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Another Palestinian Homicide/Suicide Bombing: 3 dead, dozens of injured (05.19.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismAt 4:00 PM local time, a Palestinian blew himself in a crowded Israeli market trying to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible.

The Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber is part of the PFLP, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. This group wishes for the destruction of Israel and the creation of a Palestinian state instead. It is responsible for the murder of Rahavam Ze'evi, who was Israel's Minister of Tourism when he was killed.

"Two bodies were found at the scene of the attack, one of which was most likely that of the suicide bomber. Two other Israelis succumbed to their injuries after reaching the hospital. One of the injured was in critical condition, eight were in serious condition, five sustained moderate wounds, and the rest were lightly injured"

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Video: How reality changes from Arabic to English (05.11.2002)


MultimediaMideasttruth.com just published a video on how reality changes when Palestinians report events to the Arab world or to the Western Media. The battle of Jenin is described as a hard fight on Palestinian TV, while it is described as a massacre on the Western media.

After the Oslo peace treaty in the beginning of the 90's, the Palestinian Authority was allowed to create a Police force and arm itself accordingly. As part of the same accords, many weapons were defined as illegal. Until a final peace agreement was to be reached, only this Police force was allowed to arm itself. The Palestinian authority accepted this condition when it signed the Oslo peace treaty.

The Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and other Palestinian terrorist groups completely ignored the treaty and as soon as Israel gave the Palestinians autonomy, they armed themselves as much as possible. Arafat and the Palestinian authority did nothing to stop this illegal buildup of weapons.

The video shows some of the weapons found in dozens of bomb labs in Jenin.

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Large Tel Aviv rally calls for pullout from territories (05.12.2002)


NewsThe Jerusalem Post reports that last night tens of thousands rallied in Tel-Aviv to call for a unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza. Police estimated the crowd at 60,000 while organizers put the figure at 150,000.

Currently there's a coalition government in place, with both Likud and Labor joining forces. The demonstration was organized by the opposition, Meretz, and the "Peace Now" group (see the democracy page for details).

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Technion, Israel's MIT, key to Israel's future (10.26.2002)


Hi-TechThe Miami Herald (www.miami.com) has a good article on how support for the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, is vital to Israel:

''Were second to the U.S. in technological sophistication- this little Israel. And its all because of this school,'' Horev said. ``Our economic posture has changed drastically. We were once agriculturally oriented, but not anymore. Israel cannot develop without the technological advancements that occur at Technion.''

Ninety of Israels 100 largest companies are managed by Technion graduates, and alumnae generate nearly a third of Israels $100 billion GDP.


I studied at the Techion from 1987 to 1991. My first major was "Aeronautics and Space Science", but I switched to Computer Science later on (and I don't regret it). I'm damn proud of the Technion and its incredible achievements.

The official site of the Technion is www.technion.ac.il and you can make a donation here at the American Technion Society.

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Anti-Semitic cartoon in the Los Angeles Times (05.23.2002)


Anti-SemitismI just saw a cartoon depicting two Jews "worshipping their God" in front of the Western Wall, the Jews most sacred spot in the World (in Jerusalem). Unfortunately, according to the cartoon's author, the word "HATE" turns out to be the Jews God.



According to the Los Angeles Times,
Jews worship hate


Was this printed in some government controlled Arabic newspaper, or maybe it was found in a Hitler's Youth handbook?

Nope. It was printed in the Los Angeles Times, which turns out to be not only anti-Israeli but is now openly anti-Semitic.

"In defense, L.A. Times artist Michael Ramirez pointed out that that the second man in the cartoon (sprawled on the ground and much less noticeable) was actually a Moslem praying. Unfortunately, the keffiah which would identify him as a Moslem is practically invisible to the naked eye.

Furthermore, Ramirez was unable to explain why the chosen venue of "hate" was the Western Wall, a site sacred only to Jews, which has never been used as a place of Moslem prayer"

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America to pursue Palestinian Arab Murderers (08.19.2002)


NewsIn May 2001, Palestinian terrorists murdered Jacob Koby Mandell, a 13-year-old American kid from Maryland. Koby was out hiking with his friend Yosef. The Palestinian murderers took rocks and bashed in Koby's skull, then smeared the boys' blood all over the walls of a cave where the bodies were later found.

The Primer watch group (www.tampabayprimer.org) has created a page to support the Koby Mandell Act:

The massacre of five American citizens in the Hebrew University cafeteria bombing makes it imperative that we undertake a major effort on behalf of the Koby Mandell Act. Thirty-six Americans have been murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in Israel since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993.

The Koby Mandell Act (S. 1377 / H.R. 2098), which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, would establish a special office, within the Department of Justice, to pursue the Palestinian Arab killers of Americans and bring them to trial in the United States. And it would assist the victims' families. (The title of the bill refers to 13 year-old Jacob "Koby" Mandell of Maryland, who was brutally murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in May 2001.).


