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Fact 222: "In April 2002, Palestinian terrorists carried out five homicide/suicide bombings in five days, a period coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Passover. All told, more than 40 Israeli civilians were murdered and more than 120 were wounded. Following the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said: 'Citizens of Israel: The state of Israel is at war, a war against terror,' Sharon said. 'We must fight this terrorism, in an uncompromising war to uproot these savages, to dismantle their infrastructure, because there is no compromise with terrorists.' Sharon added that Arafat 'activated, coordinated and directed' the campaign against Israel and is 'the enemy of the free world.'"

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Iraq and terrorism (09.04.2002)

HumorMany Europen leftists will try to convince us that Saddam Hussein is a saint and that there's no need to stop the butcher from Baghdad from getting weapons of mass destruction. Here's something that could easily have happened in my local (San Francisco, California) liberal TV station KTVU:

Henry Payne from the Detroit
News, Michigan, 9/2/2002

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5-year-old Israeli girl and Grandmother killed by Palestinian homicide bomber (06.20.2002)

VictimsFox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that the Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber that blew himself up in Jerusalem yesterday killed a 5-year-old girl and her Grandmother.

5-year-old Gal Eizenman killed by a
Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber

Hours before her death in a suicide attack, 5-year-old Gal Eizenman was jumping around, a blond bundle of joy at a children's musical performance organized by her grandmother Noah Alon, 59.

A videotape of the occasion shows the two of them happy and dancing. Later, the tape was used to give details of what Gal and her grandmother were wearing so their bodies could be identified

"The two most energetic women in our family, my mother and my niece, are gone in the blink of an eye," Alon's other daughter, Ifat, told Israel Army Radio.

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Righteous Gentile: Polish catholic helps save 4,000 Jews during the Holocaust (12.13.2002)

Jewish HistoryThe Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has an incredible story on Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, ex-Foreign Minister of Poland, who helped save 4,000 Jews during the Holocaust, including 2,500 children:

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski has seen it all.

At 80, he has outlived most of the friends who shared his intense experiences, those miraculous moments of carving life out of the wreckage of war, while risking death.

Twice the foreign minister of Poland, an author and historian, an anti-Communist dissident and ideologue of the Solidarity movement, a prisoner in Communist jails for seven years, an activist in the Polish underground, a survivor of eight months at Auschwitz, Bartoszewski is also the last prominent founder of a movement that clandestinely rescued, hid and smuggled Jews to safety in Nazi-occupied Poland. [...]

In 1940, when he was 18 and about to enter college, the Nazis were rounding up thousands of young Polish men, and he landed in Auschwitz three months after the camp was established. "That beginning of my adult life was in a Nazi camp. Eighty-five percent of the prisoners who arrived did not survive. I was stronger, more resilient; I was younger.

"We were beaten every day with clubs, fists, shoes, anything to break our spirit, our backbone. I was one of the lucky ones: Because they did not hit my head, my skull did not crack," he said animatedly. "When I was released, I dedicated myself to working against such a threat to humanity," he said. "Their treatment of me backfired into the exact opposite of what they intended."

The ghetto in Warsaw was about 840 acres in the middle of the city, surrounded by walls about 13 feet. Access was limited, he recalled, but some people managed to get telephone calls in, and city gas workers who were sent in for repairs brought out news.

Over several weeks, the Nazis deported 310,000 people from Warsaw, where every third resident was a Jew. "Everyone knew what was happening, but not everyone found the courage to counter it," he said during an interview Tuesday, alternating between Polish, through an interpreter, and German.

Zegota was financed by and functioned as an agency of the Polish government-in-exile. It saved and helped 4,000 Jews, including 2,500 children. The goal of the group, he explained, was to arrange for escapes, secure forged documents, find overnight shelters and ensure fugitives were fed.

On Tuesday, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the museum's governing board, honored Bartoszewski with a special certificate commemorating Zegota's 60th anniversary.

Many people in Poland hate Jews with a passion (see this example) - Mr. Bartoszewski is an inspiration to humanity.

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New version of FactsOfIsrael.com screensaver released (10.24.2002)

AnnouncementI have just released version 1.5 of the FactsOfIsrael.com screensaver. Click here to check out some screenshots and download it for free.

Among other things, I completely changed the user interface (UI): the screensaver looks a lot better now.

I have also added 200 more facts to the screensaver database, bringing the total to 399 facts. There are also 120 images randomly displayed with every fact.

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Palestinian mass murderers kill 16 Israelis, including a three yeard old child (08.31.2004)

Palestinian TerrorismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian mass murderers have killed 16 Israelis, including a three year old child:

Two suicide bombers exploded almost simultaneously on two buses in central Beersheba on Tuesday, killing 16 people and wounding dozens. The explosions took place on buses numbers 12 and 7, traveling opposite the municipality building at 2:55 p.m. [...]

