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Compromise on Circumcision Procedure
Israel Faxx News Report
New York state health officials and Orthodox rabbis reached an agreement on a
controversial circumcision procedure. According to the compromise, mohels who perform the
procedure known as metzitzah b'peh must sanitize their hands like a surgeon, the Albany
Times-Union reported. They also must clean their mouths with a sterile alcohol wipe and
rinse with a mouthwash that contains at least 25 percent alcohol. A controversy erupted
after a mohel's use of metzitzah b'peh, in which blood is sucked from the wound, allegedly
led to the death of a baby who contracted herpes.
Olmert: 1949 Armistice Lines Are History
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the British parliament that Israel never will surrender
all of the land beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines, which did not include the Jewish Quarter
in the Old City and excludes all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. "We'll never agree to pull
out of all of the territories, because the borders of 1967 are indefensible," he said.
Earlier, the Hamas movement, which last year suggested a 10-year truce with Israel in
return for a return to the 1949 Armistice Line borders, has upped the ante to 50-60 years.
However, an adviser to Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, said
in a newspaper interview that the matter of peace must be settled by future
"If we reach a long-term hudna [cease-fire] agreement, the future will show whether
Israel wants to live in peace with the Palestinians. We do not plan to recognize Israel,
since in any case it does not recognize the agreements it has signed," he told
Olmert also told the British members of parliament that he approved a transfer of arms
and ammunition to Mahmoud Abbas' presidential guard in order to strengthen Abbas
Palestinian Factions Continue to Battle in Gaza
By VOA News
Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip said a Hamas gunman has died in a clash between
members of the terrorist group and Palestinian Authority security forces. Shooting broke
out Wednesday in the town of Khan Younis after Hamas members Amushed Rifat Kulab, the
local security chief, who was severely wounded.
In the West Bank, scores of Palestinian government workers stormed the parliament
building in Ramallah Wednesday, demanding long-overdue wages. They hurled water bottles
and paper at the lawmakers.
In Gaza City Wednesday, President Mahmoud Abbas of the once dominant Fatah party, met
with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, of rival Hamas. The two agreed that a Hamas militia
would be integrated into the Palestinian police force.
In other news, Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, who has been raising money
for the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, crossed into the Gaza Strip from Egypt on
Wednesday carrying a suitcase with $20 million in cash.
Palestinian civil servants have received no salary payments since February. Many
international donors have suspended financial aid to the Palestinian Authority because
Hamas refuses to recognize Israel and renounce violence.
The meeting between Haniyeh and Abbas comes at the beginning of a week-long dialogue
aimed at stemming violence between rival Palestinian factions. Faction leaders will also
seek agreement on a plan for a two-state solution with Israel that implicitly recognizes
the Jewish state. Abbas has endorsed the plan, while Hamas opposes it.
Muslim Al Aqsa Official: Jewish Temples Existed
By Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily.com
Contradicting most of his colleagues, a former senior leader of the Waqf, the Islamic
custodians of the Temple Mount, told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview he has come
to believe the first and second Jewish Temples existed and stood at the current location
of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The leader, who was dismissed from his Waqf position after he quietly made his beliefs
known, said Al Aqsa custodians passed down stories for centuries from generation to
generation indicating the mosque was built at the site of the former Jewish Temples.
He said the Muslim world's widespread denial of the existence of the Jewish temples is
political in nature and is not rooted in facts.
"Prophet Solomon built his famous. Temple at the same place that later the Al Aqsa
Mosque was built. It cannot be a coincidence that these different holy sites were built at
the same place. The Jewish Temple Mount existed," said the former senior Waqf leader,
speaking to WorldNetDaily from an apartment in an obscure alley in Jerusalem's Old City.
The former leader, who is well known to Al Aqsa scholars and Waqf officials, spoke on
condition his name be withheld, claiming an on-the-record interview would endanger his
While the Islamic leader's statements may seem elementary to many in the West,
especially in light of overwhelming archaeological evidence documenting the history of the
Jewish temples and description of services there in the Torah, his words break with
mainstream thinking in much of the Muslim world, which believes the Jewish temples never
"I am mentioning historical facts," said the former leader. "I know that the
traditional denial about the Temple existing at the same place as Al Aqsa is more a
political denial. Unfortunately our religious and political leaders chose the option of
denial to fight the Jewish position and demands regarding Al Aqsa and taking back the
Temple Mount compound. In my opinion we should admit the truth and abandon our traditional
The leader said his conclusion that the Jewish Temples existed does not forfeit what he
calls "Islamic rights" to the Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Mosque.
The DNA Detectives
By The Herald (Australia)
The powerful forensic techniques developed to identify victims of the September 11
terrorist attacks and the tsunami are about to be used for another worthwhile purpose:
reuniting Jewish families separated by the Holocaust.
