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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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79-year-old Grandfather of 5 deliberately murdered by Palestinian terrorist (01.02.2003)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Solomon Hoenig, a 79-year-old Israeli grandfather of 5 who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Hamas ("Islamic Resistance" in Arabic):

Solomon Hoenig, 79
Grandfather of 5
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On September 19, 2002, Solomon Hoenig, 79, of Tel Aviv was one of six people killed when a suicide terrorist detonated a bomb in Dan bus No. 4 on Allenby Street, opposite the Great Synagogue in Tel-Aviv. Hamas claimed responsbility for the attack.

The explosion was set off by the suicide bomber shortly before 13:00 PM in the front section of the bus. The bus had been en route from the central bus station to northern Tel Aviv. The bomber apparently boarded the bus at a stop opposite the synagogue and then detonated the device, killing six and wounding about 70. The blast scorched the bus and blew out its windows.

Solomon Hoenig apparently boarded Bus No. 4 at the same station as the suicide bomber and was killed on the spot. He immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1959 with his wife Anna. He had worked at various jobs, primarily sealing refrigerated rooms. The couple had in recent years been living in an old-age home in Tel-Aviv. His son Avi described him as a "good person and a good husband, a modest family man."

Solomon Hoenig was buried in Holon. He is survived by his wife Anna, his son Avi, his daughter Shoshi, and five grandchildren.

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Chicken Keeping In Cold Climates (09.06.2002)

HumorWhile checking my logs, I just found out that a couple of people reached FactsOfIsrael.com by searching on Google for:

"chicken keeping in cold climates"

Maybe it's because of this, but it's probably this.

Shana Tova everybody. ;-)

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Replacing Jihad with Social Development (05.10.2002)

NewsMemri.org translates articles from the Arab press - I just found the following translated from an article published on 5/8 on Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a London Arabic newspaper:

In an article written by "an Arab diplomat who chose to reveal his real name," - Abu Ahmad Mustafa called upon the Arab world to replace Jihad with social development. The article, titled "When Will the Arabs Learn the Lesson Even Once," appeared recently in the Saudi-owned London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

"Now, after the fog has begun to lift above the skies of the Palestinian Authority, and after the second Intifada has ended, at such a terrible price, the Arabs must try – at least once – to grasp the lesson that they have been taught yet again..."

"First, we must admit that the ones who pushed the children into the second Intifada had no defined political goal that they sought to achieve and that would benefit the Palestinian people... It became clear, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the ones who planned it wanted to thwart any initiative that President Arafat sought to promote. They wanted to make him simultaneously their prisoner and Israel's prisoner..."

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Arafat, not only a murderer, but also a 'Mafia boss' (11.14.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismTime Magazine (www.time.com) has a good article that describes how Arafat is not only a terrorist murderer but is also more like a 'Mafia boss':

Yasser Arafat doesn't deal delicately with threats to his power. When former Cabinet Minister Nabil Amr called in September for reform of the Palestinian Authority, Arafat had the chief of his special forces fire a few warning shots at Amr's home. Leaders of Arafat's Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization got the message. Scheduled to vote on reform a few days after the attack, they swallowed their criticisms instead.

It is no surprise, then, that past efforts to limit Arafat's prerogatives have failed. Nevertheless, one group of reformers thinks it has found a way to whittle down Arafat's domain. Its secret weapon against the imperious Palestinian leader: a team of American accountants. Shuttling between hotels in the West Bank and offices in California, a handful of professionals hired from Standard & Poor's by the reform-minded new Palestinian Finance Minister, Salam Fayyad, are combing through the many business interests of Arafat's Palestinian Authority, looking to uncover malfeasance. When they are done, according to an agreement Arafat signed in August under pressure from U.S. and European officials who threatened to cut aid, the Authority's investments will be given over to a fund administered by independent Palestinian businessmen. That will end the one-man dominion Arafat has enjoyed over Palestinian funds for decades, first as chairman of the P.L.O. and since 1994 as head of the Palestinian Authority.

I heard that once Bibi Netanyahu is elected as Prime Minister of Israel and finally gets rid of Arafat, the Palestinian killer will use mob experience to apply for a position in The Sopranos, appearing as Tony's lost uncle (sorry, I don't mean to offend any Mafia bosses out there). I copy the full article below.

