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Faces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Thaler, a 16-year-old Israeli girl who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber.
The Palestinian Arab/Muslim suicide bomber deliberately chose as his bloodshedding target a crowd of Jewish children sitting at the pizzeria in the town of Karnei Shomron. Three children died and over 30 were wounded in the barbaric attack.
Rachel Thaler, 16, murdered
by a Palestinian Terrorist
Rachel Theler had gone on Saturday night to the local Yuvalim Mall in Karnei Shomron with his brother, Lior. Since its opening six months ago, the mall has become a popular meeting place for local youth. Rachel, who suffered a critical head injury in the bombing, never regained consciousness. She died 12 days later. Her family donated her organs for transplant. The condition of Rachel's brother, Lior, 14, who was also seriously injured, has improved greatly.
May God bless her memory. I copy her full story below.
On September 12, 2001, Leonard Pitts Jr., a columnist from the Miami Herald, wrote an article that moved me to tears:
We'll Go Forward From This Moment
May God bless the memory of the victims of the heinous attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Let's also be strong and fight the Islamic terrorists that are a threat to our countries, our freedoms, our lives.
A Palestinian Islamic Supremacist has blown himself up in a crowded Israeli shopping center, murdering three Israeli women and wounding dozens:
At least three people, all women, were killed and 90 more wounded when an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber blew himself up outside a crowded Netanya mall Tuesday evening. The blast shattered a relative lull in such attacks since the last Islamic Jihad bombing in February.
I copy the full article below.
In the past few days the IDF (Israel's army) has been destroying tunnels used by Palestinian mass murderers from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades.
Israeli soldiers explore a tunnel, found covered in concrete under a home, which was used by Palestinian arms smugglers between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, in Rafah, Gaza, Saturday May 22, 2004.
These tunnels originate in Egypt and go under the border, coming up inside the Palestinian territories in the Gaza strip. The tunnels end up inside residential areas in regular homes and are then used to smuggle arms and bombs. Palestinain terrorists then use these arms to massacre innocent Israeli women and children (see the "Palestinian Terrorism" category for examples).
Israel has learned from the U.S. and has this time allowed "embedded" journalists to join Israeli troups as they find the rat tunnels and destroy them. The BBC, which is typically very anti-Israel, has published a fairly balanced slide-show, showing pictures related to the desctruction of the Palestinian tunnels.
I copt the pictures from the slide-show below. Found this on AndrewSullivan.com.
A new web site has been created for those that have no voice in the media: the Jews who live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha, or the West Bank and Gaza):
A group of Yesha residents has decided to bypass the traditional public relations methods aimed at getting a message across to the media, opting instead to document the ups and downs of life in Yesha in full view of anyone in the world with an internet connection - at www.YeshaSpeaksOut.org.
Leftist media outlets such as NPR and the BBC will generally refer to these folks as "Israeli settlers", vilified people in the European leftist view. These same biased media outlets will refer to the mass murdering scum from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades as "militants".
Well, the Yesha Jews now have a voice: and they will expose the mass murdering bastards from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and their European leftist cheerleaders while showing what their daily life is all about.
I copy the full article below (found this article on the excellent "Unsealed Room").
The National Post (www.nationalpost.com) has a great article on how the Israeli left is coping with its dreams of peace being shattered by Palestinian hatred and refusal of any compromise.
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 has now become so unpopular that it seems almost quaint. [...]
Being someone that voted for Meretz and Labor in the past (see the democracy page for details), this article touched a nerve.
Today I also believe that the only way to achieve peace is to negociate from a position of force. Only when the Palestinians truly understand that terrorism, hate and barbaric acts will lead them nowhere will they accept the existence of Israel.
Often you hear strong personal feeling behind their words, and nowhere more than with Hirsh Goodman. "I supported Oslo," he said. "I supported talking with Arafat. The greatest disappointment was to discover that despite everything I've believed, everything I've promulgated, that asshole never gave up terror."
"Land for peace" is over, "Peace for land" might work. I copy the full article below.
The National Post (www.nationalpost.com) has a good article that explains why Israel should continue its fight against Palestinian terrorism, including the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and Arafat's terror groups such as the "Al Aksa's Martyr's Brigade".
The main idea is that a unilateral retreat from the Israeli army would be simply interpreted as weakness by Arafat and other Palestinian terrorists.
To prove this point, the writer, Daniel Pipes, shows how the Hezbollah (a terrorist group based in Lebanon, backed by Iran) has increased its attacks against Israel after she retreated from Lebanon in 2000.
