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Chechnean Islamic terrorists linked to Al-Qa'eda (10.26.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that there was one Israeli among the hostages in the Moscow theatre:

Alexander Lisiansky's private vigil of fear is over.

Fearing for the safety of his wife if it were known that she is Israeli, for three days he, his family, the media, and the Foreign Ministry were quiet about her presence in the Moscow theater where 800 were held hostage by Chechen rebels from Wednesday to Saturday. They were released following a daring rescue by Russian forces.

"The Foreign Ministry asked the family to be quiet, and I agreed," said Alexander, 46, who spent three days alternating between fear and hope, before hearing Saturday morning that his wife Valrya, 45, was among those saved. She is now in Hospital 13 in Moscow. Alexander, who lives in Nesher, said he hadn't spoken to his wife yet, but expects to talk to her soon.

During the nightmare, Israeli TV and radio reported that there were no Israeli nationals among the poor group of 750 hostages that were held up by the Islamofascists from Chechnea.

Also, contrary to yesterday's reports, Statesman.com reports that the final toll of the massacre is 90 hostages and 50 Islamofreaks.

Today on the leftist National Public Radio (NPR), I heard a report about the whole Moscow ordeal. The NPR reporters described the Islamofascists as "Gunmen", "Chechnean Rebels" and "Guerillas". The word "terrorist" was only only mentioned at the end, and not by the NPR reporter ("Russians accuse the terrorists of..."). The word "Islamic" was not mentioned once.

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FBI looking for 5 Arab Muslim men (12.29.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe FBI is looking for the following 5 Arab Muslim men:


The United States Government is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of the individuals shown above.


TELEPHONE: (202) 324-3000

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Fact 77: Jews in West Bank are "Settlers", Arab Muslims in Israel are "Citizens" (08.04.2002)

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This week's fact is Fact 77: Jews in West Bank are "Settlers", Arab Muslims in Israel are "Citizens".

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Racist Muslim murders Jew in Paris, France (01.31.2004)

Anti-SemitismFront Page magazine (www.frontpagemag.com) reports that a racist Muslim has murderered a French Jew... because he was a Jew:

Sebastian Sellam, 23, was a popular disc jockey at a hot Parisian night club called Queen. At about 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday November 19, the young man known as DJ Lam C (a reverse play on his surname) left the apartment he shared with his parents in a modest building in of Paris’ 10th arrondissement near la Place Colonel Fabien, heading to work as usual. In the underground parking lot, a Muslim neighbor slit Sellam’s throat twice, according to the Rosenpress interview. His face was completely mutilated with a fork. Even his eyes were gouged out.

Following the crime, Rosenpress correspondent Alain Azria reported, Sellam’s mother said the Muslim perpetrator mounted the stairs, his hands still bloody, and announced his crime. “I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven,” he reportedly said. The alleged murderer’s family was well known for rabid anti-Semitism, Mrs. Sellam reportedly told Rosenpress, a point confirmed by the victim’s brother. Within the previous year, Sellam’s mother reportedly said, the family found a dead rooster outside their apartment door with its throat slit, and their Mezuzah was ripped from their door post. Leaving dead roosters is reportedly a traditional warning of impending murder.

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17-year-old Israeli girl killed by Palestinian genocide bomber (06.29.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Levy, 17, of Jerusalem, who was killed when a Palestinian female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Kiryat Yovel supermarket in Jerusalem on 3/29/2002.

Rachel Levy, 17, murdered
by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Rachel Levy was a senior at the Sieff High School. Fellow pupils from her photography class at school said that she was an excellent pupil, and that an exhibition of Rachel's photographs is being held at her school. "She was a charming girl, allways smiling and pleasant. simply a wonderful person," said a relative. "She loved books, music, and sports," said her mother.

Rachel Levy was buried in Jerusalem. She is survived by her parents, Amos and Avigail, and her two brothers: Guy, 23, and Kobi, 7.

May God bless her memory.

The female genocide bomber was a member of the Al-Aksa brigades, a terrorist group that is financed and organized by Yasser Arafat and other thugs of the Palestinian Authority.

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United Nations ignores the deliberate murder of Israeli children by Arafat's Palestinian terrorists (12.28.2002)

OpinionThe Globe and Mail (www.globeandmail.com) has a good article on how low the United Nations can get:

This year's General Assembly, which ended on Friday, marked a new low in United Nations bias against Jews and the Jewish state. The three resolutions passed in its final days are a disturbing commentary.

