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70 percent of Teens say Israeli Arabs Not Loyal
According to a poll by the Smith Institute, 70 percent of Israeli youth believe that
Israeli Arabs are not loyal to the state.
Half said they would change their minds if Arabs participated in non-military national
service. Seventy-three percent of respondents said they identified as Jewish first, with
their Israeli identity in second place. The teens overwhelmingly trusted the IDF over the
government, with 73 percent saying they have full confidence in the army and only 11
percent saying the same for the government.
Five percent said they had no trust in the army, while 54 percent said they had no
trust in the government. Researchers questioned 400 Israeli teens between the ages of 14
and 18. The research was conducted for the Israeli Zionism Institute in advance of the
National Zionist Youth Congress, which will begin on Monday.
Olmert: No Cease-Fire Talks with Hamas
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has rejected a ceasefire offer from the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, which
rules the Gaza Strip. At the same time, Israeli settlement construction is casting a
shadow over new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel has no intention of halting anti-terror
operations in Gaza, despite a truce offer from Hamas. Olmert told the Cabinet that "what
is happening in Gaza is a real war between the Israeli army and terrorist groups." And he
said, "The war will continue."
Hamas offered a truce last week, after Israeli air strikes took heavy casualties among
Palestinian militants. Olmert said Israel has no interest in holding negotiations with
elements that refuse to accept the basic principles of the international community. He was
referring to Hamas, which has rejected demands by the world powers to renounce violence
and recognize Israel.
Hamas also appears to be divided between the military wing and the more pragmatic
political wing of the movement, which offered the truce. Nizar Rayan, who has close ties
to the military wing, said a ceasefire is unacceptable. Rayan told Hamas Television that
there would not be a truce until all of Palestine is liberated from the Jews.
Hamas seized control of Gaza six months ago, routing the forces of western-backed
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He now heads a more moderate government in the West
Bank, which resumed peace talks with Israel this month after a seven-year break.
But negotiations hit a glitch Sunday when Israel announced plans to build more than 700
new apartments in disputed East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Palestinians accused
Israel of sabotaging the talks, saying settlement construction violates the
internationally-backed "Roadmap" peace plan. Israel says it reserves the right to build in
neighborhoods that will remain under Israeli control in any future peace agreement.
PA TV Brings Back Program Showcasing Martyrs' "70 Virgins"
A Palestinian Authority TV mainstay is back on the screen, with the Virgins of Paradise
reminding would-be suicide bomber terrorist shahids (martyrs) of the reward that awaits
them when they die fighting the Jews.
Palestinian Media Watch alerted the public to the return of the program, which has been
broadcast regularly over the past month after a hiatus of more than a year. The constant
reruns may signal the need to increase motivation among PA Arab men to join the terrorist
ranks and donate their lives to fighting Israelis.
The music video depicts a lovely Arab woman being shot in the chest, as she runs
forward to greet a PA terrorist being released by IDF soldiers on the other side of a
barbed wire fence. The young woman is next seen dressed in a white robe dancing with other
similar maidens in a shining pool of water, while her grief-stricken lover hunches over
her tomb in the night, grim determination in his eyes. The terrorist is then seen getting
up and being shot in the back by Israeli soldiers as he is running from the gravesite. The
scene flashes to the dancing maidens, including his love welcoming him, presumably to
Paradise in reward for his Shahada (Death for Allah).
This scenario is based on Islamic traditions described in the Muslim holy book, the Koran (Suras 42, 44, 52, 56 and others) which states that a man who dies as a martyr is rewarded with eternal Paradise and 72 virgins upon his arrival. To view the video go to http://tinyurl.com/2pe7ol
Poll: Israel Public Believes it Must Prepare for War
A large majority of the Israeli public believes there will be another war in their
future and that citizens must prepare themselves for that eventuality.
