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Fact 98: Ethiopian Immigration to Israel (05.05.2002)


NewsletterI have just sent the second FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter. This time it includes the following fact:

Fact Number 98
Over 40,000 Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to Israel

On the 24th and 25th of May 1991, Operation Solomon airlifts 14,324 Ethiopian Jews to Israel aboard thirty-four El Al jets in just over thirty-six hours. Ethiopian Jews are black and Operation Solomon, which ended in 1997, brought an additional 25,811 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.



Israeli Soldier help a new immigrant from Ethiopia


While I studied at the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, I made a few friends who originally came from Ethiopia in 1984. One of them, David, was in my class and graduated with a degree in Aeronautics and Space Science

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Petition protesting European's grant of refugee rights to Palestinian terrorists (05.26.2002)


OpinionJust found this on the Simon Wiesenthal website (www.wiesenthal.com):

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has officially protested to the heads of state of Italy, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Greece and Portugal for hosting the 13 Palestinian militants involved in the Church of the Nativity standoff. These terrorists have been taken in by the welcoming countries on humanitarian grounds and have been granted privileges given to new refugees.


The 13 Palestinians include the leader of the radical Hamas group, with others belonging to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Fatah. These terrorist groups are responsible for carrying out numerous attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians. The government of Israel has said that these hostages have "blood on their hands."


For a full list of Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings since Arafat and the Palestinians chose terrorism instead of peace, see the Palestine page. Many of the 13 Palestinian terrorists now being hosted by the Europeans were directly involved in those bombings.

Please read and sign the petition below. Terrorists should not be allowed to have refugee rights. Here's the petition:

I am protesting the decision by your country to host and grant refugee status to the Palestinian militant/militants involved in the Church of the Nativity standoff. These militant/militants are members of terrorist organizations that have carried out numerous attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians. With antisemitism on the rise throughout Europe, the treatment of these international terrorists as refugees endorses Jew hatred and presents an additional danger to communities already under attack.


Please sign the petition by clicking on the link below:

http://www.wiesenthal.com/social/press/pet1.cfm?petid=29&m=816L586505s&src=05/24/02%20Palestinian%20Militants

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U.S. President Bush supports Israel in her war against Islamic Terrorism, receives huge applause (08.30.2004)


NewsI was listening a few minutes ago to an event where President Bush answered questions from Americans living in Nashua, New Hampshire. One of the topics that came up was the Israeli war on Palestinian Terrorism. President Bush said:

"A trouble spot in the Middle East is obviously the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally. And I believe the best way -- (applause.) "


The applause came after the great American folks present at the event heard the phrase "We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally." But as in any event, you will find racist bastards, Nazis, or intolerant Muslims spitting up their bile. One such woman then asked the following question:

"Q (Inaudible) [Woman]: How can Ariel Sharon, as you've said, be a man of peace if he causes death and torture among innocent Palestinians every day? How can Ariel Sharon be a man of peace if he fits your definition a terrorist? I'd be curious to hear how you plan to carry out the two-state solution. "


President Bush then replied:

THE PRESIDENT: [...] First of all, Ariel Sharon is defending his country against terrorist attacks, just like we will -- (applause.) [...]

I also believe there's a leadership question involved with whether or not a Palestinian state will emerge. See, I think in order for a Palestinian state to emerge, there must be leadership that believes in the hopes and aspirations of the people, and are willing to put institutions in place that are larger than mankind -- in other words, willing to have a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people.

And so the real challenge is to not only stay on the road map, which is institution-building -- and, by the way, there's also a commitment to fight off terror -- but it's for leadership to emerge that is committed to the aspirations of the people.

Ariel Sharon is a duly-elected official in a democracy. In other words, Israel is a democracy. (Applause.) We would hope that the Palestinians would have that same kind of democracy which would lead to a more peaceful world.


I applaud President Bush for the clarity of his vision. I applaud the American people for the clarity of their vision and their wisdom in getting the best man for the job elected.

It is clear that President Bush was directly talking about Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, when he mentioned "a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people."

Standing up to Islamic intolerance, hatred and violence and stopping the mass murdering freaks from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades is not easy. That said, both Israel and America's current leaders have the right approach and attitude towards ending the threat of Islamic Fascism. We will win this war.

