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The Simpsons: a family of Sephardic Jews? (10.27.2002)


HumorThe Simpsons Archive (www.snpp.com) has a strange but funny thesis that holds that the Simpsons are actually a family of Sephardic Jews:

The Sephardic Tradition encompasses the culture of the Jews who descended from Spain prior to the expulsion in 1492. However, a broader interpretation also includes Jews who originated from Turkey, Greece, Italy, England, the Ottoman Empire and other lands. The tradition today has come to include not only those with geographic ties, but also those with links to the fascinating culture. Many Jews know that Sephardim eat rice and beans on Pesach, and know of the unique torah trope of the tradition, but little else. However, many Jews, and even non-Jews are exposed to aspects of the Sephardic tradition and culture without even knowing it. [...]

According to David Gitlitz, in spite of the attempts of crypto Jews, most of these conversos had been completely assimilated by the end of the 17th century (Gitlitz x). Gitlitz say that the meager remnants that resurfaced in the 20th century are the exception to the rule. There is evidence to suggest that the writers portray the Simpson family as crypto Jews of the assimilated nature, so much so that they no longer know their true identity. Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According To The Simpsons, argues that "The Simpsons from time to time suggest an underlying element of what might be called crypto-Judaism" (121). For example, a menorah is found in the Simpsons' storage closet, with no explanation. Also, Homer's father Abe, is portrayed as the quintessential Jewish grandfather, always complaining and boring his family with stories of "the old country."


Many of my good friends in Israel are Sephardic Jews whose parents came from Moroco, Tunisia and Algeria. Man, I love that couscous.

I copy the full thesis below, it's long but worht it, and the real story is an overview of Sephardic history and culture.

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German vandals destroy monument to Nazi victims (11.22.2002)


Anti-SemitismOnce again, a monument to Nazi victims, has been vandalized in Germany:

A German official on Thursday decried a string of right-wing attacks on memorials to the victims of Nazi-era crimes in the east of the country as the worst in years, after vandals destroyed a brick monument in the town of Leegebruch earlier this week.

"Such a string of attacks on memorials has not been seen in many years," said Guenter Marsch, director of the foundation for the preservation of monuments in eastern Brandenburg state.

Police blame right-wing extremists for the attacks, centered around eastern Germany where a full reckoning of Nazi-era crimes was suppressed by the former communist regime.


A couple of months ago, in September 2002, German Nazis firebombed a Jewish Museum - click here for more details. I copy the full article below.

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Luciana Misura and censorship (10.29.2002)


AnnouncementLuciana Misura is a Brasilian woman living in the United States. She decided to create a list of blogs of Brasilians that have websites/blogs living outside of Brasil.

I thought it was a great idea, and sent her an email with a link to FactsOfIsrael.com. To my suprise, she has refused to add a link to my site. She says politicals sites cannot be included - but that's not mentioned anywhere and many of the sites she does list have political content.

After sending a message to many Brasilian bloggers, I have received a few emails of support, mostly from Brasilians living in the United States. That's because they understand what "free speech" is all about, and Luciana is having trouble with the concept: she censors opinions that might not fit into her definition of what Brasilians outside of Brasil should be saying.

She created a list for Brasilians living outside of Brasil. I am a Brasilian living outside of Brasil, why does she specifically refuse to add a link to my site?

Luciana, let's look up together the definition of anti-Semitism:

Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism. Discrimination against Jews.


Although I don't think Luciana is racist, I do believe she's excluding my site simply because of its pro-Israel content. Sad. If you feel I'm right, please send Luciana an email at luciana@misura.org and ask her to include FactsOfIsrael.com in her list.

Update: After I posted a comment about her censorship skills on her site, Luciana decided it was better to take down the comments all together instead of allowing her readers to see how she's not allowing my site to be listed simply because of its pro-Israel content. The supretion of information flow continues.

I copy below the text of a message I sent to all Brasilian bloggers found in Luciana's list (in Portuguese).

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Palestinian terrorists murder 7 unarmed Israeli civilians and injure a baby and a pregnant woman (07.16.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists detonated a roadside bomb near the Israeli town of Emanuel killing 7 and wounding 15 unarmed civilians.

