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Soldier Seeks Compensation for Disengagement Trauma
A soldier has filed a claim for compensation against the Defense Ministry due to trauma
suffered as a result of being part of the disengagement from Gaza last year. According to
Ynet News, the unidentified soldier wrote to the Defense Ministry claiming "Currently I am
suffering from flashbacks, nightmares, panic, depressions, and I'm being treated daily at
an institute." The soldier was released from the army a number of months ago.
Abbas Rules Out Compromise on Palestinian Referendum
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says there will be no compromise on his plan to
allow Palestinians to decide whether to accept a two-state solution with Israel. Abbas
has set a Tuesday deadline for Hamas to accept his plan, or face Palestinian voters in a
national referendum. A political showdown between the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas
and Fatah, appears inevitable, as the two political groups continue to disagree over the
issue of recognizing Israel.
On Monday, Abbas told reporters he will not accept any changes to his plan, which calls
for Palestinians to accept a two-state solution with Israel, based on Israel's 1967
borders. He said talks are continuing between Hamas and Fatah, and that a referendum would
only be a last resort - but the issue will not go away.
The two factions have been arguing for more than a week over a document drawn up
recently by Palestinian prisoners representing nearly all Palestinian factions. The
18-point document offers an outline for Palestinians to accept a two-state solution with
Israel. Even though Hamas prisoners agreed to the document, Hamas officials who now
control the Palestinian government reject it. Hamas refuses to recognize Israel, and has
sponsored numerous terrorist attacks against the Jewish state.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas leader, said a referendum
would be unconstitutional, because local laws do not permit holding national
A close Abbas aide said that because the referendum would be non-binding, there should
be no legal restrictions on holding it. He said polls show that a majority of
Palestinians support the idea of a two-state solution with Israel. Meanwhile, insecurity
in the Palestinian territories, especially in the Gaza Strip, worsened on Monday, as
gunmen stormed a Palestinian television station, whose employees are considered loyal to
Abbas' Fatah Party.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of employees of the Palestinian Authority crowded into a
bank in Gaza, demanding to be paid back wages. Most employees of the Palestinian Authority
have not been paid in more than two months because of a suspension of international donor
aid and money transfers to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government.
Also a powerful explosion destroyed a house in the Jebaliya refugee camp, in the
northern Gaza Strip. The blast killed Ahmed Ibrahim Sari - a member of the armed wing of
Hamas. Sari's wife and eight-year-old child were also injured in the blast. A spokesman
for the Israeli military said the Israeli Army was not involved in the incident.
More than a dozen Palestinians have been killed in recent days in worsening violence
between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah. Occasionally, Palestinian militants are
accidentally killed while handling explosives.
Hamas Prime Minister's Three Sisters Live Secretly in Israel as Full Citizens
By The Telegraph
Israel regards Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Hamas prime minister, as an enemy of
state. But three of his sisters enjoy full Israeli citizenship, having moved 30 years ago
to the desert town of Tel Sheva (located between Be'er Sheva and Omer). Some of their
offspring have even served in the Israeli army, the force responsible for decades of
Israeli occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, an occupation that the Islamist movement,
Hamas, was founded to fight.
The Daily Telegraph tracked down the Haniyeh sisters, Kholidia, Laila and Sabah, to a
town in southern Israel. That they live in Israel is a closely guarded secret and nowhere
is it guarded more secretly than Tel Sheva, a town inhabited mainly by Israeli Bedouin on
the edge of the Negev desert. "There is no reason to speak to my wife,'' said Salameh Abu
Rukayek, 53, who married Kholidia. "It is private business and you are not welcome asking
questions about my wife.''
Blind since birth, Abu Rukayek sat on a thin floor cushion and said he was happy living
in Israel. "Our life is normal here and we want it to continue,'' he said. Perhaps he felt
discussion of his wife's family links might jeopardize his relatively comfortable
Bedouins form a small and poor minority in modern Israel, descendants of desert nomads
who roamed the Holy Land in ancient times, living in tents and traveling by camel train.