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Syria can get away with murder (literally) (07.09.2002)


OpinionIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has an article that asks some good questions about Syria and its presence in the UN Security Council.

Syria, driven by the idea that Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine (also known as Southern Syria), are part of Greater Syria, has worked for almost three decades, unhindered, to pacify Lebanon, and make it vanish as an independent state. Daniel Pipes in "Greater Syria: The History of an Ambition," has written extensively about the Greater Syria ideology that drove Bashar Al-Assad's father and continues to motivate the new Syrian president.

Where are all the cries of occupation? Why doesn't the world seem to care about the poor Lebanese? I know that many Lebanese (at risk of death) have protested against the Syrian occupation. I met Lebanese activists in Israel, asking for our help to promote a Free Democratic Lebanon, before Barak's election in 1999 (and subsequent withdrawal from southern. Lebanon). Yet the world is silent.


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Racist bastard tries to burn down synagogue in Ottawa, Canada (01.21.2003)


Anti-SemitismThe Canadian Ottawa Sun (www.canoe.ca) reports that a racist bastrad tried to burn down a synagogue in Ottawa:

A CHILDREN'S class had to be relocated yesterday morning after an arsonist tried to torch a Jewish community library in the west end of the city.

Firefighters were called to the Jewish Youth Library on Switzer Ave. at about 3:30 a.m. after the building's fire alarm was set off. They found the back exterior wall on fire and were able to quickly douse the flames and rip off the aluminum siding.

"It's an arson," said Ottawa police investigator Mike Haarbosch.

The fire was limited to the back outer wall of the building and was extinguished by firefighters before it could cause extensive damage. [...]

"It's very troubling. It's very, very troubling," said Yosef Caytak, a volunteer with the centre. "If the alarm didn't go off, it would have burned the whole building," he said.


Anti-Semitism, or hate and hostility of Jews, is definitely not omnipresent. That said, try to wear a kippa (Jewish skullcap) around Berkeley, California, or any European city for a month and let me know what happens. Thank God for the State of Israel, a place where all persecuted Jews can turn to when needed.

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Israeli survives 1st, but dies after 2nd homicide/suicide bombing (05.21.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that one of victims of last Tuesday's Palestinian homicide/suicide bombing was one of the survivors of the Passover massacre where 29 Israeli civilians were killed.

Arkady Wieselman was the chef at the seaside "Park Hotel" in the resort town of Netanya, where on March 27 a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 29 people and wounding more than 100.

I heard on Israeli TV that Arkady was inside a freezer when the Palestinian murder committed his crime and was able to survive the terror attack. Unfortunately, last Tuesday another Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself up in Netanya, and this time Arkady was killed.

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Islamic Terrorist blows truck at U.N. Mission in Baghdad, murders 24 (08.19.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that a homicide bomber has hit the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad:

A huge explosion that may have been the work of a homicide bomber ripped through U.N. headquarters in Baghdad Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and injuring scores of others.

The U.N. Security Council called the incident a "terrorist attack." One of those who died was U.N. Iraq representative Sergio Vieira de Mello, one of the highest-ranking officials at the United Nations.

There is no concrete death toll yet. Some U.S. officials said 20 people died; U.N. officials said 15 U.N. workers were killed. But a survey of Baghdad hospitals by The Associated Press found five other people who died.


Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN official who was murdered, was Brazilian. He and I attended the same high school, the "Lycee Pasteur", a bi-lingual school with courses in French and Portuguese. Although I disagree with the hypocrisy of the United Nations and its rabid anti-Israeli and anti-American stance, Mr. De Mello was an incredible man. May God bless his memory.

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A Knight in England (02.11.2004)


HumorHere's a good one sent to us by my friend P.G.:

A knight in England was supposed to kneel before the Queen and recite a sentence in Latin.

Comes his turn, Sir Gadabout knelt, the Queen tapped him on the shoulders with the sword ... and in the panic of excitement of the moment, he forgets the Latin line he was to recite.

Thinking quickly, he recites the only other line he knows in a foreign language, which he remembers from the Passover Seder:

"Mah nishtana ha-lailah ha-zeh mi-kol ha-leilot."

The puzzled Queen turns to her advisers and asks: ""Why is this knight different from all other knights?"

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Israeli Summer Camp for kids victims of Palestinian terrorism (07.15.2002)


MultimediaMSNBC (www.msnbc.com) reports that a special camp has been created in Israel - a camp that helps kids whose parents, brothers or sisters have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists.



