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The Unique Cowardice of Palestinian Terrorism (11.25.2002)

OpinionProfessor Louis Rene Beres from Purdue University writes a powerful essay on the unique cowardice of Palestinian terrorism:

As of November 20, 2002, there had been a total of 15,298 Palestinian terror attacks against Israel since the start of the "intifada" in September 2000. The number increased by one a day later, on November 21, when a Palestinian bomber blew up a bus filled with elderly women and young children in Jerusalem. Not surprisingly, the world has likely taken more angry notice of Israel's defensive actions to prevent further terror than of the grotesque cowardice of Palestinian terrorism. Murdered Jews, after all, are an old story.

Israelis have endured nearly one terror attack every hour of every day for twenty-five consecutive months. These attacks have had nothing to do with self-determination or freedom-fighting. Rather, they have targeted, almost exclusively, the most vulnerable and defenseless civilians. And while Palestinian propaganda, funded heavily from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, always seeks to suggest equivalence between Arab terror and Israeli counterterror, there is a longstanding and meaningful difference between premeditated murder and unintentional casualties of essential self-defense against murder.

Nonetheless, the world chooses not to notice. At best, public opinion refuses to blame the Palestinians or supporters of Arab/Islamic terror in other countries. At worst, public opinion openly supports such terror as "national liberation."

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Barghouti, bras droit d'Arafat, accusé d'avoir tué des centaines de femmes et d'enfants (French) (09.06.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismArouts 7 (www.a7fr.com) a publie un article qui decrit comment le proces de Marwan Barghouti a debute.

Le procès du secrétaire général du Fatah en Judée-Samarie, Marwan Barghouti, arrêté par Tsahal à Ramallah pendant l’opération « Rempart », s’est ouvert ce matin devant le tribunal de district de Tel-Aviv. [...]

Lorsqu'il [Barghouti] s'est présenté en "combattant de la paix", la vice-présidente du tribunal, Sara Sirota a rétorqué : "Un combattant de la paix ne transforme pas des enfants en bombes humaines et ne tue pas des civils."

Le site Reinfo-Israel.com a publie une traduction en Francais de documents qui prouvent que Barghouti et son patron Arafat ont directement finance et organize des actes terroristes. Ils sont responsables des meurtres de centaines d'Israeliens innocents, dont beaucoup de femmes et d'enfants.

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Palestinian homicide bomber murders two, injures 32, unarmed Israelis (11.04.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber deliberately blew himself up in a crowded mall in Kfar Saba, near Tel-Aviv:

A bomb went off Monday evening in the crowded Arim shopping center in the coastal town of Kfar Saba, apparently the work of a suicide bomber. Israel's Channel One Television reported that one Israeli was killed and 32 wounded in the attack, including two infants.

An Israeli woman is treated for shock
After a Palestinian tries to murder her

The explosion occurred in an electrical goods store. Witnesses said that the blast caused wide scale devastation. The body of the bomber was still at the scene of the blast. A witness who identified himself as Eitan told Israel Radio that he arrived two minutes after the blast to see the site filled with smoke. "There was a smell of burning in the air and all the windows have been blown out.

Islamic Jihad, a militant faction, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Lebanon's Hizbullah Manar TV. The bomber was identified as Nabil Sawalha, a [Palestinian] resident of the Balata refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Update: I just saw on Israeli TV a Police captain describing the murder. Two Israelis were killed: one of the mall's security guards who managed to stop the Palestinian assassin from slaughtering more innocent people, and a 15-year-old kid. Both were new immigrants from Argentina.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, and Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades have deliberately murdered hundreds of unarmed Israelis since October 2000 when Yasser Arafat and his thugs rejected peace and started their war of terror against Israeli women and children.

For a list of all Palestinian homicide bombings, check out the Palestine page. For a partial list of victims of Palestinian terrorism, check out the Victims page.

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Israel fights back! (08.11.2006)

NewsIsrael is currently in the middle of a war against Hezbollah, a fanatical Islamic terrorist organization based in south Lebanon. Hezbollah's goal is to destory Israel and murder all of her Jewish citizens, including women and children.

These Islamic terrorists from Hezbollah have literally murdered hundreds of Americans and Israelis. These Islamic Fascists are backed by the rogue country of Iran whose president has openly declared multiple times that his goal is to destroy Israel and commit genocide on millions of her Jewish men, women and children.

An Israeli tank gets ready to face Islamic Fascists

from Hezbollah or other Islamic fanatical terrorist organizations

Since Israel's war on Hezbollah and Hamas is not over, there are literally hundreds of stories to be told and most media outlets are covering Israel's war on the Islamic terrorists from Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.

