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Why do Ha'aretz journalists show the Palestinian side of the story and why they sometimes regret it (06.30.2002)

OpinionHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has published a lecture delivered by the Ha'aretz editor-in-chief, Hanoch Marmari, on May 27, 2002 as part of the 9th World Editors' Forum in Bruges, Belgium.

First, the good news: Abu Ali's nine children are alive and well - as well as children can be among the ruins of the Jenin refugee camp. Please deliver this news to all of your friends who may have read, a few weeks ago, Abu Ali's mournful declaration: "All my nine children are buried beneath the ruins." Abu Ali's photograph was spread across a double page in a very distinguished and influential European magazine, under the title: "The survivors tell their story."

Israeli tanks and bulldozers had entered the camp, Abu Ali recalled. He went out to fill his car, telling his nine children to meet him at a nearby intersection. But the Israeli forces blocked his way back, and it was a week, he told the reporter, before he could return to the ruins of what had been his home. "It smells of death here," he is quoted as saying. "I am sure all my children are buried beneath the rubble. Come back in a week and you will see their corpses."

The reporter and his editors did not wait a week and published the tentative story as is. They were not satisfied with the extent of the tragedy that they could see with their eyes and legitimately depict in their copy. The desire to hype the story blunted their healthy journalistic instincts to doubt and double-check any story before publishing it.

While preparing this address, I made some inquiries about Abu Ali's case. First, final numbers indicate that three children and four women were killed during the fighting in the Jenin refugee camp. Second, Abu Ali's children were not among them. And third, the magazine did not bother to tell its readers of this relatively happy end to its story.

I copy the full article below. It's a long piece of writing, but it shows what goes on behind the scenes at Ha'aretz, a newspaper associated with the left of the Israeli political spectrum (close to Labor and Meretz - see the FactsOfisrael.com democracy page for more details). Mr. Marmari explains why Ha'aretz journalists show the Palestinian side of the story, and why sometimes they regret it. It is well worth the reading.

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Israeli Summer Camp for kids victims of Palestinian terrorism (07.15.2002)

MultimediaMSNBC (www.msnbc.com) reports that a special camp has been created in Israel - a camp that helps kids whose parents, brothers or sisters have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists.

Summer camp for Israeli kids,
victims of Palestinian terrorism

NINE-YEAR-OLD Pesi Roth kisses her parents goodbye and heads off on a bulletproof bus for a week of summer camp like no other. On a guarded kibbutz in southern Israel, Pesi is part of an experiment in rebuilding shattered lives.

“I try not to think about it because when we think about it it makes us really sad,” says Pesi. The Israeli girls are casualties of terror.

“These kids have had their parents blown up; they’ve had their siblings exploded from being healthy, vibrant people to nothing,” says Sherri Mandel, co-founder of the camp.

Pesi’s older sister, Malke, was killed with 15 others in August, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive full of nails in a crowded pizzeria in Jerusalem.

To learn more about Malke, check out www.kerenmalki.org. While you're there, please make a donation to help kids with severe disabilities.

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Muslim killer murders 4 Israelis in homicide bombing (04.29.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Muslim has murdered 4 Israelis in a homicide bombing in Tel-Aviv:

An Israeli woman in shock,
after a Muslim homicide bomber
murdered 4 and injured over 50

A terror attack took place this evening in Tel Aviv killing at least 4 people and injuring 50. Magen David Adom emergency medical services has stated that 10 people are in serious to critical condition.

An American male tourist and a French female tourist were among the wounded, according to Israel police.

Israel radio reports that a suicide bomber attempted to enter Mike's Place, a seafront coffee house near the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Intial reports state the security guard at the restaurant tried to wrestle the terrorist to the ground when the terrorist detonated his explosives. The security guard survived the attack and is presently fighting for his life in hospital, according to the Israel police. [...] "Again we have witnessed yet another terror attack on innocent civilians," said Kleiman.

"The Israeli police have information that these terror attacks will continue to take place. We can't stop one hundred percent of these attacks from taking place, but we have been very successful in preventing the majority from taking place," said Kleiman.

Kleiman added that 115 Palestinian terror suicide attacks were attempted in 2002 in which many of these attacks had been foiled by Israeli security forces.