Summer camp for Israeli kids,
victims of Palestinian terrorism


NINE-YEAR-OLD Pesi Roth kisses her parents goodbye and heads off on a bulletproof bus for a week of summer camp like no other. On a guarded kibbutz in southern Israel, Pesi is part of an experiment in rebuilding shattered lives.

“I try not to think about it because when we think about it it makes us really sad,” says Pesi. The Israeli girls are casualties of terror.

“These kids have had their parents blown up; they’ve had their siblings exploded from being healthy, vibrant people to nothing,” says Sherri Mandel, co-founder of the camp.

Pesi’s older sister, Malke, was killed with 15 others in August, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive full of nails in a crowded pizzeria in Jerusalem.


To learn more about Malke, check out www.kerenmalki.org. While you're there, please make a donation to help kids with severe disabilities.

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Grandmother of 15 murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber (12.11.2002)


VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Sa'ada Aharon, a 71-year-old Israeli grandmother of 15 who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.




Sa'ada Aharon, 71
Grandmother of 15
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist


On October 10, 2002, Sa'ada Aharon, 71, of Ramat Gan was killed and about 30 people were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to board Dan bus No. 87 across from Bar-Ilan University on the Geha highway (Route 4).

The bomber, who was trying to board the bus via the rear door, fell when the driver closed the doors. The driver, thinking he was an innocent passenger, got off the bus with another passenger to help him. When they discovered he had an explosive belt strapped to his waist, they gripped his hands to prevent him from detonating it, and shouted to the passengers on the packed bus to flee. Once the passengers were out of range, they released the bomber's hands and ran, for fear that the bomb would go off. The bomber then blew himself up.

Sa'ada Aharon, who lived nearby, had just boarded the bus traveling from Petah Tikva to Tel Hashomer for medical tests when the bomber detonated the charge. She was mortally wounded and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sa'ada, who immigrated to Israel from Yemen 50 years ago,, was devoted to her children and grandchildren. One granddaughter, Moran (14), said: "She was the best grandmother. We would go to her house to eat and to sleep. She didn't look at all old - she had a pretty face, and always wore colorful scarves."

Sa'ada Aharon was buried in Rosh Ha'ayin. She is survived by her husband Yihye, three children - Uri, Amnon and Yona - and 15 grandchildren.


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When I went to college at Bar-Ilan University, I used to take this bus everyday. I know the exact place where the Palestinian murderer blew up - it's near the "Coca-Cola" junction, named for a Coke factory from nearby. Many Israelis do not have any choice but the bus to commute or to go to a doctor's appointment (like poor Sa'ada). The Palestinian Islamic Jihad couldn't care less of course.

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Thousands of Hitler's soldiers were of Jewish Descent (09.03.2002)


Jewish HistoryThe Chronicle (www.chronicle.com) has published an incredible article that describes how thousands of Hitler's soldiers were of Jewish Descent.

What surfaces in those papers, and in Mr. Rigg's in-depth interviews, is a glimpse into how the several thousand men of partial Jewish origin who served in Hitler's army saw themselves -- how they felt about their Germanness, their Jewishness, the war, the Holocaust, and their own participation therein. Mr. Rigg estimates that there were upwards of 100,000 such "Mischlinge" -- German for mixed-blood or half-breed -- as they were known in Nazi parlance, and possibly as many as 150,000, a calculation that some of his critics regard as wildly overblown. [...]

German Jews, unlike many of their Eastern European counterparts, tended to be highly assimilated. Most of them were educated, professional, and urban. They saw themselves -- and, until the National Socialist takeover, were largely seen -- as German, as part of the national culture. Indeed, many of them had served in the German military in World War I. They were patriotic. Some were even antagonistic toward the Eastern European Jews who began to migrate to Germany after the war, seeing them as backward, parochial, and insular. [...]

One man he interviewed had lived in a Nazi-imposed Jewish ghetto and witnessed several executions of Jews. He joined the anti-Nazi resistance, only to find himself later serving as a cook in the Nazi army. His sergeant saved his life, helping him conceal his Jewish ancestry.


Jews, like everybody else, come from different backgrounds and cultures. That's why it's not surprising to learn that assimilated Jews were part of Hitler's army, and it is also not surprising to know that certain Jews are anti-Zionist and wish for the destruction of the State of Israel.

