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The hard-hitting views of an Australian living in Israel
Of course not, who the f*ck are Einat, Yael and Danny Haran? And why should she care? They were only colateral damage. Unless they were nazi pigs like most of you. Eat sh*t. Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.Can you imagine being so consumed by hatred that reading about how a young girl's skull was crushed by a terrorist elicits the above response? It is people like this that have taken the world hostage.
The number of dead and wounded in Monday night's bombing is still not final, according to the Egyptian-based Middle East News Agency, but they included "Mossad people" and a number of local Kurds, who were reported as collaborating with the Israeli agents.How convenient that all evidence of the Mossad was removed by Kurdish collaborators and US soldiers before any of these claims could be verified. Sounds to me like the Muslims are having a very hard time coming to terms with the fact that their own people are killing Iraqi innocents. In times like these, why not invoke the golden rule: Blame the Jews. Sure beats having to face reality.
The injured were rushed to a nearby American military base in Kirkouk and some were transferred to a hospital in Mous'ul. Local Kurds and American soldiers rushed to the building immediately after the explosion and attempted to hide anything that may reveal the "true" nature of the so-called Mossad office, MENA reported.
This story sounds like hogwash.Thank you Harry. My faith in "His Airness" is restored. I jumped to that erroneous conclusion about him quicker than he ever jumped to the basket.
This quote from the ADL is absurd:
Myrna Shinbaum, public relations director for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, said that Jordan was "obviously anti-Semitic" and vowed that any celebrity who came out in support of the Palestinian cause would be "utterly closed off from public life forever."
A search on ADL's site proves it:
Michael Jordan Target of Bogus Internet Report
Posted: October 3, 2002
A recent "news item" posted on several Web sites and circulated via e-mail alleges that basketball legend Michael Jordan was recently criticized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and others for wearing a black armband to show solidarity with the Palestinians. The report reads as if it were a news story, yet has no validity or truth whatsoever. The quotes attributed to an ADL spokesperson are fabricated.
One version of the e-mail, which has been posted on a Muslim listserve, was altered to give it the appearance of having been distributed from The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), a national civil rights organization. This is simply not true. On its Web site, the ADC indicates that their organization has recently been the target of malicious e-mail attacks, where hackers posing as legitimate ADC e-mail users have sent out thousands of forged messages.
The Palestinian deputy minister for foreign affairs, 'Adli 'Sadiq, wrote an item for the Palestinian daily Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida on Monday criticizing the fact that all the Arab television shows and serials made for the holy month of Rama’dan are of a low artistic standard and do not deal with important current affairs.And speaking of PLO Arab television, I let my imagination run wild and created this list of possible television shows:
Such shows, in his opinion should dwell on issues such as the "Zionist criminal aggression, the failure of financial development, democracy, human rights or issues of violence and extremism."
However, the author points out one show, the anti-Semitic Syrian production "The Diaspora", which he claims is of high quality and says that more productions like it should be made.
For 54 minutes, viewers are gripped by the harrowing stories retold by survivors of the massacre. Without the use of a narrator, the film pieces together the events of the massacre through the survivors' stories.Their motto should be: Don't let truth get in the way of a good lie.
In southern Gaza Strip, Palestinians shot and injured member of crew working on Morag security fence. He was evacuated to hospital under fire. IDF patrol opened fire on grouped of armed Palestinians stealing into Israeli Nahal Besor village cluster opposite Gaza Strip. Two intruders hit.My wife informs me that my brother-in-law was involved with that patrol. Way to go Matt! Thanks for defending all of us and please stay safe.
Greek composer and cultural icon Mikis Theodorakis has jumped on the anti-Semitism bandwagon, unleashing the following vicious tirade against the Jews:
"We, the Greeks, did not turn aggressive like them because we have more history. They only have Abraham and Jacob, who were shadows, while we have Pericles. Imagine what would happen in Greece if we were as aggressive as the Jews...Today it is possible to say that this small nation is the root of evil. It is full of self-importance and evil stubbornness."But we shouldn't be surprised. His website contains statements like these:
"This moment I see, as does everyone who lives and breathes, the biblical destruction of Baghdad. Amid the flames that engulf the martyr city, I see the image of the USA as a civilized country being annihilated within me. I see Bush standing shoulder to shoulder with Genghis Khan, Attila and Hitler. I view Americans responsible as detestable, ruthless, cowardly murderers of entire peoples. From this moment on and forever after I will view as my enemy anyone who has anything to do with these barbarians for any reason. The hatred of simple people from the entire world must rise like a great wave to drown them in shame."
"And what relations can we, the Greeks, have with those who murder women and children in cold blood, knowing that this is being done, firstly, to let America's leaders share the petrol supplies between them, and secondly, to turn Iraq into an American protectorate that will control by force of arms the whole Middle East."How do you say "Go to hell" in Greek?
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan, who recently announced that he will return for a second season with the Washington Wizards, has decided to display solidarity with a variety of causes by wearing a black armband during games.Is this news to anyone else? I guess a major reason I was not aware of this is the fact that it doesn't seem to be a story that was carried by the main news outlets. Type Michael Jordan+Palestinian into Google and see what I am talking about.
After discussing his new season with the Wizards at a press conference, Jordan was asked about the significance of the black armband he had been spotted wearing.
"It's in the tradition of silent but visible protest," Jordan said, "like the Tinker kids, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos." Jordan was referring to the famous Tinker v. Des Moines free-speech case in which two high school students won the right to wear black armbands in school as a protest against the Vietnam war, as well as the two Black U.S. athletes who gave the Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics.
When pressed by reporters to explain what the armband represented, Jordan continued: "Well, a variety of things, actually. Number one, I'd like to express some solidarity with the people protesting against the IMF and World Bank. I mean, read the stories in the paper-they all talk about what the protesters are doing, and not why they're protesting. So I thought I could draw some attention to that."
Jordan went on to say that he supported the Palestinian struggle and was firmly against what he called "U.S. imperialist antics" in the Middle East." What are we doing there? Come on, y'all. Oil. Oil, and old scores to settle. That's it!" Jordan said.
