Friday, December 29, 2006

Israeli civilians being attacked again!

It's horrible that new Palestinian missile attacks against the Israeli town of Sderot are being ignored. Here's one video about the attacks:

Sderot is a small working-class town in the southern part of Israel, far from any military bases. Since Israel withdrew from Gaza a year and a half ago there have been over 800 missiles fired at Sderot NOT INCLUDING DURING THE LEBANON WAR. 800 missiles! And yet the world ignores this and pretends that the Palestinians want peace.

Other coverage of attacks on Sderot include:

Kids discussing a missile that hit their school:

A movie showing missiles that hit Sderot:

Another movie about the impact of missiles on Sderot:

Saturday, December 16, 2006

60 MINUTES special report, in response to Holocaust denials

Just received this, about a 60 MINUTES special this Sunday:

Good afternoon. I wanted to give you a heads-up on a storythat will be running this Sunday, Dec. 17 (7PM ET/PT on CBS)on "60 MINUTES" about a long-secret German archive thathouses a treasure trove of information on 17.5 millionvictims of the Holocaust. The archive, located in the Germantown of Bad Arolsen, is massive (there are 16 miles ofhelving containing 50 million pages of documents) and untilrecently, was off-limits to the public. But after the Germangovernment agreed earlier this year to open the archives,CBS News' Scott Pelley traveled there with three Jewishsurvivors who were able to see their own Holocaust records.It's an incredibly moving piece, all the more poigant in thewake of this week's meeting of Holocaust deniers in Iran.We're trying to get word out about the story to pople whohave a special interest in this subject. So we were hopingyou'd consider sending out something to your listserveand/or posting something on your website. Furtherinformation will also be available on our website(, which you're welcome to link to from yours.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Israelis help Palestinian kids, Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel

The confluence of these two articles says it all. Israel will keep trying for peaceful co-existance, but it will never work if the Palestinians don't try.

Israeli Surgeons Repair Young Palestinian Hearts
- Allyn Fisher-Ilan (Reuters/Malaysia Star)

Hala Ketnani, a 10-month-old girl from Gaza, sleeps
beneath an oxygen hood in an Israeli intensive care unit as
she recovers from heart surgery.
Under the private Israeli program "Save a Child's
Heart," doctors at Wolfson Hospital near Tel Aviv repair
congenital heart defects for children like Ketnani from the
Palestinian territories, Iraq, Jordan, and Africa.
More than 1,000 children, about half from Gaza and the
West Bank, have been helped so far.
Shlomo Dror, an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman, said
about 1,000 Palestinians per month receive medical treatment
in Israel, up from 600 in recent years.

Palestinian Prime Minister Vows Not to Recognize Israel
USA Today

Making his first visit abroad since the militant group took power in March, Haniyeh blasted U.S. demands that Hamas recognize Israel as a basis for renewed peace talks and before international aid to the Palestinians resumes.

The U.S. "and Zionists ... want us to recognize the usurpation of the Palestinian lands and stop jihad and resistance and accept the agreements reached with the Zionist enemies in the past," Haniyeh told worshippers at Tehran University.

The United States is pressing the Palestinian government to not only recognize Israel, but to renounce violence and form a national unity government with the moderate Fatah party.

"I'm insisting from this podium that these issues won't materialize. We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem," he said.

Ahmed Abdel Rahman, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah party, said if Hamas wants to be part of a national unity government, it will need to abide by agreements the PLO has signed in the past. This would imply recognition of Israel.

"I can't criticize him (Haniyeh) when he is talking in the name of Hamas. But if he is speaking as prime minister, he should abide by the national agenda," Abdel Rahman said.

Since Hamas took power in March, direct international aid to the Palestinian government has been largely cut off. Iran has provided the government with $120 million this year, boosting its influence among Palestinians.

Haniyeh arrived in the Iranian capital Thursday for four days of talks with Iranian leaders including hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."