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Land for War: a solution to stop the Palestinian terrorist attacks on women and children (11.16.2002)

OpinionAfter last night's attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Holy war) on Jewish worshipers in Hebron that left 12 Israelis dead and another 15 wounded, I was pretty angry and sad.

I listened to Israeli radio the whole night, and heard the friends of the soldiers that were murdered while trying to evacuate the wounded. I heard them cry and I have to admit that I also cried.

This sadness and anger has led me to think of a new solution to stop the Palestinian war to anihilate Israel and her citizens.

If before we had "Land for Peace", where Israel would give back disputed territories to Palestinians that accepted peace, let's now talk about "Land for War" where Israel should annex parts of the West Bank and Gaza every time there's a terrorist attack.

I wrote a long article on "Land for War" - for more details see below.

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79-year-old Grandfather of 5 deliberately murdered by Palestinian terrorist (01.02.2003)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Solomon Hoenig, a 79-year-old Israeli grandfather of 5 who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Hamas ("Islamic Resistance" in Arabic):

Solomon Hoenig, 79
Grandfather of 5
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On September 19, 2002, Solomon Hoenig, 79, of Tel Aviv was one of six people killed when a suicide terrorist detonated a bomb in Dan bus No. 4 on Allenby Street, opposite the Great Synagogue in Tel-Aviv. Hamas claimed responsbility for the attack.

The explosion was set off by the suicide bomber shortly before 13:00 PM in the front section of the bus. The bus had been en route from the central bus station to northern Tel Aviv. The bomber apparently boarded the bus at a stop opposite the synagogue and then detonated the device, killing six and wounding about 70. The blast scorched the bus and blew out its windows.

Solomon Hoenig apparently boarded Bus No. 4 at the same station as the suicide bomber and was killed on the spot. He immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1959 with his wife Anna. He had worked at various jobs, primarily sealing refrigerated rooms. The couple had in recent years been living in an old-age home in Tel-Aviv. His son Avi described him as a "good person and a good husband, a modest family man."

Solomon Hoenig was buried in Holon. He is survived by his wife Anna, his son Avi, his daughter Shoshi, and five grandchildren.

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Arafat's bomb factory destroyed (06.03.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the IDF (Israel's army) has destroyed a bomb factory located in the home of Mahmud Titi, head of the Aksa brigades. Yasser Arafat is the head of the Aksa brigades, responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks against unarmed Israeli civilians.

Arafat is also the head of the Palestinian Authority, and he constantly plays a double game. On the one hand he sends the Aksa brigades homicide/suicide bombers to kill unarmed Israeli civilians, and on the other hand he condemns the attacks as the chairman of the Palestinian Authority.

The sad fact is that many people buy into this double game and refuse to accept the fact that Arafat is a terrorist.

"Troops blew up one of the largest bomb factories found so far in the West Bank. It was located in the home of Mahmud Titi, head of the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the area who was killed with two of his aides on May 21. Israel said Titi was responsible for the deaths of at least 11 people in terror attacks he planned, participated in, or dispatched suicide bombers to carry out."

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Arafat potato chips selling like pipe bombs in Jenin (05.30.2002)

HumorFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that if you live in Egypt you can now purchase cheese flavored Yasser Arafat potato chips.

Arafat Potato Chips
Explodes in your mouth not in your hand

The chips are bagged in Palestinian colors — green, red, black and white — and carry the likeness of a rotund and wide-eyed Arafat, saluting with one hand and holding a Palestinian flag in the other. He's dressed in his trademark military fatigues and black-and-white checked headgear.

I link to the full article here, but I found that the real story is the marketing campaign behind Arafat's chips. Little Green Footballs (littlegreenfootballs.com) has a list of the top rejected slogans - I list here my favorites:

10. Mister Potato Head has martyred himself for your snacking pleasure.
9. Death to Pringles, Death to Jews.
8. Tostitos may have the fiesta bowl but see the New Abu Ammar Chips Bowl next New Year's Day featuring Cal Berkeley v. SFSU.
7. We couldn't make them with real potatoes because the Jews have taken all our potatoes away.
6. Israeli supermarkets can't keep them on the shelves because we keep blowing up the supermarkets.
5. Goes great with Hamas Hummus!
4. Explodes in your mouth not in your hand.
3. Now served on all Air-France flights.
2. Free Martyr-Boy action figure in every box.