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The real reason behind the US's continuing support of Israel (08.24.2002)


HumorAngie Schultz from the "The Machinery of Night" has found the real reason behind the US's continuing support of Israel:

Drooling white supremacists and supercilious Euro-leftists assert that it's because of the obscene amounts of gold that the Vast Jewish Conspiracy pumps into the coffers of our elected officials.

Other Europeans warn darkly of the crazed snake-handling, tongues-babbling, American fundamentalist Christians, who take literally Biblical claims that the Jews are the Chosen People of God.

More moderate thinkers assert that the US's support is due to cultural sympathy between Israel and the US, like the fact that it is the only real democracy in a sea of warlords, kleptocrats, and supreme-ruler-for-lifes.

But none of these is the true reason. I have the true reason.

It's the bagels.

Yes! Bagels! Bagels make all the difference! America breakfasts on bagels, and love and respect for the chewy breads forms our attitudes toward Israel. [...]

And the Europeans? Feh. Vedrine and Chirac are of course croissant men, no hope for them, ever. Chris Patten fell into strange and foreign ways during his tenure as governor of Hong Kong, and now eats bangers and eggs with a side of rice. I believe someone in the British military slips Tony Blair a bagel now and again, probably at lunch when Cherie's not looking.


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Palestinian terrorists murder three American diplomats (02.07.2004)


VictimsThe "One Family Fund" (onefamilyfund.org) has published the story of John Eric Branchizio, John Martin Linde, and Mark T. Parson, American diplomats who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists on October 15, 2003:




John Eric Branchizio, John Martin Linde, and Mark T. Parson, Link
Oct 15, 2003 - Three American diplomatic personnel - John Eric Branchizio, 37, of Texas, John Martin Linde, Jr., 30, of Missouri, and Mark T. Parson, 31, of New York, were killed and one was wounded at the Beit Hanoun junction in the Gaza Strip when a massive bomb demolished an armor-plated jeep in a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats.

All three were employees of the Virginia-based DynCorp defense contracting company, and were assigned to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. They were killed while accompanying American diplomats to Gaza for meetings with Palestinian candidates seeking Fulbright scholarships for graduate studies in the United States. The explosion occurred directly beneath the driver's seat of the second of three American vehicles.

John Branchizio, a native of San Antonio, Texas, had spent nine years as a Navy SEAL in Central and South America after finishing college in Arkansas. He was divorced and father of an 8-year-old son. The family had been expecting him back in San Antonio next month, before being posted to Iraq. John Linde, born in Washington, Missouri, west of St. Louis, is remembered at Washington High School as an athlete who took part in several sports. After school he joined the Marines and served for ten years in the First Reconnaissance Unit. He was married. Mark Parson was a native of New York.

All three were flown home for burial after a ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer said the men were "killed on a mission of peace."

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Palestinian terrorist and robot (05.09.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismA Palestinian terrorist was stopped short of killing innocent Israeli civilians after his bomb malfunctioned and exploded before planned.





After the bomb went off near a bus stop near Haifa, the Palestinian terrorist was injured, but survived the blast.

Last night Israeli TV showed how the IDF (Israel's Defense Forces) used the above robot to immobilize the terrorist. An Israeli soldier was then able to search the Palestinian terrorist for other explosives. When none were found, a medic took care of the terrorist and he was taken to a nearby Israeli hospital.

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German anti-Semitism on the rise, again (07.01.2002)


Anti-SemitismThe Boston Phoenix (www.bostonphoenix.com) has an excellent article on the rise of Anti-Semitism in Germany.

Titled "Heil Hate!", the article written by Seth Gitell, who visited Germany recently, explains the current anti-Semitic controversy Germany finds herself in after Jürgen Möllemann, president of the German-Arab Friendship League, and second-in-command of the FDP, one of Germany's political parties declared:

"The intolerant, spiteful handling by Mr. Friedman of any critic of [Israeli prime minister Ariel] Sharon unfortunately is liable to awaken anti-Semitic resentments."

Möllemann was reffering to Michel Friedman, a member of the CCJ (Central Council of the Jews of Germany), the centralized leadership group of all Jewish religious, political, and communal organizations.

Blaming the Jews for Anti-Semitism, so typical of Nazi Germans.

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