Primer is dedicated to counter anti-Jewish and anti Israel written, visual and oral messages through media watch media response and dissemination of complete and accurate information. Primer has created a page to support the Koby Mandell Act - to send an email to your Senators and Representative, click here.

Sherri Mandell, Koby's mother, has also written an article, originally published in the New York Post. I copy it below.

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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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British author embarassed by appeaser friends (02.19.2003)


OpinionThe Times online (www.timesonline.co.uk) has an excellent article that shows how the author is embarassed by his appeaser friends

In all my 38 years, I have never before felt such a sense of personal shock. I am shocked that so many of my friends would rather a brutal dictator remained in power — for that would be the direct consequence if their views won out — than support military action by the United States. I am ashamed that they would rather believe the words of President Saddam Hussein than those of their own Prime Minister. I am nauseated that they would rather give succour to evil than think through the implications of their gut feelings. [...]

have tried to point out that saying you are in favour of “peace” is meaningless. Which sane person is not? The question is: peace on whose, and what, terms? If it is peace on the terms of brutal dictators, secured by allowing them to build up whatever weapons arsenals they wish, then that is not peace. It is suicide.


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Some British Muslims join Islamic Jihad ("Holy War") and wish for the murder of millions (04.22.2004)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Evening Standard (www.thisislondon.co.uk) has published an article that shows how some English Muslims are completely brainwashed and have joined the fascist Muslim movement that has declared Jihad ("Holy War") against Western Democracies:

Four young British Muslims in their twenties - a social worker, an IT specialist, a security guard and a financial adviser - occupy a table at a fast-food chicken restaurant in Luton. Perched on their plastic chairs, wolfing down their dinner, they seem just ordinary young men. Yet out of their mouths pour heated words of revolution.

"As far as I'm concerned, when they bomb London, the bigger the better," says Abdul Haq, the social worker. "I know it's going to happen because Sheikh bin Laden said so. Like Bali, like Turkey, like Madrid - I pray for it, I look forward to the day." [...]

"I agree with you, brother," says Abu Yusuf, the earnest-looking financial adviser sitting opposite. "I would like to see the Mujahideen coming into London and killing thousands, whether with nuclear weapons or germ warfare. And if they need a safehouse, they can stay in mine - and if they need some fertiliser [for a bomb], I'll tell them where to get it." [...]

His friend, Abu Musa, the security guard, smiles radiantly. "It will be a day of joy for me," he adds, speaking with a slight lisp. [...]

[...] It was the events of 11 September that crystallised Sayful's worldview. "When I watched those planes go into the Twin Towers, I felt elated," he says. "That magnificent action split the world into two camps: you were either with Islam and al Qaeda, or with the enemy. I decided to quit my job and commit myself full-time to al-Muhajiroun." Now he does not consider himself British. "I am a Muslim living in Britain, and I give my allegiance only to Allah." [...]

As they call for the bill, Abu Malaahim flicks open his 3G mobile phone and, with a satisfied grin, displays the image, downloaded from the internet, of an American Humvee burning in Iraq.

Abu Yusuf says: "That's nothing. I downloaded the picture of the four burnt Americans hanging from the bridge." It's oneupmanship, al-Muhajiroun style.


It is clear that not all Muslims are fascist, racist and violent bastards. But it also clear that some are freaks who wish for the destructions of Israel, the United States and other Western Democracies, and would not hesitate in murdering millions.

I receive a lot of death threats and hate mail from such British Muslims and I find it outrageous that these brainwashed morons enjoy the rights of the very Democracies they wish to destroy.

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Palestinians must stop their deliberate murder of Israeli women and children (02.02.2004)


OpinionSteven Den Beste from the USS Clueless (denbeste.nu) has an excellent analysis of the current stage of Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism:

As Israel continues to build its security fence along the border of the West Bank, there is rising nervousness approaching panic among the Palestinians and their Arab supporters elsewhere. They hate the idea of the fence, and there's a good reason why.

They do not have the ability to prevent Israel from completing it, which means that the only way to prevent it from being finished is either to offer Israel positive incentives to quit, or to get outsiders to pressure the Israelis to quit. And when it comes to "outsiders", the list of those whose opinions about the wall the Israelis would actually care about only has one entry: the United States. [...]

Moreover, the first "step" was for the Palestinians to do the things Bush had demanded, and it would be the US that would judge whether their performance was acceptable, and not the Europeans or the UN.

Some people have an almost religious belief that in any conflict a negotiated settlement satisfactory to both sides must possible, and that if it can be found then both sides will agree to it. It would be nice if that were true, but a study of history shows that too often that can't happen until one party in the conflict abandons some deep and major ambition or desire. That's the case here.

The Palestinian goal has always been a one state solution, that one state being "Palestine" and reaching all the way to the sea, ruled by a Palestinian majority with a small and declining number of Jewish citizens. Jews in such a Palestinian-dominated state would be treated the way whites were in Zimbabwe, if not even worse.


