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July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)
Opinion

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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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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Radio: Interviews in Israel and the West Bank (12.08.2002)


MultimediaBefore the Palestinians escalated their terrorist attacks and deliberate murder of Israeli women and children in October 2000, I used to listen to NPR (National Public Radio) quite often. Since then, I have experienced first hand NPR's bias, distortion of truth and support of Palestinian terrorism many times, causing my interest in the radio network and my donations to stop.

One of the programs I used to enjoy every weekend was "This American Life". Every week the producer of the show, Ira Glass, picks a topic and builds an episode using 2-3 stories from different writers and performers. It has a unique style, breaking from straight news reporting to more personal descriptions by the authors.



A radio show about Israel and the West Bank
"This American Life", 8/2/2002


A few weeks ago, This American Life featured a show on Israel and the West Bank, called "Give It to Them". The bias is shown right there - the show's main page has with a big sticker with the Hebrew saying "Nahzir Lahem Veshalom al Israel". This literally means "We'll return it to them, and peace to Israel" - in other words, we'll react to their terrorist attacks and hit them back, and once we get rid of the Palestinian terrorists, we'll have peace.

Unfortunately NPR decided to translate it simply as "Give it to them" - showing that Israelis are the agressors, initiating the conflict. Further samples of bias were shown in the program when they interview two Israelis trying to decided if the Palestinians were born animals, or if they became animals through their culture of hate. In Hebrew, I could clearly see the Israelis were talking about the Palestinian terrorists and murderers, and not generalizing about all Palestinians - but NPR did not make that distinction. I personally don't care if the Palestinian murderers from Hamas and Islamic Jihad were born animals or were brainwashed by their Nazi-like propaganda - in either case they should be arrested or killed.

There's also the well known dumb leftist moral equivalency, where we are to think that the Palestinians murderers from the Islamic Jihad suffer as much as the Israeli women and children who are targetted in suicide bombings (the show starts with "two years in which each side has done terrible things to the other side..."). The show also interviews a religious 15-year-old Israeli kid who is racist and very anti-Palestinian, but as a typical NPR bias, we don't hear a word from any Palestinian from the Islamic Jihad or Hamas calling for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens. This clearly makes you think that the Palestinians are good people who want peace, while the Israelis wish only to kill and murder.

Now that I got a few things off my chest, this show is a good "This American Life" episode and if you have the time, check it out. The show is one hour long and you may access it by clicking on the image above or here. You'll need the Real Audio player. which you can get here for free.

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No Palestinian State can be allowed until homicide bombings and terrorism stops (06.26.2002)


OpinionIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has a good article written by an Israeli doctor that describes why he currently is against a Palestinian State.

Dr. Nathan Cherny gives some insight on how he's feeling about the Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings and how he copes with their result.

That I care for the well being of tens of Palestinian cancer patients and their families is irrelevant. As a Jew living in Israel, and, more specifically, Jerusalem, I am a potential target worthy of maiming or assassination. That is the miserable nature of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination

In the eyes of the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Hizbullah, and Fatah, all of this [homicide/suicide bombings] is a justifiable expression of national self-determination. In their eyes, the path to statehood is, quite legitimately, strewn with the bodies of children, pensioners, grandparents and bus drivers.

If they had their way, it would be strewn with my body as well.

Mr. Arafat's denunciations ring hollow. The paper trail uncovered by the Israeli forces show, beyond reasonable doubt, that he is directly and intimately involved with the provision of funding to the militias responsible for this civilian carnage. You can't call for a million martyrs to liberate Palestine and still call yourself a peacemaker.

As long as my friends, colleagues, patients, their children and I are targets, the Palestinians cannot be entrusted to responsibilities of statehood.


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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.

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European Union funds repressive regime in Iran (07.15.2002)


OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has an interesting article on how the European Union is streaming millions of dollars to Iran.

In fact, to ensure that European firms were left in no doubt about their governments' desires, the EU even passed legislation making it illegal for European companies to comply with the US boycott on doing business with Iran. The result is that the EU is now Iran's largest trading partner and most of these deals put money straight into the regime's pockets.

