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Muslim killer murders 4 Israelis in homicide bombing (04.29.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Muslim has murdered 4 Israelis in a homicide bombing in Tel-Aviv:



An Israeli woman in shock,
after a Muslim homicide bomber
murdered 4 and injured over 50


A terror attack took place this evening in Tel Aviv killing at least 4 people and injuring 50. Magen David Adom emergency medical services has stated that 10 people are in serious to critical condition.

An American male tourist and a French female tourist were among the wounded, according to Israel police.

Israel radio reports that a suicide bomber attempted to enter Mike's Place, a seafront coffee house near the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Intial reports state the security guard at the restaurant tried to wrestle the terrorist to the ground when the terrorist detonated his explosives. The security guard survived the attack and is presently fighting for his life in hospital, according to the Israel police. [...] "Again we have witnessed yet another terror attack on innocent civilians," said Kleiman.

"The Israeli police have information that these terror attacks will continue to take place. We can't stop one hundred percent of these attacks from taking place, but we have been very successful in preventing the majority from taking place," said Kleiman.

Kleiman added that 115 Palestinian terror suicide attacks were attempted in 2002 in which many of these attacks had been foiled by Israeli security forces.




"Mike's Place', an American bar
in Tel-Aviv, and the target
of a Palestinian homicide bombing


While most of the Western media is reporting on how the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have a new "Prime Minister", Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's thugs continue their campaign of death and terror.

Mr. Abbas has declared that he will attempt to stop the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas from deliberately murdering Israeli women and babies. I hope that's true, but I seriously doubt it.

In the meantime, the Israeli army will continue to hunt down the murderous Islamic Palestinian terrorists wherever they are.

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Italy, 1553, Pope orders burning of Talmud (09.09.2002)


Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on September 9, 1553, when a Pope who hated Jews ordered the burning of the Talmud:

1553: Under the auspices of Cardinal Caraffa, later to be Pope Paul IV, a rabid counter-Reformationist, the Talmud was confiscated and publicly burned in Rome. The cardinal chose the day of Rosh Hashana of that year specifically so the Jews would feel the grief more strongly. Talmud burning spread to much of Italy.


The Talmud is the Jewish "oral law", contrary to the Bible which is considered the "written law". About 2000 years ago it was decided that the oral law would be written down since it was slowly being forgotten - the Talmud was born.

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A summary of Islamic fanaticism in the last week (11.27.2002)


OpinionSalman Rushdie has published a summary of Islamic fanaticism in the last week:

It's been quite a week in the wonderful world of Islam.

Nigerian Islam's encounter with that powerhouse of subversion, the Miss World contest, has been unedifying, to put it mildly. First some of the contestants had the nerve to object to a Shariah court's sentence that a Nigerian woman convicted of adultery be stoned to death and threatened to boycott the contest — which forced the Nigerian authorities to promise that the woman in question would not be subjected to the lethal hail of rocks. And then Isioma Daniel, a Christian Nigerian journalist, had the effrontery to suggest that if the prophet Muhammad were around today, he might have wanted to marry one of these swimsuit hussies himself.

Well, obviously, that was going too far. True-believing Nigerian Muslims then set about the holy task of killing, looting and burning while calling for Ms. Daniel to be beheaded, and who could blame them? Not the president of Nigeria, who put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the hapless journalist. (Germaine Greer and other British-based feminists, unhappy about Miss World's decision to move the event to London, preferred to grouse about the beauty contest. The notion that the killers, looters and burners should be held accountable seems to have escaped notice.)

Meanwhile, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hashem Aghajari, a person with impeccable Islamist credentials — a leg lost in battle and a résumé that includes being part of the occupying force that seized the Great Satan's Tehran embassy back in the revolution's salad days — languishes under a sentence of death imposed because he criticized the mullahs who run the country. In Iran, you don't even have to have cheeky thoughts about the prophet to be worthy of being killed.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, a hit television series, "Horseman Without a Horse," has been offering up antiSemitic programming to a huge, eager audience. That old forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" — a document purporting to prove that there really is a secret Jewish plot to take over the world, and which was proved long ago to have been faked by Czar Nicholas II's secret police — is treated in this drama series as historical fact.

Finally, let's not forget the horrifying story of the Dutch Muslim woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has had to flee the Netherlands because she said that Muslim men oppressed Muslim women, a vile idea that so outraged Muslim men that they issued death threats against her.

