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Saturday, August 23, 2003

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

This post in response to the March on Washington
". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.
"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested--DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfilment of God's promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land.

This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.

"The antisemite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'!

"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate antisemitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled--as others have been--into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share.

Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--make no mistake about it."
From M.L. King Jr., "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend," Saturday Review_XLVII (Aug. 1967), p. 76. Reprinted in M.L. King Jr., "This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Shavua Tov

Recommended Blog: War to Mobilize Democracy
When I quoted Andrew L. Jaffee's post at ISRAPUNDIT (below), I didn't realize that he has his own blog, dedicated to "energizing democracy" and "opposing tyranny."

I just went to check it out and saw the GREAT NEWS that President Bush has taken advantage of the Congressional recess by appointing Daniel Pipes to the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace. BRAVO, Mr. President! And my most heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Pipes.

Like Andrew says on his blog, "Score one for the free world!" Indeed.

Friday, August 22, 2003


Not to worry, it's just a few fringe extremists


AFP reports at Yahoo News that President George W. Bush widened the US campaign against Hamas, targeting the assets of the radical Palestinian group outside the United States for the first time. In a statement released by the White House, Bush said the action against six officials and five non-governmental organizations was in retaliation for a suicide bombing this week that killed 20 people aboard a crowded Jerusalem bus.

"By claiming responsibility for the despicable act of terror on August 19, Hamas has reaffirmed that it is a terrorist organization committed to violence against Israelis and to undermining progress toward peace between Israel and the Palestinian people," said Bush. "At my direction, the Treasury Department has moved today to block and freeze the assets of six top Hamas leaders and five non-government organizations that I am advised provide financial support to Hamas," said Bush.

A senior administration official said the six individuals subject to Friday's action were based in Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank or Gaza, while the organizations were based in France, Switzerland, Britain, Austria and Lebanon.

GO, GEORGE! I just might vote for you after all.

I'm with Andrew

from "Fooled Again: Let Loose the Dogs of War" by Andrew L. Jaffee
I'm just tired of hearing about how Israel should deal with the Palestinians on equal ground. What a joke. Israel defends itself against terrorism, and it’s called a "terrorist state." The apologists for terror, the politically correct, the feel-good generation; they all forget or revise history. They forget that Israel is a democracy, that the Arabs violently rejected the U.N. partition plan of 1947, that Arab violence against Jews in the Holy Land has been incessant since 1900, that Israel tried to negotiate with the Arabs in 1918, 1949, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1993, and 2000, and that although Israel is a tiny sliver of land, she gave up territory in 1957, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 1998.

Enough talk! Enough negotiating! The BBC said today that:

Newspapers report that the Israeli Government is now prepared to track down and kill the leaders of these groups one by one wherever they may be.

Good! Have people forgotten that Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction? Hello! Time for Israel to do the job that the Palestinian Authority is unwilling to do: destroy the Palestinian terrorists. Will there be a world outcry? Of course, but who cares.
Read it all at ISRAPUNDIT.

LOL -- This is the best

"All the Middle East is a Stage, or Arik's Tutu," by Steven Plaut
Shakespeare said that all the world's a stage, but in fact it is mainly the Middle East which is a stage. It is a performance theater in which everyone is pretending and posturing and acting out parts in skits, prancing across the stage in costume and ballet tutu.

Abu Abbas pretends he is really concerned about terrorists blowing upJewish children and is horrified by that, and then he pretends that he is doing all he can to arrest the Hamas terrorists except Arafat is not letting him or his militia is not large enough. And so the whole world needs to strengthen him and help him build up his power base.

Arafat pretends he does not control the tanzim and Al-Aqsa Brigade Nazis and terrorhoids carrying about the atrocities and the whole world pretends they do not know he directly controls and commands them.

The Western media pretend they thinks Israelis are mean and brutal and that they are motivated by something other than hatred of Jews.

Meanwhile, Ariel Sharon pretends that he is acting to defend Israeli children and Israeli lives. He skirts across the stage in his tutu, on his tiptoes, pretending he is acting with military force against the savages. He conducts empty and meaningless symbolic actions but refuses to choose military victory as a strategy.

His government pretends it is conducting negotiations and dialogue with the PLO that are something other than empty stage theatrics.

The Israeli army pretends it is serious about battling the terrorists.

The United States government pretends it is upset when the terrorists blow up Jewish children or that it thinks Israeli security is a matter of interest or importance.

The White House and the State Department pretend that they really believe that creating a Palestinian state will reduce the barbarism of Arabs and result in peace, or that such a state will be used by the Arabs for something other than mass murder and genocide.

The Israeli government pretends that it really thinks the Palestinian Authority will crack down on the terrorists.

The Eurotrash pretend that t he Palestinian Authority has been reformed.

The Israeli Labor Party pretends that it was not responsible for turning Israel into the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

The American Jewish establishment pretends that it is interested in things other than promoting political liberalism.

The Israeli school system pretends it is educating children. So does the Israeli university system, although many professors are full-time propagandists for the PLO.

The Israeli army leadership pretends it knows what it is doing.

The Israeli intelligence community pretends it discerns new moderation in the Palestinian leadership.

Israeli politicians pretend that Abu Mazen is himself not a nazi and terrorist.

The United States pretends that Middle East ceasefires obligate the Arabs as well, and pretend that they are unaware that the Palestinians violate them every hour.

And everyone pretends there is a Palestinian people.

The Israeli Left pretends that it seeks peace, while in reality it seeks a second Holocaust of Jews.

Tikkun magazine pretends that Michael Lerner is a Rabbi. (Lerner just sent out one of his long-winded screeds entitled, When Will Israel Stop Endangering Jewish Lives?, explaining that Israel is responsible for all of the Arab violations of the Hudna - see below).

The western campus Left pretends it is acting under motives other than anti-Jewish bigotry and anti-Americanism.

The Israeli political establishment pretends that there is a serious distinction between the Likud and Meretz.

Haaretz pretends it is a newspaper.

American officials will pretend they give a rat's ass about murdered Jewish babies.

Israeli politicians pretend they still believe that demonstrations of Israeli goodwill and weakness and nicesness will induce Arab niceness. They pretend there is something at the end of the Road Map other than a swastika.

And then in a few more days, after all the bus children are in their graves, they will once again pretend that some new ceasefire is in earnest this time and will at long last produce reduced violence.

