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Video: Surviving Terrorism (05.08.2002)

MultimediaI was very troubled after yesterday's killing of 16 Israeli civilians by a vicious Palestinian homicide / suicide bomber south of Tel-Aviv. Not only 16 civilians were murdered, but over 50 were wounded, including 20 that are in critical condition.

MidEastTruth.com has a video that shows what is the life of a survivor of a terrorist attack. It includes interviews with survivors, including children, and shows their suffering, both physical and emotional. One of the victims' Mother says:

"After my daughter lost her leg, she's like a doll. We have to pick her up and move her around. Such an injury can take the life out of a person".

Another Israeli mother says:

"Peace, there's no other solution. So why go through a war and loose more lives on both sides when we all know that peace is the only solution?"

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Daily lives and Palestinian Terrorism (05.15.2002)

NewsHa'Aretz has a good article on how some Israelis are coping with the current wave of Palestinian terrorism.

"Avoiding buses and malls, reading a book, keeping the children at home, pampering oneself with new appliances and binging on sweets - these are all ways in which Israelis are coping with the trauma of the home-front war."

The article covers how a few Israelis are reacting to the latest Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. Many choose not to go to public places, including restaurants and malls, in fear of meeting a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber willing to blow him/herself up and kill everyone around him/her.

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Information linking Saudia Arabia to terrorism is withheld from the public (12.12.2002)

NewsThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) reports that information on Saudi Arabia involvement with terror is being withheld from the public:

Leaders of the congressional panel ending an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks yesterday accused the administration of refusing to declassify information about possible Saudi Arabian financial links to U.S.-based terrorists because the material would be embarrassing and would heighten political tensions with the desert kingdom. [...]

Citing "their people and a lot of their leaders and probably even the royal family," Shelby said: "I believe [the Saudis] cannot support so-called charities that support terrorism on a big scale, and then pretend that they're our friends or our allies.

"As we get into the money trail, it might be embarrassing, but the American people need to know; the victims and their families need to know," he added. Shelby and Graham said avoiding embarrassment and maintaining good relations with Saudi Arabia are not legitimate reasons to withhold information from the public.

"The question is," Graham said after the news conference, "will we get [the information declassified] in 30 years when the archives are open, or will we get it in time, before the next attack?"

Similarly to Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent millions of dollars to Palestinian homicide bombers and their families. For the list of genocide bombings since October 2000, click here.

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Israeli Hospital also treats Palestinian terrorists (05.18.2002)

NewsJust found an interesting article on Israel21c.com that describes how a hospital in Afula, Israel, has been treating injured Palestinian terrorists as well.

"Some of the injured fighters who were brought into the Ha'emek emergency room had been involved in perpetrating terror attacks in Israel. On a professional level, no one doubts the commitment by all doctors and nurses to save lives. But on a personal level, after almost 20 months of violence and terror attacks within Israel, it isn't that easy, said Halperin, who was prohibited from giving details about exact numbers of patients in each category who were treated."

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FactsOfIsrael.com traffic growing exponentially (08.01.2002)

AnnouncementNow that the month of July ended, I decided to check the logs and get some stats on how much traffic FactsOfIsrael.com is getting. The numbers are great:

The total number of hits per month
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Since this site is a private attempt at presenting the facts on Israel and the Middle East, I haven't received any funding from anyone. I'm happy that my time and money spent on FactsOfIsrael.com are creating a base of users that enjoy the information.

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Whole Iranian team should be disqualified for refusing to compete against Israelis (08.15.2004)

OpinionYahoo Sports (sports.yahoo.com) reports that a racist Iranian athelete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Yahoo journalist has a good suggestion for the International Olympic Committee:

Arash Miresmaeili of Iran made his statement Sunday when he refused to compete in an opening-round Judo match here against Ehud Vaks of Israel due to what can only be called religious bigotry cloaked by international politics.

Iran's Olympic delegation made its statement when it supported this hatred.

