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23-year-old Israeli woman murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber (08.12.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Tatiana Borovik, 23, who was murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber on December 2, 2001.

Tatiana Borovik, 23
Murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Tatiana was one of the 15 people killed by the Palestinian excuse for a human being.

She came to Israel in 1995 from the Ukraine as part of a program for high school students. She wrote home how wonderful life in Israel was, and her parents, brother and grandmother arrived a year later and settled in Netanya.

A student at the Camera Obscura school in Haifa, Tatiana Borovik dreamed of being an artist. She was on her way to her studies, together with a friend, when the suicide bomber cut her plans short. "She was a gifted artist," her father said.

Tatiana Borovik was laid to rest in Netanya. She leaves behind her parents, Boris and Ela, her younger brother Sergei (16), and her grandmother Esther.

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8-year-old Israeli kid deliberately murdered by Palestinian homicide bomber (11.26.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Ilan Perlman, an 8-year-old Israeli kid who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas ("Islamic Resistance").

Ilan Perlman, 8
Murdered by a
Palestinian terrorist

On November 21, 2002, Ilan Perlman, 8, of Jerusalem, was one of 11 people killed in a suicide bombing on a No. 20 Egged bus in the Kiryat Menahem neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The bomber, wearing a five-kilogram bomb belt packed with explosives and shrapnel, boarded the bus at approximately 7:00 A.M. on Mexico street in Kiryat Menahem. Before it reached the next stop, the terrorist, who was standing in the front section of the bus, set off the bomb, killing 11 people and wounding about 50.

The Perlman family had immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine. Kira Perlman, who accompanied her grandson Ilan everywhere, was taking him to school when they were killed on the bus together.

Ilan lived in Jerusalem's Ir Ganim neighborhood with his mother Galia, his older brother Sinai, his grandmother and greatgrandmother. His parents are divorced.

Ilan, though shy, was an excellent student and was highly motivated. Half a year ago he won a gold medal in a national martial arts competition and was declared national champion for his age group.

Ilan Perlman was buried together with his grandmother Kira in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his mother Galia, his father Yigal, his brother Sinai, 15, and his greatgrandmother Genia, 92.

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To get more details on the homicide bombing click here. To learn more about Ilan's 92-year-old great-grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, click here.

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FactsOfIsrael.com traffic continues to grow (10.01.2002)

AnnouncementNow that the month of September ended, I decided to check the logs and get some stats on how much traffic FactsOfIsrael.com is generating. As you can see from the graph below, the numbers are good:

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The difference between Palestinian and Israeli kids (08.23.2002)

OpinionI recently found the picture below:

On the left a pro-Palestinian demonstration. The Palestinian kid is wrapped with explosives, ready to become a genocide bomber that kills unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children (this picture was taken at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin, Germany, a few weeks ago).

On the right an Israeli toddler wants peace - this has been the overwhelming sentiment expressed in all of the pro-Israel demonstrations I have attended.

Unfortunately there is no Palestinian partner for peace.

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An analysis of current French Anti-Semitism (07.07.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has published a good article on French Anti-Semitism and how some French Jews are reacting.

On October 3, 2000, the synagogue of Villepinte, a suburban neighborhood in northeastern Paris, was all but destroyed by arson in practically the first such case in France since the late Middle Ages. (The single exception had occurred in 1940 when the Nazis blew up the Central Synagogue of Strasbourg.) Following Villepinte, four more synagogues were burned over the next 10 days, all in greater Paris, while in the whole of France, 19 further attempts at arson were recorded against synagogues or other Jewish buildings, homes or businesses.

Then there was the increasingly open and uninhibited expression of anti-Semitic sentiment. Although no French political party of significant size called for anti-Jewish policies as such, the Green party and related groups on the Left denounced "Jewish religious fundamentalists" and pro-Israel activity. (On the other side of the political spectrum, the far-Right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen had indulged for years in anti-Semitic innuendo, but in the current crisis mostly held his tongue.) At pro-Palestinian rallies, calls to kill the Jews were raised again and again; anti-Jewish invective-laced sermons were preached in church; and there were anti-Jewish cartoons in the mainstream press.

