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UK Muslim Prisoners Sue Over Ham Sandwiches
A prison menu offering ham sandwiches has prompted a multi-million-dollar lawsuit by
Muslim inmates who claim their human rights were violated.
Officials at the high security prison in Leeds, England, denied they gave any of their
200 Muslim prisoners ham sandwiches. But they admitted a mistake in the special menus
printed during the Islamic Ramadan holiday, the London Daily Mail reported. Islam forbids
eating any products from pigs.
Some inmates claimed that when they ordered cheese sandwiches they found boiled ham
between the bread slices, the London paper reported.
Report: Attack on Israeli Embassy in Germany Thwarted
Records of conversations held between three terror suspects who were detained in
Germany last September revealed a plot to attack the Israeli embassy in Berlin, among
A report to be published Monday by the German magazine Focus says a Turk and two German
Muslims planned to carry out the attack on September 11 and considered a number of
targets, including the Israeli embassy.
"If we succeed in carrying out (the attack) on 9/11, at the same exact hour
will go mad if, inshallah, it will happen during the same month September,"
28-year-old Adam Yalmaz is quoted as saying.
His partner, Rritz Glovitch, the son of doctor from southern Germany, is heard saying
"we need three major targets." Among the possible targets mentioned in the conversation
were local pubs, an American military base, discotheques, McDonald's restaurants, airports
and the Israeli embassy.
According to the report, Yalmaz wanted to create panic by activating a fire alarm in a
crowded area, at which point Glovitch was supposed to drive a car bomb into the crowd and
set it off. The third suspect named was Daniel Schneider.
"It's a good tacticthe moment they come out, we can enter and thenboom,"
Yalmaz said. "Yes, that would be cool," Glovitch responded. "Most of the people will die
from the shrapnel."
Lieberman Outlines Yisrael Beiteinu's 'Red Lines'
Yisrael Beiteinu party Chairman and Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman
announced Sunday his conditions for supporting a final-status agreement at Annapolis.
Lieberman said his party would support a permanent agreement between Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas only if it included the transfer of several
Israeli-Arab villages to PA sovereignty, along with their residents. He also said that
NATO must deploy in PA areas of a future state to ensure Israel's security.
The principles are outlined in a document billed as the party's "Red Lines." The
document makes official Yisrael Beiteinu's willingness to divide Jerusalem along
demographic lines, except for the areas surrounding the Old City. The "Holy Basin," a term
used to describe the heart of Jerusalem in recent talks of power-sharing agreements and
the like is defined by Yisrael Beiteinu as stretching from Mount Scopus and the Mount of
Olives to Silwan in the south and Sheikh Jarrah in the north.
Another red line is a PA-controlled route connecting Judea and Gaza something
Olmert has already agreed to in principle.
Yisrael Beiteinu's least-highlighted, though most relevant, demand is that the
US-backed Road Map's requirement for a cessation of PA terrorism be implemented before any
permanent agreement is even discussed. "Any attempt to force a diplomatic arrangement
before a substantial drop in terrorist activities, particularly the Kassam rocket fire,
and in a reality in which there is an unemployment rate of more than 80 percent on the
Palestinian side is destined to fail," the document reads.
In an interview on Army Radio Sunday, Lieberman said that his party would leave the
government if it became apparent that Olmert was even engaging in negotiations on
additional key issues such as Jerusalem's holy sites and even a symbolic return of Arabs
who fled in 1948. Lieberman said his exchange-of-territories plan would bring Israel to an
80 percent Jewish majority.
Israel Reduces Fuel Supplies to Gaza
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel is tightening sanctions on the Gaza Strip and the move is casting a shadow over
peace efforts. Israel began cutting fuel supplies to Gaza in response to months of
Palestinian rocket attacks.
"The Cabinet has already decreed the Gaza Strip a hostile territory. We will do what we
can to stop this rocket fire," says Israeli spokeswoman Miri Eisen.
Israel has been gradually severing ties with Gaza since the Islamic terrorist group
Hamas seized control of the territory in a Palestinian civil war in June. Hamas, which
seeks Israel's destruction, routed the Fatah forces of President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads
a more moderate government in the West Bank.
Israel has already restricted the flow of goods into Gaza, but this is the first time
it has targeted vital energy supplies. Eisen said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will not
completely pull the plug on Gaza. "The prime minister confirmed Israel's commitment that
there will not be a humanitarian crisis in Gaza," said Eisen.
As Israel seeks to isolate Hamas in Gaza, it is strengthening ties with the Abbas
government in the West Bank. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are hammering out a
document on Palestinian statehood to be presented at an international peace conference in
the United States later this year.
PA Arabs Burn Down Synagogue
Jews arrived at the Yad Yair synagogue for morning prayers on Friday to the horrific
site of Torah scrolls and holy books consumed in a blaze that destroyed the building.
It was the third time in the past 18 months that the synagogue, named in memory of
terror victim Yair Mendelson, was burnt down by Arabs. Built more than 10 years ago, the
Jewish house of worship is located near the Binyamin region community of Dolev, northwest
of the Palestinian Authority government seat of Ramallah, in Samaria.
The Arabs also defaced the memorial to Mendelson, who was murdered by Arabs at the
beginning of the first intifada in the 1980s. They also destroyed a children's playground.
A torn Israeli flag was placed under a pile of rocks on the approach road.
Most recently the synagogue was attacked last January, with many of the holy books and
other sacred items burned, including the Torah scrolls. An adjoining building was also set
on fire. Both buildings are located on privately-owned Jewish land.
Landfill-Turned-Park to be Named For Still-Living Ariel Sharon
A new park around Israel's largest garbage dump was dedicated to still-living comatose
ex-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The Hiriya Landfill, located between Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv is a mountain of garbage
that was used from 1952 until 1998. The government is now planning on transforming the
site and the area around it into one of the largest parks in the country. The Hiriya site
stretches out along 112 acres and the garbage mountain itself is elevated around 200 feet.
"The restoration project will transform Hiriya from a waste landfill into a
flourishing, green park which will attract thousands of visitors each year, providing
leisure and recreational opportunities as well as pleasant walks along its paths,"
"Today is the opening shot in the building of this incredible park," said Danny
Shternberg of the Ayalon Park Government Company. "We are proud to name it for former
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.." Shternberg declined to comment on the unorthodox nature of
deciding to name a park after someone who is still living. The project will cost an
estimated $250 million
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