Quand est-ce que tu quittes la France?


Israël : Clip pour l’Aliyah “Quand est-ce que tu quittes la France ?”  Israel Clip for Aliyah “When do you leave France?”

Reportage : les juifs qui quittent la France pour israël  
Report: Jews leaving France for Israel


Kindergarten – Israeli Style

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ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו משחק בגן הילדים  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is playing in the kindergarten

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Subtitles – commentary and additions in parentheses:
Netanyahu: “Children, calm down! We can’t accomplish anything today (while acting up). Ivette (Liberman of Yisrael Baytenu), you must left to share with the other children.”
Child Pretending to be Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) being hit by child Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid): “Ahkh, ahkh, ahkh (ouch, ouch, ouch)!”
Netanyahu: “Yes, yes, he’s an ahkh (also brother in Hebrew), he’s an ahkh.”
“Yair, stop playing with this. You are ruining it.”
Child Bennett and child Lapid: “I got it (first), I, I, it’s mine, mine, mine!”
Netanyahu: “Yair and Naftali, enough fighting over the seat.”
“Tzippy, Tzippy, Tzippy (Livni of the Labor Alliance Party to be named later), enough running from place to place!”
“What a waste of time. We can’t continue with this kindergarten. In order to run a country, you need a strong and stable government. Vote Likud for a change of method (of running a government).”

Hope kindergarten

A brilliant skit from the Israeli comedy show “Eretz Nehederet” (lit: “Wonderful Country) on Channel 2. This skit depicts a joint education program devised by the right-wing (yet mainstream) organization Im Tirtzu with the Ministry of Education that helps kindergarten children be prepared for the complicated life in Israel.

Yakov said

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12 dead in France:The Charlie Hebdo shooting

12 dead in France:Charlie Hebdo shooting:Islamic attack on Paris offices of satirical newspaper on 7 January 2015 click to enlarge

Freedom of the Press 2014 World Press Freedom Index, compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders.

Freedom of the Press 2014 World Press Freedom Index, compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders.

שיר אירופי מחתרתי לחג המולד Underground European Song for Christmas

From Caroline Glick 16 January 2015 http://carolineglick.com/the-answer-to-french-anti-semitism/

The answer to French anti-Semitism

French Exodus: ‘When Jews Flee, a Nation is Sick’

The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris


Charlie Hebdo shooting:Islamic attack on Paris offices of satirical newspaper on 7 January 2015

Charlie Hedbo satirical magazine cartoon:Salafist stupidity - Any pretext is good! "Another insulting representation of our prophet!"

Charlie Hedbo satirical magazine cartoon:Salafist stupidity – Any pretext is good!
“Another insulting representation of our prophet!”

Here is a cartoon of Charlie Hedbo Mohammed  in solidarity with Charlie Hedbo (whose editor in chief and several cartoonists were among the dead,). Also (on the right side) cartoons from  Ann Telneas & Tom Toles from The Washington Post and Rob Tornoe from The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ann Telneas, The Washington Post:#JeSuisCharlie: Cartoonists react to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris http://wapo.st/1Km0SpS (@anntelnaes)

Ann Telneas, The Washington Post:#JeSuisCharlie: Cartoonists react to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris http://wapo.st/1Km0SpS (@anntelnaes)


Charlie Hebdo shooting-Rob Tornoe cartoon

Charlie Hebdo shooting-Rob Tornoe cartoon-Still mortified about our fallen cartoonist colleagues, but free speech will always win.

Editorial cartoonist Tom Toles on the Charlie Hebdo massacre http://wapo.st/142n4E6

Editorial cartoonist Tom Toles on the Charlie Hebdo massacre http://wapo.st/142n4E6

Alyah : mode d’emploi

Alyah : mode d'emploi http://www.jewishagency.org/fr/aliyah/program/7618 Choisissez celle qui vous correspond et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet en cliquant ICI ou par téléphone, en appelant le Global Center au 0800 916 647 (si vous entendez un message vocal d'accueil, vous devez patienter jusqu'à ce que quelqu'un vous réponde). Le Global Center est joignable 6 jours par semaine, de 7h00 à 19h00 (du dimanche au jeudi) et de 8h00 à 12h00 le vendredi.

Alyah : mode d’emploi http://www.jewishagency.org/fr/aliyah/program/7618 Choisissez celle qui vous correspond et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet en cliquant ICI ou par téléphone, en appelant le Global Center au 0800 916 647 (si vous entendez un message vocal d’accueil, vous devez patienter jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un vous réponde). Le Global Center est joignable 6 jours par semaine, de 7h00 à 19h00 (du dimanche au jeudi) et de 8h00 à 12h00 le vendredi.

Alyah : mode d’emploi http://www.jewishagency.org/fr/aliyah/program/7618 Choisissez celle qui vous correspond et inscrivez-vous sur notre site Internet en cliquant ICI ou par téléphone, en appelant le Global Center au 0800 916 647 (si vous entendez un message vocal d’accueil, vous devez patienter jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un vous réponde). Le Global Center est joignable 6 jours par semaine, de 7h00 à 19h00 (du dimanche au jeudi) et de 8h00 à 12h00 le vendredi.

Reports in Israel on Friday indicated that the Jewish Agency received hundreds of calls from French Jews seeking to make aliya (immigrate) to Israel.

L’arrivée de Hollande et Netanyahu à la grande synagogue

Netanyahu is met with almost frenzied shouts of “Bibi! Bibi!” at the Grande Synagogue – as well as shouts of “help us!” in Hebrew. His arrival obviously greatly heartens the Jews, who are feeling increasingly defenseless in the face of Islamist terrorism.

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1 January is Sylvester Day יום סילבסטר


Once you know the history of Sylvester Day, you will just consider 1 January just a regular day and not a day to party.

Israeli-calendarIsraeli society flows according to the Jewish calendar. Schools and businesses are closed on Shabbat, and the whole country shuts down on Jewish holidays like Yom Kippur. For that reason the secular/Christian new year has little significance. Yet when some ultra-secularists discovered that most of the world holds a “New Years party,” they didn’t want to feel left out.Yet they couldn’t call it “New Years” because that title was already taken by Rosh Hashana. So the name Sylvester was adopted in its stead.

From Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chapter 3 Law 2:

One should not follow the customs of the idolaters or be like them neither in (their) clothes, and not in (their) hair (styles), or the like; as it is said: 1 And ye shall not walk in the customs of the idolaters; and it is (again) said: 2 Neither shall ye walk in their statutes; and it is (again) said: 3 Take heed to thyself that thou be not ensnared to follow them…. Also everything that they do, of their customs or laws, even if one suspects that there is even the slightest idolatrous intent, a Jew should not imitate them. And so one should not cut his hair nor let the hair on his head grow as they do, but he should differ from them in his dress, his manner of speech, and the rest of his actions, just as he differs from them in his knowledge and his opinions. And so it is said: 7 I have set you apart from the peoples.

1) Leviticus 20:23 2) Leviticus 18:3 3) Deuteronomy 12.30 7) Leviticus 20:26

But why is 1 January named Sylvester Day?

