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July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)

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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Fact 77: Jews in West Bank are "Settlers", Arab Muslims in Israel are "Citizens" (08.04.2002)

NewsletterThe latest FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter has been sent.

This week's fact is Fact 77: Jews in West Bank are "Settlers", Arab Muslims in Israel are "Citizens".

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A poster of hate (05.16.2002)

Anti-SemitismYesterday, I published a story about anti-Semitism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among other things, the article mentioned posters of cans of soup labeled 'canned Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites.' "

The Jerusalem Post just published a picture of the blood libel:

Laurie Zoloth, a professor at San Francisco State University, put it bluntly and powerfully in a widely circulated e-mail: "I cannot fully express what it feels like to have to walk across campus daily, past posters of cans of soup with labels on them of drops of blood and dead babies, labeled 'canned Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites.' "

I can understand that such hate and lies could be published in places such as Saudi Arabia or Egypt, but I was really surprised to see it happening in my own back yard, in San Francisco, CA.

For the full article on Anti-Semitism in the San Francisco Bay Area, click here.
For a blood libel published in an offical Saudi Arabian newspaper, click here.

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Palestinian Television calls for the 'anihilation of the Jews and their supporters' (07.06.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has translated a Muslim sermon delivered on Palestinian television.

In this Friday "sermon" the Imam (something like a Muslim priest) calls for the "anihiliation of the Jews" and supports genocide bombers (he calls them "martyrs"):

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian Authority Imam Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi at the Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza City, broadcast live on April 12, 2002 by Palestinian Authority television.

"Anyone who does not attain martyrdom in these days should wake in the middle of the night and say: 'My God, why have you deprived me of martyrdom for your sake? For the martyr lives next to Allah'…"

"Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters…"

"Oh Allah, raise the flag of Jihad across the land…"

This garbage was put on air on Palestinian national television, which is funded by the European Union and completely controlled by Arafat and his thugs.

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67 unarmed Russian hostages murdered by Chechen Islamic terrorists (10.26.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismReuters reports that 67 Russian hostages were deliberately murdered by Chechen Islamic terrorists after Russian special troops stormed in while trying to free them:

Sixty-seven hostages were killed when Russian special forces stormed a Moscow theater at dawn on Saturday to end a three-day siege by Chechen rebels.

Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Vasilyev said 750 hostages held since Wednesday night by the heavily armed guerrillas in the capital had been saved in the operation.

Nearly all the rebels, 34, were killed.

"We saved more than 750 people...67 were lost," Vasilyev told reporters outside the theater. He added that no children were killed in the operation.

I am outraged at the language used by many media outlets and Reuters who describe the murderers as "Chechen rebels" instead of Islamic terrorists. That said, it shows that "Palestinian militants" are not the only Islamo-fascists who benefit from the media's PC.

My heart goes to the families of the hostages that were massacred by the Islamo-freaks.

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Fake Palestinian Funeral (05.03.2002)

MultimediaLast night I was watching the Israeli news, and the IDF (Israel's army) released a video of a fake Palestinian funeral in Jenin.

Using a small plane (drone) without pilots, Israel was able to film how the Palestinians tried to stage a fake funeral to show as many casualties as possible were buried in Jenin.

"In the tape you see the fake 'corpse' being wrapped and then lying down on a stretcher. The stretcher bearers are not particularly adept and you can see him fall off several times.

During the course of the funeral the 'corpse' was dropped and the 'dead' Palestinian got up from the ground scaring many of the Palestinian marchers who were not cognizant of the deception."

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Anti-Semites try to burn a synagogue in Britain (07.13.2002)

Anti-SemitismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that anti-Semites tried to burn a synagogue in Britain.

The Jewish community in Britain has expressed outrage over the desecration of a synagogue in the Welsh town of Swansea on Thursday night. Vandals broke into the synagogue, destroyed a Torah scroll, drew swastikas on the wall and tried to burn the building down. A South Wales police spokesman said the attack had caused substantial damage and was being treated as an anti-Semitic incident.

"There was a big sign saying 'T4,' which we believe is a reference to the Nazi euthanasia program in the concentration camps," Whine said. "Excrement was left and there was a failed attempt to set fire to the place."

