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80% of Israelis support the war on Palestinian terrorism (07.07.2002)

NewsHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has released polls conducted among the adult Jewish and Arab population of Israel. Here are some interesting numbers:

'Determined Path' is supported by 80% of Jewish Israelis
('Determined Path' is the currently Israeli military presence in the West Bank and Gaza, with the purpose of destroying the Palestinian terrorist organizations such as the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat's groups, e.g. the Al-Aksa brigages)

In the meantime, the policy of choice is to build a separation fence, even if its route leaves at least a part of the Jewish settlements outside it. This is presumably due to the evaluation that a very small minority on the Palestinian side has reservations about suicide terror, and that such support is virtually unconnected to Israel's day-to-day behavior regarding the Palestinian population in the territories.

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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.

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Racist Muslim tries to burn down synagogue in Brooklyn, New York (01.10.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Daily News (www.nydailynews.com) reports that a racist Muslim tried to burn down a synagogue in Brooklin, New York:

The Pakistani immigrant said he watched in disbelief as Sead Jakup, 22, took the canister across the street and began dousing the Young Israel of Kings Bay synagogue.

Ali quickly called 911, and cops arrived before Jakup, a Bosnian Muslim, could set the temple ablaze. [...]

Ali said that Jakup first asked to pump gas into a plastic bucket. Assuming the man's car had run out of fuel, Ali gave him a gas can to fill up.

He said he "couldn't believe my eyes" when Jakup marched straight to the synagogue. "I saw him spilling gas on the sign in front of the synagogue," Ali said. "Then, he started spilling it onto the door - that is when I called 911."

But as Ali waited for the cops, Jakup returned, demanding a refill. "He was totally out of control," said Ali, adding that Jakup was screaming, "I want more gas!" as he kicked the cashier's booth Ali was in.

Police cars and fire trucks pulled up as Jakup allegedly tried to smash the booth's glass door with a trash can. [...]

Cops said Jakup appeared intent on burning the temple down. "He was carrying a book of matches," said a police spokesman, adding that the case was being investigated as a bias crime because the target was a house of worship.

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Chaim Potok dies at the age of 73 (07.23.2002)

NewsYahoo News (www.yahoo.com) reports that Chaim Potok, the great Jewish philosopher and writer, has died at the age of 73.

Chaim Potok, Novelist, Philosopher,
Theologian, Playwright, Artist and Rabbi
February 17, 1929 -July 23, 2002

Chaim Potok, the distinguished author and scholar whose novels portrayed a vivid insider's view of Orthodox Jewish life in the United States, died on Tuesday at his home near Philadelphia, his family said. He was 73. The cause of death was brain cancer, a disease he had been fighting for several years.

The author of nearly 20 books, the bearded and sometimes erudite Potok was best known for a 1967 novel, "The Chosen," that described a friendship between the son of a Hasidic rabbi and a more secular Jewish boy in 1940s Brooklyn, New York.

"Dawson Speaks" has a great quote from Chaim Potok:

"...But Israel is warmth for Jews everywhere, despite the failures and disappointments felt when dreams are soiled by the muck of reality and the weakness of human beings. What a price we have paid for that land; seven thousand killed in the War of Independence; another thousand killed in the 1956 Sinai Campaign and the 1967 Six-Day War; three thousand killed in the October 1973 War; hundreds killed by terrorist raids. We offer ourselves grim consolation: all the wars have cost us less than three days at Auschwitz.

In the past few years I have wandered back and forth across the oceans. Everywhere I go I meet Jews passionate with pride in Israel. They fear for her, tremble when her people are hurt, support her, and are not yet certain what sort of nation-state they wish her to be, are concerned about the drain upon creative energies and the coarsening of moral fiber caused by endless military vigilance, and are dazed with disbelief and joy over an achievement like Entebbe. From Auschwitz to Entebbe in a single generation.

Yes, most of the gentle Jews are gone. Yes, the Jew is now solidly inside the affairs of the world. Yes, we are aware of the resonance of hate that lingers like a stench upon western civilization. Yes, we will continue to be the other, to hold our own view of things. Yes, we are a single people, capable of loving our seperate lands as well as Israel---as one is able to love a mother and a father. Yes, there will be peace one day. Yes, we will renew our people. Yes, we touch millennia of precious history when we walk the streets of Jerusalem, and climb the hills, and journey through the sand wastes of the land. Yes, there are flowers to plant, seedlings to nurture, young trees to tend, old earth to nourish, and a new earth to put it in---a garden of new dreams to bring forth, to add to our old covenants and messianic hopes, and to offer to ourselves and to our broken and beloved world.


