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July - 2002
Monday - July 1, 2002
Palestinian 'baby bomber' picture stirs anger
Despite denials by the Palestinian Authority that it was authentic, the family of a Palestinian baby photographed wearing a mock suicide bomber's uniform replete with sticks of "explosives" and the traditional martyr's red headband confirmed that the photograph was real.
A man who identified himself as the baby's uncle in a television interview with the British Sky News network said, "It was originally taken during a rally or a graduation party at the university." He was filmed from the back in low light to conceal his identity at his request.
"This is cheap Israeli propaganda," said PA Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo. "They are using this photo to justify Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and to go on with their occupation of the Palestinian territories. These photos can easily be forged and distributed, and this has been done by the Israeli media several times before."
Dore Gold, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said the picture "symbolizes the incitement and hatred which the Palestinian leadership has been using to brainwash an entire generation of Palestinian children."
Tuesday - July 2, 2002
War Crimes Court Opens for Business
By Anthony Deutsch
Associated Press Writer
Monday, July 1, 2002; 10:31 AM
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands –– A four-member team opened for business Monday at the temporary office of the world's first permanent war crimes court, as international criticism mounted against U.S. opposition to the tribunal.
Armed only with a fax machine and a phone, the staffers went to work in a single room of the 16-story office complex set aside as the court's headquarters in The Hague until a permanent court is built. Their main task will be keeping track of complaints until permanent representatives are appointed early next year.
On Sunday, the United States took the extreme step of vetoing the renewal of the mandate for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia after failing to win an exemption for its troops from any proceeding at the new International Criminal Court.
The U.S. move was denounced, even by some of Washington's closest allies, with only Israel fully supporting the American position.
The Dawn of Political Injustice
"The moment the charter of the court took the shape of a political institution rather than a judicial institution, we could no longer be a part of it," said Justice Ministry spokesman Yonaton Baker.
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Yehuda Lancry, signed the treaty in December 2000, but only after assurances that the court would not be used as a political tool to persecute Israelis. With memories of the Holocaust in mind, Israel had been among the countries pushing for a permanent war crimes court.
Israel's backing withered, however, after the treaty's framers expanded a list of war crimes to include the movement of populations into occupied territories. That could throw into question the future of 200,000 Jews living in more than 140 settlements built on land captured from Egypt and Jordan after the 1967 Six-Day War, which is now claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.
Wednesday - July 3, 2002
The day the sun caught fire
by Ed Harris
This spectacular eruption of superheated gases, shooting a flame hundreds of thousands of miles long into space from the sun, was captured on film by an orbiting satellite.
The solar eruption, which is more than 240,000 miles long, burst from the surface of the sun yesterday as the satellite had its cameras trained on our nearest star.
The explosion is what astronomers call an eruptive prominence, a loop of magnetic fields that trap hot gas inside. As the trapped gas becomes unstable it erupts violently into space.
If eruptions like these are aimed at Earth, they can disturb the magnetosphere, the planet's magnetic field, with dramatic consequences.
Past eruptions have knocked out satellites, wrecked television reception and caused power surges and blackouts, but this one was fortunately not aimed at us.
Scientists say the sun is experiencing a solar max, a period of strong activity that happens about every 11 years and lasts for about three or four years.
The eruption is mostly burning hydrogen gas and solar particles which have been flung into space at around 100,000F, eight times the temperature at the core of the Earth, which is up to 13,000F - and hot enough to vapourise our planet should the Earth cross its path.
Thursday - July 4, 2002
Happy 4th of July
Slowly But Surely
Quietly, efficiently and without international protest, Israeli forces continue their anti-terrorism offensive throughout Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Last night saw the arrest of many more wanted Arab terrorists, including Nizal Sawiftah, an Islamic Jihad leader in Tubus, a village near Shechem. Also taken into custody were Assad Halvoni, a leading Hamas terrorist who had been operating in Shechem’s Casba; an Arab woman in the midst of preparing to carry out a suicide attack; and others. In Gaza, the army discovered a tunnel used by Arabs to smuggle weapons into PLO-areas from Egypt.
No sooner did the IDF forces leave the western Shomron city of Kalkilye this morning and redeploy around it in a tight closure, when fresh intelligence warnings of terrorism were received - and the army went right back in this afternoon. Kalkilye is located east of Raanana.
The IDF has announced that thousands more army reservists will be called up for duty this week to take part in Operation Determined Stand. Army sources have said that the reservists will not serve more than a month on active duty.
Palestinian terrorists threw a firebomb at a car traveling near Shilo, in Binyamin, last night. No injuries were reported... Shots were fired at an Israeli car north of Jenin this afternoon; no one was hurt.
