1. Danish NGO helped fund yesterday's Tel Aviv suicide bomb
2. The vctims
3. BBC, misreporting on Israel, as usual
4. Note on yesterday's article on U.S. elections
** There is a note on yesterday's article about the U.S. elections (Will Jews still vote like Puerto Ricans used to?) at the end of this email.
** Follow-up to dispatch of September 19, 2004 (Moderate Muslims speak out; also warn "liberal Jews" to "wake-up"). In that dispatch I featured an article about a Dutch film presented by a Moslem Somalian refugee (Ayaan Hirsi Ali) who is now a Dutch MP. ("Refugee who became Dutch MP defies Islam with film about Koran.") She criticized the Koran's treatment of women and the continued oppression of Muslim women in Europe by Muslim authorities.
Today, the director of that film (Theo van Gogh, 47, a grandnephew of the painter Vincent van Gogh) was shot and stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street by a Moroccan immigrant to Holland. Ayaan Hirsi Ali remains under 24-hour police protection. news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041102/ap_en_mo/netherlands_filmmaker_slain
** Another follow-up note: Sheik Zayed, lifetime (and so far only) President of the United Arab Emirates, funder of anti-Semitic activities worldwide, donor to Harvard University, and subject of several previous dispatches on this email list, died today. He received a generous testimonial on the BBC which mentioned none of the controversy surrounding his activities.
[Note by Tom Gross]
[With thanks to Michael Weinstein for drawing the "Politiken" article to my attention]
DANISH NGO HELPED FUND YESTERDAY'S TEL AVIV SUICIDE BOMB
Today's edition of Denmark's main paper, "Politiken," reports that two weeks ago, the Danish NGO "Rebellion" donated 50,000 Danish Kroners ($8,500) to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which proudly claimed responsibility for yesterday's Tel Aviv suicide bombing. This NGO is supported by a number of members of the Danish Parliament. The PFLP is a faction within Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization.
Even those of you on this list who don't understand Danish (presumably, most of you) may like to take a look at Politiken webpage from late last night reporting this story under the title "Dansk støtte til terrorbevægelse bag bombeaktion." (Unlike most European news media, this newspaper uses the word "terror.")
Following yesterday's bomb, reports Politiken, a leader of the NGO was asked if they now had any regrets about the donation. The reply was "no."
The bomber, who turned 16 just four months ago, was the youngest ever "successful" suicide bomber.
Palestinian dignitaries have condemned the choice of bomber because of his age but not the fact he murdered three people (two women and a man) shopping in the (crowded, working class, open-air, Carmel) market and wounded over 40 others.
The blast knocked over vegetable and fruit stalls and splattered blood and body parts over the narrow enclosed street in central Tel Aviv.
Samira Abdullah, the bomber's mother, told the Associated Press: "It's immoral to send someone so young. They should have sent an adult who understands the meaning of his deeds."
Those murdered yesterday were Shmuel Levy, 65; Leah Levine, 67; and Tatiana Ackerman, 32.
Two of the three dead were pensioners. Twenty of the injured are still in hospital. Some have severe wounds.
OTHER EUROPEAN POLITICIANS BLAME THE JEWS FOR GETTING THEMSELVES MURDERED AND MAIMED
Shortly after yesterday's murders of Israeli shoppers, a visiting delegation of European politicians condemned not the PLO, but Israel for creating these "martyrs" – as the Spanish Member of Parliament representing the group called the terrorists.
BBC, MISREPORTING ON ISRAEL, AS USUAL
The BBC and others have incorrectly reported that yesterday's was the first suicide attack since the double bus bombing in Beersheba in August.
In fact, the September Jerusalem bus stop bomb (carried out by Arafat's al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade) killed two Israelis and wounded many others. For more details, see the dispatch of September 24, 2004 titled On bus bombs and bystanders.
There have also been dozens of other suicide bomb attempts since August, which Israel has prevented.
-- Tom Gross
Thank you to all those who wrote, both favorably and critically, in response to yesterday's dispatch on the U.S. elections: Will Jews still vote like Puerto Ricans used to?
I regret that I will not have time to reply to all of you individually.
Norman Podhoretz, a long time subscriber to this email list, and for many years the Editor-in-Chief of Commentary magazine (and now Commentary's Editor-at-Large), points out:
"You are unfair in suggesting that there may have been something 'racist' about Milton Himmelfarb's crack, which first came in an article in Commentary. It was solidly based on data showing that Episcopalians were then the richest religio-ethnic group in America, and that Puerto Ricans were more heavily Democratic than any other ethnic group."
Several other subscribers have also pointed out that hundreds of thousands of American Jews strongly support Bush's re-election, and are represented by many websites, such as www.jewsforgeorge.com in Michigan.
Those of you wish to read this article or leave comments, can do at the Jerusalem Post's website, or at other websites that have picked this up, including the two below.