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PA Arab Accused of Helping Israel Murdered


Sabri Rajawi, 26, was murdered Saturday night by Fatah terrorists who claimed he confessed to helping Israel by passing information about Fatah's terrorist groups.

Members of Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades said Rajawi helped Israel arrest local terrorist leaders and even established a terror cell solely to turn over its members to Israeli security forces. A second PA man was handed over to one of Hamas' PA militias.

Rights Groups Accuse Israeli Security of Torturing Palestinian Prisoners

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

A human rights report is accusing Israel of using torture on Palestinian security prisoners. But the Israeli government described the allegations as exaggerated and baseless. The report, by the groups B'Tselem and The Center for the Defense of the Individual, was presented at a news conference in Jerusalem.

Report author Yehezkel Lein said the practices used include beating, back bending, body stretching and prolonged sleep deprivation. He said prisoners are shackled to chairs in painful positions for long periods of time and subjected to humiliation, swearing and threats by interrogators.

The report said such practices are routine, though they are considered torture under international law and were banned by Israel's Supreme Court in 1999. Responding on behalf of the Shin Bet, Israel's Justice Ministry said the report is "fraught with mistakes, groundless claims and inaccuracies." In a statement, it said that interrogations are carried out according to the law.

The Justice Ministry noted that Shin Bet interrogations provide valuable information about Palestinian terrorist activities that prevent suicide bombings in Israeli cities.

Israeli Defense Minister to Leave Post

By VOA News

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz, who was harshly criticized for his performance during last summer's war in Lebanon - said he would leave the defense ministry, probably after his Labor party holds a leadership election late this month.

Peretz said he intends to hand the defense ministry portfolio over to the Kadima party and ask for the finance ministry in exchange. He and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have been under pressure to resign since the release of a report that said the two men were responsible for serious failures in the war in Lebanon.

Many Israelis consider the war a failure because Israel did not defeat Hizbullah or get back the two soldiers whose kidnapping by the Islamic terrorist group triggered the war.

Why I Admire Israel

By Farid Ghadry (Commentary)

As a Syrian and a Muslim, I have always had this affinity for the State of Israel. As a businessman and an advocate of the free economic system of governance, Israel to me represents an astounding economic success in the midst of so many Arab failures. I measure achievement not in terms of trade or dollars going in or out (Saudi Arabia is best at that) but in terms of scientific prowess that ultimately churns the economic engine of success.

While many Arabs view Israel as a sore implant, I view it as a blessing. I should provide an example of what I mean.

In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy, we learned that friends of ours lost a daughter. Some 10 days later, we visited them at their house with some other friends. Conversation surrounding the tragedy ensued and one of my dearest friends whom I have a lot of respect for objected to the story he heard about how the Israeli Ambassador to Washington, through connections, was able to have the body of Liviu Librescu delivered to his family, for religious reasons, before anyone else could have any access to their loved ones. He was fuming against the Ambassador more than against the authorities' unwillingness to deliver simultaneously the bodies of Muslims who also perished, in particular the Egyptian student Waleed Shaalan.

I asked him "Did the Egyptian Ambassador call to have Shaalan's body delivered early to his family in accordance with our religious traditions?" He did not know the answer to the question but nonetheless kept fuming against the Israeli Ambassador. It was as if the Israeli Embassy did it to spite him or any other Arab. For me, it confirmed the admiration I have for a country that respects their own.

After some heated argument, almost all agreed that Arabs do not have any measure of respect for our own people (due mostly to lack of accountability) and that Arabs must embrace self-empowerment by learning how rather than why Israel begets results.

Israel's democracy and its economic prosperity are all needed in our midst in the hope that we can learn self-empowerment. It is not hard to imagine our young people learning about empowerment when they watch Israeli democracy on their television sets, but it is hard to imagine they will be able to apply it living under an authoritarian system of government. That is the reason why Arabs send their own young people as suicide bombers instead of nurturing them to grow and become citizens of the world so that one day they can use their connections to help their people like the Israeli Ambassador to Washington helped the Librescu family. How could they nurture them in an environment void of hope for their future?

