August 31, 2003

What does Harvard's School of Divinity have to do with hating Jews?

Jeff Jacoby writes about one of the worst promulgators of modern anti Semitism who hoped to get the approval of Harvard's Divinity school; the story begins in July 2000, when Harvard's Divinity School accepted $2.5 million from the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.

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St. Petersburg Times acknowledges that Palestinians who murder are indeed terrorists, not "militants".

The newspaper, which has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the State of Florida, has decided to change its policy, as indicated by the referenced editorial that appeared in Sunday, August 31st, edition.

Word Choice Matters

August 27, 2003

Isaiah 56:6-8

"Also the sons of the stranger, who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the Name of the Lord, to be His servants, every one who keeps the Shabbat and does not profane it, and all who hold fast to My covenant; Even them will I bring to My Holy Mountain, and make them joyful in My House of Prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon My Altar; for My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples. The Lord G-d who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those who are already gathered."

The Temple Mount Faithful

"The Exodus Fraud" by Joseph Farah

"It was the Jewish people who were cast out of the Arab world by the hundreds of thousands – with little more than the clothes on their backs. It was the Jews who considered themselves fortunate to have escaped the clutches of the Arab world with their lives. It was the Jews who were persecuted by the Arab world – and continue to be persecuted today. "

The Exodus fraud

Abu Mazen Paid for the Murder of Israel's Olympic athletes

ISRAELI CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP ACCUSES ABU MAZEN OF HAVING FUNDED 1972 MUNICH OLYMPIC MASSACRE, CALLS FOR PROBE OF PALESTINIAN PM’s ROLE

Letter to German and American Leaders Alleges that New P.A. Prime Minister Financed "Black September" Terror Attack Which Killed 11 Athletes Including U.S. Citizen

The Israeli civil rights group Shurat Hadin has announced a campaign to convince U.S. and German law enforcement agencies to open an investigation into the role of newly-appointed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Abu Mazen in the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

On September 5, 1972, a squad of heavily armed Palestinian terrorists attacked the dormitories housing the Israeli Olympic team and murdered a coach and weight-lifter David Berger, who was an American citizen. The terrorists then took nine Israeli athletes hostage. While the terrorists and their hostages were transported to the airport, the German police botched a rescue attempt and all nine of the athletes were murdered.

The director of Shurat Hadin, attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, sent letters this week to U.S. President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder containing new information indicating that that Abu Mazen (whose given name is Mahmoud Abbas) provided financing to the PLO’s Black September terrorist group, in order to carry out the notorious terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympic Games.

While recent newsmedia profiles of Abu Mazen have accentuated the Palestinian leader’s alleged “terrorism-free” personal history, the Shurat Hadin charges that in 1972, Abu Mazen, then a high ranking PLO official, provided financing for the terrorist attacks being perpetrated by Yassir Arafat’s PLO faction Fatah under the nom de guerre Black September.

Shurat Hadin is basing its information on published statements by the terrorist who masterminded the the Munich attack, Mohammed Daoud Oudeh (“Abu Daoud”). In his French-language autobiography, Palestine: From Jerusalem to Munich, Abu Daoud describes the role of Abu Mazen in providing the funds to carry out the Black September Olympic attack.

Furthermore, in an interview with journalist Don Yaeger of Sports Illustrated Magazine in August 2002, Abu Daoud reiterated his charges that Abu Mazen supplied the money for the deadly attack.

In his memoir Abu Daoud states: “After Oslo in 1993, Abu Mazen went to the White House Rose Garden for a photo op with Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israel's Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. "Do you think that ... would have been possible if the Israelis had known that Abu Mazen was the financier of our operation?" Abu Daoud writes. "I doubt it."

Today, the Bush Administration seeks a Palestinian negotiating partner "uncompromised by terror," yet last year Abu Mazen met in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell.”

Abu Daoud’s allegations have been confirmed by sources within the Palestinian Authority, according to Shurat Hadin. Attorney Darshan-Leitner’s letter to President Bush states: “Under your leadership the United States has declared that it will no longer maintain contacts with those tainted by terrorist pasts. It appears that the new Palestinian leader, on whom the United States and Israel are now pinning their hopes, was also involved in murderous attacks perpetrated by the PLO’s Black September. If proven true, Abu Mazen’s role in the brutal killing of the Israeli athletes and American citizen David Berger must preclude his involvement in the negotiations between the United States, Israel and her Arab neighbors.”

