- IRAN: MISSILE DRILL CAUSED MASSIVE ISRAEL EMIGRATION
- IRNA news agency proudly reports to citizens of Islamic Republic
that due to military maneuver held last week, of which evidence
was said to be ´doctored´, Israelis have begun to
fearfully evacuate country
Iran continues to enjoy the dubious success of the military missile
drill, which the Islamic Republic´s Revolutionary Guard
held last week. The Iranian news agency IRNA reported to the
country´s residents on Monday that the Israelis were so
terrified by the display of power that it has sparked a mass
emigration. Iran´s national news agencies have become famous
for their hyperbolic reports on the state´s successes,
and this time was no exception. According to recent reports,
there has been an increase in "massive emigration from Tel
Aviv following the military maneuver." The report was not
actually referring to the bustling city, but rather using Tel
Aviv as a general term signifying Israel, which Iran has refused
to recognize or mention by name. "Following the successful
maneuver executed by Iran last week, which included the firing
of new missiles, Zionist residents living in occupied Palestine
have begun to flee from there," the report said. "The
residents told their illegitimate government that this was the
reason they refused to go on living there." Continued: http://www.unitedjerusalem.org/index2.asp?id=1093987
- INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS ON 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ZIONIST INDEPENDENCE
MAY 2008 - 1. LONDON:Anti-Zionist
Orthodox Jews in London joined in the Naq-ba rally to demonstrate
against the creation of the so-called state of 'Israel' and the
60 years of Zionist occupation of the Holy Land. Anti-Zionist
Orthodox Jews around the world demonstrated in protest of the
60th anniversary of the founding of the Zionist State.
Demonstrations were held in London, Montreal, Jerusalem, New
York City, and Beis Shemesh calling for the peaceful dismantlement
of the so-called "State of Israel".
The so-called "Israeli Independence Day" has been a
day of mourning for traditional Jews since the creation of the
Zionist State in 1948.
Read about Zionist Independence Day protests in past years: http://www.nkusa.org/activities/Demonstrations/IID2008.cfm
- PEACE PROCESS: PLO SPOKESMAN: WE'LL MAKE BIGGER IMPACT THAN
- By Stan Goodenough - June 27, 2008
- PLO chief and PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas' senior spokesman
Thursday asserted presumptuously that the "successful"
outcome of the land-for-peace process would make a greater impact
on the Middle East than that made by Jesus Christ. Saeb Erekat
was speaking at a conference funded by the ultra-leftist 'Peres
Center for Peace' in Tel Aviv. "If we want a peace agreement
there are only six months left. This is the time to make
decisions," Erekat said. He insisted that there are solutions
to the "core issues" of who will get Jerusalem, what
will happen to the "Palestinian refugees," and what
the final borders of Israel and Palestine will be.
- "The Israeli and Palestinian (sic) leaders who reach
an agreement will be more important to the region's history than
Jesus," Erekat proclaimed. Abbas man, unsurprisingly,
also expressed support for the ceasefire between Israel and the
Gaza-controlling Hamas terrorists who are exploiting the truce
to re-arm in preparation for the next onslaught on Jewish population
centers in the south.
- "We want the truce in Gaza to hold. It is good to give
a chance for peace, and the calm is necessary for us," he
- ISRAELI LEFTESTS: PEACE WITH SYRIA WILL MEAN DAMASCUS FROM
- By Stan Goodenough - June 27, 2008 - Israelis have the choice:
Either they can agree to give Syria the Golan Heights in exchange
for promises of peace, or they can face a future surrounded by
an Iranian belt in Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip. This logical-sounding
argument was put forward Thursday at a conference sponsored by
the Tel Aviv "Peres Center for Peace."
- It was made by Alon Liel, a former director-general of Israel'
foreign ministry and sold-out champion of the land-for-peace
process. Syria's President Bashar el-Assad is fearful of the
growing Iranian influence over his country and wants out, Liel
maintained. It was Assad, rather then Israel's Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert, who was pushing for negotiations towards a peace
agreement with Israel.
- "I believe the reason for this is that Assad is afraid
of Iran," said Liel, according to Ynetnews.
- "The Syrians know exactly who the Iranians are, just
as we do. They also know how dependent they've become in fields
like military strength and their economy. I believe they came
to the conclusion that they were under a 'friendly takeover'
by Iran, and that Iran may yet do to them what they did in Lebanon."
