08.04.2002 FactsOfIsrael.com Newsletter


In the last few days the Palestinian murderers from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Arafat's thugs from Fatah's Al-Aksa brigade have intensified their deliberate killings of unarmed civilians, including women, children and babies.

Unfortunately, today was one of the busiest days for the IDF and the Israeli Police.  Israeli TV Channel 1 reports that five Palestinian attacks took place in the last 12 hours:

1) At 8:45 AM local time, a Palestinian genocide bomber blew himself inside a crowded civilian bus near Safed, in the north of Israel, killing 9 and wounding over 50 Israelis.
2) At 11:40 AM, a Palestinian terrorist deliberately shot and killed two Israeli civilians who were sitting in their truck in East Jerusalem.  An additional 17 people were injured.
3) At noon, three soldiers were hurt by a roadside bomb that exploded beneath their jeep while they were on duty in a search-and-seize anti-terrorist sweep in the West Bank city of Nablus.
4) At 1:40 PM, four Israeli civilians, including kids, were wounded after Palestinian terrorists opened fire on their vehicle near the community of Avnei Hefetz.
5) At 3:00 PM, three soldiers were seriously wounded after a bomb exploded under their jeep in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

There seems to be a consensus among all Palestinian terrorists that they should try to kill as many Israelis as possible as fast as possible - all major Palestinian groups have been involved in the above attacks.

Thanks for being interested in the facts,

David Melle

 Weekly Fact

Fact Number 77
Jews in West Bank and Gaza are "Settlers", Muslim Arabs in Israel are "Citizens"

In March of 2002, there were about 200,000 Israeli Jewish residents in the West Bank and Gaza - they are referred to as "Settlers".  At the same time there were 980,000 Muslim Arabs in Israel, they are referred to as "Israeli citizens".

For more information on what is the West Bank and Gaza, check out the maps and history pages.  For more statistics, check out the stats page.

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Shuvel Dikstein, 9 

July 26, 2002 - Shuv'el Zion Dikstein, 9, of Psagot, was killed in a shooting attack south of Hebron along with his parents Yosef, 45, and Hannah, 42. Two of his brothers were injured.  The Palestinian murderers destroyed the Dikstein family, leaving 9 new orphans.

  Shuvel Dikstein, 9 
murdered by a Palestinian terrorist

"We are 9 children without parents. Who will take care of us now?" This was one of the many questions asked by the children of Yosef and Hannah Dickstein, who were murdered along with their nine-year-old son, Shuv-el, in a terrorist attack on their car Friday evening, south of Hebron.

Two additional children of the Dickstein family from Psagot were injured in the attack. The Dicksteins were on their way to spend the Sabbath in the settlement of Maon in the southern Hebron hills, when terrorists opened fire at close range, killing Yosef, 45; Hannah, 42; and Shuv-el.

Shlomo, 12, was moderately wounded when a bullet hit his shoulder. "We were driving and all of sudden there was gunfire," one of the children said. "Our mother was dead, and also Shuv-el. Father began to cry and told us all to bend down and hide...  Then the terrorist came and killed Father from close range."

Shlomo took his father's mobile phone and alerted the emergency rescue team. "He responded immediately, and took care of his younger brothers and got them out of the car," family friend Shahar Rachmani said of Shlomo's actions.

The shooting came just minutes after the same terrorist cell shot and killed Elazar Leibovitz, 21, a soldier from the Nahal brigade and a resident of the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron. One of the passengers traveling with Leibovitz took the wheel and tried to honk to warn the Dicksteins from continuing towards the terrorist ambush, but to no avail.

The Dickstein children spent the Sabbath at Shlomo's bedside at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital, and with Adi-el, 2, who was lightly injured in the shooting. Shir-el, 4, who witnessed his mother's bloody face in the attack, wanted to know whether she would be well and in one piece in the Resurrection of the Dead at the End of Days.

Rachmani said the Dicksteins were a "wonderful family. Yosef was a native of Tel Aviv, and Hannah was from Bnei Brak. Most of the time they lived in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem. Yosef was, until two years ago, a rabbi at the Bnei Akiva yeshiva Nativ Meir in Jerusalem. For the last two years he was a rabbi at Jerusalem's Machon Hamikdash yeshiva."

