05.31.2002 FactsOfIsrael.com Newsletter

In the next few days I'll be on vacation in Brazil. The World Cup just started and although it's happening in Japan/Korea, I decided to go see it in Brazil. I was born in Brazil (or Brasil, with an 'S', as Brazilians spell it), and it's always a great experience to see the country come together behind the national team. It's like the 4th of July for a month!

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 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 6: The Gaza strip was under Egyptian occupation from 1948 to 1967 yet no Palestinian State was ever created.

Fact Number 7: The West Bank was under Jordanian occupation from 1948 to 1967 yet no Palestinian State was ever created.

Many of Israel's critics today put the sole responsibility of the conflict on Israel's shoulders. They blame Israel for the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza (see the maps for details), which in their minds is the only reason there is an armed conflict in the Middle East. It makes them even understand and justify the murderous homicide/suicide bombings against unarmed Israeli civilians including children and babies.

They ignore one fact: until 1967 Jordan and Egypt occupied the West Bank and Gaza strip. Palestinians never used homicide/suicide bombers against Jordanian or Egyptian unarmed civilians, and never actually even asked for an independent State until after 1967.

Yasser Arafat created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964, three years before the Six-Day war in 1967. Its goal was, and remains today, to destroy the Jewish State and establish a Palestinian State not alongside Israel but instead of it.

Palestinians refused an independent State in 1948 and their rejection of Israel became clear when Arafat refused an independent Palestinian State again in October of 2000 and chose instead the tactics of terrorism and homicide/suicide bombings (see how Arafat refused a State here).

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Ruth Peled, 56 and Sinai Keinan, 14 months
Grandmother and Granddaughter

On May 27th 2002, Ruth Peled, 56, of Herzliya and her infant granddaughter Sinai Keinan, aged 14 months, of Petah Tikva were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva.

The explosion ripped through the Em Hamoshavot commercial center at around 6:40 PM. Among the injured were many children, who were inside the cafe and a nearby ice-cream parlor. Police said the bomb used contained around 10 kilograms of explosives, packed with metal objects to maximize the number of casualties.

Lior and Chen Keinan had gone to buy ice cream with their infant daughter Sinai and Chen's mother, Ruth Peled, when the blast occurred. Ruth and Sinai were killed. The infant's parents were among the 37 injured in the attack.

"You are talking about their first child," a family member said. "She was their whole world. They had gone for a walk and then stopped to rest and buy ice cream."

Ruth worked as an investigator for the Modi'in Ezrahi company and later as a medical secretary for the Mor Medical Institute. She suffered from kidney failure, and on the morning of the explosion had undergone tests for a possible transplant. Her husband, Natan, said: "If Ruthie had known that Sinai was killed, she would not have wanted to live." Her daughter Chen said, "I would need 30 years to write about my mother. It was 30 years of love, friendship and happiness. Not every mother is also a friend."

Ruth Peled and Sinai Keinan were buried side by side in Kibbutz Shefayim. Ruth is survived by her husband Natan, and their three children - Chen (31), Lee (30) and Udi (24).

May God bless their memory.


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

05/31  Grandmother and 14-month-old granddaughter murdered by Palestinian terrorists   (Victims)
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Ruth Peled, 56, grandmother of 4, and her granddaughter Sinai Kenan,...

05/30  Palestinian and Israeli wife helped homicide/suicide bomber   (News)
I just heard on Israeli radio (http://bet.iba.org.il) that a Jewish Israeli citizen helped a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber in last week's...

05/30  Interview with a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber   (News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) interviewed a Palestinian woman who was on her way to become a suicide bomber, but a...

05/30  Arafat potato chips selling like pipe bombs in Jenin   (Humor)
Fox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that if you live in Egypt you can now purchase cheese flavored Yasser Arafat potato chips....

05/29  3 Israeli teenagers murdered by Palestinian terrorists   (News)
Three Israeli high school students were playing basketball when a Palestinian terrorist approached them, aimed, shot and killed them. Dozens...

05/29  Arafat and Palestinians refuse peace, wish for destruction of Israel   (Comments)
The New York Review of Books (www.nybooks.com) just published an interview with Ehud Barak, who was Israel's Prime Minister at...

05/29  86-year-old Grandmother murdered by a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber   (Victims)
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Frieda Britvich, an 86-year-old Grandmother of 8 which was murdered by...

05/29  SF Chronicle's coverage of anti-Semitism is as biased as its reporting on Palestinian terrorism   (Comments)
The San Francisco Chronicle (www.sfgate.com) covered up and minimized anti-Semitic death threats from SFSU (San Francisco State Univeristy) pro-Palestinian demonstrators...

05/28  Arafat's refusal of peace and his support of terrorism prevents the creation of a Palestinian State   (Comments)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer, is disappointed in Arafat's handling of Palestinian...

05/28  Call to action for progressive activists of Europe or North America   (Comments)
Stefan Sharkansky (http://www.usefulwork.com/shark/)wrote an open letter and call to action for progressive activists of Europe and North America who demand...

05/27  Israel will continue to fight Palestinian terrorism   (Comments)
The National Post (www.nationalpost.com) has a good article that explains why Israel should continue its fight against Palestinian terrorism, including...

05/27  Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills Israeli grandmother and infant granddaughter   (News)
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that another Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber has blown himself in front of a coffee shop, this time killing...


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