Of even deeper concern, and not only to Jews, was the refusal or unwillingness of the powers-that-be in France - the ruling parties of Right and Left, the mainstream political class, the mainstream media, most social institutions, even the Church - to treat the new situation with anything like the seriousness it deserved. [...]

Today's runaway best-seller in France is Thierry Meyssan's The Awful Scam, whose thesis is that what we saw on television last September 11 was a hoax, carefully staged by American rightists and the Israeli Mossad.

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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.

I copy below the interview with Simone Endrich and her original article. Unfortunately, I could not find the original article on the Malta Independent's website, they seem to have taken it down.

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Palestinian terrorist murders three Israeli women in bombing of Shopping Center, dozens injured (07.12.2005)

Palestinian TerrorismA Palestinian Islamic Supremacist has blown himself up in a crowded Israeli shopping center, murdering three Israeli women and wounding dozens:

At least three people, all women, were killed and 90 more wounded when an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber blew himself up outside a crowded Netanya mall Tuesday evening. The blast shattered a relative lull in such attacks since the last Islamic Jihad bombing in February.

As of late Tuesday night none of the victims names had been made public, although one woman was said to be 31 years old, while a 16 year old teenage girl was identified as well, according to Israel Radio

[...] The suicide bomber, 18-year-old Ahmed Sami Abu Halil from the village of Atil near Tulkarm, belonged to Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group that refused to sign on to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's tahdiya (period of calm). Security sources believed the same Tulkarm-based cell was responsible for both of Tuesday's attacks and for the February bombing of the Stage nightclub in Tel Aviv.

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Grandmother of 15 murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber (12.11.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims has published the story of Sa'ada Aharon, a 71-year-old Israeli grandmother of 15 who was deliberately murdered by a genocide bomber from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Sa'ada Aharon, 71
Grandmother of 15
Murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

On October 10, 2002, Sa'ada Aharon, 71, of Ramat Gan was killed and about 30 people were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to board Dan bus No. 87 across from Bar-Ilan University on the Geha highway (Route 4).

The bomber, who was trying to board the bus via the rear door, fell when the driver closed the doors. The driver, thinking he was an innocent passenger, got off the bus with another passenger to help him. When they discovered he had an explosive belt strapped to his waist, they gripped his hands to prevent him from detonating it, and shouted to the passengers on the packed bus to flee. Once the passengers were out of range, they released the bomber's hands and ran, for fear that the bomb would go off. The bomber then blew himself up.

Sa'ada Aharon, who lived nearby, had just boarded the bus traveling from Petah Tikva to Tel Hashomer for medical tests when the bomber detonated the charge. She was mortally wounded and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sa'ada, who immigrated to Israel from Yemen 50 years ago,, was devoted to her children and grandchildren. One granddaughter, Moran (14), said: "She was the best grandmother. We would go to her house to eat and to sleep. She didn't look at all old - she had a pretty face, and always wore colorful scarves."

Sa'ada Aharon was buried in Rosh Ha'ayin. She is survived by her husband Yihye, three children - Uri, Amnon and Yona - and 15 grandchildren.

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When I went to college at Bar-Ilan University, I used to take this bus everyday. I know the exact place where the Palestinian murderer blew up - it's near the "Coca-Cola" junction, named for a Coke factory from nearby. Many Israelis do not have any choice but the bus to commute or to go to a doctor's appointment (like poor Sa'ada). The Palestinian Islamic Jihad couldn't care less of course.

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Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ", will lead to violence against Jews (02.27.2004)

OpinionDennis Prager (townhall.com), a practicing Jew, has watched Mel Gibson's new movie "The Passion of the Christ" and has written a great review:

Early this past summer, Mel Gibson invited me to see "The Passion," his film on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The invitation was significant in that I was the first practicing Jew and active member of the American Jewish community to be invited. He did so because he believed, correctly, that he could trust me. I have long worked to build trust between Jews and Christians, especially traditional Christians.

