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Fact 244: "In October of 2000, with the help of US President Clinton, Palestinian Chairman Arafat and Israel's prime minister Ehud Barak tried to reach a final agreement in Camp David. In exchange for peace, Israel offered Arafat an independent Palestinian State, 95% of the West Bank and Gaza and half of Jerusalem. Arafat refused and the Palestinians started their homicide/suicide bombings and their latest attempt to destroy Israel."
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The New York Times (www.nytimes.com) has a story on Ayaan Hirsi, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, who had to flee Holand after receiving death threats from the local fundamentalist Muslims:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali had done well in the 10 years since she arrived in the Netherlands as a young refugee from Somalia and, until a few months ago, she lived a quiet life in her adopted land. Never did she intend to create a national commotion.
Good for her - I hope she continues to speak her mind and help the poor Muslim women who are hostage to this "religion of peace", this part of Islam that seems stuck in the 14th century. That's not politically correct? Well, after reading what these poor women have to endure, I'm not in a PC mood.
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JTA.org reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered three Israelis:
Suicide bomber kills four
Doing a search on news.google.com on this terrorist attack only returned 10 results. I guess a murdering Palestinian bastard killing someone's grand-parents and an 18-year old girl is not news.
The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how Israelis and Palestinians see the peace talks at Camp David differently.
Right or wrong, interpretation has a way of creating its own reality. For Sharon, Bush, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, and perhaps the majority of Israelis, the breakdown of the Camp David talks was an indictment of Arafat, the Israeli left and the entire Palestinian people. Barak had made unprecedented concessions, accepting a redivision of Jerusalem, shared power in the Old City and Israeli withdrawal from more than 90 percent of the occupied territories. Barak's line afterwards, that Arafat was offered the moon and turned it down, renders further negotiations pointless. The charge that Arafat chose terror over a generous peace has transformed the Palestinian leader from a frequent White House guest under Clinton to White House pariah today, from an interlocutor with Israel to its virtual prisoner. And it made Israel's peace proponents a quixotic, and irrelevant, group. [...]
I copy the full article below. The following articles are also related to the Camp David peace talks:
* Arafat and Palestinians refuse peace, wish for destruction of Israel, an interview with Ehud Barak, who was Israel's Prime Minister at the Camp David peace talks.
* Why did Arafat refuse an independent Palestinian State in October 2000?, an interview with Shlomo Ben-Ami, who was Israel's Foreign Minister at the Camp David peace talks.
* Arafat did not come up with one idea at Camp David, by Dennis Ross who was one of the main mediators between Israel and the Palestinians under former U.S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.
Fox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that two Palestinian mass murderers have blown themselves up in separate homicide bombings, killing 14 and injuring dozens of Israelis:
Twin Palestinian homicide bombings — one at a bus stop crowded with soldiers near Tel Aviv, the second five hours later at a popular Jerusalem nightspot — killed at least 14 Israelis and wounded and maimed dozens as the region grappled with a new wave of savage bloodletting. [...]
Haaretz (www.haaretz.com) reports that among the victims of today's homicide bombings was the head of Shaarey Tzedek hospital's emergency room and his 20-year-old daughter who was going to get married later in the everning:
Appelbaum was identified at the scene by one of his colleagues, Dr. Yitzhak Glick, from Efrat.
Once again, many Palestinians in Gaza were celebrating the deliberate murder of women and children:
Hamas supporters celebrate in the streets of Gaza City
after a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem September 9,
2003. The military wing of the Islamic militant group
Hamas hailed two suicide bombings in Israel in a
statement sent to Al-Jazeera television on Tuesday.
Picture taken September 9. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
And here's a message I received a few minutes ago:
From: Suicide Bomber "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Message: 13 people death today, KEEP JEWISH EXTINCT!!! WIPE ALL ISRAELIAN!!! AL AQSA FOR MOSLEM!!! KEEP ALL JEWISH EXTINCT ALLAH AKBAR!!! ALLAH AKBAR!!! ALLAH AKBAR!!!
