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Most PA Arabs Favor Kidnapping Israelis, Firing Kassams


A poll taken among Arabs living in areas governed by the Palestinian Authority in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza shows overwhelming support for kidnapping IDF soldiers and firing rockets on Israeli targets.66.8% of those polled said they supported more kidnappings of Israeli civilians and 77.2% said they approved of the terrorist operation which led to the kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. 60% of the Arab public supports the firing of Kassam rockets onto Israeli targets. The poll was commissioned by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center.

Ahmadinejad: Conditions for Removal of Israel Are at Hand


Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clearing up any ambiguity in previous calls to "wipe Israel off the map," now used an Arabic word for the removal of body hair to describe his plans for Israel.

"All the conditions for the removal of the Zionist regime are at hand," Ahmadinejad told an Arab Conference of Iraqi Neighbors meeting this weekend. For the first time, he employed the Arabic word ezaleh, which is used to describe the irreversible removal of body hairs or a woman's virginity.

"Nations in the region will be more furious every day. It won't take long before the wrath of the people turns into a terrible explosion that will wipe the Zionist entity off the map," Ahmadinejad told the foreign ministers of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Bahrain and Egypt. The heads of the Arab League and the Islamic Conference were also present, in addition to a special United Nations representative.

None of the foreign ministers present, including Jordan, Egypt or Turkey – commonly regarded as Israel's friends in the Arab/Muslim world - objected to the call for annihilation. Instead, the following statement was issued: "The Arab foreign ministers participating in the Tehran meeting expressed their strong condemnation of this continuing and increasing aggression against the Palestinian people."

The Iranian president went on to blame all of the region's troubles on the Jewish state. ""The basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilize to remove this problem. It is a usurper that our enemies made and imposed on the Muslim world, a regime that prevented the progress of the region's nations, a regime that all Muslims must join hands in isolating worldwide."

He ended with a call on all nations to cease their support of Israel. "[All nations] should realize that their support for the illegitimate, usurper, Zionist regime is a mistake. The waves of fury of Muslim nations will not be confined within the boundaries of the region, and the people who close their ears to the cries of the Palestinians and blindly support this regime will be responsible for the consequences." "I tell them to dissociate themselves or face the terrible consequences."

Since Ahmadinejad's call to "wipe Israel off the map" last October, some academics have claimed the Iranian leader was mistranslated or misunderstood.

"Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to wipe Israel off the map, because no such idiom exists in Persian," left-wing University of Michigan professor Juan Cole told the New York Times. "He did say he hoped its regime, i.e., a Jewish-Zionist state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse…Since Iran has not attacked another country aggressively for over a century, I smell the whiff of war propaganda."

Jonathan Steele of the British Guardian newspaper also told the Times: "The Iranian president was quoting an ancient statement by Iran's first Islamist leader, the late Ayatollah Khomeini, that 'this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time,' just as the shah's regime in Iran had vanished. He was not making a military threat. He was calling for an end to the occupation of Jerusalem at some point in the future. The 'page of time' phrase suggests he did not expect it to happen soon."

Neither of the two has responded to Ahmadinejad's latest clarification and call to action, which were translated and distributed by the Iranian state-run IRNA news agency. The Iranian leader's threats are particularly significant as the Islamic Republic continues to pursue nuclear technology and world bodies continue to pursue diplomatic means of inducing Iran to give up its nuclear aspirations.

Palestinian Bystander Killed in IAF Strikes in Gaza

By Ha'aretz

A Palestinian civilian was killed and 11 others wounded in errant Israel Defense Forces strikes aimed at Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

The civilian was killed by an Israel Air Force aircraft which launched missiles at a car carrying Hamas operatives in the south Gaza town of Rafah. He was identified as Bilal Sliman Rabah, an 18-year-old supermarket clerk. Seven other Palestinians were wounded in the strike, one in serious condition.

The missile was fired from the air at a car carrying members of Hamas' military wing, the Iz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in the Shuka region near Rafah. The gunmen managed to jump out of the car before the missile reached the target. The aircraft subsequently fired a second missile which struck the bystanders.

Later Sunday evening, an IAF aircraft fired at another car in Jabalya near Gaza City believed to be carrying Hamas operatives. The passengers in the car were not injured, but four bystanders were wounded.

After the missile hit the car, an additional explosion occurred in what military sources believe to be the result of a Kassam rocket or other weaponry inside the car. Just after midnight Sunday, the IAF attacked a group of armed terrorists near the Karni commercial crossing, wounding three, Palestinian security sources said.

The Israel Defense Forces operation in the Gaza Strip is a "war for which it is impossible to set a timetable," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the cabinet during its weekly meeting Sunday.

The IDF has been operating in Gaza for more than a week, in an effort to secure the release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit and to stem the Kassam rockets fired almost daily at targets in southern Israel. "We will continue this battle with level-headedness and patience while making use of the proper means and maintaining the required obfuscation. We cannot sit and not respond to the Kassam rocket fire," Olmert said.

The prime minister dodged recent claims that both he and Defense Minister Amir Peretz lack the relevant experience to handle a security crisis. "I remember prime ministers with military experience who made decisions we would not want to repeat," Olmert said. He reaffirmed that he opposed the release of Palestinian prisoners, "We will not negotiate with Hamas. He will not negotiate with terrorists. Such negotiations would support another kidnapping." He also asked his ministers to refrain from discussing the ongoing developments relating to Shalit's release due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Peretz told the cabinet that IDF units would continue to enter and exit the Gaza as needed, to carry out military operations focusing on Kassam rocket launch sites and areas in which cross-border tunnels may have been excavated by militant groups. The defense minister added the IDF is operating in a graduated and planned manner, while increasing pressure on terrorists in an effort to free Shalit without any preconditions.