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America, France and Israel (05.20.2002)

OpinionAndrew Sullivan former editor of the New Republic, frequent contributor to the NY Times Magazine and the Sunday Times of London, wrote a great piece on the relationship between the United States, France, and Israel.

Titled "A Tale of Two Allies, America - and France and Israel", Sullivan shows why there's a lot of support for Israel today in the US and by the same token why there's so much dissatisfaction with France.

Being Israeli and French, and living in the United States, I fully agree with Mr. Sullivan: he touches on all of the right points.

"While Israel's battle against Islamic and Palestinian terrorism is regarded across Europe with dismay and disdain, large pluralities of Americans cheer the Zionists on"

"The real root of Americans' sympathy for Israel, I think, is a cultural one. Americans admire tenacity, democracy and a free society. They look at Israel and see a polity not unlike their own. There's a free press, a democratic system, a cantankerous civil society and a strong military. They admire the hard work that has built an amazing society from virtually nothing."

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Call to action for progressive activists of Europe or North America (05.28.2002)

OpinionStefan Sharkansky (http://www.usefulwork.com/shark/)wrote an open letter and call to action for progressive activists of Europe and North America who demand that Israel unilaterally end the violence. He brings up some very good points:

"The key to the whole conflict is really very simple. The Israelis don't like being subjected to terrorism. Once the Palestinians stop the terrorism, the Israelis will stop the military operations and will be prepared to return the occupied territories. The Palestinians will get their country and Sharon will retire to his ranch in the desert. It's not that Sharon would necessarily want to retire, he would simply cease to have a useful purpose. So what you can and must do to solve the problem is to help the Palestinians shift their tactics from terrorism and murder to non-violent resistance and nation building.

If you are truly concerned and passionate about the Palestinian cause and are willing to make a commitment to help them achieve statehood, the good news is that what you want to accomplish is easier than you might think."

If you are a progressive activist from Europe or North America, read on, you might hold the key to make the above work.

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Islamic mass murderers bomb Hotel in Egypt; over 30 people killed and 160 wounded (10.08.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Islamic mass murderers have bombed a hotel and attacked two restaurants in Egypt, killing over 30 people:

Islamic Supremacists murder two Israeli kids in the Sinai:
Lior Niv, 3, and his brother Gilad, 11

At least 26 people were killed [Update 10/10/2004: 33 people were killed: 13 Israelis, 14 Russians, 6 Egyptians, and 2 Italian sisters] and over 160 were wounded, both Israelis and other nationals, in two terror attacks against resorts in Sinai packed with Israelis late Thursday evening. [...]

Of the 122 Israeli casualties, seven are seriously wounded, 36 are moderately wounded and the rest suffered light wounds. A fatally wounded Israeli woman died of her wounds in the Josephthal hospital in Eilat. [...]

Two car bombs exploded at the entrance to the Hilton Taba Hotel and a suicide bomber blew up at the hotel's beach front, an area designated for children maritime activities. A combined bomb and shooting attack took place in two restaurants usually frequented by Israelis in Ras Al-Satan. [...]

The whole front of the hotel has collapsed. There are dozens of people on the floor, lots of blood. It is very tense," witness Yigal Vakni told Army Radio. "I am standing outside of the hotel, the whole thing is burning and they have nothing to put it out with."

The Hilton Hotel in Taba is frequented by Israelis traveling to Sinai and many Israelis arrived there over the past days of the Succot and Simchat Torah holidays. [...]

The deadly blast at the Hilton hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Taba on the border with Israel was claimed by the [...] "World Islamist Group", in a telephone call to AFP in Jerusalem.

Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades call for the destruction of the State of Israel and the deliberate genocide of all its Jewish citizens. Click here for more information, or click here for a list of mass killings executed by these Islamic Supremacists.

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If there was a Palestinian Virus (08.30.2002)

HumorSomeone just forwarded me this email - imagine if there was a Palestinian virus:

A new virus has been detected that you may want to take precautions against. Be careful, if you try to solve this virus problem, you will be castigated in the media and by the UN.