The message was traced back to France but there's not much I can do - I have never received a response from French ISPs.
Two friends today asked me what I thought of the new Palestinian "Prime Minister". Here's what I think: I'm too busy worrying about my friends and family to pass judgement on a Palestinian politican. If he wants peace we'll accept him with open arms.
That said, right now, it's clearly time to stop the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades - waiting for more Palestinian talk of "cease fires" is simply useless.
Let the tanks roll and the airstrikes hit the Islamic barbarians - let them beg for peace.
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Newsmax (www.newsmax.com) reports that French Arab Muslims, pro-Iraqi and pro-Palestinian "peace" protesters, attacked a group of Jews in Paris, France:
Somebody said, 'There are Jews,'" said Duprat, "and a few seconds later, individual groups of Arabs left the march to follow the anti-Jewish call. They chased and hit the Jewish students and pushed down an older woman who tried to intervene. [...]
You may watch the video below. Here's a partial translation from this article on Yahoo France describing what the Muslim and French "peace" protesters were saying and doing:
About a dozen Arab Muslims start pushing everyone around. They carry metal pipes and wear their "keffiehs" around their faces. They run from the back of the crowd and seem very angry. Their shrieks sound horrible to us and are something we thought we'd never hear again in public in Paris:
Even if you don't speak French, watch the video below (5.5 Mb) - you can feel the intolerance, hate and violence coming from the French and Muslim "peace" protesters (thanks to SL for the link to the video).
I also copy the full Newsmax article and the rest of the article from Yahoo France (in French) below.
Le site DesInfos.com (www.desinfos.com) a publie un article du porte parole de l'armee de Defense d'Israel qui decrit comment les Palestiniens apportent le Jihad a l'ecole:
Membres du Jihad Islamique
Heros des jeunes Palestiniens
Le Jihad à l’école
Dans la photo ci-dessus, publiée le 21 août 2002 dans le journal palestinien Al-Ayam, sont présentés quelques-uns des portraits de l’exposition.
Parmi ces photos se trouve le portrait de Shadi Alkhalot (deuxième en partant de la gauche), membre du Jihad tué alors qu’il s’apprêtait à perpétrer une attaque suicide en Israël, le 4 février 2002. Il portait une ceinture piégée composée de 15 kg d’explosifs.
Shadi Alkhalot est supposé être le troisième terroriste impliqué dans l’attaque de Beit Lid (35 km au nord de Tel Aviv) survenue il y a quelques années et lors de laquelle 22 Israéliens avaient été tués par deux terroristes kamikazes du Jihad Islamique. Au dernier moment, il avait refusé de se joindre à ses comparses et demandait depuis à perpétrer une attaque-suicide. Sa famille l’a soutenu dans ses choix.
Lors d’une cérémonie commémorant l’année de sa mort, un membre de sa famille lui a assuré [dans un éloge] que sa famille n’aurait de cesse d’agir pour la naissance de l’Etat palestinien, et n’hésiterait pas à envoyer d’autres enfants perpétrer des attaques-suicide.
Here's a great clip from "Family Guy" on Palestinian alarm clocks:
"Family Guy" is one of my favorite shows - a great adult animated series that has no respect or reverence for anything.
I'll never buy a Palestinian alarm clock.
Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that a terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has deliberately murdered a 7-month-old Israeli baby girl:
Shaked Avraham, 7 months
murdered by a terrorist from
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
A terrorist infiltrated the settlement of Negohot in the Hebron Hills through an unfenced area. He knocked on the door of a pre-fab home during the Rosh Hashana meal, after 9 pm. When Eyal Yiberbaum, 27, asked who was there, there was no answer. Finally, after additional knocking, and the sound of a mumbled voice from outside, Yiberbaum opened the door a crack.
Don't expect to hear much about the murder of little Shaked in your local news. After all, for media outlets such as NPR, Shaked is just a "settler" (click here for more examples of NPR bias - and please do not give PBS any money).
