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Friday, September 12, 2003

Shavua tov

Beautiful, beautiful little (90 seconds) Movie, produced by Aish.com.

Friday's Bleat

the world on 9/11-12, according to Lileks
. . . by five I was tired too, tired of the stories, the recollections, the pictures, the memories, the omnipresent weight of the day. At work I was talking to a colleague about a story I’d read, a piece on a man who perished in the towers. He was the solider on the front of the Vietnam history “We Were Soldiers.” The piece has been going around the blogosphere, and even if I could find the link the site’s bandwidth has been exceeded for a while so I’m not sure a link would be helpful today.

Anyway. I’m relating the tale, how the man helped to evacuate everyone in his office, and cheered them with lusty old British war songs - and at that point I couldn’t talk anymore. That was it. You make some gestures to indicate you’ve lost your handle for a moment; you turn away and get your grip. Didn’t happen when you read the story; didn’t happen when you thought about it the other day; but it’s happening now.

The day is full of moments like that. The day is bristling of sharp pikes, and you’ll snag on one of them before it’s over.

At some point you just tire of putting it all in solemn, respectful terms, and you think: this day just sucks and it’s always going to suck. Terrorism sucks. War sucks. Death sucks. Murder sucks even harder.

Then you’re home. Barky dog, happy daughter, lovely smiling wife. This lifts the spirits. A pizza helps. Play with Gnat; give Jasper a bath, which he endures better than he usually does. Sunset comes. It starts to rain.

It hasn’t rained here in seven weeks. The lawns are dead; the trees sag; even hardy evergreens have brown dead boughs. We need rain. And here it is: steady, calm, insistent. Health and life pouring back into the ground. It brings you back around; standing on the porch I thought: day's done, family's fine, and the trees are having a drink. I'm grateful for this.

Note to self: be grateful more often.
Good segue into Good Shabbos.

Ohio State okays the Jew-Haters

Just received this email, very much like the ones I received from Rutgers recently and from the Univ. of Michigan last year. So it seems that there will be an anti-Israel conference at Rutgers in October and another at Ohio State University in November. Both will include those who call for the destruction of the State of Israel.

None of these universities would dare sponsor a Student Ku Klux Klan Conference on their campus, yet all are willing to abandon the Jews to any consequences of hatred and incitement against them, billed as "free and open dialogue."

Free speech, as I've told all these universities, entitles no one to a grand hall and a microphone in a state-supported university. I have begged that these dangerously misguided students be relegated to whatever back rooms and basements they could find off-campus, but instead the universities choose to legitimate their views: Save the Whales, Kill the Jews, it makes no nevermind.

While we are assured that the event will be "conducted in a safe and civil manner," I see nothing particularly civil about refusing a people's right to exist and being one of those people, I don't feel especially safe, either.

So without any further ado, I give you the words of William H. Hall, Vice President for Student Affairs, of The Ohio State University, in the morally-challenged morass of Contemporary American Academia:
I am responding to the message of concern you recently sent to the Office of the President at The Ohio State University regarding the hosting of the Third National Student Conference on Palestinian Solidarity by an OSU student group. We have received many letters and emails similar to yours, expressing views ranging from deep concern to outrage. We take these messages very seriously and do understand the reasons why this event is troubling to you.

First, I want to assure you that the views of the conference and its organizers are solely theirs and do not reflect the views of The Ohio State University.

However, we cannot accede to demands that the university deny a registered student organization, in this case the Committee for Justice in Palestine, the right to hold a meeting in university facilities. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a university may not deny typical benefits to a student organization based on the organization's views. All of the more than 600 registered student organizations at Ohio State, representing a very wide spectrum of political, cultural, ethnic, recreational and career interests, are permitted to use university facilities for their meetings and programs. It is not legal for the university to deny any organization this or other benefits on the basis of its political views.

It is also the policy of The Ohio State University to promote free and open dialogue, to encourage debate and education about issues, and to provide a forum for respectful and productive discussion. It is our hope that the presence of this controversial conference will stimulate such thinking and dialogue. We are working with the students organizing this event to ensure that applicable laws and university policies are followed so that the event is conducted in a safe and civil manner. Those who wish to present counter points of view may do so within the same parameters of legality and civility.

I hope this addressed your concerns. Thank you for your interest.


William H. Hall
Vice President for Student Affairs
Cross-posted on ISRAPUNDIT

WorldNetDaily Poll


Here are your choices:
No, fallout would cause more violence in Mideast

No, Arafat can direct terror activities from anywhere in world

No, exile would be letting him off too easy

No, he should be killed


Yes, killing Arafat risks turning him into martyr

Yes, should have been booted long time ago

Yes, peace process doomed until Arafat gone




Not to influence your vote or anything, but Joseph Farah has this to say:
There's a debate raging in Jerusalem and in Washington about whether it is appropriate to exile Yasser Arafat – to expel him from the Palestinian Authority.

I say don't expel him ... shoot him.

Yasser Arafat is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Israeli citizens, the lynching deaths of untold Arabs and the killing of more than 100 U.S. citizens, including two U.S. diplomats assassinated in cold blood.

Exile is far too good for him.

Some people get squeamish about calling for violence against "foreign leaders." Arafat is no more a legitimate foreign leader than Adolf Hitler or Saddam Hussein were. If we got a chance to knock off one or both of those tyrants, can anyone honestly say we shouldn't have done it?

Some people say we can't eliminate Arafat because to do so would only make him a martyr to his people. Would we hesitate for a moment to kill Osama bin Laden for the same reason? No way. Therefore, that argument holds no water.

Some people insist there is nobody better to work with in the Palestinian Authority than Arafat. Maybe that's true. I doubt it. But one thing is certain: Nobody in the Palestinian Authority has more innocent blood on his hands than Arafat.

Arafat is the father of modern terrorism.

If we're serious about fighting a war against terrorism – particularly the brand of Islamo-fascism he represents – there's no better place to start than by offing Arafat.

It's justice. It's the right thing to do.

If you want to give him a fair trial first, that's fine with me. But he needs to pay for his crimes with his life.

His crimes are well-documented, but here's a brief refresher course.

Where are the World's Advocates of Children's Rights?

IF I accept that the world doesn't care about innocent Jewish children and babies being blown up on purpose, there remains the question of why the world also ignores abuse and endangerment of Palestinian children.

First their own parents and culture sacrifice them, then the world nods in silent sanction. It's complicity; I don't get it. Could the goal of the destruction of Israel be that urgent?

Arab Council for Childhood and Development

Arab Institute for Human Rights

Secretariat for the National Plan of Action for Palestinian Children: "aims to ensure the survival, development, protection, and participation of all children within the Palestinian territories."

Catholic Relief Services

Child-to-Child Trust

Christian Children's Fund

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development

Defense for Children International

Enfants du Monde

Friends World Committee for Consultation, Society of Friends

Genuine Empowerment of Mothers in Society

Global Movement for Children

Human Rights Watch, Children's Rights Division

International Bureau for Children's Rights

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

International Rescue Committee

Materi Chechni

Pax Christi International

Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford

Save the Children Norway

Save the Children Sweden

UNICEF, to promote and support the rights and wellbeing of all children

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre research in areas relatively new to UNICEF, such as sensitive and controversial issues; prime objective is to help facilitate the full implementation of the CRC in both industrialised and developing countries.

War Child Canada helps children and young people worldwide who are affected by situations of armed conflict

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict works to "improve monitoring, reporting and follow-up action to protest security and rights of children in specific armed conflicts

Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children

World Council of Churches supports the rights and dignity of children

World University of Service works in the "Palestinian Territory, Occupied" to support education and training, especially for refugees and people affected by conflict

World Vision International is an international Christian relief and development organization working to promote the well-being of of all people - especially children

NEWS RELEASE from ZOA - Zionist Organization of America

Palestinian Arab Killers Will Go Free and State Dept Will Look the Other Way
NEW YORK- Millions of Americans are now aware --thanks to front-page stories in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere-- that two American citizens, Dr. David Applebaum and his daughter Nava, were among the people massacred in Palestinian Arab terrorist bombings in Israel this week.

