FactsOfIsrael.com covers the basic facts on the State of Israel and the Middle East. This includes Maps, the History of the region, Statistics, and more. We also post articles related to the Victims of Palestinian Terrorism, Anti-Semitism, Jewish History, and also a bit of Humor, News and Opinions.


Random Fact:

Fact 137: "In 1925, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem opened on Mt. Scopus"

Click here for another random fact,
or to get all 399 facts, download the free screensaver.


FactsOfIsrael.com is not affiliated with any government, company, or institution. This is simply a personal attempt to give information on Israel and the Middle East. It takes time to manage the site and publish the screensaver and I incur all of the hosting costs. If you are a regular reader, please consider making a donation or purchasing the screensaver. I thank you in advance.

News, Links and Comments

July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)
Opinion

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.

I copy more info on the video below.

Click here for more...
Posted by David Melle |   Email this entry
 Comments (0) |   Link to this page |   digg this | 

Note: 15 random articles are displayed below. Refresh this page to display another set of random articles.
Anti-Semites try to burn a synagogue in Britain (07.13.2002)


Anti-SemitismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that anti-Semites tried to burn a synagogue in Britain.

The Jewish community in Britain has expressed outrage over the desecration of a synagogue in the Welsh town of Swansea on Thursday night. Vandals broke into the synagogue, destroyed a Torah scroll, drew swastikas on the wall and tried to burn the building down. A South Wales police spokesman said the attack had caused substantial damage and was being treated as an anti-Semitic incident.

"There was a big sign saying 'T4,' which we believe is a reference to the Nazi euthanasia program in the concentration camps," Whine said. "Excrement was left and there was a failed attempt to set fire to the place."


I copy the full article below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (0) |    Link to this page | 

Help our boys and girls in the US military (12.21.2002)


NewsA 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 will add to this site as information starts coming in. For now I am looking for people who wish to participate... both military and civilians.


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:


http://www.geocities.com/military_penpals/index.html


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".

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (167) |    Link to this page | 

Some US corporations indirectly support Hezbollah, Iran's terrorist group (10.21.2002)


NewsThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution (www.accessatlanta.com) has a good article on how some American corporations are buying advertising space on Hezbollah's TV station:

Why are local Lebanese subsidiaries of major American corporations -- such as PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Western Union -- lending comfort and support to terrorists by advertising on Hezbollah television?

Al Manar -- the Arabic word for beacon -- is the official television station of Lebanon's Party of God, more commonly known as Hezbollah. That Iranian-backed and -funded group has been implicated in the attacks against the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans in 1982, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut that killed 12 Americans in 1984, the Israeli Embassy and Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994 and numerous other terrorist attacks, murders and kidnappings over the years.


I copy the full article below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (3) |    Link to this page | 

Arab Support for Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers (06.16.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com) has a good article on MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

MEMRI has pioneered the careful translation, and dissemination to European and American audiences, of print and broadcast news sources in the Arab world. The group's work now pops up everywhere; here in the States, hardly a week goes by when some major daily or cable news show doesn't make use (generally without attribution) of a MEMRI translation.


It gives a few examples on recent work done by MEMRI:

And it is hair-raisingly insane. The April 25, 2002 interview with Prof. 'Adel Sadeq, head of the psychiatry faculty at 'Ein Shams University in Cairo, for example. Professor Sadeq beams with glee as he explains how Western civilization "has no concepts such as self-sacrifice and honor," which is why Americans fail to understand that the suicide bomber experiences "the height of ecstasy and happiness" just at the moment when, "ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, and then he presses the button to blow himself up." Big smile.

Then there's the May 9, 2002, program on "discipline in the family," featuring one Jasem Al-Mutawah, an "expert on family matters," who patiently describes to his viewers where on her body, how severely, with what weapon, and under what circumstances a man should beat his wife.


There's also an interview with a 3 1/2 year-old that describes how she hates Jews - I copy the full article below.

For more translations of the Arab press check www.Memri.org

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (2) |    Link to this page | 

French Minister of Foreign Affairs says Jews Sharon controls the United States (03.05.2003)


Anti-SemitismThe Dissident Frogman reports that Villepin, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, has declared that the Jews Sharon controls the American government:

Apparently, Oily de Villepin received several "Atlantists" representatives (Atlantists being this small handful of pro American French congressmen - yep, I didn't know they existed either) at the Quay d'Orsay last week to lecture tell them that:

"Sharon has the American administration's Hawks in hand. "

I had to read that twice. And then, two times more.

He said "Sharon" of course. Then why do I feel this unpleasant taste of bile in my mouth?

Is it because we already heard French ministers, Premiers or not, belching about an "international Jewish plot" and the "Jew pulling the strings in the backstage" ?

But then he said "Sharon" of course.

