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Most Americans support Israel in her war against Palestinian Islamic terrorists (02.14.2006)

OpinionGallup has published a poll that clearly shows that a large majority of the American people supports Israel in their war against Palestinian Islamic terrorists:

Following the election of Hamas as the Palestinian Authority's ruling party, Americans have grown more pessimistic that peace will ever be achieved in the Middle East, and increasingly sympathetic toward the Israelis. American opinions of the Palestinians had been improving in recent years, but now are among the worst Gallup has ever measured. Most Americans do not believe the United States should give any financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority -- regardless of its stance toward Israel -- and most say the United States should conduct diplomatic relations with the Palestinians if they recognize Israel as a nation.

Hamas secured a majority of seats in the latest Palestinian parliament, raising worldwide concerns about what the militant organization, considered by many nations to be a terrorist group, might do with governing power. [...]

Gallup's long-standing trend question on the Middle East, first measured in 1988, asks Americans whether their sympathies in the conflict lie more with the Israelis or the Palestinians. As has typically been the case, Americans are much more likely to sympathize with the Israelis (59%) than with the Palestinians (15%), with the remaining 26% not taking either side or not having an opinion. The current figures represent one of the most lopsided margins in favor of the Israelis ever recorded by Gallup. The only other times sympathy has been this high were during the first Persian Gulf War in February 1991 (when Iraq was launching Scud missiles into Israeli territory) and shortly before the start of the second war with Iraq, in February 2003 (58%). In 2004 and 2005, sympathy toward the Palestinians, though still low, was as high as it has been historically (18%).

Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian terrorists have one goal: to destroy the State of Israel and murder all of her citizens. Click here for more information on these murderous bastards.

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Iran responsible for the murder of 85 Argentinian Jews (07.22.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe New York Times (www.nytimes.com) reports that a defector from Iran says that Iran was responsible for the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that killed 85 and injured hundreds.

The Iranian government organized and carried out the bombing of a Jewish community center here eight years ago that killed 85 people and then paid Argentina's president at the time, Carlos Saúl Menem, $10 million to cover it up, a witness in the case has said in sealed testimony. [...]

Mr. Mesbahi said the planning for the attack in Buenos Aires began in 1992, led by Mohsen Rabbani, cultural attaché at the Iranian Embassy at the time, and supervised by Hamid Naghashan, a senior official of the Iranian intelligence agency.

One cell focused on "cooperating with members of the Argentine police, corrupting them or threatening them to collaborate with the attack," Mr. Mesbahi said, according to the transcript. "Another devoted itself to obtaining the explosives" in Brazil, he said.

Mr. Mesbahi said that after the attack, negotiations took place in Tehran with an emissary, a bearded man of about 50, sent by Mr. Menem. The result was that "$10 million was deposited into a numbered account that Menem had indicated," Mr. Mesbahi said, paid from a $200 million Swiss account controlled by Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was Iran's president at the time, and by a son of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

In return, Mr. Mesbahi said, Mr. Menem agreed to "make declarations that there was no evidence against Iran that it was responsible."

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Palestinian and Israeli wife helped homicide/suicide bomber (05.30.2002)

NewsI just heard on Israeli radio (http://bet.iba.org.il) that an Israeli citizen helped a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber in last week's terrorist attack on Rishon Le-Zion.

"The gag order over the arrest of Ibrahim Sarhana, a resident of the Dehaishe refugee camp and his wife Marina Pinsky, an Israeli citizen, on suspicion that they aided a suicide bomber to arrive in Rishon Letzion last week, has been lifted Thursday.

Pinsky, a Jewish citizen of Israel who had immigrated to Israel 11 years ago, confessed to the allegations as well."

Correction: Ha'aretz reports that contradictory to previous reports, the woman who aided the suicide bomber who carried out the suicide bombing in Rishon Letzion on May 22 is not Marina Pinsky - a Jewish Israeli - but rather Irena Polichuk, a non-Jew who arrived in Israel several years ago and worked as a prostitute.

Click here to see the report on the original homicide/suicide bombing, where two unarmed civilians were killed and over 50 wounded.

