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Portugal, 1497, racist king kicks the Jews out (10.29.2002)


Jewish HistoryThe Jerusalem Post's feature "This day in history" reports on October 31, 1497, when a king from Portugal decides to kick all Jews out:

1497: Portugal's King Manuel decrees this as the final deadline by which members of the Portuguese Jewish community must leave the kingdom -- shortly after the expulsion of Jews from Spain. But the king, who in fact regards the community as an economic asset, opens only one seaport for the forced emigration. He thus compels most Jews to remain behind after the designated deadline and baptizes them against their will -- in order to keep Jewish financial resources in the kingdom.


For those that think that the Jewish people will ever give up Israel, think again. We will always fight for a place where racist murderers like this Portuguese clown don't have the opportunity to hurt us.

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Palestinian Terrorist murders Father and injures teenage daughter (04.03.2004)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that once again a Palestinian murderer infiltrated an Israeli town and started shooting in all directions. The bastard managed to murder a father and injured his teenage daughter:

An Israeli man in his forties was killed and his teenage daughter moderately wounded when a terrorist armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and grenades infiltrated the community of Avnei Hefetz, a religious settlement near Tulkarm, at 12:40am Saturday morning. [...]

The two terrorists in Saturday's attack, both from Tulkarm, arrived at the settlement in a car which they parked close to the hothouses of a nearby Palestinian village. [...] The infiltrating terrorist broke through the perimeter fence near a row of homes and raced through the community.

The terrorist crossed into the settlement in an area where there is no fence and began searching a row of houses for targets, spotting people inside the third house from the fence.

The terrorist made his way around the back entrance of the house and broke through the washing room, breaking a shutter on the door. It was here that he shot and wounded the teenage girl.

Just moments earlier, the girl's father, on hearing a noise, went out through the front entrance to investigate. Armed with a handgun, he made his way behind the house where he confronted the terrorist who shot the father at point-blank range.

From there the terrorist began searching for more targets, shooting at windows in neighboring houses.


The Palestinian leaders from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aqsa brigades reject peace and call for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens. Click here for more info or click here for a list of massacres against Israeli women and children executed by these Palestinian mass murderers.

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The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism (05.11.2002)


OpinionI just sent a response to J.W. from NPR who was kind enough to reply to a message I sent them on 4/27.




Danielle Sheffi, 5, killed by Palestinian terrorists on 4/27/02

NPR described her murder as "the killing of

an Israeli settler by a Palestinian militant"


In my original message, I deplored NPR's use of the word "militant" when describing the deliberate murder of Danielle Shefi, a 5 year old Israeli girl, by Palestinian terrorists.

J.W. pointed me to an article written by NPR's Ombudsman, Jeffrey A. Dvorkin, in which he rationalizes the use of the word "militant" instead of "terrorist" to describe the vicious killings of Israeli civilians.

By choosing not to use the word “terrorist”, NPR is doing exactly what he wishes to avoid. NPR is choosing sides: it is giving a clear advantage to Palestinians that choose violence instead of peace, such as the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and other terrorist groups. By using the word “militant”, NPR is describing their deliberate acts of killing innocent civilians as legal actions of rebellion.

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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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Islamic Fascists are only a 'hiccup in History' (03.19.2004)


OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has an amazing interview with Francis Fukuyama on how we'll look back at the Islamic mass murderers as simply footnotes in history:

Which leads to questions about Fukuyama's over-arching premise about the end of history and victory of liberal democracy. Is the emergence of Islamic radicalism not a threat to Western liberal democracies, much as communism and fascism once were?

"Looked at broadly, the struggle is actually not a clash of civilizations," Fukuyama said. "The threat represented by radical Islam, although very serious as a short-term threat, is not of the scope we faced during the Cold War."

The most menacing aspect of Marxism-Leninism was not that it was embodied in powerful states with nuclear weapons and huge armies, Fukuyama said, but that it was an idea that was "in some way appealing to people in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Paris, France.

Radical Islam does not appeal to anyone who is not Muslim to begin with; it is not making a lot of converts in Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow or places like that." Even within the Muslim world, Fukuyama said, it is not a reflection of Islam per se, but a radical movement that borrows a lot from Western modernity. "It is clearly a very dangerous radical movement, but how dangerous is it as a movement that can actually capture power in real nation states that actually make a difference? I think that probability is very low."

For a movement to be serious on the grand historical world stage, Fukuyama said, "it ultimately has to offer people something attractive, and this thing seems to be attractive only to highly alienated people in very unsuccessful countries."

In other words, in the end of history scenario, radical Islam is merely a hiccup, albeit one able to cause more than just a little immediate discomfort.


Unfortunately, the mass murdering swine of Al-Qaeda, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Arafat's Tanzim, and other Muslim terrorists around the World are causing a lot of destruction and pain right now.

I agree with Mr. Fukuyama - Israel, the United States and other Western Democracies (not France), will win this war on Islamic Terror.

