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Israel Update: December 2001

Israel Update: December 2001

In this issue: Fatah continues the Intifada, French Ambassador poo-poos Israel, and Arab MK's show their true colors.

by Staff


"If it were true, you wouldn’t be meeting me."

- Hamas leader Shiek Yassin, in an interview with Newsweek, dismissing reports that Arafat had placed him under house arrest.


Yasser Arafat's Dec. 16 speech calling for a halt to suicide bombings was received with great skepticism. Even the rabidly pro-Palestinian Suzanne Goldenberg of the UK Guardian wrote: "The impact of Mr Arafat's message was blunted by the fact that none of his previous calls to end attacks on Israelis have been matched by a concerted effort to crack down on suicide bombers and gunmen.",2763,619782,00.html

Indeed, a mere two days later, Arafat fulfilled the prophecies and reneged on his call to stop violence. At a speech in Ramallah (Dec. 18), Arafat unleashed a torrent of anti-Israel incitement:

We are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for every martyr of theirs in this campaign.

"We with the help of God will meet next time in Jerusalem, because we are fighting in order to bring the victory to our prophets, every baby, every child, every man, every women, and every older person, and all the youngsters, we will sacrifice ourselves for our holy places, and we will establish the guard on them, and are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for every martyr of theirs in this campaign, because this is our holy land. We will continue to fight..."

Then, on December 23, the military wing of the Arafat-affiliated Fatah group, issued a flyer declaring that the intifada would continue: "As far as we are concerned the intifada will continue. We must prepare for a continued escalation in attacks against the IDF and settlers if Israel continues its attacks against Palestinians."

Did your contact their local media report on Arafat's latest incitement speech?

(courtesy of IMRA and


In September 2001, public pressure forced book-seller to terminate its associate’s arrangement with, when it was determined that money raised from the sale of Amazon books was being used to fund terror activities.

Now it seems another one has fallen through the cracks. The website is also raising funds through the Amazon associates program.

You can log onto and file a complaint.

(thanks to David K. for the alert)


Barbara Amiel touched off a diplomatic scandal on December 21 when she reported in the (London) Daily Telegraph that the ambassador of a major EU country said the world’s troubles were all because of "that sh***y little country Israel."

Though Amiel did not name the diplomat in question, he was quickly identified as Daniel Bernard, the French ambassador to London. Bernard is a close confidante of President Chirac, and previously served as the French ambassador to the United Nations.

The ambassador does not remember if he used those words.

Bernard’s defense was awfully weak. “The ambassador does not remember if he used those words,” declared the press secretary at the French Embassy.

The London Jewish community has called for Bernard to be removed from his diplomatic post.

Barbara Amiel is the wife of Conrad Black, the media magnate who publishes The (UK) Spectator, Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun-Times, Montreal Gazette, Jerusalem Post, and others. has obtained rights to publish the full text of Amiel’s original column. Go to:


A University of Maryland campus sidewalk -- more than a half-mile of it -- is now filled with the outlines and names of the 235 victims of Palestinian terrorism of the past 15 months. This was the result of work by a group of Jewish students.

The students first gathered at the campus to recite Psalms and read aloud the names of the victims, and then traced in chalk each other's bodies on the sidewalk. Aside each "body," they wrote a victim's name, age, and what he was doing while murdered. For instance, it was noted that Yaakov Danino, 17, was killed while eating pizza.

Students reported that the reaction on campus the next morning was "striking. There is not a free spot on the whole mall to walk without stepping on a 'body,' and students are taking great pains not to step on them."

(courtesy of Arutz 7)


An IDF soldier lodged an official complaint with Jerusalem police against MK Muhammad Barakei who allegedly spat in the soldier’s face when asked for his ID at a checkpoint.

The Member of Knesset entreated the Arab world to unite against the Israeli government.

It was the third complaint lodged against Barakei by a soldier or policeman in the last six months. Barakei is already under police investigation for slapping a policeman outside the Interior Ministry in east Jerusalem.

Earlier this year, another Arab MK, MK Azmi Bishara, joined Hizbullah leaders at a ceremony in Syria and entreated the Arab world "to unite against the warmongering Sharon government." Said Bishara: "We will not forget Palestine and Jerusalem will remain the focal point for our strugglers."

Another Knesset Member, Talab El-Sana (United Arab List), recently called the shooting of eight Israeli soldiers and two civilians on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv "a legitimate part of the Palestinian struggle."

December 22, 2001

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Visitor Comments: 8

(8) Sergio Valdes-Flores, December 28, 2001 12:00 AM

Tell it like it is, who cares if the world hates us

We will still be here, on this earth, even if ALL our enemies, including those we think are our "associates", hate us secretly, but it is doubtful they will !! G-D is greater than they are.

(7) Malka Zolotykh, December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

Amazon associate's arrangement

FYI: I e-mailed Amazon regarding their arrangement with alaqsaintifada. This is the reply that I received:

Thanks for writing to; your message has been forwarded to
the Associates Program.

Thank you for contacting us about the web site, This web site is not a member of our
Program and thus is ineligible to earn Program referral fees; it has
been asked to remove its links to

Thanks again for contacting us on this matter.

(6) Mark Rubin, December 27, 2001 12:00 AM

as per your suggestion an e-mail complaint to

I sent this e-mail to

Anne and Mark Rubin
Your E-mail Address:
Subject: Web Site & Product Suggestions
Comments: I wish to complain about Amazon's web site link to: This is a terrorist organization supporting suicide bombings in Israel and the United States. The proceeds of this site find there way to terrorists and enable them to commit their heinous crimes. I ask you to remove any association with this terrorist site. I have been purchasing consistently from Amazon for 2 years now and unfortunately if you continue to provide links to these terrorist sites I will have only one recourse but to change my purchases to another site and intend to convince my friends and colleagues to do likewise. - Anne and Mark Rubin

(5) Jon Anderson, December 26, 2001 12:00 AM

Thank you

Thank you for being an example to the world on how to take a tough stance against violent, murderous people with no respect for human life, even their own. God's people are still God's people, and that will never change!

(4) Anonymous, December 24, 2001 12:00 AM

Shalom and Namaste.

As India is the ony country where Jews lived with no persecution and as
Hindus are like Jews facing the same enemies who want to see the last Hindu
and Jew dead or converted, We totally share your anguish and agony.
We do not think any so-called 'civilised' race and its Arab
collaborators have any moral right to say Israel what to do or even comment
on what Israeli army does. After all these are the very people who in
silence or in support witnessed the Nazi gas chambers.
Peace will come only when Muslims understand that they have to throw
away their Jehadi mindset and learn to live and will to live in peaceful
fraternal co-existence with Israel. Still then Israel should never ever
compromise on such empty meaningless nonsense like land for peace etc. After
all these barbarians of Allah only understand the language of force.
I would like you also to investigate and publish the anti-semitic axis
between the far-right elements like David Duke, Pakistan sponsored Muslim
terrorists like Le-Toiba, and leftists.

Once again Shalom and Happy Hanukah

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