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Racist French bastard burns Jewish restaurant in Paris (04.06.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports on more anti-Jewish acts of violence in France:

A Jewish-owned restaurant in Paris was torched Thursday morning. French police reported that the restaurant was totally burned. [...]

Since the start of the Palestinian uprising, French Muslims have perpetrated many attacks against Jewish interests in France, including the firebombing of synagogues. [...]

- A Jewish school in a Paris suburb was burned down.
- Jews have been physically attacked; threatening letters sent to community leaders; Stars of David scrawled on Jewish businesses, and cemeteries defaced.
- All in all, some 320 anti-Semitic incidents in 2001 were documented in a report by the Paris office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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Many Palestinians call for Iraq to bomb Israel with chemical weapons (03.22.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that Palestinians are supporting Iraq and the butcher from Baghdad:

Tens of thousands Palestinians demonstrated Friday throughout the West Bank and Gaza to protest the American-led attack on Iraq.

The demonstrations, which occurred after Friday prayers, featured Iraqi flags, posters supporting Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, and opposing the U.S. and Israel. [...]

American flags were burned and the protestors called for Saddam to bomb Tel Aviv with chemical weapons. "Death to America, death to Bush," some demonstrators in Gaza shouted. "We will sacrifice our souls and our blood for Saddam."

The New York Times reported that, in Gaza City, the pro-Iraqi Arab Liberation front distributed checks for $10,000 that Saddam Hussein sent to 21 families of Palestinians killed fighting against Israel. The Iraqi leader, the Times reported, has sent more than $35 million to the families of "martyrs" since the Palestinian violence began thirty months ago. The families of suicide bombers have received $25,000.

The average Palestinian family makes $400 per year - $25,000 is a fortune in Palestinian terms. No wonder Saddam Hussein is so popular among homicide bombers from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

In 1991, during the Gulf war, Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians completely supported Iraq and the butcher from Baghdad. Many Palestinians were seen dancing on their roofs as Iraq launched dozens of missiles at Israeli cities.

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Hamas leaders should face trial in the US (08.04.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that many US politicans are calling for the extradiction of the Hamas leaders to the US.

Several New York politicians are calling on the Bush administration to demand the extradition of the perpetrators of last week's terror attack at the Hebrew University to the US to stand trial for the murder of five American citizens.

Twenty-four Americans have been killed in Palestinian terror attacks, and 43 wounded, since September 2000. [...]

In the House, Rep. Anthony Weiner sent a letter to Attorney-General John Ashcroft on Thursday asking him to extradite those responsible for the attack. "US law makes it a crime to kill or injure, or to conspire to kill or injure, an American national outside the US in furtherance of a terrorist cause even if Americans were not the intended targets," Weiner wrote.

I sincerely hope that the US does decide to go after the Hamas - they will only stop their deliberate killing of Israelis and Americans when someone makes them stop.

Their Islamic fanatism is only based on hate and racism - Hamas leaders should be destroyed, they should fear for their lives at all times. Only when they are too scared running (like Al-Qeda and Osama Bin Laden) will the Hamas stop murdering innocent civilians, including women, children and babies.

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15-year-old Israeli kid deliberately murdered by Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber (11.07.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Eliran Rosenberg, a 15-year-old Israeli kid who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas ("Islamic Resistance").

Eliran Rosenberg, 15
Murdered by a
Palestinian terrorist

On March 28, 2001, Eliran Rosenberg, 15, was killed in a suicide bombing at a gas station east of the Israeli town of Kfar Saba.

Eliran was a 9th grade student at the "Bnei Hayil" yeshiva in Kedumim in Samaria. The school for junior high and high school boys was established three years ago to provide a framework for pupils suffering from attention deficit disorders (ADD) who have difficulty coping in a regular framework. He and some of his fellow students would wait near the gas station every morning for the bulletproof bus that took them to school.

On this fatal morning, the Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber positioned himself among the group of teenage boys in the parking lot and then blew himself up. Eliran Rosenberg was killed along with Naftali Lanzkorn. Four of their fellow students were injured.

Eliran was a computer enthusiast, and was always ready to help his classmates. His math teacher Efrat Velner related that Eliran always smiled and laughed. "He treated me as a friend and not just a teacher, he was very bright," she said.