Israel has, in less than 60 years, built an economy ten times that of Syria with one-fifth the population. How does one explain this fact? It is very simple: Israel is a vibrant democracy. For no fault of our own, Syria has suffered from one occupation after occupation, the latest being organically grown represented by the Assad family. One would think that a Syrian family occupying Syria is less harmful than the French occupying Syria. The truth is it is much worse. The not-so-civilized Assad family uses much worse despotic techniques. The result is that not only Syrians suffer from lack of opportunities and stifling liberties but they also suffer from lack of hope, dignity, and pride as well; a good formula to create suicide bombers.

When the renowned Berkshire Hathaway of Omaha fancied to invest in the Middle East, it bought shares in Israeli industrial companies on the basis of merit. I do not know of any western investment company who has bought shares in Arab public companies except for the lucrative cellular business, which are unmanageable without western know-how and equipment. That does not mean it won't happen one day, but it will certainly not happen to any of the countries surrounding Israel any time soon (with maybe the exception of Jordan) as long as self-empowerment is absent.

It is said that approximately one third of all scientific Nobel Prize winners are Jewish. The ratio is mind boggling. One third comes from a universe of 15 millions Jews and the remainder two-thirds from the much larger pool of 6 billion-plus people. Arabs (mostly Egyptians) have two or three Nobel Peace and Literature Prizes (From a pool of 350 million people) but no Arab has ever won a Nobel in sciences be it chemistry, physics, or medicine. Any argument here as to why Israel is so important to the region?

The assertion made today by the likes of the ignorant Ahmadinejad, who aspires to wipe Israel off the map, and the violent Hamas, some members of which covet throwing the Jews to the sea, reminds me of the story of two factories built side-by-side. One is very successful and its employees take a good paycheck and the other is not so successful and its employees are economically deprived. The manager of the not-so-successful factory spends all his time striving to destroy the successful factory when he in fact should be spending his time learning and imitating the successful factory for his people to luxuriate in similar prosperity. If some of the Palestinians are not willing to learn (Many do want to imitate the success of the factory next door but are not given the chance to express their views or to be elevated to positions of power), we Syrians want to learn and imitate.

James A. Baldwin said: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." To me, any dispute over shared lands is secondary to bringing prosperity to my people.

Hamas Steals Mickey Mouse Image to teach Hate and Islamic Supremacy

By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook (Palestinian Media Watch)

Hamas Television is using a clone of Disney's Mickey Mouse to teach children to hate Israel and America, and aspire to Islam's inevitable and impending world domination.

The squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse look-alike, named Far fur, is the star of a weekly children's program called Tomorrow's Pioneers on the official Hamas TV station (Al-Aqsa TV). Far fur and his co-host, a young girl named Sara', teach children about such things as the importance of the daily prayers and drinking milk, while taking every opportunity to indoctrinate young viewers with teachings of Islamic supremacy, hatred of Israel and the US and support of "resistance" – the Palestinian euphemism for terror.

Far fur tells children that they must pray in the mosque five times a day until there is "world leadership under Islamic leadership." The earnest and soft-spoken Sara' explains that the nucleus of this world Islamic leadership will be from "all of Palestine," i.e., including Israel. Far fur refers to Israel as "the oppressive invading Zionist occupation," which the children must "resist."

In a religious warning that is striking, considering the young age of the target audience, Sara' announces that after death, the children will have to answer to Allah for what they did or did not do for the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and for Palestinian prisoners: "I remind you that Al-Aqsa and the prisoners are a responsibility on our shoulders, and Allah will ask us on Resurrection Day what we gave for their sake."

The writing in this show is quite sophisticated. Far fur's performance is unquestionably funny and entertaining, as is the character's comic timing. For example, as he rhymes off a list of world figures, he chirps: "We will win, Bush! We will win, Condoleezza! We will win, Sharon!" Then, without missing a beat, he quips, "Ah, Sharon is dead" (sic), reinforcing his message that the plan for world domination is progressing.

Using a character based on an appealing, world famous and beloved icon like Mickey Mouse to teach Islamic supremacy and resistance as Islamic duty is a powerful and effective way to indoctrinate children.

