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Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

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Police nab Temple Mount terrorists

Police nab Temple Mount terrorists

Israel on Sunday revealed that its security forces recently captured a Hamas terrorist cell operating out of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The five-man cell had been behind a string of recent stone and firebomb attacks on and around the Temple Mount. Nine Israeli police officers were wounded last month in one of the firebomb attacks.

Materials to make the firebombs were smuggled onto the Temple Mount by Arab children, whom the terrorists knew were less likely to be searched by Israeli security.

The terrorists said they were motivated by alleged Israeli efforts to “Judaize” the Temple Mount (hint: it is already Judaism’s holiest site for well over 3,000 years).

They also took issue with so-called desecration of the Koran at the Temple Mount. The incident they were referring to involved an Israeli police officer who last month moved a chair, causing a Koran to fall onto the floor. (That last sentence is not a joke.)


Israelis angered that yeshiva vandalism goes unnoticed

Israelis angered that yeshiva vandalism goes unnoticed

Israeli residents of Mitzpeh Yericho, a small community between Jerusalem and the biblical town of Jericho, are angered by the government’s silence over the recent desecration of a local synagogue and study hall.

Last Thursday, locals woke to find that their synagogue and yeshiva had been broken into. The vandals destroyed books and furniture and defaced a Torah scroll.

The police and army believe that youth from a nearby Palestinian Arab village or Bedouin encampment were responsible.

A spokesperson for the community told Israel National News that there is a lot of anger over the fact that the government has all but ignored the incident, while it goes to such great lengths to express regret any time Jews are suspected of vandalizing mosques.


Israeli hackers strike back

Israeli hackers strike back

Last week international computer hackers operating under the umbrella group Anonymous threatened to “erase Israel from the Internet” in a massive coordinated attack scheduled for today. By mid-morning Sunday, that attack had largely failed, and Israeli hackers had scored some blows of their own against the foreign assailants.

There was an increase in cyber attacks against Israeli government computer systems and the websites of local banks, as well as numerous smaller websites and networks. But nearly all of those attacks were repelled by Israel’s growing network of cyber defenses.

"There is hardly any real damage," Yitzhak Ben Yisrael of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau told the Associated Press. "Anonymous doesn’t have the skills to damage the country’s vital infrastructure."

A number of smaller Israeli websites were defaced temporarily, and in retaliation Israeli hackers defaced the websites of Islamist groups across the region.

More impressively, Israeli hackers penetrated the website associated with the Anonymous campaign against Israel - opisrael.com. Instead of reading about Anonymous’ anti-Israel views, those visiting opisrael.com on Sunday morning were instead presented with a pro-Israel banner and a long list of facts regarding the legitimacy of Israel and the history of the Jewish people.

The Israelis were operating under the newly formed banner of the Israeli Elite Strike Force.


Palestinians: No comparison between Holocaust an ‘occupation’

Palestinians: No comparison between Holocaust an 'occupation'

Palestinian Arabs visiting Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum as part of a program called “Combatants for Peace” said it was a gross error to compare the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict with what the Nazis did to the Jews.

Many Palestinian propagandists and their apologists abroad like to claim that Israel’s so-called “occupation” of Judea and Samaria is a new holocaust, and that the Jews, of all people, should refrain from such behavior.

One of the Arabs visiting Yad Vashem said such comparisons are made out of angry ignorance. He and other Arab participants said they can now more clearly understand why Israel bears scars and is so focused on the security of its people.

"When you look at the background of the Jewish nation, we can try to understand your anxiety and fears. A nation that went through something like this cannot live without scars," Ahmed al-Jaafari told Israel’s Ynet news portal. "I don’t agree with the comparison between the Holocaust and the situation in the territories, and people who make this comparison make it out of pain and anger."

Another Arab who lost a daughter in the current conflict said it was a grave mistake and a disservice to the “Palestinian cause” to make comparisons with the Holocaust, which was a tragedy on an entirely different level.

Such statements will no doubt anger many Palestinians and be ignored by media outlets and organizations biased against the Jewish state. But most Israelis would agree that until these historical backgrounds are acknowledged and understood, there is no basis for genuine dialogue, reconciliation and coexistence.


Israel hopes world doesn’t fall for Iran nuclear ploy

Israel hopes world doesn't fall for Iran nuclear ploy

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has ordered that his nation’s nuclear program slow down a bit in order to remain under any “red lines” that might spark a harsh reaction by the international community.

That according to US and Israeli officials cited by the Wall Street Journal this week. According to those officials, Khamenei wants to avoid any external distractions ahead of Iran’s presidential election in June, when he hopes to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with someone even more in line with the thinking of Iran’s Islamic overlords.

Despite this order, UN officials this week reiterated that they believe Iran does indeed seek to build an atomic weapon.

Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was quoted in several media outlets recently as saying that Iran continues to work in secret toward the goal of fielding a nuclear bomb.