On Wednesday, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on Palestinian children. This brings the number of resolutions on the human rights of children to three: one on the rights of the child, one on the "girl child," and one on Palestinian children -- the only children in the world subject to the specific concern of a General Assembly resolution.

With its automatic majority on the Palestinian side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the General Assembly is able to generate large numbers of resolutions critical only of Israel. The resolution focusing only on Palestinian children, however, is a historic first, and it increases the number of General Assembly resolutions directed annually at Israel to 20. Human-rights situations in the rest of the world drew only six country-specific resolutions this year. There were no resolutions on human rights in such countries as Syria, Saudi Arabia or China.

The draft version of the resolution on Palestinian children was adopted on Nov. 15 by the General Assembly's Third Committee (which deals with social, cultural and humanitarian affairs), in the same week that a Palestinian gunman broke into a home on an Israeli kibbutz and shot to death two children -- Noam, 4, and Matan, 5 -- while their mother, Revital Ohayon, tried to hide them under her body. The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility.

In the past two years, Palestinian terrorists have repeatedly targeted Israeli children. On April 27, gunmen broke into a home west of Hebron, found five-year-old Danielle Shefi hiding under her parents' bed and shot her in the head. On May 9, 2001, Israeli students Kobi Mandell, 13, and Yossi Ish-Ran, 14, were stoned to death and their bodies mutilated in a cave south of Jerusalem. Palestinian suicide bombers have directed attacks at places where children gather, such as buses, discos and pizza parlours.

More than 100 Israeli children have been murdered and 900 wounded or maimed in the past two years alone. The General Assembly resolution, however, neither expressed concern nor made any mention of Israeli children.

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Israel moves its troops and citizens out of the Gaza Strip (08.18.2005)

NewsThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) reports that Israel has decided to move its troops and civilians out of the the Gaza Strip:

Israel's abandonment of the Gaza Strip this month is, of course, one more chapter in a long history of turmoil in the Middle East. [...]

On the first day of the Israeli government's forced removal of Gaza settlers, young people -- Jews -- pleaded with other young people -- also Jews -- who had been dispatched to eject them from their homes. There was, perhaps miraculously, almost no violence in Gaza [...] but there was lots of confrontation.

[...] And so the cable news networks seemed to loop the same scenes of mostly passive resistance, as their correspondents intoned about the "emotional" nature of the pullout. Here, a young man with a battering ram breaks in the door of a Jewish home. Over there, young men are being carted off bodily by younger men wearing green. Here again, a young woman in a long skirt is being swept away, this time by a phalanx of female soldiers.

Israel has had a presence in the Gaza Strip since 1967, when armies from different Arab Muslim countries (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, etc...) tried to destroy the Jewish State and murder her citizens. Fortunately Israel won the war and has since then controlled the Gaza Strip (for more details see the Maps and the History pages).

It is important to note that Israel decided to get out of Gaza unilaterally. This was not the result of a peace treaty with the Palestinians, but was a decision by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his cabinet: they came to the conclusion that it is in Israel's interest to remove its troops and citizens from Gaza. It will take a few days for the Israeli Army and Police to remove over 9,000 civilians in 21 different towns.

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Leftist American academia demonizes Israel (08.21.2002)

OpinionHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has a good article that describes how the leftist American academia demonizes Israel:

While support for Israel among the general public in America has only increased during the past year - according to most of the public opinion surveys that have been conducted there - in the leftist circles of the intelligentsia in the United States a campaign of hatred and delegitmization is being conducted against it. This campaign, which gained momentum after September 11, in fact began after the Gulf War. Israel was perceived as the major cause of suffering in the Arab states, and therefore as the factor behind their desperate behavior. [...]

Recently in the humanities faculties in the United States anti-Israeli and anti-American theories and basic assumptions have been disseminated, which are usually attributed to intellectual circles in Europe. "The post-colonialist vision has prevailed for many years now in academia as a means of understanding texts," says Professor Robert (Uri) Alter, a lecturer in Hebrew literature at the University of California at Berkeley. According to the standard bearers of post-colonialism, "The Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular are perceived as people of the Third World and as victims of colonialism. According to their mistaken concepts on race, the Arabs are perceived as dark-skinned and the Israelis as white - the last offshoot of Western colonialism." [...]

Those who come in contact with these theories are mostly young students who are easily influenced. A first-year student, a boy of 18 from a traditional Jewish home, showed up one day at Professor Alter's office at Berkeley, in a state of shock after the class in which he was studying had accepted calmly the section man's comparison between Israel and the Nazis. Nevertheless, thus far most students have not been swept up into anti-Israeli activities. At Columbia University, lecturers have cancelled classes to participate in pro-Palestinian demonstrations, but the students did not follow them.

