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Tunisian Doctors: Arafat Suffering From Flu
By VOA News
A second group of Arab doctors has visited Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and
diagnosed him with a case of the flu. They conducted the second recent medical checkup for
the 75-year-old leader and said he was recovering from a bout of influenza. Earlier this
month, a group of Egyptian doctors visited the Palestinian leader's Ramallah compound and
made the same diagnosis. Israeli media reports have speculated that Arafat is seriously
ill. But Palestinian officials have said he is tired and has been fasting for Ramadan.
Arafat has long been rumored to suffer from Parkinson's disease.
Classified Document: Israel will Remain Responsible for Gaza
"Israel will not be exempt from international responsibility for the Gaza Strip even
after the disengagement." So stated a classified document written by jurists in the
Justice Ministry, the IDF and the National Security Council.
The report, which has been submitted to the government, explains that according to
international law, Israel will continue to be held responsible for Gaza for three reasons:
Even after the scheduled withdrawal, no other authoritative body will be given control;
Israel will still control Gaza's airspace and coast line; and the IDF will still remain
along the southern border's Philadelphi Route.
The report recommends that Israel consider bringing an international force into Gaza -
though at the same time acknowledges that this could be a "dangerous precedent" regarding
Judea and Samaria. The authors similarly warn that Israel's unilateral withdrawal could
lead the Palestinian Authority to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state - one that is
liable to make hostile treaties with Arab nations and international terror organizations.
Israeli Cabinet Approves Compensation for Uprooted Settlers
By VOA News
The Israeli cabinet has approved a bill to compensate settlers who leave the occupied
Gaza Strip under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's controversial withdrawal plan. The vote
Sunday was 13 to 6. The legislation includes guidelines for compensating settlers who
voluntarily leave and penalties for those who resist.
The full Israeli parliament is to vote on the plan this week. The withdrawal faces
strong opposition from the Israeli settler movement and its supporters. Sharon's plan to
evacuate all 21 Gaza settlements and four small enclaves in the West Bank by 2006 would
for the first time uproot Israelis from Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war.
Former Yamitnik: 'Never Again'
One of the Jews evacuated from Yamit in the Sinai desert in 1982 led residents from the
Gush Katif community of Elei Sinai on a march to Jerusalem Saturday night. "Yamit will
not fall a second time," said Avi Farchan, accompanied by his son and grandson. He expects
to arrive on time for Tuesday's plenum vote on the Gaza Disengagement Plan.
Farchan was removed from his home in Sinai by the present prime minister, Ariel Sharon,
who was ordered to do so by the administration of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Farchan
hopes to meet with state leaders upon arriving in Jerusalem, and plans to request
permission to address the Knesset. He told television reporters upon beginning his march,
"Arik [referring to the prime minister], we are human beings. What are you doing to us?
These are our homes!"
Farchan told Galei Tzahal Radio Sunday morning that he would abide by the decision of a
national referendum and if the nation wants to support the removal of the Jewish presence
from Gaza, he will pack his bags and move once again. He stated however the prime minister
couldn't execute such a plan without determining the position of the citizens of
Residents from communities from throughout the country plan to rally opposite the
Knesset Tuesday, when MKs will cast their first votes on Sharon's disengagement plan.
Thousands of children from Judea, Samaria and Gaza are to learn about citizenship and
Zionism with their teachers.
New Saudi Citizenship Law Excludes Palestinians
Saudi Arabia has passed new regulations on citizenship that will benefit hundreds of
thousands of foreigners living in the desert kingdom, with one exception: the
The new guidelines, which serve to amend Saudi Arabia's previous law on naturalization,
entitle expatriates of all nationalities who have resided in the kingdom for 10 years to
apply for citizenship, with priority being given to holders of degrees in various
The rules are likely to help as many as one million foreigners living in Saudi Arabia
obtain citizenship, said Nasser ibn Hamad al-Hanaya, undersecretary for civil status in
the Saudi Interior Ministry. Another Saudi official, Shubaily ibn Majdoue Al-Qarni, who
served as chairman of the security committee that supervised the amendment of the law,
said that all foreign nationals working in the country would now be eligible to obtain
But citing a report in the Al-Watan newspaper, the English-language Saudi daily Arab
News notes that one group will in fact be excluded by the new regulations: the estimated
500,000 Arabs from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza living in the kingdom. This select sector of
Arabs would not be allowed to benefit from the new law, said the paper, because of Arab
League instructions barring the Arab states from granting them citizenship in order "to
avoid dissolution of their identity and protect their right to return to their homeland.
The amended law is slated to go into effect in four months.
'Jews are Pigs and Monkeys'
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
There are, oh, so many hate mongers throughout the world beating a drum to eliminate
all the Jewish people, Israel and the United States. Fortunately, here in the United
States, the frequency of anti-Semitic incidences are low compared to many other countries.
Therefore it is understandable, but unfortunate, that many American Jews are unaware of
the degree of danger.
Fawaz Damra, Palestinian-born, is one such person about whom Jews, in particular,
should be concerned. Damra is Imam of Ohio's largest mosque.
An Imam is defined as a recognized religious leader or teacher in Islam." The term
includes the leader of the Muslim congregational prayer. An Imam is someone who is
respected and closely listened.
In the June 17, 2004 issue of "USA Today" it was reported that Damra was convicted of
lying about his connections to terrorist organizations when
he applied for U.S. citizenship. His connection to a terrorist organization should throw
up red flag of concern.
