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German leftist fascist hates America and Israel (01.26.2003)

Hate MailSince I created FactsOfIsrael.com 6 months ago, I have received my fair share of hate mail. Many of these messages come from the Islamic fascists who call me an "infidel" and send me death threats (just look in the Hate Mail section for more examples).

After a while, it gets pretty boring: it's the same brainwashed-neo-Nazi "kill the Jews" bile that the Imams from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Gaza spit every week.

Sometimes though, the leftist fascists from Europe will also suprise me. Today I received an email from a German who goes by the name of Kiewitz (kiewitz@netlabs.org). This guy managed to squeeze all anti-American and anti-Israeli cliches in one message. Here's an example:

I'm German and I'm not proud of our history. I'm sick of it. But I'm even more sick by people that talk like racists and enjoy other people to die.

I'm also sick of evil states like US that want to go to war, because of economic reasons. Islam is 100% okay. It's just extremists (that exist everywhere, not just in Islam) that are no good. [...]

I hope your country will get bombed as well in that manner. And then I will make such funny comments about those bombings. Perhaps this will make you understand.

Kiewitz, whom I'll refer to from now on as the "leftist fascist", was not happy about a video I published that shows how American forces attacked an Islamic terrorist camp in Afghanistan - click here for that story.

Read this my little leftist fascist: the German Nazis, your people, managed to murder 6 million Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. If you do the math, that's 30,000 Jewish men, women and children PER DAY! On bad days, it would go as high as 50,000-60,000 human beings deliberately killed PER DAY.

The next time you're watching B. München, Bayer Leverkusen, or any other German soccer team, look closely at the people in the stadium. Then, imagine the German Nazis going around the stands shooting at every one of them - all 30,000 in one day, all men, all women, all chidlren.

And you have the audacity to attack me because I support America's war on Islamic terrorism? Let me tell you what I think of your friends from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and any other Islamic terrorists that, similarly to your Nazi ancestors, deliberately murder women and children.

The only value they'll have is when they become fertilizer and are buried underground.

If you'd like to send a message to the German leftist fascist to let him know what you think, his email address is kiewitz@netlabs.org.

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17-year-old Israeli girl killed by Palestinian genocide bomber (06.29.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Levy, 17, of Jerusalem, who was killed when a Palestinian female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Kiryat Yovel supermarket in Jerusalem on 3/29/2002.

Rachel Levy, 17, murdered
by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Rachel Levy was a senior at the Sieff High School. Fellow pupils from her photography class at school said that she was an excellent pupil, and that an exhibition of Rachel's photographs is being held at her school. "She was a charming girl, allways smiling and pleasant. simply a wonderful person," said a relative. "She loved books, music, and sports," said her mother.

Rachel Levy was buried in Jerusalem. She is survived by her parents, Amos and Avigail, and her two brothers: Guy, 23, and Kobi, 7.

May God bless her memory.

The female genocide bomber was a member of the Al-Aksa brigades, a terrorist group that is financed and organized by Yasser Arafat and other thugs of the Palestinian Authority.

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After supporting the butcher from Baghdad, Palestinians surprised at Saddam's collapse (04.10.2003)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinians are once again surprised and shocked that the butcher from Baghdad has fallen:

There was shock and disbelief in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Wednesday as Palestinians gathered around TV sets to watch US Marines and Iraqi residents knock down a giant statute of Saddam Hussein in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.

"I'm stunned and appalled. I can't understand what is happening," said Rustum Abu Ghazalah, a 30-year-old shopkeeper in the center of Ramallah.

He and grim-faced fellow shopkeepers zapped from one Arab TV station to another with the hope of discovering that what they were hearing and watching was nothing more than a US-produced Hollywood film.

"This can't be true," grumbled Abu Ghazaleh. "Where are the suicide bombers? Where are the Fedayeen of Saddam? Where are the heroic Republican Guards?"

Saddam Hussein has given over 15 million dollars to the families of homicide bombers making the butcher from Baghdad very popular among the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's murderers from the Al-Aksa brigades. [...]

