Compiled and Edited by
Dr. Michael L. Ford
Every month in the life of
the nation of
I will begin this booklet with some portions, excerpts, editing, and condensing of an article written at the beginning of the month in question. I hope what is presented here will be useful to the reader.
SERMONS FROM THE MOSQUES
The writer points out that Arab government have spokesmen who give correspondents what they want them to know. Because the Friday mosque sermons are in Arabic, and the correspondents do not get the messages the greatest source of the real political opinion goes unreported to Western audiences.
should be remembered that the taped sermons of the exiled Imam Khomeini
implication is that if you want to know what is really going on in the
sermons delivered in the main mosques of
supporting Saudi "peace" proposals should read these Saudi mosque sermons,
with their savage attacks on Jews and Christians. It would help explain why 15
of the 19 terrorists who brought down the
"The majority of sermons discuss Christians and Jews concurrently and disparagingly. However, some sermons specifically target Christians and Christianity…" In a sermon delivered at the Al-Salaam mosque in Al-Unayzah, Sheikh Abd Al-Muhsin Al-Qadhi said:
"Today we will talk about one of the distorted religions, about a faith that deviates from the path of righteousness. about Christianity, this false faith, and about the people whom Allah described in his book as deviating from the path of righteousness. We will examine their faith, and we will review their history, full of hate, abomination, and wars against Islam and the Muslims."
for interreligious harmony are a particular target of
Friday preachers. Sheikh Adnan Ahmad Siyami in a sermon at a
Another target of the Saudi Mosque is U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Sheikh Sa'd Bin Abdallah Al-'Ajameh Al-Ghamdi in a sermon delivered at the Sa'id Al-Jandoul mosque in Al-Taif said:
"It shocked me to read and hear about the audacity of the 'Betrayer-General' of all nations [a reference to the U.N. secretary-general], who by affiliation and loyalty is a combination of a Jew and a Christian and leads the people to hell. He called to stop the incursion of this disease called AIDS - although two months earlier he had contradicted this call when, in stupidity and brazenness, he led the nations calling for permissiveness that causes this disease. He called for permitting adultery and spreading acts of abomination and homosexuality, which is a sexual perversion, and even invited this kind of people to a conference in order to call for permitting them marriage of the third kind."
A common sermon theme is jihad and why, said Sheikh Mohammed Saleh l-Munajjid, "Muslims must educate their children to jihad" (Thus we see that their own rhetoric is the greatest demonstration that everything they say about Jihad being primarily an internal struggle with the self is a lie. -editor)
"This is the greatest benefit of the situation: educating the children to Jihad and to hatred of the Jews, the Christians, and the infidels; educating the children to Jihad and to revival of the embers of Jihad in their souls. This is what is needed now."
The underlying theme of most of these sermons is that Israeli-Palestinian peace can never be accepted by the mosque. In a sermon at the Suleiman Bin Muqiran mosque in Al-Riyadh, Majed'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Firian said:
modern countries of Kufur [that is, Western
countries] have realized that the [Palestinian] Authority that speaks today on
behalf of the Palestinian cause has not waved the banner of Islam, and its goal
is to establish a secular state. Therefore, they protect it and prohibit
attacking it, as [this authority] is the one that will give them concessions
when they pressure it. There is a
deep-rooted solution to the conflict: intifada and
jihad for the sake of Allah. Today, the
Islamic nation already knows that the
are sermons in Saudi mosques. Imagine the Friday homilies in
SPEAKS OUT ON TERRORISM,
AND THE TEST WE FACE
by Gary Cooperburg,
We are living in times of crisis. The
horror of 9-11 has succeeded in terrorizing the free world. The fact that we
are living in a world of vast technological advances only serves to confuse us
even more. Mankind has possession of the kinds of weapons which are capable of
destroying our planet. If there are people who are prepared to give their own
lives in order to murder others, and we know that this is the case, then we are
certainly in big trouble. Despite
really do not understand what all this terrorist stuff is all about. Why in the
world should anyone in their right mind want to crash a plane into a building,
deliberately murdering thousands of innocent people as well as themselves? It
makes no sense. But that is exactly what terrorism is all about. If you don't
have any idea why or when or where or even how the next terror strike will
occur, how can you not be scared out of your mind? Of course the first reaction
is that we will strike back and destroy those who dare think to do such things.
