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Hizbullah May Be Behind Tehran Physics Professor's Assassination


Evidence is mounting that Hizbullah may have been behind last week's assassination of Prof. Ali Mohammadi, a physics professor who was murdered in a booby-trapped motorcycle explosion near his home.

Contrary to initial reports, Mohammadi apparently was not a nuclear physicist and had no connection with the development of Iran's nuclear program, thus ruling out a motive that opposition groups were responsible for killing him.

Israel to Station Nuclear Submarine in Persian Gulf

By Press TV

German arms exports to Israel reached some $900 million between 1998 and 2001. Three 'Dolphin' nuclear submarines were also donated to Israel in 1999. Ahead of an Israeli-German cabinet meeting in Berlin, media reports indicate that Israel intends to station one of its German-made Dolphin submarines in the waters of the Persian Gulf.

"Israel's use of the Dolphin submarine in exercises in the Red Sea aroused fears that Israel may seek to maintain a continued presence in the Persian Gulf as soon as it receives its submarines form Germany in 2011-2012," the Tagesspiegel said on Sunday.

The German newspaper Berliner Zeitung in 2003 revealed that Germany's leading shipyard company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft was involved in negotiations with Israel to construct two additional Dolphin submarines.

The Dolphin submarines are among the most sophisticated and capable submarines in the world, that could be equipped with nuclear missiles. Built in German shipyards for the Israel navy, the submarine is capable of carrying U.S.-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.

After the United States, Germany is the principal donor of both economic and military aid to Israel. While restrictive German export regulations bar the sale of weapons to crisis areas, the German government has justified its actions by describing the move as "special responsibility" towards Israel.

IAF Rescues 14 from Negev Floods; Hamas Blames Israel for Gaza Flood

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Israel's air force rescued at least 14 people in the Negev Monday, where flash floods claimed the life of one person whose jeep was swept away after she and her friends failed to heed warnings. The victim was identified as Sarah Noy Fogel, age 55. Another person is missing, and one other was rescued.

Monday evening, the IAF carried out a complicated helicopter rescue mission of four truckers whose vehicle was caught in raging waters that have not been seen in the Eilat region and the central Negev for years. Two choppers were employed in the operation, which lasted 90 minutes.

Among other rescue efforts Monday, the IAF evacuated a pregnant Bedouin woman to the nearest hospital, rescued two truck drivers and a young boy injured in a car accident, evacuated the survivor of a jeep that was washed away by flash floods, and saved two premature babies and a kidney-failure patient.

Several major highways remain closed to traffic, and one bridge has collapsed, cutting off several communities from the outside world. Heavy rains are rare in the Arava and central Negev, and Eilat recorded nearly an inch of rain, more than its cumulative amount over the past several years.

Nearly two inches of rain flooded Be'er Sheva, where a river bed was filled with raging water for the first time in years. More than three inches of precipitation was registered in Jerusalem. Heavy rain also fell in the Galilee and the Golan Heights Monday night, where more than two inches of rain already has drenched the area. The peak of the storm was expected to hit late Monday night.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip accused Israel on Monday of being responsible for making flooding worse. According to their claims, the IDF opened a dam between the city of Gaza and the central Gaza Strip, which caused flooding in dozens of houses.

Rescue personnel in the West Bank have also declared a state of emergency. Floods have hit various areas, and flooding is expected to get worse. The civil defense called on Palestinians to avoid using coal or wood for heating, and to use heaters instead, to lessen the risk of fire. Residents were also warned to be alert to fires that could break out due to incorrect use of heating appliances.

Palestinians reported that they had treated dozens of injured people and dealt with various incidents, including rescuing people from broken elevators and vehicles. They said a woman was stuck for hours in an elevator in Ramallah, while in Bethlehem a house caught fire.

New IDF Delegation Leaves for Haiti

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An additional IDF rescue and medical aid team departed to Haiti Monday night. The delegation will deliver relief reinforcements including medicine and additional equipment, and will examine the needs of the IDF medical staff on the scene.

The field hospital established by the IDF is one of the most advanced and includes a medical lab, pharmacy and an X-ray center. Twenty-five life-saving surgeries and three births, one of which was the delivery of a 1.8 kilogram (4-pound) premature baby, have been carried out.