For instance, three European oil companies Royal Dutch/Shell, Eni SpA and TotalFinaElf have invested some $10.5 billion in developing new Iranian oil fields since 1997. These investments cannot be justified as a means of encouraging the Iranian private sector, since they are direct partnerships with the Iranian government. And they have provided Iran's state treasury, which receives 50%-70% of the profits (the rest goes to the foreign investors), with billions of extra dollars in oil revenue to spend on repressing its citizens. [...]

European hypocrisy has caused great suffering to Israel, as EU money has played a major role in the PA's terrorist war against this country. But Europe's hypocrisy has arguably caused even greater suffering to millions of Iranians, Palestinians and others all those whose vicious, repressive governments are propped up with European cash.


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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.

Yes."


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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Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad murder 48-year-old Israeli, father of 4 (01.12.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist from the Islamic Jihad murdered a 48-year-old Israeli, father of 4:

Eli Biton, 48, of Moshav Gadish, and two terrorists were killed, and five members of the security forces were wounded one of them moderately when Palestinian gunmen infiltrated the moshav, in the Tanahim region south of Afula, on Sunday night.

The terrorists, who are believed to have come from the nearby Jenin area, crossed the unfenced Green Line and penetrated the moshav with ease at about 7 p.m. Once there, they opened fire at the vehicles on one of the main streets, killing Biton. [...]

Biton, the father of four, was extricated from his car under fire and treated by Magen David Adom paramedics, who were unable to resuscitate him As residents took shelter in their homes, members of the police anti-terror squad conducted house-to-house searches to ensure that no terrorists were holed-up with hostages.

Moshe Suissa said he had been talking outdoors with a neighbor when they heard a burst of firing.
"I immediately went into my house and closed all the doors and windows and later called the emergency number at the Gilboa Regional Council. They told me there was a terrorist infiltration," he said.

"Large forces of police and border police searched the moshav, and we could hear the shooting while we waited indoors with all the lights off for further instructions."

Suissa said residents had undergone exercises in case of terror attacks and knew what to do. Another resident said she kept a close hold on her young daughter in her home as the fighting continued.


The Palestinian murderers from the Islamic Jihad have once again deliberately targeted and murdered an unarmed civilian, this time a father of 4.

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Muslim leaves racist comment against all Jews and Christians (01.02.2003)


Hate MailOn October 22, 2002, I posted an article that described how the Palestinian Islamic Jihad murdered 15 people after blowing up a car stuffed with over 220 pounds of explosives next to an Israeli bus (click here for the original article).

On December 5, a self-proclaimed Islamo-Nazi wrote the following as a comment:

All the kuffr including the jews and christians will pay with their lives for all the pain and suffering on all Muslims worldwide.


I guess "kuffr" means non-Muslim, or infidel, or something that Islamo-Fascists use as a derogatory term.

I traced the message back to the IP address 193.132.149.231 which belongs to www.pipex.net, an ISP from England. Unfortunately the ISP is not cooperating, and did not respond to my messages (I found that French and English ISPs rarely respond).

Many Muslims in England are very extreme - see for example this article that describes how in August 2002 a massive rally was held in London, England, in support of Bin Laden and Islam. The main message from these Islamic-freaks was "We are against Democracy, Freedom and Evolution". Yep - we know.

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"Jew" is an offensive and derogatory terms in the Arab World (11.13.2002)


Anti-SemitismThe Florida Times Daily (www.timesdaily.com) reports that the Arab Network Al-Jazeera television had to pay four Kuwaiti lawyers for deeply insulting them in calling them "Jews":

A Kuwaiti court has ordered Al-Jazeera television to pay $16,670 in damages to four Kuwaiti lawyers who sued it for slandering their country. [...]

In an episode aired Feb. 5, a guest on the live talk show, Sayyed al-Nassar, described Kuwaitis as "the Jews of the Arabs." The term "Jew" is considered derogatory to some people in the Arab world.


This is one more proof of the racism that runs in Arab/Muslim society, where "Jew" is a derogatory and offensive term. Al-Jazeera and the ones involved in this despicable episode don't even realize how racist they are - the Al-Jazeera spokesman doesn't critize the fact that "Jew" is an insulting term in the Arab world, he criticizes the fact that the guest used the insulting language ("Jew") and the judge made Al-Jazeera responsible.

