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>JN Sept. 28, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 168
Rajoub Threatens Sharon Temple Mount Visit
Col. Gabril Rajoub, the head of PLO Authority Preventive Security
in Judea & Samaria, issued a warning on Wednesday that there would
be bloodshed if Likud leader Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount
in Jerusalem on Thursday and that his forces would do nothing to
prevent bloodshed in areas under their control.
Growing Concern Over Probability of Temple Mount Unrest
Islamic violence looms over the planned Thursday visit to
Jerusalem's Temple Mount by opposition leader Ariel Sharon
and members of the Likud Party. Diplomatic and police officials
fear that Arab unrest may quickly spill over to the streets of the
eastern capital and areas throughout Judea, Samaria & Gaza.
Fatah youth activists are calling upon supporters from Jerusalem
and Yesha to come to Jerusalem to participate in the demonstration
aimed at blocking the Likud demonstration from reaching the Mount.
The Fatah organization, aligned with PLO Authority Chairman Yasir
Arafat, on Wednesday distributed fliers in eastern Jerusalem
calling upon the masses to turn out on Thursday to block the
planned visit to the Temple Mount by Sharon and other Likud Knesset
Senior PA security commander in Judea & Samaria Col. Gabril Rajoub
told Israel Radio that the planned visit was an inciteful and
Proponents of Sharon's visit expressed outrage over the reaction of
the PA security chief and Israeli Arab leaders, rejecting any
attempt by the Muslim Wakf Authority and other Islamic leaders to
prevent Jews and in this case, elected Israeli officials, from
visiting the Mount which is part of the capital of the State of
The left-wing Gush Shalom organization has already issued
statements of condemnation, accusing Sharon and Likud followers of
provoking Islamic violence on the eve of the New Year.
Return of Crosses at Auschwitz "A Further Outrage"
A Polish court's decision to again allow notorious anti-Semite
Kazmirez Switon to erect hundreds of crosses next to a 24-foot
cross which still stands at Auschwitz "is yet a further outrage and
deliberate desecration of the memory of the death camp's 1.1
million Jewish sacred martyrs," declared Shalom International and
the Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha.
The court decision was reported in the Times of London on Sept.
"Polish authorities have also just allowed a raucous disco, The
System, to open in a building in which 1,000 Auschwitz slave
laborers were forced to work by the Nazis under terrible conditions
and many died," declared Shalom International's president Bob
"A shopping center including a souvenir stand, restaurant, and post
office is to open across from Auschwitz's entrance. A church still
stands in the former SS commandant's headquarters in Auschwitz's
killing grounds, Birkenau. And now the hundreds of crosses which
Swinton and his fellow haters erected, removed only on the eve of
Pope John Paul's visit to Poland last year, can be put up again
to surround the huge 24-foot cross at Auschwitz which was never
Chabad's High Holiday Website Attracts Hundreds of Thousands
Chabad-Lubavitch's latest website is attracting visitors at
breakneck speed. JewishNewYear.com, launched last week, has logged
more than 150,000 visitors while revealing mysteries, teaching the
Law, quizzing, replying and spreading a pocketful of traditional
miracles in six languages.
JewishNewYear.com (http://www.JewishNewYear.com ) includes hundreds
of web pages chock full of everything from practical how-to guides,
to deep mystical and Talmudic insights, to interactive games and a
searchable worldwide database of High Holiday services.
Utilizing a variety of advanced web technologies and an elegant
design, "JewishNewYear.com" provides a treasure trove of
information for this jam-packed season of the Jewish year.
Its content is culled from more than 720 sources, both ancient and
contemporary, and features prayer excerpts, Bible readings, stories
for children, and a thorough and exciting look at the layers upon
layers of meaning associated with the holidays. (The site provides,
for example, more than 35 different explanations for the sounding
of the shofar, or ram's horn, on Rosh Hashanah.)
In addition, the site spans the entire history of the Jewish
People, citing sources and practices ranging from the biblical
Patriarch Abraham to ancient Rome to Turkish Izmir in 1729 to 1890s
Dagestan to 1950s Iraq to 1990s Jerusalem.
A lengthy analysis of one of the Rosh Hashanah readings yields the
prayer rituals that were first introduced by a Jewish woman.
Medieval philosopher Maimonides is given much play as he explains
how one can make amends for past iniquities.
An introspective piece allows each visitor to "test your nature"
and see how it can be changed for the New Year, and an "Ask the
Rabbi" button allows people to get answers to all holiday
questions. But perhaps the most important feature of all is the
"Find-A-Service" area. With more than 2,000 entries, Jews worldwide
can search an online database for a service they may attend
in their area.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)