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Muslim actor makes Palestinian propaganda movie on Jenin (11.13.2002)

NewsA couple of weeks ago, Muhammad Bakri, an Israeli Muslim citizen and a fairly famous actor, released a movie about the battle of Jenin. Mr. Bakri supports the ridiculous claim that a "massacre" occurred, even though it's obvious Palestinian propaganda.

An article appeared in Maariv (one of Israel's largest newspapers) from David Sangan, an IDF (Israel's army) doctor that was present in Jenin during the battle. He points out to 7 lies and lack of credibility in the movie:

I watched Muhammad Bakri's film Jenin, Jenin in a limited forum, with Jerusalem Cinematheque Director Leah Van Leer and several journalists. After the private screening, I responded and indicated each lie and lack of credibility. One of those present at the screening was outraged: "If you don't accept the facts in the film, you apparently don't understand anything; how can you be a doctor?"

For a moment, I forgot that I had been in Jenin last April, serving as a regional brigade doctor, while this viewer had, at best, been fed on rumors. Bakri expertly weaves together lies and half-truths until it becomes very difficult not to be seduced by the distorted picture he creates. [...]

Lie Number 2:

Another impressive part of the film is the interview with a male 75-year-old Jenin resident who mumbles and cries and tells how he was taken out of his bed in the middle of the night, shot in the hand, and after he failed to obey the soldiers' command to get up, was shot again in the foot.

I met this very same old man as he was brought to me after an operation to clear one of the Hamas cells' houses in the refugee camp. He had indeed been lightly injured in the hand and was suffering from a minor scratch on the foot, but certainly not as the result of a bullet.

IDF soldiers transferred him to a secure station that had been set up to treat wounded and there he was treated by me, among others. One of the military doctors identified diagnosed a heart problem. We suggested that he be transferred immediately to Haemek Hospital in Afula [an Israeli hospital] for treatment.

He asked to be treated at the hospital in Jenin since he did not speak Hebrew. After the hospital [in Jenin] refused to admit him, we transferred him to Afula and he stayed there for three days in the internal medicine department for treatment of his heart problems and the anemia that he suffered from as a result of another chronic illness.

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France will pay for its anti-American stance (02.28.2003)

OpinionThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how France will pay for its current anti-American stance:

It is only slightly less absurd that we should require the assent of France. France pretends to great-power status but hasn't had it in 50 years. It was given its permanent seat on the Security Council to preserve the fiction that heroic France was part of the great anti-Nazi alliance rather than a country that surrendered and collaborated.

A half-century later, that charade has proved costly. In order to appease the French, we negotiated Security Council Resolution 1441, which France has thoroughly trashed and yet which has delayed American action for months.

Months for the opposition to mobilize itself, particularly in Britain, where Tony Blair is now hanging by a thread. Months for Hussein to augment his defenses and plan the sabotage and other surprises he has in store when the war starts. Months, most importantly, that threaten to push the fighting into a season of heat and sandstorms that may cost the lives of brave Americans. We will have France to thank for that.

France is not doing this to contain Iraq -- France spent the entire 1990s weakening sanctions and eviscerating the inspections regime as a way to end the containment of Iraq. France is doing this to contain the United States. As I wrote last week, France sees the opportunity to position itself as the leader of a bloc of former great powers challenging American supremacy. [...]

First, as soon as the dust settles in Iraq, we should push for an expansion of the Security Council -- with India and Japan as new permanent members -- to dilute France's disproportionate and anachronistic influence.

Second, there should be no role for France in Iraq, either during the war, should France change its mind, or after it. No peacekeeping. No oil contracts. And France should be last in line for loan repayment, after Russia. Russia, after all, simply has opposed our policy. It did not try to mobilize the world against us.

Third, we should begin laying the foundation for a new alliance to replace the now obsolete Cold War alliances. Its nucleus should be the "coalition of the willing" now forming around us. No need to abolish NATO. The grotesque performance of France, Germany and Belgium in blocking aid to Turkey marks the end of NATO's useful life. Like the United Nations, it will simply wither of its own irrelevance.

We should be thinking now about building the new alliance structure around the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, such willing and supportive Old Europe countries as Spain and Italy, and the New Europe of deeply pro-American ex-communist states. Add perhaps India and Japan and you have the makings of a new post-9/11 structure involving like-minded states that see the world of the 21st century as we do: threatened above all by the conjunction of terrorism, rogue states and weapons of mass destruction. As part of that rethinking, we should redeploy our bases in Germany to Eastern Europe, which is not just friendlier but closer to the theaters of the new war.