Is it unfair to bunch all these different uglinesses together? Perhaps. But they do have something in common. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was accused of being "the Dutch Salman Rushdie," Mr. Aghajari of being the Iranian version, Isioma Daniel of being the Nigerian incarnation of the same demon.

A couple of months ago I said that I detested the sloganization of my name by Islamists around the world. I'm beginning to rethink that position. Maybe it's not so bad to be a Rushdie among other "Rushdies." For the most part I'm comfortable with, and often even proud of, the company I'm in.


- For more information on the Islamics barbarians of Nigeria, please click here.
- For more information on Islamic fascists from Iran, please click here.
- For more information on the racist Islamic Egyptians and their belief in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", please click here and here.
- For more information on the intolerant Muslim community in Holand, please click here.

I don't know if there's a minority or a majority of Muslims that support and are involved in this racism, intolerance and terrorism. That said the above murderers are all Muslims. I copy the full article below.

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Why do liberals do not join the war on Islamic terrorism? (11.12.2002)


OpinionThe Chronicle Online (www.chronicle.duke.edu) has an excellent article by Bala Ambati, an Indian-American doctor, who became the world's youngest doctor when he graduated in 1995 from Mt. Sinai Medical School, two months before his 18th
birthday:

I'm proud to be a liberal. I've been a liberal all my life, espousing civil rights, environmental protection, fiscal prudence, energy independence, gun control, educational uplift, stands against military dictatorships, etc. I believe firmly in individuals thinking of causes greater than their own and translating such impulses into public policies to change society for the better.

Which is why I have been appalled, disgusted, and ashamed at the direction so many liberals have taken in the weeks and months since Sept. 11. Almost immediately, many left-wingers blamed America or Israel for the attacks (some still do). [...]

So-called liberals who mindlessly chant these taunts should reflect on facts. Who targets innocent civilians, whether in hijacked planes, office towers, Hindu shrines in India, Christian missions in Pakistan, discos and pizza parlors in Tel Aviv, beach resorts in Bali, theater-goers in Moscow or Kenyan embassy workers in Nairobi? Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. [...]

When liberals denounce the United States for the regrettable but minimized and unavoidable civilian casualties of U.S. action in Afghanistan, do they consider the consequences of the Taliban regime to Afghans, let alone Americans? The Taliban slaughtered 1.5 million Afghans in their reign's 5 years; US action stopped an annual murder of 300,000 Afghans, and allowed girls to go to school without being beaten!


Like Mr. Ambati, I also embrace values such as respect for civil and human rights, women and gay rights, pro-choice, gun control, and even being against the death penalty.

Unfortunately, I have found that many of my leftist friends, particularly in Europe, are not interested in justice. Their hate of capitalism, and therefore of America, pushes them into this acceptance and even support of Palestinian and Islamic terrorism.

Although not all liberals support Palestinian and Islamic terrorism, many do. Israeli women and children that are almost daily deliberately murdered by Arafat's thugs do not count. Well, my vote for the Republican party in the next few decades will count.

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Help reverse Islamic court's sentencing of woman to death by stoning (10.29.2002)


NewsA few weeks ago I posted an article that described how an Islamic court in Nigeria has sentenced a young woman to death by stoning after she gave birth out of wedlock (click here for the original story). Today I received an email from my good friend Jennifer, and learned that Oprah picked up on the story:

Last Friday, the Oprah show covered a story of a Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, who has been sentenced to death by stoning because she had a baby out of wedlock. She has tried to appeal the decision but has been unsuccessful thusfar.

The head of Nigeria disagrees with these stonings but has so far done nothing -- partly because of the fear of not being re-elected. I should also note that the father of the baby denied fathering the child and, hence, has escaped any form of punishment.

Amina Lawal's stoning will occur as soon as she is finished nursing her child. She will be buried up to her neck in dirt and townsmen will throw stones at her head until they kill her--which has been known to take hours. I send out a plea to all the women receiving this e-mail and to all the men raised by women to join me and many others to help prevent this horrific and inhumane event from occuring.

