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Jerusalem Square to be Renamed For Pollard Before Bush Visit


A key public square in Jerusalem will be renamed in honor of imprisoned American Jew and Israeli citizen Jonathan Pollard – just in time for the arrival of President George W. Bush.

The Jerusalem City Council has chosen Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, as the date for a ceremony renaming Paris Square (Kikar Paris) - a public square situated midway between the American Consulate and the prime minister's residence - in honor of Jonathan Pollard.

The name change to Freedom for Jonathan Pollard Square anticipates the arrival of Bush in Israel two days later, on Jan. 9, and marks the start of Pollard's 23rd year in prison.

IDF Intercepts Explosives Agent Marked as EU Aid


The IDF and Shabak (General Security Service) have intercepted 6.5 tons of a bomb-making agent, potassium nitrate, which was stored in sugar bags marked as humanitarian aid from the European Union.

A truck was caught at "one of the crossing points in Judea and Samaria carrying the chemical, which was disguised in sugar bags, and was intended for use by terrorists in Gaza," according to IDF sources. Potassium nitrate is a banned substance in Gaza, Judea and Samaria region due to its use by terrorists for the manufacturing of explosives and Kassam rockets.

It is assumed that the explosives ingredient was not dispatched by the European Union, but labeled as aid by terrorist groups to take advantage of Israel's efforts to appease human rights groups by limiting scrutiny of foreign aid shipments to Gaza.

"The terror organizations disguised the potassium nitrate in sugar bags that were marked as being part of the humanitarian aid provided by the European Union," the IDF source said. "This is another example of how the terror organizations exploit the humanitarian aid that is delivered to the Palestinian population in Gaza with Israel's approval."

Al-Qaeda Threatens Israel Directly


A new audio cassette, the fifth one issued by the Al-Qaeda international terrorist organization this year, tells the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza that they need not be concerned.

"I have not forgotten your struggle," the reviled terrorist chieftain Osama Bin-Laden is heard saying, "and we plan to expand our Jihad [holy war] to Palestine as well. We intend to liberate all of Palestine, from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea."

In the tape, Bin Laden rails against those seeking normalization with Israel: "Unlike other Muslim leaders we don't recognize even one centimeter of Palestinian land [sic] as belonging to the Jews." Even Hizbullah is too moderate, Bin-Laden feels, for having agreed to the stationing in southern Lebanon of an international peacekeeping force "to protect the Jews."

Huckabee's Plan

By The Forward

If Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee has his way, it could soon be a crime for American-Israeli dual citizens to use their Israeli passports to enter Israel or to vote in Israeli elections.

The former Arkansas governor's new immigration platform calls for penalizing dual citizenship through "civil and/or criminal penalties on U.S. citizens who illegitimately use their dual status." For Americans of many ethnic backgrounds — including American Jews who are also citizens of Israel — any move to punish dual citizens may cause resentment.

"This would create a huge problem," said Marc Stern, general counsel for the American Jewish Congress. "Some nations assume that citizenship is by birth. Some states won't even allow you to renounce your citizenship. This could leave a lot of people out in the cold." The effort to clamp down on dual citizenship is part of a broader "Secure America Plan" that Huckabee proposed earlier this month.

In the 1967 case Afroyim v. Rusk, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans citizens did not lose their citizenship by voting in an Israeli election. But Mark Krikorian, the author of the proposal that served as the basis for Huckabee's plan, argued that in an increasingly globalized world, holding multiple citizenships creates "supercitizens" with uncomfortably split loyalties. "It's the political equivalent of bigamy," said Krikorian, executive director of the conservative Center for Immigration Studies.

Chabad Messianists Lose Court Ruling

By Israel Faxx News Services

The leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch has won the right to eject a messianist congregation from the movement's main synagogue.

New York State's Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch and Agudas Chassidei Chabad, two of Chabad's three main bodies, giving them the right to eject Congregation Lubavitch Inc. from the synagogue located in the basement of 770 and 784-788 Eastern Parkway, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The sites represent the worldwide headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Although the defendants have the right to appeal within 60 days, the ruling gives legal backing to the 15-year struggle to stifle the movement's messianist wing.

The suit involves a conflict that began in 2004, when Merkos and Agudas sued individuals connected with the messianist congregation for defacing a plaque Merkos installed outside the synagogue that used the term "of blessed memory" to refer to the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Chasidic movement's longtime rebbe. The phrase offended those associated with Congregation Lubavitch Inc. that believes that Schneerson was the messiah, and thus is not technically dead.

