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Fact 282: "On March 20 2002, a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself up on a bus near the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, killing seven people and wounding 27. The Palestinian terrorist detonated the explosives strapped to his body, blowing himself up and killing or wounding all of those with him on the bus, which was completely gutted. Among the victims was Mogus Mahento, 75, grandfather of 13, who had immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel in 1991."

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Moving out of the Gaza Strip is good for Israel (08.23.2005)

OpinionCharles Krauthammer has a great article on townhall.com on why it's good for Israel to move out of of the Gaza Strip:

[...] Nonetheless, unilateralism is both correct and necessary. Israel has no peace partner -- Mahmoud Abbas has nothing to offer and has offered nothing -- and in the absence of a partner, there is only one logical policy: rationalize your defensive lines and prepare for a long wait.

[...] The Gaza withdrawal is not the beginning but the end. Apart from perhaps some evacuations of outlying settlements on the West Bank, it is the end of the concession road for Israel. And it is the beginning of the new era of self-sufficiency and separation in which Israel ensures its security not by concessions, but by fortification, barrier creation, realism and patient waiting.

Waiting for the first-ever genuine Palestinian concessions. Waiting for the Palestinians to honor the promises -- to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism -- they solemnly made at Oslo and brazenly betrayed. That's the next step. Without it, nothing happens.

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Racist Freaks burns down Jewish center in Paris, France (08.24.2004)

Anti-SemitismTwinCities.com reports that racist bastards have burned down a Jewish center in Paris, France:

Fire swept through a Jewish community center in eastern Paris early Sunday after arsonists broke into the building and scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans inside.

It was the latest in a series of acts attributed to neo-Nazis across the country

[...] The rise in acts attributed to neo-Nazis is particularly disturbing to France's Jews, who are already concerned about increasing anti-Semitism among the country's Arab youth. They fear that both anti-Semitic strains are growing.

Although the freaks that burned down the center painted Neo-Nazi swastikas, Voice of America (www.voanews.com) reports that an Islamic group proudly claimed responsibility for the racist attack:

French authorities are studying a claim of responsibility by a previously unknown Islamic group for a fire Sunday that destroyed a Jewish community center in Paris.

A statement posted on an Islamic website Monday, said a group calling itself Jamaat Ansar Al-Jihad al Islamiya was responsible for the attack. The statement called the action retaliation for the defiling of Muslim cemeteries in France and other anti-Muslim acts outside the country.

Between Nazi bastards, Islamic fascists and European leftists, Israel and Jews across Diaspora countries have a lot of enemies.

Luckily today we have the State of Israel - a place where Jews can find refuge, and a country that has institutions and an army dedicated to the defense of such persecuted folks.

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Palestinian terrorists murder 37-year-old, mother of 2, originally from the Philippines (02.08.2003)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Adelina Kononen, a 37-year-old mother of two from the Philippines, who was deliberately murdered by a homicide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group "Islamic Jihad":

Adelina Kononen, 37
Mother of 2
Originally from the Philippines
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On August 4, 2002, Adelina Kononen, 37, of the Philippines was one of 9 people killed in the suicide bombing of Egged bus No. 361 traveling from Haifa to Safed at the Meron junction in northern Israel.

Egged bus No. 361 left Haifa for Safed at 7:15 Sunday morning. The terrorist, who had boarded the bus, exploded the bomb at the Meron junction near Safed just before 9:00. The blast blew off the roof of the bus, which then burst into flames, killing or wounding nearly everyone inside.

Adelina Konone, a caregiver from the Philippines, was killed along with another caregiver, Rebecca Roga, who had just gotton off the bus. Adelina came to work in Israel six years ago for the Elkavetz family on Moshav Safsufa.

"When I called Abu Kabir to see whether Adelina had been brought there, they asked me to note various identifying marks," said Motka Elkavetz, "I told them," he says, "if a woman with a golden heart reaches you, you'll know its Adelina. She took care of his late father and cared for his elderly mother, and also helped raise his three children. For the Elkazetz family it was like losing a family member, not a caregiver.

"I was supposed to go with Adelina tomorrow to the Interior Ministry to extend her residence permit another year," said Motke. "I had just spoken at work about Adelina, and boasted about how proud I was of her."

Adelina Konone came to work in Israel in order to provide a better future for the two children she left behind in the Philippines. She last visited them several months ago, when she bought a house for them.

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Three unarmed civilians murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber, over 40 wounded (07.17.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself up in Tel-Aviv killing 3 unarmed civilians.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up seconds apart in Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening, killing three other people and wounding 40, police said.