Eliran was the oldest child of Michal and Yoram Rosenberg, who had divorced and remarried. He was close to both families who lived in Givat Shmuel, comprising seven brothers and sisters. His stepfather, Rafael Zayat, related that, on the day he was killed, Eliran was to have received a school award for excellence.

Eliran Rosenberg-Zayat was buried in Petah Tikva

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Noa Shlomo, 18, killed by a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber (05.24.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Noa Shlomo, 18, who was killed by a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber on April 10, 2002.

Noa Shlomo, 18, killed by a
Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber

Noa was the niece of Israel's Ambassador to the U.N., Yehuda Lancry. She graduated from the Amal high school, majoring in film and television. She also was a member of the school dance group, and had received an award for her photography skills.

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Pakistani tennis player faces ban for partnering with Israeli (07.02.2002)

NewsThe BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) reports that Aisamul Qureshi, a Muslim Pakistani tennis player, may face a ban from the Pakistani Sports Board.

Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi has been condemned by his country's sports officials for partnering an Israeli at Wimbledon.

Qureshi, a 22-year-old Muslim, created history with the help of Jewish Hadad by becoming the first Pakistani player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event.

But instead of being celebrated back in his home country, officials are considering imposing a ban over his choice of partner.

"Although he is playing in his private capacity, we officially condemn his playing with an Israeli player and an explanation has been sought from him," said Pakistan Sports Board director Brigadier Saulat Abbas.

"Since Pakistan has no links with Israel, Qureshi may face a ban."

The Sport Board from Pakistan joins the thousands of racists Muslim organizations and institutions that cannot even accept the idea of a Jew partnering with a Muslim to play tennis! These are some pretty narrow-minded morons.

Let's root for Hadad and Qureshi and hope they get far in Wimbledon - any Jewish/Muslim cooperation should be supported, not condemned.

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Israel gives Palestinian civilians early warning before attack (01.13.2009)


The Houston Chronicle (www.chron.com) has published a great article by Charles Krauthammer where he explains the difference between the States of Israel and Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists:

  • Late Saturday [Dec. 27], thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons (Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2008).

Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis — 6,464 launched from Gaza in the last three years — deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.

This has two purposes. First, counting on the moral scrupulousness of Israel, Hamas figures civilian proximity might help protect at least part of its arsenal. Second, knowing that Israelis have new precision weapons that may allow them to attack nonetheless, Hamas hopes that inevitable collateral damage — or, if it is really fortunate, an errant Israeli bomb — will kill large numbers of its own people for which, of course, the world will blame Israel.

For Hamas the only thing more prized than dead Jews are dead Palestinians. The religion of Jew-murder and self-martyrdom is ubiquitous. And deeply perverse, such as the Hamas TV children's program in which an adorable live-action Palestinian Mickey Mouse is beaten to death by an Israeli (then replaced by his more militant cousin, Nahoul the Bee, who vows to continue on Mickey's path to martyrdom).

At war today in Gaza, one combatant is committed to causing the most civilian pain and suffering on both sides. The other combatant is committed to saving as many lives as possible — also on both sides. It's a recurring theme.

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Australian Prime Minister wants to kick out France from the UN Security Council (04.15.2003)

OpinionThe Australian daily "The Age" (www.theage.com.au) reports that Australian Prime Minister John Howard is starting the process of making France pay for its hypocrisy and support of terrorist dictators:

Prime Minister John Howard wants to reform the United Nations, saying the presence of France as a permanent member of the Security Council "distorts" the council.

He wants Japan, a South American country and India to be represented on the Security Council. France was there only because it was a global power at the end of World War II, he said. [...]

France angered the war coalition nations with its strong opposition to a second UN resolution backing military action. Once the troops went into Iraq, President Chirac was a vocal opponent of the war.

Yep, France will pay - if you haven't already done so, please join the boycott of French products (click here for details). Thanks to the excellent LGF for publishing this - I copy the full article below.

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The Root cause of Terrorism is Totalitarianism (05.01.2002)

OpinionI just found this article by Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's ex-Prime Minister, on the root cause of Palestinian terrorism and hate - nice going Bibi!

The Root cause of Terrorism is Totalitarianism
by Binyamin Netanyahu

It's not the deprivation of rights; it's totalitarianism.
Do not be fooled by the apologists of terror.