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Massacre: Palestinian murderer kills 9 and wounds over 50 Israelis (08.04.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian genocide bomber has blown himself inside an Israeli bus, deliberately killing 7 and wounding 38 Israelis.

(Update: Israeli radio (bet.iba.org.il) reports that the the current toll is now 9 dead and over 50 Israelis wounded - including 2 that are in a coma and 9 that are in critical condition).

In an apparent suicide attack, a powerful explosion ripped apart a bus on Sunday morning near the northern town of Safed, killing seven people and wounding 38, police said.

The explosion blew off the roof of the bus and the vehicle then burst into flames. The attack occurred at about 8:45 .m. local time at an intersection near Mount Meron, and the site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's burial site, police sources said.

"I picked up four dead myself," Haim Ben-Shimon, a civilian who was nearby at the time of the blast, told Army Radio. "The bus is simply crushed. It looks as if the explosion happened in the center of the bus."



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Arafat's Palestinian terrorists murder 5 Israelis (11.28.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have deliberately murdered 5 Israelis in Beit Shean, a city in the north of Israel:

At least five Israelis were killed and some 30 injured in an attack by two terrorists Thursday afternoon who opened fire on people voting in the Likud leadership primary at the party branch in the northern town of Beit She'an.

Thirteen people were in serious condition and seven sustained moderate wounds. Most of the injured were evacuated to Haemek Hospital in Afula and Poriya Hospital in Tiberias.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs` Brigade - which is linked to Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction - claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to initial reports, at around 3:20 P.M. two terrorists opened fire and threw grenades at people crowding around the Likud branch, which is located in the town's main bus station. Both terrorists were killed by security forces who arrived at the scene of the attack. One of the two was said to be wearing an explosive belt.


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Palestinians march in support of Iraq and Saddam Hussein, burn US and Israeli flags (08.18.2002)


NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the Fatah, Arafat's umbrella group of terrorist organizations, has organized a demonstration in support of Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

The demonstrators chanted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, burned flags of both countries and fired shots in the air, while calling on Saddam to attack Tel Aviv.

Marching through Rafah refugee camp, the demonstrators waved Palestinian flags as well as posters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Hussein.

"We are marching to Iraq, giving millions of martyrs on the way," they chanted.


The Palestinian define their genocide bombers (who blow themselves up deliberately murdering unarmed civilians, including babies and children) by using the term "martyrs". In 1991, the Palestinians fully supported Iraq in the Gulf war and cheered from their roofs as Saddam Hussein bombarded Israeli civilian centers with Scud missiles (see the History page).

Yasser Arafat is the leader of Fatah, which includes the Al-Aksa "martyrs" brigrade, responsible for dozens of genocide bombings and thousands of other terrorist attacks against unarmed Israeli and American civilians (see the Palestine page for more details).

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Palestinian Television continues to broadcast hate, racism and calls for war (09.25.2002)


Palestinian TerrorismIn one of the forums I read daily, someone posted an article that described how Arafat calls for peace:

“Only peace and dialogue can help solve the crisis in the Middle East, Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat told Malta's President Guido de Marco”.


Arafat continues to speak of peace in English while calling for war, murder and “one million martyrs” (suicide bombers) in Arabic. Here are sample transcripts of sermons that are continuously being transmitted on Palestinian Television, which is under the complete control of Arafat and his thugs from the Palestinian authority:

"Blessings to whoever waged Jihad for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever raided for the sake of Allah; blessings to whoever put a belt of explosives on his body or on his sons' and plunged into the midst of the Jews, crying "Allahu Akbar, praise to Allah, There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger." […]

"Whoever can fight them with his weapons, should go out [to the battle]; whoever can fight them with a machinegun, should go out; whoever can fight them with a sword or a knife, should go out; whoever can fight them with his hands, should go out; This is our destiny. The people who are the most hostile toward the believers are the Jews and the Polytheists... The Jews have exposed their fangs. Nothing will deter them, except the color of their filthy people’s blood; nothing will deter them except for us voluntarily detonating ourselves in their midst. They have nuclear power, but we have the power of the belief in Allah..." […]

"This good news... has passed down to our people who still make great sacrifices, defending the honor of the Islamic nation. The sacrifice of convoys of martyrs [will continue] until Allah grants us victory very soon. The willingness for sacrifice and for death we see amongst those who were cast by Allah into a war with the Jews, should not come at all as a surprise..."


Click here to watch a subtitled video (Realplayer required). Titled "Friday Sermons on Palestinian Authority TV,"(c) it was compiled from Palestinian Authority TV broadcasts of Friday sermons delivered at mosques under the authority of the PA. This subtitled video was distributed by the House Committee on International Relations to members of the House of Representatives in 2002.

These are mosques that are under the control of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, and these messages were transmitted on Palestinian television, which was built with European money and is under Arafat’s control.

Peace will come when Arafat, the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad love their kids more than they hate the Jews. That is not the case today, but their hate, racism and murder of Israeli women and children will lead them nowhere.

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


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