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Tunisia Issues Arrest Warrant for Arafat's Widow
Suha Arafat is wanted in Tunis in connection for her ties with the family of former
President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, according to the AFP news agency, which quoted Tunisian
media. She has denied the charges. The widow of the late terrorist chief, who died in
2004, became a Tunisian citizen after her husband's death. But her citizenship was revoked
and she was declared persona non grata and forced out of the country in 2007.
U.S. Cuts Funds to UNESCO after Palestinian Vote
By VOA News
The United States on Monday cut off funding to the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, after the body voted to accept a bid for
full membership by the Palestinians.
State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the vote "regrettable" and
"premature," saying it undermines the "shared goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting
peace in the Middle East."
Nuland told reporters that although the United States remains committed to the
establishment of an independent Palestinian state and to multilateral engagement across
the U.N. system, the vote would have immediate consequences.
"Palestinian membership as a state in UNESCO triggers long-standing legislative
restrictions, which will compel the United States to refrain from making contributions to
UNESCO," said Nuland.
Nuland said the United States will not make a $60 million payment to UNESCO in November
as planned. Still, she said, the United States would maintain its membership in the
U.S. lawmakers have placed restrictions on financial support for any U.N.-affiliated
body that accepts Palestinian membership before an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord is
reached. The United States promotes the goal of a two-state solution reached through
One-hundred-seven UNESCO delegates voted in favor of the Palestinian bid. The State
Department's Victoria Nuland said the United States has made its disapproval clear to
those countries, adding that U.S. officials are trying to prevent this from happening
"We're certainly making the point directly to the Palestinians and to the voting
members of other organizations that we don't see any benefit and we see considerable
potential damage if this move is replicated in other U.N. organizations," she said.
Nuland said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken to U.S. lawmakers and has
organized a team to speak to Congress about the restrictions and options to protect U.S.
According to UNESCO's constitution, if a country is in arrears in its payments to
UNESCO for more than two years, it could lose its voting rights in the body. The funding
cuts could also have implications for the U.N. body because the United States provides 22%
of UNESCO's budget.
The Israeli government said Monday's vote would harm efforts to revive Arab-Israeli
peace talks. A foreign ministry statement called UNESCO's action in Paris a "unilateral
Palestinian maneuver" that further removed the possibility for a peace agreement.
Palestinian leaders welcomed the vote, calling it a historic moment that returns to
Palestinians some of their rights. "This is very good news for history, for culture, for
heritage, for identity, for self-dignity," said Mahdi Abdul Hadi, head of Jerusalem's
Palestinian Academic Society. "This is very good news for those who believe in the
Palestinian cause, that it is time, overdue, to recognize the Palestinian rights."
Rockets Land in Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon, W. Negev
At least two Grad Katyusha missiles exploded Monday evening in the area around the
southern city of Be'er Sheva as Palestinian Authority terrorists resumed their rocket fire
on Israeli men, women and children.
The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted both of the missiles as
short-range Kassam rockets also landed in the Sdot Negev region, a few kilometers to the
south, and near the town of Sderot, less than a mile from Gaza.
Mortar shells exploded in the Sha'ar HaNegev region, and a short-range Kassam rocket
exploded in an open field in the same area. No physical injuries were reported and there
was no damage in any of the attacks.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Likud Knesset faction Monday afternoon,
"There is no ceasefire, there are no negotiations and the IDF continues its operations.
Anytime someone disrupts the peace in the south," he said, "our response will be severe."
He continued that theme at the opening meeting of the Knesset's winter session, warning,
"Our security strategy cannot only rely on defense, but must have an offensive element
that maintains Israel's deterrence."
Earlier in the day, a Grad Katyusha missile was fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon.
The rocket exploded in an area south of the city. No one was physically injured, and no
damage was reported.
Over the weekend, 39 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israeli cities by
Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza. Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva, Gan Yavne and
numerous other communities all came under attack repeatedly.
A 56-year-old Ashkelon man was killed by flying shrapnel on Saturday when a Grad
Katyusha missile struck his car. Sixteen people were wounded in other attacks, including a
baby and a young girl, and 14 people were sent to the hospital suffering from trauma and
Report: Israel Seeking to Upgrade its Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
Israel is working on improving its nuclear weapons capabilities, according to a report
by the independent Trident commission in the United Kingdom that was published in the
Guardian newspaper on Monday.
