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>JN April 19, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 67

Syria Vows to Stand Up to Israeli Aggression

By VOA News

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his country will not stand idly by, as he put it, in the face of Israeli aggression against the Arab nation, following Israel's air strike on a Syrian military site in Lebanon Monday.

In harsh remarks against Israel, the Syrian leader said Israel's accusation that Arabs are responsible for violence and that Israeli attacks are legitimate self-defense is a big lie. Assad told leaders of the ruling Baath Party that he is very keen to meet the demands of Syrian citizens who want to give the Palestinian uprising every possible support.

He mentioned that fundraising centers across Syria will collect donations to help the Palestinians face, what he called, Israel's war machine and the siege and starvation imposed on the Palestinian people.


Israeli Tanks Target Gaza

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli soldiers with tanks and bulldozers briefly entered a Palestinian-ruled part of the Gaza Strip, one day after occupying and then withdrawing from, another part of the territory. The troops destroyed a Palestinian police position near Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed a brief "pinpoint operation" to demolish what she said had been a source of Palestinian gunfire. The spokeswoman says the troops have now withdrawn from the area.

Earlier, Palestinians fired mortar shells at a Jewish settlement in Gaza [Neve Dekalim] and towards the Erez crossing into Israel, causing no injuries or damages. The mortar fire came shortly after Israel pulled out of another Palestinian-ruled area in the Gaza Strip, which soldiers had briefly re-occupied following a previous mortar assault on an Israeli town.


Italy Urges Germany to Arrest Former Nazi Officer

By Sabina Castelfranco (VOA-Rome)

Italian authorities urged Germany to arrest and bring to trial a former Nazi officer on charges of war crimes. An Italian court tried Friedrich Engel in absentia in 1999 and found him guilty of mass executions during World War II.
Engel, 92, is known in Italy as the "Butcher of Genoa," the city where he headed the Nazi SS force during World War II. In 1999, an Italian court tried the former Nazi in absentia and found him guilty of killing at least 246 Italians in the Liguria region. But to the outrage of Italians, Engel is still a free man. After the war he returned to Germany, where he has lived, in the city of Hamburg, for the past 56 years, undisturbed by authorities.

Engel recently said he was, jointly responsible but not guilty, for the killing of 59 Italian prisoners of war. He said the killings were in retaliation for a partisan attack that killed six German soldiers watching a film in a Genoa theater. Engel has said he is very sorry for not having opposed Hitler's orders.


A Crash Course in the Real Facts

Received from Israel by E-mail

  1. Nationhood and Jerusalem: Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

  2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

  3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E. the Jews have had dominion over the land for 1,000 with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.

  4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.

  5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.

  6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

  7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

  8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

  9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.

  10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

  11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

  12. The Arab - Israeli Conflict; The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

  13. The PLO's Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons.

  14. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

These are incredible times. We have to ask what our role should be. What will we tell our grandchildren we did when there was a turning point in Jewish destiny, an opportunity to make a difference?


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