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Fact 61: Israel gave autonomy to 92% of Palestinians after Oslo (07.07.2002)

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Contacting the United Nations to start an investigation into Palestinian war crimes against Israeli children (11.11.2002)

OpinionAfter the latest deliberate massacre of two Israeli children by Palestinian murderers, there's a new initiative by Ribbity Frog, picked up by Imshin.

Noam, 4, and Matan, 5
Two Israeli kids deliberately murdered in their house
by one of Arafat's Palestinian terrorists

The initiative calls to Save the Children by contacting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and asking him to set up an investigation into Palestinian war crimes against Israeli children:

The current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is Sergio Vieira de Mello.

His address is:

8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Telephone: (41-22) 917-9000 (Geneva, Switzerland)
Fax: (41-22) 917 9010

It is interesting to note that Mr. De Mello attended the French-Brasilian high school in Rio de Janeiro. I attended the Licee Pasteur, the French-Brasilian high school in Sao Paulo - I called and gave my 2 cents to Mr. De Mello in Portuguese, French and Englih.

Please send a link to this article to everyone you know and ask your friends and family to contact Mr. De Mello and ask him when he is going to investigate this war crime against children. You might also want to send an email to info@crin.org, the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN).

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Palestinian mass murderer deliberately kills 11 year-old child (03.03.2004)

VictimsThe One Family Fund (www.onefamilyfund.org) has published the story of Assaf Staier, an Israeli 11-year-old boy who was deliberately murdered by a mass murderer from the terrorist group "Palestinian Islamic Jihad":

Assaf Staier, 11
Deliberately murdered by a
Palestinian from the "Islamic Jihad"

Assaf Staier, 11, of Haifa was one of 21 people killed in a suicide bombing carried out by a female terrorist from Jenin in the Maxim restaurant in Haifa. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast devastated the restaurant, of joint Jewish-Arab ownership, on Hahagana Boulevard near the southern entrance of the coastalcity. It was packed mostly with regular Saturday customers.

The bomber, Hanadi Jaradat, a 29-year-old lawyer from Jenin, managed to get past Maxim's security guard before blowing herself up in the middle of the restaurant. The security guard, an Israeli Arab, was killed in the attack, along with three other Israeli Arab employees of the restaurant.

The victims included five members of the Almog family from Haifa and five members of the Zer-Aviv family from Kibbutz Yagur. Four children were killed and 60 people were wounded in the bombing.

Three generations of the Almog family had gone to the beach and then went to Maxim for lunch. Assaf Staier was killed along with his grandparents, Ze'ev and Ruth Almog, his uncle Moshe Almog, and his cousin Tomer. Assaf's mother Galit was also wounded in the blast, along with his aunt Orly and two of his cousins.

Assaf Staier was buried in Haifa alongside his grandparents, uncle and cousin. He is survived by his parents, Ofer and Galit, and his brother Omri, 14.

For more information on this homicide bombing, click here. For a list of homicide bombings executed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas ("Islamic Resistance") and Arafat's group the "Al-Aksa 'Martyrs' Brigade", click here.

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Terroriste kamikaze Palestinien se trompe de date (French) (10.30.2002)

NewsTsahal arrete un idiot du Fatah, groupe terroriste d'Arafat:

Dans un communiqué revendiquant la responsabilité de l'attaque terroriste d'Ariel (27 octobre 2002), les Brigades des Martyrs d'Al-Aqsa [d'Arafat] ont par erreur indiqué que l'activiste Muhammad Shakir était responsable de l'attaque. Il s'avère que Shakir n'était pas le terroriste kamikaze impliqué dans l'attentat d'Ariel, mais qu'il s'apprêtait à perpétrer une attaque suicide en Israël. Le communiqué erroné a permis aux forces de Tsahal de procéder à son arrestation le 29.10.02 à Naplouse, ainsi qu'à celle de 13 autres activistes recherchés.

Les employees de Mr. Arafat non seulement sont des tueurs d'enfants mais sont aussi betes comme des vaches. Depuis Octobre 2000, Tsahal (l'armee d'Israel) a arrete 175 Palestiniens qui etaient pret a s'exploser parmis des femmes et enfant Israeliens.

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Palestinian terrorist murders 7-year-old Israeli girl (06.18.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered an Israeli 7-year-old girl and wounded a 3-year-old:

Seven-year-old Noam Leibovitch was killed, her three-year-old sister was seriously wounded, and two other family members were injured when terrorists opened fire on their car late Tuesday night on the Trans-Israel highway, not far from the Palestinian town of Kalkilya. The army imposed a curfew on Kalkilya, but the gunmen managed to escape. It was the first terror attack to occur on the new toll highway.