Three Jerusalem Arabs with ties to Hamas who planned to carry out a mass poisoning at a prominent Jerusalem cafe were sentenced Tuesday to five to ten years in prison by the Jerusalem District court.I used to eat at cafe Rimon all of the time. I especially liked the mushroom blintzes, and would sometimes order coffee there as well. The irony is that I once became violently ill after eating there, and at the time believed it to be food poisoning. Had I been poisoned by one of the Arab chefs? Perhaps not, given that the article makes clear that they never went through with their plans. Not to mention the fact that had I actually been deliberately poisoned, I may not be here to write about it. But the point is that just by living here and going about your daily life, you are at risk. That thought occasionally freaks me out, but I try not to think about it.
The three men, whose arrests last September foiled their plans to poison Jewish diners at the city's Cafe Rimon, had confessed to the charges against them, with two of the three previously reaching a plea bargain with the prosecution.
According to the sentencing handed down in court, Othman Kiania, 23, from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, who had worked for the past three years as an assistant chef at the restaurant was sentenced to five years in prison, Moussa Nasser, 23, of Jerusalem's Old City, was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail, and Sufian Abdo, 24, of the Jerusalem Arab village of Jebl Mukaber, considered the group's ringleader, was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The three were previously convicted in the same court on reduced charges of supporting and belonging to terror organizations, supporting an enemy during wartime, and conspiracy to commit a crime for planning to lace pitchers of drinks with lethal quantities of a muscle relaxant.
The suspects told police the poison they intended to use on Cafe Rimon patrons has no taste or smell, and takes effect 15 hours after being ingested. It produces symptoms similar to a heart attack, they said.
As they planned the attack, Kiania recommended the group make trial experiments with the poison on cats, to determine its effectiveness.
After buying the drug at a pharmacy but then failing to produce the desired effects, the three conspired to carry out a suicide bombing, but did not receive approval from their Hamas operators. They were then arrested before they were able to carry out the attack.
Avraham Feld, a resident of Jerusalem, told Arutz-7 of a disturbing scene he witnessed soon after a bombing near the Cafe: "Last year, after the explosion that tore apart part of Lunz St. and Ben-Yehuda St. [and killed 11 young people], I arrived shortly afterwards at the Rimon Cafe. One of the things that overwhelmed me was the site of the kitchen staff of the Cafe Rimon in a state of joyous celebration - patting each other on the back, jumping up and down, singing songs in Arabic - it was like at the end of a soccer match when your team wins. They were marching and striding back and forth, so full of energy - it was amazing to me."Or this.
Being a non-Jew, or Gentile, I have been making some observations lately over the past few months, and have observed something terribly odd.
I go into the news groups in Yahoo!, and all I see are Jews being blamed for nearly everything that is wrong on the planet. Jews are being accused of running the media and telling us only what they want to hear. Jews are being blamed of the situation over in the Middle East, even though Israel takes up only 0.01% of the total land mass of the Middle East. Jews are being blamed for just about everything - and it is getting worse.
Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most liberal leftist town in the state. Thanks to the University of Virginia population, with its pious, overbearing professors and staff that feel they are smarter than thou, it's common to see Birkenstock-wearing, Howard-Dean-for-President-bumber-sticker-toting, Volvo-station-wagon-driving, self-righteous, Berkeley-ite, hippie leftists and their larger-than-normal lesbian population take up the majority of the population of this seedy and extremely snobby liberal town, and more so, it's common to find them shopping in places like Foods of All Nations or Whole Foods, looking for their tofu, strange looking vegetables that I wouldn't even allow my cat to eat, bobbles and bangles, and their precious rice cakes.
Welcome to my little part of the world, where nearly all of them are in this form, and nearly all of them have nothing nice to say about Israel or Jews in general. I come out against those who criticize Jewry - some of them even claim the Holocaust never happened - but let the historical facts speak the truth.
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, is quoted as saying, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." This is what is happening, and it's odd to see that the liberal Left and America's ignorant are the "sheep" who are falling for this sudden torrent of anti-Semitism that is sweeping the country en masse. Sadly, they, in turn, become anti-Semitic themselves, because they feel that this is the way to go.
Being anti-Semitic is just about as cool as being a lesbian.
If we were to take an analytical study of the US population who are falling for the lies about Jews, we'd come to find that most of them are lacking an important part of their education, which is called geography, basic social studies, and the knowledge of countries and what they provide to the world. It's sad to see someone posting something anti-Semitic in the Yahoo! news boards when they probably couldn't even find Israel on a world map - even one that is labeled. It's sad to realize that a lot of them are college graduates, while the rest of them are sons of redneck farmers, who lack the moral fortitude to even know how to construct a basic sentence, or who have never been on board a plane to go somewhere and learn about that place.
It's sad to read something written by a certain Stalinist and anti-Semitic Charlotte Kates, the organizer of Rutger University's pro-terrorist Hate Fest - claiming that Israel is an apartheid state - when she herself has probably never even been to the Middle East to obtain firsthand view of what Israel is really like. It's shameful and disgusting to know that someone of her caliber could ever write something so inciteful against a people who have never done anything wrong or brought any personal harm to her. It is bitterly sad that Charlotte Kates is probably just as ignorant as one of those who most likely couldn't even find Israel on the map.
And this is why we have to come together as a nation to begin questioning the authenticity or validity of the education of these anti-Semitic college-degree-toting people who make up the college graduates of America. Their hateful comments are irresponsible, because thousands of people will read what Charlotte Kates wrote about Israel and might automatically deduct that this is the truth, just because it was written by an "educated" pundit.
And that brings me to another point. The gullibility factor of the common American is extremely high, and I blame that on a serious lack of education or the will to learn something new.
In conclusion, it's the ignorant and uneducated who are spreading inciteful words about Jews and Israel. It angers me to hear a college graduate come out against Jewry, for they know nothing of what they are talking about, let alone most likely haven't even been abroad.
I therefore question each and every anti-Semitic college graduate in America today: Have you even been to Israel to see what it is like? Why comment on something that you know nothing about? If you're not in the know about Jews or Israel, then steer clear of making inciteful and hateful comments, for your hateful comments are about as worthless as the college degree that you hang so proudly on your wall.
Just the other day, my Jewish friend asked me why is it that people hate Jews so much? For now, all I can say is that it is the majorly ignorant who are doing this. We need to include the self-proclaimed "educated" in this mass of ignorant and uneducated people who hate Jews and Israel. They so badly need to go back to school. This time, they need to stay awake.
