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Fact 274: "On May 8 2002, an Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself up at a billiard hall murdering 16 people and 51 more in Rishon LeZion, a coastal town south of Tel Aviv. The blast caused the building's ceiling to collapse, trapping some people in the rubble, including many women and children. The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance) proudly claimed responsibility for the murders."
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Dmoz.org is an open directory project owned by Netscape, and therefore by American Online (AOL). It defines itself as follows:
The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
It is basically a huge directory of websites with descriptions written by real people, who have volunteered for no charge. In theory that's great: what's better than to have real human beings going over the sites and describing what they see, instead of just getting a result from a random software algorithm?
The problem, or should I say "my problem", is that there's apparently only one guy, going by the alias of "shermain", who decides what the descriptions should be for ANY site related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This "shermain" turns out to be very pro-Palestinian and deliberately twists the descriptions of all pro-Israeli sites into something pejorative.
I was surprised to find out that "shermain" has described my site, FactsOfIsrael.com, as follows:
Commentary suggesting that any act or opinion not unqualifiedly in support of Israel reflects an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic mindset.
That's completely unfair.
I have spent months working on the FactsOfIsrael.com site, newsletter and screensaver - my whole idea was to list facts, not "commentary". Although the site by definition presents the Israeli perspective, I have also posted, in multiple occasions, articles critical of some of Israel's policies. The site's content is very far from only "suggesting that any act or opinion not unqualifiedly in support of Israel reflects an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic mindset."
"shermain" completely ignores the Maps, History, Stats, Palestine and Democracy pages. He couldn't care less about the pages on Victims, Palestinian Terrorism , Anti-Semitism, and Jewish History. The weekly newsletter or the screensaver I wrote and distribute for free don't get one line.
The worst thing is that the Google and Netscape search engines use the descriptions from Dmoz.org in their search results - thousands of potential surfers will certainly not even check FactsOfIsrael.com due to the decision of one person, "shermain", to describe the site in a negative light.
I have sent the Dmoz.org an email requesting an update to my description but I haven't heard yet from them.
This is pretty depressing and I'm thinking of shutting down FactsOfIsrael.com. I get hate messages and even death threats almost on a daily basis, and messages of support are extremely rare. Then comes along "shermain" who takes hundreds of hours of work and squashes it all into a derogatory and offensive one liner.
I feel like throwing up.
Update: After doing a search, I found that the guys at jewishinternetassociation.org have actually published a page on the Dmoz.org anti-Israel bias. It has a lot of good information: check it out here. Maybe there's some hope.
Update2: Little Green Footballs has also posted on the Dmoz.org anti-Israel bias. But the original posting is from July, leading me to think that nothing is going to change easily in the Open Hate Project.
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the Palestinian mass murderers from Yasser Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades exploded a bomb at a bus stop in Tel-Aviv, killing one 19-year-old woman and injuring over 30 Israelis:
Maayan Naim, 19, murdered
by Palestinian Terrorists
Sgt. Maayan Naim, 19, from Bat Yam was killed and over 30 were wounded when a bomb exploded behind a bus stop near the old central bus station in South Tel-Aviv's Har Zion Boulevard Sunday morning. 11 people remain hospitalized in Tel Aviv hospitals, one of whom is in a serious condition.
As you listen today to NPR, the BBC, and other leftist biased media outlets, you'll hear that the young woman who was murdered, Maayan Naim, was an "Israeli Soldier".
That's true, like most Israeli 19-year-old women, Maayan served in the Israeli army (women serve 2 years, while men serve 3 years of active duty from 18 to 21). That said, the fact that she was a soldier is completely irrelevant to the story.
NPR, the BBC, and other anti-Israel media goons, are simply trying to give the impression that it was OK for the Palestinian murderers to kill this 19-year-old woman. The word "soldier" brings images of an armed fighter, in the field, shooting back at its ennemies - killing a soldier is just part of the harsh realities of war.
The truth is that Maayan was a young woman, almost a kid, who boarded a bus as a civilian, in a residential zone in an Israeli city. Yasser Arafat's Palestinian mass murderers were deliberately targetting Israeli women, children, and babies - and not Israeli soldiers. By using the word "soldier" NPR wants to conform the story to its warped agenda - luckily more and more people are catching on to these lies.
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The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (www.ict.org.il) has published a statistical analysis of Palestinian and Israeli fatalities since Arafat and his thugs refused peace and started to murder unarmed Israeli civilians in October of 2000.
Here are some interesting facts:
* 80% of the Israeli fatalities were non-combattants, unarmed civilians.
* 30% of the Israeli fatalities were women.
