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Racist bastard from Morocco tries to blow up Synagogue in Belgium (06.13.2003)

Anti-SemitismMSNBC (www.msnbc.com) reports that a racist bastard of Moroccan origin tried to blow up a synagogue in Belgium, but luckily the police stopped him in time:

BRUSSELS, June 13 — Belgian police arrested a man suspected of trying to blow up a synagogue on Friday in what could be the latest in a string of anti-Jewish attacks across Europe [...]

Jules Mathieu, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office, said the man was suspected of having placed five gas bottles in a car on Friday morning and torching it in front of the synagogue, in a densely populated area of the southern town of Charleroi.

There was no explosion and the blaze was rapidly put out by firefighters based nearby, avoiding what could have been large explosion in the north of the city.

Several synagogues and Jewish buildings in European countries were attacked last year. [...]

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The Europen Left does not support Democracy, nor Women and Gay rights (06.30.2002)

OpinionI have just sent an email to a friend from Finland, Max, describing why I think the European left is not being honest when it says it supports Democracy, or Women and Gay rights.

My main point is that if you are an European leftist (not necessarily communist), you are automatically against Israel. You don’t care about the historical context, the almost daily Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers, the Palestinians refusal of peace and of Israel’s right to exist, etc…

Now that I think of it, this was also typical of European communists who didn’t care about the atrocities committed by the USSR and always gave the Russian communists their unconditional support.

The European left does not care about women, independent judiciaries, minorities, democracy, gays or almost anything else it supposedly supports. That is why the left opposed America's war in Afghanistan, which liberated women from being treated like animals.

Nearly all the causes the left speaks for are noble-sounding covers for its real agenda -- the overthrowing of Western, especially Judeo-Christian and capitalist, values.

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Righteous Gentile: Polish catholic helps save 4,000 Jews during the Holocaust (12.13.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has an incredible story on Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, ex-Foreign Minister of Poland, who helped save 4,000 Jews during the Holocaust, including 2,500 children:

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski has seen it all.

At 80, he has outlived most of the friends who shared his intense experiences, those miraculous moments of carving life out of the wreckage of war, while risking death.

Twice the foreign minister of Poland, an author and historian, an anti-Communist dissident and ideologue of the Solidarity movement, a prisoner in Communist jails for seven years, an activist in the Polish underground, a survivor of eight months at Auschwitz, Bartoszewski is also the last prominent founder of a movement that clandestinely rescued, hid and smuggled Jews to safety in Nazi-occupied Poland. [...]

In 1940, when he was 18 and about to enter college, the Nazis were rounding up thousands of young Polish men, and he landed in Auschwitz three months after the camp was established. "That beginning of my adult life was in a Nazi camp. Eighty-five percent of the prisoners who arrived did not survive. I was stronger, more resilient; I was younger.

"We were beaten every day with clubs, fists, shoes, anything to break our spirit, our backbone. I was one of the lucky ones: Because they did not hit my head, my skull did not crack," he said animatedly. "When I was released, I dedicated myself to working against such a threat to humanity," he said. "Their treatment of me backfired into the exact opposite of what they intended."

The ghetto in Warsaw was about 840 acres in the middle of the city, surrounded by walls about 13 feet. Access was limited, he recalled, but some people managed to get telephone calls in, and city gas workers who were sent in for repairs brought out news.

Over several weeks, the Nazis deported 310,000 people from Warsaw, where every third resident was a Jew. "Everyone knew what was happening, but not everyone found the courage to counter it," he said during an interview Tuesday, alternating between Polish, through an interpreter, and German.

Zegota was financed by and functioned as an agency of the Polish government-in-exile. It saved and helped 4,000 Jews, including 2,500 children. The goal of the group, he explained, was to arrange for escapes, secure forged documents, find overnight shelters and ensure fugitives were fed.

On Tuesday, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the museum's governing board, honored Bartoszewski with a special certificate commemorating Zegota's 60th anniversary.

Many people in Poland hate Jews with a passion (see this example) - Mr. Bartoszewski is an inspiration to humanity.

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Palestinian homicide bomber murders three Israelis (05.19.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide bomber has murdered 3 more Israelis:

In the fifth suicide bombing against Israelis in two days, a suicide bomber blew up at the main entrance to the Shaarei Amakim mall in Afula at about 5:15 p.m. Monday evening, killing three Israelis and wounding 50.

