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Hizbullah Leader: US Has Declared War
Hizbullah leader Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah said Sunday that the United States
had issued a "declaration of war."
The US Senate's decision to label Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group was a
declaration of war, Fadlallah said, because the guard is an integral part of the Iranian
army. He did not say how Hizbullah or Iran would react to the perceived "declaration of
Bolton: Bomb Iranian Nukes
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Conservative Party
delegates in Britain Sunday that efforts by the UN to negotiate with Iran had failed and
that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the
Bolton said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was "pushing out" and "is not
receiving adequate push-back" from the West. He added that any strike should be followed
by an attempt to remove "the source of the problem," President Ahmadinejad.
"If we were to strike Iran it should be accompanied by an effort at regime change as
well, because I think that really sends the signal that we are not attacking the people,
we are attacking the nuclear weapons program," he said. "The US once had the capability to
engineer the clandestine overthrow of governments. I wish we could get it back," he said,
and received applause and cheers.
Bolton said that the fact that only partial intelligence about Iran's nuclear activity
existed is not an excuse for inaction. "Intelligence can be wrong in more than one
direction," he explained. He asked how the British government would respond if terrorists
exploded a nuclear device at home. "'It's only Manchester?'... Responding after [nuclear
devices] are used is unacceptable."
Bolton also said the UN's involvement with Iran was "fundamentally irrelevant".
Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Meet on Wednesday
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian leaders will hold another summit meeting on Wednesday in a bid
to advance the peace process. But despite some signs of progress, serious differences
The summit will be the sixth in recent months between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and
President Mahmoud Abbas. They are trying to hammer out a document on Palestinian
statehood to be presented at an international peace conference in the United States
planned for November.
Israeli analyst Jonathan Spyer said both leaders are trying to please Washington.
"Everybody wants to give the impression of progress, so everybody is going to turn up,
everyone is going to say things which sound conciliatory, everyone is going to try and not
be the one who spoils things."
In a goodwill gesture to Abbas for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Israel plans to
release 87 Palestinian prisoners on Monday.
Nevertheless, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders have drastically differing visions
for the document on Palestinian statehood. Olmert wants a vague statement, while Abbas
wants to tackle core issues of the Mideast conflict, such as the status of Jerusalem,
Palestinian refugees and final borders. "So once you look beyond the spin, and beyond the
small gestures, the very wide gaps are still very apparent," Spyer said.
Israel is reluctant to offer major territorial concessions to Abbas, after his Fatah
forces were routed by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas in a civil war in the Gaza Strip
three months ago. But Abbas, who heads a government in the West Bank, says he needs a
concrete achievement from the international conference to win the support of his people.
He believes an Israeli commitment on Palestinian statehood would strengthen the forces of
moderation and weaken Hamas.
Methodist Group Urges Divestment from Israel
The United Methodist Church's official lobby office is urging church agencies and
members to divest their holdings in Caterpillar Inc. because the company sells bulldozers
to Israel. United Methodist General Board of Church and Society sponsored the resolution,
accusing Caterpillar of facilitating Israel's destruction of Palestinian property.
Caterpillar, along with Israel, was the target of a lawsuit by the family of Rachel
Corrie after the activist was crushed by a bulldozer in 2003 while attempting to block the
destruction of a Palestinian home used to facilitate arms smuggling. The resolution will
go before the United Methodist General Conference in April 2008.
The 7.9 million member church's pension agency reportedly has $5 million in Caterpillar
stock out of $15 billion in assets. Other mainline churches, including the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) and the Church of England, recently have rejected similar measures.
However, WND reported earlier when the Presbyterian Church hosted a three-day meeting
to justify to denomination leaders its decision to divest from Israel, presenting what one
church elder described as a panel of "full-time, paid, anti-Israel propagandists."
The denomination's General Assembly had voted 431-62 to divest from the Jewish state.
At the time, the PCUSA was believed to be the largest organization or institution to join
the divestment campaign against the Jewish state. It was the first Christian denomination
to do so, but later decisions reversed that.
As WND reported in June, the United Church of Christ's General Synod adopted a
resolution "in support of a renewed and balanced study and response to the conflict
between Palestine and Israel."
Previously, the United Church of Christ had approved resolutions calling for the
tearing down of walls constructed by Israel to protect itself from terrorist attacks
coming from the Palestinian Authority territories and for divestment from the Jewish
Mark Tooley of the IRD said the Methodist Church is out of step. "How bizarre that the
United Methodist Board of Church and Society now is jumping aboard a long-stalled
bandwagon by endorsing anti-Israel divestment against Caterpillar, when other churches are
moving in the opposite direction," he said. "And does anyone really think that punishing
Caterpillar will help create a peace in the Middle East?"