But can anyone honestly think that even should we wipe
This is what
is going on in
There are a
great many political movements in
can be terrorized; if they can be made to fear that there is no way to destroy
those who are prepared to murder Americans, then the next step is to try to
placate the terrorists. Everyone knows that the source of terror is Islam. All
of the Arab nations, even those allegedly at peace with
line here is faith in G-d. If we cannot muster enough faith in the True Living
The test for
the survival of the
nations control an enormous amount of wealth, and have made huge investments in
IDF RAIDS HAMAS STRONGHOLD IN
Soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters raided a Hamas stronghold in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis Monday morning, killing 12 Palestinians and wounding 110, in the deadliest Israeli strike in three months. The dead ranged in age from 14 to 52. The target of the predawn raid, the Amal neighborhood, was not chosen randomly but pinpointed as a known Hamas hotbed, and was targeted in response to a growing number of Kassem rocket firings and mortar attacks on Israeli communities in Gaza's Gush Katif. An IDF commander said many of those killed were gunmen, but acknowledged there may have been civilian casualties.
Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Rantisi
published a statement today calling for revenge attacks in response to the IDF
raid in Khan Yunis. Such pronouncements never take into
consideration the fact that it was there own murderous activities that prompted
the Israeli Defense Force action. -ed. According to Israel Radio, the
statement says "All Israelis are murderers, there is not a single innocent
one among them." This speech served to highlight the difference in Israeli and
Palestinian leadership attitudes toward people who are not involved in the
terrorist activities. Rantisi also
denounces any Palestinian who considers negotiating with
killed the commander of the Palestinian riot police in a shooting attack on his
DF troops also
apprehended 16 suspected terrorists in the
THREE ISRAELI ARABS ARRESTED FOR CONSPIRING TO COMMIT TERROR ATTACKS
A gag order has been lifted, permitting the publication of the arrests of three Israeli Arabs from Ramle who were planning terror attacks including the kidnapping of a soldier. The suspects were taken into custody ten days ago and are in the custody of the GSS (General Security Service – Shin/Bet). Two of the suspects in custody are reportedly members of the Abu Hubeisa family.
The three were working with an agent of Hamas master terrorist Mohammad Deif, and planned a series of attacks, including the placement of bombs at soldiers hitchhiking posts and the kidnapping and murder of a soldier from Bilu Junction in the Rechovot area. They are also alleged to have gathered intelligence information on an air force officer who lives in the Modi'in region, and passed that information to Deif's agent.
At the time of their arrest, chemical agents used in bombs were found in their possession, including acetone. Police and GSS agents also found papers believed to be instructions from Deif on the assembly of a bomb and the construction of silencers for weapons.
Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said that all but one
of the 14 Palestinians killed in an assault on a Hamas
stronghold in the Gaza Strip were armed. "They were all terrorists with
long resumes," he said during a visit to Eilat,
"except for one innocent elderly woman." More than 100 Palestinians
were wounded in the raid Monday, which brought a hail of world criticism,
including from the
Ben-Eliezer angrily rebutted visiting European Union foreign
policy chief Javier Solana for his words of
condemnation. "I advise you to verify the details with
VERY GOOD QUESTION: PALESTINIAN FATHER ASKS HIS LEADERS: 'WHY DON'T YOU SEND
YOUR OWN SON TO DIE?'
The father of
a young Palestinian who carried out a suicide bombing in
that his son's friends persuaded him to carry out the bombing and that they now
were after the bomber's brother for the same purpose. "Four months ago, I
lost my eldest son when his friends tempted him, praising the path of death.
They persuaded him to blow himself up in one of
"But the last straw was when I was informed that the friends of my eldest son the martyr were starting to wrap themselves like snakes around my other son, not yet 17, to direct him to the same path toward which they had guided his brother, so that he would blow himself up too to avenge his brother, claiming 'he had nothing to lose.'"
Saber then questions the legitimacy of the leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad: "I ask, on my behalf and on behalf of every father and mother informed that their son has blown himself up: 'By what right do these leaders send the young people, even young boys in the flower of their youth, to their deaths?' Who gave them religious or any other legitimacy to tempt our children and urge them to their deaths?" He then asks them "Why don't you send your own sons to die?"
PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed into PA law a resolution proclaiming
the entire city of
60 MINUTES: THE ARAFAT PAPERS
(Reporter: Lesley Stahl)
Israelis surrounded Yasir Arafat's compound in Ramallah earlier this year to dismantle the Palestinian
Authority and confiscate weapons, they also sent in intelligence collection
teams to scoop up top-secret files. What they were looking for was proof of
Arafat's personal involvement in terrorism, but that was the least of what they
found. What they found, was a paper trail of terror leading from both
claim that they now have proof that the supposedly homegrown Palestinian
uprising known as the Intifada is neither an
uprising, nor homegrown. It is, they claim, violence planned, funded and
directed largely from
They also found
firearms of various types, RPG, anti-tank rockets, instructions on how to
manufacture explosives, and how to make those explosives into actual bombs. And
most alarmingly, he said, they were taught how to shoot down an airliner.
