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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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3 Israeli teenagers murdered by Palestinian terrorists (05.29.2002)

NewsThree Israeli high school students were playing basketball when a Palestinian terrorist approached them, aimed, shot and killed them.

Dozens attended the funerals of
the three murdered kids

The Palestinian murderer then shot at three other boys, killing one and injuring the other two. The two wounded kids are 14 years old. All kids were part of a Yeshiva (a religious school) in Itamar, a town near Nablus.

The yeshiva security guard Arieh Kleiman succeeded in shooting the terrorist and one of the student's teachers Rabbi Nitzan Yamin shot and killed the infiltrator as members of the community's response team arrived.

Security forces searched the community to determine whether more than one terrorist participated in the attack. Residents were asked to remain inside their homes. The army dispatched a helicopter to airlift the wounded to the hospital.

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British Judiciary System let neo-Nazis go free (09.16.2002)

Anti-SemitismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com), a leftist Israeli newspaper, reports that British courts have acquitted two English neo-Nazis:

The trial of two neo-Nazi activists, whose guilt seemed to be beyond doubt, has instead turned into a legal mishap from which the Jewish community in Britain cannot recover. [...]

The prosecution changed the evidence material it had in its possession, and instead of exhibiting the four original leaflets, it presented the court with only one leaflet - the Jack Straw leaflet - and added another publication titled "Merry England 2000" written by Jordan. Jewish community sources said that this publication hardly justifies indictment on the charge of anti-Semitic incitement.

Hancock also denied having committed a felony. His lawyers said that there is not enough evidence regarding the Jack Straw leaflet to convict Hancock. The judge, Norman Jones, agreed with this stand and instructed the jury to acquit Hancock. The jury also ruled that Hancock was innocent in regards to the "Merry England 2000" leaflet.

A prosecution spokesman told Ha'aretz that he does not know why the prosecution presented only two leaflets as evidence against Hancock, that were not harsh enough according to the Jewish community. The spokesman said that the prosecution team based its considerations regarding the evidence to be used on "the chances to achieve a conviction and public interest in the trial." The prosecution does not intend to appeal the decision, the spokesman added.

I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but either the English judiciary system deliberately let the neo-Nazis go free or it is incompetent. In either case, rabid anti-Semitic Nazis are now on the loose again.

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Video: Ilan Ramon, first Israeli astronaut, and crew from space shuttle Columbia see Israel from space (02.08.2003)

MultimediaI have just received an amazing video that shows Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, and the rest of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia, while they comment on seeing Israel... from space:

The State of Israel seen from Space

In the video, you can see astronaut and hero David Brown, while the space shuttle crew comments on their flight over Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula and Israel.

For more information on Ilan Ramon and the space shuttle Columbia please read:

NASA sends first Israeli astronaut into space

Israeli Astronaut takes with him into space
a small pencil drawing made by a
14-year-old killed in Auschwitz

Tragedy over Texas skies: seven astronauts killed
in explosion of space shuttle Columbia

Artist Barry Munden creates painting in
memory of Ilan Ramon and Peter Ginz

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Land for War: a solution to stop the Palestinian terrorist attacks on women and children (11.16.2002)

OpinionAfter last night's attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Holy war) on Jewish worshipers in Hebron that left 12 Israelis dead and another 15 wounded, I was pretty angry and sad.

I listened to Israeli radio the whole night, and heard the friends of the soldiers that were murdered while trying to evacuate the wounded. I heard them cry and I have to admit that I also cried.

This sadness and anger has led me to think of a new solution to stop the Palestinian war to anihilate Israel and her citizens.

If before we had "Land for Peace", where Israel would give back disputed territories to Palestinians that accepted peace, let's now talk about "Land for War" where Israel should annex parts of the West Bank and Gaza every time there's a terrorist attack.

I wrote a long article on "Land for War" - for more details see below.

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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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French museum in Normandy leaves out American flag (07.02.2003)

NewsThe Dissident Frogman (www.thedissidentfrogman.com) has recently been to a war museum in Normandy, France, where he found out that the American flag is not displayed anymore:

I'm just coming back from Normandy and still have to unpack, but I wanted to offer you a new game to play, particularly if you're in for a D-Day tour this summer.

If you planned it, you may want to cancel your visit to the Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie (Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy) in Bayeux.

Unless you would like to play this game, I told you about. It's called: "Guess what's missing at a museum dedicated to the Battle of Normandy, 1944?"

Let's see if you're as good at this game as the dissident frogman:

1) Guess what's missing on an empty pole, around a monument to the liberators in the Museum's park up front?

2) Guess what's missing in an empty space in the lapel pin's display case at the Museum's shop?

3) Guess what's missing on an empty pedestal on top of the Museum shop's checkout, at the exit?

