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British Muslim, "shoe bomber", sentenced to life in prison (02.02.2004)

NewsCnn (www.cnn.com) has published the transcript of the sentencing of the attempted mass murderer "shoe bomber" who tried to kill everyone on a plane in December 2001.

On the December 22, 2001 flight from Paris to Miami, British citizen Richard Reid attempted light a fuse connected to plastic explosives in his shoe. He was subdued and restrained by passengers on that flight and taken into custody. Faced with eight charges, Reid surprised federal prosecutors by pleading guilt to all charges.

During his sentencing hearing on January 30, 200, Reid claimed to be a member of the al-Qaida terrorist network, admitted allegiance to Osama Bin Laden, Islam and Allah, and declared himself an enemy of the United States.

In response, Judge William Young of the U.S. District Court. delivered the following speech:

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive one with the other. That's 80 years.

On Count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you on each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and a just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.

We are not afraid of any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.

Here in this court where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.

And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists.

We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

Yes, we will hunt down the mass murderers of Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Muslim terrorists. One by one.

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Two Palestinian homicide bombers murder two Israelis and kill chances for Palestinian State (08.13.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that two Palestinian homicide bombers, one from the Hamas (Islamic Resistance) and one from Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have murdered two Israelis after blowing themselves up:

Two Palestinian suicide bombers struck Tuesday morning, one in Rosh Ha'ayin and another just outside Ariel, murdering two Israelis and wounding 12 in almost simultaneous attacks that shattered the month-and-a-half-long relative calm of the hudna cease-fire.

Yehezkel Yekutieli, 43, the father of two, was killed and 10 were wounded in the Rosh Ha'ayin attack, while Erez Hershkovitz, 18, who had just completed his basic training in the IDF, was slain and two others were seriously wounded in the Ariel attack. Remaining hospitalized Tuesday night were a four-year-old and his mother and two others in serious condition. Both victims were buried on Tuesday evening.

The bombings the bloodiest attacks since Palestinian terrorist organizations declared a unilateral cease-fire in late June followed threats by Hamas that it would retaliate for Israel's Friday raid on a Nablus bomb factory.

Hamas took responsibility for the Ariel attack, yet announced that it would remain committed to the hudna through its September 29 expiration date. Fatah's al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which has denounced both the road map and the hudna, claimed the Rosh Ha'ayin attack.

So much for the "cease fire". So much for a "Palestinian State".

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16-year old girl murdered by Palestinian homicide bomber (06.25.2002)

VictimsFaces of the victims has posted the story of Orly Ofir, a 16-year-old girl that was murdered by a Palestinian homicide bomber on 3/31/2002 while having lunch with her mother and two sisters.

Orly Ofir, 16, murdered by
a Palestinian homicide bomber

Just after 2:30 PM on Sunday afternoon, during the Passover holiday, the terrorist entered the popular Matza restaurant in the Neve Sha'anan district near the Grand Canyon mall. The explosion tore the roof off the one-story building, and blew out the windows, instantly killing 14 people, and leaving horrific scenes of people on fire, and people with lost limbs. Over 40 people were injured.

Orly Ofir was having lunch with her mother and two sisters at the Matza restaurant when the blast occurred. Her sister Roni was lightly injured. Although Orly spoke to them in the ambulance, she died of her wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital.

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Palestinian patients treated in Israeli hospitals cheer when Jewish victims of terror are brought in (08.21.2002)

OpinionThe Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com) has a good article written by the comedian Larry Miller who visited Israel last week.

I was in two other hospitals recently, just a week ago, in Israel. It was part of my trip, to meet some victims of the terror bombings and their families. As an aside to this, you might like to hear something good and something not so good. [...]