Both Germany and Israel still have the legal jurisdiction to prosecute those involved in the Munich Olympic killings.

August 24, 2003

Worth Repeating

"...if Israel is responsible for Islamist or Arabist wrath, I cannot imagine just what Israel did to encourage Syria to swallow Lebanon, to encourage Saddam Hussein to unleash a bloodbath against Iran, to encourage Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait, to encourage Kuwait to expel hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, to encourage the Taliban to destroy the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan, to encourage the slaughter of Christians in the Sudan, to encourage the bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, or to encourage church bombings in Pakistan."

William J. Bennett, National Review, July 22, 2003

Click here to read the complete article.

Muslims getting ready to celebrate 9-11 hijackers

Pass the sweets.

A group operating openly in Britain that regards itself as a front line for global Islamic conquest, is planning a conference to celebrate the anniversary of America's "comeuppance" on Sept. 11, 2001.

Oh, and note the word "global". Watch out France, that includes you too.

Read about this group here on World Net Daily.

August 22, 2003

More proof that Jews lived in the land: Bronze Age Village Unearthed in Israel

Israeli archeologists have unearthed an 8,000-year-old Bronze Age settlement and the remains of a 1st century A.D. Jewish homestead, close to a town named for Biblical giant Goliath's birthplace.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday that contractors working on a new trans-Israel highway asked the authority to carry out an exploratory dig at Ptora, in the archeologically rich region east of the town of Kiryat Gat, before earthmovers started ripping into the ground. Founded in 1955, Kiryat Gat was named after the Philistine city of Gath, said to be the birthplace of Goliath and believed to lie nearby. Today, most archeologists believe Gath was sited some distance to the northeast, near the coastal town of Ashdod.

The authority said remnants found at the 1.75-acre Ptora site showed that its Bronze Age inhabitants engaged in agriculture, copper production and the making of ceramics and occupied the settlement continuously until about 3,000 BC.

"The excavations reveal to us the daily life of the residents over the course of more than 3,000 years," authority excavation director Yaakov Baumgarten said in a statement.

Also unearthed at the site were the remains of a 1st century A.D. farmhouse, apparently abandoned by its Jewish occupants during the bloody revolt against Roman occupation in the year 70 A.D., the authority said.

The building had an open court yard used as a kitchen, two ritual baths as used by pious Jews and a variety of stoneware vessels, it added.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Jerusalem has been the heart of Israel and of world Jewry for 3,000 years

From Tzemach News Service (TNS) is a ministry of Tzemach Institute for Biblical Studies (http://www.tzemach.org/):

Jerusalem has been the heart of Israel and of world Jewry for 3,000 years, and there has been a virtually unbroken Jewish presence there for all that time. When modern statistics are on record, they show Jews as the majority in the city:

* 1860: 11,000 Jews, 6,500 Muslims, 4,500 Christians
* 1906: 40,000 Jews, 13,000 Christians, 7,000 Muslims
* 1999: 633,000 Jews, 200,000 Mulsims and Christians

Jews around the world turn toward Jerusalem when they pray. Muslims turn toward Mecca. Jews and Christians make religious pilgrimages to Jerusalem. Muslims make religious pilgrimages to Mecca.

Jerusalem is not mentioned at all in the Koran. It does not appear on lists of Muslim holy cities. Caliphs and sultans ruling from afar paid little or no heed to Jerusalem; it dwindled to a dirty, dilapidated and poverty-stricken village -- scarcely to be expected in any city that is loved or revered.

Arabs built little in Jerusalem, with the exception of the Dome of the Rock, that a caliph built in the Seventh Century -- on the site of the First and Second biblical Temples. It is now being alleged that those Temples never existed, and while one might suppose this too preposterous to require rebuttal, the historically illiterate minions of the news media may repeat it with quite serious mien.

During the Jordanian occupation of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Jewish residents were killed or driven out. For 19 years, Jews of all nationalities were banned from their holy places and historical sites, while ancient synagogues and cemeteries were wrecked or crudely desecrated. Now, the Muslim religious authorities still permitted to administer Temple Mount are relentlessly unearthing and destroying every relic of the Temples they say never existed -- a program dubbed "archaeological terrorism".

Was there ever a flourishing Arab society in what used to be Palestine?

At the start of the Jewish resettlement -- in the 1870s-1880s -- Palestine was a province of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, ruled by the Sultan in far-off Istanbul. The entire non-Jewish population west of the Jordan River was about 140,000, including nomads who moved in and out and even roving bandits. That population had been stagnant or in decline for centuries.

