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Steven Spielberg's Earliest Memory
(As he was being wheeled in 1948, in a stroller, into a Cincinnati synagogue)
"All is darkness...as dark as a minute to midnight on the first day of creation...Then
the movement begins, a tracking shot down the birth canal of a hallway, toward the
mystery. Suddenly, light! A bright room filled with old men in beards and black hats:
sages, perhaps, from another world. At the far end of the room, on a raised platform, is a
blazing red light. The senses are suffused; the mystery deepens."
Israel Fires On Palestinian Building in Gaza; One Dead
By VOA News
Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a Palestinian Authority building in Gaza City
Wednesday, killing at least one person.
Palestinian medics said a security guard was killed and at least four people were
wounded in the attack on the compound. The guard was said to be a member of a militia
associated with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction.
Palestinians described the attack as an assassination. The Israeli army said the attack
was self-defense. It said the Palestinian guard was a bomb maker involved in a series of
attacks on Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip that killed seven soldiers earlier this
Earlier Wednesday, Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian militants near the West
Bank city of Hebron. The military said Israeli troops searching for members of the Islamic
Jihad militant group came under fire in a village near Hebron. The soldiers returned fire,
killing the two gunmen.
In another incident, the military says Israeli troops foiled an attempt by a
Palestinian man to infiltrate Kibbutz Nahal Oz near the Gaza Strip. The man was shot and
wounded by Israeli soldiers.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army shut down two Israeli-Palestinian security liaison offices
in the West Bank - one in Ramallah and the other in Jenin. A military spokesman said armed
Palestinians in response to a lack of cooperation at the offices and a threat posed the
Bush: Al-Qaeda Responsible for Kenya Attack
By Scott Stearns (VOA-White House) & Israel Faxx News Sources
President Bush said he believes al-Qaeda terrorists were responsible for last week's
attack on an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya. Kenyan authorities are holding more than a
dozen people in connection with the attack, which killed 16 people including the suicide
Bush said al-Qaeda terrorists had a hand in last week's nearly simultaneous bombing of
a resort hotel at the Kenyan coast and a failed missile attack on an Israeli passenger
jet. "I believe that al-Qaeda was involved in the African bombings in Kenya. I believe
al-Qaeda hates freedom. I believe al-Qaeda will strike anywhere they can in order to
disrupt civil society and that's why we are on the hunt."
The president said he will continue that hunt until al-Qaeda's terrorist network is
dismantled and all its members are brought to justice. He said the international coalition
against terrorism is making progress "slowly but surely." "The free world recognizes the
threats that we all face, and therefore we are more bound together than we have ever been
in cutting off money, in sharing intelligence, and bringing people to justice. It is a
dangerous world we live in because there are still terrorists on the loose."
The Israeli Intelligence Community warned that al-Qaeda's next anti-Israeli target
abroad could be in Thailand. Thailand is a very popular destination with young Israelis,
especially those who have just completed the military service. The traveler's warning
issued by the Israeli authorities is based on documented traffic of al-Qaeda operatives in
and out of Thailand.
Experts believe that since Israeli interests throughout the world recently received an
extra 'coat of security,' bin Laden will send his 'angels of death' to attack public place
like discotheques and pubs as he did in the Island of Bali last
At the same time, IDF Radio revealed that the Israeli National Soccer Team was a target
for an al-Qaeda attack when last month the team played in the Island of Malta. Following
an Israeli tip off, the Italian authorities arrested an al Qaeda operative of Tunisian
nationality who was heading to Malta to (possibly) supervise an attack.
The terrorist used the phrase, "We are getting ready for the soccer game and we are
going to win," when discussing the purchase of explosives with co-conspirators in Italy.
The arrests, in Italy and Malta, were first reported in early October.
And on Wednesday, Avraham Grant, the coach of the Israeli national team, confirmed that
the team was warned of the threat at the time and that a suspect had been captured.
Spokesmen for the Israeli soccer league expressed worry that the publicity surrounding the
threat to an Israeli team by al-Qaeda may cause foreign teams, many of whom refuse to play
in Israel due to safety concerns, to be unwilling to host games against Israel, as
Israel Deports U.S. Citizen With Suspected Terrorist Links
By VOA News
Israel's security services have deported a U.S. citizen suspected of having links with
the al-Qaeda terrorist network. Khaled Nazem Diab was arrested upon his arrival in Israel
two weeks ago. Israeli authorities questioned Diab and they said he has since been
deported. It is not clear where he was sent.
Diab was questioned on suspicion of transferring funds to al-Qaeda and other terrorist
networks, including the militant Palestinian organization Hamas. He most recently lived in
the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, but has previously been in Afghanistan, where he is
alleged to have had contact with the Taliban.
Chanukah on Ice
A unique menorah made out of ice was lit in Siberia Tuesday night in honor of the fifth
night of Chanukah. Over 300 people braved the cold of -40 degrees Centigrade to take part
in the event, and Siberian Chief Rabbi Binyamin Wagner presided. He even provided the
drinks and Chanukah donuts.
In other Chanukah news, it turns out that though sales of menorahs and dreidels are
down in Israel this year, Jewish communities abroad have upped their orders. In addition,
many of the orders from abroad - which are up 45 percent over last year's levels -
stipulate that the holiday merchandise must be made-in-Israel, and not recycled from China
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