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Chechnean Islamic terrorists linked to Al-Qa'eda (10.26.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that there was one Israeli among the hostages in the Moscow theatre:

Alexander Lisiansky's private vigil of fear is over.

Fearing for the safety of his wife if it were known that she is Israeli, for three days he, his family, the media, and the Foreign Ministry were quiet about her presence in the Moscow theater where 800 were held hostage by Chechen rebels from Wednesday to Saturday. They were released following a daring rescue by Russian forces.

"The Foreign Ministry asked the family to be quiet, and I agreed," said Alexander, 46, who spent three days alternating between fear and hope, before hearing Saturday morning that his wife Valrya, 45, was among those saved. She is now in Hospital 13 in Moscow. Alexander, who lives in Nesher, said he hadn't spoken to his wife yet, but expects to talk to her soon.

During the nightmare, Israeli TV and radio reported that there were no Israeli nationals among the poor group of 750 hostages that were held up by the Islamofascists from Chechnea.

Also, contrary to yesterday's reports, Statesman.com reports that the final toll of the massacre is 90 hostages and 50 Islamofreaks.

Today on the leftist National Public Radio (NPR), I heard a report about the whole Moscow ordeal. The NPR reporters described the Islamofascists as "Gunmen", "Chechnean Rebels" and "Guerillas". The word "terrorist" was only only mentioned at the end, and not by the NPR reporter ("Russians accuse the terrorists of..."). The word "Islamic" was not mentioned once.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is no longer relevant (04.25.2008)


The great French philosopher, Bernard-Henri Levy (BHL), has published an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) on the fall of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter:

The problem is the wreath he laid piously at the grave of Yasser Arafat, who, as Mr. Carter knows better than anyone else, was a real obstacle to peace.

It is that in Cairo, if we are to believe another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, whose statement has so far not been denied, Mr. Carter apparently described Hamas as a "national liberation movement" – this party which has made a cult of death, a mythology of blood and race, and an anti-Semitism along the lines of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion into the linchpin of its ideology.

The problem is also the formidable nose thumbing he got from Hamas's exiled leader, Khaled Mashaal, who, at the very moment he was receiving Mr. Carter, also triggered the first car bombing in several months in Keren Shalom on the Gaza strip – and that this event elicited from poor Mr. Carter, all tangled up in his small-time mediator calculations, not one disapproving or empathetic word.

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Communist party financed pro-Iraqi march in San Francisco (01.26.2003)

OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has a good analysis of the American extreme left:

Last weekend, the Left held large antiwar marches in Washington, San Francisco and elsewhere. Major media coverage of these marches was highly respectful. This was "A Stirring in the Nation," in the words of an approving New York Times editorial, "impressive for the obvious mainstream roots of the marchers."

There is, increasingly, much that happens in the world that the Times feels its readers should be sheltered from knowing. The marches in Washington and San Francisco were chiefly sponsored, as was last October's antiwar march in Washington, by a group the Times chose to call in its only passing reference "the activist group International Answer."

International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a front group for the communist Workers World Party. The Workers World Party is, literally, a Stalinist organization. It rose out of a split within the old Socialist Workers Party over the Soviet Union's 1956 invasion of Hungary - the breakaway Workers World Party was all for the invasion.

A.N.S.W.E.R. today unquestioningly supports any despotic regime that lays any claim to socialism, or simply to anti-Americanism. It supported the butchers of Beijing after the slaughter of Tiananmen Square. It supports Saddam and his Baathist torture-state. It supports the last official Stalinist state, North Korea, in the mass starvation of its citizens. It supported Slobodan Milosevic after the massacre at Srebrenica. It supports the mullahs of Iran, and the narco-gangsters of Colombia and the bus-bombers of Hamas.

Although I hold in many ways liberal values (e.g. I am pro-choice, I am against the death penalty, etc...), the issues of national security override today all other considerations. The Democratic party will not get my vote and NPR will never again get my money.

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Australian Prime Minister wants to kick out France from the UN Security Council (04.15.2003)

OpinionThe Australian daily "The Age" (www.theage.com.au) reports that Australian Prime Minister John Howard is starting the process of making France pay for its hypocrisy and support of terrorist dictators:

Prime Minister John Howard wants to reform the United Nations, saying the presence of France as a permanent member of the Security Council "distorts" the council.

