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Sanhedrin May Hear Complaint Against Chinese Torture

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The re-established Sanhedrin, which aspires to fill the role of the ancient religious court, has announced it will hear a complaint of the Chinese Falun Gong movement, which has charged the Chinese government with persecution, murder and the selling of victims' body organs.

Sanhedrin secretary Rabbi Dov Stein said it has heard testimony from a Falun Gong member and is investigating the facts. However, he added that Chinese embassy officials have warned a hearing may damage relations between Israel and China.


IDF Air Strike Kills Top Hamas Commander in Gaza City

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Israeli's Air Force killed the top Hamas terrorist commander in Gaza City Wednesday. Yehiye Habib was killed in the strike and three of his deputies were wounded. The IDF confirmed the air strike, saying the men were approaching the Gaza perimeter fence.

The strike is the latest in a string of IDF targeted killings aimed at those involved in firing rockets at Jewish towns. Despite the pinpointed strikes, the IDF has failed in its mission of stopping the Kassam rockets. Two rockets were fired at the western Negev from Gaza Wednesday morning. They landed in open areas and no injuries were reported.

Overnight Tuesday, Arab terrorists fired Kassam rockets at Israeli towns from Gaza, hitting a factory in Sderot's industrial area and causing extensive damage. On Tuesday, three Kassam rockets struck the western Negev – one hitting a kindergarten in Sderot. The children were not present at the time and no injuries were reported.

In a radio interview Wednesday morning, MK Tzachi HaNegbi (Kadima) said that a full IDF incursion into Gaza is inevitable, in order to uproot the terrorist infrastructure that has blossomed there since the IDF withdrawal from the Gaza region in the summer of 2005.


Terrorist: U.S. Training Helps Attack, Kill Jews

By WorldNetDaily.com

United States-run programs that train militias from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization have been utilized to kill Jews and were instrumental in the "success" of the Palestinian intifada that began in 2000, a senior Fatah militant trained by the U.S. told WND.

"I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings," said Abu Yousuf, a senior officer of Abbas' Force 17 Presidential Guard unit in Ramallah.

The U.S. has long run training programs at a base in the West Bank city of Jericho for members of Force 17, which serves as de facto police units in the West Bank, and for the Palestinian Preventative Security Services, another major Fatah security force.

This weekend diplomatic security officials announced the State Department would begin training Force 17 again this year in an effort to bolster Abbas against Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in June when the terror group easily defeated U.S.-backed Fatah forces in the territory.

Under an agreement signed this month by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Force 17 officers are slated to take course work and conduct VIP protection exercises under the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

The new training program aims to help the PA "deliver security for the Palestinian people and fight terrorism, build confidence between the parties, and ultimately help to meet the security needs of Palestinians and Israelis alike," a State Department press release said.

The training program, which includes courses in the use of weapons, is paid for by $86.5 million in U.S. tax dollars granted to the PA by Congress in April.

Many members of Force 17 and the Preventative Security Services also openly serve in the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's declared "military wing," which took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel in 2005 and 2006. Statistically, the Brigades is responsible for more terrorism from the West Bank than any other Palestinian organization.

Yousuf received U.S. training in Jericho in 1999 as a member of the Preventative Security Services. He is a chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Ramallah, where he is accused of participating in anti-Israel terrorism, including recent shootings, attacks against Israeli forces operating in the city and a shooting attack in northern Samaria in December 2000 that killed Binyamin Kahane, leader of the ultranationalist Kahane Chai organization.

After the Kahane murder, Yousuf was extended refuge by Yasir Arafat to live in the late PLO leader's Ramallah compound, widely known as the Muqata. Yousuf still lives in the compound. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last month granted Yousuf amnesty along with 178 other Brigades leaders reportedly as a gesture to Abbas.

Speaking during a sit-down exclusive interview for the upcoming book "Schmoozing with Terrorists," Yousuf said his American training sessions were instrumental in killing Jews: "All the methods and techniques that we studied in these trainings, we applied them against the Israelis," he said.

"We sniped at Israeli settlers and soldiers. We broke into settlements and Israeli army bases and posts. We collected information on the movements of soldiers and settlers. We collected information about the best timing to infiltrate our bombers inside Israel. We used weapons and we produced explosives, and of course the trainings we received from the Americans and the Europeans were a great help to the resistance.

"I myself received American trainings in Jericho. Together with my Preventative comrades, I received trainings in intelligence methods and military trainings. In the intelligence part, we learned collection of information regarding suspected persons, how to follow suspected guys, how to infiltrate organizations and penetrate cells of groups that we were working on and how to prevent attacks and to steal in places.

"On the military level, we received trainings on the use of weapons, all kind of weapons and explosives. We received sniping trainings, work of special units especially as part of what they call the fight against terror. We learned how to put siege, how to break into places where our enemies closed themselves in, how to oppress protest movements, demonstrations and other activities of opposition.