- To Israeli and Middle East realists, Liel's proposition,
which was laden with "apparentlys," is so much wishful
thinking. Continued: http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2498
- Lefebvrists face
crisis as bishop is exposed as dangerous anti-Semite
SSPX refuses to distance itself from prelate who accuses Jews
of doing work of the Anti-Christ
By Anna Arco
5 March 2008
- A senior bishop of the Lefebvrist Society of St Pius X (SSPX)
has endorsed the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious
anti-Semitic forgery that enjoys widespread currency in neo-Nazi
- Richard Williamson, one of four bishops ordained by Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre, told The Catholic Herald that the document -
which supposedly reveals a Jewish plot to dominate the world
- was authentic.
- He is also on record as saying that the Jews are fighting
for world domination "to prepare the Anti-Christ's throne
in Jerusalem". The SSPX has refused to condemn English-born
Bishop Williamson and says it has "no policy" on the
authenticity of the Protocols, a Russian Czarist forgery that
has been described as "a manual in Hitler's war to exterminate
- The Society's support for Williamson - who also believes
that the Americans planned 9/11 - is likely to end any chance
of full reconciliation between the SSPX and Rome.
- The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish human rights organisation,
said this week that it is planning to take action against Williamson.
- Dr Shimon Samuels, the centre's director of international
relations, described Williamson as "the Borat of the schismatic
Catholic far-Right" and said that he was "a clown,
but a dangerous clown".
- Williamson, 67, who was excommunicated along with Archbishop
Lefebvre and now runs an SSPX seminary in Argentina, is a cult
figure among ultra-Right seminarians. Some of his former students
have posted video tributes to him on YouTube, in which he expounds
his conspiracy theories.
- In 2000 Williamson endorsed the Protocols on an official
SSPX website. He wrote: "God put into men's hands the Protocols
of the Sages of Sion... if men want to know the truth, but few
- The SSPX's support for Williamson comes at a time when Pope
Benedict has extended an olive branch to the breakaway traditionalists
in the form of a liberalisation of the pre-Vatican II traditional
form of the Mass.
- Bizarrely, Williamson last week implied that the Pope was
an anti-Semite because of the Pontiff's changes to the 1962 version
of the Good Friday Prayer.
- In an interview with the Herald, Williamson said that he
himself was not an anti-Semite, but didn't like "adversaries
of Our Lord Jesus Christ".
- He said: "If Jews are adversaries of Our Lord Jesus
Christ - obviously not all of them, but those that are - then
I don't like them.
- "My definition of anti-Semitism is to be against every
single Jew purely because he's a Jew. That's not at all my case.
I once had a Jewish rabbi come and speak to seminarians. Does
that sound to you like anti-Semitism?"
- Although Williamson's anti-Semitism has been an open secret
in the traditionalist Catholic world for years, there will be
widespread dismay at the willingness of the SSPX headquarters
to defend his views.
- The Rev Arnaud Sélégny, the general secretary
of the SSPX General House in Menzingen, Switzerland, said Bishop
Williamson would not prove an "obstacle in any reconciliation
with the post-Conciliar Church" and that the Society was
"sure to include Mgr Williamson if there was a reconciliation"
because "everyone is allowed to have his opinion in the
- He also said that the Society did not have a policy on the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion and that "the Society has
no duty or ability to make a pronouncement" on the document's
- According to Fr Sélégny, reconciliation with
Rome "as it is" is unlikely but he hoped that "one
day Rome would rediscover its Catholic tradition". Williamson
himself suggested that reconciliation between the Church and
the Society was impossible, as there were two churches - "the
religion of man and the religion of God".
- He told the Herald: "The Second Vatican Council is the
religion of man, of man put in the place of God. Deep down what
it means is that it's a new religion, dressed up to look like
the Catholic religion, but it's not the Catholic religion."
- The Society of St Pius X, which was founded by Archbishop
Lefebvre, broke with the Church when the archbishop illicitly
ordained four bishops in 1988 against Pope John Paul II's express
wishes. The bishops were excommunicated.
- Williamson, who was educated at Winchester and Cambridge,
is a former Anglican who became a Catholic in 1971. He was ordained
priest at the Lefebvrist seminary at Ecône, Switzerland,
- He later became rector of the SSPX seminary in Winona, Minnesota.
Since 2003 he has been rector of the Seminary of Our Lady Co-Redemptrix
in La Reja, Argentina. In a YouTube video, Williamson is filmed
arguing that the Twin Towers were not brought down by aeroplanes
but by "demolition charges".
- He has also condemned The Sound of Music as an immoral film
because it "puts friendliness and fun in the place of authority".