* 2% of the Israeli fatalities were killed by Israeli actions, by mistake.
* 30% of the Israeli fatalities were non-combattants over the age of 39.
* 54% of the Palestinian fatalities were combattants, mostly armed men.
* 3% of the Palestinian fatalities were women.
* 14% of the Palestinian fatalities were killed by the Palestinians themselves, for "collaborating" with the enemy.
* 5% of the Palestinian fatalities victims were non-combattants over the age of 39.
Most media outlets will report something like this: "The latest clashes in the Middle East have claimed the lives of 1574 Palestinians and 599 Israelis".
This moral equivalency of mixing up armed Palestinian terrorists, whose goal is to murder unarmed civilians, with Israeli women and kids, whose crime is simply to breathe, is shocking.
I copy below the breakdown of Fatalities from 9/27/2000 through 8/6/2002. For a more detailed statistical analysis of the fatalities, see also "An Engineered Tragedy: Statistical Analysis of Fatalities".
Dennis Prager explains "The Middle East problem":
Mr. Prager is right on: the solution may be hard, but the problem is simple: one side wants the other side dead.
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Proche Orient Info (www.proche-orient.info), an excellent French site, has interviewed Pilar Rahola, a former member of Parliament of the Spanish Republican left. She says it all: the main reason Europeans are anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian is racism and hate of Jews:
Pilar Rahola: Since the start of the second intifada, the Spanish press, on the right as well as the left, has taken a particularly aggressive approach toward Israel, an approach that leaves out the reasons for Israel’s actions and tends to ignore the Israeli victims in this conflict. In this situation, a small minority of intellectuals, public personalities—sensitive to the Jewish question in general and to Israel in particular—felt deeply touched by this problem. Outraged by the return of Judeophobia in Spain, we, each in our own way, began to write some articles, to use the media to condemn this situation. And then Oracia Vasquez Real, an important writer in Spain, suggested that we coordinate our activity, that we collect in one work the vision of the Middle East conflict held by fifteen well-known intellectuals. [...]
This is a step in the right direction, but I wouldn't expect the synagogue burning in France or this current blatant European anti-Semitism to end soon.
I copy the full translation of the interview below.
Camera.org has published more information on the incredible anti-Israeli bias found in the leftist National Public Radio (NPR).
National Public Radio, the taxpayer-supported public radio network, has earned an unenviable reputation as the most anti-Israel news source in the mainstream U.S. media. [...].
I had been supporting NPR financially for years, yet their clear hate of Israel, due to their leftist views, has made me sick - I will never support NPR again. I also hope that public funds will stop being awarded to NPR.
For another example of NPR's clear support of Palestinian terrorism, see "The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism".
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The 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.
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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The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have murdered an Israeli who was working near the town of Tulkarm. The Israeli was bound and shot in the head from point-blank range simply because he was a Jew.
Shani Ladani, 27, of Moshav Olesh in the northern Sharon, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while he was working near Moshav Nitzanei Oz, west of Tulkarm, Thursday morning. He was buried at Olesh Thursday night.
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The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas have fired another missile at an Israeli city, aiming for a kindergarten; this time they murderered one man and a 3-year-old child:
One killed after Kassam rockets land in Sderot
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades reject any peace with Israel and call for her destruction and the genocide of her citizens; click here for more details, and click here for a list of homicide bombings executed by these Islamic fascists that have resulted in the death of over a thousand Israeli men, women, and children in the last couple of years.
Before the Palestinians escalated their terrorist attacks and deliberate murder of Israeli women and children in October 2000, I used to listen to NPR (National Public Radio) quite often. Since then, I have experienced first hand NPR's bias, distortion of truth and support of Palestinian terrorism many times, causing my interest in the radio network and my donations to stop.
One of the programs I used to enjoy every weekend was "This American Life". Every week the producer of the show, Ira Glass, picks a topic and builds an episode using 2-3 stories from different writers and performers. It has a unique style, breaking from straight news reporting to more personal descriptions by the authors.
A radio show about Israel and the West Bank
"This American Life", 8/2/2002
A few weeks ago, This American Life featured a show on Israel and the West Bank, called "Give It to Them". The bias is shown right there - the show's main page has with a big sticker with the Hebrew saying "Nahzir Lahem Veshalom al Israel". This literally means "We'll return it to them, and peace to Israel" - in other words, we'll react to their terrorist attacks and hit them back, and once we get rid of the Palestinian terrorists, we'll have peace.
