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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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Gaiété et soutien de Palestiniens aux attaques terroristes (French) (11.18.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismIl y a deux jours, le Djihad Islamique Palestinien a tue 12 Israeliens - cliquez ici pour plus de details. Tsahal, l'armee d'Israel, nous montre la reaction de la rue Palestinienne:

November 15, 200: Palestinians celebrate
the deliberate murder of 12 Israelis

Des centaines d'activistes du Djihad Islamique ont manifesté entre la nuit du 16 et du 17 novembre dans les rues de Gaza à l'annonce de l'attentat de Hébron dans lequel 12 Israéliens ont été tués.

Les manifestants ont exprimé leur gaiété et leur soutien à l’attentat. Il est important d’insister sur le fait que l’Autorité palestinienne n'a rien fait pour mettre un terme aux manifestations de joie.

D'autre part, sur le forum internet 'Shabka Palestine', des internautes ont également exprimé leur joie et leur soutien à l'attaque de Hébron, appelant les Israéliens assassinés “cochons sionistes “.

Des slogans tels "Allah est grand" et des appels à la poursuite de tels attentats ont été lancés par les internautes. "Ceci est ton jour, Iyah Sawalha" et "Allah, aide-nous à éradiquer les cochons sionistes", sont des exemples de déclarations rédigées sur le forum. Ces déclarations démontrent l'ambiance générale de haine, de violence et de support au terrorisme qui prévaut dans la rue palestinienne.

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Santa Saddam (12.24.2003)

HumorThe U.S. Fourth Infantry division, which captured the mass murderer Saddam Hussein (click here for details), has some pretty cool Christmas greetings:

A photo montage Christmas greeting made by members of the 1-22 Battalion of the U.S. Fourth Infantry Division, featuring the face of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein manipulated to look like the head of Santa Claus, is posted on the wall of army barracks in Tikrit, Iraq December 22, 2003. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra.

Merry Christmas to all of my Christian readers and friends. Found this on the excellent LGF.

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Maison d'Éditions Flammarion publie roman raciste et anti-juif (French) (11.22.2002)

Anti-SemitismLa Maison d'Éditions Flammarion s'apprête à lancer un roman pour adolescents intitulé "Rêver la Palestine" qui incite les adolescents au délire anti-juif avec incitation à la haine et au meurtre. Voici un extrait d'un message envoye a La Maison d'Éditions Flammarion par Mr. Jean-Marie Gélinas, Président Amitiés Québec-Israël:

On m'informe (Université Lille) que dès les premières pages de ce roman, on y rencontre un torrent d'immondices, où on raconte que de jeunes palestiniens héros de cette fiction, luttent contre des soldats israéliens qui assassinent froidement les enfants, les vieillards, qui violent les femmes, profanent les mosquées et brisent les os des nourrissons.

Ces jeunes adolescents palestiniens finissent par se rendre à l'évidence. "Les juifs sont un peuples maudit, il faut tuer tous les Israéliens", voilà le type de dialogue qu'on me raporte qui jalonne les deux cents pages du roman.

Et les plus courageux de nos héros, passent à l'acte et commettent des attentats suicides. Gamal se fait sauter, tuant cinq soldats. Ses amis le pleurent : "Tu es courageux Gamal et tu nous manqueras. Nous vaincrons grâce à toi" se lamente son copain Ibrahim. "Mais pourquoi foutre ta vie en l'air pour ne tuer que cinq soldats. C'est insignifiant. Tu aurais pu en tuer des centaines".

Envoyez un message a La Maison d'Éditions Flammarion et faites leur savoir que le racisme n'est pas accepte dans les societes modernes. Leur adresse est bgautrand@flammarion.fr.

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Palestinian terrorists murder 37-year-old, mother of 2, originally from the Philippines (02.08.2003)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Adelina Kononen, a 37-year-old mother of two from the Philippines, who was deliberately murdered by a homicide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group "Islamic Jihad":

Adelina Kononen, 37
Mother of 2
Originally from the Philippines
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On August 4, 2002, Adelina Kononen, 37, of the Philippines was one of 9 people killed in the suicide bombing of Egged bus No. 361 traveling from Haifa to Safed at the Meron junction in northern Israel.

