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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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Sharon and Israel showing restraint (05.24.2002)


OpinionThe Times of London (www.timesonline.co.uk) has a good article on how Israel and her Prime Minister Sharon are showing restraint during these difficult times.

Although the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue their war on Israeli unarmed civilians, Sharon and Israel do not overreact, giving time for a diplomatic solution.

I don't believe that the Palestinian terrorists such as the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Arafat's groups such as the Tanzim and Al Aqsa's martyrs Brigade are ready to recognize the State of Israel and sign a peace treaty. But maybe after getting hit hard a few times, and having their terror infrastructure destroyed, they'll accept a cease-fire.

"The response instead has been measured, even surgical. Israel has targeted specific areas and individuals linked precisely to the violence aimed at its citizens. It has decided to place faith in the military operation that it conducted within the West Bank in April and has resisted the temptation to engage in a dramatic enterprise. In so doing it has provided the United States with a breathing space in which to attempt to exercise some influence over the Palestinians and encourage political dialog."


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Most Muslims reject peace and wish for destruction of State of Israel (06.03.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com) reports that a recent poll shows that the majority of Muslims around the World reject peace and wish for the destruction of the State of Israel:

If the American threat of preemptive military action against Iraq inflamed the Muslim world over the winter, the war itself fanned the flames, with a sharp new rise in hostility toward the United States, the latest Pew survey has found.

Animosity is so high that solid majorities in five populations surveyed expressed confidence in Osama bin Laden to "do the right thing" in world affairs.

And, at a time when the Israeli government has accepted the right of Palestinians to statehood, most Muslim populations surveyed believe by wide margins that the needs of Palestinians cannot be met so long as the state of Israel exists.


If these Muslim war mongers think that they can destroy Israel, I have two words for them: NUCLEAR FREAKIN' WEAPONS.

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Islamic court in Saudi Arabia sentences man to 70 lashes in public (01.20.2003)


News"Arab News" reports that Saudi Arabia has implemented once again Islamic law and is disrespecting human rights:

Indian flogged for sacrilege
By Abdullah Al-Fehaid

SUDAIR, 20 January 2003 — An Indian worker in Roudhat Sudair, 150 km north of Riyadh, was sentenced to 70 lashes in public and deportation by a Shariah court here for urinating on the walls of a mosque. The man, a non-Muslim tailor, was proved guilty of repeating the sacrilegious act several times with malicious intention. He was flogged at the courtyard of the Sabeen Mosque in Roudhat Sudair. Security agencies are now taking steps to deport him.


As a matter of policy, I don't link to Nazi publications (such as this "Arab News"), so I won't list the source of the above article. Thanks to LGF for the link.


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FBI releases 10 reasons why LA's murder of unarmed civilians is not terrorism (07.05.2002)


HumorThe FBI and many others continue to deny the fact that yesterday's shooting at Los Angeles airport was a terrorist attack.

As mentioned yesterday, the murderer, Mohamed Hadayet, a Muslim immigrant from Egypt, deliberately aimed, shot and killed two unarmed civilians. He specifically looked to kill Jews and Israelis, so whether he's part of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or any other organized terrorist group is irrelevant. The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism.

Stefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog), being helpful as always, has found the real explanation for yesterday's murder of a 20 year-old El Al clerk and a 46 year-old Israeli who just happened to be at the airport at the wrong time.

The man who shot to death two people at the LAX El Al counter has now been identified as an Egyptian national. Oddly, the FBI still maintains that there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism.

Sooooo. let's review the facts. Arab shoots and kills people at Israeli airline counter. Terrorism is the first explanation that pops into my head. But okay, fair enough, what do I know, I'm not an FBI agent. So if it's not terrorism, there apparently is another logical explanation. My sources deep in the bowels of the FBI tell me that these are the Top Ten Explanations for the Shooting, Other Than Terrorism®.


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Many Palestinians admire murderers of children and babies (08.01.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismMany Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims have created a sick culture that honors suicide bombers, which they refer to as "martyrs".

Yesterday's deliberate attack on civilians that killed 7 unarmed students and wounder over 90, was executed by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance) which promptly (and proudly) claimed responsibility for the murders.



A Palestinian murderer becomes a culture's hero
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The above poster is a montage that includes a picture of one of these barbaric excuses for a human being with a background of his Jewish/Israeli victims dying or burning. Posters like this are displayed in many public places and private houses across the West Bank and Gaza - they are a favorite of Palestinian kids.

To better understand why many Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims are proud of killing babies and children, Stefan Sharanksy (Shark Blog), has created a page with additional pictures and translated stories from the Hamas website.

Take a look at the pictures on this organization's own website and see for yourself how this group chooses to honor itself. The Al-Qassam Brigade is about killing, being killed, and the celebration of killing. None of this killing seems to serve any strategic plan, except as blind revenge, an expression of religious hysteria, and as a placeholder for a viable program for creating a Palestinian state. In short, the Al-Qassam Brigade can best be described as a psychotic death cult.


