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Free Information Channel (05.02.2002)

AnnouncementI have released the FactsOfIsrael.com Klip for Klipfolio. It'll basically automatically download the latest descriptions of news, articles, and links from FactsOfIsrael.com - you can then easily choose which ones you want to read. Download it from:


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28-year-old Israeli woman murdered by Palestinian genocide bomber (07.11.2002)

VictimsFaces of the victims has published the story of Orit Ozerov, 28, an Israeli woman who was killed after a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself at a cafe in Jerusalem.

Orit Ozerov, 28
Murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber

Orit Ozerov, a Foreign Ministry employee, was was born in 1974, and grew up in Jerusalem. Orit joined the Foreign Ministry about four years ago, and worked as an office manager while studying for her Master's degree.

Her colleagues at work describe her as always having a smile on her face, possessing a contagious cheerfulness, and an aura of friendliness which affected everyone around her. Her sense of humor and kindness were matched only by her grace, and her charming childlike features.

May God bless her memory. I copy Orit's full story below.

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Islamo-Fascists attacks in October 2002 (10.27.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismI went on vacation at the beggining of October, and when I came back, as I was updating the website, I was amazed at the Islamic terrorist activity in over three weeks.

One of LGF's readers compiled a list of the Islamic terrorist attacks for October 2002:

* The Bali nightclub bombing.
* Mall bombings in the Philippines.
* A bus bombing in the Philippines.
* A bus bombing in Israel.
* The French oil tanker bombing in Yemen.
* Attacks on Marines in Kuwait.
* Continuing terrorist attacks in Kashmir.
* Continuing atrocities and slave trading in Sudan.
* Suicide bombings in Israel.
* Moscow theater siege.
* The Beltway sniper.
* 21 family members killed in Algeria.

The Islamo-fascists continue their deliberate murder of unarmed civilians, mostly women and children.

Just after 9/11, my friend Bill said that he felt Israel was responsible for 9/11 since the US backs up the Jewish State. Is Israel also responsible for the Bali massacre, the Moscow carnage, and the murders in the Philippines?

Did you know that the Islamo-fascists run 19 out of top 25 groups listed by the US State Department as terrorist organizations ?

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Palestinian genocide bomber murders four Israelis (10.27.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismI just heard on Israeli radio that once again a Palestinian terrorist has blown himself up. The Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber chose as his target the Israeli city of Ariel, in the West Bank.

Israeli Radio reports that the murderer blew himself up in a gas station, causing an explosion and a fire that apparently has been controlled.

So far the reports mention 3 people have been killed and over three dozen injured, including 15 in critical condition. I will update this entry as soon as I learn more.

Update from the Jerusalem Post:

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a gas station outside the settlement of Ariel Sunday, killing himelf, two Israelis and wounding 30.

Ten to 15 of the wounded were in serious condition, media reports said. Four were moderately hurt, and the rest sustained light wounds or were treated for shock. [...]

A woman shouted at a group of soldiers that she suspected a suicide bomber was among them, and a soldier opened fire, "then the bomber blew up," Ayalon told Army Radio.

"Apparently they suspected there was a terrorist and shot him. Perhaps as a result he detonated the explosives," Ayalon said.

I copy the full article below (note that the article mentions two dead, but I have just heard an update that confirmed 4 murders).

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The Simpsons: a family of Sephardic Jews? (10.27.2002)

HumorThe Simpsons Archive (www.snpp.com) has a strange but funny thesis that holds that the Simpsons are actually a family of Sephardic Jews:

The Sephardic Tradition encompasses the culture of the Jews who descended from Spain prior to the expulsion in 1492. However, a broader interpretation also includes Jews who originated from Turkey, Greece, Italy, England, the Ottoman Empire and other lands. The tradition today has come to include not only those with geographic ties, but also those with links to the fascinating culture. Many Jews know that Sephardim eat rice and beans on Pesach, and know of the unique torah trope of the tradition, but little else. However, many Jews, and even non-Jews are exposed to aspects of the Sephardic tradition and culture without even knowing it. [...]