Sources say they were operating in the area of Ramallah.
Ramallah is next to
the Israelis say they discovered in the Arafat documents: That Saddam Hussein
has been using the Palestinian Authority as a middleman in his illegal selling
of oil. The money was then used to buy weapons and many more that were seized
Arafat’s handwriting was found on the bottom of documents organizing these attacks. An Israeli colonel said, What we have here is a document which says, for the Iranians, is, 'Let's divert the attention from us, the Iranians.' I think the Iraqi documents say, 'From us, the Iraqis, to the Palestinian issue.' Sadly, I can say that they've almost made it work. I think that the world's attention has been that the Palestinian issue as the problem, and everybody has sort of forgotten that the Iranians fund it, that the Iraqis fund it, that they send in these terrorists and that they train them from afar.”
meetings with the Bush administration, top Israeli intelligence officials also
shared evidence about contacts between al-Qaida and
senior members of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party. And
the Israelis briefed the administration on yet another threat from another
NO END IN SIGHT TO PA MEDIA INCITEMENT
While the PA sends the world "messages of peace" via its English-language spokespersons, it continues to send messages of "Kill and be killed" to its own people. A recent film clip on PA television featured a young bereaved mother as the heroine of incitement. In the film clip, five civilian gunmen, armed with automatic rifles, go off to fight Israelis. One of the gunmen is seen running towards Israeli fire until he attacks the Israelis with a hand grenade, after which, in slow motion, he is shot and falls dead to the ground. When his body is brought to his mother, she kisses him and raises her hand above her mouth and calls out the traditional Arab call of joy. Afterwards, she stoically hands the rifle to the next in line to continue the killing of Israelis. This follows up another clip shown on PA television about a child's farewell letter in which he writes, "Mother, don't cry over me, be joyous over my blood." (PMW)
SUICIDE BOMBING NEAR TEL AVIV
On this morning, a crowded Dan Company bus stopped to pick up northbound passengers on the Geha Highway opposite Bar-Ilan University, near Ramat Gan, when - unknowin to the driver – an Arab passenger trying to board the bus through the back doors, slipped and fell on the pavement outside. When the bus began to pull away passengers alerted the driver to what happened. The driver stopped the bus and with a doctor on board, went to attend to the fallen passenger. Approaching the man laying on the ground the two caught a glimpse of something suspicious wrapped around the Arab’s body, which turned out to be an explosives belt. The driver and the doctor then grabbed the bomber’s arms preventing him from detonating his device and screamed for everyone on the bus to flee.
When the bus was cleared the two men let the Arab go and started running away. Seconds later, the bomber ran towards a group of people nearby and detonated his explosives killing himself along with an Israeli woman. 29 others were lightly wounded in the attack. The victims were transported to nearby hospitals. Eyewitnesses say that had the Arab succeeded in boarding the bus, the tragedy would have been catastrophic.
This is surely
another answer to prayer that a massive tragedy was avoided. Please pray for
the eleven injured and for the family of the Israeli woman who was killed in
the attack. The name of the woman murdered in this morning's suicide bombing
attack in Tel Aviv is Sa'ada Aaron, 71, from
A spontaneous demonstration broke out
shortly afterward at the scene of the attack, in support of the present IDF
campaign to destroy the terrorist infrastructure in
MEGA SWEEP BY IDF YIELDS 70 ARRESTS
IDF soldiers last night apprehended about 70 wanted Arabs as part of a wide-scale sweep to thwart terror. The majority of the arrests took place in villages in the Ramallah district. In one village, troops discovered and safely detonated a 15-kilogram bomb.
FINAL ACT OF KINDNESS - ARAB RECEIVES LIVER FROM JEWISH TERROR VICTIM
Israeli-Arab father of five is receiving a gift of life from Oded Volak, 51 of Modi'in, whose organs have been donated after he succumbed
to a severe head wound sustained from a shooting attack near
Volak, who worked
as a guide for the Jewish National Fund, was described by friends as a fervent
believer in reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians who continued to
travel around the
Three other people in the car were wounded in that attack. Volak, the father of two, had worked as a tour guide and lived in Modi'in for several years, according to Rabbi David Lau of Modi'in.
