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Brutal Anti-Semitic Series on Jordanian TV


According to the Palestinian Media Watch, Jordanian TV Al-Mamnou is now airing a series for the month of Ramadan, which depicts Jews as trying to take over the world. The show, produced in Syria, is being broadcast on Arabic language Satellite TV. The program was first broadcast in 2003 on Al-Manar (Hizbullah TV) and in 2004, on Iranian TV. The series revolves around the "Secret Jewish World Government" whose members meet and plan how to control the leaders of the world and thus direct all of history. It includes graphic scenes depicting the old blood libels of Eastern European infamy and a brutal execution of a Jew by a "Talmudic" court. All of the anti-Semitic libels in the series are presented as fact.

Israel Won't Interfere with Terrorist Hamas Participation in Palestinian Elections

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel has backed down from an international campaign to keep the Islamic terrorist group Hamas out of upcoming Palestinian elections. Israel said Hamas participation would harm efforts to revive the internationally backed Roadmap peace plan. Israeli spokesman Mark Regev told VOA. "We are not going to do anything active to interfere in the Palestinian elections."

The U.S. told Israel that while it regards Hamas as a terrorist organization, it would not dictate who could participate in Palestinian elections. Regev said the lukewarm international response was unfortunate. "Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization, responsible for countless acts of senseless violence and murder against Israeli civilians. And as long as they are a terrorist organization, armed to the teeth, they are not a legitimate political partner."

But Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Hamas participation is democracy at work. "The way to one authority, the way to one gun, the way to public order has to go through the road of elections." Polls show Hamas has about 30-percent support among Palestinians. Its charity network - and its campaign of suicide bombings - have won popularity. The group is regarded as an alternative to the Palestinian Authority, which is widely seen as corrupt. But Israel has warned that if Hamas enters the Palestinian parliament, it could doom the peace process.

Two Israeli Arabs Detained on Charges of Terrorism

By & Ha'aretz

Security forces have arrested two Israeli Arabs from the Galilee on suspicion of joining Hamas in the 1990s while studying dentistry in Romania, and then carrying out assignments for the armed group, police and the Shin Bet security service said Sunday.

The suspects, from Nazareth and Kafr Manda, allegedly met with Hamas agents in Romania and went to Turkey for training in covert operations before returning to Israel. They are also suspected of giving Hamas information meant to help it carry out terror attacks. Haifa District prosecutors plan to charge the suspects - Nazmi Hussain from Nazareth and Abdel Salam Zidan from Kafr Manda - with assisting the enemy in wartime and making contact with foreign agents. Prosecutors will also ask that the suspects be jailed until the end of proceedings against them.

The suspects were arrested last month and have confessed to the allegations. While abroad, Hussain took part in religious services and lectures at a mosque in Romania, during which he listened to inciteful speeches on the ideals of the Islamic Brotherhood. "He intended to assist the organization in its activities against the State of Israel," Supt. Shmuel Boker, commissioner of the Central Command of the Galilee said. "With this purpose in mind, he took part in training sessions in Turkey, exercises and various underground, secret activities. Afterwards, he was asked to find other Israeli Arabs who would be willing to help him with his activities."

Boker added that after a while, Hussain conscripted the other dentist, a-Salaam Zidan, who was also studying in Romania. "Both of them met with Hamas agents. The second man, from Kafr Manda, was sent to Turkey for training, where he learned terror tactics. He then traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he trained with Hamas members. He gathered information on densely populated areas and high buildings. The two were also asked to choose apartments for overnight accommodation in Kafr Manda."

Haifa District prosecutors plan to charge the suspects - Nazmi Hussain from Nazareth and Abdel Salam Zidan from Kafr Manda - with assisting the enemy in wartime and making contact with foreign agents. Prosecutors will also ask that the suspects be jailed until the end of proceedings against them.

Hussain's attorney said his client vehemently denies having any ties with Hamas. The attorney said that many Muslims contacted his client while he was in Romania, but that they discussed religious issues, not political, security or criminal activity. Zidan's father said he and his family are convinced Zidan is innocent, and that his son had rejected two overtures by Hamas, in 1998 and 2002.

The Shin Bet said terror organizations see Israeli Arabs as an attractive recruiting target because they have freedom of movement within Israel. Hussain told the Shin Bet that in Istanbul, he learned how to follow people and gather information, and studied encryption techniques. His Hamas handlers told him he would also receive military training in Iran, but due to his Israeli passport, he did not go there.

In 1999, the Shin Bet said, Hussain recruited another Israeli for Hamas - the second suspect, Zidan. Hussain said he gave Hamas the names of several people with whom he had studied in Romania and whom he said might want to join Hamas. Zidan, 36, told the Shin Bet that Hamas asked him to locate an apartment for rent in his Galilee village.