National Police Chief Yossi Sedbon said two of the victims were foreign workers and the third had not yet been identified. Of the wounded, five were in serious condition, he said.

The attack took place on Neve Shaanan street in the southern part of the downtown area, near the city's old central bus station. Ambulances and police raced to the scene and closed off the area.

The area is crowded with small shops and stalls. Many foreign workers live in the rundown neighborhood. Israel Radio said most of the casualties were foreign workers. The bomb went off at the entrance to the Central Theater, near a cafe.

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Racist Muslim tries to burn down synagogue in Brooklyn, New York (01.10.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Daily News (www.nydailynews.com) reports that a racist Muslim tried to burn down a synagogue in Brooklin, New York:

The Pakistani immigrant said he watched in disbelief as Sead Jakup, 22, took the canister across the street and began dousing the Young Israel of Kings Bay synagogue.

Ali quickly called 911, and cops arrived before Jakup, a Bosnian Muslim, could set the temple ablaze. [...]

Ali said that Jakup first asked to pump gas into a plastic bucket. Assuming the man's car had run out of fuel, Ali gave him a gas can to fill up.

He said he "couldn't believe my eyes" when Jakup marched straight to the synagogue. "I saw him spilling gas on the sign in front of the synagogue," Ali said. "Then, he started spilling it onto the door - that is when I called 911."

But as Ali waited for the cops, Jakup returned, demanding a refill. "He was totally out of control," said Ali, adding that Jakup was screaming, "I want more gas!" as he kicked the cashier's booth Ali was in.

Police cars and fire trucks pulled up as Jakup allegedly tried to smash the booth's glass door with a trash can. [...]

Cops said Jakup appeared intent on burning the temple down. "He was carrying a book of matches," said a police spokesman, adding that the case was being investigated as a bias crime because the target was a house of worship.

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Never forget the murder of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germans and other European collaborators (05.05.2005)

OpinionToday is "Yom Hashoah", the "Day of the Holocaust", where Israelis and Jews remember how a bit over 50 years ago over six million Jews, including 1.5 million Jewish children were murdered by the Nazi Germans and other European collaborators.

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has an excellent article by Carline Glick on "Yom Hashoah" and how we should reject the European fetish with the Holocaust:

[...] The Holocaust, in and of itself, tells us nothing about Jewish identity. It only tells us about the rest of the world. The Jews of Europe did not decide to die. They neither seized territory nor did they plant bombs in German cafes. The Holocaust was a German initiative, carried out by Germans and millions of collaborators from France to Greece to Poland to Lithuania. The decision to prevent the Jews' escape from Europe to the Land of Israel belonged to Britain.

The group that really ought to be taking the Holocaust to heart is not the Jews, but the Europeans who two generations ago descended to the depths of human depravity by either conducting the extermination of European Jewry or enabling it.

Sadly, Europe has avoided serious self-examination and instead has turned the Holocaust into a fetish. Holocaust memorials spring up like mushrooms after the rainfall throughout the continent.

[...] There is something deeply distasteful and viscerally disturbing about the spectacle of dozens of leaders of anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian governments coming together at Auschwitz or the UN General Assembly or Westminster Cathedral and self-righteously bowing their heads for our exterminated brothers and sisters. It is particularly odious given that the nihilistic moral relativism that played such a role in enabling the Holocaust remains the order of the day in the societies these leaders now govern.

Israel has a duty to recall the Holocaust for what it means to the Jewish people to have lost a third of our members. But we have nothing to gain from joining the Europeans in their bizarre Holocaust rituals. It is neither our right nor our responsibility to wash Europe's hands of our brothers' blood.

Indeed, what that blood tells us most of all is that in the postwar world, we cannot allow ourselves to be enchanted by odes to brotherly love or utopian dreams. We can only defend ourselves, in our land, with our military and with our economic creativity, because the notion of trust perished at Auschwitz.

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An Antisemitic Myth in the Arab Press: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews (06.25.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has published translations from the Arab press where Jews are blamed for the barbaric attacks on the United States on 9/11/2001.

Apparently this theory is widely accepted in the Arab and Muslim world and is backed by Foreign Ministers and Ambassadors. The Arab world cannot accept the fact that among their midst we find monsters capable of organizing and executing the 9/11 attrocities and the homicide bombing attacks against civilians, including babies and kids.

Since September 11, the Arab media have claimed that Jews perpetrated the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Promoting this new myth are high-ranking public officials and columnists in the government and non-government press in Arab countries.

In the articles reviewed in this report, the conclusions point directly at the Jews. These conclusions are supported by various forms of evidence, further buttressed by timeworn, long-"substantiated" antisemitic myths. Thus, the papers posit guilt, substantiate their accusations, convict, and, in one case, hand down a sentence – annihilation "as Hitler did."