"You would have to note that it was only (lately) that Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda leadership could even find it in themselves to mention the word Palestinian. So I reject the notion that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, overwhelmingly important as it is, would stop the terrorism that has been directed against the United States, Western interests and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia."- US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage speaking to reporters after talks in Cairo with Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa.
"Any Jews working here?" I asked, and was told that if I wanted to apply, and spoke Arabic, and was interested in quality journalism, I would be welcome.If Faine had done his research before this embarassing piece of "journalism", he may have uncovered the Al-Crapeeza that we know and loathe. The Al-Crapeeza that constantly demonizes the US, Israel and the Jews, while labelling terrorists as "resistance fighters"
AL-JAZEERA CORRESPONDENT SATTAR KARIN ADMITTED THAT HIS OFFICE IN THE MAHMOUDIYA, BABIL PROVINCE OF IRAQ HAS BEEN USED TO COORDINATE ATTACKS AGAINST COALITION FORCES. TWO SYRIAN NATIONALS WERE ALSO INVOLVED. (AL-SABAH, IRAQ, 11/9/03)
Peace prizes are getting sillier every day. It used to be there was a fairly simple path to obtaining a Nobel Peace Prize, which involved murdering as many people as possible and then promising to stop. With some awareness of the absurdity of this, the Nobel committee in Norway, which awards the prize, began to share the award between the leaders of two sides involved in a conflict who promised to make peace.
Thus 30 years ago the prize was awarded jointly to Henry Kissinger of the United States and Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam for their joint efforts at making peace in Vietnam. While I am unconvinced by the case made by the journalist Christopher Hitchens who claims Kissinger should be tried as a war criminal, he did not have clean hands. Nor did Le, certainly a murderer. At least he was honest enough to decline - he knew perfectly well he would continue to wage war. So should the Nobel committee have known.
There have been worthy recipients, but given the overall record of the committee and of all other bodies which purport to award such prizes, these are but happy accidents. In general, the Nobel Peace Prize is comparable in its recipients to the Stalin Prize, happily no longer awarded. But both tended to go to dictators, enemies of democracy or apologists for both.
The fuss about the award of the so-called Sydney Peace Prize to Hanan Ashrawi, a polished propagandist from Palestine, was a storm in a teacup. It had its nasty aspects, like the pretence that powerful and mysterious Jewish influences were involved, rather than some ill-considered protests from sections of the local Jewish community (who knew something about Ashrawi's history). This was yet another manifestation of the anti-Semitic strain which lies just below the surface of those who regard themselves as "progressive".
They prefer to applaud Arab extremists who want to murder Jews, and fail to distinguish between deliberate terrorist attacks on innocent people on the one hand, and retaliatory action against the terrorists who hide among the innocent on their own side, thus using them cynically as innocent victims, on the other.
But it would have been better to ignore the whole thing. The Sydney Peace Foundation (SPF) is a body of no significance which has managed to con a number of businesses and the city council into providing funds with which to pursue its naive leftist agenda. It has involved a number of people who would not normally be considered leftist, but this is always the way of the kind of united-front bodies which talk airily about peace and love while practising neither.
The history of the various peace congresses which were held during the Cold War should be instructive - but, as has been said, the thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history.
The nature of the Sydney mob, led by a retired Sydney University professor of social work, was obvious long before it seized upon Ashrawi. Her predecessor was former Irish president Mary Robinson, who was notably unsuccessful in persuading any of the dictatorships in the UN to pay any attention to human rights when she was head of the UN Human Rights Commission. Before her was Sir William Deane, hero of the anti-Howard brigade, who contributed nothing to peace that anyone could name. Enough said.
It is clear what the politics of the SPF are. They are about claiming the moral high ground for the left, while making excuses for terrorists and warmongers so long as they can be said somehow to be fighting for national independence or against the vestiges of colonialism.
The SPF is not alone in providing monetary rewards for propaganda in Australia. There's also the UN media peace awards, awarded not by the UN but by the UN Association of Australia, with much the same agenda as the SPF. The truth is that all these prizes are a joke, and should be treated as such. And why on earth does any democratic organisation or public company fund them?
The Supreme Court ruled this morning, unanimously, that the film "Jenin, Jenin" - which contains "testimony" by Arab residents of Jenin regarding alleged Israeli atrocities - may be screened in Israel. The Court thus overruled a decision by the Censorship Council, and stated that the original decision to restrict the movie's screening overly limited the right to freedom of expression. The Censor must pay 15,000 shekels in court costs to the film's director Muhammad Bakri.Can you imagine if someone wanted to screen an anti-Muslim movie in any of the Arab states? The only ruling involved may be one involving the issuing of a fatwa.
Education Minister Limor Livnat said several months ago that the movie, which portrays the Operation Defensive Shield warfare in Jenin of Spring 2002 as if it were an Israeli massacre of innocent Arabs, is a "severe blow to the memory of the fighters who fell." Investigative bodies that looked into the warfare, including the United Nations, stated conclusively that nothing approaching a massacre took place there.
Justice Dalia Dorner said, "The decision to censor the film simply promoted it, and even if the film deeply offends the public, this does not justify restricting its screening." The fact that the movie contains lies, ruled the judges, does not mean that the Censor can ban it.
Al Qaeda's targeting of Muhaya and its Arab population at first puzzled Saudi and foreign counter-terror authorities - until it was realized that many of the casualties were Lebanese Christians and the assailants Lebanese Muslims. The terrorist network had very pointedly opted to sow death inside a focus of Christian habitation in the Muslim kingdom on the Muslim feast of Ramadan.That makes sense. But why during Ramadan?