"Holocaust in Progress" by Yashiko Sagamori

Via the Freemanlist
It’s been almost 12 hours since the latest suicide bombing in Jerusalem, but neither the White House nor the State Department have come forward with the usual assurance that mass murder of Jews will not be allowed to derail the peace process. Apparently, the term “peace process” denotes a situation when Jews are prevented from defending themselves while Arabs are killing them at will. And while a small group of “Palestinian” storefront puppets diligently maintains an impression that the Arab war against Israel might end if Israel agreed to meet some suicidal conditions, Arabs themselves make no secret of their true intentions. Their ultimate goal is the complete destruction of Israel. Had they tried to target any other country, the world would have called it genocide. But Jews have always been subject to different standards in the eyes of the world.

Therefore, let’s not wait for the world to be fair and call a spade a spade. What the world euphemistically dubbed a peace process is actually Holocaust in progress.

The tally of victims has not yet reached millions, but that’s only because Arabs can’t compete with Germans when it comes to industriousness, organization, and discipline. However, Arabs are way ahead of them in their love for murder. Germans were implementing their “final solution” in relative secrecy, not wishing to needlessly disturb the public opinion, and those who took part in mass executions had to be periodically replaced to relieve the unbearable burden of mass murders. Arabs tirelessly kill Jews in front of TV cameras, and not a single Arab voice has ever been heard protesting the murders. (In the obligatory comment on yesterday's suicide bombing, Mahmoud Abbas condemned it because, in his words, it did not serve the interests of the “Palestinian people”. That’s an extremely interesting moral position that deserves a separate careful study.)

At any rate, Arabs do whatever they can, and the world, once again, pretends not to notice. There is an eerie parallel between forcing Czechoslovakia 65 years ago to end its “occupation” of the Sudetenland and the international opposition to Israel’s “occupation” of Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. The parallel was brilliantly underscored by the practically simultaneous suicide bombing in Baghdad that targeted the United Nations. There is only one other organization that has done more than the UN to promote terrorism: it’s Al Qaeda. In a wiser world, the twin attacks could have served as a warning that support of terrorism makes one more, not less vulnerable to it. But in a wiser world, Islam could not have survived for 13 centuries, so let’s be realistic.

When President Bush, in the wake of September 11, declared his War on Terror, he made sure to repeat several times that it was not a war against Islam. What would the outcome of World War II be had FDR proclaimed his resolve to stop storm troopers from going about their business, but emphasized that the war was not against Nazism?

Bush also promised to never negotiate with terrorists. Unfortunately, he failed to specify which terrorists he was not going to negotiate with, what exactly he was not going to negotiate with them, and how often.

His unwavering friendship with Saudi rulers has been a dangerous symptom of a gaping inconsistency. The Saudi royal family leads the Wahhabi sect of Islam, which rules Saudi Arabia. It is an extremely militant sect that advocates forceful conversion and murder of infidels. It mandates execution of any Jew who ever sets foot on the Saudi soil. (Inexplicably, I have never heard anyone accusing the Saudis of racism because of that.) It also finances and indoctrinates Moslem terrorists around the world. Another Bush’s ally in his War on Terror, Pakistan, harbors thousands of Wahhabi-sponsored madrasahs (Islamic seminaries) where young Moslems from all over the world are trained to become ideologues and executioners of terrorism. If I declared a war on terrorism, Iraq and even Afghanistan wouldn’t be on top of my list. I would certainly start with the Wahhabis — both in Saudi Arabia and beyond. But I’m sure Bush had his compelling reasons.

Nevertheless, it came as a shock even to me when the United States not only declared terrorists that specifically target Israel immune from prosecution, but decided to forcefully promote them to nationhood and twisted Israel’s arms into surrendering to them — as mandated by a worthless four-page piece of paper known as the “roadmap”. If this is not anti-Semitism, then Eichmann must’ve been a self-hating Jew.

As usual, Israel is not paying the price of world’s anti-Semitism alone. As the second anniversary of the September 11 approaches, Americans feel no safer than they did in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Al Qaeda appears to have recovered from the blow it suffered in Afghanistan, and the official position of the US government is that another catastrophic attack on the American soil is imminent. Afghanistan remains the same snake pit it has been since the Soviets invaded it 25 years ago, and it is becoming increasingly unclear what the United States can hope to achieve there. The same question arises vis-à-vis Iraq where the US goals, beyond the removal of Saddam Hussein, remain sadly undefined. (Here’s a terribly interesting question: Was Bush in fact protecting Saudi interests by deposing Saddam?) The hopeful talk of establishing democracy there is absurd: democracy cannot be forced on people. But even if the US succeeded in democratizing Iraq, how does it promote peace in the Middle East? Democracy defines the procedure but not the result. We shouldn’t forget that Hitler was democratically elected to power or that undeniably democratic countries, like, for instance, France, can be abysmally anti-Semitic.

Meanwhile, Jihad is progressing on many fronts, and suicide bombings have not been its most efficient weapon. Taking advantage of liberal immigration laws, Moslems flood Europe, changing its face forever. The Dutch are in danger of becoming a minority in Amsterdam in just one generation. In Moscow, one has to be a Moslem to move into certain areas of the city. London provides safe heaven for Islamic terrorist groups. France, never missing an opportunity to enjoy being raped, is enthusiastically greeting its own rapid Islamization. Desecration of Jewish cemeteries is quickly becoming a new European tradition — probably a tad more bizarre than the annual bull run in Pamplona, but certainly far less risky.

And all the while Israel is being told that there is no military solution for its problems. This is an outrageous lie invented by Israel’s enemies. The exact opposite is true: Arabs are impotent to destroy Israel by war, while Israel has no choice but to use its army to achieve peace. All the numerous attempts to achieve peace by non-military means failed dramatically. It has become exceedingly clear that the peace will not come until one of the sides wins the war. Therefore, Israel has no choice: the enemy must be defeated, and those who survive must face a trial for their crimes against Israel.

Let’s face facts. We live in an anti-Semitic world. All that’s changed around us since the Crusades and the Inquisition are the car models and the quality of stereo sound. The people and their mentality have remained basically the same they have always been since the Dark Ages. Anti-Semitism of finely civilized Europeans today exceeds the anti-Semitism of finely civilized Europeans during the previous Holocaust. When I say that Israel has no choice if it wants to survive, I mean it in the most literal way. No matter what it does, the world will not suddenly start loving Jews. Therefore, Israel must defend itself, even if the world objects.