And the number one rejected slogan for Arafat's potato chips:

1. Try them today with new UN Observer Dip.

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The Unique Cowardice of Palestinian Terrorism (11.25.2002)

OpinionProfessor Louis Rene Beres from Purdue University writes a powerful essay on the unique cowardice of Palestinian terrorism:

As of November 20, 2002, there had been a total of 15,298 Palestinian terror attacks against Israel since the start of the "intifada" in September 2000. The number increased by one a day later, on November 21, when a Palestinian bomber blew up a bus filled with elderly women and young children in Jerusalem. Not surprisingly, the world has likely taken more angry notice of Israel's defensive actions to prevent further terror than of the grotesque cowardice of Palestinian terrorism. Murdered Jews, after all, are an old story.

Israelis have endured nearly one terror attack every hour of every day for twenty-five consecutive months. These attacks have had nothing to do with self-determination or freedom-fighting. Rather, they have targeted, almost exclusively, the most vulnerable and defenseless civilians. And while Palestinian propaganda, funded heavily from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, always seeks to suggest equivalence between Arab terror and Israeli counterterror, there is a longstanding and meaningful difference between premeditated murder and unintentional casualties of essential self-defense against murder.

Nonetheless, the world chooses not to notice. At best, public opinion refuses to blame the Palestinians or supporters of Arab/Islamic terror in other countries. At worst, public opinion openly supports such terror as "national liberation."

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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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It's time to bomb Saddam (01.28.2003)

HumorUS President George Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell made a little song in anticipation of what will happen to Saddam Hussein soon:

Time to bomb Saddam

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It's time to bomb Saddam.

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Syria violates UN arms embargo and delivers weapons to Iraq (07.14.2002)

NewsHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Syria is violating the UN arms embargo on Iraq. Syria has apparently purchased tank engines, Mig parts, and other weapons, and has secretely delivered it all to Iraq.

Syria, current president of the UN Security Council, is violating the UN arms embargo on Iraq by sending weapons and military equipment delivered to Syrian ports on to Iraq via trucks and rail. Most, but not all, of the supplies come from East European countries. Among other things, Russian-made jet engines, refurbished Russian tank engines and Czech anti-aircraft cannon are being delivered to Iraq via this route.

This is particularly outrageous since Syria is currently the president of the UN security council. But then again, what would you expect from a regime that openly supports and hosts terrorist groups such as the Islamic Jihad and the PFLP? Syria is in the US State Departments' list of countries that support terrorism.

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Update to "Stop the hate, a technical tutorial to trace the origin of hate messages" (11.10.2002)

AnnouncementA few days ago I released a document that gives a technical overview on how to trace back hate messages. I called it "Stop the hate, a technical tutorial to trace the origin of hate messages", and you may download your free copy by clicking here.

I received some great feedback since the document was released, including some helpful suggestions on what tools are available in non-Windows operating systems.

I have now added an appendix to the document, called "Appendix A – “Trace Route” tools for additional Operating Systems". If you use Mac OS X, any Mac OS classic, or Linux check it out, this is for you.

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Palestinian Television continues to broadcast hate, racism and calls for war (09.25.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismIn one of the forums I read daily, someone posted an article that described how Arafat calls for peace:

“Only peace and dialogue can help solve the crisis in the Middle East, Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat told Malta's President Guido de Marco”.

Arafat continues to speak of peace in English while calling for war, murder and “one million martyrs” (suicide bombers) in Arabic. Here are sample transcripts of sermons that are continuously being transmitted on Palestinian Television, which is under the complete control of Arafat and his thugs from the Palestinian authority:

"Blessings to whoever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever raided for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever put a belt of explosives on his body or on his sons' and plunged into the midst of the Jews, crying "Allahu Akbar, praise to Allah, There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger." […]

"Whoever can fight them with his weapons, should go out [to the battle]; whoever can fight them with a machinegun, should go out; whoever can fight them with a sword or a knife, should go out; whoever can fight them with his hands, should go out; This is our destiny. The people who are the most hostile toward the believers are the Jews and the Polytheists... The Jews have exposed their fangs. Nothing will deter them, except the color of their filthy people’s blood; nothing will deter them except for us voluntarily detonating ourselves in their midst. They have nuclear power, but we have the power of the belief in Allah..." […]

"This good news... has passed down to our people who still make great sacrifices, defending the honor of the Islamic nation. The sacrifice of convoys of martyrs [will continue] until Allah grants us victory very soon. The willingness for sacrifice and for death we see amongst those who were cast by Allah into a war with the Jews, should not come at all as a surprise..."