For the latest news, check out:

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa

The Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com

Little Green Footballs: www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog

Below I copy information from the U.S. State Department web site on Hezbollah. Both the United States Department and Israel's Foreign Ministry define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

I also copy below some suggestions on what you can do to help to defeat the Hezbollah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al-Qaeda and other Islamic Fascists.

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An Antisemitic Myth in the Arab Press: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews (06.25.2002)

Anti-SemitismThe Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has published translations from the Arab press where Jews are blamed for the barbaric attacks on the United States on 9/11/2001.

Apparently this theory is widely accepted in the Arab and Muslim world and is backed by Foreign Ministers and Ambassadors. The Arab world cannot accept the fact that among their midst we find monsters capable of organizing and executing the 9/11 attrocities and the homicide bombing attacks against civilians, including babies and kids.

Since September 11, the Arab media have claimed that Jews perpetrated the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Promoting this new myth are high-ranking public officials and columnists in the government and non-government press in Arab countries.

In the articles reviewed in this report, the conclusions point directly at the Jews. These conclusions are supported by various forms of evidence, further buttressed by timeworn, long-"substantiated" antisemitic myths. Thus, the papers posit guilt, substantiate their accusations, convict, and, in one case, hand down a sentence – annihilation "as Hitler did."

Syrian foreign minister Mustafa Tlass, author of The Matza of Zion, a book that depicts the infamous Damascus blood libel of 1840 as an actual event, claimed during a meeting in Damascus with a delegation from the British Royal College of Defense Studies that the Mossad planned the ramming of two hijacked airliners into the WTC towers as part of a Jewish conspiracy.

Former Egyptian ambassador to Afghanistan Ahmad Al-'Amrawi told the Palestinian Islamic Jihad mouthpiece Al-Istiqlal that the Zionist movement and American intelligence organizations planned the attacks. He said the aim was both to extricate Israel from its current crisis and to give the U.S. an opening to take over the oil reserves in the Caspian Sea, thus gaining full control of the world's main oil resources.

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Whole Iranian team should be disqualified for refusing to compete against Israelis (08.15.2004)

OpinionYahoo Sports (sports.yahoo.com) reports that a racist Iranian athelete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Yahoo journalist has a good suggestion for the International Olympic Committee:

Arash Miresmaeili of Iran made his statement Sunday when he refused to compete in an opening-round Judo match here against Ehud Vaks of Israel due to what can only be called religious bigotry cloaked by international politics.

Iran's Olympic delegation made its statement when it supported this hatred.

And now the International Olympic Committee, backed by the civilized world, should make its statement loud and clear: Toss Iran out of the Athens Games.


Disqualify the entire Iranian delegation, send them home and hold them up to international scrutiny and ridicule. Anything less is to look away, to tacitly approve, to take the conciliatory path, to allow xenophobia, racism and religious persecution to thrive

Anything less is to allow the Games to become a global stage for radical political statements. Anything less is to spit in the eye of the Olympic ideal that the spirit of competition can bridge differences and bring people of all backgrounds together. [...]

On Friday night at the Olympic Stadium, Miresmaeili stood among athletes of all creeds and colors and took an oath that, in part, promises to abide by the "true spirit of sportsmanship ... and the honor of our teams."

So what is that oath worth today? What are the Olympics worth?

Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against blacks? Would the world stand for a country that approved of athletes who refused to compete against Muslims?

Don't expect the IOC to do anything about the ratred and racism coming from Iran. Just like the UN, the IOC is corrupt and has no moral fiber.

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Saudi Arabia funds Palestinian terrorism (05.08.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael's Education Minister, Limor Livnat, disclosed at a press conference yesterday in Washington that Saudia Arabia has funneled $135 million over the last 16 months to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the families of suicide bombers and other dead terrorists.

Hey, it pays to be a Palestinian murderer: the Palestinian terrorists believe they will find 72 virgins when they get to heaven. This can only be acomplished if they kill as many innocent Israeli civilians as possible, and now they have the extra bonus of knowing their families will be taken care of. Kind of like a "life insurance" for homicide / suicide bombers and other Palestinian terrorists, directly funded by Saudi Arabia.

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A World where America would be more like the Islamic Fascists and their European friends (12.07.2002)

HumorVictor Davis Hanson from NRO (www.nationalreview.com) has written a hilarious article about our current war on Islamic Terrorism. He basically switches around the roles - showing what the World would be like if the United States acted and talked like the fascist Islamic States or their European friends:

President Bush raised a firestorm today when he talked grandly of "An American Way." The United States, Mr. Bush asserted, as a "modern" nation would "no longer click its heels to anyone." Adding to this newfound sense of American pride, Secretary Rumsfeld scoffed that German Prime Minister Schröder reminded him of "a Hitler" in his fiery rhetoric at mass rallies. [...]