STILL CALLING FOR
Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat's foreign minister has acknowledged that the PLO National Covenant, with
its many clauses calling for violence and the destruction of
The paper quoted Foreign Minister
Farouk Kaddoumi in an article earlier this week. The
More than 60 percent of US Christian
One of the poll's more interesting
findings was that support for
The survey also revealed that
TERRORIST KILLED WITH 'DEADLY PHONE CALL'
Several other members of the Abayat family are known terrorists. Mohammad’s brother
detained Sheikh Ikrema Sabri,
the Islamic mufti of
In a June 1 interview with Al-Ayam, considered the mouthpiece of the Palestinian Authority, Sabri called the nearly 80 Palestinian suicide bombings that have killed hundreds over the last two years "legitimate acts of self-defense against Zionist occupation," police said. The PA appointee also reportedly asserted that there is no religious law against suicide bombings. Sabri had been previously detained in September 2001 and questioned about a sermon he delivered at Jerusalem’s Al-Aksa Mosque the previous month, in which he reportedly said Allah would help bring about the destruction of Israel, the US, and the UK.
MASTER BOMB-MAKER CAUGHT
officers arrested two Palestinian terrorists and discovered a bomb-making facility
Israeli army sappers successfully neutralized a double bomb by Israeli homes in the Gaza Strip last night. The two devices had been tied together and weighed a total 350 pounds.
HIZBOLLAH LOOKING FOR MISSILES
terrorist organization is trying to obtain ground to ground missiles with a
range of 300 kilometers that could hit anywhere in Israel north of Be'erSheva. The group currently has Fajr
5missiles that can reach as far as Haifa in the north of Israel and the Israeli
source who spoke with American media said the situation on the northern border
is 'very dangerous. If attacked,
ARRESTED: MURDERER OF DICKSTEIN FAMILY THAT LEFT NINE ORPHANS
IDF forces have arrested the murderer
of five Jews in the Southern Hevron Hills area. Among
his victims were the parents of nine orphans, Rabbi Yosef
and Chana Dickstein. Naji Taleb was arrested last night in the hostile
Tzvi Yehuda Dickstein, 21, the oldest son and brother of the
remaining orphans, told Arutz-7 this morning that the murderer's arrest is not
much comfort: "I don't expect the State to mete out the appropriate
punishment..." He said, however, that he does see the arrest of his
parents' murderer as "the closing of a circle."
media sources, following an early morning meeting with senior security
officials, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff, and high level
intelligence personnel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has personally given the
green light to Defense Minister Binyamin (Fuad) ben Eliezer's program to
"thin out" armed forces in Hebron. This completes the program called
"Judea First" by which Israeli security forces were removed from
so-called 'Palestinian cities' in
In the coming
hours, the Israeli army is expected to almost totally withdraw from the
Arafat-controlled areas of
Understandibly, this is very
frightening for the Jewish community of
WEEKEND TERROR ATTACKS
Once again the
weekend was filled with terror attacks, few of which were reported
internationally. This is just a partial list: Four soldiers were injured, one
moderately, when they were trying to defuse a bomb in the Balata refugee camp.
Palestinians detonated a bomb and opened fire at a group of soldiers in the Jenin area. A terror cell approached Israeli homes at Morag
in the Gaza Strip. They opened fire. Soldiers guarding the villagers returned
fire. Terrorists fired a missile over the Green Line from
TERROR ATTACK IN HADERA
It is nearly
Islamic Jihad has claimed
responsibility for the attack.
ISLAMIC JIHAD FAVORS CAR BOMBS
The Islamic Jihad movement now says it
favors car bombs that are far more powerful than the small explosive charges
used by suicide bombers. In Monday's attack, 14 people were murdered near the northern
MURDER OF A GYPSY CHILD IN
Last week a
seven year old Gypsy child died, his throat cut of as well as his stomach, and
stabbed in different parts of his body by a 27 year old Arab man, father of two
children, living in the same neighborhood. He said that he wanted to kill all
Gypsy children. This event only made two lines in the Arabic newspaper. Most
Gypsy people live in a very poor district of Jerusalem’s
EGYPTIAN WAR PREPARATIONS?
Dr. Aryeh Stav, Director of the
NON-JEWISH IDF OFFICER INDICTED WITH 10 OTHERS FOR SPYING FOR HIZBOLLAH
An IDF officer is one of 11 non-Jewish citizens under arrest on suspicion of spying for Hizbullah in exchange for drugs and money, security officials announced Wednesday. The ring, which was uncovered earlier this year by a joint Shin Bet, police, and IDF task force, was active for 18 months and is considered to be one of the most serious to be uncovered in recent years.
In exchange for hundreds of kilos of drugs and tens of thousands of dollars, the suspects allegedly provided Hizbullah officials in Lebanon with secret IDF information, including troop and tank deployments along the northern border, classified maps of the North, and information about the movements and whereabouts of area commanders in an apparent effort by Hizbullah to determine the feasibility of their assassination.