"Mike's Place', an American bar
in Tel-Aviv, and the target
of a Palestinian homicide bombing

While most of the Western media is reporting on how the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have a new "Prime Minister", Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's thugs continue their campaign of death and terror.

Mr. Abbas has declared that he will attempt to stop the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas from deliberately murdering Israeli women and babies. I hope that's true, but I seriously doubt it.

In the meantime, the Israeli army will continue to hunt down the murderous Islamic Palestinian terrorists wherever they are.

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Palestinian family dresses up baby as genocide bomber (06.28.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismI was watching a report on Israeli TV last night. The journalist was describing how Israeli soldiers were going from house to house looking for Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad when they stumbled upon a picture of a Palestinian baby dressed up as a genocide bomber.

A Palestinian baby dressed
up as a genocide bomber

Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a Palestinian journalist in the Hebron area said she did not believe the picture was a fake and expressed surprise at the furor it caused in Israel.

"I can find you many, many photos like this," she told DPA. "Many kids imitate adults and wear toy masks and guns, especially during marches. It's not strange at all.

She added that she had seen children as young as the one in the photograph wearing similar costumes. "In our society it happens a lot. It's a kind of phenomenon," she said.

"What is obvious is that Palestinians are feeding the hatred of Jews and Israelis to their children at the earliest possible age," said David Baker, an official in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

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Syria can get away with murder (literally) (07.09.2002)

OpinionIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has an article that asks some good questions about Syria and its presence in the UN Security Council.

Syria, driven by the idea that Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine (also known as Southern Syria), are part of Greater Syria, has worked for almost three decades, unhindered, to pacify Lebanon, and make it vanish as an independent state. Daniel Pipes in "Greater Syria: The History of an Ambition," has written extensively about the Greater Syria ideology that drove Bashar Al-Assad's father and continues to motivate the new Syrian president.

Where are all the cries of occupation? Why doesn't the world seem to care about the poor Lebanese? I know that many Lebanese (at risk of death) have protested against the Syrian occupation. I met Lebanese activists in Israel, asking for our help to promote a Free Democratic Lebanon, before Barak's election in 1999 (and subsequent withdrawal from southern. Lebanon). Yet the world is silent.

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Israel starts to produce smallpox vaccine (08.05.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel has begun producing the smallpox vaccine in preparation for a possible biological attack by Iraq.

Enough vaccines have been produced for Israel's entire population of about 6.6 million people but the government has yet to make a decision to begin immunizations, Health Ministry spokesman Ido Hadari said.

He would not say when production of the vaccines had begun but said the decision to start had come in light of fears of a possible biological attack by Iraq or a terrorist group. It would take Israel a few days to vaccinate the population.

"The trigger could be a few things; the U.S. strike on Iraq, whenever that is, or a terrorist attack, some sort of mega-event with a lot of casualties," Hadari said.

Iraq attacked Israel with Scud missiles in the 1991 Gulf War but they were not fitted with biological or chemical weapons.

I lived in Israel in the 90's and had to wear a gas mask dozens of times during the Gulf war, when Saddam Hussein fired Scud missiles against the Israeli civilian population. Palestinians fully supported Iraq during the Gulf War and cheered from their roofs as the missiles landed in Tel-Aviv.

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Communist party financed pro-Iraqi march in San Francisco (01.26.2003)

OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has a good analysis of the American extreme left:

Last weekend, the Left held large antiwar marches in Washington, San Francisco and elsewhere. Major media coverage of these marches was highly respectful. This was "A Stirring in the Nation," in the words of an approving New York Times editorial, "impressive for the obvious mainstream roots of the marchers."

There is, increasingly, much that happens in the world that the Times feels its readers should be sheltered from knowing. The marches in Washington and San Francisco were chiefly sponsored, as was last October's antiwar march in Washington, by a group the Times chose to call in its only passing reference "the activist group International Answer."

International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a front group for the communist Workers World Party. The Workers World Party is, literally, a Stalinist organization. It rose out of a split within the old Socialist Workers Party over the Soviet Union's 1956 invasion of Hungary - the breakaway Workers World Party was all for the invasion.

A.N.S.W.E.R. today unquestioningly supports any despotic regime that lays any claim to socialism, or simply to anti-Americanism. It supported the butchers of Beijing after the slaughter of Tiananmen Square. It supports Saddam and his Baathist torture-state. It supports the last official Stalinist state, North Korea, in the mass starvation of its citizens. It supported Slobodan Milosevic after the massacre at Srebrenica. It supports the mullahs of Iran, and the narco-gangsters of Colombia and the bus-bombers of Hamas.

