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Teen Dies From Tongue Piercing-Related Brain Abscesses
(IsraelNN.com) An 18-year-old died Sunday from an infection he contracted as a result of a
The teenager, an IDF soldier, was hospitalized in serious condition over a month ago
after developing 14 abscesses in his brain resulting from the spread of bacteria
introduced through the piercing.
Dr. Yaron Bar-Lavi, the manager of the emergency room in Haifa's Rambam Hospital, said
the teen was put on medications to combat spasms caused by the abscesses, but that the
medication had a detrimental affect on his liver, which ultimately caused his decline and
Dr. Bar-Lavi said the abscesses, some of which made their way to the central portion of
the brain, were the largest he had ever seen.
Thousands Protest Ahmadinejad in New York
(IsraelNN.com) Thousands of people protested the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in New York City on Monday afternoon. "Our message to him is 'go home, go home
and stay there,'" said author and Nobel prize winner Eli Wiesel.
Instead of attending the opening ceremony at the United Nations, Ahmadinejad should be on
trial in international court, Wiesel said, where he should be convicted of inciting to
commit crimes against humanity. Criticizing a leader like Ahmadinejad who calls for
nuclear attacks is not enough, he saidsuch a leader must be brought to trial.
Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik and Natan Sharansky attended the rally.
Last update - 00:46 23/09/2008
19 hurt as terrorist plows car into Jerusalem crowd
By Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, and The Associated Press
Tags: Palestinians, Israel
At least 19 people were wounded at around 11 P.M. Monday night when a Palestinian
resident of East Jerusalem drove his car into a crowd of Israel Defense Forces soldiers at
a busy intersection in the capital.
Two of wounded were in serious condition, four were moderately hurt and the rest were
lightly wounded, the Magen David Adom rescue service said.
Most of the wounded were IDF troops on their way to the Western Wall to mark the
upcoming Jewish New Year when the attack at the Tzahal intersection, close to the Old
City, took place.
Jerusalem Police Commander Ilan Franco said the driver of the black BMW was shot and
killed by an IDF officer who was among the crowd targeted in the attack. Franco said the
driver was apparently acting alone.
"A man in a vehicle struck a number of people in Tzahal Square," police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld said. "We can confirm it was a terror attack. The man was shot and killed."
Israeli TV reported that the car was registered to a resident of Jabel Mukaber, an Arab
village in East Jerusalem. The vehicle had a yellow Israeli license plate, the Associated
Press news agency reported.
A previously unknown group claimed responsibility for the attack, Channel 2 television
An Israel Radio reporter on the scene described a large group of mostly ultra-Orthodox
Jews chasing an Arab into the Old City after the attack.
The emergency call came into Magen David Adom at 10:55 P.M., but it described the
incident as traffic accident. Only when the ambulance arrived did it become clear that it
was a terrorist attack.
"I saw the car coming quickly and hit a group of soldiers and students standing there,"
an eyewitness said. "It happened very fast. It was impossible to know beforehand that this
is what he intended to do."
Rescue personnel evacuated all of the victims to hospitals in the city. Local TV showed
footage of a wounded soldier on a stretcher, holding his head, as he was wheeled into an
Dr. Yuval Weiss, the director of Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, said that 10
victims had been treated at the hospital, all of them fully conscious.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak released a statement in the wake of the attack demanding a
speedup of procedures to allow the destruction of homes of Palestinian terrorists to act
as a deterrence. Several years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that destroying houses does
not deter terrorists, and the practice was halted.
Jerusalem police said that though there was no prior intelligence indicating a possible
terror attack, the level of alert had been raised in recent days due to the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan and the upcoming Jewish holidays.
This is the third time a vehicle has been used in a terror attack in Jerusalem in as
many months. In July, two East Jerusalem residents carried out separate attacks with
vehicles used in ongoing construction work in the city, killing three people and wounding
Seventeen Soldiers Hurt in Arab Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(IsraelNN.com) An Arab terrorist from eastern Jerusalem ran over a group of soldiers
shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night at Kichar Tzahal (IDF Square) near the Jaffa Gate in
Jerusalem. The terrorist was shot and killed by an IDF officer in the group.
All of the victims apparently suffered light and moderate injuries, and hospital
officials negated earlier reports that two people were seriously injured. Doctors report
that the victims were soldiers who had gone to the Old City to participate in the selichot
prayers traditionally recited before Rosh Hashanah.
The terrorist was driving a private vehicle when he attacked opposite Jaffa Gate.
Two earlier terrorist attacks this year involved a tractor and bulldozer, killing three
Israelis and injuring scores of others. Both of the terrorists were Israeli Arabs from
eastern Jerusalem who were working in the city.
Ten of the wounded were evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and all of them
are conscious and in good condition.
Seven other victims suffered light injuries and were rushed to Shaarei Tzedek.
Report: Respect for religious freedom fell in Israel
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Respect for religious freedom in Israel has declined, according to a new U.S. State
An increase in "societal abuses and discrimination" against "some evangelical Christian
groups as well as Messianic Jews" has contributed to a "slight decline in respect for
religious freedom" in Israel, according to the State Department's Annual Report on
International Religious Freedom.
The report also stated that "relations among religious and ethnic groups" were "often
strained during the reporting period, which was "due primarily to the continuing
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Government's unequal treatment of non-Orthodox Jews,
including the Government's recognition of only Orthodox Jewish religious authorities in
personal and some civil status matters concerning Jews."
