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Wednesday is 75th Anniversary of Hitler's Rise to Power


Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the rise to power in Germany of Adolf Hitler, an event few can forget and one that most would choose not to remember.

The German people plan to mark the day with as little public attention as possible, but many in the grassroots population are determined to make sure future generations do not forget.

'Palestinian State (is) Temporary Ruse to Destroy Israel'


The Palestinian goal of a Palestinian state is just a temporary ruse until "all of Palestine" can be "liberated," declared a leader speaking on the official television network of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization.

Saleh Raafat, a member of the executive committee of Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization, was interviewed on PA television Monday about the death last weekend of infamous terrorist leader George Habash, who strongly opposed signing peace agreements with Israel.

In comments screened by WND, Raafat told his interviewer: "Habash was a very positive Palestinian leader who used democratic tools to express opinions. He disagreed with [late PLO leader Yasir] Arafat regarding the present temporary vision of a Palestinian state, but he never used weapons to express his disagreement."

Raafat said the Palestinians would accept "22 percent of Palestine" as a "temporary and not permanent" state until "all of Palestine" can be liberated.

While Raafat described Habash as "democratic" and as "never" using weapons, Habash's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has carried out scores of notorious deadly terrorist attacks. Raafat was speaking as part of a mourning series on PA television for Habash, the PFLP leader who died in Jordan at the age of 81.

Habash's PFLP gained notoriety in 1970 for hijacking four Western airliners over the U.S., Europe, the Far East and the Persian Gulf. The aircraft were blown up in the Middle East after passengers and crews disembarked. The PFLP in 1972 then gunned down 27 people at Israel's Lod airport.

The PFLP continues to operate from Syria, Jordan and the West Bank. More recent attacks include scores of deadly shootings against Israelis, the 2001 assassination of Israeli tourism minister Rechavam Zeevi and suicide bombings on an Israeli highway and in Tel Aviv's well-known Karmel Market. According to Israeli security officials, the PFLP is the Palestinian terror group most proficient in carrying out successful drive-by shooting attacks.

Habash also led the second-largest faction of the PLO, next to Arafat's. Habash strongly opposed interim agreements with Israel and throughout his life advocated terror attacks against the Jewish state. Arafat numerous times said peace accords signed by Israel were part of a "phased plan" for the ultimate destruction of the Jewish state.

Fatah TV Broadcasts Daily Call For Ethnic Cleansing of Jews


Fatah chief and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' PA television has been repeatedly broadcasting a hate-filled music video calling for the ethnic cleansing of the Jewish people from Israel.

"My enemy, oh snake! Around the land, you are coiled. You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country," is the refrain in the video, which has been broadcast on a daily basis for the past several months, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

"The song's refrain, 'My enemy, oh enemy,' is repeated over and over throughout the song. Israel is not even given the courtesy of a name, but is tagged with such labels as 'treacherous,' 'imperialism' and a 'coiled snake,'" PMW Director Itamar Marcus points out. "The Palestinian is portrayed as a heroic victim who courageously confronts the evil 'enemy' Israel."

The song incites Arabs living under Fatah's rule in Judea and Samaria to fight to the death to rid the land of Jews, assuring them that, through this, they will ultimately prevail: "You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country," it says.

"The goal of this music video clip is to inculcate loathing of Israel and anticipation of its destruction," Marcus explains. "The repeated broadcast over recent months by Fatah-controlled television is consistent with other Arabic-language hate messages currently being disseminated - in spite of the peace talks."

PA TV first aired the music video in 2004 and resumed its broadcast in October, 2007. It was broadcast throughout the Annapolis conference as well as during US President George W. Bush's visit to Israel, PMW reports. It continues to be aired on almost a daily basis.

Abbas, Hamas Due in Cairo for Talks on Gaza Border

By VOA News

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and a delegation from the rival Hamas faction are due in Cairo for talks Wednesday on the future of Gaza's border with Egypt. The factions are likely to meet separately with Egyptian officials. Abbas has refused to speak with Hamas until it gives up control of the Gaza Strip.

Abbas has proposed a plan for the Palestinian Authority to take over crossing points in Gaza with Israel and Egypt.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have crossed from Gaza into Egypt during the past week after Hamas terrorists blew up the wall dividing the two regions. The previous week, Israel had imposed a blockade on Gaza in response to Palestinian rocket attacks into southern Israel.

In New York Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council abandoned efforts to adopt a statement on the resulting humanitarian situation in Gaza and the security situation in both Gaza and southern Israel.

The Council's current chair, Libyan Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi, said the 15 member-nations realized they could not reach a consensus on the issue. The body began to debate the situation in Gaza a week ago. Passage of the non-binding statement required unanimous approval in the Council.

In other news, an Israeli court indicted an Islamic leader on charges of racism and inciting violence in a speech he made last year protesting an Israeli archeological dig in Jerusalem's Old City near the al-Aqsa Mosque. In the speech, Sheikh Raed Salah called for a new Palestinian uprising and accused Jews of using Palestinian children's blood to bake bread. The al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Islam's holiest sites. The site is also sacred to Jews.