Although I hold in many ways liberal values (e.g. I am pro-choice, I am against the death penalty, etc...), the issues of national security override today all other considerations. The Democratic party will not get my vote and NPR will never again get my money.

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Journalist from Malta faces charges for opposing Palestinian Terrorism (07.25.2002)

NewsMalta Today (www.maltatoday.com.mt) reports that Malta police is pressing charges against Simone Zammit, a journalist, for speaking up against Palestinian suicide bombings and terrorism.

Simone Endrich, single Mom,

Persecuted for speaking up

against Palestinian terrorism

"MaltaToday spoke to Simone Zammit Endrich, an opinionist and columnist, who on 9 October will have to appear in court accused of spreading racial hatred.

"I do not know whether I am living in a democratic country anymore. Everyone can speak freely against the Israelis, against the European Union, against the government but one can't dare to speak against the Palestinians."

Back in April, Simone Endrich wrote an article criticizing Malta's Prime Minister and other politicians for participating in a pro-Palestinian demonstration. In the article she also opposed Palestinian suicide bombings and Arab hatred, making some excellent points:

Do the Palestinians want peace? No. They want revenge. The homicide bombings they commend so nauseatingly are symptomatic of their Islamic roots. Nothing martyrish about them. Just typical cowardly acts of barbarism; an instilment of terror which is heroically viewed throughout the Arab world, and one which Palestinian leader Arafat himself has never bothered to disassociate himself from. [...]

Are the Palestinians tolerant of and willing to coexist with their historical kin, the Israelis? We all know that anti-Semitism is rampant in the Arab world. In their heart of hearts, the majority of Arabs view the extermination of the Jewish race as the epitome of a clean-up to the world. Nowhere is this trait more overt than in the Middle East. We refuse to be party to it.

Do the Israelis want peace? No. They want to survive with or without peace. They refuse to let the world pierce through their armour now that they have dug their roots. Death is not a new phenomenon to the Jews. They are used to gratuitous death. They know only too well that if rendered weak and defenceless, the world would turn its back on them just as it did during the Holocaust; just as it has always done throughout three-quarters of the entire history of civilised humanity. Theirs is a war for survival. We do not condone their violence, but neither do we condemn them for calling their dues.

Due to Arab pressure, including pressure from the Lybian high commissioner, the police in Malta is now pressing charges against Simone Endrich for "inciting hatred against Arabs and Palestinians". Furthermore she also lost her job:

Regarding what The Independent had to say about the article, she said that she claimed a right of reply but the replies were never published. She resigned from her post with the newspaper.

This story has troubled me and I have sent a few emails around. If you are as upset as I am about this:

1) Send a message of support to Simone, her email address is sze@mail.global.net.mt . If you have any way of helping, please do so.
2) Send an email to the Malta independent, criticizing them for not backing their journalists when they are attacked by Arabs and anti-Semites, their email address is tmid@independent.com.mt
3) You may want to CC your emails to 'Malta Today', the newspaper which interviewed Simone. Their email address is editorial@networkpublications.com.mt.

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Happy Birthday to the State of Israel: 56 years of freedom for persecuted Jews (04.26.2004)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel is celebrating today it's 56th birthday:

A beautiful light show at the Tower of David
celebrates Israel's 56th Birthday!

Israel began celebrating its 56th birthday Monday evening, at the end of the solemn commemoration of the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers.

At sundown, the somber atmosphere abruptly gave way to fireworks displays, open-air concerts and spirited street festivities. Israelis explain the juxtaposition by saying that the battles in which the soldiers died helped create and maintain the Jewish state.

Interviewed on Channel One's Independence Day broadcast Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was confident that by this time next year, "we will be in the midst of disengagement from Gaza. This is good for Israel, good for Israel's security, good for the economy and good for peace, which I believe will come one day."

Happy Birthday to the only country in the World who will stand up against Nazis, Islamic Fascists and extreme European leftists against another Holocaust and the murder of innocent Jews.

And that's the main reason Israel is winning the war on Palestinian and Islamic terrorism: Israelis want to live. Contrary to the mass murderers from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, whose only goal is to murder, destroy and die, Israelis only wish to live and survive.

