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Fact 390: "On August 3 2002, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said he would personally rush to protect Israel if Iraqi forces ever invaded the Jewish state. Mr. Clinton said that if Iraq attacked Israel, he would grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die. The former president also said that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a 'disastrous mistake' in turning down Israeli peace offers during the final months of his presidency."
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Memri.org translates articles from the Arab press - I just found the following translated from an article published on 5/8 on Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a London Arabic newspaper:
In an article written by "an Arab diplomat who chose to reveal his real name," - Abu Ahmad Mustafa called upon the Arab world to replace Jihad with social development. The article, titled "When Will the Arabs Learn the Lesson Even Once," appeared recently in the Saudi-owned London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.
"Now, after the fog has begun to lift above the skies of the Palestinian Authority, and after the second Intifada has ended, at such a terrible price, the Arabs must try – at least once – to grasp the lesson that they have been taught yet again..."
"First, we must admit that the ones who pushed the children into the second Intifada had no defined political goal that they sought to achieve and that would benefit the Palestinian people... It became clear, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the ones who planned it wanted to thwart any initiative that President Arafat sought to promote. They wanted to make him simultaneously their prisoner and Israel's prisoner..."
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I just wrote an email to Michael Moran from MSNBC.com . Mr. Moran is critical of the TerrorPetition.com campaign which is collecting 100,000 signatures to call on the media:
1) To demonstrate moral leadership and journalistic integrity.
2) To label Palestinian suicide bombers as “terrorists”.
3) To stop whitewashing heinous acts of murder.
If you haven't already done so, please click here to sign the petition - the deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism. It's as simple as that, but some journalists, like Mr. Moran, have a different agenda - please help them understand that they can't get away it.
I copy my full response to Mr. Moran below.
Dmoz.org is an open directory project owned by Netscape, and therefore by American Online (AOL). It defines itself as follows:
The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
It is basically a huge directory of websites with descriptions written by real people, who have volunteered for no charge. In theory that's great: what's better than to have real human beings going over the sites and describing what they see, instead of just getting a result from a random software algorithm?
The problem, or should I say "my problem", is that there's apparently only one guy, going by the alias of "shermain", who decides what the descriptions should be for ANY site related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This "shermain" turns out to be very pro-Palestinian and deliberately twists the descriptions of all pro-Israeli sites into something pejorative.
I was surprised to find out that "shermain" has described my site, FactsOfIsrael.com, as follows:
Commentary suggesting that any act or opinion not unqualifiedly in support of Israel reflects an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic mindset.
That's completely unfair.
I have spent months working on the FactsOfIsrael.com site, newsletter and screensaver - my whole idea was to list facts, not "commentary". Although the site by definition presents the Israeli perspective, I have also posted, in multiple occasions, articles critical of some of Israel's policies. The site's content is very far from only "suggesting that any act or opinion not unqualifiedly in support of Israel reflects an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic mindset."
"shermain" completely ignores the Maps, History, Stats, Palestine and Democracy pages. He couldn't care less about the pages on Victims, Palestinian Terrorism , Anti-Semitism, and Jewish History. The weekly newsletter or the screensaver I wrote and distribute for free don't get one line.
The worst thing is that the Google and Netscape search engines use the descriptions from Dmoz.org in their search results - thousands of potential surfers will certainly not even check FactsOfIsrael.com due to the decision of one person, "shermain", to describe the site in a negative light.
I have sent the Dmoz.org an email requesting an update to my description but I haven't heard yet from them.
This is pretty depressing and I'm thinking of shutting down FactsOfIsrael.com. I get hate messages and even death threats almost on a daily basis, and messages of support are extremely rare. Then comes along "shermain" who takes hundreds of hours of work and squashes it all into a derogatory and offensive one liner.
I feel like throwing up.
Update: After doing a search, I found that the guys at jewishinternetassociation.org have actually published a page on the Dmoz.org anti-Israel bias. It has a lot of good information: check it out here. Maybe there's some hope.
Update2: Little Green Footballs has also posted on the Dmoz.org anti-Israel bias. But the original posting is from July, leading me to think that nothing is going to change easily in the Open Hate Project.