I could fire up a ferocious comment but I'm still disgusted by these three "coincidences". What's more, I couldn't get any lucid and convincing explanation for this "fortuitous" accrual. But maybe you can:

Bayeux's Mayor office:

The Memorial Museum:
Boulevard Fabian Ware - 14400 Bayeux
Phone : +33 (0)2 31 51 46 90
Fax : +33 (0)2 31 51 46 91

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Update: The Dissident Frogman has discovered that the empty flagpole never flies a US flag, and that there were no pins and small flags in the shop there because they were sold out.

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Spielberg Jewish film archive is now online (11.01.2002)

MultimediaI just learned that the Spielberg Jewish film archive is now online:

The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem inaugurated its Virtual Cinema Project where people can watch selected films via the Internet. One hundred and twelve films have already been posted on the archive's Internet site, and over the next four years, approximately 100 additional films will be added annually until over 500 films will be viewable online.

The Spielberg Archive has the world's largest collection of Jewish documentary films, spanning most of the years in which the motion picture medium has existed. The collection includes one-of-a-kind copies of numerous films of historic significance as well some rare footage that could not be viewed previously.

The online titles were divided into subject groups, such as Jewish communities, the Holocaust, pre-state Israel, Israel since statehood, and the Hebrew University. To watch the films, point your browser to the Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at: www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il

I just watched a movie that brought tears to my eyes that shows footage of Israeli soldiers entering the old city of Jerusalem and celebrating at the Western Wall (Kotel Maaravi). Check out the Spielberg film archive, you'll like it.

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What do Islam, France, the US Democratic party, News reporters and Microsoft have in common? (10.25.2002)

HumorWhat do Islam, France, the US Democratic party, News reporters and Microsoft have in common?

Dilbert.com has published the results of the "2002 Weasel awards". A weasel is defined as anyone who is trying to get away with something. 19,000 people voted in the poll, and the winning weasels are shown below:

Weaseliest Religion: Islam with 32%
Weaseliest Country: France with 34%, with Saudia Arabia in 2nd at 23%
Weaseliest Organization: Democratic Party with 29% of the votes
Weaseliest Profession: News reporters with 24%
Weaseliest Company: Microsoft with 39%

Those 19,000 people are right on target, I'm impressed by the collective Insightfulness. The link to the poll was found at andrewsullivan.com.

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Thousands of Hitler's soldiers were of Jewish Descent (09.03.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Chronicle (www.chronicle.com) has published an incredible article that describes how thousands of Hitler's soldiers were of Jewish Descent.

What surfaces in those papers, and in Mr. Rigg's in-depth interviews, is a glimpse into how the several thousand men of partial Jewish origin who served in Hitler's army saw themselves -- how they felt about their Germanness, their Jewishness, the war, the Holocaust, and their own participation therein. Mr. Rigg estimates that there were upwards of 100,000 such "Mischlinge" -- German for mixed-blood or half-breed -- as they were known in Nazi parlance, and possibly as many as 150,000, a calculation that some of his critics regard as wildly overblown. [...]

German Jews, unlike many of their Eastern European counterparts, tended to be highly assimilated. Most of them were educated, professional, and urban. They saw themselves -- and, until the National Socialist takeover, were largely seen -- as German, as part of the national culture. Indeed, many of them had served in the German military in World War I. They were patriotic. Some were even antagonistic toward the Eastern European Jews who began to migrate to Germany after the war, seeing them as backward, parochial, and insular. [...]

One man he interviewed had lived in a Nazi-imposed Jewish ghetto and witnessed several executions of Jews. He joined the anti-Nazi resistance, only to find himself later serving as a cook in the Nazi army. His sergeant saved his life, helping him conceal his Jewish ancestry.

Jews, like everybody else, come from different backgrounds and cultures. That's why it's not surprising to learn that assimilated Jews were part of Hitler's army, and it is also not surprising to know that certain Jews are anti-Zionist and wish for the destruction of the State of Israel.

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Arab Muslim tries to hijack Israeli airplane (11.17.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that an Israeli Arab Muslim tried to hijack an El Al (Israel's airline) plane:

Alert security guards and passengers prevented a possible hijacking Sunday evening of an El Al flight from Israel en route to Istanbul after an Israeli Arab tried to stab a stewardess and rush the cockpit. [...]

The man was seized and handcuffed and taken for questioning in Istanbul, following which he will be turned over to Israeli security. The plane, with its 170 passengers, landed safely in Istanbul.

"We heard people saying there was fighting and half a minute later it became clear that from row five or six a man ran amok towards the pilot's cabin, attacked a stewardess and tried to enter the cockpit," an Israeli passenger on the plane told Army Radio.

