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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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Racist Russian Nazi tries to kill eight Jews in Moscow, Russia (01.11.2006)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a racist Russian nazi attempted to murder eight jews today in Moscow, Russia:

The Jewish community of Moscow was in a state of shock after a drunken skinhead stabbed eight Jews at the Chabad Bronnaya synagogue Wednesday night.

Aharon Yeheskelia of Kiryat Malachi, currently a Chabad rabbinical student in Moscow, was in surgery at press time after having been slashed in the neck and seriously wounded in the attack. The other victims were in stable condition. [...]

Berkowitz, executive director of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Commonwealth of Independent States, said Koptsev was screaming "Heil Hitler" and left a "bloodbath" in his wake. Others heard the perpetrator yell, "I will kill Jews." "It was a terrible scene," Berkowitz told the Post.

Witnesses said the assailant attacked a guard who tried to stop him, then stabbed people in or near a prayer room on the first floor before continuing his rampage upstairs. They said the attacker had a shaved head and wore a leather jacket. [...]

Around 100 people were at the synagogue at the time of the attack, but soon after members of the Jewish community flooded the area around it to find out what had happened and show solidarity. Scores stayed at the synagogue into the night praying for the well-being of the victims.

The next time some bastard tells you that Jews don't deserve their own country remember that incidents like this are the reason the State of Israel was created.

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How Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor (built by the French) in 1981 (02.18.2003)

Jewish HistoryThe "Information Center on Israel" (www.alisrael.com) has an animation that describes in great detail how Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981:

From the Institute for National Strategic Studies:

In June 1981, Menachem Begin, then Prime Minister of Israel, faced the same dilemma that had faced Iran concerning Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The Israelis had watched apprehensively for two years as Saddam appeared to be nearing a nuclear weapons capability. The centerpiece of his effort was a French-built Osirak-type nuclear reactor turning out plutonium at Tuwaitah. (Note 40) After considerable internal debate within the Israeli ruling circle, Begin ordered his aircraft to bomb it to derail the Iraqi nuclear bomb effort.

Ariel Sharon, part of the Israeli ruling circle, said that, "This was perhaps the most difficult decision which faced any (Israeli) government during all the years of the state's existence."

Begin and a number of other Israeli leaders have been very effective in dealing with terrorists and tough in making military decisions because they, too, were once urban guerrillas operating from relatively weak military positions. They understood the bottom line on fights to the death; hit first with maximum strength. Those who hesitate may die. No present Western national leaders have had this hard experience or appear to share the street fighter mentality that might be required in a confrontation with a nuclear-armed and hostile radical regime.

Israeli intelligence had followed the Iraqi military buildup in the late 1970s. Saddam Hussein had assembled an army of 190,000 men organized into 12 divisions, augmented by 2,200 tanks and 450 aircraft. Both the Isreali Labor government of 1974-77 and the Likud government of 1977-81 closely watched and debated what to do about the Osirak reactor then being constructed with considerable French and Italian help.

Partners in 1975: Saddam Hussein and Jacques Chirac

Late 70's: France builds a nuclear reactor for Iraq

"French help" is an understatement: the French, then lead by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, built the nuclear reactor for Iraq. Yes, this is the same French weasel who alone with Germany today opposes the US war to stop the butcher from Baghdad.

Il y a des fois ou j'ai honte d'etre Francais (there are times I'm ashamed of being French).

Thanks to LGF for the link. See below for the full animation and an article from today's New York Times that shows how Chirac not only built a nuclear reactor for Saddam Hussein but is now trying to "shut up" Eastern European countries that openly support the United States.

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67 unarmed Russian hostages murdered by Chechen Islamic terrorists (10.26.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismReuters reports that 67 Russian hostages were deliberately murdered by Chechen Islamic terrorists after Russian special troops stormed in while trying to free them:

Sixty-seven hostages were killed when Russian special forces stormed a Moscow theater at dawn on Saturday to end a three-day siege by Chechen rebels.

Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Vasilyev said 750 hostages held since Wednesday night by the heavily armed guerrillas in the capital had been saved in the operation.

Nearly all the rebels, 34, were killed.

"We saved more than 750 people...67 were lost," Vasilyev told reporters outside the theater. He added that no children were killed in the operation.

I am outraged at the language used by many media outlets and Reuters who describe the murderers as "Chechen rebels" instead of Islamic terrorists. That said, it shows that "Palestinian militants" are not the only Islamo-fascists who benefit from the media's PC.

My heart goes to the families of the hostages that were massacred by the Islamo-freaks.

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80,000 Palestinians have left the West Bank (08.27.2002)

NewsThe 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.

