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Israeli Children to Collect Marbles for Memorial
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
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
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
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 TodayIt'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
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
20 Years of Research Reveals: Jerusalem Belongs to Jews
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
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
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
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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