Friday - July 5, 2002
"The Third Temple's Holy of Holies: Israel's Nuclear Weapons,"
U.S. Air Force: Israel has 400 nukes, building naval force
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Thursday, July 4, 2002
A United States Air Force report asserts that Israel is building a nuclear naval force meant to respond to any nuclear strike by such countries as Iran or Iraq.
It is the first time a U.S. military institution has stated that Israel has produced a hydrogen bomb. The number of purported Israeli nuclear weapons cited in the report is double that of previous assessments.
The report, sponsored by the air force's Counterproliferation Center, asserts that the navy can deploy any of what it asserts is Israel's 400 atomic and hydrogen weapons, Middle East Newsline reported. The center is located in the Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
In a report entitled "The Third Temple's Holy of Holies: Israel's Nuclear Weapons," U.S. Army Col. Warner Farr said Israel's nuclear arsenal has grown from an estimated 13 nuclear bombs in 1967 to 400 nuclear and thermonuclear weapons. Farr said Israel's navy could deploy nuclear weapons on the fleet of three German-built Dolphin-class diesel submarines.
"Israel will then have a second strike capability with nuclear cruise missiles, and this capability could well change the nuclear arms race in the Middle East," the report, which Farr said is based on unclassified sources, read. "Israeli rhetoric on the new submarines labels them 'national deterrent' assets."
The report said these nuclear missiles could have a range of 350 kilometers. Israel would try to base its nuclear naval force near Oman, with which Israel has informal relations, the September 1999 report, which was recently published by the center, said.
"The first basing options for the new second-strike force of nuclear missile capable submarines include Oman, an Arab nation with unofficial Israeli relations, located strategically near Iran," the report said.
The U.S. Air Force Counterproliferation Center was established in 1998. The center is meant to help prepare air force commanders counter the threat from weapons of mass destruction. The report did not deem Israel's purported nuclear arsenal as a direct threat to the United States.
The report said Israel's Defense Ministry has requested from the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon authorization for a retaliatory nuclear strike. Israel could also use Jordanian air space for a nuclear strike on Iran, which the report said could produce a nuclear warhead as early as 2004.
Saturday - July 6, 2002
WESTERN WALL LEAK STIRS LATEST RUMORS OF EZEKIEL'S RIVER
An unexplained water leak in the famed Western Wall in Jerusalem has sparked the latest flurry of rumors that the redemption of Israel is upon us.
Hundreds of curious onlookers have been flocking to the Western Wall plaza over the past six days, ever since a strange trickle of water was observed last Saturday coming from a crevice in the huge stones of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount, well above the divider between the men and women's prayer section of the Kotel. The seepage so far is minimal, dampening a small a 10 x 40 centimeter patch of the Wall, and Israeli authorities suggest it is coming from a leaking pipe under the control of the Muslim Waqf.
The Rabbi of the Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitch, said this week that the drip is "highly unusual," and suggested, "Maybe the [Wailing] Wall is indeed crying because of the current situation in the country."
Similar baffling water flows in and around the Temple Mount in the past have led some to erroneously claim it was the miraculous river prophesied in Ezekiel 47 that will flow during the Messianic era from the rebuilt Temple and sweeten the Dead Sea, among other things. One such rumor in 1999 was discounted, however, when it was discovered that Waqf authorities on the Mount were pumping off accumulated rainwater in underground cisterns around the Dome of the Rock as part of an effort to clean them out of any traces of Jewish history or artifacts.
According to the prophet Ezekiel, the future flow of water from the Temple Mount can be expected to have incredible healing qualities, causing trees along its banks to bear fruit year round, among other things. Until that type of miraculous water shows up, more unfounded rumors can be expected of water flows on the Temple Mount heralding imminent redemption.
Sunday - July 7, 2002
Sunday Animation: Come Unto Me
Princeton bioethicist argues Christianity hurts animals
By Joyce Howard Price
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Princeton bioethicist and animal rights advocate Peter Singer says Christianity is harmful to animals. Mr. Singer, who condones the killing of severely deformed newborns, made those views known at an animal rights conference Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in McLean — and he reiterated them yesterday in a telephone interview with The Washington Times.
"One of the things that causes a problem for the animal movement is the strong strain of fundamentalist Christianity that makes a huge gulf between humans and animals, saying humans have souls but animals do not," Mr. Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton since 1999, said in a telephone interview from his home near the university.
The Australian-born scholar said "that kind of attitude is a problem in getting people to think of animals as objects of moral value."