The report covered the period from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.
The report also states that Iran has seen "a rise in officially sanctioned anti-Semitic
propaganda involving official statements, media outlets, publications, and books." In
addition, "the Government's anti-Semitic rhetoric, along with a perception among radical
Muslims that all Jewish citizens of the country support Zionism and the state of Israel,
continued to create a hostile atmosphere for Jews. The rhetorical attacks also further
blurred the line between Zionism, Judaism, and Israel, and contributed to increased
concerns about the future security of the Jewish community."
Venezuela also was named as a state sponsor of anti-Semitism in the document "because
of statements by the president, other government officials, and government-affiliated
media outlets." It added that "the local Jewish community expressed strong concerns that
such statements and publications fostered a climate permissive of anti-Semitic actions,
creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust of the community."
Clinton, Palin rip Iran
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Wiesel: 'Persona non-grata everywhere' Photo: Dana Zimmerman
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UN protestors: Stop Iran
Thousands demonstrate in New York against visit by Iranian President Ahmadinejad at
rally ahead of UN General Assembly; keynote speaker Elie Wiesel: 'Go home, and stay home'
NEW YORK Thousands of demonstrators gathered in east Manhattan Monday to protest
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's participation in the United Nations General
Assembly. The rally, organized by several North American Jewish organizations, was
attended by Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, Natan Sharnasky, and Elie Wiesel, among others.
In his speech, Wiesel advised the Iranian leader to "go home and stay home," saying that
his place was not at the UN, but rather, at the international war crimes tribunal, where
he should be tried for crimes against humanity. Wiesel slammed Ahmadinejad for repeatedly
calling for Israel's extermination and for preaching hatred and nuclear destruction.
Protestor at the rally (Photo: Dana Zimmerman)
The Holocaust survivor and acclaimed author said Iran's president should be treated as a
"persona non grata" worldwide, and added that even if he does not yet know this, he will
be ultimately arrested. Wiesel also urged all UN delegations to leave the room the moment
Ahmadinejad takes the podium.
Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Itzik said that she never believed that threats to the
existence of the Jewish people will be uttered again, declaring that the "nightmare is
back" to her regret. Some may think that Ahmadinejad is crazy or arrogant, she said, but
bitter experience has taught us to "take him seriously". However, Itzik stressed that this
time around the world will not remain silent and will not ignore the Iranian president's
"The Free World must act to stop him," Itzik said, adding that the horrors of the
Holocaust would not be repeated.
Security concerns at rally
Meanwhile, Ynet learned that Israeli and American security officials initially attempted
to prevent Itzik from speaking due to security concerns. However, the Knesset speaker
insisted on addressing the crowd, eventually prompting her to agree to a compromise and
wear a bullet-proof vest.
"It wasn't very pleasant, but those were unequivocal demands by security officials, and
Itzik had no choice but to comply," a source familiar with the matter said.
The protestors on hand, both Jews and Christians, held up signs slamming Ahmadinejad for
threatening the US and Israel and calling on the world to stop Iran. Some demonstrators
used the occasion to refer to the upcoming US elections, holding up signs praising
Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin and criticizing Hillary Clinton. Other protestors,
apparently affected by the recent Kadima primaries in Israel and Tzipi Livni's victory,
chanted "Tzipi, Tzipi."
Amnon Meranda contributed to this report
Thousands attend anti-Iran rally organized by Jewish groups in New York
By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Tags: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Nobel Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel joined thousands of protesters in New York Monday to
condemn Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's planned address to the United Nations
General Assembly, which opens Tuesday.
Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik and former minister Natan Sharansky also spoke at the
gathering, organized by a coalition of American Jewish groups.
Wiesel said "We urge all the UN delegations across the street to leave the hall when
[Ahmadinejad] appears on the stage."
"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, go home and stay there, we don't want you here. America doesn't want
you here. Nobody wants you," Wiesel called out.
The event sparked further controversy over the weekend when Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin's appearance in the anti-Iran rally in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza was cancelled in a flap between protest organizers and Hillary Clinton, who had also been scheduled to speak.
Clinton aides were quoted as saying that they had been "blindsided" by the decision to invite Palin, which they called a partisan move. In the ensuing controversy, Clinton withdrew her participation, and Palin's invitation was rescinded.
Last update - 15:42 22/09/2008
Obama pays tribute Although Olmert is Soon to be Indicted on Charges of Corruption
By Natasha Mozgovoya, Haaretz U.S. Correspondent
Tags: Tzipi Livni, Israel
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama paid tribute Sunday to outgoing prime
minister Ehud Olmert, and welcomed the chance to work with his successor.
Olmert, who is at the center of a series of corruption scandals, formally resigned
Sunday. He has been replaced as leader of the ruling Kadima party by his foreign minister,
Livni is expected to be asked by President Shimon Peres to form, and head, a new
government coalition. Olmert will remain in power until a new prime minister is officially
"I wish Prime Minister Olmert well and have told him how much I admire his pursuit of
peace and his staunch defense of Israel's security," Obama said.
"I look forward to working closely with Israel's next prime minister to strengthen the
U.S.-Israeli partnership, and to advance Israel's security."
Obama also praised what he termed "Israel's robust democracy" for its ability to
weather the current political upheaval.
This democracy, he said, "is once again demonstrating that it can handle transition,
and we are reminded today that the U.S.-Israeli relationship transcends parties and
Obama visited Israel in July of this year, when he met with both Olmert and Livni.
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