The administration also announced that it would veto any U.N. resolution that allowed the French to retaliate against Libya for the Bastille Day destruction of the Louvre that cost the lives of 3,000 French citizens and destroyed an icon of French power and culture. President Bush reiterated that the United States would not take part in any "preemptory" action against the people of Libya as part of allotting "collective" guilt for the Louvre massacre. [...]

Meanwhile America's troubles only seemed to have gotten worse in the Middle East. Recently it was announced that some of the 15 American suicide bombers who attacked the holy shrines at Mecca had, in fact, received indirect financial support from the Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush families. Riyadh was pressing the FBI to be more "forthcoming" in its investigations of these supposed money links and rated American cooperation so far as only a "C." [...]

In that vein, Yasser Arafat has alleged that American television stations were conducting telethons to raise bounty money for Israeli officers who are credited with sure "kills" in their missile attacks against suspected terrorists. And according to the Palestinian Authority, when reports of Palestinian civilians killed while at work were televised on American television, there were spontaneous cheering and celebrating on American campuses.

"All that blood money from America has to stop," Arafat demanded, noting that the New York Times was running a five-part news series called the "The Arab Protocols" that was little more than a racist 19th-century slur alleging that a small circle of Arabs had conspired to rig the world energy market and form cartels to gouge the West. Arafat noted that in Israel "You have five-year-old kids dressed up with plastic Tomahawk missiles and M-16s hanging from their belts. What kind of culture is that?"

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Israeli survives 1st, but dies after 2nd homicide/suicide bombing (05.21.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that one of victims of last Tuesday's Palestinian homicide/suicide bombing was one of the survivors of the Passover massacre where 29 Israeli civilians were killed.

Arkady Wieselman was the chef at the seaside "Park Hotel" in the resort town of Netanya, where on March 27 a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 29 people and wounding more than 100.

I heard on Israeli TV that Arkady was inside a freezer when the Palestinian murder committed his crime and was able to survive the terror attack. Unfortunately, last Tuesday another Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself up in Netanya, and this time Arkady was killed.

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The Jews will not go quietly again (04.06.2003)

OpinionJoe McCain, brother of U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, has published an excellent article that gives an overview of Jewish history and describes how Israeli Jews will fight back when murderous Arab Muslims attack them:

Throughout the history of the world, the most abused, kicked-around race of people has been the Jews. Not just in the Holocaust of World War II, but for thousands of years. They have truly been ''The Chosen People'' in a terrible and tragic sense. [...]

There is not a country in Europe or Western Asia that at one time or another has not decided to lash out against the children of Moses, sometimes by whim, sometimes by manipulation. [...]

But in 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella, having driven the last of Moors from the Spanish Shield, were persuaded by the righteous fundamentalists of the time to announce ''The Act of Purification.'' A series of steps were taken in which all Jews and Arabs and other non-Christians were expelled from the country, or would face the tools and the torches of the Inquisition. From this ''cleansing'' come the Sephardic Jews -- as opposed to the Ashkenazis or Eastern Europe.

In Eastern Europe, the sporadic violence and brutality against Jews are common knowledge, Fiddler without the music and the folksy humor. At times of fury, no accommodation by the Jew was good enough, no profile low enough, no village poor enough or distant enough. [...]

The irony goes unnoticed -- while we are hammering away to punish those who brought the horrors of last September here, we restrain the Israelis from the same retaliation. Not the same thing, of course -- We are We . . . they are they.

While we mourn and seethe at Sept. 11, we don't notice that Israel has a Sept. 11 sometimes every day. If it comes to where a new holocaust looms -- with or without the concurrence of the United States and Europe -- Israel will lash out without pause or restraint at those who would try to annihilate the country.

The Jews will not go quietly again.

Jewish history is marked by hate, violence, murder against Jews for centuries (see the Jewish history page for details). Now that the State of Israel has arisen from the ashes of the Holocaust, believe me, we will always fight back when attacked.

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Racist bastard tries to burn down synagogue in Ottawa, Canada (01.21.2003)

Anti-SemitismThe Canadian Ottawa Sun (www.canoe.ca) reports that a racist bastrad tried to burn down a synagogue in Ottawa:

A CHILDREN'S class had to be relocated yesterday morning after an arsonist tried to torch a Jewish community library in the west end of the city.

Firefighters were called to the Jewish Youth Library on Switzer Ave. at about 3:30 a.m. after the building's fire alarm was set off. They found the back exterior wall on fire and were able to quickly douse the flames and rip off the aluminum siding.