Two of those killed were the security guards, a man and a woman, who blocked the path of the suicide bomber and would not let him into the eastern entrance to the mall.

A third Israeli died of his injuries in Afula's Haemek hospital.

Northern district police chief Maj.-Gen Yaakov Borovsky confirmed that three people were killed in the attack, including the suicide bomber.

Fifty people were wounded in the attack, thirteen seriously. Of the thirteen, four are reportedly in a 'very' serious condition with head wounds. The remainder are in light to moderate condition.

While the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades continue their murderous campaign of homicide bombings targetting Israeli women and children, the United Nations were discussing the "roadmap for peace".

It is clear there is no wish for peace on the Palestinian side. There is only hatred, racism, and the execution of homicide bombings in the name of Islam. The "moderate" Palestinians do nothing to stop their racist and fanatic groups from continuing their killing, so the Israeli army has to step in.

A Palestinian State and peace are very far away.

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Racist Freaks burns down Jewish center in Paris, France (08.24.2004)

Anti-SemitismTwinCities.com reports that racist bastards have burned down a Jewish center in Paris, France:

Fire swept through a Jewish community center in eastern Paris early Sunday after arsonists broke into the building and scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans inside.

It was the latest in a series of acts attributed to neo-Nazis across the country

[...] The rise in acts attributed to neo-Nazis is particularly disturbing to France's Jews, who are already concerned about increasing anti-Semitism among the country's Arab youth. They fear that both anti-Semitic strains are growing.

Although the freaks that burned down the center painted Neo-Nazi swastikas, Voice of America (www.voanews.com) reports that an Islamic group proudly claimed responsibility for the racist attack:

French authorities are studying a claim of responsibility by a previously unknown Islamic group for a fire Sunday that destroyed a Jewish community center in Paris.

A statement posted on an Islamic website Monday, said a group calling itself Jamaat Ansar Al-Jihad al Islamiya was responsible for the attack. The statement called the action retaliation for the defiling of Muslim cemeteries in France and other anti-Muslim acts outside the country.

Between Nazi bastards, Islamic fascists and European leftists, Israel and Jews across Diaspora countries have a lot of enemies.

Luckily today we have the State of Israel - a place where Jews can find refuge, and a country that has institutions and an army dedicated to the defense of such persecuted folks.

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Arafat did not come up with one idea at Camp David (05.19.2002)

NewsI just read an article on the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) that goes over an interview with Dennis Ross, who was one of the main mediators between Israel and the Palestinians under former U.S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

"Arafat didn't offer anything but slogans during this period. He never indicated that he would even make a decision," said Ross.

"The only thing he did say was that the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, never existed in Jerusalem as the Jews believe. He said it was located somewhere in Nablus", Ross said.

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Palestinian terrorists deliberately murder five Israelis: one young man, 2 women and 2 children aged 4 and 5 (11.10.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated a kibbutz (an Israeli collective farm), and fired at women and children deliberately murdering 5 people:

Two children, ages four and five, two women and a young man were shot and killed in the attack. Among the victims was Tirza Damari, 42, from the community of Elichin. She was at Kibbutz Metzer visiting friends.

The All-Aksa Martyr Brigades, the military wing of PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's Fatah terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack, the radio said.

"There was shooting for close to 10 minutes then the security forces arrived and we're shut inside the houses," a member of the farm, identified only as Irit, told Israel Radio.

The first two victims, a man and a woman, were shot outside a communal dining hall, said Magen David Adom officials.

The assailants then entered a house at the farm and shot to death a woman in a bedroom as she tried to use her body to protect the two children from the gunfire, the rescue service said.

I heard on Israeli radio that the Al-Aksa brigades, which directly reports to Yasser Arafat, has proudly claimed responsibility for the murders. For more information on how Arafat plays a double game of condemning "all attacks against civilians" while at the same time sending in his hordes of murderous bastards to kill women and children, see the Palestine page.

For more information on kibbutz Metzer check out www.metzer.org.il (in Hebrew). I copy the full article below.

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Grandfather dies, becomes 30th victim (05.09.2002)

Victims"Faces of the Victims" just posted the story of Eliezer Korman, 74. He became the 30th victim of a Palestinian homicide/suicide terrorist attack in Netanya on 3/27/2002.

