Newsletter : 6fax0627.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
Israel Imposes Naval Blockade on Gaza Strip
The Israeli navy has imposed a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip to prevent the
terrorists holding kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit from smuggling him out of the Gaza
Strip. Ships are patrolling the coast to ensure that no vessel leaves Gaza. Usage of
speedboats by Arabs has been banned. Arab fishermen are only permitted to use boats with
limited speed. In addition, Israel has requested Egyptian authorities to close the
Philadelphi corridor to prevent Shalit from being smuggled out across that route.
Israel Masses Troops at Gaza Border
By VOA News and IsraelNationalNews.com
Israel is threatening harsh retaliation after Palestinian terrorists kidnapped an
Israeli soldier near the Gaza Strip. Three Palestinian terrorist groups have demanded that
Israel release all jailed Palestinian women under 18, in exchange for information about a
kidnapped Israeli soldier
Thousands of soldiers from the Golani and Givati brigades are also converging on the
area as well as tons of logistic equipment, mobile toilets, showers, and food. Morale is
reported to be good. "We are prepared for anything," said one soldier, "and if we have to
go in and bring the soldier home we will do it."
A senior source in Israel's defense establishment said that the Palestinian Authority's
Hamas government would "cease to exist" if kidnapped Gilad Shalit, is not returned to
Shalit, 19, was abducted Sunday when eight PA terrorists tunneled underground from Gaza
and attacked an army outpost, just over the border from Gaza. Two other soldiers were
killed in the attack, and another was moderately wounded.
Monday, Israel gave the Palestinians an ultimatum: release the kidnapped soldier within
48 hours, or face the wrath of the Israeli army. "I have ordered military commanders to
prepare for a major operation" in Gaza," said Prime Minster Ehud Olmert. He said Israel
would strike hard at terrorist organizations and their commanders. "No one will be
immune," he added.
Israel is threatening to target the leaders of the ruling Islamic terrorist group Hamas
because gunmen from the group took part in the raid on an army base, in which the soldier
The Hamas-led Palestinian government, already hit hard by U.S. and European sanctions
because of its refusal to renounce violence, distanced itself from the attack. It urged
the captors of the soldier not to harm him. A spokesman said, "We ask the Palestinian
factions to keep him alive, and to deal with him with good way,"
Hamas political leaders are said to be seeking the immediate release of the soldier,
but the military wing of the group may have other ideas. In the past, terrorists have used
captured Israeli soldiers as bargaining chips for the release of hundreds of Palestinian
The deal was detailed in a pamphlet released to media outlets on Monday and signed by
Hamas' military wing, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) and a new organization, the
Army of Islam. Both the PRC and the Army of Islam are offshoots of Hamas.
Olmert officially sealed off the Gaza Strip. "By my order and that of the Defense
Minister, the Gaza Strip is closed by sea and by land." Olmert told reporters that he
holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the life of the kidnapped soldier. He also
informed a closed Knesset committee meeting that he would not negotiate with the
terrorists. "I gave the orders to our military commanders to prepare the army for a broad
and ongoing military operation to strike the terrorist leaders and all those involved,"
Olmert said. "It should be clear. There will be immunity for no one."
Meanwhile, there are growing concerns that Shalit may not be safe much longer. Former
PA Minister of Prisoner Affairs Sufian Abu Zaida warned in an interview on Army Radio on
Monday that the IDF had no chance of rescuing the young soldier in a military operation.
"Even if the IDF knew where the soldier was, which apartment he was in and even in which
room he was placed," Abu Zaida, "there would be zero chance of rescuing the soldier alive
in a military operation."
Terrorists said Monday that they would not provide any information about Shalit unless
Israel agreed to release PA prisoners who were under age 18 or female.
A senior intelligence officer reported Monday that Hizbullah is prepared to open a
second front against Israel in the event that Israel launches a ground incursion into the
"Hizbullah is getting ready on the northern border in case Israel enters Gaza and they
would want to open a second front. We are ready to absorb [an attack] and respond," said
the source. The officer was speaking after a gathering of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs
and Defense Committee.
Many Arabs are urging Hamas to keep Shalit alive so that he can be traded for
imprisoned terrorists. "This is a great opportunity to release thousands of prisoners,"
said Abu Adham, whose brother, Ali, has been in jail for nearly ten years. "We have been
waiting for a prisoner exchange for many years. We have no doubt that Israel will be
prepared to release thousands of Palestinians in exchange for the soldier. We don't want
to see only a few hundred prisoners released."
Arab terrorists imprisoned in Israel are also expecting a prisoner swap and have
already started deciding who should go free first. Muayad Nasrallah, who is serving a
19-year sentence, said that preference should be given to prisoners serving long prison
terms. "We hope the kidnapped soldier will be used to secure the release of as many
prisoners as possible, especially those who have been in jail for many years. We urge the
kidnappers not to harm the soldier so that he can be exchanged for prisoners."
Likud leaders attacked the government over its handling of the crisis in the wake of
the Kerem Shalom attack. "Unfortunately the prime minister hasn't learned anything," said
former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "A change in direction is needed immediately,
such as a massive reaction and the toppling of the Hamas government. The soldier can be
freed. We need an aggressive approach and not the fawning of the government."
