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Anti-Israel publication is full of mistakes (04.05.2006)

OpinionTwo anti-Israeli professors published a "study" that basically said that it is against the United States' interests to support Israel in her fight against Islamic supremacism.

In addition they accuse pro-Israel Jews of controlling the United States, something that anti-Semites have done and will continue to do for years.

Alan Dershowitz has written a response to these false statements and he shows how the paper from the Harvard professor is basically trash:

[...] If these charges sound familiar, it is because, as I will show, they can be found on the websites of extremists of the hard right, like David Duke, and the hard left, like Alexander Cockburn. They appear daily in the Arab and Muslim press. They are contemporary variations on old themes such as those promulgated in the notorious czarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in the Nazi and America First literature of the 1930s and early ’40s, 20 and in the propaganda pamphlets of the Soviet Union.

In essence, the working paper is little more than a compilation of old, false, and authoritatively discredited charges dressed up in academic garb. The only thing new about it is the imprimatur these recycled assertions have now been given by the prominence of its authors and their institutional affiliations. As David Duke observed: “The Harvard report contains little new information. I and a few other American commentators have for years been making the same assertions as this new paper.”21 It “validates every major point I [Duke] have been making.”22 It should have been easily predictable – especially to “realists” – that their “Harvard report” would be featured, as it has been, on neo-Nazi and extremist websites, and even by terrorist organizations, and that it would be used by overt anti-Semites to “validate” their paranoid claims of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy.

I copy Mr. Dershowitz's response below; read it all and if someone ever mentions the trash paper from Harvard you'll have many counter arguments. Found this link on the excellent LGF which pointed to a Hardvard site.

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Palestinian terrorist murders 8 Israeli students (03.06.2008)

Palestinian Terrorism

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist murdered 8 Israeli students from a Yeshiva (religious school) in Jerusalem:

A Palestinian terrorist opened fire at a central Jerusalem yeshiva late Thursday night, killing eight students and wounding 10 others, police and rescue officials said.   The 8:45 p.m. shooting at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood broke a two-year lull in terror in the capital and sent students scurrying for cover from a hail of gunfire - a reported 500-600 bullets - that lasted for several minutes.

"There were horrendous screams of 'Help us! Help us!'" recounted Avrahami Sheinberger of the ZAKA emergency rescue service, one of the first to respond to the scene. "There were bodies strewn all over the floor, at the entrance to the yeshiva, in various rooms and in the library."

As security forces raced to the scene, the gunman fired round after round of ammunition into the library at the seminary, religious Zionism's flagship institution. About 80 students had gathered in the library to celebrate the Hebrew month of Adar II, which begins on Friday evening.

[...] In Gaza City, residents went out into the streets and fired rifles in the air in celebration after hearing news of the attack on the yeshiva.  [...]  In Jebaliya [a Palestinian town], about 7,000 Gazans of different factions marched in the streets, firing in the air in celebration [...].  In Rafah on the Egyptian border, [Palestinian] residents distributed sweets to moving cars, and militants fired mortars in celebration.

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Bumper Stickers for Hybrid Car Owners (03.19.2005)

AnnouncementA couple of years ago, I wrote an article on the Toyota Prius, a Hybrid/Electric car that gets 50 miles per gallon. For the details see:

> Save the Environment and Stop Funding Islamic Terrorism: Buy a hybrid car!

> http://www.factsofisrael.com/blog/archives/000573.html

I have created two bumper stickers and a license plate frame for hybrid car owners:

Click on the images to learn more about the products. Any profits made on the sale of these products will go to the families of the 9/11 victims.

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Celebrating the American Democracy (11.05.2002)

NewsTonight there were elections in the United States - not Presidential elections, but mid-term elections for Congress (House and Senate) and for State Governors.

It seems to be a big win for the Republicans which have gained control of Congress - both the House and the Senate. Americans tend to balance out political power and on mid-term elections they generally vote for whatever party is not in the White House. The Democrats should have won the control of Congress to stop president Bush from having too much liberty in implementing his solutions to the main issues.

Yet, the Republicans won big time. Even with a "broken" economy, President Bush and the Republican party scored a big win today. The main reason: the war on Islamic terrorism and the pending removal of Saddam Hussein. The majority of Americans clearly support president Bush in our war against the Islamofreaks. Isn't Democracy great?