But what the American public does not know is that the terrorists who organized and financed the attacks can fully expect to remain free, sheltered by the Palestinian Authority and ignored by the State Department--because that is what has happened in all the cases of the 48 Americans murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in Israel since 1993.

ZOA points out that, based on past experience concerning the behavior of the State Department with regard to such cases, here is what is likely to happen to the Applebaums' killers:

* No FBI Man-Hunt for the Terror Organizers

* The State Dept Won't Name the Group That Did It

* The State Dept Won't Name the Suspects

* If the Killers Hide in a Famous Church, the State Dept Will Pressure Israel to Let Them Go

* If the Killers Hide in Arafat's Headquarters the State Dept Will Pressure Israel to Ignore Them

* If the Killers Are Rewarded With Jobs in the PA Security Forces, the State Dept Will Ignore Them

* Even if the U.S Indicts the Killers, It Won't Demand that the PA Hand Them Over
ZOA does their homework. Read all the facts and figures.

Then consider calling the State Department Comment Line to tell them that this is TREASONOUS and DESPICABLE: 202.647.6575

COMPLETE TEXT of Israeli Cabinet Communique

Arafat is a "complete obstacle" - Israel will "work to remove this obstacle"
"Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has today, 11.9.2003. instructed the security forces to act relentlessly, continuously and determinedly to eliminate the terrorist organizations and take all appropriate measures against their leaders, commanders and operatives until their criminal activity is halted.

The aforementioned activity will continue night and day, uninterruptedly, until such time as the Israeli government is satisfied that the Palestinian Authority is taking tangible steps to dismantle and eliminate the terrorist organizations.

Events of recent days have reiterated and proven again that Yasser Arafat is a complete obstacle to any process of reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel will work to remove this obstacle in a manner, and at a time, of its choosing.

Israel is not interested in the question of the identity of the Palestinian Prime Minister; however, Israel must underscore its position that it will negotiate only with a Prime Minister who acts immediately to dismantle and remove the terrorist organizations, implements and carries out full reforms of the Palestinian Authority, and fully upholds the other commitments that the Palestinian Authority has taken upon itself according to the roadmap, as it has been adopted by the Israeli government.

The Israeli government rejects any idea of a ceasefire as a way of dealing with terror; terror will stop only after the terrorist organizations have been dismantled and liquidated. This is the obligation of the Palestinian Authority and it will be judged solely by its actions and results, not by its statements and declarations.

To these ends, the Cabinet authorizes Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to use such military forces as may be necessary for increased activity against the terrorist organizations; the Cabinet further directs that the necessary means for the foregoing be put at the disposal of the security forces.

The Cabinet has decided to accelerate the construction of the security fence."
Palestinian Response
Washington Post:
(AP) Israel issued an ominous threat Thursday to "remove" Yasser Arafat because he has failed to halt suicide bombings. Thousands of Palestinians rushed to Arafat's compound to protect their leader, fearing Israel wants to expel or even kill him.

A defiant Arafat, grinning broadly, emerged from his sandbagged West Bank office building shortly after the Israeli security Cabinet's announcement, flashing victory signs to his supporters. "The leader is Abu Ammar," the crowd chanted, referring to Arafat by his nom de guerre.

Using a bullhorn, the 74-year-old Palestinian leader recited a passage from the Quran, the Muslim holy book, about being steadfast in the face of an oppressor. He then led the crowd in a chant, waving his finger in rhythm: "To Jerusalem, to Jerusalem, to Jerusalem."
Yahoo News: Top Stories - AFP
. . . a defiant Arafat vowed: "No one can kick me out. They can kill me kill me with bombs but I will not leave," he told reporters.

Palestinian prime minister-designate Ahmed Qorei threatened to call off efforts to form a new government after the Israeli decision. "If the government of Israel doesn't revise its position, if it continues to use the principle of force and violence against the Palestinian people and its leadership, in this case any composition of any Palestinian government will become an issue without substance," he said in a statement received by AFP. "This is the reason why I will study the possibility of suspending any efforts to form a Palestinian government under such pressure and such threats that only benefit the enemies of peace."

Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath called on Washington to use its influence to calm the situation. "It's the Israeli occupation that is the obstacle," he told CNN.

Nabil Abu Rudeina, a senior advisor to Arafat, said Israel would "pay a high price" if it went ahead with the expulsion.

Arafat was hailed by thousands of supporters as he ventured out of his headquarters after the cabinet decision. The veteran Palestinian leader was carried on a chair by his bodyguards, blew kisses and gave the victory sign after up to 3,000 supporters entered the Muqataa complex.

"With our blood and our souls we will support you, Abu Ammar," the crowd chanted, using Arafat's nom de guerre. Arafat also joined in the chanting over a loudhailer when they chanted: "With our blood and our souls we will support you Palestine."

Some of the crowd were burning tyres while others carried portraits of the 74-year-old symbol of Palestinian resistance.

More than 5,000 people also took to the streets in central Gaza City to demonstrate their support for Arafat after Islamic and nationalist factions had urged them by loudspeaker to gather.

Hundreds of gunmen opened fire into the air, shouting "Sharon go to hell", "Abu Ammar we will defend you forever" and "Revenge, Revenge".
International Response
As usual, Israel stands alone.

From U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, September 11, 2003:
QUESTION: What do you think of the Israeli Foreign Minister's recommendation that Israel expel Arafat, ignoring the advice of the United States?

MR. BOUCHER: Our position on that issue has not changed since the Secretary expressed his view on Sunday.

QUESTION: Do you -- well, can you not say it again for the occasion because, I mean, it has come up again?

MR. BOUCHER: Everybody's asked me to repeat stuff that I don't quite remember. I don't have the transcript with me, Jonathan. I did a feeble paraphrase yesterday of the Secretary's eloquent words and I would hate to do an even more feeble one today, but --

QUESTION: Well, isn't it something to the effect of that it would be counterproductive or --

MR. BOUCHER: It was, "Our view is that expelling Mr. Arafat -- our view on Mr. Arafat hasn't changed and our view is that he is part of the problem, not part of the solution. At the same time, we think it would not be helpful to expel him because it would just give him another stage to play on.

QUESTION: Richard? Follow-up on that?


QUESTION: In the Jerusalem Post they are actually calling for the killing of Arafat, saying that -- in an editorial today -- saying that even if Arafat were expelled, he would still be playing a role, and therefore, he must be eliminated. And it seems that the foreign minister also didn't express any negative comments with regard to such a fate for Arafat.

MR. BOUCHER: I don't know what the --

QUESTION: Won't that throw a monkey wrench, won't that throw a hand grenade into any possibilities of peace in the Middle East?

MR. BOUCHER: I don't know what the foreign minister was asked, nor do I know exactly what he said. But our view of Mr. Arafat and his status has not changed at all. We don't have a brief for him, but at the same time, we don't believe that dealing with Mr. Arafat in that fashion or through expulsion is going to be helpful at all to the situation.

Jerusalem bus bombing toll now 23

Tova Lev, 37, from Bnei Brak, died Friday at Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek Hospital of wounds sustained in August's suicide bombing on a Jerusalem bus.

A Palestinian suicide bomber, disguised as an Orthodox Jew, boarded the packed Jerusalem No. 2 bus making its way from the Western Wall to Har Nof August 19 and blew himself up, killing 23 people and wounding more than one hundred, in one of the deadliest bombings in the past three years of violence.

Many of the victims were children.