Arafat shouldn’t be kept under house arrest in Ramallah. Arafat shouldn’t be exiled to Tunisia either. Arafat should be arrested, indicted for his crimes against humanity — because Jews, believe it or not, are human — and tried along with thousands of his accomplices. This trial should pointedly ignore the inevitable outrage of the peace-loving international community. It should bring into the open and make official everything we already know about the so-called “Palestinians” and their “fight for freedom”. It should provide the factual proof that no “Palestinian people” has ever existed. It should unhurriedly, without omitting any tiny detail, shed the light of truth on every crime against Jews ever committed by Arabs and their sympathizers. It should forever destroy every anti-Semitic lie, from bloody matzos and the Protocols to the “occupation” by Israel of Israel’s own land. If necessary, it should last for years. If necessary, it should become the core of Israel’s very existence. It should analyze and disclose the role of the international community in the preparation of a new Holocaust. It should pronounce a fiercely fair sentence to every one whose hands are smeared with Jewish blood.

And if you tell me that it will cause even more hatred towards Jews, I will ask: What difference does it make? They already hate Jews to death.

A few months ago, the New York Times published a lengthy article about one of the tragic episodes produced in abundance by the “peace process”. Arabs started firing at Gilo from one of the apartment buildings in Beit Jala. IDF responded. One of the bullets pierced the wall of the house and killed an eight-year-old Arab boy. His mother blamed the militants: “I hate Jews no less than they do. But why couldn’t they shoot at them from some other place?” Nobody bothered to explain to her that it was precisely her hatred of Jews that killed her little son.

Which is extremely painful, but far less unfair than letting Arab hatred kill Jewish children.

A Letter from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

President and Founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
August, 21, 2003

Dear Friends,

I write in the wake of terrible destruction in our beloved State of Israel. Twenty Jewish lives were lost and ever so many more people were cruelly injured yesterday as yet another suicide bomber destroyed innocent lives in a sick attempt to eliminate any prospect of peace for the Middle East.

And even in the midst of this horror, Israel has few friends in this world outside our own United States. Because you are among the wonderful Christians who truly love and support Israel and the Jewish people, I am privileged to tell you about my new mission on behalf of the Holy Land.

Working with Keren Hayesod, an arm of the Israeli government, I have accepted the position of liaison to all pro-Israel Christian communities outside the United States. During the past year, I have made trips to Holland and Germany, meeting with wonderful pastors and welcoming Christian communities. We talked and we shared, exploring ways to spread the word about Israel’s plight as the lone democracy in a terror-ridden Middle East. We spoke about tourism, advocacy and, of course, about financial support for this small nation with so many terror-inflicted burdens.

This week I returned from a similar trip to Latin America, home to a burgeoning population of evangelical Christians who love Israel. I traveled to Chile, Panama and Peru, meeting people with Biblical ties to the Holy Land and a strong willingness to learn what is happening there today. Their love and devotion infused me with warmth and hope for the future.

It is my prayer that righteous supporters of Israel, with the help of the Almighty, will succeed in bringing peace and security to Israel and the Jewish people, as we are promised in Isaiah 32:18: “For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”


Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President and Founder
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

To support The Fellowship’s Fund for Victims of Terror, which provides lifesaving medical treatment, rehabilitation and readjustment for innocent civilians following terror attacks, please click here.

Remember our dead

At a candlelight vigil Sunday 7:30 pm at Boulder's Courthouse Lawn
Avraham Bar Or, 12, Jerusalem. Buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Binyamin Bergman, 15, Jerusalem. Binyamin was on his way back from a friend's Bar Mitzvah. He was a pupil of Shomrei Hachomot Yeshiva. His uncle, Meir, described him as "a great, talented child, always helping everyone." Binyamin was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 20:00.

Yaakov Binder, 50, Jerusalem. Yaakov Issachar Dov Binder was head of the Kashrut department of the Jerusalem Religious Council. Yaakov, a Gerer Hassid, was on his way to congratulate friends on their son's Bar Mitzvah when he was caught in the explosion. Yaakov was described by his friends as a modest man and a great scholar, observant at every turn. Yaakov left behind a wife and seven children. He was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 16:00.

Feige Dushinsky, 50, from Jerusalem. Feige was laid to rest at the Mount of Olives at 15:30 PM on Thursday.

Miriam Eisenstein, 20, from Bnei Brak. Miriam devoted a significant part of her life to voluntary work. Yitzhak, her neighbor, spoke of her: "Miriam performed charity work. She used to volunteer in extremely difficult cases, such as the elderly and patients of Down's Syndrome. All the time she had she devoted to helping others." Miriam used to visit the Kotel every week, bringing with her a list of family members and friends to pray for. She had just graduated from a teachers' seminar. Miriam left behind two parents and eight siblings.

Lilach Kardi, 22, Jerusalem. Lilach was eight months pregnant and a mother of a one-year-old child. She lived in Netanya until three years ago, when she married Shmuel Kardi and moved to Jerusalem. Six years ago, her parents both died, leaving Lilach to raise and care for her now 14-year-old brother. "She was traditionally orthodox but after her parents died she became Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox)," Lilach's friend spoke of her. "She was such a righteous and modest person." "Lilach was very much attached to the Kotel (Western Wall), she used to go every day," said Shalom Kardi, her father-in-law. Lilach was buried on Wednesday at 13:00, in Netanya.

Menachem Leibel, 24, Jerusalem. Nachman Leibel spoke of his brother on Wednesday: "He lived in Jerusalem all his life, and used to go to the Kotel every day. His kindness was overwhelming, he always volunteered, always helped out in charity organizations. "We knew he was at the Kotel yesterday. We called his cellphone. He always used to answer after terror attacks, but this time he didn't pick up. I started going to the hospitals. Within an hour and a half I had been to all of them. He wasn't on the lists. That's when I realized he probably wasn't one of the wounded." Menachem left behind two parents, five brothers and a sister. He was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 14:00.

Elisheva Meshulami, 16, Bnei Brak. Elisheva was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon.

Chava Nechama Rechnitzer, 19, Bnei Brak. Chava was on her way back from the Kotel, her wedding three months away.

