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Terror Stabbing Victim Undergoes Emergency Operation

A man from Moshav Porat, near Netanya, was stabbed all over his body by his Arab employee, and is now in moderate condition.

  1. Terror Stabbing Victim Undergoes Emergency Operation
  2. PA Terrorists Fire Rockets at Israel
  3. Officials Form New Coalition for Jerusalem
  4. New Evidence Increases Suspicion of French TV Blood Libel
  5. Cutting Electricity in Response to Kassams: Solution Found
  6. Eldad: Danger to Judea and Samaria, and More, is Acute
  7. Knesset Advances Jerusalem Protection Law
  8. Missionary Activity in Sderot

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1. Terror Stabbing Victim Undergoes Emergency Operation

by Hillel Fendel

A man from Moshav Porat, southeast of Netanya, is listed in moderate and stable condition after being stabbed in an apparent Arab terrorist attack late this morning (Thursday).

The man, in his 30s, was transported to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, where he underwent an operation that doctors described as successful. Hospital sources say he was stabbed all over his body, and is being treated in the general emergency ward.

Police say it is becoming increasingly clearer that this was a terrorist attack, and are searching for the attacker – a resident of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas who was employed by the Israeli victim.

The stabbed man was attacked as he was working in the fields of Moshav Porat, not far from three Israeli-Arab towns: Taibe, Tira, and Kalansua.

Kassams, Hevron, Bedouin Murderer
Shortly afterwards, a Kassam rocket landed in Sderot, damaging two cars and, according to some reports, a house. An hour later, yet another rocket was fired at the Negev, sending some people into shock and causing damage to a potato processing plant. Two other Kassams were fired at the Negev earlier today.

IDF forces attacked a Kassam rocket launching cell shortly after the latest rocket attack, killing two terrorists.

An Arab-Palestinian terrorist carrying a knife was arrested in Hevron this afternoon, near the Jewish residential building Beit Romano.

This morning, a Bedouin teenager was sentenced to life in prison plus three years for his brutal murder of an 18-year-old Jewish girl ten months ago. The victim, Maayan Ben-Horin, lived in Moshav Yuvalim in the Galilee; the murderer first attempted to rape her, then repeatedly battered her head with a rock. Though the Bedouin murderer was a minor at the time of the crime, Judge Shmuel Berliner wrote, “Let every minor know that for horrific actions such as these, he will have no protection from the maximum punishment… This barbaric action cries out in its severity and is astonishing in the inconceivable ease with which a shepherd from a normative family, with no prior problems with the law, carries it out.”

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2. PA Terrorists Fire Rockets at Israel

by Hillel Fendel

Once again, two Kassam rockets were fired at the western Negev – near Sderot and Kfar Maimon – this morning (Thursday). No one was hurt, and no damage was reported. Another rocket was fired last night, two more yesterday morning, three on Tuesday night – and seven on Monday.

The Knesset voted yesterday to approve the preliminary reading of a bill to exact the cost of rocket damages from the Palestinian Authority. By a 37-23 majority, and in opposition to the coalition’s stance, the Knesset approved the legislative proposal of MKs Yisrael Hasson of the coalition’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and Limor Livnat (Likud). Among the supporters of the bill were Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman and Minister of Pensioners Affairs Rafi Eitan.

Israel collects certain customs duties for the Palestinian Authority, and it is from this money that the damages are to be collected. Portions of the PA’s electricity debts have sometimes been collected from these sums.

Livnat and Hasson explained in the introduction to the bill, “The Palestinian Authority has not met its obligations, but despite this we continue to transfer the tax monies to it. Given the refusal of the Attorney General to allow us to reduce electricity to the PA in response to Kassam rocket attacks, we have no other tool by which to impose sanctions upon those who do not stop firing on us.”

The introduction also states that legislating this sanction is necessary, “so that the Attorney General will not be the Supervisor-General over the government’s actions.”

Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and others have come out strongly against Attorney General Menachem Mazuz’s decree to suspend the government’s decision to reduce PA electricity. A new approach to reducing electricity to Gaza, in which the Gazans will receive less electricity but will decide themselves how to distribute it, has received Mazuz’s approval in principle.