Siege of Jerusalem - Year 1187

Siege of Jerusalem – Year 1187

Sylvester the Cat

Sylvester the Cat

In many European countries this day was named after Saint Sylvester. There have been three popes named Sylvester (who later became Saints), but the one after whom the day is named is Sylvester I (314-335). Christianity grew under his rule and it is believed that he died on December 31. In addition, during his rule it was believed that he had been swallowed by the Leviathan sea monster and that the monster would return in the year 1000 to destroy and kill. When it did not, people were relieved and they celebrated. The year before the Council of Nicaea convened, Sylvester convinced Constantine to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem. At the Council of Nicaea, Sylvester arranged for the passage of a host of viciously anti-Semitic legislation. All Catholic “Saints” are awarded a day on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that Saint’s memory. December 31 is Saint Sylvester Day – hence celebrations on the night of December 31 are dedicated to Sylvester’s memory.

Over the following centuries, the New Year reportedly brought much anti-Semitic activity:

On New Year’s Day 1577 Pope Gregory XIII decreed that all Roman Jews, under pain of death, must listen attentively to the compulsory Catholic conversion sermon given in Roman synagogues after Friday night services. On New Year’s Day 1578

Gregory signed into law a tax forcing Jews to pay for the support of a “House of Conversion” to convert Jews to Christianity. On New Year’s 1581 Gregory ordered his troops to confiscate all sacred literature from the Roman Jewish community. Thousands of Jews were murdered in the campaign. Throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, January 1 – supposedly the day on which Jesus’ circumcision initiated the reign of Christianity and the death of Judaism – was reserved for anti-Jewish activities: synagogue and book burnings, public tortures, and simple murder.

example of anti-Semitic art work

The 1899 poster called “The Rat Catcher,” which depicts Jews as vermin and an economic threat to the German people.

Last week we celebrated Chanukah – the restoration of Jewish sovereignty, the restoration of once again living our national life according to our own calendar.

And this brings us back to the 10th of Tevet, which this year coincides with the Gregorian new year. It is distressing indeed to see Jews celebrating this day – as if it has any significance for us whatsoever! It is bad enough when Jews in the USA and Europe and other countries of exile hold new year’s parties on the 1st of January. But mired in exile, forced by circumstances to live their lives according to the Gregorian calendar – what else can we expect?

It is infinitely worse that Jews here in Israel have brought this paganism (yes, overt paganism) into our own country.

We often hear the casual excuses: It’s not a religious celebration; it’s simply an excuse for a party; it has no Christian or pagan significance. It is usually possible to conveniently ignore the contradiction.

10 Tevet - Jerusalem Under Siege

10 Tevet – Jerusalem Under Siege

But this year, the decision is starker. This year, for the first time since 5699 (1939), the 1st of January, Sylvester, coincides with the fast of the 10th of Tevet.

The choice is far more blatant. Fast or feast? Mourn over the destruction of Jerusalem? Or celebrate this highly unsavoury pope and “saint”, who was instrumental in convincing the Roman Emperor Constantine I, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem.

Live and celebrate according to a foreign calendar, instituted by Pope Gregory XIII – as vicious a Jew-hater as any pope? Or live and mourn and celebrate according to our calendar, for which the Macabbees fought?

Or think about the morning after drinking:

Fiddler On The Roof quote: Golde (the wife) to her Husband: “Well, what happened last night, besides you drinking like a peasant?”

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler December 1941

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler December 1941

Hitler Greets a Catholic Cardinal

Hitler Greets a Catholic Cardinal

10 Tevet was chosen to also serve as a “general kaddish day” for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown.

And the current history in Israel.

Jan 1, 1952 – Jerusalem 7 armed terrorists attacked and killed a 19 year-old girl in her home, in the neighborhood of Beit Yisrael.
Jan 1, 1965 – Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb the National Water Carrier – the first attack carried out by the PLO’s Fatah faction.
Jan 1, 2001 – A car bomb exploded near a bus stop in the shopping district in the center of Netanya. About 60 people were injured, most lightly. One unidentified person, apparently one of the terrorists involved in the bombing, died of severe burns. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Caroline Glick tells off Danish ambassador

JerPost Conf. 2: Caroline Glick

Jack Benny

  • Thug: This is a stickup! Now come on. Your money or your life.

[long pause]

  • Thug: [repeating] Look, bud, I said ‘Your money or your life.’
  • Jack Benny: I’m thinking I’m thinking!

It is time to stop thinking and come to Israel

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Hope kindergarten

Hanukkah-The 8th night with Chickens

Hanukkah-The 8th night with Chickens. The orange one is "Shwarma", the dark one is "Black Bird".

Hanukkah-The 8th night with Chickens. The orange one is “Shwarma”, the dark one is “Black Bird”.


Why Make Aliyah


Sherut Leumi – National Service


Cell Phones:The Day Einstein Feared Has Arrived

Cell Phones:The Day Einstein Feared Has Arrived

Cell Phones:The Day Einstein Feared Has Arrived

20December2014 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-20/day-einstein-feared-has-arrived
Via BostonBob at Jim Quinn’s Burning Platform blog

Texting and-Driving Car Accidents

Stop the Talking in shul and turn off or mute your cell phone

Stop the Talking in shul and turn off or mute your cell phone

Stay alive-Do not text and drive

Stay alive-Do not text and drive

Cause and Effect: It seems as sending an SMS while driving

סיבה ותוצאה: כך זה נראה כששולחים הודעת SMS במהלך הנהיגה

הישראלים מודעים לסכנות בשליחת אסאמאסים ודיבור בטלפון במהלך הנהיגה. עם זאת, ממש כמו נהיגה תחת השפעת סמים ואלכוהול, רובנו עדיין ממשיכים לנהוג ולסכן את עצמנו הנהגים, את הנוסעים ברכב ואת הרכבים האחרים סביבנו. 73% מהנהגים הישראלים מדברים בפלאפון, 35% שולחים אסאמאסים ו-10% בודקים את המייל דרך הסמארטפון.

Either turn it off or use a Kosher Cell Phone that can not Text or use Internet and then live your life to the fullest.

no cell phones-Turn it offkosher-cell-phone
The Circle of Life - Women with tehillim on bus

The Circle of Life – Woman with tehillim on bus



no-cell-phonesFrom a school principal which is good for everyone to do:

Think about the importance of two letters: A & R.   A representing “Awareness” and R representing “Responsibility”.

Awareness meaning being aware of what is happening around you when you are outside the home. We recommended that you don’t walk around the streets with your earphones in or talk on your phones because you would be less inclined to know what is happening around you.

Responsibility meaning letting your parents and school know where you are when necessary.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”― Frank Herbert, Dune



Once again, we in Israel are thrown into a collective period of mourning, horrified at the pictures we’ve seen and utterly dumbstruck by the callous and depraved indifference for human life exhibited by our enemies. Many wonder, how do people of faith react to these acts of terror in Israel? How do we hold their enormity while professing an unstinting belief in a loving and compassionate God?

For many, these acts of terror on Jewish soil present a huge challenge to faith, and people ask themselves, ”Who needs a God like this?” while others collect each act of terror as evidence that there is no God at all. Yet others look for ways to remain steadfast in their emunah (faith) while not diminishing the horrific nature of what we experience much too often lately.

I’ve gathered some thoughts about faith in the face of calamity and share them with you. All or some may resonate with you, while it’s quite possible that none of them will be satisfying. Before I begin, we all join together in mourning for those who were murdered, ask God to heal those who were wounded, and pray for the comfort and consolation of the unfortunate widows, orphans, relatives and friends of those who died “al Kiddush Hashem,” whose lives in this world were brutally ended yet whose souls we feel are guaranteed immediate eternity.