Egged bus No. 361 left Haifa for Safed at 7:15 Sunday morning. The terrorist, who had boarded the bus, exploded the bomb at the Meron junction near Safed just before 9:00. The blast blew off the roof of the bus, which then burst into flames, killing or wounding nearly everyone inside.

Adelina Konone, a caregiver from the Philippines, was killed along with another caregiver, Rebecca Roga, who had just gotton off the bus. Adelina came to work in Israel six years ago for the Elkavetz family on Moshav Safsufa.

"When I called Abu Kabir to see whether Adelina had been brought there, they asked me to note various identifying marks," said Motka Elkavetz, "I told them," he says, "if a woman with a golden heart reaches you, you'll know its Adelina. She took care of his late father and cared for his elderly mother, and also helped raise his three children. For the Elkazetz family it was like losing a family member, not a caregiver.

"I was supposed to go with Adelina tomorrow to the Interior Ministry to extend her residence permit another year," said Motke. "I had just spoken at work about Adelina, and boasted about how proud I was of her."

Adelina Konone came to work in Israel in order to provide a better future for the two children she left behind in the Philippines. She last visited them several months ago, when she bought a house for them.

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To get more details on this homicide bombing click here. To get a list of all suicide bombings executed by Palestinian terrorists since October 2000, click here.

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Hanukah: the history behind the lighting of the Menorah (12.05.2002)

Jewish HistoryDave Kopel from National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has an excellent article on why we light the Menorah during Hanukah:

Until sundown on Saturday, Jews all over the world are celebrating the eight-day Feast of Hanukkah. In a year when Jews are under deadly attack from Islamonazis, it is especially important to remember the lesson that the Seleucid empire learned two millennia ago, and which Yasser Arafat relearned last year: Jews fighting for their homeland are superb soldiers and military strategists. [...]

The Maccabean Revolt began in 167 B.C. Alexander the Great's empire had broken into several parts, and Israel was under the control of the Seleucid empire, based in Syria. Israel had lived peacefully under the Persian Empire and under the Ptolemic empire (of Egypt), both which tolerated Judaism; but the Seleucid Emperor Antiochus Epiphanes was a bigoted Hellenizer, who attempted to force the Jews to abandon their religion and to adopt Greek customs and worship.

Possession of a Bible was a capital offense. (1 Mac. 1:57). "[T]hey put to death the women who had their children circumcised, and their families, and those who circumcised them; and they hung the infants from their mothers' necks." (1 Mac. 1:60-61). Many thousands of Jews were slaughtered. [...]

The Maccabees built a new altar. On the 25th of Kislev, in the year 164 B.C., they lit their one-day supply of oil in the Menorah. The oil burned for eight days, and the eight days of Hanukkah celebrate that miracle, as well as the divine intervention that had led the Jewish militia to smashing victories over well-equipped standing armies far superior in numbers.

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British Israel-bashing (05.06.2002)

OpinionJust found this great article on the Jerusalem Post about bluring lines between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in England.

The articles also mentions how Britain's left hates Israel and many wish for its destruction. Their position is similar to the extreme left I encountered in the U.S.: people from Berkeley, CA and supporters of Nader, who would be extremely pleased if Israel was destroyed. I also found it interesting that those who hate Israel in the U.K. also call Palestinian terrorists "militants" or "activists", the same way that NPR/QKED does in the U.S (see the email I sent to NPR).

"There is a loose, but growing, coalition of anti-American, anti-globalization, animal rights, ecologically pure activists," says one political observer, "and in the collective mindset of that coalition, Israel - and, by extension, Jews - represent a combined hate target. This is no coincidence. Those who are attracted to such a coalition are drawn from both the Left and the Right - and anti-Semitism provides them with their common denominator."

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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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13 Palestinian terrorists deported (05.10.2002)

NewsCNN just posted a good article that summarized the situation at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem.