After the bomb went off, the Palestinian murderers sprayed gunfire on fleeing passengers. Among the wounded were a baby and a pregnant woman.

It was the first deadly terror attack since June 20 and came hours before representatives of the so-called "Quartet" committee - including the United States, Russia, European Union and United Nations - met in New York to discuss ways of ending more than 21 months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

"It's a horrendous site," Assaf Yitzhaki, head of the Karnei Shomron fire station, said. He saw passengers trapped inside the bus who had to be rescued by emergency crews.

Medics at the scene quoted the injured as saying that after the initial explosion, several smaller ones went off, or grenades were thrown, followed by shooting.


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Links to sites that sell gas masks, potassium iodate, body suits, readiness kits and more: (02.15.2003)


AnnouncementAfter I posted a story about an Israeli vet who invented a gas mask for dogs (click here for the original article), I have received a few requests from American pet owners who are interested in purchasing the kits. The Israeli vet, Dr. Kishon, seems to only serve Israel, so I did some research and found the following site:

http://www.protectivesuits.com/pet_shield.html


Here are some sites that are not only related to pets, but will also help you protect yourself. These sites sell gas masks, potassium iodate, body suits, readiness kits and more:

http://www.healthywealthyandwise.net/shop/list.html?categ=2
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/
http://www.safetysquare.com/home.html
http://areyouprepared.com/security_and_protection.html
http://www.kio3.com/


Faster please.

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Many Palestinians admire murderers of children and babies (08.01.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismMany Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims have created a sick culture that honors suicide bombers, which they refer to as "martyrs".

Yesterday's deliberate attack on civilians that killed 7 unarmed students and wounder over 90, was executed by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance) which promptly (and proudly) claimed responsibility for the murders.



A Palestinian murderer becomes a culture's hero
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The above poster is a montage that includes a picture of one of these barbaric excuses for a human being with a background of his Jewish/Israeli victims dying or burning. Posters like this are displayed in many public places and private houses across the West Bank and Gaza - they are a favorite of Palestinian kids.

To better understand why many Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims are proud of killing babies and children, Stefan Sharanksy (Shark Blog), has created a page with additional pictures and translated stories from the Hamas website.

Take a look at the pictures on this organization's own website and see for yourself how this group chooses to honor itself. The Al-Qassam Brigade is about killing, being killed, and the celebration of killing. None of this killing seems to serve any strategic plan, except as blind revenge, an expression of religious hysteria, and as a placeholder for a viable program for creating a Palestinian state. In short, the Al-Qassam Brigade can best be described as a psychotic death cult.


Click here to check Stefan's page of the Hamas Psychotic Death Cult.

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The UN "Fact Finding" mission (05.01.2002)


OpinionIn this message I answer a question for Max from Finland. He didn't understand why Israel is delaying the UN Jenin "fact finding" mission.

To understand Israel's current disagreement with the UN on its "fact finding mission", let's step back a couple of weeks.

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Jews from West Bank and Gaza (Yesha) now have their own web site (07.29.2004)


NewsA 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.

Ben-Avraham says it was the 1993 Oslo Accords that made him realize the importance of getting the message out through alternative sources of communication. “Since the beginning of the 'Oslo Process' there has been a real need to counteract the negative effects of hostile media, both Israeli and foreign, that effectively delegitimized the Yesha settlement movement,” says Ben-Avraham. “When both government agencies and world media systematically distort every quote, every fact, to create the perception of wrongdoing and malicious intent in everything we as Jewish residents of Yesha do, there is a need to counteract this campaign.”


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.

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Some American Muslims support the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (07.17.2002)


OpinionThe National Review (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article that explains why American Muslims have been opposing the latest FBI rules to fight terrorism.

Why are Muslim and Arab "civil rights" groups the only ones protesting new FBI rules to fight terrorism?

Why aren't mainstream Christian and Jewish groups protesting the new guidelines handed down by Attorney General John Ashcroft and his Justice Department? Or Hispanic groups?