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3. Officials Form New Coalition for Jerusalem

by Hana Levi Julian

Likud party chairman and Knesset Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu joined Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, numerous legislators and hundreds of other activists Wednesday at Ir David (the City of David) to form a new coalition for Jerusalem with the slogan painted in blue on a huge white banner, “Watch Over Jerusalem.”

Netanyahu, Likud Knesset Members Reuven Rivlin and Michael Eitan and others addressed those who came to fight Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to split Jerusalem with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The speakers at Ir David, Jerusalem’s most ancient neighborhood, called for Israelis to unite to block the Prime Minister from carrying out his plan, which he intends to discuss at the upcoming Middle East summit in Annapolis.

Earlier in the day, a bill that will require a two-thirds Knesset majority to change the status of Jerusalem passed its first reading in the Knesset by a vote of 54 to 24. The bill was supported by members of the government coalition as well as by opposition lawmakers.

If approved by a committee and passed in its next two readings, the law will require that any changes to the status of Israel’s capital city be approved by at least 80 of the 120 legislators.

The PA is demanding that Israel surrender the entire area of Jerusalem that was restored to the Jewish State after the 1967 Six-Day War to be used as the capital of a new PA state.

Olmert informed the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza Tuesday that he is permanently freezing building in those areas. He also reportedly did not flinch or make any attempt at denial when Council members raised the possibility that he would destroy Jewish towns and expel over one hundred thousand Jews from their homes and livelihood.

Although Netanyahu has proclaimed his opposition to Olmert’s plans, veteran Likud officials have expressed concerns about their party chairman’s ability to stay the course against concessions the Prime Minister might offer in Annapolis.

They demanded in a letter to Netanyahu this week that he disavow, in advance, any commitments that the Prime Minister might make at the summit. Netanyahu voted in favor of the 2005 expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and destruction of their towns.

Former Speaker of the House and Likud Knesset member Dov Shilansky told Arutz-7 that he believes the new generation of party members need “supervision” in order to avoid repeating the mistake in the 2005 Disengagement from Gush Katif.

“I have misgivings about Netanyahu regarding Gush Katif and his vote in favor of the operation,” Shilansky added, “but now he is my candidate for Prime Minister and we must remain vigilant so he does not fail again.”

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4. New Evidence Increases Suspicion of French TV Blood Libel

by Baruch Gordon

The 18 minutes’ raw footage by an Arab photographer broadcast on the France-2 TV station showing the alleged killing by the IDF of 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura in September 2000 was screened in a Paris courtroom Wednesday.

The raw footage has increased suspicions that the original France-2 report which blamed Israeli soldiers for shooting the 12-year-old was a staged blood libel.

The story began on September 30, 2000 when France-2 broadcast 55 seconds of footage from Netzarim junction in Gaza in which France-2’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief Charles Enderlin declared the boy was killed by Israeli fire. Enderlin and France-2 distributed the 55-second footage free of charge, and all major news networks picked it up.

In Wednesday’s proceedings, Enderlin submitted 18 minutes of footage. Alain Benjamin, who attended the trial, said, “The judge, without any prompting from [the defendant’s] lawyers, asked what happened to the [full] 27 minutes. Enderlin said on record in court that he had to manipulate some footage that was not relevant to that day.”

The judge asked if anyone in attendance had seen the full footage. Richard Landes, a Boston University professor who has released several documentaries on the al-Dura case, testified that he saw the footage at Enderlin’s office. He said the timer he saw was at least 21 minutes long. Landes later said outside the courtroom that France-2 undoubtedly presented tampered evidence to the court. “They cut scenes,” he declared, adding that he could prove it.

Al-Dura’s alleged killing by the IDF quickly became a symbol used by Arabs to fan the flames of anti-Israel hatred. The Arab League, meeting in Cairo, went as far as to dedicate October 1 as the ‘Day of Arab Children,’ in honor of al-Dura. Iran named more than 150 schools after the boy.