Avoiding Depair, Taking Action

by Rabbi Saul J. Berman
As the absolute unadulterated horror of the recent bus and cafe bombings sinks in, and the morally uneven cycle of Palestinian terror against civilians and Israeli defensive retaliation against terrorists resumes, I feel increasingly hopeless and helpless. There is actually some comfort in accepting that the entire situation is totally beyond our control, that there is nothing we can do but weep and pray.

But to submit to such despair would violate what Rav Nachman of Bratslav called “the sin of willed weakness.” For in reality, there is much that we can and need to do at this very moment in time. There is a combined material and spiritual response which can impact on the political and personal reality of the situation. The following are some elements of such response.

1. Call friends and acquaintances in Israel; let them know that you worry about them, that their safety is on your mind and that while you can’t really feel their pain and fear, that you care, fear and pray for them. Ask them if there is anyone you can call who needs to be reassured of their safety.

2. Engage in political advocacy. Now is the time to contact Congressmen and Senators, to write letters and e-mails to the President. Urge them to continue support for Israel, to allow and aid the building of the fence, to press for the Palestinian Authority to actually dismantle terrorist organizations, to displace Syria from Chairmanship of the Security Council, to be tougher on Saudia Arabia for its promotion of the ideology of terror.

3. Travel to Israel and purchase Israeli products. Two years ago, early in Intifada II, dear friends needed to change their travel plans to Israel. Instead of just canceling their flights and hotel reservations, they offered us the opportunity to go in their stead. We were deeply grateful, they were enriched by their kindness to us and their support of Israel. So, make a pledge to travel to Israel now through the Go Israel initiative; if you can’t, make it possible for someone else to travel in your place. The flow of tourists and trade is essential to Israel’s morale.

4. Renew your consideration of the possibility of Aliyah. Admittedly it is hard to think just now about bringing one’s children to a place where the enemy not only lacks respect for the lives of civilians, but intentionally
targets the most vulnerable and defenseless (What bravery, Oh Muslim warriors!) But the richness of Jewish life, the opportunity to shape Jewish history and the capacity to make a real difference in an emerging economy, culture, and integrated religious society, need to constantly arouse and inspire thoughts of Aliyah.

5. Teshuvah (recognition of wrongdoing, regret and reform) is always appropriate in times of trouble. But the Prophets constantly remind us that G-d’s primary interest is in repentance in the area of human relations. So,
now is the right time to be evaluating our relationships to children, parents and spouses, to employees and employers, to current and former friends, to teachers and students. Do we hear well? Do we speak respectfully? Do we support those in need, materially, emotionally and spiritually? Do we expose our vulnerabilities to those we love? Do we express gratitude to people and to G-d? Such evaluation can lead to reconciliation, improvement and repair of the relationship to others, and thereby, of the relationship to G-d.

6. Direct attention to the relationship to G-d is also necessary at such critical moments. Improvement in this realm need not require greater severity and ascetic withdrawal. It does require greater integrity and conscious attentiveness to meaning in the performance of Mitzvot. Now is the time to bring God more energetically into our homes and our workplaces, enabling His values to be manifest more overtly in our behavior.

7. Finally, prayer. Prayer is necessary but not sufficient in the process of eliciting Divine aid. We are required to utilize our own wisdom and our own energies to try to achieve the desired change. As we do all we can in purely human terms, we are entitled to turn to G-d to petition His aid, to ask Him to add the strength of His shoulder to the effort, to enlist His support as a partner in our endeavor. Of course, we know from the outset that our own efforts will ultimately only be successful if they conform to G-d’s will, but if we fail to assume direct responsibility, we might miss the opportunities for salvation which God makes available only to those ready to grasp the moment.

Two Hells
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav taught that there are two hells awaiting sinners in the world to come. One is the hell of fire, which awaits those who sinned sins of passion. The other is the hell of ice, which awaits those who sinned the sin of willed weakness. We must avoid despair, sustain hope in the possibility of peace, and engage energetically in both material and spiritual actions to bring comfort and help, hope and peace, to each other -to our brothers, our sisters and our cousins in G-d's land.
EDAH's weekly free online video of Rabbi Berman teaching on Parshat haShavuah is available here.

This week's video is dedicated to the memory of Dr. David Appelbaum of Shaare Zadek Hospital and his daughter Nava Appelbaum. May G-d send comfort to the family and peace to Israel.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

MUST READ: "Surviving Oslo: An Israeli Decade"

Kudos to FOXNEWS for publishing this story
Posted here in its entirety
by Julia Gorin

To not be impolite, you instinctively avert your eyes when you first see Kinneret Boosany. The burns cover a good part of her face and continue down, encompassing 60 percent of her body.

She wears a pressure suit 24 hours a day to keep the 17-month-old burns from inflating and opening. Burns are prone to infections, and Kinneret has had them all. She keeps out of the sun and has to be in a cooled environment because the burns are still hot, the suit makes her hotter, and her body can't produce sweat.

At Tel Hashomer Hospital's rehabilitation center near Tel Aviv, physical therapists stretch and tear her burns to keep them from bunching up and contorting her body. She is blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and missing a lung. She is 25 years old and still gorgeous. There is only one thing for which the former model and dancer can thank the homicide bomber who did this to her:

"I don't have to shave my legs anymore," she laughs darkly.

This Sept. 13 marks the 10th anniversary of the 1993 handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, after which homicide bombings became a lifestyle choice for Palestinian families.

Kinneret is among the "injured," those vastly higher statistics than the body count, which are even more easily dismissed than the routine Israeli deaths. Hers is just one of thousands of human-interest stories that 10 years of the Oslo Accords have produced, many--perhaps most-- of which have gone unreported by the media.

During the spate of homicide bombings in March of last year, Kinneret and her co-workers at "My Coffee Shop" on Tel Aviv's busy Allenby Street joked about it happening at their cafe because the location was so prime.

"We decided that the bartender would be safest because he could just duck behind the bar," she recalled.

The bomber came that March 30. Kinneret was bartending when a customer asked for coffee. She turned to fix it for him, and he detonated. Kinneret was thrown back against the wall of liquor. She fell to the ground and everything, including the refrigerator, fell on her. All that could be seen of her when the ambulances arrived was a hand. A paramedic had to hold the hand up to keep it from falling off and the skin from sloughing downward.

All this her family and friends had to tell her, because Kinneret remembers none of it even though she never lost consciousness--not until she got to the hospital and the doctors sedated her for four months. They gave her a 16 percent chance of survival. She fought, and in July she awoke to her 24th birthday and to a stranger standing over her on crutches, giving her moral support. The stranger, named Meytal, is now a close friend. She had survived a 1996 suicide bombing in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Center when she was 27, losing her younger brother and a leg.

The last time I was in Israel was August 1993, the month that the Oslo Accords were made public. I went back again this past August for my cousin's wedding near Beersheba. As we celebrated, 40 miles away a Hamas terrorist was vaporized by an Israeli helicopter while he was transporting mortar shells. The following Sunday we ate dinner at an outdoor Tel Aviv café five meters from the spot where two weeks earlier an Arabic man killed a Jewish man while on a stabbing spree. And most attacks on Israelis don't happen in Tel Aviv.

Contemplating a shekel-per-customer "security charge" on the bill at another restaurant--necessary to pay for the salary of the guard at the entrance--a visitor begins to understand what it is to be a nation under siege, absorbing fire that would be more evenly distributed throughout the Western world if Israel weren't conveniently located on the front lines.

As America this week mourns Sept. 11, Kinneret's friend and self-described truth disseminator Sheila Raviv points out that the Jewish calendar is dotted with many smaller September Elevenths.

The state pays a Philippine woman to be Kinneret's domestic helper 16 hours a day. The woman is part of Tel Aviv's burgeoning community of migrant laborers from the Philippines, who can always find reliable work in Israel assisting terror victims, a booming industry since the start of Oslo. There are so many handicapped, maimed or crippled Israeli children since 1993 that caring for young invalids has become a uniformed national service alternative to the army for female high school graduates.