"And fight it did. In the two years since Israel's retreat, Hezbollah has initiated more than 40 unprovoked strikes against Israeli targets, including army outposts in an area known as the Shebaa Farms and civilian villages along Israel's northern border. It also kidnapped (and presumably murdered) three soldiers and a reserve officer, the former abducted from Israeli territory, the latter from Switzerland.
I copy the full article below.
The One Family Fund (www.onefamilyfund.org) has published the story of Assaf Staier, an Israeli 11-year-old boy who was deliberately murdered by a mass murderer from the terrorist group "Palestinian Islamic Jihad":
Assaf Staier, 11
Deliberately murdered by a
Palestinian from the "Islamic Jihad"
For more information on this homicide bombing, click here. For a list of homicide bombings executed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas ("Islamic Resistance") and Arafat's group the "Al-Aksa 'Martyrs' Brigade", click here.
To send a message of condolence to Assaf Staier's family, click here.
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The Florida Times Daily (www.timesdaily.com) reports that the Arab Network Al-Jazeera television had to pay four Kuwaiti lawyers for deeply insulting them in calling them "Jews":
A Kuwaiti court has ordered Al-Jazeera television to pay $16,670 in damages to four Kuwaiti lawyers who sued it for slandering their country. [...]
This is one more proof of the racism that runs in Arab/Muslim society, where "Jew" is a derogatory and offensive term. Al-Jazeera and the ones involved in this despicable episode don't even realize how racist they are - the Al-Jazeera spokesman doesn't critize the fact that "Jew" is an insulting term in the Arab world, he criticizes the fact that the guest used the insulting language ("Jew") and the judge made Al-Jazeera responsible.
Many of the Arab/Muslims of today are the new Nazis, attacking Jews wherever they are and continuously defining the Jewish people as "sub-human". These people make me sick.
I copy the full article below - thanks to the Wall Strret Journal Best of the Web for the link.
Israel 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.
I copy the rest of the artcile below.
Stefan Sharkansky (http://www.usefulwork.com/shark/)wrote an open letter and call to action for progressive activists of Europe and North America who demand that Israel unilaterally end the violence. He brings up some very good points:
"The key to the whole conflict is really very simple. The Israelis don't like being subjected to terrorism. Once the Palestinians stop the terrorism, the Israelis will stop the military operations and will be prepared to return the occupied territories. The Palestinians will get their country and Sharon will retire to his ranch in the desert. It's not that Sharon would necessarily want to retire, he would simply cease to have a useful purpose. So what you can and must do to solve the problem is to help the Palestinians shift their tactics from terrorism and murder to non-violent resistance and nation building.
If you are a progressive activist from Europe or North America, read on, you might hold the key to make the above work.
I copy Stephan's article below.
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Levy, 17, of Jerusalem, who was killed when a Palestinian female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Kiryat Yovel supermarket in Jerusalem on 3/29/2002.
Rachel Levy, 17, murdered
by a Palestinian genocide bomber
Rachel Levy was a senior at the Sieff High School. Fellow pupils from her photography class at school said that she was an excellent pupil, and that an exhibition of Rachel's photographs is being held at her school. "She was a charming girl, allways smiling and pleasant. simply a wonderful person," said a relative. "She loved books, music, and sports," said her mother.
May God bless her memory.
The female genocide bomber was a member of the Al-Aksa brigades, a terrorist group that is financed and organized by Yasser Arafat and other thugs of the Palestinian Authority.
I copy the full story below.
I once had a friend here in San Francisco who said he hated the military and that they are nothing but murderers. Well Shamim, I disagree, the US and Israeli military are the reason I'm alive (as an American and as an Israeli) so here's a link just for you.
The anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has posted a great link to a site that allows you to show your support for our men and women of the US armed forces. Please point your browser to:
and fill out the simple form that says "Dear member of the U.S. military, thank you for defending our freedom" - so far 1,220,877 people have shown their support.
A few weeks ago, a Jordanian website published a few posters that portrayed western icons (Einstein, Freud, etc...) alongside Palestinian children. Its main message was that through the suicide bombings, Palestinian kids are "dying to live".
The website also contained a page with articles and opinions, many in support of the Palestinian genocide bombings. Basically it was a cover up that unsuccessfully tried to make western audiences forget that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians are happy and party when unarmed Israeli civilians are murdered, including babies and children.
It was all pretty well packed up but the guys at Vinyl Frontier, found out the real story behind the posters:
Zaid of Palestine aspires
to be an Adolph Hitler
Many Palestinian children actually desire to exterminate Jews and Israelis - this is done through brainwashing and Palestinan schoolbooks that glorify genocide bombers and deny the existance of the State of Israel. Many of these Palestinian children therefore aspire to nothing more than to become Hitlers.
Click on the image to see the high resolution version.
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