Hizbullah mastermind's true legacy

By Caroline B. Glick      
It is quite possible that terror master Imad Mughniyah was not killed
Tuesday night in Damascus for his past crimes, but to prevent him from
carrying out additional attacks in the future.
On January 30, French security services raided a Paris apartment and
arrested six Arab men. Three of the men — two Lebanese and one Syrian —
were travelling on diplomatic passports. According to the Italian
Libero newspaper, the six were members of a Hizbullah cell. Seized
documents included tourist maps of Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin and
Rome marked up with red highlighter to indicate routes, addresses,
parking lots and “truck stopping points.”The maps pointed to several
routes to Vatican back entrances.
Libero's report explained that the “truck stopping points” aligned with
information the French had received the week before from Beirut. There,
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah convened a conference of his senior
terror leaders where he ordered them to activate Hizbullah cells
throughout Europe to kidnap senior European leaders.
The day of the arrests, French Defense Minister Herve Morin was meeting
with his American counterpart Defense Secretary Robert Gates and with
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington on a previously
unannounced visit. …

Leading Sephardic Rabbi to Shas: Tell Your Leader the Truth!

by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) One of the most venerated Sephardic Torah scholars in
Israel, Rabbi Meir Mazuz of Bnei Brak, has written a letter to the
political leaders of the Shas party, warning them against the mortal
dangers to the State of Israel posed by the government of which they
are a part.
The sharply worded letter by Rabbi Mazuz, head of the Kisei Rachamim
yeshiva in Bnei Brak, demands that Shas immediately quit the
government.  He also says that the Shas MKs must present to Rabbi
Ovadiah Yosef – a former Chief Sephardic Rabbi and the spiritual leader
of Shas – the “true and complete data regarding the diplomatic
processes the government is weaving, which are damaging to the status
of Jerusalem and bring closer the uprooting of the communities of Judea
and Samaria.”
Olmert and Barak do nothing “except for a targeted killing here and
there every two months and then they go on to other things – and you
[Shas] remain silent?!”
“We hear daily,” Rabbi Mazuz writes, “from reliable sources that
construction in Jerusalem has been stopped, and that [the government]
has already (secretly) sold to the enemy many communities around
Jerusalem.  The situation has become …

Negev residents demand secured rooms

Southern residents to protest in Jerusalem Sunday during ministerial
committee meeting called to rule on fortification of homes; Defense
Minister Barak takes jab at Olmert, says he's puzzled by delay in
transferring funds earmarked for fortification
Shmulik Hadad
Southern residents demand security: Residents of the southern Negev
desert will be holding a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's
Office in Jerusalem on Sunday.  
Local residents, headed by regional council head Alon Shuster, will be
protesting while a ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert convenes in order to rule on fortifying Sderot and Gaza-region
homes.
Southern Protest  
“We will not accept any solution except for secured rooms,” Shuster
said.  
Barak: Puzzled by delay
Meanwhile, another conflict seems to be brewing between Olmert and
Defense Minister Barak, who said he is puzzled by the continuing delay
in handing over the NIS 300 million (roughly $70 million) earmarked for
the fortification of Sderot and Gaza-region communities.
“We've head enough delays. That money should have been transferred a
while ago,” Barak said during closed-door conversations over the
weekend. “I'm puzzled by the reasons for the continued delay.”  
Olmert announced his intention to earmarked approximately NIS 320
million for the …

50,000 Hezbollah men said deployed along border with Israel

By Yoav Stern,
The Lebanese newspaper A-Safir reported Saturday that the Lebanon-based
guerilla group Hezbollah has deployed 50,000 “activists” along the
southern border with Israel and declared a state of high alert in
southern Lebanon.
According to the report, the organization has also evacuated all
buildings in the area designated for social or political purposes in
recent days, in preparation for a confrontation with Israel in the wake
of the assassination of Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyah.
Mughniyah, the organization's deputy secretary general, was killed in a
blast in an upscale Damascus neighborhood late Tuesday. On Thursday,
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel for the assassination
and vowed to retaliate. Israel denied any involvement in the incident.
Meanwhile Saturday, another Lebanese newspaper reported that Lebanese
officials believe a serious military confrontation with Israel will
erupt in the near future.
According to a report in the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar
this possibility has been raised in intensive discussions being held
between Hezbollah officials and Iranian and Syrian officials. The
various militant Palestinian organizations have also declared a state
of high alert, the report added.
Al-Akhbar also reported that Syrian investigators probing the
assassination suspect that “official security organizations operating
in Arab nations” …

Palestinians setting up government in Jerusalem?

Officials accused of quietly forming institutions in Israel's capital
By Aaron Klein
Jerusalem
JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority has been quietly attempting to
establish elements of a functioning government in Jerusalem, WND has
learned.
According to security officials, earlier this week Israeli police
arrested Hatem Abdel Khader, a member of Palestinian Authority
President Mahmad Abbas' Fatah party and a former member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, accusing him of setting up a
Palestinian council in Jerusalem to attend to the needs of the city's
Israeli Arab population.
Khader, who was released from custody after a few hours, also was
accused of trying to set up a community police unit in Jerusalem that
would answer to the PA.
In line with previous Israeli-Palestinian accords, the PA has been
barred from conducting political activity in Jerusalem, although it
maintained an office, called Orient House, in an eastern Jerusalem
neighborhood that previously functioned as a de facto PA headquarters. 
Orient House was closed down by Israel in 2001 following a series of
suicide bombings in Jerusalem and information Israel said indicated the
House was used to plan and fund terrorism.
Thousands of documents and copies of bank certificates and checks
captured by Israel …

Defending the West in American Universities

By Robert Spencer
With jihad terrorists around the world making recruits and justifying
their actions by reference to Islamic teachings, academic study of
Islam is needed more urgently than ever. Yet in today’s universities,
political correctness almost completely forecloses any honest
examination of the elements of Islamic culture or belief. Much of this
is the result of the work of the late Edward Said, a hugely influential
professor and author of the book Orientalism, which has set the tone
for Middle East Studies in the United States ever since its first
appearance in the 1970s. Said contended that Western academic study of
Islam and the Middle East was deformed by notions of cultural
superiority, and was a racist handmaiden of Western colonialism and
imperialism.
Said’s word has become law. On most campuses today any examination of
matters Islamic that is even remotely critical is shouted down and
labeled bigotry and “hate speech.” Pre-1960 works by Western scholars
on Islamic and Middle Eastern studies are disparaged or ignored. Said’s
influence has for three decades now had the baneful effect of
inhibiting academic and public debate about crucial issues such as how
Islam must be reformed and whether or not this reform …