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Israel Prepared to Deal with Iran


Speaking to a Tel Aviv area high school audience on Monday, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz stated Israel is prepared for any eventuality regarding Iran. He added that the newly-announced uranium enrichment cooperation between Tehran and Russia is intended to show the international community that nuclear efforts are strictly for peaceful means, explaining Tehran hopes the agreement will result in the United Nations holding off on sanctions. Addressing speculation that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities, Mofaz stated Israel reserves the right to do any and everything to defend herself.

Dubai Ports Firm Enforces Arab Boycott of Israel

ADL to U.S.: Freeze seaport contract with UAE

By Ha'aretz & Israel News Faxx Services

The Anti-Defamation League has demanded the U.S. administration prevent a Dubai-owned corporation from operating seaports in the United States until the United Arab Emirates issues an official statement indicating it has abandoned the boycott of Israel.

"Dubai continues to be an active partner in the economic boycott of Israel," ADL Director Abraham Foxman told Ha'aretz on Tuesday. "This fact alone is reason enough to suspend or even cancel the implementation of the contract [for the operation of the seaports]."

The firm, Dubai Ports World, is seeking control over six major US ports, including those in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It is entirely owned by the Government of Dubai via a holding company called the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCZC), which consists of the Dubai Port Authority, the Dubai Customs Department and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area.

"Yes, of course the boycott is still in place and is still enforced," Muhammad Rashid a-Din, a staff member of the Dubai Customs Department's Office for the Boycott of Israel, told the Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview. "If a product contained even some components that were made in Israel, and you wanted to import it to Dubai, it would be a problem."

A-Din noted that while the head office for the anti-Israel boycott sits in Damascus, he and his fellow staff members are paid employees of the Dubai Customs Department, which is a division of the PCZC, the same Dubai government-owned entity that runs Dubai Ports World.

Moreover, the Post found that the website for Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone Area, which is also part of the PCZC, advises importers that they will need to comply with the terms of the boycott.

In a section entitled "Frequently Asked Questions", the site lists six documents that are required in order to clear an item through the Dubai Customs Department. One of them, called a "Certificate of Origin," "is used by customs to confirm the country of origin and needs to be seen by the office which ensures any trade boycotts are enforced," according to the website.

A-Din of the Israel boycott office confirmed that his office examines certificates of origin as a means of verifying whether a product originated in the Jewish state.

On at least three separate occasions last year, the Post has learned, companies were fined by the US government's Office of Anti-boycott Compliance, an arm of the Commerce Department, on charges connected to boycott-related requests they had received from the Government of Dubai.

US law bars firms from complying with such requests or cooperating with attempts by Arab governments to boycott Israel.

President George Bush said Tuesday he remains supportive of a UAE-based company's takeover of some U.S. port operations, even though a new, more intensive investigation of the deal's potential security risks has yet to begin. He told ABC News, "The only way it wouldn't happen is if there was a security threat against America."

Foxman said that "even if solutions are found for the other problems, the administration and Congress must demand Dubai formally renounce its participation in the boycott of Israel in order to be worthy of a contract with the American government." He noted that, when the U.S. was negotiating trade relations with Bahrain, it had demanded the Gulf nation abandon its participation in the boycott of Israel.

Iran to Finance Hamas-led Palestinian Authority

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

Iran is promising to bail out the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, following the victory of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas in parliamentary elections a month ago. Israel, meanwhile, has expressed regret over a European Union decision to send emergency aid to the Palestinians.

Hamas officials said that Iran has agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with enough money to make up for any cuts in foreign aid. Iran has reportedly promised Hamas about $250 million to compensate for the loss of money donated by the United States and European Union, which donate nearly $1 billion a year to the Palestinian Authority.

But the United States and Europe are threatening to cut back because they consider Hamas a terrorist organization.

Israel describes the new Hamas-Iran alliance as an axis of evil that seeks jihad, or holy war, against the Jewish state. "Hamas, allied with Iran, in many ways sponsored by Iran, it is part of the worldwide jihadist movement," said former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel is also unhappy with a European Union decision to send $143 million in emergency aid to the Palestinian Authority. Israeli officials say no money should be given to Hamas until it renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist.

Netanyahu noted that Israel is withholding $50 million monthly tax payments to the Palestinians. "Any money that we give to the Hamas will be used against us. This leopard will not change its spots," he said.

But Palestinian analyst Wadia Abu Nasser said strangling Hamas financially would backfire. "My concern is that such kind of steps would radicalize the Palestinian society in the immediate future. So therefore I think the world should think twice before taking such a measure."

Israel believes that with financial injections from Iran and Europe, Hamas has little incentive to moderate its views. The group is continuing to resist international demands to recognize Israel and revoke its charter calling for the destruction of the Jewish state.

Arab Terrorist Attacks People Waiting for Bus in Gush Etzion


An Arab terrorist tried to murder a group of people waiting for buses and rides at the main Gush Etzion Junction. The terrorist wounded two before he was shot. The terrorist ran over to the bus stop and began stabbing whoever he could catch. He was shot by security personnel and armed bystanders who arrived at the scene

A 17-year-old girl was stabbed by the Arab man, as well as a 25-year-old Jewish man from the B'nei Menashe community, which immigrated to Israel from northern India. Both were rushed, together with the terrorist, to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. The girl suffered light wounds, while the foreign worker is in moderate condition and the terrorist is critically wounded.