This thug is France's Minister of Foreign Affairs


You then wonder why French synagogues mysteriously go up in flames. I copy the original article (in French) below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (1) |    Link to this page | 

Hope of killing drives Palestinian homicide bombers (06.20.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe British Daily Telegraph (www.dailytelegraph.co.uk) has a good article commenting on Cherie Blair's remarks on Palestinian homicide bombers. Mrs. Blair, the wife of English prime minister Tony Blair, said yesterday:


"As long as young people feel they have got no hope but to blow themselves up, you are never going to make progress."


Mrs Blair completely misunderstands the motivation behind the suicide attacks. They are not caused by lack of "hope". Rather, they are fuelled by a surfeit of hope: first, the hope that the bombers will go to heaven if they murder Jews; secondly, the hope that their families will be rewarded by the Iraqi and Saudi governments to the tune of $25,000; and thirdly, the hope that they will destroy Israel.

An ideology that promotes hope by such means should be excoriated, not "understood". Mrs Blair lamely accepts the Palestinians' assertions about the "hopelessness" of their predicament - even though they would now be self-governing had they accepted Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David in July 2000.


I copy the full article below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (0) |    Link to this page | 

O selo que nao cola (Portuguese) (08.27.2002)


HumorO Mishigne (michigne.blogspot.com) tem uma boa piada:





Arafat exigiu que o Correio Palestino emitisse um selo que contivesse sua imagem - e que a qualidade estivesse acima de qualquer suspeita.

Os selos foram criados, emitidos e vendidos, deixando Arafat muito satisfeito. Passados alguns dias começam as reclamações de que o selo não cola - o que o deixou furioso.

Arafat chama os responsáveis e exige uma investigação completa imediata. Diversas agências postais visitadas confirmam: o selo não cola! O fabricante do selo é acionado.

Alguns dias depois, feita a investigação, vem o relatório: "Nada há nada de errado com o selo em questão. O único problema é que a população insiste em cuspir do outro lado".

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (3) |    Link to this page | 

Iraq and terrorism (09.04.2002)


HumorMany Europen leftists will try to convince us that Saddam Hussein is a saint and that there's no need to stop the butcher from Baghdad from getting weapons of mass destruction. Here's something that could easily have happened in my local (San Francisco, California) liberal TV station KTVU:



Henry Payne from the Detroit
News, Michigan, 9/2/2002


Thanks to Mideast Truth for the cartoon.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (0) |    Link to this page | 

Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills 19 unarmed Israeli civilians in Jerusalem bombing (06.18.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber has murdered 19 unarmed Israeli civilians when he blew himself up on a bus full of passengers.



The remains of the Jerusalem bus where
19 unarmed Israeli civilians were murdered


Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack in an official statement broadcast on the militant movement's television station. It said that the bomber was Muhammad Haza el-Rol, a 22-year-old student at al-Najah University in the West Bank city of Nablus, and that he came from the Jenin area.

He had apparently disappeared about three days ago. His father told Reuters from his home in the al-Fara refugee camp, near Nablus, that he was "very happy" to hear that his son was the bomber.


I copy the full article below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (1) |    Link to this page | 

Palestinian homicide bomber murders three Israelis (12.25.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide bomber has murdered three Israelis:

At least Three people were killed and twenty wounded on Thursday after a suicide bombing at the Geha bridge on Jabotinsky street near Tel Aviv at 18:20. Two of the victims were women, and their bodies were taken to Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

The blast took place at a busy bus stop under the Geha Bridge - a major junction just outside Tel Aviv used by commuters to reach Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva and Bnei Brak.

A Palestinian suicide bomber, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) blew himself up at a bus stop under the Geha Bridge. Police have closed the area and are conducting searches. A helicopter joined the search. [...]

"After three months without a terror attack within the Green Line there were many foiled attempts but the situation is still volatile and today's attack shows that on the other side there is no strategic change," Aharonishky said. Security services have thwarted 22 terror attacks in the past month alone, Israel Radio reported.


The Hamas, the PFLP, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigrades are racist murderers whose only goal is to destroy the State of Israel and kill all of her citizens. They reject peace with the "Jews" and the "Infidels" and almost daily try to blow themselves up targetting women and babies. For more information, click here; for a list of homicide bombings executed by these fanatic bastards, click here.

I copy the full article below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (1) |    Link to this page | 

The Middle East problem (07.19.2014)


OpinionDennis 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.

I copy more info on the video below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (0) |    Link to this page | 

Abba Eban, the father of Israeli statesmanship, dies at the age of 87 (11.18.2002)


NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Abba Eban has passed away at the age of 87:

Abba Eban, the father of Israeli statesmanship, former foreign minister and ambassador to the United States and United Nations died Sunday at 87 in the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. As diplomat and author, he was throughout his long and brilliant career the voice of Israel, a profound interpreter of our national character and history.




Abba Eban, 1915 - 2002


Mr. Eban was a great man, someone who has been involved with Zionism and Israel from the beginning, from the roots of it all. I remember Abba Eban coming up with some incredible quotes when he served as Israel's ambassador to the UN:

Time and again these governments have rejected proposals today-and longed for them tomorrow.