A court gag order, which was partially lifted Wednesday afternoon, still prevents the publication of the suspects' names and their ethnicity but there aren'e many options - if they are non-Jewish, they must be Arab Israelis.
in the case will be indicted starting Thursday, with the officer expected to be
charged in a special military court at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, while
the remaining suspects, who are all civilians, will be arraigned in Nazareth
District Court, further indicating that they are Arabs since
PA OFFICIAL: 'TALKS A WASTE OF TIME'
A senior Palestinian official blasted the bilateral talks between Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and top PA negotiator Saeb Erekat Friday as "a waste of time," adding that there is no point in any further talks. 
The official, who was part of the Palestinian delegation at the Thursday night's talks, said that the meetings "were not efficient, so there is absolutely no points continuing [with them]."
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that "there has not been an inch of progress," and blamed the impasse on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Without a withdrawal from Hebron and the other Palestinian areas, there can be no talks," said the official, adding that an Israeli pullback seemed unlikely under current conditions.
JERUSALEM REPORTs October 26, 2002 20 Cheshvan 5763
THREE JEWS SET FREE IN IRAN
Three Jews imprisoned in Iran over three years ago on charges of spying for Israel have been released; five others remain in prison. Javid Beit Yakov, 42, sentenced to nine years in prison, and Judaism teachers Farzad Kashi, 32, and Shahrokh Paknahad, 24, who received eight-year sentences, were released yesterday. Israel has consistently denied that the men had spied on its behalf. American and Israeli advocates for the prisoners refused to comment on the release, so as not to "rock the boat" regarding prospects for obtaining freedom for the remaining prisoners. 
The eight were arrested in early 1999 together with five others; three were found innocent, and two others have been released after serving their sentences. Iranian-born President Moshe Katzav said recently that efforts are being made to find out the fate of 13 other Iranian Jews who have not been heard from since they were arrested while trying to escape the country. Less than 25,000 Jews remain in Iran today, compared to about 100,000 before 1979.
ANTI-SEMITISM AROUND THE WORLD
Israeli journalist Gideon Cotes was nearly attacked by a group of Lebanese journalists this week in Beirut. Cotes, who also carries a French passport, was recognized by a Lebanese TV cameraman after he appeared on Israeli television. He was not allowed to "carry out any media activity and is prevented from entering the press center."
The Czech Police announced that earlier this week, a Jewish cemetery in the southwest of the country was vandalized. Five gravestones were toppled, five copper lights were stolen, and two Hebrew plaques were removed.
MEMRI reports that a book by Syrian
Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, which presents the
Damascus blood libel of 1840 as a “historical fact," enjoyed high
popularity at the international book fair held in Damascus. Due to the large
demand, the Tlass publishing house decided to publish
its eighth reprint of the book in Arabic, and to publish it in other languages
as well, such as English, French, and Italian.
HIZBOLLAH LEADER BLASTS CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS
Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has accused US Christian supporters of Israel of hatching a "plot" to liquidate the Arabs and driving them into exile, the Beirut Daily Star reported Wednesday. Speaking at a graduation ceremony, Nasrallah said that "Christian Zionists" are gaining strength in the US and that they have a powerful impact on US foreign policy. Christian groups in America, he said, are financed by oil companies and weapons firms, and seek to encourage Jews to move to Israel and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. However, he said, "if they all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." (By Michael Freund, Jerusalem Post, October 24, 02)
Can there be an doubt that terrorist intentions are to wipe out Israel and the Jewish people? The very leader of Hizbollah says so!!! How dare he think he will 'take advantage' of what Zionists have done to be a part of fulfilling prophecy and 'use it' to his own advantage? He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps....Nasrallah is in for a surprise! 
JERUSALEM REPORTs October 28, 2002 22 Cheshvan 5763
NEW ANTI-TERROR OPERATION IN THIRD DAY
At least one would-be suicide bomber was apprehended as part of the Israeli Army’s latest anti-terror campaign that is being called “Operation Vanguard.” Jenin is the primary target of the effort that has so far resulted in the arrest of thirty terrorists, many of whom are on Israel’s most wanted list.
Troops have taken control of a number of buildings in Jenin while searching for suspects and arms. An army spokesman explained that the tactic of merely surrounding the city had proved to be ineffective, with Hamas and Islamic Jihad continuing to organize and launch terror attacks from within the circle of Israeli troops. Among those attacks was last week’s Hadera car bombing that left 14 dead and scores injured. At the same time, Israel has withdrawn its troops from the Arab sections of Hebron, to the alarm of Hebron’s Jewish community.
Israel Radio reported that Israel has apprehended some 175 would be suicide bombers, including a number of women.
THREE SOLDIERS KILLED IN ARIEL BOMBING
Three soldiers were killed in the gas station outside Ariel late this morning when a human bomb blew himself up close to a group of soldiers. The Palestinian terrorist was spotted before the explosion, some soldiers wrestled with him, and one or two even shot him - but he still managed to detonate his bomb. Other accounts say that the soldiers' shots blew up the explosives, or that they went off when he hit the ground; an army investigation is underway. Police officials said that an even larger tragedy was averted by the alertness of guards in the area.
