch.

While speculation continues over whether Hamas will engage in any peace effort with Israel, the Hamas covenant, established in 1988, indicates change is not likely, stating the group's "program is Islam. From it, it draws its ideas, ways of thinking and understanding of the universe, life and man," and "Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Quran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes."

Drawing from the sayings of Muhammad and the Quran, the charter says Hamas "aspires to the realization of Allah's promise" that the "Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews."

The covenant declares that all of the Holy Land, including Israel is Islamic land that can never be surrendered to non-Muslims. Its introduction quotes "martyr" Imam Hassan al-Banna, who said, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."

The charter also makes no room for the kind of "peace process" engaged in by the ruling Palestinian Authority. Article 13 says, "Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. ... There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad."

Iranians Blame 'Zionists' and U.S. for Mosque Blast in Iraq


Iranian leaders blamed "Zionists" and foreign troops in Iraq on Thursday for a blast which destroyed one of the holiest Shi'ite Muslim shrines in Iraq a day earlier.

The blast destroyed the Golden Mosque in Samarra, leading to enraged demonstrations by Muslims. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Israel and the United States for the bombing.

Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television that the U.S. and Israel would face the wrath of Muslims over the incident. Khamenei, meanwhile, ordered a week of national mourning after the bombing.

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