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Fact 209: "An outbreak of anti-Semitism began in September 2000 in France, in the days after Palestinians launched the 'second intifada' against Israel. The first attacks included firebombings of synagogues in Paris, Villepinte, Creil, Lyons, Ulis (badly damaged), and Trappes (burned to the ground), and other Jewish buildings (high schools, kosher restaurants) throughout France; desecrations of synagogues and cemeteries; widespread stonings of Jews leaving Sabbath worship, death threats, bomb threats, and Nazi and Islamist graffiti of every description: swastikas, 'Hitler was right,' 'F-- Your Mother, Jews' (Nique ta mere les juifs--a slogan so commonplace that it now appears more usually as NTM les juifs), 'Death to the Jews,' and 'In Paris as in Gaza--Intifada!'"

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Poland, 1407, Jews are burned alive after blood libel accusations (10.25.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 26, 1407, when jews are burned alive in Cracow, Poland:

1407: Jews are persecuted in the Cracow Accusations, one of the first blood libels to be recorded in Poland. The Jews try to defend themselves and ultimately take refuge in the Church of St. Anne which is surrounded and then set afire. Any children left alive are forcibly baptized.

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Massacre: Palestinian murderer kills 9 and wounds over 50 Israelis (08.04.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian genocide bomber has blown himself inside an Israeli bus, deliberately killing 7 and wounding 38 Israelis.

(Update: Israeli radio (bet.iba.org.il) reports that the the current toll is now 9 dead and over 50 Israelis wounded - including 2 that are in a coma and 9 that are in critical condition).

In an apparent suicide attack, a powerful explosion ripped apart a bus on Sunday morning near the northern town of Safed, killing seven people and wounding 38, police said.

The explosion blew off the roof of the bus and the vehicle then burst into flames. The attack occurred at about 8:45 .m. local time at an intersection near Mount Meron, and the site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's burial site, police sources said.

"I picked up four dead myself," Haim Ben-Shimon, a civilian who was nearby at the time of the blast, told Army Radio. "The bus is simply crushed. It looks as if the explosion happened in the center of the bus."

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American Muslim planned to destroy Brooklin bridge in New York (06.19.2003)

NewsFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that an American Muslim planned to destroy the Brookling bridge in New York and derail trains across the U.S.:

Khalid Mohammed (left), an Al-Qaeda Muslim mass murderer,
and Ron Jeremey (right), a porn star, are not related.

A truck driver worked directly with Al Qaeda terrorists in a plot to derail trains in the United States and sabotage a bridge in New York City, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Thursday.

Iyman Faris, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, masqueraded as a truck driver criss-crossing the United States, but all the while he was plotting terrorist attacks on his fellow Americans, Ashcroft said as he announced the man's guilty plea to two felony charges.

He said Faris, a native of Kashmir who became an American citizen in 1999, traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the last two years and even met with Usama bin Laden at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

He received instructions directly from senior Al Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is in U.S. custody overseas and has provided U.S. interrogators with valuable intelligence about the terror group's worldwide reach.

Although not all American Muslims sympathize and support the scum from Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, it is clear that some do.

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Palestinian terrorist, member of Arafat's group, murders Israeli father of five (01.14.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian murderer has killed an Israeli father of five:

The funeral of Ro'i Arbel, who was murdered when terrorists shot at the vehicle he was travelling in as near Talmon in Samaria will take place Wednesday at 1 PM, leaving the Talmon synagogue for the cemetery at Dolev.

Arbel, 29, the father of five was killed and two other travellers injured Tuesday night. The two injured Israelis are expected to be released from hospital later this morning. Soldiers searched the area for the perpetrators, who are believed to have fled toward Ramallah.

The attack was claimed by the Fatah's Al Aksa Martyr's Brigade. [...]

Also in the vehicle was Shuli Horowitz, 34, who suffered a leg wound. Horowitz, lightly to moderately wounded, was taken to Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem. Solomon was treated for shock and scratches by paramedics.

The Fatah is headed by Yasser Arafat and is an organization made up of Palestinian terrorist groups - click here for more details.

