07.28.05 Update

7.28.2005

A U.S.-based Protestant denomination voted to oppose Israel's West Bank security barrier. (JTA) On Wednesday, the Disciples of Christ Church passed the measure with backing from about two-thirds of the 3,000 members. The resolution states that the security fence exacerbates hostility between the Israelis and Palestinians and calls on Israel to stop its construction, tear down what already has been built and pay reparations to Palestinian property owners. The resolution comes on the heels of other votes by Protestant denominations to criticize the barrier and consider divestment from Israel.

Ariel Sharon made a speech urging French and other diaspora Jews to make aliyah to Israel, stating that, "my government has a priority of bringing 1 million Jews to Israel," according to the Jerusalem Post.

An Israeli was named deputy chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission. (JTA) The Foreign Ministry's Meir Itzchaki will hold the post, the Jerusalem Post reported. The commission is a subcommittee of the U.N. General Assembly that serves as an advisory body to the assembly on nuclear and conventional arms.

Globes reports that Oracle will establish a center for Israeli start-up businesses with an emphasis on technological excellence.

The Vatican lashed out at Israel for demanding to know why the pope left attacks on Israelis out of a condemnation of terrorism. (JTA) "The Holy See cannot take lessons or instructions from any other authority on the tone and content of its own statements," the Vatican said Thursday. In an address last Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI deplored the "death, destruction and suffering in countries including Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Britain," referring to a number of recent Islamist terrorist attacks. Israel's Foreign Ministry called in the Vatican envoy and asked why a July 12 attack that killed five Israelis in a Netanya shopping mall was not included.

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