Mr. Singer, a vegetarian who believes animals have the same rights as humans, has been described by the Los Angeles Times and others as the "godfather" of the animal rights movement.
He challenges the position that all human life is sacred, and says it is morally acceptable to euthanize severely disabled infants. Mr. Singer's views have sparked such vehement opposition that Princeton has given him a scanner to check his mail for bombs.
At Saturday's animal rights conference, Mr. Singer said fundamentalist Christians in this country take the Bible too "literally" and promote "speciesism." He defined speciesism as a belief by humans that they are "superior to any other being," reported Cybercast News Service (www.cnsnews.com), which covered the event.
Sunday Animation: Come Unto Me
Monday - July 8, 2002
SHARON DIVULGES JOINT US-ISRAELI PEACE PLAN
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon claimed on Thursday that he has concluded a secret diplomatic plan with the Bush Administration that would lead to a final peace deal with the Palestinians.
Sharon insisted yesterday that he has agreed with US President George W. Bush on an as-yet undisclosed diplomatic plan for reaching a final peace accord with the Palestinians, along the lines of Bush's landmark Mideast policy speech on June 24. Sharon refrained from disclosing details of the plan, but declared that Israel "praises the principles included in the President George Bush's speech, and supports their implementation."
In the speech, Bush presented a phased plan for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that would begin with removing the corrupt and terror-laden Palestinian leadership and instituting thorough reforms in the Palestinian Authority, and eventually setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel as soon as three years from now. An "interim state" could emerge early on, without fixed borders, on about 40 percent of Judea/Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
Apparently, only two or three close aides to Sharon were involved in negotiating the plan with American officials over recent months.
Tuesday - July 9, 2002
Amato calls for strong president to lead EU
By Daniel Dombey in Brussels
Published: July 7 2002 21:56 | Last Updated: July 7 2002 21:56
One of the most senior figures in Europe's debate on its future has added his voice to calls for a powerful president to give strategic direction to the European Union.
Giuliano Amato, vice-chairman of the EU's constitutional convention, is at the same time calling for an important role for the European Commission, suggesting that when government ministers are not dealing with legislation, their meetings should be chaired by a commissioner.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Amato said the future roles of national governments and the Commission could be analogous with, respectively, those of the French president and prime minister. In France, the president is responsible for foreign affairs and defence, while the prime minister takes on the day-to-day responsibility of governing.
Such a vision differs from ideas floated by France, the UK, and Spain, which would probably give member states greater weight but which resemble them in insisting on the need to change the current system of rotating six-month EU presidencies.
Mr Amato, a former Italian prime minister, called the status quo "a crazy system, totally inefficient". He argued that the EU needed a president "who remains long enough not to change the priorities every six months".
Wednesday - July 10, 2002
NFL Player Gives Up Millions for Army
Mon Jul 8, 2:43 PM ET
FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - NFL player Pat Tillman made a living pushing his body to the limit, putting himself through grueling training and sweating it out in the summer heat. This year, he's doing it for the Army for a lot less money.
The 25-year-old starting safety for the Arizona Cardinals told coaches last year that he wanted to join the Rangers — the Army's elite infantry unit — and train with his younger brother, who enlisted with him.
Tillman turned down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals to make $18,000 per year for an uncertain future, since there is no guarantee he will make Ranger.
Basic training began Monday at Fort Benning.
"In Pat Tillman's view of the world, football is a part of it, but there are a lot of other things that are important to him," said Lyle Setencich, Tillman's linebacker coach at Arizona State University.
This is, after all, a player who last year turned down a $9 million, five-year offer from the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams so he could stay with the perennially losing Cardinals for less money.
Tillman has rejected all requests for an interview about his decision.
Thursday - July 11, 2002
400 new immigrants arrive from North America
Nine months ago, Rabbi Joshua Fass of Florida dreamed of bringing hundreds of North American immigrants to Israel. Yesterday, he was the first person to step out of the El Al plane which did just that. The nearly 400 passengers mark the largest number of North Americans to arrive at one time in 25 years.
Tired from the long trip, he looked out at the hundreds of people holding Israeli flags and singing hevenu shalom aleichem, in the nearby hangar. Many journalists and politicians waited at the bottoms of the airplane steps. Behind them, his father was waving and shouting his name. He said his first thought was, "My journey is just beginning." His wife Batsheva said "it felt like coming home, with a lot of people to greet you."
As the co-founder of the program Nefesh b'Nefesh which brought these immigrants to Israel, Fass spoke to fellow passengers and hundreds of their friends at a ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport.