According to David Gitlitz, in spite of the attempts of crypto Jews, most of these conversos had been completely assimilated by the end of the 17th century (Gitlitz x). Gitlitz say that the meager remnants that resurfaced in the 20th century are the exception to the rule. There is evidence to suggest that the writers portray the Simpson family as crypto Jews of the assimilated nature, so much so that they no longer know their true identity. Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According To The Simpsons, argues that "The Simpsons from time to time suggest an underlying element of what might be called crypto-Judaism" (121). For example, a menorah is found in the Simpsons' storage closet, with no explanation. Also, Homer's father Abe, is portrayed as the quintessential Jewish grandfather, always complaining and boring his family with stories of "the old country."

Many of my good friends in Israel are Sephardic Jews whose parents came from Moroco, Tunisia and Algeria. Man, I love that couscous.

I copy the full thesis below, it's long but worht it, and the real story is an overview of Sephardic history and culture.

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Where can an Arab Muslim woman vote in the Middle East? Only in Israel. (01.27.2003)

NewsThe Israeli elections for the 16th Knesset (Israel's Parliament) started a few minutes ago, at 7:00 AM local time. This morning, the following ad appeared in a few French newspapers, including the "Figaro":

The ad reads: "Where does she vote freely"
and below: "In Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East"

About one million Arab Muslims are Israeli citizens that have full rights, including the right to vote. See the Democracy page for more details.

Tomorrow I will be listening to Israeli radio and watching hours of live Israeli TV. In the next few days I will be updating the Democracy page , but you can get an idea of which parties are running by checking it here.

In the meantime, I copy below an article from the Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) that gives more info on today's elections.

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Brave Iranian students support Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom; Denounce anti-Semitism and Islamic terrorism (10.27.2002)

OpinionI have added a button in the right navigation bar to support the "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI). The SMCCDI has a website at www.iran-daneshjoo.org and its goals are Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom in Iran. They are also against anti-Semitism and Islamic terrorism, and are risking their lives for taking these positions:

Iranian Student hides Satellite Dish,
the only way for him to access
non-Governemental news sources

Look what they have to say about the Israeli-Palestinian war:

About one and a half years ago when the beginnings of a lasting peace among the Arabs and Israelis was becoming practical, the obstruction and sabotage of war-mongering governments-- the foremost among them the Islamic Republic-- made this constructive effort unsuccessful. Today, too, we are witnessing the same warmongering venture from the currents that see their political and economic gain in spreading war and crisis, and in ruining the societies in the region.

Peace and tranquility in the Middle East are not achievable through the support of Terrorist and warmongering groups; rather, it is only achievable through the encouragement of political discussions between the involved parties and the uprooting of religious fundamentalism, terrorism, and violence. It is noteworthy that a nation that has been the victim of governmental terrorism for two decades, cannot, itself, be the promoter of violence in the region.

And here's what they have to say about Islamic terrorism after the Bali massacre:

Once again, the followers of the ideology of terror and lunacy have committed murder and have thus emphasized this undisputable truism that terrorism, as long as its roots are not dried up and its revival centers are not eradicated, is a pressing, imminent, and worldwide danger. [...]

Truly, these emissaries of evil and the culture of death leave behind nothing other than poverty, death, and social backwardness wherever they step. The father's of modern religious terrorism- meaning the leach-like mullahs that for over 23 years have made all the foundations of culture and civilization in our country, Iran, the target of their Mongolian pillaging- have bestowed this terror tradition to the world. [...]

It is cause for much anguish that despite it becoming clearer day by day that terrorism is a worldwide danger and the networks of death have obtained the ability to strike anywhere and anytime to commit their crimes, the European Union and Russia with their hypocritical policies in pursuit of their own short term profiteering goals continue to sabotage a decisive battle with the true roots and origins of international terrorism.

The Bali catastrophe has once again emphasized the indisputable reality that religious terrorism is a worldwide problem and steps to dry its roots must be taken in the framework of a unified international battlefront. And, it is a lesson that- especially- the policymakers of countries like France, England, and New Zealand should heed.

The bleeding brain western leftists that support Palestinian terrorism could learn one or two things from the SMCCDI.