Eliezer Korman, 74

The Palestinian murderer walked into a Hotel in the Israeli coastal town of Netanya, while over 250 people were celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Last year, while the U.S. was fighting the Taliban and Al-Qeda in Afghanistan, I remember discussions about stopping the military actions to respect the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Not only the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups did not stop killing during this Jewish holiday, but they deliberately murdered children and the elderly, whose only fault was that they were preparing to celebrate Passover.

Mr. Korman is survived by his wife, Yehudit, two children and five grandchildren. For the full article see below.

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Life goes on in Israel and Jerusalem (09.01.2002)

NewsJacob R. was yesterday at the Jerusalem Arts and Crafts Fair and he took 132 pictures - for those that won't be visiting Jerusalem this week, you can check it out online thanks to Jacob.

One of the many attractions at
the Jerusalem Arts and Crafts Fair

Over the past weeks, the downtown area of Jerusalem has been filled with people enjoying many outdoor shows and fairs. It is wonderful to see the center of Jerusalem returning to a festive atmosphere.

This week's attraction has been the "Khutsot Hayotser" - Jerusalem Arts and Crafts Fair on the Ben Yehuda Mall from August 25 thru August 31 (excluding the Jewish Shabbat).

Yesterday (August 28) I paid a visit to the fair at 5pm before it started to get crowded. For those of you who will not be visiting the city this week, I have taken 132 pictures of the fair and have placed them on the web. The address of the online picture exhibit is:


It is good to realize sometimes that life does go on in Israel without Palestinian murderers disrupting it. Make sure you check out the pictures, they are great.

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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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Satire: Israel never allowed to defend herself (01.26.2009)


I received a satirical comic strip from a good friend that describes how Israel is never allowed to defend herself -

Israel's "Aggression", the Nebelspalter, Switzerland, 1956

The satire was originally published in the Nebelspalter (a newspaper from Switzerland, http://www.nebelspalter.ch/) in 1956, over 50 years ago.  This was the year of the "Suez Canal War" (see the history page for more details) and I believe the Israeli man depicted in the cartoon is David Ben-Gurion, considered to be Israel's "founding father".

When you see how many in Europe and in the United Nations have ganged up on Israel during her latest war on Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, it's easy to see how nothing has changed.  See below for the detailed satirical comic strip.

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U.S. President Bush supports Israel in her war against Islamic Terrorism, receives huge applause (08.30.2004)

NewsI was listening a few minutes ago to an event where President Bush answered questions from Americans living in Nashua, New Hampshire. One of the topics that came up was the Israeli war on Palestinian Terrorism. President Bush said:

"A trouble spot in the Middle East is obviously the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally. And I believe the best way -- (applause.) "

The applause came after the great American folks present at the event heard the phrase "We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally." But as in any event, you will find racist bastards, Nazis, or intolerant Muslims spitting up their bile. One such woman then asked the following question:

"Q (Inaudible) [Woman]: How can Ariel Sharon, as you've said, be a man of peace if he causes death and torture among innocent Palestinians every day? How can Ariel Sharon be a man of peace if he fits your definition a terrorist? I'd be curious to hear how you plan to carry out the two-state solution. "

President Bush then replied:

THE PRESIDENT: [...] First of all, Ariel Sharon is defending his country against terrorist attacks, just like we will -- (applause.) [...]

I also believe there's a leadership question involved with whether or not a Palestinian state will emerge. See, I think in order for a Palestinian state to emerge, there must be leadership that believes in the hopes and aspirations of the people, and are willing to put institutions in place that are larger than mankind -- in other words, willing to have a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people.

And so the real challenge is to not only stay on the road map, which is institution-building -- and, by the way, there's also a commitment to fight off terror -- but it's for leadership to emerge that is committed to the aspirations of the people.

Ariel Sharon is a duly-elected official in a democracy. In other words, Israel is a democracy. (Applause.) We would hope that the Palestinians would have that same kind of democracy which would lead to a more peaceful world.

I applaud President Bush for the clarity of his vision. I applaud the American people for the clarity of their vision and their wisdom in getting the best man for the job elected.

It is clear that President Bush was directly talking about Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, when he mentioned "a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people."