The land was depopulated, deserted, impoverished and barren. Western travellers, who knew from the Bible of the beauty, fertility and vitality of ancient Israel, came to visit and found not the Land of Milk and Honey but an empty wilderness of ruin and desolation.

A British consul reported in 1857 that the land was not cultivated, villages had disappeared, and that "The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore the greatest need is that of a body of population".

Mark Twain rode through just a few years before the start of Jewish resettlement and saw only ". . . the kind of solitude to make one dreary." The Galilee was "unpeopled deserts . . . rusty mounds of barrenness" where he "never saw a human being on the whole route". He concluded that "Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes . . . desolate and unlovely."
-- From Innocents Abroad, 1867.

At about the same time, a British Christian clergyman came to the Holy Land and wrote: "But where are the inhabitants? This fertile [coastal] plain which might support an immense population is almost a solitude. . . . The denunciations of ancient prophecy have been fulfilled to the very letter - 'The land is left void and desolate and without inhabitants.'"
- Reverend Samuel Manning, These Holy Fields, 1894.

By the early Nineteenth Century it was perceived, especially in the United States and Great Britain, that the only hope for the restoration of Palestine was in the return of the only people who loved it and would care for it. Those who seriously espoused the idea of the Return of the Jews included U.S. President John Adams, British Prime Minister Disraeli, British Foreign Minister Lord Palmerston, and writer George Eliot.

This had indeed been the sustaining hope of the Jews themselves for two millennia, and it became an active movement by the 1870s-1880s, even before Theodor Herzl organized Zionism as a worldwide movement.

What is the Hamas Covenant?

From The Avalon Project at Yale Law School:

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/hamas.htm

Photos of the murdered

Thank you to JR

http://www.jr.co.il/terror/israel/index.html

May the memory of those that were killed be blessed.
May the wounded have a full and speedy recovery.

And we allow them to remain in the land

"And we allow them to remain in the land! And we allow them to lift up the head! And we allow them to raise the hand against a Jew and his G-D! And we do not remove the head and remove the hand and remove the abomination from the land!

Is there a greater desecration than this? And so the jackals continue to walk on the Temple Mount, the Mountain of G-D where it was decreed, "and the stranger who shall come near shall die". And we, in fear of the jackals and their protectors, allow the desecration --- not only barring Jews, but creating from the mountain on which stood the Temple and the Divine Presence, a place of Moslem arrogance and triumph of Allah, G-D forbid, over the G-D of Israel"

...Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY'D (1932-1990)

August 19, 2003

Update on the Wounded in Jerusalem

Terror Attack
22:56 Aug 19, '03 / 21 Av 5763

(IsraelNN.com) The following is an update on the victims of tonight's terror attack in Jerusalem. There are at least 30 children and infants among them.

HADASSAH HOSPITAL (EIN KEREM) -
22 victims: 4 critical and serious, including 7 children, a pregnant woman, and an infant about 1 month old.

HADASSAH HOSPITAL (MT. SCOPUS) -
25 victims: one critical, one serious, including 11 children and infants.

SHAARE ZEDEK MEDICAL CENTER -
41 victims: 2 serious and 2 moderate. At least 10 children of the age of 15 and younger.

BIKUR CHOLIM HOSPITAL -
24 victims: 2 moderate-to-serious and 11 light-to-moderate. There are also 5-6 small children.

Terrorist Identified as a resident of pA Hevron 23:07 Aug 19, '03 / 21 Av 5763

(IsraelNN.com) The islamic jihad terrorist responsible for tonight's slaughter in Jerusalem has been identified as Raid Abu Hamid Ritaq, 29, from a pA area of Hevron.

Muslims who have left their faith

An eye-opening site run by former Muslims who have left the faith.

Faith Freedom International

August 18, 2003

Arab accounts back Israeli version of Jenin

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

TROUBLE IN THE HOLY LAND

Arab accounts back Israeli version of Jenin

Testimonies of guerrilla warfare, booby traps, bomb-laden child 'martyrs'
Posted: April 24, 2002
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2002 WorldNetDaily.com

Testimonies in Arab media from Palestinian commanders support Israel's contention that its soldiers fought fierce battles at the Jenin refugee camp with gunmen who used booby traps and civilians, including children, to engage in 'guerrilla warfare,' according to translations by the Middle East Media Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

The Palestinians insist the Israeli army carried out a massacre of hundreds of civilians earlier this month.