Unfortunately NPR decided to translate it simply as "Give it to them" - showing that Israelis are the agressors, initiating the conflict. Further samples of bias were shown in the program when they interview two Israelis trying to decided if the Palestinians were born animals, or if they became animals through their culture of hate. In Hebrew, I could clearly see the Israelis were talking about the Palestinian terrorists and murderers, and not generalizing about all Palestinians - but NPR did not make that distinction. I personally don't care if the Palestinian murderers from Hamas and Islamic Jihad were born animals or were brainwashed by their Nazi-like propaganda - in either case they should be arrested or killed.
There's also the well known dumb leftist moral equivalency, where we are to think that the Palestinians murderers from the Islamic Jihad suffer as much as the Israeli women and children who are targetted in suicide bombings (the show starts with "two years in which each side has done terrible things to the other side..."). The show also interviews a religious 15-year-old Israeli kid who is racist and very anti-Palestinian, but as a typical NPR bias, we don't hear a word from any Palestinian from the Islamic Jihad or Hamas calling for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens. This clearly makes you think that the Palestinians are good people who want peace, while the Israelis wish only to kill and murder.
Now that I got a few things off my chest, this show is a good "This American Life" episode and if you have the time, check it out. The show is one hour long and you may access it by clicking on the image above or here. You'll need the Real Audio player. which you can get here for free.
Dani Naveh, a minister in Israel's government has prepared a report on Arafat's involvement with terrorism.
Among other things he found that:
"Yasser Arafat was personally involved in the planning and execution of terror attacks. He encouraged them ideologically, authorized them financially and personally headed the Fatah Al Aqsa Brigades organization"
"Arafat and his men used the funds donated to them by other countries, including the European Union, to finance terrorist activity"
"Arafat's headquarters took great pains in encouraging the Israeli Arab population to join the war of violence and terror against Israel"
I copy the introduction to the report below. Make sure you visit the website as well, for more details and the full report.
A few weeks ago, I posted a video that showed on how some Israeli children attended a summer camp for those who have lost a brother, sister, or parent murdered by a Palestinian terrorist.
The Christian Science Monitor (www.christiansciencemonitor.com) follows up with a good article on how the victims are coping with their losses:
They were neighbors. They were counselors in the same youth group. They even shared the same initials. And they were heading to a meeting for their volunteer work when they stopped off to get a slice of pizza in downtown Jerusalem. There, a year ago Aug. 9, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a Sbarro restaurant, killing both of them and 13 others. [...]
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (www.accessatlanta.com) has a good article on how some American corporations are buying advertising space on Hezbollah's TV station:
Why are local Lebanese subsidiaries of major American corporations -- such as PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Western Union -- lending comfort and support to terrorists by advertising on Hezbollah television?
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The Middle East Media Reasearch Institute (www.memri.org), has translated an interview given by Arafat, the Palestinian "leader", on October 10, 2002:
Hamad: "It is known that the Israeli army planned to expel you from the Palestinian territories, to a remote area."
"Martyr" is the term used by the Palestinians to describe the homicide/suicide bombers responsible for the deliberate murder of hundreds of Israeli women and children - for the full list of genocide bombings click here.
Hamad: "Sari Nusseibah, in charge of the Jerusalem portfolio, signed a document with Israeli elements from the Left which includes abolishing the Palestinian refugees' right of return to their homes from which they were expelled."
The "Right of Return" would allow Palestinians that left the State of Israel in 1948 to "return" to their original villages. Except that in the meantime, their villages have turned into Israeli cities, and the 600,000 Palestinians that left have turned into about 8 million. If Israelis accepted this "Right of Return", there wouldn't be a majority of Jews in the State of Israel anymore. It is another way to destroy Israel, but no one is buying into it, and the overwhelming majority of Israelis will never accept it. For more information on how Israel came about, check out the History page.
Hamad: "The Israeli army commanders boasted that they defeated the Palestinians and added that they want the Palestinians to acknowledge [this] defeat."
Note: The 628 Al-Hudaybiyya agreement, between the Prophet and the Meccan tribe of Quraish, was signed for a period of 10 years, which became, in Islamic tradition, the time limit for any agreement with non-Muslims. The Al-Hudaybiyya agreement was broken after 18 months. Muhammad's army then conquered Mecca. In other words: Arafat is clearly saying let's make an agreement now, we can always break it and destroy Israel later.
I still have some friends in the San Francisco Bay Area that refuse to admit that Arafat and the Palestinian Authority support and organize terrorism. If anyone has any idea on how to approach and convince them (without just giving them facts such as this article), please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a comment to this article.
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I have added a great picture to the maps page. This satellite picture shows the whole State of Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza:
The State of Israel
Click on image to zoom in.
It is interesting to note how much more green and developed is coastal Israel, compared to the West Bank and Gaza (where most Palestinians live).
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