Syrian foreign minister Mustafa Tlass, author of The Matza of Zion, a book that depicts the infamous Damascus blood libel of 1840 as an actual event, claimed during a meeting in Damascus with a delegation from the British Royal College of Defense Studies that the Mossad planned the ramming of two hijacked airliners into the WTC towers as part of a Jewish conspiracy.

Former Egyptian ambassador to Afghanistan Ahmad Al-'Amrawi told the Palestinian Islamic Jihad mouthpiece Al-Istiqlal that the Zionist movement and American intelligence organizations planned the attacks. He said the aim was both to extricate Israel from its current crisis and to give the U.S. an opening to take over the oil reserves in the Caspian Sea, thus gaining full control of the world's main oil resources.

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Grandmother of 15 murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber (12.11.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Sa'ada Aharon, a 71-year-old Israeli grandmother of 15 who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Sa'ada Aharon, 71
Grandmother of 15
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On October 10, 2002, Sa'ada Aharon, 71, of Ramat Gan was killed and about 30 people were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to board Dan bus No. 87 across from Bar-Ilan University on the Geha highway (Route 4).

The bomber, who was trying to board the bus via the rear door, fell when the driver closed the doors. The driver, thinking he was an innocent passenger, got off the bus with another passenger to help him. When they discovered he had an explosive belt strapped to his waist, they gripped his hands to prevent him from detonating it, and shouted to the passengers on the packed bus to flee. Once the passengers were out of range, they released the bomber's hands and ran, for fear that the bomb would go off. The bomber then blew himself up.

Sa'ada Aharon, who lived nearby, had just boarded the bus traveling from Petah Tikva to Tel Hashomer for medical tests when the bomber detonated the charge. She was mortally wounded and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sa'ada, who immigrated to Israel from Yemen 50 years ago,, was devoted to her children and grandchildren. One granddaughter, Moran (14), said: "She was the best grandmother. We would go to her house to eat and to sleep. She didn't look at all old - she had a pretty face, and always wore colorful scarves."

Sa'ada Aharon was buried in Rosh Ha'ayin. She is survived by her husband Yihye, three children - Uri, Amnon and Yona - and 15 grandchildren.

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When I went to college at Bar-Ilan University, I used to take this bus everyday. I know the exact place where the Palestinian murderer blew up - it's near the "Coca-Cola" junction, named for a Coke factory from nearby. Many Israelis do not have any choice but the bus to commute or to go to a doctor's appointment (like poor Sa'ada). The Palestinian Islamic Jihad couldn't care less of course.

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Bin Laden is a hero for certain Arab-Americans (07.08.2002)

NewsThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has translated an article from the London Arabic-language daily "Al-Quds".

In this article, Muhammad Salameh, a resident of California, is proud to say his heroes are all of the Muslims currently fighting Jihad (holy war) in Afghanistan and the West Bank and Gaza. For this Arab-American, 'Bin Laden is his hero of this generation'.

Anyone who rises up against American arrogance and tyranny and causes the Americans fear and trembling are also heroes, in the eyes of some."

"Sheikh Osama bin Laden, who preferred Jihad and life in the mountains and caves to the pleasures of [this] transitory world… although he is a wealthy man, the son of wealthy men – is one of our noble heroes whom history and generations to come will recognize as restoring honor to this [Islamic] nation. No one can monopolize history or distort the truth all the time. It is my right as an Arab and a Muslim to choose my hero, as the Americans choose theirs."

"Therefore I say to them, in the loudest possible voice, that Osama bin Laden is my hero of this generation."

"Muhammad Amin Salameh, California." (1)

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Grandmother of 11 deliberately murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber (10.02.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Tirza Polonsky, a 66-year-old Israeli grandmother of 11 who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas ("Islamic Resistance").

Tirza Polonsky, 66
Murdered by a
Palestinian terrorist

On May 18, 2001, Tirza Polonsky, 66, of Moshav Kfar Haim was killed in a suicide bombing at Hasharon Mall in the seaside city of Netanya.

Tirza Polonsky was shopping in the Hasharon Mall as she does every Friday when the terrorist exploded the bomb he was carrying at the entrance to the shopping mall.

Four other people were killed in the blast and over 100 were injured.

Polonsky was a teacher for many years and worked at a community day-club in Hadera after her retirement. The day-club asked her to replace another teacher that fateful Friday, but she refused because she did not want to give up her day of shopping.

Tirza Polonsky is survived by a husband, three daughters, two sons and 11 grandchildren. She was laid to rest at the Kfar Haim cemetery.

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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.