Arab Knesset Member: 'I Advised PA to Kidnap Soldier'


Knesset Member Wasal Taha, corresponding publicly with internet surfers on the Arabic-language IslamOnline site, said he repeatedly advised PA terrorists to battle and kidnap Israeli soldiers.

MK Zevulun Orlev (National Religious Party), who last week submitted a bill to negate Knesset membership to MKs that support terrorists, said that Taha's "traitorous" remarks are further proof that Israeli democracy must protect itself.

According to a report in Ma'ariv on Sunday, Taha told surfers on Thursday that he repeatedly advised the PA Arabs to stop shooting and targeting civilians, and to concentrate on IDF targets. An English translation of Ma'ariv's Hebrew translation of Taha's Arabic words:

"We told them more than once that the Palestinians, who are subjected to murder and ongoing crimes on the part of the Israeli army, have two options: One is to explode and kill civilians - and these are much easier operations. The second option is the military option, in the framework of which a military unit from the resistance [i.e., terrorist infrastructures - ed.] is established in order to break into a military camp, clash with the soldiers and battle them and take them and the conquest into captivity."

Taha also had words of advice for the PA on the publicity front, saying that the kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit should not be called "kidnapped" but rather "imprisoned" or "captive." Taha said, "Kidnapping is an act carried out by gangs, terrorists, and the like. But 'captive' means that [it is carried out by] an organized, legitimate group that makes decisions. Israel is trying to present our resistance as something less - as terrorism, murder, and kidnapping - in order that the diplomatic circle will be closed to it."

Asked by Arutz-7's Uzi Baruch if Taha condemns the abduction of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the MK's aide said, "We do not condemn actions against IDF soldiers, we condemn actions only against innocent civilians."

Taha himself later said that when he said that the PA had two options, he was speaking with the Israelis. However, this is not borne out by the Ma'ariv report. In any event, he still insists that he does not object to warfare against the IDF: "What I meant was that the Palestinians... have two options: one is to fight the conquest via harming Israeli civilians, which is the easier way but not legitimate, and this we oppose; or fighting the Israeli conquest via an organized attack against the IDF, as occurred in the case of Gilad Shalit."

MKs Orlev and Effie Eitam said Attorney General Menachem Mazuz should indict Taha for treason. MK Gilad Erdan has called upon Mazuz to indict Taha for incitement to violence, and for Interior Minister Roni Bar-On to consider stripping Taha of his Israeli citizenship. Minister Yaakov Edri (Kadima) said that Taha's words "border on grave incitement." MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union) said in response, "I suggest that we trade the Arab MKs for the kidnapped Israeli soldier."

Palestinian Media Asserts Jesus was Palestinian

By WorldNetDaily

The leading Palestinian newspaper Al Quds republished a political cartoon depicting a Palestinian Christ figure being crucified with an Iraqi "brother" on the same cross.

The image expresses a common Palestinian motif, found both in text and cartoons, that depicts Palestinians as Jesus and Jesus as a Palestinian, commented Itamar Marcus of Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch.

The caption on the cartoon, published Thursday, says, "Brother from Iraq, Relative from Palestine."

"Historical revision is a backbone of Palestinian political and academic behavior, as the leaders attempt to create a separate 'Palestinian Arab' history and identity for themselves, distinct from the general Arab and Islamic history," Marcus said.

He noted the term "Palestinian" Arab is a recent creation that did not exist before the advent of Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorism in 1965.

Under U.N. resolution 194 in 1948, for example, refugees were not called "Palestinian refugees," relating to a national identity, but "Palestine refugees," referring to geography.

Jesus, a Jew according to Christian scriptures, often is depicted in Palestinian media as a Palestinian. The name of the area, in fact, was changed to Palestine 136 years after Jesus' death as part of Rome's plan to cut off the Jews from their land.

Here are some Palestinian media excerpts identifying Jesus as a Palestinian: "We must not forget that (Jesus) Messiah, may peace be upon him, is Palestinian, the son the Mary the Palestinian, who is sanctified by hundreds of millions of believers in this world." – Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2005.

"It was quite natural that the Palestinians rose to save their sanctuaries (in Nazareth) without anyone thinking there is a difference between a Christian and a Muslim … since in the Palestinian situation, the lord Messiah (Jesus) and his mother (Mary) are both Galileans and Palestinians … ." – Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 9.

"The Palestinian Galilee village of Kfar Kana takes pride in the fact that in [the village] the Palestinian Messiah succeeded to turn water into wine." – Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2004.

Jesus also is defined as a "martyr for Allah" in this example: "And a child from the De'haisha refugee camp will shout: 'Yes, we have won, just as the prophets and (Jesus') Apostles won,' and the shahids will cry, 'We shook the palm trees alongside Lady Earth and the lady of the people, the Virgin Mary, and with her son the first Palestinian Shahid.'" – Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2005] Palestinian media also has transformed Palestinians into Jesus, as in these examples: "Muhammad (Al Dura, child killed by undetermined gunfire) ... a tiny sleeping Jesus." – Al Quds, May 25, 2001:

"Our struggle today against the other side is an eternal one. It can be said that it started 2,000 years ago and continues until today. I demonstrate this through the figure of Jesus… The Israeli soldiers are wearing army uniforms while Jesus has nothing except for the truth. When they searched him at the entrance of Jerusalem, they found a stone, a piece of bread and fish and he was cuffed. This is the Palestinian from the beginning of the struggle until the end." – Palestinian Authority TV, July 21, 2000.

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