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Fact 219: "After the Oslo peace treaty in the beginning of the 90's, the Palestinian Authority was allowed to create a Police force and arm itself accordingly. As part of the same accords, many weapons were defined as illegal. Until a final peace agreement was to be reached, only this Police force was allowed to arm itself. The Palestinian authority accepted this condition when it signed the Oslo peace treaty. The Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and other Palestinian terrorist groups completely ignored the treaty and as soon as Israel gave the Palestinians autonomy, they armed themselves as much as possible. Arafat and the Palestinian authority did nothing to stop this illegal buildup of weapons."

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July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)
Opinion

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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Fact 11: Jordan represents 75% of the British Palestine Mandate (05.19.2002)


NewsletterI have just sent the fourth edition of the FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter.

This week's fact is Fact 11: Jordan represents 75% of the British Palestine Mandate.

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CNN War Tracker: a site with live information on the liberation of Iraq (03.21.2003)


NewsCNN (www.cnn.com) has setup an excellent site to track the progress of the US and coalition forces in liberating Iraq and getting rid of the butcher from Baghdad:



CNN War Tracker
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/
2003/iraq/war.tracker/index.html



The page includes live information on battles, airstrikes, casualties, weapons and more.



Just like the French, more and more
Iraqi soldiers are giving up.


So check it out and think of how our men and women from the US and coalition forces are risking their lives so you can live in peace and worry less about Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad obtaining biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

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Three unarmed civilians murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber, over 40 wounded (07.17.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself up in Tel-Aviv killing 3 unarmed civilians.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up seconds apart in Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening, killing three other people and wounding 40, police said.

National Police Chief Yossi Sedbon said two of the victims were foreign workers and the third had not yet been identified. Of the wounded, five were in serious condition, he said.

The attack took place on Neve Shaanan street in the southern part of the downtown area, near the city's old central bus station. Ambulances and police raced to the scene and closed off the area.

The area is crowded with small shops and stalls. Many foreign workers live in the rundown neighborhood. Israel Radio said most of the casualties were foreign workers. The bomb went off at the entrance to the Central Theater, near a cafe.


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Slide Show: Destroying tunnels used by Palestinian terrorists (05.24.2004)


MultimediaIn the past few days the IDF (Israel's army) has been destroying tunnels used by Palestinian mass murderers from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades.





Israeli soldiers explore a tunnel, found covered in concrete under a home, which was used by Palestinian arms smugglers between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, in Rafah, Gaza, Saturday May 22, 2004.


These tunnels originate in Egypt and go under the border, coming up inside the Palestinian territories in the Gaza strip. The tunnels end up inside residential areas in regular homes and are then used to smuggle arms and bombs. Palestinain terrorists then use these arms to massacre innocent Israeli women and children (see the "Palestinian Terrorism" category for examples).

Israel has learned from the U.S. and has this time allowed "embedded" journalists to join Israeli troups as they find the rat tunnels and destroy them. The BBC, which is typically very anti-Israel, has published a fairly balanced slide-show, showing pictures related to the desctruction of the Palestinian tunnels.

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Reuters kills fair journalism (07.14.2003)


Media BiasHonest Reporting (www.honestreporting.com) has done an extensive analysis of how Reuters handles titles for stories that related to the Israeli war against Palestinian terrorism, and the bias is amazing:

Headlines are powerful elements of any news story, for a headline is the first (and oftentimes the only) item seen by the reader. Recognizing this, HonestReporting monitored headlines of Reuters news agency reports on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during the one-month period June 10 - July 10, 2003. [...]

1) Named subject
- In violent acts against Israelis, the Palestinian agent is named in 33% of the headlines.
- In violent acts against Palestinians, the Israeli agent is named in 100% of the headlines. Moreover, Israel is always emphasized by appearing as the first word in the headline.

2) Named object
- In violent acts against Israelis, casualties are labeled "Israeli" in 11% of the headlines.
- In violent acts against Palestinians, casualties are labeled "Palestinian" or "Hamas" in 50% of the headlines. Considering "militant" as a Palestinian-specific term raises this figure to 71% of headlines.

3) Verb selection
- Violent acts by Palestinians are described with "active voice" verbs in 33% of the headlines.
- Violent acts by Israelis are described with "active voice" verbs in 100% of the headlines.