And yet Kinneret remains "totally left," as she calls herself, certain that the Palestinians are suffering as much as Israelis and want peace as much as Israelis do. It's not for nothing that Raviv has dubbed her "the Ann Frank of the Intifadah."

"Even though I am burned," Kinneret once told Raviv, "I can walk, talk and breathe."

That's more than Steve Averbach can do. For now, the 37 year-old husband and father of four lives in the neurological wing of the rehab center at Tel Hashomer, where Jews and Arabs get equal care. Breathing and talking are recent breakthroughs for Steve after an early morning bus bombing in Jerusalem last May left him paralyzed from the neck down.

He doesn't smile and gives one-word answers. Asked about his emotional process in the aftermath, the anti-terrorism expert answers "immediate and total acceptance," reluctant to tell yet another reporter that he cries himself to sleep, as one local paper reported. Steve used to get up at four every morning for work and come home ten at night. Weekends were for horsing around with the kids. Now his days look different: "They wake me up and two people help me into a chair from the bed. They wash me and take me to physical therapy."

In the orthopedic rehab wing across the hall, a double amputee named Shlomo gets help from his Philippine assistant as he learns to use his prosthetic arm and leg. He lost the real ones last year at Netanya's Jeremy Hotel when Arabic gunmen killed two and injured 50 in what turned out to be a precursor to the Passover Massacre at Netanya's Park Hotel.

June 1 is Anna Kazachkova's Sept. 11. She lost her 16-year-old daughter, also Anna, on that day in 2001 when a homicide bomber killed 21 people and injured 120--mostly teenagers attending a dance--at the Dolphin disco in Tel Aviv. At the time, Mrs. Kazachkova was a month away from taking an exam to become a pediatric surgeon. After the attack she lost her concentration and part of her memory and to this day has not taken the exam. Her days alternate between going to therapy and going to the cemetery with the other parents who lost their children in the attack. Her son, Anna's brother Alex, is now 14.

"There is silence between us," Mrs. Kazachkova says, "except when he says it's empty without her."

After our phone conversation, which I'd stumbled into while trying to reach someone else, I had a fleeting memory of a pin I'd randomly picked from a basket that was thrust at me during a rally in New York last year. The basket had hundreds of pins, each one with a photo of a different victim of a different act of terror in Israel. Mine pictured a girl whose name I didn't recall and for whom I said exactly one prayer before finally discarding the button months later.

A memorial now stands in front of the seaside Dolphin disco. As I passed it, an old man holding a vigil had me light a candle. Curious to put a face with the name of the girl whose mother I'd fortuitously gotten on the phone, I looked at the photographs of those killed, which hung along the fence behind the memorial. I recognized the face above the name Kazachkova. It was the face from the pin that I discarded a year ago.

Julia Gorin is the author of the newly released "The Buddy Chronicles," available through Bruiserbooks.com, and a contributing editor to JewishWorldReview.com.

To respond to the author, click here and go to the link at the bottom of the page.

To "do something," go to the next post down, and click the link to join the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Emergency Appeal to President Bush.


As we commemorate the second anniversary of September 11th, and stand in solidarity with the families of the nearly 3,000 people murdered by terrorists, the Simon Wiesenthal Center urges President George W. Bush to stay the course in the war against terrorism for if we don't fight them today, there will surely be more 9/11's tomorrow. Because of this, yesterday's back-to-back suicide attacks in Israel, which killed 15 and wounded over 70, demands action from the civilized world. Please join the Simon Wiesenthal Center in calling on President Bush to support Israel's right to protect the lives of her citizens in light of the continued attacks by terrorist groups against innocent Israelis.

Click here to join the Simon Wiesenthal Center's emergency appeal to President Bush calling for:

* The United States and the rest of the civilized world to support Israel's right to protect the lives of her citizens by mounting an operation against the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership and destroying the infrastructure of terrorism once and for all. Make no mistake because these terrorists groups want nothing less then the total destruction of the State of Israel.

* The removal of Yassir Arafat from power as president of the Palestinian Authority as peace is not achievable under the current Palestinian leadership and the sooner he is removed, the sooner legitimate moderates from among the Palestinian people can emerge to lead them in creating a peaceful future alongside their Israeli neighbors.

Time is short. As you read this appeal other homicide bombers are on the loose. After the latest massacres, Palestinians in Gaza City took to the streets celebrating the mass murders while Hamas leader and Holocaust denier, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, warned, "more responses are on their way."

Liquidating the terrorist infrastructure is what every member state of the United Nations would do if their own countries faced continuous and similar attacks by terrorist groups against their innocent citizens.

Israel is fighting for her life - Her future depends on your actions!

About the Boulder Daily Camera . . . from a reader
Did you read the sad headline in yesterday's Camera? Under a photo of an Israeli soldier guarding the T.A. bombing area, it stated that a Palestinian “exploded” at the site. Can you imagine such a thing? Could it happen to me? Could I be sleeping or reading a book and then explode all of a sudden?

Grisly and unnerving

On Saturday night, Sept. 6th, I posted on this blog a headline: "A pox on the Swedish Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh" and the following entry:
"Of course Arafat´s unwillingness to give Abu Mazen increased power was decisive, but Abu Mazen´s position would have been much stronger if Israel had also contributed to the peace process," Lindh told Swedish radio at an EU foreign ministers meeting in the Italian Alps.
I thought her statement was excruciatingly unfair. After all, Israel had removed road blocks and checkpoints, torn down Jewish settlements, relinquished control of some predominantly Arab cities, released hundreds of millions of dollars to the PA and hundreds of Palestinian criminals to the streets. . . but contribute to the peace process? Nah.

The grisly and unnerving part is that Anna Lindh was attacked and stabbed yesterday in a department store in Stockholm. She died in the early hours of this morning. My condolences to the Swedish people; I understand they loved her well.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right, escorts Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister and
then European Union representative Anna Lindh to his headquarters in Gaza City
in this March 12, 2001 AP file photo (Laurent Rebours).

Oh, and one more thing: Hey, Yasser, watch out.

America 9/11 - Israel 24/7


Something's in the air. Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post called for the Israeli government to kill Arafat (see editorial in its entirety below). Yesterday a friend wrote to President Bush:
How dare you, Mr. Terror Fighter, tell Israel what she can and cannot do to protect her citizens? Shame on you and shame on Israel for following your orders while Jews die. I am so disgusted with your double standard and that of your State Department, I will not vote for you.
This morning, I received an "Urgent Message" from David Horowitz of FrontPageMagazine:
The lives of Israelis are just as precious as the lives of Americans. It is unreasonable and unjust to ask Israelis to sacrifice their lives for the sake of an abstract "Road Map" that leads nowhere.

The bodies were scarcely cleared away from the horrendous suicide bus bombing of August 19, when the State Department declared that the Road Map was still on track and Brent Scowcroft, former national security advisor, said we must prevent the bombing from derailing the peace process.

President Bush needs to hear loud and clear that he must stand on the side of Israel and against terrorism wherever it occurs.
Submitted by Al on a forum at Daniel Pipes weblog:
I see an incredible double standard today. It's ok for terrorist groups like Hamas to intentionally target woman and children with nail studded bombs ripping bodies apart, yet when Israel targets an evil terrorist it's a war crime?

I'm sorry for the innocent dead, but let's keep in mind that week after week Hamas has killed hundreds of civilians and the world looks the other way. You never hear Hamas apologize for killing whether inside Israel proper or out, instead they praise murder.

The anti-Israeli bias is so obvious that Israel should stop apologizing and worry more about saving itself instead of the prejudiced opinion.
From Andrew Whitehead at ACAIR:
What American can look at a so-called “journalist” on television interviewing an Islamic terrorist as though they were anything more than devious cowards without feeling great anger for both the terrorist and the enabling “journalist”?