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I was watching a report on Israeli TV last night. The journalist was describing how Israeli soldiers were going from house to house looking for Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad when they stumbled upon a picture of a Palestinian baby dressed up as a genocide bomber.
A Palestinian baby dressed
up as a genocide bomber
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a Palestinian journalist in the Hebron area said she did not believe the picture was a fake and expressed surprise at the furor it caused in Israel.
"I can find you many, many photos like this," she told DPA. "Many kids imitate adults and wear toy masks and guns, especially during marches. It's not strange at all.
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On June 1st 2001, a Friday night, a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber exploded himself in front of a disco in Tel-Aviv killing 21 Israeli children and wounding 120 (most of the killed were in their teens, including many 14 and 15-year-old girls).
21 children massacred by a Palestinian
homicide/suicide bomber in a Tel-Aviv Disco
Mideast Truth (www.mideasttruth.com) has released a video that describes this homicide/suicide bombing with interviews and footage of the Palestinian killers and a mother of some of the victims.
These Palestinian murderers are proud of killing unarmed Israeli kids and they regularly tape videos of themselves before conducting their massacres. This video shows the Palestinian slime saying:
"I will make myself a living bomb.
I will explode myself in the heart of the Zionists."
The video also shows how these Palestinian murderers become "martyrs" - their killings are celebrated in Palestinian towns and cities. There's also footage of what can be regularly heard in Palestinian mosques:
"Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans."
If you are a Palestinian reading this, mark my words: you will get nothing out of such despicable acts! You will only reinforce the Israelis' love for life and their struggle against your terror. You will not get a Palestinian State and your terrorist organizations, the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and Arafat's terror groups (e.g. the Al-Aksa brigades, the Tanzim) will be destroyed.
To see the video, click here. (Windows Media format).
To see the faces of the Israeli children massacred by this Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber, click here.
Voice Of America (www.voanews.com) reports that former US president Bill Clinton has declared he would personally defend Israel if Iraqi troops invaded the Jewish State. He also confirmed the fact that Arafat refused peace and a Palestinian State at Camp David in 10/200:
Clinton Says He Would Fight For Israel
VOA News, 8/3/2002
Former President Bill Clinton said he would personally rush to protect Israel if Iraqi forces ever invaded the Jewish state.
IsraPundit 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 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.
For the full text on UN Resolution 181 click here.
Ed Koch was the outspoken mayor of New York City for twelve years. He never minced words. The following is to be his New Year Commentary prepared for Bloomberg Radio (which, coincidentally, is owned by the current mayor.) Koch's 2003 resolutions are worth heeding - perhaps even following ourselves.
This is a sobering yet in a way optimistic analysis by one of our own "elder statesmen":
We are now going through the most virulent anti-Semitic period since Hitler and Stalin. Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II almost every country on the European continent, including England, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries, has seen major outbreaks of physical violence against their Jewish citizens, and against Jewish institutions, including synagogues and cemeteries. At the same time, open
On a personal note, I had the oppurtunity to go to France a few weeks ago. I turned it down, and will avoid France like the plague - do not help the French and other Europeans in their support and financing of Palestinian terrorism.
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Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Arafat and his thugs from the Palestinian Authority wish to implement the "peace of the brave" by setting up a factory to produce bombs:
The Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Organization in the Gaza Strip has set up a factory for producing large quantities of nitric acid, the most important chemical in making explosives, according to a secret PA document seized in an IDF raid last week.
A few weeks ago I had a big fight with a poker buddy on Israel's war on Palestinian terror. It all started when Ethan said that "Israel is acting like the Nazis" and it went down the hill from there. Ethan is Jewish but is also a San Francisco leftist fanatic. Amonth other things, he refused to believe me when I said that Arafat supports, finances and is directly involved in terrorism and the deliberate murder of women and children.
Well Ethan, here's one more proof - and stop repeating the fascist statements from the ultra left like a parrot.
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