Israel is again urging the world to not fall for Iran’s ploy, which is a stalling tactic Tehran has put to great use in order to reach the point it is at now with its nuclear program.

Unfortunately, the international community seems to be itching to “fall” for such a ploy, with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton quickly declaring her “cautious optimism” over the ayatollah’s reported move.

Should the world continue to drag its feet as Iran comes closer to attaining the nuclear arms that even the UN now admits it is after, Israel might have no choice but to attack alone.

In an interview with Messianic author Joel Rosenberg, former CIA Director James Woolsey said he doesn’t believe Israel has enough sustained firepower to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program entirely, but that it could feel compelled to try if the international community continues to do next to nothing.

Should it come to that, Woolsey said that Israel has unprecedented human assets among its top national leaders who will certainly have a trick or two in mind to effectively deal with Iran.

"The one thing that gives me a little bit of optimism is that [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] and [former Defense Minister Ehud] Barak are the two most experienced men in the art of unconventional warfare serving in the leadership of any country anywhere in the world," said Woolsey.

The former CIA director continued: “These two guys are used to thinking about the art of war the way Sun Tzu told us to.”

Morsi Aide Says Holocaust A Hoax

“The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Shihab-Eddim said, leaving no room for doubt that the Egyptian government — like Iran’s — has at the very least significant elements that deny one of history’s best documented genocides.

h/t MP

(Source: blazingcatfur.blogspot.com)

"Many history teachers in Europe don’t mention the Holocaust"

(Israel Hayom) The Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated exactly 68 years ago by the Soviet army. On Sunday, the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day; millions made an effort to remember, at least for a little while.

The U.N. General Assembly, which set Jan. 27 as an International Holocaust Remembrance Day, has put a special emphasis on studying the Holocaust. However, according to some sources, not everyone around the world obliges.

“Many history teachers in Europe don’t mention the subject of the Holocaust,” said Manon Wilbrink, a Dutch history teacher. “Many classes are multi-cultural, full of immigrants, and [teachers] who teach about the Holocaust are often met with resistance.”


(Source: the-eyeontheworld.blogspot.com)

Estonia Editor Insists Sardonic Nazi Ad ‘A Joke’

Efraim Zuroff
Efraim Zuroff
Israel news photo

An Estonian magazine insisted Monday the uproar over a mock ad it published as a joke, showing prisoners at a Nazi death camp, is an issue of “cultural differences.” 

Sulev Vedler, deputy editor of the Eest Ekspress magazine, told the AFP news agency “it was published on our jokes page. I think people living in other cultural environments than ours just don’t understand it like we do.”

He claimed the “Doctor Mengele weight-loss pill” ad was a swipe at national gas firm GasTerm Eesti, which last month posted a photo of the Auschwitz death camp’s notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate on its website.

The gas firm rapidly pulled the photo and immediately apologized for what it claimed was a misplaced attempt to contrast lethal gas, used to kill Jews at Auschwitz, with the safe home-heating variety.

"For us it was an anti-Fascist joke and a reaction to the recent, improper advertisement of one Estonian company,” explained Vedler. “We didn’t mean to have fun at the expense of any nationality, there is no nationality mentioned in the picture,” he added.

But by using the name of Mengele, a Nazi German doctor who experimented on inmates during World War II, Eesti Ekspress opened up a Pandora’s box of horrors from the Holocaust.

The magazine, which has the second-highest weekly circulation in Estonia, has faced protests from Jewish groups.

"It is incomprehensible that a leading and ostensibly respectable news weekly, in a country which is a member in good standing in the European Union, would publish such a perverted attempt at humor at the expense of the Nazis’ millions of victims,” said Efraim Zuroff, director of the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center in a statement.

Alla Jakobson, spokeswoman for the Estonia Jewish community, told the daily Postimees that the country faces “major problems with moral and ethical values.”

Prior to the war, the Jewish population in Estonia numbered 4,400, but most fled prior to the 1941 Nazi invasion. Of the 1,000 who remained, all were murdered.

In addition, the Nazis built death camps in the country, where they sent up to 10,000 Jews from other lands, nearly all of whom were put to death as well before the Red Army drove the Nazis from Estonia in 1944.

The country came under the rule of the Soviet Union until 1991, when the Iron Curtain fell. Estonia joined the European Union in 2004.

Israel Honors The Philippines for Saving Jews

Manuel Luis Quezón (August 19, 1878 – August 1, 1944) served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.

As the Philippines commemorates the 134th birthday of Manuel L. Quezon, he is also honored by thousands of Jewish families who have survived and prospered because they found a home in Manila at the darkest time in their history as a race.

It was a point of no return.

German and Austrian Jews—1,200 of them—narrowly escaped Adolf Hitler’s gas chambers just before the German dictator rounded up 6 million Jews who were eventually tortured and murdered in his concentration camps.

