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German Jew Wants Hitler's `Mein Kampf' Republished


The general secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany called for an annotated version of Adolf Hitler's autobiography `Mein Kampf', despite its ban in Germany.

Stephan Kramer told ZDF TV Wednesday, "I think it makes sense and it is important to publish an edition of Hitler's `Mein Kampf' with an academic commentary." He added, "An academic and historically critical edition needs to be prepared today, to prevent neo-Nazis profiting from it."

US Congressman: Iran is Threat, Not Israeli Settlements

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

A delegation of conservative congressmen from the United States is on a solidarity visit to Israel. They are concerned about Washington's Middle East policies.

The delegation of 25 congressmen from the Republican Party blasted the Obama administration for pressuring Israel to halt settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is heading the delegation, said President Barack Obama's policies are misguided and that the U.S. should be focusing on Iran's quest for nuclear weapons.

"Any discussion of settlements, any discussion of the issues of living in East Jerusalem, should not take precedent over the primary focus of import which is the growing threat of a nuclear Iran," Cantor said.

Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. But Israel believes Iran could have a nuclear bomb in a year. That is a cause of great concern here because Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has threatened to wipe the Jewish state "off the map."

Israel has been agitated by Obama's plan to open a dialogue with Iran, while pressing for a one year freeze on Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank. A report in Ha'aretz says the Obama administration feels such a freeze might lead to Arab concessions in the Mideast peace process. But Rep. Cantor told Israel Radio that the U.S. should lay off.

"We do not want to see undue pressure placed on Israel. We believe very much in Israel's right to secure itself, to administer its laws," Cantor said. "There is no stronger democratic ally in this region than Israel and we're here to reconfirm and affirm that."

The congressmen also met with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank, to express support for the two-state solution. The delegation's visit underscores the traditionally pro-Israel position of the U.S. Congress. Israel has often depended on congressional support when it has disagreements with the White House. Democrats in Congress are expected to travel to Israel next week.

Jerusalem Hosts Yarmulke Exhibit


Dozens of knitted kippot (plural of kippah, Hebrew for the more familiar `skullcap' or `yarmulke') of all sizes and colors comprise a new exhibit attempting yet another way to define the religious-Zionist community.

"Walking Between the Kippot," which in Hebrew rhymes with "walking between the raindrops," was the brainchild of David (Dudu) Sa'ada, the Director-General of the religious-Zionist weekly B'Sheva newspaper. "I was sitting in a restaurant in Raanana," he recounts, "where many of the diners were wearing knitted yarmulkes.

"Two secular friends of mine were sitting with me, and they looked around and asked me, `Dudu, how can it be that all of these people sitting here each have a different type of kippah?' At that minute, I realized that as the newspaper of the knitted-kippah public, we have to put on an exhibit of kippot in order to show and explain this multi-facetedness of ours."

Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned in the U.S. for nearly 24 years for having shared critical, classified information with Israel, wrote, "The kippah is a sign of accepting the yoke of Heaven; the Holy One, blessed be He, is our aide and protector forever."

Effie Eitam, a former MK and Brig.Gen. in the IDF, wrote, "I wasn't born with a kippah; I chose it, and I continue to choose it every day." Haggai Segal wrote, "I am fairly certain that when the Messiah comes, he will be wearing a knitted kippah under his [hareidi-style] hat."

Prof. Oz Almog of Haifa University explains that there are several parameters that define the various knitted kippot and, by extension, those who wear them: "Size, color, texture and design. The size often indicates the level of religiosity; the bigger, the more religious." The "hilltop youth" and others often wear large kippot of thick wool, whereas the fine-thread kippot are much more common almost everywhere else.

Muslims Kicking Mad over Song that Mohammed Ignorant of Soccer


Muslims are on the rampage against an old German soccer club song that includes the lyrics, "Mohammed was a prophet who knew nothing of football." The German soccer club 'Schalke 04' responded that Mohammed lived long before soccer was invented and that it sees no problem with the song.

The "White and Blue, How I Love You" song was written in 1924 and has been the official hymn of the club for decades, but the rising Muslim population in Europe has made it a more powerful force against anything that they consider offensive. They have staged dozens of protests, sometimes violent, concerning alleged offenses to the religion. Several people were killed two years ago in riots over a cartoon that depicted Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.

The offending line appears in the third stanza, which states: Mohammed was a prophet who Knew nothing of football; that much is true. But of all the colors shining bright, the ones he thought up were our royal blue and white.

With three million Muslims in Germany, the soccer club has alerted German security personnel after receiving hundreds of e-mails and letters complaining about the lyrics.

iPhone Users Can Send Prayers to Kotel

By Israel Faxx News Services

Munera, the iPhone application development company, announced the launch of Send a Prayer to the Western Wall. This app allows users to send their prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem through a unique and polished user interface.

Users can write prayers on their iPhone or iPod touch that will be printed out in Jerusalem and concealed between the stones of the Western Wall in less than 48 hours. The prayers will also be stored on the device and can be shared by email or twitter directly from the app. The app includes an interactive 3D globe where users can see their prayers fly to Jerusalem and a slideshow with scenes of the Western Wall.

The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or the Kotel in Hebrew is one of the most significant spiritual sites in the world. It is the last remnant of the Second Temple, which stood in Jerusalem between 516 BCE and 70 CE, when it was destroyed by the Romans. Millions of people from all over the world gather at the Western Wall every day to pray for peace, prosperity and well-being. It is a centuries' long tradition for people to write notes of prayer and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall.

The app is available today in the App Store for $1.99 and can be downloaded from

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