Here in California, in San Mateo county (12th Congressional District), we had an interesting race for the House of Congress. Out of the three possible candidates, two were linked to Israel and the Middle East.

Tom Lantos, Jewish, Holocaust Survivor
Supports the war on Islamic Terrorism
Big Winner!

On the one hand, we had Tom Lantos, a Holocaust survivor who has always been a friend of the State of Israel. Mr. Lantos is a Democrat, but he consistently supported president Bush in his war on Islamic terror and a future attack on Iraq. Mr. Lantos has been representing these smart Californians for the past 18 years.

Maad Abu Ghazalah, Palestinian
Against the removal of Saddam Hussein

On the other hand, Mr. Maad Abu-Ghazalah, a Palestinian who lived in Saudi Arabia and became a US citizen. Mr. Abu is against the war on Islamic terrorism and against the removal of the butcher of Baghdad. My sources also tell me he supports the Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas that often deliberately murder Israeli women and children.

With 100% of the precints reporting, Mr. Lantos has 88,739 votes (68%), Mr. Moloney (the Republican candidate) has 32,653 votes (25%) and Mr. Abu has only 9,494 votes (7%).

Sounds like a strong message to those that do not support the war on Islamic terrorism: your opinions will get you nowhere. Congratulation to Tom Lantos, who went from a Nazi concentration camp to the US House of Congress and managed to stay there for almost 20 years.

Isn't Democracy great?

For more information on Tom Lantos, check out www.lantos.org - to congratulate him send a message to lantos4congress@lantos.org.

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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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In the first 5 months of 2002 there were over 700 anti-Semitic violent attacks in France (08.13.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Jewish Ledger (www.jewishledger.com) has published an article that describes how anti-Semitic France has become.

Evelyne Sitruk always envisioned Marseille as a model of tolerance and diversity amid stodgy, stratified France, a Mediterranean port of 800,000 with a cosmopolitan mix of Italians, Armenians, some 70,000 Jews and North Africans.

Now she finds it downright hostile.

"I was strolling with my family at Pesach," she recalls, "and for the first time in my life, someone spat on me and called me a 'sale Juive' [dirty Jew]. It was like a slap in the face." [...]

Anxiety is gripping French Jews. They've seen synagogues ablaze, cemeteries vandalized and walls painted with swastikas as they face what observers have called the worst spate of antisemitism since World War II. Hate crimes rose from just one in 1998 to more than 700 in the first five months of 2002.

Observant Jews live in a state of siege. Police now patrol in front of the Jewish schools. Graffiti and swastikas appear almost nightly in Strasbourg. Rabbis exhort congregants in Marseille to cover their kipas in public.

Jewish men guard the front of synagogues during services, walkie-talkies in hand, revolvers hidden in their pocket. Parents forbid their sons to play soccer because of a vicious attack in Paris.

I lived in France for three years, and although it's a beautiful country, unfortunately it's full of Frenchmen. With 25% voting for the fascist Le Pen (extreme right), 25% voting for the communist and Trotskiste parties (extreme left), and many Islamic fundamentalists (extreme stupidity) - you have over half of France's population that are anti-Semitic and/or anti-Israeli nutcases.

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Palestinian genocide bomber blows himself in Jerusalem (07.30.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide bomber has blown himself in a civilian area in Jerusalem. Luckily the Palestinian murderer managed to kill only himself.

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Hanevi'im street in the center of Jerusalem Monday afternoon, lightly wounding seven people.

Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy said the bomber entered a felafel stand on a busy central Jerusalem street and detonated the bomb.

Israel Radio said it appeared the bomber drew the attention of police officers at the stand and that he set off the explosion prematurely.

The Palestinians continue their attempts at mass murder every day: yesterday half of the country was stuck at roadblocks setup by the police and the army. There was specific intelligence information which pointed to a Palestinian murderer who had entered Israel from the West Bank.

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Visiting Lebanon, Jordan and Israel (07.21.2002)

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

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

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

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

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Islamic Fanatics win Palestinian Elections (01.28.2006)

NewsThe Globe and Mail (www.theglobeandmail.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has won elections in the Palestinian territories:

The incoming Hamas government will move quickly to make Islamic sharia "a source" of law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and will overhaul the Palestinian education system to separate boys and girls and introduce a more Islamic curriculum, a senior official in the movement said yesterday.