Their arrival, Fass said, should be viewed by Israelis as "a passionate and palpable expression of solidarity. We come from over 20 states as a common people, with a common goal, to share our lives with yours," Fass said.
He hopes the world notes the arrival of the North Americans and understands that Israel is not just a haven for those fleeing persecution.
"We are not running from discontent. We choose Israel, it is the soul of the Jewish people. Our fate, past and future, is bound to this land."
Florida businessman and program co-founder Tony Gelbart said, "The world must know that no amount of pressure and no amount of terror will ever keep Jews from choosing Israel as their homeland."
Friday - July 12, 2002
Saturday - July 13, 2002
Sunday - July 14, 2002
Sunday Animation: The Apostate Church
Sunday Animation: The Apostate Church
Monday - July 15, 2002
Tuesday - July 16, 2002
Wednesday - July 17, 2002
Tisha B'Av and the 3 Weeks
June 27 - July 18, 2002
A Major Fast Day -- remembering the day when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, not once but twice
This year, Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av) falls out on Thursday, July 18, 2002.
It starts at sunset tonight, and ends at sunset tomorrow.
On Tisha B'Av, five national calamities occurred:
During the time of Moses, Jews in the desert accepted the slanderous report of the 12 Spies, and the decree was issued forbidding them from entering the Land of Israel. (1312 BCE)
The First Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, led by Nebuchadnezzar. 100,000 Jews were slaughtered and millions more exiled. (586 BCE)
The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, led by Titus. Some two million Jews died, and another one million were exiled. (70 CE)
The Bar Kochba revolt was crushed by Roman Emperor Hadrian. The city of Betar -- the Jews' last stand against the Romans -- was captured and liquidated. Over 100,000 Jews were slaughtered. (135 BCE)
The Temple area and its surroundings were plowed under by the Roman general Turnus Rufus. Jerusalem was rebuilt as a pagan city -- renamed Aelia Capitolina -- and access was forbidden to Jews.
Other grave misfortunes throughout Jewish history occurred on the Ninth of Av, including:
Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed, and many Jewish communities obliterated.
The Spanish Inquisition culminated with the expulsion of Jews from Spain on Tisha B'Av in 1492.
World War One broke out on Tisha B'Av in 1914 when Russia declared war on Germany. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.
On Tisha B'Av, deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
During the afternoon prior to Tisha B'Av, it is customary to eat a full meal in preparation for the fast.
At the end of the afternoon, we eat the Seudah Hamaf-seket -- a meal consisting only of bread, water, and a hard-boiled egg.
The egg has two symbols: The round shape reminds us of a sign of the cycle of life. Also, the egg is the only food which gets harder the more it is cooked -- a symbol of the Jewish people's ability to withstand persecution.
Food eaten at the Seudah Hamaf-seket is dipped in ashes, symbolic of mourning. The meal should preferably be eaten alone, while seated on the ground in mourner's fashion.
When the afternoon prior to Tisha B'Av occurs on Shabbat, there is no Seudah Hamaf-seket with eggs and ashes. Rather, the regular Shabbat "third meal" is eaten, albeit without guests and fanfare.
Thursday - July 18, 2002
Tisha B'Av, the 9th of Av
Friday - July 19, 2002
Saturday - July 20, 2002
Sunday - July 21, 2002
Sunday Animation: Holy Land Peace
Sunday Animation: Holy Land Peace
Monday - July 22, 2002
ICEJ NEWS - 07/19/2002
A poll commissioned for release this week on Tisha B’Av – the days Jews mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples – has found that a surprising 53% of Israeli Jews would like to see the building of a third Temple, though they are not quite ready to risk such a move.
According to a survey commissioned by the Reform movement's Israel
Religious Action Center, just over half of the 775 Israeli Jews queried would
like a third temple erected on the Temple Mount. The Dahaf Institute survey
found such support among 87% of religious and haredi respondents; 64% of those
who described themselves as traditional; and 63% of respondents from Soviet
Jewish immigrants, Jews of Middle Eastern origin and those of Western origin
aged 18 to 35. Only among older
respondents of Western origin did a majority, 53%, not want to see the Temple
At the same time, 55% of the respondents said that the status quo on the Temple Mount, according to which public Jewish prayer is not permitted, should remain in force.
Tuesday - July 23, 2002
Wednesday - July 24, 2002
Thursday - July 25, 2002
Friday - July 26, 2002
Saturday - July 27, 2002
Sunday - July 28, 2002
Sunday Animation: River of Life
Sunday Animation: River of Life
Monday - July 29, 2002
Tuesday - July 30, 2002
Wednesday - July 31, 2002
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Edited by DDSrail - September 14, 2000