The increasing tension over this film has reinforced impressions I offered Mel Gibson that day. When watching "The Passion," Jews and Christians are watching two entirely different films.

For two hours, Christians watch their Savior tortured and killed. For the same two hours, Jews watch Jews arrange the killing and torture of the Christians' Savior. [...]

First, what Jews see. The Jews in the film (except, of course, for those who believe in Jesus) are cruel and often sadistic. One prominent Christian who saw the film along with my wife and me said that while watching the film he wanted to take a gun and shoot those who had brought such pain to Jesus. I couldn't blame him. The Jews in the film manipulate the Romans -- who are depicted as patsies of the Jews and in the case of Pilate, as morally far more elevated -- into torturing and murdering a beautiful man.

Why does this bother Jews so much? Because for nearly 2,000 years, attacked as "Christ-killers," countless Jewish men, women and children were tortured and murdered in ways that often caused more suffering than even Jesus endured (e.g., not only tortured and murdered themselves, but also seeing their families and friends raped, tortured and murdered). For Jews to worry that a major movie made by one of the world's superstars depicts Jews as having Christ tortured and killed might arouse anti-Semitic passions is not paranoid. Even though Islam denies the crucifixion, it is difficult to imagine that this film will not be a hit in the virulently anti-Semitic Arab world.

It is essential that Christians understand this. Every Jew, secular, religious, assimilated, left-wing, right-wing, fears being killed because he is Jewish. This is the best-kept secret about Jews, who are widely perceived as inordinately secure and powerful. But it is the only universally held sentiment among Jews. After the Holocaust and with Islamic terrorists seeking to murder Jews today, this, too, is not paranoid.

Racist, anti-Semitic bastards do not need excuses for their hate and violence (click here or here for some examples). This movie, made by Mel Gibson, which depicts hooked-nosed, greedy Jews, conspiring to kill Jesus Christ only adds fuel to the fire. Here's a possible scenario:

I was walking down Market St. a couple of days ago, whistling happily while rearranging my kipa due to the heavy winds.

All of a sudden this guy came out of nowhere and after tackling me, he (and a few others) started kicking, punching and cursing me. Barely conscious I asked: "What the hell? Why are you doing this to me?"

The racist mob answered: "You killed Christ, damn Jew!"

I said: "What? That's not true, and Jesus was killed two thousand years ago."

He simply answered: "Yes, but we just saw Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ' a few minutes ago."

I personally am convinced that American Jews will not be persecuted, but it is clear that racist bastards in certain Islamic and European countries will not hesitate to persecute and maybe even kill Jews. They will use Mel Gibson's movie as another excuse for murdering.

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Gas masks for Israeli dogs (01.27.2003)

NewsThe BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) reports that an Israeli vet has designed gas masks for dogs:

An Israeli dog -
When Saddam Hussein pledged
"To eradicate 'the Jewish Dogs' from the World'
he took it personally

An Israeli vet is producing gas masks for use in the event of attack from Iraq - for pets.

Dr Rafi Kishon's special emergency kits contain a pet gas mask - available to fit Chihuahuas through to St Bernards - antidotes to bio-chemical poisoning, and tranquilisers.

Iraq fired Scud missiles at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War and Israelis fear it will try to do the same again if attacked by the United States and its allies. [...]

Dr Kishon said he came up with the idea for the gas mask kits during the first Gulf War when his dog became hysterical during missile attacks.

"He took Saddam Hussein's pledge to eradicate 'the Jewish dogs from the world' personally," he said.

In 1991, during the Gulf war, I lived in Israel and attended college. Saddam Hussein fired dozens of missiles at Israel, even though Israel never attacked Iraq. Israel never retaliated but the butcher from Baghdad continued to fire missiles every night, aiming at Israeli cities.

