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Islamic Fanatics murder over 100 people in Nigerian riots (11.22.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Fresno Bee (www.fresnobee.com) reports that mobs of Islamic fanatics have murdered over 100 people in the last 24 hours in Nigeria. These barbaric excuses for human beings are on a killing rampage because a Nigerian newspaper suggested Mohamed would have approved of the Miss World beauty pageant.

A church is burned and destroyed
by Muslims in Nigeria

The violent demonstrators in the northern city of Kaduna burned churches and rampaged through the streets until hundreds of soldiers were deployed to restore calm and enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew. [...]

In Thursday's rioting, more than 50 people were stabbed, bludgeoned or burned to death and 200 were seriously injured, Ijewere told The Associated Press.

At least four churches were destroyed, he said.

Many of the bodies were taken by Red Cross workers and other volunteers to local mortuaries. Many people remained inside homes that were set afire by the demonstrators, Ijewere said.

Shehu Sani of the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress said he watched a crowd stab one young man, then force a tire filled with gasoline around his neck and burn him alive. Sani said he saw three other bodies elsewhere in the city.

Alsa Hassan, founder of another human rights group, Alsa Care, said he saw a commuter being dragged out of his car and beaten to death by protesters.

Schools and shops hurriedly closed as hordes of young men, shouting "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is great," ignited makeshift street barricades made of tires and garbage, sending plumes of black smoke rising above the city. Others were heard chanting, "Down with beauty" and "Miss World is sin.

These Islamo-fascists are systematically attacking anything they believe is Christian. They would attack other "infidels" as well, such as Jews or Hindus, if there were any synagogues or Hindu temples in Nigeria. They are no differnet than Al-Qaeda, the Chechnean Islamo-freaks or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

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80,000 Palestinians have left the West Bank (08.27.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that many Palestinians are leaving the West Bank and moving to Jordan:

Approximately 80,000 Palestinians have left the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the beginning of the year, a rise of 50 percent compared to last year, a senior Palestinian Authority official said Monday.

The official, who asked not to be named, told The Jerusalem Post another 50,000 Palestinians are now trying to leave through the Jordan River bridges and the Rafah border crossing. [...]

The Jordanian authorities say they do not want to help Palestinians leave their homes for fear Israel will not allow them back. But Palestinians say they believe the Jordanians are afraid a large number of Palestinians want to live permanently in Jordan.

Under pressure from the PA and humanitarian organizations, some of which have supplied the stranded Palestinian travelers with tents and food, the Jordanian government earlier this month agreed to allow 1,000 people a day to enter Jordan.

This is similar to the movement of Arab Muslims that occured when the State of Israel was created in 1948. A similar movement of refugees occured from the Arab States into Israel, where 700,000 Jewish refugees became Israeli citizens (see the history and stats pages for details).

Don't expect these Palestinians to become Jordanians though, since the Palestinian leadership never accepts a State of their own they'll probably be refugees forever. Do expect the Palestinians to blame Israel after they move of their own free will and even put pressure on Jordan to accept them. Anything that happens to Palestinians is Israel's fault. Do I sound bitter? That's because I am.

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Fact 97: Palestinians and their 'Right Of Return' (06.16.2002)

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University of Cincinnati student website publishes racist article (10.25.2002)

OpinionI have just sent an email to "The News Record", who published a racist article that compared Zionism to Nazism:

Dear Sir,

I stumbled upon an article published on “The News Record”, title “ZIONIST ATROCITIES SIMILAR TO NAZISM” by Jehan Mansey, found at http://www.nr.uc.edu/read.asp?ID=11653

I strongly object to Mr. Mansey’s hysterical accusations. His historical facts are wrong, and his comparison of Israel’s war on Palestinian terrorism to Nazism is simply absurd.

The German Nazi regime murdered 6 million Jews during World War II and the Holocaust, including 1.5 Million children. That’s on average 10,000 Jews per day. On bad days, it would go as high as 35,000 per day, something like the mass murder in one day of a whole Pacbell Park in San Francisco, where we watch the World Series this week.

On the other hand, about 1,600 Palestinians have been killed in the past two years, the large majority of them armed men who were attacking Israeli civilians targets or where part of a terrorist organization such as the Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Please do not publish such rubbish before checking your facts.


