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Israeli High Court Nullifies Ban on Sale of Pork
A nine-justice Supreme Court panel nullified Monday local laws forbidding the public
sale of pork, ruling that the non-kosher product may be sold in certain areas. The
judicial panel, headed by Chief Justice Aharon Barak, ruled unanimously that Tiberias,
Karmiel and Beit Shemesh are advised to legislate permission to sell pork in accordance
with the will of the townspeople. The ruling came in response to a three-year old suit by
MK Marina Solodkin - currently Likud, but originally of the Russian-immigrant Yisrael
B'Aliyah party - challenging the laws against public sale of pork.
Jewish Settlers Seek Payout to Leave Gaza, West Bank
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli officials say they have received requests from dozens of Jewish settlers about
possible compensation for agreeing to leave Gaza and the West Bank. Last week, the Israeli
government approved a plan to evacuate settlers from parts of the territories by the end
of next year. Officials say some Jewish settlers are ready to break ranks with their
leadership and voluntarily leave Gaza and the West Bank in return for financial
A spokesman for the Yesha Council, which represents the settler movement, confirmed
that he knew some Jewish residents in the territories were investigating the possibility
of a payout. At the same time, a spokesman for the settlers in Gaza said most of the
estimated 7,500 Israelis living there had signed a declaration refusing to leave or to
The issue comes to the fore after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won the backing of his
cabinet this month for his plan to withdraw troops and settlements from Gaza and some
parts of the West Bank by the end of next year. Israeli officials say residents who agree
to leave voluntarily would receive an average of $300,000, enough to pay for a family home
or a large apartment in many parts of the country.
Lawyers for the settlers seeking compensation have been encouraged to start
negotiations with Israel's Justice Ministry.
Meanwhile, the issue of evacuating settlements continues to divide Israeli politics.
Al-Aqsa Commander Eliminated by Israel
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Khalil Marshoud, the Fatah al-Aqsa Brigade Commander in the Balata area was eliminated
by Israel Monday evening in an offensive surgical strike in the Nablus area. Marshoud was
killed in the vehicle he was traveling in along with a second terrorist. A helicopter
gunship fired air-to-surface missiles at the vehicle. IDF officials report he was linked
to along list of terror attacks.
Marshud was responsible for multiple terror attacks in Israel, security forces told
Israel Radio. The Balata camp is a stronghold for the Al-Aqsa Brigades, the military wing
of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement.
Army sources said the decision to assassinate Marshud was reached after numerous attempts
to arrest him had failed, leaving no other alternatives to thwart the terror activities in
which he was involved.
Foiled Hamas Bomb Attack in Jerusalem
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Government officials report that Hamas was planning a major terror attack in Jerusalem,
to strike out at a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Mea She'arim neighborhood or in the
Prime Minister's Office. A powerful bomb was to have been detonated via a cellular
The terrorist in custody, Hussan Nablusi, 48, is a resident of Jerusalem's Old City. He
was working with Hamas terrorists based in Shechem and the bomb to be used in the attack
was to be left in a bag near the village of Bir Naballah, on Jerusalem's northern border.
Nabolsi, employed by a Jerusalem firm that accesses government offices, was to have
brought the explosive device into the Prime Minister's Office compound in his company
Nablusi, who drove a mail truck and was employed by an Israeli company, had a permit to
drive his vehicle into various government compounds, including the Prime Minister's
Under questioning, Nablusi said he had planned to secret the bomb among the printed
materials he was due to deliver. He told investigators that he planned to detonate the
bomb using a mobile phone rigged to work as a remote control once he was 200 meters away.
Nablusi was arrested two weeks ago, after security services received intelligence
information linking him with a plan to blow up a synagogue in Mea She'arim. A gag order on
the case was lifted Monday.
Immediately upon arrest, Nablusi led security services to two vegetable traders from an
area north of Jerusalem, who brought the intended device into Jerusalem hidden in their
produce. The traders admitted having brought the bomb into Jerusalem, and led
investigators to the location of the hidden 33-pound bomb on Saturday.