“The mob was screaming bloody murder: ‘Kill the Jews!’” recalls child refugee to Manila John Odenheimer who saw Nazi storm troopers rampaging through their Jewish neighborhood.

“We caught the last train out of Berlin, they closed the border after us,” recalls German refugee Guenther Leopold, whose house was smashed and ransacked by Nazi soldiers. “There was nothing left (but broken) glass on the floors.”

The year was 1940. On the other side of the world, a Filipino leader opened his country to fleeing Jewish refugees when no other country would take them.

President Quezon opened the Philippines’ doors to up to 10,000 Jewish refugees.

We went to the Philippines because it was the only place that gave us a visa,” recalled Harry Brauer, one of the Jews who escaped captivity, during that black period of ignorance and anti-Semitism.

The German and Austrian Jews were given visas to work in Manila.

‘Moral courage’

Manuel Luis Quezón served as President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. Photo US Library of Congress

“Other countries did not think [saving the Jews] was that important, I don’t presume to say,” said Quezon’s daughter Zeneida Quezon Avanceña.

“But I know dad had the moral courage to do it because he believed in the sanctity of human life and the right of people to live as they believe they should.”

The dramatic rescue plan for the Jews was devised by three men who mapped out a strategy over weekend nights playing poker and smoking cigars.

They were: Quezon, who would sanction the Jews’ official entry and even donate his own land in Marikina and Mindanao for their settlements; American High Commissioner to the Philippines Paul McNutt, who risked his political career convincing US government officials to issue thousands of working visas for Jews to the Philippines; and Herbert Frieder and his sons, owners of the Philippine-based Helena Cigar and Cigarette Factory, who provided jobs in their factory for the Jews, raised money to transport them to Manila, found them housing and schools for their children.

‘Open Doors’ monument

Quezon was the President of the first democracy in the “Far East,” extending safety and liberty to the Jews who would set up the first democracy and Bible-believing state in the Middle East.

The tradition of freedom of worship and support for the biblical “chosen people” would manifest again seven years later when the Philippines became the only Asian nation to vote in the United Nations for the partition of Palestine and the recreation of the state of Israel. Many of the refugees to Manila eventually resettled in Israel.

Photo by The Embassy of the Philippines

The Filipinos and Quezon are honored in Israel by an attractive and imposing “Open Doors” monument in Rishon Lezion Memorial Park just off Tel Aviv built in 2009.

It commemorates the historic and spiritual ties between two peoples scattered among the nations, united by their commitment to freedom, humanitarian principles and faith in the God of the Bible.

The story of the Jews’ dramatic escape from the Holocaust and their resettlement in the Philippines is recorded in the book “Escape to Manila,” written by refugee Frank Ephraim.

A film that records that modern-day Exodus, titled “Rescue in the Philippines,” is being produced by Frieder Films and 3 Roads Communications.

Click ‘Like” to thank the Philippines for saving Jews during the Holocaust

Netanyahu: Iran Summit a Stain upon Humanity

Ban Ki-Moon and Ahmadinejad
Ban Ki-Moon and Ahmadinejad

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked the participants in the Summit of Non-Aligned States being held in Iran. “70 years ago, six million members of our people were annihilated in a genocidal act,” he said. “Today, representatives of over 120 states are in Tehran, where the regime denies the Holocaust and is acting to destroy the Jewish state. This regime is cruel to its citizens, cooperates in the massacre of innocent Syrians and cries ‘Death to America, death to Israel.’”

Netanyahu said this at the start of his meeting with David McAllister, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, who is visiting Israel.

"It appears that many in the international community have learned nothing,” Netanyahu said. “I think this is a disgrace and a stain upon humanity. I am glad that Germany is among the states that refuse to take part in this charade and denounces it, because our coomon future depends upon standing up to this inhumanity and cruelty.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon met Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday, according to Iran’s Fars news agency.  

Hamas Outraged Over PA Official's Auschwitz Visit

Hamas officers in Gaza
Hamas officers in Gaza
Flash 90

A visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp by an official in the Palestinian Authority has sparked outrage among Hamas’ terrorist rulers in Gaza. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated PA media reports about the visit as well as the angry reactions to it.

Hitler Baby Poster Sparks Controversy in Montreal

Hitler (reproduction)
Hitler (reproduction)
Israel News photo: Flash 90

Advertisements for a show at this year’s Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, featuring a baby sporting the unmistakable mustache of Adolf Hitler, have stirred outrage in the Jewish community. 

The poster for the play Le Prenom has been plastered around town and has generated calls from offended residents, Steven Slimovitch of B’Nai Brith told CBC News.

"Any kind of connection to Hitler is still a open wound for many people," he said.

Just for Laughs president Andy Nulman has claimed that while the posters may have caused offence, the play is not anti-Semitic in nature.

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