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Indian MD: Jewish Hostages Weren't Tortured

By Israel Faxx News Services

The Jewish victims from the Mumbai Chabad House siege showed no indications of torture, a Mumbai doctor said. Dr. Ganjanan Chawan saw the bodies when they arrived at JJ Hospital in Mumbai. A hospital doctor was quoted Sunday on the Rediff Indian news site as saying that the bodies of the Jewish victims bore torture marks.

Chawan's statements in Wednesday's Jerusalem Post contradicted an interview with a morgue employee of the hospital printed the previous day by the newspaper. The morgue employee had said the Jewish victims had more injuries than the other victims in last week's terrorist attacks on the Indian city.


Pakistani TV: 'Hindu Zionists' and Mossad Behind Mumbai Massacre

By IsraelNationalNews.com

A Pakistani TV station has claimed "Hindu Zionists" and the Mossad carried out the Mumbai terrorist attacks, which it said were a "botched" imitation of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

The terrorists looked like Hindus and "no Pakistani speaks the language they chatted in," said security expert Zaid Hamid on the television's "I Differ" news channel show.

Hamid said that it was a "badly planned" operation that had gone horribly wrong. "The Americans executed the 9/11 attack perfectly. They managed the media very well. The Indians tried to repeat the formula but goofed up. The idiots made a complete mess of it," he argued.

He maintained that that the attackers wore saffron Hindu Zionist bands and that during the first five minutes of the attack, three Indian counterterrorist officers were killed by authorities in order to halt their investigations of a terror network within India's security agencies. Another reason to end the probe, he said, was to divert attention to terrorism originating in Pakistan.

Pakistani leaders have rejected criticism for the Mumbai attacks, and President Asif Ali Zardari said his country is not to blame. He also said that the attack may be a tactic to divert attention from the ongoing war between Pakistan and terrorists.

Interior Ministry advisor Rehman Malik stated, "The Mumbai attacks were designed to force Pakistan to deploy its troops on the country's eastern borders, thereby clearing the western borders for infiltration" into Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Daily Times editorialized that despite the confession of the single terrorist who was not killed by Indian commandos, "'confessions'" [are] no more credible than 'confessions' in such situations."


Blair: Conditions Must Change for Israelis and Palestinians to Make Peace

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Washington)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will not succeed until the reality on the ground improves for both sides. Blair made the remarks during a speech in Washington.

On the same day that Tony Blair resigned after 10 years as British Prime Minister he was appointed as representative of the Middle East Quartet to help the Palestinians build their institutions and economy.

The Quartet, which consists of the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the United States, has been trying to improve conditions for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

But Blair said everyday realities must improve for both sides before any agreement is possible. "The problem is that until now the reality on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians has not passed what I would call the minimum threshold of credibility for the political negotiation to succeed. Not for the Israelis on security, not for the Palestinians on lifting the occupation>"

Blair, who has been the Quartet's representative for the past 18 months, said there recently have been small improvements in the West Bank. He said Palestinian security forces have successfully deployed in the West Bank cities of Jenin, Nablus and Hebron, adding that the PA's economy is improving and its unemployment rate is falling.

But in his speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Blair said conditions continue to deteriorate in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the militant group Hamas. He said there cannot be a Palestinian state until the situation in Gaza is resolved.

"There can only be one Palestinian state. It will combine Gaza and the West Bank. However much we are tempted to set Gaza to one side because of the chaos it causes to Palestinian cohesion, it cannot be. But neither is its predicament inevitable. It can and it must be reversed," he said.

Blair said the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank must prove it can maintain security and that Israel must also stop building Jewish settlements there. Ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains key to solving other problems in the region.


Islamic Extremists Getting YouTube Tutorials

By Reuters

Islamic extremists are being instructed on how to use the popular video-sharing site YouTube as a way to disseminate propaganda videos, a U.S.-based terrorism monitor said. Militants are being encouraged to use the online site through postings on other Islamic forums on the Internet, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

Last week, an extremist authored step-by-step instructions on posting video to YouTube, which he described as "one of the most famous and biggest international sites that publish sections of videos from all over the world."

The posting encourages readers to post scenes of Western forces coming under attack to, it says, "shame the Crusaders by publishing clips of videos showing their losses, which they hid for a long time."

Islamic extremists have long used the Internet as a tool to communicate with supporters and distribute propaganda but the latest posting specifically coaxes militants toward YouTube and touts it as a user-friendly tool.

"I say that the YouTube site is one of the easiest sites to record and upload the clips," the posting states, pointing readers to the software they might need to publish on the Internet. "I ask you, by Allah, as soon as you read this subject, to start recording on YouTube, and to start cutting and uploading and posting clips on the jihadist, Islamic, and general forums," the posting states.

