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Six Arabs Killed in Sunday's Hamas-Fatah Strife
Six more Arabs were killed Sunday in continued fighting between Hamas and Fatah terror
gangs. Fatah thugs reportedly shot dead a member of the Hamas government's "special
security force" in Gaza.
Twenty-five people have been killed so far since the fighting flared up again last
Thursday, and about 80 have been injured. There were heated clashes in Shechem, where
Fatah men abducted at least 10 Hamas men.
A Fatah source in Shechem said Hamas men were threatening revenge for the abduction of
nine Hamas men Friday. The nine were themselves kidnapped in retribution for an attack by
Hamas men on the home of a senior Fatah man in Gaza.
Iran Set to Launch 'Star Wars' Satellites, Systems
Iran reportedly is poised to launch a satellite into space, a step that could herald a
new dimension in Tehran's strategic capabilities, Aviation Week and Space Technology, a
U.S. publication, said this week.
A recently assembled, 30-ton ballistic missile-turned space launcher could also be used
for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, according to the report which the
weekly magazine said would appear in its January 29th issue.
The Iranian space launcher "will liftoff soon" with an Iranian satellite, said Alaoddin
Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy
Commission, according to the weekly. He made his announcement during a speech to students
and clerics in Qom last month, where Iran has conducted some of its ballistic missile
tests, said the magazine.
Iran Prepares People for 'Messiah Miracles'
Official Iranian radio has completed broadcasting a lengthy series on the imminent
appearance of a messianic figure that will defeat Islam's enemies and impose Islamic
Shiite rule over the entire world even speculating on specific dates the so-called
"Mahdi" will be revealed.
English-language transcripts of "The World Toward Illumination" programs can be found
on the website of IRIB, a public broadcast arm of Tehran. "Be joyous my heart, miracles of
the Messiah will soon be here," reads a poem used to conclude the first broadcast. The
scent of breaths of the One we know comes from near. Grieve not of sorrow and melancholy,
as assured I was
last night that a Savior will come, it's clear." After the coming
of the 12th imam, or Mahdi, "liberal democratic civilization" will be found only in
"history museums," explained the program.
"Contrary to the views of western theoreticians, who usually depict an ambiguous and
dark future for mankind, Muslim experts believe human history, despite its many ups and
downs, has a very auspicious fate," explained the program. "Muslims believe hopes for the
realization of such a happy ending for the world are called 'Awaiting Redemption,' and
means waiting for man's problems to be solved by the Savior at the end of time. This
awaiting influences many, and inspired them with activity and enthusiasm in confronting
darkness and oppression for changing the existing situation.
This messianic figure will be a direct descendant of Muhammad, according to the
broadcasts. "In short, when he reappears, peace, justice and security will overcome
oppression and deceit and one global government, the most perfect ever, will be
established," it said.
The Mahdi will appear suddenly, according to the report, in Mecca. Though no one can
know the day, Shiites believe, the report actually suggests possibilities in the Muslim
calendar. The Mahdi will lead a cataclysmic battle against a descendant of Muhammad's
archenemy, Abu Sofyan, culminating in the cities of Kufa and Najaf. His enemy, though, is
destroyed later in Jerusalem.
"Another beautiful moment of the Savior's appearance is the coming down of Prophet
Jesus (PBUH) from heaven," says the report. "Hazrat Mahdi receives him courteously and
asks him to lead the prayers. But Jesus says you are more qualified for this than me. We
read in the book Tazkarat ol-Olia, 'the Mahdi will come with Jesus, son of Mary,
accompanying him.' This indicates that these two great men are (sic) complement each
other. Imam Mahdi will be the leader while Prophet Jesus will act as his lieutenant in the
struggle against oppression and establishment of justice in the world. Jesus had himself
given the tidings of the coming of God's last messenger and will see Mohammad's ideals
materialize in the time of the Mahdi."
