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If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.


Six Civilians. 12 Reservists Killed as Rockets Pound North

By Ha'aretz, VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com

Nearly 400 rockets were fired at the north over the weekend, killing six people. This brings to 33 the number of Israeli civilians killed since the fighting in the north began on July 12.

Twelve reservists were killed on Sunday by a Katyusha that landed in an open area where they were gathered, next to kibbutz Kfar Giladi located near Kiryat Shmona.

Three Israelis were killed and scores more wounded in a rocket barrage that slammed into Haifa a few minutes before 8 p.m. Sunday.

Victims continued to arrive at Haifa hospitals, hours after the attack in which 160 people were treated for physical injuries and psychological trauma. Four people were reported in serious but not life-threatening condition. Seven others suffered moderate wounds. Security officials said at least one of the rockets was a 220-mm Syrian-made missile.

The rocket barrage scored several direct hits, including two apartment buildings and a car. One building reportedly absorbed five rockets. An eyewitness interviewed by the Ha'aretz news service said those who were killed had not gone into bomb shelters or protected rooms when the air raid siren sounded.

Magen David Adom medics and firefighters rushed to the scene. Rescue personnel immediately began digging through the rubble of the two collapsed buildings, looking for other victims who might have been trapped below. Rescuers said they were concerned about a pervasive smell of gas, which they feared would explode into additional flames.

According to an Army Radio reporter, there were three air raid sirens that sounded prior to the attack. "There was enough time for people to reach shelter," said the reporter, who added that rescue workers were adamant that civilians should stay in protected rooms and bomb shelters until told by security personnel it is safe to leave.

Rescue workers also emphasized that civilians who leave the shelters in order to help dig through rubble or otherwise assist medics and Zaka workers are not welcome. "You can't help," said a rescue worker. "That's what we're here for. Stay safe."

The 12 reservists were killed by a rocket that was part of a massive barrage at noontime on Sunday, while they were sitting outside the Kfar Giladi cemetery. Two of the 12 died of their wounds after arriving at Sieff Hospital in Tzfat. Three more were critically injured and a fourth was listed in moderate condition. Six suffered light wounds.

Heavy damage was caused to the area, and two cars could be seen burning on television footage two hours after the rocket hit. "This shouldn't have happened," said a resident of Kfar Giladi. "We sounded the alert before the rocket hit." However, another resident added that the group, which had gathered in the open area, had nowhere to run when the alert was sounded.

"We had no place to hide. I saw Katyushas hitting cars and people shouting. Within four to five minutes paramedics arrived to rescue them," said 30-year-old reservist Dimitri Lipovsky. He said he and his comrades were standing under a tree when the siren sounded.

After the Kfar Giladi attack, Hizbullah's Al-Manar television station broadcast a special bulletin, with the announcement, "Today is one of achievements. The enemy has admitted to having dead and wounded following landing of the resistance rockets. The enemy's television pictures show the great blow and panic. There are cases of collapsed nerves and hysteria on their part. They never expected a great blow such as this by our resistance rockets."

In Shechem (Nablus), the largest Palestinian Authority-controlled city in the Shomron, dozens of cars set off in a joyous convoy, honking and flaunting pictures of Hizbullah leader arch-terrorist Sheikh Nasrallah. Chants for rockets on Tel Aviv were heard, according to the Ynet news service. Candy was distributed in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli aircraft continued strikes across south Lebanon early Sunday and ground battles raged between Israeli and Hizbullah forces inside the Lebanese border. Lebanese officials report at least 15 people killed.

Hizbullah fighters and Israeli forces clashed in several villages close to the border, as Israel sought to advance deeper inside Lebanese territory on the 26th day of hostilities.

Meanwhile, south of the city of Tyre, the United Nations says three Chinese peacekeepers were injured when a mortar round apparently fired by Hizbullah militants slammed into their headquarters.


Israeli Arabs: Finish Off Nasrallah

By YnetNews.com

Israeli Arabs agree over Israel's failure to 'finish off' Hassan Nasrallah once and for all. Dozens of Haifa residents, mainly Israeli Arabs, congregated at the entrances to the Rambam Medical Center seeking to check on their loved ones injured in the attack.

Some of those present condemned Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Shadi Mzawin and his sister, who arrived at the hospital to visit their sister, said: "How can it be that with all its might Israel is incapable of eliminating Hizbullah and finish it once and for all? How can it be that with al this force he succeeds to do this for us?"

Shadi, whose grandmother and grandfather were also injured in the attack, said police officers positions at the entrance to the emergency room refused him entrance because he swore at them. "Half of my family and my neighborhood are here inside and they are not allowing me in although I am injured. I don't understand that. Do I have no rights? I am a citizen too and I pay taxes – grandma and grandpa are here and they are not letting me see them," said Shadi who was lightly injured in the legs.

