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Report: U.S. Army Engineer Targeted for Religion

By Israel Faxx News Services

An Army engineer accused 10 years ago of spying for Israel was unjustly targeted because of his religion, a review found.

A final report released by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Defense backs David Tenenbaum's claim that he was targeted for investigation because of his faith and ethnic background.

Tenenbaum was given a polygraph test in 1997 during which he said anti-Jewish epithets were shouted at him. The next day, he says, he found his computer gone and his name erased from the e-mail system at the Tank Automotive and Armaments Command, where he worked

Israel Kills Top Hamas Terrorist

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel has settled scores with a Palestinian on its most-wanted list during a raid in the West Bank and tensions are also running high between rival Palestinian factions.

Commandos killed 25-year-old Shihab al-Natsheh, a top commander of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, in the West Bank town of Hebron. There was a shootout, and when he refused to surrender, troops bulldozed the house he was hiding in. The Israeli military said there were explosions inside the house during the exchange of fire, presumably from bombs stored inside.

The army had been pursuing Natsheh for five months; since he allegedly masterminded a suicide bombing that killed a woman in southern Israel. While Israel and Hamas are observing a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, it does not apply to the West Bank.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said the daily West Bank raids are necessary, and effective. "This way we are forcing the terrorists to play defense and preventing them, crippling their ability, to wage terrorist war against our civilians." Hamas issued a statement vowing revenge for the Israeli raid.

Poll: 1 in 3 Muslim Students Approve Killing for Islam


If ignorance and poverty are responsible for the growth of extremist views in the Islamic world, someone needs to ask Muslim students, privileged enough and bright enough to attend some of the United Kingdom's best universities, why one-in-three of them endorses killing in the name of Islam.

The report of this finding, based on a poll of 600 Muslim and 800 non-Muslim students at 12 universities in the UK, and conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Center for Social Cohesion, will be released Monday as "Islam on Campus."

Among its findings of Muslim beliefs: 40 percent support introduction of sharia into British law for Muslims; One-third back the idea of a worldwide Islamic caliphate based on sharia law; 40 percent believe it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely; 24 percent do not think men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah; 25 percent have little or no respect for homosexuals.

Fifty-three percent believe killing in the name of religion is never justified (compared with 94 per cent of non-Muslims); while 32 percent say it is; and 57 percent believe Muslim soldiers serving in the UK military should be able to refuse duty in Muslim countries.

"Significant numbers appear to hold beliefs which contravene democratic values," Hannah Stuart, one of the report's authors, told the London Times. "These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said there is no extremism in British universities."

In addition to polling of 1,400 students, the researchers visited more than 20 universities to interview students and listen to guest speakers brought on campus. The report notes radical Islamic preachers regularly deliver inflammatory speeches that target homosexuals and border on anti-Semitism.

Ma'ariv's Publication of Obama's Western Wall Note Spurs Outrage

By Ha'aretz &

The rabbi who supervises Jerusalem's Western Wall condemned the removal of a prayer note purportedly written by Sen. Barack Obama, saying the action was "sacrilegious."

The U.S. presidential candidate visited the site early Thursday and placed a note in the cracks of the wall, as is customary. The note was subsequently removed from the wall, according to Ma'ariv, which printed what it said were the contents of the prayer. Ma'ariv said a religious student gave the note to the newspaper.

Obama's senior strategist Robert Gibbs told CNN: "We haven't confirmed nor denied" that the note is from the Illinois senator.

The notes are supposed to be removed twice a year, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah and Passover, and placed in a repository "to keep them hidden from human eyes," said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who supervises the Western Wall. "This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site. Notes placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker. Heaven forbid one should read or use them."

Asked what he wrote, Obama declined to answer, saying it was a private conversation between him and God. Obama reportedly wrote in the note: "Lord - protect my family and me. Forgive my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."

Jerusalem lawyer Shahar Alon asked Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to order a police investigation into the removal and publication of Obama's note.

In a conversation with TheMarker on Sunday, Alon said "if no one prevents people from opening notes written at the Western Wall, the wall will turn into a marketplace instead of a place for prayer. It is important the Ma'ariv understands that it violated the holy status of the Western Wall. Every person has the right to write a note based on the knowledge that it won't be read by the public."

Ma'ariv issued a response Sunday, saying that "Obama's note was published in Ma'ariv and other international publications following Obama's authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem. Moreover, since Obama is not Jewish, there is no violation of privacy as there would be for a Jewish person who places a note in the Western Wall."

JNF Building Jerusalem -Tel Aviv Bike Trail

By Israel Faxx News Services

The Jewish National Fund is building a bicycle trail that will connect Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

The 75-mile trail, running from south of the capital to Tel Aviv's northern port and taking in several forests and historical sites en route, is expected to be completed within six months as part of a JNF project in celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary. The estimated cost of the construction is $400,000.

"This trail will be an international tourist attraction for cyclists," JNF chairman Effi Stenzler told Yediot Achronot. According to the newspaper, a Jerusalem-Tel Aviv ride will take approximately five hours, as it will be mostly downhill. Ascending in the other direction will take much longer, but cyclists will be able to avail themselves of rest stops along the way.

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