Decision in Israeli Bribery Case Expected This Week
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's attorney general is expected to formally announce his decision later this
week, but media reports indicate he is likely to not seek an indictment against Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon on charges of bribery stemming from a failed real estate project.
The decision would be a political boost to Sharon's otherwise flagging political fortunes.
The official decision has yet to be announced, but Israeli media say Attorney-General
Menachim Mazuz is likely to close the bribery case against Sharon for lack of sufficient
The threat of indictment has been hanging over Sharon since January, when real estate
tycoon David Appel was indicted for trying to bribe the prime minister in what has become
known as the Greek island affair. The case goes back to the late 1990s and involves
hundreds of thousands of dollars that Appel allegedly paid to Sharon's son, Gilad, to help
promote a tourist project on a Greek island. Sharon was foreign minister at the time.
Appel has proclaimed his innocence, and Sharon also has denied repeatedly that he was
involved in any wrongdoing.
State Prosecutor Edna Arbel recommended months ago that Sharon be formally charged, and
the attorney general's office has been looking into the case. Were Sharon to be indicted,
he would likely be forced to resign. But, a decision by Mazuz to drop the bribery charges
would give the prime minister a badly needed political boost. The bribery scandal has been
hanging over Sharon's head amid growing dissension within his own party and defections due
to his controversial disengagement plan.
Egypt Steps Up Anti-Israel Activity
An increase in Egyptian anti-Israeli rhetoric and actions was registered in March and
April of this year, according to a report prepared by an Israeli intelligence agency. INN
correspondent Haggai Huberman notes that the Egyptian parliament initiated a proposal to
rename a street in Cairo - the street on which is located the Israeli Embassy - after none
other than Hamas arch-terrorist leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. What's more, the building in
which the Embassy is located was to be called after Yassin's successor, Abdel Aziz
Rantisi. Both Yassin and Rantisi were killed in Israeli strikes in a four-week period in
March/April of this year. The Alexandria City Council recently approved the renaming of
two streets after Yassin and Rantisi.
Egyptian opposition parties recently announced a boycott of Israeli and American goods,
while a court in Egypt vetoed the establishment of an Egyptian-Israeli friendship society.
Voices in the parliament have been heard in favor of canceling the peace agreement with
Israel, expelling Israel's ambassador, and banning Israelis from entering the country.
Two movies are currently being filmed in Egypt with a strongly anti-Israel motif. One
of them is entitled simply, "I Hate Israel," and purports to explain why the Arab world
hates Israel. The other features a young Egyptian whose car accidentally strikes the dog
of the daughter of the Israeli ambassador - who then decides to freeze relations and the
peace process between the two countries.
The Egyptian press has also become more anti-Semitic, judging by the incitement heard
on the airwaves and seen in print. The screening of the film "The Passion," for instance,
was commonly reviewed as an anti-Jewish political film; comparisons were frequently drawn
between the behavior of the Jews towards Jesus then and their conduct in Judea, Samaria
and Gaza now. Anti-Semitic expressions appear not only in opposition newspapers, but in
government organs as well.
The establishment paper Al-Ghoumoriya featured, on April 8, an article showing that
terrorism is a "Jewish creation," and that Jews have forever been terrorists. "The
Passion" producer Mel Gibson, the article states, stands together with the Arabs in
portraying the Jews in this light. "The Jews fought against Gibson," another writer
states, "because they knew that his film would portray the mass killings and slaughter
that Israel perpetrates every day."
Gearing Up for the Ingathering of French Jewry
The Jewish Agency has announced a major push to rally French Jews to make aliyah
(immigration to Israel). Over the coming months, hundreds of shlichim (aliyah emissaries)
are to arrive at Jewish areas in France to assist and encourage Jews to come home to the
Jewish State. The Jewish Agency is calling the operation "Sarsel T'chilah (Sarsel - a
Jewish neighborhood of Paris - first)".