I find it incredible that Palestinians are always mentioning the "Nakba", (the "Catastrophe" in Arabic), when the State of Israel was created. In their racist minds, the creation of the State of Israel caused Palestinians to loose their homeland and that is the biggest crime that has ever been executed by "the Jews".

Yet, most of these Palestinian, Islamic intolerant fools and their sympathizers wish for the exact thing they oppose: ethnic cleansing of the Middle East and the removal of all Jews from the area.

If they stop murdering and wishing for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens, Palestinians can create a State of their own in the West Bank and Gaza (see the History page for more details).

But the Israeli Jews have nowhere else to go. Israel is here to stay and persecuted Jews from any country can also find a place where being Jewish will not lead them to a death camp. This idea that Jews deserve their own State and a place to live free of racism, violence and death also lives.

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New toy for Islamo-freak kids: Jihad Joe (11.24.2002)

HumorJust like American and Israeli kids have "GI Joe", now the kids from Saudia Arabia, Iraq, and Syria have "Jihad Joe":

Jihad Joe
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I love the "Free Jihad Joe cave hideout offer". ;-)

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Palestinian homicide bomber deliberately murders 15 Israelis in bus explosion (03.05.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up inside an Israeli bus, deliberately murdering 15 people and wounding over 30:

Most of the 15 people murdered in this homicide bombing
were teenage students and IDF members

A suicide bomber ripped apart an Egged bus in the northern coastal city of Haifa on Wednesday killing 15 people and wounding more than 30, police and rescue officials said. [...]

For hours after the attack, television stations showed heart-rending scenes from the blast site of Israelis coming to search for next of kin they feared were on the bus. One man found that two high school boys, at least one of whom was his son, were wounded, Channel 2 television reported. [...]

One witness reported terrible scenes of body parts strewn across the street and bodies still in the wreckage of the bus. Residents said that many windows of buildings nearby were shattered.

Palestinian killers from the terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have deliberately murdered hundreds of men, women and children since October 2000.

- For a list of all barbaric homicide attacks executed by Arafat's thugs and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, click here.
- To read the stories of some of the victims of Palestinian terror, click here.
- To understand how Arafat and his thugs have rejected peace and an independent Palestinian State and instead turned to intolerance, violence, and terrorism, click here.

Update: Here's the list of the victims deliberately murdered by the Palestinian barbaric homicide bomber -

The victims of the attack were identified as:

Miriam Ata, 27, of Haifa
Elizabetha Katzman, 16, of Haifa
Smadar Firstatter, 17, of Haifa
Tal Kirman, 17, of Haifa
Daniel Haroush, 16, of Safed
Tom Hershko, 16, of Haifa
Moti Hershko, 41, of Haifa, Tom's father
Meital Katab, 20, of Haifa
Kamar Abu Hamed, 12, of Daliat al-Carmel
St.-Sgt. Eliahu Laham, 22, of Haifa
Abigail Litle, 14, of Haifa
Yuval Mendelevitch, 13, of Haifa
St.-Sgt. Be'eri Oved, 21, of Rosh Pina
Mark Takash, 54, of Haifa
Assaf Tzur, 17, of Haifa

Notice that the hate and violence of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad does not differentiate between Israeli Jews and Arabs/Muslims. Kamar Abu Hamed, aged 12, was an Israeli Arab Muslim from the town of Daliat al-Carmel.

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Israel has the right to defend herself against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Arafat's murderers (01.08.2003)

OpinionThe Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) has published a good article on how to deal with Arab/Muslim/Palestinian violence:

Since the Arabs could not tolerate the presence of Jews in their neighborhood they tried to destroy us whenever they could put an army together. Every time they lost a war they couldn't understand it, and they couldn't believe that they wouldn't win the next war. [...]

We became so weary and fearful of the next possible war, that we blinded ourselves into believing all the fraudulent gestures of the Arabs about making peace.

We never realized the extent of our self-delusion until Prime Minister Barak offered the Arabs 98% of what they demanded and we were answered with an avalanche of suicide bombers taking more Israeli lives than ever before. [...]

For the first time in fifty years we have again become a lost, confused, helpless and paralyzed people. Somehow we have resigned ourselves to suffer the constant killing of our people, like another but slower Holocaust. We have paralyzed ourselves by our sickening irrational fear of "World Opinion," which is why we find it impossible to face one simple fact. We will never win this war unless we immediately threaten to drive every Arab out of Israel if the killing doesn't stop. [...]

