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PLO: No Jews Allowed in 'Palestine'
Maen Areikat, the PLO's ambassador to the United States, confirmed to reporters in
Washington Tuesday that Jews would not be allowed to live in the future state of
Areikat claimed the state would tolerate minorities but added that following the
establishment of a Palestinian state, 'there would be no Jews in the West Bank or Gaza. We
have to be separated, we have to work on our own national identities,' he said.
US Moves to Avert Showdown Over Palestinian Statehood
By VOA News
The Obama administration is sending two top envoys back to the Middle East in the hopes
of avoiding a looming showdown over Palestinian statehood.
A senior Palestinian politician said on Tuesday that Palestinians will pursue full
recognition from the United Nations with the start of next week's meetings in New York.
But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday the only route to a lasting peace
runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Clinton told reporters at a news conference in Washington that the U.S. wants Israel
and Palestinians to resume direct negotiations. She said she is sending Special Envoy for
Middle East Peace David Hale and Mideast Adviser Dennis Ross back to the region for
meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud
The U.S. has repeatedly said that Palestinian efforts to get full U.N. recognition
would be counterproductive.
Earlier Tuesday, a Fatah party official, Mohammed Shtayyeh, said at a news conference
in Ramallah that Palestinians will not be derailed in their pursuit of U.N. recognition.
His comments come days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to
officially outline the Palestinian strategy on Friday.
Abbas and Palestinian representatives have been meeting with officials of the Arab
league this week to craft a plan to put before the U.N. Palestinians say they are seeking
U.N. recognition after years of negotiations with Israel failed to deliver an independent
Palestinian state.Abbas backed out of U.S.-led talks last year after Israel resumed
settlement construction on land Palestinians want for a future state. Israel opposes a
unilateral Palestinian move towards statehood.
It remains unclear whether Abbas will seek full recognition from the Security Council
as a member state of the U.N., or instead seek "non-member status," which only requires a
simple majority from the 193-member General Assembly. Palestinians currently hold observer
status at the world body.
ESPN Dumps Online Game Leagues with Anti-Semitic Names
ESPN, the U.S. sports network, has removed several leagues from its online Fantasy
Football websites with anti-Semitic names. The network undertook the move after complaints
by the Simon Wiesenthal Center that some of the leagues on the site had names like "Jews
are Immoral" and "Jews Are Terrible," with one site including banners reading "Burn Jews
Wherever Possible" and, "Jews love pennies."
"They may have been Fantasy Leagues, but the hate is all too real," said Rabbi Abraham
Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. "This is another example of bigots
leveraging Internet portals to demean their 'enemies' and recruit for their causes.
Unfortunately, the targeted enemy in this case was a Jewish father who was about to sign
up his son to ESPN Fantasy Football."
ESPN apologized for the incident, but said that it could not control everything users
did on its site. "Offensive hate speeches like the examples discussed here have no place
on our site," an ESPN spokesperson said. "While we have systems in place to protect
against inappropriate team and league names clearly with millions of users and deceptive
ways around the safeguards, we can never completely eliminate it."
Chabad Youth Check Mezuzah, Find Cross
The Chabad Chassidic movement is helping Israelis prepare for the New Year by offering
to check mezuzahs, the scrolls with select Torah passages that are traditionally attached
to the doorposts of a Jewish home.
Young Chabad men told Channel 2 that they found an extreme case of a mezuzah not
suitable for use this year. The scroll was found to contain the usual verse but
with Christian crosses drawn on various parts of the scroll, including on the name of
"You need to be `more pious than the Pope' to open a mezuzah, draw crosses on it, and
return it to its place," one said. The family that owned the mezuzah was completely
unaware of the issue, he explained.
Overall, the Chabad volunteers have found that just 40% of the mezuzahs they check are
"kosher," suitable for use. In 11% of cases, mezuzah covers are found not to contain a
scroll. Another 14% contain scrolls that have faded or become damaged with time but which
volunteers are able to repair. Four percent of scrolls checked this year have been found
to be fake, a decrease in comparison with previous years.
Enjoying Sex Toys, the 'Kosher' Way
An Orthodox Jewish man has launched a new "kosher" website selling sex toys, allowing
observant couples to spice up their sex lives without exposing themselves to the
pornographic images often found on similar sites, the New York Post reported on
KosherSexToys.net offers an array of sexual aids, including accessories, toys and
lubricants. "There's nothing wrong with using a vibrator. It's just a pain in the neck for
an Orthodox Jew to find one," the site's founder, Gavriel (his middle name for fear of
tarnishing his reputation in the Jewish community), told the New York Post. "Even going to
Amazon is tough because there are pictures we have no interest in seeing," he added.
According to the site, KosherSexToys.net's mission is "to provide married adults with
products that can help enhance their intimate moments without involving crude or indecent
pictures or text," and promises to send all purchases without any crude packaging or
inappropriate accompanying materials.
The site stresses that it is "obviously only for married adults", and prides itself in
containing no "crude or indecent pictures or text We believe that only two people belong
in the bedroom and bringing pictures of others in can only harm a marriage," the
KosherSexToys.net claims to be the only "kosher" website for sex toys on the internet,
and promises that "you will never see something on this site that will make you blush.
When we need to use descriptive terms for our products, we use clinical and clean
Gavriel, 25, from Lakewood, New Jersey told the New York Post that he created the site
after he and his wife found themselves in an uncomfortable predicament wanting to
experiment with sex aids but unwilling to visit the sites that sold them amid lurid
inappropriate images and raunchy temptations. "We were thinking, `Wouldn't it be nice if
there was a place we could go that would be clean and would enhance what we have between
us?' " he said to the Post.
The website has been quite successful, with furry handcuffs being a bestselling item,
Gavriel told the Post.
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