He wants Japan, a South American country and India to be represented on the Security Council. France was there only because it was a global power at the end of World War II, he said. [...]

France angered the war coalition nations with its strong opposition to a second UN resolution backing military action. Once the troops went into Iraq, President Chirac was a vocal opponent of the war.

Yep, France will pay - if you haven't already done so, please join the boycott of French products (click here for details). Thanks to the excellent LGF for publishing this - I copy the full article below.

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FactsOfIsrael.com traffic continues to grow (10.01.2002)

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Islamic Fascist from New Zealand sends death threat and calls for the mass murder of all Jews (07.25.2004)

Hate MailAlmost on a daily basis I receive hate mail from Islamic fascists, European leftists, Nazis, and other racist bastards.

Although I am not surprised anymore by the violent content and the racist bile included in their messages, I am often amazed how many of these comments originate from Western democracies (and not only from Islamic Theocracies such as Saudi Arabia or anti American/Israeli countries such as France).

Here's a message I received today from someone who gave an email address of "osama_army@killjews.com" (obviously fake) - this Islamic fascist posted the following comment on an article that describes how "Al-Qaeda published article calling for the use of nuclear weapons against the United States" (click here for the original article):

A new comment has been posted on your blog FactsOfIsrael.com, on entry #596 (Al-Qaeda publishes article calling for the use of nuclear weapons against the United States).

IP Address:
Name: We're watching you asshole
Email Address: osama_army@killjews.com


You're all going to die soon anyway you stupid Jewish pieces of shit. You're only still here because of the US, and we'll soon see both of you lying in the streets with maggots through your corpses. Israel is nothing but a nation full of murderous child-slaying pieces of filth, and I will dance and celebrate the day your nation is wiped away and your blood is spilled around the world. The Nazi's were nothing compared to what you will soon experience.

It's a shame Hitler didn't finish you all off when he had the chance - but we won't make that mistake.

And guess what - we are not Arabs. Think again asshole, you count us as allies, and we will help the Arabs to wipe you off the face of the planet.

The only good jew is a dead jew!

I traced back the IP address to an Internet Service Provider in New Zealand. Here are the details:

The racist message from above was traced back
to an Internet Provider in New Zealand

IP Address:
Server Name: ip-202-37-230-81.internet.co.nz

Name: The Internet Company of New Zealand Ltd
Address: PO Box 6721
City: Auckland
Phone: +64 9 363 0800
Email: soa@iconz.co.nz

I sent an email to "The Internet Company of New Zealand Ltd" asking them if "osama_army@killjews.com" had broken their terms of use by calling for the genocide of all Jews and the mass murder of men, women and children of a whole country.

Update: I have received a response from "The Internet Company of New Zealand Ltd" and I am following up with them to trace the exact racist bastard who sent me the death threats. This Islamic fascist has broken their terms of use and will have to face up to the consequences of being an intolerant racist moron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Address by Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on the arrival of Ilan Ramon's coffin (02.10.2003)

NewsI have just listened to the address given by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the arrival of Ilan Ramon's coffin. I copy it below:

Dear Ramon Family,
Mr. Wolferman,
Ilan's brother Gady,
Rona, Assaf, Tal, Yiftah and Noa,

Allow me, on behalf of the people of Israel, here and in the Diaspora, to honor the memory of Ilan Ramon, in love and pain, on this, his last road in our homeland.

Beyond all the memorial services, your mourning is first of all personal and
private. You have just returned to us, with Ilan's coffin, and are suffering pain which cannot be healed. This is not how you imagined - how we all imagined - your homecoming.

The pain you suffer is the pain we all suffer. Ilan has touched the hidden spot in every Jew's heart. He tugged at the strings of all our hearts.

His youthful face, his eternal smile, his fresh countenance, the twinkle in his eyes - penetrated our souls. His image, projected from above, was the reflection of Israel at its best - Israel as we would have liked to see it - the Israel we love.

The Torah Scroll brought by a Jewish boy from a concentration camp, the Kiddush Cup, the Israeli flag, and the Israel Airforce badge touched and excited all Jews. They constituted a source of pride and united our hearts in these trying times.

Far up there - at the edge of the scope of human achievement - we could not have had a better and more fitting representative.

Ilan, the son of a mother who survived the Holocaust, and a father who is a veteran of the War of Independence, was a courageous combat pilot and an outstanding officer, and was among the best of our sons and warriors.