Just like the brown shirts, these Islamic fascists will be a footnote in history. But just like the German Nazis and the Russian Communist dictators, these Islamic terrorist bastards are going to continue their mass murdering campaigns and change the lives of hundreds of thousands of family members across many countries.

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YMCA erases Israel off the map (12.05.2002)


NewsThe Tampa Bay Primer (www.tampabayprimer.org) reports that the YMCA has printed out a T-Shirt with a list of countries where one may find a YMCA presence. The only problem: they leave out Israel (even though there's a YMCA in Jerusalem - I was there) and include "Palestine" (a region that is not a country):

Which country is missing on a YMCA T-shirt?

A new YMCA T-shirt lists the YMCAs around the world, except for one certain country.

On the front of the black YMCA shirt is a quote from Gandhi: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” On the back is a list of countries that host the many Y’s worldwide.
Curiously, Palestine — a country that does not exist — is listed, while Israel is not.

The shirts, meant to promote world peace, have been handed out at YMCAs throughout Canada to mark World Peace Week, Nov. 17-23.

The list is comprehensive enough to include countries like Madagascar, Malta and Zimbabwe.


If you donate any money to YMCA, please stop - find an alternative. Let them know the reason: they can't just erase Israel off the map and list a non-existing country without consequences (see the Palestine page for details).

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University of Cincinnati student website publishes racist article (10.25.2002)


OpinionI have just sent an email to "The News Record", who published a racist article that compared Zionism to Nazism:

Dear Sir,

I stumbled upon an article published on “The News Record”, title “ZIONIST ATROCITIES SIMILAR TO NAZISM” by Jehan Mansey, found at http://www.nr.uc.edu/read.asp?ID=11653

I strongly object to Mr. Mansey’s hysterical accusations. His historical facts are wrong, and his comparison of Israel’s war on Palestinian terrorism to Nazism is simply absurd.

The German Nazi regime murdered 6 million Jews during World War II and the Holocaust, including 1.5 Million children. That’s on average 10,000 Jews per day. On bad days, it would go as high as 35,000 per day, something like the mass murder in one day of a whole Pacbell Park in San Francisco, where we watch the World Series this week.

On the other hand, about 1,600 Palestinians have been killed in the past two years, the large majority of them armed men who were attacking Israeli civilians targets or where part of a terrorist organization such as the Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Please do not publish such rubbish before checking your facts.

Regards,

David Melle
dmelle@factsofisrael.com


If you have time, please send a message to the editor of "The News Record". Just click here and submit the form. Once again, thanks to Andrew Sullivan for posting the link.

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Arafat chose terrorism and suicide bombings instead of peace (07.29.2002)


OpinionThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how Israelis and Palestinians see the peace talks at Camp David differently.

Right or wrong, interpretation has a way of creating its own reality. For Sharon, Bush, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, and perhaps the majority of Israelis, the breakdown of the Camp David talks was an indictment of Arafat, the Israeli left and the entire Palestinian people. Barak had made unprecedented concessions, accepting a redivision of Jerusalem, shared power in the Old City and Israeli withdrawal from more than 90 percent of the occupied territories. Barak's line afterwards, that Arafat was offered the moon and turned it down, renders further negotiations pointless. The charge that Arafat chose terror over a generous peace has transformed the Palestinian leader from a frequent White House guest under Clinton to White House pariah today, from an interlocutor with Israel to its virtual prisoner. And it made Israel's peace proponents a quixotic, and irrelevant, group. [...]

"Arafat's credentials as a serial liar are impressive," Morris wrote. "It is time that the West's leaders, who initially dealt with Saddam [Hussein] and [Slobodan] Milosevic as acceptable, responsible interlocutors, now treat Arafat and his ilk in the Palestinians camp as the vicious, untrustworthy, unacceptable reprobates and recidivists that they are."


I copy the full article below. The following articles are also related to the Camp David peace talks:

* Arafat and Palestinians refuse peace, wish for destruction of Israel, an interview with Ehud Barak, who was Israel's Prime Minister at the Camp David peace talks.
* Why did Arafat refuse an independent Palestinian State in October 2000?, an interview with Shlomo Ben-Ami, who was Israel's Foreign Minister at the Camp David peace talks.
* Arafat did not come up with one idea at Camp David, by Dennis Ross who was one of the main mediators between Israel and the Palestinians under former U.S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

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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
http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/
fs/2002/9014.htm


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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Anti-Semitic cartoon in the Los Angeles Times (05.23.2002)


Anti-SemitismI just saw a cartoon depicting two Jews "worshipping their God" in front of the Western Wall, the Jews most sacred spot in the World (in Jerusalem). Unfortunately, according to the cartoon's author, the word "HATE" turns out to be the Jews God.



According to the Los Angeles Times,
Jews worship hate


Was this printed in some government controlled Arabic newspaper, or maybe it was found in a Hitler's Youth handbook?

Nope. It was printed in the Los Angeles Times, which turns out to be not only anti-Israeli but is now openly anti-Semitic.

"In defense, L.A. Times artist Michael Ramirez pointed out that that the second man in the cartoon (sprawled on the ground and much less noticeable) was actually a Moslem praying. Unfortunately, the keffiah which would identify him as a Moslem is practically invisible to the naked eye.