Before the Palestinians escalated their terrorist attacks and deliberate murder of Israeli women and children in October 2000, I used to listen to NPR (National Public Radio) quite often. Since then, I have experienced first hand NPR's bias, distortion of truth and support of Palestinian terrorism many times, causing my interest in the radio network and my donations to stop.
One of the programs I used to enjoy every weekend was "This American Life". Every week the producer of the show, Ira Glass, picks a topic and builds an episode using 2-3 stories from different writers and performers. It has a unique style, breaking from straight news reporting to more personal descriptions by the authors.
A radio show about Israel and the West Bank
"This American Life", 8/2/2002
A few weeks ago, This American Life featured a show on Israel and the West Bank, called "Give It to Them". The bias is shown right there - the show's main page has with a big sticker with the Hebrew saying "Nahzir Lahem Veshalom al Israel". This literally means "We'll return it to them, and peace to Israel" - in other words, we'll react to their terrorist attacks and hit them back, and once we get rid of the Palestinian terrorists, we'll have peace.
Unfortunately NPR decided to translate it simply as "Give it to them" - showing that Israelis are the agressors, initiating the conflict. Further samples of bias were shown in the program when they interview two Israelis trying to decided if the Palestinians were born animals, or if they became animals through their culture of hate. In Hebrew, I could clearly see the Israelis were talking about the Palestinian terrorists and murderers, and not generalizing about all Palestinians - but NPR did not make that distinction. I personally don't care if the Palestinian murderers from Hamas and Islamic Jihad were born animals or were brainwashed by their Nazi-like propaganda - in either case they should be arrested or killed.
There's also the well known dumb leftist moral equivalency, where we are to think that the Palestinians murderers from the Islamic Jihad suffer as much as the Israeli women and children who are targetted in suicide bombings (the show starts with "two years in which each side has done terrible things to the other side..."). The show also interviews a religious 15-year-old Israeli kid who is racist and very anti-Palestinian, but as a typical NPR bias, we don't hear a word from any Palestinian from the Islamic Jihad or Hamas calling for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens. This clearly makes you think that the Palestinians are good people who want peace, while the Israelis wish only to kill and murder.
Now that I got a few things off my chest, this show is a good "This American Life" episode and if you have the time, check it out. The show is one hour long and you may access it by clicking on the image above or here. You'll need the Real Audio player. which you can get here for free.
Stefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog) has translated an article from Die Zeit (www.zeit.de) that shows how the European Union is continuing to fund and support Palestinian terrorism. About a month ago, Stefan had translated the first part of the Die Zeit investigation, which you may find here.
The murder took place while the Bloombergs were on their way home from the stationery store. They have five school-age children. It is August 5, 2001, a hot day in the Middle East. The drive from Kfar Sava to the village of Karnei Shomron takes about 40 minutes. The back road winds through the hills above Tel Aviv. Three cars drive close behind one another. The Bloombergs are in the middle one. Near the village of Azun, the Bloombergs pass a slow-moving car. Suddenly its window opens and someone fires and hits the driver of the second car. That was Stephen Bloomberg. He was seriously injured, as was his 14-year-old daughter Tzippi. His wife Techiya, 40-year-old and five months pregnant, didn't survive the drive home. [...]
I strongly condemn the Europen Union and its representatives. It's one thing that the EU funded the Palestinians and then claimed that they didn't know that the funds were used to fund Arafat's terrorist groups. But after receiving proof, the EU continues to fund the Palestinians and is therefore directly responsible for the murder of unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children. This is morally wrong and also a criminal act. From now on I am boycotting European products - if you have a choice, please stop buying European products. Buy American, buy Indian, and buy Israeli!
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The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that many Palestinians are leaving the West Bank and moving to Jordan:
Approximately 80,000 Palestinians have left the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the beginning of the year, a rise of 50 percent compared to last year, a senior Palestinian Authority official said Monday.
This is similar to the movement of Arab Muslims that occured when the State of Israel was created in 1948. A similar movement of refugees occured from the Arab States into Israel, where 700,000 Jewish refugees became Israeli citizens (see the history and stats pages for details).
