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New School for Kosher Chefs Opens in Jerusalem


A new training school for Kosher Chefs opened last Sunday with 27 students, 22 from abroad and five from Israel. The Kosher Culinary Academy, which is based at the Holyland Hotel, is the brainchild of English-born chef Yochanan Lambiase. The 10-month full-time course is being taught in English. The students, aged 18 - 32, are from Orthodox backgrounds and come from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. "We are making history today", said Lambiase, in his opening address to the students. "This is the first Mehadrin (strictly kosher) kosher chef school in the world, and we are training you to be the first generation of kosher chefs."

Bullets, Rockets and Bomb Belts


Arab terrorists launched a wave of guerilla attacks on Jewish civilians Tuesday, including one in which a Jewish vehicle in the western Binyamin district was fired upon, killing one person and injuring two others. Terrorists opened fire on the vehicle near the Jewish community of Talmon.

Magen David Adom emergency medical service officials reported that one of the victims is a 33-year old male and in moderate condition. He has been transported to the trauma unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. A second person in light-to-moderate condition is being treated on the scene. An IDF physician pronounced the third person dead on the scene.

A second shooting attack in the same region took place on the Abed Bypass Road. No injuries were reported. A vehicle was hit by terrorist gunfire on the Shechem Bypass Road during the afternoon hours. There were no injuries. And a number 161-bus traveling between Tapuah Junction and the community of Migdalim was targeted with a firebomb. No injures were reported.

Earlier Tuesday, border police apprehended a suicide bomber near Tul Karem on his way to perpetrate an attack. Rami Tarif Inam was apprehended at a makeshift checkpoint and was disguised as a woman according to border police officials. Five other PA residents suspected of terrorist activities were also arrested in the Tul Karem area.

Three Arab youths were apprehended while cutting the security fence to Kibbutz Erez. It is possible they were seeking to gauge the response time of security forces. In recent months security forces have witnessed an increase in the deployment of children and teenagers whom security forces believe are being used as 'test cases' for terrorists to monitor the situation and response of security forces, allowing the terrorists to make the needed adjustment to successfully penetrate security forces when actually seeking to carry out a terror attack.

Three SS Officers Indicted In Italy


Belated justice has led to the indictment of three Nazis who were all former members of the SS. An Italian court handed down the indictments on Monday on charges of massacring 560 people in 1944 in the Italian village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema.

The Italian ANSA news agency reported that indictments were issued against Gerhard Sommer, 83; Alfred Schonenberg, 83; and Ludwig Sonntag, 80 - all former members of the infamous SS Panzergrenadier Division now living in Germany. The La Spezia court in northwestern Italy decided not to go ahead with cases against two other SS members who were facing charges while requesting further information on a third.

German prosecutors who have also been carrying out investigations in the case recommended the prosecution of eight Nazis last year. Among those cited was a man referred to as Gerhard S. In 2002, German public television ARD interviewed a Gerhard Sommer from Hamburg who admitted being a company commander in the division, but he had little to say about the massacre in Italy. "I have an absolutely pure conscience, and I don't want now to know further about these things," Sommer said.

In August 1944, about 300 of Hitler's elite and most fanatical SS troops surrounded the Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, which had been flooded with Jewish refugees, in what was ostensibly a hunt for partisans. Instead the villagers, almost all women, children and elderly were systematically executed. Many of the other Jewish refugees were herded into basements and subsequently murdered when the Nazis threw hand grenades into their hiding places.

Italy has been reopening investigations into Nazi war crimes since former SS captain Erich Priebke was found guilty in 1996 of playing a major role in a separate 1944 massacre. He was given a life sentence in 1998 for his role in the slaughter of 335 men and boys at the Ardeatine Caves south of Rome.

The current trial of the three Nazis is scheduled for April. It is not clear whether Italy will request the three men's extradition from Germany.

U.S. Investigators Blame Israeli Negligence for 1967 Attack


The U.S. investigation into the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty concluded Israel was at fault and 34 Americans were killed and 171 injured as a result of Israel attacking the vessel, which was in international waters on an intelligence-gathering mission.

A U.S. State Department official stated that everything that could possibly have gone wrong went wrong in this case. He explained that Israel was at war and the Liberty crew failed to inform Israel of its presence. The official added, "This is a ship that should have been hundreds of miles from the war zone".

Nevertheless, there are those who have blamed Israel in the past for intentionally targeting the ship, explaining Israel was "too good" for such an accident. Others explained that if Israel wished to wipe out the Liberty, air forces bombers would have been more efficient and left no witnesses as was the case in the mistaken assault. The attack took place in international waters on June 8, 1967, off the Sinai Peninsula.

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