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Jewish Agency: 50,000 Skinheads in Russia, Ukraine
The Jewish Agency warned that there has been a spike in anti-Jewish incidents in Russia
lately. The warning follows the killing of a young Jewish man on Saturday in St.
Amos Hermon, who is in charge of the JA's counter-anti-Semitic operations, said Russian
authorities know of about 50,000 skinheads in Russia and the Ukraine who victimize
foreigners in general and Jews in particular.
U.S.A Boycotts Jerusalem Reunification Day Despite Congressional Mandate
The United States will avoid Jerusalem Reunification Day festivities this week despite
a 12-year-old Congressional bill calling for the American embassy to be located in the
capital. Since then, every president has exercised a waiver in the bill allowing the move
to be deferred for a renewable period of six months.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni insisted that the "connection between Israel and Jerusalem
is inseparable" despite the boycott by the U.S. and most of the international community.
Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski went further and declared, "Anyone who doesn't recognize
Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel does not recognize the State of
American officials, including former Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, have stated
that moving the embassy is not likely to happen until there is a final peace agreement
with the Palestinian Authority.
The U.S. did not issue an official statement explaining why the current Ambassador,
Richard Jones would not be attending the ceremonies, but Ambassador Dr. Harald Kindermann
from Germany, which heads the European Union (EU) this year, specifically said EU
countries would not participate because of Arab claims of sovereignty over eastern
Jerusalem, which includes the Old City.
The Foreign Ministry said Sunday it is "unhappy and disappointed" that most delegations
announced they were not coming to the festivities but added that officials from several
embassies will attend.
Two American lawmakers have launched an effort to put a stop to the continuing deferral
of the Congressional bill to move the embassy from Tel Aviv. Republican House of
Representatives members Joe Wilson and Mike Pence recently introduced a resolution stating
that Jerusalem "must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and
religious group are protected as they have been by Israel during the past 40 years."
The new resolution "strongly urges" President George W. Bush to stop exercising the
waiver to delay the move of the embassy. It also calls on him and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice to "repeatedly affirm publicly, as a matter of United States policy, that
Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the State of Israel."
The congressmen also noted that the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act directs
that the birth of any U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem should be recorded as "Jerusalem,
Israel" upon the request of the citizen or his or her guardian. That requirement has never
been implemented, and the city is listed without its being designated that it is in
Israel officially incorporated all of Jerusalem into the municipality in 1980, a move
that caused virtually all of the embassies that had been located in Jerusalem to move
away. The last holdouts were El Salvador and Costa Rica, which pulled out several months
Poll: 96% of Israeli Jews Won't Give Up Western Wall for Peace
Israel Faxx News Services
Ninety-six percent of Israeli Jews are against Israel relinquishing the Western Wall,
even in exchange for lasting peace and ending the dispute over Jerusalem, a new poll
suggests. According to the poll, most Israeli Jews do not believe territorial concessions
in Jerusalem would bring peace.
The poll, performed at the request of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, also
reveals that 89 percent of Israeli Jews are unwilling to give up the Temple Mount for a
The poll, which was performed by the Tazpit Research Institute headed by Dr. Aharon
Fein, found that Israeli Jews were far more willing to give up the Arab neighborhoods of
East Jerusalem, as long as Israel keeps the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter - an
arrangement favored by 43 percent of them.
Forty-three percent of participants said they were opposed to any form of concession in
Jerusalem for real peace and the termination of the dispute. In the previous survey on the
matter, only 37 percent of the participants were opposed to all forms of territorial
concession in Jerusalem.
Religious and ultra-Orthodox participants expressed less willingness for concessions
than their secular and traditional counterparts. For example, the survey showed that 76
percent of the religious participants were opposed to territorial concessions, as opposed
to 24percent of secular responders.
Despite the relatively high willingness among participants to give up the Arab
neighborhoods of Jerusalem, most participants nonetheless indicated they did not believe
such concessions would bring peace. In total, 75.7 percent believe peace is
Only 20.3 said they believed peace could be reached in return for territorial
concessions in Jerusalem. In addition, 91.5 percent indicated they believed that
maintaining a large Jewish majority in Jerusalem was imperative. Some 81.3 percent said
they believed that a mostly-Jewish Jerusalem would complement Israel's moral fortitude.
Another 62.4 percent said they believed that Jewish settlement in Ma'aleh Adumim and Gush
Etzion serve to strengthen Jerusalem.
Sixty-six percent said the same about settlement west of the city. Some 61.3 percent
expressed support for prioritizing Jerusalem so as to strengthen its status and
According to the survey, the majority of Israelis regard Jerusalem as the most
beautiful city in Israel. Some 81.4 of the Jerusalemites who participated said they
perceived it as such, along with 67.5 of non-Jerusalemites. Despite this, 51.8 percent of
Jerusalemites define the city as dirty, opposed to only 30 percent of non-Jerusalemites.
Some 47.3 percent of the Jerusalemites who participated in the poll defined the city as
impoverished. Another 54 percent said they believed Jerusalem was gradually becoming more
ultra-Orthodox. However, despite their critical approach of their city, only 5.3 of
Jerusalemites said they considered it dangerous to visit.
By contrast, non-Jerusalemites appear to be more wary of visiting the city, with 14.5
percent indicating it as a dangerous place to visit.
