07.28.2002 FactsOfIsrael.com Newsletter


This week one story particularly captured my attention. Malta Today (www.maltatoday.com.mt) reports that Malta police is pressing charges against Simone Zammit, a journalist, for speaking up against Palestinian suicide bombings and terrorism.

Simone Endrich, single Mom,
Persecuted for speaking up
against Palestinian terrorism

"MaltaToday spoke to Simone Zammit Endrich, an opinionist and columnist, who on 9 October will have to appear in court accused of spreading racial hatred.

"I do not know whether I am living in a democratic country anymore. Everyone can speak freely against the Israelis, against the European Union, against the government but one can't dare to speak against the Palestinians."

Back in April, Simone Endrich wrote an article criticizing Malta's Prime Minister and other politicians for participating in a pro-Palestinian demonstration. In the article she also opposed Palestinian suicide bombings and Arab hatred, making some excellent points:

Do the Palestinians want peace? No. They want revenge. The homicide bombings they commend so nauseatingly are symptomatic of their Islamic roots. Nothing martyrish about them. Just typical cowardly acts of barbarism; an instilment of terror which is heroically viewed throughout the Arab world, and one which Palestinian leader Arafat himself has never bothered to disassociate himself from. [...]

Are the Palestinians tolerant of and willing to coexist with their historical kin, the Israelis? We all know that anti-Semitism is rampant in the Arab world. In their heart of hearts, the majority of Arabs view the extermination of the Jewish race as the epitome of a clean-up to the world. Nowhere is this trait more overt than in the Middle East. We refuse to be party to it.

Do the Israelis want peace? No. They want to survive with or without peace. They refuse to let the world pierce through their armour now that they have dug their roots. Death is not a new phenomenon to the Jews. They are used to gratuitous death. They know only too well that if rendered weak and defenceless, the world would turn its back on them just as it did during the Holocaust; just as it has always done throughout three-quarters of the entire history of civilised humanity. Theirs is a war for survival. We do not condone their violence, but neither do we condemn them for calling their dues.

Due to Arab pressure, including pressure from the Lybian high commissioner, the police in Malta is now pressing charges against Simone Endrich for "inciting hatred against Arabs and Palestinians". Furthermore she also lost her job:

Regarding what The Independent had to say about the article, she said that she claimed a right of reply but the replies were never published. She resigned from her post with the newspaper.

This story has troubled me and I have sent a few emails around. If you are as upset as I am about this and you can help in any way, please:

1) Send a message of support to Simone, her email address is sze@mail.global.net.mt . If you have any way of helping, please do so.
2) Send an email to the Malta independent, criticizing them for not backing their journalists when they are attacked by Arabs and anti-Semites, their email address is tmid@independent.com.mt
3) You may want to CC your emails to 'Malta Today', the newspaper which interviewed Simone. Their email address is editorial@networkpublications.com.mt. You may also CC Alfred Grech who originally let me know about this whole story, his email is agrech@onvol.net.

For the full interview and Simone's original article, click here.

Thanks for being interested in the facts,

David Melle

 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 41
In 1948, the Arab Population of the West Bank and Gaza was 570,000  

No Jewish residents were allowed in these territories from 1948 to 1967 - the West Bank was under Jordanian rule and the Gaza strip was under Egyptian rule.

Contrary to the State of Israel that accepted 160,000 Arab Muslims (Palestinians) and gave them full Israeli citizenship in 1948, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians rejected any Jewish presence.

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Rachel Thaler, 16 

Feb 27, 2002 - Rachel Thaler, 16, of Ginot Shomron died of wounds suffered on February 16 when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a pizzeria in the shopping mall in Karnei Shomron in Samaria, bringing the death toll in the attack to three.

 Rachel Thaler, 16 
murdered by a Palestinian genocide bomber

The Palestinian Arab/Muslim suicide bomber deliberately chose as his bloodshedding target a crowd of Jewish children sitting at the pizzeria in the town of Karnei Shomron. Three children died and over 30 were wounded in the barbaric attack.

Rachel Theler had gone on Saturday night to the local Yuvalim Mall in Karnei Shomron with his brother, Lior. Since its opening six months ago, the mall has become a popular meeting place for local youth. Rachel, who suffered a critical head injury in the bombing, never regained consciousness. She died 12 days later. Her family donated her organs for transplant. The condition of Rachel's brother, Lior, 14, who was also seriously injured, has improved greatly.

Ganette Theler said she had donated her daughter's organs, because she thought it was important that other people benefit from her tragedy, especially during this time of so many terrorist attacks. "I feel that part of my daughter is living in two other people who gained life from her donation. I know that's what my daughter would have wanted," she said.