"It's an arson," said Ottawa police investigator Mike Haarbosch.

The fire was limited to the back outer wall of the building and was extinguished by firefighters before it could cause extensive damage. [...]

"It's very troubling. It's very, very troubling," said Yosef Caytak, a volunteer with the centre. "If the alarm didn't go off, it would have burned the whole building," he said.

Anti-Semitism, or hate and hostility of Jews, is definitely not omnipresent. That said, try to wear a kippa (Jewish skullcap) around Berkeley, California, or any European city for a month and let me know what happens. Thank God for the State of Israel, a place where all persecuted Jews can turn to when needed.

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Mother of 3 is victim of Palestinian Terrorism (05.15.2002)

VictimsFaces of the Victims just published a picture and the story of Anat Teremforush, 35, a mother of 3, who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists on 5/7.

Anat Teremforush, 35, was mother of 3

Another 15 people were killed, many elderly, and 55 were wounded after a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber detonated a powerful charge in a game club South of Tel-Aviv.

"Anat and Danny Teremforush went to the Sheffield Club with family members. They told their three children they would be safe because the terrorist attacks had stopped. Anat died instantly in the exlosion. Danny was injured, as were Anat's mother, Hannah Almasi, and her sister Batsheva. "How do I tell my children they don't have a mother?" asked Danny from his hospital bed"

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Palestinian terrorist leader killed by Israeli F-16 fighter jet (07.23.2002)

NewsIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that Salah Shehada, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks and genocide bombings against unarmed Israeli civilians, has been killed.

Hamas military leader Salah Shehada was reported dead after Israeli F-16 fighter jets fired missiles at his home in Gaza City shortly after midnight. At least 15 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed in the strike; over 100 people were injured. The Hamas vowed to revenge the assassination of its leader, while Israeli officials described him as a "ticking bomb," responsible for numerous attacks against Israelis.

Unfortunately, Palestinian civilians were also killed in the attack. Israeli radio reports that an intelligence mistake was made since it was believed no civilians were present in the building at the time of the attack.

In fact, last Saturday, two airplanes were on their way to execute the same mission when it was learned that Shehada's wife was in the building - causing the mission to be cancelled. Israel's chief of staff has announced he would have cancelled yesterday's mission had he known there were civilians present.

Israel's President, Moshe Katsav, has apologized for the mistake and the death of civilians. Parties across the Israeli political spectrum, from left to right, joined him in the expression of sorrow and regret for the death of the Palestinian civilians.

That said, the killing of Salah Shehada, who was the leader of the military wing of Hamas, and the most likely candidate to replace Sheik Yassin, is a great success for Israel. Shehada was responsible for the death of hundreds of unarmed Israeli civilians, including babies and kids, and continued to organize more suicide bombings.

To learn more about Hamas, click here to check Stefan Sharkansky's page which includes pictures and descriptions translated from the Hamas's official website.

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In Israel the warning time for hostile incoming aircraft is two minutes (12.05.2002)

OpinionTownHall.com has a good article on Israel's security concerns:

The warning time here in Israel is two minutes. The planes will not likely be Jordanian, but rather from states beyond Jordan. On the other hand, they could be planes hijacked in Jordan. In any event, the Israelis have no margin for error.

Israel has been on terror alert for much of its history, going back to 1948. This time around, the alert has lasted two years. At first, the Israelis were on the alert for Palestinian killers who murdered civilians from ambush. Now there are the suicide bombers who blow themselves up in crowded public places. The current casualty list numbers close to 700 Israelis.

Students of world politics might well wonder what would follow if the Islamofascists fly a helicopter into Tel Aviv's Azrieli Center. The skies of Tel Aviv are as abundant with helicopters as any other prosperous modern city. How would the Israelis respond? There are other vulnerable buildings in Israel. Nearby the resplendent seaside city of Herzlia, where I am staying, there is an oil facility that if sabotaged could lead to the deaths of 20,000 local residents. Already one truckload of explosives meant for the installation failed to reach its target. What would the Israelis' response be if they suffered that kind of loss in the current struggle? [...]

Israel is in a very difficult bind. Its citizens face the stress of suicide bombers within its borders and large armies beyond. Yet the people's spirits are unbowed. Asked recently if he feared Israel that Israel could be facing another defeat similar to the defeat the ancient Jews suffered at the hands of the Romans at Masada in A.D. 73, Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quipped: "Not this time. Now the Romans are on our side." Perhaps that explains the familiar tune I heard an Israeli girl whistling when I checked into my hotel the other night. It was the American national anthem, which does have an agreeably jaunty tempo.

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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.

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