And now the International Olympic Committee, backed by the civilized world, should make its statement loud and clear: Toss Iran out of the Athens Games.


Disqualify the entire Iranian delegation, send them home and hold them up to international scrutiny and ridicule. Anything less is to look away, to tacitly approve, to take the conciliatory path, to allow xenophobia, racism and religious persecution to thrive

Anything less is to allow the Games to become a global stage for radical political statements. Anything less is to spit in the eye of the Olympic ideal that the spirit of competition can bridge differences and bring people of all backgrounds together. [...]

On Friday night at the Olympic Stadium, Miresmaeili stood among athletes of all creeds and colors and took an oath that, in part, promises to abide by the "true spirit of sportsmanship ... and the honor of our teams."

So what is that oath worth today? What are the Olympics worth?

Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against blacks? Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against Muslims?

Don't expect the IOC to do anything about the ratred and racism coming from Iran. Just like the UN, the IOC is corrupt and has no moral fiber.

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16 year-old Israeli girl murdered by Palestinian suicide bomber (07.25.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Thaler, a 16-year-old Israeli girl who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber.

The Palestinian Arab/Muslim suicide bomber deliberately chose as his bloodshedding target a crowd of Jewish children sitting at the pizzeria in the town of Karnei Shomron. Three children died and over 30 were wounded in the barbaric attack.

Rachel Thaler, 16, murdered
by a Palestinian Terrorist

Rachel Theler had gone on Saturday night to the local Yuvalim Mall in Karnei Shomron with his brother, Lior. Since its opening six months ago, the mall has become a popular meeting place for local youth. Rachel, who suffered a critical head injury in the bombing, never regained consciousness. She died 12 days later. Her family donated her organs for transplant. The condition of Rachel's brother, Lior, 14, who was also seriously injured, has improved greatly.

Rachel was the oldest of the family's three children. Her parents - Ganette, from England, and Michael, from the US - moved to the Ginot Shomron neighborhood five years ago, and were divorced three years later. Michael had moved back to the US, while Ganette remained in Ginot Shomrom with the children.

Rachel studied at the Ulpana in Dolev. Eliraz Smet, Rachel's guide in the Ulpana, said "She always had a smile on her face. We would aske her to teach us how she always kept the smile, even with what's going on."

Rachel Theler was buried in Karnei Shomron. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, Lior and Zvi.

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Mass Murderer from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad blows himself in Jerusalem bus; kills 18, injures over 100 Israelis (08.19.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a mass murderer from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has blown himself in a two-story Jerusalem bus, killing 18 and injuring over 100 Israelis:

Paramedics try to revive an Israeli baby
after a mass murderer from the Palestinian
group 'Islamic Jihad' blows himself in a bus

A suicide bomber blew himself up onboard a bus in Jerusalem at about 9:15pm on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and wounding scores, many among them children.

Another bus nearby was also hit by the blast, which took place on Road One near Shmuel Hanavi St., close to the point where the Arab east and Jewish western sides of the city meet. Rescuers had to use blow torches to get out some of the wounded out of the second bus.

Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack, calling Hizbullah's Al Manar TV station and The Associated Press. [...]

Jerusalem police chief Mickey Levy said the explosives charge was particularly large; Avi Zohar, head of Israel Medical Relief Services, said this is the biggest bus explosion in the past three years. 103 wounded persons have been evacuated to hospital.

Hadassah Hospital, Mount Scopus received 28 injured, among them 13 children, Channel One reported. One child is severely wounded. Many of the injured children were burned during the fire that erupted after the bomb went off.

Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital received 39 wounded. A 1-month-old baby is being treated at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, his identity unknown.

Israeli radio reports that there were many children killed and injured in this massacre - including a one month baby who lies in critical condition, alone; the hospistal staff does not know who and where are his parents.

Israeli radio also reports that the government of Israel has frozen all diplomatic talks with the Palestinians - in any case it is clear the Israeli army will not leave the 4 West Bank cities as planned, and control of these cities will not be handed over to Arafat's murderers as agreed last week. I also just heard that the alert level of the IDF (Israel's army) has been raised. The IDF is now just one level under total mobilization.