On his last mission he soared higher than any other Israeli, and realized his dream.

In his journey into space in the American Shuttle, with his six shipmates, he brought great honor to the people of Israel.

The Star of David, the "blue and white" of our flag, were interwoven with the American Stars and Stripes, and the common fate of the team poignantly strengthened the staunch partnership between our nations.

At this moment our hearts also go out to the families of the other victims, and to the American people, in brotherhood and sincere condolences.

A day will come when other Israelis will be launched into space in the service of science and progress. For them and for us Ilan Ramon will always be a source of inspiration, as Israel's space pioneer, and his memory will be engraved in our hearts forever.

Tomorrow, when he is brought to rest in the earth of the Valley, we will remember that Ilan was plucked in his prime, at the zenith of his aspirations, and at a time when he acquired world fame.

Hopefully, this will be a source of comfort to his grieving family, his loved ones, and all of Israel.

Address by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the Arrival of Ilan Ramon's Coffin February 10, 2003, Israel Government Press Office

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Foreign Workers support Israel in her war against Palestinian terrorism (07.13.2002)

OpinionThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has published an article that describes how foreign workers (from China, Chile, etc...) completely support Israel in her war against Palestinian terrorism.

"The Palestinians are very bad, they kill innocent people, including the Chinese," said one worker on the bus. "The Israelis are fighting because they have to stop the terror," said another. [...]

Even among Muslim workers from Turkey and other Asian countries, one doesn't hear anti-Israeli talk. "They're not singing songs of praise to Israel," says Zohar, "but they're not cursing, either."

THE NATURE of Palestinian terror - the enthusiasm with which teenagers yearn to blow themselves to bits, as long as they can take Israelis with them, and the glorification of this mania by Palestinian society at large - has foreign workers shuddering. The distastefulness of Yasser Arafat - his looks, his manner, his words - has worked its effect on the foreigners as well. [...]

Most foreign workers only have a superficial understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; some, though, know it in surprising depth.

"Arafat says he wants to make peace, but Al-Aksa [Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades, the most destructive of all Palestinian terror groups] is part of his military organization, so how can he say he wants peace?" notes Puyat.

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Terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad murders 7-month-old Israeli baby girl (10.01.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that a terrorist from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad has deliberately murdered a 7-month-old Israeli baby girl:

Shaked Avraham, 7 months
murdered by a terrorist from
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

A terrorist infiltrated the settlement of Negohot in the Hebron Hills through an unfenced area. He knocked on the door of a pre-fab home during the Rosh Hashana meal, after 9 pm. When Eyal Yiberbaum, 27, asked who was there, there was no answer. Finally, after additional knocking, and the sound of a mumbled voice from outside, Yiberbaum opened the door a crack.

The terrorist, armed with an M-16 rifle and four ammunition clips then shot twice, mortally wounding the man, who nevertheless prevented the gunman from entering the house. A reserve soldier in the home pursued the terrorist, as did other soldiers who had been eating the holiday meal in the community's dining hall.

Within two minutes, they had arrived at the scene of the shooting, but in the meantime the terrorist had sprayed gunfire at the surrounding pre-fab homes, penetrating their thin walls with bullets. One of the bullets entered the home he had first attacked, mortally wounding Shaked Avraham, a seven-month-old girl, in her baby carriage. Resuscitation efforts failed.

Don't expect to hear much about the murder of little Shaked in your local news. After all, for media outlets such as NPR, Shaked is just a "settler" (click here for more examples of NPR bias - and please do not give PBS any money).

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Israeli Hospital also treats Palestinian terrorists (05.18.2002)

NewsJust found an interesting article on Israel21c.com that describes how a hospital in Afula, Israel, has been treating injured Palestinian terrorists as well.

"Some of the injured fighters who were brought into the Ha'emek emergency room had been involved in perpetrating terror attacks in Israel. On a professional level, no one doubts the commitment by all doctors and nurses to save lives. But on a personal level, after almost 20 months of violence and terror attacks within Israel, it isn't that easy, said Halperin, who was prohibited from giving details about exact numbers of patients in each category who were treated."

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Saudia Arabia Islamic Police stops non-Muslim celebrations, including "New Year's" (12.29.2003)

NewsYahoo News (news.yahoo.com) reports that the Islamic Police of Saudia Arabia is making sure no one is able to celebrate New Year's:

RIYADH (Reuters) - Morality police in southern Saudi Arabia plan to conduct raids to ensure that shops do not sell flowers, candles and gifts to those planning to celebrate New Year, a local newspaper has reported.