- The Protocols of the Elders of Zion presents a Jewish plot
for world domination. The text claimed to be the secret minutes
from a meeting of Jewish elders conspiring to take over the world
through economic manipulation, controlling the media and stoking
religious conflict. Used by Czarists and the Nazi Party, among
others, the Protocols have carved out a huge new readership in
the Arab Middle East, according to the US State Department's
Global Anti-Semitism Report.
- BRITAINS LEADING CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER RESPONDS
- We at The Catholic Herald have known for some time that Richard
Williamson, one of the four SSPX bishops ordained by Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre in 1988, is an anti-Semite. But we have waited
until now to expose the full viciousness of his views because
it seemed possible that respectable members of the Society would
be reconciled with the Holy See, and that Williamson et al would
depart for their own schismatic denomination.
- That has not happened. There have been negotiations between
the Vatican and Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the
Society of St Pius X, following the Holy Father's liberation
of the classical Mass last year. They have yet to bear fruit.
This lack of progress is depressing, though understandable, given
the complexity of the theological and juridical issues involved.
What is not understandable is the refusal of the SSPX to condemn
Bishop Williamson when the Herald confronted it with his statements
this week. The SSPX, according to the general secretary of its
headquarters in Switzerland, "has no duty or ability to
make a pronouncement" on the authenticity of the Protocols
of the Elders of Zion.
- The Protocols are a century-old forgery that is consistently
cited by neo-Nazis to justify the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler believed
in their authenticity; so does Osama bin Laden. For the SSPX
to refuse to comment on the authenticity of the forgery that
one of its founders is propagating casts doubt on the good faith
of the entire organisation. Is the Society also neutral on Williamson's
claims that 9/11 was the product of a Jewish-dominated world
conspiracy? What we can say is that, for years, this bishop has
been spreading anti-Semitic lies and the SSPX has failed to expel
him from its ranks.
- Many devout Catholics, deprived of access to the traditional
liturgy by intolerant bishops, worship at Lefebvrist churches;
in parts of France, SSPX Masses have been the only alternative
to wildly self-indulgent liberal services that are scarcely recognisable
as Catholic. But Pope Benedict XVI has brought the old Missal
back into the mainstream of Catholic worship and, God willing,
various bishops will soon abandon their efforts to block his
reforms. Communities of traditionalist priests loyal to the Holy
See are flourishing (and they would flourish in England and Wales,
too, if only they were given the opportunity).
- Let us repeat what we said last week: there is really no
excuse to continue to belong to the Society of St Pius X. Bishop
Fellay's failure to condemn Bishop Williamson has brought shame
on his organisation. It is time for moderate Lefebvrists to return
to the Church - and for us to welcome them joyfully.
- SARKOZY, PERES, OLMERT - SURVIVORS OF FAILED ASSASSINATION
- June 25, 2008 www.barrychamish.com - by Barry Chamish Call
it an update. Twelve hours ago, a shot rang out near the goodbye
ceremony for French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Ben Gurion Airport.
The band had just started up its loud farewell repertoire. At
the moment Sarkozy, President Peres and Prime Minister Olmert
clasped hands in unity for the cameras, a shot was heard. If
anyone thought this was an assassination, security went out the
window. Instead of jumping on their leaders, security rushed
them to their cars and plane. Sarkozy was a wide-open target
as he climbed to his plane.
But then the truth was learned. At the moment that the band began
and the leaders shook hands for the cameras, a clever longtime
soldier assigned to an elite Border Guard unit, thought, great
time to kill myself. And just when he was in perfect position;
100 yards from the ceremony with a 400 yard range rifle, on a
roof, with the politicians in his sites! Darn.
Plus, he didn't just choose the right moment to die noticed,
his dying post was perfect. If he shot himself from a roof, maybe
he could arrange for his body to fall off the roof, too. And
best of all for the full drama, he decided to kill himself in
front of his, "guarding partner," and two women soldiers
who fainted and were taken to the hospital. Now, we have seen
Israeli woman soldiers after countless ghastly, hideous terror
acts, where their sense of duty prevents open shows of revulsion.
They don't faint. But today, TWO female soldiers fainted at the
same moment and required hospital treatment, which would include
terrifying scenarios of what would happen if they opened their
- A COVENANT WITH DEATH; AN AGREEMENT WITH HELL
- "Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful
men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye
have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell
are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass
through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our
refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore
thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation
a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:
he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I
lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail
shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow
the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled,
and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing
scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by
- From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for
morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and
it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. For the
bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and
the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. For
the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth
as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange
work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act."