Maybe because Muslim, mostly Arab, terrorists — including at least two 9/11 hijackers — deliberately used U.S. mosques to fundraise for and plan terrorist attacks. Maybe because they knew that, under the old rules, it had been difficult for FBI counterterrorism operatives to surveil terrorists once they stepped into the mosques. And they, the terrorists — and many Muslim allies in the U.S. — took advantage of this. [...]

Al-Arian raised money to fund his terrorist operations in mainstream mosques all over America, videotapes show, with the willing participation of the mosques' imams (religious leaders) and congregants. In one video, Fawwaz Abu Damra, Imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, is shown introducing Al-Arian as head of "the active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, and we like to call it the Islamic Committee for Palestine here for security reasons." Abu Damra implored mosque congregants, "Donate to the Islamic Jihad! . . . If you write a check, write it for the Islamic Committee for Palestine."


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Australia's Department of Defence computers used to generate racist and anti-Semitic messages (08.27.2002)


Anti-SemitismI received the following message from Michal Karel Petelczyz (petelczyz@yahoo.com):

"You jews ARE "pigs and monkeys", and the sooner the Palestinians all their land libertae and jewish swine vermin exterminate , the better. You jews too much world opinion control and distort it to portray yourselves as victims. The sooner a virus that targets and kills juden is developed and shipped the better. Das Welt - Judenfrei, bitte. You are a filthy, inbred race, that has caused havoc throughout the history of the world and the quicker to all you swine death comes, the besser will it be. Stinking Schwein!"


Normally I would just ignore such filth since I receive many racist and anti-Semitic messages.

What makes this incident regretful is that Mrs. Michal Karel Petelczyz sent her message from a computer belonging to Australia's department of Defence.

I traced back her message to the IP address - 203.10.231.229 - which corresponds to a computer that belongs to Australia's Department of Defence - the server defepx01.defence.gov.au .

I doubt the name and email addresses are valid but the IP address is and if someone from Australia's Department of Defence shows some cooperation we will be able to locate this rabid anti-Semite and hopefully Australia's Dof will take some action.

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Arafat's Palestinian terrorists shoot Israeli in the head (03.19.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismI just heard on Israeli radio that Palestinian terrorists from Arafat's terrorist group "Al-Aksa brigades" have deliberately shot an Israeli in the head. The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports:

Palestinians shot and killed Israeli citizen Zion Boshirian, 50, a resident of the northern West Bank Jewish community of Mevo Dotan, Wednesday afternoon.

Palestinian gunmen ambushed Boshirian's car as he was driving, alone, on a road between the settlements of Mevo Dotan and Shaked, adjacent to the Palestinian town of Jenin. They shot him in the head. Boshirian, severely wounded, managed to shoot back at his assailants but fell unconscious and later succumbed to his wounds while being treated by paramedics on the site.


Mr. Boshirian's wife is pregnant and his son was to celebrate his Bar-Mitzvah next week.

Many Palestinians and leftist fascists support such barbaric murders, since killing Mr. Boshirian and other Israeli "settlers" is acceptable in their eyes. I say it isn't - for every men, woman or child murdered by Palestinian terrorists we should create more settlements and make their lives as hard as possible (click here for the article "Land for War: a solution to stop the Palestinian terrorist attacks on women and children" for more details).

If the Palestinians ever decide that peace is better than intolerance, hate and murder, we might think about giving them an independent State of Palestine (see the Palestine page for details) - in the meantime let's increase the budget for settlements by tenfold.

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Publicite pour le Ministere de Tourisme Palestinien (French) (09.06.2002)


HumorLe site Israel Info a une page d'humour qui contient une publicite pour le Ministere de tourisme Palestinien:



Publicite pour le Ministere de
Tourisme Palestinien


Bien que l'Etat de Palestine n'existe pas (lisez l'histoire et Palestine), cette image est bien drole. Cliquez sur l'image pour une version plus large.

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Iraq Brings in French Surrender Experts (03.15.2003)


HumorThe Skeptician (www.skeptician.com) reports that the French are good for something after all:





Faced with the overwhelming firepower and military might of the U.S. led coalition forces poised on its border, Iraq asked the French Government today to send so-called "surrender experts" to Baghdad.