Spelling out the domestic agenda of Hamas for the first time since the group's stunning victory in a legislative election this week, Sheik Mohammed Abu Teir also said Hamas would not go to foreign donors on bended knee if they withdrew aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. Abu Teir, who was No. 2 on the Hamas list of candidates for Wednesday's election, said introducing sharia -- a controversial moral and legal code based on the Koran -- would be the first act of the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian Legislative Council.

"The No. 1 thing we will do is take sharia as a source for legislation. Sharia has a soul in it and is good for all occasions," Mr. Abu Teir said in an interview with The Globe and Mail

For many years Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other Israeli leaders have said that there is unfortunately no partner for peace among the gang of Palestinian murderers from the Islamic Jihad, Fatah or Hamas.

After Geneva peace talks with Arab countries on 12/21/1973 Abba Eban said "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity".

This turns out to be true once again: as Israeli elections were to take place in two months, the centrist Israeli partist "Kadima" was ready to make concessions and maybe even allow for a Palestinian state to be created. With Islamic mass murderers in power in the Palestinian territories, this will not happen.

For more information on Abba Eban, click here. For more information on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other mass murdering bastards, click here. I copy the full article below.

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Racist, anti-Semitic web site, tops Google search results on "Jews" (04.01.2004)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that if you search for the term "Jew" on Google.com you'll get a racist site that calls for the murder of Jews:

What is a Jew? Those hoping to find out from a Google search are in for an unpleasant surprise. The first of 1.75 million entries that appear when you type "Jew" into the search engine is an anti-Semitic site.

This discovery by a New York real-estate developer, among others, has sparked a cyberspace showdown, and a bid to alter the situation by a small band of Internet experts.

While surfing the Web from his New York home, real-estate investor Steven Weinstock was shocked to find Jew Watch, filled with propaganda similar to that used by the Nazis. "At first I felt surprised, and then those feelings turned to shock," he said.

What upset him most is not that hatemongers might be publishing such lies, but that any person looking to find out about Judaism would be offered choices such as the "Jewish Controlled Press," "Jewish World Conspiracies," "Jewish Media Lies," and "Jewish Banking and Financial Manipulations." Under one of the categories, titled "Revisionists – 6,000,000 Jews DID NOT DIE," there are dozens of links to articles dedicated to Holocaust revisionism.

Google is not to blame for this - its algorithms are not racist and have not specifically chosen the above site on purpose. That said, I wonder what Google developers would think if someone typed in "American" and Google placed an Al-Qaeda site as the first returned result.

Weinstock has been working to get rid of the site. Last Saturday, he launched his own Web site, called Remove Jew Watch, containing a petition which received more than 3,000 signatures in its first 48 hours – 1,500 on Monday alone.

Let's help Mr. Weinstock: please sign the petition at www.removejewwatch.com, and if you have a website or blog, please link to removejewwatch.com as well.

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Indian Woman saves Jewish orphan (11.25.2009)


CNN reports how an Indian woman is making the difference in the life of a Jewish 3-year-old child who became an orphan after Islamic terrorists from Pakistan murdered his mother and father in 2009 in Mumbai, India:


Jewish orphan finds new life with Indian savior

Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN) -- In a scene his parents would have been heartened to see, family and friends recently thronged around young Moshe Holtzberg as men in black suits and black hats took turns cutting locks of hair from the boy's head on a stage in a rented party tent outside Tel Aviv, Israel.

The celebration marked Moshe's third birthday and in Hasidic Judaism tradition he received a haircut to symbolize his readiness to begin his religious education.  Standing not 10 feet away and watching closely was Sandra Samuel, the Indian nanny who one year ago saved Moshe's life.

Samuel was working as a nanny for Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg when the Jewish Chabad Center they ran in Mumbai, India, came under attack by terrorists.  Samuel survived the attack and rescued Moshe who she found crying, standing between the bodies of his parents.