"We saw a stewardess running like crazy from the front of the place to the business section...she was terrified," said the passenger, identified as Menachem. Security guards "threw him to the floor with his legs spread and his face to the floor. The passengers were hysterical but the flight attendants were very cool, they calmed us down", he said.

There are about one million Arab Muslims who are citizens of Israel and have the right to vote and political parties of their own - see the Democracy page for details.

Unfortunately in the last few months a certain number of these Arab Muslims, citizens of Israel, turned to terrorism. I copy the full article below.

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Racist Government of Saudia Arabia rejects all Jews as tourists (02.29.2004)

Anti-SemitismShort News (www.shortnews.com) reports that Saudia Arabia is now opening its borders to tourists from all over the World. Unfortunately this racist Islamic country will not allow "Jews" to get a visa:

Saudi Arabia: No Visas for Jews, Link

A Saudi Arabian government web site has announced that the country is offering tourist visas so more foreign visitors come to the nation. The web site says "Jewish people" cannot have visas. US Rep. Anthony Weiner says this should be condemned.

Before this, visas were only for business, the hajj pilgrimage and visits sanctioned by the state. Under the new tourist visa program, anyone with an Israeli passport or an Israeli stamp in a passport will be denied visas.

Weiner says: "I think the administration should take a hard look at this Web site and decide whether a country that has these policies should be considered our ally." He calls on the US to close its doors to Saudis until they "clarify" this policy .

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The less money we send to racist Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, the less money will flow into Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or Arafat's murderers from the Al-Aksa Brigades.

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Palestinian terrorists fire rockets into Israeli civilian centers (09.13.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinians have fired a Kassam rocket into a civilian area in Southern Israel.

Terrorists and a Kassam Rocket (archive)

A Kassam rocket hit a home in Kibbutz Sa'ad in the western Negev, nearly five kilometers from the Gaza Strip, Thursday night. No one was wounded as the house was unoccupied at the time, but it suffered extensive damage.

It was the second attack on the community in recent weeks.

The Negev is inside the green line (Israel borders of 1948, see the history and maps pages for details).

Israel's response was swift, and a couple of Kassam rocket labs were destroyed this morning:

Early Friday morning IDF tanks and troops swept through the Palestinian town of Rafah on the Egyptian border, killing a Palestinian, damaging houses and blowing up suspected weapons factories, residents and the military said. [...]

Palestinians said soldiers broke into the Fatah offices, destroyed equipment and caused considerable damage. The Israeli military said soldiers blew up six workshops used to manufacture rockets and mortars.

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Racist Greek composer calls the Jews "the root of all evil" (11.12.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a famous Greek composer has expressed blatantly anti-Semitic views without shame:

Greek composer and cultural icon Mikis Theodorakis added his contribution to the anti-Semitic miasma rising in parts of the world by characterizing the Jews as the root of the world's evils.

Theodorakis, a towering figure in Greek music best known outside his native land for scoring the music for the film Zorba the Greek, took his shot at the Jews at a press conference to launch a new book.

"We, the Greeks, did not turn aggressive like them because we have more history," Theodorakis was quoted by Y-net as saying. "Today it is possible to say that this small nation is the root of evil. It is full of self-importance and evil stubbornness."

Mr. Theodorakis shows that one can achieve great fame and still be a low life scum European racist bastard.

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Germany, 1935, racist laws instituted against Jews (09.15.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports that on September 15, 1933, Germany instituted racist laws against Jews and non-Aryans:

1935: In the Nuremberg Laws, Dr. Achin Gercke instituted a division between Aryans and non-Aryans. Jews (defined as anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent) were deprived of citizenship.

The Nazis issued instructional charts to help
distinguish Jews from Mischlinge
(Germans of mixed race) and Aryans

The Nuremberg laws also made it forbidden for Jews to marry or have sexual relations with Aryans or to employ young Aryan women as household help. (An Aryan being a person with blond hair and blue eyes of Germanic heritage.)

For those anti-Zionists out there that keep sending me hate mail, read this: never will we give up the State of Israel, the only country that would fight for my rights as a Jew; never will we be left alone and without defense if some crazy German or Arab Nazy decides he wishes to exterminate us. Long live the State of Israel!

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Switzerland, 1348, Jews murdered and accused of causing the Black Plague (09.21.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on September 21, 1348, when Jews in Switzerland are beaten and murdered after being accused of being responsible for the Black plague:

1348: Plague riots spread to Switzerland in Bern, Chillon, and Zurich. In the Castle of Chillon on Lake Geneva, Jews under torture admitted to having been given poison to place in wells around Venice.

It is interesting to note that some Palestinian terrorists are today trying to murder Israeli women and children by putting poison in their water (see this article).

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