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Jon Voight: The Pollard Case is a Result of Anti-Semitism


Jonathan Pollard did not have a fair trial, due in part to anti-Semitism, says U.S. actor Jon Voight, who was in Israel this week along with U.S. politician Mike Huckabee.

Tensions between America and Russia also influenced sentencing for Pollard, said Voight, who revealed the secret conversation between Pollard and his father that could have changed everything

Muslim Brotherhood's Message Same as Hamas: Kill Jews


Many Western analysts agree that the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are one and the same. One leading Brotherhood cleric has said: "Kill Jews – to the very last one." A Brotherhood takeover of Egypt would strengthen Hamas in Gaza. Another Brotherhood leader told an Arab language newspaper Monday that Egyptians "should prepare for war against Israel."

The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are rooted in the same ideology. "If the Muslim Brotherhood groups gain a prominent place in the government, this would definitely help consolidate Hamas's hold on Gaza,'' Atiyeh Jawwabra, a political science professor at Jerusalem's Al Quds University, told The Wall Street Journal.

"Under a different name (Hamas), the Muslim Brotherhood runs the Gaza Strip. Hamas's charter states unequivocally that it wants to eradicate Israel," wrote Richard Cohen in the Washington Post this week.

The Muslim Brotherhood's ideology was made clear in the sermons of one of its leading preachers based in Qatar, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Two years ago, the Anti-Defamation League posted several of his teachings, one of them a call that Israel and Jews be dealt with by the Almighty who should "kill them, down to the very last one."

In a sermon aired in January 2009 on Al Jazeera television, Qaradawi said, "I will shoot Allah's enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus I will seal my life with martyrdom." Two days later, Qaradawi gave another speech that also aired on Al-Jazeera, where he claimed that Adolf Hitler was sent by Allah to punish the Jews.

The same month, he led a delegation of Muslim scholars who met with Arab terrorist groups, including Hamas, in Damascus "to discuss the ways to cope with a war of genocide against the people in…Gaza."

On another occasion, he declared, "I support Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah. I oppose the peace that Israel and America wish to dictate. This peace is an illusion. I support martyrdom operations."

Several analysts view the Muslim Brotherhood as being a minority in Egypt, and the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, traditionally against Israeli nationalism, recently opined that "There is ultimately no alternative to freedom and self-government," even if it means that a radical Muslim group will control Egypt.

During the George W. Bush administration, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was shell-shocked when aides woke her up in the middle of the night to tell that Hamas won the Palestinian Authority's first and only legislative election that the United States sponsored - and even monitored - in the Palestinian Authority.

CNN somewhat played down the prospect of an Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood, quoting Egyptian analyst Mustafa Abulhimal as saying, "The Muslim Brotherhood are a small minority among those who are out on the street," he said, and added that there is no comparison between Egypt today and Iran in 1979, when the Islamic Revolution overthrew the American-backed Shah.

"The Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the Iranian model, has nothing to do with extremism as we have seen it in Afghanistan and other places. The Muslim Brotherhood is a religiously conservative group. They are a minority in Egypt," he said.

Gangs in Tunisia set a synagogue on fire, which burned a Torah scroll, and damaged four Jewish-owned cars Monday night as chaos and sabotage began to break out after the revolution two weeks ago. No injuries were reported.

Peres Trabelsi, spokesman for Tunisia's 2,000-member Jewish community, told foreign news agencies, "I condemn this action and I believe those who did it want to create divisions between Jews and Muslims in Tunisia who have lived for decades in peace."

The small synagogue is located in the southern city of Gabe. Cars were damaged in Djerba where Al-Qaeda terrorists killed 21 Jews in a synagogue in 2002, the last time a Jewish institution was attacked in the country until this week. Djerba is home to most of Tunisia's Jews.

After the street revolution that toppled the 23-year regime of Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali, the Israeli Foreign Ministry airlifted 21 Israeli tourists from Djerba.

The ministry, through a third party, asked authorities in Tunisia to "take all required measures to make sure Jewish community institutes as well as premises will not be affected by looting in the street as much as possible, due to the lack of physical security on the street these days."

Gangs also went on a rampage in schools in the capital, and the army deployed forces to stop the chaos that has followed the street revolution two weeks ago. The revolution toppled the 23-year regime of Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali. The United Nations said 147 people were killed in the uprising.

And in Yemen, a young Jewish boy was kidnapped in Reida, Yemen on the Sabbath, according to the Yemen Post. The child was reportedly taken hostage in an attempt to force the local Jewish community to forgive a terrorist killer. The kidnap victim has been identified as eight-year-old Yamin Ameran Al-Nahari.

Sources told the Yemen Post that the kidnapping was linked to the 2008 murder of Moshe Nahari, a Torah teacher and leading member of the Jewish community. Nahari's killer, local Muslim man Abed el-Abdi, called out "Jew, receive the message of Islam" before shooting him.

The kidnappers are hoping to pressure the Jewish community into publicly forgiving Abdi, which may convince the courts to commute his sentence to a fine. Abdi has been sentenced to death for murdering Nahari. He had previously murdered his wife, but was not jailed after her family agreed to accept financial compensation in lieu of a criminal trial.

The Jewish community of Yemen, already small, has dwindled in recent years as many flee the country due to violence. The rise of Al-Qaeda in the country, in particular, has sparked an interest in aliyah (immigration to Israel).

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