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Fact 205: "Since September 2000, Saddam Hussein, currently Iraq's leader, has been supporting the deliberate murder of women and children by giving $25,000 to the families of each Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber. As of October 2002, over $1.5 Million dollars have been given to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades."
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Just found an interesting article on Israel21c.com that describes how a hospital in Afula, Israel, has been treating injured Palestinian terrorists as well.
"Some of the injured fighters who were brought into the Ha'emek emergency room had been involved in perpetrating terror attacks in Israel. On a professional level, no one doubts the commitment by all doctors and nurses to save lives. But on a personal level, after almost 20 months of violence and terror attacks within Israel, it isn't that easy, said Halperin, who was prohibited from giving details about exact numbers of patients in each category who were treated."
I copy the full article below.
Worldnet Daily (www.WorldnetDaily.com) reports that for the holidays (Ramadan) Palestinian TV has broadcasted racist programs:
Palestinians show their support
for the Nazi ideology
Palestinian television used the occasion of the Muslim month of Ramadan to broadcast programming with a distinctly anti-Jewish theme, including a sermon in which Jews were called "cursed … the brothers of monkeys and pigs," reports Palestinian Media Watch.
It is interesting to note that Imans from Saudi Arabia use the same racist language (click here for details), and Imans from Iraq use it when describing Americans (click here for details) - this monkey business must have some kind of special meaning in the Arab/Muslim world (are monkeys infidels?).
Palestinian TV is funded by the European Union. I copy the full article below.
Well, not yet. Ha'aretz (www.haaretz.co.il) has published a story that describes how terrorists could hit Paris or London, and what would be the European's reaction.
Reporters from Sky News, broadcasting direct from the streets of London, could barely find the words to express the depth of their shock and horror at this pointless mass murder of dozens of innocent civilians: "It's murder! Nothing but insane sadistic Nazi murder!" one reporter exclaimed, holding up with repulsion nails and screws with which the terrorists had packed the bomb in order to magnify the killing. "It wasn't a nightingale that sang in Berkeley Square yesterday," The Independent lamented the next day in a paraphrase of the old song, "it was the Devil himself.
I copy the full article below.
I have just listened to the address given by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the arrival of Ilan Ramon's coffin. I copy it below:
Dear Ramon Family,
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has an interesting article on how the European Union is streaming millions of dollars to Iran.
In fact, to ensure that European firms were left in no doubt about their governments' desires, the EU even passed legislation making it illegal for European companies to comply with the US boycott on doing business with Iran. The result is that the EU is now Iran's largest trading partner and most of these deals put money straight into the regime's pockets.
I copy the full article below.
A new site has been created called "Military Penpals":
I am starting a new project called Military Penpals. It is in the very beginning stages. My goal is to set up FREE penpal programs between military personnel and the civilians who want them to know they are remembered. I will act as the go-between and coordinate the exchange of email and snail mail addresses. Ideally, I want to find military personnel... soldiers, sailors, etc... who don't receive mail from home. There is nothing sadder to me than the thought of a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine far from home and having nothing with his/her name on it during mail call. Any serviceman or woman is very welcome to participate!!
I served in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces, or Israel's army) as a field medic. My parents and family do not live in Israel and I was a "Haial Boded", or "Lone Soldier". I stayed many weekends alone at the base, while my buddies would travel back to their girlfriends, family and friends - it's not a good feeling.
If you have the time, please sign up and write a few words to our boys and girls who are risking their lives so we can live ours in peace. Check out the Military Penpals website at:
Thanks to Rachel Lucas for the link.
Update: Unfortunately the Military Penpals site now seems to be down. This post is receiving many comments from folks who would like to help and contact a soldier but I haven't yet found a similar site. If anyone knows of one, please add your comments below.
Update 2: One of our readers, Loretta, has a good tip: point your browser to www.operationmilitarypride.org, whose mission is to "keep our service members morale high".
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinians have fired a Kassam rocket into a civilian area in Southern Israel.
Terrorists and a Kassam Rocket (archive)
A Kassam rocket hit a home in Kibbutz Sa'ad in the western Negev, nearly five kilometers from the Gaza Strip, Thursday night. No one was wounded as the house was unoccupied at the time, but it suffered extensive damage.
The Negev is inside the green line (Israel borders of 1948, see the history and maps pages for details).
Israel's response was swift, and a couple of Kassam rocket labs were destroyed this morning:
Early Friday morning IDF tanks and troops swept through the Palestinian town of Rafah on the Egyptian border, killing a Palestinian, damaging houses and blowing up suspected weapons factories, residents and the military said. [...]