The official, who asked not to be named, told The Jerusalem Post another 50,000 Palestinians are now trying to leave through the Jordan River bridges and the Rafah border crossing. [...]

The Jordanian authorities say they do not want to help Palestinians leave their homes for fear Israel will not allow them back. But Palestinians say they believe the Jordanians are afraid a large number of Palestinians want to live permanently in Jordan.

Under pressure from the PA and humanitarian organizations, some of which have supplied the stranded Palestinian travelers with tents and food, the Jordanian government earlier this month agreed to allow 1,000 people a day to enter Jordan.

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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List of anti-Israeli US members of Congress (08.04.2002)

NewsThe New York Times (www.nytimes.com) has published the list of the 23 anti-Israel members of Congress.

It's the 23 members -- two in the Senate and 21 in the House -- who voted against House and Senate resolutions of support for Israel. If you are a U.S. citizen and contribute to political campaigns in the U.S., you may want to contribute to the opponents of the members below, regardless of party, so long as these incumbents' opponents are pro-Israel.

If you don't or can't contribute to campaigns, please feel free to forward this list to anyone who might. In my opinion, no other issue and no U.S. political party allegiance is more important in these times than the safety and security of the State of Israel.

Following is a list of legislators who voted "No" on the resolutions in support of Israel:

(The vote was 94-2 in favor of the pro-Israeli resolution)

Robert Byrd, Dem., W.Va.
Ernest Hollings, Dem. S.C.

(The vote was 352-21 in favor of the pro-Israeli resolution)

Neil Abercrombie, Dem. Hawaii
David E. Bonior, Dem., Mich.
Rick Boucher, Dem., Va.
Gary A. Condit, Dem., Calif.
John Conyers Jr.,Dem., Mich.
Peter A. DeFazio, Dem., Ore.
John D. Dingell, Dem., Mich.
Earl F. Hilliard, Dem., Ala.
Jay Inslee, Dem., Wash.
Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Dem., Ill. (Please note this is Jesse Jackson's son)
Gerald D.Kleczka, Dem., Wisc.
Barbara Lee, Dem., Calif.
Cynthia A. McKinney,Dem., Ga.
George Miller, Dem., Calif.
David R. Obey, Dem., Wisc.
Ron Paul, Rep., Tex.
Thomas E. Petri, Rep., Wisc.
Nick J. Rahall II, Dem.,W.Va.
Dana Rohrabacher, Rep., Calif.
Nick Smith, Rep., Mich.
Fortney Pete Stark, Dem., Calif.

Notice that out of the 23 anti-Israeli legislators, 19 are from the Democratic party. With the elections coming up in November, I thought it would be a good idea to publish this list.

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Saudi Arabia funds Palestinian terrorism (05.08.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael's Education Minister, Limor Livnat, disclosed at a press conference yesterday in Washington that Saudia Arabia has funneled $135 million over the last 16 months to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the families of suicide bombers and other dead terrorists.

Hey, it pays to be a Palestinian murderer: the Palestinian terrorists believe they will find 72 virgins when they get to heaven. This can only be acomplished if they kill as many innocent Israeli civilians as possible, and now they have the extra bonus of knowing their families will be taken care of. Kind of like a "life insurance" for homicide / suicide bombers and other Palestinian terrorists, directly funded by Saudi Arabia.

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Both left and right Brazilian presidential candidates are anti-Israel (09.27.2002)

NewsForward (www.forward.com) has an article that describes how all candidates in next week's elections in Brazil are anti-Israeli:

The running mate of the frontrunner in Brazil's upcoming presidential election has a novel solution to the Middle East crisis: "The State of Israel," said José de Alencar, "should move somewhere else."

His rival for the vice presidency has her own opinions. "I am attracted to important subjects," Brazilian Social Democrat Rita Camata told a magazine, "like the contentious relationship between rich and poor countries, the new economic world order, the criminal way Israel behaves toward Palestinians, and Brazil's participation in the globalized economy."

I am Braziliam and I love Brazilian food, music and the friendliness of her citizens, but as a Jew, I am certainly happy I left it a long time ago.

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New version of FactsOfIsrael.com screensaver released (10.24.2002)

AnnouncementI have just released version 1.5 of the FactsOfIsrael.com screensaver. Click here to check out some screenshots and download it for free.

Among other things, I completely changed the user interface (UI): the screensaver looks a lot better now.

I have also added 200 more facts to the screensaver database, bringing the total to 399 facts. There are also 120 images randomly displayed with every fact.

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Arab/Muslim World is laying the ground for justifying the genocide of Israeli Jews (12.10.2002)

OpinionEhud Ya'ari speaks Arabic fluently. For years he has been analyzing radio and TV shows produced in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and other Arab/Muslim countries. He was a strong believer in the Oslo peace process and has always been a staunch supporter of the Israeli left.