Methodists Back Call for Ending 'Siege'

By Israel Faxx News Services

The leader of U.S. Methodists has endorsed a letter urging Israel to end the "siege" of the Gaza Strip. In his endorsement of the statement by Holy Land clerics, Bishop Felton May of the United Methodist Church also recognized Israeli security needs.

"The issues are complex, involving control of borders, the movement of food and fuel into Gaza, the continuing launch of rockets into Israel from the militant Hamas faction in Gaza and retaliatory actions by Israel," said a Jan. 25 statement issued by May. "Israeli policy inflexibility is intensified by the actions of Hamas and its rockets."

The statement said Israel has sealed Gaza in a bid to end intensified rocket attacks on civilians in Israel's south. "One and a half million people imprisoned and without proper food or medicine, 800,000 without electricity supply; this is illegal collective punishment, an immoral act in violation of the basic human and natural laws as well as International Law," said the statement signed by Christian leaders in Israel and Palestinian areas. "It cannot be tolerated anymore. The siege over Gaza should end now."

May added: "I share the astonishment of Christian leaders in Israel-Palestine that the Israeli government would even temporarily block the movement of food and fuel into Gaza. Political expediency cannot be used to starve -- or threaten to starve -- people or to demean the humanity of any people."

Israeli Company Developing Hydrogen-Powered Car


Just a week after an announcement that Israel would be the testing ground for the first electric cars, an Israeli company is taking part in the development of a hydrogen-powered car.

The Israeli program, developed in cooperation with Russian and German researchers, has recently completed designing and testing a lightweight and safe hydrogen tank for use in cars, according to Globes business news agency.

The greatest challenge facing developers in recent years has been developing hydrogen tanks insulated well enough not to pose a fire hazard while remaining light enough to allow the vehicle's weight to remain movable.

The company, called C.En, has conducted over 120 experiments in the past three years. It now claims to have developed prototypes that store double the amount of hydrogen of currently available tanks. The new tank, said C.En, would weigh 50 kg (110 pounds) and run a vehicle for 600 km (373 miles).

C.En has applied for five patents based on their tests. Further tests are being carried out at the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM).

Obama tells Jews: 'I Never Practiced Islam'

By Israel Faxx News Services

Sen. Barack Obama confronted rumors that he is a secret Muslim in a conference call with the Jewish news media. "It is very important for everybody to know that it is fake," Obama, a Democratic presidential contender, said just minutes before he was due to receive a key endorsement from U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Obama listed falsehoods that appeared in an e-mail campaign aimed at Jewish voters. "I never practiced Islam. I was raised by my secular mother. I have been a member of the Christian religion and an active member of a church," he said. "I was sworn in with my hand on my family Bible and have said the Pledge of Allegiance since I was 3 years old."

Obama, who also answered questions about his Iran and Israel-Palestinian policies, as well as noting that he had rebuked his church's past association with Louis Farrakhan, concluded: "My strong and deep commitment and connection to the Jewish community should not be questioned."

Stormy Weather Sweeps Across Israel

By Ha'aretz

Stormy weather swept across the country on Tuesday, causing delays at Ben-Gurion International Airport and forcing the Haifa sea port to partially close down.

At least eight arrivals to Ben Gurion Airport were delayed Tuesday due to the severe weather conditions. One of the flights, operated by Iberian Airlines, returned to Cyprus after it was unable to land in Tel Aviv. The remainder of the flights landed at Ben-Gurion Airport later than their scheduled time.

The delays of the arrivals have affected the airport's departure schedule as well. Six domestic flights on the Rosh Pina-Tel Aviv line were canceled due to the weather. CEO of the "Ayit" airline company told Army Radio that the decision to cancel the flights was made in order to prevent any harm to the passengers.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem's municipality started preparations Tuesday morning for snowstorms. Light snow began to fall on the hilly city in the evening. Welfare officials sought out 40 homeless people, moving some to hotel rooms that the municipality rented for them, and for those who refused to evacuate, the city handed out blankets and coats.

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski said more than 500 kilometers of roads leading to hospitals and neighborhoods would be cleared and kept open in any weather. The city will also spread salt on main thoroughfares.

Snow has been falling on Mount Hermon since the morning, dropping at least 15 centimeters (6 inches). The manager of the Hermon ski site said that "We hope that this is the snow that we will open the ski season with. We need snow to be at least 40-50 centimeters deep, and according to reports, there is a good chance the site will open this weekend."

An elderly man and an infant from Bedouin villages were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva to be treated for hypothermia. Also on Tuesday, a 40-year-old homeless man was taken to the medical center when his body temperature was standing on 29 degrees Celsius.

Magen David Adom said that so far in the current cold spell more than 10 people have died of cold and more than 20 people were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia, mostly elderly and small children.

Several Galilee communities have prepared tractors and snow ploughs to clear roads that might be blocked by snow. The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) has beefed up its maintenance and work crews in the North and equipped them with vehicles with snow chains.

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