  1. We continue saying Tehillim, Psalms, and dedicating our prayers and learning and good deeds to support the souls of the deceased, the healing of the wounded, and to reinforce our faith that all of God’s actions have a purpose, even while their intentions remain mysterious.
  2. The buzz among our great Rabbis and teachers is that today, we are very close to Messianic days, one sign of which is acute chutzpah in the world. When we see the new kinds of terror leveled against Israelis – murders of teens, tractor killings, light rail murders, traffic terror, screwdriver slayings, synagogue pogroms – we may be seeing, right in front of our eyes, an acceleration of God’s plan. Further, when we see how the world’s media defame us and lie about our intentions and get away with it, this chutzpah takes on another dimension. So, as we mourn and pray and are aghast at what continues to happen, there may be a parallel spiritual agenda that is being hastened at this time.
  3. There is a teaching that the closer we get to Messianic days, the more God will test our faith and see whose emunah will remain steadfast and who will fall off the bucking bronco (my imagery). These are called “Chevlei Mashiach,” the birth pangs leading to Mashiach, the hard labor before the birth of a new epoch in Jewish history and existence. One image is God shaking the huge blanket over and over again to see who will cling to it (having faith even during crisis) and who will fall from it (convinced that the horrors of life indicate chaos and no God). So, says the teaching, as we are on the brink of Mashiach, God will test us to see who is with Him and who isn’t. We can be saddened, perhaps scared, that this winnowing involves the taking of precious lives, while, as above, there may be a parallel spiritual agenda that God is accelerating at this time in Jewish history.
  4. It is valuable for us to let the effects of terror impact us more deeply. One neighbor wrote a Facebook post and asked people to STOP! what they were doing and think about the families, saying if we continued reading the rest of her post, we haven’t STOPPED! It doesn’t mean to wallow in misery and depression for the next several days; rather, to stop and think about the lives that were cut short, to think of the unimaginable panic and shock in that synagogue in Har Nof, to think of the wives and children and grandchildren and relatives and neighbors and friends and students and all those whose lives will have a huge missing piece due to terror. Think of the teachings, the good deeds, the voices of Torah and ethics that came into this world because of the ennobled lives of those mercilessly massacred. Stop and ponder, meditate and turn over in your mind what their lives, and deaths, mean.
  5. With these increased acts of terror, horrific and calculated, God is perhaps giving us a gift: clarity. It is becoming clearer by the day, and act, that we cannot afford any more fantasies about appeasing our enemies. Their design and intent only gets clearer with each gross act of murder, while our enemies revel and cheer and pass out candies to celebrate yet another Jew eliminated. This clarity, if absorbed, can urgently move us to effectively keep us safer with God’s help. This clarity can bring us to effective measures to keep ourselves more secure in our homeland.
  6. While there are some whose faith in God tends to falter in the face of terror, and I suspect deep in many hearts, including mine, there are screams of “How can God allow this to happen?” I know I’m only sitting in the bleacher seats while the suffering families are directly on the field of battling with their spiritual bearings. Perhaps we can look at the families themselves, and hear what they are saying about God and how He runs the world, and let them lead. Many of the statements of the mothers of the three boys murdered during the summer were impeccable statements of faith and trust in God, affirming their confidence that God has a purpose and a plan with often mysterious ways, and that He remains at the very core of their lives even in the face of tragedy. We can take our cues about God coming from the mouths of the faithful who are tested in ways none of us would welcome.
  7. This recent terror was perpetrated in a synagogue filled with worshippers whose purpose in being there was to praise God and honor Him with gratitude and appreciation. While it’s impossible to know of God’s purpose, perhaps we can draw a renewed commitment to prayer in general and to worship in a synagogue more often. I don’t dare make the connection that if we prayed more often in a synagogue as a Jewish people that lives would have been spared. I do suggest, however, that given the location and activity in the synagogue, we may draw some message for enhancing our Jewish lives in some way.
  8. Scream for God’s help. I was once in a public pool when the wave machine was turned on to make it more fun. It may have been so for others, but the waves it created were over my head and I couldn’t get my bearings and I began to gag and choke. I begged for others to help but they didn’t hear me. In frustration, in the loudest voice I have ever used, I screamed “HELP!!!” Immediately the wave machine was disengaged, all was calm, and the panic was over. If not for that primordial scream, I doubt I would be writing this. You may feel uncomfortable to scream in the synagogue or in public for God to save us, rescue us, stop the slaughter, bring Messianic days, and eliminate our enemies. Or you may feel more comfortable to scream in your car, when you’re alone, in the shower when no one is home, in the woods. Perhaps when we contemplate that even with all of His messengers there is no one but God to rescue us, and we scream and beg for his liberation like I did while nearly drowning, the wave machine will be turned off, and calm waters will bless our daily lives.
  9. Continue to live life, not as if nothing happened, but in spite of it. Be careful and aware, and keep doing what you were doing. Our enemies have two goals: to eliminate us, and if they can’t do that, to intimidate us and break our spirit and “simchat ha-chaim,” our joy and enthusiasm for life and appreciation of God’s blessings. Just as the worshippers in Har Nof have gone back to their synagogue for services, perhaps we can draw strength from them and get back into our routines, living life as normally as we can. More cautious and vigilant as a gift of our clarity, but uncowered, dignified, and confident.
  10. Living in Israel is a huge blessing and privilege, and even though there are occasional thorns that cause discomfort, pain and even blood, the roses of living life in Israel and being on the center stage of Jewish history at this time can help keep things in perspective. With all the venom our enemies can muster, with any and every evil deed at their disposal, even with gross acts of violence that shock us and bring us unbearable grief and suffering, we live in a proud, productive, and blessed Jewish homeland with nearly seven million Jews. God continue to bless this country, and accelerate Messianic days in our lifetime. God grant strength to His people, and bless us with peace.
 After every terrorest attack we need to return to our regular routines
 The Cats are watching Jerusalem Mayor Barkat on TV.
Jerusalem Mayor Barkat: “This was an act of a coward!”
The Porcupines are watching Jerusalem Mayor Barkat on TV.
Jerusalem Mayor Barkat: “It’s important to return to our regular routines as quickly as possible.”
A Cat talking on his cell phone while eating a sandwich: “Hey… 9:00 tonight.’
Child Porcupine to Mother: “Mon, Can I stay home tomorrow?”
Mother sighs.
Bird on Cell phone: “Dan… 9:00 at Yossi’s place tonight.”
Poker Game: ” Oy..Doris!!!.. Do we have any more beer?!”
 Abu Mazen embarrassed

I Am Israel


I Am Israel


Through the desire to come to Eretz Yisrael, this brings about great parnassa (livelihood)

Through the desire to come to Eretz Yisrael, this brings about great parnassa (livelihood)

Come Back – Nefesh B’Nefesh

The much acclaimed NBN video that brought so many people back home. Made by veteran filmmaker Daniel Remer founder of Remervision Video Productions. The simultainious arrival of three flights of new immigrants arriving in Israel on August 16th 2008. This video required a crew of 5 camermen; one on each of the three flights and two at the airport as the flights arrived.

