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Mass Resignation from Carter Center

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Fourteen Jewish members of the Carter Center in Atlanta resigned to protest the former president's book blaming Israel for the failure of Middle East peace efforts. In a letter to Carter obtained by JTA, the group wrote Thursday that he had abandoned his role as peace broker in favor of malicious partisan advocacy, portraying the conflict as a "purely one-sided affair" which Israel bears full responsibility for resolving. "This is not the Carter Center or the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support," the letter said. "Therefore it is with sadness and regret that we hereby tender our resignation(s)… effective immediately."

Terror-Supporting U.S. Imam 'Secretly' Extradited to Israel


The former imam of Ohio's largest mosque was deported to Israel on a "secret flight" coordinated by the FBI and Israeli security services, according to an official statement released on Thursday.

The Islamic Center of Cleveland's Fawaz Damra had his U.S. citizenship revoked after he was found to have been raising funds for the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in 1991. FBI sources called him a threat to national security, as the United States classifies Islamic Jihad as a terrorist organization. The Islamic Jihad is responsible for many fatal shooting and bombing attacks on civilians and security forces in Israel.

Damra's family requested that he be represented by Attorney Smadar Ben-Natan, who met with her new client on Wednesday at Kishon prison, where he is being held. Ben-Natan said that Damra has yet to be charged with any crimes by Israeli prosecutors, but that he is being closely questioned by Israeli security services.

While still in FBI custody, Damra, 46, confirmed to investigators that he had raised money for terrorists, as well as having preached against Israel and the Jews, whom he called "sons of pigs and monkeys." Videotaped lectures with such anti-Semitic incitement were distributed in the US to raise funds for Islamic Jihad.

Other suspicions against Damra were raised in 2004, when it was determined that he had concealed his past associations from U.S. immigration officials 10 years earlier. Among the claims US officials have made regarding Damra's past are allegations that he was associated with Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin-Laden and with the murderer of Rabbi Meir Kahane, El-Sayyid Nosair, in the 1980s, that he was involved in counterfeiting and money laundering on behalf of Islamist groups through his mosque, and that he specifically raised funds for families of suicide bombers. He has also been involved in obstructing an FBI investigation.

Before details of the arranged extradition were released, it was reported that Damra, who was born in Nablus in Samaria, was to be welcomed into the Palestinian Authority, but his family members were informed by the Red Cross only that Damra had been detained by the Israelis at a border crossing.

Iranian Jews Reject Urgent Warnings to Leave


Iranian Jews are ignoring urgent warnings by American Jewish community leaders and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) to quit the Islamic Republic.

The campaign to convince Iran's 25,000 Jews to flee for their lives has stalled. According to statistics compiled by HIAS, only 152 Jews left Iran in the year between October 2005 and September 2006, down 40 percent from the same period in 2004-5. The year before that only 183 Jews left Iran.

Rally Marks Anniversary of First Fatah Terror Attack


Marking the 42nd anniversary of the organization's first terrorist attack on Israel, Fatah held a rally in Ramallah on Thursday.

The large rally, held on the grounds of the Mukata headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, was attended by thousands of supporters. In addition to an anniversary event, the rally was seen as a show of strength in the battle with Hamas for public support in the PA.

Accompanied by leading members of the Fatah terror group, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas addressed the crowd. After placing flowers on the grave of the late arch-terrorist, PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat, Abbas said, "We have turned guns on the occupation, and that is our legitimate right, but to turn the guns on each other is forbidden."

Saying that internecine violence in Gaza served no one's interests, Abbas called on Fatah faction members to refrain even from insulting the Hamas terrorist group. The two terror groups have been battling in the streets of Gaza for control of the PA government since Hamas was elected to the leadership a year ago, with a sharp increase in violence in recent weeks.

Abbas condemned Israel for its recent counter-terrorist operations in Ramallah and Gaza. He also was careful to call upon all the PA factions and militias to adhere to what he characterized as "the laws of Islam" and avoid killing innocent individuals.

Israeli Knesset member Ahmed Tibi also addressed the crowd. He called upon all PA factions to unite and said that the struggle would continue until the conquest of Jerusalem by the Arabs. "The Palestinian struggle will continue until the liberation of all the Palestinian lands and the establishment of a Palestinian state on all the lands occupied in 1967 - chief among them, holy Jerusalem!" the Israeli Knesset member declared.

Canadians View Debut of ´Little Mosque on the Prairie´


More than 2 million Canadians tuned in this week to a new sitcom about Muslims trying to assimilate into a small Canadian town which debuted on Canada's national TV station the CBC.

'Little Mosque on the Prairie', confront issues such as prejudice and post-9/11 fear. In the opening episode of the satirical comedy, an imam is detained in an airport over suspicions that he is a terrorist.

Zaib Shaikh, the star of CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie, couldn't contain his glee Wednesday after learning the internationally hyped sitcom pulled in 2.1 million viewers for its premiere.

"It's fantastic for Canadian culture, it's fantastic for Muslims and non-Muslims and their perceptions about one another, it's fantastic for the CBC, it's fantastic for Canadian television," said the Toronto-born Shaikh, who plays the progressive young imam on Little Mosque.

Hebrew Commercials Sound Better in English


More and more advertisements in the Israeli media are being presented in English. Advertisements made by Israeli agencies, targeting the Israeli public, and sometimes even for products made in Israel, are lately speaking a new language.

From McDonald's who tells us '"what hell is" to Diet Coca Cola that encourages us to "do what feels good" and even as far as Telma, an Israeli company who enlisted an English rapper to promote its breakfast cereal in an advertisement completely in English.

Advertisers explain that it is no longer sufficient to give a product a foreign name; it must also be supported by an English language commercial, which transmit a more international feel, and gives the idea that it is better quality.

Ilan Shiloh, CEO of the McCann Eriksson group, gives examples to support this claim: "While HOT (a local cable company) was focusing on Israeli content, we at YES (HOT's competitor) put up Hollywood like ads in English. We spoke the movie language of the world. Also for Nestle, it was the "taster's choice" that gave their coffee brand advantage over Elite's, who promoted Israeliness.

When it comes to such an Israeli product like Telma, justifying an English language campaign is more difficult. It all began when the company named one of its breakfast cereals "Cocoman," with an English name; it is only fitting to give it an English language campaign.

Hadas Lieber, art director for Bauman Bar Rivanay advertising agency, further explains that since the product's name gave it a certain character, the ad had to portray this image. "In order to give the feel of Africans, break dancers, and hip hop music, we went to the source, and there they speak English."

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