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North America's' First Kosher Subway
The Subway fast food chain has opened up its first kosher North American outlet in the
Cleveland Jewish Community Center. Instead of ham, customers can buy kosher smoked turkey
as well as "shwarma" and corned beef. The store's principal owner is Ghazi Faddoul, a
Lebanese Christian. A Cleveland JCC member suggested to Faddoul that he open up the kosher
store. "I believe in the rules. I'm very glad that [Cleveland Kosher, a supervisory
authority, was] able to lead us and help us and direct us to the right things," he told
the Jewish Forward.
Olmert Meets Abdullah, West Bank Pullout Not Addressed
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks Thursday with King Abdullah of Jordan in
the Jordanian capital, Amman. It was Olmert's second visit to an Arab nation in the past
Olmert and King Abdullah met for an hour in a low-key meeting largely overshadowed by
the news that Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed in neighboring
Iraq. The two men did not comment on the al-Zarqawi death although they did reportedly
discuss the killing in their meeting.
Both leaders read brief statements following their discussions but did not take
questions from reporters. Olmert did not address his plan to withdraw from most of the
West Bank, while keeping several large settlement blocs there and draw Israel's border
with the Palestinians along the lines of the controversial separation barrier. Instead,
he said he would seek a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, and would meet soon
with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Mark Regev a spokesman for Israel's Foreign
Ministry said Israel would engage with Jordan on any plans for the West Bank.
"We want to hear their security concerns," he said. "We have a good security
relationship with Jordan. There is a common strategic understanding that what is good for
Jordan is good for Israel. Jordan is a crucial element in our national security. A strong
vibrant Jordan is a plus for Israel."
In an interview with an Israeli newspaper earlier this week King Abdullah criticized
Olmert's plans for the West Bank saying Israel's relations with Jordan would be hurt if
Olmert pursues unilateral actions in the area. In his statement on Thursday, the
Jordanian monarch said a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on
the international "road map peace plan" is the only solution that should be sought.
Similar comments were made by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier this week
following a meeting he held with Olmert in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el
Hamas Government Official Killed in IAF Strike
The Israel Air Force struck a Gaza terrorist base late Thursday night, killing Jamal
Abu Samhadana, a wanted terrorist newly appointed to head a new Hamas militia comprised of
The IAF craft attacked a training camp of the Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing of
the Popular Resistance Committees, in the southern Gaza town of Rafiah, firing four
missiles in the strike.
Abu Samhadana, founder and leader of the Fatah splinter group, the PRC, was the
director-general of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry. He was
appointed to the post a short time after his release from an Israeli prison.
Abu Samhadana had survived at least four previous assassination attempts. He has been
on Israel's most wanted terrorist list from the time of the first intifada and was
suspected of having a key role in the bloody 2003 bombing of a U.S. convoy in Gaza.
The camp was located on the ruins of the former Jewish settlement Slav in the southern
part of Gush Katif, which the government demolished last summer during the expulsion
program. Terrorists were being trained there to launch a large scale attack on Israel,
according to an IDF spokeswoman. At least three other terrorists were killed and 10
wounded in the missile strike, she said.
Peretz ordered defense personnel on Thursday to ratchet up the pressure on the Kassam
cells and to target "anyone" behind the attacks - including Hamas officials. "No terrorist
from any of the organizations will be immune if they engage in anti-Israel terror
activity," Peretz told officials at the meeting.
Response from the Hamas-led government was quick and sharp. "Israel knows that Abu
Samhadana works in the government and by killing him they are sending a message that all
its members, from the prime minister to junior employees are targets for death," said PA
cabinet secretary Ghazi Hamad.
Meanwhile, the PRC vowed there would be reprisals for the Israeli action. "The Zionist
entity and Zionist settlements near Gaza will not feel security and safety anymore," a PRC
spokesman threatened. "Our rockets will rain into the Zionist entity and our heroes will
blow themselves up among their dirty bodies," he warned.
Poll: Public Not Pleased with Olmert as Prime Minister
A month has elapsed since Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came to office and a poll released
Thursday shows the public is not pleased with his performance.
A Ha'aretz-Dialog poll supervised by Prof. Camille Fuchs of Tel Aviv University shows
that only 35 percent of the public is pleased with Olmert's performance as prime minister,
while an equal portion is not. Prime ministers usually enjoy wide public support in the
early stages of their term, but Olmert has sufficient time to improve his public image.
As expected, Olmert is perceived as more successful on the diplomatic front following
his triumphant visits to the U.S. and Egypt, but this success comes at the expense of what
the public considers weak performance in the fields of security and economics.
The poll also ratifies the commonly held opinion that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is
one of Israel's most popular politicians of all times. Fifty-three percent (almost 20
percent more than Olmert) is satisfied with her performance, according to the poll.
The poll was held on Wednesday evening among 515 participants reflecting the all sectors
of the Israeli public (maximum deviation 4.4 percent for each participant).
Hamas Mourns Death of Al Zarqawi in 'Savage Crusade Campaign'
By Reuters & YnetNews.com
The ruling Palestinian faction Hamas on Thursday deplored the killing by U.S. warplanes
of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, describing him as a casualty of a
crusade against Arabs and Muslims.
Hamas had distanced itself in the past from violence abroad blamed on al Qaeda, but in
a statement faxed to Reuters after Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. air strike north of
Baghdad on Wednesday, it said it mourned the Jordanian-born insurgent as a "martyr of the
(Muslim Arab) nation".