If you haven't already, please read "The Chosen" and "My Name Is Asher Lev" - these books shook me to my bones when I was a teenager.

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United Nations, 1947, Resolution 181 approves the creation of Israel, the Jewish State (11.29.2002)

Jewish HistoryIsraPundit has an excellent article on UN resolution 181 that brought into existence the State of Israel. United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 called for the partition of the British-ruled palestine mandate [the 25% that was left of the mandated land, see the History page for details] into a Jewish State and an Arab State.

David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister
Israel's Independence, 1948

Today is the 55th anniversary of the UN vote on resolution 181, which approved the partition of the western part Palestine into a predominately Jewish state and a predominately Arab state. (It is vital to recall that the UN partition plan referred to western Palestine, to underscore that in 1921 the eastern part was ripped off the Jewish National Home by the British Government and handed over to the then Emir Abdullah.)

The partition plan was approved by 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions.

The 33 countries that cast the “Yes” vote were: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Union of South Africa, USSR, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela. (Among other countries, the list includes the US, the three British Dominions, all the European countries except for Greece and the UK, but including all the Soviet-block countries.)

The 13 countries that chose the Hall of Shame and voted “No” were: Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen. (Ten of these are Moslem countries; Greece has the special distinction of being the only European country to have joined the Hall of Shame.)

The ten countries that abstained are: Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

On November 30, 1947, the day following the vote, the Palestinian Arabs murdered six Jews in a bus making its way to Jerusalem, and proceeded to murder another Jew in the Tel-Aviv - Jaffa area. This was a prelude to a war that claimed the lives of 6,000 Jews, or 1% of the total Jewish population in 1948. This toll is the per capita equivalent of today’s Canada losing 300,000 lives, or the US losing 3,000,000. In addition, immediately after the UN vote, Arabs attacks their Jewish neighbours in a number of Arab countries, the murders in Syria’s Aleppo being the best known.

Bruised and bleeding, Israel prevailed nonetheless. May our sister-democracy thrive and flourish.

Many racists anti-Zionists believe that Israel came into being only after war and bloodshed. Indeed her Arab/Muslim neighbors did attack and lost many wars since 1948 (see the History page for details), but the State of Israel was created with the United Nations blessings.

The resolution was accepted by the Jews in the British mandate of Palestine, yet rejected by the Arabs in the mandate and the Arab states. Thanks to Nicole D. for the excellent tip on posting the details of UN resolution 181 and thanks to IsraPundit for the great research.

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Massacre in Jerusalem: Palestinian homicide bomber murders 16 Israelis (06.11.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a fascist Muslim homicide bomber from the Palestinian "Islamic Resistance" (Hamas) has murdered 15 Israelis whose crime was to be Jewish:

A Palestinian mass murderer
blows himself in a bus,
killing 16 Israelis

Sixteen people were killed and more than 100 were wounded when a Hamas suicide bomber, dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, detonated his explosives belt on a bus in downtown Jerusalem. [...]

A number of those wounded in the Jerusalem bus bombing Wednesday afternoon included pedestrians outside the nearby Clal Building, a shopping center in the city's downtown area, on Jaffa Road.

Forty-five people remained in hospital Wednesday night. Ten are listed in 'serious' condition. The rest are listed in 'light-to-moderate' condition. [...]

Israeli Security officials warned that no Hamas leader will be immune to Israel's wrath and noted that since the Aqaba Summit last week, 23 Israelis have been murdered in terror attacks and ten potential suicide bombers arrested by security forces.

The Palestinian groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades reject peace with Israel - their declared goal is to destroy the Jewish State and commit genocide against her citizens. For a list of homicide bombings executed by these racist Muslim freaks, click here.

One of the Israeli victims
murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

During the Second World War and the Holocaust there was a British policy of stopping Jews from immigrating to the land of Israel (or the “British Mandate of Palestine” as it was referred to at the time, see the history page for more details). In 1939, the British published the “White Paper”, a document that increased immigration restrictions on Jews.

