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Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has an excellent interview with Moshe Ya'alon, Israel's current Chief of Staff:
Question: Are you saying that despite what appears to be a war of the oppressed against the oppressors, of the occupied against the occupiers, the Palestinians actually have a sense of strength and power?
Excluding the extreme left (see the democracy page for details), I am guessing pretty much every Israeli agrees with Moshe Ya'alon. When the Palestinians and their supporters understand that violence and terrorism leads them nowhere we might have a chance for peace.
I copy the full interview below, it's well worth the read.
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer, is disappointed in Arafat's handling of Palestinian terror. Arafat has done nothing to stop the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and his own terrorist groups, such as the Al-Aqsa martyr's brigade and the Tanzim, from killing unarmed Israeli civilians.
"Disappointing sounds like too weak a word... It has been abysmal in terms of using the resources at his disposal the PA's police, security forces, and intelligence apparatus to stop this kind of activity," he said.
Yesterday's homicide/suicide attack that killed a Grandmother and her 1.5 year old granddaughter was perpetrated by the murderers of the Al-Aqsa's brigade, a Palestinian terrorist group that directly reports to Arafat.
The official US position still is that Arafat is not a terrorist, but even though I disagree, at this point it doesn't really matter. In either scenario (Arafat is a terrorist or an incapable buffoon) Israel's military response to stop Palestinian terror is completely justified. In both cases Islamic fundamentalists who are only interested in killing unarmed civilians and destroying the State of Israel should be stopped.
I copy the full interview below.
After I posted a story about an Israeli vet who invented a gas mask for dogs (click here for the original article), I have received a few requests from American pet owners who are interested in purchasing the kits. The Israeli vet, Dr. Kishon, seems to only serve Israel, so I did some research and found the following site:
Here are some sites that are not only related to pets, but will also help you protect yourself. These sites sell gas masks, potassium iodate, body suits, readiness kits and more:
Andrew Sullivan (www.andrewsullivan.com) has published a great letter from the father of an American marine:
Members of the US 3rd Infantry Division
near Baghdad Airport with a portrait
of Saddam Hussein rejoicing after
the atrocities of 9/11. The same soldiers
are now playing with Iraqi kids.
My favorite story is about an amusement park that the coalition forces refurbished for the kids in the region. Like children anywhere, the kids were eager to try the rides, so the PTB decided to put one Marine in each car with the kids.
Hopefully the Islamic fascists from Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Iranian Hezbollah will not influence these Iraqi kids - maybe they'll remember their ride with the American soldiers before turning to Jihad (Islamic holy war).
Mideasttruth.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.
Click here to see the video (Real Audio required).
Click here to understand Israel's disagreement with the UN on its "fact finding mission" and other links related to Jenin.
ABC News Australia (abc.net.au) reports that a Muslim court from Nigeria sentenced a woman to death by stoning:
Nigerian court upholds woman's stoning sentence
This is almost as bad as what happens in Saudi Arabia - see for example "Saudi Arabia cuts off hands of two thieves" and "Saudi Arabia finances Palestinian genocide bombers".
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the University of Florida has asked a federal court if it can fire a Muslim Arab professor who has screamed "Death to Israel!" and may be linked with Muslim terrorist organizations.
The University of South Florida on Wednesday asked a court if it can fire a tenured Palestinian professor accused of terrorist ties. [...]
It is interesting to note that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Chief of Military Operations is also named Sami Al-Arian (see "Some American Muslims support the Palestinian Islamic Jihad").
I copy the full article below.
I have just received an email from Barry Munden, a talented artist who recently completed a painting in memory of Peter Ginz and Ilan Ramon:
On January 16, 2003, Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, left the Earth forever on his first space flight aboard the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia. With him, he carried icons of his culture, among them a fifty-nine year old pencil illustration drawn by the young Petr Ginz, a child of the holocaust. The illustration, "Moon Landscape", (shown below) is a fanciful one of the Earth as seen from the surface of the moon. The picture held special meaning for Ilan, whose own mother survived the same Nazi death camp that claimed the life of the 14-year-old Petr(and several members of Ilan's family).
Ilan, Peter and 'Moon drawing'
Speaking to the New York-based American Society for Yad Vashem from the Houston, Texas Space Centre where he was in training, Ilan Ramon said, "I feel that my journey fulfills the dream of Petr Ginz 58 years on. A dream that is ultimate proof of the greatness of the soul of a boy imprisoned within the ghetto walls, the walls of which could not conquer his spirit. Ginz's drawings, stored at Yad Vashem, are a testimony to the triumph of the spirit."
"Petr and Ilan", by Barry Munden
For a printable version of the picture click here (this is a 1.2 Mb, 150dpi, 2550x3300 JPG image - it should print out great in most inkjet color printers). The creator of the image, Barry Munden, says: "You are welcome to use this picture for any non-commercial purpose, or for any non-profit fund-raising effort that benefits any surviving family of Ilan or Petr."