One of the stories I remember was about an elderly woman and her Chihuahua. One night, after another missile attack from Iraq, like all Israelis, this poor elderly lady put on her gas mask. The Iraqi Scud missile hit close to her home and the walls shook - she believed she was hit.

Her pet, a small Chihuahua, freaked out and started running around in circles. The elderly lady also panicked, took out her Atropine shot (an antidote for chemical weapons) and administered it to the undersized dog.

It took a few seconds for the Chihuahua to die... The dose was too strong for the poor little dog - it was made for a human. If the old lady had one of Dr. Kishon's gas masks, her pet would probably have survived.

To see Dr. Kishon's web page, click here (in Hebrew). I copy the full article below.

Update 2/15/03: I have received a few requests from American pet owners who are interested in purchasing kits to protect their pets. Dr. Kishon seems to only serve Israel, so I did some research and found the following site:


Here are some sites that are not directly related to pets, but will help you protect yourself. These sites sell gas masks, potassium iodate, body suits, readiness kits and more:


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A Knight in England (02.11.2004)

HumorHere's a good one sent to us by my friend P.G.:

A knight in England was supposed to kneel before the Queen and recite a sentence in Latin.

Comes his turn, Sir Gadabout knelt, the Queen tapped him on the shoulders with the sword ... and in the panic of excitement of the moment, he forgets the Latin line he was to recite.

Thinking quickly, he recites the only other line he knows in a foreign language, which he remembers from the Passover Seder:

"Mah nishtana ha-lailah ha-zeh mi-kol ha-leilot."

The puzzled Queen turns to her advisers and asks: ""Why is this knight different from all other knights?"

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Hezbollah Iranien veut exporter les attentats-suicide dans le monde (French) (11.24.2002)

Tsahal (l'armee de Defense d'Israel) a traduit un article parut dans l'hebdomadaire officiel du Hezbollah:

Lors de plusieurs discours récemment prononcés à Beyrouth, Hassan Nasrallah, dirigeant du Hezbollah, a fait l’éloge de la lutte armée des Palestiniens et de la technique des attentats-suicide. Ses paroles ont été rapportées par l’hebdomadaire officiel du Hezbollah, El-Intikad (15 novembre 2002). Nasrallah appelle à propager mondialement la culture des attentats-suicide.

Voici un extrait de ses déclarations:

"Nous percevons les Etats-Unis comme un ennemi de la nation islamique, mais pour le moment, nous ne nous sommes pas engagés dans une campagne militaire contre eux ".

"La nation islamique a recommencé à utiliser les attaques suicide; sans ces attaques, la lutte n’a aucun sens. Le gouvernement américain et les experts aux Etats-Unis et en Israël ainsi que les Géneraux dans l’armée n’ont pas réussi à éliminer la conception des attentats-suicide.

Depuis le sommet de Sharm El Sheikh, ils parlent du démembrement des organisations [ndrl terroristes] et d’attaquer les infrastructures [ndrl des organisations terroristes] et n’ont pas réussi [ndrl à atteindre leurs objectifs]. Nous devons diffuser [ndrl l’idée de] la mort pour suivre la voie d’Allah et des actions suicidaires pour la lutte de la nation [ndrl islamique] afin de protéger notre terre.”

Il faut souligner que l’Union européenne a reconnu le bras militaire du Hezbollah comme “organisation terroriste”. Hassan Nasrallah, dirigeant du mouvement (branche militaire et branche politique) encourage de façon active le terrorisme palestinien contre Israël et la perpétration d’attentats terroristes à l’encontre de cibles occidentales dans le monde.


La France refuse de definir le Hezbollah comme une organization terroriste - lisez "France helps Hizbullah murder unarmed Israeli civilians".