Many of the Arab/Muslims of today are the new Nazis, attacking Jews wherever they are and continuously defining the Jewish people as "sub-human". These people make me sick.

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Video: 14 year old Palestinian kid decides not to become homicide/suicide bomber (05.22.2002)


MultimediaIsraeli TV Channel 2 news interviewed Ahmed Tafiz, a 14 year old Palestinian kid who was on his way to become a homicide/suicide bomber and decided at the last moment not to do it.



14 yeard old Ahmed Tafiz and his mother


In this video, published by Mideast Truth (www.mideasttruth.com), the poor kid describes how Palestinian terrorists pushed him into becoming a homicide/suicide bomber, but how at the last moment he decided not to go through with it.

Ahmed had a partner, the same age as him, and he tried to convince his friend not to go through with the killings. "You are just a kid, no one will even remember you" he says on the interview, but unfortunately his friend didn't listen, and a few moments later he heard an explosion.

The Mother describes how she now fears for her life since the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups are not happy about the kid's decision not to become a homicide/suicide bomber.

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Palestinian genocide bombers kills dozens in Paris and London (06.29.2002)


OpinionWell, not yet. Ha'aretz (www.haaretz.co.il) has published a story that describes how terrorists could hit Paris or London, and what would be the European's reaction.

Reporters from Sky News, broadcasting direct from the streets of London, could barely find the words to express the depth of their shock and horror at this pointless mass murder of dozens of innocent civilians: "It's murder! Nothing but insane sadistic Nazi murder!" one reporter exclaimed, holding up with repulsion nails and screws with which the terrorists had packed the bomb in order to magnify the killing. "It wasn't a nightingale that sang in Berkeley Square yesterday," The Independent lamented the next day in a paraphrase of the old song, "it was the Devil himself.

The prime minister's wife, Cherie Blair, her hair messed and wearing a rumpled housecoat, was seen through the partially open door pounding on the chest of a bodyguard and screaming hysterically, "My children! Where are my children! Tell me they're all right! Do something! Anything!! Why doesn't someone wipe out these stinking murderers already!!"

- "I want to make it clear," the [French] ambassador continued. "My government and I deplore the cycle of violence and the harm done to civilians on both sides. But if I may be permitted: I personally feel compassion for those who saw fit to carry out the suicide bombings. How did Voltaire put it? `Although I ....'"

- "You can stuff Voltaire up your ass, frog!" the veteran BBC correspondent burst out and lunged at the ambassador's throat as the screen went dark to the sound of screams and gasps.


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The 'War on Terror' is the 'War on Islamic Fascists' (05.18.2004)


OpinionThe National Review (www.nationalreview.com) has published a good article on the war against Islamic terrorism, written by Andrew C. McCarthy, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others after the bombings at the WTC in 1993:

Most significant of all, the "War on Terror" is our government's top rhetorical catch-phrase. It is the way we define for the American people and the world — especially the Islamic world — what we are doing, and what we are about. It is the way we explain the nature of the menace that we are striving to defeat.

But is it accurate? Does it make sense? More importantly, does it serve our purposes? Does it make victory more identifiable, and hence more attainable? I humbly suggest that it fails on all these scores. This, furthermore, is no mere matter of rhetoric or semantics. It is all about substance, and it goes to the very core of our struggle.

Terrorism is not an enemy. It is a method. It is the most sinister, brutal, inhumane method of our age. But it is nonetheless just that: a method. You cannot, and you do not, make war on a method. War is made on an identified — and identifiable — enemy.

In the here and now, that enemy is militant Islam — a very particular practice and interpretation of a very particular set of religious, political and social principles.

Now that is a very disturbing, very discomfiting thing to say in 21st-century America. It is very judgmental. It sounds very insensitive. It is the very definition of politically incorrect. Saying it aloud will not get you invited to chat with Oprah. But it is a fact. And it is important both to say it and to understand it.


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75 year-old Grandfather murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber (07.08.2002)


VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Mogus Mahento, 75, grandfather of 13, who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber on 3/20/2002.