Since that fateful day she has not left Moshe's side. Samuel accompanied him to Israel where, with her help, he is now being taken care of by his grandparents and extended family.  A year on Sandra said the memories of Mumbai and Moshe's parents still haunt her. Holding back tears, she said, "I feel happy for the baby, but I am very sad, more than sad, I think."

The pain she feels remembering the horror of the attack is tempered by the great progress she has seen Moshe make since his arrival in Israel just days after his parents were killed.  "He has adjusted very very well and is like a normal kid. He goes to school, he plays, he jumps. He has a lot of friends. His life is normal," she said.

Moshe's paternal grandfather Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg said Samuel has been like a surrogate mother. "She knows everything about him, all the natural things because she has known (him) since he was a small child. Things are getting better and better."  Holtzberg added that the entire family rallied together to help Moshe adapt to life without his parents and believes his son would be pleased. "I'm sure that my son would be here now and looking at how I take care of him. He would be happy."

Samuel, a mother of two grown children, said she was trying to spend less time with Moshe so he could better adapt to his family and sees herself returning home to India within two years -- though she said she would stay in Israel for as long as Moshe needed her.

Samuel said her message was simple: "To carry on life. Be strong and that's it. Put everything in God's hands."

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Hanukah: the history behind the lighting of the Menorah (12.05.2002)

Jewish HistoryDave Kopel from National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has an excellent article on why we light the Menorah during Hanukah:

Until sundown on Saturday, Jews all over the world are celebrating the eight-day Feast of Hanukkah. In a year when Jews are under deadly attack from Islamonazis, it is especially important to remember the lesson that the Seleucid empire learned two millennia ago, and which Yasser Arafat relearned last year: Jews fighting for their homeland are superb soldiers and military strategists. [...]

The Maccabean Revolt began in 167 B.C. Alexander the Great's empire had broken into several parts, and Israel was under the control of the Seleucid empire, based in Syria. Israel had lived peacefully under the Persian Empire and under the Ptolemic empire (of Egypt), both which tolerated Judaism; but the Seleucid Emperor Antiochus Epiphanes was a bigoted Hellenizer, who attempted to force the Jews to abandon their religion and to adopt Greek customs and worship.

Possession of a Bible was a capital offense. (1 Mac. 1:57). "[T]hey put to death the women who had their children circumcised, and their families, and those who circumcised them; and they hung the infants from their mothers' necks." (1 Mac. 1:60-61). Many thousands of Jews were slaughtered. [...]

The Maccabees built a new altar. On the 25th of Kislev, in the year 164 B.C., they lit their one-day supply of oil in the Menorah. The oil burned for eight days, and the eight days of Hanukkah celebrate that miracle, as well as the divine intervention that had led the Jewish militia to smashing victories over well-equipped standing armies far superior in numbers.

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Terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad murders 7-month-old Israeli baby girl (10.01.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael 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.

The terrorist, armed with an M-16 rifle and four ammunition clips then shot twice, mortally wounding the man, who nevertheless prevented the gunman from entering the house. A reserve soldier in the home pursued the terrorist, as did other soldiers who had been eating the holiday meal in the community's dining hall.

Within two minutes, they had arrived at the scene of the shooting, but in the meantime the terrorist had sprayed gunfire at the surrounding pre-fab homes, penetrating their thin walls with bullets. One of the bullets entered the home he had first attacked, mortally wounding Shaked Avraham, a seven-month-old girl, in her baby carriage. Resuscitation efforts failed.

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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Palestinian terrorists murder couple, their 2-year-old and 1-year old babies injured (08.04.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian murderers have killed again:

A couple from the Jewish community of Eli were killed last night when Palestinian terrorists shot at their car on the Ramallah-Nablus road, near Shilo, Israel Radio reports.

Their two children were wounded in the incident. The two-year-old child is in moderate condition. The younger child was lightly injured, according to the radio.

The names of the victims have not yet been cleared for release.

This brings the total number of deaths resulting from terror in the last 24 hours to 13, the radio said.

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Muslim in New York calls for the “Death to all Juice” (01.16.2009)


The picture below was recently taken in New York - the Islamic fanatic below expresses his hate of Jews through a sign:

An Islamic fanatic calls for the "Death to all Jews Juice" in New York

If you are going to be a racist Islamic fanatic moron, the least you could do is learn how to spell "Death to all Jews".

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