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Muslim group puts fifteen prominent Danish Jews on hit list (08.19.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Muslim group has put 15 prominent Danish Jews on a hit list.

The people on the list reportedly include Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior's father, Binyamin, a rabbi in the community, and the father of Ron Pundak, one of the architects of the Oslo Accords. [...]

The Muslim group believed to be behind the list is "Hizb Ut Tahrir", whose aim is to create worldwide Islamic rule.

Every time I post an article on such anti-Semitic garbage I get emails that tell me that "Arabs are also Semitics" or "This is not anti-Semitism since the violence is politically motivated". Before you send such a message, here's the definition of anti-Semitism from Dictionary.com:

an·ti-Sem·i·tism (nt-sm-tzm, nt-) n.
1. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
2. Discrimination against Jews.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

This group targets a group of people simply because they are Jews - they are anti-Semitic Muslims stuck in the Middle Ages.

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Palestinian leader calls for the killing of Jewish children anywhere in the World (01.17.2009)

Palestinian Terrorism

The Times Online (www.timesonline.co.uk) reports that Mahmoud Zahar, a Palestinian leader, has declared his support for the murder of Jewish children anywhere in the World:

Mahmoud Zahar, a fanatic Muslim who calls for
the murder of Jewish children anywhere in the World

[...]  A Hamas leader warned that the Islamists would kill Jewish children anywhere in the world in revenge for Israel’s devastating assault.

“They have legitimized the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine,” Mahmoud Zahar said in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location. “They have legitimized the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.”

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are terrorist organizations with a goal of destroying the State of Israel and murdering Israeli women and children (click here for a chronology of Palestinian Homicide bombings).  That said, calling for the murder of Jewish children anywhere in the World is a low, even for a brainwashed religious moron.  The war against Islamic fanatics continues.

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Razor Blade Campaign Aims to Cut Suicide Bombings (11.23.2002)

HumorA new grassroots campaign has started to help Palestinians from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas:

Razor Blade Campaign Aims to Cut Suicide Bombings

(2002-11-21) -- A grassroots campaign has been launched to solve the Palestinian suicide bomber epidemic in Israel, just in time for the holidays.

The effort, called 'Razor Blades for Jenin', is an attempt to collect thousands of ordinary razor blades which will be shipped to the Jenin refugee camp and other Palestinian towns. The blades will be distributed to disenchanted Muslim youth who want to kill themselves.

"In America, we have disenchanted kids as well," said one organizer of the charity, "but here, if a teen feels he's oppressed and has no future, he quietly kills himself in his bathroom. When we heard about these suicide bombers, our hearts were moved. Thanks to 'Razor Blades for Jenin,' from now on when a Muslim kid snuffs out his life on a city bus, he goes alone, and quietly into that dark night."

Organizers will also accept monetary gifts. A mere $22 can provide one razor blade to every depressed young person in an average-sized Palestinian village.

Thanks to Scrappleface for starting this touching campaign. Note: this is a joke - there is no real campaign to give razor blades to the mass murderers of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

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Palestinian terrorist murders elderly couple and 18-year-old woman (03.31.2006)

Palestinian TerrorismJTA.org reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered three Israelis:

Suicide bomber kills four

3/30/2006, Link

A suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew killed four people in the West Bank.

An elderly couple had picked up the man, who was hitchhiking. The bomber killed the couple and an 18-year-old woman Thursday night as their car approached Kedumim, a settlement in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority had released the bomber from jail weeks earlier, said Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. “Not only are they doing nothing to counter terrorism, they are encouraging it,” Meir said.

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, carried out by the Al Aksa Brigade, a terrorist wing of Abbas’ Fatah party. Officials of Hamas, the P.A.’s new ruling party, said they would not arrest terrorists who plan and carry out attacks.