Mordechai Reinitz, 49, and Issachar Reinitz, 9, Netanya. The Reinitz family was vacationing in Jerusalem. Shalom Mordechai, principal of the Darchei Avot Yeshiva in Kiryat Tzanz, took his two sons, Issachar and Mendi (11) to the Kotel. Both Shalom Mordechai and Issachar Dov were killed in the explosion. Mendi was severely wounded. Tzanz Chasidut spokesman Shalom Shtemer said: "Shalom Mordechai grew up in this neighborhood. He was a wonderful educator devoted, modest and impeccably organized." On announcing the deaths of the father and son, the Yeshiva's 600 pupils were called in from their summer vacation to recite Tehilim. Gedalia, a teacher at the Yeshiva, spoke of his pupil, Issachar Dov: "A child full of life. He loved to play, and yet he was a top student. He knew when to be serious and when to be happy." Both Shalom Mordechai & Issachar Dov were buried in Netanya on Wednesday, at 17:00.

Liba Schwartz, 57, Jerusalem. Liba, a mother of five and grandmother of 11, used to frequent the Kotel every day. Both Liba's son, Yoel, and husband, Rabbi Yisrael, called her on Tuesday night, asking her to hurry home. Liba would not leave until she finished reciting her portions of Tehilim. "Her being killed after praying at the Kotel, it's as if she has completed her mission in this world," said Yoel, Liba's son. "She died sanctifying the name of God." Liba was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Hanoch Segal, 65, Bnei Brak. Hanoch was murdered exactly 24 hours before his 44th wedding anniversary. A father of five, and teacher of thousands, Hanoch was in Jerusalem visiting his son. His wife received the tragic news hours after she landed in Rome for a holiday. "This was a scholar," said Hanoch's nephew, Chaim. "A man who read, learned, and was interested in everything. A truly enlightened man." Hanoch left behind a wife, two sons, three daughters, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, and Shmuel Taubenfeld, 3 months, NY. A mother of thirteen, Goldie lived in New Square, an orthodox community near Monsey, NY, and was in Israel with her husband and two of her children for a family wedding. Both she and her son, Shmuel, were killed in the attack. Goldie and Shmuel were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

Rabbi Eliezer Weisfish, 42, Jerusalem. Rabbi Weisfish's neighbors spoke of a kind, sensitive helpful person. Like so many of the victims, Weisfish too was on his was back from the Kotel, riding the no. 2 bus. Shmuel Kleiman, Weisfish's neighbor, and a nephew of another victim of the attack Shalom Mordechai Reinitz, described his friend as "a righteous Jew, with such a special personality. He never hurt anyone, lived modestly and was a man of great charity. Rabbi Weisfish left behind a wife and 12-year-old daughter. He was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday, at 16:30.

Shmuel Wilner, 50, Jerusalem. A Satmer Chasid, Shmuel ran a shop for plastic goods in Mea Shearim. He left behind a wife and five children.

Shmuel Zargari, 11 months, Jerusalem. Nava and Yaakov Zargari, a teacher and a yeshiva student, lived with their six children in a small apartment in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, they took five of their six children to the Kotel. Shmuel was killed in the explosion. His parents and six-year-old sister, Ester, were critically wounded and are still hospitalized, missing Shmuel's funeral. Michael, 12 years old, and Avigail, two and a half years old, were lightly wounded. Shmuel was buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday at 15:00.

Two victims have been identified, but their names remain unpublished due to the families' requests.

Photo: Jerusalem Post / Ariel Jerozolimski

Pray with all your heart for the swift and complete recovery of 5-month-old Shoshana Nathanson, who remains in the pediatric intensive care unit at Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Powell appeals to ARAFAT! for help with "progress on the roadmap"

"I call on Chairman Arafat to work with Prime Minister Abbas and to make available to Prime Minister Abbas those security elements that are under his control so that they can allow progress to be made on the roadmap; end terror, end this violence that just results in the further repetition of the cycle that we've seen so often. It has to end. The Palestinian people, the Israeli people, deserve better. And those who are determined to blow up the roadmap must not be allowed to succeed" -- from Powell's remarks with Kofi Annan, after their meeting yesterday. See the entirety of his statement at the U.S. Department of State website.

According to the New York Times, "The unusual appeal to Mr. Arafat reflected what administration officials said was a growing realization that he remained a force to be reckoned with among Palestinians . . .

'The bombing has forced Abbas to move against terrorist groups sooner than he would like,' an administration official said. 'He needs the additional capability that's in the hands of Arafat.' This official added, however, 'Israel understands that it needs to give Abbas some time and space if they want him to act.'
See also "Abbas, Arafat meet to discuss militants" in the Miami Herald (Knight Ridder). and "Arafat is Still in Charge," an analysis by Ze'ev Schiff in Haaretz.


from MEMRI
The August 9, 2003 edition of the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi featured an interview with Dr. Nabil Hilmi, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Al-Zaqaziq who, together with a group of Egyptian expatriates in Switzerland, is preparing an enormous lawsuit against "all the Jews of the world." The following are excerpts from the interview:
"... Since the Jews make various demands of the Arabs and the world, and claim rights that they base on historical and religious sources, a group of Egyptians in Switzerland has opened the case of the so-called 'great exodus of the Jews from Pharaonic Egypt.' At that time, they stole from the Pharaonic Egyptians gold, jewelry, cooking utensils, silver ornaments, clothing, and more, leaving Egypt in the middle of the night with all this wealth, which today is priceless."

"Dr. Gamil Yaken, vice president of the Egyptian community in Switzerland, came to Egypt to collect information. We set up a legal team to prepare the necessary legal confrontation aimed at restoring what the Jews stole a long time ago, to which the statute of limitations cannot possibly apply. Furthermore, [the theft] is based on their holy book, the same source on which they relied when they invaded other peoples...

"The Egyptian Pharaoh was surprised one day to discover thousands of Egyptian women crying under the palace balcony, asking for help and complaining that the Jews stole their clothing and jewels, in the greatest collective fraud history has ever known.

"The theft was not limited to gold alone. The thieves stole everything imaginable. They emptied the Egyptian homes of cooking utensils

"A police investigation revealed that Moses and Aaron, peace be upon them, understood that it was impossible to live in Egypt, despite its pleasures and even though the Egyptians included them in every activity, due to the Jews' perverse nature, to which the Egyptians had reconciled themselves, though with obvious unwillingness. Therefore, an order was issued by the Jewish rabbis to flee the country, and that the exodus should be secret and under cover of darkness and with the largest possible amount of loot. The code word was 'At midnight.' In addition, the Jewish women were told to steal the gold and cooking utensils of the Egyptian women, and that is what happened."