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine to rush into impulsive rejection, let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.

I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.


You'd think he said that after Arafat and the Palestinians rejected peace in October of 2000? He said the above 30-40 years before the thugs from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas started their current murdering spree of women and children. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I copy below the full article and a bit more info on Mr. Eban - may God bless his memory.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (8) |    Link to this page | 

A picture of the State of Israel (10.01.2002)


AnnouncementI have added a great picture to the maps page. This satellite picture shows the whole State of Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza:


Israel
The State of Israel
Click on image to zoom in.


It is interesting to note how much more green and developed is coastal Israel, compared to the West Bank and Gaza (where most Palestinians live).

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (4) |    Link to this page | 

20-year-old woman killed by Palestinian mass murderer (06.14.2003)


VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Moran Shushan, a 20-year-old Israeli woman, who was deliberately murdered by a homicide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group "Hamas":



Moran Shushan, 20
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist


The bus was traveling on the city's main Moriah Boulevard near the Carmel Center, on the way to Haifa University, when the blast turned the bus into a charred wreck and scattered bodies along the road. The suicide bomber, who had boarded the bus, had the bomb strapped to his body, laden with metal shrapnel in order to maximize the number of injuries. A total of 17 people were killed and 53 injured.

Moran Shushan was on her way to visit a friend and suffered extensive burns and serious injuries to her lungs, heart and eyes in the explosion. She remained unconscious and succumbed to her wounds six days later.

Moran's twin sister Sivan said at her Rambam Hospital bedside: "I don't believe that Moran will die. She is resting now, but she is strong and will come back to us." Her mother Rahel, after hearing of the extent of her injuries from the doctors, only hoped that God would take pity on her and end her suffering.

Moran completed her studies at the Hannah Szenes ORT School in Haifa and then opted for national service in a health clinic instead of army service. Her family described her as a very sociable girl, who loved to dance, especially salsa. A former classmate described her as beautiful, smart and funny. Her sister Mira related how Moran's boyfriend would drive her everywhere. On the day of the bombing, he let her take the bus.

Moran Shushan will be buried in Haifa. She is survived by her mother Rahel, her twin sister Sivan, and two older sisters - Mira and Sharona. Her father passed away several years ago.


After a Palestinian freak from the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, or Arafat’s Al-Aksa brigades blows himself up inside an Israeli bus or restaurant, the media will report on the number of killed.

We sometimes forget the injured, particularly those in critical condition. They’ll suffer horrible pains similar to what Moran had to go through - with serious injuries to her lungs, heart and eyes. During the days following a homicide bombing the injured will fight for their lives.

Unfortunately, in Moran’s case, the fight was lost.

For more information on this massacre executed by the Palestinian mass murderer, click here. For a full list of homicide bombings, click here.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (1) |    Link to this page | 

Jewish Supremacist murders 4 Israeli Arabs (08.05.2005)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Jewish Supremacist has opened fire on a crowd in an Arab Muslim town in Israel and killed 4 innocent people:

A far-right activist who was AWOL from his army unit murdered four Israeli Arabs and wounded 12 on Thursday evening when he opened fire while riding in an Egged bus in the northern city of Shfaram. He was then lynched by an angry mob.



The shooter, identified as Natan Eden Zada, 19, of the Samaria settlement of Tapuah, had deserted his IDF unit and was on Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) watch lists. Despite this, Shin Bet sources said no warnings had been received regarding plans by Zada or other Jewish extremists to target the Israeli-Arab sector.



Among the victims were two young sisters, Hazar and Dina Turki, 23 and 21-years-old respectively, and the driver of the bus, Michel Bahous, 56. Nadir Hayak, 55, a passenger on the bus, was killed as well.



The shooter also directed his fire outside the bus, and casualties included pedestrians and bystanders.



A furious mob of local residents stormed the No. 165 bus, which was traveling through a Druse neighborhood, and attacked Zada, kicking him and throwing metal objects and bottles at him.



Police, who according to eyewitness accounts arrived late, surrounded the bus and tried to stop the angry crowd, but to no avail. The rioters got on the bus and killed the shooter.


This bastard is no different than the Islamic Supremacists from Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Even though the murderer's Mother allegedly warned the Police and the Army and asked the authorities to taker her sons's gun before the terrorist attack, we should deal with Jewish Supremacist thugs in the same way that we deal with Islamic Supremacist thugs.

I sincerely hope that the Israeli army destroys his house and his family's house in the same way that houses are destroyed after an Islamic Supremacist murders innocent people.

Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, and all members of Israel's parliament (the Knesset), have condemned this murder of innocent civilians. Israel's Defense Minister, Mr. Shaul Moffaz, has also refused to allow the murdering bastard to be buried in one of Israel's military cemeteries (due to a request from some of the families of current buried soldiers).

I copy the relevant articles below.

Click here for more...

Posted by David Melle |    Email this entry
  Comments (0) |    Link to this page | 


FAIR USE NOTICE

This site contains some copyrighted materials the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.