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Jordan, Syria Refuse to Accept Refugees Expelled from Iraq


Arabs forcibly expelled from their homes in Iraq are stranded in a no-mans land as both Syria and Jordan refuse to accept them. The Arabs, who the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees refers to as Palestinian refugees, were forced out of Iraq by rival militias. Though most are far younger than the State of Israel, their status as descendents of Arabs who left or were transferred from the fledgling Jewish state during the War of Independence has seen those labeled Palestinian refugees by aid organizations and the Arab states that refuse to rehabilitate them.

Abbas, Mashaal Unable to Reach Agreement

By VOA News &

Hamas Diplomatic Bureau Head Khaled Mashaal and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced "differences still exist" between them after the initial talks they held in Damascus Sunday night. The two terror bosses said their talks were fruitful and discussions on the creation of a unity government would continue.

One of the main sticking points in the talks was the attempt to get Hamas to agree to commit itself to past agreements signed by previous PA administrations. The two terrorist leaders are expected to meet again in two weeks' time.

The Damascus meeting had been postponed because of continued disagreement over how to form a unity government for the Palestinian territories. Syrian mediation was reported to have bridged differences between the two sides so a meeting was possible.

Palestinian officials said the differences centered on who would take senior cabinet positions in a unity government. They said Abbas' Fatah party and the militant Hamas group also disagree on how the Palestinians should deal with prior agreements with the Jewish state. Fatah and Hamas have been locked in a power struggle that became violent in December.

News agencies reported that Hamas is ready to respect some prior agreements with Israel, while Abbas wants Hamas to be "committed" to the agreements. Abbas has threatened to hold early elections if he does not make progress with Hamas.

Netanyahu Hopes Ahmadinejad is Brought to Trial

By VOA News, & Reuters

Israel's opposition leader is calling for the president of Iran to be brought to trial in an international court.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and other Israelis are trying to bring Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to trial for incitement to genocide. Netanyahu said Ahmadinejad is an international war criminal because he has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

Speaking at a conference on security, Netanyahu said the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not just prohibit acts of genocide, but also deals with incitement to genocide. Therefore, he said, the Iranian president should face trial at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Israel is especially alarmed about Ahmadinejad's threats because of Iran's nuclear program. Israel sees Iran as its greatest strategic threat, and Netanyahu appealed for tougher international sanctions to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu called for the world to boycott and isolate Iran in the same way as it did apartheid South Africa. He said "The world, which did not stop the Holocaust, must try to stop the genocide being planned by Iran," pointing a finger at US pension funds that invest with companies trading with Iran.

"I want to call upon the world, which did not stop the Holocaust, to try and stop the one that Iran is planning: Stop investments in Iran - in order to stop a genocide...

"You remember the companies that arose against the apartheid in South Africa? The same thing can be done against Iran. We can start with the pension funds in the U.S. They invest enormous sums in 50 companies that trade with Iran. If these investments are stopped, this will place tremendous pressure upon Iran... Once the snowball of voluntary sanctions against Iran starts rolling, the citizens of Iran will start asking themselves if they are willing to pay this economic price.

Netanyahu said that he and other international political figures are working to have Ahmadinajad tried in an international court for his crimes: "If we succeed in drying out the Iran source, the Hamas and Hizbullah roots will be weakened as well. Without the Iranian checkbook, Hamas will be destabilized."

Iran says its nuclear program is aimed only at producing energy, but it is widely believed by the West to be developing nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu has been the leading voice in Israel for taking an aggressive stance against Iran, often comparing the current era of world silence toward Iran to that toward pre-World War II Nazi Germany.

World War III (Part 5): What If We Do Lose the War

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

OK, so you don't believe we could lose the war. OK, so you don't even think there is a World War going on. What If you are wrong and there is a war and what if we do lose? Let's look at what we might have to contend with under Shari'ah (Islamic) law.

First do you have any idea how many countries already have a Muslim population in excess of 50 percent?

Do you realize what that means for people in those countries? If not, you are far from being alone. The vast majority of Americans have no idea and, unfortunately, nor do they care. That is because they do not understand that there are so many Islamic extremists who want every country to be governed by Shari'ah law (Islamic).

At present Islam is the second largest religion. Barnes & Noble Encyclopedia shows that, in 1900, Christianity constituted 26.9 percent of the world while Islam was 12.4 percent. The Muslim population is increasing, at a rate of 2.9 percent per year, which is more rapid than the world's growth rate of 2.3 percent. "The International Bulletin of Missionary Research" estimates the Muslims' population, in 2025, will grow to 1.89 billion (30 percent) making it the largest religion.

It is likely that many Muslims are peace loving and have no desire to war against anyone, disallow other faiths or take control of any country. The real problem is that the Islamic extremists who use intimidation and suppression techniques putting fear into all the peace-loving people to obtain control wherever they can. We might be wise to look at countries with a majority Muslim population to learn what might happen if we do lose World War III.

What do the fanatic Islamists want? As reported in, Part 2, of this World War III series "In Their Words" (See Israel News Faxx's free archives 10/24/2006), Sayeed Abdul A'la Maududi, wrote in one of his pieces in Jihad in Islam " Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it."

At this time there are about 50 countries whose Muslim population is in excess of fifty percent. Many of these countries have a Muslim population in excess of 90 percent. In such countries it is very common that Shari'ahi law is the governing law to one degree or another. In some countries Islamic law is so strictly enforced that it can be considered oppressive.