It’s time to come home! Nefesh B’Nefesh: Live the Dream 1-866-4-ALIYAH

Nefesh B'Nefesh: Live the Dream 1-866-4-ALIYAH

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You Have Reached Your Destination

Part of a new campaign of the Jewish Agency in Britain to encourage Aliyah. The video was produced in London and Israel with a real family actually making Aliyah this coming July, and dozens of volunteers. Enjoy, and come to Israel!
Lead music track Lead Track ‘Summer Hi’ by www.groovalicious.co.uk

Heaven & Earth – BBC 1 – Aliyah

Many people consider emigrating to start a new life in a new country. Sometimes it’s for the weather, sometimes to be with family, but for one group of people, it’s for more spiritual reasons. Since it’s formation in 1948, Israel has had an open door policy for Jews from all over the world who want to settle in the land. The name for this act of returning is Aliyah. Lately there has been a worldwide decline in people taking up the offer, but immigrants from the UK have increased by 45%. Part of the reason for this is because an agency which helps cut through the red tape of immigration has started operating in the UK. Mark and Miriam Kaye are one young couple who have chosen to move from their home in London, to start a new life in Jerusalem.

2014 Mega Event Presentation Video

Aliyah to Israel (music by The Maccabeats)

A Rosh Hashanah Message 5775 תשע״ה


Mother of Murdered Israeli Teen: A Rosh Hashanah Message

Happy Rosh Hashanah

A Rosh Hashana Song from Latma

For Rosh Hashanah Dream it. Do it. Technion New Year Message

I’m Bean good

Bean joke

How to stop your eye from twitching


Pet your Cat or Dog.

BDS = anti-Semitism and Lies against Israel

From http://ngo-monitor.org http://ngo-monitor.org/articles/bds

Boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) are the tactics of political warfare used against Israel, based on the exploitation of human rights, double standards, comparisons to apartheid South Africa, and false accusations of “war crimes.”
  • Definitions:
    • Boycotts of products, culture, and academics – BDS activists lobby stores not to carry Israeli products and encourage others not to purchase them. They send letters to artists, musicians, authors, and academics, imploring them not to perform and appear in Israel or cooperate with Israeli institutions. Boycotts undermine liberal values, such as academic freedom and freedom of expression, by restricting openness and tolerance.
    • Divestment from companies that do business with Israel – Distorting the concept of ethical investing, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) accuse companies that conduct business in Israel of involvement in war crimes and violations of international law. The NGOs approach investors, primarily large banks and pension funds, and push for the exclusion of these companies.
    • Sanctions against self-defense measures – Anti-Israel activists demand that the international community enact comprehensive sanctions against Israel – treating Israel as a pariah state. The ultimate goal is legally enforced sanctions by the UN Security Council. Other forms of sanctions include arms embargoes, which are premised on baseless charges of war crimes. Similarly, legal proceedings are initiated against Israeli officials to punish Israel for defensive actions.
  • BDS is the main component of the “Durban strategy,” which was adopted by dozens of NGOs at the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, which crystallized the strategy of delegitimizing Israel as “an apartheid regime” through international isolation.
    • Other tactics of the Durban Strategy include “lawfare” campaigns against Israeli officials in international courts; lobbying international bodies, including the UN, EU, US and criminal courts; publishing false reports and accusations of “war crimes,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “apartheid”; organizing provocations such as flotillas and violent demonstrations under the guise of humanitarian operations and human rights.
  • The campaign seeks to end the “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” and promotes the right of “Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties.” These goals undermine the fundamental right of the Jewish people to self-determination.
  • This campaign is financed and supported extensively by foreign governments, as well as foundations and religious charities, which provide frameworks for anti-Israel political influence. *See funding chart below.
  • Most of this money comes from Europe, usually involving taxpayer funds funneled through secret processes to organizations that operate under the banners of promoting human rights, humanitarian aid, democracy and peace.
  • BDS seeks the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.
    • Co-founder of Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) Omar Barghouti (2004): “The current phase has all the emblematic properties of what may be considered the final chapter of the Zionist project. We are witnessing the rapid demise of Zionism, and nothing can be done to save it, for Zionism is intent on killing itself. I, for one, support euthanasia.”
    • As’ad Abu Khalil, a central activist in the U.S. (2012): “Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the State of Israel.”
    • Pro-BDS author Ahmed Moor: “OK, fine. So BDS does mean the end of the Jewish state…. I view the BDS movement as a long-term project with radically transformative potential….In other words, BDS is not another step on the way to the final showdown; BDS is The Final Showdown.”
  • BDS is not an established organization or movement, but comprised of dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and radical activists.
  • In practice, the BDS campaign has little success on the ground, but its effectiveness lies in its ability to penetrate the public and political discourse and blur the lines between legitimate criticism of Israel and the complete de-legitimization of Israel in the international arena.
  • BDS activists utilize the threat of political, economic, academic and cultural isolation as a means of pressuring Israel, and seek to have this idea penetrate the public and political discourse, as a means of influencing governments and businesses to adopt BDS tactics.

An Open Letter to Critics of Israel

A message from American Jewry: BDS is a real threat, not paranoia

By A. MARK CLARFIELD, SHIMON GLICK, ILAN TROEN 24January2015 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Palestinian-boycott-of-Israel-is-misguided-388807
From early December 2014 through this January, American academic associations representing about 100,000 professors met to discuss or vote on resolutions that urged a boycott of Israeli universities.

They include the American Anthropological Association, Middle East Studies Association, Modern Language Association, and the American Historical Association. BDS (Boycott/Divestment/ Sanctions) was also voted on by a California graduate student association and by a graduate association at the City University of New York. The final consequences of these actions are not yet clear.

BDS was intensely examined in Israel during this same period. Sessions were held to discuss the causes and significance of BDS in VERA (the Committee of Heads of Israeli Universities), the Israel Academy of Sciences, at universities and colleges from Haifa to Beersheba and at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies. The issue was also addressed in a host of less formal meetings with groups of intellectuals and public figures and in the media, including “Roim Olam,” a weekly review of news on Israeli TV and in newspaper articles. The key presenter on these occasions was Cary Nelson, a professor of English from the University of Illinois and immediate past president of American Association of University Professors, with 50,000 members. Nelson was sent by the American Jewish community to alert and inform Israelis of the seriousness of the challenge from BDS. His calling card was a book of essays sponsored by an agency of American Jewish federations: The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, of which he is co-editor.

Nelson argues that BDS must be seen as a growing long-term threat to Israel as a whole and to Israeli academia in particular. There is unfortunately abundant evidence that this is indeed the case, especially in the humanities faculties as opposed to engineering, the sciences or professional schools like medicine.

As Nelson pointed out in his speaking tour, over the past decade BDS has made serious inroads into Europe and is now actively rearing its ugly head in the US. He is in a position to know.

Nelson explained, offering chapter and verse, that because the attack is concentrated in the humanities, if this movement continues unchecked within a few years a whole generation of congressional aides will have been educated with the view that BDS is entirely legitimate and within a decade elected officials and senior bureaucrats will accept this position without question. The same instructional bias would inevitably affect the future leaders of the American Jewish community who, like public officials, typically begin their education with a BA in liberal arts. The threat to Israeli national security, as was made clear at the INSS, is that national strength depends on international legitimacy, and is not limited to the size and quality of the weaponry of Israel’s armed forces.

It appears that Nelson’s message has been heard.

VERA has established a national committee to monitor BDS and assist in a campaign to counter it. The INSS has established a working group to address it.