- And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your
agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge
(King Jesus) shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down
by it" (Isaiah 28:18).
- NEGOTIATOR: PALESTINIAN - ISRAELI PEACE TALKS TO BE HELD
June 28, 2008 - RAMALLAH, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Chief Palestinian
negotiator Ahmed Qurei revealed on Saturday that Israeli and
Palestinian negotiators are to hold three sessions of bilateral
talks in Washington in the coming three months. Qurei told reporters
in Bethlehem that first session of talks between Israel and the
Palestinians will be held next month in Washington, without giving
a specific date. He said talks between the two sides reached
the stage that both had reached during the talks held in the
Egyptian resort of Taba in 2001, adding that "all permanent
status issues are still open for negotiations."
- U.S. President George W. Bush and his Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice had repeatedly expressed hope that both Israel
and the Palestinians would succeed in signing an agreement on
the permanent status issues. Permanent status issues which are
still negotiated between the two sides are related to Jerusalem,
the Palestinian refugees, the Jewish settlements, the border
of the Palestinian state, security and water. So far, the two
sides have not reached agreement on any of the issues. They renewed
their peace negotiations under the auspices of the United States
at Annapolis conference last November.
- "The peace that our people are looking for is the peace
that is able to achieve their hopes and aspirations as well as
achieving the ambition of the region's people to live in security
and settlement," said Qurei.
- "The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's
crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they
have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone
away backward" (Isaiah 13 & 4). Retired pastor/teacher
- "For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant
of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion,
that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness
of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved,
as it is written: 'The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He
will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant
with them, When I take away their sins.' " Romans 11:25-27
- COEXISTENCE IN ISRAEL: A NATIONAL
- NEW STUDY FINDS STRONG JEWISH AND ARAB CONSENSUS FOR PEACEFUL
COEXISTENCE IN ISRAEL
Cambridge, MA (May 15, 2008) A new study released today
finds strong support for coexistence efforts amongst a majority
of Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. The findings may buoy
hopes for long-term peace in the region.
- Coexistence in Israel: A National Study provides
a compelling snapshot of current relations between Jewish and
Arab citizens in Israel as the nation celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) associate professor Todd L. Pittinsky,
research director of the schools Center for Public Leadership
(CPL), served as lead researcher on the project. The study was
conducted in Hebrew and Arabic, and included 1,721 adult citizens
of Israel, with assistance from researchers at the University
of Haifa. Click here to download the complete study. Among the
studys most surprising findings:
- A great majority of both Jewish citizens (73%) and
Arab citizens (94%) want Israel to be a society in which Arab
and Jewish citizens have mutual respect and equal opportunities.
68% of Jewish citizens support teaching conversational
Arabic in Jewish schools to help bring Arab and Jewish citizens
77% of Arab citizens would rather live in Israel than
in any other country in the world.
More than two-thirds of Jewish citizens (69%) believe
contributing to coexistence is a personal responsibility; a majority
(58%) of Jewish citizens also support cabinet level action.
Arab citizens and Jewish citizens both underestimate their
communities liking of the other.
Urgent action on coexistence in Israel is desired: 66%
of Jewish citizens and 84% of Arab citizens believe the Israeli
government investments should begin now, and not wait until the
end of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
- Addressing the significance of the studys most salient
findings, Pittinsky remarked: These data support what weve
found in our allophilia research around the worldevidence
of interest, comfort, and affection among some, even in communities
in conflict. A growing body of research is showing that it is
possible for members of groups who are very different from each
other not only to tolerate each otherbut to feel positive
toward each other despite their differences, even in Israel.
We call these positive feelings allophilia.
- Pittinsky notes that much media coverage focuses on the divisions
between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, and not enough on
the sincere and concerted efforts to coexist peacefully. Continued:
- IRAN AIMS SHAHAB - 3B MISSILES AT DIMONA
IsraelNN.com - by Hana Levi Julian
- 06/29/08 - Iran has aimed its Shahab-3B ballistic missiles
at the State of Israel, according to a report published Sunday
in a British newspaper. The Times of London reports that the
missiles were moved on to launch pads and are reportedly focused
on several targets in the Jewish State, among them the nuclear
reactor in the Negev city of Dimona. The Shahab-3B can be armed
with a variety of different types of explosives, including conventional
high explosives and submunitions as well as chemical, biological,
radiological dispersion and, potentially, nuclear warheads. The
missile, an "enhanced" version of the Shahab rocket,
is believed to have been produced in ranges of approximately
1,300-1,500 km and 2,000 km, according to Jane's Defence News,
bring it well within range of Israel's cities. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/126660
3 KILLED, 66 WOUNDED IN JERUSALEM TERROR RAMPAGE
- PM Olmert following attack: Destroy
the terrorist's house
July 2, 2008 - Jerusalen Post - By JPOST.COM STAFF - Prime minister
to speak with justice minister of the possibility of demolishing
the home, revoking NII rights from killer's family.
