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A Brave Woman Speaks Out On Al Jazeera TV
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Here is a powerful and bold statement by Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist
from Los Angeles. Watch this clip ASAP because it is unknown how long the link will remain
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The Latest News in Less Than One Minute
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The Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri announced shortly after Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice left his country that Lebanon rejected her ideas for bringing peace
to the region. Berri serves in essence as the spokesman for Hizbullah. Rice had met with
Berri earlier on Monday. Rice is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Two Israeli pilots were killed in a helicopter crash in northern Israel. Earlier
reports had said the pilots were only injured.
A major U.S. Jewish umbrella group launched an initiative to bolster tourism to Israel
during the Israel-Hizbullah conflict. The program, launched by the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, allows tourists to place reservations
that will be valid for up to a year in northern Israeli hotels and kibbutzim.
A U.S. Senate committee approved $25 million for a joint American and Israeli project
to develop a new missile system. Globes, an Israeli financial newspaper, reported this
week that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding for the short-range
ballistic missile defense system.
Jewish, Israeli Targets in U.S. on Heightened Alert
Israel has raised the level of alert for its embassies and consulates worldwide,
including in America, for fear Hizbullah sleeper agents are seeking to attack Israeli
targets oversees, WND has learned.
Israeli security officials also recommended some Jewish institutions in the United
States and abroad heighten their alert level as Israel's military campaign in Lebanon
enters its third week following a Hizbullah raid earlier this month in which two Israeli
soldiers were kidnapped.
The information comes after FBI officials told reporters last week they were searching
for possible Hizbullah agents operating inside the US amid concerns escalating tensions
with Iran could trigger attacks on American soil.
It also follows a WND exclusive interview last week in which Abu Nasser,
second-in-command of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, warned it is only a
"question of time" before Palestinian terror groups and other Islamic organizations in the
Middle East target the United States both abroad and on the home front.
According to Israeli security officials, Abu Nasser and the overall leader of the
al-Aqsa Brigades in northern Samaria, Ala Senakreh, coordinate their group's activities
directly with Hizbullah. Sources in the Brigades admitted to WND they work in tandem with
Hizbullah, which they say provides funding and training.
"The Americans deserve to be targeted because of their support to the enemy... It is a
question of time before the revolutionary organizations in the Middle East will start
targeting the Americans," said Abu Nasser, speaking to WND from Nablus.
The al-Aqsa Brigades, the declared "military wing" of Palestinian Authority Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, is responsible for scores of rocket and shooting attacks, and
together with Islamic Jihad for every suicide bombing since last February's
"One can say that these threats are just rhetoric, but the near past proved that these
threats come more and more into reality," said Abu Nasser. "Believe me, it is a new era
and I am suggesting to the American people to adopt a different policy and strategy
because very soon they will deal with a unified Muslim world, but without the help of
their agents in the Middle East."
The al-Aqsa Brigades are not thought to possess the ability to attack inside the US,
but there are concerns its ally, Hizbullah, has infiltrated America and is seeking to
attack. Hizbullah representatives in Iran warned last week the group stood ready to target
US and Israeli interests worldwide.
American law enforcement officials said they are taking the Hizbullah threats
seriously. "Because of the heightened difficulties surrounding US-Iranian relations, the
FBI has increased its focus on Hizbullah," said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson in Washington.
"Those investigations relate particularly to the potential presence of Hizbullah members
on US soil."
William Kowalski, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit, asked, "If
the situation escalates, will Hizbullah take the gloves off, so to speak, and attack here
in the United States, which they've been reluctant to do until now?"
Detroit is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States.
Hizbullah sympathizers have been caught fund-raising in the city. Two men pled guilty
earlier this month to racketeering charges in which a smuggling ring based in Michigan is
accused of funneling profits to Hizbullah.
US law enforcement agencies reportedly have indications Hizbullah agents are on US soil
and may be planning attacks. In May, the New York Post cited law-enforcement and
intelligence officials stating Hizbullah may be planning to activate sleeper cells in New
York and other big cities as the US confrontation with Iran escalates.