Throughout the struggle against German Nazism, the Zionist leaders did not hesitate to fight alongside Britain, although they never forgot their own private war against the Crown. Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, defined his political stance in one of his most famous pronouncements which became Israel’s motto for many years:

"We will fight the war as if there were no White Paper, and we will fight the White Paper as if there were no war."

I watched Israeli TV today and here's how I interpret what Prime Minister Sharon had to say: “We will fight the Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Arafat’s Al-Aksa Brigrades, and all other racist Islamic murdering freaks as if there was no peace process. At the same time, we’ll attempt to achieve peace as if there were no Islamic terrorist freaks, since eventually there will be none”.

He’s right.

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Israel wins Gold Medal in Olympic games in Athens, Greece (08.25.2004)

NewsThe Tampa Bay Primer (www.tampabayprimer.org) reports that an Israeli has won the gold medal in windsurfing in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece:

Gal Friedman from Israel wins
Olympic gold medal in Greece, 2004

Gal Friedman won Israel's first Olympic gold medal ever in the 2004 Olympics Wednesday. Gal Friedman sailed a remarkably consistent regatta in the Mistral windsurfing competition, never finishing worst than eighth in the 11-race series. He placed second in Wednesday's decisive race.

Gal's teammates congregated on and around his surfboard after the race. Friedman's victory finally gives Israelis the chance to hear the "Hatikvah" during a medal ceremony, scheduled for 8 pm (1 pm EST) Israeli fans sang it spontaneously last week when Ariel Zeevi won a bronze medal in judo.

We also learn that Mr. Friedman has dedicated the gold medal to the Israeli athletes who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the Olympic games of Munich, Germany, in 1972:

Israel's first Olympic gold medallist dedicated his victory on Wednesday to his 11 countrymen killed in the Munich massacre of 1972, vowing he would visit their memorial to show them his medal.

"I'm sure they're watching us," said Athens windsurfing Mistral champion Gal Fridman, who was born three years after the Israeli athletes and coaches were killed following an attack on the Olympic village in Germany by Palestinian guerrillas.

"We think about them all the time. They're always in our mind," said Fridman, draped in an Israeli flag.

"When I get home I will go to the memorial place for them and show them the gold medal."

Fridman's victory, the first since Israel first took part in the Olympics in 1952, brought screams of delight in shops and offices across the country. Many were glued to television sets, which repeatedly showed him crossing the finish line in triumph.

"We are all excited, all the people of Israel. I think also all of the Jewish people," said Israeli President Moshe Katsav.

"To see our flag displayed and hear our national anthem played at the awards ceremony is a moment we have long been waiting for," team chief Gilad Lustig said.

To learn more on how Palestinian mass murderers lead by the butcher Yasser Arafat massacred eleven Israeli atheletes in Munich, Germany in 1972, click here.

Israel is a small country, with a bit over 5 million citizens, including one million Arabs and Muslims. This is a great achievement for the small Jewish State - congratulations to Gal Friedman!

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Judgment Day is approaching for the Islamic Republic of Iran (07.08.2003)

OpinionThe National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has published an excellent article on how freedom is slowly becoming a reality in Iran:

The people of Iran (inside Iran and outside) want an end to this evil regime. Freedom will prevail. There will be demonstrations. The regime with attack, but the people will fight back. Today, in Los Angeles, several thousand Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with people of Iran. Tomorrow, Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in front of Capitol Hill and will be joined by members of Congress (make sure your member is there) who believe that the people of Iran deserve freedom. [...]

Judgment Day is approaching for those who have shed the blood of tens of thousands of innocent Iranians. Judgment Day is approaching for those who have ordered the stoning of women. Judgment Day is approaching for those who ordered the bombing of the Jewish community center in Argentina. Judgment Day is approaching for those who ordered the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon and the Khobar Towers in Riyadh. Judgment Day is approaching for those who started the chant: "Death to America" and everything America stands for. Judgment Day is approaching for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It may not be tomorrow, but soon this evil regime will join the other evil regimes in the dustbin of history. Judgment Day will come.

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Israel's army stops another Palestinian genocide bomber (07.14.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the IDF (Israel's Army) has stopped one more Palestinian genocide bomber from killing unarmed civilians, including kids.

IDF reservists prevented a large-scale car bomb attack inside Israel Friday night, after spotting a carrigged with explosives near Kalkilya.