Additional ideas are being floated on how to present accurate views of Israeli higher education and its value to the entire citizenry of Israel as well as to our neighbors.

The Israeli response is a preliminary and belated awakening to a well-planned, wide and coordinated attack by PACBI – the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel. It is yet another facet of “lawfare” working to delegitimize Israel through the International Criminal Court and in the court of world opinion. This rapid penetration of this incendiary campaign clearly reflects intentional arson, not spontaneous combustion.

A pocket of resistance to this analysis within Israel claims that concern over BDS is instigated by the political Right to squelch criticism from the Left over Israeli policies within and beyond the Green Line. There is even a charge that Nelson’s visit was a Machiavellian charade sponsored and paid for by a branch of the Prime Minister’s Office. This critic has even labeled Nelson’s visit as a plot to spread “Boycott paranoia” (David Newman, The Jerusalem Post, January 12, 2015).

The role of American Jewry in this wake-up call should be welcomed. Rather than viewing American Jewry as ignorant of Israeli realities and thereby gullible, critics might ask why the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not see the danger coming and allocated so few resources to rebuff this new form of lawfare. The insistence on the serious threat of BDS is an expression of the solidarity of American Jewry with Israel.

This bond takes many forms from philanthropy and the education of the American public concerning Israel to this new initiative: alerting the Israeli academy and public of yet another danger lurking in a relentless war against the Jewish state. The failure to acknowledge a growing campaign designed to isolate and demonize Israel is myopic, clearly misinformed and perhaps also disingenuous.

A. Mark Clarfield is a professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and adjunct professor at McGill University, Shimon Glick is emeritus professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Ilan Troen is emeritus professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

From The algemeiner

Simon Wiesenthal Center Report: BDS “a Thinly-Veiled, Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic ‘Poison Pill’”

19March2013 Author: Zach Pontz http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/03/19/simon-wiesenthal-center-report-bds-a-thinly-veiled-anti-israel-and-anti-semitic-poison-pill/
A new report issued by the Simon Wiesanthal Center has labelled the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel “a thinly-veiled, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic ‘poison pill,’ whose goal is the demonization, delegitimization, and ultimate demise of the Jewish State.”

The report, which was compiled by Dr. Harold Brackman, takes a comprehensive look at the origins of the movement dating back to 2001. Among its many conclusions is that BDS “is a movement that does not help better the life of a single Palestinian and which is oblivious to major human rights disasters erupting throughout the Middle East and beyond.”

As a determining factor of BDS’s illegitimacy, the report uses Natan Sharansky’s ‘three Ds test’ for when criticism crosses the line into anti-Semitism:

“FIRST: Double Standards – singling out Israel for criticism while ignoring the more egregious behavior of major human rights abusers in the Arab and Muslim world and beyond.

“SECOND: Demonization of Israel – distorting the Jewish State’s actions by means of insidious and false comparisons with the Nazis and/or South Africa’s Apartheid regime.

“THIRD: Delegitimization – when Israel’s fundamental right to exist is denied—alone among all nations in the world—this too is anti-Semitism.

  • “BDS claims to be peaceful or to favor “nonviolent punitive measures” (while refusing to denounce anti-Israel, anti-Jewish violence).
  • “BDS often downplays its programmatic commitment to the unlimited “right of return” of millions of Palestinians, not born in Israel but claiming refugee status that would spell the end of the Jewish State.
  • “BDS ostensibly wants to right the specific wrongs done to Palestinians, yet attacks the foundations of Israel’s entire economy and society: all (Jewish) Israelis are collectively guilty.
  • “BDS is fueled by and reinforces a one-sided historical narrative denying any responsibility of Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim “rejectionists” for destroying chances for peace and reconciliation—from before Israel’s establishment in 1948, to the 1980 Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, to the 1993 Oslo Accords, to the 2000-2001 Camp David and Wye Summits, to the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and to this very day.
  • “BDS slanders Zionism and supporters of the Jewish State by falsifying the profound differences between Apartheid South Africa and democratic Israel.
  • “BDS utilizes—without admitting it—Christian “supersessionist” theological claims that Jews and Israel have lost divine favor because of the Jewish People’s alleged sins and as result Jews no longer have legitimate historic or moral claims to the Holy Land.”

The report also dismisses the BDS canard that Israel is as bad, if not worse, as Apartheid South Africa. “The truth is that the equation of Israel with South African Apartheid is both a false analogy and an historical libel at the center of the BDS campaign to isolate and ultimately destroy Israel,” it states, adding that “the end result [of the two-state solution] would be the creation—not of South African-style ‘Bantustans’ among the Palestinians—but of a sovereign Palestinian state on over 90 percent of the Arab territory Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War. In the meantime, Israel stays out of Gaza except when it reacts against terrorist attacks.”

The report also slams the BDS movement for its glaring hypocrisy, noting that “BDS Crusaders” never refuse “to utilize the outsized contributions of Israelis to cellphone technologies, the digital revolution, or biotech breakthroughs that have transformed the quality of life for billions and saved countless lives,” and highlighting the glaring fact that “Qatar-born Omar Barghouti exploits the academic freedom offered by Tel Aviv University to pursue an advanced degree while comparing Israelis to ‘mad dogs,’” while viewing  “all Israeli academics as members of ‘occupation.’”

The report observes that BDS has had “a minimal impact on business” and has mostly failed in its objectives beyond the propaganda arena. Minor victories can be highlighted, but even those have been negligible and come with their own brand of controversy. A recent Brooklyn College event is a prime example: The school was unwilling to cancel a BDS event despite opposition from groups on both the left and right. Ultimately the event created a controversy when a group of Jewish students were evicted for “disturbing” the attendees.

Yet despite the minor PR victories, even supporters of BDS have acknowledged the insidious goals of the movement, with Lebanese American Palestinian Professor of Political Science, As’ad Abu Khalil saying in 2012: “The real aim of BDS is to bring down the State of Israel . . . That should be stated as an unambiguous goal. There should not be any equivocation on the subject. Justice and freedom for the Palestinians are incompatible with the existence of the state of Israel.”

The report concludes, that BDS has no positive impact on peace in the Middle East: “Those truly committed to a ‘Two State Solution’ will never serve the cause of peace by embracing the anti-Semitic BDS. Honest people have a choice between two options only: a return to currently unfashionable, always difficult, peacemaking to forge two viable, peaceful states or the grim alternative, stripped bare of pretenses, of a deadly specter astride a Pale Horse.”

The Shot That Killed the Two-State Solution

The fighting in Gaza has largely been treated as a sideshow to the peace initiatives of John Kerry. The idea appears to be that once Israel withdraws its troops, the Secretary can resume his efforts to reach an agreement. If that truly is the thinking in the White House, the president will find himself frustrated and disappointed again. The rain of rockets from Gaza has only stiffened the resistance of the Israeli public and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to territorial compromise on the West Bank. And, one rocket, in particular, may have killed the two-state solution altogether.

From the beginning of his first term, and initial missteps in pushing for a quick end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama and his foreign policy team failed to understand the implications of Israel’s 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip. When Israel evacuated every citizen and soldier, effectively ending the “occupation,” the expectation and hope was that the Palestinians would use this opportunity to build the infrastructure of a state and demonstrate that they could live in peace with Israel.

