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Pope: Where Was God During Auschwitz Horror?

By Reuters & Ha'aretz.com

German-born Pope Benedict, head of the world's largest church, asked on Sunday where God was when 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, died at the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

Speaking at the Birkenau section of the camp, near where Jews were led from trains to be gassed and cremated, the head of the Roman Catholic Church said it was almost impossible to speak in "This place of horror," especially as a German pope.

"In a place like this, words fail. In the end, there can only be a dread silence - a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?" He said in a speech delivered in Italian. "Our silence becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the living God never to let this happen again," he said at the end of a four-day visit to Poland.

"Our silence becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the living God never to let this happen again," he said in his address.

"The rulers of the Third Reich wanted to crush the entire Jewish people, to cancel it from the register of the peoples of the earth," he said. "By destroying Israel with the Shoah, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace it with a faith of their own invention."

Recalling his Polish predecessor's visit to the camp in 1979, Benedict said, "Pope John Paul II came here as a son of the Polish people. I come here today as a son of the German people."

The Auschwitz complex in Nazi-occupied Poland was a linchpin in Adolf Hitler's "Final Solution" To wipe out European Jewry during World War Two. Six million Jews perished before Allied forces defeated Nazi Germany and liberated the camps.

In his speech, the Pope twice spoke chilling German phrases the Nazis used for some enemies -- "lebensunwertes Leben" (life unworthy of living) for gypsies and "Abschaum der Nation" (scum of the nation) for anti-Nazi Germans.

He said that, by trying to wipe out the Jews, the Nazis wanted ultimately "to kill the God who called Abraham, who spoke on Sinai and laid down principles to serve as a guide for mankind, principles that are eternally valid."

Germans murdered by the Nazis were "witnesses to the truth and goodness which even among our people were not eclipsed ... now they stand before us like lights shining in a dark night."

Benedict ended his speech quoting Psalm 23, "one of the psalms of Israel which is also a prayer of Christians."The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," he said. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me."

Before Benedict spoke, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich chanted the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. The New York-born rabbi was attacked on a Warsaw street on Saturday by a young man shouting "Poland is for Poles."


Israel Strikes Terrorist Targets in Lebanon

By YnetNews.com

Gunfire broke out for a second time Sunday afternoon as IDF troops and Hezbollah terrorists battled on the northern border with residents ordered into shelters and a soldier injured by sniper fire.

Terrorists targeted Israeli army bases, kibbutzim and other communities along the border. A Lebanese sniper gunned down an IDF soldier carrying out an administrative task at Kibbutz Manara.

The soldier was moderately wounded with gunshots to the stomach. He was evacuated to Rambam Hospital in Haifa. At last report he was listed in serious condition, according to IDF sources.

Israeli Air Force attack helicopters immediately returned fire as residents of northern communities were ordered into bomb shelters. Kibbutz Yiftach and the communities of Avivim and Shumera were hit. No injuries were reported. Hizbullah reported one of its terrorists killed.

Israel allowed northern residents to leave the shelters about two hours later, after the military accepted a cease-fire request from Lebanon. Shortly thereafter, a Katyusha reportedly fell on an abandoned building in the western Galilee town of Shlomi.

The day began with a rocket attack in which three 120mm Katyushas were fired at an IDF base near Mt. Meron, west of Tzfat. One building was significantly damaged in the attack and a 20-year-old soldier from Ariel was lightly wounded. He was taken to Sieff Hospital in Tzfat.

After the first attack, Israel Air Force jets retaliated with strikes on two sites – one terror base in the village of Sultan Yacoub, some five kilometers from the Syrian border and a second base in Nueima, a village eight kilometers south of Beirut.

IDF Northern Command officials say that Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations continually attempt to perpetrate large-scale attacks against Israeli soldiers and citizens in the north. Hizbullah chieftain Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said his organization would continue to attack Israel.


Abbas Calls Terrorists "Our Heroes"

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Just two days after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called him a "very decent human being" who is "opposed to terror," PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called Palestinian terrorists "our heroes."

While Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, takes on the position of "moderate" and attempts to convince Hamas to accept Judea and Samaria for now, his words to audiences at home present a different picture.

Palestinian Media Watch, an organization that monitors and reports on anti-Israel hatred in the PA media, reveals that Abbas twice this week referred to Arab terrorists serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes."

PMW's Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook report that the terrorists referred to are "arch-terrorists who have personally killed tens of Israelis and are sentenced to one life sentence for each murder."

Speaking on PA TV on May 23 about the jailed terrorists' recent "conciliation plan" between Fatah and Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas expressed his satisfaction with the initiative of those he called "our brothers, our jailed heroes... [their] initiative proves that these heroes, who are sentenced to tens of life sentences, feel too that the homeland is in danger..."

Noting that the document calls for an Arab state on "all territories occupied in 1967," Abbas said, "We must stop dreaming and accept what we can take now. Let us not speak of dreams. Let us take the Palestinian state on the '67 borders."

"Clearly," PMW concludes, "Abbas rejects terror for tactical reasons only and not because it is immoral... Abbas has always been careful, in Arabic, not to condemn terror because it is evil or immoral. He has criticized suicide terror only because it hurts the PA cause, as he did after the December 2005 suicide attack that killed five in Netanya.


Abu Adolf Wants a Referendum - Let Us Give Him One

By Voice of Judea (Commentary)

The Arabs are threatening to make a referendum to determine Israel's final borders and the boundaries of their "two-state" solution, as if this referendum would obligate the Jews.

I have a better idea; let the Jews who control the area make the referendum since it is in the hands of the Jews of Israel where to demark their own borders.

Here are some possible texts for the question we should bring to a referendum: Should we accept the borders mentioned in the Bible and accept God's borders of the land promised to the Jews or should we accept the one proposed by America, the Arabs and the Olmarts?"

Here is another text we could propose, actually quite similar to the one being proposed by the Arab enemy: "Do you prefer the establishment of a Hamas governed state, aside Israel that places every major Israeli city under their missile range or do you support a battle to destroy the terrorists and drive out our hostile enemies to an area far beyond Israel's current borders?"

Those who wish to vote in a similar referendum to the one we have proposed here can do so in an independent referendum on-line http://www.mishal.org



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