Approximately 80 percent expressed that concern in a poll conducted recently by the Home
The Home Front Command has launched an information campaign designed to heighten
civilian readiness for the possibility of an attack on Israel using nonconventional
weapons. Every single household in Israel can expect to receive a pamphlet from the HFC in
the mail in the coming days. The pamphlet contains instructions on how to behave in
emergency situations and is named "Being Protected and Ready." Citizens are instructed on
how to find the safest area of their apartment, if there is no pre-designated safety zone
or bomb shelter.
The pamphlet that will be mailed to citizens' homes is in Hebrew only. English-speakers
can ask for an English language version to be mailed to their homes by dialing 1207 from
any phone to the Home Front Command's information center. The campaign, which will shortly
begin airing on TV and radio, tells citizens: "When you hear the siren, you should enter
the room, sit next to an inner wall, and not opposite a window. Remember, following the
instructions saves lives."
The IDF Spokesman's Office also announced Sunday that the Home Front Command has posted instructional videos for children on its website (www.oref.org.il ) to teach them how to protect themselves in case of attack. As part of the children's civil defense education campaign, said the IDF in a statement to the media, "The campaign will be accompanied by an extensive study program in all elementary schools. Teachers will teach a lesson on how to behave in an emergency situation and will distribute a homework booklet to be filled in together with the students' parents."
Aliyah Numbers Lowest in 18 years
In 2007, less than 20,000 people left their places of residence to make a home in
Israel the lowest number of new immigrants to come to the Jewish State since 1989.
The Ministry of Absorption published aliyah statistics for 2007 on Sunday which showed a
decrease of 6 percent in immigration from last year. There was also a 15 percent drop in
the number of immigrants from former Soviet Union states.
Absorption Minister Jacob Edery responded to the low numbers by saying that "the drop
in aliyah should be a red light for all of us; we must do everything possible to increase
the rate of aliyah to Israel in order to breathe life into the Zionist enterprise which is
so important to the state's history."
Today, there are more than one million olim living in Israel they make up about
15 percent of the general population. One third of the new immigrants that arrived in
2007 were from former Soviet states, 19 percent came from Ethiopia, 15 percent made aliyah
from North America and France and the rest came from Western Europe and Central and
Women made up 52 percent of the olim. Fifty-four percent of the immigrants were single
and 35 percent came as married couples. Nearly a third of the newly arrived soon-to-be
Israelis had training in the sciences, 15 percent were students and 9 percent were
The oldest new immigrant was 99 years-old and came from the UK. Fifty of the new
immigrants were nonagenarians. Fourteen percent were planning to settle in Jerusalem
the most popular destination among the fresh recruits in recent years.
The Ministry of Absorption will invest NIS 19 million in organizations that work to
convince Israelis who have left Israel to live abroad to return to their home. According
to Edery, his ministry intends to invest "vast resources to increase the scope of aliyah,
while developing detailed attractive programs for various target audiences and supporting
organizations that encourage aliyah."
Emphasizing the 'Mitzvah' in Bar Mitzvah
A British family arrived in Israel over the weekend accompanied by the 160 guests to
their son's bar mitzvah to celebrate the rite of passage in an unusual, yet commendable
manner. Once the party cleared customs at Ben-Gurion airport, they headed to a soup
kitchen in Jerusalem where they went into the kitchen, pulled up their sleeves and got to
work serving the needy warm meals.
The altruistic gesture was initiated by the bar mitzvah boy himself, 13-year-old James
Newman from London, with the help of his parents, Neville and Michelle.
James' family has been quite involved with pro-Israel activism for some time. Since he
was a small child, James has traveled around England with his father who raises money for
the Jewish National Fund in the UK. Unsurprisingly, some of his parents' activism rubbed
off on James and, as preparations for his bar mitzvah neared, he asked his parents to
organize a massive pilgrimage to Israel to give a hand to those in need to mark the event.
"I wanted to actually help others for my bar mitzvah," James said. "We decided that we
would contribute to a soup kitchen for the needy."
Last Friday morning, the bar mitzvah group arrived in Israel and the delegation headed
to a Jerusalem soup kitchen which primarily offers assistance to Holocaust survivors.
