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July 19, 2014

The Middle East problem (July 19, 2014)

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.

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Some Palestinian Americans support homicide/suicide bombers (05.26.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that many Americans of Palestinian origin not only support terrorism but wish they could become homicide/suicide bombers themselves.

The article is based on a NPR interview of a group of Palestinian Americans on "All Things Considered".

"The conversation was chilling. The sentiments expressed by second- and third-generation Palestinian Americans could have come from the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank or even from Hamas members in the Gaza.

NPR's Bradley says of one young man, "If he weren't living in suburban Virginia, he would probably be a suicide bomber."

The boy's father offers, "If his time has come, he will die, regardless of where he is. But at least he will die for a cause. I will live the rest of my life being proud of him."

The next time you see a Palestinian, ask him/her about her position on terrorism. Also ask them if they are for peace between an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, or instead of Israel. I haven't found one that wishes for peace alongside Israel yet.

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Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan (12.15.2002)

MultimediaThe great anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has dug up an incredible video of an attack on Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan.

AC-130 Gunship
Is Allah really with
the Islamic Terrorists?

In this video, we see how the US Air Force used an AC-130 Gunship to stop the Islamic terrorists from organizing and executing any murders of women and children - not in this life time. Notice how our boys are very careful not to hit the mosque - do you think the Islamic terrorists would have been careful in not hitting our churches and synaguogues?

See below for the full video (5.5Mb). Warning: you will see real explosions while the Islamic terrorists run away like cockroaches - if that bothers you, please do not watch the video. I also copy below an article on the AC-130 Gunship.

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NPR proud of Palestinians that murdered 11 Israeli athletes in the Olympic games of Munich, 1972 (09.05.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe following article is part of a blogburst - a simultaneous and cross-linked posting of many blogs on the same theme. This blogburst commemorates the Munich Olympics Massacre which began in the dawn hour of September 5th, 1972. Go to the The Index of the Munich Massacre Blogburst to find links to all the other articles.

Palestinian Terrorists murder 11 Israeli Athletes
at the Olympic games in Munich, Germany, 1972

At 5:00 AM, exactly 30 years ago, a seminal event in the development of modern terrorism took place. Eight Palestinian terrorists invaded the athletes' housing at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. They killed and took hostage eleven Israeli athletes competing in the Games, demanding the release of 234 imprisoned Arabs and German terrorists. Over the next few tension-filled days, all the hostages and some of the terrorists were killed, mostly due to incompetence and perfidy of the German government. The Olympic Committee made a controversial decision to continue the Games, and has never participated in any memorial for the slain athletes. Eventually almost all the remaining terrorists were hunted down and killed by Israeli agents, directed by then Prime Minister Golda Meir.

A few days ago I listened to a story on National Public Radio (NPR) that covered the murder of the Israelis by the Palestinian terrorists.

Although the hosts did briefly disapprove of the murders, the story quickly turned to a tacit endorsement of the action for "putting the Palestinian cause on the map". The host Brooke Gladstone spends a large part of the segment interviewing Brigitte Nacos, a Columbia University professor and author of "Mass-Mediated Terrorism", who is clearly proud of these Palestinians for bringing attention to their cause.

I felt sick.

NPR and its local San Francisco station KQED are well known for their anti-Israeli stance, but they have gone a bit too far. The host Brooke Gladstone mentions that an Al-Qaeda member is proud of the Munich murders:

BROOKE GLADSTONE: Writing in an on-line publication, Al Anssar, an Al Qaeda activist called the Black September, quote, "the greatest media victory and the first true proclamation to the entire world the Palestinian resistance movement. The Munich operation was a great propaganda strike."

But that doesn't mean NPR (which receives public funds) should be. Here's an example:

BRIGITTE NACOS: Two years later it was very different, because they struck at the Olympics where you had the television facilities built up for that special event. Independent experts have estimated that it was between 600 and 800 million globally, so that was a major, major coup for these few Palestinians.

BROOKE GLADSTONE: And so you think that the publicity coup that the Olympics afforded was very much on the mind of the Black September terrorists?