David Melle

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Palestinian terrorists shoot Israeli civilian point-blank in the head (08.03.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have murdered an Israeli who was working near the town of Tulkarm. The Israeli was bound and shot in the head from point-blank range simply because he was a Jew.

Shani Ladani, 27, of Moshav Olesh in the northern Sharon, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while he was working near Moshav Nitzanei Oz, west of Tulkarm, Thursday morning. He was buried at Olesh Thursday night.

Ladani was bound hand and foot and shot point-blank in the head in what OC Judea and Samaria Brig.-Gen. Gershon Yitzhak described as a "lynching." [...]

"We understand that they came from Tulkarm, taking advantage of the lifting of the curfew on the city in the morning. They reached the industrial area, did what they did, and then fled into Tulkarm. "

"I can say that all our desire recently to make life easier for the Palestinian populace and enable a return to normal life, does not go hand-in-hand with the ambition and desire of terrorist elements, who are doing everything possible to prevent their own people from resuming a regular routine."

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"Land for War" included in the "Carnival of the Vanities" (11.27.2002)

AnnouncementBigwig from "Silflay Hraka" has published a list of weekly best blog articles (self-judged). Bigwig had this great idea of asking bloggers what they thought were their best articles. He then reads the articles and publishes once a week the ones he liked - he calls this the "Carnival of the Vanities":

How many times have you published a really good post, something that you thought was a finely crafted model of trenchant wit and amusing scholarly insight, only to have it sink into the vast waters of the blogosphere with barely a ripple? How many times have you thought that here at last is something that will get me a bit of recognition from the blogerati, only to be wrong? I think that this happens to almost all bloggers, big and small. Sometimes it's just timing. If you put up a really good post about your kid or some arcane bit of knowledge on the same day that Britney Spears assassinates Yasser Arafat, it's not to get the attention it would have otherwise deserved. Sometimes there is no good explanation, as the child of your mind sits there, ignored, a wallflower at the school dance, while everyone around you dances with the popular kids.

Frustrating, isn't it? Don't you just want to find the nearest water tower, climb up and start taking potshots? I know I do, and I've got at least a half-decent record at attracting attention from my betters. The problem is that there is no proven acceptable way of saying Hey you lot, take a look at this! And admit, you know you want them to. Blogging, if nothing else, is the bleeding edge of vanity publishing. If you didn't think you had something valuable to say, you wouldn't be doing this. [...]

So I have a request, one that I think might go a ways towards solving both problems. If you think you have a good post, e-mail me the link. I'll read it, and once a week, I'll link to the ones I've gotten. It'll be an index of what you and other bloggers think is their best stuff. At the worst, you'll be exposed to Silflay Hraka's crowd, such as it is. What will likely happen is that people who are looking for stuff to link to, but might not have a lot of time, will drop by, find something that interests them, and link to it. Your memes are guaranteed exposure, and the more people that participate, the more people will pop by to take a look.

This week, Bigwig was kind enough to include my article "Land for War" in the Carnival, click here for this week's full Carnival list.

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Kiev - Ukrainia, 1941, over 30,000 Jews murdered in two days (09.28.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on September 28, 1941, when over 30,000 Jews in Kiev, Ukrainia, were murdered by the German Nazis:

1941: In Kiev, 2000 notices were posted around Kiev ordering all Jews to appear the next day with documents, warm clothes and valuables. Rumors were rife that they were going to be sent to a labor camp. Its result was the Babi Yar massacres. According to German records, 33,771 Jews, were slaughtered in a ravine outside of Kiev The massacre is immortalized in Yevgei Yevtushenko's poem "Babi Yar". The monument placed on the site does not mention Jews.

Those that equate Israel's fight against Palestinian terrorists from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad with Nazi methods, are anti-Semites or bleeding brain leftists. In the last two years about 1,800 Palestinians have been killed, the large majority of these Palestinians were armed men who were attacking Israeli targets. This is in contrast to the German Nazis who, as we can see from above, murdered over 30,000 unarmed men, women and children in two days.

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Saudi Arabia cuts off hands of two thieves (07.24.2002)

NewsThe Straits Time from Singapore (http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/) reports that an official court in Saudi Arabia came down with a ruling: the hands of two men guilty of petty theft should be amputated.

RIYADH - Two men found guilty of stealing in Saudi Arabia had their right hands amputated yesterday in keeping with Islamic law, the Interior Ministry announced.