"With hearts full of faith, Hamas commends brother-fighter Abu Musab ... who was
martyred at the hands of the savage crusade campaign which targets the Arab homeland,
starting in Iraq," the statement said.
On a visit to Pakistan, Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar of Hamas said
Palestinians are "blessing every effort to eliminate the existence of occupation" in Iraq.
"We are dead sure that assassination of any of the people who are resisting will not ...
end the resistance," Zahar said at a press conference in the Pakistani capital of
As news of the death al-Zarqawi filtered through jihadist internet forums, many members
of radical organizations expressed "joy" at what they described as Zarqawi's 'martyrdom'
and imminent 'wedding' with virgins.
Sheikh Omar Bakri, a top pro al-Qaeda jihadist preacher who is based in Lebanon, and
who has a number of disciples in Britain, was quoted by one of his followers on the
UK-based Muntadaa internet forum as saying that al-Zarqawi is now being 'married' to
virgins in heaven, the fate he said awaited 'martyrs' of Islam.
Swiss Hold 7 Suspected of Planning El Al Attack
Seven people of North African origin are being held on suspicion of plotting to attack
an Israeli El Al airliner in Switzerland, the Swiss Attorney General's office said on
The Attorney General's office gave no details as to what kind of attack was planned or
where it was intended to take place. It also said no explosives had been found.
The group of suspects arrested in Switzerland had been in contact with other groups of
suspects in France and Spain which have also been uncovered by the police, it added. "The
inquiry has ... made it possible to show that this cell had very seriously envisaged
committing an attack in our country on an airliner belonging to the El Al airline," said
El Al operates regular scheduled flights from Tel Aviv to Zurich and to Geneva. Yedioth
Ahronoth reported last month that Swiss and French intelligence agents had foiled a plot
to shoot down an El Al plane over Geneva in December using a rocket-propelled grenade.
A senior Israeli security official declined comment on the arrests in Switzerland but
said: "Past experience and intelligence received from time to time underscore efforts by
terror groups to attack Israeli targets abroad."
One of the Swiss suspects was in touch with an Algerian, known as Mohamed Achraf, who
was extradited to Spain last year. The Swiss news Web site Swiss Info said Achraf was
arrested in Switzerland and was the suspected mastermind of a plot to attack a court
building in Madrid.
A first round of arrests was made near Zurich and Basel on May 12. These were followed
by more arrests in other parts of Switzerland. The suspicions of the police were first
aroused after a series of robberies was committed early last year by what the Attorney
General's office described as a highly organized group of about a dozen people.
An investigation revealed that "a part of the stolen booty was transferred for the
benefit of a terrorist organization," said the statement. French police confirmed that
they had been involved in a joint anti-terrorist operation with Swiss and Spanish police.
"An operation took place which led to arrests in several countries," a police spokeswoman
said. "Individuals have been detained for questioning in France and operations are
continuing," she said, giving no further details.
Muslims Upset by Jewish Land Purchases in Jerusalem
"We have to start a worldwide Islamic-Arab fund with the purpose of saving Jerusalem
before it is lost to us." So said Sheikh Raad Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in
Israel and a Hamas supporter.
The sheikh, a long-time enemy of Israel, called upon Arabs this week to continue their
efforts to conquer Jerusalem. "The battle for Jerusalem does not involve tanks or
artillery," Salah said. "Instead, the various Zionist institutions have employed a low and
detestable style, with the support of American forces and other Western forces. These
institutions work to collect billions of dollars, trying to put their hands, like pirates,
on every cubit of the exalted land of Jerusalem, and on every home and every store and
every market and every neighborhood and every holy part. This is, most unfortunately, what
is happening night and day."
Salah often incited openly in favor of the liquidation of the State of Israel, was long
in close contact with the Hamas leadership, and played a leading role in the Israeli-Arab
riots of October 2000. Those riots included major highway-blockings, bank and post
office-burnings, and attempted murder of Jewish motorists. Among his crimes were
membership in a terrorist organization and transmitting information to the enemy.
Almost nine years ago, Dr. Irving Moscowitz, one of the leaders in reclaiming Jerusalem
for Jews, warned that the Arabs were already responding. He noted, for instance, that the
King of Morocco was managing a huge Islamic fund directed at Jerusalem, that a $70 million
Jerusalem estate pool had been accumulated by businessmen in the Palestinian "diaspora,"
that a $50 million Jordanian-Saudi investment company was spearheading construction of
Arab housing in eastern Jerusalem, and more.
A small number of Jewish organizations, such as the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund,
Ateret Cohanim, Beit Orot and Elad are dedicated to purchasing lands - usually
Jewish-owned but, of late, Arab-occupied - from Arabs in Jerusalem.
Israel's Supreme Court Turns Pollard Down Again
The Supreme Court has rejected a suit by Jonathan Pollard asking that, because the
Americans unfairly used evidence against him provided by Israel, the Israeli government
request his release from prison.
Justice Ayala Procaccia explained that the matter is overwhelmingly "diplomatic" and
less so one of civil rights, and therefore she sees no room for judicial intervention in
the government's decisions.
Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, representing Pollard in the case, explained to
Arutz-7 what exactly she and her client were requesting: "Back in 1985, the Israeli
government returned to the U.S. the papers that Pollard had provided Israel - but only on
condition that they not be used against him in a future trial. This condition was made in
a phone conversation between then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres and then-Secretary of State
"However, we know that these papers were, in fact, used against him in the trial - and
he was sentenced to life imprisonment, even though he made a plea bargain agreement with
the government. Based on this we asked that Israel confront the U.S. with the fact of its
failure to meet its commitment and ask for his immediate release from prison."
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