"We also learned to discover agents that Israel tried to plant in our cells," he said.

Yousuf stressed he "isn't talking about U.S. training in order to irritate the Americans or the Israelis and not in order to create provocations. I'm just telling you the truth. We applied against Israel all that we learned from the Americans."


UN Envoy: Israel Should Make More Gestures to Abbas

By VOA News

The U.N.'s Mideast envoy is urging Israel to make more gestures to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to maintain momentum toward peace.

Envoy Michael Williams said he welcomes Israel's recent release of 250 Palestinian prisoners and the transfer of frozen funds to Abbas. But, he expressed concern that Israel has not taken further steps. Williams spoke Wednesday after talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

He called on Israel to improve the Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank by removing checkpoints. He said Israel should open more border crossings into the Gaza Strip to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished territory.


Official Media: Iran develops 900-kg `Smart Bomb'

By Reuters

Iran has developed a 2,000-pound (900 kg) "smart bomb"; official media quoted a Defense Ministry statement as saying on Wednesday, in the latest announcement from Tehran about progress regarding military hardware.

The guided bomb, named Qased (Messenger), was developed by specialists within the ministry and is now operational, IRNA news agency said, adding it could be dropped from F-4 and F-5 jets.

Iran still uses planes, such as the F-5, supplied by the United States to the government of the former shah of Iran, who was a close US ally. Mohammad Reza Shah was ousted in the 1979 Islamic revolution, after which Washington cut ties with Tehran.

Iran often says it has built new arms or upgraded weapons but rarely gives enough details for analysts to determine their capabilities. Although much of Iran's weaponry is outmoded, analysts say Iran has become proficient at modifying such arms.

Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said last year Iran had designed the Qased bomb but that it had yet to be tested. He said only a limited number of countries possessed the technology of "smart and guided weaponry."


Digital Holocaust Archives Handed Over to Washington

By Israel Faxx News Services

The German-based International Tracing Service has handed over digital copies of millions of Holocaust-related documents to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documents, from the archive at Bad Arolsen, are part of a trove of 50 million records of deportation files, arrest records and concentration camp documentation whose release has been sought for years.

The museum received the files on behalf of the United States, one of 11 nations that control the archive. Yad Vashem received Israel's copy. However, no documents will be available to the public until all 11 countries have given their consent. France, Italy and Greece are the three who have not yet done so.

Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which manages the archive, said in a press announcement on August 21 that he was "satisfied that a first step has now been taken" in opening the archives to the public.

Though materials have technically always been available to victims of Nazi persecution or their families, strict privacy laws in member countries have made it difficult to release the documents to scholars and the general public. Many survivors say their inquiries to the archive have gone unanswered. Though the documents won't be immediately available, the museum announced that an inventory of their contents would be available on its Web site.


Arabs Surf Israeli XXX Sites

By YnetNews.com

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict apparently does not disturb and even encourages Arab internet users from consuming kosher Hebrew porn. Operators of a number of porn sites report that between two and 10 percent of their users arrive from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites even go as far as offering services in Arabic.

Nir Shahar, who manages the Israeli porn website, 'Ratuv' (wet), said that his company produced porn movies that have typical Israeli themes featuring female soldiers, female Mossad agents and policewomen.

It turns out there is a high demand for such content even in countries that are defined as "enemy sates." The most popular video clip among Arabs, "Code name: Deep investigation," is described as "a parody dealing with the Vanunu affair with agents investigating the affair using erotic means."

In the past several months we see an increase in traffic from countries that have no diplomatic ties with Israel including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt," Shahar said.

Due to the demand, Shahar added an Arabic version of the site. "We received many thank you messages from Arab surfers. Many of whom asked if the female soldiers really serve in the IDF," he said.

"We get hundreds of hits from surfers that live in countries where porn is prohibited," said Gil Naftali owner and operator of another Hebrew sex site, SexV. "We don't have an Arabic version because users log in to watch photos and video clips that require no explanations."

According to site statistics, last month there were over 2,000 hits from Riad, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The average time a Saudi surfer spends on SexV is 17:23 minutes.

Data also shows that 10 percent of the visitors to the most popular sex site in Israel, Domina, are Arabic speakers. "That is because we offer content in their language," said Tzahi who operates the site.

Nothing seems to stop the porn-consuming Saudi, not even technical difficulties: "In many places Israel is blocked, at times the entire suffix ".co.il" is blocked. Users connect through proxy servers and reach us that way," he said.

The motive behind these initiatives is purely economical, and by means the desire to connect people through the international language of porn. "Israeli and Arab surfers do not communicate on the website. Ideology? No, it's purely business," Tzahi laughed. "Porn will not bring about peace but at least we get some money out of our enemies' pockets."

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