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Yigal Amir Banned from Attending Son's Brit Milah
Prison officials have rejected a request by Yigal Amir to leave his jail cell and
attend the brit milah (circumcision) of his son who is expected to be born soon.
The Prisons Authority cited Amir, who was convicted for assassinating Prime Minister
Yitzchak Rabin, as being "a danger to the public" as well as being in danger if he were
released. Officials also rejected his request that the ceremony be held in the prison,
where he is serving a life sentence. The Hebrew anniversary of the death of former Prime
Minister Rabin is next week.
Olmert Questions Israeli Control of Jerusalem's Arab Neighborhoods
By VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has raised questions about Israel's control of Arab
neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. His remarks Monday came in a speech remembering a
prominent right-wing parliamentarian who was killed by Palestinian terrorists. Olmert
asked if it was necessary for Israel to control Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
His comments came a day after he met Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Israel, and
on the same day Rice held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Rice spoke
Monday in Ramallah at a joint news conference with Abbas. She said Israelis and
Palestinians are making their most serious effort in years to end the conflict, adding
President Bush has made resolving the conflict "one of the highest priorities of his
Olmert and Abbas have been working on a joint document ahead of a U.S.-sponsored peace
conference in November, in Annapolis, Maryland to lay the groundwork for an eventual
Palestinian state. (Editor: See below for story about a possible postponement.)
Abbas said he believes Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will be able to reach
agreement on a joint declaration of principles before the conference. But Olmert said an
agreement on a joint document is not a prerequisite for the conference.
In a related story, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said that the United States
will risk God's wrath if it forces Israel to surrender part of Jerusalem to the
"He that touches Jerusalem touches the apple of God's eye," Robertson said on "The 700
Club," the daily religious news-and-talk television program he hosts from his Christian
Broadcasting Network. "And if we decide we're going to wrest East Jerusalem away from the
Jews and give it over to the Palestinians, we're risking the wrath of God on this nation,
and I think it's very dangerous."
The Associated Press reported Monday that a U.S. State Department official said that
the Middle East conference, scheduled by President George W. Bush for late November in
Annapolis, Md., might be delayed.
"This is going to take some time," the official said after Jerusalem meetings between
Israeli leaders and visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "This is going to
require a lot of hands-on American diplomacy. These are really tough issues."
Mini-Earthquake Sets Off Predictions of a Larger One
The Patzael region in the central Jordan Valley, just 12 miles north of Jericho, was
touched by a small earthquake on Saturday night, registering 3.0 on the Richter scale. A
similar quake occurred in the same area two months ago.
On Sunday morning, researchers at Tel Aviv University presented a new study on the
timeline of earthquakes throughout history. No precise future earthquake dates can be
extrapolated from the data, but the researchers said one is on the way - as no major quake
has hit the danger area between the Dead Sea and the Kinneret in centuries.
"It's like the first winter rain," said Dr. Shmuel Marko, who took part in the study.
"The longer the dry summer lasts, the closer the first rain is. Here, as well: The quiet
is worrisome. The longer we go without a large quake, the more we can expect one."
On the other hand, experts have said that Israel's earthquakes are in general less
frequent than those in other quake-prone regions such as California, Japan and Turkey.
Israel is located along the Syria-Africa rift, a friction point between two subterranean
plates and is therefore considered earthquake-prone.
In 1927, some 250 people were killed in an earthquake that hit Jericho and central
Israel. In November 1995, a 6.2 quake caused injuries to several people in Eilat. A minor
quake, 5.0 on the Richter scale, hit Israel in February 2004, shaking buildings in many
cities and even causing damage to the Knesset building. No one was reported hurt.
The northern city of Tzfat was hit by two earthquakes in recent centuries, in 1759 and
in 1837. The latter one killed at least 2,000 people, when residents were buried under
the ruins of their homes and help did not arrive for days.
Churchill Stopped Nazi Missiles at British Jews' Expense
By Joseph Farah (WorldNetDaily.com)
With Nazi "flying bombs" raining down on the nation's capital and largest population
center, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a fateful and agonizing decision to
use a double agent to redirect the missiles toward the Jewish sector of the city, secret
MI6 files reveal for the first time.
The exclusive report is detailed in the latest issue of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
On June 14, 1944, Churchill gathered his top military advisers, including John Cecil
Masterman, who ran the double-agents spies recruited by the Nazis and sent to
England only to be "turned" by the intelligence service to work for Britain.
Among the most daring recruits was Eddie Chapman, a Londoner who before the war had led
a devil-may-care life as a safecracker. He had fled to (the British island of) Jersey to
avoid arrest for his latest crime only to arrive there at the time the Germans
invaded the island.
On that June night, the Air Ministry analysts had calculated the flying bombs, or
doodlebugs, as they would be called, would continue to be aimed at Central London
at the Air Ministry headquarters in Kingsway and on Whitehall.
The still secret minutes of that June meeting show Churchill's question to Masterman
was blunt. Could one of his double-agents successfully feed information to the German
doodlebug controllers which would make the technicians at the rocket launch sites adjust
the target coordinates? To move the coordinates too far from central London would arouse
immediate suspicion among the Germans.
"The credibility of a double agent would be compromised," Masterman explained.