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Palestinian father of homicide bomber believes Israel is behind 9/11 and suicide attacks (11.01.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismWhile checking Instapundit I stumbled upon this article from "The Australian" (www.theaustralian.news.com.au) which described a Palestinian father of a homicide/suicide bomber feelings of anger towards the murderers that organized the massacre of Israeli woman and children:

Although Abudeir refuses to condemn the militant Islamic groups behind the bombings by name, he accuses them of using suicide bombers as not only a means of making themselves politically relevant but also for financial gain. Arab countries such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the families of suicide bombers.

"Great!", I told myself. I have finally found one Palestinian that is pissed off at the Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their deliberate murders of babies. Well, after reading a bit more, I realized that this moron is a racist who probably believes that Jews control the World (has he been watching Egyptian TV?):

Abudeir speculates that the militant Islamic groups are inventions of the Israelis and under their control. He says the Israelis were also behind the attacks on New York's Twin Towers.

Just like the Nazis always blamed the Jews for anti-Semitism, this excuse for a human being blames the Israelis for the homicide bombings. As for blaming Israel and Jews for the heinous Islamic attacks on the US on 9/11, this is apparently something most Arabs/Muslims believe - click here for the details.

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Pour une grande partie des Europeens, le crime d'Israel est d'avoir contre-attaqué (French) (09.03.2002)

OpinionLe site reinfo-israel.com a traduit un article paru dans "The Spectator" anglais qui decrit comment les Europeens ont du mal a accepter le fait qu'Israel se defend contre les attaques terrorites des Palestiniens.

Après tout, ne sont-ce pas les Juifs, en Israël, qui sont victimes du terrorisme ? Ne sont–ils pas mis en pièces par des terroristes qui ont délibérément ciblé des vieillards survivants de l’Holocauste, lors du Seder de Pessah [repas rituel de Pâques. Ndlr], ou des enfants dans une pizzeria ? N’ont-ils pas subi des pertes qui, proportionnellement au nombre d'habitants du Royaume-Uni, équivaudraient à 4000 morts et plusieurs milliers de blessés, depuis le début de l’Intifada, en Novembre 2000.

Mais Israël a commis un crime odieux. Ce crime a été de chercher à se défendre contre la tentative de l’annihiler. Pour cette impudence, les médias britanniques et européens ainsi que l’Establishment déversent un torrent de mensonges, de déformations et de calomnies, abandonnent l’objectivité, et substituent la méchanceté et la haine à la vérité. [...]

La plupart des attentats-suicide perpétrés durant les dernières semaines sont l'oeuvre d’équipes liées au Fatah, le département terroriste de l’Autorité Palestinienne. Israël a publié des documents saisis, qui portent la signature d’Arafat et ont trait au salaire versé à des hommes dont ils disent qu’ils ont organisé des attaques-suicide. Ceux qui ne croient pas Israël devraient examiner ce que l’AP elle-même a déclaré. En décembre 2000, Sakhr Habash, un officiel du Fatah, confiait au quotidien de l’AP, Al Hayyat Al Jadida, que l’Intifada était orchestrée par Arafat. «La direction de l’AP est restée la source d’autorité, et elle seule est capable de diriger les opérations de l’Intifada à travers le pays. Je peux dire avec certitude que le frère Abu Ammar [Arafat] est l’autorité suprême pour toutes les opérations, et quiconque pense autrement ne sait rien de ce qui se passe...» [...]

Car le véritable crime d'Israël est celui-ci : avoir contre-attaqué. Les Juifs ne sont pas censés faire cela. Ils sont censés aller passivement à la mort. Si les Juifs combattent, ils doivent perdre. Ce qu'ils ne doivent surtout jamais faire, c'est gagner.

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Arafat did not come up with one idea at Camp David (05.19.2002)

NewsI just read an article on the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) that goes over an interview with Dennis Ross, who was one of the main mediators between Israel and the Palestinians under former U.S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

"Arafat didn't offer anything but slogans during this period. He never indicated that he would even make a decision," said Ross.

"The only thing he did say was that the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, never existed in Jerusalem as the Jews believe. He said it was located somewhere in Nablus", Ross said.

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