Would Americans of 1940 have listened to Edward R. Murrow if he had interviewed Adolf Hitler to get “the other side of the story”? No? Why are we Americans so different today? Why are we so different that we not only listen to these agents of evil, we actually stay up late to watch them spew their America bashing words and carry the propaganda of those who will kill us the first chance they get?

At what point do we Americans say “enough”? At what point do we demand of our President and Congress that they fulfill their oaths to “protect and defend” our Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic?
Yishai Fleisher from Kumah.org writes:
So many of us have a fundamentally flawed perception of the times we are living in. We pity Israel, we are condescending towards it. When we talk about Israel e get this sad face, we just can’t believe that another 20 people have been murdered in that “troubled region.” We shake our heads at the actions of the Israeli Government, and we mourn the hard economic times and the death of the tourist industry. Talk to some American Jews and you might get the impression that we are safe here, while Israel is headed towards a very uncertain future, its existence hanging in the balance. The ironic reality is that Israel is a flourishing garden while American Jewry is a wilting potted-plant.

[The] separation between American Jews and Israel is so wonderfully convenient for our enemies. They simply love it! The “Palestinians” need only fight half the Jews, while we American Jews, safe between two oceans, are as passive as the sacrificial lamb. The blood fight is happening there, in the Middle East and we’re not a part of it. Behind closed doors, the Arabs laugh and laugh and say to each other “We have nothing to worry about from those American Jews.” The Arabs don’t attack us here because they like us to stay on the sidelines. The separation of the Jewish people plays right into their hands. Our division is their strength.

The big picture: we are living in the best period of Jewish history in the past two thousand years and Israel is at its center. Despite the constant terror attacks and the many wars, Israel is the safe haven of the entire Jewish people. Sixty years ago, Diaspora Jewry was being scorched by Hitler’s death machine; today Israeli F-15 Jet fighters fly over Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the Six Million. Those jets do more than commemorate, their supersonic presence over the remnants of Nazi camps says: “We Jews are alive and well, we have a home and a G-d, and we know how to fight.” All Jews lean on Israel’s shoulders because Israel’s presence and might deters anti-Semites from acting up worldwide, America included.
Ariel Natan Pasko holds that "There is only a military solution":
One only has to look as far east as Iraq, to see that force of arms can change a regime and impose a solution.

The Problem: One nation, spiritually and historically attached to its
ancient homeland, is being constantly attacked militarily, both directly and
through terrorist actions against its civilian population, from the
adjoining contiguous territory - there are no natural borders - which is
also part of its ancient homeland, now occupied by an enemy population who
has invaded it over time.

The Military Solution, which can be imposed, offers several choices.

1. Declare a total all-out war against the enemy, hit all targets, military,
political, economic, and destroy their infrastructure. Maximize enemy
casualties - including civilian - with the intent purpose of reducing the
enemy population drastically and facilitating the elimination of it from
your homeland. Guarantee peace by eliminating the enemy's ability to wage
war, and greatly reducing the enemies will to wage war. Reunite your ancient
homeland under your exclusive control, declare victory, peace, and praise

2. Declare a total all-out war against the enemy's military, hit all
targets, including their political and military command-and-control centers,
and military leader's residences. Eliminate enemy military actions against
your population and facilitate the evacuation of the enemy's occupying
population from your homeland. Reunite your ancient homeland under your
exclusive control, declare victory, peace, and praise G-D.

3. Declare a total all-out war against the enemy's leadership. Eliminate
them wherever they can be found. Destroy the enemy's military infrastructure
and reduce the occupying enemy to a servile population. Facilitate the
evacuation of most of the enemy population and incorporate the rest into
your population. Reunite your ancient homeland under your exclusive control,
declare victory, peace, and praise G-D.

If you stop and think for a moment, there are those who are attempting to
implement a combination of these choices, as we speak. No, not Kahanist
elements, the Jewish settler movement and the far-right fringe in Israel;
but Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah - such as their Tanzim and Al-Aqsa
Brigades - and others. They see a military solution to the conflict.

Just listen to what Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi recently said, "We will
continue with our holy war and resistance until every last criminal Zionist
is evicted from this land. By G-D we will not leave one Jew alive in
Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our
land, not the Jews."
I'll give the last word (temporarily) to Ruth Matar of Women in Green:
Many articles have been written full of admiration for the Jews who “carry on as usual” after every horrific terror attack. To do otherwise, these pundits maintain, would mean giving in to terror.

The truth is exactly the opposite. Carrying on a normal life as if nothing has really happened is giving in to terror. It is time to call it quits, to say “enough is enough”, and stop proceeding down a path that has failed again and again.

I am now going to quote from an article in today’s Jerusalem Post by my friend Michael Freund, Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office under Binyamin Netanyahu. He has put into words exactly how the majority of us feel.

“Oslo is an experiment whose time has passed; only a ‘mad scientist’ would be willing to press forward with it. The only way out of the current morass is for Israel to reassert full control over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, dismantle the Palestinian Authority and destroy the infrastructure of terror. It won’t be clean, and it won’t be pretty, but a Government’s first priority is to protect its citizens, not to appease international public opinion.

“If the past ten years teach us anything, it should be that forgoing our Divine and eternal right to this Land, inevitably leads to an erosion in our security and well being. The two are inextricably linked, and we must no longer shy away from making this clear to the world.

“The first step toward healing this nation is to heal the rift in the Land and to reclaim what is rightfully ours. We spent the past decade trying to divide it and look where that has gotten us.

“The time for retreat is over. Now, let us move forward, and advance, and take back our Land, once and for all.”

President Bush, in his recent prime-time address, to the American People, requested $87 billion from Congress for the continued fight against terror and the post-war transformation of Iraq. He also stated that some of those attacking American soldiers and their allies are “foreign terrorists”. Strangely, President Bush did not mention them by name. However, it has been revealed that a large number of these “foreign terrorists” are PALESTINIAN ARABS.

During the war itself Arafat sent instructors to Iraq to train Iraqi suicide bombers. Why did President Bush omit telling the truth about the identity of these “foreign terrorists”? Because he might have lost the support of many Americans for the “Road Map to Peace” and the very idea to reward terror with a state carved out of the Holy Land?

Dear friends: Deluge President Bush with letters and phone calls. The Oslo Accords and the Road Map, the whole so-called “peace process”, is nothing but a Jew killing process. Demand of President Bush to cancel American support for the “Road Map”, to take away the restraints on Israel to defend itself, and to actively stop this second holocaust.
Israel remembers 9/11.

It's time for Americans, especially American Jews, to remember ISRAEL and what she faces 24/7.

To: President Bush ~ president@whitehouse.gov

Cc: Ariel Sharon ~ pm_heb@pmo.gov.il

Infidel Barbie a menace to Saudi society

"the Jewish doll" ??

The Associated Press has just picked up a story from our own dear MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, from May of this year. At that time, MEMRI reported the launching of the new website of the [Saudi] "Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices." The website's "Exhibit of Violations" section, displaying confiscated items from their "permanent collection of violations," included none other than BARBIE!

Banned in Saudi Arabia for the last decade, Barbie nevertheless remains a threat on the blackmarket, where the contraband doll can cost $27 or more.
The Saudi website shows a photo of several Barbie dolls, along with the text: "The enemies of Islam want to invade us with all possible means, and therefore they have circulated among us this doll, which spreads deterioration of values and moral degeneracy among our girls."

Under the heading "The Jewish Doll," is a story titled "The Strange Request." The story reads: "One girl said to her mother: 'Mother, I want jeans and a shirt open at the top, like Barbie's!!' The dolls of the Jewish Barbie in her naked garb [sic], their disgraceful appearance, and their various accessories are a symbol of the dissolution of values in the West. We must fully comprehend the danger in them."
According to the Jerusalem Post, Barbie owner - Mattel Inc. - declined to comment.