The Arabic-language al-Watan said the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (APVPV) in Aseer province was determined to uphold a ban by the conservative Muslim kingdom on non-Muslim celebrations.

"Patrols will be dispatched to gift and flower shops in the next two days before the New Year to ensure that ornaments are not sold for New Year celebrations," al-Watan quoted the local APVPV head as saying.

The authority -- a pillar of the ultra-conservative kingdom since its founding -- had also banned Christmas ornaments from shops. It also bans shops from carrying Valentine's Day gifts.

"For Muslims, there are only two holidays in a year: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha," the official said, referring to the Muslim feasts that follow the annual fasting month of Ramadan and the haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

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Arafat hides like a rabit from Israeli justice (09.20.2002)

NewsThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that not much is left of the Mukata, Arafat's compound - only two of the original 12 buildings stand, and Arafat is hiding and trembling inside what is left of one of them:

Soldiers on Saturday destroyed a bridge connecting Yasser Arafat's Ramallah office with his residence, and witnesses reported he was covered in dust from the bombardment, but unharmed.

Cabinet secretary Gideon Sa'ar said the aim of a three-day siege on Arafat's headquarters was not to harm the Palestinian Authority leader but to isolate him and force the surrrender of terrorist suspects hiding out in his headquarters .

The scope of the Israeli action around Arafat's headquarters, called the Mukata, which was launched Thursday in retaliation for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in which six people died, made it apparent that Arafat was caught in Israel's tightest chokehold yet.

This is good news: let Arafat and his thugs, who clearly continue to organize, support and finance the murder of women and children, tremble. Every time one of the murderers from the Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad or Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades kill Israeli women and children, make Arafat and his thugs worry about their personal safety, make them deeply understand that they will personally pay for the barbaric killings.

And by the way, why do we let Sheikh Yassin, who makes daily homicidal maniac speeches and sends hordes of Hamas killers commit their murders, go unharmed?

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Racist bastard from Morocco tries to blow up Synagogue in Belgium (06.13.2003)

Anti-SemitismMSNBC (www.msnbc.com) reports that a racist bastard of Moroccan origin tried to blow up a synagogue in Belgium, but luckily the police stopped him in time:

BRUSSELS, June 13 — Belgian police arrested a man suspected of trying to blow up a synagogue on Friday in what could be the latest in a string of anti-Jewish attacks across Europe [...]

Jules Mathieu, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office, said the man was suspected of having placed five gas bottles in a car on Friday morning and torching it in front of the synagogue, in a densely populated area of the southern town of Charleroi.

There was no explosion and the blaze was rapidly put out by firefighters based nearby, avoiding what could have been large explosion in the north of the city.

Several synagogues and Jewish buildings in European countries were attacked last year. [...]

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Should the US have attacked Hitler in World War II? (08.21.2002)

HumorTransterrestrial Musings has written a parody that makes a parallel of today's hesitation in attacking Iraq's murderous Saddam Hussein and the same kind of debate the US might have had in 1944 before attacking Hitler:

Administration Split On Europe Invasion
Washington, April 3, 1944 (Routers)

Fissures are starting to appear in the formerly united front within the Roosevelt administration on the upcoming decision of whether, where and how to invade Europe. Some influential voices within both the Democrat and Republican parties are starting to question the wisdom of toppling Adolf Hitler's regime, and potentially destabilizing much of the region.

"It's one thing to liberate France and northwestern Europe, and teach the Germans a lesson, but invading a sovereign country and overthrowing its democratically-elected ruler would require a great deal more justification," said one well-connected former State Department official. "The President just hasn't made the case to the American people." [...]

"For God's sake, the man is gassing Jews by the millions!" said one exasperated presidential advisor. "Do you think that he's going to be content to simply murder his own people if we let him stay in power?" [...]

Concern is great that, in a total German defeat, or regime change, the results could have unpredictable and far-reaching consequences. Germany consists of a large number of ethnic groups antipathetic to each other, including Germans, Jews, Bohemians, Slavs and Gypsies. In the power vacuum created by the absence of a strong and stable central government, there is concern that it could split up into a number of fractious, balkanized countries, with the potential for renewed war and strife on European soil.

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