Shadi expressed anger at the government for the lack of shelters in the neighborhood. "I live in Wadi Nisnas and we have no shelters, we hardly have where to live, we have no where to go, we have nowhere to go, and our shelter is the toilet. There are no shelters at all. I hope Nasrallah gets a rocket between the legs for what he is doing to me here, for harming grandma and grandpa."

A wounded man, Nazal Faisal, also arrived at Rambam. He told Ynet about the event: "I was in a restaurant and the siren went off only after the second rocket hit, so there was nothing to do. I went to my brother's nearby house and saw my friends, lying on the ground, in shock. Now some of them are in the hospital and some stayed home to help others who were injured."

Dozens of angry Haifa residents, whose family members were injured by the blast, raised a commotion outside Rambam's emergency room, after police forces forbade them to because of the crowding caused by the large number of patients. Some of the family members forced their way into the emergency room.

The hospital's spokesman, David Ratner, explained: "We are treating a very large number of people and this is not the first time that such a situation has occurred. People want to enter the emergency room and we won't let them. That's why we have border guard and regular police forces here. There's nothing to be done in such cases. There are instincts that must be calmed. We can't work in the emergency room in such a fashion and this is why they will remain outside.


One Hizbullah Kidnapper Captured by IDF

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The chief of military intelligence revealed Sunday that the IDF has captured one of the Hizbullah terrorists who kidnapped two IDF troops on July 12th. The abduction set off the Re-engagement War.

IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are still being held hostage by Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorists operating out of south Lebanon.

Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told cabinet members, "In one of the operations in Lebanon the kidnapper was captured. He has been taken for interrogation." He also confirmed that more than 400 Hizbullah terrorists have been eliminated since the beginning of the war.

Chief terrorist Hassan Nasrallah has become a figure that hides in a bunker," he said. His evaluations of how Israel responds, how it prepares, how steady its home front command is, how long the conflict will last … all of these parameters have been significantly hit," he said. Yadlin also pointed out that Nasrallah began with a demand to release thousands of Palestinian Authority prisoners held in Israeli prisons, but has now reduced that demand to focus solely on Lebanese prisoners.

Despite media reports, Yadlin also said that Lebanese society has begun to view Nasrallah as a liability rather than an asset. "Instead of being a protector of Lebanon he is the destroyer of Lebanon --- that is clear in Lebanese society, and is what IDF intelligence is hearing in the Lebanese dialogues, in what Lebanese are saying to one another."


Reuters Drops Photographer Who Faked Israeli Bomb Results

By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz

Reuters News Agency has announced it is cutting from its payroll a freelance photographer who altered a photograph that showed that the results of an Israeli bombing were far worse than in reality.

An American news site caught the fake when it noticed that the billows of smoke in the photo showed a repetitious pattern. However, the news agency said that the photographer, Adnan Hajj, said the image was changed after he tried "to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under."

Hajj also photographed images of a dead child in the explosion in the village of Kana last week. Several private web sites have questioned the veracity of the pictures.

In the original image, thin smoke can be seen rising over the Lebanese capital, but in the second photograph, thick, black smoke can be seen billowing over the buildings.

Reuters said that it has fired Adnan Hajj, the Lebanese photographer. The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters. "This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards and we shall not be accepting or using pictures taken by him," Whittle said in a statement issued in London.

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff free-lance or contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005.

He was among several photographers from the main international news agencies whose images of a dead child being held up by a rescuer in the village of Qana, south Lebanon, after an Israeli air strike on July 30 have been challenged by blogs critical of the mainstream media's coverage of the Middle East conflict.


Gibson Converts to Judaism; Changes Name to Mel Gibstein Israel Faxx News Service (Humor)

In his boldest bid yet to apologize to the Jewish community, actor Mel Gibson today announced that he had converted to Judaism.

The news took many Jews aback, since conversion to Judaism is a demanding process that can take months or even years of study, and Mr. Gibson accomplished the feat in a record time of 45 minutes.

But a spokesman for the "Lethal Weapon" star explained how Gibson pulled off his lightning-fast conversion: "This is Hollywood -- a lot of things can be done by special effects."

Moments after his conversion to Judaism, Gibson paid a visit to the registrar's office in Los Angeles County and had his name legally changed to "Mel Gibstein" in a show of commitment to his new chosen faith.

Then it was off to Malibu, where the 50-year old actor was bar mitzvahed on the beach in a small, private ceremony. "Today, I am a man," Gibstein said before a gathering of friends and well-wishers from the local watering hole Moonshadows. "A Jew man!"

Gibstein, whose Lexus LS sedan now sports a license plate reading "LCHAIM," said that he was "thoroughly enjoying being a Jew" and vowed to only shop wholesale from now on.

The actor added he would begin production of a new film, "Mad Matzoh Beyond Thundershalom," as soon as he kicks his drinking problem. "I am really committed to reheeb," he said. "I mean rehab."


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