The Saudi religious police must have done their homework: According to the JPost article, "The creator of Barbie was Ruth Handler, who with her husband Elliot, co-founded Mattel. Barbie was named after the Handler's daughter, Barbie. Handler was the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants to the United States, and was brought up in a Yiddish-speaking household in Denver, Colorado. "

A company in Livonia, Michigan, called NoorArt, offers a pious alternative with long sleeves, Muslim head scarf and modest bustline: Meet Razanne!

"Dressing modestly doesn't keep Razanne from having fun!
On the playground, Razanne wears her scarf."

NoorArt offers a variety of Razanne dolls, including "Playday Razanne," available with black, brown or blonde hair, wearing orange, pink or green shalwar kameez, "a comfortable set of pants and tops that many Muslim girls wear in Asian lands."

WDIV in Michigan reports that NoorArt offers additional toys geared toward Muslim children, including taped songs like "We Love Muhammed" set to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy.
It's also preparing to offer figures for boys along the lines of GI Joe. But Razanne's creator insists,
"It's not going to be an Osama bin Laden action figure."
Could it be mere coincidence that Livonia, Michigan has been recognized as the 7th Safest City in the Country and the 2nd Best Place in the Nation to Raise a Family?

IDF warns Palestinians

According to Yediot Ahronot, via the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' Daily Alert,
the IDF has been sending a message to the Palestinian population in recent days: "Stay away from places where terrorists are present - we intend to strike them and you are liable to be harmed."

The purpose of the information campaign is to hurt the motivation and morale of the terrorists and to strengthen Israel's humanitarian and ethical image among Palestinians and the international community.

IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said Wednesday, "terrorist leaders are purposely endangering the Palestinian civilian population, among whom they operate, in order to protect themselves."
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Jerusalem Post editorial yesterday
Yesterday I tried to hold this blog still for a day, to let it reel in sorrow like the rest of us. And though I think and wish that we all should remain on the floor for longer than we've been able to, there are important decisions to be made. How will we respond to the brutal murders of these Jews in the land of Israel?

From the top of the Israeli government to the most alienated diaspora Jew, each of us forms a response that is part and parcel of the collective response of the Jewish people (whether we like to think so or not). Will we strike out or will we implode? Editors of the Jerusalem Post say that enough is enough, that the "breaking point" has arrived:
The world will not help us; we must help ourselves. We must kill as many of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders as possible, as quickly possible, while minimizing collateral damage, but not letting that damage stop us. And we must kill Yasser Arafat, because the world leaves us no alternative.

No one seriously argues with the fact that Arafat was preventing Mahmoud Abbas, the prime minister he appointed, from combating terrorism, to the extent that was willing to do so. Almost no one seriously disputes that Abbas on whom Israel, the US, and Europe had placed all their bets failed primarily because Arafat retained control of much of the security apparatus, and that Arafat wanted him to fail.

The new prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, clearly will fare no better, since he, if anything, has been trying to garner more power for Arafat, not less.
Under these circumstances, the idea of exiling Arafat is gaining currency, but the standard objection is that he will be as much or more of a problem when free to travel the world than he is locked up in Ramallah.

If only three countries Britain, France, and Germany joined the US in a total boycott of Arafat this would not be the case. If these countries did not speak with Arafat, it would not matter much who did, and however much a local Palestinian leader would claim to consult with Arafat, his power would be gone.

But such a boycott will not happen. Only now, after more than 800 Israelis have died in three years of suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks, has Europe finally decided that Hamas is a terrorist organization. How much longer will it take before it cuts off Arafat? Yet Israel cannot accept a situation in which Arafat blocks any Palestinian break with terrorism, whether from here or in exile. Therefore, we are at another point in our history at which the diplomatic risks of defending ourselves are exceeded by the risks of not doing so.

Such was the case in the Six Day War, when Israel was forced to launch a preemptive attack or accept destruction. And when Menachem Begin decided to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981. And when Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in Palestinian cities after the Passover Massacre of 2002. In each case, Israel tried every fashion of restraint, every plea to the international community to take action that would avoid the need for "extreme" measures, all to no avail.

When the breaking point arrives, there is no point in taking half-measures. If we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it right.

Arafat's death at Israel's hands would not radicalize Arab opposition to Israel; just the opposite. The current jihad against us is being fueled by the perception that Israel is blocked from taking decisive action to defend itself.

Arafat's survival and power are a test of the proposition that it is possible to pursue a cause through terror and not have that cause rejected by the international community. Killing Arafat, more than any other act, would demonstrate that the tool of terror is unacceptable, even against Israel, even in the name of a Palestinian state.

Arafat does not just stand for terror, he stands for the refusal to make peace with Israel under any circumstances and within any borders.

In this respect, there is no distinction, beyond the tactical, between him and Hamas. Europe's refusal to utterly reject him condemns Palestinians, no less than Israelis, to endless war and dooms the possibility of the two-state solution the world claims to seek.

While the prospect of a Palestinian power vacuum is feared by some, the worst of all worlds is what exists now: Terrorists attack Israel at will under the umbrella of legitimacy provided by Arafat. Hamas would not be able to fill a post-Arafat vacuum; on the contrary, Hamas would lose the cover it has today.

A word must be said here about the most common claim made by those who would not isolate Arafat, let alone kill him: that he is the elected leader of the Palestinian people. Even if Arafat was chosen in a truly free election (when does his term end?), which we would dispute, this does not close the question of his legitimacy.

Whom the Palestinians choose to lead them is none of our business, provided it is a free choice, and provided they do not opt for leaders who choose terror and aggression. So long as the Palestinians choose such a leadership, it should be held no more immune to counterattack by Israel than the Taliban and Saddam Hussein were by the United States.

We complain that a double standard is applied to us, and it is. But we cannot complain when we apply that double standard to ourselves. Arafat's survival, under our watchful eyes, is living testimony to our tolerance of that double standard. If we want another standard to be applied, we must begin by applying it ourselves.

DEBKA headline: Israeli special forces troops encircle Arafat’s government headquarters in Ramallah Thursday

Israeli soldiers occupy a building close to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The US and the EU have warned Israel off moves to expel Arafat from the Palestinian territories. (AFP/File/Jamal Aruri)

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

The story of Tzippy Cohen

Australian survived Hillel Cafe Bombing and 9/11
Tzippy Cohen, 25 years old, of Melbourne Australia, was in the Hillel Cafe Tuesday night, when a Palestinian terrorist blew himself up to murder seven people and wound scores of others.

Cohen had been careful, hadn't ridden a bus, had taken a cab there, went inside, to the back of the cafe for safety reasons. She had just ordered coffee and was sitting down with two Australian friends, Rochelle Rostkier and Tova Ross, when the blast hit. They ran for their lives, scrambling through a blown-out window at the back of Cafe Hillel.

Caption: "Bystanders in shock leave the scene of a suicide bombing
at a Jerusalem cafe, late Tuesday Sept. 9, 2003." (JPost/AP)

Cohen had to have surgery to remove shrapnel from her back, and is due to be released 9/11.

Tzippy Cohen (left), her sister Miriam and Tova Ross
in Bikur Holim Hospital in Jerusalem. Picture: Ed O'Loughlin, smh.com.au

9/11 two years ago, Ms. Cohen was in New York - just blocks from the World Trade Center - when Arab Islamist suicide attackers flew two planes into the twin towers. Read her story.

See also Jerusalem Police on High Alert Following Terror Attacks at CNSnews.com.

Belgians poised to judge Sharon on war crimes

AFP/Herwig Vergult

The judges of Brussels' Cassation court sit in a Brussels courtroom to decide whether to drop legal action for alleged crimes against humanity against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Click here for full story.