This was a true test of the mantra “land for peace” and the Palestinians failed. Almost immediately, Hamas escalated its terror attacks on Israel and began to launch barrages of rockets and mortars at Israel’s civilian population. By the start of the latest operation, Israel had absorbed more than 10,000 rockets, which had the range to put more than half of Israel’s population (Jews and Arabs) in danger. Depending on the proximity to Gaza, Israelis had from 15 to 30 seconds to find shelter after hearing the siren indicating an incoming rocket.

While the media tried to keep “score” of casualties to show a “disproportionate” number of Palestinian casualties compared to Israelis, the simplistic recitation of these figures completely misrepresented the impact of the conflict. First, Israelis had no obligation to allow themselves to be killed just to make the score more even. Second, the casualty figures in Israel would have been horrifying if not for their technological genius in developing the Iron Dome system, which shot down most of the rockets that were directed at major population centers such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Furthermore, the media simply accepted whatever information the Palestinian Health Ministry gave them, ignoring the fact that the ministry was an arm of Hamas and that, according to their data, not a single Hamas terrorist was killed, only civilians. Inexplicably, the press ignored this fact and portrayed the war as though Israel was fighting ghosts that only they could see.

This latest bombardment, especially with the introduction of longer range weapons, has reinforced the view following the disengagement that giving up territory in the West Bank without ironclad security guarantees was a risk that exceeded any hoped for benefits of peace. This is the attitude even of the Israeli left whose homes and families were also in the line of fire.

As dangerous as the overall barrage has been, it was one rocket in particular that may have completely changed the prospects for a two-state solution. That rocket did not kill anyone and caused little direct damage; however, the fact that it was within a mile of Israel’s international airport was enough to scare the United States and most other countries to cancel their flights in and out of Israel.

Fortunately, no rockets have come anywhere near a commercial airliner or hit the airport itself, but the mere possibility was sufficient to put Israel’s economy in potential jeopardy. At the height of the tourist season, flights were cancelled and Israel’s principal artery to the outside world was isolated.
Imagine if a rocket did hit the airport or was in the vicinity of an airplane, never mind the catastrophic implications of actually downing a jet. If Israel gives up strategic territory in the West Bank, one Palestinian with an animus toward Israel could smuggle or construct a crude weapon that could reach the airport and, because Iron Dome cannot hit rockets fired short distances, there would be no defense.

Israelis legitimately fear that the West Bank, less than 30 miles from Tel Aviv, 6 miles from Ben-Gurion Airport and a few feet from Jerusalem, will turn into Hamastan where the entire heart of Israel would be within easy rocket range.

How many Israelis will be willing to take this risk now? Would you?

Dr. Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit AICE and author/editor of 23 books including After “Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine” and “Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam’s War Against the Jews.”

Why Israel is losing the information war

From Caroline Glick 20August2014 http://carolineglick.com/why-israel-is-losing-the-information-war/

For most Israelis, the international discourse on Gaza is unintelligible.


Here we were going along, minding our own business.


Then on a clear night in June, apropos of nothing, Palestinian terrorists stole, murdered and hid the bodies of three of our children as they made their way home from school.


Before we could catch our breath from that atrocity, they began shelling our major population centers with thousands of rockets, missiles and mortars, and infiltrated our communities along the border with Gaza through underground tunnels to kidnap and murder us.


And as the Palestinians did all of these things, they used their civilian population and the foreign press corps as human sandbags. They ordered their own people not to evacuate their homes from which Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad terrorists launched their missiles, rockets and mortars at Israel. And they launched missiles at Israeli cities from outside the hotel where the foreign reporters were staying.


It doesn’t take a PhD to understand what the game is. And Israelis – even many with PhDs – understand what is happening.


This is why so many Israelis are up in arms about our government’s failure to impact the wall of lies that comprises the discourse on Israel in the Western world.


The knee-jerk reaction of many Israelis to the sight of UN officials, CNN anchors and New York Timesreporters accusing us of committing war crimes is to blame ourselves.


Our hasbara (public diplomacy) is a catastrophe, our defenders are incompetent idiots, we moan and scream.


But the truth is not so simple. Our speakers have gotten much better over the past several years. Some, like ambassadors Ron Dermer and Ron Prosor and IDF Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, are excellent.


Israel’s public diplomacy efforts have been unsuccessful in penetrating, let alone dismantling the edifice of lies that constitutes the Western narrative about the Palestinian war against us because our underlying strategy for contending with it is directed at the wrong goal.


Our PR gurus defined our hasbara goal as getting our story out effectively. To do so, Israel has operated on two parallel tracks. First, we have tried to adjust our policies to adhere to what we perceive as the West’s demands.


We have employed measures unprecedented in military history to protect the Palestinians from their elected leaders who use them as fodder in their propaganda war against Israel.


There is no precedent in the history of warfare to Israel’s practice of warning Palestinians when it is about to attack civilian installations that Hamas has unlawfully used to attack Israel.


Moreover, Israel has accepted interpretations of the laws of war – such as the specious assertion that Israel is required to provide free electricity to Gaza – that have no relationship whatsoever to international law.
The second component of getting out our story has been developing the sort of glitzy, media-friendly PR apparatus that everybody who is everybody says is the be all and end all of a successful media strategy. There is no foreign press corps more coddled than the foreign press corps in Israel. No government is more active on social media sites than Israel.
And yet, for all of our efforts, the UN Human Rights Committee appointed an open hater of Israel who doesn’t have a problem with Hamas to run a phony investigation of the IDF’s imaginary war crimes.

For all our efforts, The New York Times, MSNBC, the European media, CNN and all the rest demonize our soldiers and leaders. They ignore the fact that everything Hamas and its allies in Fatah and Islamic Jihad do is a war crime – from calling for the annihilation of Israel to shooting rockets at civilian population centers, to shooting rockets at civilian population centers from hospitals and from outside the hotel where their reporters are staying in Gaza.
So desperate are we for any truth in reporting that we seize as a major victory the fact that a Wall Street Journal reporter was nice enough to Tweet the fact that he interviewed a Hamas leader in Shifa hospital.

A casual glance at the mountain of distorted and simply false stories reported about Israel and its enemies makes clear that at a minimum, most of the Western media don’t care about the truth. The fact that they sent reporters to Israel and Gaza doesn’t mean they wanted those reporters to publish what is going on.

The reporters knew what they were supposed to say before they even got on a plane to Israel. True, Hamas has openly acknowledged that it prohibited the foreign press from filming its terrorists and their war crimes. But with rare exceptions, the media had no problem with Hamas’s rules.

So too, the UN Human Rights Council didn’t decide to form a commission of inquiry to criminalize Israel because we weren’t good enough at showing the lengths we go to protect Gazans from their elected leaders. And the UNHRC didn’t appoint William Schabas, who has called for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to be tried for war crimes, to lead its star chamber because it didn’t get the press release proving that Israel acts in compliance with international law.

The media, the US State Department and the UN attack Israel for crimes that Hamas commits because they are wedded to a narrative in which Israel is to blame for its enemies’ desire to destroy it.

As the UN, The New York Times and President Barack Obama see it, Israel is to blame because it is inherently guilty by its nature.

The White House and State Department can accuse Israel of conducting a “totally indefensible” and “disgraceful” strike against an UNRWA school, when no such strike occurred, and if it had occurred it would have been totally defensible, because as far as they are concerned, as Martin Indyk claimed in May, Israel’s right to exist is conditional on our willingness to accept their belief that we are inherently morally deformed and in need of direction by our betters.