Example 1:
"Israeli Troops Shoot Dead Palestinian in W.Bank" (July 3)
Israel named as perpetrator; Palestinian named as victim; described in active voice.
vs.
"New West Bank Shooting Mars Truce" (July 1)
Palestinian not named as perpetrator; Israeli not named as victim; shooting described in passive voice.

Example 2:
"Israel Kills Three Militants; Gaza Deal Seen Close" (June 27)
Israel named as perpetrator; Palestinians ("Militants") named as victims; described in active voice.
vs.
"Bus Blows Up in Central Jerusalem" (June 11)
Palestinian not named as perpetrator; Israelis not named as victims; described in passive voice.


Many of the so-called reportes of AP, Reuters and AFP that report Israel's struggle to survive are either Arab Muslims or Palestinians - their bias is evident.

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Yasser Arafat calls upon children to become murderers (07.12.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Yasser Arafat, the current Palestinian "President", has once again shown what a violent, mindless bastard he is, by calling upon children to become murderers:



Palestinian kids in a "summer camp",
simulating an attack on
Jewish women and children


Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat on Friday called on Palestinian children to follow the example of Fares Odeh, a 13-year-old boy from the Gaza Strip who has been immortalized posthumously by a photograph showing him throwing stones at an IDF tank. Odeh was alleged to have been killed on November 8, 2000 after being shot by IDF soldiers.

Arafat was speaking at a reception he held in his headquarters in Ramallah for hundreds of children from Jerusalem participating in summer camps. Many of the summer camps in the West Bank have included in their programs this year visits to Arafat's office. [...]

Some of the summer camps in the Gaza Strip have been named after Odeh and other Palestinians killed in the violence since September 2000. In the Tulkarm refugee camp, a soccer tournament was named last year after Abdel Baset Odeh, the suicide bomber who carried out the attack in the Park Hotel in Netanya in March 2002.


Many of these Palestinian children are brain washed in "summer camps", where they are thought how to hate Jews, murder women and children and blow themselves up in buses - click here for example to see a 5-year-old Palestinian kid proudly dripping her hands in Jewish blood.

For more information on these hate camps, also see these reports on LGF:

Psycho death cult summer camp
Death Cult Summer Camp
Death Cult Summer Camp Grads
Games of War


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Islamic Court in Iran sentences 19-year-old to death by hanging for drinking alcohol (01.12.2003)


NewsThe BBC (news.bbc.co.uk) reports that an Islamic Court in Iran has sentenced a 19-year-old to death by hanging for drinking alcohol:

A 19-year-old Iranian man has been sentenced to death by hanging for repeatedly drinking alcohol, local newspapers have reported.

The man, identified only as Davoud, had already twice been arrested and whipped for committing the offence.

Under the country's strict Islamic laws, drinking is strictly forbidden, and those caught are usually whipped or heavily fined.

However if caught for a third time an offender can be sentenced to death.

Police arrested the man after he visited a police station to enquire about two of his friends who had also recently been detained.

The authorities noticed he had been drinking and immediately charged, the French news agency AFP reported.


"Shaaria" is Islamic Law - countries such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Somalia and Iran implement Shaaria. Human, gay and women rights many times are ignored when Islamic Law is applied.

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Racist Muslim Prime Minister of Malaysia calls for violence and terrorism against all "Jews" (10.18.2003)


Anti-SemitismIsrael National News (www.israelnationalnews.com) reports that a racist Muslim, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, has declared an all-out-war on Jews:

Hitler and Mahathir Mohamad
two racist anti-semitic bastards with
the same intolerant anti-Jewish rhetoric



US Newswire - 10/16/2003 - Link

The American Jewish Committee is appalled by the outrageous anti-Semitic comments made today by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

"There is no place in the world for these treacherous words," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. "This kind of language, which attributes to Jews a variety of demonic powers, is reminiscent of the crudest and most vile anti-Semitism in history.

"We urge all people of good will to speak out against this kind of hate-filled rhetoric," Harris continued. "The world needs leaders who advocate mutual respect and mutual understanding for all peoples, not those who promote hate and discord."

During the first meeting of the 57-nation group since the terrorist attacks of September 11, Mohamad sought to incite the Muslim community against Jews. He told the conference that, "Jews rule the world by proxy" and that Jews created socialism, communism, human rights and democracy "so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal rights with others."

A past critic of the West in general, and Jews in particular, Mohamad said the Muslim world was "up against a people (i.e. the Jews) who think." He said that if the Muslim community had "paused to think, then we could have devised a plan, a strategy that can win us final victory."

