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Passengers Describe Nightmare on El Al Flight 318


Passengers on El Al flight 318 that took off from London to Israel Wednesday had a nightmarish experience 20 minutes after the takeoff, when the plane was at an altitude of 26,000 feet.

A thud was heard from the direction of the right wing of the Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet. Immediately afterward, the engine on the extreme right began losing power, and a burnt smell began to be felt inside the plane. Passengers saw a plume of fire coming out of the damaged engine.

There were 411 people on board, including the crew. "It was a nightmare and a horror. We thought we were going to crash," said one of them after the ordeal.

The plane's pilot, Ilan Margalit, 58, a former IAF pilot, immediately asked the control tower in London for permission to return to Heathrow Airport and land there. A short time later, the plane was back on the ground and the passengers were safe. The pilot said there was never any real danger to the passengers because the plane can fly even with two intact engines.

Former CIA Chief: Pretend Pollard Isn't Jewish, and Free Him


In a sharp letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, former CIA director James Woolsey called for the release of Jonathan Pollard from prison. Responding to an op-ed in the WSJ from a few days earlier that criticized the recent pronouncements by top U.S. administration officials and politician to free Pollard – some of whom were working for the government when he was arrested nearly three decades ago – Woolsey said that "I recommended against clemency for Jonathan Pollard early in the first Clinton administration when I was director of Central Intelligence, but now, nearly two decades later, I support his release."

The main reason for his change of heart, Woolsey said was "the passage of time. When I recommended against clemency, Pollard had been in prison less than a decade. Today he has been incarcerated for over a quarter of a century under his life sentence." Woolsey cited several examples of individuals who had been convicted of spying for numerous regimes - Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Ecuador, Egypt, the Philippines and South Korea – all of whom had served or were serving sentences of less than 10 years. "One especially damaging Greek-American spy, Steven Lalas, received a 14-year sentence, just over half of what Pollard has already served," Woolsey wrote.

Pollard has cooperated with the government on just about everything, and has even promised not to write a book about his life, so as not to be seen as having "profited" from the experience by selling books. In addition, wrote Woolsey, he "has many times expressed remorse for what he did."

But the closing paragraph of Woolsey's letter is likely to stir up the most controversy – and perhaps even cause a great deal of discomfort to American Jews, many of whom have attempted to avoid public discussion of Pollard's actions and heritage during the years he has been in prison. "For those hung up for some reason on the fact that [Pollard] is an American Jew," wrote Woolsey, "pretend he's a Greek- or Korean- or Filipino-American and free him."

A second letter to the WSJ voicing support for Pollard's release cites an opinion from Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Williams, who in 1992 wrote that denying Pollard a retrial in 1991 when he asked for one was "a fundamental miscarriage of justice." At the time, Williams wrote that "he would have ordered that Pollard's sentence be vacated," the letter said.

It should be noted that the original editorial Woolsey and others were responding to was called "the Mendacious Movement to Free a Convicted Spy: Pretending that Jonathan Pollard is a martyr makes a mockery of Israel," and was written by Martin Peretz, the Jewish owner of the liberal New Republic magazine.

Should Islam Take Over: Female Suppression in the U.S. and West?

By: Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

In America and all westernized countries females have the same rights as men. It is safe to even say women tend to receive a little more respect then men.

However, in many Islamic societies women are openly treated as the property of men, of lower value, perhaps even as slaves. Where Muslims have immigrated to other countries there are numerous instances where they maintain their custom of abusing women.

The authority allowing men to control women comes from the Hadith and the Quran. One such verse (4:34) in the Quran reads "Men are the protectors of woman, because Allah has given one more than the other. Therefore the righteous woman is devoutly obedient."

According to the ISNA news agency, the Euro 2012 games are aired on television in football-mad Iran. However women are banned from watching with their men folk. Bahman Kargar, Iran's deputy police commander in charge of social affairs, said "It is an inappropriate situation when men and women watch football in theaters together," "Men, while watching football, get excited and sometimes utter vulgar curses or tell dirty jokes," he said. "It is not within the dignity of women to watch football with men. Women should thank the police for the ban."

In a sermon, former Pakistani lawmaker and prominent Islamic cleric, Maulana Abdul Haleem, justified honor killings of women who opt for secular education. He threatened to forcibly marry off Western female staff of secular non-governmental organizations who visit the district of Kohistan to work with women's education, health, and other welfare projects. He termed formal education for women un-Islamic.