All you have to do is visit the Oprah website:

http://www.oprah.com/tows/
pastshows/tows_2002/tows_past_20021004.jhtml


Click on the Amina Lawal pop up screen or search using Amina's name and you will see a pre-written letter addressed to the Nigerian Ambassador. Just fill
out your information on the bottom of the page and send it. It's as simple as that. You can even go one step further and forward this e-mail to your friends so they can be part of the mission to save Amina Lawal. It's your chance to save one woman's life.

We can claim ignorance when doing nothing to stop vicious atrocities that we know nothing about from occuring but there is no justification if we standby and allow for these events to take place when we are fully aware of them. Thank you very much for reading this.... now the ball is in your court.


Although not all Muslims are stuck in the Middle Ages, this Islamic "court" that sentences women to death by stoning certainly is. It's as bad as the Islamic court in Saudia Arabia that cuts off hands of petty thieves.

Please take a second to click on the above link and send a message - Amina's life could be saved.

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Delusional Islamic Supremacist wishes to commit genocide against the "Jewish Nation" (12.19.2003)


Hate MailAlthough I receive hate mail on a daily basis, I don't post all racist, intolerant, threats I receive from Islamic Supremacists, particularly if they come from brain washed countries such as Saudia Arabia or France.

Today I received a message similar to all other garbage that these Islamic Supremacists have been capable of, except that to my surprise it originated from Washington D.C.! I publish the details of the message below (I replaced certain letters with "*"):

Message sent from IP Address: 149.123.15.63 (Washington D.C.!)

Comment on FactsOfIsrael.com entry:
"Arafat and Palestinian Authority wish to wipe Israel off the map"
Click here for the article

Author: Al Mujahidoun
Email Address: f***-you@nazi.com
URL: http://www.jewssuckdi**.com

F*** YOU BITCH COCK SU***NG JEWS YOU F***ING ISRAELIS SUCK SO MUCH PALESTINIAN DI** LI YAHAYA FALESTINE WAL ARABIYOUN WAL MUSLIMOONA F*** THE JEWISH NATION AL MUSLIM YAHTADOUN AL MAWT ILI ISRAEL WA ADA ALLAH WA AMERIKIYOUN INSHALLAH
..............
F*** YOU FLAG THATS WAVING GOD WILLING WE SHALL REMOVE IT WITH A PALESTINIAN ONE AND EXICUTE YOU ON THE GULLATINE


The "GULLATINE"? Must be a French Muslim.

If anyone speaks Arabic, what is this all about: "AL MUSLIM YAHTADOUN AL MAWT ILI ISRAEL WA ADA ALLAH WA AMERIKIYOUN INSHALLAH"?

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Muslim Court in Nigeria sentences woman to death by stoning (08.21.2002)


NewsABC News Australia (abc.net.au) reports that a Muslim court from Nigeria sentenced a woman to death by stoning:

Nigerian court upholds woman's stoning sentence
http://abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s653228.htm

An Islamic court in Nigeria has upheld the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a young Nigerian woman who gave birth to a child out of wedlock.

A cry of "Allahu Akbar", or "God is great", rang out in the courtroom when the judge ruled 30-year-old Amina Lawal be executed once she has weaned her eight-month-old daughter.

The Sharia court granted defence lawyers 30 days to appeal, which they have said they will do.

The young woman was escorted away in tears by her lawyers.


This is almost as bad as what happens in Saudi Arabia - see for example "Saudi Arabia cuts off hands of two thieves" and "Saudi Arabia finances Palestinian genocide bombers".

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Palestinians wish America was destroyed (09.10.2002)


NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a book that describes the destruction of the United States is a best seller among Palestinians.



Many Palestinians celebrated the
murder of 3,000 people on 9/11/2001


A booklet that anticipates the destruction of the US by 2004 has become a best seller in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip. The author of the 32-page publication is Salah Eddin Abu Arafeh, a young Muslim preacher from Jerusalem.

The booklet and a similar videotape prepared by the author have embarrassed the Palestinian Authority, which has ordered its security forces to prevent any form of celebration marking September 11.

Palestinians in Ramallah said yesterday there is a huge demand for the booklet and tape.


So, here's how I see the next few days:

1) The Palestinians celebrate 9/11, since American and Israeli civilians, including babies and children were murdered.
2) Arafat orders its police to arrest all journalists covering these "festivities" (talk about 'Palestinian freedom of speech').
3) A logical conclusion from many European and American leftists will be that the poor Palestinians hate the US only because of her close ties with Israel. This is similar to Nazis blaming Jews for Anti-Semitism - it's just a modern day leftist view of the world, which will blame Israel regardless of the facts.