Don't expect these Palestinians to become Jordanians though, since the Palestinian leadership never accepts a State of their own they'll probably be refugees forever. Do expect the Palestinians to blame Israel after they move of their own free will and even put pressure on Jordan to accept them. Anything that happens to Palestinians is Israel's fault. Do I sound bitter? That's because I am.
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Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has information that Israel almost arrested and deported Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian's excuse for a leader.
Report: PM, Mofaz discussed operational plan to deport Arafat
It's too bad Israel did not go through with the plan. Yasser Arafat is a murderous bastard and is responsible for dozens of terrorist attacks against unarmed Israeli civilians, including children and babies. See the Palestine page for more details.
I just stumbled upon an incredible interview on Ha'Aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) with Israel's Former foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami.
In October of 2000, with the help of President Clinton, Palestinian Chairman Arafat and Israel's prime minister Ehud Barak tried to reach a final agreement in Camp David. In exchange for peace, Israel offered Arafat an independent Palestinian State, 95% of the West Bank and Gaza and half of Jerusalem as described in the history page. Arafat refused and the Palestinians started their homicide/suicide bombings and their current attempt to destroy Israel.
Mr. Ben-Ami kept a diary of the peace talks with Arafat and the Palestinians at Camp David. In this interview he gives many details on how and why Arafat and the Palestinians refused peace and a state of their own. The bottom line is that the Palestinians are not interested in peace and Arafat lives within myths - practical matters are not his concern. Here are a few excerpts:
"After a time, Clinton became boiling mad and started shouting terribly. He told Abu Ala that this wasn't a speech at the United Nations, and that the Palestinians had to come up with positive proposals of their own. Clinton shouted that no one would be able to get everything he wanted and that he too would like to serve a third term as president, but he knew that was impossible. He turned completely red and finally got up and stalked out. Abu Ala was deeply offended. From that moment, almost the only thing he did at Camp David was drive around the lawns in a golf cart."
Didn't the Palestinians make a counterproposal?
"No. And that is the heart of the matter. Never, in the negotiations between us and the Palestinians, was there a Palestinian counterproposal. There never was and there never will be. So the Israeli negotiator always finds himself in a dilemma: Either I get up and walk out because these guys aren't ready to put forward proposals of their own, or I make another concession. In the end, even the most moderate negotiator reaches a point where he understands that there is no end to it."
"But there is something deeper here. Barak, as you known, is a Cartesian type. So what happened there between the cabins and the lawns of Maryland was really an encounter between a person who was looking for a rational settlement and another person who talks myths and embodies myths. And that encounter didn't work. In retrospect, I understand that it could never have worked. I believe today that no rational Israeli leader could have succeeded in reaching a settlement with Arafat at that encounter. The man is simply not built that way."
"Arafat is not an earthly leader. He sees himself as a mythological figure. He has always represented himself as a kind of modern Salah a-Din. Therefore, even the concrete real-estate issues don't interest him so much. At Camp David, it was clear that he wasn't looking for practical solutions, but was focused on mythological subjects: the right of return, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount. He floats on the heights of the Islamic ethos and the refugee ethos and the Palestinian ethos.
"Arafat's discourse is never practical, either. His sentences don't connect and aren't completed. There are words, there are sentences, there are metaphors - there is no clear position. The only things there are, are codes and nothing else. At the end of the process, you suddenly understand that you are not moving ahead in the negotiations because you are in fact negotiating with a myth.
I copy the full article below, it is well worth taking the time to read it.
The Independent Media Review Analysis website (www.imra.org.il) has translated a racist interview given on Palestinian TV by Ahmad Nasser, the Secretary of the
"Palestinian Legislative Council":
A top Palestinian Authority official insists that Israel has no right to exist because it is "Satan's offspring," founded on theft and racism.
This excuse for a political leader is not part of the delusional Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but is part of Arafat's secular group, which is supposedly more moderate. Unfortunately, it seems that today even Palestinian "moderates" call Israel "a Satanic offspring" and wish for her destruction and the genocide of her citizens.
