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A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
By Israel News Faxx Services
http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/Holocaust contains an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature.
The web site includes a timeline (accompanied by photos and documents), a guide to the
people involved (victims, perpetrators, resisters, etc.), as well as suggested educational
activities for elementary, middle and high school students.
Israel Opposed US Lawmakers' Offer to Move Embassy to Jerusalem
Former Israeli Consul General to the US Yoram Ettinger has revealed that Israel
prevented a move that would have relocated the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
"The US Senate was ready to do away with the waiver that allows the president to defer
the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem," Ettinger said. "There were over 80 senators
enough to override any [presidential] veto."
It was the Israeli government, Ettinger said, that intervened on behalf of leaving the
Embassy in Tel Aviv. "The problem is that both houses of Congress have been firmer on
Jerusalem than any Israeli government since 1993." He did not elaborate which Israeli
government told Congress to stand down.
Congress overwhelmingly approved the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act in 1995,
mandating that the Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 1999 and that the US
recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Currently, all the nations with which Israel has
diplomatic relations refuse to recognize Israel's Basic Law designating Jerusalem as the
capital of the Jewish State.
Former President Bill Clinton, who promised in both of his presidential campaigns to
move the embassy, signed successive six-month security waivers, thus passing on the "hot
potato" to his successor.
During the 2000 election campaign, President George W. Bush pledged that if he was
elected, he would "begin the process" of moving the embassy to Jerusalem on his "first day
in office." He has not done so, however - invoking the waiver for the 13th time on Dec.
After the failed Camp David talks in July 2000, Clinton suggested in an interview with
Israeli TV that he was considering moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. "I have always
wanted to do it. I've always thought it was the right thing to do. But I didn't want to do
anything to undermine the peace process ... But it's something that I have taken under
review now because of the recent events," Clinton told the Israeli public.
In reaction, Hizbullah terror chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah threatened the US that he
would "turn your embassy into rubble and return your diplomats in coffins."
Report: Barak Plans War on Hamas, Hizbullah
By IsraelNationalNews.com & WorldNetDaily
According to the London newspaper Al-Hayyat, Defense Minister Ehud Barak plans to
escalate Israel's fight against terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbullah. Barak sent a
message to Syrian President Bashar Assad warning him of the planned escalation, the paper
In a message relayed to Assad by Turkey, Barak said that if Syria were to stop its
support for Hizbullah, the move could lead to peace negotiations with Israel. Assad has
expressed interest in beginning negotiations over the strategic Golan region.
However, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government has been holding high-level talks with
Syria regarding renewing negotiations over an Israeli retreat from the strategic Golan
Heights, WND has learned.
The talks continued this week despite the assassination in Syria last week of Hizbullah
arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh. Most Arab countries, including Syria, charged Israel was
behind the top terrorist's elimination.
Top diplomatic sources in Jerusalem confirmed Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a former
prime minister, has been passing official messages on a regular basis to Syrian President
Bashar Assad regarding Israel's willingness to negotiate over the Golan.
The Golan Heights is strategic, mountainous territory looking down on Israeli and
Syrian population centers twice used by Damascus to launch ground invasions into the
The diplomatic sources speaking to WND said the message-passing between Israel and
Syria determined Damascus is ready to discuss the Golan on condition the U.S. offers Syria
a package that includes ending sanctions against the Assad government and pledges of aid
to Damascus. The sources said no actual negotiations over the Golan have taken place.
Syria openly provides refuge to Palestinian terror leaders, including the chiefs of
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and has been accused of shipping weapons to Hizbullah. Damascus
is also accused of supporting the insurgency against U.S. troops in Iraq.
The reports of talks about the Golan follows last November's U.S.-backed Annapolis
summit at which Olmert pledged to work with the Palestinian Authority to create a
Palestinian state by the end of the year. Syria was also invited to the conference, where
its officials hosted a talk at which Israel was called upon to vacate the Golan
Earlier this month, WND reported Syria, aided by Russia and Iran; in recent months has
been furiously acquiring rockets and missiles, including projectiles capable of hitting
the entire state of Israel. The officials listed anti-tank, anti-aircraft and ballistic
missiles as some of the arms procured by Syria.
A Jordanian security official said one of the main reasons Damascus did not retaliate
after Israel carried out its Sept. 6 air strike inside Syria which allegedly
targeted a nascent nuclear facility was because Syria's rocket infrastructure was
not yet complete.
The official said that after the Israeli air strike, Syria picked up the pace of
acquiring rockets and missiles, largely from Russia with Iranian backing, with the goal of
completing its missile and rocket arsenal by the end of the year. The Jordanian official
said Syria is aiming to possess the capacity to fire more than 100 rockets into Israel per
hour for a sustained period of time. "The Syrians have three main goals: to maximize their
anti-tank, anti-aircraft and ballistic missile and rocket capabilities," explained the
According to Israeli and Jordanian officials, Syria recently quietly struck a deal with
Russia that allows Moscow to station submarines and war boats off Syrian ports. In
exchange, Russia is supplying Syria with weaponry at lower costs, with some of the
missiles and rockets being financed by Iran.
"The Iranians opened an extended credit line with Russia for Syria with the purpose of
arming Syria," said one Jordanian security official. "Russia's involvement and strategic
positioning is almost like a return to its Cold War stance."
Both the Israeli and Jordanian officials told WND large quantities of Syrian rockets
and missiles are being stockpiled at the major Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartus.
