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26 Sivan 5768, 295th June 2008
1. Muslim Terrorists May Be Trying To
Sink the Dollar
2. Study conducted by Harvard University reveals Israeli Arabs would rather live
in Jewish state than in any other country in world
3. New Zealand Maoris Drawing Closer to Judaism?
4. Other Claimants to Belong to the Lost Ten Tribes Becoming Active
5. Iran threatens to cut off Gulf oil exports if nuclear facilities are attacked
1. Muslim Terrorists May Be
Trying To Sink the Dollar
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(IsraelNN.com) Mujahideen Muslim terrorists may be behind the sinking American
dollar as part of a campaign to cripple the American economy, the Middle East
Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported. The media watch group, which
specializes in tracking Arabic language websites, said that postings on websites
the past two years reflect a move toward waging an economic war against the
Financial, rather than military, losses that will prompt the U.S. to change its
policies in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Mujahideen terrorist groups that operate in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other
countries "have come to the conclusion that it is financial, rather than
military, losses that will prompt the U.S. to change its policies in the Middle
East and elsewhere," according to MEMRI.
An article recently posted in Sada Al-Jihad (Echo of Jihad) magazine and posted
on several Muslim websites, discusses the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S.
as having influenced the decline in the dollar. It also cited the cost of the
war in Iraq and Afghanistan as draining the American economy.
Another recent posting stated, "The dollar can expect two additional blows that
will break its back... [namely] the announcement of the return of the [religious
rule of the] Caliphate..." and the reinstatement of the gold standard in
international monetary trade. It urged Mujahideen "to get rid of American
dollars" before an "imminent" terrorist attack that "will put an end to the
so-called United States of America and destroy its economy completely."
MEMRI concluded, "Given that it is highly atypical for Al-Qaeda to give prior
warning of its attacks, the message is probably an attempt to pressure Muslims
to sell dollars, in order to generate pessimism in the dollar market and thus
accelerate the drop in its value."
Poll: 77% of Arabs say won't replace Israel
2. Study conducted by Harvard University
reveals Israeli Arabs would
rather live in Jewish state than in any other country in world
Published: 06.23.08, 09:58 / Israel News
Seventy-seven percent of the State of Israel's Arab citizens would rather live
in the Jewish state than in any other country in the world, according to a new
study titled "Coexistence in Israel".
The survey was conducted by the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University with the assistance of researchers from Haifa University.
The study was aimed at examining the relations between Israel's Jewish and Arab
citizens on the State's 60th anniversary, and included 1,721 respondents.
The findings also revealed that a great majority of Israel's citizens (73% of
the Jews and 94% of the Arabs) want to live in a society in which Arab and
Jewish citizens have mutual respect and equal opportunities.
3. New Zealand Maoris Drawing Closer to
Maori tribes to reinforce Jewish people?
Dozens of indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand discover Judaism, study
Kabbalah; one even converts to Judaism
Is Israel about to welcome new immigrants belonging to New Zealand's indigenous
Polynesian people? Israel's Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Yuval Rotem
paid an unusual visit this week to the Maori community, which has recently drawn
closer to Judaism and Kabbalah.
The ambassador and the embassy workers were welcomed by the community members in
a Maori ceremony, which included dances, greetings in the local language, songs
and the traditional "hongi" (greeting guests by pressing noses with them).
The meeting was initiated by the deputy president of Auckland's reform
synagogue, a Maori man who converted to Judaism several years ago. His English
name is Steve and his Hebrew name is Samson.
"I always felt close to Judaism. I believe our forefathers were originally
Jewish," Samson said.
After the ceremony, the ambassador toured the Maori community institutions,
which include a spiritual center, a school, houses and a library. Rotem was
surprised to discover that the Maori community is drawing close to Judaism.
The community has a group of some 90 people studying Kabbalah, and every Sunday
morning they meet in one of the rooms for a videoconference with the Kabbalah
Center in Los Angeles, and study the Bible portion of the week together with the
'We admire Israel and the Jews'
The community leader told the ambassador about the difficulties faced by the
Maori tribes in New Zealand, although the community recently gained political
power through significant representation in the parliament, and has started
fighting for its rights
Today, one of every seven New Zealanders belongs to the Maori community.
"We believe there is a connection between the Maoris and the Jews. We admire
Israel and the Jews," explained the president of the Maori community in
Auckland, adding that many of the Maoris have taken an interest in Judaism and
Kabbalah and want to get closer to Israel.
The Maoris said they wish to launch a communication channel for cooperation
between the Maori community and the Israeli Embassy in Australia. Ambassador
Rotem said he was very moved by the meeting and was particularly impressed by
the Maoris' attitude towards Israel and Judaism.
The Maoris are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They came to New
Zealand from eastern Polynesia thousands of years ago. The Maori language is a
Polynesian language related to the one spoken in Tahiti, Hawaii and other
islands east of Samoa in the southern Pacific Ocean. The word "maori" means
"normal" in the Maori language.
At the beginning of the 19th century, at the conclusion of their war against the
European settlers, there were some 100,000 Maoris. At the end of the 19th
century, their number dropped to 40,000. Today the Maori tribes consist of
4. Other Claimants to Belong to the Lost
Ten Tribes Becoming Active
Jewish tribes want to make aliyah
Tens of thousands of requests submitted to Interior Ministry in past two years
by residents of Third World countries seeking to immigrate to Israel, claiming
to be members of '10 lost tribes'
According to estimates, millions of people in countries across the world ?
including Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, China, Russia, Peru,
Portugal, Brazil and Spain ? are demanding that Israel recognize their Jewish
5. Iran threatens to cut off Gulf oil
exports if nuclear facilities are attacked
By Angus McDowall
The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards has threatened to hurt Western
economies by cutting off Gulf oil supplies if his country's nuclear facilities
With speculation growing that Israel or America might strike Iran's nuclear
sites, Major General Mohammed Ali Jafari also said Iran would consider launching
missiles at the Jewish state and attacking any neighbouring countries that
helped American forces.
"Naturally every country under attack by an enemy uses all its capacity and
opportunities to confront the enemy," said Maj Gen Jafari in the local Jam-e Jam
newspaper. "Regarding the main route for exiting energy, Iran will definitely
act to impose control on the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz."
About 40 per cent of all world oil exports flow through the 35-mile wide Strait
of Hormuz, banked along its northern side by Iran. With world oil supplies
already constricted, any Iranian action could push energy prices through the
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