I still have family and friends in France who are shocked by this racist and intolerant society - with 15% voting for the Communist and Trotsky parties, over 20% voting for the fascist "National Front" of Le Pen, and over 10% of Muslims, it's no wonder France has become a country that ignores the burning of synagogues and supports the butcher from Baghdad.

France will pay. Found the link on Andrew Sullivan - I copy the full article below.

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Neo-Nazi from Chile sends me hate mail (12.11.2002)

Hate MailOn Friday, 11/15/2002, I received the following comment:

IP Address:



This lovely remark was entered as a comment to an article which I had previously posted that described how on July 14, 2002, a Canadian neo-Nazi skinhead deliberately murdered a Jew in Toronto (just for being Jewish). I left the original comment in the original article, which you may find here.

I traced back the IP address to the server as5300-s02-142.cnt.entelchile.net - a computer that belongs to the Chilean ISP Entel (www.entelchile.net). I sent the ISP from Chile a message requesting their help in identifying the neo-Nazi and asking them about their 'Terms of Service', but unfortunately I have received no answer.

To find out how I was able to trace back the message to an ISP in Chile, please read "Stop the Hate!", a technical tutorial with step-by-step instructions that could help you if you ever receive hate mail.

To see how institutions in the United States, including a University and a public library, properly reacted when one of their users sent me hate mail, please click here.

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Falta de conhecimento (Portuguese) (09.10.2002)

O senador José Alencar, candidato à vice-presidente na chapa de Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, disse em uma entrevista no início do ano que a solução para o conflito entre israelenses e palestinos seria Israel se mudar de lugar. Mas semana passada ele esteve presente na sede da Congregação Israelita de São Paulo para as comemorações de Rosh Hashana junto com toda a equipe do PT.

Segundo o senador, ele não disse o que disse por mal...

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Americans start Boycott of France (03.17.2003)

OpinionBill O'Reilly from the Fox News Channel (www.foxnews.com) has called from a complete boycott of French goods:

More than 50,000 people have responded to the Internet poll, and 93 percent support boycotting French goods, just 6 percent are opposed. [...]

So what I am calling for is a boycott of French goods in the stores. For example, if you buy Poland Spring bottled water instead of Evian, the store still gets the money. [...]

You know, we have bailed out France now three times in this century, in World War I, in World War II, and then in the Cold War, and -- and so France really does owe us a debt of gratitude. They should be a strong ally of U.S. and European national security, and yet what you have here is France undermining the national security of a country that's supposed to be a friend and an ally. [...]

MOORE: ... because France is extremely dependent on American tourists in the spring and summer seasons.

O'REILLY: Two-point-nine million, Mr. Moore, last year. That was down 20 percent... [...] and I say it's going to be down another 50 percent. I think it will be down at least a million.

I join Mr. O'Reilly in his boycott of France and I urge anyone who is outraged by France's protection of Saddam Hussein and its anti-American and anti-Israeli stance to do the same. Don't buy French products (look at the labels) and don't go on vacation in France.

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A true poem about Islamic terrorists (01.11.2003)

HumorA moronic leftist British poet, has written some anti-American garbage:

They read good books, and quote, but never learn
a language other than the scream of rocket-burn.
Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad:
elections, money, empire, oil and Dad.

To read the rest of this story, click here. Over 150 people have responded with their own poems. There are some excellent entries, but according to Asparagirl (and I agree), one stands out:


Roses are red
Violets are blue
All your stupid Islamofascist friends are going to be hunted down and killed like the vermin they are and their remains will be left to rot in the gutter and be fed on by rats and cockroaches and they will spend their eternity in the hottest corner of hell with their 72 "virgins" consisting of aging former members of really bad boy bands with not a good-looking goat or camel in sight
And so are you."

Note: in no way am I calling for the murder of all Muslims. The poem above is dedicated to the Islamic terrorists from Al-Qaeda and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - that said if you are a supporter of the above mass murderers, consider yourself targetted as well.

Tim Blair who started this whole thing has published the poems, including those that are not linkable. I copy the full list below.