Rachel was the oldest of the family's three children. Her parents - Ganette, from England, and Michael, from the US - moved to the Ginot Shomron neighborhood five years ago, and were divorced three years later. Michael had moved back to the US, while Ganette remained in Ginot Shomrom with the children.

"It hasn't been easy for her. Not long ago, Ganette discussed the possibility of moving to the US. Rachel came to me and asked me to persuade her mother to remain," Vered Cohen, a family friend and neighbor, said.

Rachel studied at the Ulpana in Dolev. Eliraz Smet, Rachel's guide in the Ulpana, said "She always had a smile on her face. We would aske her to teach us how she always kept the smile, even with what's going on."

Rachel Theler was buried in Karnei Shomron. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, Lior and Zvi.

May God bless their memory.


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

07/28  Tunisian columnist admits that Palestinians refused State and chose terror   (4 - Opinion)
The Middle East Media Research Institure (www.memri.org) has translated another article from the Arab press. In an article titled "Why...

07/28  A sad reminder of racism and anti-Semitism   (9 - Announcements)
I signed up for a service that allows users of FactsOfIsrael.com to rate the site from 1 to 10. As...

07/28  9 new Israeli orphans as a result of latest Palestinian terrorism   (1 - Victims)
Israen Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that the Palestinian terrorist attacks from Friday left 9 Israeli new orphans. "We are 9 children...

07/27  US will veto any anti-Israeli UN resolution that does not mention Palestinian terrorism   (3 - News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that the US will veto any one-sided UN resolution against Israel that does not mention...

07/26  Parents and kid murdered by Palestinian terrorists   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that three members of the same family, the parents and their 15-year-old kid, were murdered...

07/25  Orthodox Jewish basketball player and Jewish Rapper   (5 - Humor)
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that Tamir Goodman has signed a three-year deal with the Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball team. Maccabi Tel-Aviv plays...

07/25  Journalist from Malta faces charges for opposing Palestinian Terrorism   (3 - News)
Malta Today (www.maltatoday.com.mt) reports that Malta police is pressing charges against Simone Zammit, a journalist, for speaking up against Palestinian...

07/25  Rabbi murdered by Palestinian Terrorists   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have deliberately shot and killed a Jewish man that was driving his...

07/25  16 year-old Israeli girl murdered by Palestinian suicide bomber   (1 - Victims)
Faces of the Victims has published the story of Rachel Thaler, a 16-year-old Israeli girl who was murdered by a...

07/24  Saudi Arabia cuts off hands of two thieves   (3 - News)
The Straits Time from Singapore (http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/) reports that an official court in Saudi Arabia came down with a ruling: the...

07/24  Iran and Syria continue to support terrorism   (4 - Opinion)
The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) has a good article by Dennis Ross, who was the lead American negotiator on the...

07/24  The leftist BBC is anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic   (4 - Opinion)
The Jewish World Review (www.jewishworldreview.com) has posted an article that describes how the BBC has become one of the most...

07/23  Chaim Potok dies at the age of 73   (3 - News)
Yahoo News (www.yahoo.com) reports that Chaim Potok, the great Jewish philosopher and writer, has died at the age of 73....

07/23  Bad intelligence information and worst choice of 1-ton missile caused the unfortunate death of Palestinian civilians   (4 - Opinion)
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) has a good article criticizing not only the intelligence mistake but also the choice of the 1-ton missile...

07/23  Palestinian terrorist leader killed by Israeli F-16 fighter jet   (3 - News)
Israel Insider (www.israelinsider.com) reports that Salah Shehada, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), responsible for hundreds of...

07/22  Saddam Hussein gives $25,000 to families of Palestinian genocide bombers   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
Sky News (www.sky.com) reports that Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president, has given over $25 million to Palestinian terrorist groups in...

07/22  Iran responsible for the murder of 85 Argentinian Jews   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The New York Times (www.nytimes.com) reports that a defector from Iran says that Iran was responsible for the 1994 bombing...

07/22  Pleading for my Land   (4 - Opinion)
Herbet Pagani was a French/Italian poet and singer who was very popular in the 70ís. He was communist and Jewish....

07/21  Visiting Lebanon, Jordan and Israel   (4 - Opinion)
I just stumbled upon the web log of Karl Czemer, who is Jewish, and decided to take a trip to...

07/21  Fact 162: In 1948, the Jewish Population of Israel was 650,000.   (8 - Newsletters)
The latest FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter has been sent. This week's fact is Fact 162: In 1948, the Jewish Population of Israel...


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