Knesset member Silvan Shalom also criticized Olmert's policy. "The policy we should
have taken is what we said before disengagement, that if there will be shooting, the
reaction will be painful. There is no difference between Hamas' diplomatic and security
wings; they are both deeply involved in terror. I hope the waiting won't make us miss an
opportunity. I recommended the assassination of Hamas leaders."
(Editor's Note: You can upload your opinion to the Internet by going to
ADL: Neo-Nazi Movement Strengthens in USA
The National Socialist Movement, a Minneapolis-based hate group known for its Nazi
uniforms and open display of explicit Nazi symbols, has outpaced its rivals on the far
right in both membership and activity, earning it the dubious distinction of being the
largest neo-Nazi group in the United States today, according to the Anti-Defamation League
With chapters in 32 states and a growing Internet presence that includes online radio
and a "news service" geared to white supremacists, the NSM has substantially raised its
profile in the last year by holding public events in various cities while dressed in full
Nazi regalia and shouting "Seig Heil!," according to ADL.
Klan members and other white supremacists have joined NSM rallies to denounce Jews,
Blacks, Hispanics, immigrants and gays.
At the same time, the National Alliance - formerly the largest hate group in America
and for more than two decades a formidable presence on the white supremacist scene - has
continued its steady decline, with the arrest of its current leader being the latest blow
to its ability to effectively recruit and organize.
"The National Socialist Movement's anti-Semitic and racist public demonstrations and
activities make them an attractive alternative to formerly prevailing extremist groups
such as the National Alliance, who have been weakened," said ADL National Director Abraham
"While the NSM's rhetoric is virtually unchanged, and their tactics derive from the
playbooks of others, they have made inroads by taking advantage of a power vacuum and
seizing on the technologies of the Internet to spread their particular brand of
anti-Semitism and hate."
According to ADL, increased cooperation between the NSM and like-minded groups has
helped bolster the group's image in extremist circles while swelling its ranks with new
recruits willing to spread its message of racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism.
The group is escalating its activity this summer, with NSM-sponsored rallies scheduled
to take place in Olympia, WA; Fairdale, KY; Columbus, OH and elsewhere, as well as a hate
music concert planned for August in NC.
Videos taken of NSM rallies have found their way to popular Internet Web portals for
home video sharing, enabling the group to garner additional attention as the videos have
taken on a life of their own in cyberspace. Links to such videos have been widely
forwarded via e-mail among non-racists who found them offensive, resulting in a spike in
complaints to ADL about the videos and their presence on mainstream video-sharing sites.
When Should Tel Aviv Mark its Centennial?
While the city of Tel Aviv is all caught up in preparations for its centennial birthday
in 2009, a new research recently published states that the city was actually founded in
1906, and that its birthday should therefore be celebrated this year.
Prof. Yossi Katz, who chairs the program for History of the Jewish National Fund and
its Enterprises at the Department of Geography in Bar Ilan University, is the man behind
"Tel Aviv was founded in 1906 not in 1909," Katz explained. "At the same year the
'Ahuzat Bait' company was established and between the years of 1906-1909 the company
purchased land and borrowed money from The Jewish National Fund. It was then decided to
build the neighborhood not adjacent to Jaffa but farther out. In 1909, a picture was taken
when the plot lottery took place, but except for that photo, the date itself has no
Officials at the Tel Aviv municipality were puzzled by the timing of this revelation.
"There is a difference of opinions about Tel Aviv's exact birthday. Some believe that the
establishment of the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in 1887 outside Jaffa's walls is the correct
date. The official accepted date is April 11, 1909 when the famous plot lottery took
place", a Tel Aviv municipality official commented.
Report: Hassidic Rabbi Frequents Hookers
The Lubavitcher rabbi is most likely spinning in his grave. One of his Hassidim was
photographed consorting with prostitutes and announced on TV that, for religious reasons,
he is unable to shake hands with a woman.
He regularly frequents brothels and garters especially turn him on and it was reported
that he pays extra for special sexual services. No, we're not talking about a high-class
pimp or an executive in the pornography industry, but rather an ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher
The bestselling tabloid in the world, News of the World, published on Sunday the
scandalous story of Manchester resident, Rabbi Dovid Jaffe. Jaffe, married and the father
of four, heads the Lubavitcher center in Manchester, England and prepares youths for their
Recently, he appeared on BBC 4 as a guest on a show featuring Jewish customs. While on
television, he described the difficulties in maintaining an ultra-Orthodox lifestyle in
England and went on to say that, for religious reasons, he cannot even shake hands with a
The "newspaper" said that it turns out that while Jaffe is not prepared to clasp hands
with women, he is more than happy to clasp plenty of other body parts. He was photographed
recently visiting the "Angels" house of ill repute in Manchester and cavorting with the
The weekly paper that exposed Jaffe's exploits says that, for half an hour of sex, the
rabbi is willing to pay 40 pounds, 50 if oral sex is also part of the package. He prefers
to have his women dressed in garters.
"He's a frequent client here," reveals one of the prostitutes. "He's a man who knows
exactly what he wants." One woman, who in a moment of boredom perhaps wanted to purify
herself, happened to watch the BBC production and discovered that her client was a rabbi.
His remarks on the show infuriated her.
"How hypocritical can you be? On one hand, he won't shake hands with women and, on the
other hand, he comes around all the time and has very bizarre requests. Only a day before
preaching on television, he came here and had a good time."
When he arrived for a visit at the house following his TV appearance, one of the
prostitutes told him, "I don't know whether to ask for money or an autograph."
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)