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>JN Sept. 15, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 169

PA Mufti Calls for Destruction of America

By Arutz-7

For the second time in two months, a senior Palestinian Authority official has called for the destruction of the United States.

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 and Palestine..."

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 their memory."

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 20th century.

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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