But if the German technicians at the launch sites could be persuaded to shorten their
ranges in the belief they were over-shooting the original target, it would make a
It would mean the rockets would fall on an already battered East End of the city and
the countryside beyond, which had so far largely escaped death and destruction.
Was Churchill ready to dramatically reduce the threat to central London the seat
of government by approving a plan which, if it became public, would have enormous
political repercussions for allowing one part of the city to be spared and another area
The eastern part of the city had a large Jewish population of tailors, shirt and
shoemakers, pastry cooks and their families. Already Churchill and his air chiefs had so
far refused to direct Royal Air Force Lancaster bombers to target the gas chambers in the
concentration camps along their routes to destroy German cities. A secret Cabinet decision
had been taken that the camps were not a priority target.
If they learned of it, would British Jews see the decision to divert the doodlebugs as
another example of what they regarded as indifference to the fate of their relations in
Auschwitz, Dachau and Belsen-Bergen, whose liberation had begun to unmask the first
horrors of the Holocaust?
Documents stored in MI6's Y-Files the most secret of all its millions of files
in its registry reveal for the first time that Churchill authorized the doodlebug
deception to proceed. Masterman assigned Eddie Chapman to carry it out. "I began to
transmit false target coordinates," Chapman told G2B.
The urgency of his mission intensified daily. On July 1, 1944, Chapman had sent his
first radio message to his Abwehr controller, insisting the rockets "are still
overshooting their targets."
The next silos of doodlebugs began to fall short, plummeting into the east of the city
and the farmland beyond. Chapman was exultant. "The deception was a very real triumph,
saving many thousands of lives," he said later.
Chapman's messages to his controller ended up in the MI6 Y-Files, their existence
unknown until now. They contain evidence that Churchill had been only too well aware he
would have to sacrifice the inhabitants of the East End whose bravery had impressed
the Queen Mother to call it "my personal symbol of courage."
Hitler's campaign ended in August 1944. The doodlebugs had killed 6,184 people. In one
of the documents in the Y-Files, Masterman noted: "This was one of the most difficult
decisions Winston Churchill made."
(This report is excerpted from the latest issue of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the
premium online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND. Annual
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Israel's Postal Service Refuses to Print Stamp with Nazi Insignia
The Israel Postal Company's security department recently filed a complaint with the
police against a young man from Haifa who had asked the national postal service to issue a
personalized stamp of himself wearing a Nazi insignia.
The postal company's "My Stamp" service allows customers to order a personalized stamp
carrying their own picture. Customers interested in the service may send their pictures
via e-mail. The service is particularly popular with couples sending wedding
But the man against whom the postal service complained sent a picture of himself
dressed in black, wearing a swastika armband on his left arm. He also had a Hitler-style
moustache. The security department made the complaint at the Tel Aviv District Police
Israel Post's president and CEO, Avi Hochman, told Ha'aretz that he was shocked to see
the picture, and that he ordered the service's security unit to investigate the case right
away, and to involve the police. "My parents survived the Holocaust. I was shocked to see
this cynical attempt to abuse our services," he said.
Hochman added that the man's request to print the stamp was refused because it did not
meet the postal service's conditions for personalized stamps of "upholding the dignity of
the State of Israel and of the Jewish tradition." Personalized stamps are regarded as
official documents of the State of Israel.
Nearly 90 percent of Children Reported Sexual Assault
Nearly 90 percent of teenagers aged 12-18 claim to have been victims of some level of
sexual violence, according to a study conducted jointly by the University of Haifa and Ben
Gurion University. The research surveyed 1,036 high school students. Additionally, 82
percent of the boys and 76 percent of the girls reported said that they had been subjects
of violent physical assault.
Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel from the University of Haifa's School of Social Work, one of
the authors of the study, noted that the results showed a distressing increase in the
incidence of violence both sexual and physical - over the past few years. The
number of criminal files opened by the police for assault against children rose from 6,370
in 1998 to 8,805 in 2005.
According to the National Council for the Child, the number of children treated for
suspected violent attacks or abuse in 2005 stood at more than 37,000, a rise of 120
percent over the past decade. Of the 37,000, 30.5 percent were reported physical violence,
9.9 percent sexual, 13 percent psychological and 36.8 percent varying degrees of neglect.
Lev-Wiesel stressed that the aim of the research was to examine the personal and social
factors that help adolescents cope with the trauma of a violent assault. A questionnaire
was completed anonymously by over 1,000 high school students. The questionnaire measured
six variables: demography, physical and sexual assaults, PTSD, potency and social support
from family and friends.
According to the researchers, there is a distinct correlation between a child's feeling
of potency and the level of traumatic symptoms exhibited following a violent attack. The
study found a distinctive difference in the personal resources and the level of
psychological distress of the children who suffered violent attacks as opposed to those
who did not whether the violence was limited to one incident or continuing and
whether the attack was considered minor or severe. Boys in the study reported a higher
incidence of sexual and physical violence than girls.
"The results of the research show that a feeling of potency and support of family and
friends are important resources which have the potential to reduce the resulting trauma
following assault. In addition to the importance of developing programs to decrease the
incidence of violence, these is a need for programs for empowerment and strengthening
personal resources that will protect those who have already fallen victim to violence,"
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