"The truth is that the fighting is being conducted from neighborhood to neighborhood, like guerrilla warfare," Sheikh Jamal Abu Al-Hija, the commander of the Hamas Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades in the Jenin refugee camp, told the Qatari television channel Al-Jazeera during the battle.

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Palestinians confirm no Jenin 'massacre'

Monday, July 14, 2003

TROUBLE IN THE HOLY LAND

Palestinians confirm no Jenin 'massacre'

Study shows 52 total casualties, most were 'armed combatants'

Posted: July 14, 2003
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

Palestinians admit the battle for the Jenin refugee camp that was touted as a massacre of thousands of innocent civilians was actually a "military to military battle" between Israeli forces and Palestinian "armed terrorists," in which most of the 52 casualties were fighters.

A study to be released next month by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, or JCPA, reveals Palestinian sources have confirmed the massacre myth, reports the Jerusalem Post, which obtained a copy of the 35-page analysis.

According to the Post, researchers examined a wide variety of recent Palestinian newspapers, books and websites, and found that terror groups Fatah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas armed themselves with automatic weapons, grenades, anti-tank missiles and explosives in preparation for confrontation with IDF troops during Israel's eight-day offensive against terror in April 2002.

This is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows.

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The Palestinians Have a State By Sidney Zion

The Palestinians Have a State By Sidney Zion
JewishPress.com | August 5, 2003

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=9208

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There is and has been a Palestinian nation since May 14, 1946 - only two years to the day before there was an Israeli nation.

Originally called the Kingdom of Transjordan, that nation is now the Kingdom of Jordan. It lives on the East Bank of the Jordan River and comprises 80 percent of the historic, political, geographic, and demographic landmass of Palestine. It has a population of three million people, virtually all of whom were either born there or arrived there from the other 20 percent of Palestine - Israel plus the 'occupied territories' known as the 'West Bank.'

Palestine, then, includes both sides of the Jordan River, bounded on the west by the Mediterranean, on the east by Saudi Arabia and Iraq, on the south of Egypt, on the north by Syria and Lebanon.

These boundaries were universally acknowledged from the end of World War I until 1946, when Great Britain created by fiat the independent Kingdom of Transjordan - thus lopping off four-fifths of Palestine and handing it to the Arabs, in direct violation of the mandate over the territory granted to Great Britain by the
League of Nations.

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The Jewish Temple by Joseph Farah

The Jewish Temple By Joseph Farah

WorldNetDaily.com

August 14, 2003

Islamic officials in Jerusalem now contend the Temple Mount has no connection to the First and Second Temples referenced in the Bible.

For instance, Palestinian Authority Mufti Ikrima Sabri told a German publication just last week, "There is not [even] the smallest indication of the existence of a Jewish temple on this place in the past. In the whole city, there is not even a single stone indicating Jewish history."

Similar statements have been made by Yasser Arafat.

He made the assertion again recently in the London Arabic paper Al Hayat: Archaeologists, he said, "have not found a single stone proving that the Temple of Solomon was there because historically the Temple was not in Palestine."

It seems very important to the Palestinian Arab authorities to deny the Jews any history in the region. It's all myth, they say. It's all conjecture, they imply. It's all part of a big conspiracy, they suggest.

But, not only is there overwhelming - even indisputable - archaeological proof of the temple's presence in Jerusalem, Muslim authorities in Jerusalem once acknowledged it themselves.

Read the full article from the New York Times here.

Why the fence makes sense

"The thought that a Palestinian state next to Israel would be a peaceful neighbor is ludicrous. ... The Arab world is presently comprised of 22 states of nearly 5 million square miles. ... There seems to be no need for another Muslim Arab state, especially for one that would serve as an advance base for the ultimate destruction of Israel." That statement is from an organization called Flame, which dissects Arab statements with a red-hot scalpel.

That does not make it necessarily wrong, does it?

Read why it is not wrong here.

August 02, 2003

The Forgotten Middle East Refugees

In 1948, nearly 900,000 Jews -- indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa -- lived in what are now known as the "Arab States." Today, 99% of these ancient Jewish communities no longer exist in the lands where we lived for thousands of years. Arab governments forced us to leave, confiscated our property and stripped us of our citizenship.

JIMENA’s mission is to advocate and educate about the history and plight of the Jews indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

In the absence of truth and justice, there can be no reconciliation, without which there can be no just, lasting peace between and among all peoples of the region.

http://www.jimena-justice.org/