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Where are the moderate Muslims? (11.01.2002)

OpinionLaura Ingraham from the Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) asks where can moderate Muslims be found:

For much of the last century, white Southerners were routinely (and rightly) taken to task for not speaking out against the violent actions of racists. For a time at least, the Klan seemed to be able to lynch and beat black men with impunity.

White Southern silence meant tacit approval to many. The South eventually left its racist past behind, but only when its politicians and community leaders spoke out aggressively against the hateful acts of white supremacists. Silence was no longer an option for the majority, for it became clear that the longer violence against blacks continued, the more likely it was that the rest of the country would think all white Southerners were KKK supporters.

Muslims worldwide face the same problem. In the last few weeks, Muslim terrorists killed nearly 200 in Bali, tried to kill more in Kuwait. But where were all the statements of condemnation from the Muslim "moderate" leadership? I heard not one. This, despite President Bush's oft-repeated reminder to the world that this is not a war against Islam and his visit to an Islamic Center just days after September 11th.

In the aftermath of the attacks on America, Muslims in the U.S. complained that they were being unfairly tarred by the acts of a few extremists. "Islam is a religion of peace," President Bush himself said the week after the attacks on America. Yet just as white Southerners couldn't shake their racist past so long as the Klan was still kicking, Muslims will find it difficult to shake its link to terrorism if al Qaeda continues to strike and Muslim leaders continue to say or do little.

More people are beginning to ask why the burden should be on America to prove to the world that we are a tolerant nation. The more appropriate formulation: after September 11th, the burden is on Muslims worldwide to demonstrate their intolerance for the terrorists.

Where are the moderate Muslims?

If someone finds a site managed by moderate Muslims, please let me know (excluding the brave Iranian students, of course).

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US State Department list of terrorist organizations: 19 out of top 25 are Islamic (08.24.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismAs of March 27, 2002, here are the top 25 foreign terrorist organizations according to the U.S. State Department.

It is interesting to note that 19 out of the top 25 are Islamic groups - so much for a religion of peace? I have highlighted these Islamic murderers in bold.

It is also interesting to note that the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigrade, which is part of the Fatah, and therefore reports directly to Arafat is listed. For more information on Arafat and the Al-Aksa Brigades, see the Palestine page.

Foreign Terrorist Organizations

1. Abu Nidal Organization (ANO)
2. Abu Sayyaf Group
3. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (reports to Yasser Arafat)
4. Armed Islamic Group
5. 'Asbat al-Ansar
6. Aum Shinrikyo
7. Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA)
8. Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group)
9. Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement)
10. Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HUM)
11. Hizballah (Party of God)
12. Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
13. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) (Army of Mohammed)
14. Al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad)
15. Kahane Chai (Kach)
16. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
17. Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT) (Army of the Righteous)
18. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
19. Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK)
20. National Liberation Army (ELN)
21. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
22. Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)
23. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
24. PFLP-General Command (PFLP-GC)
25. Al-Qaida

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Stop supporting National Public Radio (NPR) (08.24.2002)

OpinionCamera.org has published more information on the incredible anti-Israeli bias found in the leftist National Public Radio (NPR).

National Public Radio, the taxpayer-supported public radio network, has earned an unenviable reputation as the most anti-Israel news source in the mainstream U.S. media. [...]

Unfortunately, one does not wait in vain for NPR to mangle the statements of Israeli officials. For example, after virtually every Palestinian attack, an NPR reporter or anchor can be counted on to utter the phrase, “Israeli officials say a Palestinian militant ...”, or something similar. Well, in fact, the Israeli official probably said terrorist rather than “militant” or “gunman” or “activist,” or any other of NPR’s preferred euphemisms for those who maim, murder and dismember Israeli civilians

I had been supporting NPR financially for years, yet their clear hate of Israel, due to their leftist views, has made me sick - I will never support NPR again. I also hope that public funds will stop being awarded to NPR.

For another example of NPR's clear support of Palestinian terrorism, see "The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism".

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Arafat is (still) a terrorist (05.05.2002)

NewsI just read an article on Ha'aretz that proves once again how much Arafat, the Palestinian leader, is still involved in terrorism.

Although we've been receiving reports for weeks now, this time the evidence has been compiled into a booklet, which includes documents gathered during operation "Defensive Shield", Israel's incursion into Palestinian towns. It also includes testimony from Marwan Barghouti, who directly reported to Arafat and was involved in numerous terrorist attacks.

Arafat personally approved the transfer of funds to suicicide bombers, and hard evidence of close cooperation of Arafat's groups with the Islamic Jihad and Hamas was also found.

Also mentioned in the report is the financial contribution of Saudi Arabia and Iraq to Palestinian terrorism - for example, family of suicide bombers receive $25,000 from Sadam Hussein.

Below I link to the Ha'aretz article and to IDF's (Israel's army) website. All documents have also been published by the IDF.