Ninety-one percent of Egypt's population is Muslim. In December 2006 their supreme administrative court ruled Egyptians of the Baha'i faith may not register as members of that faith. Now they are only permitted to register as Muslims, Christians or Jews. The Arabic daily "Asharq Alawsat" interviewed a spokesman for human rights who stated, "In Egypt, there is a trend toward a religious and security takeover of the faiths and consciences of citizens."

On Dec. 30, 2006 "Arutz Sheva journalist, Claire Bergen, reported that because of Saudi rules a Christian flight attendant of the British Midland Airways was not allowed to take her mother's Bible on her flight to Saudi Arabia. In another instance a flight attendant working for British Airways was forbidden to wear her cross visibly on the route to Saudi Arabia.

It was unnerving to learn from "Arutz Sheva" that, in 2005, a Saudi Arabian court sentenced a teacher to 40 months in prison and 750 lashes for discussing the Bible and praising Jews.

Then there are Muslim-dominated countries that would be considered liberal such as Morocco, or at least the Casablanca portion. Contrary to the extremists' interpretation of Islamic law, alcohol is widely available in Casablanca and as many women wear Western clothing as those in traditional Muslim coverings.

Many countries that adhere to Shari'ah law frequently administer very harsh punishment for the use of alcohol or for women not properly dressed in traditional attire as well as for other transgressions.

In Jordan Islam often dictates women's rights. Under Shari'ah law a female's inheritance is half that of a male. Married women are required by law to obtain their husband's permission to apply for a passport. The Criminal Code provides for lenient sentences for men accused of murdering female relatives they believed to be "immodest" in order to "cleanse the honor" of their families.

Pakistan is a country with a population of approximately 162 million people of whom 98 percent are Muslim. In the past, their law banned insults directed against any religion. In 1986 the law was changed to protect only Islam. Then in 1990, a religious court ruled that the penalty for blasphemy, even for an innuendo, direct or indirect, is punishable with death.

The above only depicts a very few examples to which people are subjected where Islamic law is enforced. The way Shari'ah law is frequently applied, those of us in the United States would consider it barbaric.

OK so we lose World War III. OK, in time, strict Shari'ah law is implemented here. So what. I, we, may not be alive. So what's my concern? You may be alive at that time. Even more important, what type of life do you want for your loved ones, your children and grandchildren?

Remember "Never Again." It is up to you. Become affiliated.

(Ed Ziegler is a former board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and past president of its Brotherhood. He encourages your opinion. Ziegler can be e-mailed at

Expert: Young U.S. Jews Feel Identifying with Ethnicity is 'Not Kosher'


The connection of young American Jews to the Jewish people is progressively declining because they are made to feel that identifying with their ethnic group is "not kosher," a leading expert on American Jewish history said.

"On their university campuses, identifying with Jews as a people, which is distinct from their identifying with Judaism, is not considered kosher," said Prof. Jack Wertheimer, who also serves as provost of the Jewish Theological Center in New York. "Only people of color are allowed to identify with their fellow ethnics. White Americans are not allowed to participate in that kind of behavior."

Speaking at a conference at Hebrew University, Wertheimer said Jews "are gravitating toward universalism because of their discomfort with parochialism." And Jewish organizations have become increasingly complicit in the process, he pointed out, citing the change of the United Jewish Communities slogan, which has gradually evolved from "We Are One" to "Live Generously" - their new motto that does not specify the target for philanthropists' generosity.

"Jewish organizations, instead of trying to promote the idea of taking care of the Jewish people, have soft-pedaled this idea, perhaps because they know their market and they know what will sell," he said.

Wertheimer also lamented attempts to universalize Judaism, so that values like tikkun olam [repairing the world] and Kol Yisrael are vim zed laze [all of Israel is responsible for one another] no longer focus on the Jewish community. Lobbying for the victims of Darfur or cleaning American rivers, he said, have taken precedence over sustaining Jewish communal institutions because there is a "diminution in concern" for fellow Jews.

PA Names Youth Soccer Tournament After Saddam Hussein


A soccer tournament for Arab youth in Tool Kareem has been named after recently executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"The sports department in the youth community center in Tul Karem is organizing the first soccer tournament named after the Shahid and leader, Saddam Hussein," Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official organ of the Palestinian Authority, reported.

The irony lost was that Hussein's son Uday - who ran the Iraqi Olympic program under his father's brutal regime - used to torture athletes who failed to perform to his satisfaction.

The report, translated into English by Palestinian Media Watch, reflects the abiding support Hussein enjoyed in the PA. His execution in Baghdad on December 30 sent many PA Arabs into deep mourning as they struggled to come to terms with the demise of perhaps their most steadfast ally.

Captured by American forces on Dec. 13, 2003, Hussein was convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraq Special Tribunal and was sentenced to death by hanging. On Dec. 26, 2006, his appeal was rejected and the death sentence upheld. He was executed four days later.

Unlike much of the rest of the world, where Saddam Hussein was viewed as a brutal dictator who oppressed his people and started regional wars, he was seen in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as a generous benefactor unafraid to fight for the Arab cause, even to the end. Saddam's final words were reportedly, "Palestine is Arab."

"We heard of his martyrdom, and I swear to God we were deeply shaken from within," said Khadejeh Ahmad from the Qadora refugee camp near Bethlehem. "Nobody was as supportive or stood with the Palestinians as he did."

During the first Gulf War in 1991, the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza cheered Saddam's missile attacks on Israel, chanting "Beloved Saddam, strike Tel Aviv," as the Scud missiles flew overhead.

Hussein further endeared himself to the PA Arabs during the uprising against Israel by giving $25,000 to the family of each suicide bomber and $10,000 for each local Arab killed in fighting. The stipends amounted to an estimated $35 million.

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