This is the Palestinian Virus - a virus that settles in your PC, claims it was there before your PC was built or Bill Gates was born, then demands parts of your hard drive.

If you want the virus to leave you and your PC alone, you can try to give the virus the hard drive space it wants, but it will refuse the deal and start killing data on your computer.

Some people have suggested a solution for this virus problem is to give the virus its own PC. As stated above, this virus has been known to refuse the offer. Other nearby PCs wont take the virus either, even if the virus is compatible with the other computers.

The virus seems to want nothing less than to take over your entire computer, with the removal and destruction of all your data.

Software based anti-virus solutions have been proposed, but so far only hardware solutions have had any impact. The only solution we have been able to determine that may work is physical removal of the virus from your computer. The only problem with this solution is all the other computers will object.

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Palestinian terrorist kills Israeli mother and 3 of her children, including a 5-year-old boy (06.21.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist entered an Israeli town in the West Bank and murdered a mother and three of her children.

Rachel Shabbo and 3 of her children,
killed in their home by a Palestinian terrorist

The Palestinian murderer entered the family's house and started shooting randomly with the intent to slaughter all unarmed Israeli civilians. He succeeded in killing Rachel Shabo 40, and three of her sons, Naria, 16, Zvika, 12 and Avishai, 5.

Two of the family's other children were wounded: a 10-year-old boy with serious gunshot wounds to the legs, and his 13-year old sister, with moderate to serious chest wounds.

The terrorist was killed by soldiers, who began searching for possible additional terrorists when the house caught fire. The terrorist jumped from a window in the house, exchanged fire with security forces, and was killed.

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Europen Union finances Palestinian terrorism (07.11.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe German magazine Die Zeit (www.zeit.de) has published an article that shows how the European Union is financing Palestinian terrorism.

The article was translated by Stefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog) and it contains a lot of information on how European money is used to kill unarmed Israeli civilians, including kids. Among other things it covers:

1) How European money is used to print Palestinian schoolbooks that glorify genocide bombers and deny the existence of the State of Israel.

Barely after the new books appeared, there came a hailstorm of criticism from western experts. [...] There are calls for religious tolerance, but only between Muslims and Christians. Jews appear only in an historical context. Their connection to the Holy Land is stuck in antiquity. The Jewish resettlement of Palestine is called "infiltration". There is no direct appeal to terrorism, but certainly "Palestine's Martyrs" are glorified, including "The Engineer Ayash", who dispatched suicide bombers in the 1990s and killed dozens of Israelis. The State of Israel does not exist. Its name appears on no map, terms such as "green line", "the interior of the country" or the "1948 land" are used repeatedly. Cities founded by Israel, such as Tel-Aviv, are never mentioned. The name of the State of Palestine and the emblem of Arafat's Palestinian Authority are everywhere, such as on the book covers. This state would seem to stretch from Jordan to the Mediterranean.

2) How European money is used by Arafat to fund his Al-Aksa brigades (responsible for dozens of genocide bombings, see the Palestine page). Arafat makes no distinction between the Palestinian Authority and his Fatah group, an umbrella group of terrorist organizations (that includes the Al-Aksa brigades).

How Arafat paid the friendly price of 10 million dollars for the Karine-A cargo is one of the mysteries of this affair. Whoever finds it reassuring should do the math. At the time of the weapons deal, Europe paid at least 10% of Yassir Arafat's day-to-day budget and 50% of all aid payments. Next to the Europeans, Arafat had only two other revenue sources -- substantial aid from the Arab states, and insignificant tax receipts. How great are the odds that Arafat has not soiled Europe's reputation?

3) How in 2/2001 Arafat and his thugs from the PA made a clear decision to kill unarmed Israeli civilians to force Israel to respond. Their logic was that once Israel responded, an international force, including Europeans, would impose a solution and create a Palestinian state. Documents found by Israel prove this without a doubt.

For the original Die Zeit article in German, click here.
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Israel Advocacy Pamphlets (07.10.2003)

AnnouncementI have just received the following email:

Great pamphlets on "Checkpoints",
the "Occupation", Refugees and more at

Recently, there has been a theater troup in my hometown performing checkpoints on people walking in parks to show people "Palestinian suffering". So I decided to go there and hand out pamphlets that explained why there are checkpoints.