According to Iraqi Vice President Tariq Aziz, the experts will "instruct the Iraqi military in all forms of surrender. Obviously, no country on earth has more experience with surrender or is more qualified in training others in this key aspect of warfare."

Iraq sought the French help so that they could surrender more quickly in this conflict than in the First Gulf War. According to Skeptician military analyst Rip Rowan, "During Operation Desert Storm, the Iraqi Army tended to make orderly and calm surrenders. They would walk slowly towards the Coalition forces with white flags."

"The French style of surrender, however, is much quicker. The French will teach them how to simply throw their weapons down and run screaming towards coalition lines, beg for forgiveness, and then roll over on their backs and ask for their tummies to be scratched."

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin (who is a man) could not be reached for comment. Various news reports said that he was under his kitchen table, hiding from his dog, Vichy.


While the French continue to support the butcher from Baghdad and burn synagogues, I'll continue to burn the French.

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Whole Iranian team should be disqualified for refusing to compete against Israelis (08.15.2004)


OpinionYahoo Sports (sports.yahoo.com) reports that a racist Iranian athelete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Yahoo journalist has a good suggestion for the International Olympic Committee:

Arash Miresmaeili of Iran made his statement Sunday when he refused to compete in an opening-round Judo match here against Ehud Vaks of Israel due to what can only be called religious bigotry cloaked by international politics.

Iran's Olympic delegation made its statement when it supported this hatred.

And now the International Olympic Committee, backed by the civilized world, should make its statement loud and clear: Toss Iran out of the Athens Games.

Immediately.

Disqualify the entire Iranian delegation, send them home and hold them up to international scrutiny and ridicule. Anything less is to look away, to tacitly approve, to take the conciliatory path, to allow xenophobia, racism and religious persecution to thrive

Anything less is to allow the Games to become a global stage for radical political statements. Anything less is to spit in the eye of the Olympic ideal that the spirit of competition can bridge differences and bring people of all backgrounds together. [...]

On Friday night at the Olympic Stadium, Miresmaeili stood among athletes of all creeds and colors and took an oath that, in part, promises to abide by the "true spirit of sportsmanship ... and the honor of our teams."

So what is that oath worth today? What are the Olympics worth?

Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against blacks? Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against Muslims?


Don't expect the IOC to do anything about the ratred and racism coming from Iran. Just like the UN, the IOC is corrupt and has no moral fiber.

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Certain American children are taught Jihad (Muslim holy war) (07.02.2002)


OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that certain schools across the United States are teaching children how to become 'Muslim warriors' in Jihad (holy war).

'Become a Muslim warrior during the crusades or during an ancient jihad." Thus read the instructions for seventh graders in Islam: A Simulation of Islamic History and Culture, 610-1100, a three-week curriculum produced by Interaction Publishers, Inc. In classrooms across the United States, students who follow its directions find themselves fighting mock battles of jihad against "Christian crusaders" and other assorted "infidels." Upon gaining victory, our mock-Muslim warriors "Praise Allah."

Is this a legal activity in American public schools? Interaction says it merely urges students to "respect Islamic culture" through identification with Islam. But the Thomas More Law Center, a public-interest law firm based in Michigan, disagrees and last week filed a federal lawsuit to prohibit one school district, in Byron, California, from further using the Interaction materials on Islam. [...]

THE THOMAS More Law Center is absolutely correct: This simulation blatantly contradicts Supreme Court rulings which permit public schools to teach about religion on condition that they do not promote it. Interaction openly promotes the Islamic faith, contrary to what a public school should do. As Richard Thompson of the center notes, the Byron school district "crossed way over the constitutional line when it coerced impressionable 12-year-olds to engage in particular religious rituals and worship, simulated or not."

(One can't but wonder did John Walker Lindh take this course?) The educational establishment permits this infraction due to an impulse to privilege non-Western cultures over Western ones. It never, for example, would permit Christianity to be promoted in like fashion ("Become a Christian warrior during the crusades," for example.)


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