Standing up to Islamic intolerance, hatred and violence and stopping the mass murdering freaks from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades is not easy. That said, both Israel and America's current leaders have the right approach and attitude towards ending the threat of Islamic Fascism. We will win this war.

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Saudi Interior Minister, "Prince" Nayef, accuses J-E-W-S of being behind 9/11 attacks (12.06.2002)

Anti-SemitismYahoo News (www.yahoo.com) reports that the Minister of Police from Saudi Arabia has accused the "Jews" of being behind the heinous attacks of 9/11 against the US:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The Saudi police minister has claimed Jews were behind the Sept. 11 attacks because they have benefited from subsequent criticism of Islam and Arabs, according to media reports.

Interior Minister Prince Nayef made the remarks in the Arabic-language Kuwaiti daily Assyasah last month. The latest edition of Ain al-Yaqeen, a weekly Internet magazine devoted to Saudi issues, posted the Assyasah interview and its own English translation.

"We know that the Jews have manipulated the Sept. 11 incidents and turned American public opinion against Arabs and Muslims," Prince Nayef was quoted as saying in the Arabic text, while Ain al Yaqeen's English version referred to "Zionists" instead of "Jews."

"We still ask ourselves: Who has benefited from Sept. 11 attacks? I think they (the Jews) were the protagonists of such attacks," Nayef was quoted as saying.

This is not the first time a high ranking Arab/Muslim official has claimed that the J-E-W-S are behind 9/11. In fact, this seems to be a common idea among many Arab Muslims, proving once again how they have become the new Nazis. Click here for an earlier report: "An Antisemitic Myth in the Arab Press: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews".

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Email address for contacting FactsOfIsrael.com (03.01.2002)

AnnouncementDue to the large amount of spam and viruses that I have been receiving (over 20,000 messages last week!) I am forced to change the way I process incoming email.

From now on if you'd like to contact me please send a message to:

Only messages sent to the above address will be read - if you send a message to any other address it will probably be ignored and deleted with the thousands of other emails received.

I apologize for the inconvenience, but I was spending hours going through thousands of spam messages or viruses that had nothing to do with facts, Israel or the war on Palestinian terrorism.

Send a message to the above address and if it’s not a death threat or a "fatwa" (an Islamic religious edict, which sometimes contains death threats), I will respond.

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Israel will remove its troops from some Palestinian areas (10.26.2004)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has reported that Israel's parliament, the "Knesset", has decided to remove the nation's troops and settlements from some Palestinian areas, including the Gaza strip and the northern West Bank:

Israel's Knesset voted Tuesday night to approve Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to unilaterally disengage from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.

- 67 MKs voted in favor
- 45 MKs voted against
- 7 MKs abstained
(Ed. note: "MK" stands for "Members of Knesset, Israel's parliament)

Under the principles of the plan, Israel is to have no presence in the Gaza Strip or northern West Bank by the end of 2005, except for the Philadelphi route on the Egypt-Gaza border. Sharon does not intend to seek Knesset approval for the cabinet decision on evacuations, according to his advisors.

The plan could still be halted by a public referendum, and the cabinet must also convene to decide whether, where and when to give the order to evacuate settlements. The Likud Party was split in the vote, with 23 voting in favor and 17 against. Twenty-nine of the votes in favor came from left-wing opposition MKs, and one from MK Michael Nudelman of the far-right National Union party. Fourteen Shinui MKs also voted for the plan.

Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, has rejected peace with Israel and turned to the deliberate murder of women and children in October 2000 (click here for details). The Palestinians have rejected a state of their own twice, once in 1948 and once in 2000, click here for more details.

The disengagement plan from the mass murdering bastards from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas is not a result of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but is a unilateral decision made by Israel which is properly executing what it thinks is best.

On the one hand, many Palestinians have made it clear that their only goal is to destroy Israel and murder every Israeli man, women and child; it would make therefore sense to fight the Palestinian mass murderers where it hurts them most: in their cities and towns. On the other hand, deploying Israeli troops in the Palestinian areas costs us lives, money and is a huge effort on reserve soldiers.

Since Israel is a Western Democracy (click here for details), the plan to remove the troops from the Palestinian areas will have to pass a national referendum, where every Israeli, including one million Israeli Arab Muslims, will have the right to vote.

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