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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 other targets.

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…they 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 tactic–the moment they come out, we can enter and then–boom," 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," organizers said.

"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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