Tooley urged the Methodist board to examine a 2006 resolution approved by the church's
Pacific Northwest Conference noting "some church groups have selectively advocated
divestment of firms doing business with Israel while ignoring severe human rights abuses
by the governments of Israel's neighbors."
The Northwest resolution affirmed the Jewish state as "nearly the only long-standing
democracy among its neighbors in the Middle East" and declared that "selective attention
to Israel's mistakes will not create peace in the Middle East."
Indian Jews Outraged After Local Firm Labels Product `NAZI'
India's small Jewish community is up in arms against an Indian home furnishing maker
that has named its new line of bedspreads "NAZI" and used the swastika in its promotional
The furnishings dealer says the word "NAZI" stands for New Arrival Zone of India, but
local Jewish leaders insisted the name rang of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic regime. "We
will ask him to stop this nonsense," Jonathan Solomon, head of the Indian Jewish
Federation told Reuters on Sunday. "We don't want Nazism to arrive in any zone in India or
The NAZI-named bedspread is being sold at stores in India's financial capital Mumbai.
The new product is promoted with a brochure that displays two red swastikas against a
The brochure reads "Bed and Beyond presents the NAZI collection" with the expanded form
of the word written in a very small font. The cover has a picture of two red cushions and
a red bedspread. "The name has nothing to do with Hitler," said the dealer Kapil Kumar
Todi, denying he had chosen the name for free publicity. "It's just an abbreviation."
But Indian Jews - only about 5,000 remain after most immigrated to Israel and the West
over the years - say they are outraged by the gimmick. Solomon said they would take legal
recourse if Todi did not change the name.
Holocaust awareness in India is limited and Hitler is regarded by many as just another
historical figure. "What this says is there is a severe lack of awareness of what millions
of Jews were subjected to by one man," said Solomon. "We will stop all attempts to
rehabilitate Hitler in any form, anywhere."
The bedspread line is not yet on sale, but brochures were handed out in a mall in a
northern Mumbai suburb, the Times of India newspaper reported Sunday.
Furnishing dealer Kapil Kumar Todi said he chose the name because "that's what came to
my mind," according to the paper. "It really does not matter to me who feels bad about
it," he said.
Nazi ideas are largely rejected in India, but a rightist Hindu fringe deifies Hitler's
rabid nationalism. In 2005, the western state of Gujarat, ruled by Hindu nationalists,
introduced a high-school book that eulogized Hitler as a strong administrator.
Last year, a small restaurant in Mumbai was forced to change its name from "Hitler's
Cross" to "Cross Cafe" after strong protests. The eatery had its interior done in the Nazi
colors of red, white and black, used red swastikas and a huge portrait of Hitler as
New Online Business Directory for Olim
Nefesh B'Nefesh, the organization dedicated to revitalizing aliyah from the US, Canada
and the UK, has launched a new online business directory, providing local English speakers
with a comprehensive listing of services nationwide, as well as special discounts for
Nefesh B'Nefesh olim.
The site highlights businesses operated by Nefesh B'Nefesh olim and enables all Israeli
businesses to advertise their services to olim free of charge.
The website contains a Services Directory in English, which is a yellow-pages type
listing of businesses and services run by Nefesh B'Nefesh olim. Businesses not owned by
Nefesh B'Nefesh olim who wish to be listed on the site may also do so free of charge,
provided they offer discounts to new immigrants.
The directory is intended to help people obtain a wide range of services at the most
affordable prices, including gardening, health, shopping and even party-planning.
Additionally, the site enables olim to connect with American Jewish business owners who
may be interested in hiring Israeli employees.
In the future, Nefesh B'Nefesh intends to avail this service to the entire
English-speaking community in Israel. A special aliyah gift shop has also been included on
the site, allowing users to have gifts such as specialty food baskets, Judaica items and
floral arrangements delivered to family and friends living in Israel.
"The exciting part of this new Nefesh B'Nefesh endeavor is for us to be able to help
our olim connect with Israeli service providers in a far more efficient way than ever
before," said Danny Oberman, Executive VP of Israel Operations for Nefesh B'Nefesh. "This
new service opens up a whole new gateway to information and services at no charge which is
a win-win situation for any oleh or business owner in Israel," he added.
The Nefesh B'Nefesh website provides information and resources on education, employment, financial planning, ulpans and a wide variety of other topics useful for olim. To visit and /or to register for the directory, go to www.nbnbusiness.co.il
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