Netanyahu is Schabas’s “favorite [to be placed] in the dock of the International Criminal Court,” because Netanyahu is the elected leader of the morally deformed Jewish state.
Given this situation, it is clear that Israel’s public diplomacy efforts are directed toward the wrong goal.

The goal of hasbara cannot be to educate the likes of The New York Times’ bureau chief Jodi Rudoren about the truth because the problem isn’t one of ignorance. The problem is that they consider the truth an impediment to their goal of reporting the narrative of Israeli criminality.

Rather than striving to educate, we must work to manipulate the Rudorens of the world into covering the truth.

For instance, there is no reason to provide reporters clearly dedicated to hiding the truth with access to national leaders and military commanders. Let them find their own sources. Israel is a free country. There is no reason for The New York Times to be invited to a press briefing by IDF commanders.

Another critical element of a strategy for forcing hostile media and international agencies to contend with the truth is to create events that they can’t ignore.
For instance, the chief military prosecutor together with the state prosecution should indict Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah leaders on war crimes charges and the relevant Israeli courts should begin adjudicating the cases.

The Knesset should begin deliberations on a bill to strip UNRWA of its legal immunity as a first step towards bringing its personnel up on charges of providing material support for terrorism.

True, such actions will be met with howls of condemnation and hysterical reproaches from all the usual suspects.

But at least they will be talking about Palestinian war crimes. At least they will be forced to acknowledge that UNRWA is a force of destabilization and radicalization, not of stabilization and moderation in the Arab conflict with Israel.

Our leaders and spokespeople cannot win the information war by devoting themselves to pointing out the West’s hypocrisy and double standards, or the rank mendaciousness and bigotry that stands at the core of their approach to Israel. No one ever won a war by only playing defense. And we won’t win this one by explaining why we aren’t war criminals.

We will only begin to make progress when we define the goal of our hasbara as forcing an unwilling media and international community to discuss the truth by taking deliberate actions that will make it impossible for them to ignore it.

Examples of the Lies against Israel and the Real Truth

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“Hamas was not forced into shooting their rockets from pads located in urban areas, thereby leading to unavoidable civilian deaths,” wrote Wechsler. “They were not shooting from some of the densest population centers anywhere because they had no other choice. No—the choice was there. Though not large, Gaza had ample space that was not densely populated—farm land, empty spaces where rockets could have been stored and shot from. Furthermore, the U.N. could easily have developed temporary quarters in these same spaces for the sheltering of civilian refugees, far away from the sites of battle.”

“Hamas was not forced into shooting their rockets from pads located in urban areas, thereby leading to unavoidable civilian deaths,” wrote Wechsler. “They were not shooting from some of the densest population centers anywhere because they had no other choice. No—the choice was there. Though not large, Gaza had ample space that was not densely populated—farm land, empty spaces where rockets could have been stored and shot from. Furthermore, the U.N. could easily have developed temporary quarters in these same spaces for the sheltering of civilian refugees, far away from the sites of battle.”

Gaza Population-Density
From Elder of Ziyon 18August2014 http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2014/08/every-idf-officer-has-more-training-in.html#.U_K_hbuvgjg

Every IDF officer has more training in international law than practically every columnist and reporter

Yaacov Lozowick summarizes an important article from Yediot Acharonot (not available online and only in Hebrew) about the depth of commitment the IDF has to international law on all levels.

The IDF takes international law very seriously. Over the past decade it has considerably expanded the part of the military prosecution which deals with the laws of war, and there is now an entire team of officers, many at the colonel level, whose entire profession is to ensure the IDF functions within the law. I’ll stray from the Yedioth article for a moment to add that I’ve come across these folks in recent years, in professional discussions, and they’re knowledgeable, committed and professional. I expect that they know more about the laws of war than just about any media type or pundit who pontificates on the matter, except of course the other professionals. It seems safe to me to say that if anyone who doesn’t have a full and updated education in the laws of war informs you about how what the IDF does is illegal etc, they are probably talking through their hat comfortable that you, too, don’t know enough to call them out. The laws of war, like any branch of law, is a professional field, and it takes training and practice to be good at it.

That’s the first stage.

The second stage is that these officers spend a significant chunk of their time training other IDF troops in the basics. Clearly a corporal in the infantry won’t go through a full course of training, but the higher the officer, the more exposure they will have had to the principles and concepts of the laws of war, and the more occasions on which they’ll have been required to think about applying them. The training of an IDF soldier includes the understanding that the IDF respects the laws of war; the training of an officer includes applying these laws.

The third stage is that the legal types participate in the planning of all operations. I’m not going to detai the many levels of preparation an IDF operation goes through from conception to execution, but there are lots of them; the legal experts are part of the process. According to Yedioth, this results in some operations never being authorized in the first place, and others are adapted to stay within the law.

The fourth stage of preparation is that there’s a legal expert in every division, and there are channels of communication down to at least the level of battalions; since companies and platoons don’t generally execute their own operations, that more or less covers everyone.

Fifth stage: Aeriel and artillery actions. Aeriel and artillery actions are not necessarily susceptible to heat of battle situations. Both pilots and artillery officers are less likely than infantry, tank or engineering soldiers to need to respond immediately to fire from an unidentified source in the confusion of a battlefield. The article in Yedioth claimed that every single shell shot by those two branches was thought about in advance, and targets were vetted in advance, after they were visually identified by one or more of the layers of eyes the IDF had over Gaza – drones, other drones, radar and other stuff.

Read the whole thing.

What this means is that every IDF officer has more formal training on international law than practically every reporter, every columnist and every pundit that screams “War crimes!”

So when a major New York Times columnist badly misstates international law, it is because he is ignorant. When the head of a major human rights organization justifies it, it is because he is malicious. (Even under the “just war” definition of proportionality, it applies to the decisions to embark on an operation, not to the death-count afterwards. And Ken Roth knows that.)

The IDF had an entire website dedicated to international law. Here is what goes into every single decision to drop a bomb, every single time:

Given the complexity, sensitivity and potential consequences of aerial strikes against terrorists, decisions in this regard are made through highly regulated operational processes. These operational processes are set out in clear orders and procedures, which are classified by nature. Among other things, these orders and procedures define the various stages of the process of planning an aerial strike, thus identifying the entities whose input the military commander must receive before conducting the attack.

The process whereby decisions on aerial strikes are made reflects the full implementation of relevant aspects of international law. First and foremost, the decision to strike is subject to criteria and conditions specified in the orders and procedures, which are designed to ensure that the attack will be consistent with international law. These criteria and conditions have been formulated on the basis of preliminary legal advice and they are implemented by the commanders in each and every aerial strike. Furthermore, although not legally required, in certain cases advice is provided in respect of the legality of a specific target. Obviously this type of advice is generally unfeasible during “real time” aerial strikes conducted in response to immediate threats, when the decision to attack a target is required to be reached in fractions of a second.

The implementation of principles of international law in procedures surrounding aerial strikes is also reflected in the intensive training that those involved in the decision-making process undergo. As an inseparable part of these training programmes, the relevant operational entities – from intelligence officers to operational commanders – learn and internalize the laws of armed conflict that apply to attacks, under the guidance of skilled legal advisers with expertise in the subject.