Click here to watch a subtitled video (Realplayer required). Titled "Friday Sermons on Palestinian Authority TV,"(c) it was compiled from Palestinian Authority TV broadcasts of Friday sermons delivered at mosques under the authority of the PA. This subtitled video was distributed by the House Committee on International Relations to members of the House of Representatives in 2002.

These are mosques that are under the control of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, and these messages were transmitted on Palestinian television, which was built with European money and is under Arafat’s control.

Peace will come when Arafat, the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad love their kids more than they hate the Jews. That is not the case today, but their hate, racism and murder of Israeli women and children will lead them nowhere.

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Firsthand report of massacre of Israelis at Kenyan beach hotel (11.28.2002)

VictimsAs I reported last night, Arab Muslim terrorists have attacked Israeli tourists in Kenya (click here for more information). Here's a firsthand account of the murders:

At around 7:30 a.m. local time we arrived from the airport in Mombasa at the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel, where we were greeted by beautiful dancing girls.

On the plane were hundreds of Israelis, most of them families on their Hanukka vacation who had come as part of a weeklong package tour organized by "Paradise Mombasa," an Israeli travel agency. [...]

We'd arrived in big buses and he suggested we go and have breakfast first, so our small group of 10 went to have breakfast and maybe five or 10 minutes later, we heard this massive explosion.

The hotel has thatched roofs and suddenly everything set on fire there were bits flying everywhere. In the distance all you saw was a mass of billowing smoke. Our hotel is situated right on the beach. We were all pushed towards the beach and everybody started helping everybody else.

I saw horrific sights: I saw people covered with blood, including children. people with gashes, with huge wounds in their backs, stretchers being carried out. Everyone seemed to be screaming.

The entire building shook. From what I can gather, a car crashed through the gates of the hotel and into the lobby. Bombs were then thrown from the car.

People were screaming for water, but there was no bottled water and the tap water is undrinkable. Our guide was missing. I tried to occupy myself tending to the children.

"I want to go home," they said. "Where are my parents?"

The Arab Muslims who deliberately murder children are enemies of humanity. I copy the full article below.

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Racist Greek composer calls the Jews "the root of all evil" (11.12.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a famous Greek composer has expressed blatantly anti-Semitic views without shame:

Greek composer and cultural icon Mikis Theodorakis added his contribution to the anti-Semitic miasma rising in parts of the world by characterizing the Jews as the root of the world's evils.

Theodorakis, a towering figure in Greek music best known outside his native land for scoring the music for the film Zorba the Greek, took his shot at the Jews at a press conference to launch a new book.

"We, the Greeks, did not turn aggressive like them because we have more history," Theodorakis was quoted by Y-net as saying. "Today it is possible to say that this small nation is the root of evil. It is full of self-importance and evil stubbornness."

Mr. Theodorakis shows that one can achieve great fame and still be a low life scum European racist bastard.

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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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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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28-year-old Israeli woman murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber (07.11.2002)

VictimsFaces of the victims has published the story of Orit Ozerov, 28, an Israeli woman who was killed after a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself at a cafe in Jerusalem.

Orit Ozerov, 28
Murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Orit Ozerov, a Foreign Ministry employee, was was born in 1974, and grew up in Jerusalem. Orit joined the Foreign Ministry about four years ago, and worked as an office manager while studying for her Master's degree.

Her colleagues at work describe her as always having a smile on her face, possessing a contagious cheerfulness, and an aura of friendliness which affected everyone around her. Her sense of humor and kindness were matched only by her grace, and her charming childlike features.

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