At Least 4 Palestinians Killed in Factional Fighting in Gaza
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
At least four Palestinians have been killed in a surge of fighting between rival
factions in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials said Egyptian mediators have brokered a
deal to end fighting.
The clashes erupted as the Israeli Cabinet discussed a response to Palestinian rocket
attacks. An ambush that killed a senior terrorist from the Fatah faction and his bodyguard
set off a wave of violence in Gaza.
A gun battle erupted at the funeral as Fatah militants called for revenge against
Hamas, which was blamed for the shooting. Retaliation came quickly. First, Fatah gunmen
killed two Hamas men outside a mosque. Then, a well-known religious scholar from Hamas was
abducted as he returned from evening prayers, one of about 10 reported kidnappings. It was
the worst fighting since Hamas and Fatah agreed to a national unity government two months
Tensions rose last week, when the Fatah-dominated security forces deployed 3,000 men in
Gaza City under a new security plan aimed at restoring law and order. That angered Hamas
which charged that Fatah did not coordinate the move with them.
The tension in Gaza coincided with a meeting of Israel's Security Cabinet, which
discussed a military response to continuing Palestinian rocket attacks. The army presented
a series of options, but the government decided against a major offensive in Gaza.
"It will be a mistake to make a huge military operation, but I think that we should
react to the terror that is launching from Gaza towards Israeli settlements," said Deputy
Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim.
The army said some 240 rockets have been fired at Israel since the ceasefire began five
months ago. And Israeli officials have made it clear that they are running out of
Hamas Lied About Taking `Jihad Mickey' Off PA TV
According to a report by Palestinian Media Watch, Hamas Palestinian Authority
Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti lied about removing a Mickey Mouse preaching global
Jihad from PA TV.
The Mickey Mouse look-alike, named Farfur, regularly appeared on PA's Al-Aksa TV
station until last week, when Palestinian Media Watch reported on the Islamist mouse. Its
report was reprinted around the globe and drew condemnations from politicians as well as
members of Walt Disney's family.
Barghouti issued a public statement that the show would be taken off the Hamas TV
network until it could be reviewed. His commitment was reported worldwide, but Farfur
appeared Friday on his regularly scheduled "Tomorrow's Pioneers" program, preaching global
domination of Islam.
Farfur was joined by a young girl names Saraa, as well as Hazim, an adult "who
delivered most of the show's messages about Islamic supremacy," according to PMW. Hazim
told the viewers of the children's television show that Islam will spread all over the
world, "including Spain," and that the spread of Islam is for the world's benefit. He said
the "massacres in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine will be replaced by love and justice under
"It appears from today's broadcast that the Hamas or PA officials who oversaw today's
show were concerned only with neutralizing the dialogue spoken by the Mickey Mouse
character, Farfur, and not with moderating the show's content," PMW's Itamar Marcus and
Barbra Crook said. "It is as if they decided that the show's messages, which also promote
hatred of Israel and the US, are completely acceptable as long as the more
inflammatory comments are not coming from the knockoff of Disney's beloved mouse."
Holocaust Survivors' Trauma is not Passed Down to the Second Generation
New research at the University of Haifa contradicts the accepted theory and popular
belief that Holocaust survivors pass down the effects of the trauma they endured to their
children and grandchildren.
The research, which was conducted by Prof. Avi Sagi-Schwartz of the Department of
Psychology and director of the Center for the Study of Child Development at the University
of Haifa, found that second and third generation Holocaust survivors exhibit the same
normative behaviors those who are not the children or grandchildren of Holocaust
"We know that people working in the field who are used to the old theories and popular
beliefs will have difficulty accepting the conclusions of this research, but additional
research done in other parts of the world yielded similar results," said
According to Sagi-Schwartz, mental health professionals have been under the perception
that Holocaust survivors transmit their traumas to their children who in turn transmit
them to their children. Even among those who do not believe survivors transmitted their
traumas to their children, there is a school of thought that traumas "skipped a
generation" and that the effects of trauma could be found among grandchildren of
This recent research examined the reciprocal relations of 50 mothers, who are
themselves children of Holocaust child survivors whose parents were both killed in the
Holocaust, and their one-year-old children.
As the research evaluated the effects and transmission of trauma, it was essential to
base the research on participants who had undergone severe trauma, which is the case when
both parents are killed. The research revealed that the traumas of the Holocaust were not
passed down from generation to generation nor did they "skip" a generation.
"It was clear to us that our results would be viewed with skepticism. One specific
theory has been accepted for years and it is difficult for people to accept a new theory,"
explained Sagi-Schwartz. Therefore, in addition to the research conducted in Israel,
meta-analytical research was conducted which evaluated the results of all available
studies done in this field in the US, Canada, England, and Israel. The data from 13
different research projects was complied into one mega-sample and it was found that the
results were similar to the results of this recent study, and when the results differed it
was based on how the research participants were located.
"One of the problems was that in many cases researchers recruited their participants
through organizations that aid Holocaust survivors in distress. This meant that a very
specific cross-section of Holocaust survivors participated in the study those with
a high level of distress. This is not representative of the general population of
survivors and therefore leads to biased results," said Sagi-Schwartz.
Sagi-Schwartz pointed out a few possible reasons that the horrible traumas of the
Holocaust were not always transmitted to survivors' children and grandchildren. One of the
theories is that before the Holocaust, many of these people had normal family lives and
supportive environments and were therefore able to put their traumas aside and resume
normal lives after the war ended and they had children of their own.
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