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July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)

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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Maccabi Haifa, an Israeli team, reaches the European Champions League (08.28.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the Israeli soccer team Maccabi Haifa has beaten the Austrian team Graz to reach the European Champions League final stages.

Israeli players celebrate after
beating Graz, the Austrian team

The result of Wednesday night's game completed a 5-3 aggregate victory for Haifa. The hot-tempered match of six goals and three sendings off, turned a dream into reality, and will set a new benchmark for Israeli clubs.

Haifa's coach Yitzhak Schum couldn't hide his delight at becoming the first coach to lead an Israeli side to Europe's top-32 clubs competition. [...]

The Haifaites advanced together with 15 clubs through the qualifying rounds. Defending champion Real Madrid is among the 16 clubs that are already in the hat, after being allocated automatic entry on the basis of their performances in their domestic leagues.

The 32 contestants will be drawn into eight groups of four teams. Each group will contain a team from one of the eight top seeds, plus a team from second, third, and fourth-ranked sides.

Israel should normally play against its neighbors Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, but unfortunately the Middle East Islamic countries reject the Jewish State. Therefore Israel is considered part of Europe (for sports purposes) and plays all of its games, including qualifying tournaments for participation in the World Cup, against European teams.

This is the first time an Israeli team has ever reached the European Champions League final stage.

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The killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism - TerrorPetition.com (06.16.2002)

OpinionTerrorPetition.com, a coalition of concerned citizens worldwide, has launched a major petition drive calling on newspapers and broadcast media to label Palestinian suicide bombers as “terrorists.”

News agencies like MSNBC.com, BBC and Reuters have come under criticism for referring to Palestinian suicide bombers as “militants,” “activists,” or even “freedom fighters.”

TerrorPetition.com is collecting 100,000 signatures, at which point the petition will be presented to editors and executives of hundreds of media outlets worldwide. The grassroots campaign is being coordinated by the media watch group, HonestReporting.com.

You can sign the petition now at http://TerrorPetition.com. It takes less than 10 seconds and will influence the media to fix this outrageous policy.

I have also written a couple of articles on this - see an email I sent to NPR which continues to call the Palestinian murderers of a 5-year-old Israeli girl "militants" (by my book, "militants" are Union Officials who parade in front of McDonald's - not homicide/suicide bombers and other Palestinian murderers who kill unarmed civilians, including children).

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18-year-old woman murdered by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (09.10.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Hanit Arami, an 18-year-old Israeli woman who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad.

Hanit Arami, 18
Murdered by the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad

On July 16, 2001, a suicide bomber exploded a bomb at a bus stop near the train station in Binyamina, halfway between Netanya and Haifa. Corporal Hanit Arami was killed instantly. Also killed in the explosion was St.Sgt. Avi Ben Harush.

Hanit grew up in Zichron Yaakov, where she excelled in her studies. She had been in the army for about a year, and was returning home from the base. Her parents, Carmela and Sammy, heard about the bombing on the radio and came to the train station to look for their daughter. Several hours later, they were informed that she had been killed.

Hanit Arami is to be buried in Zichron Yaakov. She is survived by her parents, an older sister who is serving in the army, and two younger sisters.

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Iran and Syria continue to support terrorism (07.24.2002)

OpinionThe Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has a good article by Dennis Ross, who was the lead American negotiator on the Middle East peace process in the first Bush and both Clinton administrations.

It's no surprise that the Israeli killing of wanted Hamas militant Salah Shehada and members of his family has drawn the world's attention. It is graphic and it reminds everyone of a seemingly endless struggle. But having just returned from the Middle East, I am struck by a burgeoning danger that is receiving scant attention. With a constant stream of supply from both the Iranians and Syrians, Hezbollah is building a formidable arsenal of highly mobile rockets. [...]

But Bashar Assad seems to lack his father's sense of limits. As if providing weapons to Hezbollah was not enough, he is also procuring spare parts for Iraq from Eastern Europe. That's something new; his father sought Saddam Hussein's demise, not his strengthening. [...]

Iran is also pushing Hamas very hard to continue the suicide bombings in Israel. As I heard from Israelis and Palestinians, recent efforts by the Palestinian Authority officials in Gaza to convince Hamas to stop terror attacks against Israelis appeared to be making headway until the Hamas leadership in Gaza got explicit instructions from the Hamas leadership outside--with considerable Iranian pressure--to persist with the bombings. The same was true for the Islamic Jihad, whose leader Ramadan Shallah resides in Damascus and was equally insistent that the bombing must continue.

