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Eliad Moreh survived the terrorist attack by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas ("Islamic Resistance") on an Israeli University and she tells her story in the Harvard Israel Review:
On Wednesday, July 31 2002, at 1:40 pm, my life was changed forever. I don’t know how long the turmoil of the explosion lasted—whether it was a matter of seconds or entire minutes. All I know is that from the moment I realized I had survived a terrorist attack, I felt my life had changed. It was a feeling inside of me—probably a survival instinct—that gave me an inner force I had never before experienced. Suddenly, I considered life differently. [...]
For more information on the massacre at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, click here. For an article that describes how many Palestinians celebrate such deliberate murder of women and children, please click here.
I copy the full article below, it's well worth the read. Thanks to Shark Blog for the link.
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The Florida Times Daily (www.timesdaily.com) reports that the Arab Network Al-Jazeera television had to pay four Kuwaiti lawyers for deeply insulting them in calling them "Jews":
A Kuwaiti court has ordered Al-Jazeera television to pay $16,670 in damages to four Kuwaiti lawyers who sued it for slandering their country. [...]
This is one more proof of the racism that runs in Arab/Muslim society, where "Jew" is a derogatory and offensive term. Al-Jazeera and the ones involved in this despicable episode don't even realize how racist they are - the Al-Jazeera spokesman doesn't critize the fact that "Jew" is an insulting term in the Arab world, he criticizes the fact that the guest used the insulting language ("Jew") and the judge made Al-Jazeera responsible.
Many of the Arab/Muslims of today are the new Nazis, attacking Jews wherever they are and continuously defining the Jewish people as "sub-human". These people make me sick.
I copy the full article below - thanks to the Wall Strret Journal Best of the Web for the link.
Israeli TV Channel 2 news interviewed Ahmed Tafiz, a 14 year old Palestinian kid who was on his way to become a homicide/suicide bomber and decided at the last moment not to do it.
14 yeard old Ahmed Tafiz and his mother
In this video, published by Mideast Truth (www.mideasttruth.com), the poor kid describes how Palestinian terrorists pushed him into becoming a homicide/suicide bomber, but how at the last moment he decided not to go through with it.
Ahmed had a partner, the same age as him, and he tried to convince his friend not to go through with the killings. "You are just a kid, no one will even remember you" he says on the interview, but unfortunately his friend didn't listen, and a few moments later he heard an explosion.
The Mother describes how she now fears for her life since the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups are not happy about the kid's decision not to become a homicide/suicide bomber.
To see the video, click on the image above or click here. (Real Audio format)
O senador José Alencar, candidato à vice-presidente na chapa de Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, disse em uma entrevista no início do ano que a solução para o conflito entre israelenses e palestinos seria Israel se mudar de lugar. Mas semana passada ele esteve presente na sede da Congregação Israelita de São Paulo para as comemorações de Rosh Hashana junto com toda a equipe do PT.
Segundo o senador, ele não disse o que disse por mal...
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel will have general elections on January 28th 2003:
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his support for early elections on Tuesday, just short of two years since he took office, receiving approval from President Moshe Katsav to dissolve the Knesset and hold elections within 90 days.
For more information on how, contrary to its Arab neighbors, Israel is a full democracy, please check the Democracy page.
Here are a few thoughts:
1) Why would Sharon allow Bibi Netanyahu to become Foreign Minister in his government? Wouldn't that give credibility to Bibi, who hasn't acted in any official capacity in the past couple of years? Yes, but that's precidely what Sharon wants. My guess is that he knows Bibi will win the Likud primaries and for the greater good of the party, he wants to give credibility to Bibi to help him (and the Likud) win the elections against Labor in 90 days.
2) The Labor party is trying to turn the elections into a discussion about the current government's support for the settlements instead of support for the developing cities in Israel ("Arei Hapituach"). In other words, make the people who are suffering today for economic reasons blame Sharon and the Likud for transferring money to the settlers in the West Bank and Gaza (0.03% of the budget). That's going to backfire: most of the people living in the developing cities will not vote for a leftist government - they are mostly Sephardim who have hawkish political views and would not want to give up the disputed territories. Instead, they'll vote for Shas, which although doesn't really represent them (they are ultra-Orthodox, while most Sephardim living in the developing cities are secular/traditionalists), will be able to pick up on the economic agenda and will have some political gains out of Labor's misplaced attacks.