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Israeli researcher creates featherless chicken (07.09.2002)


HumorPlanet Ark (www.planetark.org) reports that Avigdor Cahaner, from Israel's Hebrew University, has created a featherless chicken.




The Israeli featherless chicken,
a funny bird


Cahaner's red-skinned chicken looks a little ridiculous, but the lack of feathers keeps the birds cooler and leaner than their feathered cousins - useful in hot countries.

"(Boiler chickens) consume a lot of energy in order to grow rapidly but in the process they generate a lot of heat and they have to get rid of it otherwise their internal body temperature will go too high and they will die," he told Reuters this week. "That's why the growth rate of boiler (chickens) is significantly reduced in hot seasons or hot countries and that is why the poultry meat is expensive in these countries."

By keeping the chickens feather-free, the birds would direct their energy to growing larger rather than keeping cool.


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Visiting Lebanon, Jordan and Israel (07.21.2002)


OpinionI just stumbled upon the web log of Karl Czemer, who is Jewish, and decided to take a trip to Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.

He made daily entries in his web log as he went from place to place, and the way he describes his visit in Lebanon is absolutely fascinating.

I just sent him an email asking him how he came about this crazy idea and if he was nervous in Hezbollah country - I'll post his answer here.

Check it out at http://philosophicalkarl.blogspot.com/ and tell him to be careful in the future.

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India and Israel joined in their war on Islamic Terrorism (02.09.2004)


NewsHaaretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Israel's Foreign Minister, Silvan Shalom, is currently on a visit in India:



India and Israel join the
United States in the global war
against Islamic mass murderers


Speaking to business leaders, Shalom also said that India and Israel must work together to fight terrorism, underscoring the growing ties between the two countries.

"With the escalating threat of global terrorism, there is a need for closer cooperation to combat terrorism," Shalom told 50 top industrialists at a meeting in Mumbai.

"India and Israel should work together to put this element out," Shalom said in a statement released by the Confederation of Indian Industry, which organized the meeting that was closed to the press.


As Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the killers from Lashkar-e-Taiba (who murder Indian women and children in Kashmir) and other Islamic mass murderers will face an increasingly bigger coalition. This coalition, created by the need of a global war on Islamic terrorism, is led by the United States and as we can see from today's news includes Israel and India.

Expect other victims of the Islamic mass murderers to follow (such as Russia and true Western Democracies, e.g. Australia and Canada, but not France).

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Israeli soldiers stop Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber from murdering women and children (11.08.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israeli soldiers were able to stop a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber from deliberately murdering unarmed women and children:



Brave Israeli soldiers hunt down
Palestinian terrorists


A would-be suicide bomber and another terrorist were shot and killed by soldiers at the Jit junction, between Kedumim and Nablus, in Samaria Thursday night.

Soldiers stopped a Palestinian taxi and asked its three occupants to get out for a security check. When they noticed that one of them was wearing an explosives belt, the terrorist yelled, "Allah Akbar," and started to approach the soldiers, who shot him.

"The terrorist fell and blew up, a second terrorist was killed in the blast, and a third wounded and treated by IDF medics before being taken to a hospital in Israel," the IDF Spokesman said. None of the soldiers were wounded.

Sappers inspected the car and discovered a bomb inside a bag that had been placed in the trunk. They safely detonated it.


Since October 2000, when Yasser Arafat and his thugs decided to wage war instead of peace, over 180 of these Palestinian murderers were stopped short of killing unarmed women and children. On the other hand, over 100 homicide/suicide bombings did occur - see the Palestine page for the full list.

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Israel will have general elections on 1/28/2003 (11.05.2002)


NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel will have general elections on January 28th 2003:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his support for early elections on Tuesday, just short of two years since he took office, receiving approval from President Moshe Katsav to dissolve the Knesset and hold elections within 90 days.

The Knesset Law Committee is to meet Wednesday to finalize January 28 as the date for the election, because the law requires that elections be held on a Tuesday before the 90 days are up on February 3.


For more information on how, contrary to its Arab neighbors, Israel is a full democracy, please check the Democracy page.

