Thursday, April 05, 2007
ERITREA BANS FEMALE CIRCUMCISION
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
27 And he( THE EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:1X7=7 YEARS)and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to
cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until theconsummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
PASSOVER DAY 4 IN ISRAEL SCRIPTURES. (NISAN 17) APR 5,07
16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD.
17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:
19 But ye shall offer a sacrifice made by fire for a burnt offering unto the LORD; two young bullocks, and one ram, and seven lambs of the first year: they shall be unto you without blemish:
20 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil: three tenth deals shall ye offer for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram;
21 A several tenth deal shalt thou offer for every lamb, throughout the seven lambs:
22 And one goat for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you.
23 Ye shall offer these beside the burnt offering in the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering.
24 After this manner ye shall offer daily, throughout the seven days, the meat of the sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: it shall be offered beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.
25 And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
Patriarch performs Holy Week rite APR 5,07
JERUSALEM - Hundreds of Greek Orthodox believers filled the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City to watch their patriarch wash the feet of followers as part of a Holy Thursday tradition. The ceremony was a reenactment of Jesus' act of humility when, according to Christian belief, he washed the feet of his 12 apostles.Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theofilos III, dressed in white robes, poured soapy water from an ornate silver pitcher into a bowl.
Twelve priests, selected by seniority, dipped their feet in the water and Theofilos carefully cleaned them with a white cloth.This is important because it shows and reminds us of the humility of Christ. It shows love toward our fellow man, said Archbishop Aristarchous. I think it's the solution to our human problems today.On Easter Sunday, the Orthodox Church will hold its 1,200-year-old holy fire rite in which the faithful light torches and candles from a flame that believers say is miraculously ignited. The rite also takes place at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christians believe Jesus died on the cross.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Holy Thursday rites
Thu, 05 Apr 2007 17:07:00GMT Author : DPA
Vatican City- Pope Benedict XVI commemorated Jesus's Last Supper with a Holy Thursday Mass in Rome's Basilica of St John in Lateran. The afternoon ceremony, which saw the pope wash the feet of 12 lay men - a traditional gesture commemorating Christ's act of humility with his disciples - ushered in the so-called Easter Triduum, which denotes the three days from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. The former theology professor devoted his homely to a study of the biblical accounts of the Last Supper, the final meal Jesus shared with the 12 apostles before his death, in light of the discovery about half a century ago of the Dead Sea scrolls - probably the oldest surviving Biblical documents. Funds raised during the collection were to be destined by the pope to help pay for the rebuilding of a clinic in Somalia's south-central city of Baidoa, the Vatican said.
Earlier Thursday, the pope presided over a Holy Chrism Mass in the Basilica of St Peter's, in which the 79-year-old pontiff blessed holy oils that are used by priests in the sacraments. Benedict plans to attend the traditional evening Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession around Rome's Coliseum on Good Friday and an Easter Vigil on Saturday. On Easter Sunday he is due to celebrate Mass in St Peter's Square anddeliver his Urbi et Orbi message and blessing to the City and the World.
Theceremony is to be broadcast in nearly 70 countries around the world. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is Christians' most important annual religious feast. Respective Author
OTHER WORLD NEWS NISAN 17, APR 5,07
1-WORLD QUAKES LAST 2 DAYS.2-La Nina may form, but timing and strength uncertain.