I started designing one, and then another, and then others until I had about 10 pamphlets, each treating a key topic in the conflict. I decided to put them up on the web in high quality format so that people from around the world can print them, photocopy, and distribute them on campuses, at the office, at rallies, etc...

What I am asking from you is that since I have just started, would it be possible for you to add a link to my site on your website? The address is:


Please let me know,

Thank You,

Well E.A., I checked out your site and I am really impressed with the pamphlets - you've done some excellent work! I've also added a link to www.israelcampaign.com in the FactsOfIsrael.com links page - I hope you get a lot of hits.

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America to pursue Palestinian Arab Murderers (08.19.2002)

NewsIn May 2001, Palestinian terrorists murdered Jacob Koby Mandell, a 13-year-old American kid from Maryland. Koby was out hiking with his friend Yosef. The Palestinian murderers took rocks and bashed in Koby's skull, then smeared the boys' blood all over the walls of a cave where the bodies were later found.

The Primer watch group (www.tampabayprimer.org) has created a page to support the Koby Mandell Act:

The massacre of five American citizens in the Hebrew University cafeteria bombing makes it imperative that we undertake a major effort on behalf of the Koby Mandell Act. Thirty-six Americans have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in Israel since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993.

The Koby Mandell Act (S. 1377 / H.R. 2098), which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, would establish a special office, within the Department of Justice, to pursue the Palestinian Arab killers of Americans and bring them to trial in the United States. And it would assist the victims' families. (The title of the bill refers to 13 year-old Jacob "Koby" Mandell of Maryland, who was brutally murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in May 2001.).

Primer is dedicated to counter anti-Jewish and anti Israel written, visual and oral messages through media watch media response and dissemination of complete and accurate information. Primer has created a page to support the Koby Mandell Act - to send an email to your Senators and Representative, click here.

Sherri Mandell, Koby's mother, has also written an article, originally published in the New York Post. I copy it below.

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Palestinians schoolbooks are racist and teach hate and violence (08.24.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (www.edume.org) has published a reports that examines the Palestinian schoolbooks printed in the academic years 2001 and 2002.

The struggle for the liberation of Palestine is presented mainly as a military one. There is no direct support of terror in the textbooks, but the Feda'i and the Shahid are praised as the spearheads of this struggle. Palestinians hanged by British Mandate authorities for murders of Jewish civilians are presented as Shahids. Those arrested and jailed in Israeli jails for acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians are depicted as "prisoners of war". Jihad continues to be glorified and martyrdom is praised, with special attention given to the martyrs of Palestine.

There is no attempt to encourage reconciliation with Israel. Israel is presented exclusively as inhumane and greedy. It has destroyed the Palestinian villages, driven them away, seized their lands and water, inflicted on them pain and loss, taken over their holy places. Israel is responsible for the obliteration of Palestinian Arab national identity, the crippling of Palestinian economy, and for social and ecological ills.

The Palestinian textbooks use Terminology that is associated with war and violence and is likely to create prejudice, misunderstanding and conflict, such as: "The demographic weapon" will play "a positive role in winning the Arab-Israeli conflict" (The Palestinian Society-Demographic Education, Grade 11 (2000), p. 29), and :

"The coming of the Jewish throngs to Palestine continued until 1948 and their goal was taking over the Palestinian lands and then taking the original inhabitants' place after their expulsion or extermination." (National Education, Grade 7, p. 20). [...]

*The term "the interior" [al-dakhel] is commonly used by the Palestinians to denote the territory of the State of Israel without having to name it as such. The expression "the Palestinians of the interior" refers to the Arab citizens of Israel.

These books of hate were published thanks to the European Union who has sent 5.9 billion dollars to the Palestinians in the last 5 years.

I place this entry in the "Terrorism" category since it helps explain the hate and racism that would create such a phenomenon as the Palestinian genocide bombers (what the Palestinian call "shahids" or "Martyrs") and their deliberate killing of unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children.

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