BRIGITTE NACOS: Well at least according to one of them. Three of them survived. Five were killed. And one of them later on in prison said that they wanted, among other things, to stir up the world. And they were certainly successful in not only getting the attention globally, but I think for the first time many people around the globe learned about the Palestinian cause.

Wow. Can you feel the admiration Brooke and Brigitte have for the Palestinian "freedom fighters"? Thank God they brought the Palestinian cause to the forefront of the liberals' agenda, otherwise how would Brooke and Brigitte hate the Jews Israelis settlers?

There were dozens of angles that NPR could have chosen to cover this story (in fact the Blog Burst does exactly that). Instead NPR chooses the one angle that is somewhat positive to the Palestinians: their success in bringing "their cause" to the world.

The media coverage of these Palestinians killing Israelis might have had an impact on the "global awareness" of the Palestinian issue, but NPR could show a little less enthusiasm for the deliberate murder of Olympic athletes.

To listen to the "Black September" special from NPR's "On the Media", click here. For the transcript, click here.

Oh, and please stop sending NPR and KQED money - if you need another reason, see "The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism".

Now for the real story, here's a special report from Sports Illustrated (sportsillustrated.cnn.com):

Black September commandos climbed the fence about 50 minutes earlier than envisioned in Situation 21. [...]

As they approached the fence, they noticed another group in warmup gear: American athletes back from a night on the town, laughing and tipsy. Abu Daoud urged his comrades to join them, to use the Americans' innocent comportment as cover while they all scaled the fence. "Not only did our men mix in with the Americans, we helped them over," he says. "And they helped us. 'Hey, man, give me your bag.' This was surreal -- to see the Americans, obviously far from imagining they were helping Black September get into the Village." [...]

In any case Gutfreund apparently heard the rattling of the door at the threshold of that ground-floor duplex, the apartment the other Israelis called the Big Wheels' Inn because it housed senior members of the delegation. When the door cracked open in the darkness, he could make out the barrels of several weapons. He threw his 290 pounds against the door and shouted a warning: "Danger, guys! Terrorists!" For critical seconds Gutfreund succeeded in staying their entrance, allowing his roommate, weightlifting coach Tuvia Sokolovsky, to shatter a rear window and flee to safety through a backyard garden. But the terrorists, using their rifle barrels to crowbar their way inside, soon had Gutfreund subdued on the floor. Quickly they prized track coach Amitzur Shapira and shooting coach Kehat Shorr from one downstairs bedroom. When Issa opened the door to the other downstairs bedroom, wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg lunged at him with a kitchen knife that had been lying on a bedside table. Issa stumbled to the side, unhurt, while another fedayee fired a round from his Kalashnikov that tore through the side of Weinberg's mouth. [...]

By the early hours of the next day nine more Israelis were dead, along with five of the terrorists and a Munich policeman.

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Palestinian patients treated in Israeli hospitals cheer when Jewish victims of terror are brought in (08.21.2002)

OpinionThe 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. [...]

All right, back to the story. As I said, I went to two places to meet the terror victims. One was in Tel Aviv. I met an emergency room doctor, a woman, whose husband was killed a year ago in a bombing. She has two children. Had. Now she has one. She was on duty, weeks ago, in the middle of the night (Don't they call that the graveyard shift?), the night a disco was bombed. Maybe you heard about it. The victims were brought to her hospital. To her. Her daughter was one of them. Now the mother is a patient. "It was good of you to let her tell you her story," the head of the place told me. "It's therapeutic." Good of me? What do you say to that? "I'm glad I could help so much. Gotta go now. Soon I'll be back in the hotel room."