Twelve people died at the scene and four others died later while being treated, including a three-year-old. About 100 people were wounded in the attack, including 16 children. The wounded were taken to Soroka Medical Center, not far from the site of the attack. Seven people are listed in serious condition, 23 in moderate condition and the rest were lightly wounded.

The deadliest attack in almost a year, the double bombing, carried out by Hamas, was the first major terrorist strike in nearly six months and ended what had been one of the most peaceful summers Israelis have known for years.

The relative calm had been attributed to the relentless crackdown on Palestinian terror groups and the security barrier that has effectively blocked terrorist infiltrations into the country. Tuesday's bombings fulfilled fears that terrorists would opt for striking in the south, where there is no security fence.

This is more proof that Israel's security fence is part of the solution in fighting the war against Palestinian terrorism. The Palestinian terrorists did not strike in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem or any other city in Israel's center, but were only able to kill in the South of Israel, where as the article mentions, the fence is not yet built.

Israel needs to continue doing what has it has been executing for the last two years:

1) On the one hand, Israel needs to continue building its security fence. This will stop the mass murdering freaks from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas to easily kill women and children. Israel also needs to continue ignoring the biased Europeans and their Kangoroo court of "Justice" (click here for more details on Israel's security fence and here for the disregard of human life by the European clowns).

2) On the other hand, Israel's army need to continue fighting the Palestinian terrorists. Israel will continue to track the mass murderers from the Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades down and kill them, one by one. If they are running like rats, they will not have time to murder Israeli women and children.

For a list of homicide bombings executed by the Palestinian mass murderers, click here. For more information on how the Palestinians reject peace and continue to deliberately kill Israeli women and children, click here.

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Alan Keyes letter of support to the people of Israel (08.14.2002)

OpinionIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has reprinted a letter from Alan Keyes to Mesora. Title "With the brave people of Israel", the letter touches on some excellent points and made me shiver.

I write to express my solidarity with the people of Israel in this difficult time, and to assure you of what I know you cannot doubt, that millions of Americans stand with Israel as well. We will remember the truth of Israel's honorable record, insist that others treat Israel in light of that truth, and not succumb to the cowardly passions of the moment.

When the European Union asserts moral authority to coerce Israel into a shameful surrender of its just claims, we will remember that many Europeans sat on their hands and did nothing while millions of Jews were slaughtered in the era that gave birth to the state of Israel. [...]

We will remember that Israel acquired the Sinai, West Bank and Gaza not in a war of conquest, but in a desperate and just defensive war for survival.

We will remind the "international community" that territory acquired in a defensive war of survival can, according to universal understanding, international law, and common sense, be retained until a negotiated peace is reached. And we will proclaim the truth that the Israeli people have again and again shown their willingness to put those territories on the table in the hope of achieving just such a negotiated settlement for just peace.

Alan Keyes is a former Republican candidate for U.S. President and a former host of "Making Sense" on MSNBC - AlanKeyes@msnbc.com

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Racist Bastards spray paint anti-Jewish Nazi swastikas in France (10.31.2004)

Anti-SemitismThe Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that racist bastards spray painted anti-Jewish Nazi swastikas in France:

Racist bastards spray anti-Jewish Nazi symbols in France

Tombs vandalized in eastern France


Vandals spray-painted swastikas and Nazi-related inscriptions on about 30 tombstones overnight at a cemetery in eastern France where no Jews are buried, police said Tuesday.

The markings, the latest anti-Jewish vandalism in France, were discovered at a municipal cemetery in the small town of Genlis, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Dijon, police said. Authorities opened an investigation, and it was not immediately clear who carried out the attacks.

The government says the number of anti-Semitic acts in France appears to have rebounded this year, with 166 counted in the first nine months of 2004, compared to 127 for all of last year. In 2002, Interior Ministry officials counted 195 such acts.

In the last French elections, Communist and other parties on the extreme left received roughly 17% of the vote. The neo Nazi National Front and other fascist parties received over 20% of French vote. France also has a large Muslim population which is very alienated from western principles of Democracy and freedom but is more in line with fanatical Islamic religious values.

If you add it up you realize that almost 50% of France (17% + 20% + 10% = 47%) is an extreme leftist, a fascist from the extreme right, or someone who probably supports Islamic Supremacists from Al-Qaeda or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

It is therefore no surprise that these bastards (and France as a whole) hate the United States of America, Israel, or any other western democracy that fights Communism, Nazism or Islamic Supremacism.

