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Pope Apologizes to Jews
Pope John Paul has issued an apology to the world's Jews, after
centuries of religious persecution. The apology included making all
Jews honorary Christians, and transferring an undisclosed portion
of the Vatican's enormous wealth to Israel. "After all," the Pope
said, "Jesus Christ was actually a Jew." Religious officials in
Israel were unavailable for comment as they fought over who would
be in charge of the Vatican's reparations.
Suicide Bombers Target Israelis in Sunday Attacks
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraeliWire.com sources
Israelis in northern Israel and in the West Bank have been hit by
two successive Palestinian suicide bombings. The second of the two
occurred in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, wounding at least
The first took place in the port city of Haifa killing at least 15
people and wounding 40 more. That blast occurred in a restaurant,
next to a gas station, toward the end of lunch hour. Ambulances
rushed to the scene, and first-aid workers evacuated the injured to
Some of the injured from the explosion were helped out of the
wreckage with their clothes still on fire. The blast was so
powerful that it ripped through the roof of the eatery and
scattered debris across a nearby parking lot.
Amram Mitzna, the mayor of Haifa, a mixed city of Arabs and Jews,
said it seemed that the explosion had hit every customer and worker
in the restaurant. He says "Arabs and Jews frequented the eatery,"
adding that the two groups had not only had been a model of
co-existence but now also suffered together through the same
tragedies. The attacker came from the Palestinian refugee camp in
the West Bank town of Jenin, which Israeli authorities say is a
recruitment center for suicide bombers.
Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, claimed responsibility for
the attack. A spokesman for Hamas, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, said the
bombings would continue until Israel ends its military operation in
the West Bank city of Ramallah, including the occupation of
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's headquarters.
Witness Shimon Sabag described a horrific scene of "watching people
on fire" and being unable to help them all. "I couldn't deal with
the critical injuries, so I turned to the moderate," Sabag told
Israel Radio. "I tried to put out the fire. Even the moderately
injured were on fire." It was the fifth suicide bombing during the
Passover holiday which began on Wednesday. The Islamic terror group
Hamas claimed responsibility.
A few hours later another suicide bomber attacked the community of
Efrat in Judea, near Bethlehem. At least two people were wounded.
The bomber had come to a clinic on the edge of the settlement and
blew himself up near a group of volunteer medics.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed to smash Palestinian militants,
saying Israel would not compromise with those ready to die to kill
innocent civilians. Sharon said Israel was at war with terrorism
and that Arafat is an "enemy of the free world." In a nationally
televised address, Sharon accused. Arafat of coordinating and
directing the recent spate of deadly terrorist attacks against
Israel. Sharon repeated his vow to uproot the entire
infrastructure of terrorism.
Apple Releases Jewish System Software
National Press Release
Apple Computer announced the future release of the first
localizable religion module for their system software. According to
an Apple spokesman, no previous operating system was able to add
support for religion and culture.
The module will modify Apple's system software to interact with the
user's ethnicity as closely as possible, maximizing enjoyment of
the religion, to minimize potential embarrassing conflicts and to
increase its overall intuitiveness and functionality. Several
developers provided inside information on the beta versions of the
software, developed under the codename "Tsures."
The Dates and Times control panel and the Calendar desk accessory
have been extended to include all major religious holidays.
Notifications can be arranged for these and for the commencement
times of the Sabbath to allow the user to finish in time for
prayer. The clock menu in the menubar will be set to Jewish
mean-time, which is approximately 0.5 hours later than the default
Extensions to the Speech Manager include addition of the voices
"Brooklyn" and "Queens" to the dialects in which the computer can
talk, while support for extra nasality and running-together of
words has been added to the speech recognition software. A new
output voice termed "Drescher" was to have been added but problems
with the physical damage it caused some sound output hardware could
not be overcome in time and it will be released in a later update
to the system.
Other changes include a 'Nag' addition to the On-Line Help Menu in
which the "OK" button in system dialog boxes is changed to "Nu?";
The "Welcome to Mac" icon and the dialog alert icons get a
yarmulke. The "Welcome to Mac" message on startup becomes: "So? Why
has it taken so long to see me again?"
Software vendors reportedly are modifying applications to take
advantage of the new features. Symantec and other anti-virus
vendors will update their hard disk scan utilities to include the
ability to scan your system and peripherals in El-Al mode, which
picks up guns, bombs and knives, while unerase utilities now
display useful information such as "See? I told you a million
times... if you don't back up..."
Other complaints concerned the packaged internet browser called
"Moses." Some users claimed that it seemed to take forever to
access any address inside Israel, usually crashing just after
displaying images on the screen. And some users reported that their
computer seized control from them, started making strange
incantations and caused their memory chips to burst into smoky
flames, displaying cryptic error messages about giving burnt RAM
offerings to the Lord.
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