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Geneva Synagogue Attacked on Shavuot
A large fire, suspected to be a case of anti-Semitism vandalism, burnt the library of a
large Geneva synagogue on the second day of Shavuot. The fire was discovered shortly after
5 a.m. at the Heichal HaNess synagogue in eastern Geneva. More than 40 firefighters were
needed to extinguish the blaze, which police said appeared to have several sources. No one
was hurt in the fire.
Israel Arrests More Than 30 Hamas Members
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli security forces arrested 33 senior members of Hamas, Thursday, in the occupied
West Bank - part of a continuing crackdown against Hamas for launching rockets into Israel
from the Gaza Strip.
The most prominent Hamas leader arrested is Nasser Shaer, the education minister in the
Hamas-dominated Palestinian unity government. Israeli forces also detained the mayors of
the West Bank towns of Nablus, Qalqiliya and Beita, as well as at least one former cabinet
minister and several sitting members of the Palestinian legislature.
Speaking on Israeli Radio, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said the arrests are part of an
ongoing crackdown on Hamas for its continued rocket attacks against the southern Israeli
city, Sderot, from the Gaza Strip. He said arrests are preferable to bloodshed, adding
that detentions send a message to Hamas leaders that Israel will not tolerate the rocket
IAF air strikes targeted currency exchange shops in the Gaza Strip that Israeli
military authorities said were being used to funnel money to Hamas terrorists. The arrests
and ongoing Israeli strikes in Gaza were condemned by Palestinian officials, like
presidential spokesman Nabil Aburdeneh speaking on Palestinian radio.
Aburdeneh said the Israeli actions would not help Israel's security and could only
provoke Palestinians - saying international mediation is needed to end the current
The Israeli actions on Thursday followed a meeting in Gaza between Hamas Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Media reports said the
two men discussed declaring a unilateral truce with Israel and the truce between the
Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah that went into effect a few days ago.
Palestinian in-fighting, in the past two weeks, has led to the deaths of about 50
people and sparked a surge in the firing of rockets against Israel by Hamas - which in
turn has led to Israeli reprisals in the form of air strikes against Hamas targets in the
U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Thursday evening that the US is
"concerned" by Israel's arrests. His announcement was similar to that of United Nations
representative Michael Williams.
While Hamas is a terrorist organization, Casey said, the arrest of Palestinian
Authority members of Parliament is always "a process arousing concern." Several of the 33
detainees are MPs in the PA.
Fatwa Against Hamas for Having 'Jewish Characteristics'
A Muslim cleric, Sheikh Al-Hiran, apparently from the Palestinian Authority, has
released a fatwa (religious ruling) permitting the killing of members of the Hamas
terrorist organization. In support of his position, the heretofore unknown sheikh declared
Hamas to have "Jewish characteristics;" and "You should kill them cold-bloodedly."
The fatwa and accompanying argumentation appeared in two articles, one in the Saudi
newspaper Al-Watan and the other published on the website of the Fatah terrorist
organization, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
According to a report and translation of the articles provided by the Middle East Media
Research Institute (MEMRI), the Islamic cleric labeled Hamas "Khawarij." This term is a
reference to a group of Muslims that rebelled against the leadership of seventh-century
Among other affronts, the Fatah-backed sheikh declared, Hamas is willing to ally itself
with non-Muslims and to battle co-religionists. Al-Hiran then said that Hamas-backed
scholars should be confronted about the activities of their organization. "If they say
that what they [i.e., Hamas members] do is prohibited, then you should kill them
cold-bloodedly, [and you will] be rewarded by Allah for ridding Muslims of their influence
"Jews have more mercy towards our nation than [Hamas]. If they [i.e., the scholars] say
that their conduct is permitted, then kill their scholars.... They are all the same."
In his article entitled "The Common Characteristics of Hamas and the Jews," Al-Hiran
wrote that the Islamist group has "Jewish characteristics." For the PA sheikh, this means
hypocrisy and a lack of trustworthiness, including breaking agreements reached with the
Fatah leadership of the PA.
MEMRI analysts noted, "The articles triggered condemnation, such as a statement by
Palestinian Authority Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, who labeled Al-Hiran's articles as a
clear call for fitna (civil strife)." In particular, MEMRI reported that the article
comparing Hamas to the Jews "triggered harsh reactions and prompted online messages from
readers questioning Al-Hiran's existence."
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
The saying is "All's fair in love and war." This has been proven to be true time and
time again. Our sworn enemies, Muslim terrorists, are attacking the U.S. with assorted
Very few, if any, relish the thought of being sued. The idea of being sued conjures up
negative emotions of frustration, aggravation, inconvenience and possibly huge expenses.
If you knew you might be sued for speaking out, would you?
Muslims across the world, even in the United States, are employing legal action to gain
control. Their desire is to intimidate people to give in to their wishes. Their ultimate
goal is to change our living environment to conform to their religious beliefs and
On March 31, 2004, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a defamation
lawsuit against Andrew Whitehead, one of the founders of Anti-CAIR, for making multiple
libelous remarks about CAIR. Whitehead acknowledges he made statements such as "Let there
be no doubt that CAIR is a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially
funded by terrorists, and that CAIR wishes nothing more than the implementation of Islamic
law in America."