The drive to bring tens of thousands of Jews from France to Israel was launched after a
meeting last weekend with Immigration Minister Tzippy Livni, Director-General of the Prime
Minister's Office Ilan Cohen, and Jewish Agency Chairman Sallai Meridor. The officials
heard from the head of the Agency's Paris office, Menachem Gur-Ari, of a recent survey of
French Jews showing that about 6% (30,000 out of 500,000) expressed the desire to move to
Israel. Gur-Ari claimed that this was largely due to fears of rising anti-Semitism and a
general concern for the safety of their children. Efforts will focus primarily on areas
with large Muslim populations.
The Director of the Jewish Agency's Aliyah center in France, Olivier Rafowicz, told
Ma'ariv, "The atmosphere for aliyah is ripe in France. It has been growing as of late. If
in 2001, less than 1,000 immigrated to Israel, this year we expect over 3,000. We know of
more and more Jews who are thinking of leaving France."
Roger Cukierman, President of the Jewish council CRIF that officially represents French
Jewry, is unhappy with the initiative. He told Ma'ariv that Israel is "bypassing our
community leaders, and I intend to express my objections to the Israeli ambassador... The
French government is doing its best to overcome anti-Semitism and now is not the time to
create a conflict with French authorities."
Cukierman's son, however, does not agree. Eduard Cukierman, who moved to Israel 20
years ago, said today, "I would like to ask my father, the leader of the Jewish community
of France, when will he [say] that the time has come to immigrate to Israel? Only when a
Jew is murdered in the streets of Paris?"
Bush: A One-Term President?
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
President George W. Bush, like his father, George H.W. Bush who, during his presidency
cursed the Jewish nation has sentenced himself to become a one-term president. I've heard
many pro-Israel Jews claim that this President Bush is "one of the best friends Israel
has." I agree, he smiles pleasantly when he delivers his orders for Israel to dismantle
and follow his Road Map to perdition. Somewhere near the start of this George Bush
presidency, I saw similar traits that his father exhibited and I forecast then that he
would likely be a one-term president.
Recent polls indicate that Bush ranges between neck-and-neck with John Kerry while
other polls show him several points behind. I do not look forward to a Kerry presidency
and I had hoped that the younger Bush would continue on - insofar as he pledges to fight
global terrorism. Regrettably, Bush fell back into the old mode of his father by
attempting to appease Saudi Arabia and the other Arab Muslim oil nations by initiating the
dismemberment of the Jewish State of Israel.
But, Bush introduced his Road Map in his June 2002 speech - which was dangerously
revised by the Arabist U.S. State Department, together with the anti-Israel U.N., the
anti-Semitic European Union and Russia (whose history is red with Jewish pogroms). Since
the Quartet re-invented the Road Map, with no object from Bush, the pressure from the
White House and the State Department has increased exponentially. The need for a political
win in the Middle East to offset the losses in Iraq become more important than preserving
the Jewish State of Israel.
The weak leadership in Israel started to bend and finally broke under the unending
threats from the Bush Administration to re-partition the tiny Jewish State of Israel on
its way to extinction. The pro-Arab U.S. State Department has been working toward this
goal ever since the Land of Israel was partitioned by the U.N. in 1947 (against the
strenuous objections by the State Department). The day Israel falls (G-d forbid) be
assured that champagne will literally flow down the halls of the State Department.
Bush, following his father's lead in practice, allowed State to unleash its anti-Israel
dogs to attack the Jewish State with every tool and propaganda mechanism in its large
inventory. Washington has long known that neither Israel nor the U.S. could pacify the
Arab Muslim Palestinian terrorists or the supporting Arab Muslim nations.
If they did not really know before 9/11, followed by the American and allies attack
against the Taliban in Afghanistan and then in Iraq against the monster, Saddam Hussein -
they must certain know it now. There is no pacification of Islamist/Jihadists - no matter
what you offer them by way of appeasement, including the deaths and wounding of Americans
fighting to save them from tyranny and even the sacrifice of Israel.
America learned that the 56+ years the Muslim terrorists have been fighting Israel was
not just a single aberration of Islam's hostility to Jews. Now they've learned that also
includes the Christian West. They experience it daily in Iraq as Muslims from all over the
Arab world came through Syria to join Iraqis in killing American soldiers - daily. They
are also killing, bombing, ambushing the civilian construction workers who are trying to
restore electricity, water, security and other civil services to the Iraqi people.