'The right hands of Abdulrahman Ismail Ali, an Egyptian, and Sher Mohammad Ali Ahmad from Afghanistan were amputated from the wrist after they were caught stealing inside the Grand Mosque' complex in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia applies a strict form of syariah, or Islamic law, which prescribes amputating the right hands of thieves. If an amputee steals again, his left hand is sliced off.

The kingdom imposes the death penalty on people convicted of murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug use. --AFP

No matter how many ads the Saudi government buys to improve their image in the U.S., I still think that the above sounds like something coming out of the Middle Ages.

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Palestinian homicide bombers murder 14 Israelis and injure dozens (09.09.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that two Palestinian mass murderers have blown themselves up in separate homicide bombings, killing 14 and injuring dozens of Israelis:

Twin Palestinian homicide bombings — one at a bus stop crowded with soldiers near Tel Aviv, the second five hours later at a popular Jerusalem nightspot — killed at least 14 Israelis and wounded and maimed dozens as the region grappled with a new wave of savage bloodletting. [...]

In one Gaza neighborhood, Palestinians fired assault rifles in the air and about 100 took to the streets in celebration after the attack on the cafe. In the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, some Hamas supporters celebrated by distributing candies to the families of those killed in previous violence.

Haaretz (www.haaretz.com) reports that among the victims of today's homicide bombings was the head of Shaarey Tzedek hospital's emergency room and his 20-year-old daughter who was going to get married later in the everning:

Appelbaum was identified at the scene by one of his colleagues, Dr. Yitzhak Glick, from Efrat.

Glick arrived at the site of the attack with his emergency team, in order to help with the evacuation of the wounded, and recognized Appelbaum almost at once.

A little before midnight the word began spreading through the corridors of Shaare Zedek. Doctors, nurses and staff members cried bitterly. Within minutes, Appalbaum's children began arriving at the hospital, and later joined by his wife.

The family was greeted by the hospital director, Professor Jonathan Halevy, and other members of staff. Several minutes later, they received more terrible news: with Appaulbaum was his 20-year-old daughter, Nava, who had been due to get married that evening.

Once again, many Palestinians in Gaza were celebrating the deliberate murder of women and children:

Hamas supporters celebrate in the streets of Gaza City
after a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem September 9,
2003. The military wing of the Islamic militant group
Hamas hailed two suicide bombings in Israel in a
statement sent to Al-Jazeera television on Tuesday.
Picture taken September 9. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

And here's a message I received a few minutes ago:

From: Suicide Bomber "suicidebomber@heaven.com"

The message was traced back to France but there's not much I can do - I have never received a response from French ISPs.

Two friends today asked me what I thought of the new Palestinian "Prime Minister". Here's what I think: I'm too busy worrying about my friends and family to pass judgement on a Palestinian politican. If he wants peace we'll accept him with open arms.

That said, right now, it's clearly time to stop the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades - waiting for more Palestinian talk of "cease fires" is simply useless.

Let the tanks roll and the airstrikes hit the Islamic barbarians - let them beg for peace.

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Arab beats up Jewish girl at Brooklin school (12.17.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe New York Post reports that a Jewish girl was beaten up by an Arab teenager in a Brooklin school:

December 17, 2002 -- Religious tensions erupted yesterday after authorities confirmed that an Arab girl beat up a Jewish girl at a Brooklyn middle school.

The Arab teen was arrested and suspended for the Dec. 12 attack on the 13-year-old Jewish girl, an honors student, at IS 259 in Dycker Heights, sources said.

"The investigation is ongoing. If there were any other people involved, they will be reprimanded as well," said Department of Education spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who spoke with the victims' parents, said he believes the assault was bias-related - although it was not reported as a hate crime.

"The attack was the culmination of weeks of taunting and tormenting by this group, led by one particular Arab girl," Hikind said in a letter to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

"They were chanting, ‘Jew! Jew! Jew!' " Hikind added in an interview.

Hikind said the parents are considering transferring their daughter to private school.

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Western Approach to Islamic Terrorism (06.16.2002)

HumorDry Bones, the cartoon published in the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com), has a funny (but sad) description of western approach to Islamic terrorism:

Many of today's major conflicts in the world involve Islamic fundamentalists and their sympathizers, such as 'moderate' Muslim regimes or European leftists. This includes India's rightful response to Islamic terrorism (which is supported by Pakistan), the U.S. war on Al-Qaida (which was supported by Afghanistan) and of course Israel's war on the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad (supported and organized by Arafat and the Palestinian Authority).

