06.30.2002 FactsOfIsrael.com Newsletter


This was a good week.

First, it started with U.S. President George Bush giving a great speech, asking for the removal of the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat (see "Bush calls for a new Palestinian leadership").  The main reason given is overwhelming proof that Arafat and his thugs are involved in countless acts of terror, and they support terrorist groups like the Islamic Jihad and Hamas in their killings of unarmed Israeli civilians.

There's also a report that the Palestinian Authority has personally transfered $20,000 to the Al-Aksa brigades, a terrorist group that directly reports to Arafat.  The Al-Aksa brigades are responsible for dozens of genocide bombings.

You might note that I have decided to use the term "genocide bombing" instead of "homicide" or "suicide" to describe the barbaric Palestinian attacks on unarmed civilians. It is clear that the Islamic Jihad (holy war), the Hamas, and Arafat's other terrorist groups such as Al-Aksa brigades have one goal: to destroy Israel and commit genocide against Israelis. Today, the explosives these barbaric Palestinians carry can only kill a few dozen Israelis at a time. But given the occasion, I am convinced Arafat and his thugs would not hesitate in killing as much Israelis as possible - genocide is what they are all about

The week ended with Brazil beating Germany 2 - 0 in the soccer World Cup finals becoming the only country to have won it five times!  I know this has nothing to do with Israel or the Middle East, but I was born in Brazil, and I had to mention it. ;-)

Thanks for being interested in the facts,

David Melle

 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 56
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East 

Israel has an electoral system based on country-wide proportional representation. For the purpose of elections Israel is a single voting area, and the number of seats each party receives in the Knesset is determined on the basis of its proportion of the total vote. The only limitation is the 1.5% qualifying threshold, by which a party must receive at least 1.5% of the vote to be elected. According to this system, the voters elect a party slate and not a particular candidate. 

See the FactsOfIsrael.com  democracy page for a description of all Israeli political parties and more details. 

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Orly Ofir, 16

On March 31st 2002, Orly Ofir, 16, of Haifa was one of 14 people killed in a suicide bombing in Haifa, in the Matza restaurant of the gas station near the Grand Canyon shopping mall.

 Orly Ofir, 16, murdered by a
Palestinian genocide bomber

Just after 2:30 PM on Sunday afternoon, during the Passover holiday, the terrorist entered the popular Matza restaurant in the Neve Sha'anan district near the Grand Canyon mall. The explosion tore the roof off the one-story building, and blew out the windows, instantly killing 14 people, and leaving horrific scenes of people on fire, and people with lost limbs. Over 40 people were injured. 

Orly Ofir was having lunch with her mother and two sisters at the Matza restaurant when the blast occurred. Her sister Roni was lightly injured. Although Orly spoke to them in the ambulance, she died of her wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital. 

Orly was a high school student, and played on the Maccabi Haifa girls' soccer team. Yesterday the head of the team, Shuki Frankel, described Orly as an outstanding player. Her friends described her as a very special girl, with a lively, cheerful personality. 

Orly Ofir was buried in Haifa. She is survived by her parents, Yossi and Shuli, and her sisters Roni and Ilanit.

May God bless her memory.


Here are the articles, letters, and links that were posted in the last couple of weeks:

06/30  Brazil: Fifth time World Champs!   (News)
Brazil has beaten Germany 2 - 0 to win the 2002 World Cup of Soccer! This is the fitfh time...

06/29  Palestinian genocide bombers kills dozens in Paris and London   (Comments)
Well, not yet. Ha'aretz (www.haaretz.co.il) has published a story that describes how terrorists could hit Paris or London, and what...

06/29  17-year-old Israeli girl killed by Palestinian genocide bomber   (Victims)
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Levy, 17, of Jerusalem, who was killed when a Palestinian...

06/29  FactsOfIsrael.com Online Store   (FactsOfIsrael.com Related)
The FactsOfIsrael.com online store is now open for business! The store contains many interesting articles such as mugs, t-shirts, hats...

06/28  Glykeria, Greek superstar, supports the killing of unarmed civilians, including kids and babies   (Comments)
In my previous post ("13 Palestinian terrorists enjoy paid vacation in European countries") we learned that Palestinian killers from the...

06/28  13 Palestinian terrorists enjoy paid vacation in European countries   (News)
Stefan Sharkansky (www.usefulwork.com/shark) has translated an article from the German Die Welt (www.welt.de) that describes the whereabouts of your favorite...

06/28  Palestinian family dresses up baby as genocide bomber   (Palestinian Terrorism)
I was watching a report on Israeli TV last night. The journalist was describing how Israeli soldiers were going from...

06/28  Living with the threat of a Palestinian genocide bombing   (Palestinian Terrorism)
CNN (www.cnn.com) published an article on the harsh reality of being a young Israeli, constantly being the target of Palestinian...