Then we went to Hadassah Hospital, in Jerusalem. This is the hospital where they brought the victims of the bombing at Hebrew University. I met a woman who had been having lunch that day, in the Frank Sinatra Commissary (really) with her daughter, a student. An "A" student, the mother told me. It wasn't possible for the daughter to tell me, since they were still trying to put her back together. At this writing she's still alive, thank God. Just. An "A" student, the mother kept saying. She was the lucky one, whatever that means. Hey, what's that on the table? Oh, it's a cup with the nails they took out of me. Some are still inside. They can't take them out yet. Oh. Okay. Gotta go. Wait, go in there, here's someone else, the brother of someone else, the fiancee of someone else, the father of someone else. Thank you for letting them tell their stories. Yes, I know, it's therapeutic.

Downstairs, before we left, the head of the hospital, an Israeli named Audrey, was showing me the children's waiting room. I couldn't help but notice, all around, an Arab woman with her son, an Arab family over there checking in, Arab children playing with the toys while waiting. The doctor saw the look on my face and laughed. "Oh, yes, we treat everyone." I guess I was astonished. She just shrugged. "We're Jews. This is how we live. It's also for the future. They're not going anywhere, and we're not going anywhere. There will eventually be peace. There has to be." When? A month? A year? A hundred years? More? She didn't know. I had to say it. You're incredible. You take everyone, you treat everyone, no one goes first, no one goes last, you just go in order of who needs help. That's, like, Mother Teresa stuff. "We're not saints, we're just doing our jobs. It's not easy, I admit. And it gets hard when they cheer when the bodies are brought in." I looked at her. What did you say? She sighed. "Yes, it gets hard when they cheer." This was one of the times during my trip when I held up my hands and said, "Stop. Wait." I turned and walked away to breathe deeply for a minute. I wonder if they've restocked that mini-bar. Yeah, probably. It's a good hotel.

I didn't meet one Jew the whole trip who didn't think there would be peace, not one. "We can work it out. We have to. They're not going anywhere. Neither are we."

Of course, it gets hard when they cheer.

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Saudia Arabia media attacks United States (08.29.2002)

NewsThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) which translates articles from the Arab Media, has published a report on the latest attacks of the Saudi Arabian media against the United States. This criticism of the US occurs after the families of the victims of 9/11 sued Saudi Arabians who financed the terrorists involved in the attacks.

The lawsuit against Saudi and other Arab officials and organizations by the families of September 11 victims has aroused the ire of the Saudi media. The following are excerpts from articles that appeared in Saudi newspapers on this subject:

Saudi Columnists: The U.S. Should be Sued for Killing Millions
"If America wants to open up the issue of compensation for those who died in the two towers," wrote the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh in an editorial, "it must agree to the establishment of an international court that will examine [its own] war crimes, plundering, coups, what American intelligence did with the drug barons, the policy of abductions and murder, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the claims still pending regarding the black slave trade, and the deliberate annihilation of the Indians – and apply all this to all countries, without statute of limitations, so that we feel we live on one planet that functions according to the same moral principles..."(1) [...]

"America, that carried out the Hiroshima massacre and the Vietnam massacre; America, that incited South Korea against North Korea and Taiwan against China; America, that interfered in the affairs of Chile, Nicaragua, and Panama; America, that tried to assassinate many of the world’s leaders... among them Castro, who alone was subject to 30 assassination attempts – one of them by mixing deadly plutonium poison in the cigars he smokes! America, that erected the Statue of Liberty so as to plunder others by it; America, that established liberty in order to kill millions of people in its name, from the Indians to Afghan children... Behind all this stood members of the CIA... This is America, the tyrannous, and all that remains is for it to turn into a pharaoh [the symbol of an evil regime]. This is America, the land of freedom, the land of democracy."

Wow. You tell the Saudi Arabians that financed the September 11 massacre that they are responsible for the consequences of their acts and they get really touchy. Imagine if we didn't tell them.

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New 'Facts Of Israel' Facebook application (07.25.2007)

AnnouncementWe have a cool application for Facebook users: it allows you to display facts on Israel on your profile page. People looking at your profile can click on "Another fact" to view another fact on Israel and they can of course add the application to their own profiles.

Here's an example of a fact on Israel displayed on my Facebook profile:

Show your support for Israel and spread the knowledge
by displaying one fact on your Facebook profile every time someone looks at it.