The sources told the Post about a dozen hard-core supporters of Hizbullah are operating
in the New York area. They said the possible Hizbullah agents have been placed under heavy
Hizbullah never has launched a strike on US soil, but prior to al-Qaeda's September 11,
2001, attacks, it was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist
Hizbullah is accused of attacking the US embassy in Lebanon, killing 63, and of a spate
of kidnappings and murders of Americans in Lebanon. Hizbullah's deadliest attack against
Americans was the 1983 bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 US
Hizbullah is also suspected of striking Jewish targets abroad, including the truck
bombing in 1992 of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in which 29 people were killed, and
a bombing two years later of an Israeli-owned building in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 85
Rice in Israel for Talks
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Israel for talks on how to end the conflict
with Hizbullah in neighboring Lebanon. The secretary's visit comes as the violence enters
its second week amid continued cross-border attacks and ground fighting.
Speaking with reporters before her meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni,
Rice said there is great sympathy for the innocent civilians caught up in the conflict,
but she said, any cease-fire must be sustainable and work toward long-term peace in the
"If we have learned anything, it is that any peace is going to have to be based on
enduring principles and not temporary solutions. We will talk about how to get an enduring
cessation of violence, how to deal with the significant humanitarian problems that are
currently facing the people of Lebanon," she said.
Washington remains adamant any cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah terrorists must
not leave Hizbullah in place as an armed militia along the border, able to threaten Israel
at any time.
But the growing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon is also on the agenda. The White House
announced that President Bush has ordered helicopters and ships to Lebanon to provide
In Lebanon, the U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland announced an appeal for
$150 million in aid for the Lebanese people. "Eight hundred thousand are now displaced or
in desperate need of international humanitarian assistance. But, of course, we're also
asking for a cessation of hostilities. Far too many civilians are suffering - both in
northern Israel and all over here in Lebanon," he said.
As the conflict enters its second week, nearly 400 people have been killed in Lebanon,
most of them civilians and among them many children. Around 40 civilians and soldiers have
been killed in Israel.
As Rice traveled to the region, Israeli warplanes continued to launch raids into
southern Lebanon, troops battled Hizbullah fighters in the far south and Hizbullah sent
rockets into northern Israel.
Rice meets Tuesday with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and then also holds talks with
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before traveling on to Rome for a Lebanon conference
Two IDF Soldiers Killed, 18 Wounded at Hizbullah Stronghold
Two IDF soldiers were killed and 18 were wounded on Monday as they fought for control
of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbil, also known as "the Hizbullah capital."
A battalion commander and a soldier were killed when their tank ran over an explosive
device. One of the soldiers was 20-year-old Staff Sergeant Kobi Smilag of Rehovot. The
families of the fallen soldiers have been notified. Some 18 other soldiers were wounded in
Troops from the Golani Brigade, armored corps and paratroopers fought battles that
raged all day as the operation to clean out the terrorist nest continued, with another
five hurt by friendly fire from the Israel Air Force.
Hizbullah does not release information about its casualties, but IDF officials
estimated that at least 10 terrorists were killed in the fighting.
Soldiers took over a hilltop looking over Bint Jbil on Monday after heavy fighting
earlier in the day. Infantry soldiers entered the area to support the initial attacking
force after troops were injured.
Also on Monday, IDF officials said the army had captured two Hizbullah fighters. The
officers requested anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. No
further details were available and the IDF refused comment. The IDF also took control of
the village of Maroun a-Ras after a fierce 48-hour battle to force Hizbullah terrorists
out of the area on Sunday.
IDF Operations Branch Head, Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Monday evening that fighter
pilots had flown some 800 sorties over enemy territory since the fighting began 12 days
ago, with some 4,500 IDF soldiers fighting battles on the ground.
Eisenkot emphasized that Hizbullah had developed a complex and large infrastructure,
and amassed a huge arsenal, network of bunkers and numerous weapons caches, and that it
would take time to destroy them. "The operation we saw in Bint Jbil will be seen in other
places as well," he said. "We are working according to the plan with the objective of
entering the village and cleansing it of terrorists."