Since the beginning of the war, many Palestinians have been staging daily demonstrations in support of Saddam. The protests have often turned into anti-American and anti-British rallies where Palestinians burned effigies of US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

At least two Palestinian groups, Fatah and Islamic Jihad, announced that they had dispatched suicide bombers to Iraq to join in the fight against the US and British troops. Hundreds of Palestinian volunteers from Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip are reported to have arrived in Iraq to participate in the fighting.

Just like they did in 1991, these delusional Palestinians fully supported the Iraqi dictator, and now they simply can't understand how the American coalition forces have crushed the Baghdad butcher.

Unfortunately, just like in 1991, Palestinians will probably not have to face the consequences of their mistakes. After the war in Iraq is over, the British will try to make amends with the UN, France and other Arab countries by sacrificing Israel's security through a so called "roadmap" to peace.

After refusing peace and murdering hundreds of Israeli women and children, Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians will be offered an independent Palestinian State. I just hope the U.S. will not forget how Palestinians burned American flags and effigies of president Bush (remember the Palestinians celebrating the death of 3,000 Americans after 9/11?).

As an Israeli, I can say that if this Palestinian State comes attached with terror and an existential threat to my family, my friends and my country, this roadmap will go nowhere. If on the other hand, the Palestinians dissolve the Islamic Jihad and Hamas, give up their dream of destroying Israel and committing genocide against her Jewish citizens, we might get somewhere.

But I doubt it.

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Racism, intolerance and violence: Islamic Fascists follow in the footsteps of Nazi Germany (08.10.2004)

OpinionCox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons (www.coxandforkum.com) have published a good cartoon that describes the current racist attacks on Jews across the World:

The racist, intolerant and violent mass murderers from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Yasser Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades and other Islamic fascists are just like the german Nazi scum from the 30s and 40s.

But just like the Nazis lost Word War II, the Islamic fascists will loose this war. Found the link on the excellent LGF.

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Mathematicians join the war against Islamic Supremacists (10.13.2004)

Hi-TechUSA Today (www.chron.com) has a good article on how certain Mathematicians are attempting to use abstract theories to fight the mass murdering Islamic Supremacists from Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad:

"[...] A small group of thinking men and women convened at Rutgers University last month to consider how order theory — a branch of abstract mathematics that deals with hierarchical relationships — could be applied to the war on terrorism. [...]

Theoretically, Farley said, abstract math could help intelligence officers figure out the most efficient way to disable a terrorist network. Say it's more practical to go after a terrorist cell's "middle management" rather than its leadership. How many of those lieutenants would you have to remove to disrupt communication between the top dogs and the field operatives? Are there one or two key individuals whose capture would cut off the chain of command?

Order theory is all about such questions. [...]

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Israel will have general elections on 1/28/2003 (11.05.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel will have general elections on January 28th 2003:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his support for early elections on Tuesday, just short of two years since he took office, receiving approval from President Moshe Katsav to dissolve the Knesset and hold elections within 90 days.

The Knesset Law Committee is to meet Wednesday to finalize January 28 as the date for the election, because the law requires that elections be held on a Tuesday before the 90 days are up on February 3.

For more information on how, contrary to its Arab neighbors, Israel is a full democracy, please check the Democracy page.

Here are a few thoughts:

1) Why would Sharon allow Bibi Netanyahu to become Foreign Minister in his government? Wouldn't that give credibility to Bibi, who hasn't acted in any official capacity in the past couple of years? Yes, but that's precidely what Sharon wants. My guess is that he knows Bibi will win the Likud primaries and for the greater good of the party, he wants to give credibility to Bibi to help him (and the Likud) win the elections against Labor in 90 days.

2) The Labor party is trying to turn the elections into a discussion about the current government's support for the settlements instead of support for the developing cities in Israel ("Arei Hapituach"). In other words, make the people who are suffering today for economic reasons blame Sharon and the Likud for transferring money to the settlers in the West Bank and Gaza (0.03% of the budget). That's going to backfire: most of the people living in the developing cities will not vote for a leftist government - they are mostly Sephardim who have hawkish political views and would not want to give up the disputed territories. Instead, they'll vote for Shas, which although doesn't really represent them (they are ultra-Orthodox, while most Sephardim living in the developing cities are secular/traditionalists), will be able to pick up on the economic agenda and will have some political gains out of Labor's misplaced attacks.