All right, back to the story. As I said, I went to two places to meet the terror victims. One was in Tel Aviv. I met an emergency room doctor, a woman, whose husband was killed a year ago in a bombing. She has two children. Had. Now she has one. She was on duty, weeks ago, in the middle of the night (Don't they call that the graveyard shift?), the night a disco was bombed. Maybe you heard about it. The victims were brought to her hospital. To her. Her daughter was one of them. Now the mother is a patient. "It was good of you to let her tell you her story," the head of the place told me. "It's therapeutic." Good of me? What do you say to that? "I'm glad I could help so much. Gotta go now. Soon I'll be back in the hotel room."

Then we went to Hadassah Hospital, in Jerusalem. This is the hospital where they brought the victims of the bombing at Hebrew University. I met a woman who had been having lunch that day, in the Frank Sinatra Commissary (really) with her daughter, a student. An "A" student, the mother told me. It wasn't possible for the daughter to tell me, since they were still trying to put her back together. At this writing she's still alive, thank God. Just. An "A" student, the mother kept saying. She was the lucky one, whatever that means. Hey, what's that on the table? Oh, it's a cup with the nails they took out of me. Some are still inside. They can't take them out yet. Oh. Okay. Gotta go. Wait, go in there, here's someone else, the brother of someone else, the fiancee of someone else, the father of someone else. Thank you for letting them tell their stories. Yes, I know, it's therapeutic.

Downstairs, before we left, the head of the hospital, an Israeli named Audrey, was showing me the children's waiting room. I couldn't help but notice, all around, an Arab woman with her son, an Arab family over there checking in, Arab children playing with the toys while waiting. The doctor saw the look on my face and laughed. "Oh, yes, we treat everyone." I guess I was astonished. She just shrugged. "We're Jews. This is how we live. It's also for the future. They're not going anywhere, and we're not going anywhere. There will eventually be peace. There has to be." When? A month? A year? A hundred years? More? She didn't know. I had to say it. You're incredible. You take everyone, you treat everyone, no one goes first, no one goes last, you just go in order of who needs help. That's, like, Mother Teresa stuff. "We're not saints, we're just doing our jobs. It's not easy, I admit. And it gets hard when they cheer when the bodies are brought in." I looked at her. What did you say? She sighed. "Yes, it gets hard when they cheer." This was one of the times during my trip when I held up my hands and said, "Stop. Wait." I turned and walked away to breathe deeply for a minute. I wonder if they've restocked that mini-bar. Yeah, probably. It's a good hotel.

I didn't meet one Jew the whole trip who didn't think there would be peace, not one. "We can work it out. We have to. They're not going anywhere. Neither are we."

Of course, it gets hard when they cheer.

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Les Palestiniens sont responsables de leur sort (French) (08.24.2002)

OpinionLe site DesInfos.com a publie une traduction d'un article parut dans le journal Israelien "Yediot Aharonot" qui decrit comment les Palestiniens sont responsables de leur sort.

La deuxième Nekba palestinienne (catastrophe)
Guy Bechor (Yediot Aharonot) - traduit par le service de
presse de l'Ambassade de France en Israël.

Voilà plus de 54 ans que les Palestiniens crient au scandale de leur pays spolié et qu’ils accusent les Juifs, Israël, les Britanniques, les Nations Unies et les Etats arabes, prenant un soin tout particulier à s’épargner et à apparaître “ blancs comme neige ”.

Mais en 1947, c’est bel et bien leur radicalisme et leur maximalisme qui contribua à leur malheur, la Nekba.

Aujourd’hui, nous assistons à la deuxième Nekba palestinienne. Une fois de plus, les Palestiniens ne doivent s’en prendre qu’à eux-mêmes. Le bilan de la nouvelle Intifada est lourd : des milliers de victimes, et par-dessus tout, une société palestinienne sacrificielle n’ayant d’autres objectifs que la mort et la ruine.