..one of the heads of the authoritative Al Azhar university of Cairo issued a new fatwa stating that those fighting the holy war, the jihad, are permitted to break the sacred fast of Ramadan and eat during the day. This edict sanctifies Islamic suicide terrorism and raises it to a degree of holiness above that of Ramadan.Debka also reveals the orgins of the perpetrators:
Pointers to a Lebanese hit-team accumulated in the hands of Saudi intelligence and American counter-terror agencies in the Middle East 48 hours before the suicide bombers struck the Riyadh compound. The group was reported to be made up of al Qaeda operatives, Lebanese nationals and their Palestinian recruits.I always find it interesting when the Left claim that the PLO Arabs are merely resisting occupation by Israel. My contention is, and always has been, that the PLO Arabs oppose Israel's existence or more accurately the existence of a Jewish state. The fact that these PLO Arabs are fighting with al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia (not to mention Iraq and other countries) reinforces my view. How? Well, you have to ask yourselves what connection is there between perpetrating a bombing in Saudi Arabia and resisting occu[ation in "Palestine." None of course. Now ask yourselves what connection is there between the Saudi bombing and trying to eliminate the Jewish state? Answer: They are both part of a global terror campaign waged against non-Muslims in a bid to impose Islam on the countries of the world. As Debka itself mentions:
The same mind-set is behind the terror alert declared in Sudan Monday, November 10. Here, the Al Qaeda poses a threat not only to US diplomatic missions but to the peace talks between the Muslim government and the Christian rebels of the south. Notices appearing of late on al Qaeda-linked Websites call specifically for all possible action to abort Sudan's conversion from "an Arab-Muslim state to a country ruled by Christians."George Bush and Tony Blair have tried to distance themselves from the view that what we are currently seeing in the world is a "clash of civilizations." But in my opinion, that is exactly what we are seeing.
Israel is extremely disturbed by the effective teaming up of Lebanon-based al Qaeda operatives with local cells in Saudi Arabia for suicide strikes against non-Muslim targets in the Middle East. Bin Laden's banner declares war "Crusaders (Christians) and Jews."
Arab League: Condemned "these criminal terrorist acts which aim only at shaking the stability, planning evil, scaring and killing innocent people with disregard to any religion or belief and without any respect to the holy month of Ramadan."And to think that if the attack had occurred a few countries over, these same countries and organizations would either be endorsing it through their silence, or hailing it as a "resistance operation."
Gulf Cooperation Council: Condemned "the cowardly act that targeted innocent civilian lives...members states of the GCC reject terrorist acts in all their forms and origins."
Iran: "Killing of innocent women and children in the fasting month of Ramadan runs counter to the Islamic values and the human ethics...The secretary-general expresses full support of the Arab League to the people and the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its efforts to combat this evil terrorism which is only based on ill and wrong ideas that have no connection with the true beliefs of the real Islamic religion."
Yemen: Condemned the "criminal attacks" as "inhumane" and against Islamic values.
Pakistan: "These attacks show that no country in the world is safe from the dark designs of terrorism...Pakistan underlines the need for continued fight against terrorism until this menace is eliminated."
"Of course they are terrorists," said Samer, manager of a Damascus electronics shop. "They were targeting residents, Arabs and Muslims."
"This US administration is unreliable and unrealistic and does not deal with the Arabs and their aspirations with the minimum level of respect..this requires a unified Arab position to mobilize all energies and capabilities to face the American aggression..The American Administration is a right-wing fascist administration, the Zionist right controls it and it's maneuvered by a group of right-wing fascists who are repelled by the word 'Arab'; this revulsion and fright runs from Dick Cheney to Wolfowitz."- Jibril Rajoub, showing PLO Arab love for America.
"Existence of Israel contrary to Iranian interests"Yep, that little ol' atomic energy program in Iran is for "civil" purposes....
The mere existence of Israel is contrary to Tehrans national interests, press reports said Monday, quoting former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, now a top advisor to Iran's supreme leader.
Abu Abbas, the former head of a Palestinian terrorist group who was captured in Iraq on April 15, is infamous for masterminding the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. But there are probably few who remember why Abbas's terrorists held the ship and its 400-plus passengers hostage for two days. It was to gain the release of a Lebanese terrorist named Samir Kuntar, who is locked up in an Israeli prison for life. Kuntar's name is all but unknown to the world. But I know it well. Because almost a quarter of a century ago, Kuntar murdered my family.And now Hezbollah is threatening no prisoner-exchange deal without Kuntar's release. I doubt the Israeli government will be willing to set him free; I certainly hope not.
It was a murder of unimaginable cruelty, crueler even than the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, the American tourist who was shot on the Achille Lauro and dumped overboard in his wheelchair. Kuntar's mission against my family, which never made world headlines, was also masterminded by Abu Abbas. And my wish now is that this terrorist leader should be prosecuted in the United States, so that the world may know of all his terrorist acts, not the least of which is what he did to my family on April 22, 1979.
It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband, Danny, and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Nahariya, a city on the northern coast of Israel, about six miles south of the Lebanese border. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists, sent by Abu Abbas from Lebanon, landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away. Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us as the terrorists burst into our building. They had already killed a police officer. As they charged up to the floor above ours, I opened the door to our apartment. In the moment before the hall light went off, they turned and saw me. As they moved on, our neighbor from the upper floor came running down the stairs. I grabbed her and pushed her inside our apartment and slammed the door.
Outside, we could hear the men storming about. Desperately, we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbor climb into a crawl space above our bedroom; I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out the front door to take refuge in an underground shelter when the terrorists came crashing into our flat. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael, knowing there were more people in the apartment. I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space and we would be killed. So I kept my hand over her mouth, hoping she could breathe. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. "This is just like what happened to my mother," I thought.
As police began to arrive, the terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl's skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar.
By the time we were rescued from the crawl space, hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives, I had smothered her.
The next day, Abu Abbas announced from Beirut that the terrorist attack in Nahariya had been carried out "to protest the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty" at Camp David the previous year. Abbas seems to have a gift for charming journalists, but imagine the character of a man who protests an act of peace by committing an act of slaughter.
Two of Abbas's terrorists had been killed by police on the beach. The other two were captured, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Despite my protests, one was released in a prisoner exchange for Israeli POWs several months before the Achille Lauro hijacking. Abu Abbas was determined to find a way to free Kuntar as well. So he engineered the hijacking of the Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt and demanded the release of 50 Arab terrorists from Israeli jails. The only one of those prisoners actually named was Samir Kuntar. The plight of hundreds held hostage on a cruise ship for two days at sea lent itself to massive international media coverage. The attack on Nahariya, by contrast, had taken less than an hour in the middle of the night. So what happened then was hardly noticed outside of Israel.
One hears the terrorists and their excusers say that they are driven to kill out of desperation. But there is always a choice. Even when you have suffered, you can choose whether to kill and ruin another's life, or whether to go on and rebuild. Even after my family was murdered, I never dreamed of taking revenge on any Arab.