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German vandals destroy monument to Nazi victims (11.22.2002)

Anti-SemitismOnce again, a monument to Nazi victims, has been vandalized in Germany:

A German official on Thursday decried a string of right-wing attacks on memorials to the victims of Nazi-era crimes in the east of the country as the worst in years, after vandals destroyed a brick monument in the town of Leegebruch earlier this week.

"Such a string of attacks on memorials has not been seen in many years," said Guenter Marsch, director of the foundation for the preservation of monuments in eastern Brandenburg state.

Police blame right-wing extremists for the attacks, centered around eastern Germany where a full reckoning of Nazi-era crimes was suppressed by the former communist regime.

A couple of months ago, in September 2002, German Nazis firebombed a Jewish Museum - click here for more details. I copy the full article below.

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Some leftist liberals are as anti-Semitic as their extreme right counterparts (09.12.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Washington Jewish Week Online (www.washingtonjewishweek.com) has an article by 21-year-old Sarah Kopelovich who describes how she was attacked at a counter rally against neo-Nazis in Washington, DC. Sarah was harassed by people that hated her for being Jewish and a supporter of Israel.

The sad part of the story is that it's not the neo-Nazis that attacked her, but some leftist liberals, who seem to have as much hate and contempt for Jews and Israel as their extreme right counterparts.

Truth: In 2002, 60 years after the Holocaust, a Jewish girl cannot go out to an anti-neo-Nazi rally and hold up the Israeli flag. [...]

To these Nazi sympathizers, who applaud the victimization of minorities, of Jews, who extol the brutal slaughter of 12 million people including whole branches of my family tree, to them I wanted to sing out, "I AM A JEW! I AM AN ISRAELI AMERICAN! NOW IT IS YOU THAT ARE IN THE MINORITY. WE ARE STRONG AND WE ARE HERE FOREVER!" [...]

Unfurling a blue and white Israeli flag, I walked briskly and purposefully toward the gathering of anti-Nazi protesters. Watching 300 neo-Nazis with their strident rhetoric, I felt small, isolated and helpless. [...]

Suddenly I realized that the cries and jeers at the sight of the flag, originated not from the neo-Nazis, but from the anti-Nazi protesters.

I continued through the crowd and tried hard to ignore the glares. Inevitably, I was confronted. Abusive, although not unfamiliar words assaulted me at first: "Israel is fascist!" "Zionism is racism!" An old woman with a sweet face screamed at me, "You are a Nazi!" she cried. What had started out as a protest against racism quickly turned into a forum of hatred and fanaticism. I and the flag I held were their targets. [...]

Despite my intense rage, I stayed true to my nonviolent beliefs and fought her and the crowd that had begun to form around me, with my words.

The crowd of anti-Nazi protesters did not have the same nonviolent ideology. I was spat upon. I was physically and verbally threatened. Grown men accosted me and tried to rip the Israeli flag out of my hands. Several were very close to actually assaulting me. Police intervened and blocked the anti-Nazi protesters from approaching me. These were supposed to be the good guys, and yet the hatred they exuded was just as potent as that of the Nazis themselves. [...]

I must admit that I, like many young Jews and Zionists my age, feel betrayed by American liberals. With regards to the Middle East, there seems to be no appreciation of the moral ambiguity, the political nuances, the multiple layers of media spin. Faced with such a complex situation, young people too often ask others to chew it, swallow it and digest it for them, and then tell them in absolute terms which side is most appropriate to their general belief structure. [...]

In a very palpable way, I was an outsider, hated by everyone. With rabid anti-Semites on one side and anti-Israel fomenters on the other, surrounded by bystanders willing to do nothing as I suffered horrid abuse, I wept - and as Jews must do in this post-Holocaust world, I stood my ground. Truth.

Sarah, I know how you feel. I too feel betrayed by many from the left who I once thought were my friends. The only ones helping the Jewish community and Israel today are moderate Republicans, and they will get my vote in the next elections.

Congratulations for standing up to these so called "humanitarians" - with their hate and one-sideness, they are not better than the neo-Nazis from across the street.

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Tom Lantos, a US Congressman, describes Yasser Arafat as "a poison, a plague and a pest" (05.26.2004)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Tom Lantos, a congressman from California, has correctly described Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian "leader", as "a poison, a plague and a pest":

During his press conference, the Hungarian-born congressman, who is the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the US Congress, reserved his harshest criticism for Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

"Arafat is a poison in the region... a plague and a pest who has contributed to the tragedy and suffering of Palestinians and Israelis for a long time," Lantos said.