One eyewitness in a car said that he saw five soldiers "jumping on someone, and people started yelling and arguing, 'Kill him! Don’t kill him!' It took about a minute and a half, [a bunch of soldiers] had their rifles out... They tried to get the terrorist away, to get his arms in the air [away from the detonator switch], and finally one of them shot from a meter away, and then there was an explosion. All my car windows blew out onto me - it was horrific." Another eyewitness said that the terrorist blew himself up some 15 meters from the gas pumps, and that his body caught fire, which bystanders quickly extinguished. About 20 people were wounded, including three who are listed in serious condition.
Ariel, one of the largest towns in Yesha with about 20,000 residents, is located in central Shomron, less than 20 miles east of Tel Aviv. The murderer was later reported to be a 19-year-old resident of Shechem, about eight miles northeast of Ariel. Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler reported today in the name of IDF sources that the attack was enabled by the decision to ease security measures in the vicinity, and that "each time security measures are eased, it is exploited by the Palestinians for terrorist attacks."
Reports are that a much greater disaster was prevented by the alert action of Menachem and other witnesses in the area. The bomber appears to have been heading into the restaurant but was prevented from doing so.
Regarding the dead soldiers, one was 22 and single, the second left a widow with five children and the third had three children.
Jerusalem Reports 30 Oct 2002 ~ 24 Cheshvan 5763
A NEW PA CABINET? YOU MUST BE JOKING!
Business was as usual in Ramallah, as the Palestinian Legislative Council gathered in Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's compound for a vote of confidence on the new PA cabinet.
Shopkeepers, students, and drivers appeared indifferent to the drama. Dalia, a young girl in a blue-and-white school uniform, said she was disappointed when she heard the news that Arafat had kept most of the "corrupt" ministers in their jobs. "Everyone is unhappy because we want to get rid of corrupt officials who are stealing the money of our people," she said. "The people here are paying the price, while senior officials are stealing millions."
The owner of a shoe store burst into laughter when asked what he thought of the changes. "Which changes are you talking about?" he asked as a customer nodded in agreement. "You must be joking. It's all like being in a theater." One young man, Jamal, said, "It's a pity that the PA cabinet doesn't consist of new and young faces. Why do we always get the same people? Why are people afraid to say that they are fed up with this play?" (Jerusalem Post)
Despite the protests of Jewish groups from all over the Western world, Egyptian Television has announced that during the upcoming month of Ramadan, it will begin airing a 14-part series called "A Rider Without a Horse." The series is based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the anti-Semitic booklet from 1905 written and distributed by the secret police of Russian Czar Nicholas II, which describes a purported Jewish plot to take over the world. The series describes the efforts of an Egyptian journalist to "verify the truth" of the Protocols and, its producers say, their star discovers a "Zionist plot to take over Palestine."
Coincidentally or not, the hottest item at this month's international book fair in Damascus is a book by Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas. The book, "The Matza of Zion," uses a routine libel: the Jews use the blood of a Muslim child to bake matzas for Passover. The origins of both libels and the fact that Arab governments are disseminating them are indications of a dangerous escalation of anti-Semitism in the Arab world. Jewish organizations are increasingly concerned about the fact that even countries that reject Muslim fundamentalism are promoting the anti-Semitic incitement being distributed by reactionary states such as Saudi Arabia. (Haaretz)
CANADA EMBRACES HIZBULLAH, REJECTS MAGEN DAVID ADOM
One day after 14 Israelis were killed in by Islamic Jihad terrorists and a week after Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien addressed a Beirut summit that included Hizb'Allah leader Shiekh Hassan Nasrallah in the front row of the audience, human rights lawyer and Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler urged Canada to put Hizb'Allah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad on its 'List of Terrorist Entities.'
Hizb'Allah is currently allowed to raise money in Canada for its social services network, which runs schools and clinics in Lebanon. At the same time, Magen David Adom faces a threat from across the Atlantic Ocean. The CCRA (Canada Customs and Revenue Agency) has announced plans to shut down Canadian MDA. This will close off an important avenue by which Canadians can donate ambulances and medical equipment/supplies directly to the MDA. "At a time when Israel is in dire need of ambulances and medical supplies," concerned citizens have started a campaign to lobby the Canadian government not to close the CMDA. More information can be had by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. (TNS)
FINLAND REFUSES TO SELL GAS KITS TO ISRAEL
Finland refuses to sell to Israel what are considered to be the best gas-detection kits in the world, despite widespread evaluations that Iraq may attack Israel with poison chemical weapons. The computerized kits accurately identify chemical warfare materials, but Finland claims that the European Union forbids the export of dual-use equipment to countries in conflict.