But I am determined that Samir Kuntar should never be released from prison. In 1984, I had to fight my own government not to release him as part of an exchange for several Israeli soldiers who were POWs in Lebanon. I understood, of course, that the families of those POWs would gladly have agreed to the release of an Arab terrorist to get their sons back. But I told Yitzhak Rabin, then defense minister, that the blood of my family was as red as that of the POWs. Israel had always taken a position of refusing to negotiate with terrorists. If they were going to make an exception, let it be for a terrorist who was not as cruel as Kuntar. "Your job is not to be emotional," I told Rabin, "but to act rationally." And he did.
So Kuntar remains in prison. I have been shocked to learn that he has married an Israeli Arab woman who is an activist on behalf of terrorist prisoners. As the wife of a prisoner, she gets a monthly stipend from the government. I'm not too happy about that.
In recent years, Abu Abbas started telling journalists that he had renounced terrorism and that killing Leon Klinghoffer had been a mistake. But he has never said that killing my family was a mistake. He was a terrorist once, and a terrorist, I believe, he remains. Why else did he spend these last years, as the Israeli press has reported, free as a bird in Baghdad, passing rewards of $25,000 from Saddam Hussein to families of Palestinian suicide bombers? More than words, that kind of cash prize, which is a fortune to poor families, was a way of urging more suicide bombers. The fortunate thing about Abbas's attaching himself to Hussein is that it set him up for capture.
Some say that Italy should have first crack at Abbas. It had already convicted him of the Achille Lauro hijacking in absentia in 1986. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi now wants Abbas handed over so that he can begin serving his life sentence. But it's also true that in 1985, the Italians had Abbas in their hands after U.S. fighter jets forced his plane to land in Sicily. And yet they let him go. So while I trust Berlusconi, who knows if a future Italian government might not again wash its hands of Abbas?
In 1995, Rabin, then our prime minister, asked me to join him on his trip to the White House, where he was to sign a peace agreement with Yasser Arafat, which I supported. I believe that he wanted me to represent all Israeli victims of terrorism. Rabin dreaded shaking hands with Arafat, knowing that those hands were bloody. At first, I agreed to make the trip, but at the last minute, I declined. As prime minister, Rabin had to shake hands with Arafat for political reasons. As a private person, I did not. So I stayed here.
Now I am ready and willing to come to the United States to testify against Abu Abbas if he is tried for terrorism. The daughters of Leon Klinghoffer have said they are ready to do the same. Unlike Klinghoffer, Danny, Einat and Yael were not American citizens. But Klinghoffer was killed on an Italian ship in Abbas's attempt to free the killer of my family in Israel. We are all connected by the international web of terrorism woven by Abbas. Let the truth come out in a new and public trial. And let it be in the United States, the leader in the struggle against terrorism.
When asked about anti-Semitism in Europe, Soros, who is Jewish, said European anti-Semitism is the result of the policies of Israel and the United States.Soros, who has himself been the subject of anti-Semitic comments by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahitler, also conceded that he is partly to blame for anti-Semitism!
"There is a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The policies of the Bush administration and the Sharon administration contribute to that," Soros said. "It's not specifically anti-Semitism, but it does manifest itself in anti-Semitism as well. I'm critical of those policies."
"If we change that direction, then anti-Semitism also will diminish," he said. "I can't see how one could confront it directly."
"I'm also very concerned about my own role because the new anti-Semitism holds that the Jews rule the world," said Soros, whose projects and funding have influenced governments and promoted various political causes around the world.These comments reveal that Soros, who hardly ever gives charity to Jewish organizations, is ashamed of being Jewish. Given that he survived the Holocaust, I would have thought that his views on the roots of anti-Semitism would be more sophisticated than placing the blame at Israel's feet. Furthermore, he displays a certain level of ignorance when he decries the "new anti-Semitism" that "holds that the Jews rule the world." There is nothing knew about this.
"As an unintended consequence of my actions," he said, "I also contribute to that image."
The most apparent Zionist hint in the movie, according to the article, is the city of Zion - the city which Morpheus, a 'goodie,' strives to reach. "This is the last city for humanity…the one place left for us on Earth," says Morpheus, played by renowned actor Lawrence Fishburne. The article claims Zion is in fact Mount Zion - the Temple Mount, the Jewish people, the Temple of God.I suppose that is why he is called Neo to begin with; short for "neoconservative".
The character of the Chosen One - Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, resembles the religious Messiah, according to the article.
Hamas says Hollywood film-makers generally reflect the political mood of the United States. "Hollywood films are now turning to the extreme right, and are orchestrated by Messianic-Zionist circles in Washington."
"Zion represents the Promised Land, Morpheus represents John the Baptist, Neo is the Messiah and Nebuchadnezzar [Morpheus’s vehicle] is made by the United States," the magazine says.
"I was amazed at the degree of, not just negative response, but a certain degree of hatred, which I don't find even with my discussion with Israelis," she said.Apparently, criticizing her selection reflects hatred, rather than a legitimate, well informed opinion. Here are some reasons why I am personally against her selection as the recipient of a "peace" prize:
"I felt that the further away people are from the situation and the conflict the more licence they give themselves to distort and to interfere negatively. I don't know why feelings are so high here."
"The so-called generous offer of Barak has been exposed for the sham that it is an occupiers version of whats good for the natives, based only on whats good for Israel, thus ensuring further conflict and instability rather than cementing a fair and durable solution. Having been historically the victims of war and conflict, we found ourselves the victims of a flawed and unjust peace process."
Gordon Young and his wife Bev were planning to spend their recent $800,000 Tattslotto jackpot win on a dream tour around Australia when they were struck and killed by a car during an afternoon walk on Tuesday.Meanwhile, here in Israel, there is no bad luck involved with this mishap - just gross negligence.
The death of the recently retired couple from near Leongatha, both in their early 60s, stunned Mr Young's older brother Eric.
Another brother, Keith, died from diabetes after sharing a $1 million Tattslotto win about seven years ago.
"It's really a freak coincidence that Bev and Gordon died after winning the money, especially as Keith died a few years after winning $200,000," Mr Young told AAP.
"I will never buy a Tattslotto ticket again because that's now two brothers who have died and I don't want to be next."