Some Bedouin have settled down in towns such as Tel Sheva and many make a good living,
often running transport firms across Israel. Although they regard themselves as separate
from Palestinians, links between the two communities are nevertheless close. Both share
the same Muslim faith.
Another member of the clan, Yousef Abu Ruqia, 50, who works as secretary in the
municipal council, explained how the Haniyeh sisters came to Tel Sheva. "In a small
community like ours there were not enough women to go round, so some of the men would go
and look for wives elsewhere,'' he said. "The Haniyeh sisters were Palestinians living in
Gaza. Back then it was possible for people to visit Gaza easily, so Kholidia was the first
to be married and move to Tel Sheva, and then Laila and then Sabah.''
He said he remembered the time, 25 years ago, when their younger brother, Ismail, would
come to visit his sisters. "There was another brother, Khaled, who came here to work
laying tiles and each year, at the holiday after Ramadan, Ismail would come and visit his
brother and sisters."
The issue of Palestinian-Israeli links recently received close scrutiny from the
Israeli supreme court, which was asked to consider the legality of a new law banning
Palestinians from joining their Israeli spouses. The court accepted the state's argument
that security concerns justified keeping couples apart if they married across the
While the law is intended to address current political problems, the presence of a
Hamas leader's own family in Israel reveals the extent and strength of links in spite of
decades of mutual hostility. Abu Ruqia said the law banning Palestinian women over 25 and
men over 35 from applying to join their spouses in Israel would have stopped the Haniyeh
sisters' move to Israel had it applied 30 years ago. "This is a racist law that makes
problems for some people in Israel like the Bedouin who often marry into Palestinian
families,'' he said. "It is unfair against us and not against other Israelis.''
Laila and Sabah are both widows but remain in Tel Sheva, apparently reluctant to give
up their Israeli citizenship. It is not known when the Haniyeh sisters last had contact
with their brother. As he is a Hamas prime minister, contact with him could, under Israeli
law, be illegal.
One-Sided By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
Since the establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948, Israel has been and remains
in an ongoing battle for its very survival. When so many Arab and Islamic-controlled
countries call for the destruction of Israel, any sane person must agree, Israel faces
considerable danger ahead for them.
If there is any hope for Israel to achieve peace with her neighbors, like it or not,
she must be able to negotiate with her sworn enemies. As any lawyer will tell you
negotiations can be touchy to say the least. When the parties are countries and one
country does not, or cannot, or will not follow through, agreements mean very little.
Hamas has been in the forefront of performing and applauding acts of murderous terror
upon Israel. Hamas is a terrorist organization and has won a major victory in the recent
Palestinian elections. Because Hamas has continued to threaten the elimination of Israel,
since this election, Israel and other countries are withholding monies and aid to the
In a Palestinian National Initiative paper "Al-Mubadara" on March 8, 2006 Chris McGreal
reports that "Hamas leaders accuse the West of hypocrisy over threat to withhold cash."
They claim they are being pressured to recognize Israel, respect accords and renounce
violence as `cheap blackmail' aimed at corralling them into a `peace process' they
describe as a trap.
Imagine, they are being asked to simply respect prior accords and to stop violence. It
appears that the Hamas leaders are, one sided, being motivated more by hate and the
destruction of Israel than possibly achieving peace by participating in negotiations.
In November 2005, Israeli troops were trying to arrest a leader of the local Islamic
Jihad, Hossam Jaradat. As might be expected there was stone throwing and gunfire.
Unfortunately the soldiers shot a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was carrying what looked
like a gun from 150 yards away.
It seems that the Palestinians can develop dialogue to lay responsibility on the
Israelis troops for shooting the boy with a toy gun. The Palestinian government said, "One
would ask how come after all these years they did not know that Palestinian kids buy such
Yet, Palestinians can justify the actions of Islamic terrorists blowing up an Israeli
school bus. The CIA has recordings of telephone conversations in which the head of
preventive security in the Gaza Strip, Mohammed Dahlan, can be heard ordering the bombing
of a bus load of children.