During Hanukkah last year, the family moved to the house they built in the settlement of Psagot, outside Ramallah. "Especially because of the situation they felt the need to move and live in one of the settlements," Rachmani said. "They loved the Land of Israel, and would frequently take trips around the country."

May God bless their memory.


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

08/ 4  Shooting: Palestinian terrorist murders 2 and injures 17 Israelis   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian murderer has deliberately shot and killed two and injured 17 Israelis. In...

08/ 4  List of anti-Israeli US members of Congress   (3 - News)
The New York Times (www.nytimes.com) has published the list of the 23 anti-Israel members of Congress. It's the 23 members...

08/ 4  Massacre: Palestinian murderer kills 9 and wounds over 50 Israelis   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian genocide bomber has blown himself inside an Israeli bus, deliberately killing 7...

08/ 4  American Jihad: The Terrorists living among us   (9 - Announcements)
I have added a link in the books section to "American Jihad: the Terrorists living among us", by Stephen Emerson....

08/ 4  Hamas leaders should face trial in the US   (3 - News)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that many US politicans are calling for the extradiction of the Hamas leaders to the...

08/ 3  Palestinian terrorists shoot Israeli civilian point-blank in the head   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have murdered an Israeli who was working near the town of Tulkarm....

08/ 3  Clinton confirms Arafat rejected peace and chose terrorism   (3 - News)
Voice Of America (www.voanews.com) reports that former US president Bill Clinton has declared he would personally defend Israel if Iraqi...

08/ 2  France helps Hizbullah murder unarmed Israeli civilians   (4 - Opinion)
I have just sent an email to France's President, Jacques Chirac, strongly condemning France and the EU for refusing to...

08/ 1  Thousands of Palestinians celebrate the deliberate murder of unarmed civilians   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
Israel News (www.israelnn.com) reports that thousands of Palestinians celebrated yesterday's bombing of a cafeteria that killed 7 unarmed civilians and...

08/ 1  Many messages from mailing lists and forums are infected with viruses   (9 - Announcements)
The following message is not directly related to Israel or the Middle East, but I thought I'd post it to...

08/ 1  Many Palestinians admire murderers of children and babies   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
Many Palestinians and Arabs/Muslims have created a sick culture that honors suicide bombers, which they refer to as "martyrs". Yesterday's...

08/ 1  FactsOfIsrael.com traffic growing exponentially   (9 - Announcements)
Now that the month of July ended, I decided to check the logs and get some stats on how much...

07/31  Palestinian Leadership is stupid and vengeful - it currently will not achieve independence   (4 - Opinion)
Stefan Sharkansky (Shark Blog) has a great analysis of Palestinian stupidity and hate and how their deliberate murders of unarmed...

07/31  Palestinian Hamas murders 7 Israeli students and injures 86   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
Ha'aretz (www.haaretzdaily.com) reports that a bomb exploded in the cafeteria of the Jerusalem University killing 7 and wounding 86 students....

07/30  Two Israeli civilians murdered by Palestinian Terrorists   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Palestinian terrorists have deliberately murdered two Israeli civilians who were selling fuel in an...

07/30  Europe is now irrelevant   (4 - Opinion)
The National Review (www.nationalreview.com) has a good article that shows how the US and Europe disagree on many issues and...

07/30  Palestinian genocide bomber blows himself in Jerusalem   (2 - Palestinian Terrorism)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a Palestinian homicide bomber has blown himself in a civilian area in Jerusalem. Luckily...

07/30  Getting rid of Saddam Hussein would help the Israeli-Palestinian peace process   (4 - Opinion)
The Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com) published a good article that shows how getting rid of Saddam Hussein and his rejectionist...

07/29  Arafat chose terrorism and suicide bombings instead of peace   (4 - Opinion)
The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com) has a good article on how Israelis and Palestinians see the peace talks at Camp David...

07/29  Israel ready to retaliate if Iraq fires Scud Missiles   (3 - News)
Reuters AlertNet (www.alertnet.org) reports that Israel is ready to retaliate if Iraq chooses to fire Scud missiles targetting Israeli civilians....

07/29  New York Times censors article that criticizes the UN   (4 - Opinion)
The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) has a good article that shows how the New York Times modifed an article that criticized...

07/28  Fact 41: In 1948, the Arab Population of the West Bank and Gaza was 570,000   (8 - Newsletters)
The latest FactsOfIsrael.com newsletter has been sent. This week's fact is Fact 41: In 1948, the Arab Population of the...


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