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Italian Rabbis to Boycott Pope's Visit to Rome Synagogue
Italian rabbis have decided to boycott upcoming observances slated for January 17, the
traditional day of Judeo-Christian reflection inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in
On that day, Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit as pontiff to Rome's main
synagogue, the Vatican announced Tuesday. According to European Jewish Press, the decision
was made in protest of Benedict's decision to revive use of a prayer which calls for the
conversion of Jews.
Turkish Prime Minister: My People Rejected Israeli Participation in NATO Drill
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said that "diplomatic
sensitivities" led his government to ban Israel from a joint NATO air force drill, French
news agency AFP reported.
"There is military cooperation between Turkey and Israel...but currently there are
diplomatic sensitivities that we have to take into consideration," AFP quoted Edrogan as
telling the Dubai-based channel Al-Arabiya.
"We have taken the conscience of our people into consideration when we decided.... I
had to be the voice that expresses the existence of my people and my people were rejecting
Israel's participation. We discussed it with the responsible parties and said yes, these
drills will take place but Israel will not take part in them."
Meanwhile, a Turkish newspaper reported Wednesday that the reason Turkey banned Israel
from this week's NATO air force exercises was "yet another delay in the delivery of
unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs," and not Turkish opposition to Israel's Gaza offensive,
the newspaper Today's Zaman quoted a senior Turkish air force official as saying.
On Sunday, Foreign Ministry sources said that Turkish military officials had approached
the Israel Defense Forces recently with a surprising demand that Israel refrain from
participating in the drill, due to the IDF's activity in Gaza. The exercise was canceled
after the U.S. and Italy pulled their participation.
The Turkish official told Today's Zaman that the deal struck between Israel and Turkey
was supposed to involve a shipment of Israeli-made spy drones, known as Herons, to Turkey,
but that the shipment did not arrive on time. "Turkey needs those vehicles in its fight
against terror. What led to the recent crisis between Turkey and Israel was the delay in
the delivery," the official said.
Israel Rebukes Turkey over Brutish TV Portrayal of IDF
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday complained to Turkey over a new
television drama airing there that depicts Israel Defense Forces soldiers as brutal
Lieberman instructed staff at the Foreign Ministry to protest in the face of their
Turkish counterparts. He stressed that airing this type of show reflects a grave level of
incitement against Israel - and with government approval.
The show, called Ayrilik, features a love story that develops between the lead characters during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli media reports (http://tinyurl.com/yjuzw3y).
However, a partial episode available on YouTube depicts multiple images of the IDF
brutalizing the Palestinian population by shooting children in the chest and kicking
elderly people on the ground, among other things.
Lieberman said that "broadcasting this series is incitement of the most severe kind,
and it is done under government sponsorship," according to the Foreign Ministry statement.
"Such a drama series, which doesn't even have the slightest link to reality and which
presents Israeli soldiers as murderers of innocent children, isn't worthy of being
broadcast even by enemy states and certainly not in a state which has full diplomatic
relations with Israel," he said.
In the clip, Israeli soldiers can be seen shooting a smiling young girl in the chest,
steamrolling a tank through a crowded street and lining up a firing squad to shoot at
Palestinians. The show airs on Turkish State-sponsored television channel TRT1, according
to Israeli media outlets.
They also reported that the drama's Web site says it "brings to life the bleeding wound
of Palestine. The show depicts all sides of the generations-long tragedy... This season
focuses on the women and children and the Palestinian story, as well as the notion that
the ultimate solution is love, compassion and world peace."
Al-Zahar Threatens to Prosecute Abbas
Senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar declared Wednesday that despite the impending
truce between the Islamist group and Fatah, Hamas still wants to prosecute Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas.
"A day will come when Abu Mazen will have to answer for his smear campaign against us
and his actions in the (Gaza) war in a special court," he said, referencing Abbas' claims
that Hamas' leadership chose to go into hiding during the Israeli offensive in Gaza, while
leaving Palestinian civilians in harm's way.
"We demand Abu Mazen name those he claims hid," said al-Zahar. "I want him to say
exactly where he thinks we ran to. This man must stop trying to spread his lies,
especially now that the Goldstone fiasco has been exposed, now that the Israelis exposed
him as the one who wanted to prolong the war in the Strip. That is why he chooses to slam
us instead of apologizing."
Magen David Adom: Rival Ambulance Company 'Kidnapped' our Patient
A 21-year-old man with a head shot wound was delayed from hospitalization on Wednesday
due to a disagreement between rescue services Magen David Adom and a private ambulance
company. Both emergency companies arrived at the scene in Nazareth to transport the
wounded man to the hospital.
The Magen David Adom team, including a paramedic and a driver, arrived at the scene
first and started treating the man. Moments after they had inserted the man with a
respiration aid, a second ambulance from the private Nazareth rescue service Hatzala
arrived at the scene with a company doctor.
Once the respiratory pipe was inserted the Magen David Adom paramedic decided that the
wounded needed to be evacuated by helicopter to the nearby Rambam hospital in Haifa.
According to the Magen David Adom paramedic, the ambulance stopped at the side of the
road to finalize the meeting point with the helicopter when the doctor from the Hatzala
rescue service entered the ambulance and said that the man was only lightly wounded and
didn't need to be evacuated by helicopter.
Chief Magen David Adom spokesman Yeruham Mendola said that the paramedic on the scene
did not agree with the doctor who had forced his way into the ambulance, and that they had
"kidnapped the wounded."
He added that the Hatzala ambulance made its way to the British hospital in Nazereth
where they refused to admit the patient and said that he must be transferred to Rambam via
helicopter. The ambulance then made its way with the patient to the hospital in Haifa.
Hatzala spokesman said that the ambulance did not attempt to admit the man in the
British hospital in Nazareth but rather drove straight to Rambam. "It is true that the
Magen David Adom ambulance arrived first at the scene but the Health Ministry's
regulations state that if a doctor is present he has the authority to decide on the
treatment," said Ilan Ziv, head of Hatzala services.
"The patient arrived at Rambam hospital within 24 minutes and upon arrival it turned
out that the doctor was right in his appraisal of the situation," he added.
In response Magen David Adom has filed a complaint against the private rescue company.
The patient was hospitalized with superficial head wounds, and is currently sedated and
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