As WND reported last month, in a greeting to the world's Christians for the coming new
year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he expects both Jesus and the Mahdi, to
return and "wipe away oppression." "I wish all the Christians a very happy new year and I
wish to ask them a question as well," said Ahmadinejad, according to an Iranian Student
News Agency report cited by YnetNews.com
"My one question from the Christians is: What would Jesus do if he were present in the
world today? What would he do before some of the oppressive powers of the world who are in
fact residing in Christian countries? Which powers would he revive and which of them would
he destroy?" asked the Iranian leader. "If Jesus were present today, who would be facing
him and who would be following him?"
Ahmadinejad's mystical pre-occupation with the coming of the Mahdi is raising concerns
that a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he
envisions will set the stage for the end of the world.
In a videotaped meeting with Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran, Ahmadinejad discussed
candidly a strange, paranormal experience he had while addressing the United Nations in
New York last September. He recounts how he found himself bathed in light throughout the
speech. But this wasn't the light directed at the podium by the U.N. and television
cameras. It was, he said, a light from heaven.
According to a transcript of his comments, obtained and translated by Joseph Farah's G2
Bulletin, Ahmadinejad wasn't the only one who noticed the unearthly light. One of his
aides brought it to his attention. The Iranian president recalled being told about it by
one of his delegation: "When you began with the words 'in the name of Allah,' I saw a
light coming, surrounding you and protecting you to the end."
Ahmadinejad agreed that he sensed the same thing. "On the last day when I was
speaking, one of our group told me that when I started to say 'Bismillah Muhammad,' he saw
a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura," he says. "I felt it
myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all
the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn't move an eyelid, I'm not
exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened
their eyes Alhamdulillah!"
Ahmadinejad's "vision" at the U.N. is strangely reminiscent and alarmingly similar to
statements he has made about his personal role in ushering in the return of the Shiite
Muslim messiah. He sees his main mission, as he recounted in a Nov. 16 speech in Tehran,
as to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his
According to Shiites, the 12th imam disappeared as a child in the year 941. When he
returns, they believe, he will reign on earth for seven years, before bringing about a
final judgment and the end of the world. Ahmadinejad is urging Iranians to prepare for the
coming of the Mahdi by turning the country into a mighty and advanced Islamic society and
by avoiding the corruption and excesses of the West.
All Iran is buzzing about the Mahdi, the 12th imam and the role Iran and Ahmadinejad
are playing in his anticipated return. There's a new messiah hotline. There are news
agencies especially devoted to the latest developments. "People are anxious to know when
and how will He rise; what they must do to receive this worldwide salvation," says Ali
Lari, a cleric at the Bright Future Institute in Iran's religious center of Qom. "The
timing is not clear, but the conditions are more specific," he adds. "There is a saying:
'When the students are ready, the teacher will come.'"
Carter: Too Many Jews on Holocaust Council
Former President Jimmy Carter once complained there were "too many Jews" on the
government's Holocaust Memorial Council, Monroe Freedman, the council's former executive
director, told WND in an exclusive interview.
Freedman, who served on the council during Carter's term as president, also revealed a
noted Holocaust scholar who was a Presbyterian Christian was rejected from the council's
board by Carter's office because the scholar's name "sounded too Jewish."
Freedman, now a professor of law at Hofstra University, was picked by the council's
chairman, author Elie Weisel, to serve as executive director in 1980. The council, created
by the Carter White House, went on to establish the Holocaust Memorial Museum in
Freedman says he was tasked with creating a board for the council and with making
recommendations to the White House on how best to memorialize the Holocaust. He told WND
he sent a memo to Carter's office containing recommendations for council board members. He
said his memo was returned with a note on the upper right hand corner that stated, "Too
The note, Freedman said, was written in Carter's handwriting and was initialed by
Freedman said at the time the board he constructed was about 80 percent Jewish,
including many Holocaust survivors. He said at the behest of the White House he composed
another board consisting of more non-Jews. But he said he was "stunned" when Carter's
office objected to a non-Jew whose name sounded Jewish. Freedman said he could not provide
the historians name to WND because he did not have the man's permission.
Freedman said he was "outraged by this absurdity." "If I was memorializing Martin
Luther King, I would expect a significant number of board members to be African American.
If I was memorializing Native American figures I'd expect a lot of Native Americans to be
on the board. "I do not for a moment consider it inappropriate to build a Holocaust
council with a significant majority of the board being Jewish," he said.
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