You heard it here first folks. Ok, you may call my site "Foresight and Facts Of Israel" from now on. ;-)

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Liberte, Egalite, Judeophobie (05.07.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com) has a great article on anti-Semitism in France, "Liberte, Egalite, Judeophobie". Among other things it points to the danger of anti-Semitism coming from the French left (and not only from the extreme right of Le Pen) and how Muslim fundamentalism is embraced by many French Arabs.

The Muslim fundamentalists and the anti-Semitic left are part of a new fascism - this articles gives many examples of how both of these forces are particularly strong in France. Here's an example:

"This is a vision that the French--particularly given the French left's obsession with race, and their history of romantic attachments to Third World guerrillas--are in danger of embracing. The philosopher Alain Finkielkraut notes that, in France, "support for the Palestinian cause is not shaken but reinforced by the indiscriminate violence of Palestinians."

In particular danger of embracing this Manichaean view of the Arab-Israel conflict are those who support Third-Worldism, neo-communism, and neo-leftism, whom Taguieff lumps together as the "anti-globalization movement." The Chomskyites, . . . the people who think Empire is a good book. If you ask them why, of all the dozen conflicts the Muslim world is waging against the civilizations it borders on, this one obsesses them (why not Chechnya? why not Sudan? why not Nigeria?), they can give you an answer that stops just this side of anti-Semitism.

Israel-Palestine is the one where the "capitalist" world of the West (and, by implication, the Jews who run it) meets the underprivileged victim peoples of the South. Jews thus get to pay the price for the West's depredations since the Middle Ages, most of which they were on the receiving end of. "

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Some American Muslims hate America and believe the US government organized the attacks of 9/11 (08.05.2002)

OpinionNewsmax (www.newsmax.com) has an article that describes how some American Muslims hate the United States and believe that the 9/11 attacks were organized by the US government.

In late June 2002, I was flying from New York to Toronto, and two gentlemen of much facial hair and full-dress Islamic attire were seated at the gate area ready to board. [...]

He answered with an annoyed confidence that suggested one of the crescents he was fated to bear was putting up with illiterate infidels who still don't know who staged 9-11.

"It was all arranged by the United States government," he said. "Your government needed 9-11 as an excuse to take Afghanistan," he said.

Although many many American Muslims are peaceful, some do fund and support terrorist organizations like the Hamas, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Jihad. To learn more about Americans who support Jihad, click here.

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Islamic school in Kenya glorifies the killing of Christians (01.30.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe British Independent has a story on an Islamic school in Kenya:

Eleven teenage boys have been rescued from an Islamic correction centre in Nairobi where they were chained, tortured, and indoctrinated with violent anti-Christian ideas. Armed police raided the school in a rundown Nairobi neighbourhood after Guleed Ahmed, a 16-year-old from Leicester, faked an illness to escape and raise the alarm. [...]

The school, the Khadija Islamic Institute of Discipline and Education, was in Eastleigh, a rough and dangerous neighbourhood dominated by ethnic Somalis. As police led the boys out last Monday, an angry crowd pelted them with stones, forcing officers to fire warning shots in the air. [...]

Relatives had sent the teenagers to Khadija Institute to learn about Islam. Little did they know the sub-prison conditions to which they were subjected them. Schooling involved study of the Koran, with some lessons in English, Arabic and maths, always with their arms bound in chains. Sport was impossible.

Meals were spartan and usually accompanied by a thrashing. "They cane you on the head, back, legs, bottom, everywhere," Guleed said. "How many times, it was impossible to know many. They called it 'the medicine'." [...]

Hashim Ali, 16, who lived in Stockholm for 12 years before an uncle enrolled him in Khadija last June, said the killing of Christians was glorified in the school. "They told us it's called jihad," he said. "They said if you enter a church with bombs and kill yourself, you will go to heaven."

I thought these Islamic fascists could not surprise me anymore with their intolerance, hate and fanatism. I was wrong.