But cracks in the credibility of the France-2 report began to surface and were documented by German filmmaker Esther Schapira in her March, 2002 release, “Three Bullets and a Dead Child: Who Shot Mohammed al-Dura?” She concluded that Israeli bullets could not have killed the boy. France-2, sister station of the German ARD which produced the film, refused to air it.

Several months later, the Arab cameraman who filmed the footage, Talal abu Rahma sent a fax to the France-2 offices in Jerusalem, rescinding testimony he gave in October 3, 2000 and claiming that it was given under duress.

After mounting research and newspaper articles claiming that the events were staged and that the IDF could not have shot the boy, the France-2 news director, in a Nov. 16, 2004 interview with French radio station Radio J, admitted that it is impossible to know with 100% certainty whether the Israelis or the Arabs killed al-Dura.

In 2004, Philippe Karsenty, director of the French website Media Ratings, published an article calling for the resignation of Charles Enderlin and another France-2 employee for staging the al-Dura boy’s death.

France-2 sued Karsenty for libel and won the case in October, 2006. The prosecutor had recommended that the court rule in favor of Karsenty, in light of the evidence he had provided, but the court ruled against him. Enderlin and France-2 were awarded symbolic damages of one euro each, and Karsenty was ordered to pay a small fine and court costs.

Karsenty appealed the decision and at the outset of his second trial in September, 2007, the French judge ordered France-2 to hand over the raw footage to the court.

Tim Gross, former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News, attended Wednesday’s proceedings and viewed the raw footage. In an interview with Honest Reporting, Gross said: “I was really surprised that the film that France-2 produced wasn’t more convincing of Enderlin’s case. It was clearly cut up with lots of bits missing. We didn’t even see one instance, during the 18-minute film, of any Israeli soldiers shooting. We didn’t see the boy die.”

Gross further noted that France-2’s Enderlin was not in the Gaza Strip the day of the shooting and that he was relying on “one Palestinian local cameraman who was not an employee for France-2 and about whom we know from other instances that [he] is a very unreliable source.”

Gross charged that for Enderlin to establish that the boy was killed, when that was not clear, and that he was killed by the Israel Defense Forces is “very irresponsible journalism.”

Endre Mozes, Chairman of TakeAPen.org, attended Wednesday’s trial and said that he saw many frames which supported the allegation that the whole event was staged. He noted that while youth are seen fleeing from danger of bullets, you see others in their 30’s walking peacefully by in no hurry. “So your feeling is much more that you are in Hollywood than on a battle site,” said Mozes.

The trial will continue on February 27, 2008.

Segments of this report were taken from Richard Landes’ blog.

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5. Cutting Electricity in Response to Kassams: Solution Found

by Hillel Fendel

The Attorney General’s office has approved, in principle, a method by which electricity can be reduced to Gaza in response to Kassams, without causing humanitarian problems. It is not certain whether the goal of deterring rocket launchers will be met either.

According to the new plan, which was drawn up by the Defense Ministry, Israel will reduce the amount of electricity sent over to Gaza – while the Gazans will have to decide where and when to direct it. Thus, Israel will not be able to blamed for stopping electricity to hospitals and the like.

Israel’s Cabinet decided three weeks ago to approve electricity sanctions on Gaza in response to constant Kassam rocket attacks on the Ashkelon, Sderot and the western Negev. Shortly afterwards, however, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz ordered the decision suspended until it could be ascertained that electricity reductions would not cause humanitarian problems to the civilian population in Gaza.

Instead of blacking-out specific neighborhoods from where Kassams are fired, Israel will now use “electric current limiters” to simply cut down on the amount of megawatts flowing to the entire Gaza Strip. Local Hamas government officials will then choose how to distribute the electricity and when.

Ten high-voltage lines currently carry electricity to Gaza from Israel’s power stations, providing a total of 62.5% of Gaza’s total electricity consumption. Nearly 30% is provided by Gaza’s power plant, using Israeli-supplied fuel, and the remainder comes from Egypt.

Deputy Attorney General Mike Blass has signed his approval of the plan “in principle,” but has asked for several changes. For one thing, he believes that Hamas should receive more than the 48 hours’ advance notice that is currently called for before electricity reductions.