'May He swallow up death forever, and . . . wipe away tears from every face and remove the scorn of His people from throughout the world'

All eight victims of the Tzrifin suicide attack have been identified:
Sgt. Yonatan Peleg, 21, Moshav Yanov, Sharon area.

Yoni was in the army for a year and a half, serving as an instructor in the Tzrifin army base. Two weeks ago he was granted a promotion.

At the time of the attack, Yoni was on his way home, together with his girlfriend, also a soldier at Tzrifin base. She, too, was killed in the attack.

Yoni's father, Yosef, recalled with tears in his eyes: "When I heard of the attack, I called Yoni but He didn't answer. I left him a message, 'Yoni, call me back, we're worried.' He never did."

Yosef rushed to Asaf Harofeh Hospital, looking for Yoni.

"When I saw the look on the crews' faces, I understood he was dead," he said. "I want Yoni to be remembered as a good boy. Always smiling, loving life, looking out for everyone. His girlfriend and he were very much in love. Now, there'll always be together."

Comrades of slain Israeli soldier Yonatan Peleg who was killed in an explosion outside an army base near Tel Aviv moun during his funeral in Moshav Yanuv. REUTERS/Tsafrir Abayof

Yoni left behind parents, a brother and a sister. He was buried Wednesday in Moshav Yanov.

Corporal Mazi Grego, 19. from Holon.

Mazi Grego completed her studies at the ORT High School in Holon, majoring in computers. She had recently completed a computer course in the army and had been given an office and computer of her own to take advantage of her talents.

Just before the bombing, Mazi spoke to her mother Orly by phone and told her that the bus had been full and didn't stop. "If the bus had stopped she would still have been alive," her mother couldn't stop crying. "After the explosion I called Mazi, but her phone was engaged. At one point someone answered and told me he was the paramedic. 'Mazi's alive,' he said."

However, when the family hurried to the hospital, they were referred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir.

Nissim, Mazi's father, is furious. "We gave this country a flower, and she returned to us in a coffin. I don't understand Sharon. He's in India now, eating Papaya, while here terrorists are exploding. Couldn't they have killed Sheikh Ahmed Yassin when he was still in jail?"

Orly and Nisim, right, the parents of Israeli soldier Mazi Grego, and her brother and sister, left, cry over her coffin, wrapped in an Israeli flag, during Grego's funeral in the city of Hulon near Tel Aviv. AP Photo/Eitan Hess-Ashkenazi

Mazi left behind parents, a sister, due to begin her army service, and brother, two months short of celebrating his Bar Mitzvah. She was buried Wednesday at 15:30, in Holon.

Chief Warrant Officer (SWO) Haim Alfasi, 40, from Haifa.

Chief Warrant Officer Haim Alfasi, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday next week, was an instructor in the Signal Corps at the Tzrifin army base. He was killed on his way home.

When Haim's wife, Orly, heard of the attack, she immediately called her husband. As the hours passed and no word was received from Haim, her fear grew.

"First and foremost, Haim was a family man," she told ynet. "A loving father, husband and son, always thinking of his family. Now, thanks to this horrible situation, all we have is memories and photographs."

"He was a great cook," recalls his sister-in-law, Keren. "He made the best Moroccan fish, and was always helping my sister. Now Orly doesn't say much. She mostly cries.

"Haim had a wonderful relationship with his sons, wonderful and warm. They're so alike him, so loving and attached to him. Little Oz fell asleep early [Tuesday night] and doesn't yet know he's lost a father. Ran is already grownup, he understands, he sits around and cries."

Orly Elfasi embraces her two sons, Ran, 12, right, and Nir, 9, as she attends the funeral service of her husband, Haim, an Israeli senior warrant officer. AP Photo/ Hetzel Shapira

Chief Warrant Officer Haim Alfasi left behind a wife and three sons: Ran (12), Nir (9) and Oz (3). He was buried Wednesday in Haifa.

Corporal Prosper Twito, 20, from Upper Nazareth.

Corporal Prosper (Perry) Twito was informed on Tuesday that he was to join an officer's course, one which he had been waiting to join for a long time. "His commander told me he had a smile on his face all day long," his father, Ephraim, told ynet.

After the attack, said Ephraim, he expected the worst. "I had a gut feeling, and called the information center. They told me he was hurt and I drove to the hospital like a madman.

"I asked to see him, but he was undergoing surgery at the time and we couldn't go in." Ephraim and his wife, Denise, prayed for their son's life, but an hour later they were informed of his death.

Prosper left behind parents and three siblings. He was buried Wednesday in Upper Nazareth.

Sgt.-Maj. Yaakov Ben Shabbat, 39, from Pardes Hannah.

Sgt.-Maj. Yaakov Ben Shabbat left the Tzrifin army base, where he had been serving for the past seven years, especially early on Tuesday. It was his daughter's eighth birthday, and he wanted to stop off on his way home to buy her presents and a birthday cake. The cake, ordered specially, remained in the bakery.

"Yaakov was the dominant member of our family," his relatives said. "We used to ask his advice all the time. He loved his family and cared for it, and was especially attached to his three kids. He loved everyone, Jews and Arabs alike."

Yaakov left behind a wife and three children. He was buried Wednesday in Pardes Hannah.

Capt. Yael Kfir, 21, from Ashkelon.

Even though Yeal majored in theater," her father said, "she had a scientific mind. She completed her finals in math, for the maximum 5 points, with a grade of 100. She had been offered scholarships at several universities, but hadn't made up her mind what to study".

In addition to her IDF service as an instructor in the Signal Corps at the Tzrifin army base, Yael was studying math and history at the Open University. She dreamt of being an astronaut and reaching Mars, and two weeks ago had sent an e-mail to NASA, asking them to advise her if she should study astronomy or astrophysics. "She had enough dreams for dozens of people, said her father."

Yael left behind parents and a sister. She was buried Wednesday in Ashkelon.

Corporal Felix Nikolaichuk, 20, from Bat Yam.

Felix Nikolaichuk, who was to have celebrated his 20th birthday in three weeks, immigrated to Israel with his family from the Ukraine seven years ago. His father Sergei relates how, already then, his son dreamt of serving in the IDF: "He wanted to enlist and serve the country.

"Yesterday [Tuesday] evening I heard of the attack, but didn't know of anything. At nine p.m. the hospital called, and I was told he died immediately, wounded directly in the heart.

"We spoke for the last time Yesterday morning. Just an ordinary chat, nothing special. Now, I don't know what to say anymore. It's so hard" Felix left behind parents and a brother.

Sgt. Efrat Schwartzman, 19, from Gani Yehuda. Was buried Wednesday in Savion.

May all be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
. . . and Moshav Yanov and Haifa and Upper Nazareth and Pardes Hannah and Ashkelon and Bat Yam and Gani Yehuda and Savion and Mevaseret Zion
. . . and Detroit and Cleveland
. . . wherever we are, in the family of Jews.

Ten of the wounded in the attack are still in hospital, five of which are in moderate condition.

The children of Israel mourn

REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

AP Photo/Eitan Hess-Ashkenazi

EXCRUCIATING: Instead of a wedding, a father-daughter funeral

Two of the murdered in Jerusalem were David Appelbaum --head of Emergency at Shaarei Zedek Hospital and founder of Terem 24-hour Emergency Clinic - and his daughter, Nava, who was to be married today
A father and his daughter out together on the night before her wedding were among the seven killed and 57 wounded in a suicide bombing at a popular coffee shop in Jerusalem Tuesday night.

Dr. David Appelbaum, 50, and his daughter Nava, 20, were buried Wednesday at 10:00 in Jerusalem.

