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Ahmadinejad's Teacher Slams His Student
The man who taught Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said over the weekend that he
did not understand what his former student was up to, and that his behavior was "illogical
In an interview, the man said that Ahmadinejad was turning his friends into enemies,
and that if he continued on this path, he would become totally isolated.
IDF Battles Hundreds of Syrian Arabs in Golan and Lebanese Border
By IsraelNationalNews.com & VOA News
According to unofficial reports, six Arabs were killed in clashes with Israeli forces
on the Lebanese border Sunday. Four others were killed in an incident on the Syrian
border, and one in Gaza, as Arabs protested the consequences of their failure to
annihilate Israel in 1948.
Dozens were wounded as IDF soldiers try to beat back nearly 1,000 Syrian Arabs who
called themselves "Palestinians" and invaded the Golan Heights Sunday during Nakba Day
protests. Syrian troops at the border did not prevent the infiltration.
Analysts had predicted the possibility, suggesting that Damascus would allow the
crossings to draw the populace's attention and participation away from the ongoing
rebellion in the country and the regime's harsh crackdown on civilian protestors.
The government has not explained how and where the Syrians were able to cross the
border, but they may have marched on an area that is off limits because of the presence of
land mines from the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
At the same time of the massive infiltration into the Golan Heights, Syrian soldiers a
shot and killed a woman and wounded five others, including a Lebanese soldier, during a
protest at a Lebanese border village against the regime of Syrian President Bashar
Hundreds of Syrian Arabs have crossed into Lebanon to flee the violence from Assad's
security forces that already have killed nearly 800 demonstrators. The Naharanet website
in Lebanese reported that an armed Syrian plainclothes officer waded across a river at the
border towards a Lebanese village but was turned back by Lebanese civilians.
In Tel Aviv, an Israeli man, 29-year-old Aviv Morag, was killed in what is believed to
have been a terror attack by an Arab truck driver. According to the IDF, several riots
broke out in various locations over the course of the day, causing "friction" between
Israeli security forces, rioters and inciters:
Along the Lebanese border, several rioters attempted to breach the border fence and to
infiltrate into Israeli territory. "IDF forces responded by firing warning shots,"
according to the IDF Spokesman's Unit.
The IDF said that it "sees the governments of Syria and Lebanon as responsible for any
violence or provocation towards Israel that emanates from their respective
It was supposed to be a series of nonviolent protests, the first coordinated move by
Palestinians to try to overwhelm Israeli checkpoints along the West Bank, the Gaza Strip,
and along Israel's boundaries with Syria and Lebanon.
At the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank town of Ramallah and Jerusalem,
hundreds of Palestinians - mainly young people - clashed with Israeli soldiers. Some
demonstrators threw rocks at soldiers who fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber
Organizers have been planning the demonstrations for months. They call it the first
coordinated effort by Palestinian refugees or their descendents to enter Israel. The
effort comes after the main Palestinian rival factions signed a reconciliation agreement
Palestinians each year mark the anniversary of what they describe as the Nakba, the
event in 1948 in which hundreds of thousands voluntarily fled or were forced from their
homes at the creation of the State of Israel.
Israeli military and government officials have blamed Syria and the
Iranian-Hamas-Hizbullah axis for intentionally allowing hundreds of Syrian Arabs to cross
into the Golan Sunday and causing a violent clash with the IDF. They called themselves
The IDF explained it restrained from using force that might exacerbate the situation
but had "opened fire in order to prevent the violent rioters from illegally infiltrating
A second attack by a Muslim behind the wheel of a car was apparently attempted Sunday
evening at Jabel Mukaber in eastern Jerusalem. The driver tried to run over two policemen
who were checking vehicles and trying to arrest rioters. The policemen were lightly
wounded. They received initial medical assistance on the spot and were then taken away to
receive medical attention.
The driver managed to escape but security forces are looking for him.
In the morning, an Arab truck driver drove wildly down a Tel Aviv street, killing one
person and wounding 17 others, in what is almost certainly an intentional terror
In Hebron, an IDF officer was lightly hurt Sunday evening from a brick that an Arab
threw at him. South of Bethlehem, neat Beit Umar, Arabs threw rocks at Border Police. One
policeman was moderately wounded and two others suffered light wounds.
Indonesian Man Plans to Celebrate Israeli Independence
An Indonesian man plans to celebrate Israel's Independence Day in Jakarta, according to
the Jakarta Post. The man, Unggun Dahana, will hold his celebration after Israeli
celebrations because he has not yet received police permission.
Dahana said he hopes to get permission in one or two weeks. His plans have met with
strong disapproval in the heavily anti-Israel nation. Dahana said he had previously
refrained from celebrating Israeli independence out of fear, but told the paper, "I just
found the courage this past month." Ten people plan to attend the event, Dahana said.
Israel and Indonesia do not have diplomatic ties. Indonesia's government has
historically been critical of Israeli military actions, including the recent wars against
Hizbullah in 2006 and against Hamas in 2009. However, the Indonesian Rescue and Emergency
Organization have signed an agreement with Israel's first-response group, Magen David
An estimated 20 Jews live in Indonesia, which has a population of close to 240 million,
most of whom are Muslims. A revival of Jewish pride was reported in the city of Manado in
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