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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

By IsraelNationalNews.com

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. 12, 2007.

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 said.

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 Jewish state.

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 Heights.

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 Jordanian official.

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 had.

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

By Reuters

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 war.

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 achieved."

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 criminals.

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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