Five weeks ago, over 100 Palestinians took over the Church as they were running away from the IDF (Israel's army). Among them were 40 terrorists from the Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other terrorist groups. About a dozen were directly involved in the killing of innocent Israeli civilians and were on a list of terrorists that Israel had asked Arafat and the Palestinian Authority to arrest, which they never did.

These 13 Palestinian terrorists are now going to be deported to European countries after the EU accepted to host them. The deal also calls for another 26 to face trial in Gaza, although I sincerely doubt this will happen. As the article says "upon their arrival in Gaza, the 26 were greeted by crowds as heroes".

Here are additional interesting points:

"After the Palestinians' departure an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said 40 "explosive devices" were found in the church compound. The spokesman said the IDF was invited into the compound by church officials who asked the military to check the facility."

"Another priest told The Associated Press that foreign peace activists who sneaked into the church later desecrated the holy site by smoking and drinking alcohol inside."

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Stop the hate, a technical tutorial to trace the origin of hate messages (10.31.2002)

AnnouncementI have finished writing "Stop the Hate", a technical tutorial to trace the origin of hate messages.

Did you ever receive hate mail? Do you have a blog and wish you could find out who’s sending you those racist messages and make sure they face up to the consequences of their acts?

Are you Jewish, Italian, Irish, Christian, Black, Hindu, Muslim, a woman, gay, or part of any minority and have received a hate message? Well, I decided to write this tutorial to help you stop the hate messages, or at least to make some people face up to the consequences for their racist emails – read on and you’ll be better equipped to react when you’re attacked.

I get my share of hate messages, including death threats, on a regular basis. Here's an example, from somebody we'll call Mr. Hate:

"You jews ARE "pigs and monkeys", and the sooner the Palestinians all their land libertae and jewish swine vermin exterminate , the better. You jews too much world opinion control and distort it to portray yourselves as victims. The sooner a virus that targets and kills juden is developed and shipped the better. Das Welt - Judenfrei, bitte. You are a filthy, inbred race, that has caused havoc throughout the history of the world and the quicker to all you swine death comes, the besser will it be. Stinking Schwein!"

This lovely remark was written as a comment to a post that described how in June 2002, the Iman of the Mosque of Mecca in Saudia Arabia has called all Jews “pigs and monkeys”.

Mr. Hate obviously agrees with the Iman of Mecca, but I decided I wouldn’t take it without a fight. I decided I would do everything possible to find out more about Mr. Hate and make him feel there are consequences to his acts.

The tutorial below will show you how I was able to trace back the message to a computer belonging to the “Australian Department of Defence” (they spell it with a “c”) and how an official investigation is now underway to stop the above anti-Semite from continuing to spread his hate.

Please note that you will not always be able to trace the message, but here are a few technical tools that will give you a good chance of finding the origin of the racist comment. There are many technical courses and books out there related to computer security. My goal in this document was to give simple instructions on how to trace back hate messages - this article is for anyone that owns a computer and has no prior knowledge on how to react after receiving such a message.

So see below for the rest of the article, and don't hesitate to send me an email or comment on the document.

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Palestinian terrorist and robot (05.09.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismA Palestinian terrorist was stopped short of killing innocent Israeli civilians after his bomb malfunctioned and exploded before planned.

After the bomb went off near a bus stop near Haifa, the Palestinian terrorist was injured, but survived the blast.

Last night Israeli TV showed how the IDF (Israel's Defense Forces) used the above robot to immobilize the terrorist. An Israeli soldier was then able to search the Palestinian terrorist for other explosives. When none were found, a medic took care of the terrorist and he was taken to a nearby Israeli hospital.

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Iraqi soldiers surrender... even though the war has not started (03.15.2003)

NewsThe Sunday Mirror (www.sundaymirror.co.uk) reports that a few Iraqi soldiers thought the war had started and... surrendered:

TERRIFIED Iraqi soldiers have crossed the Kuwait border and tried to surrender to British forces - because they thought the war had already started.

The motley band of a dozen troops waved the white flag as British paratroopers tested their weapons during a routine exercise.

The stunned Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade were forced to tell the Iraqis they were not firing at them, and ordered them back to their home country telling them it was too early to surrender.