The attack occurred after 11 p.m. Tuesday night as the Leibovitch family was returning from a bar mitzvah celebration in Jerusalem to their home in Yamin Orde, near Haifa. It was the first time that the family had traveled on the north-south Trans-Israel No. 6 highway, Israel's first toll road. "We thought Highway 6 was safe," Noam's mother screamed as her daughter was brought into Petach Tikva's Beilinson Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

The terrorist groups Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades reject peace with Israel. They call for the destruction of the Jewish State and for the genocide of her Jewish citizens - for more info click here. To see a list of homicide bombings executed by these Palestinian mass murderers, click here.

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France helps Hizbullah murder unarmed Israeli civilians (08.02.2002)

OpinionI have just sent an email to France's President, Jacques Chirac, strongly condemning France and the EU for refusing to include the Hizbullah to its list of terrorist organizations.

My letter was in response to a few articles that have described France's adamant refusal to define the Iranian backed group Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. The US has included the Hizbullah in its list of terrorist groups for years.

Placing the Hizbullah on the EU's blacklist means their assets could be frozen in Europe, and the transferring of funds to them could be made illegal.

By refusing to place Hizbullah in the EU's list of terrorist organizations, France is in fact helping the Islamic terrorists kill unarmed civilians (since their assets are not frozen).

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An Antisemitic Myth in the Arab Press: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews (06.25.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has published translations from the Arab press where Jews are blamed for the barbaric attacks on the United States on 9/11/2001.

Apparently this theory is widely accepted in the Arab and Muslim world and is backed by Foreign Ministers and Ambassadors. The Arab world cannot accept the fact that among their midst we find monsters capable of organizing and executing the 9/11 attrocities and the homicide bombing attacks against civilians, including babies and kids.

Since September 11, the Arab media have claimed that Jews perpetrated the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Promoting this new myth are high-ranking public officials and columnists in the government and non-government press in Arab countries.

In the articles reviewed in this report, the conclusions point directly at the Jews. These conclusions are supported by various forms of evidence, further buttressed by timeworn, long-"substantiated" antisemitic myths. Thus, the papers posit guilt, substantiate their accusations, convict, and, in one case, hand down a sentence – annihilation "as Hitler did."

Syrian foreign minister Mustafa Tlass, author of The Matza of Zion, a book that depicts the infamous Damascus blood libel of 1840 as an actual event, claimed during a meeting in Damascus with a delegation from the British Royal College of Defense Studies that the Mossad planned the ramming of two hijacked airliners into the WTC towers as part of a Jewish conspiracy.

Former Egyptian ambassador to Afghanistan Ahmad Al-'Amrawi told the Palestinian Islamic Jihad mouthpiece Al-Istiqlal that the Zionist movement and American intelligence organizations planned the attacks. He said the aim was both to extricate Israel from its current crisis and to give the U.S. an opening to take over the oil reserves in the Caspian Sea, thus gaining full control of the world's main oil resources.

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Moral Equivalency? (05.03.2002)

NewsI just read an article on the Jerusalem Post that mentions that Israel's Prime Minister Sharon will bring a booklet with pictures and the stories of 69 children killed by Palestinian terrorists.

This is in response to Saudi's Crown Prince Abdullah showing pictures to President Bush of maimed Palestinian children.

The article says it all: although children are getting hurt on both sides, there's no moral equivalency that can be made. On the one hand, when Palestinian children get hurt or even killed, it is a mistake. The Israeli army always regrets it, and apologizes.

On the other hand, the killing of Israeli kids in buses, malls, restaurants and discos is the consequence of deliberate and planned attacks by homicide/suicide bombers and other Palestinian terrorists. Not only they do not apologize, but "martyrs" (homicide/suicide bombers) are considered heroes in Palestinian culture.

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Many Palestinians admire murderers of children and babies (08.01.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismMany Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims have created a sick culture that honors suicide bombers, which they refer to as "martyrs".

Yesterday's deliberate attack on civilians that killed 7 unarmed students and wounder over 90, was executed by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance) which promptly (and proudly) claimed responsibility for the murders.

A Palestinian murderer becomes a culture's hero
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The above poster is a montage that includes a picture of one of these barbaric excuses for a human being with a background of his Jewish/Israeli victims dying or burning. Posters like this are displayed in many public places and private houses across the West Bank and Gaza - they are a favorite of Palestinian kids.