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California's 12th District: please vote for Congressman Tom Lantos (03.02.2004)

NewsToday elections are taking place in California. In San Mateo, California's 12th district, we have both the Democratic party's primaries and elections for the US Senate and House of Congress.

Particularly important (and relevant to FactsOfIsrael.com) are the elections for our representative in the US Congress. The candidates are very much linked to Israel and the Middle East:

1) Our current Congressman is Tom Lantos (Dem.). Mr. Lantos was born in Hungary and is a Holocaust survivor. He has been our representative since 1981, suports the War on Islamic Terrorism, the War on Iraq and the Patriot Act. He's a passionate defender of Israel and he's a true Eagle, as defined by Andrew Sullivan. His site is http://www.lantos.org/

2) One of Mr. Lantos main opponents is Maad Abu-Ghazalah, a Palestinian born in Nablus, in the West Bank, who grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He's today running as a Democrat and his main qualifications are that he served as the President of the San Francisco Chapter of the "American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee". His current platform calls for America abandoning Iraq and moving our troops out, and a more "evenhanded" policy in America's role in the Middle East peace process (this probably means no support for Israel's right to defend herself against Islamic mass murderers). He also wishes to repeal the Patriot Act, and he's against standardized testing. How can one person be so wrong?

3) There's also a Republican candidate, Mr. Mike Garza, who has mentioned that, if elected, he'll cancel all military and financial aid to Israel.

In our last elections, on 11/5/2002, Mr. Lantos received 68.2% of the vote, and his Republican counterpart, Mr. Michael Moloney, received 24.7%. Mr. Abu-Ghazalah ran then as a Libertarian and got 7.1% of the vote.

If you live in California's 12th district, please go out and vote. Israel, freedom, and Mr. Lantos need your support. For more information on the candidates and the elections try out www.smartvoter.org - type in your street address and ZIP code in the top right and click "Find Ballot".

Update: The election results have been published and I have some great news! Our Congressman, Mr. Tom Lantos, has won the Democratic ticket by a landslide:

United States Reprensentative 12th Congressional District (356 of 356 Precints Reported):

Tom Lantos: 74.18%
Ro Khanna: 18.21%
Maad Abu-Ghazalah: 7.61%

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Saddam Hussein gives $25,000 to families of Palestinian genocide bombers (07.22.2002)

Palestinian TerrorismSky News (www.sky.com) reports that Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president, has given over $25 million to Palestinian terrorist groups in less than two years.

The cash is handed over at ceremonies in Gaza to relatives of suicide bombers and families of people killed in ongoing fighting. [...]

Suicide bombers and those killed by the Israelis are regarded as "martyrs" and revered as heroes by Palestinian militants.

At the ceremony Holland witnessed, a number of cheques for $10,000 each were handed over to relatives of people killed in the violence. But, she points out, those of suicide bombers get $25,000.

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FBI: Muslim Groups in U.S. May Be Developing Nuclear Families (11.27.2002)

HumorThe Onion (www.theonion.com) has published an article on how some Muslim groups in the United States may be developing nuclear families:

WASHINGTON, DC—According to an FBI report released Monday, "reliable and substantive evidence" exists indicating that Muslims residing in the U.S. are involved in a widespread plot to develop nuclear families.

"We possess what we believe to be credible proof that thousands of Islamic Americans, many of them Mideast-born, are attempting to acquire nuclear-family capability, often in full view of American law-enforcement authorities," said FBI director Robert Mueller, speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "These nuclear families, which consist of a husband-wife core and a varied number of surrounding offspring, could potentially come into contact with other such nuclear families, creating a terrifying chain reaction of Muslim familial perpetuation."

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Arafat's lost brother, Arafish (11.13.2002)

HumorYasser Arafat being such a great murderer, terrorist and Palestinian leader, I would never dream of making fun of him. That said, I must report on some family matters that will make all pro-Palestinians happy. Charles from Little Green Footballs has discovered Yasser Arafat's lost brother:

Arafish, Yasser Arafat's
Lost brother

Here's Arafat reaction after he learned about the existence of Arafish:

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No Palestinian State can be allowed until homicide bombings and terrorism stops (06.26.2002)

OpinionIsrael Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has a good article written by an Israeli doctor that describes why he currently is against a Palestinian State.

Dr. Nathan Cherny gives some insight on how he's feeling about the Palestinian homicide/suicide bombings and how he copes with their result.