3-Severe storms rake Tenn., Ky., Ark. 4-Winter's grip takes hold of the East. 5-Winter storm to pound Ontario over Easter. 6-Disease breaking out after Solomon Islands quake. 7-House Speaker Pelosi visits Saudi Arabia. 8-SANE founded to expose truth about the evils of Islam. 9-Israel, PA agree to open trade passages to Gaza Strip. 10-Fatah Threatens Attacks On Jews Outside Israel. 11-Eritrea bans female circumcision.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
WORLD QUAKES LAST 2 DAYS (USGS)
Update time = Thu Apr 5 12:00 AM EDT
MAP 5.1 BURYATIYA, RUSSIA
MAP 4.8 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 4.5 RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP 5.0 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP 6.3 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP 5.2 FIJI REGION
MAP 2.5 ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP 3.5 CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP 3.2 CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP 2.8 ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP 4.6 FIJI REGION
MAP 5.1 KURIL ISLANDS
MAP 5.1 KURIL ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 OREGON
MAP 5.7 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP 4.5 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP 3.1 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP 5.9 MAURITIUS - REUNION REGION
MAP 2.8 SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP 4.9 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 4.9 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP 2.6 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP 5.0 LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP 3.4 SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP 3.6 MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP 2.7 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP 2.7 UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP 2.7 SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP 3.6 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP 3.4 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP 6.4 VANUATU
MAP 6.2 LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP 4.7 KURIL ISLANDS
MAP 5.3 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP 2.6 MOUNT ST. HELENS AREA, WASHINGTON
MAP 5.2 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP 2.9 UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP 5.0 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP 4.8 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP 6.4 SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP 5.1 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP 3.9 ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP 3.5 UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP 3.5 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP 4.7 SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP 4.9 SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP 3.3 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP 5.1 NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND
MAP 6.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP 5.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP 4.9 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP 3.0 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
La Nina may form, but timing and strength uncertain By Rene Pastor APR 5,07
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A La Nina weather anomaly may be forming in the equatorial Pacific, but a fog of unpredictability enshrouds when it may strike and how strong it might be, according to the Climate Prediction Center of the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. In its monthly update issued Thursday, the center said atmospheric and oceanic conditions are consistent with a trend towards a Pacific cold (La Nina) episode.The formation of La Nina could lead to more storms in the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, forecasters say.
The weather anomaly could occur between May and July of this year.
However, the latest computer models indicate considerable uncertainty as to when La Nina might develop and how strong it might be, according to the CPC.
La Nina is less famous than El Nino, during which waters in the Pacific turn abnormally warm.That warming could wreak havoc in the weather across the Asia-Pacific region, causing flooding in Peru and Ecuador in South America and withering drought in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.El Nino also spurs stronger wind shear in the Atlantic basin. This greatly hindered storm formation in 2006 when only 10 occurred, sharply lower than the record 28 storms of the year before which included monsters like hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.La Nina has the opposite effect, and U.S. government and private forecasters said it may cause a higher-than-normal number of hurricanes. Most predictions pegged the number of storms this year at 17.
El Nino means literally little boy in Spanish. The name was used by Latin American anchovy fishermen in the 19th century who first noticed the anomaly because it usually peaked during Christmas.The last La Nina occurred from 1998 to 2001, leading to drought across much of the western United States.The CPC forecast is available on: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_a dvisory/ensodisc.html
Severe storms rake Tenn., Ky., Ark. Wed Apr 4, 2:05 PM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Violent thunderstorms battered a three-state region with hail as big as softballs and wind that damaged several homes and caused power outages. The storms that hit Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee marked the leading edge of a mass of cold air that dropped temperatures Wednesday morning into the 20s in the central Plains and upper Midwest.No tornadoes were confirmed during the storms Tuesday night, but strong wind heavily damaged three homes in Tennessee's Cumberland County, authorities said.The storm damaged the roof of the emergency entrance at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Harlan, Ky. Emergency room services were temporarily moved to another area of the hospital while repairs were made and no one was injured, hospital CEO David Brash said Wednesday.
More than 42,000 homes and businesses lost power during the storms in Kentucky, utilities said. In Tennessee, the Knoxville Utilities Board said more than 6,000 were blacked out during the storm.Wind gusted to 68 mph at Frankfort, Ky., and hail the size of softball hammered Kentucky's Hart County, the National Weather Service said.One (police) cruiser was pelted with golf ball-size hail for probably 20 minutes, said Kentucky State Police dispatcher Della Shaw.High straight-line wind or a possible tornado damaged a business and several parked vehicles in Jonesboro, Ark.My truck was just totaled, Mark Burrough told Jonesboro television station KAIT-TV. We have two or three trailers tipped over.
Winter's grip takes hold of the East Wayne Verno, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel Thu Apr 5, 6:40 AM ET
A storm system will track to just offshore of Maine today, pushing heavy snow across Bangor, Portland, and Burlington. Additional accumulations of 5 to 10 inches will be likely. Another low pressure north of the Great Lakes will continue to wrap snow showers and cold air across the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast States today, through Sunday. Areas from Pittsburgh and Buffalo, north through Syracuse and Burlington will continue to see snow showers, while partly cloudy skies prevail from Washington, DC to Boston. It will also be windy across the entire area, with sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph common, with a few gusts over 40 mph possible. Temperatures into the weekend will be in the 20s and 30s across Pittsburgh, Erie, Buffalo, Albany, and Burlington, to the 40s and 50s from Baltimore and Washington, to Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.