It is not "despair" that pushes the Palestinian mass murderers to slaughter Israeli women and children. It's racism, incitement, intolerance and hate - luckily Israel has a strong army and a strong will to defend herself and survive.
I copy the full article below; found the link to the article on the excellent LGF.
Le site DesInfos.com (www.desinfos.com) a publie un article du porte parole de l'armee de Defense d'Israel qui decrit comment les Palestiniens apportent le Jihad a l'ecole:
Membres du Jihad Islamique
Heros des jeunes Palestiniens
Le Jihad à l’école
Dans la photo ci-dessus, publiée le 21 août 2002 dans le journal palestinien Al-Ayam, sont présentés quelques-uns des portraits de l’exposition.
Parmi ces photos se trouve le portrait de Shadi Alkhalot (deuxième en partant de la gauche), membre du Jihad tué alors qu’il s’apprêtait à perpétrer une attaque suicide en Israël, le 4 février 2002. Il portait une ceinture piégée composée de 15 kg d’explosifs.
Shadi Alkhalot est supposé être le troisième terroriste impliqué dans l’attaque de Beit Lid (35 km au nord de Tel Aviv) survenue il y a quelques années et lors de laquelle 22 Israéliens avaient été tués par deux terroristes kamikazes du Jihad Islamique. Au dernier moment, il avait refusé de se joindre à ses comparses et demandait depuis à perpétrer une attaque-suicide. Sa famille l’a soutenu dans ses choix.
Lors d’une cérémonie commémorant l’année de sa mort, un membre de sa famille lui a assuré [dans un éloge] que sa famille n’aurait de cesse d’agir pour la naissance de l’Etat palestinien, et n’hésiterait pas à envoyer d’autres enfants perpétrer des attaques-suicide.
The FactsOfIsrael.com has 9 possible categories for any single posting in the News, comments and links section.
To make it easier for everyone, I have assigned a logo to each category that will automatically show up when an article is displayed. Furthermore, if you click on the icon, all articles from the chosen category are displayed.
This is similar to the categories and graphics displayed at Slashdot.org.
The categories and icons are as follows:
For those that use Movable Type v2.x, I will soon write a tutorial that explains how I was able to implement this.
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Fox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that Islamic murderers from Al-Qaeda have captured and killed an American contractor in Saudi Arabia:
The body of American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr., apparently beheaded by an Al Qaeda-linked Saudi militant group, was found Friday just outside the Saudi Arabian capital. The discovery came soon after a Web site posted pictures of his death.
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The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up inside an Israeli bus, deliberately murdering 15 people and wounding over 30:
Most of the 15 people murdered in this homicide bombing
were teenage students and IDF members
A suicide bomber ripped apart an Egged bus in the northern coastal city of Haifa on Wednesday killing 15 people and wounding more than 30, police and rescue officials said. [...]
Palestinian killers from the terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have deliberately murdered hundreds of men, women and children since October 2000.
- For a list of all barbaric homicide attacks executed by Arafat's thugs and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, click here.
- To read the stories of some of the victims of Palestinian terror, click here.
- To understand how Arafat and his thugs have rejected peace and an independent Palestinian State and instead turned to intolerance, violence, and terrorism, click here.
Update: Here's the list of the victims deliberately murdered by the Palestinian barbaric homicide bomber -
The victims of the attack were identified as:
Miriam Ata, 27, of Haifa
Notice that the hate and violence of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad does not differentiate between Israeli Jews and Arabs/Muslims. Kamar Abu Hamed, aged 12, was an Israeli Arab Muslim from the town of Daliat al-Carmel.
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The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israeli soldiers were able to stop a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber from deliberately murdering unarmed women and children:
Brave Israeli soldiers hunt down
A would-be suicide bomber and another terrorist were shot and killed by soldiers at the Jit junction, between Kedumim and Nablus, in Samaria Thursday night.
Since October 2000, when Yasser Arafat and his thugs decided to wage war instead of peace, over 180 of these Palestinian murderers were stopped short of killing unarmed women and children. On the other hand, over 100 homicide/suicide bombings did occur - see the Palestine page for the full list.
I copy the full article below.
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