The wounded girl is a student in the 12th grade in Kiryat Arba. She lives in Tekoa, which is in eastern Gush Etzion.

Earlier Tuesday, two Arabs were caught with knives in two separate incidents and both admitted intending to stab Jews. One was caught near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs and the other was apprehended outside Rachel's Tomb, in Bethlehem.

Top Cleric: Murder Jews in Islam's Name


Top Islamist cleric Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi has delivered a speech on Qatari television calling on Muslims to murder Jews in "in the name of Islam." The speech has been translated by the Arabic translation service MEMRI.

On February 25, Qaradawi told viewers: "Everything will be on our side and against Jews on (Judgment Day); at that time, even the stones and the trees will speak, with or without words, and say: 'Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there's a Jew behind me, come and kill him. They will point to the Jews."

Emphasizing the Islamic nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and attempting to denigrate the role of Arab nationalism, Qaradawi said: "When the Muslims, the Arabs, and the Palestinians enter a war, they do it to worship Allah. They enter it as Muslims.

"The hadith says: 'Oh Muslim.' It says 'oh Muslim,' not 'oh Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, or Arab nationalist.' No, it says: 'Oh Muslim.' When we enter (a war) under the banner of Islam, and under the banner of serving Allah, we will be victorious."

Qaradawi, who is seen as a highly influential religious leader, also threatened that if Palestinians were reluctant to carry out a jihad, other Muslims would take their place.

"We are fighting them in the name of Islam, because Islam commands us to fight whoever plunders our land, and occupies our country. All the school of Islamic jurisprudence - the Sunni, the Shiite, the Ibadhiya - and all the ancient and modern schools of jurisprudence - agree that any invader who occupies even an inch of land of the Muslims must face resistance," he said.

"The Muslims of that country must carry out the resistance, and the rest of the Muslims must help them. If the people of that country are incapable or reluctant, we must fight to defend the land of Islam, even if the local (Muslims) give it up," added Qaradawi.

Qaradawi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was invited to London in 2004 by Mayor Ken Livingstone, who then described the cleric as a "progressive figure."

Holocaust Deniers in Iran and West Join Forces

By Ha'aretz

Holocaust-deniers from the West play a key role in attempts by Iran to cast doubts on the veracity of the Holocaust, according to documents that have appeared on an Internet site.

The documents reveal Iranians have consulted with well-known Holocaust-deniers from Western countries as part of the Iranian initiative to hold a conference about the Holocaust.

The documents were published on an Internet site involved in Holocaust denial and reached scholars at the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Tel Aviv University.

On January 15, the Iranian News Agency announced it was going to convene a "scientific conference" on the Holocaust. A month before, French Holocaust-denier Prof. Robert Faurisson received a request regarding the conference from Dr. Jawad Sharbaf, head of the Neda Institute of Political Sciences, Tehran.

In the letter, which opened by expressing regret over the United Nations resolution to establish an international Holocaust Day, Sharbaf wrote that the recent statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the Holocaust had created the right conditions to raise the subject in Iran. "Our assumption for the time being is that the president will undoubtedly do his best if you make contact and request assistance for organizing an international conference."

In his response, Faurisson wrote that the scientific conference was impractical, mainly because many of his colleagues are "either in prison, in exile or in a precarious situation that forbids them from crossing national borders."

Faurisson added that "In accord with an idea put forth by Prof. Arthur Robert Butz [a Holocaust-denier from Northwestern University in the U.S.], I shall say we hope to see President Ahmadinejad create in Iran an international center for revisionist studies."

Faurisson praised Ahmadinejad and added a request "that Iran make repeated appeals to the Western world for the freeing of our prisoners of conscience," referring to his colleagues convicted of denying the Holocaust.

Faurisson, 76, is considered the most prominent Holocaust-denier in Europe and is very much in demand by the Iranian media. Last November he gave an interview to an English-language Iranian newspaper, the Tehran Times, where he was quoted as saying that the more the West believes in the Holocaust, the more Muslims will be killed in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the head of the Roth Institute, Prof. Dina Porat, in recent years solidarity between Holocaust-deniers and extremist Muslims has increased. "Since the law has begun to be enforced regarding Holocaust-deniers, they often speak of the 'common fate of the persecuted,' which they feel they share with radical Muslims."

Prof. David Menashri, head of Tel Aviv University's Center for Iranian Studies, said Holocaust-deniers had in recent years begun to feel at home with the heads of the Iranian regime. Menashri said this was especially true with regard to Roger Garoudi, who was invited to Iran in 1998, shortly after he was convicted of denying the Holocaust by a French court. Ahmadinejad represents the new generation of Iranians who have been educated on the theory of Holocaust denial, Menashri said.

Kenneth Jacobson, assistant national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said adopting the theories of Holocaust denial of Western scholars is a relatively new phenomenon in the Muslim world. The accepted attitude had been to say that whereas it was true the Holocaust had taken place, the Palestinians should not have to pay the price. A look at Ahmadinejad's statements shows he has mixed the two approaches, Jacobson added.

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