04.28.2002 FactsOfIsrael.com Newsletter

This is the first issue of the FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter - once a week I will send one fact on Israel and the Middle East to anyone who is interested in the history, geography, demographics, and current events of the region.

Thank you for the overwhelming support I have received since I created the FactsOfIsrael.com website and screensaver. I am particularly touched by the multiple emails, guestbook entries and comments you have sent in the last few days. Yesterday, on 4/27/2002, the FactsOfIsrael.com site received 1,632 hits from people all over the World.  The logs show visits from the United States, Israel, the Nettherlands, Mexico, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Croatia, Australia, Switzerland, Greece, Ireland, the Russian Federation, Finland, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, Chile, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Italy!

I am still defining the content of the newsletter, but the current version will include the following sections:

Weekly Fact:  This section will present one fact on Israel and the Middle East. The facts are taken from the free screensaver and the website.

News: Interesting articles or news items that appeared during the week will be listed here.

Link:s Once a week I will also link to another website that covers Israel and the MIddle East.  For a more comprehensive list, check the FactsOfIsrael.com Links page.

Thanks for being interested in the facts,

David Melle
newsletter@FactsOfIsrael.com
http://www.FactsOfIsrael.com


 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 17 - Almost One Million Arabs are Israeli Citizens

Palestinians that stayed in Israel after Israel's 1948 war of Independence received full Israeli citizenship. As of March 2002, there were 980,000 arabs in Israel (15% of the total population, mostly Muslim, a minority Christian) who have the right to vote and have parties of their own represented in the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

For more details, check the FactsOfIsrael.com Democracy page.


A Muslim woman votes in the Israeli elections.

Free screensaver: The FactsOfIsrael.com screensaver will display a different fact on Israel or the Middle East every few moments. It includes facts about the history, geography, demography, economy, agriculture and people of Israel and the Middle East. To get dozens of facts and images, download the free screensaver.


 News

Here are a few articles that captured my attention this week:

Terrorists murder four in Adora
http://www.jpost.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1019965576209

Official Saudi Arabian newspaper:
"Special Ingredient For Jewish Holidays is Human Blood From Non-Jewish Youth"
http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=countries&Area=saudiarabia&ID=SP35402

Europe and 'Those People'. Anti-Semitism arises again.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51314-2002Apr25.html


 Links

Faces of the Victims
http://www.walk4israel.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Victims

A site that has the pictures of all Israeli victims murdered by Palestinian terrorists since October 2000. If you click on the face of the victim, you also get a description of the terrorist attack.





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