The headlines today (June 14th) read: "In Race to Give Power to Iraqis, Electricity
Lags: U.S. Falls Short of Goal for Reviving Output". This outrageous story appears the
same day 13 civilian construction workers (including one American, one Brit, 2 French)
were car-bombed to death. (1) This was the day after 13 Iraqis; including 4 Iraqi police
officers were blown up in separate car bombs in Baghdad.
American good-will attempts to appease them through winning their hearts and minds by
providing these services simply do not work to prevent their Muslim Terror attacks against
"The Great Satan" (their name for America). Now the Bush Administration is desperately
trying to find a way out and, like his father, is perfectly willing to offer up Israel as
a sacrifice. The Muslims call Israel "The Little Satan."
Knowing all this about Arabs, Muslims, radical Muslims, Islamists, Jihadists - Bush has
turned on Israel as his own political solution - using force against her weak leadership
to create a false win of the Bush Plan to democratize the Middle East. So, he took the
only democracy and advanced civilization in the Middle East - the only country in world
who votes with America consistently in the U.N. and begins to force her dissolution. He
was determined to create what he knows will inevitably be an international terror state
for the Arab Muslim Palestinians which would show the hostile Arab nations that he was
their friend and collaborator. He was going to not only shrink Israel beyond her present
vulnerable, minuscule size but, would ensure that the only productive people in the Middle
East (the Jews) were forced from their ancient homeland.
Thus began a landslide of threats to the weak government of Israel's Prime Minister
Ariel (Arik) Sharon. The threats were credible since Israel relies upon her "friend and
ally" for spare parts, trade and hopefully a vote against the corrupt United Nations as a
voice of reason against the always hostile Europeans so closely allied with the
oil-bearing Arab/Muslim nations.
With all that in mind, I repeat the oft-stated injunction of HaShem (G-d): "I will
Bless those who bless you; and Curse those who curse you."
The Bush dynasty has cursed the Jewish nation and allied themselves with Israel's most
dedicated Arab and Muslim enemies. I ignore the self-serving gestures, smiles and nice
speeches used for political cover to persuade his Christian Right Coalition and Jews that
Bush is a friend of the Jewish people and nation. It's not what they say (or how nicely
they say it) but, it's what they do. I do recall the reported phone conversation between
the elder Bush and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia wherein Bush assured the Saudi King,
"...not to worry. My son will take care of you." And so he has.)
Presently, Bush and Sharon are ethnically cleansing the land that G-d promised to the
Jewish people. May they and theirs be cursed to wander homeless as they have cursed the
Jews. Let no man raise their hand against these consummately dangerous people, for they
are 'tamei' (unclean).
We do not know how they and the nations who are gathering against Israel (as predicted)
will be punished. They are now in before the Universal Court and will be judged. I only
regret that the punishment must be shared by good people who stand near them. We read now
in the Torah about the traitor, Korach, who challenged Moses and G-d, Himself in the
desert - only to have the earth open its mouth and swallow Korach and all who stood near
him. A Universal ruling is long overdue for the nations and the peoples who have cursed
the Jews and the Jewish nation.
At the end of 'Shacharit' (Jewish morning prayers) there is a closing line of thought:
"Do not fear the sudden terror, nor the destruction of the wicked. Contrive a scheme but,
it will be foiled. Conspire a plot but it will not materialize, for G-d is with us."
In righteous anger, I have often reminded HaShem of the nations and the leaders who
have savaged the Jewish people and His Promise of just retribution. I've spoken to Him
about the capitals of Germany, France, Iran, Egypt, Libya, and Iraq.... I've spoken to Him
about the kings, prime ministers, dictators and presidents - ALL of whom deserve to be
eliminated in a plague or, at least, to suffer great pain on this earth. I even included
the non-Jewish Jews who are betraying the Jewish people. Perhaps G-d is listening and will
keep His Promise of cursing all those who curse His anointed people.
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