I copy both articles below.
Faces of the victims has published the story of Dvora Karim, 73, a grand-mother of 3 and great-grandmother of 1 that was among the 29 unarmed Israeli civilians killed by a Palestinian genocide bomber on 3/27/2002.
Dvora Karim, 73, killed
by a Palestinian genocide bomber
Dvora, who immigrated to Israel from Iran, married Michael Karim, and the couple lived for many years in Bet Shemesh. They moved to Netanya 20 years ago. Dvora was active in WIZO, and worked with young children in a Na'amat nursery.
I copy her full story below.
The FBI is looking for the following 5 Arab Muslim men:
Thanks to LGF for the link.
The Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com) has a good article written by the comedian Larry Miller who visited Israel last week.
I was in two other hospitals recently, just a week ago, in Israel. It was part of my trip, to meet some victims of the terror bombings and their families. As an aside to this, you might like to hear something good and something not so good. [...]
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Ha'Aretz has a good article on how some Israelis are coping with the current wave of Palestinian terrorism.
"Avoiding buses and malls, reading a book, keeping the children at home, pampering oneself with new appliances and binging on sweets - these are all ways in which Israelis are coping with the trauma of the home-front war."
The article covers how a few Israelis are reacting to the latest Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. Many choose not to go to public places, including restaurants and malls, in fear of meeting a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber willing to blow him/herself up and kill everyone around him/her.
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Reuters (www.alertnet.org) reports that members of Arafat's police force have kidnapped three Italian leftists:
Palestinians angry at being sacked from the security forces kidnapped three Italian peace activists in the Gaza Strip this week to try to force officials to re-employ them, their peace group said on Wednesday.
So let me get this straight: Arafat's policemen get fired, so they kidnap three Italian leftists to get their jobs back? Are the merits of Palestinian policemen measured by how much terror they can cause?
And by the way, these Italians may belong to a "peace group" but the last thing they are fighting for is peace: they completely ignore Israeli women and children being blown up to pieces by their Palestinian friends. By their unconditional support to Palestinians, even when barbaric genocide bombings are committed, these "peace" groups are actually hurting the efforts of those that really want the end of violence and peace.
The support of these European leftists only give the impression to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's terrorist groups that they can someday destroy Israel: this fuels their hate towards Israel and Jews, since they believe their goal of destruction and genocide can someday be achieved.
I was considering placing this article in the "Humor" category, but it's actually pretty sad. I copy the full article below.
Right now we are right in the middle of Hanukah, the Jewish festival of lights.
"A Great Miracle Happened There"
Adam Sandler wrote a pretty funny song on Hanukah - see below for the full song and lyrics.
A few weeks ago, a Jordanian website published a few posters that portrayed western icons (Einstein, Freud, etc...) alongside Palestinian children. Its main message was that through the suicide bombings, Palestinian kids are "dying to live".
The website also contained a page with articles and opinions, many in support of the Palestinian genocide bombings. Basically it was a cover up that unsuccessfully tried to make western audiences forget that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians are happy and party when unarmed Israeli civilians are murdered, including babies and children.
It was all pretty well packed up but the guys at Vinyl Frontier, found out the real story behind the posters:
Zaid of Palestine aspires
to be an Adolph Hitler
Many Palestinian children actually desire to exterminate Jews and Israelis - this is done through brainwashing and Palestinan schoolbooks that glorify genocide bombers and deny the existance of the State of Israel. Many of these Palestinian children therefore aspire to nothing more than to become Hitlers.
Click on the image to see the high resolution version.
In the last few minutes we are receiving thousands of bounced messages because someone is sending spam in our name. Here's an example of how we've received dozens of such bounced messages in one minute at 5:45 PM:
Years ago we made sure spammers could not send spam using our email servers (we use SMTP-AUTH and pop-before-send) - so we know we are not sending the spam. In this case, Russian spammers are using one of our email addresses as the "From" email address. Some servers are then rejecting the spam, either because the email was sent to an account that is no longer valid, or it's a vacation response, etc...
We were going to try to report the Russian spammers on Spamcop.net, but we found out we can only report spam sent to us - in this case, the spam is sent to a server, which then bounces a message back to us. Here are some relevant threads:
This is really unfortunate - there's nothing we can do. Either we cancel this email address (which we'll probably do) or we ride out the wave of bounced messages. I copy below more information and the text in Russian of one of the spam messages sent in our name.
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