You may see Barry's original page, here. Thank you Barry - your art brings us a bit of comfort and one more way to remember Peter and Ilan.
For more information on Ilan Ramon, Peter and the 'Moon Drawing' see:
NASA sends first Israeli astronaut into space
The Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 18, 1905, when hundreds of Jews were murdered by Russians in anti-Jewish riots:
1905: A week-long pogrom marking one of the bloodiest periods in Russian Jewish history begins, spreading to dozens of towns and villages throughout Russia. Hundreds of Jews are killed, thousands are wounded and over forty thousand homes and shops are destroyed in the rioting.
I copy below an article that gives an overview of the pogroms. For all of you racists that send me hate messages because of my support for Israel, hear this: we will never give up the State of Israel - we will always fight for its survival.
The International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com) reports that racist bastards have sprayed dozens of gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in Poland with Nazi symbols:
WARSAW, Poland: Vandals spray painted swastikas and other Nazi symbols on about 100 gravestones at a large Jewish cemetery in Poland, police said Monday.
I copy the full article below.
The National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article on how certain Muslims adore death and war:
How can we account for this almost two years of suicide terrorism which has taken four Israeli lives for every Arab bomber? Assuming that each of these terrorists has been a willing accessory, this kind of suicide must come out of a cultural pattern centered on a cult of death worship. And it may be interpretation by Muslim clerics of the Koran that is responsible for this wave of Arab suicides and other acts of terrorism. For example, the Imam Abdel-Samie Mahmoud Ibrahim Moussa, in his Friday, June 6, sermon at the Grand Mosque of Rome, asked for "Allah's help in the destruction of the homes and destruction of the enemies of Islam, for their annihilation, and the victory everywhere of the Nation of Islam." According to the Deutsche Press news agency, the Grand Mosque of Rome is Europe's largest Islamic culture center and gets financial backing, naturally, from Saudi Arabia. The 32-year-old Imam was removed June 13 from his post, not by Egypt's al Azhar University that appointed him in the first place, but by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. [...]
Found this on the excellent LGF. I copy the full article below - read it, there are many examples of this love for death and war against the "infidels".
George Bush, the President of the United States of America, has given today an amazing speech and press conference. Fox News (www.foxnews.com) has a partial transcript of the speech:
[...] Now is the time, and Iraq is the place, in which the enemies of the civilized world are testing the will of the civilized world. We must not waiver.
Thank you Mr. President for mentioning that the Muslim terrorists that murdered Daniel Pearl did it only because he was Jewish and because of their racist, violent and fascist view of the World.
And thank you for continuing the fight for freedom and against Islamic terrorism.
I copy the full transcript below.
Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorists from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades will have to face the consequences for deliberately murdering women and children:
One of Israel's tanks in Nablus
Large contingents of IDF Paratroopers, Armored Corps and engineering units swept into Nablus early Wednesday morning as part of Israel's response to the deadly terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer on Sunday night, in which five Israelis were murdered. The army focused on the casbah market in the center of the northern West Bank city and on the nearby Balata refugee camp, where Hamas and Tanzim terrorists have resurrected their terror networks. [...]
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The San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfgate.con) has published an article on how many Leftists and Liberals lead Europe today in racism and intolerance:
On Britain's National Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Independent newspaper runs a cartoon of a bloodthirsty Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon devouring a Palestinian baby. Despite many complaints, it is named best cartoon of 2003 by the U.K. Political Cartoon Society.
This leftist/liberal hatred of Israel (and many times Jews) is not new for those that watch Fox News, read LGF or FactsOfIsrael.com, but this might come as a surprise for SF Chronicle readers. The SF Chronicle is known for its anti-Israel bias, ironically since its hatred of Israel is probably based on leftist ideology as well.
I copy the full article below.
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that two Palestinian mass murderers have blown themselves up in the port of the Israeli city of Ashdod, killing 11 Israelis and injuring dozens:
Ten Israelis were killed and 16 wounded, one critically, in the Ashdod attack late Sunday afternoon at Ashdod Port, a site considered to be one of the most sensitive, strategic, and supposedly heavily guarded locations in the country. [...]
The Islamic mass murderers were very busy this week - butchering 199 innocent citizens of Spain and now once again hitting Israel.
I don't know what will be the response of Spain's government (a leftist, Socialist, government was elected tonight), but I know that Israel will not sit idle while the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas ("Islamic Resistance") and Arafat's thugs from the Al-Aksa brigades continue to execute their plans of genocide, homicide bombing after homicide bombing. My thoughts are with the Israeli soldiers who will fight and, eventually, win this war.
I copy the full article below.
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