A speech by Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuominioja provides some "background" to the decision, however. "I am appalled at the Israeli policy of suppression, humiliation, subordination and impoverishment towards the Palestinians," he said, revealing what could be Finland's true feelings about Israel. Tuominioja's e-mail address is Erkki.Tuominioja@formin.fi. (Arutz 7)
KIRKPATRICK BLASTS UN'S ANTI-SEMITISM
Reminiscing on her four-year tenure at the United Nations under Ronald Reagan, former US Ambassador to the UN Jeane Kirkpatrick said this week that while serving at the international body, "I felt for the first time in my life that I could understand how the Holocaust happened."
Kirkpatrick, who headed the US mission to the UN from 1981-85, criticized the UN's "nearly unbelievably insulting and outrageous" treatment of Israel during a keynote speech at the Zionist Organization of America 2002 Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner, held Sunday evening in New York. "The United Nations hasn't really improved much in the years since I was there, and it hasn't really improved much at all with respect to Israel," said Kirkpatrick.
She said that when she first began attending Security Council and General Assembly sessions as America's ambassador, "I was very deeply shocked by the simple anti-Semitism that pervaded the place." The anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment she was exposed to at the world body was "mysterious," and "very, very strange," she said. "We need to speak out about the calumny spoken at the UN," she said, noting that in addition to condemning anti-Jewish hatred emanating from Arab countries, Western European nations, such as France, should be taken to task for failing to halt anti-Semitism at home. "We must tell the truth. We must tell the world about what happens that is dangerous to the people of Israel and the Jews of the world." Kirkpatrick praised Israel for taking risks for peace numerous times during its half-century history. "The state of Israel has taken more risks for peace than any state in the world, and has received very few rewards for those risks for peace," she said. ZOA president Morton Klein made the case against the creation of a Palestinian state in his speech. "If a Palestinian state is established, it will be the first time in history that a state is established not to benefit the people of that state but to destroy another state," he said. (J P)
JERUSALEM REPORTs October 31, 2002 25 Cheshvan 5763
THREAT TO JEWS AND CHRISTIANS DESCRIBED BY EGYPTIAN HISTORIAN 
Egyptian-born historian Bat Ye'or and her husband, David Littman, have been making the rounds of several campuses this month to lecture on "dhimmitude," a word she coined to describe the status of Christians and Jews under Islamic governments. Muslims have visited exile, persecution, deportations, massacres and other humiliations on non-Muslims for almost 1,400 years, she has told students at Georgetown, Brown, Yale and Brandeis universities. Muslim armies steamrolled over North Africa, the Middle East and Spain for five centuries after the death of Muhammad in 632, says Bat Ye'or, a pen name meaning "daughter of the Nile."
In her two most recent books, "Islam and Dhimmitude" and "The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam," she describes how magnificent basilicas and monasteries of Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia were left in smoking ruins by Muslims from the eighth to 10th centuries. Spain, she says, was pillaged and devastated many times: Zamora in 981, Barcelona in 987, Santiago de Compostela in 997. In 1000, Castile was ravaged, its Christian population either killed or enslaved and deported. In 1096, Pope Urban II set the Crusades in motion by calling on Christians to take back the conquered lands. The golden age of Muslim rule in Spain from the eighth to the 15th century was largely myth, Bat Ye'or says, and dhimmitude is in effect today in Islamic-ruled Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, parts of Indonesia and northern Nigeria.
Bat Ye'or has had hearings in some quarters, including her 1997 and 2001 appearances before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. But many of the 70 students attending her Oct. 15 lecture at Georgetown University on "The Ideology of Jihad, Dhimmitude and Human Rights" walked out. Julia Segall, president of the Georgetown Israel Alliance, and Daniel Spector, president of the Jewish Student Alliance, called the lecture a "disaster" in Friday's edition of Hoya, a student newspaper. Bat Ye'or and Mr. Littman "made no effort to make a clear distinction between pure, harmonious Islam and the acts of a few who falsely claim to act in the name of Islam," they wrote. (NOTE: This is PRECISELY the point - it's NOT a 'few' and too many refuse to accept that proven historical fact.)
Bat Ye'or also was criticized by some but Paul Marshall, a senior fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom, said Bat Ye'or's research into Turkish, Persian and Arabic documents dating back to the eighth century has not been contested. "What's notable is [various academics] don't attempt to refute her work, which is scholarly and documented," he said. "Those who oppose it owe it to her to engage her work at the scholarly level, which it deserves."
