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Jewsweek (www.jewsweek.com) has an interesting article on the United Nations and Kofi Annan, its Secretary General. The writer of the article, Jeff Dunetz, is worried about Mr. Annan, since he hasn't said a word about the latest murders of unarmed Israeli civilians (including kids) by Palestinian killers.
I am very concerned about Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations. He is a great moral man, even won the Nobel Peace Prize. Kofi Annan is always the first to speak out when there is even the slightest perception of nation doing wrong. Remember how took a stand in the Mideast, saying how can Israel be right and the whole world wrong? Remember how quick he was to raise awareness of Jenin when he thought that there was a massacre there? This guy is a neutral peacemaker with high moral standards.
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The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have murdered a mother and her four children:
"On Friday my daughters drew me a picture, and on it they wrote: daddy we are proud of you," David Hatuel said at the funeral for his wife Tali, and daughters Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, Merav, 2. Tali was eight months pregnant.
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NRO (www.nationalreview.com) has a great article on why America supports Israel:
The terrorist attacks against us on September 11, 2001 taught us a great many lessons. One of the lessons we learned — or relearned — was that democracy is not just disliked by Islamists, it is hated. And one way to give in to terrorism, rather than fight it, is to concur with the basis for that hatred and weaken democratic institutions, and democracies. [...]
Just after 9/11 a friend of mine, Bill, sent out a message with links to articles that explained "the real reason 9/11 happened", i.e. America's support for Israel. You're wrong Bill, read the whole article below.
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist shot an Israeli 10 year old boy in the head:
A Palestinian Islamic Supremacist shoots a 10 year old boy in the head
A 10-year-old child was critically wounded after being shot in the head in a drive-by shooting near the British Police junction in the West Bank on Sunday afternoon.
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As you can see from the graph above, in the last 24 hours I have received many bad marks. It's a sad reminder of how many people hate Jews and Israelis out there.
These bad marks have nothing to do with the content or the site itself, since I have received hate messages from people that did not bother to go through the site. They simply hate me because I am Jewish and support the State of Israel against Palestinian terrorism.
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Update 8:30 PM: When I posted this entry at 5:30 PM our index was listed at 1.8. Since then over 20 people have given FactsOfIsrael.com a 10, bringing our average to over 9! Thank you!
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Ruth Peled, 56, grandmother of 4, and her granddaughter Sinai Kenan, a 14-month-old baby.
Ruth and Sinai, Grandmother and Granddaughter
Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists
They were both murdered by a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber on 5/27 in the city if Petah Tikva, east of Tel-Aviv.
"The explosion ripped through the Em Hamoshavot commercial center at around 6:40 PM. Among the injured were many children, who were inside the cafe and a nearby ice-cream parlor. Police said the bomb used contained around 10 kilograms of explosives, packed with metal objects to maximize the number of casualties.
Lior and Chen Keinan had gone to buy ice cream with their infant daughter Sinai and Chen's mother, Ruth Peled, when the blast occurred. Ruth and Sinai were killed. The infant's parents were among the 37 injured in the attack."
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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.
The Israel Defense Forces (www.idf.il), Israel's army, has created a webpage that shows how a Palestinian University, Al-Najah, is the breeding ground for genocide bombers:
Students from a Palestinian University simulate
the murder of unarmed civilians in buses
Al-Najah University in Nablus is not a typical academic institution. Its students set the university's unique tone. The vast majority of the students support Palestinian terrorist organizations and favor uncompromising armed struggle against Israel, including suicide attacks. [...]
A disturbing piece of information is that the above Palestinian excuse for a University has deep ties with many European institutions, including Italy, England, Spain, France, Germany, Norway and Slovakia. But then again, European support for Palestinian terrorism is not that surprising anymore.
I copy the full article below, but make sure you visit the IDF website for all of the incriminating pictures of Al-Najah, the Palestinian University of death.
The Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council (www.aijac.org.au) has published an excellent article by Ehud Ya'ari that explains how Arafat allowed the murderers from Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, Tanzim and other Palestinian terrorist groups to organize and execute suicide bombings and other attacks since October 2000. This has resulted in the death of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians in the last 22 months.
The chaotic situation today [in the West Bank and Gaza] was consciously, deliberately, and intentionally introduced by Chairman Arafat, though it has extended beyond the time frame he originally conceived. I describe his actions as a willing suspension of control, first exercised on the night of September 28, 2000, when he issued the orders and instructions to his political leadership and the different commanders of the security agencies to embark upon this endeavour. The order for the formal security forces was to stick to the sidelines and allow the irregulars – what later came to be known as the national and Islamic forces, an alliance of Tanzim, Hamas, Jihad, and the Fronts – to do the job. [...]
Ehud Ya'ari is a commentator on Middle East affairs on Israeli TV. I always thought his comments were right on the money, and this article is not an exception - please read it. I found the link to this article on "Not a Fish" - thanks Imshin!