A few days ago we received a suggestion from "MS" (full name not provided for security and privacy):

Hi, my name is MS. I am not sure how familiar you are with facebook, but I was on facebook today and I had the idea to add a new "application." This application would be about Israel.

People that join this application will have a fact about Israel displayed in their facebook profile. I was searching the web and found your site. It seems that you do the same thing.

Maybe this is something that your organization wants to think about. I would love to do what I can to make sure this gets done. Facebook is all about connecting people. This is the PERFECT way to educate people about Israel. [...]

We agree with MS: that's a very cool idea! The Facebook application is now ready - to add it, just point your browser to:


Note that you need to have a Facebook account to use this application. Below I have some screenshots of the application in action. Thanks to MS for having the idea and contacting us!

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Muslim in New York calls for the “Death to all Juice” (01.16.2009)


The picture below was recently taken in New York - the Islamic fanatic below expresses his hate of Jews through a sign:

An Islamic fanatic calls for the "Death to all Jews Juice" in New York

If you are going to be a racist Islamic fanatic moron, the least you could do is learn how to spell "Death to all Jews".

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Fact 353: Arafat failed miserably in rejecting peace in October 2000 (12.04.2002)

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Vacation to Brazil: News updates might slow down (05.31.2002)

AnnouncementIn the next few days I'll be on vacation in Brazil. The World Cup just started and although it's happening in Japan/Korea, I decided to go see it in Brazil. I was born in Brazil (or Brasil, with an 'S', as Brazilians spell it), and it's always a great experience to see the country come together behind the national team. It's like the 4th of July for a month!

I'll be updating the News section of FactsOfIsrael.com from Internet Cafes across Brazil, but I might not be able to post as many items as I'd like. It's your opportunity to come back to the site and go over the history, maps, stats and the democracy pages - I have made many updates lately and I'm sure you'll find it all interesting. Just let me know if you have any remarks or suggestions, I always enjoy the feedback.

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Before leaving I just sent the weekly FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter. This week's fact is:

Facts 6 and 7: The West Bank and the Gaza strip were under Jordanian and Egyptian occupation from 1948 to 1967 yet no Palestinian State was ever created.

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Palestinian terrorist opens fire on crowd of Israeli women and children (09.23.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at a crowd of Israeli men, women and children who were celebrating Succot (a Jewish holiday):

One Israeli was killed and three children were wounded Monday when a Palestinian gunman opened fire on a crowd of Israelis who were visiting the city of Hebron.

One of the victims who was critically wounded in the attack later died of his wounds in the hospital.

Of the wounded, one child was seriously wounded and two others were moderately hurt . They have been evacuated to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. All four victims are from the same family.

Can you imagine the outrage of the UN and the bleeding brain leftists if an Israeli opened fire on a crowd of Palestinian/Arab/Muslims women and children? Yet, this almost daily deliberate murder of Israeli children by Palestinian homicidal maniacs is rarely reported in the mainstream media, particularly in Europe. Let's remember that the next time the Europeans want to be "honest" brokers of a peace deal.

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NASA sends first Israeli astronaut into space (01.16.2003)

Hi-TechThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that NASA has sent the first Israeli astronaut into space:

The seven NASA (STS-107) crew members Seated in front are astronauts Rick D. Husband (left), mission commander; Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist; and William C. McCool, pilot. Standing are (from the left) astronauts David M. Brown, Laurel B. Clark, and Michael P. Anderson, all mission specialists; and Ilan Ramon, payload specialist representing the Israeli Space Agency.

Israel Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon became the first Israeli citizen to be launched into outer space, after NASA resolved several safety concerns and cleared the space shuttle Columbia for liftoff on Thursday.

Ramon, a payload specialist, is a member of the STS-107 shuttle mission scheduled for launch late Thursday. He joins six American crewmates on the 16-day marathon science mission. [...]

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke to Ramon on Wednesday.