"I don't mind the Hollywood caste system. I know the tenuous position I'm in on the entertainment food chain. I don't get invited to A-list affairs. Me? I'm listless," he says. "If anything, it hardens my resolve to say, 'Ah, you're wrong. I'm going to show you by doing this or that or the other."I hope the ADL do not give him a hard time about this comment, which is clearly not anti-Semitic. Hamill is disappointed with Hollywood snobbery, and criticizes Hollywood players, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. He was probably not even thinking in terms of "Jewish" and "non-Jewish", but merely in terms of the types of events from which his children are excluded. And you can bet there are plenty of bat mitzvahs!
"But when you do it to my children, that makes me go berserk. And she started being excluded from this one's birthday party or that one's bat mitzvah because I'm not A-list. It really burns my hide when it comes through because they're not in show business - I am."
"I am not pro-Palestinian, nor pro-Israeli, nor pro-anything. I am only pro-God...There is only one viable solution in every conflict between human beings: discussion and mutual concessions."But as Arutz Sheva mentions, this is far from the truth.
In the past, Irineos has offered to grant church-owned lands in Jerusalem to the PA. The church's large holdings include such properties as those on which stand the Knesset, the Prime Minister's Home and the President's Residence. Irineos has also written blatantly anti-Semitic remarks. On July 17, 2001, he wrote, "You [Arafat] are aware of the sentiments of disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulchre fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord... actual crucifiers of your people, Sionists [sic] Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine."It is bad enough having PLO Arabs hide weapons in baby strollers and under baby cribs, as well as in ambulances and hospitals. Now they have men of cloth helping them in their efforts to murder as well.
"There are ways to get out of the deadlock, and I am actually quite optimistic," Kissinger said in an interview with Israel Radio.You mean like acknowledging Israel's existence and ceasing all attempts to wipe us off the face of the earth? Simple!
"Some positions will have to be changed, especially on the Arab side, about the survival of Israel, but I think that we are at a phase where progress will be made."
"Jews are the new Nazis" reads the perfectly stencilled graffiti appearing on walls across Sydney in recent months.The message of the op-ed is clear - zionist members of the Jewish community are trying to inhibit free speech by intimidating "moderate" critics of Israel, who are invariably leftist, anti-Zionist groups such as Jews Against the Occupation. In other words, a moderate is someone who opposes the existence of the state of Israel, while believing in Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people renders you an extremist against free speech.
Colin Rubenstein's response to such an offensive message is surprisingly mild. "That's rather worrying, isn't it," says the Melbourne-based executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council who has led the charge against the decision to award the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize to Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi.
This is the sixth annual peace prize awarded by the Sydney Peace Foundation at the University of Sydney. Previous recipients include former UN commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Timorese leader Xanana Gusmao. But with the exception of a few media queries about Gusmao's time as a guerilla, no one took much notice, says foundation director Stuart Rees.
The selection of Ashrawi changed that when representatives of the Jewish community declared her unworthy. And the controversy has remained in the headlines since Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull told Rees that the City Council, a sometime sponsor of the peace prize, would boycott the presentation and the lecture given by Ashrawi - a backflip some cynics related to the fact that Turnbull's husband, Malcolm, is seeking preselection for the seat of Wentworth in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
In the NSW parliament, after discussing it with Rubenstein, whom he says he talks to all the time, Liberal member for Vaucluse Peter Debnam asked Premier Bob Carr not to present the prize to Ashrawi.
Taking the principled stand, conveniently also the politically astute one, Carr has refused to buckle. "That section of the Jewish community that has chosen to campaign has to think: 'Are these the best tactics?'" he says.
Now even community leaders who appealed to Carr not to present the prize appear to be repositioning themselves. "The actions taken by some members of the community have blown up in the community's face," says barrister Stephen Rothman SC, president of the Jewish Board of Deputies and a moderate. "The approaches that have caused the fuss have predominantly come out of Melbourne."
Walter Secord, a spokesman for Carr, is more specific. "The international petition against awarding the peace prize originated in Jerusalem. But the second signature on it is from Dr Colin Rubenstein, of Melbourne."
Rubenstein denies his tactics have backfired. "The tactics are simply to expose Dr Hanan Ashrawi," he says. "This notion that there's a division in the community is frankly scaremongering."
Others point to divisions that run along party lines. While the past three presidents of the board of deputies have been identified with the Labor Party, the Melbourne-based AIJAC, a private think-tank, is identified with the Liberal Party.
Online magazine crikey.com.au reveals that after federal Health Minister Tony Abbott gave a speech at the annual general meeting of the State Zionist Council last week, he joked about the fact that Rubenstein had vetted it, saying: "Did I get anything wrong? Colin, you better correct it so I get the script right."
Abbott told The Australian that he "asked Colin to have a look at the speech on the Middle East because he's an expert in a way I'm not".
Whatever Rubenstein's influence, however, some suggest that he and his fellow hardliners have overplayed their hand.
"It would have been a one-day wonder," says former federal Labor minister Barry Cohen. Although opposed to giving Ashrawi the peace prize, Cohen has no doubt that the furore about it has been damaging, creating an "opportunity for all the Israel-haters to come out of the woodwork".
The whole thing "has spun out of control", agrees Vic Alhadeff, editor of the Australian Jewish News. "The Jewish community has become the focus of this issue rather than whether or not Dr Ashrawi is a worthy recipient. It looks like the Jewish community is anti-free speech when the reverse is true."
Australia's 84,000 Jews make up about 0.5 per cent of the population, or less than one-third of the number of those of Arabic-speaking descent. Only one or two electorates in Australia can be swayed by the Jewish vote. So why do a handful of representatives of a tiny section of the population have so much political influence? To answer money, or political donations, often gets you labelled as anti-Semitic.
Indeed, after a couple of federal Labor backbenchers criticised the Israeli Government, Opposition Leader Simon Crean hastened to reassure the Jewish community that he was a staunch supporter of Israel.
The pressure to toe the party line is even stronger within the Jewish community because it feels perpetually besieged. Some relate this to the high proportion of Holocaust survivors among Australian Jews. In reality, a small, unrepresentative group of hardliners from AIJAC and the Zionist organisations have hijacked most debates, outflanking the moderates and positioning themselves as the voice of the Jewish community in Australia. Dissenters are often stifled.