The effectiveness of this program is heightened by including child viewers, who phone in to the show and recite poems with images of hate and violence; for example, "We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death;" and, "Rafiah sings `Oh, oh.' Its answer is an AK-47. We who do not know fear, we are the predators of the forest."

One child, Muhammad, reads lines from a poem: "Oh Jerusalem, we are coming…Oh Jerusalem, we will never surrender to the enemy, we will never be humiliated, It is beloved Palestine that taught us what to be and taught us to be the soldiers of the Lord of the Worlds. We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death. We will lead a war." [Al Aqsa TV, April 30, 2007)

Hamas: "Extermination of the Jews is Good for the Inhabitants of the Worlds."

By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook (Palestinian Media Watch)

The extermination of Jews is Allah's will and is for the benefit of all humanity, according to an article in the Hamas paper, Al-Risalah. The author of the article, Kan'an Ubayd, explains that the suicide operations carried out by Hamas are being committed solely to fulfill Allah's wishes.

Furthermore, Allah demanded this action, because "the extermination of the Jews is good for the inhabitants of the worlds." The killing of innocent Jews by terrorist attacks is portrayed as Allah's plan for the benefit of humanity.

It should be noted that Hamas' justification for the extermination of Jews, both as God's will and for the benefit of humanity, echoes Hitler's words in Mein Kampf: "In this case the only salvation remaining was war… If the Jew with the help of his Marxist creed is victorious over the peoples of this world, then his crown will be the funeral wreath of humanity… Thus I believe today that I am acting according to the will of the almighty Creator: when I defend myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord." (Mein Kampf)

In another parallel to the Nazi genocide of Jews, the writer says he wants to be sure that "everyone will know" that these murderous actions are "not of [Hamas'] own accord" – an echo of the Nazi war criminals' repeated justification of their actions with the defense that they were only following orders.

The fact that these orders are said to be divine in nature makes Hamas' justification for the murder of Jews even more ominous.

Israeli Sends Night in Iran After Emergency Landing Israel Faxx News Services

An Israeli citizen ended up spending 24 hours in Tehran this weekend after his flight from Istanbul to India had to make an emergency landing there. After finally landing in Mumbai, the passenger, identified only as "Beni," said he had been treated exceptionally well and had even received a small souvenir from the Islamic Republic.

The Turkish Airlines Airbus aircraft was diverted from its planned flight path on Friday night after the pilot detected an electrical problem. The flight took off again on Saturday morning with its 123 passengers abroad. However, after 40 minutes in flight, the airplane was forced to turn around again, this time with a hydraulic problem.

The flight finally took off shortly after 7 p.m. Tehran time Saturday evening. The passengers had spent a sleepless night in the international airport lounge. Officials refused to lodge them in hotels, citing visa issues.

In a conversation with Ha'aretz after his safe arrival in India, Beni said the Iranians were aware that he was Israeli, and that he was treated well. "They were very nice. I tried to say I was British, but they knew I was Israeli and they gave me a bodyguard for my safety," he said. "They even gave me a small farewell gift: a wooden box with traditional carvings.

Teapacks Threatens to Boycott Eurovision


Following their second rehearsal for Thursday's Eurovision song competition, members of Teapacks band were angry. In a press conference held following the rehearsal, they accused the organizers of attempting to significantly change the video art clip that is supposed to be featured in the background, reducing number of cameras from 10 cameras to one and changing the lighting.

Teapacks told Ynet that: "We feel disappointed; it seems that we are not given the freedom to choose how to present our song in a respectable manner. We are being sabotaged."

The turbulent press conference angered the organizers and the entire production team but lead singer, Kobi Oz, insisted: "We really want to appear and we hope a solution will be found."

Oz claims that ever since landing in Helsinki, comments have been made about the song's scathing lyrics. "I understand their desire to soften the tone but we will not allow them to re-edit the video art we prepared.

The decision to shoot us with a single camera and in one shot is also questionable. If they decided to allow us to perform they must give the audience the right to express their opinion."

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