Doing a search on news.google.com on this terrorist attack only returned 10 results. I guess a murdering Palestinian bastard killing someone's grand-parents and an 18-year old girl is not news.

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San Francisco Chronicle reprints Arab propaganda (05.19.2002)

OpinionJust found this incredible story: the San Francisco Chronicle printed an article describing how Arab leaders are moderate and in search of peace, while ""Israel continues to move further to the right."

Stefan Sharkansky, an alert ex-Chronicle reader was suspicious of the article's sources and decided to dig up more information on this anti-Israeli commentary.

"There was something about the histrionically one-sided and selectively factual piece that was redolent of what one usually finds in a state-owned Arab newspaper".

Being Internet savvy, he found out that the article was originally printed in the Cairo Times, where Ashraf Khalil is the editor. The SF Chronicle describes the writer as "Ashraf Khalil, Chronicle Foreign Service" without mentioning the real source of the article!

I completely agree with Stefan's point that "when the mainstream local newspaper prints bogus analysis equating Israel with intransigent right-wing militarism, it might help explain why anti-Israeli protestors at SF State might feel emboldened to commit anti-Semitic violence thinking it a courageous act of fighting oppression".

I strongly suggest you cancel your San Francisco Chronicle subscription, just call Dick Rogers, the readers' representative, at (415) 777-7870 or email him at readerrep@sfchronicle.com

For the original Arab propaganda, check http://www.cairotimes.com/news/diplomacy.html
For the reprinted Arab propaganda from "Ashraf Khalil, Chronicle Foreign Service", check http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/05/16/MN230947.DTL

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Palestinian father of homicide bomber believes Israel is behind 9/11 and suicide attacks (11.01.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismWhile checking Instapundit I stumbled upon this article from "The Australian" (www.theaustralian.news.com.au) which described a Palestinian father of a homicide/suicide bomber feelings of anger towards the murderers that organized the massacre of Israeli woman and children:

Although Abudeir refuses to condemn the militant Islamic groups behind the bombings by name, he accuses them of using suicide bombers as not only a means of making themselves politically relevant but also for financial gain. Arab countries such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the families of suicide bombers.

"Great!", I told myself. I have finally found one Palestinian that is pissed off at the Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their deliberate murders of babies. Well, after reading a bit more, I realized that this moron is a racist who probably believes that Jews control the World (has he been watching Egyptian TV?):

Abudeir speculates that the militant Islamic groups are inventions of the Israelis and under their control. He says the Israelis were also behind the attacks on New York's Twin Towers.

Just like the Nazis always blamed the Jews for anti-Semitism, this excuse for a human being blames the Israelis for the homicide bombings. As for blaming Israel and Jews for the heinous Islamic attacks on the US on 9/11, this is apparently something most Arabs/Muslims believe - click here for the details.

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University of Cincinnati student website publishes racist article (10.25.2002)

OpinionI have just sent an email to "The News Record", who published a racist article that compared Zionism to Nazism:

Dear Sir,

I stumbled upon an article published on “The News Record”, title “ZIONIST ATROCITIES SIMILAR TO NAZISM” by Jehan Mansey, found at http://www.nr.uc.edu/read.asp?ID=11653

I strongly object to Mr. Mansey’s hysterical accusations. His historical facts are wrong, and his comparison of Israel’s war on Palestinian terrorism to Nazism is simply absurd.

The German Nazi regime murdered 6 million Jews during World War II and the Holocaust, including 1.5 Million children. That’s on average 10,000 Jews per day. On bad days, it would go as high as 35,000 per day, something like the mass murder in one day of a whole Pacbell Park in San Francisco, where we watch the World Series this week.

On the other hand, about 1,600 Palestinians have been killed in the past two years, the large majority of them armed men who were attacking Israeli civilians targets or where part of a terrorist organization such as the Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Please do not publish such rubbish before checking your facts.


David Melle

If you have time, please send a message to the editor of "The News Record". Just click here and submit the form. Once again, thanks to Andrew Sullivan for posting the link.

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