06/27  Israel arrests Palestinian terrorist responsible for the murder of Mother and 3 of her sons   (News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the IDF (Israel's army) has arrested Mahmoud Issa, a senior member of the Popular...

06/27  Why is the left hostile to Israel?   (Comments)
The Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) has a good article on why the left is hostile to Israel. The question is...

06/26  No Palestinian State can be allowed until homicide bombings and terrorism stops   (Comments)
Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) has a good article written by an Israeli doctor that describes why he currently is against a...

06/26  Syria's kids are taught that Jews should be liquidated   (Anti-Semitism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Syria's school textbooks call for Jihad (holy war) and support for the elimination of...

06/25  Israeli Paramedic cries when seeing babies burning after Palestinian homicide bombings   (Palestinian Terrorism)
CNN, the Cable News Network (www.cnn.com), has published an interview with an Israeli Paramedic who had to deal with Palestinian...

06/25  An Antisemitic Myth in the Arab Press: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews   (Anti-Semitism)
The Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has published translations from the Arab press where Jews are blamed for the...

06/25  16-year old girl murdered by Palestinian homicide bomber   (Victims)
Faces of the victims has posted the story of Orly Ofir, a 16-year-old girl that was murdered by a Palestinian...

06/24  Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat encourage terrorism, Bush calls for a new Palestinian leadership   (Comments)
After a much awaited speech on his vision on the Middle East, Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that US President George Bush...

06/24  Palestinian kid is taught how to dip her hands in Jewish blood   (News)
Back in October 2000, the Palestinian Authority had arrested two Israeli reservists who, by mistake, entered the city of Ramallah,...

06/24  CNN creates site in memory of Israeli victims of Palestinian Terror   (Palestinian Terrorism)
CNN (www.cnn.com) has published a site that lists Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism. Last night on Israeli TV, CNNís President...

06/23  The silence of the United Nations is Deafening   (Humor)
Jewsweek (www.jewsweek.com) has an interesting article on the United Nations and Kofi Annan, its Secretary General. The writer of the...

06/22  Islamic Jihad and Hamas recruit depressed Palestinians for their murders   (Palestinian Terrorism)
The New York Times (www.nytimes.com) has an interview with Arien Ahmed, a 20-year-old Palestinian woman who was going to murder...

06/21  Palestinian terrorist kills Israeli mother and 3 of her children, including a 5-year-old boy   (Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian terrorist entered an Israeli town in the West Bank and murdered a...

06/20  Interview with a Mother of a Palestinian Homicide/Suicide Bomber   (Palestinian Terrorism)
The Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org) has translated an interview with a mother of a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber. The...

06/20  5-year-old Israeli girl and Grandmother killed by Palestinian homicide bomber   (Victims)
Fox News (www.foxnews.com) reports that the Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber that blew himself up in Jerusalem yesterday killed a 5-year-old girl...

06/20  Hope of killing drives Palestinian homicide bombers   (Palestinian Terrorism)
The British Daily Telegraph (www.dailytelegraph.co.uk) has a good article commenting on Cherie Blair's remarks on Palestinian homicide bombers. Mrs. Blair,...

06/19  Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills 2-year-old and 6 other Israeli unarmed civilians   (Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber blew himself near a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing a...

06/19  Please call the White House comment line: No to creation of Palestinian terror State   (Comments)
There are reports that President Bush is going to make a speech where he will outline the idea of a...

06/19  The deliberate killing of unarmed civilians is terrorism, part 2   (Comments)
I just wrote an email to Michael Moran from MSNBC.com . Mr. Moran is critical of the TerrorPetition.com campaign which...

06/18  France refuses to define Hizbullah as a terrorist organization   (News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that France is refusing to add the Hizbullah to Europe's list of terrorist organizations. The...

06/18  Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber kills 19 unarmed Israeli civilians in Jerusalem bombing   (Palestinian Terrorism)
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber has murdered 19 unarmed Israeli civilians when he blew himself up on...

06/17  There is no Palestinian partner for peace   (Comments)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has a good article on how a Palestinian State would be a great danger for Israel,...

06/17  Video: Palestinian murderer massacres 21 Israeli children   (Multimedia)
On June 1st 2001, a Friday night, a Palestinian homicide/suicide bomber exploded himself in front of a disco in Tel-Aviv...


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There's a growing debate in the United States on the media bias against Israel.  It seems the rule of thumb is that the more liberal and to the left of the political spectrum are your views, the more you'll accept Palestinian terrorism and condemn Israel's retaliatory steps.

One news network that properly reports on Palestinian barbarism is the Fox News Network (www.foxnews.com).  They don't hesitate to define Palestinians that deliberately kill unarmed Israeli civilians as "terrorists", contrary to NPR, the BBC and other leftist news outlets who prefer the term "militant".

For me a "militant" is a union official that demonstrates in front of McDonalds for better wages, not a murderer bastard that kills unarmed civilians, including babies and kids.

Try the Fox Network, you won't regret it.

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