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Video: Palestinian murderer massacres 21 Israeli children (06.17.2002)


MultimediaOn June 1st 2001, a Friday night, a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber exploded himself in front of a disco in Tel-Aviv killing 21 Israeli children and wounding 120 (most of the killed were in their teens, including many 14 and 15-year-old girls).



21 children massacred by a Palestinian
homicide/suicide bomber in a Tel-Aviv Disco


Mideast Truth (www.mideasttruth.com) has released a video that describes this homicide/suicide bombing with interviews and footage of the Palestinian killers and a mother of some of the victims.

These Palestinian murderers are proud of killing unarmed Israeli kids and they regularly tape videos of themselves before conducting their massacres. This video shows the Palestinian slime saying:


"I will make myself a living bomb.
I will explode myself in the heart of the Zionists."


The video also shows how these Palestinian murderers become "martyrs" - their killings are celebrated in Palestinian towns and cities. There's also footage of what can be regularly heard in Palestinian mosques:


"Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans."


If you are a Palestinian reading this, mark my words: you will get nothing out of such despicable acts! You will only reinforce the Israelis' love for life and their struggle against your terror. You will not get a Palestinian State and your terrorist organizations, the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Arafat's terror groups (e.g. the Al-Aksa brigades, the Tanzim) will be destroyed.

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To see the faces of the Israeli children massacred by this Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber, click here.

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Israel successfully launches satellite into space (12.29.2003)


Hi-TechIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that Israel now has two satellites in space:



Amos 2, another Israeli
satellite orbits the Earth


The Amos-2 communications satellite was successfully launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday night. As the satellite prepared to enter into a geostationary orbit, some 36,000 kilometers above the planet, technicians at the Amos Ground Station near Yehud said all systems seemed to be in perfect working order.

Amos-2 is Israel's second commercial communications satellite and will be located in orbit some four kilometers from its predecessor, Amos-1, which was launched in 1996 and is due to stop operations in 2008. Israel's two other satellites in space are the Eros-A observation satellite and the Ofek-5 reconnaissance satellite, launched in May 2002.

Amos-2, which was manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s MBT Space Division, was launched into space on a Russian Soyuz-Fregat launch vehicle by Starsem, a European-Russian space launching venture set up in 1996.


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Where can an Arab Muslim woman vote in the Middle East? Only in Israel. (01.27.2003)


NewsThe Israeli elections for the 16th Knesset (Israel's Parliament) started a few minutes ago, at 7:00 AM local time. This morning, the following ad appeared in a few French newspapers, including the "Figaro":




The ad reads: "Where does she vote freely"
and below: "In Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East"


About one million Arab Muslims are Israeli citizens that have full rights, including the right to vote. See the Democracy page for more details.

Tomorrow I will be listening to Israeli radio and watching hours of live Israeli TV. In the next few days I will be updating the Democracy page , but you can get an idea of which parties are running by checking it here.

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France and Germany are the new "Axis of Weasels" (01.23.2003)


HumorFrance has recently declared that it will oppose any military action to stop Iraq from getting nuclear weapons and to prevent the butcher from Baghdad from killing millions. ScrappleFace has the latest remarks from US Secretary of Defense, Donal Rumsfeld, on this French faux-pas:

Rumsfeld Sorry for 'Axis of Weasels' Remark
(2003-01-22) -- U.S. Secretary Defense Donald Rumsfeld apologized today for referring to France and Germany as an "Axis of Weasels."

"I'm sorry about that Axis of Weasels remark," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "I didn't mean to dredge up the history France and Germany share of pathetic compliance with ruthless dictators."

The Defense Secretary said he was "way out of bounds" with the comments.

"I should have known better than to remind people that these two nations--which live in freedom thanks only to the righteous might of America, Britain and their allies--that these nations are morally and politically bankrupt, and have failed to learn the lessons of history," he said. "It really was an inappropriate thing to say--you know, the Axis of Weasels thing. I really should not have called them the Axis of Weasels. I think it's the 'Weasels' part that was most offensive...you know, when I said that France and Germany form an Axis of Weasels. Of course, I'm so sorry."


Please note that the above article is sarcastic - US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has never accused France or Germany to form the "Axis of Weasels". Too bad. :-)

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Palestinian terrorist blows himself up in market; tries to murder dozens of innocent Israelis (01.19.2006)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist from the terrorist group "Islamic Jihad" has blown himself in a market in Tel-Aviv:

In what security officials said was an attempt to generate anarchy within the Palestinian Authority in the run-up to next week's planned elections, an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber blew himself up on Thursday in a Tel Aviv shwarma stand injuring 30 bystanders.



One of the wounded was said to be in serious condition and five others sustained moderate injuries. Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack and the suicide bomber was identified as 22-year-old Sami Abdel Hafiz Antar from Nablus. Islamic Jihad has been behind the past six suicide bombings in Israel over the past year, and is the only faction to boycott next Wednesday's Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections. [...]