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The U.S. State Department (www.state.gov) has published an excellent interview with Secretary of State Colin Powell and an aggressive leftist German journalist:
QUESTION: I hear what you are saying. What many people in Europe will hear, through your words, is this is how the new partition of labor will be: America is looking for its Allies, is going its course with or without Allies, any number that’s available, and be it zero. And then the U.N.’s role is to go in as a good Samaritan and clean up the mess. That’s all they can do. America is already looking at its next destination.
Read the whole transcript - Mr. Powell has all of the right arguments. Found this article on the excellent LGF. I copy the full transcript below.
Last week I traveled to Orlando, Florida, for a business trip. One afternoon I had a bit of free time and I decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center, about 50 miles from Orlando.
This place is amazing! It’s basically NASA’s launch headquarters, and as their website says: “It’s the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet an Astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch!”. For more information on the Kennedy Space Center, click here.
An Astronaut greets visitors at the
entrance of the Kennedy Space Center
One of the attractions of the visitor complex at the space center is an actual full-sized Space Shuttle, where we can see how astronauts live and work while flying through space! Another exhibit is an “Astronaut Memorial”, a giant “space mirror” high-tech national monument dedicated to our fallen heroes. For more information of the visitor complex at the Space Center, click here; for more information on the Astronaut Memorial, click here.
Ilan Ramon, Israel's first Astronaut
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Among the astronauts who have perished is Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Seven astronauts, including Ilan Ramon, were killed on February 1st 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia broke up about 38 miles above Texas on its way to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Astronaut monument includes a picture of Ilan Ramon and a description of his professional career and duties aboard the Space Shuttle. There’s even a small Israeli flag on a drawing of a space shuttle!
I have published many stories on Ilan Ramon, since he was and always will be a source of inspiration and hope for me and many others. Here are some articles:
* [NASA sends first Israeli astronaut into space](/blog/archives/000591.html)
* [Israeli Astronaut takes with him into space a small pencil drawing made by a 14-year-old](/blog/archives/000510.html)
* [Tragedy over Texas skies: seven astronauts killed in explosion of space shuttle Columbia](/blog/archives/000608.html)
* [Video: Ilan Ramon, first Israeli astronaut, and crew from space shuttle Columbia see Israel from space](/blog/archives/000617.html)
* [Address by Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on the arrival of Ilan Ramon's coffin](/blog/archives/000618.html)
* [How Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor (built by the French) in 1981](/blog/archives/000622.html)
* [Iraq calls shuttle space Columbia explosion "God's vengence"](/blog/archives/000609.html)
If you have a chance to visit the Kennedy Space Center, don’t hesitate! It’s 50 miles from Orlando, a bit more than the other Disney parks, but it’s worth every second. It was the highlight of my trip and I wouldn’t think twice about returning to Orlando just to visit the Space Center again.
I have added below over 40 pictures I have taken of the Space Center, including the Astronaut Memorial museum, a visit to the Space Shuttle, and more.
The Fresno Bee (www.fresnobee.com) reports that mobs of Islamic fanatics have murdered over 100 people in the last 24 hours in Nigeria. These barbaric excuses for human beings are on a killing rampage because a Nigerian newspaper suggested Mohamed would have approved of the Miss World beauty pageant.
A church is burned and destroyed
by Muslims in Nigeria
The violent demonstrators in the northern city of Kaduna burned churches and rampaged through the streets until hundreds of soldiers were deployed to restore calm and enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew. [...]
These Islamo-fascists are systematically attacking anything they believe is Christian. They would attack other "infidels" as well, such as Jews or Hindus, if there were any synagogues or Hindu temples in Nigeria. They are no differnet than Al-Qaeda, the Chechnean Islamo-freaks or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
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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.
The Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 1, 1898, when a racist Russian Czar bars Jews from living in major Russian cities:
1898: A decree by the Russian czar Nicholas II explicitly bars Jews from living in major Russian cities. The action follows laws issued the previous May, restricting Jewish settlement to the Pale of Settlement. In Kiev, alone, some 7000 Jews are forced to relocate.
I copy below an article that describes the legal restrictions imposed upon the Jews in Russia from 1882 to 1909.
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that many US politicans are calling for the extradiction of the Hamas leaders to the US.
Several New York politicians are calling on the Bush administration to demand the extradition of the perpetrators of last week's terror attack at the Hebrew University to the US to stand trial for the murder of five American citizens.
I sincerely hope that the US does decide to go after the Hamas - they will only stop their deliberate killing of Israelis and Americans when someone makes them stop.
Their Islamic fanatism is only based on hate and racism - Hamas leaders should be destroyed, they should fear for their lives at all times. Only when they are too scared running (like Al-Qeda and Osama Bin Laden) will the Hamas stop murdering innocent civilians, including women, children and babies.
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