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,
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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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
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:
The articles shows how
Britain's left hates Israel
in France for anti-Semitic actions
article from Ha'aaretz - more anti-semitism from France
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
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
Response to hate message
In Memory of Danielle Shefi
A description on how
Palestinian terrorists killed a 5 yeard old Israeli girl
Homicide/Suicide Bomber kills
and injures 57 Israeli Civilians
Video: Surviving Terrorism
A video that shows what
is the life of a survivor after a terrorist attack
is a partner for War
Yasser Arafat is not a
partner for peace, but more a partner for war
Saudi Arabia funds Palestinian terrorism
has funneled $135 million over
last 16 months to the
Palestinian terrorist group Hamas
the families of suicide bombers
and other dead terrorists
Palestinian terrorist and robot
The IDF (Israel's
used a robot to immobilize a
Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber
Grandfather dies, becomes 30th victim
30th victim of the Palestinian
attack in Netanya on 3/27/2002
An Israeli holiday that
celebrates the reunification
the city 35 years ago
An article that
speaks of Palestinian non-violent resistance and
touches on the heart of Israel's current
response to Palestinian terrorism
Jihad with Social Development
from a London Arabic newspaper that calls upon the Arab
replace Jihad with social development
An article from CNN that
summarized the situation at the Church
Nativity in Bethlehem
killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism
continue to deplore NPR's use of the word "militant" when
the deliberate murder of Danielle Shefi, a 5 year old
by Palestinian terrorists
reality changes from Arabic to English
video that describes how reality changes when Palestinians report
events to the Arab world or to the Western
Refugees from Arab States
A campaign to
record claims of Jewish refugees from Arab States
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