05.12.2002 FactsOfIsrael.com Newsletter

This is the third issue of the FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter.  I've made a few changes to the website in the past few days.  The democracy page was updated with pictures of Israel's leaders and members of the Knesset (Israel's parliament).  The descriptions of all Israeli political parties have also been updated, please check it out.

This week I also tried to understand why some people are against Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism.  I joined a couple of online anti-Israeli groups, and found that for the most part, their hate is simply anti-Semitism, Arab/Muslim nationalism, liberal/left anti-capitalism/globalization or a bad knowledge of the facts. 

At the end of the week, one moderator decided to ban any dialog with members that have views that are not anti-Israeli, at which point I left.  Funny that this moderator's attitude matches the regimes of all Arab States who still don't know what democracy is all about.

I have added one more section to the newsletter: a tribute to a Victim.  The Israelis being killed by the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian terrorists are kids, mothers, fathers and grand-mothers.  I will tell their story and pay a tribute to their memory.

Thanks for being interested in the facts,

David Melle

 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 5
Israel's borders at its shortest distance is 9 miles

Israel's borders from West to East is 9 miles at its shortest distance (from the West Bank to Netanya, borders of 1948)

I was in Israel from 1987 to 1997, and lived in Netanya and Even-Yehuda, two great towns.

This short distance, makes it very easy for Palestinian homicide/suicide bombers to attack innocent civilians.  Netanya was the site of the massacre of Passover, where 30 Israeli civilians were killed as they were getting ready for a holiday meal.  Many were elderly and this week's victim, Eliezer Korman, 74, was a grand-father of five who died as a consequence of this Palestinian homicide/suicide bombing.

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Eliezer Korman

On May 5, 2002, Eliezer Korman, 74, of Ramat Hasharon was one of 29 people killed in a suicide bombing in the Park Hotel in the coastal city of Netanya, in the midst of the Passover holiday seder, on March 27.

 Eliezer Korman, 74

On the eve of Passover, the terrorist walked into the dining room of the hotel, located in the center of Netanya, where 250 guests had just sat down to begin the seder. He detonated an explosive device, killing 22 immediately and injuring 140, seven of whom died later. The bomber was identified as a member of the Hamas Iz a Din al-Kassam Brigades, from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, which is just 10 kilometers (six miles) east of Netanya. He was on the list of wanted terrorists Israel had requested be arrested.

Although Eliezer and his wife had celebrated the seder for many years at the Park Hotel, they were not planning to attend this year. However, when the hotel phoned and offered to host them at last year's price, they agreed to "travel to the front".

"We mustn't give in to them. We must continue and live without fear," said Yehudit, who was killed in the blast. Eliezer succumbed to his injuries after 39 days in intensive care.

Eliezer Korman was born in Poland, and fled to Siberia with his parents at the start of World War II. After the war, Korman searched widely for his seven siblings in Germany, Austria and Italy. He was never able to establish what happened to his brothers and sisters. He immigrated to Israel, and took part in the 1948 Independence War's Battle of Latrun. Many of his close friends were killed in the war.

Soon afterwards Eliezer met and married Yehudit, and they settled in her home town, Ramat Hasharon. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Eliezer worked in building and other blue collar trades. His relatives describe him as an enthusiastic, hard worker. "Not long ago there were newspaper articles about the oldest construction worker in the country, a 64-year-old," a nephew, Shimon Milner recalls. "We laughed at that," he said, because his uncle continued to work until the day he died.

Eliezer Korman was buried in Ramat Hasharon. He is survived by his son, Yerahmiel, 49, his daughter Menuha, 46, and five grandchildren.

May God bless his memory.


Here are the articles, letters, and links that were posted this week:

British Israel-bashing
The articles shows how Britain's left hates Israel http://www.factsofisrael.com/load.php?p=/blog/archives/000016.html

100 arrested in France for anti-Semitic actions
An article from Ha'aaretz - more anti-semitism from France http://www.factsofisrael.com/load.php?p=/blog/archives/000017.html

More support for Israel
50,000 people attended a rally for Israel in Trafalgar Square and over 1 Million
were present in the streets of New York

Liberte, Egalite, Judeophobie
The Muslim fundamentalists and the anti-Semitic left are part of a new fascism -
this articles gives many examples of how both of these forces are particularly
strong in France

Response to hate message

In Memory of Danielle Shefi
A description on how Palestinian terrorists killed a 5 yeard old Israeli girl

Palestinian Homicide/Suicide Bomber kills 16 and injures 57 Israeli Civilians

Video: Surviving Terrorism
A video that shows what is the life of a survivor after a terrorist attack http://www.factsofisrael.com/load.php?p=/blog/archives/000023.html

Arafat is a partner for War
Yasser Arafat is not a partner for peace, but more a partner for war http://www.factsofisrael.com/load.php?p=/blog/archives/000024.html

Saudi Arabia funds Palestinian terrorism
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

Palestinian terrorist and robot
The IDF (Israel's Defense Forces) used a robot to immobilize a
Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber

Grandfather dies, becomes 30th victim
Eliezer Korman, 74, became the 30th victim of the Palestinian
homicide/suicide terrorist attack in Netanya on 3/27/2002

Jerusalem Day celebrated
An Israeli holiday that celebrates the reunification of the city 35 years ago

Palestinian non-violent Resistance?
An article that speaks of Palestinian non-violent resistance and
touches on the heart of Israel's current response to Palestinian terrorism

Replacing Jihad with Social Development
An article from a London Arabic newspaper that calls upon the Arab
world to replace Jihad with social development

13 Palestinian terrorists deported
An article from CNN that summarized the situation at the Church
of Nativity in Bethlehem

The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism
I continue to deplore NPR's use of the word "militant" when describing
the deliberate murder of Danielle Shefi, a 5 year old Israeli girl,
by Palestinian terrorists

Video: How reality changes from Arabic to English
A video that describes how reality changes when Palestinians report
events to the Arab world or to the Western Media

Jewish Refugees from Arab States
A campaign to record claims of Jewish refugees from Arab States


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