"We are very quickly disowned by the community if we speak out," says union organiser Angela Budai of Jews Against the Occupation. "If we don't support everything the Israeli Government does, we're labelled as self-hating Jews or anti-Semites."
The issue of the right of the worldwide Diaspora to dissent from the official line blew up several months ago when Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, wrote to US President George W. Bush asking him to put pressure on Israel over the construction of the so-called security fence - the 8m-high steel and concrete wall enclosing Gaza and the West Bank. Its construction involves a de facto annexation of tens of thousands of hectares of Palestinian land, and The Guardian Weekly reveals that the Israeli military ordered thousands of Palestinians living near the wall to obtain special permits to stay in their homes. Nonetheless, Bronfman was quickly attacked by his own deputy Isi Liebler, formerly of Melbourne, whose brother Mark is a principal of AIJAC.
In this instance, the cudgels were taken up by the Zionist Federation of Australia, which claimed there was a "longstanding understanding within the Jewish community (that) responsible leaders in the Diaspora" did not comment on Israeli security issues.
Those who do so may be subject to a frenzy of emails, letters and phone calls. This brutalising use of free speech to inhibit free speech is a tactic perfected by the Christian Right in the US.
Sources in the Jewish community say this electronic barrage comes from individuals apparently inspired by the Zionist organisations.
Bombarded with messages after she called Israel a rogue state - a remark she says she now regrets - federal Labor backbencher Tanya Plibersek recently launched a book about Israeli politics with the initial declaration that she opposed suicide bombings, believed in Israel's right to exist and deplored racism. "It seems bizarre to have to say this," she says. "For me, it's like starting a speech: 'I must just put on the record that I am not a pedophile (or) a swindler.' But I have found, to my dismay, that anyone who criticises Israel is labelled either anti-Semitic or an apologist for suicide bombers."
Says the Sydney Peace Foundation's Rees: "(However many times) I try to explain why we made the award to Ashrawi, our critics come back with the same questions: Am I an apologist for Palestine? Am I against the Jewish community? I've taken stands on issues before and got some static, but not this onslaught, bullying and intimidation."
A hate-filled Hamas magazine glorifying suicide bombing is being openly peddled on the Edgware Road and being distributed worldwide from London, TJ can reveal.But unlike the Australian government, perhaps Britons see Hamas as capable of eliminating the biggest threat to world peace?
The publication, Filisteen Almuslima - Muslim Palestine - which can be obtained from an NW2 PO box, regularly carries full -page posters commemorating "shaheeds", or martyrs.
The September issue exalts the bomber who carried out the attack on a Jerusalem bus the previous month, killing 23 people, including many children. Praising terrorist Raid Misk as "a noble knight", it applauds his "great act of martyrdom".
Each month, the issues contain pictures and praise of suicide bombers, encouragement for children to follow their example, and brutal diatribes against Israel.
Palestinians on Sunday marked the 86th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration by demanding an apology from Britain for promising "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."As I have said all along. The PLO Arabs are against Israel's very existence as a Jewish state. Talk of settlements after 1967 are a smokescreen. They do not want to live in a state alongside Israel. They want to live in a state replacing Israel.
Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip marched in the streets and held rallies to condemn the role Britain played in the establishment of Israel.
For decades the Palestinians and the Arab world have been marking the "notorious" anniversary of the Balfour Declaration - a reference to foreign secretary Arthur Balfour's support in 1917 for a "national home" for the Jews in Palestine - by protests and rallies.
Statements issued by different Palestinian factions, organizations, and officials demanded an apology from Britain, saying it is morally and legally responsible for the creation of Israel.
Israel's National Insurance Institute has just completed its annual study on poverty, and the results are startling. The report finds that almost one-third of Israeli children are growing up poor and that the number of under-privileged families has risen by 31,000 in the past year alone. According to the authors of the study, the Jewish state "is on the way to becoming the country with the highest poverty rate in the Western world."Could this be a sympathetic piece on Israel? This question is answered clearly in the very next paragraph.
Some will reflexively blame this alarming information on the intifada and note that in both relative and absolute terms, the suffering of Palestinian children is even worse. Such arguments are at least partly correct, but they are also entirely irrelevant. The pertinent issue is how the world's most prolific recipient of foreign aid (approximately $500 a year for every man, woman and child) has managed to get itself in such a bind.So according the editorial, what is the reason for child poverty in Israel?
So where is the money that might have kept more Israeli children from going hungry? Much of it has been used on subsidies to ensure that more Israeli children live in colonies on occupied Arab land. Where are the funds that might have provided better schools and more equitable access thereto? They are locked up in a grotesque wall ostensibly designed to protect Jews but actually situated to oppress Arabs. Where are the resources and activism of a state whose founders fancied themselves socialists? They are monopolized by a military establishment that squanders Israeli energy and creativity as thoughtlessly as it tramples Arabs rights and property.So according to the editorial, arab terrorism is not relevant when analyzing Israel's dire economic predicament, while Israel's necessary responses to terrorism are all that's relevant.
"I came to offer solidarity with Syria in wake of the recent Israeli attack."- Israeli Arab MK Azmi Bashara, after meeting with Syrian President and terrorist sponsor Bashar Assad in Qatar on October 24.
Col. Rashid Abu Shabak, commander of the Palestinian Authority's Preventive Security Service in the Gaza Strip, lashed out at the US for making the offer, saying the PA was continuing its investigation into the case. "We strongly condemn this decision," he said. "This is an insulting announcement because it deals with a people whose mouth does not water in the face of financial temptations."Baloney! Their mouths not only water in the face of financial temptations, but also water when spilling the blood of innocent people. And in the case of their leader, AFatRat, his lips also shake uncontrollably.
..the small and decreasing Arab-Muslim population of the area was also a transient and migratory population, as contrasted with the more stable, if smaller, Jewish population. The myth of a stable and settled Palestinian-Arab-Muslim population that had lived in villages and worked the land for centuries, only to be displaced by the Zionist invaders, is simply inconsistent with the recorded demographic data gathered not by the Jews or Zionists but rather by the local authorities themselves.
The Sunday Telegraph quoted Al-Shara as saying Syria has "many cards that we have not played.Now Information Minister al-Hassan has clarified that the Syrian people, rather than the government, may retaliate.
Don't forget there are many Israeli settlements in the Golan. I am not exaggerating, but I am describing things as they might happen."