To better understand why many Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims are proud of killing babies and children, Stefan Sharanksy (Shark Blog), has created a page with additional pictures and translated stories from the Hamas website.

Take a look at the pictures on this organization's own website and see for yourself how this group chooses to honor itself. The Al-Qassam Brigade is about killing, being killed, and the celebration of killing. None of this killing seems to serve any strategic plan, except as blind revenge, an expression of religious hysteria, and as a placeholder for a viable program for creating a Palestinian state. In short, the Al-Qassam Brigade can best be described as a psychotic death cult.

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Petition to divest from European Union States (10.29.2002)

OpinionInstapundit, points out that we should stop supporting states that are part of the European Union (France, England, etc...). He links to a petition that reads:

To: U.S. Congress
The multi-governmental entity known as the European Union (EU) has a long track record of supporting the terrorist organization known as the Palestinian Authority (PA) and defense of the terrorist leader Yasser Arafat. In its latest outrage, it has pledged 29 million Euros (approx. $28.5 million) to the PA. History has shown us that the money sent to the PA will largely be spent either in the pursuit and/or encouragement of terror or to personally enrich Arafat and his cronies.

With the United States having declared war upon global terror, it is inappropriate for citizens of the United States to support a group that supports terror. We hereby urge corporations headquartered in the USA to divest themselves of their holdings in the nations of the EU and for the United States government to use all political pressure to force the EU to abandon its terrorist ally.

Here are a few examples of European support for Palestinian terrorism:

Palestinians schoolbooks are racist and teach hate and violence (All Palestinian schoolbooks were printed using European funds)

European Union responsible for the murder of hundreds of unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children

Why do Europeans continue in their policy of appeasement?

Click here to sign the petition - let's show the EuroWinnies that supporting the Palestinians in their murderous war on Israel's women and children has consequences.

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15-year-old Israeli kid deliberately murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber from the Islamic Jihad (12.02.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Gaston Perpiñal, a 15-year-old Israeli kid who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Gaston Perpiñal, 15
Murdered by a terrorist
from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

November 4, 2002 - Gastón Perpiñal, 15, of Ra'anana, who immigrated with his parents recently from Argentina, was one of two persons killed when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself at a Kfar Sava shopping mall.
Gastón, a tenth grader at the Ostrovsky High School in Ra'anana, was killed together with a friend, mall security guard Julio Pedro Magram, 51, of Kfar Sava, another recent immigrant from Argentina. About 70 people were wounded in the attack, for which the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

Gastón was described by his friends as quiet and personable, with a ready smile. He was active in the Halutz youth movement in his native Cordoba and in Israel. He had gone to play basketball at a school in Kfar Sava and stopped at the Arim Mall on his way home to call on Magram, who lived with the mother of a classmate.

A friend relates that Gastón was the driving force behind his parents' moving to Israel. "If you don't make aliya to Israel, I'll go alone," he would say, "Israel is the Jewish state." The family arrived with Gaston, their only child, on April 10, 2002, and took up residence in the Jewish Agency absorption center in Ra'anana. They were about to move into their new apartment in Kfar Sava.

Gastón Perpiñal is survived by his parents, Gustavo and Cecilia. He was buried at the Kfar Nahman Cemetery in Ra'anana.

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Abba Eban, the father of Israeli statesmanship, dies at the age of 87 (11.18.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Abba Eban has passed away at the age of 87:

Abba Eban, the father of Israeli statesmanship, former foreign minister and ambassador to the United States and United Nations died Sunday at 87 in the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. As diplomat and author, he was throughout his long and brilliant career the voice of Israel, a profound interpreter of our national character and history.

Abba Eban, 1915 - 2002

Mr. Eban was a great man, someone who has been involved with Zionism and Israel from the beginning, from the roots of it all. I remember Abba Eban coming up with some incredible quotes when he served as Israel's ambassador to the UN:

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today-and longed for them tomorrow.

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.

I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

You'd think he said that after Arafat and the Palestinians rejected peace in October of 2000? He said the above 30-40 years before the thugs from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas started their current murdering spree of women and children. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Brave Somalian woman uncovers beatings, incest and sexual abuse of Muslim women in Holand; receives death threats and is forced into fleeing the Netherlands (11.09.2002)

NewsThe New York Times (www.nytimes.com) has a story on Ayaan Hirsi, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, who had to flee Holand after receiving death threats from the local fundamentalist Muslims:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali had done well in the 10 years since she arrived in the Netherlands as a young refugee from Somalia and, until a few months ago, she lived a quiet life in her adopted land. Never did she intend to create a national commotion.