Eisenkot said, "In the operations, we take control of an area for a limited amount of
time, then leave it." He added that the Israel navy is continuing to enforce a coastal
blockade and destroy Mediterranean targets, while the Israel air force is providing cover
for IDF ground troops.
He added that the campaign would take another few weeks and that the Israeli people
would need patience to allow the IDF to dismantle the Hizbullah terrorist infrastructure
and eliminate the threat from south Lebanon.
An Open Letter to the World
By the Late Rabbi Meir Kahane (Commentary 1988)
Dear World, I understand that you are upset with us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears
that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?)
Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "brutal
repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing
of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It
appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most
Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we - the Jewish people - upset
you. We upset the German people who elected Hitler and upset the Austrian people who
cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles,
Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And we go back a
long, long way in the history of world upset.
We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49;
we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews
that they slaughtered untold numbers of us.
For centuries, we upset the Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our
relationship through inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of the church, Martin
Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an
admirable Christian ecumenical spirit.
And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world that we decided to
leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish state. The reasoning was that
living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that
comprise you, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than
to leave you (and thus love you)- and have you love us and so, we decided to come home -
home to the same land we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that,
apparently, we also upset.
Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please.
Having left you and your pogroms and inquisitions and crusades and Holocausts, having
taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state, we continue to
upset you. You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered
over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to
peace in the Middle East.
Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle
Egyptian moderates are upset. Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from
In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between
Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same
oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed
and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929.
Dear world, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929?
Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish
men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936 and 1939? Was it because
Arabs were upset over 1967?
And when you, dear world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created
a "Palestinian State" alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and
killed 6,000 Jews - was that "upset" caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way,
dear world, why did we not hear your cry of "upset" then?
The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are
part of the same people who when they had all the territories they now demand be
given to them for their state -attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same
twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al-yahud" (Massacre the Jew!) that
we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy
Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not "repress"
Dear world, you stood by during the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states
launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres.
You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in
the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel
were facing extinction.
And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will
do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world,
well think of how many times in the past you bothered us.
In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who
could not care less.
(Rabbi Kahane was murdered on Nov. 5, 1990, at the Marriot Hotel in New York, minutes
after he gave a lecture to American Jews on the subject of emergency Aliyah.)
Kohanim, Tribe of Levi Plan 'Family Reunion'
Recent scientific research and DNA testing has shown that today's descendents of the
biblical priesthood known as Kohanim are genetically related.
Although the descendents of Aharon, the brother of Moses, have spread throughout the
world over the past 3,300 years, the members of this extended family are being invited to
participate in the first `family reunion' held since the destruction of the Temple in
Jerusalem in 70 CE.
Participants from across the world will join tribe members for a stimulating and
educational experience at the first ever international gathering of Kohanim and the Tribe
of Levi, July 15-19, 2007 in Jerusalem. These dates coincide with the biblically noted
date of Aharon the High Priest's death, the first day of the Hebrew month of Av.
"We are excited by the interest seen so far. This is not only the first family reunion
of the Jewish priestly dynasty in nearly 2000 years, it is an important conference which
will inform, inspire, and motivate," explains conference organizer Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman.
"The research and information we will share will play an important role in appreciating
and maintaining our unique and precious heritage."
The "Kohanim and Tribe of Levi Conference" will address the importance of promoting and
seeking peace among the Jewish nation. The program will thus include a wide-spectrum of
speakers and activities in an effort to attract the interests and bridge gaps between Jews
from all backgrounds.
Kohanim are the priestly family of the Jewish people. The Torah describes the
anointment of Aharon, the brother of Moses, as the first High Priest. The books of Exodus
and Leviticus describe the responsibilities of the Kohanim, which include the Temple
service, blessing of the people and spiritual healing. The Kohanim are a family of the
Tribe of Levi, the tribe that was chosen for Holy service.
Molecular geneticists have recently discovered the "Cohen Modal Haplotype" which is a
Y- chromosome DNA lineage signature shared by a majority of both Ashkenazi and Sefardi
This indicates a direct patrilineal descent of present day Kohanim from a single
ancient ancestor, genetically dated to have lived approximately 3300 years ago, a time
corresponding to the Exodus from Egypt.
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