Al-Hassan said al-Shara had actually told the London paper that Syrian people themselves may attack Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights, a strategic border plateau seized by Israel from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War. Thousands of Israelis have since settled in the Golan, which Israel formally annexed in 1981.The Syrian "we-have-no control-over-the-determined-masses" argument..where have I heard something similar?
"The Syrian people, after being provoked by the Israeli attack on its territory, are asking the government to retaliate," al-Hassan quoted al-Shara as telling The Sunday Telegraph.
"It is difficult to restrain the people's reactions, especially as there are Israeli settlements in the Golan within a short distance of Syrian territory.
"A group of people might shell these settlements," he quoted al-Shara as saying. He did not elaborate.
Faruq al-Shara also told the London-based Sunday Telegraph that Syria could not control its entire border and had failed to stop Palestinians, Iraqis and Syrians crossing to fight United States forces in Iraq.Let them try and attack. Those Israeli missiles have a mind of their own....
"They are very determined and many of them dream of seeing an American tank," he said.
"We are doing everything we can. We have tightened our checkpoints and are turning people back. But the border is long and we cannot cover it all."
The giant Caterpillar bulldozer, used by the Israeli military to destroy Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, now comes with a controversial new feature: remote control.And proof that it is a good idea? The palestinians are already crying about it!
Israel says its remote-control technology will lower risks to soldiers.
But Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat warned the unmanned machines would lead to even more Palestinian deaths. "The whole idea is despicable," he said. "If an unmanned bulldozer is used, human life is in much greater danger," Erekat said.I guess Erakat does not include Israeli bulldozer drivers in his definition of human life, but does include morons who are repeatedly warned to get out of the way, yet remain standing in front of a moving bulldozer (otherwise known as the "Corrie" manoever).
..about 10,000 permits were handed out. But only 6,200 people crossed the border because of permit problems and personal issues, according to Palestinian border officialsIn other words, palestinian officials quote a reduced number and automatically, the Associated Press takes it as gospel, dismissing the Israeli figures. Which is not surprising - the name of the AP writer is Ibrahim Barzak. But then media outlets, including the LA times, Seattle Post Intelligencer and Scotsman Online run with this second version.
Israel is a cruel and wicked discriminating racist dictatorship. Such a disgusting fowl country exists nowhere else, and it's a shame that the international community does not take a stronger stance against this terrible excuse for a nation. There will always be ignorant people who support Israel no matter what it does, either because they've been told that they should support it or because of the biased news, but the most intelligent people know the truth.Well said.
Now I know that those Israel supporters like to rant and rave that Israel is the only nation in the Middle East where all of its citizens including Arabs can vote for the country's parliament and prime minister. They shout out that the only country in the Middle East where every citizen, no matter what their nationality, is allowed a fair and open trial and to be protected by a lawyer is Israel, but they are neglecting the fact that Israel is a cruel country.
Sometimes, those fanatic Israel supporters go off on how Israel is the only country in the Middle East where members of parliament can be openly gay, where there are annual guy pride parades in the nations two largest cities, and that it's the only country in the Middle East where men and women can be openly gay - even in the army. Even though the U.S. has a "Don't ask, don't tell policy" in place, Israel is nevertheless an oppressive state. An Egyptian court sent 23 men to jail for one to five years on charges including "practicing sexual immorality," a local euphemism for homosexuality, a bit over a year ago, but just because Israel is a little more flexible with letting people decide their sexual preferences doesn't make it a nicer country.
What irks me most is when Israel goes about killing Palestinians. Just last week a few Palestinians were peacefully firing rockets into Israeli towns, and out of nowhere Israel sends warplanes to fire back, killing them. What nerve! What right does Israel have to violate their sovereignty and kill them? Since when was Israel allowed to defend itself? There must be some sort of U.N. resolution against that. I just hope that the international community condemns Israel.
In fact, there is no place on Earth where suicide bombers are more discriminated against than Israel. They are routinely shot at, imprisoned, and often even wrestled to the ground when they try to get a bite to eat at restaurants. Only an oppressive country like Israel would want to deny Palestinian suicide bombers their wishes to go to heaven.
Sure, you can cry that Syria murdered 20,000 of its own citizens in 1982 and that Jordan killed 3,000 Palestinians in 1971 when they rioted, but nevertheless, Israel has been killing innocent civilians who have done nothing more than try to murder Israeli citizens. Then Israel goes about building a fence between it and the West Bank, making it far more difficult for suicide bombers to hang out in Israel. If that's not racist, then what is? Imagine if the U.S. built a fence between it and Mexico. It would never get away with that, and neither should Israel.
The worst thing that Israel has brought to us is AIM though. About seven years ago the instant messaging technology ICQ was invented in Israel. This has caused countless people to burn valuable hours of their day in front of the computer screen, all wasted potential studying time. Moreover, the firewall was invented, denying people from the fun and thrill of hacking other people's computers.
If that wasn't bad enough, hundreds of thousands of women have been victims of the pain caused by the Epilady, a hand held hair removing device invented in Israel. Show that you will not support a racist state, and urge for the end of the use of the medicine that fights multiple sclerosis: don't let Given Imaging import their new camera-in-a-pill that people can swallow, which is the only way to record the functioning of the small intestines. And definitely don't take that new West Nile virus vaccine, all of which were Israeli inventions in the last decade. Here and there, you can squeeze out something small and positive that has come out of Israel, but on the whole, the harm that has been caused is immeasurable.
Perhaps you could cite that in the 1960's, drip irrigation was invented in Israel, which allows modern day agriculture in sandy soil, and of which all greenhouse technology is based on, but other than that I can't think of much. The filthy hamster was another product of Israel, as all hamsters can trace their roots to the first colony of golden hamsters that was bred in Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since then, guinea pigs have had a hard time making it to peoples homes, being preferred over the more travel size rodent.
Worst of all, cherry tomatoes used to die too quickly to make it to the stores, but once Israel managed to develop a strain that kept the fruit from dying before they were distributed across the globe, traditional tomato farmers began having a difficult time. Now thanks to Israel, Roma tomato growers are having a hard time competing for the treasured salad eating market. Is such a country that has committed so many wrongs worthy of U.S. support? It's time people realized the truth about Israel. I urge you all to be intelligent. Don't eat cherry tomatoes or play with hamsters.