Il y a deux ans, les Palestiniens pouvaient, comme en 1947, obtenir un Etat indépendant. Le gouvernement Barak leur avait alors proposé 98% des Territoires occupés en 1967 ainsi que le démantèlement de la plupart des colonies, et la division de Jérusalem. Comme en 1947, ils ont refusé l’offre et ont choisi de danser la danse de la mort. Comme en 1948, les Palestiniens se sont trompés en imaginant qu’ils obtiendraient par la violence ce qu’ils n’avaient pas réussi à obtenir autrement. Une fois de plus, ils sont victimes de leur choix.

Les Palestiniens sont parvenus à changer leur image de peuple sympathique et pourchassé en un peuple de barbares terroristes. Même les Européens commencent à émettre des réserves à l’encontre des Palestiniens.

Les Arafat, Barghouti, Rantissi et Rajoub ont semé le vent et récoltent aujourd’hui la tempête.

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Zaid of Palestine aspires to be an Adolph Hitler (08.13.2002)

HumorA few weeks ago, a Jordanian website published a few posters that portrayed western icons (Einstein, Freud, etc...) alongside Palestinian children. Its main message was that through the suicide bombings, Palestinian kids are "dying to live".

The website also contained a page with articles and opinions, many in support of the Palestinian genocide bombings. Basically it was a cover up that unsuccessfully tried to make western audiences forget that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians are happy and party when unarmed Israeli civilians are murdered, including babies and children.

It was all pretty well packed up but the guys at Vinyl Frontier, found out the real story behind the posters:

Zaid of Palestine aspires
to be an Adolph Hitler

Many Palestinian children actually desire to exterminate Jews and Israelis - this is done through brainwashing and Palestinan schoolbooks that glorify genocide bombers and deny the existance of the State of Israel. Many of these Palestinian children therefore aspire to nothing more than to become Hitlers.

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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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Peace talks between Israel and Palestinians (12.11.2002)

HumorFactsOfIsrael.com has just learned that peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have resumed! Hopefully we will be able to see some results soon and peace will be achieved. We have received exclusive coverage of the negotiations - here's the scoop:

The Prime Minister of Israel sits down with Arafat at the beginning of negotiations regarding the resolution of the conflict. The Prime Minister requests that he be allowed to begin with a story.

Arafat replies, "Of course."

The Prime Minister begins his story: "Years before the Israelites came to the Promised Land and settled here, Moses led them for 40 years through the desert. The Israelites began complaining that they were thirsty and, lo and behold, a miracle occurred and a stream appeared before them. They drank their fill and then decided to take advantage of the stream to do some bathing-including Moses.

When Moses came out of the water, he found that all his clothing was missing. "Who took my clothes?" Moses asked those around him.

"It was the Palestinians," replied the Israelites.

"Wait a minute," objected Arafat immediately, "there were no Palestinians during the time of Moses!"

"All right," replies the Prime Minister, "Now that we've got that settled, let's begin our negotiations."

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European charities help mass murderers from the Palestinian group "Islamic Resistance" (Hamas) (08.23.2003)

NewsCNN (www.cnn.com) reports that U.S. President George Bush has defined members of the Palestinian Hamas (Islamic Resistance) Group as "specially designated terrorists":

The move freezes any assets that those named might have in the United States and prohibits U.S. nationals from conducting transactions with them, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

The decision was triggered by the bombing [by a Palestinian terrorist of Hamas] of a bus in Jerusalem on Tuesday that killed 20 [Israelis], including six children, and wounded 136 [over 40 children were injured]. Five of those killed were U.S. citizens. [...]

The U.S. Treasury Department listed the Hamas leaders as:

Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the leader of Hamas in Gaza.
Imad Khalil Al-Alami, a member of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, Syria.
Usama Hamdan, a senior Hamas leader in Lebanon.
Khalid Mishaal, head of the Hamas political bureau and executive committee in Damascus.
Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the political bureau in Syria.
Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a Hamas leader in Gaza who reports to Sheik Yassin.