The drama unfolded last Monday as the Para batallion tested mortars and artillery weapons to make sure they were working properly.

The Iraqis found a way across the fortified border, which is sealed off with barbed-wire fencing, watchtowers and huge trenches.

In a related story, Iraq has asked the French for help with surrendering techniques - click here for the details.

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British daily asks the French people if they are ashamed of their spineless president, Jacques 'Le Worm' Chirac (02.19.2003)

OpinionThe British daily "The Sun" handed out a free special edition of its paper in Paris today:

Greetings to the citizens of Paris from The Sun newspaper, which is read by ten million people every day.

We think your President, Jacques Chirac, is a disgrace to Europe by constantly threatening to veto military action to enforce the will of the United Nations against Iraq. [...]

British people feel M Chirac, who in the UK is nicknamed the 'worm', is arrogantly strutting about trying to make France seem more important in the world than it really is.

The truth is that all the world - including France - recognises that Saddam Hussein must be dealt with. But only the French President seems determined to frustrate the will of the international community. [...]

We also think in Britain that you in France have forgotten how much you owe to other nations, particularly America and Britain, for coming to your aid in two world wars.

You were glad enough to welcome the Americans when Hitler ruled France.

But now you sneer at the American people and their president, and forget how the war cemeteries of France are packed with American and British soldiers and sailors and airmen who laid down their lives so France could be free.

Today, the Americans - backed by other European nations braver than France - are preparing again to rid the world of a tyrant.

On behalf of our ten million readers, we say to you today: Are you not ashamed of your president?

I'm French and I'm ashamed of Jacques "Le Worm".

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Support Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism (05.02.2002)

OpinionHere's the copy of a message I sent to Slate's editor on an article by Robert Wright, "Mideast pros and cons".

The writer had a good idea, but the large amount of wrong information in the article completely discredits it. Clearly Mr. Wright (or Wrong?) does not understand Israel and Israel's supporters.

Here's my conclusion: if you support Israel and her war against Palestinian terrorism, you are definitely Pro-Israel. If you critize Israel in everything she does (short of comitting suicide) you are Anti-Israel.

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France and Germany are the new "Axis of Weasels" (01.23.2003)

HumorFrance has recently declared that it will oppose any military action to stop Iraq from getting nuclear weapons and to prevent the butcher from Baghdad from killing millions. ScrappleFace has the latest remarks from US Secretary of Defense, Donal Rumsfeld, on this French faux-pas:

Rumsfeld Sorry for 'Axis of Weasels' Remark
(2003-01-22) -- U.S. Secretary Defense Donald Rumsfeld apologized today for referring to France and Germany as an "Axis of Weasels."

"I'm sorry about that Axis of Weasels remark," said Mr. Rumsfeld. "I didn't mean to dredge up the history France and Germany share of pathetic compliance with ruthless dictators."

The Defense Secretary said he was "way out of bounds" with the comments.

"I should have known better than to remind people that these two nations--which live in freedom thanks only to the righteous might of America, Britain and their allies--that these nations are morally and politically bankrupt, and have failed to learn the lessons of history," he said. "It really was an inappropriate thing to say--you know, the Axis of Weasels thing. I really should not have called them the Axis of Weasels. I think it's the 'Weasels' part that was most offensive...you know, when I said that France and Germany form an Axis of Weasels. Of course, I'm so sorry."

Please note that the above article is sarcastic - US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has never accused France or Germany to form the "Axis of Weasels". Too bad. :-)

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Jerusalem Day celebrated (05.09.2002)

NewsYesterday was Jerusalem Day, an Israeli holiday that celebrates the reunification of the city 35 years ago.

Young Israelis dance in
Jerusalem, Israel's capital

From 1948 to 1967, Jerusalem was divided. The Western Wall, Judaism's most sacred place, was on the Eastern side of the city. Jewish worshipers turn to the Western Wall when praying, and until 1967 some could see the wall, but not touch it.

After the six day war in 1967 (see the history page), Jerusalem was reunited. It is today a vibrant city, with a bit over 630,000 residents and is also Israel's capital.

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