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85-year-old Israeli, father of 12, murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber (07.15.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Maharatu Tagana, an 85-year-old father of 12 who was killed on March 5, 2002, when a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bus in Afula, Israel.

Maharatu Tagana, 85, father of 12,
killed by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Tagana, who had five sons and seven daughters, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1994, after a difficult journey through the mountains and forests of Sudan. "Dad was a special person, whom everyone knew, and everyone respected," said his son Michael. "He used to help everyone, and attended every funeral held in the Ethiopian community, even if he didn't personally know the person who died."

Maharatu Tagana was buried in Upper Nazareth. He is survived by his wife and 12 children - the youngest age 15.

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Arafat is the problem, not the solution (05.25.2002)

OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israeli intelligence feels that the Palestinian terrorist groups, such as the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and Arafat's Tanzim are much weaker then they were before Israel's Operation Defensive Shield. Therefore, they conclude, "We are very, very far away from the terrorist waves of the past’.

Unfortunately, Palestinian chairman Yasser Arafat continues to organize, finance and support terrorism:

"Despite the drastic decline in attacks since then, "[Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser] Arafat is not willing to dismantle the Tanzim, or place real pressure on the militant organizations especially Hamas in order to stop terrorism. And the significance of this is that the terrorism will continue," he said.

One of Israel's main strategic gains from the operation, Ze'evi said, was the gradual realization among many in the region and the world that Arafat is the problem, not the solution. "This undeclared statement is now agreed upon quietly in the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and also it is beginning to be agreed upon on the Palestinian street," Ze'evi said.

"Arafat has begun to be perceived by Arab regimes, firstly by Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as a real danger to regional stability and their regimes," he said. "As a result, they are trying to increase their influence on what is happening in the Palestinian street in an unprecedented manner, even going over Arafat's head to the militant elements in the Palestinian Authority."

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FactsOfIsrael.com traffic continues to grow (10.01.2002)

AnnouncementNow that the month of September ended, I decided to check the logs and get some stats on how much traffic FactsOfIsrael.com is generating. As you can see from the graph below, the numbers are good:

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Live video feed and election results from the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (01.28.2003)

NewsThe Israeli Broadcasting Authority (www.iba.org.il) streamed a live video feed of Israeli Channel 1 and election results:

Israeli Broadcasting Authority website
Live video feed - Israeli elections results

For all of the Hebrew speakers, at 22:00 Israeli time and for one hour, you can get live results of the elections from anywhere in the world. Just point your browser to:


If you don't speak Hebrew, the IBA has videos and radio feeds recorded in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and more.

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FactsOfIsrael.com traduit en Francais (French) (09.03.2002)

AnnouncementJe viens juste de finir de traduire FactsOfIsrael.com en Francais! Les pages principales de cartes, histoire, statistiques, Palestine et Democratie sont maintenant traduites dans la langue de Voltaire. Voici le lien pour acceder a la version Francaise de FactsOfIsrael.com:


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Palestinian Television teaches hatred (08.29.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe IDF (Israel's army, www.idf.il) has published a report on how Palestinian kids are taught to hate at a young age:

Lessons in Hatred, in Palestinian Schools

A program broadcast on Palestinian television featured young Palestinian girls describing the central role of the armed struggle (against Israel) in their lives.

One small girl described how in her Palestinian elementary school, the physical education teacher directs the game "Soldier and Arabs". The children take various objects and pretend that they are weapons. They use these "weapons" to "kill" other girls, playing martyrs. They then grasp the "martyr" and shout, "Martyr, wait! Wait! Take us with you to Paradise!"

Another child spoke of her 6 year-old brother, who spends the entire day playing with toy weapons. He has revolvers, machine guns, and heavy arms. The girls explained that "The children imitate what they see on television. My brother tells my sisters: 'I am a martyr. You should now escort me and rejoice."

[David adds: "Martyrs" are what the Palestinian call their genocide bombers that murder unarmed civilians including babies and children]

I add such reports to the "Palestinian Terrorism" section since it shows how Palestinians can bring themselves to commit suicide bombings - it is not because they are poor and desperate, but more because their hate overcomes their survival instinct. They are taught to hate at a young age.