By the way, the Independent also mentions the following at the end of the article:

Last November's terrorist bomb attack against tourists at a Mombasa hotel in which 18 people died has raised fears in Kenya of a surge in extremism, influenced by hardliners from neighbouring Somalia. Three of the six attack suspects are Kenyan, and at least one is thought to have fled to Somalia

For obvious reasons of bias and unfairness, the Independent, this British leftist daily, fails to mention that the terrorist attack in Mombasa specifically targeted Israeli tourists - luckily you may click here for that story ("Terrorists attack Israeli tourists in Kenya - 12 people murdered, including two Israeli children, over 80 injured").

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British author embarassed by appeaser friends (02.19.2003)

OpinionThe Times online (www.timesonline.co.uk) has an excellent article that shows how the author is embarassed by his appeaser friends

In all my 38 years, I have never before felt such a sense of personal shock. I am shocked that so many of my friends would rather a brutal dictator remained in power — for that would be the direct consequence if their views won out — than support military action by the United States. I am ashamed that they would rather believe the words of President Saddam Hussein than those of their own Prime Minister. I am nauseated that they would rather give succour to evil than think through the implications of their gut feelings. [...]

have tried to point out that saying you are in favour of “peace” is meaningless. Which sane person is not? The question is: peace on whose, and what, terms? If it is peace on the terms of brutal dictators, secured by allowing them to build up whatever weapons arsenals they wish, then that is not peace. It is suicide.

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Some leftist liberals are as anti-Semitic as their extreme right counterparts (09.12.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Washington Jewish Week Online (www.washingtonjewishweek.com) has an article by 21-year-old Sarah Kopelovich who describes how she was attacked at a counter rally against neo-Nazis in Washington, DC. Sarah was harassed by people that hated her for being Jewish and a supporter of Israel.

The sad part of the story is that it's not the neo-Nazis that attacked her, but some leftist liberals, who seem to have as much hate and contempt for Jews and Israel as their extreme right counterparts.

Truth: In 2002, 60 years after the Holocaust, a Jewish girl cannot go out to an anti-neo-Nazi rally and hold up the Israeli flag. [...]

To these Nazi sympathizers, who applaud the victimization of minorities, of Jews, who extol the brutal slaughter of 12 million people including whole branches of my family tree, to them I wanted to sing out, "I AM A JEW! I AM AN ISRAELI AMERICAN! NOW IT IS YOU THAT ARE IN THE MINORITY. WE ARE STRONG AND WE ARE HERE FOREVER!" [...]

Unfurling a blue and white Israeli flag, I walked briskly and purposefully toward the gathering of anti-Nazi protesters. Watching 300 neo-Nazis with their strident rhetoric, I felt small, isolated and helpless. [...]

Suddenly I realized that the cries and jeers at the sight of the flag, originated not from the neo-Nazis, but from the anti-Nazi protesters.

I continued through the crowd and tried hard to ignore the glares. Inevitably, I was confronted. Abusive, although not unfamiliar words assaulted me at first: "Israel is fascist!" "Zionism is racism!" An old woman with a sweet face screamed at me, "You are a Nazi!" she cried. What had started out as a protest against racism quickly turned into a forum of hatred and fanaticism. I and the flag I held were their targets. [...]

Despite my intense rage, I stayed true to my nonviolent beliefs and fought her and the crowd that had begun to form around me, with my words.

The crowd of anti-Nazi protesters did not have the same nonviolent ideology. I was spat upon. I was physically and verbally threatened. Grown men accosted me and tried to rip the Israeli flag out of my hands. Several were very close to actually assaulting me. Police intervened and blocked the anti-Nazi protesters from approaching me. These were supposed to be the good guys, and yet the hatred they exuded was just as potent as that of the Nazis themselves. [...]

I must admit that I, like many young Jews and Zionists my age, feel betrayed by American liberals. With regards to the Middle East, there seems to be no appreciation of the moral ambiguity, the political nuances, the multiple layers of media spin. Faced with such a complex situation, young people too often ask others to chew it, swallow it and digest it for them, and then tell them in absolute terms which side is most appropriate to their general belief structure. [...]

In a very palpable way, I was an outsider, hated by everyone. With rabid anti-Semites on one side and anti-Israel fomenters on the other, surrounded by bystanders willing to do nothing as I suffered horrid abuse, I wept - and as Jews must do in this post-Holocaust world, I stood my ground. Truth.