And "CAIR is a fundamentalist organization dedicated to the overthrow of the United
States Constitution and the installation of an Islamic theocracy in America."
On June 20, 2005 CAIR reduced the number of the alleged libelous statements to just
two. Then on March 23, 2006 Whitehead reported that CAIR's lawsuit has been dismissed.
Whitehead also stated "The policies and procedures of Anti-CAIR have not changed in any
way as a result of the CAIR lawsuit settlement."
On March 29, 2007 The Detroit News reported that a Muslim woman, Ginnah Muhammad, filed
a lawsuit against Judge Paul Paruk. Ginnah claims the judge violated her religious rights.
There was no mention of her civil rights.
Muhammad had gone to court, in October 2006 in a dispute with a car rental company.
Judge Paruk said she could not testify unless she removed her veil. Ginnah refused to
remove the veil of her hajib that covered her from head to toe except for her eyes. From
her picture this writer could not tell if she was a man or a woman no less which woman.
On March 29, 2007, 35 Bosnian Muslims filed a lawsuit, in St. Louis, claiming the U.S.
government is unlawfully delaying their applications to become United States citizens. And
on Nov. 21, 2006, six Imams were ejected from a US Airway plane in Minneapolis. An Imam
can simply be a highly respected individual or a teacher or a religious leader.
One or more passengers alerted the crew that the Imams were spouting anti-American
rhetoric. The airplane crew and an air marshal claimed that the Imams did not take their
assigned seats but separated into groups of two and took other seats. Imams who did not
appear to need larger seat belts requested seat belt extenders. As a result of these
suspicious actions the six Imams were asked to leave the airplane.
Subsequent to this event CAIR assisted the six Imams in filing lawsuits against the
airport, US Airways and the crew. Furthermore they have threatened to sue the passengers
who complained. The Imams claim it was discrimination against them for praying in the
On March 21, 2007 The Washington Times reported that Dr. Zuhdi Jasser told The
Washington Times that his group would raise money for legal fees for passengers if the
Imams sue them. Dr. Jasser is a Phoenix-area physician and director of American Islamic
Forum for Democracy (www.aifdemocracy.org)-- a group founded in 2003 to promote moderate
Dr. Jasser has also stated "Organizations like CAIR and the Muslim American Society
began whipping up the drums of victimization the very next day."
Fred Thompson, former United States senator from Tennessee, has stated that the
passengers' only offense was reporting suspicious behavior by the six Imams. If the
lawsuit goes forward, airline passengers will be far less willing to share information
that might prevent another 9/11 terrorist tragedy.
Thompson said this problem pales in comparison to what's going on in much of Europe
today where the courts are being used to criminalize politically incorrect debate about
Islam. One notable victim was Italian author and ex-resistance fighter, Oriana Fallaci. A
Swiss court ordered her arrest for criticizing Islamic violence. Later, an Italian court
ordered her tried as well.
Thompson further stated a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives to
protect passengers from being sued for reporting fishy behavior. The good news is that the
vote will help keep America's courts from being used to squelch free speech. The bad news
is that 121 U.S. representatives opposed it.
So what are we looking at? A devious enemy who is using our legal system in an attempt
to intimidate Americans into silence. The questions are. Are you going to look the other
way? Or, are you going to help defend the USA and our freedom? It is up to you. Remember
(Ed Ziegler is a Board Member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and past president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at. EZ14@comcast.net)
Sonia Peres Rushed to Hospital
Sonia Peres, the wife of Vice Premier Shimon Peres, was rushed to Sheba Medical Center,
Tel Hashomer, late Thursday and it is reported that her life may be in danger.
A medical team was summoned to the couple's apartment after the 81-year-old Peres
suffered from heart failure. After paramedics gave her initial treatment, she was rushed
to Sheba Hospital by ambulance and treated in the cardiology wing of the intensive care
Peres' heart failure appears to be the worsening of a pre-existing condition. She has
been sedated so that the medical staff could better treat her. While Shimon Peres has been
a prominent figure in the Israeli political world for almost five decades, Sonia has
stayed largely out of the spotlight.
Vietnam Hosts Bar Mitzvah
A Bar Mitzvah ceremony was held last Saturday in Vietnam, for the first time in the
country's history. The Bar Mitzvah boy, Omri Rafaeli, has been traveling with his family
across Southeast Asia in the past nine months. When his 13th birthday was approaching, his
father asked the Israeli embassy in Hanoi to help organize the ceremony.
In light of the difficulty to arrange a minyan (a quorum of 10 men required for public
prayer service according to Jewish law), the ambassador's deputy Nati Brooks suggested to
hold the event at the same hotel where a delegation of Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon
was staying. In honor of the occasion, Brooks also brought a 150-year-old Torah scroll
that belongs to him, to be used at the ceremony.
And so last Saturday Omri's family, the embassy staff, the minister and his entourage
gathered at the hotel together with the members of the small local Jewish community, in
order to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah. "To hold a Bar Mitzvah in a country where there are no
. is really exciting," Minister Simhon said. "Seeing the Torah scroll was
especially moving for everyone.
"My Vietnamese hosts were a little surprised by what they saw, and didn't understand
why we threw candy at the kid. We explained to them that this was a Jewish tradition," he
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