Syria's new acquisitions include Russia's S-300 surface-to-air missile defense shield,
which is similar to the U.S.-funded, Israeli engineered Arrow anti-missile system
currently deployed in Israel. The S-300 system is being run not by Syria but by Russian
naval technicians who work from Syria's ports, security officials said.
New ballistic missiles and rockets include Alexander rockets and a massive quantity of
various Scud surface-to-surface missiles, including Scud B and Scud D missiles.
Israeli security officials noted Syria recently test-fired two Scud D
surface-to-surface missiles, which have a range of about 250 miles, covering most Israeli
territory. The officials said the Syrian missile test was coordinated with Iran and is
believed to have been successful. It is not known what type of warhead the missiles
In addition to longer range Scuds, Syria is in possession of shorter range missiles
such as 220 millimeter and 305 millimeter rockets, some of which have been passed on to
the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hizbullah.
Israel has information Syria recently acquired and deployed Chinese-made C-802
missiles, which were successfully used against the Israeli navy during Israel's war
against Hizbullah in 2006. The missiles were passed to Syria by Iran, Israeli security
officials told WND.
Russia recently sold to Syria advanced anti-tank missiles similar to the projectiles
that devastated Israeli tanks during the last Lebanon war, causing the highest number of
Israeli troop casualties during the 34 days of military confrontations. Syria and Russia
are negotiating the sale of advanced anti-aircraft missiles.
Woman Who Allegedly Killed Prisoners at Nazi Concentration Camp Dies
A woman alleged to have murdered prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp during World
War II has died aged 86 in Vienna, Austrian justice officials said on Thursday.
German-born Erna Wallisch died in a hospital on Saturday one month after Austria,
prompted by new testimony from Poland, >reopened an investigation into her past that
had been dropped in 1973 for lack of hard evidence.
The Polish findings, based on witness statements, suggested Wallisch may have committed
murder in the Majdanek camp near Lublin in Nazi-occupied Poland, Vienna state prosecutors
said last month. Wallisch always insisted that she had only guarded prisoners. "We have
now ceased the investigation on account of her death," prosecutors' office spokesman
Gerhard Jarosch said.
Wallisch was a camp warden in Nazi Germany's Ravensbrueck concentration camp, north of
Berlin, and at Majdanek in 1942-1944, and settled in Austria soon after the end of the
Efraim Zuroff, director of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem,
expressed regret on Thursday that Wallisch could not be prosecuted before she died.
"[She] and her family can thank the decades-old failure of successive Austrian
governments for the fact she was ultimately never punished for ... taking people to be
gassed and guarding them so they could not escape," Zuroff said in a statement.
"Her death should serve as a reminder to all the governments dealing with cases of Nazi
war criminals that they had best expedite these prosecutions while justice can still be
Jewish groups have accused Austria, which was annexed by Hitler in 1938 and supplied
his Third Reich with many top officials, of a lack of political will to punish Nazi
Austria has cited problems unearthing evidence compounded by the passage of time. More
than 60 years after World War II, few prominent Nazis are believed to be still alive.
Something New for the Shabbat Table
By Israel Faxx News Services
A new social networking web site is inviting Jews to "sit down and Shabbat up."
Facebook is meeting Friday night as Jews connect on SAA 2.0, a site leveraging the
popularity of online social networking to bring Shabbat to young Jews.
Since launching "Shabbat Across America" in 1997, the National Jewish Outreach Program
(NJOP) has brought tens of thousands of Jews together for an annual Friday night event
occurring at hundreds of locations simultaneously. This year, the newest locations will be
virtual, as NJOP turns the tables on an age-old tradition.
"If you don't have a Facebook account and a MySpace page...if you aren't LinkedIn, SAA
2.0 may not make much sense," said Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, founder of the program.
"SAA 2.0 democratizes Shabbat, making it accessible to all Jews, allowing each to make
it his or her own. You don't need to know all the rituals or even the people at your
table. This site is peer-to-peer, Jew-to-Jew and designed for members of today's
generation who live their days increasingly online. Two thirds of young adults use social
networking sites and we believe SAA 2.0 is just the Shabbat dinner invitation they have
been waiting for."
Modeled after popular social networking sites like Facebook, SAA 2.0 puts Shabbat back
on the table for a community of young adults who are often eager to identify with Judaism
in a virtual world. On SAA 2.0, users gather around virtual Shabbat tables they create,
and invite their friends--"chosen people," as the site calls them--to share in the
experience. Once invited, guests can choose to 'bring' virtual food items (chicken soup,
challah, wine), political positions (liberal, right-wing), and social inclinations (green,
grumpy) to the table.
Unlike most social networking sites however, SAA 2.0 also encourages virtual Shabbat
tables to "get real" by taking their table offline and into reality. Sleek design paired
with kitschy cultural references keep SAA 2.0 informal and inviting, doing away with
seriousness that might turn-off a young crowd.
"Offline, each Friday night, Jews worldwide gather around tables with family and
friends to unplug from the work-week and relax, enjoy good food and good company," said
Susanne Goldstone, NJOP'S SAA 2.0 Coordinator. "SAA 2.0 promotes the value of a Shabbat
experience to a generation of Jews more likely to receive information and influence from
peers online than through traditional advertising."
SAA 2.0, which encourages members to ditch daily activities in favor of a family and friend-focused Friday night meals sans BlackBerrys (unless they come in pies,) also serves as a conversation piece, poking fun at our busy lives. The site allows members to invite real friends and virtual friends, listing Jewish notables past and present including Barbie, Moses, Sigmund Freud and Emma Lazarus. To join the chosen people, log on to www.ShabbatAcrossAmerica20.org.
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