Iran and Syria clearly want the conflict to continue between Israelis and Palestinians. Perhaps they believe Israel will lose its resolve and gradually be weakened to the point of collapse. They seem prepared to fight to the last Palestinian to produce such an eventuality. Perhaps they fear American determination to go after Saddam Hussein, believing if he goes, they will be next. Their reasoning might be that the more the situation between Israelis and Palestinians embroils the region, the less the U.S. will be capable of going after Saddam.

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Islamic Terrorists from Chechnia hold up hundreds of Russian school kids hostage (09.01.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismLogic And Sanity (www.logicandsanity.com) has current information on how Islamic terrorists from Chechnia have taken over a school in Russia and are holding hundreds of kids, teachers and parents hostage:

Russian Parents worry as Islamic
Terrorists hold their children hostage

Chechen terrorists (male and female) have seized school #1 in Beslan, North Osetia. They are holding 600 students, parents and teachers. They demand the release of 27 [Islamic] terrorists who were recently arrested in a raid in Ingushetia.

Terrorists have mined the area around the school, and reportedly the female terrorists are wearing suicide belts. Terrorists have announced, via a loudspeaker, that they will kill 20 students for each terrorist killed by the police. They have also made the students stand in order to prevent the police from shooting at the windows. [...] School #1 has a capacity of 895 students and 59 teachers. [...]

21 year old Kazik brought his sister to school. He tells the journalist what he witnessed. Around 9 am, an old truck pulled up and about 20 heavily armed terrorists dressed in black and wear black masks and 4 women with bomb belts came out.

Children started to run. Those who were standing closest to the street were able to make it out. Terorrists starting pushing others towards the building, and throwing some children through windows (inside the building)(!!!).

And elderly woman was shot, and a girl who looked like an 11th grader was shot in the back. She died on the spot. Kazik's sister is still a hostage.

Soldiers are saying that terorrists are getting bold. They are looking outside the windows, laughing, and seems like they are speaking arabic amongst themselves. They are also yelling in Russian for the authorities to release terorrists who were recently arrested in Ingushetia.

Sidenote: North Osetians are not ethnically russian, but are mountain people like the Chechens. They are, however, mostly Christian Orthodox.

The "Logic And Sanity" site is constantly translating from Russian sources, this is information you won't find in the mainstream media for a while.

After the barbaric attacks of 9/11/2001 by Islamic mass murderers from Al-Qaeda against the United States that resulted in almost 3,000 people being killed, a good friend of mine sent me a link to a story.

The story tried to show and understand "why they hate us" ("they" being the Islamic mass murdering freaks). The story basically blamed Islamic violence, racism, and hatred on Israel.

Islamic mass murderers from Chechnia have nothing to do with Israel. The massacres of Bali, Russia, Kashmir and Spain by Islamic terrorists have nothing to do with Israel. They do have one common denominator: a racist, intolerant, fascists Islamic ideology whose only purpose is to murder anyone who's different from them.

Update 9/3/2004: The Islamic mass murderers have killed dozens of hostages, including many kids. I'll update this entry once more information is available.

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Israel wins war on Islamic fanatics from Gaza (Hamas) (02.01.2009)


The History News Network (www.hnn.us) has published a good analysis by Prof. Martin Kramer on how Israel has won last month's war against Hamas and other Islamic fanatics in Gaza:

Israeli soldiers celebrate after their convincing victory in the war
against Hamas and other Palestinian Islamic fanatics in December 2008

[...] When Israel launched its operation, Hamas announced a secondary objective: to inflict significant military casualties on the Israelis. For this purpose, it had built up a network of fortifications supposedly on the Lebanon model, which it promised to turn into a "graveyard" for Israeli forces.

The military wing announced that "the Zionist enemy will see surprises and will regret carrying out such an operation and will pay a heavy price. Our militants are waiting with patience to confront the soldiers face to face." This too never happened. The Hamas line quickly folded, its "fighters" shed their uniforms and melted into the civilian population. That Hamas failed to fight did surprise many Israeli soldiers, who had expected more.

But there was no battle anywhere, and Israel suffered only 10 military fatalities, half of them from friendly fire. Hamas has taken to claiming that Israel has hidden its military casualties, and has thrown out various numbers—a rather precise measure of what it had hoped and failed to achieve.

[...] If the "siege" of Gaza is significantly eased or lifted (which I still think is unlikely), it won't be because Palestinian "resistance" forced Israel's hand. It will be because Palestinian suffering has weighed on the conscience of others. That's a very old story, and there's nothing new or "heroic" about it. Those [Palestinians] who've promised to liberate Jerusalem and Palestine by arms are (again) begging the world for sacks of flour.

