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Black Hebrews Receive Permanent Status


Interior Minister Avraham Poraz granted Israeli ID cards and permanent-residency status to the members of the Black Hebrew sect in Dimona Wednesday. The Black Hebrews are not Jewish, and are not citizens of the state. They are rather a group of African-Americans who spent two years in Liberia, came to Israel in the late 1960s, renounced their U.S. citizenship, and announced that they were staying in Israel. Poraz has come under repeated criticism since assuming his senior cabinet post for being too quick to grant citizenship to non-Jews.

Arafat Calls on Palestinian Factions to Reinstate Ceasefire

By Larry James (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has called for terrorist groups to reinstate the ceasefire they cancelled last week after the assassination of a Hamas leader. A statement issued from Arafat's office in Ramallah said the Palestinian leader calls upon all Palestinian factions to reiterate their commitment to a truce to give international peace efforts a chance.

The ceasefire was agreed to on June 29 by the main militant groups - Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. All three announced the ceasefire was no longer in effect, following an Israeli missile attack last week that killed Hamas leader Ismail Abu Shanab.

The White House has dismissed Arafat`s call and said peace efforts should focus on dismantling terrorist groups.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israel's policy of killing terrorists, saying they are no solution to the conflict and will only escalate the violence.

An Israeli attack near the Jabalya refugee camp late Tuesday missed the terrorists who were targeted, killing instead a 65-year-old shopkeeper and wounding several children, including an eight-year-old boy who is now listed in critical condition.

Two days earlier, Israeli missiles killed four Hamas members. The string of Israeli attacks followed a Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed 21 Israelis. Most of the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have gone into hiding, after Israel pledged to hunt them down.

In other action, the Israeli military said it shot and killed a Palestinian in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. They said the man was killed after he tried to attack an Israeli with a knife. Palestinian witnesses said he was not armed and had threatened no one. Twenty-nine Palestinians have been arrested in overnight raids in the West Bank.

Registration Now Open for Free Trips to Israel

By Israel Faxx News Services

Birthright israel, which provides a gift of free educational trips to Israel for young Jewish adults, is now accepting applications on the program's website, for its winter trip season. BRI sent over 8,000 participants to Israel during their spring/summer program, an increase of 60 percent from last summer.

To be considered for selection, candidates must be 18 to 26-year-old Jews who have never been part of a peer group, educational program to Israel. The BRI gift includes complimentary roundtrip airfare from gateway cities, and 10 days of educational programming and accommodations in Israel. Trips are carefully planned to ensure maximum security and safety.

Participants will have a variety of trip options to choose from. There are over 20 different trip organizers offering a range of themed programs, which have included hiking and biking, and opportunities for participants interested in politics, music and traveling with other Jewish singles. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to interact with their Israeli peers and other young Jews from around the world.

BRI recently completed its summer trip season with a record-breaking 8,000 participants from around the world, including more than 5,000 from North America. This summer, the program added five new countries to its alumni roster: Cuba, Venezuela, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Hungary. In addition, since its inception, BRI activities have contributed approximately $84 million to the Israeli economy.

European Union Wants to Use NATO Against Israel

By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)

A synchronized call is being made to place an International Force, using NATO, to patrol the West Bank and Gaza. One key indicator is the stories and OpEd articles in our flagship journals, such as the NEW YORK TIMES, pushing the "Punish Israel" line of the Arabist State Department.

President Bush and his team of advisors are desperate for relief from the almost daily deaths of American soldiers in Iraq. They need the E.U. (European Union) countries to send in troops to relieve the pressure on American forces by Muslim Jihadists. So - What to do?

In order to get the E.U. to agree to send forces into Iraq, America and Bush must give them what they have wanted for years, namely the right to send European troops into Israel - with a blessing (and a curse) from the U.N. Their objective is to block Israeli retaliation for terror attacks while forcing the establishment of another Arab Muslim state called Palestine.

The E.U. countries have been in lock-step with the Arab oil nations and financial supporters of terrorist groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, all the PLO's 12 or more 'Secret Security Services' still run by Yasir Arafat under the guise that they were 'merely' benevolent charity groups. France has always been the driving European force appeasing the Arab nations. The most obvious example of French cupidity was selling Iraq the nuclear power plant at Osirak.

The Sudetenland-like trade-off will be as follows: Bush will to offer no resistance when the E.U., through the U.N., mandates a so-called peace-keeping force be sent to Israel - as was done in Bosnia. This Faustian bargain will read: The E.U., with U.N. agreement, will send troops into Iraq, thereby taking a major problem off of President Bush's political head just before 2004 elections. We don't know yet if Bush will go along with this familiar bargain with the Devil.

Soldier Arrested After Attempting to Commandeer a Bus


The quick response of an Egged bus driver and some passengers averted a possible disaster on Tuesday night on board a number 388 bus traveling from Be'er Sheva to Arad.

While traveling on Route 31, a soldier approached the driver demanding to be let off at an unauthorized stop. The driver refused to stop the bus, at which time the soldier lunged at the steering wheel, trying to force the bus to stop. The bus began rapidly moving to the shoulder of the road as the driver struggled with the soldier.

A policeman and other passengers quickly realized what was taking place and they overpowered the soldier who was placed under arrest. There were no physical injuries reported.

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