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Israeli Children to Collect Marbles for Memorial

By IsraelNationalNews.com

In honor of International Holocaust Memorial day, Education Minister Yuli Tamir and Minister Ruhama Avraham have announced a project in memory of the children slain in the Holocaust.

The two plan to have Israeli schoolchildren compete to gather 1.5 million marbles, which will represent the roughly 1.5 million Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust. The marbles will then be used as part of a memorial in Holon.

Avraham Tamir and Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish donated the first three marbles to the project. Tamir explained that the project was meant to teach the young students about Jewish history and "to connect them to the Jewish people's past, which is an inseparable part of our essence."


Barak: Iran Preparing Nuclear Warheads

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Defense Minister Ehud Barak sounded an alarming note in a weekend interview with the Washington Post, and made it clear he did not agree with the recent U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, according to which Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program.

Asked about the NIE, Barak said: "Our interpretation is that clearly the Iranians are aiming at nuclear capability. It's probably true that . . . they may have slowed down the weapons group in 2003, because it was the height of American militarism. . . We think that they are quite advanced, much beyond the level of the Manhattan Project.

The Manhattan Project was the effort to develop the first nuclear weapon during World War II by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The project succeeded in developing and testing the world's first atomic bomb, and detonated two nuclear weapons in August 1945: an enriched uranium bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, and a plutonium bomb that detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. Barak's statement regarding "American militarism" in 2003 was a reference to the invasion of Iraq.

Barak said Israel suspects the Iranians "are probably already working on warheads for ground-to-ground missiles."

Barak told the Post that it was clear that the NIE had "reduced the enthusiasm" for military action against Iran, and even for tougher sanctions. "Basically, in strategic terms," he explained, "we face a triad of challenges: one, radical Muslim terror; two, nuclear proliferation; and [three] rogue states. To deal with such threats . . . we need a much deeper and more intimate cooperation between the United States, the E.U., Russia and China. And this needs a paradigm shift in the way we approach China and Russia."

Asked if Israel has the ability to conduct a military raid on Iran by itself, Barak said; "I am not going to talk about this."

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki gave a rare, if short, interview, to Voice of Israel national radio, in the course of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. "Iran is not threatening Israel and does not want nuclear weapons."

Mottaki said that it was Israel that possessed nuclear weapons and "it is threatening Teheran." He added that there were two countries Iran did not recognize: apartheid-era South Africa and Israel. "In the case of South Africa, the problem was solved with the end of apartheid and if the situation also changes in the other case [Israel], there is no reason why relations with that country cannot change too," he added.


Bomb Auschwitz Today—It's Located in Iran

By Rabbi A. Winston (Commentary)

President George W. Bush said that the US made a tragic error in WW2 by not bombing the death camps. "We should have bombed Auschwitz."

I would like write a letter, launch a campaign, take out an ad - calling on the President to bomb the death camps - today. These death camps are being developed in the Iranian nuclear facilities.

I would like to point out to the President that then, as now, anti-Semitic advisors - who concealed their hatred for the Jewish people [and for God's Moral Law that they carry], with a veneer of civility, also tried to downplay what was being perpetrated in the death camps.

I would like to point out to the President that then, as now, isolationists kept America from stopping the Nazis early and this cost hundreds of thousands of US lives later on in WW2.

I would like to point out that the radical Iranians will not be satisfied with just hitting Israel. They will find a way to inflict catastrophic damage on the US.

Iran, however, is not the root of the problem. Based on ancient Jewish sources, Rabbi M. Solomon of the famed Lakewood Yeshiva taught: "In the recesses of a person's heart, he truly believes that he alone controls the world and his destiny. A purpose of all the commandments, especially those related to the Exodus from Egypt, is to bring him to the realization that only God is in control."

A nuclear Iran and/or missile strikes on Israel and/or a dirty nuclear bomb in Washington, DC, LA or NY, would certainly help us break free from the illusion that we are in control.

How then, do we really show that we have accepted God's Rulership? It seems to be in the small things. Our daily behavior, our full adherence to Jewish Law, without rationalization, and working to perfect our character traits - as appropriate for God's Chosen People. This is something you have to do yourself. You can fool everyone; you can explain or justify just about anything you want. At the end of the day, God will find a way to "wake you up".

Campaigns, ads, letters and stockpiling food and water perhaps. They certainly seem easier than living according to God's Commandments ("Commandments" not "recommendations") - at least in the short term.

Yet, if you really want to protect your people, yourself, your nation, your family - the only real, long-term solution is to live a life in full accordance with God's will.


20 Years of Research Reveals: Jerusalem Belongs to Jews

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Jacques Gauthier, a non-Jewish Canadian lawyer who spent 20 years researching the legal status of Jerusalem, has concluded: "Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, by international law."

Gauthier has written a doctoral dissertation on the topic of Jerusalem and its legal history, based on international treaties and resolutions of the past 90 years. The dissertation runs some 1,300 pages, with 3,000 footnotes. Gauthier had to present his thesis to a world-famous Jewish historian and two leading international lawyers - the Jewish one of whom has represented the Palestinian Authority on numerous occasions.