Nine American volunteers from Los Angeles joined the Israeli delegation in the field hospital on Monday in addition to the ongoing cooperation with United Nations forces and other search and rescue units in the disaster zone.

Two rescue crews led by the commanders of the Israeli Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit are also operating in the disaster-stricken area in cooperation with local residents.

The valiant work of Israel's rescue mission to Haiti has been widely covered in the Israeli press. Now it has earned praise from a surprising source: On Monday, ABC World News broadcast items praising the assistance provided by Israel, and one reporter even sent a letter of thanks to Israeli representatives in New York.

CNN reported that Israel is the only state so far to have sent a field hospital equipped with all that is required for surgical operations. Doctors from various missions send patients requiring surgery to Israel's makeshift hospital, particularly those whose condition is critical, the news network said.

According to the report, other field hospitals contain no more than stretcher beds and medical teams who administer first aid, and they are not prepared for complex surgery.

ABC praised the Israeli mission which had assisted a birth using a complicated procedure. The network's reporter, himself a trained doctor, came across a woman on the point of giving birth. First he tried to assist, but when he got into difficulties he remembered the Israeli field hospital, called the Israeli consulate in New York and was directed to the IDF camp.

"I understood that they were looking for the Israeli mission," said Joel Lion, Israeli consulate spokesman. "I called the military attaché in Washington to get the address of the mission… then, via Blackberry, I managed to get the coordinates and direct them there." When they arrived at the hospital, the young woman was taken in and eight hours later a healthy baby was born.

ABC reported extensively on the story, and even sent a letter of thanks to the Israeli representative in New York. "They were very moving moments. It was amazing to be party to saving life and bringing a baby into the world. And most amazing was that it was all directed via a cell phone," said Lion. "We will pass on the expressions of thanks to the doctors and the wonderful staff at the Israeli field hospital in Haiti."

More than 100 injured patients require surgery, but are unable to get it anywhere except at the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince. The doctors are unable to meet the demand, and meanwhile the patients lie in tents, administered with painkillers, and cry for help. "They'll die within 24 hours if they don't get operated on," a reporter said.

Criticism against the US mission was voiced in the ABC item. The US, it said, had sent staff for a field hospital, but they had still not received the instruments required for surgery. The equipment was supposed to arrive by the weekend, but will get there only Monday night, it seems. Only then will the US be able to set up its field hospital.

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes

By ABC News

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

U.S. military rules specifically prohibit the proselytizing of any religion in Iraq or Afghanistan and were drawn up in order to prevent criticism that the U.S. was embarked on a religious "Crusade" in its war against al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.

One of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Other references include citations from the books of Revelation, Matthew and John dealing with Jesus as "the light of the world." John 8:12, referred to on the gun sights as JN8:12, reads, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Trijicon confirmed to that it adds the biblical codes to the sights sold to the U.S. military. Tom Munson, director of sales and marketing for Trijicon, which is based in Wixom, Michigan, said the inscriptions "have always been there" and said there was nothing wrong or illegal with adding them. Munson said the issue was being raised by a group that is "not Christian." The company has said the practice began under its founder, Glyn Bindon, a devout Christian from South Africa who was killed in a 2003 plane crash.

Spokespeople for the Army and the Marine Corps both said their services were unaware of the biblical markings. They said officials were discussing what steps, if any, to take in the wake of the report. It is not known how many Trijicon sights are currently in use by the U.S. military.

The biblical references appear in the same type font and size as the model numbers on the company's Advanced Combat Optical Guides, called the ACOG. "It's wrong, it violates the Constitution, it violates a number of federal laws," said Michael "Mikey" Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group that seeks to preserve the separation of church and state in the military. It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they're being shot by Jesus rifles," he said.

Weinstein, an attorney and former Air Force officer, said many members of his group who currently serve in the military have complained about the markings on the sights. He also claims they've told him that commanders have referred to weapons with the sights as "spiritually transformed firearm[s] of Jesus Christ." e said coded biblical inscriptions play into the hands of "those who are calling this a Crusade."

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