Mogus Mahento, 75, killed
by a Palestinian genocide bomber


Mogus Mahento immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1991, in Operation Solomon. He came from a village in the Gonder region, where he was a locksmith. In Israel, he first lived in an absorption center in Hadera, before moving to a senior citizens' home in Holon. Friends said that he spent most of his time helping with his grandchildren.

Mogus Mahento will be buried in the Yarkon cemetery in Tel-Aviv. He was divorced, and is survived by four children and 13 grandchildren

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New 'Facts Of Israel' Facebook application (07.25.2007)


AnnouncementWe have a cool application for Facebook users: it allows you to display facts on Israel on your profile page. People looking at your profile can click on "Another fact" to view another fact on Israel and they can of course add the application to their own profiles.

Here's an example of a fact on Israel displayed on my Facebook profile:


Show your support for Israel and spread the knowledge
by displaying one fact on your Facebook profile every time someone looks at it.


A few days ago we received a suggestion from "MS" (full name not provided for security and privacy):

Hi, my name is MS. I am not sure how familiar you are with facebook, but I was on facebook today and I had the idea to add a new "application." This application would be about Israel.



People that join this application will have a fact about Israel displayed in their facebook profile. I was searching the web and found your site. It seems that you do the same thing.



Maybe this is something that your organization wants to think about. I would love to do what I can to make sure this gets done. Facebook is all about connecting people. This is the PERFECT way to educate people about Israel. [...]


We agree with MS: that's a very cool idea! The Facebook application is now ready - to add it, just point your browser to:

http://apps.facebook.com/factsofisrael


Note that you need to have a Facebook account to use this application. Below I have some screenshots of the application in action. Thanks to MS for having the idea and contacting us!

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The Revolt of Islam (12.08.2002)


OpinionAbout a week after the heinous terrorist attacks of 9/11 against the United States by Islamic terrrorist, Bernard Lewis published an essay on the New Yorker (www.newyorker.com). This essay is called "The Revolt of Islam", and in it Mr. Lewis goes over the history of the Middle East and Islam. He shows how Bin Laden's goal is to escalate the current terrorist attacks into a war of civilizations, and how ultimately he wishes to destroy the West (in particular America and Israel):

President Bush and other Western politicians have taken great pains to make it clear that the war in which we are engaged is a war against terrorism—not a war against Arabs, or, more generally, against Muslims, who are urged to join us in this struggle against our common enemy. Osama bin Laden's message is the opposite. For bin Laden and those who follow him, this is a religious war, a war for Islam and against infidels, and therefore, inevitably, against the United States, the greatest power in the world of the infidels. [...]

In the course of human history, many civilizations have risen and fallen—China, India, Greece, Rome, and, before them, the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. During the centuries that in European history are called medieval, the most advanced civilization in the world was undoubtedly that of Islam. Islam may have been equalled—or even, in some ways, surpassed—by India and China, but both of those civilizations remained essentially limited to one region and to one ethnic group, and their impact on the rest of the world was correspondingly restricted. The civilization of Islam, on the other hand, was ecumenical in its outlook, and explicitly so in its aspirations. One of the basic tasks bequeathed to Muslims by the Prophet was jihad. This word, which literally means "striving," was usually cited in the Koranic phrase "striving in the path of God" and was interpreted to mean armed struggle for the defense or advancement of Muslim power. In principle, the world was divided into two houses: the House of Islam, in which a Muslim government ruled and Muslim law prevailed, and the House of War, the rest of the world, still inhabited and, more important, ruled by infidels. Between the two, there was to be a perpetual state of war until the entire world either embraced Islam or submitted to the rule of the Muslim state. [...]

If bin Laden can persuade the world of Islam to accept his views and his leadership, then a long and bitter struggle lies ahead, and not only for America. Sooner or later, Al Qaeda and related groups will clash with the other neighbors of Islam—Russia, China, India—who may prove less squeamish than the Americans in using their power against Muslims and their sanctities. If bin Laden is correct in his calculations and succeeds in his war, then a dark future awaits the world, especially the part of it that embraces Islam.


This is a long essay, but is worth it. Print it out (use the FactsOfIsrael.com "Printer Friendly Version" feature) and read it over slowly - it's an excellent analysis that clearly shows some of the reasons for the Islamic terrorism we have been witnessing.

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