Gauthier's main point, as summarized by Israpundit editor Ted Belman, is that a non-broken series of treaties and resolutions, as laid out by the San Remo Resolution, the League of Nations and the United Nations, gives the Jewish People title to the city of Jerusalem. The process began at San Remo, Italy, when the four Principal Allied Powers of World War I - Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan - agreed to create a Jewish national home in what is now the Land of Israel.

Gauthier notes that the San Remo treaty specifically notes that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine" - but says nothing about "political" rights of the Arabs living there.

The San Remo Resolution also bases itself on Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, which declares that it is a "a sacred trust of civilization" to provide for the well-being and development of colonies and territories whose inhabitants are "not yet able to stand by themselves under the strenuous conditions of the modern world."

The League of Nations' resolution creating the Palestine Mandate included the following significant clause: "Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country." No such recognition of Arab rights in Palestine was granted.

In 1945, the United Nations took over from the failed League of Nations - and assumed the latter's obligations. Article 80 of the UN Charter states: "Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed, in or of itself, to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties."

However, in 1947, the General Assembly of the UN passed Resolution 181, known as the Partition Plan. It violated the League of the Nations' Mandate for Palestine in that it granted political rights to the Arabs in western Palestine - yet, ironically, the Jews applauded the plan's passages while the Arabs worked to thwart it.

Resolution 181 also provided for a special regime for Jerusalem, with borders delineated in all four directions: The then-extant municipality of Jerusalem plus the surrounding villages and towns up to Abu Dis in the east, Bethlehem in the south, Ein Karem and Motza in the west, and Shuafat in the north.

The UN resolved that the City of Jerusalem shall be established as a separate entity under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations. The regime was to come into effect by October 1948, and was to remain in force for a period of ten years, unless the UN's Trusteeship Council decided otherwise. After the ten years, the residents of Jerusalem "shall be then free to express by means of a referendum their wishes as to possible modifications of regime of the City."

The resolution never took effect, because Jordan controlled eastern Jerusalem after the 1948 War of Independence and did not follow its provisions.

After the Six Day War in 1967, Israel regained Jerusalem and other land west of Jordan. Gauthier notes that the UN Security Council then passed Resolution 242 authorizing Israel to remain in possession of all the land until it had "secure and recognized boundaries." The resolution was notably silent on Jerusalem, and also referred to the "necessity for achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem," with no distinction made between Jewish and Arab refugees.

Given Jerusalem's strong Jewish majority, Gauthier concludes, Israel should be demanding that the long delayed city referendum on the city's future be held as soon as possible. Not only should Israel be demanding that the referendum be held now, Jerusalem should be the first order of business.

"Olmert is sloughing us off by saying [as he did before the Annapolis Conference two months ago], 'Jerusalem is not on the table yet,'" Gauthier concludes. "He should demand that the referendum take place before the balance of the land is negotiated. If the Arabs won't agree to the referendum, there is nothing to talk about."


World Remembers Victims of Holocaust

By VOA News & YnetNews.com

At former Nazi death camps and many other places worldwide - in Europe, Israel, the United States and the United Nations, among others - people remembered victims of the Holocaust on Sunday.

President Bush, who recently visited Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, called on Americans to honor the memory of millions of innocent civilians - most of them Jews - killed by the Nazi German regime during World War II. In a statement, the president says it is still important in the 21st Century to remember the Holocaust, and the dangers posed by totalitarian ideologies that embrace violence, hatred and bigotry.

The United Nations has declared January 27 to be International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The central observance took place Sunday in Auschwitz, the site in southern Poland where at least one million Jews died at the Nazis' largest concentration camp.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it is not only a day to remember and mourn the dead, but also a time for ensuring that young people in all societies learn the importance of human-rights protections.

In Germany and Austria, where the Nazis first flourished, government officials acknowledged their nations' particular responsibility to fight anti-Semitism and discrimination.

Germany first proposed in 1996 that January 27 be designated to recall the Holocaust and honor its victims every year. The U.N. General Assembly eventually approved the date for International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late 2005, so this year marks the third time the international community has marked the solemn anniversary.

A survey conducted prior to International Holocaust Day found that 82 percent believe it can happen again. The in-depth survey was conducted among high school students, students in schools of education and IDF officers and soldiers by the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust

The survey examined, among other topics, respondents' attitudes towards Holocaust survivors, a topic of much recent media debate in Israel. The great majority of respondents, 74 percent, felt that survivors were entirely helpless. Only 26 percent said they believed that survivors had managed to rebuild their lives in Israel.

Most of the high school students, 54 percent, stated that they learned about the Holocaust through a school expedition to Poland. Eighteen percent of students learned about the Holocaust through documentary films, and only 12 percent indicated that they learned about the Holocaust through their regular history classes.



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