Undoubtedly the prosecution had very creditable evidence. They presented video footage
of Damra raising money for an arm of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has been listed
as a major terrorist group by the State Department since 1989. Jurors were shown footage
in which Damra called Jews "the sons of "pigs and monkeys" during a 1991 speech. He also
said, "terrorism and terrorism alone is the path to liberation" in a 1989 speech. This not
a rare instance where a Muslim refers to Jews as "pigs and monkeys."
When you add all these facts together, Damra's connection with a terrorist
organization, what he says about Jews, and that he is an Imam, it becomes very apparent
that this presents a clear signal of danger for every Jewish person. What do you imagine
Damra, an Imam, is teaching about Jews?
Should you be concerned as to what is coming forth from the finest universities in the
United States? Make up your own mind. According To the
Middle East Forum , during an October 2000 anti-Israeli protest, former Muslim Student
Association President Ahmed Shama, of the University of California, Los Angeles stood
before the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles shouting "Victory to Islam! Death to the
Jews!" At the same rally the MSA West president, Sohail Shakr, declared "the biggest
impediment to peace has been the existence of the Zionist entity in the middle of the
Does hearing "Death to the Jews" do anything to you? It does to me. You may say our
danger comes from foreigners. Well what do you say when
Americans want to be terrorists in support of Pakistani terrorists? On June 18, 2004 the
ADL reported that three Americans accused of conspiring to fight alongside a
Pakistani-based terrorist group and of engaging in paramilitary training in a Virginia
forest were sentenced to long prison terms in U.S. District Court.
One of the defendants, Masoud Khan is a 32-year-old Maryland native who prosecutors
said traveled to Pakistan to train with Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a group designated as a foreign
terrorist group by the U.S. He was convicted of the most serious charges. These charges
included conspiracy to levy war against the U.S. and providing material support to the
Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Upon conviction Kahn read a statement in court. "Had I been a Zionist Jew or a
Christian training to fight, I would never have been charged with
violating the Neutrality Act."
The two other members of what prosecutors called the "Virginia Jihad Network,"
Seifullah Chapman 31, and Hammad Abdur-Raheem 36, were sentenced to 85 and eight years in
prison respectively. Chapman admitted attending the militant Pakistani training camp,
although he said he did so for the physical challenge
Remember "Never Again!" In unity we have strength.
(Ziegler firstname.lastname@example.org is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in the Villages, Florida, and president of its
Why Make Aliyah?
By Avram Hein (Commentary)
Three months ago, I landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. I have been there several times
before but this time was different. This time, I came with a planeload of American and
Canadian Jews who chose to throw their lot in with the Jewish state and the Jewish nation,
and become citizens of Israel.
This time I was greeted by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Finance Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu who chose to welcome us as the future of Israel. Despite the tumultuous security
and economic matzav (situation), these leaders chose to take time out of their busy
schedule to welcome 450 North American Jews who chose to leave the comfort and freedom of
prosperous North America for the uncertainty of the Middle East.
In Hebrew, Jewish immigration to Israel is called aliyah- which literally means "going
up." We, members of the Jewish nation, of varying degrees of ritual observance, all chose
to fulfill the ultimate Jewish and Zionist commandment - that of moving to Israel. Despite
2,000 years of exile, we came home.
In our immigration, we each declared "Ani Tzioni - I am a Zionist." University-educated,
raised on Western values and firm believers in democracy and human rights, we did this
because there was no other option. We had to come home.
We love America and, in many ways, will always remain Americans. We are American, even
though most of our parents or grandparents immigrated to America from Europe. Personally,
I shed as much tears of joy hearing that Washington, DC was getting a baseball team after
decades of absence as much as I did over Hatikvah - Israel's national anthem, calling for
Jews to return to Israel after millennia of absence.
In fact, some of us even made our move precisely because of a commitment to America as
Israel and America fight the same fight against terrorism and share the same values of
democracy and freedom. Did you know that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle
For all of us, we cared about the direction Israel was facing as she faces an
increasingly hostile world less than 60 years after a third of the Jewish population was
murdered by enlightened and educated Europe.
As Conservative rabbi, Dr. David Breakstone has noted, Aliyah "allows for the most
direct involvement in shifting Jewish values from the realm of theory into the practice of
Aliyah is nation-building at its best and we knew that if we were concerned about the
direction Israel was facing, as she tries to shed off a long-history of socialism and as
she pursues peace, a path that Israel has been taking since before being re-constituted as
a nation state, that aliyah was the only choice we could make if we truly cared about
peace and if we truly cared about Israel.
So, three months ago I left the comforts of America (and believe me, you don't
appreciate the gifts and comforts of American-living until you left it) for the chaos of
the Middle East. Believe me, it has been the hardest three months of my life - from the
diplomatic and capitalistic
America to a forthright and socialist Israel (but thankfully things are beginning to
Despite having visited Israel several times and living here for a year in 2002-2003,
living here is different. Where other people have their extreme sports to challenge and
strengthen them, I have aliyah. Except for one difference - in the end, the mountain biker
puts away their mountain bike, the rock climber climbs down the mountain, and the surfer
gets out of the ocean.
But not me. Israel is real. My escape is to walk up the stairs to my Jerusalem
apartment, cheap by American standards but posh for Israel. So, three months ago, over
1,500 well-educated North American Jews immigrated to Israel. I was one of them. Despite
fear, uncertainty, and hardship, I am home.
Why aliyah? Simple: There is no other place I belong as much as I belong in the land
that my people have been pining for since we our exile. I came home. What about you?
(Hein is a graduate student at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He made aliyah in
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