In April 2012 the Egyptian website Youm 7 reported Azza al-Jarf, a female member of parliament representing the Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom and Justice Party," was trying to abolish laws enjoyed by Egyptian women—including preventing them from divorcing or even separating from their husbands, because "the man has the authority and stewardship."

Another female politician, Mona Salah, declared that "women are deficient in intelligence and religion," and that, in agreement with Sharia law, they are banned from running for the presidency.

On June 25, 2012 "The Sun" reported "I wed age FIVE in the UK "( Samina, the subject of the article, has decided to speak out after Britain's Forced Marriage Unit revealed that last year they investigated 1,468 cases of forced marriage including another girl of five.

In March 2012 Mohamed al-Omda,, deputy head of the People's Assembly's Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, submitted a resolution draft to cancel a woman's right to divorce (Khula) or separate from her husband.

On June 4, 2012 "The Independent" reported Charlotte Proudman, who has represented Muslim women pro bono at Sharia courts across the UK, received a call from Nasrin, who pleaded for help to obtain an Islamic divorce from a forced marriage characterized by rape and physical violence. The Sharia council refused to provide her with a divorce. The Sharia council told Nasrin that her gender prevents her from unilaterally divorcing her husband. She was told to return to her husband, perform her wifely duties and maintain the abusive marriage.

On March 15 the "AKI/Jakarta Post" reported that six major Indonesian Islamic organizations have voiced objections to the gender fairness and equality bill. What is surprising is that the objections came from female organizations. The representatives, all women, said that the bill could further violate Islamic law on inheritance sharing, marriage and women's rights to be a mother and housewife.

On March 12, 2012 the "Express Tribune" in Faisalabad reported, arrest warrants were issued on a 12 year old girl's complaint about her forced marriage to an elderly man. Her father, Muhammad Nawaz, sold her to repay a loan.

Angry Moroccans are demanding a change to the country's strict Islamic penal code after a 16-year-old girl killed herself after being forced to marry her rapist. Article 475 of the Moroccan penal code allows for the 'kidnapper' of a minor to marry his victim to escape prosecution.

The above presents only a few ways females, including little girls, are very poorly treated in Islamic societies worldwide. Another part of verse 4:34 states "As to those women on whose part you fear disloyalty and ill conduct, admonish them first, next refuse to share their bed and last beat them."

On behalf of your loved ones make it your responsibility to learn about the Islamic fanatics who are working to force the world to submit to Allah and Sharia Law. I can't imagine any women wanting to live under such restrictions and barbaric treatment.

Obama Approves Anti-Israel 'Briefing' at UN


The Obama administration has approved a move by the United Nations to invite Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to brief the Security Council on Israel. "Though the U.S. is a veto-holding power, the extraordinary move has full American approval" and "was a trade-off for having the high commissioner brief the Council on the subject of Syria," according to National Review.

Pillay, known for her anti-Israel sentiments, has compared "violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers" with "summary executions, rape and torture" in Cote d'Ivoire, "brutal violence" affecting "tens of thousands" in Syria, and "systematic torture" in Afghanistan.

She questioned the legality of the killing of Osama bin Laden within hours of his death; she is the lead champion of the Durban "anti-racism" declaration and conferences and she remained seated while democracies walked out en masse when speaker Iranian president Ahmadinejad questioned the veracity of the Holocaust.

Neo Nazi Hungarian Leader Challenges Chabad Rabbi to Debate

By Reuters

A leader of the extreme right Hungarian political party has challenged Slomo Koves, the Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Congregation, to a public debate on anti-Semitism, reported.

Jobbik party leader Gabor Vona Koves spoke about the need to launch a consultation between Hungarian society and Jewish organizations on ways to combat anti-Semitism. "Jobbik has never had and will never have any program point, proposal or idea which discriminates between Hungary's inhabitants on the grounds of ethnicity and religion," Vona said.

He added that Jobbik had become exposed to a "coordinated slander campaign" to portray the party as an anti-Semitic, racist, extremist force in order to prevent it from putting up a challenge to ruling party Fidesz in the next elections, according to the news site.

The debate with Koves will offer a good chance to clarify "who has an interest in floating the issue of anti-Semitism in Hungary," and making it clear that neither Jobbik, nor its program, is anti-Semitic, but only "pro-Hungarian", he said.

Last week Jobbik member Csanad Szegedi, who had been known for espousing anti-Semitic views, confessed to discovering his Jewish roots. "Knowing who is a pure-race Hungarian is not what counts," he said. "The important thing is the way one behaves as a Hungarian."

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