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>JN Sept. 15, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 169
PA Mufti Calls for Destruction of America
For the second time in two months, a senior Palestinian
Authority official has called for the destruction of the United
This prayer sermon was delivered by Mufti Ikrama Sabri at the
Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem September 12,. Sabri's sermon was
broadcast on the Voice of Palestine, the PA's official radio
station. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer (Sept. 7, 1997),
the PBC has been funded by the United States government.
"Oh Muslims, we must raise our voices against America, its ally
Britain, and all the infidel nations and say that Israel is
stealing our land and establishing illegal settlements... Why does
America support settlements in Israel? Are the settlements not
terrorism? And therefore, America is the chief of the terrorists.
Oh Allah, destroy America, her agents and her allies! Cast them
into their own traps, and cover the White House with black...
"The strategic covenant between Zionism and the Crusaders is a
satanic alliance hostile to Islam and the Muslims, and we expect no
good from it...Oh Allah, destroy America, her agents and allies!
Allah, raise the flag of Islam over the Al-Aksa mosque, Jerusalem
Museum of Jewish Heritage Opens in NYC
By Nartin Bush (VOA-New York)
Israel is the home of Yad Vashem, a memorial to the millions of
Jews and others killed by the Nazis in death camps during World War
2. Today a museum devoted to the memory of Holocaust victims is
opening in New York City.
The director of the museum, David Altshuler, points out that --
like the six-pointed symbol of Jewry, the Star of David -- the
number six figures prominently in architect Kevin Roche's design
for New York's remembrance of people who died in the Holocaust.
"There are six sides. There are six baffles on the roof. There are
six major windows on the side of the building. There are six
monumental granite pillars in the lobby. Six because Six Million
Jews were murdered by the Nazis, and this facility commemorates
On the first floor of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a collage of
overlapping video images and sounds surrounds visitors. On three
large screens, they may see and hear peoples' recollections of
Jewish urban culture in Europe and North Africa during the early
Altshuler says the three-story granite museum was not created to
house art. Its subject is Jewish people. "One of our goals here and
throughout is to show the enormous diversity of Jewish people in
the modern world. So you see here pious Jews and more secularized
Jews, rich Jews and poor Jews. Jews from Ashkenazi heritage and
Jews from Sephardic life. And the widest variety of
cultural and religious and political and social backgrounds.
"This is a museum dedicated to the dual themes of memory and hope.
As we remember history and try to learn from its lessons and look
to the future, we have to confront, of course, the terrible
catastrophe of the Holocaust. And we have to, and wish to
acknowledge the miraculous renewal of the Jewish people during the
last 50 years."
On floor two, photographs of Holocaust victims and items such as
German army uniforms and death camp paraphernalia evoke ghastly
memories. On video screens, survivors recall how they survived,
while a guide points to several letters and diaries written by
those who did not.
The third floor is a chronicle of the rebirth of Jewish culture
after the Holocaust. The exhibits focus on the estimated Six
Million Jews living in the United States. A video screen flashes a
series of pictures of such noted Jewish-American cultural figures
as composer Aaron Copland, choreographer Jerome Robbins, comedian
Jack Benny, actor Paul Newman, author Saul Bellow, and painter Roy
Lichtenstein. Another video display concentrates on Jews who
emigrated to the new nation of Israel.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage -- a living memorial to the
Holocaust was built with private and corporate donations at a cost
of $21.5 million.
Elie Wiesel -- Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Prize laureate
-- believes the new museum "will almost force a visitor to think of
those who did not make it," who "were not just statistics, they
were human beings."
Wiesel says "it is inconceivable that there should be a New York
without such a museum," which "after all is the place for
immigration." To him, the new Museum of Jewish Heritage -- a
living memorial to the Holocaust "shows both the tragedy and the
hope of so many communities in the world."
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