Zidan traveled to Turkey in 2002 for a meeting with his Hamas handler, who told him to gather information about crowded places in Tel Aviv, especially malls and tall buildings. Zidan is suspected of maintaining contact with his handlers since that meeting.

Like Hussain, Zidan received training in Turkey, where he learned how to prepare explosives and studied encryption techniques. He was asked to acquire fertilizer for use in making explosives and get an email address through which he was to receive additional assignments.

Jerusalem Post to Launch Christian Edition


The Guardian (UK) reports that The Jerusalem Post will launch a monthly Christian edition early next year. It will have "very different emphases and different focuses," said the Post's editor. Chris McGreal, writing in the London-based The Guardian this past Thursday, reported, "The Post, a widely respected paper until it fell into former owner Conrad Black's clutches, is seeking to bolster its North American circulation by building on the blossoming relationship between the Israeli right and Christian fundamentalists.

"The content is going to be jointly put together by the Jerusalem Post and the International Christian Embassy [of Jerusalem, the ICEJ]," Post editor David Horowitz is quoted as telling the Guardian. "It'll be things like archaeology and tourism and ideological arguments and dilemmas and so on. Obviously, when your predominant mindset is a Jewish audience there are different stresses that go into providing content, whereas if you're doing it for a Christian audience, there are going to be very different emphases and different focuses."

Responding in advance to criticism he and his paper can be expected to face for working with an evangelical organization, Horowitz said, "The International Christian Embassy has been operating in Israel for many years and [is] very aware of the framework. There are laws in Israel against giving inducement to people to convert, and that organization has operated within the framework to the satisfaction of the Israeli government. That is actually very important to me."

Muslim leader: Messiah not coming to Israel

By Jerusalem NewsWire

A prominent Israeli-Arab Muslim leader this weekend blasted Evangelical Christian support for Israel as a misguided effort to hasten the return of the Messiah. Speaking to WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein, Islamic Movement Vice-Chairman Sheikh Kamal Hatib said the "crazy" Christian support "is based on their faith that the return of the Messiah...would be in Israel." (Editor's Note: Muslims in general accept that Jesus is the "messiah," but do not regard him as mankind's savior. Nor do they accept that he was a Jew, but rather a "Palestinian" adherent of Islam.)

"Therefore," Hatib continued, "[the Christians] support Israel, because they believe that the continuation of Israel to exist hastens the arrival of the Messiah. Allah forbid!" the sheikh exclaimed.

He surmised that this belief has led these Christians to desire "a war of civilizations" between themselves and Islam, which George W. Bush, a born again Christian, is currently leading. Ignoring that the Bush-led war on terror began as a direct result of unprecedented Islamic attacks on the United States, Hatib condemned what he saw as the true Christian rationale for the conflict. "The Messiah can never be the reason for war," he stated.

The reporter said, "Readers of the Bible know that the Book of Revelation tells of a time when Messiah himself will engage in unparalleled acts of warfare prior to establishing his rule from Jerusalem. (Revelation 19:21), and that the Bible also indicates Messiah will only return following the rebuilding of Israel's temple to the Almighty (Malachi 3:1, Ezekiel 43:2-5), something Hatib insists the Jews have no right to do atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

The sheikh echoed discredited Muslim claims that the mosques currently occupying the Temple Mount have been in existence since the time of Adam, and that the children of Israel never had a temple atop Mount Moriah. "We the Muslims believe that Al Aqsa was built since the time of Adam - Allah bless him," Hatib said. "There is a very clear historical event mentioned in the Koran concerning the mosque that was built by Adam and where all our prophets prayed."

The Koran in fact does not once mention Jerusalem, where, at the time of the Koran's writing, the Temple Mount was occupied by a Byzantine Christian trash dump rather than a mosque. That did not stop Hatib from insisting the "Al Aqsa [literally 'the furthest mosque'] of the Koran is the same Al Aqsa of our days, not any other mosque."

As for the Jewish temples, "we believe that [they] existed, but we deny they were built near Al Aqsa" - in other words, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount." When the First Temple was built by Solomon - Allah bless him - Al Aqsa was already built," said Hatib. "We don't believe that a prophet like Solomon would have built the Temple at a place where a mosque existed." Islam, of course, had its beginnings some 1,500 years after the time of Solomon.

Klein noted that what the sheikh was saying "contradicts reality. There is no serious scholar or archeologist in the world who argues Al Aqsa was built before the Jewish Temples." Hatib's Islamic Movement is the largest Muslim organization in Israel. It's top leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, has spent time in an Israeli prison for using the organization to fund raise for Hamas.

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