"His destructive, irresponsible, and monstrous behavior has brought death and destruction to his people and suicide bombings to Israel. The sooner he fades into oblivion the better of the region will be," he added.

The congressman confirmed that Jordan's King Abdullah's open critique of the Palestinian leader last week brought public the negative view the Jordanian monarch has held of Arafat for a very long time, opinions that he heretofore kept private.

For more information on how Arafat the pest has refused peace and decided to murder women and children, click here.

Tom Lantos recently has defeated a Palestinian Candidate, Maad Abu-Ghazalah, in the primaries for the Democratic party in the 12th district of California. For more details, click here.

I copy the full article below, where Mr. Lantos also tells the truth about Egypt's refusal to stop the mass murdering Palestinian terrorists from bringing bombs and guns into Gaza. Found this on the excellent IsraellyCool.

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Land for War: a solution to stop the Palestinian terrorist attacks on women and children (11.16.2002)

OpinionAfter last night's attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Holy war) on Jewish worshipers in Hebron that left 12 Israelis dead and another 15 wounded, I was pretty angry and sad.

I listened to Israeli radio the whole night, and heard the friends of the soldiers that were murdered while trying to evacuate the wounded. I heard them cry and I have to admit that I also cried.

This sadness and anger has led me to think of a new solution to stop the Palestinian war to anihilate Israel and her citizens.

If before we had "Land for Peace", where Israel would give back disputed territories to Palestinians that accepted peace, let's now talk about "Land for War" where Israel should annex parts of the West Bank and Gaza every time there's a terrorist attack.

I wrote a long article on "Land for War" - for more details see below.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas fire hundreds of rockets at Israeli women and children (03.03.2008)

Palestinian Terrorism

Honest Report (www.honestreporting.com) has published information on how Palestinians from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas are firing hundreds of rockets at Israel:

Palestinians terrorists from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas fire
rockets at Israeli women and children almost on a daily basis

Since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in mid-June 2007, over 800 rockets and over 900 mortar bombs have been fired. Since Thursday 28 February alone, over 100 rockets have been launched at southern Israel. At the time of writing, rockets continue to be fired at such a rate as to make it impossible to give completely up-to-date statistics. While many media have downplayed the effects of the Qassams, referring to them as "homemade", no such language can be employed to describe the latest Hamas escalation.

The situation has escalated in the past few days, as over 15 heavy rockets were fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza against Israel’s southern port city of Ashkelon. The 122 mm GRAD rockets are a type of standard military artillery weapon produced in the former Soviet bloc and by other states deploying non-Western arms. It is manufactured to military standards, by a conventional arms industry, and is equipped with a weapons-grade high explosive fragmentation warhead

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Arafat: terrorist, liar and not a partner for peace (07.06.2002)

OpinionThe Atlantic (www.theatlantic.com) has released a brief history of Yasser Arafat, the current chairman of the Palestinian Authority.

He [Arafat] and his army have brought disorder wherever they have settled. In 1969 they based themselves in Jordan, where they soon began terrorizing the local people, running extortion rackets against businesses, and undermining the Jordanian regime. Black September followed in 1970: Jordan's King Hussein launched a huge and bloody war against the Palestinians, killing thousands and leading to the expulsion of Arafat and his army. The same sort of thing happened in Lebanon a decade later, with Palestinian thugs looting banks and destroying the local government. The Syrians finally came in to restore order, in what became known as Black June. Arafat has somehow survived his many crises—battles with the Jordanians, the Syrians, the Egyptians, the Lebanese Christians, and, of course, the Israelis. And each time, instead of being held even partly responsible for the widespread suffering his actions have caused his people, he has been lionized as the figure who will someday bring deliverance from that suffering. This is a monumental political achievement.

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German leftist fascist hates America and Israel (01.26.2003)

Hate MailSince I created FactsOfIsrael.com 6 months ago, I have received my fair share of hate mail. Many of these messages come from the Islamic fascists who call me an "infidel" and send me death threats (just look in the Hate Mail section for more examples).

