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Fatah: Yesha Terrorism To Stop - After Israel Agrees To Get Out

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Even the Fatah's Secretary-General, Hussein A-Sheikh, does not promise total safety for Jews in Israel. "Despite the poverty, suffering, and killing," he told Al-Jazeera television, "the Palestinians will continue their struggle... We will not give Israelis free security." Speaking with Arutz-7, he said that Fatah is against terrorist activities within pre-'67 Israel - but implied that terrorism in Yesha would stop only after Israel agrees to dismantle the communities therein. This would involve the relocation of some 250,000 people, not including almost the same amount in greater Jerusalem.


Israeli-Palestinian Violence Claims More Lives

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

A member of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction carried out a suicide bombing that police said killed one Israeli and wounded 10 others. In a separate incident, in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinians, including one teenager.

A member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Arafat's Fatah organization said it had carried out the suicide bombing in Kfar Saba, northeast of Tel Aviv. He identified the bomber as 18-year-old Ahmed Katib, from a refugee camp in the northern West Bank town of Nablus. The official spokesman for the Al-Aqsa militia denied that it had sanctioned the operation, but Palestinian sources confirmed the Palestinian youth was a member of Fatah.

Israeli police said the bomber detonated explosives when security guards at the entrance to the city's new train station challenged him. The explosion, during the morning rush hour, killed one of the guards, identified as 23-year-old Alexander Kostyuk, and wounded several bystanders.

An official in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the Kfar Saba attack is another vivid example of the cruelty of Palestinian terrorism and its readiness to strike at innocent Israelis at any and every opportunity.

In a separate incident hours later, two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops in a village near the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli troops reportedly opened fire, after youths pelted them with rocks. The dead were said to be aged 24 and 18. Two others were reported wounded. The Israeli army claimed the soldiers felt their lives were in danger, and shot at the Palestinians.


Iran Frees 5 Jewish Prisoners

By VOA News

Iran has freed five Jewish prisoners convicted of spying for Israel. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi announced their release at a press conference Thursday in Tehran with his French counterpart, Dominique de Villepin. The French foreign minister welcomed the prisoners' release, saying it is in line with Iran's efforts to improve its human rights record.

The five prisoners were originally part of a group of 10 Jews sentenced for spying for Israel three years ago. After a closed-door trial they received sentences ranging from four to 13 years, but an appeals court later reduced the sentences to a maximum of nine years. Israel denied that the men had spied for the Jewish state.

Two of the prisoners had already been released after completing their sentences and three others were granted early release last year. Kharazi did not make it clear when the remaining five were released, but said they are free. Some 25,000 Jews live in Iran, where they are allowed to freely practice their religion.


Nativity Church Terrorist Homeless In Ireland

By IsraelNationalNews.com

One of 13 Palestinian terrorists wanted for the murder of Israeli soldiers is portrayed in a sympathetic article in The Irish Independent as "homeless for five months" and "regularly sleep[ing] in a park." The man, Jihad Jara, is one of 13 terrorists whom Israel allowed to find refuge in European countries in a deal to end the long-running siege at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity 11 months ago.

Another terrorist who came to Ireland with him, Rami Kamel, married an Irish woman, while Jara has not quite 'found his place.' The Independent reports that three other terrorists who were exiled to Italy under the same deal were given new identities, but does not mention the fate of the terrorists sent to the other countries. Irish authorities are trying to find another country to which to deport Jara.

The newspaper article stated that Jara admitted killing Israeli soldiers, but immediately quoted his "justification:" "I would like freedom for my country and a future for my children."

The paper explained that the murderer has four children, two of whom he has never seen, and that he spent "39 days in the historic church in Bethlehem, reputed to be the birth place of [Jesus], without food or medical supplies." It neglected to mention, however, that he holed up in the sanctuary, together with close to 200 other terrorists, of his own volition, that they held several nuns (for a short time) and over 50 priests hostage, and that they refused IDF offers of medical assistance and food.


Interviews Offer Look Into the World of the New White Nationalism

By Israel Faxx News Services

Carol M. Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, says it's time for political and religious leaders in America to wake up to the notion that white nationalism is "seeking to go mainstream' and to take the threats the movement poses seriously.

In a just-published book Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America (Cambridge University Press), Swain and co-editor Russell K. Nieli, a lecturer in politics at Princeton University, present the transcripts of alarmingly candid interviews with 10 prominent white nationalists.

The 10 are "situated somewhere between the mainstream right of American conservatism and the older racist right of organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party." The editors characterize the 10 as "energetic, articulate and skilled in the use of the Internet," one of their primary communication vehicles.

"Most people will be shocked by these interviews," Swain said. "Anyone who takes the time to read this book carefully will gain important insights into the contemporary world of white protest, white nationalism and white pride, which seems to be expanding its influence in America at an alarming rate. Even the most distasteful and, from our viewpoint, immoral policy standpoints offer insights into the nature and complexity of American race relations."

Swain and Nieli argue in their extensive opening essay that "over the past 10 years, with ever increasing strength, a new white pride, white protest and white consciousness movement has developed in America, whose potential for growth and heightened influence throughout America's European population, we think, is considerable."

Fueled by continued white resentment over Affirmative Action, liberal immigration laws and a perceived double standard in the way interracial crime is reported, white nationalism has the potential to become an increasingly disruptive force in American politics and society over the coming decades, they said. "If current trends continue, white nationalist ideas will become ever more popular, especially as whites become a diminishing portion of the U.S. population."


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