Attendees at the tenth summit of the conference, being held in Malaysia from October 16 through October 18, include Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Prince Abdullah Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia and Morocco's King Mohamed VI.


This racist garbage was delivered at a speech to the Organization of the Islamic Conference where dozens of Muslim leaders gave this intolerant excuse for a human being a standing ovation.

This insane Muslim fascist is no better than Hitler - he calls for a "final victory" (remember the "final solution"?) using "guns and rockets, bombs and warplanes, tanks and warships".

I have a few words for this bastard: "Never Again". And this time the Israeli army means it.

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Where are the moderate Muslims? (11.01.2002)


OpinionLaura Ingraham from the Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) asks where can moderate Muslims be found:

For much of the last century, white Southerners were routinely (and rightly) taken to task for not speaking out against the violent actions of racists. For a time at least, the Klan seemed to be able to lynch and beat black men with impunity.

White Southern silence meant tacit approval to many. The South eventually left its racist past behind, but only when its politicians and community leaders spoke out aggressively against the hateful acts of white supremacists. Silence was no longer an option for the majority, for it became clear that the longer violence against blacks continued, the more likely it was that the rest of the country would think all white Southerners were KKK supporters.

Muslims worldwide face the same problem. In the last few weeks, Muslim terrorists killed nearly 200 in Bali, tried to kill more in Kuwait. But where were all the statements of condemnation from the Muslim "moderate" leadership? I heard not one. This, despite President Bush's oft-repeated reminder to the world that this is not a war against Islam and his visit to an Islamic Center just days after September 11th.

In the aftermath of the attacks on America, Muslims in the U.S. complained that they were being unfairly tarred by the acts of a few extremists. "Islam is a religion of peace," President Bush himself said the week after the attacks on America. Yet just as white Southerners couldn't shake their racist past so long as the Klan was still kicking, Muslims will find it difficult to shake its link to terrorism if al Qaeda continues to strike and Muslim leaders continue to say or do little.

More people are beginning to ask why the burden should be on America to prove to the world that we are a tolerant nation. The more appropriate formulation: after September 11th, the burden is on Muslims worldwide to demonstrate their intolerance for the terrorists.


Where are the moderate Muslims?
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/
1002/ingraham.html


If someone finds a site managed by moderate Muslims, please let me know (excluding the brave Iranian students, of course).

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Thank you to members of the U.S. military (11.05.2002)


OpinionI once had a friend here in San Francisco who said he hated the military and that they are nothing but murderers. Well Shamim, I disagree, the US and Israeli military are the reason I'm alive (as an American and as an Israeli) so here's a link just for you.

The anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has posted a great link to a site that allows you to show your support for our men and women of the US armed forces. Please point your browser to:


http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html


and fill out the simple form that says "Dear member of the U.S. military, thank you for defending our freedom" - so far 1,220,877 people have shown their support.

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Why do liberals do not join the war on Islamic terrorism? (11.12.2002)


OpinionThe Chronicle Online (www.chronicle.duke.edu) has an excellent article by Bala Ambati, an Indian-American doctor, who became the world's youngest doctor when he graduated in 1995 from Mt. Sinai Medical School, two months before his 18th
birthday:

I'm proud to be a liberal. I've been a liberal all my life, espousing civil rights, environmental protection, fiscal prudence, energy independence, gun control, educational uplift, stands against military dictatorships, etc. I believe firmly in individuals thinking of causes greater than their own and translating such impulses into public policies to change society for the better.

Which is why I have been appalled, disgusted, and ashamed at the direction so many liberals have taken in the weeks and months since Sept. 11. Almost immediately, many left-wingers blamed America or Israel for the attacks (some still do). [...]

So-called liberals who mindlessly chant these taunts should reflect on facts. Who targets innocent civilians, whether in hijacked planes, office towers, Hindu shrines in India, Christian missions in Pakistan, discos and pizza parlors in Tel Aviv, beach resorts in Bali, theater-goers in Moscow or Kenyan embassy workers in Nairobi? Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. [...]

When liberals denounce the United States for the regrettable but minimized and unavoidable civilian casualties of U.S. action in Afghanistan, do they consider the consequences of the Taliban regime to Afghans, let alone Americans? The Taliban slaughtered 1.5 million Afghans in their reign's 5 years; US action stopped an annual murder of 300,000 Afghans, and allowed girls to go to school without being beaten!


Like Mr. Ambati, I also embrace values such as respect for civil and human rights, women and gay rights, pro-choice, gun control, and even being against the death penalty.