Furthermore, once more we find out that European charities are directly funding and supporting the Palestinian mass murderers from Hamas. The U.S. has also identified five such charities in Europe (don't expect France to do anything about these Islamic mass murderers):

The Treasury Department listed these charities:

• Comite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP), of France.
• The Association de Secours Palestinien (ASP), of Switzerland, an organization related to CBSP.
• The Palestinian Relief and Development Fund, or Interpal, headquartered in Britain.
• The Palestinian Association in Austria, PVOE.
• The Sanabil Association for Relief and Development, based in Lebanon.

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Palestinian leader calls for the killing of Jewish children anywhere in the World (01.17.2009)

Palestinian Terrorism

The Times Online (www.timesonline.co.uk) reports that Mahmoud Zahar, a Palestinian leader, has declared his support for the murder of Jewish children anywhere in the World:

Mahmoud Zahar, a fanatic Muslim who calls for
the murder of Jewish children anywhere in the World

[...]  A Hamas leader warned that the Islamists would kill Jewish children anywhere in the world in revenge for Israel’s devastating assault.

“They have legitimized the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine,” Mahmoud Zahar said in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location. “They have legitimized the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.”

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are terrorist organizations with a goal of destroying the State of Israel and murdering Israeli women and children (click here for a chronology of Palestinian Homicide bombings).  That said, calling for the murder of Jewish children anywhere in the World is a low, even for a brainwashed religious moron.  The war against Islamic fanatics continues.

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Evolution: from Hitler to Arafat (08.29.2002)

HumorSome English Muslims do not believe in evolution, but it's a scientific theory that has been clearly proved:

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Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat encourage terrorism, Bush calls for a new Palestinian leadership (06.24.2002)

OpinionAfter a much awaited speech on his vision on the Middle East, Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that US President George Bush has called for the removal of Yasser Arafat and his thugs of the Palestinian Authority.

Yasser Arafat, the seemingly immortal leader of the Palestinian national movement, was politically assassinated Monday by President George W. Bush.

His role as Israel's prospective partner in any future diplomatic process was effectively snuffed out by a stern-sounding American president, delivering his verdict on two years of violent intifada and his recipe for a turnabout towards peace in this war-torn region.

Bush's verdict: Arafat is the guilty party. "Today," he asserted, "the Palestinian authorities are encouraging, not opposing, terrorism." The Palestinian Authority, he added, had "rejected [Israel's] offered hand and trafficked with terrorists."

Bush's sentence was brutal and unequivocal: "Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership," he pronounced.

This is good news for anyone who supports Israel and is against Palestinian terrorism. In the last few days, there was much talk about US President Bush declaring his acceptance of a Palestinian State without pre-conditions (end of terror, end of Arafat's brutal and corrupt regime, etc...) and therefore rewarding the current wave of Palestinian barbaric terror.

Instead there's no mention of the "cycle of violence" and there's a clear message to Arafat and other supporters of terrorism: your deliberate killing of unarmed civilians gets you nothing, and politically you're history.

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Guide Dog helps blind Israeli victim of Palestinian terrorism (07.05.2003)

VictimsIsraeli TV Channel 1 (www.theisraelinetwork.com) has reported on the story of Eyal Noifeld, a 20-year-old Israeli who lost his sight and hearing when a homicide bomber from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad blew himself up on August 4, 2002.

Eyal, an Israeli 20-year-old
Lost his sight and hearing after
a Palestinian terrorist from the Islamic Jihad
blows himself up in a bus

Eyal was injured when the murderous thug from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad blew himself up in a bus, murdering 9 passengers and wounding over 50 (for more details on this mass murder, click here, for a list of homicide bombings executed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades, click here).

Eyal explains that the Palestinian homicide bomber blew up in front of him, and the shockwave hit him directly. He had multiple broken bones and injuries to his neck, lungs, ribs, and even a bone from someone else entered his ankle. In his own words, “This was a ‘Ballagan’ (a mess), I was simply a ‘puzzle’”.

He was in a coma for days, and when he woke up, excluding the pain he was feeling from the burns and broken bones, he couldn’t hear or see.