It is about time we realize that public opinion is nothing but publicly expressed anti-Semitism and appeasing public opinion makes as much sense as Chamberlain's appeasement of Adolf Hitler. Jews dying in Israel disturbs them as much as watching your neighbor killing a cockroach, even if it doesn't fill you with pleasure you certainly don't feel remorse about it. That is why when suicide bombers kill hundreds of Jews not a word of protest is ever heard, but when we try to defend ourselves by retaliating against our killers the U.N. immediately is called in an emergency session to protect our assassins.

NPR/KQED, the leftist American shameless pro-Palestinian radio network, reported on the homocide bombing in Tel-Aviv two days ago as follows: "there has been no Palestinian attack against Israel since November".

That is simply a blatant lie: there have been dozen of attacks, including shootings, suicide bombing attempts, and much more violence, agression, and hatred from the Arab Palestinian Muslims. Israel's army has been successful in stopping the terrorists from the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Arafat's Tanzim - that's all. NPR's verbal diarrhea in anything related to Israel and Palestinian terrorism is shocking - please don't donate to NPR ever again, click here for details.

Like many Israelis, I am getting sick and tired of this constant intolerance, racism and terror coming from the Arab Palestinian Muslims - if they think we won't react, they are dead wrong. The forced removal of these murderous bastards might just be what we need.

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Palestinian Islamic Supremacist murders three Israelis (11.01.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian Islamic Supremacist has murderered three Israelis after blowing himself up in a crowded market:

Three people - two women and one man - were killed and 38 wounded when a male suicide bomber blew up at a cheese deli in the busy Carmel Market in central Tel Aviv at 11:21 a.m. Monday. [...]

Deputy Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim said the initial assessment is that the terrorist left the West Bank and entered Israeli territory through a gap in the security fence north of Jerusalem. [...]

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group said its Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades carried out the attack. The group named the bomber as Amr al-Faar, 16, from the Askar refugee camp near Nablus. Several deadly terror cells have emanated from Askar. The most recent suicide bombing attack, at French Hill on September 22, was carried out by a young woman who also came from the Askar camp.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al-Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups openly declare their wish to destroy Israel and murder all of her citizens. Click here for more information, or click here for a list of mass murders executed by these Islamic Supremacists. I copy the full article below.

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Subsidized trip from US to Israel only $550 (07.15.2002)

NewsJust found the website www.rallyinisrael.org which is organizing a massive rally in Jerusalem to support Israel. If you live in the United States and you can afford 3 vacation days, this is a great opportunity to visit Jerusalem and support Israel at the same time.

We at Rally in Israel have a dream. That dream is to bring thousands of people from all over the world, rich and poor, young and old, to the holy city of Jerusalem. The Jewish people need this now. We in the diaspora need to go, and the Jews in Israel need to have us there.

We'll walk the streets, eat in the restaurants, and spend money in the shops. Together with our Israeli brothers and sisters we'll march through the old city, our city. We'll come together at the site of the Temple and we'll rally, and we'll sing and we'll cry.

The package includes round trip airfaire from 8/11/2002 to 8/14/2002, three days and two nights at a hotel, buses guides and hostesses - all of this for only $550!

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Many Europeans are racist and anti-Semitic (10.03.2002)

Anti-SemitismUsNews.com has an article on European racism, double standards and moral equivalency:

Europe is sick again. The memory of 6 million murdered Jews, it seems, is no longer inoculation against the virus of antisemitism. It has taken hold, on the supposedly liberal left as well as the xenophobic right, all too long unchecked by feeble political leadership with one eye on the vengeful sentiments of millions of anti-Zionist immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

The historic antisemitism denying individual Jews the right to live as equal members of society has horribly coalesced with a new version of antisemitism that denies the collective expression of the Jewish people, namely Israel, to live as an equal member of the family of nations.

From Kiev in the East to Bilbao and Barcelona in Spain, and Rome in the South, from Marseilles to Paris to Berlin in the West, the poison is at work. Somehow antisemitism in Europe has outdone every other ideology and prejudice in its power and durability. Fascism came and went; Communism came and went; anti-semitism came and stayed. And now it has been revitalized.

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