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London Editor: I'd Celebrate Israel's Nuking
By Israel Faxx News Services
The editor of an Arabic daily newspaper in London said he would "dance with delight" if
Iranian missiles hit Israel.
"If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and
dance with delight," said Abd Al-Bari Atwan in an interview with the Lebanese television
station ANB in June, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Bari Atwan is the editor of the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, a pan-Arab daily he founded
in 1989. He is also a commentator on Sky News and BBC News 24.
Human Rights Group Accuses Hizbullah of Intimidation
By VOA News
The New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch has issued a report accusing
Lebanon's Hizbullah terrorists of indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians during last
year's conflict with Israel. Human Rights Watch was to have released the report with a
news conference Thursday in Beirut, but cancelled the event because of Hizbullah
Human Rights Watch officials said they decided to release the report on their Web site,
instead of the Beirut news conference, after what they say were tendentious reports
against the organization by Hizbullah-controlled media, and threats to block the news
event with demonstrators.
The 128-page document is one of several reports and news releases Human Rights Watch
has done on the 2006 war, some of them sharply critical of Israeli actions including the
use of cluster munitions.
It said Hizbullah fired thousands of rockets, some of them loaded with anti-personnel
steel pellets, indiscriminately and at times deliberately into civilian areas of northern
Israel, killing at least 39 civilians and seriously wounding more than 100 others.
Human Rights Watch said Hizbullah's stated reasons for the rocketing, responding to
indiscriminate Israeli weapons fire and trying to draw Israel into a ground war, utterly
fails to justify the action and have no basis under international law.
Human Rights Watch deputy director for the Middle East, Joe Stork, told VOA Hizbullah
may well have tried to target military sites in northern Israel. But he said because of
the nature of weapons used, unguided rockets with fragmentation warheads, it constituted
"Hizbullah routinely and systematically launched rocket attacks against civilian areas
in northern Israel between July 12th and August 14 of 2006," he said. "These are civilian
areas. Because they are civilian areas and because the rockets, the weapons, that
Hizbullah was using, are not very accurate, they simply can't be aimed with any kind of
precision, they constitute, if not targeting civilians, then at the very least
indiscriminate attacks causing harm to civilians."
Human Rights Watch said in preparing the report, it sought meetings with Hizbullah
officials and solicited written information from them, but there was no substantive
Stork said the Beirut event was cancelled in the face of reports carried by Hizbullah
media accusing Human Rights Watch of conspiring with rival Lebanese factions and the U.S.
government, and calling on Hizbullah supporters to block the news conference and the
"What happened yesterday was that al-Manar, which is the Web site and television
station of Hizbullah, broadcast a very tendentious long piece alleging that we were
working hand-in-hand with unnamed Lebanese actors, and that we are working on behalf of
the Bush administration, and so on and so forth. So really a pack of lies, to not put too
fine a point on it," he added.
Human Rights Watch said in a press statement that Hizbullah is trying to silence
criticism of its conduct during the war, but that the fairness and accuracy of its
reporting would speak for itself. The organization is due to release a report critical of
Israel's attacks in Lebanon on September 6 in Jerusalem.
In comments here, State Department Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey dismissed the notion of
U.S. government cooperation with Human Rights Watch on the report, saying it is a private
group with its own agenda, as evidenced by its frequent criticism of the United States on
human rights issues.
Casey also said intimidation tactics are nothing new for Hizbullah, which he said
engages in terrorism and repression of opponents and free speech in Lebanon.
Policeman Assaulted Trying to Stop Illegal Temple Mount Dig
A policeman trying to stop an Arab tractor engaged in illegal Temple Mount excavations
was assaulted - and the police chief who arrived on the scene arrested no one.
Officials of the Muslim Waqf (religious body) on the Temple Mount are digging there
illegally, likely destroying precious artifacts from as early as the First Temple period.
So say eyewitnesses and representatives of the Committee for the Prevention of the
Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities.
Gideon Charlap, a top Jerusalem architect and Temple Mount expert, told Arutz-7 what he
saw when he visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday: "The Arabs there are digging a deep
north-to-south trench, up to a meter [1.1 yards] deep. It is being dug in the area that
served during Holy Temple times as the Ezrat Nashim [the area known as the Women's
Courtyard, though it was not reserved only for women -Ed.]. The trench passes through
three east-to-west walls, according to my calculations - walls that probably served as
separations for the Temple's offices and the like. This means that the destruction is
"At one point during the digging," Charlap continued, "a policeman - apparently a Druze
- tried to stop the work from going on, and actually entered the cabin of the tractor. A
struggle ensued, and when the Arabs finally pushed him out, he actually stood in the
trench and physically blocked the rest of the work!"
"But instead of stopping the lawbreakers," Charlap related with incredulity, "he tried to
'calm down' the policeman!"
Charlap said that at that point, the chief officer of the Temple Mount police station,
Shai Alali, arrived on the scene. "But instead of stopping the lawbreakers," Charlap
related with incredulity, "he tried to 'calm down' the policeman!"
Charlap said he was unable to see how the story developed from there, "because our
allotted time was over." Jews are permitted onto the site - Judaism's most sacred
anywhere in the world - only four or fewer hours a day.
Police Chief Shai Alali was unavailable for comment. Police spokesmen say they will
look into the assault and illegal digging.
The digging is taking place just east of the Dome of the Rock.
'Sharon Warned Bush: Hit Iran, Not Iraq'
According to a former top U.S. administration official, former Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon tried to convince George W. Bush not to invade Iraq in 2001, and told him
"Iraq is not the enemy, Iran is the enemy."
The quotes appear in a report by the NFC news site, which identifies the official as
"Gen. (res.) Lawrence Wilkinson, one of former Secretary of State Colin Powell's top
advisors." He is also said to be "the person who, two years ago, exposed American
intelligence's systematic lies before the Iraq War."
The official reportedly said that when Sharon understood that Bush was serious about
invading Iraq, he asked to meet him, and relayed messages that "if you are going to upset
the balance of power in the Middle East, this had better be done vis-à-vis the
Iranians and not the Iraqis."
Bush, however, refused to heed Sharon's advice. When Sharon understood that the
invasion of Iraq was inevitable, he promised not to make Israel's opposition to it
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