Low pressure north of the Great Lakes will continue to wrap cold air, windy conditions, and snow showers across the Great Lakes today, through the weekend.
Areas from Marquette to Traverse City and Grand Rapids could see a few more inches. A stationary front across the High Plains will focus rain and snow from Rapid City, southeast to just west of the Kansas City area today, spreading into the South Plains by Saturday. A few inches of snow could accumulate across the central and southern Plains into Saturday. Meanwhile much of the Midwest and Ohio valley will remain dry, but cool, with temperatures generally in the 30s and 40s from Louisville and St. Louis, to Kansas City, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Temperatures in the 20s and 30s will be common across the northern Plains, and northern parts of the Upper Midwest.
A cold front will continue to push south into the Gulf and Florida today, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to areas from Orlando to Miami. Temperatures will also be warm ahead of the front, with readings in the 80s. Behind the cold front much colder air is filtering into the Deep South today. With mainly clear skies, afternoon temperatures will only be in the 50s and 60s from Charlotte and Atlanta, west through Memphis, New Orleans, and Dallas. Highs in the 40s and 50s will spread through the Tennessee Valley into the weekend. Morning low temperatures will be very cold, with freezing temperatures spreading into parts of the Deep South this weekend. Over Texas, the chance for rain and rain showers will be on the increase Friday into Saturday, as a weather disturbance approaches the area. Also, by Saturday colder air will filter in, allowing for possible accumulating snow into northern Texas.
Much of the West will remain under high pressure today through Friday, providing dry conditions from Seattle and Portland, south through San Francisco and Los Angeles. The exception will be across the Rockies, where a stationary front will focus rain and snow, from Billings, into the Denver area. A few isolated thunderstorms will also be possible near Denver. Warm temperatures will also build into the Pacific Northwest today and Friday, with highs in the 60s and 70s. By Saturday and Sunday a storm system will begin to affect the Northwest, with rain showers developing across the western Washington, western Oregon, and northern California area.
Winter storm to pound Ontario over Easter
Thursday, April 5, 2007 | 8:27 AM ET - CBC News
It may sound like Christmas in Ontario, but it's definitely an Easter forecast.After dumping 15 to 20 centimetres of snow over northern parts of the province, a weakening winter storm migrated eastward Thursday, likely to make the Easter long weekend look and feel more like winter than last Christmas did.
As the slow system dwindled, the Greater Toronto Area saw some blowing flurries early Thursday morning, but didn't experience the near-zero visibility conditions experienced near Lake Superior, where strong northerly winds were blowing at 40 to 60 km/h.Still, the wind chill made it feel like –13 C in Toronto on Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to hover around freezing through the weekend, with a high of 4 C on Sunday.Meanwhile, heavy snowfall continued from the Timmins to Geraldton areas Thursday, with an additional five to 10 centimetres expected in the warned regions, Environment Canada forecast.Snowsqualls swept through southern Ontario Wednesday night and should continue through the Easter weekend sure to make the busy travelling weekend an arduous one.And the Ontario Provincial Police are taking note, warning motorists to use extreme caution in the messy conditions before setting out on any long road trips.Last year, Easter weekend temperatures were sunny and into the teens.
Disease breaking out after Solomon Islands quake By Walter Nalangu
Thu Apr 5, 12:39 AM ET
HONIARA (Reuters) - Aid workers battled an outbreak of diarrhea on Thursday among Solomon Islanders who fled their homes after an earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 34 in the tiny Pacific nation. Australian media said 11 children were believed to have perished in the village of Titiana, once home to about 700 people but now mostly deserted with only a few buildings still standing.A two-year-old girl and her four-year-old brother were swept from their mother's arms by Monday's tsunami, and another family lost three children, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.Scores of people were still missing, aid agencies and the United Nations said, and up to 5,400 people were crammed into makeshift camps in hills behind their coastal villages, too scared to go home.There have been many false alerts and warnings and people who have been back in the town have run back to the hills.
The tremors have been quite strong, World Vision aid worker Tanya Rad told Reuters from the provincial capital, Gizo, which bore the brunt of the magnitude 8 quake and tsunami.
