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Fact 317: "In October 2000, the Palestinian Authority arrested two Israeli reservists who, by mistake, entered the city of Ramallah, in the West Bank. A mob of Palestinian savages stormed the PA police station and lynched the two reservists. Many of these beasts were then seen showing their bloody hands - something apparently many Palestinians are proud of. In June 2002, Palestinian children celebrated the murder of the two Israeli reservists by dripping their hands in red paint (representing blood)."
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I received an email from a friend that described Jewish symbols in the American one dollar bill:
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A while ago, at the West Point Academy's Jewish Chapel, there was a display about Hyam Salomon and the Revolutionary War. He died penniless, having used all his resources to aid the newly formed and poorly supplied American Continental Army.
Well, I decided to do a bit of research (isn't the Internet great?) and found at least one article that questions the above. Although Hyam Salomon's story is true, the rest might be just wishful thinking. See below for the scoop.
I have just sent the fourth edition of the FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter.
This week's fact is Fact 11: Jordan represents 75% of the British Palestine Mandate.
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A new site has been created called "Military Penpals":
I am starting a new project called Military Penpals. It is in the very beginning stages. My goal is to set up FREE penpal programs between military personnel and the civilians who want them to know they are remembered. I will act as the go-between and coordinate the exchange of email and snail mail addresses. Ideally, I want to find military personnel... soldiers, sailors, etc... who don't receive mail from home. There is nothing sadder to me than the thought of a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine far from home and having nothing with his/her name on it during mail call. Any serviceman or woman is very welcome to participate!!
I served in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces, or Israel's army) as a field medic. My parents and family do not live in Israel and I was a "Haial Boded", or "Lone Soldier". I stayed many weekends alone at the base, while my buddies would travel back to their girlfriends, family and friends - it's not a good feeling.
If you have the time, please sign up and write a few words to our boys and girls who are risking their lives so we can live ours in peace. Check out the Military Penpals website at:
Thanks to Rachel Lucas for the link.
Update: Unfortunately the Military Penpals site now seems to be down. This post is receiving many comments from folks who would like to help and contact a soldier but I haven't yet found a similar site. If anyone knows of one, please add your comments below.
Update 2: One of our readers, Loretta, has a good tip: point your browser to www.operationmilitarypride.org, whose mission is to "keep our service members morale high".
The Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 31, 1497, when a king from Portugal decides to kick all Jews out:
1497: Portugal's King Manuel decrees this as the final deadline by which members of the Portuguese Jewish community must leave the kingdom -- shortly after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. But the king, who in fact regards the community as an economic asset, opens only one seaport for the forced emigration. He thus compels most Jews to remain behind after the designated deadline and baptizes them against their will -- in order to keep Jewish financial resources in the kingdom.
For those that think that the Jewish people will ever give up Israel, think again. We will always fight for a place where racist murderers like this Portuguese clown don't have the opportunity to hurt us.
I copy below an article that gives more info on the racist king from Portugal.
Israeli TV Channel 2 news interviewed Ahmed Tafiz, a 14 year old Palestinian kid who was on his way to become a homicide/suicide bomber and decided at the last moment not to do it.
14 yeard old Ahmed Tafiz and his mother
In this video, published by Mideast Truth (www.mideasttruth.com), the poor kid describes how Palestinian terrorists pushed him into becoming a homicide/suicide bomber, but how at the last moment he decided not to go through with it.
Ahmed had a partner, the same age as him, and he tried to convince his friend not to go through with the killings. "You are just a kid, no one will even remember you" he says on the interview, but unfortunately his friend didn't listen, and a few moments later he heard an explosion.
The Mother describes how she now fears for her life since the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups are not happy about the kid's decision not to become a homicide/suicide bomber.
To see the video, click on the image above or click here. (Real Audio format)
The 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. [...]
Found this on the excellent AndrewSullivan.com - I copy the full article below. Make sure you also support the "Movement of Iranian students", click here for more details.
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This week's fact is Fact 52: Palestinians refused peace and an independent state in October of 2000.
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Just saw an article on Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) that describes how left-wing extremists attacked the Israeli Embassy in London "to destroy everything in their way."
This violence, similar to Palestinian terrorist tactics of "destroying everything in their way", was reported only today, even though the vicious attacks occurred on Monday.
"The embassy, in consultation with security officials, decided to prevent the incident from being reported in the media, apparently in order to prevent alarm in the Jewish community in Great Britain.
The attack occurred one day after a Sunday Times report quoted a leader of London-based fundamentalist group al-Muhajiroun as saying that the Israeli embassy in London and its employees were a legitimate target for suicide attacks.
In October last year the group called on British Muslims to assassinate Prime Minister Tony Blair to avenge the bombing of Taliban forces in Afghanistan."
I copied the full article below.
The New Statesman from England (www.newstatesman.co.uk) has an article on anti-Semitism and Muslim violence in France. The writer interviews a young Jew, Michael Amar, and a young Muslim, Akim, both French. The anti-Semitism and hate coming from the young Muslim is evident:
"Nor do the anti-Semites in France stop at words. During the past two weeks, five synagogues have been firebombed, a pregnant Jewish woman has been punched, a kosher butcher's shop has been sprayed with bullets, and the Jewish school run by Amar's father-in-law has been vandalised."