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Leftist American academia demonizes Israel (08.21.2002)

OpinionHa'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has a good article that describes how the leftist American academia demonizes Israel:

While support for Israel among the general public in America has only increased during the past year - according to most of the public opinion surveys that have been conducted there - in the leftist circles of the intelligentsia in the United States a campaign of hatred and delegitmization is being conducted against it. This campaign, which gained momentum after September 11, in fact began after the Gulf War. Israel was perceived as the major cause of suffering in the Arab states, and therefore as the factor behind their desperate behavior. [...]

Recently in the humanities faculties in the United States anti-Israeli and anti-American theories and basic assumptions have been disseminated, which are usually attributed to intellectual circles in Europe. "The post-colonialist vision has prevailed for many years now in academia as a means of understanding texts," says Professor Robert (Uri) Alter, a lecturer in Hebrew literature at the University of California at Berkeley. According to the standard bearers of post-colonialism, "The Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular are perceived as people of the Third World and as victims of colonialism. According to their mistaken concepts on race, the Arabs are perceived as dark-skinned and the Israelis as white - the last offshoot of Western colonialism." [...]

Those who come in contact with these theories are mostly young students who are easily influenced. A first-year student, a boy of 18 from a traditional Jewish home, showed up one day at Professor Alter's office at Berkeley, in a state of shock after the class in which he was studying had accepted calmly the section man's comparison between Israel and the Nazis. Nevertheless, thus far most students have not been swept up into anti-Israeli activities. At Columbia University, lecturers have cancelled classes to participate in pro-Palestinian demonstrations, but the students did not follow them.

I receive many emails from leftists students who hate Israel with a passion. Some even say they are Jewish - but I question their positions. These Israel haters never spoke in support of Israel before the Palestinian violence started, so why should we listen to them today?

The fact is they know very little about Israel and the Middle East and their leftist political opinions are what guides them in their hate of Israel (and Jews).

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Peace talks between Israel and Palestinians (12.11.2002)

HumorFactsOfIsrael.com has just learned that peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have resumed! Hopefully we will be able to see some results soon and peace will be achieved. We have received exclusive coverage of the negotiations - here's the scoop:

The Prime Minister of Israel sits down with Arafat at the beginning of negotiations regarding the resolution of the conflict. The Prime Minister requests that he be allowed to begin with a story.

Arafat replies, "Of course."

The Prime Minister begins his story: "Years before the Israelites came to the Promised Land and settled here, Moses led them for 40 years through the desert. The Israelites began complaining that they were thirsty and, lo and behold, a miracle occurred and a stream appeared before them. They drank their fill and then decided to take advantage of the stream to do some bathing-including Moses.

When Moses came out of the water, he found that all his clothing was missing. "Who took my clothes?" Moses asked those around him.

"It was the Palestinians," replied the Israelites.

"Wait a minute," objected Arafat immediately, "there were no Palestinians during the time of Moses!"

"All right," replies the Prime Minister, "Now that we've got that settled, let's begin our negotiations."

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Google search on "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (07.06.2003)

HumorFollow the instructions below:

1) Go to www.Google.com
2) Type in (but don't hit return): "weapons of mass destruction";
3) Hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button, instead of the normal "Google search" button;
4) Read what appears to be a normal error message carefully.

I particularly like the reference to France:

If you are an Old European Country trying to protect your interests, make sure your options are left wide open as long as possible. Click the Tools menu, and then click on League of Nations. On the Advanced tab, scroll to the Head in the Sand section and check settings for your exports to Iraq.

The fake WMD 404 page was implemented by Anthony Cox. I took a screenshot of the error just in case Google removes it from its servers - see below.

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Fact 75: The British Mandate of Palestine was created in 1917 (08.18.2002)

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This week's fact is Fact 75: The British Mandate of Palestine was created in 1917.

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Moving out of the Gaza Strip is good for Israel (08.23.2005)

OpinionCharles Krauthammer has a great article on townhall.com on why it's good for Israel to move out of of the Gaza Strip:

[...] Nonetheless, unilateralism is both correct and necessary. Israel has no peace partner -- Mahmoud Abbas has nothing to offer and has offered nothing -- and in the absence of a partner, there is only one logical policy: rationalize your defensive lines and prepare for a long wait.

[...] The Gaza withdrawal is not the beginning but the end. Apart from perhaps some evacuations of outlying settlements on the West Bank, it is the end of the concession road for Israel. And it is the beginning of the new era of self-sufficiency and separation in which Israel ensures its security not by concessions, but by fortification, barrier creation, realism and patient waiting.

Waiting for the first-ever genuine Palestinian concessions. Waiting for the Palestinians to honor the promises -- to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism -- they solemnly made at Oslo and brazenly betrayed. That's the next step. Without it, nothing happens.