Sarah, I know how you feel. I too feel betrayed by many from the left who I once thought were my friends. The only ones helping the Jewish community and Israel today are moderate Republicans, and they will get my vote in the next elections.

Congratulations for standing up to these so called "humanitarians" - with their hate and one-sideness, they are not better than the neo-Nazis from across the street.

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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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Iraq Brings in French Surrender Experts (03.15.2003)

HumorThe Skeptician (www.skeptician.com) reports that the French are good for something after all:

Faced with the overwhelming firepower and military might of the U.S. led coalition forces poised on its border, Iraq asked the French Government today to send so-called "surrender experts" to Baghdad.

According to Iraqi Vice President Tariq Aziz, the experts will "instruct the Iraqi military in all forms of surrender. Obviously, no country on earth has more experience with surrender or is more qualified in training others in this key aspect of warfare."

Iraq sought the French help so that they could surrender more quickly in this conflict than in the First Gulf War. According to Skeptician military analyst Rip Rowan, "During Operation Desert Storm, the Iraqi Army tended to make orderly and calm surrenders. They would walk slowly towards the Coalition forces with white flags."

"The French style of surrender, however, is much quicker. The French will teach them how to simply throw their weapons down and run screaming towards coalition lines, beg for forgiveness, and then roll over on their backs and ask for their tummies to be scratched."

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin (who is a man) could not be reached for comment. Various news reports said that he was under his kitchen table, hiding from his dog, Vichy.

While the French continue to support the butcher from Baghdad and burn synagogues, I'll continue to burn the French.

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Arafat and Palestinians refuse peace, wish for destruction of Israel (05.29.2002)

OpinionThe New York Review of Books (www.nybooks.com) just published an interview with Ehud Barak, who was Israel's Prime Minister at the Camp David Peace talks in October 2000 (see the history page for more details).

It is now clear that Palestinians are not interested in peace but have clearly chosen terrorism and the anihilation of the State of Israel as their ultimate goal.

After being offered 95% of the West Bank and Gaza (see maps), half of Jerusalem and an independent state of their own, Arafat and the Palestinians refused and didn't even present a counter offer.

After Deborah Sontag from the NY Times published a revisionist article blaming Israel and the US for the failed Camp David peace talks, here's what President Clinton told Barak:

What the hell is this? Why is she turning the mistakes we [i.e., the US and Israel] made into the essence? The true story of Camp David was that for the first time in the history of the conflict the American president put on the table a proposal, based on UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, very close to the Palestinian demands, and Arafat refused even to accept it as a basis for negotiations, walked out of the room, and deliberately turned to terrorism. That's the real story—all the rest is gossip.

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Arafat said "No." Clinton, enraged, banged on the table and said: "You are leading your people and the region to a catastrophe." A formal Palestinian rejection of the proposals reached the Americans the next day. The summit sputtered on for a few days more but to all intents and purposes it was over.

What they [Arafat and his colleagues] want is a Palestinian state in all of Palestine. What we see as self-evident, [the need for] two states for two peoples, they reject. Israel is too strong at the moment to defeat, so they formally recognize it.

Repeatedly during our prolonged interview, conducted in his office in a Tel Aviv skyscraper, Barak shook his head—in bewilderment and sadness— at what he regards as Palestinian, and especially Arafat's, mendacity:

They are products of a culture in which to tell a lie...creates no dissonance. They don't suffer from the problem of telling lies that exists in Judeo-Christian culture. Truth is seen as an irrelevant category. There is only that which serves your purpose and that which doesn't. They see themselves as emissaries of a national movement for whom everything is permissible. There is no such thing as "the truth."

You might also want to read an interview with Shlomo Ben-Ami who was Israel's Foreign Minister at the time - check it out here.

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I will not support NPR/KQED anymore (05.01.2002)

OpinionThis is a message I sent to National Public Radio and its local (San Francisco, CA) station on 4/27/2002.

I am very disappointed in the way NPR has been covering the events in Israel and the Middle East. Particularly disturbing is their latest trend of calling murderous Palestinian terrorists by the mild term "militants".

In this message I give them a specific example after the murder of Danielle Shefi, a 5-year old Israeli girl, was described as the "killing of a settler by a Palestinian militant".

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