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Exit Polls in Israeli election: Sharon and the Likud win; Labor and parties on the left: big loosers (01.28.2003)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post has posted the results from the Channel 1 exit polls (click on the party name for a description from the existing Democracy page):

Likud 36
Labor 18
Shinui 14
Shas 13
National Union 8
Meretz 5
Yisrael B'Aliya 3
National Religious Party 5
United Torah Judaism
Hadash 4
United Arab List 3
Balad 3
Am Ehad 3

I will update the Democracy page in the next few days, but here's a quick analysis:

1) The big winners:

- Likud (center right) with 36 mandates (previously 19, improvement of 89%).
- Shinui (center) with 14 mandates (previously 6, improvement of 133%).

2) The big loosers:

- Labor (center left) with 18 mandates (previously 26, deterioration of 30%).
- Meretz (extreme left) with 5 mandates (previously 10, deterioration of 50%).

3) If we look at party blocks (used for coalition purposes):

- Right + Religious parties: 70 mandates
- Center parties: 17 mandates
- Left + Arab/Muslim parties: 33 mandates

In Israel, the terms 'right' and 'left' seldom refer to economics or the welfare system. 'Right' usually means approaching negotiations with suspicion and supporting settlements in the disputed lands. 'Left' means a good-hearted eagerness to negotiate with the Palestinians, an attitude that may be revived eventually but today is so unpopular that it seems almost quaint (as proven by the election results).

Sharon and his Likud party have won big time - Mitzna and his Labor party have suffered their worst defeat in the history of the State of Israel.

Basically this is the last nail on the coffin of the Oslo peace process and the talks at Camp David in October 2000 (see the history and Palestine pages for details). All of the parties who didn't admit that the violence and death of the past two years are the direct result of a conscious decision by Yasser Arafat and his thugs from the Palestinian Authority to turn to terror instead of peace have lost credibility and votes in the eyes of the Israeli public - the election results are clear.

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Palestinian terrorist murders three Israelis; dozens wounded (07.02.2008)

Palestinian Terrorism

A Palestinian terrorist used a bulldozer to run over cars and overturn a bus in Jerusalem, murdering three Israelis and wounding dozens, including a 6-month old baby girl -

One of the cars crushed by the Palestinian murderer

[...] A resident of east Jerusalem rammed a bulldozer into cars, buses and pedestrians on one of Jerusalem's busiest streets, killing three people and wounding at least 45 others - including a six-month-old baby girl - before being shot dead by security personnel.

The three fatalities were identified as Jerusalem residents Zen Raluay, 68, Elizabeth Goren Friedman, 54, and Batsheva Onterman, 33 - the mother of the six-month-old baby. Goren Friedman and Onterman were buried late Wednesday night in the capital, and the details of Raluay's funeral were yet to be made public.

The attack began at noon when Husam Taysir Dwayat, a 30-year-old resident of the southeast neighborhood of Sur Bahir, drove out of a nearby light rail construction site and plowed his Caterpillar vehicle into anything and anyone, first on Rehov Sarei Yisrael and then on Jaffa Road, overturning a No. 13 Egged bus, flattening half a dozen cars and leaving destruction and carnage in his wake.   "People started screaming, 'He is running us over, he is running us over!'" said traffic policewoman Elinor Nahum, 22, who was the first to shoot and wound Dwayat after nearly being crushed herself.

"He tried to run over anything that moved," said Sami Grossman, a paramedic with the Zaka rescue and recovery organization, who quickly ditched his motorcycle when the terrorist aimed his bulldozer at him and any other vehicles nearby.   "I saw the bulldozer smash the car with its shovel. He smashed the guy sitting in the driver's seat," said Yaakov Ashkenazi, an 18-year-old yeshiva student.

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Italy capitulates to Palestinian terrorism (10.02.2002)

OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has a good article by Nachman Shai, who explains why we should boycott the Italian airlines, Alitalia:

Alitalia, Italy's national airline, does not allow its aircrews to stay overnight in Israel. Since the wave of terrorism began two years ago, the airline's crews sleep over in Larnaca, while their passengers to Israel are forced to make a stupid stopover in Cyprus, a 20-minute flight away from Tel Aviv. [...]