In addition, Blass says spare parts for generators and transformers be allowed in to Gaza, in order to enable the residents there to produce their own electricity. Blass also wants a detailed plan to be prepared, including the framework for follow-up, regular reports, and overall responsibility.

The final details of the plan are therefore still being ironed out.

Uncertainty as to its Effectiveness
Defense Ministry officials contacted by NRG-Maariv expressed satisfaction that Kassam rockets will soon be met by a clear response from Israel. With advance notice of more than 48 hours, however, and well-planned brown-outs distributed at the most convenient hours, it is not certain that the electricity cut-backs will in fact deter Kassam rocket launching cells.

MK Yuval Shteinitz of the Likud proposed over two months ago that the Color Red rocket warning alert be synchronized with Israel’s electricity supply. His plan was that whenever the warning alert sounds because of a Kassam rocket on the way to Sderot or elsewhere in the Negev, the electricity to Gaza should be cut off for an hour or two. Ministers Ehud Barak, Chaim Ramon, Chaim Vilnai and many others have also expressed opposition to supplying electricity to areas from which rockets are fired at Israel.

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6. Eldad: Danger to Judea and Samaria, and More, is Acute

by Hillel Fendel

A delegation of senior government officials is in Washington to discuss whether the U.S. demands a settlement freeze throughout Judea and Samaria, or whether it will allow construction in areas such as Gush Etzion and Maaleh Adumim. In either event, nationalist sources fear it indicates the planned end of Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.

No date has been set for the Annapolis conference – though Prime Minister Olmert says he is reserving Nov. 27. It is widely felt that Israel will announce a formal and total freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria (Yesha) in the days leading up to the conference. Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, told Arutz-7 on Tuesday after a meeting with the Prime Minister, that he was horrified to learn that the settlement freeze had become “official policy,” and not just a means by which to pressure the residents of Yesha.

Among the officials who flew to Washington Tuesday night to prepare the freeze are Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramowitz, Prime Minister Olmert’s top aides Yoram Turbovitch and Shalom Turjeman, and Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan, head of the IDF’s Plans and Policy Wing.

The Olmert government is also prepared to declare its willingness to dismantle unauthorized outposts throughout Yesha, government sources added. It is felt, however, that this is a long-standing threat that is not in immediate danger of being implemented.

“These gestures are meant to make it clear that Israel does not intend to remain in the territories, and understands that its presence there is only temporary.”
Haaretz correspondent Aluf Benn reports that the U.S. has been exacting a price of late from Israel for its refusal to discuss the “core issues” of a final-status agreement until after Annapolis. The price has taken the form of pressure to agree to freeze all construction and/or destroy outposts.

“These gestures are meant to make it clear,” Benn sums up, “that Israel does not intend to remain in the territories, and understands that its presence there is only temporary.”

Though Jerusalem and its division have dropped somewhat from the public eye, the danger to both it, and to Judea and Samaria, is still very much extant. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) told Arutz-7, “There are things that they mention publicly, and things they mention quietly; things they mention before Annapolis, and things that are left for after Annapolis. But make no mistake: All of Israel’s red lines are being crossed, and the danger is acute. The government is declaring open season for the Arabs to come and take whatever they want – future borders, Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, refugees, and everything else.”

Dayan said he told Olmert that the Annapolis-planned transfer of 120,000 Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria is something that Israel, as a society, will not be able to survive. “Such a move would break the backbone of our society,” Dayan told the Prime Minister.

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7. Knesset Advances Jerusalem Protection Law

by Ezra HaLevi

The Knesset passed the first reading of a bill initiated by Likud Knesset Member Gideon Sa’ar, which requires a two-thirds majority of Knesset Members (MKs) to change the status of Jerusalem.

Currently, it would take 61 of the 120 MKs to change the Basic Law: Jerusalem, which annexed Jerusalem’s eastern neighborhoods and the Old City to the capital.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has floated the idea of surrendering parts of the capital to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which demands the entire area of Jerusalem liberated in the 1967 Six-Day War.

