30 Little Known Facts
Did you know that non-Jewish Israelis cannot buy or lease land in
Israel? A Jew from any country in the world is guaranteed citizenship
in Israel, while the Palestinians who have been there for centuries
are oppressed and persecuted.
Did you know that instead of sewing an insignia on clothing to distinguish
race (like the Germans did to the Jews before WW2), Palestinian
license plates in Israel are color coded to distinguish Jews from
Did you know that East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan
Heights are all considered by the entire world community, including
the United States and the United Nations, to be occupied territory
and NOT part of the State of Israel?
Did you know that Israel allots 85% of the water resources for Jews,
and the remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories?
For example in Hebron, 85% of the water is set aside for about 400
Jewish settlers, while the remaining 15% is distributed among Hebron's
120, 000 Palestinians?
Did you know that the United States awards Israel $5 billion in
aid each year from American tax dollars?
Did you know that US aid to Israel ($1.8 billion annually in military
aid alone) exceeds the aid the US grants to the entire African continent?
This aid is used both to buy American weaponry and to buy arms made
Did you know that Israel is awaiting an additional $4 billion worth
of American military hardware, including new F-16s and Apache and
Blackhawk helicopters. As Israel's main ally and supporter internationally,
the United States is committed to maintaining the Jewish state's
"qualitative edge" in weapons over its neighbours.
Did you know that the U.S. administration has notified Congress
on numerous occasions that Israel has violated the rules on how
US-supplied weapons are used? (In 1978, 1979 and 1982 during fighting
in Lebanon, and once after Israel's bombing of an Iraqi nuclear
reactor in 1981.)
Did you know that Israel is the only country in the Middle East
that refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars
international inspections from its sites?
Did you know that high-ranking military officers in the Israeli
Defence Forces have admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of
war have been summarily executed by the Israeli forces?
Did you know that Israel blew up an American diplomatic facility
in Egypt and attacked a US warship in international waters (the
USS Liberty), killing 33 and wounding 177 American sailors and the
US did nothing about it? (Imagine if an Islamic country like Iraq
Did you know that Israel stands in defiance of 69 United Nations
Security Council Resolutions?
Did you know that Israel is explicitly dedicated to the policy of
maintaining a distinct Jewish character?
Did you know that Israel's current Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,
was found by an Israeli court to be "personally and directly responsible"
for the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in Lebanon where more than a
thousand innocent Palestinian men, women, and children were axed
to death or lined up and shot in cold blood?
Did you know that on May 20, 1990, a group of unarmed Palestinian
labourers were lined up and murdered by an Israeli solider as they
sat waiting for transportation back to Gaza? The terrified labourers
who gathered in an area of southern Israel known as Rishon Lezion
(known to Palestinians by its Arabic name Oyon Qara) handed their
ID cards to the Israeli soldier. The soldiers ordered the distressed
labourers to kneel down and face the ground and unexpectedly showered
them with a barrage of bullets, killing seven and wounding many
others. Needless to say, the soldier was not charged with any crime.
Did you know that until as recently as 1988, Israelis were permitted
to run "Jews Only" job ads?
Did you know that the Israeli Foreign Ministry pays six US public
relations firms to promote a "positive image" of Israel to the American
Did you know that Sharon's coalition government includes a party--Molodet--which
advocates ethnic cleansing by openly calling for the forced expulsion
of all Palestinians from the occupied territories?
Did you know that recently-declassified documents indicate that
David Ben-Gurion approved of the forced expulsion of Arabs from
all Palestinian territory in 1948?
Did you know that the former chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Ovadia
Yossef, who is also a founder and spiritual leader of the religious
Shas party (Israel's third largest political party) openly advocates
a 'Final Solution' to annihilate the Palestinians? Speaking at the
widely broadcast sermon marking the last Passover, he declared of
the Palestinians: "The Lord shall return their deeds on their own
heads, waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and
vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them.
You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil
Did you know that Palestinian refugees make up the largest portion
of the refugee population in the world?
Did you know that Palestinian Christians are considered the "living
stones" of Christianity because they are the direct descendants
of the disciples of Jesus Christ? And the Palestinian Christians
stand united with their Muslim brethren in the struggle against
the Israeli occupation.
Did you know that despite a ban on torture by Israel's High Court
of Justice, torture has continued unabated by Shin Bet interrogators
on Palestinian prisoners?
Did you know that despite every Israeli attempt to disrupt Palestinian
education, Palestinians have the highest ratio of PhDs per capita
in the world?
Did you know that the right of self-determination is guaranteed
to every human being under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
[December, 1948], yet Palestinians were/are expected to negotiate
for this right under the Oslo Accords?
Did you know that despite what is widely perpetuated and written
in the history books that the Arabs attacked Israel in the 1967
war, it was Israel who attacked the Arab countries first, capturing
Jerusalem and the West Bank, and called the attack a pre-emptive
Did you know that, as an occupying power, Israel has a particular
responsibility under the Geneva Conventions to protect Palestinian
Did you know that, despite Ariel Sharon's public call for a unilateral
ceasefire, Israeli soldiers have not stopped shooting, killing or
bulldozing Palestinian homes? The most recent example of this is
the murder of three innocent women who were shot by an Israeli tank
as they sat in their tent!
Did you know that the Zionists have been trying to destroy Masjid
al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock for the last 50 years by digging
underground tunnels beneath the sites to weaken its foundation causing
it to collapse?
Nelson Mandela called the Israeli government an apartheid regime,
just like South Africa used to be.