"If we assume that the weight of what was stolen was one ton, [its worth] doubled every 20 years, even if the annual interest is only 5%. In one ton of gold is 700 kg of pure gold - and we must remember that what was stolen was jewelry, that is, alloyed with copper. Hence, after 1,000 years, it would be worth 1,125,898,240 million tons, which equals 1,125,898 billion tons for 1,000 years. In other words, 1,125 trillion tons of gold, that is, a million multiplied by a million tons of gold. This is for one stolen ton. The stolen gold is estimated at 300 tons, and it was not stolen for 1,000 years, but for 5,758 years, by the Jewish reckoning. Therefore, the debt is very large...

"The value must be calculated precisely in accordance with the information collected, and afterward a lawsuit must be filed against all the Jews of the world, and against the Jews of Israel in particular, so they will repay the Egyptians the debt that appears in the Torah."


Join AMCHA, The Coalition for Jewish Concerns, for a protest vigil at the New York city home of Palestinian terror:
PLO Mission to the UN
65th Street and Park Avenue
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On Tuesday, 20 of our brothers and sisters were slaughtered riding a bus on their way back from the Western Wall. Six children were killed and more than 40 injured. The Palestinian Authority refuses to dismantle terrorist organizations, and the Bush Administration does not require them to act.

28 people remain hospitalized, including 11 children. Four of the wounded are in serious condition, and a fifth, Mordechai Shmuel ben Leah Mindel, a 27-year-old father of four, is totally paralyzed. Doctors are not sure if he will live.


Thursday, August 21, 2003

Reuters: "White House Urges Israel to Work with Palestinians"

I cannot stomach this. I despise it when they say, " Israel has a right to defend herself, BUT . . . . "

No Buts. Israel has the right and the OBLIGATION to defend herself, and America should be right there with her. With Israelis still burying babies, the Bush administration is pressing for Israel to further appease the scum who blew them up. It's despicable.

As if President Bush, or any American president, even a Democrat, would act to appease Al Quaida if they were blowing up babies on American buses, on American streets . . .

Read it all at Yahoo News

Kol hakavod to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg announced today that he would make a brief visit to Jerusalem next week in a gesture of support for Israel after the recent horrific suicide bombing.
"I will go to Jerusalem to walk the streets, ride the buses and show that the people of New York stand united with the people of Israel against terrorism," Mr. Bloomberg said at Ralph Bunche Park across from the United Nations, where a vigil was held for the victims of the bombing.
Be well and be safe. And thank you.

It's a beautiful blog

by Roger L. Simon
The question is, for those of us with young children, do we explain what is going on or do we hide it from them? I don’t know what Lileks does (I’d be interested, though his daughter is younger) but Sheryl and I pretty much explain things to Madeleine. It would be hard to do otherwise—she’s a bright little girl and she sees us always watching cable news, not to mention discussing the situation obsessively. The results of this “sharing” are sometimes almost amusing: A few months ago, her pre-kindergarten teacher was shocked when Madeleine and one of her friends (whose parents were similar news junkies) were playing “Get Saddam Hussein” on the schoolyard. The teacher (a Berkeleyesgque liberal—the school’s a very “progressive” place, as are most pre-schools in our part of LA) did not know how to handle this “aggression.” Fortunately, the kids soon went on to other games and it was put to rest. My suspicion is the teacher herself had a lot to learn about Saddam and I have some understanding of such childhood games, frightening as they may be. I am old enough to remember playing "Get Hitler" on my schoolyards back in New York in the fifties. I'm not sure it was particularly unnatural.


NPR Wants You to Speak Your Mind
A radio show called "On the Media" from NPR is asking for your comments. Their questions are:
Is it possible to cover Israel in a way that does NOT excite controversy?

What information do YOU need to understand events as they unfold in Israel?

What do you think is missing from the coverage you hear or read?
Do it, do it, do it.

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The "Your Comments" box is on the right near the top. Click on "Speak Your Mind."

They asked for it. And while you're there, remind them that they're not getting your money.


Boulder Courthouse Lawn
Sunday evening 7:30 - 8:30 pm

In order to give expression to our grief, there will be a candlelight vigil . . .

7:30-8:00 pm


Please bring your own candles and pictures or names of victims.

This is not intended as a political statement, nor is it for the purpose of convincing anyone of anything. While it will be open to the public, it is not for the purpose of public consumption. It is for us. It is for us to mark the atrocity of what happened, to remember those who died, and to seek comfort in coming together.

The Palestinians' "long and difficult search for coexistence" --according to the BBC

The Jerusalem Post recently published Andrea Levin's latest on the BBC. Here are a few of the better snippets, from the BBC's timeline called "A History of Conflict":
The introduction explains: "For the Palestinians the last 100 years have brought colonisation, expulsion and military occupation, followed by a long and difficult search for self-determination and for coexistence..."

"Arab discontent" is cited as the cause of recurring riots in the 1920s and 1930s.

A description of the 1947 UN partition plan avers "the territory was plagued with chronic unrest pitting native Arabs against Jewish immigrants."

"Unable to regain the territory they had lost in 1967 by diplomatic means, Egypt and Syria launched major offensives against Israel on the Jewish festival of the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. The clashes are also known as the Ramadan War."

The killing of several hundred Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp by Christian Phalangists is said to be "one of the worst atrocities of nearly a century of conflict in the Middle East."
Despicable, biased distortions. Read the whole thing via the link above; Levin answers the distortions with historical fact, and exposes many omissions of fact, which I think is the slimiest form of prejudice.

CAL THOMAS: Terror by whatever name is the same

from the Modesto Bee
(TMS) - The twin terror incidents in Baghdad and Jerusalem last Tuesday may have sprung from different sources, but as House Majority Leader Tom DeLay noted, "They are a common enemy."
DeLay also broke through the fog about the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" when he added, "The organizations behind the attacks will not be tolerated or bargained with. They must be dismantled and destroyed."

The dismantling of the "terrorist infrastructure," the ending of incitement and the election of new leaders "not compromised by terror," as well as the unequivocal embracing of democracy and free market economies were all conditions laid down by President George Bush on June 24, 2002, if the Palestinian side wanted American support for the creation of its own state. Not one of those conditions has been fulfilled, but the United States continues to pressure Israel to give more, thus encouraging terrorists to kill more. Why compromise when your murderous policies are working?

Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft repeats the miscalculation of those who support the "road map" when he writes in the Aug. 20 Washington Post that the Israelis and Palestinians must take steps "in parallel, rather than sequentially, in order to increase the prospects for building and sustaining momentum." Otherwise, he says, there will be "renewed violence."