The vote in favor of the bill was 54-24, but it must be approved by a committee and pass two more Knesset votes before becoming law. A growing number of Knesset members in Prime Minister Olmert’s own Kadima party are against his plan to split Jerusalem. Olmert’s close confidant and aide Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon has openly promoted handing over parts of the capital to the PA.

Shas Fires Back at Netanyahu
MK Yitzchak Cohen (Shas) said Tuesday that Likud head Binyamin Netanyahu should not preach nationalist ideology to Shas, as Netanyahu voted for the Disengagement from Gaza. “The Disengagement would have been prevented if Netanyahu, [Likud MK Limor] Livnat, and [Likud MK] Katz had voted against it,” Cohen said.

Shas has clear “red lines,” Cohen said, and has made it clear to the government and to United States Secretary of State that the party will not support dividing Jerusalem. Shas wants peace, he said, but “we won’t march on a bridge of paper. We want to see solid ground beneath our feet.”

Netanyahu has accused Shas of propping up Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government as Olmert plans to make dangerous concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

“Coalition For Jerusalem” Launched
Netanyahu and other politicians are planning to launch a group called Coalition for Jerusalem that will fight any plans to divide control of Jerusalem. Likud supporters are planning a rally to take place at 3 PM Wednesday in Jerusalem’s City of David.

Representatives from at least eight parties will attend the rally. Representatives from Likud, Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, Kadima, NU/NRP, Labor, the Pensioners Party, and UTJ plan to attend the event.

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8. Missionary Activity in Sderot

by Hillel Fendel

Increased Jesuit missionary activity has been initiated in Kassam-besieged Sderot over the past two weeks, local residents say.

On the backdrop of Kassams exploding into the small city of Sderot, the mostly working-class population is now facing yet another danger: missionary activity. Local residents say, “They are taking advantage of the difficulties here and trying to convert us to their beliefs.”

Herzl Shayubi, who served until recently as Deputy Mayor of Sderot, told Arutz-7, “You can see that they have become very active here of late, with large signs about repentance and door-to-door activity with their Bibles and materials… In one case, I physically stopped one of them when I saw what he was giving out.”

Around the country they give out cheap editions of the New Testament, but here in Sderot they have been giving out a very fancy edition, with a very beautiful gold and black binding and gold-edged pages.
Moshe Malka, an activist of the Yad L’Achim anti-missionary organization who has family living in Sderot, said, “The missionaries – most of them ‘Messianic Jews’ – often show up to the weekly market day, marketing their destructive wares… Many of the residents say that the missionaries are taking advantage of their difficult situation to try to entice them to join their services – and it really appears that they have targeted Sderot. For instance, around the country they give out cheap editions of the New Testament, but here in Sderot they have been giving out a very fancy edition, with a very beautiful gold and black binding and gold-edged pages. I went into some houses to show them the book and ask if they’ve ever seen one like it – and they say, ‘Sure, someone once gave us this’ and they pull it out of their libraries. The missionaries simply prey on the ignorant and the weak.”

“They have two houses here in Sderot, one on Natan Elbaz Street and one on Shivat Tzion [Return to Zion] Street In one of them, they have a weekly class in Russian on Friday evenings, and in the other they have Sabbath prayer services – featuring Jesus, of course… We have found that a 60-year-old man named Peter from nearby Bror Hayil comes and gives out literature.”

Malka says the plight of the residents is very much in evidence: “For instance, on the weekly market day, there used to be four or five rows of people selling their stuff, and now there’s only one row. On every street you see many houses for rent or for sale. It looks like a ghost town.”

Yad L’Achim has stepped up its anti-missionary activity in Sderot, Malka says: “We have been going door-to-door ourselves, and we’re in contact with the yeshivat hesder there, and with the local Beit Chabad, and we stand at intersections, etc. We would like to hold a public session in some protected building in order to explain the dangers…”

Avi Ben-Abu, a local grocery store owner, told Yad L’Achim, “It is unacceptable for missionaries to take advantage of our difficult plight and put salt on our wounds by leading innocent Jews astray.”

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Yen (100) 3.5394 Ú
Euro 5.7739 Ú
Can $ 4.113 Ú
Swiss Franc 3.5111 Ú

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