I receive many emails from leftists students who hate Israel with a passion. Some even say they are Jewish - but I question their positions. These Israel haters never spoke in support of Israel before the Palestinian violence started, so why should we listen to them today?

The fact is they know very little about Israel and the Middle East and their leftist political opinions are what guides them in their hate of Israel (and Jews).

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43-year-old father of two murdered by a Palestinian terrorist (01.15.2003)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Steven Cromwell, a 43-year-old father of two, who was deliberately murdered by a homicide bomber from Arafat's terrorist group "Al-Aksa brigades":

Steven Cromwell, 43
Father of 2
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On January 5, 2003, Steven Arthur Cromwell, 43, of Ghana was one of 22 people killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up on a pedestrian mall in Tel Aviv's Naveh Sha'anan neighborhood near the old central bus station.

Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, which apparently was assisted by Islamic Jihad.

Steven arrived in Israel four years ago with his wife, Sarah. The couple have two small children, who live in southern Ghana. Steven worked as a cleaner in Israel.

Veronica, Steven's sister, said that her brother had a great deal of sympathy for people, adding that he was a kind-hearted and generous man. "I don't know how I can continue to live now," she said.

Steven had gone shopping for fish at the market near the old central bus station, and was on his way home when the bombing took place. A friend of his, Joe, told how he last saw Steven. "Steven was shopping. I left 5 minutes before him. He told me that he was about to catch the bus to go home."

Steven Cromwell was buried in Ghana. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Al-Aksa brigades are part of Fatah, an umbrella group of Palestinian terrorists that report to Yasser Arafat (see the Palestine page for more details).

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The irony of Palestinian genocide bombers adding rat poison to their bombs (08.19.2002)

HumorMilt Priggee from Spokane (WA) has captured the irony of Palestinian genocide bombers adding rat poison to their bombs:

Palestinian Genocide Bombers
add rat poison to their bombs

For more information on why these Palestinian murderers use rat poison, check out "Palestinian genocide bombers add nails, ball bearings and rat poison to their explosives".

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Racist bastard burns Jewish School in Paris, France (11.15.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a racist bastard has burned down a Jewish school in a suburb of Paris, France:

Fire gutted the Merkaz HaTorah Jewish secondary school in the Paris suburb of Gagny in the Seine-Saint-Denis region Saturday morning at 3am. There were no injuries.

Fire started simultaneously in two separate places on the first floor of the school where works were under way. A primary school and a kindergarten for 200 children were to be inaugurated there in January 2004. The arsonist or arsonists broke into the building through a ground floor window.

This primitive anti-Jewish racism in France and Europe has reached levels not seen since the second World War. It seems to me that it has become fashionable to be a racist bastard in France and Europe - for example, click here for a report on how this week a famous Greek composer has called the Jews "the root of all evil".

The difference between today and 50 years ago is that we have the State and Army of Israel. We also have a fair, democratic and just superpower on our side: the United States of America.

Imagine the reaction in the US if some moronic composer called the African Americans "the root of all evil". There would be strong condemnations from all sides, all political parties, the media, and the overwhelming majority of Americans. And rightly so.

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Anti-Semitism in Saudi Arabia (12.01.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe National Review (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article on the anti-Semitism and hatred present in Saudi-Arabian culture:

According to government controlled
Saudi newspapers, the Jews are behind
America's War on Terror

Consider several [...] examples of Riyadh's public Jew bashing:

- "Muslim brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh," Shaik Saad Al-Buraik has said. "Their women are yours to take legitimately. God made them yours. Why don't you enslave their women? Why don't you wage jihad? Why don't you pillage them?"

- Al-Buraik hosted an April 11-13 government telethon that raised $109 million for Palestinian relief, including money for the families of homicide bombers.

- O God, the Jews have transgressed all limits in their tyranny," Shaik Abd-al-Bari al Thubayti prayed in a June 7 sermon on official Saudi TV2. "O God, shake the ground under their feet, pour torture on them, and destroy all of them." This and similar statements appear in a forthcoming Anti-Defamation League paper on Saudi bigotry.

- In the June 23 Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a London-based Saudi daily, defense minister Prince Sultan (father of Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar), elucidates why Riyadh keeps enduring U.S. criticism: "It is enough to see a number of congressmen wearing Jewish yarmulkes to explain the allegations against us."

- ArabNews.com, an English-language online Saudi daily, even posted David Duke's May 15 attack on "evil Jewish supremacists."

