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samir-kunar-logo.gifIt took enormous courage for the widow of Danny and mother of Einat and Yael, then 4 and 2, to even write this Washington Post op ed. How can any mother not scream about the monstrous death of her Einat who watched as her father was shot to death in front of her by deranged Palestinian and Lebanese terrorists. One of them then 16 year old Sami Kuntar, a Lebanese Druze killed Einat by smashing her head with his rifle butt. Meanwhile Smadar watched in terror hiding as terrorists rampaged in their home smothering tiny Yael with her hand over her daughter’s mouth.

As we posted on the Israeli prisoner exchange this week, all Israel got back were the remains of two dead soldiers, Reservists Regev and Goldwasser, while releasing Kuntar and four other Lebanese terrorists and the remains of over 250 terrorists killed by the IDF.

The sickening tableau of these murderers released by Israel when they passed back into Lebanon was disgusting. They were ’saluted” by troops of the UNIFIL in Southern Lebanon, rice and rose petals were thrown by ululating Lebanese Muslim shia on the hundreds of returned coffins, Kuntar and the live four other terrorists were greeted as ‘heroes’ by Hezbollah leader Sheik Nasrallah, sycophantic Lebanese Christian President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, an alleged ’secular’ Sunni Muslim.

If this was the old Israel of “Munich,” then the Israeli security cabinet would order Mossad and the Sayeret commando of the Prime Minister’s office to hunt down and kill Kuntar and the other freed Lebanese terrorists. Instead we have the incompetent corrupt PM Olmert and his wretched Kadima coalition government .

Hunting down and killing Kuntar and the four other Lebanese terrorists is the only justice that the Israeli government can give to Smadar, the widow of Danny and mother Einat and Yael.

By Smadar Haran Kaiser, Washington Post, July 18, 2008

Abu Abbas, the former head of a Palestinian terrorist group who was captured in Iraq on April 15, is infamous for masterminding the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. But there are probably few who remember why Abbas’s terrorists held the ship and its 400-plus passengers hostage for two days. It was to gain the release of a Lebanese terrorist named Samir Kuntar, who is locked up in an Israeli prison for life. Kuntar’s name is all but unknown to the world. But I know it well. Because almost a quarter of a century ago, Kuntar murdered my family.

It was a murder of unimaginable cruelty, crueler even than the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, the American tourist who was shot on the Achille Lauro and dumped overboard in his wheelchair. Kuntar’s mission against my family, which never made world headlines, was also masterminded by Abu Abbas. And my wish now is that this terrorist leader should be prosecuted in the United States, so that the world may know of all his terrorist acts, not the least of which is what he did to my family on April 22, 1979.

It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband, Danny, and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Nahariya, a city on the northern coast of Israel, about six miles south of the Lebanese border. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists, sent by Abu Abbas from Lebanon, landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away. Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us as the terrorists burst into our building. They had already killed a police officer. As they charged up to the floor above ours, I opened the door to our apartment. In the moment before the hall light went off, they turned and saw me. As they moved on, our neighbor from the upper floor came running down the stairs. I grabbed her and pushed her inside our apartment and slammed the door.

Outside, we could hear the men storming about. Desperately, we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbor climb into a crawl space above our bedroom; I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out the front door to take refuge in an underground shelter when the terrorists came crashing into our flat. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael, knowing there were more people in the apartment. I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space and we would be killed. So I kept my hand over her mouth, hoping she could breathe. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. “This is just like what happened to my mother,” I thought.

As police began to arrive, the terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar.

By the time we were rescued from the crawl space, hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives, I had smothered her.

The next day, Abu Abbas announced from Beirut that the terrorist attack in Nahariya had been carried out “to protest the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty” at Camp David the previous year. Abbas seems to have a gift for charming journalists, but imagine the character of a man who protests an act of peace by committing an act of slaughter.

Two of Abbas’s terrorists had been killed by police on the beach. The other two were captured, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Despite my protests, one was released in a prisoner exchange for Israeli POWs several months before the Achille Lauro hijacking. Abu Abbas was determined to find a way to free Kuntar as well. So he engineered the hijacking of the Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt and demanded the release of 50 Arab terrorists from Israeli jails. The only one of those prisoners actually named was Samir Kuntar. The plight of hundreds held hostage on a cruise ship for two days at sea lent itself to massive international media coverage. The attack on Nahariya, by contrast, had taken less than an hour in the middle of the night. So what happened then was hardly noticed outside of Israel.