YouTube, a unit of Google Inc., could not immediately be reached for comment on how it might respond to the types of postings described in the message.

The message author calls for a "YouTube Invasion" by militants and includes several screenshots showing step by step instructions on how to create a YouTube account and to upload material. The video-sharing site has often been a chosen venue for users to post controversial clips and other material. In March, Pakistani authorities ordered Internet service providers to block the website after it ran material deemed insulting to Islam.


Warning Demonstrations

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

Every organization or group has a purpose or goal, written or not. Most often their goals and actions are peaceful and respectful. However, when the group consists of fanatics it is more likely their goals will call for aggressive action.

It is not likely that you have seen or read about many Islamic demonstrations in the media. That is because the media allocates limited space for such information,

On Sep. 17, 2008 the Associated Press reported on a speech given by Pope Benedict XVI in which he referenced a medieval text that characterized some of the teaching of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman." As a result of a world wide Muslim outcry the pope offered his sincere regrets for his reference. Unfortunately, this did not seem to satisfy some Muslims such as Anjem Choudary, a notorious Muslim extremist.

Outside Westminster Cathedral, in London, Choudary told the demonstrating crowd "The pope should face execution." It seems that such Muslims do not show any forgiveness but rather advocate violence.

Many people check "Snopes.com" to verify the validity of world-wide events and statements. Snopes.com confirms that during the Feb. 3, 2008 London demonstration, signs were carried that were advocating violent and murderous actions.

The signs read "Slay Those Who Insult Islam," "Butcher Those Who Mock Islam," "Behead Those Who Insult Islam," Be Prepared For The Real Holocaust," and "Freedom Go To Hell." To see these signs go to. http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/muslimprotest.asp.

To realize the scary intensity of the Islamists go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_kyNIevsIs. In your mind combine the signs and the frightening emotions they evoke, and then decide if we need to be fearful of Islamist fanatics.

The Committee For Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America reported that in September 2002, pro-Palestinian activists at Concordia University in Montreal resorted to force and intimidation to prevent former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking on campus.

Blocking the only entry into the lecture hall, student and non-student activists took over the building and pushed, spat on and, in some cases, hit and kicked those determined to hear the speaker. Outside, anti-Israel demonstrators broke a series of windows prompting police to cancel the lecture because of safety concerns.

On April 21, 2006 the Islamic Thinkers Society held a rally outside the Israeli consulate in New York City. The demonstrators chanted, "The mushroom cloud is on its way, The real holocaust is on its way" and "With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa." There were signs showing a picture of an Islamic flag flying over the White House.

Even the thought of a Muslim demonstration is scary. On April 21, 2008 a number of media reported that, in 2006, the Church of England considered removing the statue of St. George as Patron Saint of England because he was too offensive for modern day Muslims. More recently, British officials cancelled the April 23, 2008 long standing annual St. George's Day Parade in Bradford in fear that Muslims would riot.

We keep hearing that the Islamic terrorists represent only a small number of Muslims. According to AFP World News "A group of 70,000 hardliners rallied for world Islamic rule" in August 2007 in Jakarta. The supporters classified the event as a "civic education" for Indonesian Muslims. Are we expected to consider 70,000 people in only one location as small?

Peace loving people of the world need to realize that these actions of Islamists are not isolated instances but rather a piece of the overall picture of an enormous number of actions. Head the WARNINGS. Become informed and protect our freedom. Remember. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people do nothing." There are things you can do.

Ed Ziegler is a columnist for the Florida Heritage Jewish News. He can be reached at Brooklyn13@embarqmail.com


Rabbi Permits Double Dating 'For Marriage Purposes'

By YnetNews.com

The rising age of marriage in the religious public, and the dilemmas that accompany this phenomenon, continue to preoccupy rabbis and religious singles alike.

After Rabbi Shlomo Aviner recently ruled that double dating was prohibited, another rabbi, Ramat Gan's Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, now claims that the practice is permissible so long as the purpose of the dating is marriage.

Ariel issued the ruling in response to a question posted by a surfer on the "Yeshiva" website. The surfer wrote: "We are a group of 21-year-old girls and boys. The boys are all yeshiva students and the girls modest and God fearing. Are we allowed to hold joint outings? (Not for a certain purpose, just for fun).

In his reply, Ariel wrote: "If the gatherings are done for the purpose of marriage – so be it. But if it's just for fun – this isn't recommended."

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner had ruled that a couple on a date should not meet with another couple, be they married or single, even if the reason for such an outing were to observe the other's behavior in a standard social environment.

"It's out of the question," he said, suggesting instead that the interested subject ask friends and teachers about the person they are dating.


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