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Israeli Jets Scrambled After Russian Plane Enters Air Space
Two Israel Air Force jets were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept a civilian plane
that had raised air controllers' suspicions. Officials alerted the IAF after the pilots of
the privately-owned Tupolov 143 plane that took off from Samara, Russia, failed to
identify themselves as required by protocol. Army aircraft escorted the plane until it
landed safely at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. A short inquiry revealed that
the flight posed no security threat and was carrying a cargo of 178 Christian
Iran: Israel Kills Palestinians Because of Nazis
International criticism has become more intense against comments by Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the Holocaust, but the Iranian leader is not giving up. In a
speech in northwest in Iran, he accused Israel of taking revenge against Palestinians in
the territories following the Holocaust.
"In World War Two more than 60 million people were killed and tens of millions injured.
After the war they thought they would make destruction go away but unfortunately, 60 years
after World War Two, there are still many places in the world burning from the fire of
this war," he said.
"Why do the Palestinian people suffer from the crimes of the occupying Zionist regime?
Are they killing the Palestinian people following the events of the Second World War?"
asked the president, and answered: "They are killing the Palestinians in their homes 60
years after the war as revenge."
"Why do the nations of the Middle East have to be under pressure which stems from the
darkness of the Second World War? They say the Iranians want war; we say that the Iranians
want peace. We don't want a peace forced on the back of millions of refugees. That is not
peace; that is a crime. That is a continuance of the genocide of the Second World War,
which is today being carried out under the disguise of human rights," said
This is the second time this week that Ahmadinejad addressed the issue. During a long
speech at a press conference on Monday, Ahmadinejad used exactly the same words: "60 years
passed since the end of the Second World War, why do the Germans and Palestinians have to
pay now for a war in which the current generation wasn't involved at all?"
He repeated in his speech his call to European countries to take back banished Jews,
saying: "Due to hatred of Jews in your countries, the Jews left you and came to Palestine.
The Jews, like all the peoples of the world, have a right to live in freedom and security.
The Western countries must give them back their original citizenship. You are the ones
that created the problem by bringing the Jews to Palestine and therefore you must solve
Sweden Boycotts Israel, Embraces Hamas
Sweden is boycotting an international air force exercise in Italy next month due to the
fact that Israel's Air Force will take part. It has also decided to grant entry visas to
Though not mentioning the Jewish State by name, Sweden's Defense Minister Leni
Bjorklund said that her country was withdrawing its participating due to the fact that
"the Swedish Armed Forces were notified at a late stage that a state not belonging to the
Partnership for Peace, and with which Sweden did not previously have bilateral military
cooperation and which does not take part in international peacekeeping missions, was to
take part in the air exercise."
A Swedish official told Israel Radio that Israel was not currently advancing peace and
was therefore not fit to take part in the exercise.
Sweden has increasingly led anti-Israel moves in Europe and the Swedish government just
granted visas to members of the Hamas terror group as well. Sweden's Ambassador Robert
Rydberg was called to Israel's Foreign Ministry Thursday to explain the move.
Knesset member Zevulun Orlev slammed both decisions, saying that just a day after
Holocaust Remembrance Day "an enlightened nation has surrendered to the Islamic axis of
Gov't: Criticism of Papal Silence on Holocaust 'Unprecedented'
Government sources have called statements made by a senior Vatican official condemning
the silence of the Holy See during the Holocaust "unprecedented."
Sources in Jerusalem said it is still too early to tell whether the statements made
Tuesday by Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land, reflect a change in
Vatican policy about the silence of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust.
Speaking in Hebrew at a conference at Tel Aviv University on the actions of the Church
during the Holocaust, Pizzaballa criticized "church leaders, including those of the
highest level, who did not adopt a courageous stand in the evangelical spirit in the face
of the Nazi regime."
Dr. Simcha Epstein of the Hebrew University's Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of
anti-Semitism, said the phrase "high-level leaders" was a veiled reference to Pope Pius
Jewish organizations and historians for years have been at the forefront of a struggle
against the Vatican initiative to beatify Pius due to his inaction during the
Jerusalem was expecting that with the ascendance of the new pope, Benedictus XVI, the
process of beatification would be stopped. However, sources in Jerusalem told Ha'aretz it
is ongoing, albeit at a slower pace.
Pizzaballa said that after the Holocaust, the Church struggled with "the question of
how it failed at the task of molding the conscience of the faithful so they would refuse
to cooperate with the Nazi machine of destruction. How so many of the faithful cooperated
and even more stood and did nothing." Pizzaballa added that the 1965 Vatican declaration
absolving the Jews from killing Jesus was a "response to the deep crisis created after
World War II."
