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The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

The Voice of Pales­tine car­ried a live ser­mon from Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. De­liv­ered by Shaykh Ikrimah Sabri, a sim­i­lar ser­mon — with a few words changed — could have been de­liv­ered by any Charedi rabbi “Pornogra­phies are spread in the holy city of Jerusalem through the in­ter­net and mo­bile phones. While we are pre­oc­cu­pied with the cur­rent bloody in­ci­dents in our coun­try, scan­dals spread in the city… Th­ese pornogra­phies can be seen by ev­ery­body through in­ter­net sites, television and mo­bile phones. [The West is] send­ing pornogra­phies to the Is­lamic world to de­stroy our eth­i­cal val­ues and to dis­tract the ris­ing gen­er­a­tion from the fate­ful is­sues. A fever­ish cam­paign is un­der way to spread vice in or­der to de­stroy morals and to hin­der re­form in the so­ci­ety.” The imam then urges par­ents “to con­trol the use of video­tapes by their chil­dren and can­cel cer­tain TV chan­nels”. (Source: Voice of Pales­tine, Jan­uary 12, at 0945GMT) The Lon­don-based Al-Quds al-Arabi pa­per saw the de­part­ing Is­raeli army chief, Dan Ha­lutz, as just the “first vic­tim, but not the last one” of the Le­banon war “The Jewish State has be­come old and the most prom­i­nent pil­lars of its ex­is­tence have be­gun to erode at an un­ex­pected speed. It is a state that was es­tab­lished by a strong army and its con­tin­u­a­tion was main­tained by gen­er­als who waged suc­cess­ful wars against weak neigh­bours and cor­rupt Arab lead­er­ships. The cit­i­zens of this state have lost con­fi­dence in their army and have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a state of fear since the Le­banese war. Many have also be­gun to think about leav­ing the coun­try to se­cure a happy life for their chil­dren. This ex­plains the long lines in front of for­eign em­bassies to re­gain the [for­eign] cit­i­zen­ships they had given up or to get visas.” (Source: Al-Quds al-Arabi web­site, Lon­don, in Ara­bic, Jan­uary 18) The Pales­tinian news­pa­per Al-Hayat al-Ja­di­dah also saw rea­sons to cel­e­brate the res­ig­na­tion of Gen­eral Ha­lutz “Gen­eral Dan Ha­lutz has fallen be­cause of the Le­banon war last sum­mer — less se­nior gen­er­als fell in the war it­self. How­ever, the wheel will con­tinue turn­ing and it seems that it will not stop but will rather reach the Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert. So, will a gov­ern­ment that is so weak be able to achieve peace? Ex­pe­ri­ence shows that weak­lings do not make peace but al­ways go to the edge of the abyss to guar­an­tee sur­vival.” (Source: com­men­tary by Yahya Rabah in Al-Hayat al-Ja­di­dah, Jan­uary 19) Above items sourced and trans­lated by BBC Mon­i­tor­ing (www.mon­i­tor.bbc.co.uk) © BBC

As seen by Christo Ko­mar­nit­ski in Bul­garia, Jan­uary 21

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