Whatever is he talking about? Violence as an instrument of policy by the Palestinian side has not stopped. It has ebbed and flowed as a strategy for extracting the maximum possible concessions from the Israeli and American sides before the coming all-out war to eliminate Israel. Any "cessations" are pauses that the terrorists use to rearm. Despite all of the gestures and hand-wringing by well-meaning Westerners, eradication of Israel has been the objective of the Palestinians and the Arab states since modern Israel's creation in 1948. Nothing that Israel's enemies have said and done in the last 55 years has shown they've changed their minds.

In fact, a strong case can be made that all of the pressure on Israel for "goodwill gestures," "confidence-building measures" and other wishful thinking has contributed to terrorism, not diminished it.

Over the last decade, 1,300 Israelis have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists, according to official Israeli count. That is proportional to 60,000 dead Americans. When 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9-11, the United States declared its intention to conduct a "war on terror" and dismantle terrorism's infrastructure in Afghanistan, Iraq and anywhere else that threatens American lives and interests. If that is a proper objective for the United States - and it is - why isn't it proper for Israel, whose very existence is threatened?

It does no good to pressure Israel to "do more" while allowing the Palestinian side to get away with doing less. Statements condemning Tuesday's bus bombing in Jerusalem by the Palestinian "prime minister," Abu Mazen (also known as Mahmoud Abbas), are insufficient, especially when it has been Mazen who has shown his unwillingness to eradicate terrorism. Rather, he has incorporated terrorism as a means of reaching his political objectives. Mazen has been the chief architect since 1993 of the "series of understandings" reached between the PLO/Palestinian Authority and Hamas, allowing for the establishment of the largest terrorist base in the world inside Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.

If the United States cares about reducing terrorism, it will live up to the conditions set down by President Bush last year, especially those concerning the dismantling of terrorism's infrastructure. If the Palestinians won't do it - and they won't because terror is their policy - then the American yoke should be removed from Israel's neck. The Israelis know the location of the terror camps. They should be allowed to take them out.

Anyone who believes that what Israel does or doesn't do has any effect on what the Palestinian side does or doesn't do is self-deluded. American policy is to get the terrorists before they get us. That policy ought to be the parallel track for Israel.

Miracle Baby

via ISRAPUNDIT, from the Daily Record (UK)
LITTLE Shoshana Natanzon was found among a pile of bodies in the wreckage of the Jerusalem bus bombing.

Amazingly, the six-month-old baby was alive, though she suffered multiple injuries and faces a long stay in hospital. She was found after rescuers heard her pitiful cries.

Rescue worker Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said: "From this terrible inferno of bloody, burnt bodies, I lifted a baby - alive, crying. You have to thank God."

Twenty people, including at least seven children, were killed by the Palestinian suicide bomber and scores more injured, including Shoshana's father, Matanya, and two of her siblings.

Meanwhile, another young victim, Shira Cohen, one, faces losing an eye.

Doctors would have operated to try to save her left eye but now may have to remove it because it took hours to find and get permission from her parents, who had been taken to another hospital.

They could only have gone ahead without permission if her injuries had been life-threatening.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The IDF is entering Nablus (Shechem) and Jenin

Reports are sketchy, from Ha'aretz and Arutz Sheva
From CNN:
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned his country has heard enough promises from the Palestinians.

"They have to act and they have to act from now, immediately," he told CNN. "This will stop. Either the Palestinians will stop it or we will stop it. And once we will engage in stopping it, we will not stop before it's all over with."

Go to THE SOS FUND - SAVING OUR SOLDIERS to donate toward the purchase of bulletproof vests for IDF ground-combat troops. The SOS site says that the vests cost close to $1,000 apiece and the IDF is short tens of thousands of them. Only 25 percent of IDF soldiers are equipped with the vests, which could have saved 30 percent of IDF casualties, according to SOS. The goal of the fund is to raise $2 million, enough to buy 2,000 vests.

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under our soldiers' sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

V'imru, Amen.

Measured Israeli Response to Newest Arab Terror

According to Arutz Sheva, the IDF has barred the gates of Misek's mosque, the large "Arches" Mosque in Hebron, and has arrested 17 Hebron Arabs in connection with the attack, including family members of the terrorist.

PM Sharon and Defense Minister Mofaz immediately froze all further steps in the diplomatic process with the PA, especially the planned transfer of Kalkilye and Jericho to Palestinian control. All meetings have been cancelled. There is a complete closure on all Palestinian Authority areas.

Israeli police remain on high level terror alert, one level from the highest. There are more than 30 intelligence warnings of planned terrorist attacks.


The terrorist who perpetrated yesterday's attack was not from Nablus, as some had thought. His name, may it be erased, was Ra'ad Misak or Misek; he was a member of HAMAS and an Islamic cleric, an imam from Hebron. Perhaps it is because he was from Hebron that there was so much celebration there of the bombing.

A religious leader, he murdered at least four rabbis. Father of two, he murdered six -and wounded 40- Jewish children.

Five Americans were murdered in the attack, three of them children:

Rabbi Mordechai Reinitz, 47, and his 9-year-old son, Yitzchak, had dual Israeli-American citizenship.

Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, and her son Shmuel, who was only three months old, were both killed. They were from New Square, New York.

The fifth American victim was identified as Tehilla Nathanson, 3 years old, from Monsey, New York.

May their souls be bound up in the bond of eternal life, and may we be inspired to acts of charity and kindness to honor their memories.

(AFP/Yoav Lemmer) The body of 11-month-old Shmuel Zargari is carried to his grave in Jerusalem. The child was murdered yesterday by a Palestinian terrorist. Only his brother, Michael, 12 years old, could attend the funeral. The rest of the immediate family is hospitalized: his parents and 6-year-old sister Ester critically wounded, and sister Avigail, two and a half years old, lightly wounded.

May we all soon be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and live to see the day when G-d will wipe away the tears from every face (Isaiah 25:8).
As of Wednesday afternoon, 15 of the 20 victims of last night's horrific bus bombing in Jerusalem have been identified:

* Lilach Kardi, 22, of Jerusalem. Lilach was in the ninth month of pregnancy and left behind a 1-year-old son. She moved to Jerusalem three years ago from Netanya, where she met and married Shmuel Kardi. Six years ago, she lost her father in a motor vehicle accident and not too long after, her mother died of illness. She then accepted responsibility for raising and caring for her younger brother. Friends explain she was a "regular" at the Western Wall, frequently visiting the holy site to pray there.

* Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Reinitz, of Netanya, was murdered together with his son, Yissaschar Dov.