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European Union responsible for the murder of hundreds of unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children (08.18.2002)

OpinionStefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog) has translated an article from Die Zeit (www.zeit.de) that shows how the European Union is continuing to fund and support Palestinian terrorism. About a month ago, Stefan had translated the first part of the Die Zeit investigation, which you may find here.

The murder took place while the Bloombergs were on their way home from the stationery store. They have five school-age children. It is August 5, 2001, a hot day in the Middle East. The drive from Kfar Sava to the village of Karnei Shomron takes about 40 minutes. The back road winds through the hills above Tel Aviv. Three cars drive close behind one another. The Bloombergs are in the middle one. Near the village of Azun, the Bloombergs pass a slow-moving car. Suddenly its window opens and someone fires and hits the driver of the second car. That was Stephen Bloomberg. He was seriously injured, as was his 14-year-old daughter Tzippi. His wife Techiya, 40-year-old and five months pregnant, didn't survive the drive home. [...]

Stephen Bloomberg has filed suit in a Tel Aviv district court. He's demanding 20 million Euros in damages, not from the shooters, nor their operators, but from the European Union. His lawyers argue that the EU is negligent in that it transfers 10 million Euros a month in budgetary assistance to Yassir Arafat's Palestinian Authority. The Israeli government, his lawyers argue, has repeatedly warned that it believes direct payments could be diverted to pay for terrorism. Documents containing proof have been turned over. The EU knows all about it, but closes its eyes, says attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. [...]

The documents in question are sitting in an Israeli army hangar. A lone journalist, Ronen Bergman, was apparently the first to see the originals and he reported in the daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot on July 12 about enormous mountains of paper, towers of cardboard boxes and stacks of filing cabinets, being sorted through by reservists and Arabic translators. The institutional memory of the Palestinian Authority lies within, confiscated by the occupation army from Arafat's headquarters, the Mukata; as well as from administrative offices throughout the West Bank. At first the Palestinians claimed that the documents were forgeries. Then they claimed that their contents were irrelevant. Since then they've asked for the documents to be returned. The EU disputes neither the authenticity of the documents, nor their translation from Arabic, but only their interpretation.

I strongly condemn the Europen Union and its representatives. It's one thing that the EU funded the Palestinians and then claimed that they didn't know that the funds were used to fund Arafat's terrorist groups. But after receiving proof, the EU continues to fund the Palestinians and is therefore directly responsible for the murder of unarmed Israeli and American civilians, including babies and children. This is morally wrong and also a criminal act. From now on I am boycotting European products - if you have a choice, please stop buying European products. Buy American, buy Indian, and buy Israeli!

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Palestinian terrorist murders elderly couple and 18-year-old woman (03.31.2006)

Palestinian TerrorismJTA.org reports that a Palestinian terrorist has murdered three Israelis:

Suicide bomber kills four

3/30/2006, Link

A suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew killed four people in the West Bank.

An elderly couple had picked up the man, who was hitchhiking. The bomber killed the couple and an 18-year-old woman Thursday night as their car approached Kedumim, a settlement in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority had released the bomber from jail weeks earlier, said Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. “Not only are they doing nothing to counter terrorism, they are encouraging it,” Meir said.

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, carried out by the Al Aksa Brigade, a terrorist wing of Abbas’ Fatah party. Officials of Hamas, the P.A.’s new ruling party, said they would not arrest terrorists who plan and carry out attacks.

Doing a search on news.google.com on this terrorist attack only returned 10 results. I guess a murdering Palestinian bastard killing someone's grand-parents and an 18-year old girl is not news.

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Palestinian terrorists murder three American diplomats (02.07.2004)

VictimsThe "One Family Fund" (onefamilyfund.org) has published the story of John Eric Branchizio, John Martin Linde, and Mark T. Parson, American diplomats who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists on October 15, 2003:

John Eric Branchizio, John Martin Linde, and Mark T. Parson, Link
Oct 15, 2003 - Three American diplomatic personnel - John Eric Branchizio, 37, of Texas, John Martin Linde, Jr., 30, of Missouri, and Mark T. Parson, 31, of New York, were killed and one was wounded at the Beit Hanoun junction in the Gaza Strip when a massive bomb demolished an armor-plated jeep in a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats.

All three were employees of the Virginia-based DynCorp defense contracting company, and were assigned to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. They were killed while accompanying American diplomats to Gaza for meetings with Palestinian candidates seeking Fulbright scholarships for graduate studies in the United States. The explosion occurred directly beneath the driver's seat of the second of three American vehicles.

John Branchizio, a native of San Antonio, Texas, had spent nine years as a Navy SEAL in Central and South America after finishing college in Arkansas. He was divorced and father of an 8-year-old son. The family had been expecting him back in San Antonio next month, before being posted to Iraq. John Linde, born in Washington, Missouri, west of St. Louis, is remembered at Washington High School as an athlete who took part in several sports. After school he joined the Marines and served for ten years in the First Reconnaissance Unit. He was married. Mark Parson was a native of New York.