It is my hope that the material I have brought together in this format will serve to increase both the reader's understanding and insight into the terrorism threat as it effects Israel. Chronicling the information in this particular month, I had to restrain myself from broadening the subject to include threats to Jews and Christians around the world. This was done imperfectly because it is impossible to display the terrorism threat to Israel without showing from time to time that others, especially the United States have a vested interest in the same threat that is focused at Israel.
This booklet is unlike the first booklet produced presenting a month of terrorism in Israel, because instead of a focus on the chain of terrorism itself, the chain of terrorist related actions was recorded. This should have showed a bit of how the system of evil is contributed to by people who either do not understand what they are doing or are intentionally antagonistic to Israel. It is my earnest desire that the reader benefited from taking the time to work their way through it.
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 The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) does some translation of mosque messages. 1.
 One of the things I will have to grant to the Imams is that they do recognize a movement to combine religions in some of their diatribes. The problem is that like too many Christian preachers they do not realize the purpose is to facilitate the formation of a One World Order.
 This movement, which the Sheik got just about right is another part of the plan to incorporate everyone into a New World Order. The lie in his address is that he U.N. Secretary General has any love for the Jew or the Christian.
 It is important to note that this writer has his ties both in Israel and America as do so many. That he has a love for both countries and a true insight into the situation make his comments of greater value.
 We should ask Colin Powell and our own United States government what right do they have to talk about concessions to be made with the sovereign territory of another nation? Then we should ask them if they do not fear God since all of the land in question is promised to the Jewish descendants of Abraham?
 Unfortunately civilian casualties are an unavoidable bi-product when military action is required in built up areas.
 In other words, by the grace of God, they were able to stop further terrorism on the part of these people at least.
 There has never been any country in the world that has been more conscientious about trying to not harm innocent civilians than Israel. Such statements coming out of the mouths of people who are supposed to represent the U.S. not only appears hypocritical, but also has the character of giving aid and comfort to the cause of their enemies and outs.
 After the first female suicide bomber Mrs. Arafat (originally of American origin) was asked if she would be willing to give her daughter as a suicide bomber? It is reported she had a very negative reaction.
 This is the fruit of Colin Powell's words cited on page 5 of our text. Isn't it interesting how little attention was given to it in the American media?
 This article evokes memories of the film propaganda showing the funeral of a young Palestinian. Unfortunately they dropped him off the stretcher he was on, and he had to jump up an climb back on it.
 People will ask why the men holding the Arab did not disable the explosives belt instead of leaving the man free to wound others. These things are often set up to explode if an attempt is made to disable them. The PLO has to keep even the suicide bombers from changing their minds.
 The importance of this article is that it does go to show how completely dishonest the Palestinian Authority and its leader Yasser Arafat are. In fact, I
will go one step farther and say that it is impossible to deal in good faith with any Moslem state because of the teachings of their holy book on relationships with non-Muslims.
 It is interesting to note how many terrorist leaders themselves die violently.
 This would have done a tremendous amount of damage and possibly killed quite a number of men, women, and children on purpose. The same thing they condemn Israelis for when it happens with them accidentally.
 Political pressures increase the danger level not only for Jewish citizens, but also for Palestinians who desire a peaceful life. When the IDF is withdrawn, there is little to restrain the thugs.
 American media by the clever use of words often make it sound like things are quieting down in Israel. They are disingenuous when they say there has been no bombing in Jerusalem in a certain length of time when there are daily attacks in other places.
 Though a peace treaty was supposed to have been concluded with Israel by Egypt they plainly do not intend to keep their word. Though this is not terrorism directly, which is the subject of their booklet, the threat they pose keeps the stress of the situation upon Israel's citizens.
 I agree with this official's opinion. They accomplish nothing beneficial for the Jewish people and lend comfort and support to the Palestinian Terrorist organizations whose chief leader is Yasser Arafat. It is time to deal with these people as the criminals they are.
 False charges of spying are an old Soviet ploy that is very familiar to the leaders in Iran, many of whom received training through that system.
 Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah accuses US Christian supporters of Israel of hatching a "plot" to liquidate the Arabs and encourage Jews to move to Israel - but he is not worried. "If they [the Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide," Nasrallah said, according to the Beirut Daily Star.
 The Palestinian leadership understands that the use of women as terrorist bombers is particularly distasteful to Western sensibilities. They hope that this will increase Western pressure on Israel to make concessions to the Arabs that will eventually end in their destruction.
 Menachem, the owner of the local hotel, a friendly and helpful fellow, was severely injured. His wife Tova was badly injured in the bombing of his hotel's lobby several months ago. At that time requests for prayer for her went out to Christians around the world.
 Sxcerpts from an article by Julia Duin, appearing in The Washington Times on October 30, 2002.