In that first case, the court ruled in favor of Chabad's leadership, declaring in June 2006 that Merkos and Agudas are the rightful owners of the entire property. The current suit was brought by Merkos and Agudas in order to give them the authority to physically remove the opposing congregation, and its four gabbais, or trustees, from the premises.

Their Way or Die

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

The dictionary's definition of a fanatic is "a person who is carried away beyond reason by his feelings or belief." When the individual is a religious fanatic and their belief is predicated upon a distorted and harsh version of a religion it seems totally hopeless to reason with him.

Freedom loving people believe that it is the right of every individual to observe, or not observe, any religion they desire as long as they do not impose their choice upon others. Unfortunately there are numerous incidents where fanatic Muslims try to force infidels, non-Muslims, to conform to Islam in one way or another.

There are countries that have a simple way to impose Islam on non-Muslims. According to The U.S. Department of State's 2004 International Religious Freedom Report, countries such Saudi Arabia, Libya, Somalia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman and Qatar approve only one religion, Islam. In some countries the government goes as far as prohibiting public practice of a non-Muslim religion.

Having it their way is an understatement when referring to religion in a number of countries such as Afghanistan, Comoros, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. It is absolutely more definite; conversion away from Islam is punishable by death.

On Dec. 20, 2007 the "Burning Bush" reported that Abdul Rahman, an Afghan Muslim who had converted to Christianity while living abroad, could face the death penalty. Under Islamic Sharia law, on which Afghanistan's constitution is based, Rahman faces the death penalty unless he reconverts to Islam.

The trial judge, Ansarullah Mawlafizada, told the BBC "Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, kindness and integrity. That is why we have told him if he regrets what he did, then we will forgive him." What a choice, repent or die.

Ansarullah Mawlafizada also said "The Prophet Muhammad has said several times that those who convert from Islam should be killed if they refuse to come back." Look at what some Islamic clerics are demanding for Abdul. "We will not let anyone interfere with our religious practices," declared cleric Inayatullah at the Kabul's Pulakasthy mosque, one of the city's largest. Even a so called moderate cleric, Abdul Raoulf, said "Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die."

You may think this form of extremism is going on only in Islamic countries. You think this is not our concern? It cannot happen in a democratic country like America. Don't bet on it. Remember the British writer, Salman Rushdie, who wrote the "Satanic Verses"? What was the Islamists' response? Islamic clerics like the former Iranian spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, condemned Rushdie to death because his "Verses" insulted their prophet Mohammad. Worldwide Islamic protests took place calling for Rushdie's death and forcing him into hiding.

You say what happened to Rushdie was highly unusual? It would not happen again. We all remember what happened when a Danish newspaper "Jyllands-Posten" published cartoons of the prophet, Mohammad? Again loads of Muslims protested worldwide calling for the bombing of the newspaper and the death of the cartoonists. The Danish imam, Raed Hlayhel, reacted with "This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims. Muslims will never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has insulted every Muslim in the world."

While on Dec. 12, 2007 Toronto's "National Post" reported on a less noticed event. Muhammad Parvez, a cab driver, was charged with the murder of his 16-year-old daughter, Aqsa. It is believed the incident occurred over the wearing of the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf for women. Even if it occurred in an Islamic country, not a democratic country such as Canada, to take a life because of a head covering! Shun the individual, force her out of the community, and consider her dead but to take a life?

These are just a very few of the many instances where the fanatic Islamists exhibit their extremism and not just in Islamic controlled countries but also throughout the world. They are pushing everywhere, forcing people of other beliefs to accept their harsh version of Islam.

Radical Islamists do give you a choice "Their Way or Die." Is this the way you choose to have your children and grandchildren live, in fear for their lives should they inadvertently insult Islam? Become informed support pro-active anti-terrorist actions. Remember Never Again is up to you.

Ed Ziegler is a columnist for the Heritage Florida Jewish News. He can be e-mailed at

Prisoner Gets Cockroach Compensation

By Reuters

An Israeli judge has ordered the country's prison authority to pay an inmate $1,133 in compensation after he complained of having to share a cell with cockroaches.

Mordechai Yehudai filed a lawsuit complaining of poor hygiene, a lack of fresh air, broken windows and inmates who smoke in a handful of cells, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service said.

"The Prisons Service mistreated the plaintiff in a number of ways, including ... broken windows, cockroaches as well as incarceration with smokers," Judge Irit Cohen wrote in her verdict, according to Yedioth Ahronoth. The spokeswoman said the inmate's cell would be cleaned up.

Yehudai has been held in three different prisons and has had complaints about conditions in all of them. "Prisoners have the right to sue us whenever they see fit and we comply with the court's rulings," she said.

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