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Grandmother of 9, victim of Palestinian Terrorism (05.20.2002)

VictimsRivka Fink, 75, grandmother of 9 is another victim of Palestinian terrorism.

Rivka Fink, 75, Grandmother of 9
Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists

Faces of the victims published the story of Rivka Fink, 75, who was killed on on April 12, 2002 after a Palestinian woman suicide bomber detonated a powerful charge at a bus stop on Jaffa road next to the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market. Another 104 people were injured in the blast, among them nine Arabs.

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Anti-Semite burns down Holocaust museum in Indiana, US (11.18.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Indianapolis Star (www.indystar.com) reports that an anti-semitic bastard has burned down a Holocaust museum in Indiana:

It took 10 years for Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, to open a museum in Terre Haute dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.

It took just minutes for it all to go up in flames, thanks to what Kor thinks was arson. "I have had better days in my life," she said Tuesday. "And, unfortunately, I have had worse." Kor got a call early Tuesday, just after midnight, from the Fire Department.

She raced to the building, along with her husband, Michael Kor. At the scene, they were told a glass door had been broken and an accelerant had been used to start the fire. [...]

Kor plans to rebuild. The walls are still standing, but the inside is gutted.

Among the items destroyed are a Nazi helmet and armband, a coffee cup used at Auschwitz and bones gathered from the killing field near that death camp. Also lost were 11 jars of pennies, some of the million pennies collected by schoolchildren to benefit the museum. The jars symbolized the 11 million victims of the Holocaust.

Kor and her twin sister, Miriam Mozes Zeiger, along with thousands of other twins, were subjected to experiments under the direction of Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele. Zeiger died of cancer in 1993 in Israel.

I now know what some might have felt in the 1930's, before the Second World War and the Holocaust, when daily violent acts were committed against individual Jews or the communities in Poland, Rumania, Hungary, Russia, France and of course Nazi Germany.

The main difference between the 1930’s/1940’s and today is that a Jew who feels his or her life is in danger can immigrate to Israel. Another difference is that there exists today an army of Israel which can fight the Nazis, the white supremacists, the Muslim freaks from Al-Qaeda or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the extreme left, or any other racist group of bastards whose goal is to kill and murder.

“Never Again” are not just words.

I copy below the rest of the article and a letter from someone who worked in the museum (found the letter on the excellent LGF). The museum that was burned down has a website at www.candles-museum.com.

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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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Israeli researcher creates featherless chicken (07.09.2002)

HumorPlanet Ark (www.planetark.org) reports that Avigdor Cahaner, from Israel's Hebrew University, has created a featherless chicken.

The Israeli featherless chicken,
a funny bird

Cahaner's red-skinned chicken looks a little ridiculous, but the lack of feathers keeps the birds cooler and leaner than their feathered cousins - useful in hot countries.

"(Boiler chickens) consume a lot of energy in order to grow rapidly but in the process they generate a lot of heat and they have to get rid of it otherwise their internal body temperature will go too high and they will die," he told Reuters this week. "That's why the growth rate of boiler (chickens) is significantly reduced in hot seasons or hot countries and that is why the poultry meat is expensive in these countries."

By keeping the chickens feather-free, the birds would direct their energy to growing larger rather than keeping cool.

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Israel's fight against Palestinian terrorism is working (06.10.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that two Palestinians who were ready to murder unarmed Israeli civilians (including kids) in homicide/suicide operations were arrested yesterday by the IDF (Israel's army).

Two would-be Palestinian suicide bombers, the head of Islamic Jihad in Ramallah, and 30 Palestinians affiliated with Hamas, Tanzim, and Islamic Jihad were arrested by soldiers and border policemen operating inside Ramallah since early yesterday morning, the IDF reported.

Yesterday afternoon security forces also discovered two cars rigged with tens of kilograms of explosives ready to be used in a terrorist attack against Israeli targets. Inside the vehicles were found Israeli identity cards and Palestinian Authority documents.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad are two Palestinian terrorist groups whose only purpose is to destroy the State of Israel and create an Islamic Palestinian State instead. The Tanzim is one of Arafat's terrorist groups.

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