One hears the terrorists and their excusers say that they are driven to kill out of desperation. But there is always a choice. Even when you have suffered, you can choose whether to kill and ruin another’s life, or whether to go on and rebuild. Even after my family was murdered, I never dreamed of taking revenge on any Arab. But I am determined that Samir Kuntar should never be released from prison. In 1984, I had to fight my own government not to release him as part of an exchange for several Israeli soldiers who were POWs in Lebanon. I understood, of course, that the families of those POWs would gladly have agreed to the release of an Arab terrorist to get their sons back. But I told Yitzhak Rabin, then defense minister, that the blood of my family was as red as that of the POWs. Israel had always taken a position of refusing to negotiate with terrorists. If they were going to make an exception, let it be for a terrorist who was not as cruel as Kuntar. “Your job is not to be emotional,” I told Rabin, “but to act rationally.” And he did.

So Kuntar remains in prison. I have been shocked to learn that he has married an Israeli Arab woman who is an activist on behalf of terrorist prisoners. As the wife of a prisoner, she gets a monthly stipend from the government. I’m not too happy about that.

In recent years, Abu Abbas started telling journalists that he had renounced terrorism and that killing Leon Klinghoffer had been a mistake. But he has never said that killing my family was a mistake. He was a terrorist once, and a terrorist, I believe, he remains. Why else did he spend these last years, as the Israeli press has reported, free as a bird in Baghdad, passing rewards of $25,000 from Saddam Hussein to families of Palestinian suicide bombers? More than words, that kind of cash prize, which is a fortune to poor families, was a way of urging more suicide bombers. The fortunate thing about Abbas’s attaching himself to Hussein is that it set him up for capture.

Some say that Italy should have first crack at Abbas. It had already convicted him of the Achille Lauro hijacking in absentia in 1986. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi now wants Abbas handed over so that he can begin serving his life sentence. But it’s also true that in 1985, the Italians had Abbas in their hands after U.S. fighter jets forced his plane to land in Sicily. And yet they let him go. So while I trust Berlusconi, who knows if a future Italian government might not again wash its hands of Abbas?

In 1995, Rabin, then our prime minister, asked me to join him on his trip to the White House, where he was to sign a peace agreement with Yasser Arafat, which I supported. I believe that he wanted me to represent all Israeli victims of terrorism. Rabin dreaded shaking hands with Arafat, knowing that those hands were bloody. At first, I agreed to make the trip, but at the last minute, I declined. As prime minister, Rabin had to shake hands with Arafat for political reasons. As a private person, I did not. So I stayed here.

Now I am ready and willing to come to the United States to testify against Abu Abbas if he is tried for terrorism. The daughters of Leon Klinghoffer have said they are ready to do the same. Unlike Klinghoffer, Danny, Einat and Yael were not American citizens. But Klinghoffer was killed on an Italian ship in Abbas’s attempt to free the killer of my family in Israel. We are all connected by the international web of terrorism woven by Abbas. Let the truth come out in a new and public trial. And let it be in the United States, the leader in the struggle against terrorism.

Smadar Haran Kaiser is a social worker. She is remarried and has two daughters.



    “There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”

    Washington Irving


Uncommon Senate Hearing Discusses Islamist Group Agendas
Muslim woman exposes CAIR to Congress. “I understand that for most Americans, dealing with Islamism is extremely difficult because it is associated with Islam. Very few people dare to question the beliefs or actions of Muslims for fear of being called a bigot or an Islamophobe.”

Tears for a Terrorist
Omar Khadr’s Academy Award winning (whining?) performance on the video released earlier this week by his attorneys was created to garner sympathy for the poor, misguided youth’s travails at Guantanamo Bay. But this is hard to swallow when one remembers that Khadr is a member of the “first family of terror” in Canada and supported jihad while following in the footsteps of his dad, Ahmed Khadr, an Egyptian immigrant to Canada, and a high-ranking al-Qaeda member and financier, his sister Zaynab who was charged with smuggling al-Qaeda propaganda into Canada and his brother, Abdullah Khadr, who is imprisoned in Canada on terrorism charges, as he awaits extradition to America. Sell it to the French, would ya’?

Italy grapples with polygamy

Nonie Darwish describes the misery for women inherent in Islamic polygamy.

“The Muslim marriage contract by itself is unfair for woman because in it men have three more spaces to fill out by three more women…That sets up the women against each other. Women are very hostile to each other. They don’t trust each other. They don’t form organizations to better themselves or have comon cause to fight for and this is all because of the problem of polygamy… It’s in the back of the mind of every Arab woman, every Muslim woman that in time of trouble my husband can solve a problem by marrying somebody else, without even my knowledge.”