That I care for the well being of tens of Palestinian cancer patients and their families is irrelevant. As a Jew living in Israel, and, more specifically, Jerusalem, I am a potential target worthy of maiming or assassination. That is the miserable nature of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination

In the eyes of the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Hizbullah, and Fatah, all of this [homicide/suicide bombings] is a justifiable expression of national self-determination. In their eyes, the path to statehood is, quite legitimately, strewn with the bodies of children, pensioners, grandparents and bus drivers.

If they had their way, it would be strewn with my body as well.

Mr. Arafat's denunciations ring hollow. The paper trail uncovered by the Israeli forces show, beyond reasonable doubt, that he is directly and intimately involved with the provision of funding to the militias responsible for this civilian carnage. You can't call for a million martyrs to liberate Palestine and still call yourself a peacemaker.

As long as my friends, colleagues, patients, their children and I are targets, the Palestinians cannot be entrusted to responsibilities of statehood.

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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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Carta Aberta a Midia Brasileira (Portuguese) (08.29.2002)

OpinionO Grupo de Acao Pro-Israel escreveu uma carta aberta a midia Brasileira:

Antes, uma apresentação. Nós judeus brasileiros, que redigimos esta carta, não pertencemos a nenhum partido de direita israelense. Pertencemos sim ao time de torcedores por uma convivência pacífica entre o Estado de Israel (menor que Sergipe) e as nações árabes (do Marrocos ao Paquistão). Ou seja, entre cinco milhões de judeus e seus trezentos milhões de vizinhos árabes. Enfim, entre a única democracia do Oriente Médio (onde inclusive seus cidadãos árabes são eleitos livremente ) e vinte ditaduras, regimes fundamentalistas e monarquias. [...]

As ações terroristas que visam deliberadamente assassinar cidadãos judeus, são equiparadas às retaliações que visam eliminar seus perpetradores. Em outras palavras, se "x" invade a casa de "y" matando sua mulher e filho, e "y" persegue e mata "x", o ato dos dois é igualmente hediondo? Vocês classificam como "terrorismo de Estado" a política de eliminação de terroristas, levado a cabo com precisão pelos dois últimos governos. O que vocês recomendam a Israel? Queixar-se ao bispo e assistir de braços cruzados civis sendo explodidos em pizzarias? Chamar alguma comissão de direitos humanos para dialogar com suicidas assassinos e seus "guias espirituais"?

Vocês focam o conflito judaico-palestino esquecendo-se do trapézio maior em que ele acontece, que é a contínua não aceitação da existência de Israel por grande parte de seus finos vizinhos. Por motivos óbvios, nunca foi, é ou será do interesse de Israel ocupar áreas densamente povoadas por palestinos, Justamente por isso Israel, mesmo correndo riscos, retirou-se de 90% de Gaza e das principais cidades palestinas. A ironia é que vocês não perceberam que um país ao lado, como a Jordânia com população majoritariamente palestina, poderia também ser uma alternativa de pátria palestina. Bastava para isso o direito de elegerem seus governantes. Mas claro... que heresia...

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Florida Professor is charged with being the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the US (02.25.2003)

Palestinian TerrorismFox news (www.foxnews.com) reports that Sami Al-Arian, a former professor at the University of South Florida, has been charged with being the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the U.S.:

A Florida professor and seven other men were charged Thursday with operating a global terrorist organization that the federal government says is responsible for the deaths of 100 people in and around Israel.

University of South Florida computer engineering professor Sami Al-Arian is the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Attorney General John Ashcroft said in announcing the federal indictment.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a U.S. government-designated foreign terrorist organization committed to homicide bombings and violent jihad activities, Ashcroft said Thursday.

"Palestinian Islamic Jihad is one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world," he said. [...]

"Our message to them and others like them is clear," Ashcroft said. "We make no distinction to those who carry out terror attacks and those who finance and manage [them]."

The indictment says the group's purpose is to destroy Israel and end all U.S. and Western influence in the region and that it rejected peaceful solutions to the Palestinian quest for a homeland in the Middle East and embraced "the Jihad solution and the martyrdom style as the only choice for liberation."

The group's manifesto calls the United States "the Great Satan America."

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is responsible for the deliberate murder of hundreds of women and children. It's a fascist, intolerant and racist group, whose only goal is to destroy Israel and the U.S. and to kill as many people as possible. Click here for a list of Palestinian homicide bombings since October 2000, when the Palestinians rejected peace and turned (again) to violence and terrorism

Back in August 2002, we reported on this Palestinian professor, whose brother-in-law, Mazen al-Najjar, has been deported for supporting terrorism (click here to read more on "Palestinian U.S. professor screams "Death to Israel!"). What a family.

Also, please click here for Stephen Emerson's book "American Jihad: The Terrorists living among us". Mr. Emerson also mentions the Palestinian professor in his book.

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