She studied Dutch, took on cleaning jobs, went to university and worked as a political scientist. She made a name for herself pressing for the emancipation of Muslim women and documenting how thousands, living even here, were subjected to beatings, incest and emotional and sexual abuse. [...]

Then Ms. Hirsi Ali, 32, began receiving hate mail, anonymous messages calling her a traitor to Islam and a slut. On several Web sites, other Muslims said she deserved to be knifed and shot. Explicit death threats by telephone soon followed. The police told her to change homes and the mayor of Amsterdam sent bodyguards. She tried living in hiding. Finally, last month, she became a refugee again, fleeing the Netherlands. [...]

She was shocked when, as a university student, she held a job as an interpreter for Dutch immigration and social workers and discovered hidden "suffering on a terrible scale" among Muslim women even in the Netherlands. She entered safe houses for women and girls, most of them Turkish and Moroccan immigrants, who had run away from domestic violence or forced marriages. Many had secret abortions. [...]

What Mr. Fortuyn did on the right, Ms. Hirsi Ali has done on the left. Many in the Labor Party, where she worked on immigration issues, were shocked when she told reporters that Mr. Fortuyn was right in calling Islam "backward."

"At the very least Islam is facing backward and it has failed to provide a moral framework for our time," she said in one conversation. "If the West wants to help modernize Islam, it should invest in women because they educate the children."

Good for her - I hope she continues to speak her mind and help the poor Muslim women who are hostage to this "religion of peace", this part of Islam that seems stuck in the 14th century. That's not politically correct? Well, after reading what these poor women have to endure, I'm not in a PC mood.

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Arafat, terrorism, corruption and crime (05.14.2002)

NewsDani Naveh, a minister in Israel's government has prepared a report on Arafat's involvement with terrorism.

Among other things he found that:

"Yasser Arafat was personally involved in the planning and execution of terror attacks. He encouraged them ideologically, authorized them financially and personally headed the Fatah Al Aqsa Brigades organization"

"Arafat and his men used the funds donated to them by other countries, including the European Union, to finance terrorist activity"

"Arafat's headquarters took great pains in encouraging the Israeli Arab population to join the war of violence and terror against Israel"

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Indian Woman saves Jewish orphan (11.25.2009)


CNN reports how an Indian woman is making the difference in the life of a Jewish 3-year-old child who became an orphan after Islamic terrorists from Pakistan murdered his mother and father in 2009 in Mumbai, India:


Jewish orphan finds new life with Indian savior

Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN) -- In a scene his parents would have been heartened to see, family and friends recently thronged around young Moshe Holtzberg as men in black suits and black hats took turns cutting locks of hair from the boy's head on a stage in a rented party tent outside Tel Aviv, Israel.

The celebration marked Moshe's third birthday and in Hasidic Judaism tradition he received a haircut to symbolize his readiness to begin his religious education.  Standing not 10 feet away and watching closely was Sandra Samuel, the Indian nanny who one year ago saved Moshe's life.

Samuel was working as a nanny for Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg when the Jewish Chabad Center they ran in Mumbai, India, came under attack by terrorists.  Samuel survived the attack and rescued Moshe who she found crying, standing between the bodies of his parents.

Since that fateful day she has not left Moshe's side. Samuel accompanied him to Israel where, with her help, he is now being taken care of by his grandparents and extended family.  A year on Sandra said the memories of Mumbai and Moshe's parents still haunt her. Holding back tears, she said, "I feel happy for the baby, but I am very sad, more than sad, I think."

The pain she feels remembering the horror of the attack is tempered by the great progress she has seen Moshe make since his arrival in Israel just days after his parents were killed.  "He has adjusted very very well and is like a normal kid. He goes to school, he plays, he jumps. He has a lot of friends. His life is normal," she said.

Moshe's paternal grandfather Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg said Samuel has been like a surrogate mother. "She knows everything about him, all the natural things because she has known (him) since he was a small child. Things are getting better and better."  Holtzberg added that the entire family rallied together to help Moshe adapt to life without his parents and believes his son would be pleased. "I'm sure that my son would be here now and looking at how I take care of him. He would be happy."

Samuel, a mother of two grown children, said she was trying to spend less time with Moshe so he could better adapt to his family and sees herself returning home to India within two years -- though she said she would stay in Israel for as long as Moshe needed her.

Samuel said her message was simple: "To carry on life. Be strong and that's it. Put everything in God's hands."

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