According to the report in the Guardian, Israel is extending the range of its Jericho 3
land-to-land missiles so they will have the capabilities of transcontinental missiles.
Transcontinental missiles are generally thought of as missiles with ranges of about 5,000
The Guardian also reported that Israel is also striving to improve and expand the
capabilities of its cruise missiles, designed to be launched from submarines. Israel
currently has three submarines and two more are under construction in Germany. Israel and
Germany are holding talks about the construction of a sixth submarine.
According to foreign media reports, Israel's submarines are meant to give Israel a
"second strike" nuclear option, meaning that Israel can strike back with nuclear weapons
from submarines at hidden locations at sea even if its nuclear weapons stored on land are
harmed in an enemy nuclear strike.
According to the report in the Guardian, the world's nuclear states are planning to
spend more than $800 billion in the coming years to modernize and upgrade their nuclear
arsenals. The United States itself will spend $700 billion dollars on such projects. Other
countries that will reportedly invest in upgrading their nuclear arsenals are Russia,
China, Pakistan, India, Israel, France and Britain.
Complaint Says Crosses at Catholic School Offensive, Prevent Muslim Prayers
From any Act for America email
Crosses in every room at Washington D.C.'s Catholic University of America are a human
rights violation that prevents Muslim students from praying. That's the complaint to the
Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington
University across town.
GWU Law School Prof. John Banzhaf takes the Catholic institution to task for acting
"probably with malice" against Muslim students in a 60-page complaint that cites
"offensive" Catholic imagery all over the Catholic school, which he says hinder Muslims
Baffled Catholic University officials say they have never received a complaint from any
of the schools Muslim students.
Banzhaf alleges that the university, "does not provide space as other
universities do for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them
instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic
symbols which are incongruous to their religion," according to the Tower, Catholic
University's student newspaper.
The complaint further objects that Muslims must pray at the school's chapels "and at
the cathedral that looms over the entire campus the Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception."
A spokesperson for the human rights office said they are investigating Banzhaf's
complaint and the inquiry could take as long as six months. "This attorney is
really turning civil rights on its head," observed Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman
Society. "He's using the law for his own discrimination against the Catholic institution
and essentially saying Catholic University cannot operate according to Catholic
Glenn Beck: God Plans a `Surprise Party' for Satan
A wildly cheering Texas church crowd heard Glenn Beck Sunday at "A Night to Honor
Israel" say, "God is preparing a surprise party for Satan." More than 7,000 people
attended the Cornerstone Church rally, according to the San Antonio Express News.
Beck, who staged a "Resorting Courage" rally in Israel in August, told supporters
waving American and Israeli flags, "What's happened throughout history is that evil thinks
it can win, and essentially it can win by making God break his promise."
"And how can it do that? By killing all the Jews! Then there'll be nobody left for him
to keep His promise! That's happened over and over and over again! But not on my watch!
And not on your watch!"
Pastor John Hagee initiated the event 30 years ago to show a unity of support for
Israel by Christians as well as Jews.
Beck is both praised and suspected by ardent Zionists, some of whom fear he has
missionary aims. He said Sunday night that the time for a "Third Great Awakening" had
arrived and that God is preparing a "surprise party for Satan."
"All we have to do is the next right thing, and the right thing is to stand with the
good people of Israel, our good Jewish friends who are just like us we're all
brothers and sisters under God," Beck intoned.
He accused Occupy Wall Street protesters of anti-Semitism and also threw in a few
choice words against Islam. "The truth is communists and socialists and revolutionaries
and Islamists all over the world are working together to collapse Israel, to collapse the
United States, to collapse the Western way of life," Beck told his captive audience.
Hagee preceded Beck and asserted that the meaning of Hitler's "Mein Kampf my
struggle" has "the same literal meaning of "jihad." He warned Christians that
"radical Islam" is a danger to them, pointing out that Christians "are being killed in
Egypt right now. The Arab Spring could end up being a Christian nightmare."
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