The war on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Muslim fanatics continues.  I copy the full article below.

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Palestinian Homicide/Suicide bombers threaten us all (05.24.2002)

OpinionWith the latest Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings against unarmed Israeli civilians in Rishon-Le-Zion and Netanya, Thomas Friedman's article "Suicide bombers threaten us all" is more relevant than ever.

This New York Times' article destroys the myth that Palestinians that strapp bombs to their bodies, and murder unarmed civilians, do so out of "desperation".

It also point to the heart of the current conflict: a negative approach by the Arafat and his sympathizers to the whole process. They do not think in constructive terms such as what kind of an economy or educational system they wish to build, but concentrate on what can be destroyed in Israel and how to accelerate this destruction.

Finally the article points to the danger of supporting the Palestinians in their terrorist tactics:

"Let's be very clear: Palestinians have adopted suicide bombing as a strategic choice, not out of desperation. This threatens all civilization because if suicide bombing is allowed to work in Israel, then, like hijacking and airplane bombing, it will be copied and will eventually lead to a bomber strapped with a nuclear device threatening entire nations. That is why the whole world must see this Palestinian suicide strategy defeated."

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British leftists members of the academia boycott Israel (08.20.2002)

OpinionA few months ago, a group of leftist European members of the British academia decided to launch a cultural and scientific boycott against Israel. I have received an email from Michael Vanyukov from the University of Pittsburgh who published his exchange of messages with members of the British boycott team.

Why is the anti-Israeli sentiment so popular in Europe? Of course, European politicians pressing President Bush to restrain Israel may be taking into account that their electorate is much more Muslim than Jewish. They would not do it, however, if the rest of the voting population did not support their pro-Arab stance, and it is not politicians who write boycott petitions and come to Israel now to defend “Palestinian rights.” Why Europe, which has tried and failed to appease Hitler by betraying Czechoslovakia and largely helped him to annihilate European Jewry, makes the same mistake by trying now to appease the horrific Islamic regimes and terrorist gangs supported by them? It is hard to imagine that Europe can still think that appeasing a murderer can earn protection from him. There is another likely reason for this irrational behavior—an irrational reason. Some Europeans, including, regrettably, intellectuals, have finally found a way to both legitimize their deep-seated antisemitism and exculpate themselves—by wrapping antisemitism in the comme il faut cloth of their “fight for the rights of Palestinians.”

Michael makes some excellent points, so be sure to also check out his website at http://www.pitt.edu/~mmv/israel.htm.

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Slide Show: Destroying tunnels used by Palestinian terrorists (05.24.2004)

MultimediaIn 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.

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Israeli company helps California reduce its dependence on foreign oil (08.10.2007)

Hi-TechIsrael21c (www.israel21c.org) reports that Solel, an Israeli company, will build a huge solar power system in the Mojave desert:

Solar Power Panels generate Clean and Safe Energy

An Israeli company is doing its part to help Americans develop renewable, environmentally-friendly energy, and at the same time reduce dependence on foreign oil. Beit Shemesh-based Solel has announced that it has signed a contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to build the world's largest solar plant - to be established in California's Mojave Desert.

The project will deliver 553 megawatts of solar power, the equivalent of powering 400,000 homes, to PG&E's customers in northern and central California. When fully operational in 2011, the Mojave Solar Park plant will cover up to 6,000 acres in the Mojave Desert.

Solel is working closely with URS Corporation in the development of the park, which when completed will rely on 1.2 million mirrors and 317 miles of vacuum tubing to capture the desert sun's heat.

We have a solar power system that we purchased a few years ago. The solar panels sit on our roof and the system provides all of the energy we need to power our home in California. For pictures and more details, click here.

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Racist Bastards deface 50 posters of Jewish politician (08.07.2004)

Anti-SemitismCBS (www.cbs.com) reports that racist bastards have defaced 50 posters of a Jewish politician in San Francisco, California:

One of the posters of Heller, a Jewish politician,
defaced by a Nazi swastika in San Francisco, California

Hate Crime Against SF Supe Candidate, Link
Swastikas defaced dozens of campaign posters in San Francisco's Richmond district.

The anti-Semitic symbols appeared on at least 50 posters for David Heller, who is Jewish and running for the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. The beauty shop owner lost all of his relatives on his father's side to the Nazis.

Mr. Heller said, "I couldn't believe it. I couldn't handle it. I just broke down. I mean I cried. All day, I couldn't handle it. I couldn't believe it."