Furthermore, Ramirez was unable to explain why the chosen venue of "hate" was the Western Wall, a site sacred only to Jews, which has never been used as a place of Moslem prayer"

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Islamic Mass Murderers kill 20 in Synagogues bombings in Istanbul (11.15.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that racist Islamic mass murderers (probably from Al-Qaeda) have killed 20 and injured hundreds in two car bombings in front of synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey:

At least twenty people were killed and 260 wounded in near-simultaneous bombings of two Istanbul synagogues on Saturday morning.

Two cars exploded at about 9:30am at Nevei Shalom Synagogue, the city's largest, and at Beth Israel Synagogue in the affluent district of Shishli about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away. [...]

An Israeli visitor at the scene in Shishli told Army Radio that the explosion appeared to have affected the 2nd floor more than the first, and that many of the injured are women. Television footage showed a 1.5m crater near the synagogue. [...]

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expressed "shock and outrage" at the attacks and sent Israel's condolences to the Turkish people. The Prime Minister also said he had full confidence in Turkey's ability to find those responsible for the attacks and bring them to justice. The Bush administration condemned the atack, saying that the US would stand by its allies in the war against terrorism.


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Texas Company tries to boycott Israel (05.02.2002)


NewsA texas company tried to boycott Israel, but it backfired. After an Israeli lawyer tried to buy some part for his car, he received a fax from Texas Automotive Export informing him that "Texas Export will not do business with Israeli citizens at this time."

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Palestinian terrorist murders 8 Israeli students (03.06.2008)


Palestinian Terrorism

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist murdered 8 Israeli students from a Yeshiva (religious school) in Jerusalem:

A Palestinian terrorist opened fire at a central Jerusalem yeshiva late Thursday night, killing eight students and wounding 10 others, police and rescue officials said.   The 8:45 p.m. shooting at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood broke a two-year lull in terror in the capital and sent students scurrying for cover from a hail of gunfire - a reported 500-600 bullets - that lasted for several minutes.

"There were horrendous screams of 'Help us! Help us!'" recounted Avrahami Sheinberger of the ZAKA emergency rescue service, one of the first to respond to the scene. "There were bodies strewn all over the floor, at the entrance to the yeshiva, in various rooms and in the library."

As security forces raced to the scene, the gunman fired round after round of ammunition into the library at the seminary, religious Zionism's flagship institution. About 80 students had gathered in the library to celebrate the Hebrew month of Adar II, which begins on Friday evening.

[...] In Gaza City, residents went out into the streets and fired rifles in the air in celebration after hearing news of the attack on the yeshiva.  [...]  In Jebaliya [a Palestinian town], about 7,000 Gazans of different factions marched in the streets, firing in the air in celebration [...].  In Rafah on the Egyptian border, [Palestinian] residents distributed sweets to moving cars, and militants fired mortars in celebration.

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Jews and Hindus unite against Islamic Terror (10.21.2002)


NewsForward magazine (www.forward.com) has published an article that shows how Jews and Hindus are becoming partners in the war against Islamic terrorism:

Mirroring close ties between India and Israel, Jewish organizations have begun assisting Indian-American groups in their efforts to become a potent force in both domestic and foreign policy.

Leaders from the two communities have been coming together in recent months to discuss hate-crimes legislation and political activism. A major catalyst for the cooperation, however, is the perception that both communities face a common enemy in Muslim extremism. [...]

"We're fighting the same extremist enemy," said the capital region director of the American Jewish Congress, Charles Brooks, referring to Jews and Indian Americans. "We want to help them become more effective in communicating their political will."

Brooks is working closely with the Indian American Political Action Committee, or INAPAC, a new organization that has just been formed, primarily by Indian Americans from New Jersey. Brooks is helping the new organization develop relations with the U.S. Congress and other political leaders.


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Palestinian homicide bomber murders three Israelis (12.25.2003)


Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide bomber has murdered three Israelis:

At least Three people were killed and twenty wounded on Thursday after a suicide bombing at the Geha bridge on Jabotinsky street near Tel Aviv at 18:20. Two of the victims were women, and their bodies were taken to Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

The blast took place at a busy bus stop under the Geha Bridge - a major junction just outside Tel Aviv used by commuters to reach Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva and Bnei Brak.

A Palestinian suicide bomber, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) blew himself up at a bus stop under the Geha Bridge. Police have closed the area and are conducting searches. A helicopter joined the search. [...]

"After three months without a terror attack within the Green Line there were many foiled attempts but the situation is still volatile and today's attack shows that on the other side there is no strategic change," Aharonishky said. Security services have thwarted 22 terror attacks in the past month alone, Israel Radio reported.


The Hamas, the PFLP, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigrades are racist murderers whose only goal is to destroy the State of Israel and kill all of her citizens. They reject peace with the "Jews" and the "Infidels" and almost daily try to blow themselves up targetting women and babies. For more information, click here; for a list of homicide bombings executed by these fanatic bastards, click here.

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