In Friday night's incident, a group of reservists fired warning shots at the car bearing Israeli license plates, spotted near Kalkilya, with its headlights off.

Its three occupants fled to Kalkilya. At daylight, security forces inspecting the vehicle found four powerful bombs, three gas canisters containing inflammable liquid, and three containers full of nails, bolts, and other sharp metal objects.

In the last few days dozens of terrorist attacks have been averted by Israel's military presence in the West Bank and Gaza.

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US House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay, strengthens Israel through powerful speech (07.30.2003)

OpinionUS House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay, has given an incredible speech in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem:

Mr. Speaker, thank you very much for your invitation and for that warm reception. I want to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Israel for their generous welcome and hospitality to my wife, Christine, and me over the last three days. [...]

This war we fight — this war on terror the United States shares with free nations, like Israel, around the world — we fight for this reason: to establish and secure a community of nations safe to be free, and free to be prosperous.

It's the same reason we fought Nazism, fascism, and Communism: the liberation of all mankind from oppression.

Terrorism, like its tyrannical forebears, is borne of the idea that with enough guns, enough fear, and enough violence, human power can control the human spirit. That through brute force, powerful men can erase the imprint of the Almighty etched into the souls of all His children. That through domination of the weak, in the words of the serpent, "Ye shall be as gods."

Ladies and gentlemen, IT IS A LIE.

It was a lie at Auschwitz. It was a lie in the Gulag.

It was a lie behind the Iron Curtain. It was a lie in Kabul and Baghdad. And today, it remains a lie in Beijing, and Havana, and Tehran, and Pyongyang, and Damascus and Ramallah!

But history has taught us, The Lie's grip on civilization is only as tight as civilization permits. After September 11, 2001, OUR tolerance for The Lie is no more.

As President Bush said: "You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists."

Hear that Syria and Arafat?

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Palestinian terrorists murder Israeli mother and her four children (05.02.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have murdered a mother and her four children:

"On Friday my daughters drew me a picture, and on it they wrote: daddy we are proud of you," David Hatuel said at the funeral for his wife Tali, and daughters Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, Merav, 2. Tali was eight months pregnant.

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral in Ashkelon for the slain family. They were were shot dead Sunday after two [Palestinian] terrorists opened fire at Israeli cars traveling near the Kissufim Crossing at the entrance to the Gush Katif settlement bloc in the Gaza Strip. [...]

President Moshe Katsav attended the funeral. "A whole family is wiped out because Arafat does not care about the Palestinian people or the Israeli people," said Sharon spokesman Raanan Gissin. [...]

"This can simply be labelled a massacre of innocent children," government spokesman Avi Pazner said. "Arafat and Hamas will spare us no horror in trying to stop the political process from going forward," Pazner told AFP.

The IDF said that both of the gunmen, who arrived at the area by car, were killed in an ensuing firefight. The Hamas, the [Palestinian] Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees claimed joint responsibility for the attack.

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German leftist fascist hates America and Israel (01.26.2003)

Hate MailSince I created FactsOfIsrael.com 6 months ago, I have received my fair share of hate mail. Many of these messages come from the Islamic fascists who call me an "infidel" and send me death threats (just look in the Hate Mail section for more examples).

After a while, it gets pretty boring: it's the same brainwashed-neo-Nazi "kill the Jews" bile that the Imams from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Gaza spit every week.

Sometimes though, the leftist fascists from Europe will also suprise me. Today I received an email from a German who goes by the name of Kiewitz (kiewitz@netlabs.org). This guy managed to squeeze all anti-American and anti-Israeli cliches in one message. Here's an example:

I'm German and I'm not proud of our history. I'm sick of it. But I'm even more sick by people that talk like racists and enjoy other people to die.

I'm also sick of evil states like US that want to go to war, because of economic reasons. Islam is 100% okay. It's just extremists (that exist everywhere, not just in Islam) that are no good. [...]

I hope your country will get bombed as well in that manner. And then I will make such funny comments about those bombings. Perhaps this will make you understand.

Kiewitz, whom I'll refer to from now on as the "leftist fascist", was not happy about a video I published that shows how American forces attacked an Islamic terrorist camp in Afghanistan - click here for that story.