You heard it here first folks. Ok, you may call my site "Foresight and Facts Of Israel" from now on. ;-)
I copy below the full article.
David Letterman has been a famous comedian in the United States for literally decades. Currently (and for the last 10 years), he has a show called "Late Show with David Letterman" on the American network "CBS". For more details on "Late Show with David Letterman", check out their web site at http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/
A "Mail Bag" question on "Late Show with David Letterman"
Last Friday (10/8/2004), Mr. Letterman was reading letters sent to him by fans from different parts of America. Reading letters from fans is something Mr. Letterman does on a weekly basis, on a part of the show called "Mail Bag".
One of the letters inquired the following:
David Letterman quickly turned to Paul Shaffer (who has been Mr. Letterman's musical director and sidekick for over 21 years), and asked him if this wasn't a song... See below for the rest, where Paul's song turns ugly and we find who (not so) surprinsingly wrote the music and lyrics.
Little Green Footballs (littlegreenfootballs.com), has published many articles proving that the American network CBS (www.cbsnews.com) has made up a story to discredit U.S. President George Bush.
There's a lot of rhetoric going around on this story, so I'll attempt to summarize all of the evidence against CBS below.
Here are the facts:
1) CBS attacks President George Bush. On September 8, 2004, the CBS TV show "60 minutes" aired a story that attacked U.S. President George Bush. In this story, some "newly uncovered" documents by CBS showed that someone named Col. Killian, President Bush's commanding officer in 1973 in the Texas National Guard, was not very fond of him and suggested that "pressure" was being applied so he'd "go easy" on Mr. Bush. The full story from CBS was called "New Questions On Bush Guard Duty" and you may access it here or below.
One of the documents that CBS published was a memo from Col. Killian's "personal file" that read:
19 May 1972
You can download the PDF document containing the above memo by clicking here (right click and choose "Save As". You might need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it - you can get it by clicking here).
2) CBS document allegedly from 1973 created with software from 2004. Charles Johnson, the creator of the excellent site LittleGreenFootballs.com and someone who has been involved with desktop publishing software and scalable software fonts almost since their inception, thought that the CBS documents didn't look like something that was made with 1973 typewriters, but looked more like something that could be created by modern word processing software such as Microsoft Word.
Mr. Johnson decided to type the text from above (the "newly uncovered" document by CBS) using Microsoft Word 2004. It is important to note that Mr. Johnson used the default settings in Microsoft Word 2004, including the font type, the font size, the margins, etc...
To Mr. Johnson's surprise the Microsoft Word document matched EXACTLY the document from above (that CBS claims was created in 1973). In fact, Mr. Johnson created an animation that shows how the 1973 CBS document and the Word 2004 document overlap perfectly:
CBS document from 1973 and Microsoft Word
document from 2004 match exactly.
Click on image or here to zoom in.
3) CBS lied and used forged documents to attack Mr. Bush. The above proves without a doubt that the documents published by CBS are forged. Some people have argued that there were typewriters available in 1973 that could have produced the document from above.
That might or might not be true, but it is completely irrelevant. Even if Col. Killian was able to create the document from above in 1973 using an expensive IBM typewriter, the chances that this document would match EXACTLY a document created with Microsoft Word 2004 default settings are slim to none.
Since the document was therefore probably created using a piece of software that was released in 2003 or 2004, the above document was clearly not written by Col. Killian, president Bush's commanding officer in 1973.
CBS created a story based on forged documents and not only has not apologized for the lies, but continues to stand behind their journalist Dan Rather and his faulty report.
4) Links to all documents. You may download these documents to your computer (right click on any of the links and choose "Save As") and verify for yourself the claim that CBS has lied and has published false document to attack U.S. President George Bush:
Document 1: Click here to download the document published by CBS, a memo that CBS says was created in 1973. You might need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access it - you can get it by clicking here).