* Elisheva Meshulami, of Jerusalem. Elisheva is the daughter of the well-known rabbi, Meshulam Meshulami.

* Rabbi Chanoch Segal, of B’nei Brak. Rabbi Segal was among the leading educators in B’nei Brak. He taught at the "Torat Emet" Talmud Torah.

* Menachem Leibel, 24, of Jerusalem. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Menachem visited the Western Wall daily. He was known for reaching out, always assisting volunteer charity organizations whenever possible, always concerned with the well-being of others. Menachem is survived by five brothers, a sister, and his parents.

* The baby Shmuel Zargari, of Jerusalem. Even as funeral arrangements were finalized for eleven-month-old Shmuel, his mother Na’avah was recovering from emergency surgery. She remains in serious condition in Hadassah Hospital. Shmuel’s father, Yaakov, was hospitalized in intensive care. The couple’s daughter Ester, 6 years old, was also in intensive care as a result of injuries sustained in the bombing. While another daughter, Abigail, age 2, is listed in light condition.

* Rabbi Eliezer Weissfish, 42, from Jerusalem.

* Miriam Eisenstein, 21, of Bnei Brak.

* Chava Rechnitzer, of Bnei Brak. She was a new bride.

* Rabbi Shmuel Volner, of Jerusalem.

* Yaakov Binder, 50, of Jerusalem.

* Binyamin Bergman, of Jerusalem.

Two other victims have been positively identified, but the families requested anonymity, according to Jerusalem police.

Chief Pathologist Professor Yehuda Hiss explained that the identification process is particularly difficult, as the bodies were badly mutilated by the powerful blast in the enclosed bus. Six of those murdered, including a month-old infant, are children. Eleven of the dead are men and nine are women, including an American mother of thirteen who was visiting Israel.

Of the fifty victims of the Jerusalem suicide bombing still hospitalized as of this morning, two are listed in very critical condition, while nine others are seriously injured. Approximately 40 children, including an unidentified one-month-old infant and an 18-month-old baby girl, are among the wounded. Passengers on a bus in front of the bus that the terrorist boarded, as well as a car in back of it, were also injured. Arutz Sheva

My friend Patrick got a letter in today's Jerusalem Post

A bad day for the war on terror.
Pat Pearlman Charleston USA (20 Aug 2003)
Today was a very bad day for the war on terror. First, the UN headquarters in Iraq is blown up by a suicide bomber. Then an Israeli bus is blown up and 18 more “martyrs for peace” are created.

The tragedy in all this is that the terror will continue because, you see, there really is no war on terror. Certainly, the US is conducting its operations to find and apprehend al Qaida and former Saddam regime elements. And to a lesser extent, Israel continues to go after at least those terror masters that Washington allows Israel to consider “ticking bombs.”

But the truth is, if there were truly a war on terror, the US would be going after international terror’s sponsors with hammer and tongs: Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Instead, a kid gloves approach is taken to all three nations. Moreover, the US would not continue to apply a double standard to Israel’s fight against terror -- condemning Israeli actions that Washington undertakes.

And if Israel were truly fighting a war against terror, it would be going after the sponsors of terror against Jews: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al Aqsa, Tanzim, Hizbullah and the Palestinian Authority. Israel would have eliminated Arafat by now, as well as Sheikh Yassin. It would have never released terrorists, or soon-to-be terrorists, back into PA “protective custody.” And Israel would not have allowed Palestinian terrorists to rearm, reorganize and recruit under the cover of the so-called hudna. Finally, if Israel were truly fighting a war against terror, it would not continue to make “goodwill gestures” intended to temporarily appease the Palestinian terrorists, gestures that endanger Israel’s security.

For months now, the pages of the Jerusalem Post and other Israeli papers have been filled with editorials making just these points. Yet the Sharon government has ignored them -- and Jews pay the ultimate price for “peace” once again. The Bush administration too has ignored the double standard it has applied to Israel and itself, thereby giving a green light to continue terror against Israel. The Bush administration has also ignored the efforts of Syria and Iran to upset American efforts in Iraq, and the Bush administration continues to protect its friends among the Saudi financiers of terror. Ultimately, Americans too will pay a terrible price for the Bush administration’s errant policies.

So today was a very bad day for the war on terror. Given our leaders’ course, and their stubborn refusal to change course, I fear that worse days are to come.
Patrick, kol hakavod for speaking up. You just need to add a "G-d forbid" to that last phrase.

From Debka:

Bush conveys condolences and outrage in phone call to Sharon
. . . after Palestinian suicide bombing attack on Jerusalem bus. President rules out compromise with terror. Sharon replies Palestinians doing nothing to stamp out violence, stressed Israel will not negotiate peace amid terror. US monitor John Wolf cuts short vacation and returns urgently to Middle East.

United Press International/Washington Times:

"New Mideast worry: Jewish revenge attacks"

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Israelis, long worried about Palestinian attacks upon Jews, are now facing a new problem: the specter of Jewish revenge attacks on Palestinians.
I'm sure a lot of people are losing sleep over this one.

Read the whole thing here.

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Ridicule of a Terror Victim

from the blog, Zionist Conspiracy:
On his radio program this morning, Don Imus interviewed Tom Rose, publisher of The Jerusalem Post. The interview was fine until toward the end, when Imus mentioned (without name) Goldie Taubenfeld, a chasidic mother of 13 from New Square, New York, who was killed in yesterday's bombing, with at least one of her daughters wounded. Rumors suggest that a 6-month-old child of Taubenfeld was also killed, but at this time that has not been confirmed.

Derisively referring to Mrs. Taubenfeld, Imus asked Rose: "What was that woman thinking? I mean, what'd she say to herself, let's go to Jerusalem and get on a bus?"

Instead of objecting to Imus' offensive statement, Rose meekly responded that the woman was probably an immigrant to Israel who needed to ride the bus to get around. Not only is that factually inaccurate, but it suggests that one needs to be defensive about riding buses in Israel, something most visitors frequently do.
Thank you to Joe Schick for bringing this to our attention.

Don Imus was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people.


Speaker will be Palestinian ex-Terrorist, Walid Shoebat
Americans Against Terrorism is bringing a speaker to Denver you will NEVER forget. He was an actual Palestinian Terrorist. He now says however that Israel is G-d's gift to the Jews, and that the Arabs have no claim.

Please hear him at the AAT picnic, Sept. 7 at 1:00 PM at Cook Park. More information to follow.

Biography and links below: hard to believe, but real. So check these links out, and hear an audio of an interview.