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Palestinian Hamas murders 7 Israeli students and injures 86 (07.31.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a bomb exploded in the cafeteria of the Jerusalem University killing 7 and wounding 86 students. Israeli radio just reported that 14 of the injured are in critical condition.

Some of those in the cafeteria were foreign students taking summer school classes, including two South Korean students in critical condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Although the identities of those killed were not released, Fox News reported, citing hospital sources, that one American was among the dead. Some 10 of the wounded were Arab citizens of Israel. [...]

Dr. Ovadia Shemesh, deputy director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, said most of the wounded were between the ages of 18 and 30. He said that most of the injuries were from shrapnel and from the collapse of the cafeteria ceiling. [...]

David Baker, an official in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, said that "Israel is fighting a pitched battle against terror and for the right to walk down the street, take a bus or sit in a cafeteria without the fear of being decimated by Palestinian terrorism."

The Hamas (meaning "Islamic Resistance" in Arabic), a Palestinian terrorist group dedicated to the destuction of Israel, claimed responsibility for the murders.

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72 Questions about the 72 virgins (05.25.2002)

HumorThe Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers from the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Arafat's terrorist groups that blow themselves up are promised 72 virgins when they reach heaven.

Martin Bodek has 72 questions on how this whole virgin thing works. Here are the top 10:

1) What if the bomber wants girls with more experience?
2) What if one virgin is no good in bed? Does she get replaced or is he stuck with 71?
3) If he's gay, does he get male virgins?
4) What if he's celibate? What does he get?
5) What if he hasn't reached puberty yet? Does he get 72 Xboxes till he comes of age?
6) If he's bi, does he get 36 of each?
7) If he blows himself up while building the bomb, does he still get credit?
8) What do you call a relationship with 72 women, a menage-a-soixante-deux?
9) Are they like 72 wives or 1 wife and 71 concubines?
10) What if he's ugly or smells bad and the virgins don't want anything to do with him?

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad murders 15 unarmed civilians (10.22.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad blew up a a car stuffed with over 220 pounds of explosives next to a bus in northern Israel, murdering 15 people and wounding over 50. A 2-year-old and a 4-year-old kid are critically injured, still fighting for their lives.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Deliberately murdered 15 people,
trapped inside the bus

"I cannot forget what I saw today people were burned alive inside my bus," said driver Haim Avraham, who escaped with light wounds.

"[The terrorist] drove straight into my fuel tank," he said. "The bus was thrust into the air and I was thrown off my seat by the blast. I got out of the bus as quickly as I could through the front door, together with two or three elderly passengers. I helped drag some wounded people as far away from the bus as possible. [...]

"I saw it all in front of my eyes, from a distance of about 20 meters," he said. "My windscreen shattered and my car burst into flames. I walked away, in shock, until somebody grabbed me and told me to sit down. I was covered in blood."

Dayan's burns and multiple cuts from the broken glass were classified as light wounds. His car was burned completely.

Let's hope the victims recover soon and that the murderers from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad get what they deserve.

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Israeli Summer Camp for kids victims of Palestinian terrorism (07.15.2002)

MultimediaMSNBC (www.msnbc.com) reports that a special camp has been created in Israel - a camp that helps kids whose parents, brothers or sisters have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

Summer camp for Israeli kids,
victims of Palestinian terrorism

NINE-YEAR-OLD Pesi Roth kisses her parents goodbye and heads off on a bulletproof bus for a week of summer camp like no other. On a guarded kibbutz in southern Israel, Pesi is part of an experiment in rebuilding shattered lives.

“I try not to think about it because when we think about it it makes us really sad,” says Pesi. The Israeli girls are casualties of terror.

“These kids have had their parents blown up; they’ve had their siblings exploded from being healthy, vibrant people to nothing,” says Sherri Mandel, co-founder of the camp.

Pesi’s older sister, Malke, was killed with 15 others in August, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive full of nails in a crowded pizzeria in Jerusalem.

To learn more about Malke, check out www.kerenmalki.org. While you're there, please make a donation to help kids with severe disabilities.

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