On April 17, 2006 a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a very busy bus
station in Tel Aviv during the Passover holidays. Adding insult to injury (murder) Hamas
described the Palestinian suicide bombing that killed nine civilians and wounded many as
an act of "legitimate resistance."
According to aljazeera.net of April 18, 2006, Israel revoked the Israeli Residency
Identity Cards of three Hamas members of the Palestinian parliament. These cards grant
permanent residency in Jerusalem, freedom of movement in Israel and social security
benefits. The Israel government said the move was in response to a bombing that killed
nine civilians and Hamas' "legitimate resistance" callous position.
Unhappy with the loss of the Hamas members' loss of their Israel Identity Cards,
Israeli-Arab members of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, came to the aid of the Hamas
legislators. Israeli-Arab legislator, Taleb A-Sanaa told Israel Radio that it is illegal
for the government to remove Palestinian residents from their land and homes in
The Hamas legislators and the Israeli-Arab Knesset members obviously have a one-sided
view. They must feel that the Hamas legislators have the right to be an Hamas party
member, be a Palestinian Parliament Hamas Representative, be able to freely travel in
their enemy's territory (doing, who knows what) and condone killing their enemy's
It seems strange that Israel would normally allow Hamas members, their sworn enemy, to
receive social security benefits and freely wander in Israel. You and I may not fully
understand the complicated internal relationships in Israel. What we can do is pay
attention to what is happening to Jews here in the United States, in Israel and around the
We can follow informative internet sites such as Israeli Resource Review http://israelbehindthenews.com, Iris Blog http://www.iris.org.il/blog, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA, Arutz Shava http://israelnationalnews.com/. Remember "Never Again" it is up to each one of us.
Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in the Villages, Florida, and a past president of its Brotherhood. He encourages your reaction by emailing EZ14@comcast.net
On Israel Tour, Japan's Top Sumo Wrestlers Visit Western Wall
Japan's - and the world's - top sumo wrestlers paid a visit to the Western Wall in
Jerusalem on Monday, as part of a trip to Israel led by sumo legend and master Kotonowaka
under the banner of "Fellowship and Peace."
The wrestlers made the trip to Judaism's holiest site with their children, dressed in
traditional garb as the sun beat down on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of
The delegation arrived in Israel on Sunday, and was welcomed by Tourism Minister
Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog. "The State of Israel has waited a long time for an
opportunity to host such a prestigious and respectable club, from one of the oldest and
most noble fields of sport in the world," said Herzog at a press conference Sunday to
welcome the wrestlers.
The wrestlers, superstars back home, presented the minister with a traditional sumo
Touring Israel are Ozeki Kotooshu, ranked third in Japan and considered professional
sumo's tallest wrestler, at 2.04 meters tall; Sekiwake Kotomitsuki; rising sumo star
Meagashira Kotoshogiku; Sadogatake Oyakata and others.
Herzog said Israelis were very proud to host the delegation, terming the wrestlers
"emissaries of peace, reconciliation and fellowship."
A float in the Dead Sea, mud baths and a spring tour is also on the wrestlers'
itinerary. The wrestlers will also demonstrate their art on Tel Aviv's beaches, visit sick
children at Petah Tikva's Schneider Hospital and compete in a tournament in the Caesarea
amphitheater Wednesday night.
Herzog said he was sure that by the end of the visit, there wouldn't be a single
Israeli child who didn't know the names of the wrestlers, and that "the entire young
generation in Israel would be in love with sumo."
The rare tour - the wrestlers only leave Japan once every two years - by the sumo
"stable," or sadogatake, is designed to strengthen Japanese-Israeli ties and boost tourism
between the two countries, said Japanese Ambassador to Israel Jun Yokota.
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