Here are a few thoughts:

1) Why would Sharon allow Bibi Netanyahu to become Foreign Minister in his government? Wouldn't that give credibility to Bibi, who hasn't acted in any official capacity in the past couple of years? Yes, but that's precidely what Sharon wants. My guess is that he knows Bibi will win the Likud primaries and for the greater good of the party, he wants to give credibility to Bibi to help him (and the Likud) win the elections against Labor in 90 days.

2) The Labor party is trying to turn the elections into a discussion about the current government's support for the settlements instead of support for the developing cities in Israel ("Arei Hapituach"). In other words, make the people who are suffering today for economic reasons blame Sharon and the Likud for transferring money to the settlers in the West Bank and Gaza (0.03% of the budget). That's going to backfire: most of the people living in the developing cities will not vote for a leftist government - they are mostly Sephardim who have hawkish political views and would not want to give up the disputed territories. Instead, they'll vote for Shas, which although doesn't really represent them (they are ultra-Orthodox, while most Sephardim living in the developing cities are secular/traditionalists), will be able to pick up on the economic agenda and will have some political gains out of Labor's misplaced attacks.

You heard it here first folks. Ok, you may call my site "Foresight and Facts Of Israel" from now on. ;-)

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An Open Letter to the Palestinians (06.16.2002)


OpinionShark Blog (http://www.usefulwork.com/shark/) posted a letter from David White, a citizen of New Zealand. Called "An Open Letter to the Palestinians from an Agnostic", David White has a great analysis of the current war on Palestinian terrorism and some good advice to the Palestinians.

My perspective of Palestinians is something like this - you're Arabs (of course), mostly Muslim, but with a Christian minority. Many of you live outside Gaza/West Bank, mostly in Jordan and other Muslim countries, with some groups living in Western countries as well. You feel that you have been wronged by Israel and are fighting to destroy them.

As for my perspective on Israel, I see them like this. They are a mainly Jewish, small, free-market democracy with a large Arab minority surrounded by hostile Arab dictatorships. They have an ancestral claim to Israel, their state was created as a refuge from persecution, they have a right to exist, and, having survived a holocaust in Europe, they should not have to sit still and wait for another one in the Middle East.

Why I Stand. As I said, I do not, and I will not, support the Palestinian cause. Why not? I have a number of reasons, and here they are:

1. You have made it clear beyond any shadow of doubt that you intend to destroy Israel and kill or drive out its Jewish population. This is genocide, pure and simple. You justify this by saying that Israel has committed many crimes against your people, and that you seek "justice". I say this in response- NOTHING WHATSOEVER is an acceptable justification for genocide. Loss of land, humiliation at being militarily defeated - others have suffered these and moved on to create new nations and opportunities for themselves.

[...]

4. Using children as suicide bombers. Anyone who teaches children to kill themselves in suicide attacks is not worth supporting under any circumstances. For you to do this to your children is an abomination. A commentator on a Web magazine said that if the Palestinians laid down their arms, they would get peace and land. If the Israelis laid down their arms, they would be killed. You know that is true, even if most of Europe doesn't


I copy the full text of the letter below, it is well worth the read.

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22-year-old student murdered by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (08.24.2002)


VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Inbal Weiss, a 22-year-old student who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

On November 29, 2001, a bus was traveling on a major highway between the Israeli coastal cities of Hadera and Afula when a "massive explosion" tore through the vehicle, police said. The bus, No. 823, had left from Nazareth and was headed to Tel Aviv.



Inbal Weiss, 22
Murdered by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad


Inbal Weiss was on her way to her parents' home for the weekend from Afula, where she had recently rented an apartment. Her parents were waiting for her at the Gan Shmuel junction and saw a lot of ambulances driving by. They were unable to reach her on her cellular phone, and rushed to the nearby Hillel Yaffe hospital in Hadera, where they learned that their eldest daughter had been killed.

"She was a person with a warm heart, who never thought a bad thought and believed very much in the need for Jewish-Arab co-existence," said her mother Marion. Inbal, who served as a teacher in the army was a student in human resources at the Jezreel Valley regional college. She loved to read and to dance.

Inbal Weiss was laid to rest in the Zichron Ya'akov cemetery. She is survived by her parents, her sister Avital, 19, and twin brothers, Ami and Daniel, 17.


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