"Take, for instance, Akim, a 22-year-old mechanic from Sarcelles. Although he was born in France and educated in French schools, his vision of the world is shaped by his belief in a pervasive Jewish conspiracy. "The Jews control everything in this town - the shops, the banks, the police, even the buses," he said, sitting with his friends, Rachid and Mourad, on a yellow bench in the middle of the Cite Rose council estate.
I lived in France for 3 years, and even spent some weekends in Sarcelles, the Paris suburb mentioned in the article. I worry about my friends who are still in Sarcelles, and I hope the French government will do something about the new wave of French/Muslim anti-Semitism.
I copy the full article below.
Camera.org has published more information on the incredible anti-Israeli bias found in the leftist National Public Radio (NPR).
National Public Radio, the taxpayer-supported public radio network, has earned an unenviable reputation as the most anti-Israel news source in the mainstream U.S. media. [...].
I had been supporting NPR financially for years, yet their clear hate of Israel, due to their leftist views, has made me sick - I will never support NPR again. I also hope that public funds will stop being awarded to NPR.
For another example of NPR's clear support of Palestinian terrorism, see "The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism".
I copy the full article below.
I had just finished watching "Star Wars II" when I stumbled upon a related picture on Israeli Guy. AraJar is the evil twin of JarJar, except that he's not only a bit simple minded, but he also deliberately murders women and children. Do you think that AraJar is related to AraFish?
I modified the image a bit, adding the subtitles. Like the Israeli Guy, I'm not sure I agree with the roles, but it's pretty funny.
The leftist Israeli daily Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has an interview with former UN biological arms chief Richard O. Spertzel:
People who think that the UN inspectors will find biological or chemical or even nuclear weapons in Iraq in such a short period of time have unrealistic excpectations, says Richard O. Spertzel, who served as head of the biological weapons inspection team for the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) from 1994-98.
In 1991 during the Gulf War, I was a college student at the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology (similar to America's MIT). Israel never attacked Iraq, yet Saddam Hussein fired dozens of missiles at Israeli cities. Israel never retaliated, but the missiles (Scuds) kept coming. Kids and the elderly had to wear gas masks every night while the butcher of Baghdad aimed and fired his weapons at women, children and babies.
I certainly don't want this Iraqi murderer to acquire nulear weapons. Faster, please.
Thanks to Imshin for the link. I copy the full article below.
The New York Review of Books (www.nybooks.com) just published an interview with Ehud Barak, who was Israel's Prime Minister at the Camp David Peace talks in October 2000 (see the history page for more details).
It is now clear that Palestinians are not interested in peace but have clearly chosen terrorism and the anihilation of the State of Israel as their ultimate goal.
After being offered 95% of the West Bank and Gaza (see maps), half of Jerusalem and an independent state of their own, Arafat and the Palestinians refused and didn't even present a counter offer.
After Deborah Sontag from the NY Times published a revisionist article blaming Israel and the US for the failed Camp David peace talks, here's what President Clinton told Barak:
What the hell is this? Why is she turning the mistakes we [i.e., the US and Israel] made into the essence? The true story of Camp David was that for the first time in the history of the conflict the American president put on the table a proposal, based on UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, very close to the Palestinian demands, and Arafat refused even to accept it as a basis for negotiations, walked out of the room, and deliberately turned to terrorism. That's the real story—all the rest is gossip.
Here are a few more excerpts:
Arafat said "No." Clinton, enraged, banged on the table and said: "You are leading your people and the region to a catastrophe." A formal Palestinian rejection of the proposals reached the Americans the next day. The summit sputtered on for a few days more but to all intents and purposes it was over.
What they [Arafat and his colleagues] want is a Palestinian state in all of Palestine. What we see as self-evident, [the need for] two states for two peoples, they reject. Israel is too strong at the moment to defeat, so they formally recognize it.
Repeatedly during our prolonged interview, conducted in his office in a Tel Aviv skyscraper, Barak shook his head—in bewilderment and sadness— at what he regards as Palestinian, and especially Arafat's, mendacity:
You might also want to read an interview with Shlomo Ben-Ami who was Israel's Foreign Minister at the time - check it out here.
I copy the full interview with Ehud Barak below.
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Levy, 17, of Jerusalem, who was killed when a Palestinian female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Kiryat Yovel supermarket in Jerusalem on 3/29/2002.
Rachel Levy, 17, murdered
by a Palestinian genocide bomber
Rachel Levy was a senior at the Sieff High School. Fellow pupils from her photography class at school said that she was an excellent pupil, and that an exhibition of Rachel's photographs is being held at her school. "She was a charming girl, allways smiling and pleasant. simply a wonderful person," said a relative. "She loved books, music, and sports," said her mother.
May God bless her memory.
The female genocide bomber was a member of the Al-Aksa brigades, a terrorist group that is financed and organized by Yasser Arafat and other thugs of the Palestinian Authority.
I copy the full story below.
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