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Sharon and Israel showing restraint (05.24.2002)

OpinionThe Times of London (www.timesonline.co.uk) has a good article on how Israel and her Prime Minister Sharon are showing restraint during these difficult times.

Although the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue their war on Israeli unarmed civilians, Sharon and Israel do not overreact, giving time for a diplomatic solution.

I don't believe that the Palestinian terrorists such as the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Arafat's groups such as the Tanzim and Al Aqsa's martyrs Brigade are ready to recognize the State of Israel and sign a peace treaty. But maybe after getting hit hard a few times, and having their terror infrastructure destroyed, they'll accept a cease-fire.

"The response instead has been measured, even surgical. Israel has targeted specific areas and individuals linked precisely to the violence aimed at its citizens. It has decided to place faith in the military operation that it conducted within the West Bank in April and has resisted the temptation to engage in a dramatic enterprise. In so doing it has provided the United States with a breathing space in which to attempt to exercise some influence over the Palestinians and encourage political dialog."

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One more Palestinian mass murderer destroyed by Israel (04.17.2004)

NewsIsrael National News (www.israelnn.com) reports that one more Palestinian mass murderer has been destroyed by Israel:

As the United States continues to pursue Bin Laden in Afghanistan, Israel got its man this evening. The extreme terrorist leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, who became the leader of Hamas in Gaza less than a month ago, was felled in an Israeli helicopter missile attack in his car. Two of his bodyguards were also killed in the attack. [...]

Dan Gillerman, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, said that the attack on Rantisi was not a retaliation for today's murderous attack by a Palestinian suicide terrorist, in which an Israeli policeman was killed, but "was part of Israel's long-term war against terrorism.

We see this war taking place in Spain and Kenya and Bali, and Israel is fighting this war as well." Another government source told Army Radio that this was the first opportunity to strike at Rantisi, and that Israel will continue targeting terrorist leaders who seek to kill innocent Israelis - including whomever replaces Rantisi as leader of Hamas. "People who want to see stability in our region should not ask themselves why Israel killed him now," said Gillerman, "but rather why we did not do this before."

Hamas (in Arabic "Islamic Resistance") is an organization with one goal: to destroy the State of Israel and murder all of her Jewish citizens. A few weeks ago, another Palestinian mass murderer, who originally created Hamas was also destroyed by the Israeli army. Click here for more details.

Hamas is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli women and children in the last few years. For a complete list of homicide bombings executed by these bastards, click here.

The war against Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades and other Islamic mass murderers continues.

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Faces of the victims: Palestinian terrorists murder two sisters and their husbands near Eilat, Israel (08.20.2011)


Israel National News (http://www.israelnationalnews.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists entered Israel from Egypt and murdered two sisters and their husbands near the town of Eilat -


Sisters, Husbands Among Eilat Victims
Israel National News, 8/20/2011,
Two sisters and their husbands were murdered by terrorists near Eilat. Terrorists fired at their bodies to confirm slayings.

Four victims of the deadly attacks Thursday in Eilat have been identified as husband and wife Moshe and Flora Gaz, and Flora's sister Shulamit (Shula) Karlinsky and her husband, Dov Karlinsky. Both couples lived in Kfar Saba.

The four took off for a vacation in Eilat on Thursday, but never arrived. As they approached the city they were ambushed by terrorists, who fired an anti-tank missile at their car. After the missile hit his target, a terrorist approached the car and fired on the four to make sure they had all been slain.

Flora, 52, and Shula, 54, both worked in daycare centers for three- and four-year-old children in Kfar Saba.  "They were very well-known and respected educators," Mayor Yehuda Ben-Hamo said of the two sisters. "This is a big tragedy for all of us."  The Gaz family was expecting their first grandchild in another three months. They are survived by three children. The Karlinskys are survived by two children and two grandchildren.

"Flora and Moshe were excited for the birth of their first grandchild, but they will never see him," one of the couple's friends said Friday

In addition to Moshe Gaz, Fiora Gaz, Dov Karlinsky, and Shulamit Karlinsky, the Palestinian terrorists murdered 4 other Israelis - click here for more information on this massive terrorist attack from Hamas controlled Gaza; see below for additional pictures.

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Remembering 9/11/01: A picture archive (09.11.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismIn the past week, Little Green Footballs has been displaying pictures related to 9/11. I get pretty emotional when talking or remembering 9/11 so instead of articles and words, here's a picture archive that describes some of the events that occurred on 9/11/2001:

Thanks to LGF and 911digitalarchive.org for the great pictures. See below for the full picture archive, which includes so far 35 pictures (if you have a picture you'd like to add to the archive, please send it).

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