After a while, it gets pretty boring: it's the same brainwashed-neo-Nazi "kill the Jews" bile that the Imams from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Gaza spit every week.

Sometimes though, the leftist fascists from Europe will also suprise me. Today I received an email from a German who goes by the name of Kiewitz (kiewitz@netlabs.org). This guy managed to squeeze all anti-American and anti-Israeli cliches in one message. Here's an example:

I'm German and I'm not proud of our history. I'm sick of it. But I'm even more sick by people that talk like racists and enjoy other people to die.

I'm also sick of evil states like US that want to go to war, because of economic reasons. Islam is 100% okay. It's just extremists (that exist everywhere, not just in Islam) that are no good. [...]

I hope your country will get bombed as well in that manner. And then I will make such funny comments about those bombings. Perhaps this will make you understand.

Kiewitz, whom I'll refer to from now on as the "leftist fascist", was not happy about a video I published that shows how American forces attacked an Islamic terrorist camp in Afghanistan - click here for that story.

Read this my little leftist fascist: the German Nazis, your people, managed to murder 6 million Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. If you do the math, that's 30,000 Jewish men, women and children PER DAY! On bad days, it would go as high as 50,000-60,000 human beings deliberately killed PER DAY.

The next time you're watching B. München, Bayer Leverkusen, or any other German soccer team, look closely at the people in the stadium. Then, imagine the German Nazis going around the stands shooting at every one of them - all 30,000 in one day, all men, all women, all chidlren.

And you have the audacity to attack me because I support America's war on Islamic terrorism? Let me tell you what I think of your friends from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and any other Islamic terrorists that, similarly to your Nazi ancestors, deliberately murder women and children.

The only value they'll have is when they become fertilizer and are buried underground.

If you'd like to send a message to the German leftist fascist to let him know what you think, his email address is kiewitz@netlabs.org.

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The British magazine 'The Economist' is Anti-Israeli and Anti-Semitic (07.09.2002)

OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has published an article with many examples on how the British magazine 'The Economist' is biased against Israel

The Economist has also shown remarkably little interest in the humanitarian tragedies endured by Israelis. Having reviewed dozens of stories, I have yet to see one that names a single victim of terror, or dwells on the consequences for the victim's family, or allows an Israeli voice to have the last word in the story. [...]

[For 'The Economist'] Prime Minister Ariel Sharon represents Israel's "uglier face" (October 7, 2000); he is a calculated liar (April 21, 2001), whose modus operandi is "calculated brutality" (March 10, 2001). In electing him last year, Israelis were in a "bolshie mood" (February 3, 2001). [...]

The picture drawn here is, of course, a familiar one -- a demonic one. Sharon, the Jewish counterpart to Hamas's Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Sharon, the brutish but ineffectual hardliner. Sharon, the quack. Sharon, the mass killer of Arabs. Indeed, reading the news coverage of The Economist, one almost suspects it cribs its lines from Arab press, complete with gross errors of fact. Sharon, for the record, crossed the canal on October 16, 1973, six days before the ceasefire was declared.

I BEGAN this piece by citing what in my view is the single most egregious line published in any mainstream magazine about Israel in recent memory. The implication is clear. Israelis - Jews - are unusually clever. And Israelis - Jews - are also unusually greedy. This is, of course, a transparent anti-Semitic canard, the most enduring and the most obvious. The editors of The Economist could not but have known what they were doing when they wrote those words.

I know three people that read 'The Economist" regularly. They are all extremely anti-Israel, support the Palestinian right of return, and couldn't give a damn about Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism.

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Israel will continue to fight Palestinian terrorism (05.27.2002)

OpinionThe National Post (www.nationalpost.com) has a good article that explains why Israel should continue its fight against Palestinian terrorism, including the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and Arafat's terror groups such as the "Al Aksa's Martyr's Brigade".

The main idea is that a unilateral retreat from the Israeli army would be simply interpreted as weakness by Arafat and other Palestinian terrorists.

To prove this point, the writer, Daniel Pipes, shows how the Hezbollah (a terrorist group based in Lebanon, backed by Iran) has increased its attacks against Israel after she retreated from Lebanon in 2000.