Biography of Walid Shoebat

Born in Bethlehem of Judea, from a long line of anti Semitic family.

Walid's grand father was the Muslim Mukhtar (chieftain) of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem (The Shepherd's Fields) who was an associate and a friend of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseni the grand mufti of Jerusalem and notorious friend of Adolf Hitler.

Walid's great grandfather Abdullah Ali Awad-Allah was also a fighter and close associate of both Abdul Qader and Haj Amin Al-Husseni who led the Palestinians against Israel.

Walid lived through and witnessed the Six Day War while living in Jericho.

Later was involved in many anti-Israel riots, terror, and violence against Israel, and was imprisoned in the Russian Compound Jerusalem's central prison for incitement and violence against Israel.

Walid continued his life of violence and rioting in Bethlehem and the Temple Mount.

He later left to the U.S and worked as a counselor for the Arab Student Organization at the Loop College and engaged in anti-Israel activities.

In 1993 Walid studied the Tannach (Jewish Bible) without anyone's direction.

Six months later after intense study, Walid was convinced that he was on the side of evil and became an activist Christian Zionist.

He wrote several online books including "DEAR MUSLIM, let me tell you why I believed" and "ISRAEL, and the world's mock trial."

In these essays, he exposes Islamic anti-Semitism and the hatred of Jews in both the Islamic and Christian worlds.

Walid believes that God intended only one faith, one book, and one God - the God of Israel.

Walid instantly started teaching the Bible after his conversion and had several speaking engagements speaking to thousands of people. He also contributed in starting one of the most extensive websites in the world "answering-islam.org" which holds thousands of articles in refuting Islam from a biblical theological perspective.

He also built and started the "Abrahamic-faith.com".

His written works can be found online here and here.


NY Times headline yesterday:

by Ian Fisher
"One settler who died in 2001, on March 26, was Mr. Pas's only child, hit in the head by a bullet fired from the nearby Abu Sneinah neighborhood." --top of [online] Page 2 of 2

Ian Fisher calls Shalhevet Pass, a 10-month-old infant murdered in cold blood: "one settler who died."
WRITE TO IAN FISHER -- fisheri@nytimes.com

You can also write to: publisher@NYTimes.com, president@nytimes.com, managing-editor@nytimes.com, executive-editor@nytimes.com, letters@nytimes.com, and the Times' Jerusalem Bureau at nytjlm@netvision.net.il

Here is the story of this "one settler who died," from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Mar 26, 2001 - Shalhevet Pass, age 10 months, was killed by sniper fire at the entrance to the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron.

Shalhevet, seated in her stroller, was going with her parents to visit her grandparents in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron. A Palestinian sniper opened fire from the Abu Sneneh neighborhood on the hill opposite. Shalhevet was fatally wounded by a shot to the head. Her father, Yitzhak, was moderately wounded in both legs.

Her parents, Yitzhak and Oriya, have been married for about two years. Shalhevet was their first child. Yitzhak is a yeshiva student. Oriya, who grew up in Hebron, works as a teacher's aide in a nursery school.

The family has known terrorist attacks in the past. In November 1993, Oriya's father was attacked and seriously injured by two axe-wielding Palestinians on his way to morning prayers near the Machpela Cave. In January 1996, Oriya's sister, Orital, then 14, was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian near the Hebron market. This past March 10, Yitzhak's brother was shot in the leg while visiting the family in Hebron.

Shalhevet was buried in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Hebron.
When Shalhevet was murdered, the headline on the Washington Post's website was: "Jewish Toddler Dies in West Bank." See HonestReporting Communique of 27 March 2001.

Of course, then there's the issue of the headline and thrust of the article: ". . . worry about terror attacks by Jews is growing." Note that the Times' report on yesterday's slaughter of Jews on a bus in Jerusalem -- by Jerusalem Bureau Chief, James Bennet -- only mentions terror where the word can be attributed to Israeli sources, for example:
"the people Israel considers terrorists"

"Saying that terrorists are using their declared cease-fire to re-arm, Israel . . . "

". . . for what it [Israel] says are wanted terrorists"

It is doubtful that the Times will bother with the names of the Jews massacred on that bus yesterday, yet James Bennet is very careful to refer to the suicide bomber as "Mr. Misk."

The Times not only demonstrates the utmost respect for suicide bombers, it goes to great lengths to glorify them. See the protest site called The New York Times versus Israel at www.nytimesprotest.org. I urge you to subscribe.

NY Times: "Fireworks burst over Hebron tonight as Palestinians there celebrated the bombing."

AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Associated Press

Agence France-Presse: "A wounded Israeli baby cried at a Jerusalem hospital."

G-d help us.

I dread monitoring the coverage of yesterday's bombings

Associated Press

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution catches my eye this morning. Their headline is "Deadly Jerusalem blast hurts chances for peace." It hurt people, it killed people. It blew up children. It's warped to have to insist that the media humanize the Jews.

The lead paragraph:
-- A suspected suicide bomber struck the heart of Jerusalem on Tuesday, detonating a metal-studded bomb aboard a city bus and doing damage to the Middle East peace process.
Damage to the Middle East peace process? How about damage to the lives of innocents? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writers, Margaret Coker and Craig Nelson, maintain the dead Jews as numbers only. That seems eerily familiar.

mcoker@ajc.com, cnelson@ajc.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

"with a grain of salt"

DEBKAfile reports exclusively: US President Bush and Israeli premier Sharon have fallen out. Friendly bid to persuade Sharon to water down demands of Palestinians and mend fences with Bush encouraged Arafat to revive suicide terror attacks in last two weeks.

Emergency medical service worker: "It looks like the worst bus bombing we've had."

Palestinian terrorist murders 20, wounds many, in Jerusalem bus bombing
A Palestinian armed with a sucide explosive belt detonated a bomb on a bus in Jerusalem shortly after 9 pm. The bus was carrying many religious Jews who had just come from the Western Wall. About 40 children are among the over 100 dead and wounded. 41 people are hospitalized, 13 of them children.

Israeli official have frozen all further steps in the "peace process." Kalkilye and Jericho will not be transferred to PA control tomorrow. All meetings with the Palestinian Authority have been cancelled.

The New York Times says "a suicide bomber attacked a crowded bus." WRONG. The cowardly terrorist murderers attacked children and other innocents in the bus.

According to the Times, the suicide bomber was three months from receiving a Master's degree from al-Najah University in Nablus. Both HAMAS and Islamic Jihad claimed the attack.