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Toll-Free White House Number for Freeing Pollard

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home has arranged a special local Israeli telephone number to call the White House that does not require callers to pay long distance charges. Using the number 077-5664305, callers are charged as if they had made a regular local call, not a long distance call.

For those not in Israel, the regular numbers remain in effect: White House, 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and fax numbers 202-456-2883 or 202-456-2461.


Barak: Hizbullah has 42,000 Rockets, Some Can Hit Dimona

By Ha'aretz

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that Hizbullah had tripled its strength since the 2006 war in Lebanon, and that the pro-Iranian organization now possesses 42,000 rockets, some of which are capable of striking Ashkelon, Yerucham and Dimona, Army Radio reported.

In a rare speech to the Knesset plenum, Barak defended himself against critics who had called for a massive offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying that Israel would not become hostage to a lone Kassam rocket.

"A Gaza operation will not hasten the return of Gilad Shalit," Barak declared in reference to the IDF soldier held captive by Hamas for more than two years. Israel would soon need to make tough decisions on the matter. "Those who are calling for conquering Gaza, should state the consequences out loud."This is not a reality show; we're speaking about human lives."

Barak said that he would suggest that those who urge a "one bang and that's all" approach to an IDF onslaught in Gaza, "should stop and think. It's been two years since the Second Lebanon War. Before sending soldiers into battle, we must look into the eyes of every mother and father, and say that we did everything, before sending them."

The temporary cease-fire in Gaza allows Israel to prepare better, and affords it greater flexibility of action regarding Iran, Syria and Hizbullah, Barak added. "This is too serious a subject for a political argument." Drawing a parallel to the Gaza situation, he alluded to the markedly strengthened Hizbullah and asked, "Does anyone truly want to recapture Lebanon?"


"The Digital Intifada" Promises to Fight Zionism Online

By IsraelNationalNews.com

As part of its ongoing jihad against Israel, the Hamas terrorist organization has adopted a new mission, recently unveiled at its booth at a digital communications exhibition in Iran: hacking Israeli websites.

A new Hamas-affiliated group, calling itself "The Digital Intifada," introduced itself in late October at the second annual National Exhibition and Festival of Digital Media in Tehran, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC). The objective of "The Digital Intifada" is to develop anti-Jewish websites and encourage the criminal hacking of Israeli governmental and non-governmental websites.

At its booth at the Tehrani exhibit, Hamas's new computerized warfare promised $2,000 prizes for succeeding in the crime of hacking any Israeli site which is "hostile to the Palestinian people." Particular honor would go to anyone who hacked the websites of the Sephardic religious political party Shas, the Temple Mount Faithful website, and the American Internet Haganah (specializing in monitoring global jihad websites).

"The Digital Intifada" booth also featured Hamas-related websites, including Palestine-info, Filastin al-'An, Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Al Aqsa TV, the PALDF Forum and Sabiroon websites, among others. Vendors distributed anti-Jewish, pro-Islamic jihadist pamphlets, scarves, and hats to interested recipients.

After browsing the booth's many examples of internet-based jihad, exhibition attendees were invited to speak about the interface between the internet, fact manipulation, and terrorism with Abu Osama Abd Al-Muati, the Hamas representative in Tehran, as well as Hamas propaganda designers, experts, and political commentators. Director of the Lebanon-based Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV in Tehran Abu Hassan Zuaytar was also in attendance, as were various members of Hamas and Hizbullah. Hizbullah also had its own booth at the exhibit.

"The Digital Intifada" announced several objectives for future anti-Israel propaganda work, including the production of anti-Zionist computer games for children, online pro-Palestinian forums, a digital library dedicated to labeling Jewish Israelis as "occupiers," and coordinating online battalions of digital fighters to war with Israel and Israel's allies and supporters.

According to a report published by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency, "hacking into Zionist websites has become a necessity which cannot be avoided." (Ma'an News Agency quoting the Islamic Republic News Agency, October 31).


Poll: Significant Support for Refusing Order to Evict Golan Jews

By IsraelNationalNews.com

According to a poll released this week by Kinneret Academic College of the Jordan Valley, a total of 44 percent of Israelis either said that IDF soldiers should not carry out orders to remove Jewish communities from the Golan Heights or gave non-committal replies. Only 26 percent feel that Israel should definitely withdraw from the Golan in exchange for a full peace agreement with Syria.

The survey, carried out last week by the Maagar Mochot research company among 520 adults from all sectors of Israeli society, showed that a majority or a plurality of Israelis consistently oppose withdrawal from the Golan. Forty-two percent said under no circumstances should Israel give up the Heights, while another 25 percent would condition a retreat from the Golan on Syria signing a full peace treaty with Israel, cutting off its relations with Iran and waiting peacefully for several years. Only 12 percent said that a Syria-Israel peace treaty alone was sufficient cause for Israel to withdraw.

In the event that there was an agreement with Syria that required the forcible removal of Israeli communities on the Golan Heights, 27 percent of Israelis believe unequivocally that IDF soldiers should not carry out the expulsion orders. Another 17 percent gave non-committal answers, according to the polling data.

Christmas Songs Rewritten for Anti-Israel Carol Concert

By Mail Online (UK)

Organizers of a Christmas carol concert being held in a famous British church have been condemned for rewriting traditional verses to attack Israel. Far from bringing tidings of comfort and joy, the participants will instead sing about "war crimes, assassinations and the oppression of Palestinians."

The concert, which has been organized by anti-Israeli campaigners, is due to take place on Wednesday at St James's, Piccadilly, in Central London. Its critics include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, who said that the rewriting of much-loved traditional carols for such partisan political purposes was deeply offensive.

Lord Carey, who has been deeply involved in peace efforts in the Middle East, said: `It's a shame to see a famous London church lay on such a one-sided political demonstration. There are many reasonable concerns about both Israeli and Palestinian policies and actions, but a stunt of this nature is just unhelpful.

"Many British people have a great affection for Christmas carols and will be offended that they're being used in such an overtly political way."

David Gifford, the chief executive of the Council of Christians and Jews, which was set up to improve relations between the faiths, dismissed the exercise as "puerile." He added: `This is the blatant politicizing of the Christian festival of Christmas, and that in itself is offensive to many Christians.'


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