Unfortunately, I have found that many of my leftist friends, particularly in Europe, are not interested in justice. Their hate of capitalism, and therefore of America, pushes them into this acceptance and even support of Palestinian and Islamic terrorism.

Although not all liberals support Palestinian and Islamic terrorism, many do. Israeli women and children that are almost daily deliberately murdered by Arafat's thugs do not count. Well, my vote for the Republican party in the next few decades will count.

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Palestinian terrorist murders one Israeli, stabs another two (07.14.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismHarretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered one Israeli and stabbed two others walking by:





A Palestinian terrorist murdered
one Israeli and stabbed two
others using a 30 centimeter long knife


An Israeli man was killed and two others were wounded late Monday night when a Palestinian armed with a knife stabbed passers by on Tel Aviv's beachfront promenade, close to Jaffa. The terrorist was wounded and captured.

The Palestinian arrived at the Tarabin restaurant on Goldman Street in Jaffa at around 1:30 A.M. The restaurant security guard tried to prevent the man from entering the restaurant and was stabbed during the struggle.

The owner of the restaurant then came to the security guard's aid, which caused
the attacker to flee in the direction of the promenade. He stabbed two passers by on the promenade, one of whom later died of his wounds. [...] The Palestinian, a 23-year-old East Jerusalem resident, was carrying a knife with a 30-centimeter long blade.


You might hear or read in your mainstream media that "this is the first time Palestinians have attacked Israelis since the 'truce' was declared in June". The BBC for example declared that "A Palestinian man has stabbed three people in Tel Aviv, in what police describe as the first case of political violence in an Israeli city since Palestinian groups declared a truce in June".

I listened to Israeli radio and watched Israeli TV attentively today, and the Israeli police has said no such thing - these are simply lies. The mass murderers from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigrades continue to attack and attempt to kill Israeli women and children daily.

For example, click here to read the story of Mazal Afari, a 65-year-old Israeli grandmother of three, who was murdered on July 8th by a Palestinian bastard in an Israeli city (way after the "truce").

The leftist BBC has no shame. I copy the full article below.

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Czechoslovakia, 1389, 3000 Jews are murdered in Prague (03.17.2003)


Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on March 18, 1389, when 3,000 Jews are murdered by mobs of racist Czechs:

1389: On this date is a Massacre at Prague: A priest was hit with a few grains of sand by small Jewish boys playing in the street. He became insulted and insisted that the Jewish community purposely plotted against him. Thousands were slaughtered, the synagogue and the cemetery were destroyed, and homes were pillaged. King Wenceslaus insisted that the responsibility rested with the Jews for venturing outside during Holy Week.


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Security Fence will keep Palestinian Terrorists out (05.20.2002)


NewsFinally, it has been decided that a security fence will be built along Israel's borders with the West Bank (see the maps page for details)

This fence has been the subject of many discussions in Israel, and while some don't think it will stop the Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings completely, it will certainly help.

I think the strategy will be to stop as many Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers as you can while at the same time, you continue going after them inside the West Bank or Gaza. Don't let them build their infrastructure of terror, and make them realize that wishing for the destruction of Israel or the killing of unarmed civilians will lead them nowhere.

Give them only one option: to accept the State of Israel as a de-facto reality, and to decide to live in peace and stop the terrorist attacks. Then the Palestinians will be offered a State of their own, and I hope this time around they accept it.

"It has been decided to construct a continuous, 364-km. long fence, including around Jerusalem. The decision is accompanied by a timetable for implementation in the shortest possible time," Atar told reporters after the meeting.

"This is an electronic fence, the components of which have been prepared in accordance with the specifications prepared by the army. The important thing is that it will be a clear statement regarding ongoing security along the length of the fence," said Atar

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Portugal, 1497, racist king kicks the Jews out (10.29.2002)


Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 31, 1497, when a king from Portugal decides to kick all Jews out:

1497: Portugal's King Manuel decrees this as the final deadline by which members of the Portuguese Jewish community must leave the kingdom -- shortly after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. But the king, who in fact regards the community as an economic asset, opens only one seaport for the forced emigration. He thus compels most Jews to remain behind after the designated deadline and baptizes them against their will -- in order to keep Jewish financial resources in the kingdom.


For those that think that the Jewish people will ever give up Israel, think again. We will always fight for a place where racist murderers like this Portuguese clown don't have the opportunity to hurt us.

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