Aid workers brought tents and food to those affected, but Rad said supplies of fresh water and sanitation were the most pressing problems, with disease a growing complication.There's been an outbreak of diarrhea up in the camps but some camps have not been reached yet, Rad said, adding medical teams were on the way.
More than 2,000 people were crowded in one camp near the town but for some remote villagers, relief was still days away.The only way for aid to reach many of the tiny islands was by boat, but many motorized canoes were swept away by Monday's tsunami, Rad said.Authorities reopened Gizo's main airport early on Thursday, helping the relief effort, as the New Zealand and Australian air forces flew in medics, tarpaulins, water purifiers and other aid supplies to the country's worst-affected western islands.
The two countries' militaries have been active in peacekeeping in the Solomons for years, after repeated outbreaks of communal violence in a country that saw fierce fighting during World War Two on and around the island of Guadalcanal.Solomon Islands disaster officials reported food shortages in Gizo, which were expected to worsen as local gardens were swamped by sea water. Food markets were closed and fishing disrupted.The United Nations office for humanitarian affairs said initial reports showed 30 schools had been damaged and health facilities in several islands had been badly damaged.Mosquito nets were being distributed to try to prevent an outbreak of malaria.The Solomons earns some money from fishing, timber and dive resorts but most of the 500,000 people live on what they grow or catch from the sea on a string of small islands along the Pacific's Ring of Fire, where volcanic activity and earthquakes are common.
House Speaker Pelosi visits Saudi Arabia By DONNA ABU-NASR, Associated Press Writer APR 5,07
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) said Thursday that she raised the issue of Saudi Arabia's lack of female politicians with Saudi government officials on the last stop of her Mideast tour. Pelosi, the first woman House speaker, said she had not discussed King Abdullah's recent criticism of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, focusing instead on praise for the king's Mideast peace initiative, and efforts to quell conflicts in Somalia and Darfur.She met with the king Wednesday and with several members of the Shura Council, an unelected advisory assembly named by the king, on Thursday.Asked if she had discussed the lack of women on the council, she told reporters, The issue has been brought up in our discussions with the Saudis on this trip.
Pelosi arrived in Saudi Arabia from Syria, where she defied the White House's Middle East policy by meeting with President Bashar Assad and saying the road to Damascus is a road to peace. The Bush administration has rejected direct talks with Damascus and criticized Pelosi for her visit.In an interview with ABC News, Vice President Dick Cheney said Assad has been isolated and cut off because of his bad behavior, and the unfortunate thing about the speaker's visit is it sort of breaks down that barrier.
Pelosi was met at the Riyadh airport by officials including Abdul-Rahman al-Zamel, the head of the Saudi-American friendship committee at the Shura Council. He described the speaker's visit as a breakthrough and praised the inclusion of the first Muslim member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (news, bio, voting record), D-Minn., in her delegation.Pelosi wore a lavender pantsuit instead of the long black robe, called an abaya, that women, Saudi and non-Saudi, have to wear in the kingdom.Visiting women dignitaries are not expected to wear the robe, and other female U.S. government officials who have visited Saudi Arabia in the past few years, such as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, did not wear abayas when they met with Saudi officials.Ihsan Abu-Holeiqa, a member of the council, said the meeting with Pelosi Thursday included discussion of the new difficulties Saudis have in getting U.S. visas, with some waiting four to five months. The lengthy process followed the Sept. 11 attacks carried out by 19 hijackers, 15 of them Saudis.
We told her there should be some movement on the visa issue because, while we understand the security needs, the situation is unacceptable, said Abu-Holeiqa.Al-Zamel also praised Pelosi's visit to Syria, saying Syria is part of this Arab world, part of the issues to be resolved, and to ignore people gets you nowhere.Pelosi was the highest-ranking American politician to visit Syria since relations began to deteriorate in 2003. Then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell went to Damascus in May 2003.Washington accuses Syria of backing Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups it deems terrorist organizations, and fueling Iraq's violence by allowing Sunni insurgents to operate from its territory.
Pelosi's visit heightened tensions between the Bush administration and congressional Democrats, who have stepped up their push for change in U.S. policy in the Mideast and the Iraq war.But Democrats and some Republicans said the lack of dialogue had closed doors to possible progress in resolving Mideast crises.Pelosi said she expressed to Assad our concern about Syria's connections to Hezbollah and Hamas and militant fighters slipping across the Syrian border into Iraq.We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace, said Pelosi, who met for three hours with Assad. Assad has repeatedly said over the past year that Damascus is willing to negotiate with Israel, insisting the talks must lead to the return of the Golan Heights, seized by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War. He's ready to engage in negotiations for peace with Israel, Pelosi said of the Syrian leader. AP correspondent Zeina Karam in Damascus, Syria contributed to this report.