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Judgment Day is approaching for the Islamic Republic of Iran (07.08.2003)

OpinionThe National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has published an excellent article on how freedom is slowly becoming a reality in Iran:

The people of Iran (inside Iran and outside) want an end to this evil regime. Freedom will prevail. There will be demonstrations. The regime with attack, but the people will fight back. Today, in Los Angeles, several thousand Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with people of Iran. Tomorrow, Iranian Americans will stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in front of Capitol Hill and will be joined by members of Congress (make sure your member is there) who believe that the people of Iran deserve freedom. [...]

Judgment Day is approaching for those who have shed the blood of tens of thousands of innocent Iranians. Judgment Day is approaching for those who have ordered the stoning of women. Judgment Day is approaching for those who ordered the bombing of the Jewish community center in Argentina. Judgment Day is approaching for those who ordered the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon and the Khobar Towers in Riyadh. Judgment Day is approaching for those who started the chant: "Death to America" and everything America stands for. Judgment Day is approaching for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It may not be tomorrow, but soon this evil regime will join the other evil regimes in the dustbin of history. Judgment Day will come.

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Fact 113: The IDF (Israel's Defence Forces) goals and directives (07.14.2002)

NewsletterThe latest FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter has been sent.

This week's fact is Fact 113: The IDF (Israel's Defence Forces) goals and directives.

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FactsOfIsrael.com gets almost half a million hits per month (12.01.2002)

AnnouncementI have just checked the FactsOfIsrael.com logs and the numbers for November 2002 are incredible: 473,950 hits! Here's how our site is getting to be more and more popular as time goes by:

FactsOfIsrael.com Number of
Hits per Month

In April there were a mere 12,344 hits, while in November there were 473,950 hits: that's an astonishing 3839.5% improvement (or 38.4 times more traffic)!

I started this site with 4-5 pages with info on the history, geography and stats on Israel and the Middle East. I then decided to post daily messages in English, French and Portuguese, related to the Victims of Palestinian Terrorism, News, Opinion, Humor, Anti-Semitism, Jewish History and more.

I also wrote a free screensaver with over 399 facts and 120 images on Israel and the Middle East - check it out here. Furthermore, I also send out a free newsletter (almost on a weekly basis), wrote a document on how to trace back hate messages, created an AvantGo channel for the Palm Pilot and created XML and KlipInfo feeds.

Oh I almost forgot the online store, the books, links and donations pages and the translation to the site in French. Not bad for a bit over 6 months! ;-)

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The United States rejects Arafat's terrorist regime (07.01.2002)

NewsMSNBC (www.msnbc.com) reports that President Bush and the United States mean what they say when they call for the ousting of chairman Yasser Arafat and his thugs from the Palestinian Authority.

“THE U.S. RESPECTS democratic processes, but if a leadership emerges that does not deal with terrorism, the U.S. cannot deal with that,” [national security adviser Condoleezza] Rice told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” suggesting that the United States would not deal with Arafat even if he were elected in free elections.

“I worked for 18 months to try to put in place a plan that would allow Chairman Arafat to demonstrate his leadership,” he told CBS “Face the Nation.” “We would have been way along if the violence had been brought down. Chairman Arafat simply did not seize any of these opportunities to bring the violence under control.”

“Moreover, after the Israelis pulled back from the recent occupation ... we thought maybe we have some movement,” said Powell. “What we saw instead were more bombing. Bombing after bombing after bombing after bombing, day after day. Frankly, we also saw continuing indications that there was complicity with the senior levels in the Palestinian Authority.”

Suicide bombings killed 26 Israelis last week.

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Islamic court in Saudi Arabia sentences man to 70 lashes in public (01.20.2003)

News"Arab News" reports that Saudi Arabia has implemented once again Islamic law and is disrespecting human rights:

Indian flogged for sacrilege
By Abdullah Al-Fehaid

SUDAIR, 20 January 2003 — An Indian worker in Roudhat Sudair, 150 km north of Riyadh, was sentenced to 70 lashes in public and deportation by a Shariah court here for urinating on the walls of a mosque. The man, a non-Muslim tailor, was proved guilty of repeating the sacrilegious act several times with malicious intention. He was flogged at the courtyard of the Sabeen Mosque in Roudhat Sudair. Security agencies are now taking steps to deport him.

As a matter of policy, I don't link to Nazi publications (such as this "Arab News"), so I won't list the source of the above article. Thanks to LGF for the link.

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