The DNA Shoah project, announced last week in Nature magazine, will be one of the most
ambitious. pieces of DNA detective work ever. It will attempt to build a database of the
DNA of the 300,000 known Holocaust survivors, scattered across the world. DNA
"fingerprinting" has often been used to trace the history of peoples, but never on such a
The founder of the DNA Shoah Project is Syd Mandelbaum, a historian and forensic
scientist whose parents survived the Holocaust, or Shoah, as it is known in Hebrew.
It was Mandelbaum who, in 1994, headed the American team which used DNA sequencing to
disprove the relationship of Anna Anderson Manahan to the Czar and Czarina Romanov, in her
claim to be Anastasia. This landmark case became the first to use DNA to solve historical
Alongside him will be another pioneering DNA historian, Michael Hammer, a geneticist
from the University of Arizona. It was Hammer who co-authored the paper which used
Y-chromosome analysis to show that present-day Cohanim - Jewish high priests - are
descended from a single male ancestor.
The duo, aided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, aim to start
collecting cheek swabs from survivors. As the database grows, they will begin to look for
matches with DNA samples taken from the remains of unidentified Holocaust victims that
have recently started to surface in Poland, Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
The DNA Shoah Project will also use the data to reunite some of the roughly 10,000
Holocaust orphans who were sent abroad after the war to countries including Britain, the
United States and Israel.
Mandelbaum explains: "The project will unite loved ones and further establish closure
for families who have missing relatives. Most of the six million Jews who were murdered
were not cremated but buried after their death in unmarked mass graves. Remains of
Holocaust victims continue to surface throughout Europe because of continual land
development, but, until this project, there was no way positively to identify the
Identifications will be far from easy. Having been buried for more than 60 years, the
DNA of victims will be severely degraded. And, even where a fingerprint can be yielded,
there may be very few relatives alive for comparison - in many cases, the Nazis murdered
To overcome these difficulties, the pair will employ powerful forensic techniques that
arose from the ashes of the September 11 terrorist attacks. At the World Trade Center,
where some 2,700 died, fire degraded the DNA so badly that standard "fingerprinting" could
not yield a match.
To overcome this, the investigators turned instead to mitochondrial DNA - which is more
abundant and hardier than the nuclear DNA commonly used in fingerprinting. In addition,
they analyzed another type of genetic marker - SNP - which relies only on short sequences.
But neither of these techniques alone was sufficient to identify most remains.
In search of a solution, the U.S. government approached Howard Cash, president of
bioinformatics firm Gene Codes, based in Michigan. The challenge it set was to create
software that could integrate both types of DNA fingerprinting techniques, with other more
traditional forensic information.
The result was a system known as M-FISys. On the first day it was used - December 13,
2001 - it made 80 matches, which helped identify 55 victims of the terrorist attacks. In
total, 1,598 of the victims have now been identified.
M-FISys was later used to identify victims of the tsunami, a disaster that presented
further challenges. Entire families were lost, leaving no frame of reference, and their
personal belongings, which could have provided comparative DNA samples, were simply washed
away with their homes.
As a result, software which can match the DNA of dead people with each other is now
under development by experts at the University of Queensland. The M-FISys software will
now be employed to handle the Shoah data. The race is on to sample the 300,000 survivors -
who have an average age of 81 - before it is too late.
Mandelbaum is appealing for people to come forward - pre-war immigrants, survivors,
second and third generations of survivors' families. There is a nominal cost related to
the testing, but that is unlikely to deter the tens of thousands of survivors who have
lived their lives in isolation from their families, their history and their identity.
Wisconsin Man's Hitler Memorial: Sickening Work of a Holocaust Denier
By ADL (Commentary)
The memorial to Adolf Hitler constructed by a Wisconsin farmer who claims he served in
the German SS during World War II is "the sickening work of an unrepentant anti-Semite and
Holocaust denier" that could become a place of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis, according to the
"We are outraged by this so-called memorial, which is an affront to Holocaust
survivors, American veterans of World War II and decent people everywhere," said Lonnie
Nasatir, director of ADL's Upper Midwest Region.
ADL, which monitors and exposes extremism, is concerned that the shrine could become a
place of pilgrimage for hate groups. "We have already picked up chatter from white
supremacists and neo-Nazis on racist Internet sites indicating their desire to visit the
Hitler memorial," said Nasatir.
Ted Junker, 87, said he built the memorial on his property in Walworth County,
Wisconsin, as a tribute to Adolf Hitler. Junker, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 and
who claims he joined the German SS in 1940, denies the Nazis gassed anyone and praises the
actions of the German dictator. The SS was directly involved in perpetrating the Holocaust
and committed some of the worst crimes against humanity ever recorded.
ADL has been in contact with local government and law enforcement officials in
Wisconsin about the issue. "They share our concerns entirely, and we have expressed our
full support as they work to address this situation," said Nasatir.
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