Terrorist plows bulldozer into vehicles
E. J'lem resident with Israeli ID had criminal record, was working
on light rail construction project. Hours after three people
were killed when a terrorist in a bulldozer went on a rampage
in downtown Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the
attacker's east Jerusalem home must be destroyed. Hamas says
terror attack was a natural reaction to Israeli aggression Olmert
held consultations in his office following the attack and Jerusalem
officials said that the prime minister was expected to discuss
the possibility of destroying the terrorist's home with Justice
Minister Daniel Friedmann. He is also set to discuss taking away
National Insurance Institute (NII) rights from the terrorist's
family. Following the attack, US President George W. Bush phoned
Olmert and offered his condolences to the Israeli people. Olmert
received news of the attack while in the Knesset plenum. Incidentally,
the Knesset approved the first reading of a bill to take away
rights and even Israeli citizenship from terrorist's families.
- ISRAEL 'CLOSE' TO MID-EAST DEAL
- July 13, 2008 - Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) said he wanted to
promote love not war The Israeli and Palestinian leaders have
expressed their optimism over the chances for peace at a summit
of EU and Mediterranean rim nations in Paris. Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert said his country had never been so close to reaching an
agreement with the Palestinians as now. Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas said both were serious and wanted peace.
July 13, 2008 - OLMERT: ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS HAVE NEVER BEEN
SO CLOSE TO PEACE By HERB KEINON AND AP - Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert said Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians have "never
been as close" to a peace deal than today. At the outset
of his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, Olmert said the time
would soon arrive when both the Palestinians and Israelis would
have to make critical decisions. Olmert praised the meeting which
he said was characterized by an atmosphere of "dialogue."
He stressed that negotiations remained at the top of Israel's
agenda even as he hoped to start direct talks with Syria "soon."
- Abbas said he hoped an Israeli-Palestinian agreement could
be wrapped up in the coming months.
- "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened
in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of
a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I
will shew thee things which must be hereafter" (Revelation
4:1). Retired pastor/teacher James McCutchan
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE ISRAELI SUPREME COURT
The Jerusalem Institute of Justice - In a landmark decision today,
the Supreme Court of Israel ratified a settlement between twelve
Messianic Jewish believers and the State of Israel, which states
that being a Messianic Jew does not prevent one from receiving
citizenship in Israel under the Law of Return or the Law of Citizenship,
if one is a descendent of Jews on one's father's side (and thus
not Jewish according to halacha).
- This Supreme Court decision brought an end to a legal battle
that has carried on for two and a half years. The applicants
were represented by Yuval Grayevsky and Calev Myers from the
offices of Yehuda Raveh & Co., and their legal costs were
subsidized by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice.
- All twelve of the applicants were denied citizenship solely
based on grounds that they belong to the Messianic Jewish community.
Most of them received letters stating that they would not receive
citizenship because they "commit missionary activity".
One of the applicants was told by a clerk at the Ministry of
Interior that because she "committed missionary activity",
she is "acting against the interests of the State of Israel
and against the Jewish people". These allegations are not
only untrue, but they also do not constitute legal grounds to
deny one's right to immigrate to Israel.
- This important victory paves the way for persons who have
Jewish ancestry on their father's side to immigrate to Israel
freely, whether or not they belong to the Messianic Jewish community.
This is yet another battle won in the war to establish equality
in Israel for the Messianic Jewish community just like every
other legitimate stream of faith within the Jewish world. http://www.tjci.org/
- FRANCE PROPOSES 'EUROPEAN ROADMAP' FOR MIDDLE EAST.
- (IsraelNN.com) French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has
called for the European Union (EU) to display a "European
Roadmap" as part of a larger role in trying "to help
bring peace to the Middle East." He explained he was not
calling for proposals contrary to the American roadmap but wants
recognition of a stronger European influence.FM Kouchner asserted
that the change in the American government next year "will
be the moment to propose a form of partnership that will take
more account of the symbolic, and real, weight of the European
. This is about giving European foreign policy its