It also important to note that the only time "Death to terrorists!" was heard in any rally in any Islamic country was when the SMCCDI took the streets. These guys are my new heroes.

See below for their press release calling for Iranian students to reject anti-Semitism which they say cloakes itself as anti-Zionism (sounds familiar?). They also published articles against Islamic terrorism, separation of religion and state in Iran and other modern ideas that infuriate the Ayatollahs.

Make sure you visit their website and support their movement in any way you can (sign the guestbook, contact them to help them financially, etc...)

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The Middle East problem (07.19.2014)

OpinionDennis Prager explains "The Middle East problem":

Mr. Prager is right on: the solution may be hard, but the problem is simple: one side wants the other side dead.

I copy more info on the video below.

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Some American Muslims hate America and believe the US government organized the attacks of 9/11 (08.05.2002)

OpinionNewsmax (www.newsmax.com) has an article that describes how some American Muslims hate the United States and believe that the 9/11 attacks were organized by the US government.

In late June 2002, I was flying from New York to Toronto, and two gentlemen of much facial hair and full-dress Islamic attire were seated at the gate area ready to board. [...]

He answered with an annoyed confidence that suggested one of the crescents he was fated to bear was putting up with illiterate infidels who still don't know who staged 9-11.

"It was all arranged by the United States government," he said. "Your government needed 9-11 as an excuse to take Afghanistan," he said.

Although many many American Muslims are peaceful, some do fund and support terrorist organizations like the Hamas, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Jihad. To learn more about Americans who support Jihad, click here.

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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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Jewish and Israeli Names: Vladimir or Ze'ev? (09.06.2002)

Jewish HistoryBar-Ilan University (www.biu.ac.il) has a good article on Jewish and Israeli names.

"In Israel today," explains Prof. Demsky, an authority on Biblical names and genealogy in the Department of Jewish History, "The trend is to opt for monosyllabic names which are Hebrew, but don't necessarily sound Jewish, like Shir, Din, Ben, Tom, Tal and Bar. Many of these names are given to both girls and boys, reflecting the idea of equality. The names are simple and noncommittal. They are not Jewish in the sense of having a literary or religious connotation. Many of these parents want their children to feel comfortable in the outside world. They want these names to be pronounceable in any language. This definitely says something about today's Israeli society," concludes Demsky.

I studied at Bar-Ilan University in the early 90's, just as the Oslo process was starting - it's an Israeli University that has a large number of national religious students, many who became my friends.

I copy the full article below, but if you are looking for a Jewish name, you might also want to check "Naming your Jewish Baby".

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Memo from Israel to Palestinians (08.22.2003)

OpinionThe American Digest blog (americandigest.org) has published a memo from the people and the State of Israel to the Palestinians:

Date: "To Be Determined"
To: The Palestinian People
From: The People of Israel
Re: Final Notice Before the Termination of Our Relationship
(To be filed in your "Permanent Conduct Record")

As you know from our repeated meetings over many years, we have repeatedly done our best to accommodate your incessant demands regarding employment, compensation, housing allowances, health benefits, and other items of mutual interest as we have endeavored to work together on "Project Peace in the Middle East." [...]

It has come to our attention, through a continuing rain of the body parts of our citizens onto our streets, that "your issues" do not seem to be resolvable through considered and mutually agreeable negotiations. The outcome of these 'negotiations' in the recent past seems to us to be one of we give and you take and then you kill us. We have decided that this is not a program that we wish to continue. [...]

We have had a similar experience with this "central issue" as a "final solution" towards the middle of the last century. We discovered, after millions of us had been slaughtered, that mollification, negotiation, and submission was not a successful policy. Indeed, we created the state of Israel around the central concept of 'Never again.' [...]

"Never Again" was our first principle and is now our final position. This memo serves to note the end of all negotiations with the Palestinian People.

Your problems and your issues as of this date are yours and yours alone. You must solve whatever bipolar instability and manic-depressive disappointment and psychotic tendencies towards homicidal violence plague your society among yourselves. You will not, from this date forward, use the People of Israel as targets for your own internal demons. Your "issues" will no longer be allowed to become our "episodes." [...]