- Harvard Law School's Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman report that the government Internet Services Unit prevents Saudis from accessing "a black list of banned sites." Thus, Riyadh specifically blocks the webpage of Amsterdam's Anne Frank House.

Not all Arabs/Muslims are racist - that said many of them are extremely anti-Semitic, becoming the new Nazis. They are brainwashed and believe that the Jews control the World and should be exterminated - it doesn't get more Nazi than that.

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Israeli 15-year-old girl killed by a Palestinian terrorist (06.16.2002)

VictimsIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb in the Israeli city of Herzliya, killing a 15-year-old girl and wounding 10 other unarmed civilians.

Hadar Hershkowitz, 15, killed by a Palestinian terrorist

The attack occurred at about 7:45 p.m., when the terrorist entered the popular restaurant near the city's Lev Ha'ir shopping mall. "This was the most crowded, well-known area of Herzliya," said Mayor Yael German. "Apparently the terrorist knew this... All of the residents of Herzliya eat here. This is where we eat our falafel and shwarma," she said.

"I saw a man with an Arab appearance go up to one of the waiters," said Tomer Avelgon, 24, who was injured in the explosion. "He asked for a glass of water, and afterwards blew himself up in the middle of a group of people. The electricity went out, and things were flying in the air. Next to me there was a girl, badly injured. I used my shirt to try to stop her bleeding until an ambulance arrived.

Hadar Hershkowitz, 15, did not survive the attack and later died of her injuries. She was the daughter of Aryeh Hershkowitz, director-general of the Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer club. Club coach Moshe Sinai described Hadar as a diligent, talented and bright young girl. May God bless her memory.

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U.S. President Bush supports Israel in her war against Islamic Terrorism, receives huge applause (08.30.2004)

NewsI was listening a few minutes ago to an event where President Bush answered questions from Americans living in Nashua, New Hampshire. One of the topics that came up was the Israeli war on Palestinian Terrorism. President Bush said:

"A trouble spot in the Middle East is obviously the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally. And I believe the best way -- (applause.) "

The applause came after the great American folks present at the event heard the phrase "We're strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally." But as in any event, you will find racist bastards, Nazis, or intolerant Muslims spitting up their bile. One such woman then asked the following question:

"Q (Inaudible) [Woman]: How can Ariel Sharon, as you've said, be a man of peace if he causes death and torture among innocent Palestinians every day? How can Ariel Sharon be a man of peace if he fits your definition a terrorist? I'd be curious to hear how you plan to carry out the two-state solution. "

President Bush then replied:

THE PRESIDENT: [...] First of all, Ariel Sharon is defending his country against terrorist attacks, just like we will -- (applause.) [...]

I also believe there's a leadership question involved with whether or not a Palestinian state will emerge. See, I think in order for a Palestinian state to emerge, there must be leadership that believes in the hopes and aspirations of the people, and are willing to put institutions in place that are larger than mankind -- in other words, willing to have a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people.

And so the real challenge is to not only stay on the road map, which is institution-building -- and, by the way, there's also a commitment to fight off terror -- but it's for leadership to emerge that is committed to the aspirations of the people.

Ariel Sharon is a duly-elected official in a democracy. In other words, Israel is a democracy. (Applause.) We would hope that the Palestinians would have that same kind of democracy which would lead to a more peaceful world.

I applaud President Bush for the clarity of his vision. I applaud the American people for the clarity of their vision and their wisdom in getting the best man for the job elected.

It is clear that President Bush was directly talking about Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian excuse for a leader, when he mentioned "a system based upon law and institutions that survive the people, as opposed to a system in which one person pretty well dictates the fate of the Palestinian people."

Standing up to Islamic intolerance, hatred and violence and stopping the mass murdering freaks from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades is not easy. That said, both Israel and America's current leaders have the right approach and attitude towards ending the threat of Islamic Fascism. We will win this war.

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FactsOfIsrael.com traffic growing exponentially (08.01.2002)

AnnouncementNow that the month of July ended, I decided to check the logs and get some stats on how much traffic FactsOfIsrael.com is getting. The numbers are great:

The total number of hits per month
is growing exponentially - thanks!

Since this site is a private attempt at presenting the facts on Israel and the Middle East, I haven't received any funding from anyone. I'm happy that my time and money spent on FactsOfIsrael.com are creating a base of users that enjoy the information.

I'd like to thank you, the readers, for your ideas and suggestions on how to make this site better. Please, keep the comments coming. ;-)

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