He has just posted an analysis of the latest racist attacks in the Arab/Muslim world on Israeli Jews and Zionism:

"Horseman without a horse," the Egyptian TV hit series being broadcast by 14 Arab TV networks, is not the only anti-Semitic production to be galloping across the screens each evening this Ramadan. For viewers looking for more than the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" can offer, there’s no shortage of alternatives. Anti-Semitism has become the last word in the Arab entertainment industry

Al-Manar, the Hizballah TV station broadcast from Lebanon, features Dr. Ghazi Hussein, a veteran salaried PLO lackey and a former adviser to the late Syrian president Hafiz al-Asad. Hussein sits in the studio and knowledgeably defines the typical characteristics of the Jew, including "lying, treachery and greed" and goes on at length to describe Jewish baseness. The program, incidentally, is called "The Spider’s House," a reference to the remark by Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah that Israel is doomed to fall apart like a spider’s web. The program’s promo includes video clips promising that "Israel will be obliterated," with appropriate images for illustration.

Syrian TV is running the dramatic locally produced series, "The Collapse of Legends." Its central premise is that there is no archeological evidence to support the stories of the Old Testament; that the Torah we hold holy is nothing but one big forgery made up by rabbis; that it has no connection with the Ten Commandments, but is rather a fabrication of history designed to give the Jews a claim to the Land of Israel. So in the dramatized serial, a group of Syrian archeologists sets out on a campaign to expose a group of Zionists who have infiltrated their party with the aim of tampering with the ancient antiquities at the famous archeological site of Ebla, in order to give some scientific basis to the forged scripture.

And in case you were worrying, Arafat is not being left behind. Palestinian TV is broadcasting a series of documentaries with one single objective: to disprove the "myth" that any Jewish Temple ever stood in Jerusalem, and to present any historical reference to that claim as an act of deception. The message is that the Jews have no business in the Holy City.

The essence of the message is that there is no possibility of making peace with the Jews -- not because of any political argument or clash over territory, but because that nation is a priori unfit to be counted among the human race. The Jewish religion is one big, ongoing lie, and Jewish history is the fruit of a consistent distortion of the past. Furthermore, the Jewish people present a future threat to the rest of the world.

For some time now I, along with a few colleagues who lend their ears day by day to the voices coming from the other side, have been asking ourselves: Where is this campaign leading? After all, this is not about withdrawing from the territories or granting Palestinian refugees the "right of return." Rather, it is a far-reaching, dangerous rationale laying the ground for the justification of a mass exile of Jews from Israel -- "ethnic cleansing" in contemporary terms -- and even beyond that, it is gradually building a case for justifying genocide!

At the forefront, of course, are the Muslim holy men and clerics whose poisonous fatwas flood the Internet. According to them, the Jews, by their very nature, corrupt their environment, are "prophet killers" and are the "sons of pigs and monkeys." They point out that there is a promise in Islamic tradition that the stone behind which the Jews seek refuge on Judgment Day will break its silence to give them up.

* For information on a racist show based on the anti-Semitic document "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", being shown on Egyptian TV, click here. For more information on the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", click here.
* For information on hatred of Jews in Saudi Arabia, click here.
* For information on how Arab Muslim Mosques call for the destruction of Israel and genocide, click here.

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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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Saddam Hussein gives $25,000 to families of Palestinian genocide bombers (07.22.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismSky News (www.sky.com) reports that Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president, has given over $25 million to Palestinian terrorist groups in less than two years.

The cash is handed over at ceremonies in Gaza to relatives of suicide bombers and families of people killed in ongoing fighting. [...]

Suicide bombers and those killed by the Israelis are regarded as "martyrs" and revered as heroes by Palestinian militants.

At the ceremony Holland witnessed, a number of cheques for $10,000 each were handed over to relatives of people killed in the violence. But, she points out, those of suicide bombers get $25,000.

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FactsOfIsrael.com Online Store (06.29.2002)

AnnouncementThe FactsOfIsrael.com online store is now open for business!

The store contains many interesting articles such as mugs, t-shirts, hats and even mousepads! Currently I have created all of the above items with the FactsOfIsrael.com logo, but very soon additional messages of support for Israel will be available.

I will donate all profits to Magen David Adom (the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross), so please buy a t-shirt or a mug.

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Palestinian terrorist murders two Israelis (04.15.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismWith the coverage of the war in Iraq we might forget that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades continue every day to attempt to murder women, children and anyone who is not Muslim.

