An American Airlines flight that had taken off for Rome returned to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago because a passenger found a small knife on board, an airline official said.I hope they track down who did it. But seriously, what are the chances?
Flight 110 had been in the air more than an hour Saturday when the knife was found inside an airline-provided package containing a pillow and blanket, American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said. The plane, a Boeing 767-300 with 199 passengers, returned as a security precaution, she said.
Fagan said the airline did not know how the knife got into the plastic-wrapped package.
The Moscow State Prosecutor has ordered an investigation into possible anti-Russian and racist material in the famous and authoritative Jewish Law Code. The work was authored nearly 500 years ago by famed Rabbis Yosef Karo and Moshe Isserles, and is the fundamental binding religious law code for both Asheknazi and Sephardic Jews.
The Moscow prosecutor ordered the investigation after 500 public figures signed a letter urging outlawing of Judaism and all Jewish organizations operating in Russia. Prosecution attorneys last week questioned Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Organizations, about the contents of the law code, especially regarding its attitude toward non-Jews.
Jerusalem sources following the affair, Haaretz reported, said this was the first time since Stalin's regime that Russian officials have described holy Jewish scriptures as "prohibited incitement." The affair has been covered widely by the Russian news media, and has elicited sharp reactions from Jewish organizations there. Russia has seen a rise of late in anti-Semitic incidents.
"We are aware of official condemnations in Russia, including by both houses of parliament, against this sharply anti-Semitic invective," Rivlin told the Knesset today, "but condemnations - thus it seems once again - are not enough. I am convinced that all MKs join me in my hope that these reports are fundamentally mistaken and that no official source in the democratic Russia of 2005 is involved in a new blood libel against the Jewish People."
Comparing Guantanamo's tropical Caribbean detention center with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's hellish frozen concentration camps makes about as much sense as calling the London police "Nazis." My grandfather perished in the Gulag, as did tens of millions of others, and I am incensed at Amnesty's gall in trivializing their suffering for political purposes.
Gulag (from "Main Directorate of Camps" in Russian) was an extermination machine. Launched by the founder of the Soviet state, Vladimir Lenin, and expanded by his monstrous successor, Stalin, and his NKVD (secret police) cronies, the Gulag first gorged on "socially hostile" citizens: lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, "white" anti-communist officers -- and their wives and children. Millions were incarcerated with no legal procedure whatsoever.
Many were shipped to the frigid far north, but almost every city had a labor camp nearby. People were arrested for telling a joke or complaining about food rationing. Being five minutes late to work or collecting grain in the "collective" field after the harvest could land you in a camp for 10 years.
Many inmates were executed, starved to death or left to die from infectious diseases. Rations were so poor that many developed scurvy and died of malnutrition. Clergy were incarcerated or shot. Families were split up, with children sent to orphanages for "members of families of enemies of the people." My father and aunt easily could have ended up in one, but family friends rescued them.
Millions of peasants and other ordinary folks never returned. Some researchers believe that up to 25 million people died in the Gulag between 1918 and 1956.