He said the Church subsequently had made a number of far-reaching changes, among them
emphasizing the Jewish identity of Jesus and recognition of the Hebrew Scriptures as an
inseparable part of Christian tradition, and that "preachers and the greatest of teachers"
had presented Jews in a distorted way, which laid the groundwork for modern anti-Semitism.
"I cannot avoid the horrific thought that if Jesus were alive in the Holocaust, he
would have been condemned to the same fate as the Jewish people, as would his mother, his
family and his disciples." Pizzaballa said.
Rabbi David Rosen, the international director of interreligious affairs at the American
Jewish Committee and a member of the Permanent Bilateral Commission of the State of Israel
and the Holy See, said he has heard similar declarations in the past from American
cardinals. However, such a statement is rare from a clergyman of Italian origin like
"The attitude is that of a man who is aware of Jewish and Israeli sensitivities, and it
is therefore more nuanced than the official position, however, it does not reflect a
change in the official stance," Rosen told Ha'aretz.
Americans Anti-Israel, Anti-Jew
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
The Constitution of the United States guarantees that everyone is entitled to have an
opinion and a right to express that opinion. We can adamantly disagree but never-the-less
everyone still has the right to speak.
When someone sounds off, a wise person takes the opportunity to listen and learn.
However, to really learn, we must not only listen to what is said but also to what is not
being said. Then we need to analyze what we have learned and compare it to what we think
It is reasonable for individuals, or groups, to utilize their notoriety to influence
others. However, just because they are famous, it does not mean they know any more than
anyone else. There are instances when they are absolutely incorrect due to lack of
knowledge or because they are biased. It is your personal responsibility to ferret out the
Harry Belafonte is an example of a well-known, successful, entertainer turned activist
who speaks out against Jews and Israel. One of Belafonte's hurtful, incorrect statements
was made in August 2005 at a civil rights march in Atlanta.
He stated that "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich."
Then in January 2006, while being interviewed on CNN by Wolf Blitzer, Belafonte blamed the
Jews for not speaking out sooner or resisting the Nazis. "If they had spoken sooner they
might have prevented their demise." I wonder if Mr. Belafonte has expressed similar
dissatisfaction with the black people for not resisting slavery.
As for a group, "The Christianity Today" Magazine reported that in July 2004 the
highest legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the 216th General Assembly,
voted 431-62 to begin a phased, selective divestment in multinational firms said to be
contributing to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
On Sept. 28, 2005 Will Spotts, an elder in Maryland, claimed that The General Assembly
relied on flawed sources of historical background information. The two main sources used
were writings by Walter Owensby and Lisa Hajjar. Spotts claimed both displayed elements of
one-sidedness, biased language, and disputed statements.
It is apparent that a columnist has the vehicle to influence. So it is with columnist
James Goldsborough ("The San Diego Union Tribune") whose writings at times are considered
anti-Semitic in nature. In one article Goldsborough blamed Israeli and Jewish groups for
causing anti-Jewish violence.
Then, in his December 2005 article, he wrote that murderers of Israeli children
couldn't be called terrorists because Israelis are "occupiers." He is condoning the murder
of children because he considers their parents "occupiers?" What type of person is he? I
would expect this theory from Islamic extremists.
Then there is the former New Jersey Poet Laureate, Amiri Baraka (Formerly Everett LeRoi
Jones), who spoke at Yale's Afro-American Cultural Center. According to James Kirkchick's
article in the Feb. 26, 2003 edition of the "Yale Daily News," Baraka launched into a
paranoid tirade. He cited "evidence" of Israeli complicity in the World Trade Center
attacks and claimed that 4,000 Israeli workers knew to stay home from work in Manhattan
Sadly, many Yale students vigorously nodded their heads and cheered in approval. At the
end of the event, the crowd leapt to its feet to give the former poet laureate a rousing
standing ovation. Kirkchick wrote, "Encouragement of Baraka reinforces bias and prejudice.
It is confining rather than liberating for students. It is anti-educational."
On July 6, 2006 the Zionist Organization Of America issued a news release claiming that
Ralph Nader, 2004 Presidential Candidate, said "Israel is to blame for Mid-East violence"
and "Israel is destroying Palestinian children" and "Israel controls the White House." I
would be fearful to have Mr. Nader's logic in the White House.
In a Washington DC forum titled "The Muslim Vote -- Election 2004" Nader said "The days
when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in
the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other
puppets, should be replaced." It is sad this politician would say most anything to be
There are so many individuals and groups that do not hesitate to take pot shots at Jews
and Israel and those comments are frequently ignored by the media as well as by too many
Jews. The trouble is there are people, only too ready to believe the lies. This is exactly
why we cannot afford to make light of falsehoods and slander. Every Jew and lover of the
truth must stand up and speak out. Remember never again. It is up to you.
Ed Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and past president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at EZ14@comcast.net
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