This is a grave case of capitulation to terrorism capitulation that, as so many precedents have taught us, will lead to further terrorism, which will force Alitalia to perform further acts of this nature. [...]

The answer to this outrage, my Israeli friends, is very simple: boycott Alitalia. Let's tell the Italians: as long as you capitulate to this terrorism terrorism we are fighting; terrorism for which we are paying the heaviest price and which we may be blocking from spreading to other countries as long as you continue to land in Larnaca, we are taking other airlines.

Nachman Shai became an Israeli hero during the Gulf war: after every Scud the butcher from Iraq fired into Israeli towns, Nachman would appear on TV and radio to calm everybody down.

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Je verse assez de larmes pour remplir un océan (French) (09.01.2002)

VictimsLe site IsraelInfo a republie un texte bouleverdant qui donne la parole a Penina Eisenmann qui a perdu sa fille et sa mere tuees par un Palestinien terroriste:

Avec sa tête enveloppée dans des bandages, Penina Eisenmann s'est sorti de son lit d'hôpital hier pour aller aux doubles obsèques dans Ofra de sa fille Gal de cinq ans et de sa mère, Noa Alon, 60 ans.

"L'explosion nous a attrapés au milieu de la rue," dit Penina Eisenmann. "Ce qui me revient c'est que ma mère a attrapé le souffle principale la détonation de plein fouet, elle a été capable de me protéger. Ma fille était si petite qu'il l'a détruite. On m'a dit que le terroriste est allé délibérément du côté des mères et des enfants, cherchant à en tuer le plus possible."

"Il y avait les deux choses les plus précieuses pour moi, ma mère et ma fille," a dit Penina Eisenmann. "Je verse assez de larmes pour remplir un océan."

En parlant de sa fille, Penina Eisenmann a dit que la fillette avait récemment célébré son cinquième anniversaire. "C'était une fille délicieuse, belle avec des cheveux blonds. Elle était très intelligente; tellement, que parfois je ne pouvais pas comprendre qu'elle voulait, parce qu'elle donnait tant d'explications. Sa jardinière d'enfants m'a dit qu'elle participait tellement. Je pense qu'ils [la classe du jardin d'enfants] seront très tristes.

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Bin Laden is a hero for certain Arab-Americans (07.08.2002)

NewsThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has translated an article from the London Arabic-language daily "Al-Quds".

In this article, Muhammad Salameh, a resident of California, is proud to say his heroes are all of the Muslims currently fighting Jihad (holy war) in Afghanistan and the West Bank and Gaza. For this Arab-American, 'Bin Laden is his hero of this generation'.

Anyone who rises up against American arrogance and tyranny and causes the Americans fear and trembling are also heroes, in the eyes of some."

"Sheikh Osama bin Laden, who preferred Jihad and life in the mountains and caves to the pleasures of [this] transitory world… although he is a wealthy man, the son of wealthy men – is one of our noble heroes whom history and generations to come will recognize as restoring honor to this [Islamic] nation. No one can monopolize history or distort the truth all the time. It is my right as an Arab and a Muslim to choose my hero, as the Americans choose theirs."

"Therefore I say to them, in the loudest possible voice, that Osama bin Laden is my hero of this generation."

"Muhammad Amin Salameh, California." (1)

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Free Online course for supporters of Israel (05.18.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has an in-depth story on a new online course launched this week by the Jewish Agency, the Israel Foreign Ministry and a private firm called AwesomeSeminars.com.

"Hasbara" in Hebrew means "Explanation", and it is basically the act of explaining and defending Israel's actions and her right to exist.

Unfortunately, "Hasbara" also has a bit of a pejorative connotation, meaning "Propaganda" in the view of many Israelis. That's one of the reasons Israelis are not very good in explaining themselves, and her Hasbara is considered less effective than the Palestinian rhetoric.

This course will help anyone who wishes to speak up for Israel, giving "ammo" of arguments to fight Palestinian lies and Anti-Semitic attacks.

""We're trying to provide people with more information on Israel, as well as the tools to get their message across effectively - writing letters to the editor, making use of sound bites and buzz words, organizing pro-Israel campaigns, " explains course lecturer Neil Lazarus, director of AwesomeSeminars.com, an Israel advocacy firm and partner in the new venture"

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