"And fight it did. In the two years since Israel's retreat, Hezbollah has initiated more than 40 unprovoked strikes against Israeli targets, including army outposts in an area known as the Shebaa Farms and civilian villages along Israel's northern border. It also kidnapped (and presumably murdered) three soldiers and a reserve officer, the former abducted from Israeli territory, the latter from Switzerland.

In early April, things heated up further, with almost one Hezbollah attack per day. These involved 1,160 mortar rounds, 205 anti-tank missiles, and several surface-to-air missiles. The heaviest shelling was on April 10, when Katyusha rockets rained on civilian targets and six military outposts. The attacks then diminished slightly but still continue. In the past month, Hezbollah has launched at least nine more attacks on Israeli targets, causing at least five casualties"

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Hizbullah, an Iranian terrorist group, promotes racism and anti-Semitism (02.07.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Simon Wisenthal Center (www.wiesenthal.com) reports that Hizbullah's television station is now openly racist:


Hizbullah's television station al-Manar, has embarked upon a campaign to promote "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion". As of January 30 the network’s literary program, al-Diwan urges viewers to acquaint themselves with the contents of "The Protocols" which "provide the best insight into the Jewish mind".

This campaign coincides with the release of a new computer game by Hizbullah which has children players compete to assassinate Israeli leaders, destroy settlements, fire rockets, etc ...

The Hizbullah is an Arab Muslim terrorist organization based in Lebanon and financed by Iran. It has proudly taken responsibility for the deliberate murder of dozens of women and children.

France refuses to define Hizbullah as a terrorist organization (click here for more details).

Hizbullah follows in the racist ways of Egyptian television which, a few months ago, decided to broadcast a series based on the "Protocols of Zion". For more information on this Egyptian racist show, click here. For more information on the racist document "The Protocols of Zion", click here.

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Palestinian terrorist kills 5 and injures over 60 unarmed Israeli men, women and children (09.19.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that another Palestinian genocide bomber has blown himself up in a crowded bus in Tel-Aviv, deliberately murdering 5 and wounding over 60 Israeli men, women and children:

The blast occurred at about 1 p.m. local time on bus No. 4 at the corner of Allenby and Montefiore Streets, near The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv. The force of the blast blew the roof off the bus, blew out most of its windows and blackened the interior.

A witness, Shmuel Salomon, said he saw bodies being hurled from the bus. "There were arms and legs on the ground. It was a horror," said Shmuel Salomon, who owns a restaurant in the area.

Most of the terrorists from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have left the Palestinian towns and moved into the country side. Their deadly weapons, including bombs and explosives were left behind in the cities.

A couple of days ago, the IDF (Israel's army) lifted the curfew on Jenin, allowing the Palestinian murderers to retrieve their suicide bomb belts: the results are the latest killings of Israeli unarmed women and children (I got this analysis from Israeli TV Channel 1).

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A esquerda nao se preocupa dos direitos das mulheres, democracia, ou direitos de homossexuais (Portugues) (08.26.2002)

OpinionO site Brasileiro Pletz.com (www.pletz.com) tem um bom artigo que pergunta porque a esquerda apoia incondicionalmente os árabes-palestinos em sua guerra contra Israel?

A esquerda fala de sua paixão pela democracia (“a voz do povo…”). Mas é exatamente em Israel que a democracia funciona plenamente, em contraposição ao que ocorre com todos os que o consideram como inimigo: países árabes e islâmicos. Arafat é um líder autoritário, ditador corrupto, mas a esquerda o adula, protege e defende.

A esquerda diz preocupar-se com os direitos da Mulher. Mas é exatamente em Israel que este conceito é plenamente aceito e assegurado, existindo mesmo já antes da proclamação da sua independência em 1948. Israel foi o primeiro país a integrar as mulheres às suas forças armadas e nas polícias, prática que hoje é corriqueiramente adotada pela maioria dos países ocidentais. Concomitantemente, a situação dos direitos da Mulher nas nações islâmicas é a mais deplorável dentre todos os países do Planeta.

Uma das maiores preocupações da esquerda refere-se aos direitos dos homossexuais. Mas é ainda em Israel que os seus direitos são respeitados e assegurados, enquanto que no Egito e outros países árabes e/ou islâmicos a homossexualidade é considerada crime e o infrator é severamente punido, amargando longas penas de prisão.

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