Everyone went into the kitchen, pulled up their sleeves and started peeling potatoes and
cutting vegetables. After cooking a big meal for the soup kitchen's regulars, they
prepared 500 care packages which were distributed to the disadvantaged.
The family then hosted a festive dinner for the bar mitzvah guests at the King David
Hotel in Jerusalem. The good deeds continued there as well, as the family invited two
needy children who were also celebrating their bar mitzvah as well as their friends
and family to join in on the celebration. "We did this with a warm heart in order
to help those who don't have a way of getting by. It's a big mitzvah. James is lucky and
has a good life. We wanted him to be exposed to the lives of others that struggle with
hardships so that he could help them," Neville said.
Entire Old Testament Written on a Pinhead
In a nanotechnology breakthrough, scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology have printed the entire Old Testament onto a silicone chip smaller than a
pinhead (less than 1/1000th of an inch).The idea to write the Old Testament on such a tiny
surface was conceived by Technion Professor Uri Sivan of the Faculty of Physics, who is
also head of the university's Russell Berrrie Nanotechnology Institute.
The text was written using a focused ion beam (FIB) generator that shot tiny particles
called Gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicone. In a process
that can be likened to digging a hole in the earth using a water jet, the ion beam etched
the surface of the gold layer, making the underlying silicone layer visible.
The actual "writing" of the full text took just 90 minutes. The computer program that
guided the FIB, however, took more than three months. "The nano-bible project demonstrates
the miniaturization at our disposal," said Sivan. "This research could lead to the
creation of more advanced miniature structures -- and imaging -- on a nanometric scale,
advances in storing information in very small spaces, and the use of DNA molecules to
According to the researchers, the nano-bible will now be photographed and expand 10,000
times - and still be small enough to fit into a 75-square foot frame to be hung in the
Technion Faculty of Physics. The photograph's size will make it possible to read the
entire Old Testament with the naked eye. The height of each letter will be three
millimeters. The original nano-bible will be displayed next to the photograph.
Chief Rabbi: Only Centralized Lineage Records can Prevent Forbidden Marriages
"A strictly observant, learned man who studied at a prestigious yeshiva recently
applied for permission to marry. But a rabbinical examination revealed that he was not
even Jewish - his father married had a gentile woman after the Holocaust and had been too
ashamed to tell his children the truth."
The above is one of the examples Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger cited as leading him to begin
working towards the establishment of a worldwide information center in which information
on all Jewish marriages will be stored. "There is a need for a computerized center to
gather information on all Jews who marry according to Jewish law," Metzger said last week
at the 'World Conference on Jewish Civil Law' in Jerusalem. In his speech, the rabbi
stressed the importance of marriage witnesses' testimony to prevent legal errors.
Metzger said that there is a need to correct stringent rulings on marriage
registrations in Israel and abroad so as to avoid situations in which couples come before
the rabbinate to marry and are rejected. Today, in Jewish communities across the world,
anyone who wants to marry is forced to prove their Judaism by submitting to an in-depth
investigation by a rabbinical court of Jewish law (Beit Din).
Report: German Man Jailed for Teaching his Dog to Perform Nazi Salute
A German man with a Hitler obsession has been jailed for five months for teaching his
pet dog to perform a Nazi salute, according to the British tabloid The Sun.
The paper reported that the dog, named Adolf, had been taught by owner "Roland T" to
lift his paw sharply into the air when he heard the words "Heil Hitler." The former car
salesman was reportedly caught after he boasted of the trick to police. Performing a Nazi
salute is outlawed in Germany, as is Nazi insignia and Holocaust denial.
According to The Sun, "Roland T" planned to have Adolf put to sleep to mark the
anniversary of Hitler's suicide in 1945. The dog has now been placed in an animal shelter,
the reports said, where staff members are training him to raise his paw to shake hands,
rather than perform a Nazi salute. "Roland T," meanwhile, fears that he will not get his
pet back after he has completed his jail sentence.
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