Heller used the colors of the Israeli flag for his posters. The Anti-Defamation League says references to Israel can set off anti-Semitic attacks.

On Wednesday, Heller's opponents in the supervisor’s race stood hand-in-hand with him as a show of solidarity.

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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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To get more details on this homicide bombing click here. To get a list of all suicide bombings executed by Palestinian terrorists since October 2000, click here.

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Islamic Fanatics win Palestinian Elections (01.28.2006)

NewsThe Globe and Mail (www.theglobeandmail.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has won elections in the Palestinian territories:

The incoming Hamas government will move quickly to make Islamic sharia "a source" of law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and will overhaul the Palestinian education system to separate boys and girls and introduce a more Islamic curriculum, a senior official in the movement said yesterday.

Spelling out the domestic agenda of Hamas for the first time since the group's stunning victory in a legislative election this week, Sheik Mohammed Abu Teir also said Hamas would not go to foreign donors on bended knee if they withdrew aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. Abu Teir, who was No. 2 on the Hamas list of candidates for Wednesday's election, said introducing sharia -- a controversial moral and legal code based on the Koran -- would be the first act of the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council.

"The No. 1 thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions," Mr. Abu Teir said in an interview with The Globe and Mail

For many years Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other Israeli leaders have said that there is unfortunately no partner for peace among the gang of Palestinian murderers from the Islamic Jihad, Fatah or Hamas.

After Geneva peace talks with Arab countries on 12/21/1973 Abba Eban said "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity".

This turns out to be true once again: as Israeli elections were to take place in two months, the centrist Israeli partist "Kadima" was ready to make concessions and maybe even allow for a Palestinian state to be created. With Islamic mass murderers in power in the Palestinian territories, this will not happen.

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Les filles combatantes de Tsahal (French) (11.25.2002)

NewsL'Unité du Porte-parole de l’Armée de Défense d’Israël a publie un article sur les filles combatantes de Tsahal:

Odelia et Moranm, 2 soldates

combattantes de Tsahal, l'armee d'Israel

Deux soldates, les caporales Odelia et Moran font part de leur expérience de combattantes, décrivent le service mixte avec des soldats et parlent du rôle de la femme dans Tsahal.

La caporale Odelia, de Zichron Yaacov, s’est enrolée dans Tsahal en août 2002, dans la Compagnie du Génie. Spécialisées dans les menaces chimiques et bactériologiques, les soldates combattantes, de même que les hommes, sont entraînées à désinfecter les zones empoisonnées.

“Nous nous sommes portées volontaires pour servir dans cette unité combattante.” déclare la caporale Odelia. “Je veux vraiment contribuer de ma personne et donner à mon pays. Je ne me voyais pas servir dans Tsahal à un poste non-combattant.”

La caporale Moran explique que la mixité de la Compagnie rend le travail plus intéressant: “dans le monde où nous vivons, tout est bâti sur les deux sexes. Les filles entraînent les garçons à aller de l’avant et vice-versa.”

Les societes Arabes/Musulmanes detestent le fait que l'Occident et Israel donnent la possibilite aux femmes d'etre une partie vitale de leur civilization.

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Palestinian Terrorist murders Father and injures teenage daughter (04.03.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that once again a Palestinian murderer infiltrated an Israeli town and started shooting in all directions. The bastard managed to murder a father and injured his teenage daughter:

An Israeli man in his forties was killed and his teenage daughter moderately wounded when a terrorist armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and grenades infiltrated the community of Avnei Hefetz, a religious settlement near Tulkarm, at 12:40am Saturday morning. [...]

The two terrorists in Saturday's attack, both from Tulkarm, arrived at the settlement in a car which they parked close to the hothouses of a nearby Palestinian village. [...] The infiltrating terrorist broke through the perimeter fence near a row of homes and raced through the community.

The terrorist crossed into the settlement in an area where there is no fence and began searching a row of houses for targets, spotting people inside the third house from the fence.

The terrorist made his way around the back entrance of the house and broke through the washing room, breaking a shutter on the door. It was here that he shot and wounded the teenage girl.

Just moments earlier, the girl's father, on hearing a noise, went out through the front entrance to investigate. Armed with a handgun, he made his way behind the house where he confronted the terrorist who shot the father at point-blank range.

From there the terrorist began searching for more targets, shooting at windows in neighboring houses.

The Palestinian leaders from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aqsa brigades reject peace and call for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens. Click here for more info or click here for a list of massacres against Israeli women and children executed by these Palestinian mass murderers.

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