Hundreds of Israeli mourners gather around the body of Dr. David Applebaum, center, and his daughter Nava, both killed at Tuesday's night suicide bombing in Jerusalem, during their funeral in Jerusalem Wednesday Sept. 10, 2003 (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Applebaum, born in Detroit, raised and educated in Cleveland, was head of the emergency department in Shaarei Zedek Hospital and founder of the Terem 24-hour emergency clinic in Jerusalem.

As the Shaarei Zedek crew of nurses and doctors were treating the dozens of wounded at Cafe Hillel, they received word that the attack had killed one of the most senior and beloved doctors of their hospital.

Nava Applebaum, a volunteer with children suffering from cancer as part of her national youth service, was to be married Wednesday evening. She and her father were celebrating their last night together before the wedding.

Applebaum, well-trained in treating bombing victims after years working as a hospital emergency room director, was usually the first to report to the hospital after a bombing. There was no sign of him Tuesday night.

"It was clear to me from very early on that David Applebaum - when he didn't show up and I knew he was in Jerusalem and he hadn't called - that a terrible tragedy had occurred," said Shaarei Tzedek Hospital Director Yonatan Halevy. "Confirmation of my suspicions came shortly."

A paramedic on the scene recognized Applebaum, and notified the hospital. The nurses and doctors, shocked and grieved, kept on treating the stream of casualties.

"Thousands of Jerusalemites owe Dr. Applebaum their lives," said Halevy. "This is a terrible loss."

"Dad dedicated his life to saving others," Applebaum's eldest son Natan told the web site ynet. "Dear Nava should have been married today. They went out for a last night before the wedding to talk."

Hearing the news, the family arrived at the emergency room, which was like a second home to them. Nava's fiancee, Chanan Sand, 20, fainted upon hearing and had to receive medical attention.

At the funeral Chanan placed their wedding ring on her body as it was lowered to the grave.

Thousands, among them many of the wedding guests, attended the funeral.

Other victims identified at this time include:
Alon Mizrachi, 22, Jerusalem.

Alon was the guard on duty at Hillel coffe shop at the time of the attack. He attempted to bodily prevent the terrorist's entrance to the Caf .

His Brother-in-law, Avi Levi, said he "had a soul of a hero."Following his army service, as a mechanic in the IAF, Alon became a guard at Hillel coffee shop, where he had worked for the past three months. "He loved his job," Levi told ynet. "Alon always had a smile on his face. Even when things were hard, he always laughed He was everybody's friend."

Hearing the news, Alon's eight-year-old nephew wrote a letter to Prime Minister Sharon, saying: "I know we all want peace and I know that everyone close to somebody who has died in the attack wants revenge. Stop being the forgiving Nation."

Alon left behind him parents, three brothers and three sisters. He was buried Wednesday at 14:30, in Jerusalem.

Menashe Mizrahi, attending the funeral of his son Alon in Jerusalem, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2003. Alon Mizrahi. an Israeli security guard working in a coffee shop. died on Tuesday trying to stop a suicide bomber from blowing himself up. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Gila Moshe, 40, Jerusalem.

A mother of two, Gila was out with a friend on the night of the attack. Her worried son asked Gila to stay home, but "in a moment's decision she decided to go out and have fun," said her sister, Orna Ben Yishai.

Gila's relatives spoke of a woman who "loved her family so much."

" She was a devoted mother, full of life. She used to play with her children as if she were their own age," her sister said.

Gila left behind a husband and two sons. She will be buried Wednesday at 16:00, in Jerusalem.

Yechiel Emil Tubol, 52, from Jerusalem.

Yechiel owned a building business. "He had hands of gold," said his brother, Chaim.

"He was very hardworking, and was always looking after his family."

Alona Angle, an architect who worked with Yechiel, called her friend's death "terribly ironic. A man who built and worked with Arabs, to be killed like that. It's so easy to ruin, in a split second, everything this man spent a lifetime building. He was intelligent and gentle, a man of wisdom and honesty. Everybody trusted him."

Yechiel left behind a wife and three children.

David Shimon Avizadris, 51, from Mevaseret Zion.

David was the eldest of seven and, when his father died, took his siblings under his wing. "The entire family was dependant on him," said his brother, Eli.

On Tuesday night, David and his wife, Hadas, were sitting with friends in the caf . "He was such a friendly type," Eli said, "and in the caf he got up to say hello to some friends. At the moment of the explosion he happened to be standing between the terrorist and his wife, and she was miraculously saved."

David left behind a wife and three children.

The suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday night at the entrance to the popular Cafe Hillel restaurant on Emek Refaim Road in the German Colony in southern Jerusalem.

According to police, there were two guards at the coffee shop, one at the entrance and one inside. Both guards noticed the suicide bomber and moved towards him. One witness said the guards definitely pushed the bomber outside the cafe, where he managed to shout Allah Akbar (God is great) before he exploded.

Jerusalem Police chief Mickey Levy said the guards prevented a much larger number of fatalities.

Hamas' military wing Izzadin Al Kassam welcomed the attack. The group's statement said Israelis could expect more attacks. Crowds in Gaza City celebrated the two attacks, with some handing out sweets.
Read a full story in the Jerusalem Post about the staff and family of David Applebaum in the wake of Tuesday's attack, and or a recent profile of Applebaum, detailing how he improved emergency health care in Israel.

"I can't take it anymore"

Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times
An Israeli soldier wounded in a bombing yesterday in Tsrifin, near an army base. All seven dead were soldiers.

From the New York Times:
The attacks today seemed intended to jar any sense of Israeli security lingering after a unilateral cease-fire Palestinian factions declared on June 29, but later abandoned.

At both scenes, witnesses described a sickening mix of familiarity and shock. Sgt. Nurit Betzer, 20, a medic, was on her way to the bus stop in Tsrifin when she heard the explosion and ran to help. "I saw bodies that were torn in half," she said. "It's hard when you know your friends are in here somewhere, and all you can smell is the smell of blood and smoke."

Sergeant Betzer apologized for bursting into tears as she spoke. "I don't know why I'm crying," she said. "I shouldn't even be moved by today — this is already my sixth attack."

She spoke about how soldiers were required to keep their boots shined, and said: "I saw this time a soldier, and he was dying, and his shoes were neat. I can't take it anymore."

Islamic groups organize 4 rallies in UK to celebrate 9/11

Rallies will highlight 'Magnificent 19'
The extremist Islamic group al-Muhajiroun is organising four rallies across Britain this week to commemorate what it calls "The Magnificent 19" hijackers who carried out the September 11 atrocities.

The Home Office promises that "every word and every statement" spoken at the events in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester will be monitored by police and intelligence services for breaches of incitement or public order legislation.

But the authorities are essentially powerless to prevent the conferences or to block the provocative advertising used to promote them.

Posters and stickers advertising the events have appeared in inner-city areas with large Muslim populations. They carry pictures of the 19 hijackers around a backdrop of the World Trade Centre in flames and a smiling Osama bin Laden. The posters state: "The Magnificent 19 that divided the world on September 11th."

The London rally will be held tomorrow, the second anniversary of the attacks, with the other conferences following over the weekend. Al-Muhajiroun plans 19 speakers, each telling the life story of one of the hijackers.

Abu Omar, the name used by a spokesman for the group, told the BBC this week that the actions of the hijackers were "completely justified" and "quite splendid" and that any Muslim who thought otherwise was an "apostate".
Read the rest in The Telegraph (UK).

UPDATE: 9/11 - Reuters reports from London that all four events were cancelled.

Ecstatic celebration makes suicide bombings complete

It's not enough to blow up innocent civilians . . . you have to celebrate after

Palestinian Hamas supporters clap hands while chanting anti-Israel slogans in Gaza City following the suicide attack in Jerusalem. Two Palestinian suicide bombers killed at least 14 Israelis and left some 40 injured in back-to-back attacks in west Jerusalem and Tel Aviv(AFP/Mohammed Abed)