"I am very proud of the first Israeli astronaut. Congratulations to you and the whole crew,"Sharon said. "I wish you well and that you enjoy yourself and all return safely."

President Moshe Katsav sent a microfiche of the Bible the size of a credit card to Ramon to carry on his journey, Beit Hanassi said Tuesday.

"I have something else that is very meaningful,"Ramon replied, "something symbolic and exciting that I'll show you from space." [...]

Ramon said earlier that he would take Jewish symbols or ritual objects with him that correspond to the timing of his particular mission.

"I'm going to carry special things and try to express something about the unity of the Israeli people and the Jewish community. I have some ideas,"Ramon said, "but for the time being, I will keep them deep inside of me. It will be a surprise."

Moon Landscape

A 60-year-old picture drawn by a Jewish boy

murdered by the German Nazis in 1944

One of the items Ramon is carrying into space is a pencil drawing entitled "Moon Landscape." Created by a 14-year-old boy named Peter Ginz, it shows how Earth might look if you were on the Moon and looking back at our home world. What makes the drawing so important to Ramon is that it was created while Ginz was in a Nazi concentration camp, before the boy died in 1944.

Ramon, 48, is the son of Holocaust survivors.

- To learn more about Ilan Ramon and the "Moon Landscape" drawing, click here.
- To watch NASA TV and see live coverage of the space shuttle, click here.
- For an interactive view of the NASA STS-107 mission, click here.

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Palestinian terrorist murders elderly couple and 18-year-old woman (03.31.2006)

Palestinian TerrorismJTA.org reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered three Israelis:

Suicide bomber kills four

3/30/2006, Link

A suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew killed four people in the West Bank.

An elderly couple had picked up the man, who was hitchhiking. The bomber killed the couple and an 18-year-old woman Thursday night as their car approached Kedumim, a settlement in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority had released the bomber from jail weeks earlier, said Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. “Not only are they doing nothing to counter terrorism, they are encouraging it,” Meir said.

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, carried out by the Al Aksa Brigade, a terrorist wing of Abbas’ Fatah party. Officials of Hamas, the P.A.’s new ruling party, said they would not arrest terrorists who plan and carry out attacks.

Doing a search on news.google.com on this terrorist attack only returned 10 results. I guess a murdering Palestinian bastard killing someone's grand-parents and an 18-year old girl is not news.

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Islamic Fascists call for genocide of non-Muslims (08.07.2006)

Palestinian TerrorismConservative Truth (www.conservativetruth.org) has published pictures from a recent demonstration of Islamic Fascists in London, England:

Religion Of Peace Demonstration
June 5, 2006, London, England

Below are pictures of Moslems who marched through the streets of London during their recent Religion of Peace Demonstration.

These pictures have never been shown in any of our American newspapers or television news programs because we are so 'politically correct' that we don't want to 'offend' anyone!

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Palestinian father of homicide bomber believes Israel is behind 9/11 and suicide attacks (11.01.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismWhile checking Instapundit I stumbled upon this article from "The Australian" (www.theaustralian.news.com.au) which described a Palestinian father of a homicide/suicide bomber feelings of anger towards the murderers that organized the massacre of Israeli woman and children:

Although Abudeir refuses to condemn the militant Islamic groups behind the bombings by name, he accuses them of using suicide bombers as not only a means of making themselves politically relevant but also for financial gain. Arab countries such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the families of suicide bombers.

"Great!", I told myself. I have finally found one Palestinian that is pissed off at the Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their deliberate murders of babies. Well, after reading a bit more, I realized that this moron is a racist who probably believes that Jews control the World (has he been watching Egyptian TV?):

Abudeir speculates that the militant Islamic groups are inventions of the Israelis and under their control. He says the Israelis were also behind the attacks on New York's Twin Towers.

Just like the Nazis always blamed the Jews for anti-Semitism, this excuse for a human being blames the Israelis for the homicide bombings. As for blaming Israel and Jews for the heinous Islamic attacks on the US on 9/11, this is apparently something most Arabs/Muslims believe - click here for the details.

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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.

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