The attack occurred at close to 4 PM after Hafiz Antar entered the Rosh Ha'ir Shwarma stand on Rehov Salema 2 in the southern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neveh Sha'anan offering clients there to buy razor blades. "He came in, tried to sell razor blades and then went to the back of the shop where he blew himself up," the shop's owner Arieh Sharon said. In January 2003, 23 people were killed and some 120 were wounded in a double suicide bombing around the corner from Thursday's attack.



Police said the explosion went off in the restaurant's bathroom, possibly prematurely as the bomber tried to prepare the explosive device. In addition, police said, the combination of a relatively small explosive device and the fact that the bomber chose a closed-in shop as his target, limited the damage and the number of wounded.


Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Islamic fanatical groups wish to destroy Israel and murder all Israeli jewish men, women and children. For more information on these Islamic mass murderers, click here. For a list of homicide bombings executed by these Islamic fanatical bastards, click here.

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Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ", will lead to violence against Jews (02.27.2004)


OpinionDennis Prager (townhall.com), a practicing Jew, has watched Mel Gibson's new movie "The Passion of the Christ" and has written a great review:

Early this past summer, Mel Gibson invited me to see "The Passion," his film on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The invitation was significant in that I was the first practicing Jew and active member of the American Jewish community to be invited. He did so because he believed, correctly, that he could trust me. I have long worked to build trust between Jews and Christians, especially traditional Christians.

The increasing tension over this film has reinforced impressions I offered Mel Gibson that day. When watching "The Passion," Jews and Christians are watching two entirely different films.

For two hours, Christians watch their Savior tortured and killed. For the same two hours, Jews watch Jews arrange the killing and torture of the Christians' Savior. [...]

First, what Jews see. The Jews in the film (except, of course, for those who believe in Jesus) are cruel and often sadistic. One prominent Christian who saw the film along with my wife and me said that while watching the film he wanted to take a gun and shoot those who had brought such pain to Jesus. I couldn't blame him. The Jews in the film manipulate the Romans -- who are depicted as patsies of the Jews and in the case of Pilate, as morally far more elevated -- into torturing and murdering a beautiful man.

Why does this bother Jews so much? Because for nearly 2,000 years, attacked as "Christ-killers," countless Jewish men, women and children were tortured and murdered in ways that often caused more suffering than even Jesus endured (e.g., not only tortured and murdered themselves, but also seeing their families and friends raped, tortured and murdered). For Jews to worry that a major movie made by one of the world's superstars depicts Jews as having Christ tortured and killed might arouse anti-Semitic passions is not paranoid. Even though Islam denies the crucifixion, it is difficult to imagine that this film will not be a hit in the virulently anti-Semitic Arab world.

It is essential that Christians understand this. Every Jew, secular, religious, assimilated, left-wing, right-wing, fears being killed because he is Jewish. This is the best-kept secret about Jews, who are widely perceived as inordinately secure and powerful. But it is the only universally held sentiment among Jews. After the Holocaust and with Islamic terrorists seeking to murder Jews today, this, too, is not paranoid.


Racist, anti-Semitic bastards do not need excuses for their hate and violence (click here or here for some examples). This movie, made by Mel Gibson, which depicts hooked-nosed, greedy Jews, conspiring to kill Jesus Christ only adds fuel to the fire. Here's a possible scenario:

I was walking down Market St. a couple of days ago, whistling happily while rearranging my kipa due to the heavy winds.

All of a sudden this guy came out of nowhere and after tackling me, he (and a few others) started kicking, punching and cursing me. Barely conscious I asked: "What the hell? Why are you doing this to me?"

The racist mob answered: "You killed Christ, damn Jew!"

I said: "What? That's not true, and Jesus was killed two thousand years ago."

He simply answered: "Yes, but we just saw Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ' a few minutes ago."


I personally am convinced that American Jews will not be persecuted, but it is clear that racist bastards in certain Islamic and European countries will not hesitate to persecute and maybe even kill Jews. They will use Mel Gibson's movie as another excuse for murdering.

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Anti-Semites try to burn a synagogue in Britain (07.13.2002)


Anti-SemitismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that anti-Semites tried to burn a synagogue in Britain.

The Jewish community in Britain has expressed outrage over the desecration of a synagogue in the Welsh town of Swansea on Thursday night. Vandals broke into the synagogue, destroyed a Torah scroll, drew swastikas on the wall and tried to burn the building down. A South Wales police spokesman said the attack had caused substantial damage and was being treated as an anti-Semitic incident.

"There was a big sign saying 'T4,' which we believe is a reference to the Nazi euthanasia program in the concentration camps," Whine said. "Excrement was left and there was a failed attempt to set fire to the place."


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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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Já era previsto (Portuguese) (09.18.2002)


Opinion
Depois do anúncio de um plano de paz para o Oriente Médio, ontem, mais um atentado foi registrado hoje, desta vez ao norte de Israel. Foi o primeiro atentado suicida desde o dia 4 de agosto e mais uma vez a ação mostra que a disposição em minar os esforços pela paz é uma política dos terroristas palestinos.


Li-Chang Shuen

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