Unfortunately the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that today the Palestinian murderers succeeded in killing two Israelis:

Two Israelis were killed and three wounded when a terrorist infiltrated the Karni Terminal in the north Gaza Strip, threw grenades and shot at workers and drivers at the terminal before he was killed by security guards.

Zachar Hanukayev, 38 of Sderot, a fork lifter at the terminal and Ahmed Qara, 20 of Shuafat, a driver who reached the terminal with a truckload of medication for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, were killed in the attack.

The wounded, a security guard, a truck driver and a fork lifter were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.

The Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the perpetrator as Mohammed Yunis, 18 of Jaballiya and claimed he was avenging the IAF's targeted killing of a Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip a week ago.

One of the victims, Ahmed Qara, 20, was an Israeli Arab Muslim. There are over one million citizens of Israel who are Arab Muslims, have the right to vote and political parties of their own. See the Democracy page for details.

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Palestinian terrorist organization, the Hamas (Islamic Resistance), is in a state of ruin (09.09.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com), a leftist Israeli newspaper, has published a report from Time Magazine with some good news:

Israeli intelligence officials assert that 98 percent of the known members of the Hamas military wing have been arrested or killed over the past five months, leaving the terrorist organization in a state of disarray, Time magazine reported Monday.

The report in the magazine, which quotes anonymous intelligence officials, also states that this situation has led to a debate within Hamas, with some activists calling for a temporary halt to terror attacks lest the group be "wiped out as a political as well as a military force."

Opposition to this view comes from Hamas activists mainly outside the West Bank and Gaza Strip, who maintain, that "It's more important than ever to show Israel that it can't stop Hamas," the magazine reports.

A few days ago it was reported that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a group that deliberately murdered hundreds of women and children, was also destroyed (click here for the article).

So after the PFLP and the Hamas, we will now take care of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's terrorist groups such as the Al-Aksa brigades (see the Palestine page for details).

Once these we arrest or eliminate these murderers, the violence will drop and we might have a chance for peace.

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France will pay for its anti-American stance (02.28.2003)

OpinionThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how France will pay for its current anti-American stance:

It is only slightly less absurd that we should require the assent of France. France pretends to great-power status but hasn't had it in 50 years. It was given its permanent seat on the Security Council to preserve the fiction that heroic France was part of the great anti-Nazi alliance rather than a country that surrendered and collaborated.

A half-century later, that charade has proved costly. In order to appease the French, we negotiated Security Council Resolution 1441, which France has thoroughly trashed and yet which has delayed American action for months.

Months for the opposition to mobilize itself, particularly in Britain, where Tony Blair is now hanging by a thread. Months for Hussein to augment his defenses and plan the sabotage and other surprises he has in store when the war starts. Months, most importantly, that threaten to push the fighting into a season of heat and sandstorms that may cost the lives of brave Americans. We will have France to thank for that.

France is not doing this to contain Iraq -- France spent the entire 1990s weakening sanctions and eviscerating the inspections regime as a way to end the containment of Iraq. France is doing this to contain the United States. As I wrote last week, France sees the opportunity to position itself as the leader of a bloc of former great powers challenging American supremacy. [...]

First, as soon as the dust settles in Iraq, we should push for an expansion of the Security Council -- with India and Japan as new permanent members -- to dilute France's disproportionate and anachronistic influence.

Second, there should be no role for France in Iraq, either during the war, should France change its mind, or after it. No peacekeeping. No oil contracts. And France should be last in line for loan repayment, after Russia. Russia, after all, simply has opposed our policy. It did not try to mobilize the world against us.

Third, we should begin laying the foundation for a new alliance to replace the now obsolete Cold War alliances. Its nucleus should be the "coalition of the willing" now forming around us. No need to abolish NATO. The grotesque performance of France, Germany and Belgium in blocking aid to Turkey marks the end of NATO's useful life. Like the United Nations, it will simply wither of its own irrelevance.

We should be thinking now about building the new alliance structure around the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, such willing and supportive Old Europe countries as Spain and Italy, and the New Europe of deeply pro-American ex-communist states. Add perhaps India and Japan and you have the makings of a new post-9/11 structure involving like-minded states that see the world of the 21st century as we do: threatened above all by the conjunction of terrorism, rogue states and weapons of mass destruction. As part of that rethinking, we should redeploy our bases in Germany to Eastern Europe, which is not just friendlier but closer to the theaters of the new war.

I still have family and friends in France who are shocked by this racist and intolerant society - with 15% voting for the Communist and Trotsky parties, over 20% voting for the fascist "National Front" of Le Pen, and over 10% of Muslims, it's no wonder France has become a country that ignores the burning of synagogues and supports the butcher from Baghdad.

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