Israeli Doctors from the Tel-Hashomer
Hospital manage to restore some of
Eyal's hearing through a chip

He woke up to a world where he was in pain and no one could explain to him what was going on – not the doctors, not his parents, no one – there was no way to communicate with him, since he couldn’t see or hear. He was in a black dream, hurting. He panicked and even passed out a couple of times – he thought he was in hell.

Finally, the doctors from the Tel-Hashomer hospital were able to install a hearing chip in his hear – and he was able to hear partially.

A guide dog leads a blind person
through a crowded street in Tel-Aviv, Israel

The rest of the report concentrates on some of the steps Eyal would have to go through during his recovery, including how getting a guide dog might help him become a bit more independent – see below for more, including explicit steps on how you could make a difference.

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The leftist BBC is anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic (07.24.2002)

OpinionThe Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) has posted an article that describes how the BBC has become one of the most anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic stations, surpassing even NPR.

Did the BBC, which reaches into virtually every British living room, take a conscious policy decision to allow this arrant nonsense to become an established fact on its air waves? I doubt it. Rather, I believe, that the profound anti-Israel bias -- and now I am convinced that it does exist -- has, over the years, become ingrained in the BBC's corporate culture. Combine that with a massive dose of anti-Americanism and you have a combustible cocktail.[...]

In my judgement, the volume and intensity of this unchallenged diatribe has now transcended mere criticism of Israel. Hatred is in the air. Wittingly or not, I the BBC has become the principal agent for re-infecting British society with the virus of anti-Semitism. [...]

But it was not just the lamentable standards of journalism: I parted company with the BBC over its systematic, hysterical advocacy of the most extreme Palestinian positions; an advocacy that has now transmogrified into a distorting hatred of a criminal Israel and, by extension, into a burgeoning hatred of Jews closer to home.

It is astonishing that little more than half a century after the Holocaust, the BBC, guardian of liberalism and political correctness, should provide the fertile seedbed for the return of "respectable" anti-Semitism which finds expression not only in the smart salons of London but, according to the experts who monitor such phenomena, across the entire political spectrum, uniting the far-left with the centre and far-right.

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Arab Traditionalism threatens Western civilization (10.24.2002)

OpinionSteven Den Beste (www.denbeste.nu) wrote an incredible essay on how Arab Traditionalism threatens Western civilization and the war on Islamo-freak terrorism:

I can't explain the reasons for attacking Iraq in a vacuum because Iraq is part of a bigger picture, and the attack there will be one battle in a much longer war. Trying to understand one particular battle without the context of the larger war is an exercise in futility. (By analogy: what excuse is there in 1942 for the US to attack Vichy France in Morocco? Vichy France wasn't our enemy; Germany and Italy were. Taken out of the context of the larger war, the Torch landings in Africa make little sense. It's only when you look at the bigger picture of the whole war that you can understand them.)

We must attack Iraq. We must totally conquer the nation. Saddam must be removed from power, and killed if possible, and the Baath party must be shattered. [...]

Everything they think they [the Arab Traditionalists] know says that they should be successful. They once were successful, creating and ruling a great empire, with a rich culture. God says they will be successful; it's right there in the Qur'an. God lays on them the duty to dominate the world, but they can't even dominate their own lands any longer. They face a profound crisis of faith, [...]

Which leaves only one other way: become relatively competitive by destroying all other cultures which are more capable. You level the playing field by tearing down all the mountains rather than filling in the valleys; you make yourself the tallest by shooting everyone taller than you are. Solution three: they can lash out, fight back.

It's vitally important to understand that this is the reason they're fighting back. It's not to gain revenge for some specific action in the past on our part. It isn't an attempt to influence our foreign policy. Their goal is our destruction, because they can't keep hold on what they have and still think of themselves as being successful as long as we exist and continue to outperform them.

I got the link to this excellent essay at www.sugar-n-spicy.com, she's got a great blog as well.

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