Read this my little leftist fascist: the German Nazis, your people, managed to murder 6 million Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. If you do the math, that's 30,000 Jewish men, women and children PER DAY! On bad days, it would go as high as 50,000-60,000 human beings deliberately killed PER DAY.

The next time you're watching B. München, Bayer Leverkusen, or any other German soccer team, look closely at the people in the stadium. Then, imagine the German Nazis going around the stands shooting at every one of them - all 30,000 in one day, all men, all women, all chidlren.

And you have the audacity to attack me because I support America's war on Islamic terrorism? Let me tell you what I think of your friends from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and any other Islamic terrorists that, similarly to your Nazi ancestors, deliberately murder women and children.

The only value they'll have is when they become fertilizer and are buried underground.

If you'd like to send a message to the German leftist fascist to let him know what you think, his email address is kiewitz@netlabs.org.

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Islamic leader of Palestinian Hamas calls for "Suicide Army" (01.10.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) translates articles from the Arab Muslim world. In its latest article, Memri.org has translated an article from the spokesman of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic terrorist group responsible for the deliberate murder of hundreds of women and children:

An article titled "Iraq Will Triumph, by Allah's Will" by Hamas spokesman Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi, was posted on the Hamas movement's website.[1] In the article, Al-Rantisi called on Iraq to establish a suicide army that would accept all Jihad warriors, so as to halt the impending attack on the country. The following are excerpts from the article: [...]

"I still maintain that in spite of the tremendous [military] Crusader buildup in the Gulf, the war on Iraq is not the most likely scenario, and that in the shadow of the venom of the blind Crusader hatred disseminated by Bush, all options are [still] open. But if war is at the gates, is the triumph of this Crusader oppressing aggression certain? I don't think so. I think that the West's arrogance will lead it to its sure end if it is determined to act with aggression and terror against the Islamic nation, and that its first defeat will be in Iraq." [...]

"Another quality of strength is that the Iraqis will have an army of martyrs. The enemies of Allah and the enemies of this people are cowards. They crave life, while the Muslims crave martyrdom. The martyrdom operations that shock can ensure that horror is sowed in the [enemies'] hearts, and horror is one of the causes of defeat. There is no other way than to establish thousands of squads of martyrs, in a secret apparatus, who, from now, have at their disposal the capability, as well as thousands of sophisticated explosive belts, with powerful explosive [capacity] to cause great damage."

"In order to defend the homeland from the terrorist Crusader attack, there is a need for people who yearn for Paradise, and the shortest way to Paradise is death for [the sake of] Allah. Some of us should see the joyful and satisfied faces of the mothers in Iraq when they part from the fruit of their loins, who go off to the realms of honor, the realms of martyrdom. This is so that the enemy of the nation knows that safeguarding honor and the homeland is dearer than life, and that our mothers in Iraq, like our mothers in Palestine, [are willing] to sacrifice the fruit of their loins – but not their honor."

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There's a lot more crazy-fanatic-intolerant-racist Islamic nonsense in the article - I copy the rest below.

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Certain Muslims adore death and war (06.21.2003)

OpinionThe National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article on how certain Muslims adore death and war:

How can we account for this almost two years of suicide terrorism which has taken four Israeli lives for every Arab bomber? Assuming that each of these terrorists has been a willing accessory, this kind of suicide must come out of a cultural pattern centered on a cult of death worship. And it may be interpretation by Muslim clerics of the Koran that is responsible for this wave of Arab suicides and other acts of terrorism. For example, the Imam Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa, in his Friday, June 6, sermon at the Grand Mosque of Rome, asked for "Allah's help in the destruction of the homes and destruction of the enemies of Islam, for their annihilation, and the victory everywhere of the Nation of Islam." According to the Deutsche Press news agency, the Grand Mosque of Rome is Europe's largest Islamic culture center and gets financial backing, naturally, from Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old Imam was removed June 13 from his post, not by Egypt's al Azhar University that appointed him in the first place, but by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. [...]

The suicide bombers recruited in the Middle East live by a death cult philosophy which legitimates the destruction of innocent bystanders as a way of achieving paradise. What is particularly noticeable in the Middle East after 9/11 was the openness with which leading spokesmen praised the megadeaths and suicide in the name of Allah.

Found this on the excellent LGF. I copy the full article below - read it, there are many examples of this love for death and war against the "infidels".

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