All three were flown home for burial after a ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer said the men were "killed on a mission of peace."

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Sharon and Israel showing restraint (05.24.2002)

OpinionThe Times of London (www.timesonline.co.uk) has a good article on how Israel and her Prime Minister Sharon are showing restraint during these difficult times.

Although the Palestinian terrorist organizations continue their war on Israeli unarmed civilians, Sharon and Israel do not overreact, giving time for a diplomatic solution.

I don't believe that the Palestinian terrorists such as the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Arafat's groups such as the Tanzim and Al Aqsa's martyrs Brigade are ready to recognize the State of Israel and sign a peace treaty. But maybe after getting hit hard a few times, and having their terror infrastructure destroyed, they'll accept a cease-fire.

"The response instead has been measured, even surgical. Israel has targeted specific areas and individuals linked precisely to the violence aimed at its citizens. It has decided to place faith in the military operation that it conducted within the West Bank in April and has resisted the temptation to engage in a dramatic enterprise. In so doing it has provided the United States with a breathing space in which to attempt to exercise some influence over the Palestinians and encourage political dialog."

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American Muslim shoots and murders Jewish woman in Seattle, Washington, USA (07.28.2006)

Anti-SemitismThe Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that an American Muslim entered a Jewish community building in Seattle, Washington, in the northern United States and shot six women. He murdered one and injured another five, including a pregnant woman:

Six women were shot - one fatally - this afternoon at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle by a man who told a witness he was upset about "what was going on in Israel."

[...] Authorities did not release many details, but the FBI said the alleged shooter was between 30 and 40 and agents were investigating the incident as a hate crime. When asked at a news conference if that meant the alleged shooter was Muslim, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said: "You could infer that."

One woman was killed in the attack, police said.

[...] The gunman, armed with what police said was a large caliber, semi-automatic handgun, forced his way through the security door at the federation after an employee had punched in her security code, Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a database coordinator for the center, told The Associated Press. "He said 'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," Meislin-Dietrich said. "He was randomly shooting at everyone."

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The Revolt of Islam (12.08.2002)

OpinionAbout a week after the heinous terrorist attacks of 9/11 against the United States by Islamic terrrorist, Bernard Lewis published an essay on the New Yorker (www.newyorker.com). This essay is called "The Revolt of Islam", and in it Mr. Lewis goes over the history of the Middle East and Islam. He shows how Bin Laden's goal is to escalate the current terrorist attacks into a war of civilizations, and how ultimately he wishes to destroy the West (in particular America and Israel):

President Bush and other Western politicians have taken great pains to make it clear that the war in which we are engaged is a war against terrorism—not a war against Arabs, or, more generally, against Muslims, who are urged to join us in this struggle against our common enemy. Osama bin Laden's message is the opposite. For bin Laden and those who follow him, this is a religious war, a war for Islam and against infidels, and therefore, inevitably, against the United States, the greatest power in the world of the infidels. [...]

In the course of human history, many civilizations have risen and fallen—China, India, Greece, Rome, and, before them, the ancient civilizations of the Middle East. During the centuries that in European history are called medieval, the most advanced civilization in the world was undoubtedly that of Islam. Islam may have been equalled—or even, in some ways, surpassed—by India and China, but both of those civilizations remained essentially limited to one region and to one ethnic group, and their impact on the rest of the world was correspondingly restricted. The civilization of Islam, on the other hand, was ecumenical in its outlook, and explicitly so in its aspirations. One of the basic tasks bequeathed to Muslims by the Prophet was jihad. This word, which literally means "striving," was usually cited in the Koranic phrase "striving in the path of God" and was interpreted to mean armed struggle for the defense or advancement of Muslim power. In principle, the world was divided into two houses: the House of Islam, in which a Muslim government ruled and Muslim law prevailed, and the House of War, the rest of the world, still inhabited and, more important, ruled by infidels. Between the two, there was to be a perpetual state of war until the entire world either embraced Islam or submitted to the rule of the Muslim state. [...]

If bin Laden can persuade the world of Islam to accept his views and his leadership, then a long and bitter struggle lies ahead, and not only for America. Sooner or later, Al Qaeda and related groups will clash with the other neighbors of Islam—Russia, China, India—who may prove less squeamish than the Americans in using their power against Muslims and their sanctities. If bin Laden is correct in his calculations and succeeds in his war, then a dark future awaits the world, especially the part of it that embraces Islam.

This is a long essay, but is worth it. Print it out (use the FactsOfIsrael.com "Printer Friendly Version" feature) and read it over slowly - it's an excellent analysis that clearly shows some of the reasons for the Islamic terrorism we have been witnessing.

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