SANE founded to expose truth about the evils of Islam
Chad Groening OneNewsNow.com - April 4, 2007
An organization formed last year is trying to get the word out about radical Islam and its aim to destroy America and create a Muslim-controlled world.
Jewish scholar David Yerushalmi, president of the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), says his organization came into being because its founders recognized the reality of what had happened on September 11, 2001.We looked at Islam and the faithful members of Islam -- those who adhere to shariah -- and understood that this was a war, and there was no way around that, Yerushalmi contends. And as long as the American government wasn't prepared to treat it as [a war], the Americans needed to begin to shake the tree.
Americans must understand what radical Islam does to those who are not Muslim, SANE's spokesman asserts. According to Islamic tradition, he notes, the non-believer must be converted by persuasion, or he must be subject to submission [as a second-class citizen], or he must be killed.
That is the legal pronouncement of the past 1,400 years.Yerushalmi says Americans need to recognize that there is within the U.S. Islamic community an enormous base of support for jihad against America. He says SANE was formally established in January of 2006 but has been in development since September 11, 2001. I and other Americans who witnessed that horrific event realized almost immediately what we were up against, the Jewish scholar notes. In the aftermath of that tragedy, he says, he and his group looked at the beliefs and practices of radical Islam's faithful and quickly came to realize that this was war and would have to be treated as such.American Family News Network
10:18 05/04/2007 (INN)
Israel, PA agree to open trade passages to Gaza Strip
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed on opening trade passages to the Gaza Strip. A terminal for imports to Gaza will operate via the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Palestinians will be able to import and export goods from Egypt and other countries via the Rafah Crossing alone. The plan, which is supported by the international community, is pending the approval of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz. A special trade terminal for the Gaza Strip has recently been prepared at the Erez Crossing in the northern end. This terminal would enable the passage of a small quantity of goods (60-80 trucks a day) to the Strip. The Defense Ministry is preparing to renovate the entrance area to the Strip on the Palestinian side of Erez, as part of the preparations for setting up a Turkish-controled industrial zone near the crossing, between Israel and Gaza.
The plan was initiated during the Second Lebanon War by Peretz's political aide, Hagai Alon. It was completed by an inter-ministerial team headed by Amos Gilad, head of foreign policy and security in the Defense Ministry, in an attempt to solve Gaza's economic straits caused by the obstructions in the Karni passage. The passages will be operated by the Airport Authority. The PA said it would privatize
the border passages but leave the security and supervision of customs officials in the hands of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard. Peretz has agreed to the plan in principle but has yet to issue his final approval. Meanwhile, however, some problems have emerged that could delay the plan's implementation. According to the plan, Palestinian customs officials are to charge customs and VAT at the new passage located on Israeli territory that borders Egypt.
However, following the formation of the Palestinian unity government, Israel demanded that the responsibility for the Palestinian customs authority be transferred from the Palestinian finance ministry to the President's Office. Head of the negotiations team Saeb Erekat presented the Israelis with several letters from Abbas confirming the transfer of the authorities over the customs to his office. Erekat also produced confirmation of opening a bank account, into which funds collected at the passage will be deposited. Olmert and Peretz must now decide whether to sign the new customs protocol.
Another problem is that of exporting goods from Gaza. According to the agreement, the Rafah Crossing would open for export if the present passage operates effectively for about a year. However, Israel is yet to approve the agreement to open the passage to export. This approval is likely delayed due to security considerations. I see no reason for Israel not to agree to open the Rafah Crossing to export, Erekat told Haaretz. The financial issue has been settled and now we must proceed with the plan rapidly.
Fatah Threatens Attacks On Jews Outside Israel
By: David Bedein, The Bulletin - 04/04/2007
Jerusalem, Israel - A senior source in Israeli intelligence reports that the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah organization chaired by Mahmoud Abbas, has threatened to target Jewish institutions outside of Israel.The threat was made with the condition of Jews continuing to invade the Al Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during this week's Passover holiday. These groups are allowed to visit the Temple Mount grounds in small groups, although Jews are not allowed by the Israeli police to pray there, in accordance with the rules issued by the Islamic religious authority known as the WAKF.