Four cleared over Madrid terror blasts

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.
Benjamin Franklin

First Guantanamo war-crimes trial set to begin

In a victory for the Bush administration in its protracted quest to prosecute terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo, a federal judge in Washington on Thursday rejected defense attorneys’ appeals to halt the trial of Osama bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen, and it will get underway Monday.

Egypt’s men blame women for harassment

Nearly two-thirds of Egyptian men admit to having sexually harassed women in the most populous Arab country, and most say women themselves are to blame for their maltreatment, a survey shows. 62 per cent of Egyptian men reported perpetrating harassment, while 83 per cent of Egyptian women reported having been sexually harassed. Nearly half of women said the abuse occurred daily.

Muslim taxi drivers refuse blind fares with ‘unclean’ guide dogs

Here we go again. Time to consider a new career.

comment by Jerry Gordon

amil-imani-freedom-of-iran.jpgAmil Imani has brought us evidence of the cruelty and savagery that the Mahdist shia have done to his native Iran. In this article on Freedom for Iran, Imani chronicles the barbarity and savagery to women in Arabia and Egypt and to the despised B’ha’i in Iran. His comments are a trope, a prelude if you will, to the core message in the forthcoming book by my colleague, Brigitte Gabriel, “They Must be Stopped: how to defeat radical Islam.” Except what Imani is saying in this article it is Islam, forget the radical part.

Witness these comments:

    Truth is not always welcome and can often be greatly disturbing. But truth is the best weapon against evil and falsehood. When I point out the horrific teachings of the Quran, I don’t make them up. I cite surahs from their holy book, surahs that exhort the Muslims to carry out all kinds of evil deeds against non-Muslims. This book of Allah is a license to kill. When I point out that Muhammad set terrible examples for his followers by his own deeds, I cite from their own sources to document my assertion.

    Is there anyone in this messed-up world who doesn’t read, see, or hear about the daily Islamic atrocities performed by these savages, with every act justified on the basis of Allah’s holy book?

    Qur’an 8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”

    Qur’an 33:26 “Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you killed some and made many captive. And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and their wealth. He gave you a country you had not traversed before.”

By: Amil Imani, Freedom for Iran, July 18, 2008

I am bombarded by hate and threats by the Allah-fearing fanatics, simply because I speak the truth about Islam. If telling the truth about Islam is Islam bashing, then mea culpa.

Question: Does Islam get a pass because it is a religion? Who says Islam is a religion? Millions do? What is the evidence? The words of masses of brainwashed carriers of the Islamic virus, transmitted to them by their parents, are worthless as evidence. What counts is the irrefutable fact that this creed, claimed to be the one and only religion of Allah, has been and continues to be a source of great suffering for non-Muslims as well as the ignorant masses of Muslims themselves. (Continue reading this Article)


comment by Jerry Gordon

noor-and-mahboob-alonethumbnail1.pngThe “Karachi Kids” film about American Muslim boys being transformed into Taliban robots by intrepid filmaker Inram Raza has caught fire. This IBD editorial poses questions that we have raised in frequents posts after the return of the two Atlanta boys, Noor and Mahboo Kahn who were recruited by a xenophobic Pakistan Deobandi Mufti Mohammad Naeem. We questioned why his Jamia Binoria Madrassa has an office in New York and why he enters the US on an H-1 visa as a ‘cleric’ to get American Pakistani born parents to offer up their children to this fire breathing death cult, only to have them transformed into terrorist wannabes.

Witness these comments from the IBD editorial:

    The pupils, some as young as 8, spend years locked inside these cults reciting the Muslim holy book for hours on end. They learn “Islam, only Islam,” the mufti says.

    An English translation of his school’s mission statement reveals its goal is to send Western students back to their home countries to spread extremism. “The outgoing scholars of the Jamia are fighting a crusade against infidels and pagans,” Naeem states.

    Astonishingly, the U.S. has the most enrollees at the nine madrassas run by Jamia Binoria of any country outside Pakistan.

    The outrage raises a number of questions, including:

    Why has Naeem’s U.S. visa been renewed each year? For that matter, why isn’t he on the no-fly list? Why aren’t we demanding Islamabad stop renewing the visas of American students to his madrassas? What share, if any, of the billions in U.S. aid to Islamabad is used to support these madrassas? Who is monitoring these radicalized graduates as they return to America to preach or partake in jihad?


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