Document 2: Click here to download the Microsoft Word document created by Charles Johnson. If you don't have Microsoft Office or Word, you can get a free Word viewer here.
Document 3: Click here to download a small animation that overlaps the two above documents.
Document 4: Click here to download a high resolution version of an animation that overlaps the two above documents.
Document 5: Click here to download a an animation that overlaps the CBS document from 1973 and a document created with Apple TextEdit, another word processing software. Notice how the two documents don't match at all, contrary to the perfect match with the default settings in Microsoft Word 2004.
This is not the first time that CBS has shown their biased and unprofessional way of reporting the news: click here to see how CBS correspondent Bob Simon showed clear bias when reporting on Israel's security fence.
I copy below the original CBS story and all of the articles from Charles Johnson that have unmasked the lies coming from CBS.
Update: There's a great technical article written by Joseph M. Newcomer, someone who practically invented computer typesetting, that completely proves that the CBS documents are forgeries. Click here to read it (I'll post more details later).
The Houston Chronicle (www.chron.com) has an excellent article by Charles Krauthammer that describes how Israel has effectively won the war against the current wave of Palestinian terrorism that started in October 2000 (click here for more details).
I generally only show excerpts on the FactsOfIsrael.com main page, but this analysis by Mr. Krauthammer, so I am reproducing the full article:
Intifada is over and Israel's the winner
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has reported that Israel's parliament, the "Knesset", has decided to remove the nation's troops and settlements from some Palestinian areas, including the Gaza strip and the northern West Bank:
Israel's Knesset voted Tuesday night to approve Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to unilaterally disengage from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.
Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, has rejected peace with Israel and turned to the deliberate murder of women and children in October 2000 (click here for details). The Palestinians have rejected a state of their own twice, once in 1948 and once in 2000, click here for more details.
The disengagement plan from the mass murdering bastards from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas is not a result of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but is a unilateral decision made by Israel which is properly executing what it thinks is best.
On the one hand, many Palestinians have made it clear that their only goal is to destroy Israel and murder every Israeli man, women and child; it would make therefore sense to fight the Palestinian mass murderers where it hurts them most: in their cities and towns. On the other hand, deploying Israeli troops in the Palestinian areas costs us lives, money and is a huge effort on reserve soldiers.
Since Israel is a Western Democracy (click here for details), the plan to remove the troops from the Palestinian areas will have to pass a national referendum, where every Israeli, including one million Israeli Arab Muslims, will have the right to vote.
I copy the full article below.
The British daily "The Sun" handed out a free special edition of its paper in Paris today:
Greetings to the citizens of Paris from The Sun newspaper, which is read by ten million people every day.
I'm French and I'm ashamed of Jacques "Le Worm".
I copy the full article below and the original in French as well. Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the link.
Angie Schultz from the "The Machinery of Night" has found the real reason behind the US's continuing support of Israel:
Drooling white supremacists and supercilious Euro-leftists assert that it's because of the obscene amounts of gold that the Vast Jewish Conspiracy pumps into the coffers of our elected officials.
I copy the full article below.
The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has a good article by Dennis Ross, who was the lead American negotiator on the Middle East peace process in the first Bush and both Clinton administrations.
It's no surprise that the Israeli killing of wanted Hamas militant Salah Shehada and members of his family has drawn the world's attention. It is graphic and it reminds everyone of a seemingly endless struggle. But having just returned from the Middle East, I am struck by a burgeoning danger that is receiving scant attention. With a constant stream of supply from both the Iranians and Syrians, Hezbollah is building a formidable arsenal of highly mobile rockets. [...]
I copy the full article below.
I have just finished implementing TrackBack, a new feature of Movable Type.
It basically allows the adminsitrators of sites that run Movable Type to link their entries and articles automatically. Instead of just adding a link manually to an entry in another site/blog, I can link my entry to the remote entry automatically.
If anyone links to one of the articles on FactsOfIsrael.com you'll see "TrackBack (1)" below - you can then click on "TrackBack (1)" and get the list of related articles.
For more information of TrackBack see: http://www.movabletype.org/trackback/.
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