The statement stated that The Zionist conqueror bears full responsibility for this invasion and all Zionist targets are legitimate.
Although the Al Aksa remains on the active list of organizations defined by the United States government as a terrorist organization, the Clinton administration and now the Bush administration have issued a waiver every half year for the past 13 years to allow the Fatah to maintain a Washington office, which is represented by Edward Abington, former U.S. consul in Jerusalem.Meanwhile, numerous Jewish organizations host representatives of the Fatah, such as the Americans for Peace Now, the Israel Policy Forum and the Jewish Voices for Peace. All of these organizations were unavailable for comment, due to the Passover holiday.
The Failure Of The Riyadh Summit
Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli U.N. ambassador, and now the head of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has issued a stinging working paper in which Gold termed the Saudi initiative at the Riyadh Summit as a failure, writing that the initiative got off to a bad start when Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal warned Israel its rejection of the plan would leave its fate in the hands of the lords of war.
Gold warned that the Saudis demand full withdrawal from all the territories Israel captured 40 years ago in the 1967 Six-Day War and the right of return of Arabs who fled from Israel in 1948. Gold notes that past peace conferences and diplomatic initiatives were based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which does not make any such demands on Israel. Gold gave the example of the Madrid conference in 1991, which produced a multilateral track that led to direct diplomatic contacts between Israel and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. Gold asks, simply, If 242 was sufficient in 1991, why is it not good enough for 2007?
But the Arab peace initiative got off to a bad start when Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal warned Israel that rather than obtaining some flexibility, Israel was handed an ultimatum.
What has almost completely disappeared from the public discourse concerning the Saudi plan at the Riyadh Summit of the Arab League remains the fact that both Saudi Arabia and the Arab League remain in a formal, active state of war with Israel since 1948.Hamas-Affiliated Executive Force Of The Palestinian Authority Will Not Be Dissolved The Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reports that the outgoing Palestinian minister of Interior and Hamas leader, Said Siyam, now visiting Algeria told the media there that the Hamas-affiliated Executive Force, which was formed during his period in office, will not be dissolved.He clarified that the force will continue to exist, because it has succeeded where the other forces failed.
Siyam, the head of the Hamas bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), added that no changes will be made with respect to the force.He also said the force confirmed its success in the field through maintaining security and order and preventing the huge armed clans from violating the law and this is what the other forces couldn't do.The significance of this development is that the Hamas security forces have now been absorbed by the mainstream Palestinian Authority armed forces, which remain funded by the European Union. The Bush administration proposal to provide new funding for Palestinian armed forces is still pending approval by the U.S. Congress. David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com,,,,The Evening Bulletin
GOD SAYS BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY AND FILL THE EARTH (WITH CHILDREN), NOT CUT OUT WOMENS PARTS SO THEY ARE DEFORMED AND HURT. ERITREA IS A SMART COUNTRY BANNING FEMALE CIRCUMCISION.
Eritrea bans female circumcision By Jack Kimball APR 5,07
ASMARA (Reuters) - Eritrea has banned female circumcision, a life-threatening tradition that aid groups say afflicts some 90 percent of the country's women. A government statement issued on Thursday said anyone who requested, took part in or promoted the practice now faced a fine of several hundred dollars or up to 10 years in jail.Female circumcision is a procedure that seriously endangers the health of women, causes them considerable pain and suffering besides threatening their lives, the statement said.Whosoever requests, incites or promotes female circumcision ... shall be punishable with a fine and imprisonment.The ban took effect on March 31, it said.
Female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation (FGM), is widespread in the Horn of Africa and involves cutting off the clitoris and other parts of the female genitalia.There are degrees of severity and many practitioners are untrained and use crude instruments.FGM is a deep rooted culture and it needs a persistent continuous effort (to halt it), Luul Ghebreab, president of National Union of Eritrean Women, told Reuters.We do not believe (this ban) will automatically eradicate circumcision, but surely it will play a role.Up to 140 million women and girls worldwide are estimated to have undergone female circumcision, and U.N. agencies estimate that another three million a year are subjected to it.A health survey by Eritrea's government in 2002 found 62 percent of circumcised women in the Red Sea state had the procedure done before their first birthday. Less than one percent had been performed by trained health professionals.