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Friday, November 11, 2005

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Jordan terrorists: Israel next

A statement claiming responsibility for Wednesday’s bombings in Amman said Israel would be targeted next.
Three simultaneous bomb attacks on U.S.-owned hotels in the Jordanian capital killed at least 60 people.

“Al Qaida in Iraq” claimed responsibility in a statement on a Web site. The group said the attack proved that Israel “was within range” and that “it would not be long” before Israel was targeted.

30 years since ‘Zionism=Racism’

America’s U.N. ambassador slammed a resolution that denigrated Zionism as racism on the 30th anniversary of the measure’s passage.

General Assembly Resolution 3379 was the world body’s “single worst decision,” John Bolton said Thursday. He spoke at two events marking the anniversary of the infamous resolution, sponsored by the American Jewish Congress and B’nai B’rith International. The B’nai B’rith event also marked the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.

The “Zionism=Racism” measure was repealed in 1991, but the anti-Israel animus that led to its passage still remains, Bolton said. “It’s incredible that it was passed to begin with,” said Bolton, who was instrumental in pushing for the measure’s repeal. “It’s incredible that it took 16 years to repeal it.”

Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Dan Gillerman, lauded recent Israeli gains at the United Nations but said more needs to be done. “Most of these achievements are achievements of atmosphere,” he said, adding that he still hoped for “achievements of substance.”

At the AJCongress event, Israeli Brig.-Gen. Michael Herzog, son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, tore up a copy of a recent speech by Iran’s president calling for Israel’s destruction. In 1975, Herzog’s father, then Israel’s U.N. ambassador, tore up a copy of the “Zionism=Racism” resolution while addressing the General Assembly.

Arabs oppose ‘Judaizing’ Galilee

Israeli Arab leaders planned to demonstrate against a plan to develop the Galilee region.

Heads of local Arab councils in northern Israel called a conference for Saturday to mobilize against the plan, which they say aims to “Judaize” the Galilee by unfairly distributing land and resources to Jews, Ha’aretz reported. A brochure distributed ahead of the meeting says Israel plans to sell more than 10,000 housing units to Jews at discounted rates and expand about 100 Jewish communities while building new ones to accommodate settlers evicted from the Gaza Strip, Jews from central Israel and new immigrants.

Opponents say the expansion will come at the expense of Arab development in the region. The Israeli plan also calls for the development of Arab communities in the area.

Israeli nod let Saudis into WTO

Israel’s acceptance was key to Saudi Arabia joining the World Trade Organization.

The WTO voted Friday to accept Saudi Arabia. The decision to allow a country to join must be unanimous, and Saudi Arabia’s participation in the Arab League boycott of Israel had hindered its application for more than a decade.

Yitzhak Levanon, Israel’s ambassador to the WTO, said the Saudis had showed they would abide by the rules, including “not having a boycott against anyone else inside the organization.”

Saudi officials were less committal. “They are a member and we are a member,” said Prince Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s deputy oil minister. “We are just there as members of the WTO. Nothing more.”

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