We will begin our program of over-reaction without delay and without reference to our allies or world opinion. We will deal with that in the days that follow the completion of our strategic exercises in what you quaintly term "the occupied territories." Please notify those whom you consider your allies that, should they chance to intervene, we have sufficient resources to deal with them expeditiously

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"Jew" is an offensive and derogatory terms in the Arab World (11.13.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Florida Times Daily (www.timesdaily.com) reports that the Arab Network Al-Jazeera television had to pay four Kuwaiti lawyers for deeply insulting them in calling them "Jews":

A Kuwaiti court has ordered Al-Jazeera television to pay $16,670 in damages to four Kuwaiti lawyers who sued it for slandering their country. [...]

In an episode aired Feb. 5, a guest on the live talk show, Sayyed al-Nassar, described Kuwaitis as "the Jews of the Arabs." The term "Jew" is considered derogatory to some people in the Arab world.

This is one more proof of the racism that runs in Arab/Muslim society, where "Jew" is a derogatory and offensive term. Al-Jazeera and the ones involved in this despicable episode don't even realize how racist they are - the Al-Jazeera spokesman doesn't critize the fact that "Jew" is an insulting term in the Arab world, he criticizes the fact that the guest used the insulting language ("Jew") and the judge made Al-Jazeera responsible.

Many of the Arab/Muslims of today are the new Nazis, attacking Jews wherever they are and continuously defining the Jewish people as "sub-human". These people make me sick.

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Palestinian terrorists from the Islamic Jihad murder 48-year-old Israeli, father of 4 (01.12.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist from the Islamic Jihad murdered a 48-year-old Israeli, father of 4:

Eli Biton, 48, of Moshav Gadish, and two terrorists were killed, and five members of the security forces were wounded one of them moderately when Palestinian gunmen infiltrated the moshav, in the Tanahim region south of Afula, on Sunday night.

The terrorists, who are believed to have come from the nearby Jenin area, crossed the unfenced Green Line and penetrated the moshav with ease at about 7 p.m. Once there, they opened fire at the vehicles on one of the main streets, killing Biton. [...]

Biton, the father of four, was extricated from his car under fire and treated by Magen David Adom paramedics, who were unable to resuscitate him As residents took shelter in their homes, members of the police anti-terror squad conducted house-to-house searches to ensure that no terrorists were holed-up with hostages.

Moshe Suissa said he had been talking outdoors with a neighbor when they heard a burst of firing.
"I immediately went into my house and closed all the doors and windows and later called the emergency number at the Gilboa Regional Council. They told me there was a terrorist infiltration," he said.

"Large forces of police and border police searched the moshav, and we could hear the shooting while we waited indoors with all the lights off for further instructions."

Suissa said residents had undergone exercises in case of terror attacks and knew what to do. Another resident said she kept a close hold on her young daughter in her home as the fighting continued.

The Palestinian murderers from the Islamic Jihad have once again deliberately targeted and murdered an unarmed civilian, this time a father of 4.

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American Jews help Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism (06.08.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a group of American Jews from Los Angeles, California, has donated $3.2 million to help Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism.

American Jews who remained silent in the face of burgeoning terror against Israelis and feared visiting Israel have begun to realize that these attacks are targeting not Israelis and Jews, but all of Western civilization, according to a visiting group of Los Angeles area Jews here last week to donate $3.2 million to help terror victims and $250,000 worth of medical equipment.

"Everywhere we have gone, Israelis have been thanking us for coming. It embarrassed us. We American Jews want to show solidarity for our 'Israeli family' - and the only way we can do it is by coming and bringing money we raised," said the Los Angeles pediatrician in an interview.

He described as "child abusers" the Palestinian parents who allow their teenage children to strap on belts of explosives to murder Israelis. "If parents allow kids to throw rocks or serve as homicide bombers, they themselves should be punished," he said.

I copy the full article below.

(Note: I'm still in Brazil and I don't always get access to the Net, so updates to the news section of FactsOfIsrael.com will remain low until next week).

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