Within the decision-making process, significant emphasis is placed on the input from intelligence officers, which factor in all the relevant information available about the target, the anticipated military advantage and the collateral damage expected. For example, the intelligence input considers factors that may establish the legality of the target and the anticipated military advantage, such as the nature of the terrorist activity in which the terrorist target is involved (for example, participating in rocket attacks directed at Israeli civilians) and their role within the enemy’s military operations. The intelligence insight will also consider, to the extent possible in the given circumstances, information that can be used to assess the extent of the anticipated collateral damage to civilians or civilian objects.

Based on this information, along with the insight of additional professionals such as damage assessment experts, the military commander may properly apply the principles of distinction, proportionality and the obligation to undertake precautionary measures – both in deciding on the attack itself and the manner in which it will be conducted (for example, the timing of the attack, the type of munitions to be used, etc.)

Almost certainly, not a single international journalist who reported on Gaza ever heard of this website, or even ever consulted an expert on international law, before throwing around terms like “war crime” and “proportionality.”


Not sure if this has been covered already, but does anyone have an overview of the legal requirements when faced with human shields?

From what I have been able to glean so far, it seems that this area has not been addressed in the relevant legal codes, i.e. no law says the attacking force must avoid harming human shields and no law says the attacking force may disregard human shields.

On more than one occasion I have heard media claim that Israel shoots human shields “anyway”, even though it is clear that Israel cancels attacks where there are obvious human shields. Naftali Bennett is one who was foolishly outflanked by this (and other) insinuations on sky news.

The short answer is yes, you can kill the human shield “anyway.” Combatants have been using human shields for a very long time, and it has been addressed many times in international law. As in any military action that might involve injury to civilians, the rule of proportionality applies. And of course the IDF takes into account factors other than international law, such as how much heat Israel will endure for taking an entirely legal action that would cause no comment whatsoever if done by any other country on earth.

Article 28 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV: “The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.”

Practice Relating to Rule 97. Human Shields http://www.icrc.org/customary-…

Israelis flood local market for top-class poultry rejected by european union boycott

Persecuted Jews from Europe are discovering the delights of international cuisine in the Jewish State.

By: Hana Levi Julian 17August2014 http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israelis-flood-local-market-for-top-class-poultry-rejected-by-european-union-boycott/2014/08/17/

A gourmet kosher chicken from Israel today cannot be had in many areas of the European Union.

Israeli poultry farmers are taking their export business elsewhere these days – and their chickens too.

European Union sanctions on business emanating from firms based in Judea, Samaria and other locations on the ‘wrong’ side of the 1949 Armistice Line have complicated Israel’s business dealings.

Chickens and poultry products from those areas have become part of the business casualties to fall by the wayside. But given the number of southern chicken coops that were struck by rocket fire during Operation Protective Edge, this may be a blessing in disguise for the local market, particularly with the upcoming Jewish holiday month of Tishrei looming on the horizon.

The process has gotten to the point that it’s no longer worth it for many business owners to bother with the Europeans. Instead, Israeli business owners are seeking other venues — closer to home — for their products.

Officials from Israel’s foreign and agricultural ministries say the dilemma has been solved by an increase in domestic demand which has risen, ironically, in part due to the European persecution of Jews abroad.

For the past two months, the premium-quality products have instead been diverted to local markets, where they much appreciated and in very high demand – particularly with the influx of new immigrants with discriminating palates from France and North America.

It is true the Jewish communities in Europe are sadly being deprived and missing out; but Israelis who normally are asked to make due with the export ‘leftovers’ are reaping the benefits of the ‘sanction bonanza’ as a result.

And happier, gourmet Israelis at home make for a far more popular government in times of crisis.

Bottom line: Palestinian Arab terrorism hasn’t gotten a toehold — let alone a snowball’s chance — with the Netanyahu administration in power.

There are no chickens in the Israeli government coalition this time around.

From The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Amb Prosor addresses special UN General Assembly session on Gaza

06August2014 http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/InternatlOrgs/Speeches/Pages/Amb-Prosor-addresses-special-UN-General-Assembly-session-on-Gaza-6-Aug-2014.aspx
Amb Prosor addresses special UN General Assembly session on Gaza
Mr. President,

Winston Churchill, one of the great architects of this institution, is remembered for his remarkable ability to perceive danger long before the rest of the world had woken up to the fact. In 1935, four years before World War II, Churchill criticized the international community for standing by as Germany rapidly rearmed. In his words: “The family of nations suffered from a want of foresight, an unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, and a lack of clear thinking and confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”

The international community is once again facing the severe lack of foresight and unwillingness to see. Every day we are confronted by stories of radical Islamic terrorism: ISIS is purging Iraq of Christians, Boko Haram has kidnapped school girls in Nigeria, Al-Shabab gunmen are raiding fishing villages on the Somali coast. And yet this Assembly does not utter a word. It can only muster its outrage when Israel acts to defend its citizens.

The double standards are absolutely appalling. In Iraq, over 1,600 people were killed in July. In Libya, clashes between rival militias killed 200 people last month. In Nigeria, Boko Haram has slaughtered nearly 3,000 people this year. It may just be me, but I didn’t hear the Arab group rally to condemn these atrocities. Instead, this group gangs up against the only democratic nation in the Middle East that is defending its citizens from the totalitarian forces threatening every enlightened country in this Assembly.

It might be too much to ask you to stand on our side in this battle between civilization and barbarism. But at least have the decency to swallow your selective outrage as Israel wages war against the extremist groups, seeking to eradicate the values that we all hold very dear.

Mr. President,

Israel is on the frontline of the war against radical extremism. The battle we fight today is the same battle that you all will fight tomorrow. Hamas, like ISIS and al-Qaeda, shares a disdain for democracy, a contempt for modernity, and a willingness to target innocent civilians.

And yet, some of you have abandoned the only democracy in the Middle East standing against the tide of terrorism. What does this say about your values? What does it mean for the next generation? This institution is being held hostage by some in this Assembly who are the worst human rights abusers.

The Arab nations, backed by some members of the non-aligned movement, may have the numbers, but they don’t have the morals. They use the majority to convene special sessions, issue condemnations, and push through resolutions demonizing Israel. In fact, I won’t be surprised if the Arab states pass a resolution saying that the terror tunnels were actually simply an irrigation system, and that the rockets were nothing more than shooting stars.

Few nations have the courage to admit that Hamas is committing a double war crime, targeting Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians. Fewer still have the courage to admit that Hamas is willing to see its own children killed so it can build sympathy for its cause. By not vocally and unequivocally condemning Hamas, you are condemning another generation of Israelis and Palestinians to further suffering.

There is only one way to achieve sustained quiet in Israel and build a peaceful and prosperous Gaza. Hamas must be disarmed, Gaza must be demilitarized. And the international community must divorce itself from the romantic notion of Hamas as ‘freedom fighters’.

Seventy years ago Winston Churchill bemoaned what he saw as the inability of mankind to act until the emergency comes. Today I am here to issue a warning: Stand with Israel and stand against terror before it is too late, before the danger lands on your doorstep and self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.

Thank you Mr. President.

The Face of Peace?


Love of Am Israel


Published on Aug 17, 2014

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We went to the south to show solidarity and support to the troops who were preparing to defend the country.
This is what jews do for their brothers in time of need…
(BRIEF HISTORY: In a broad gesture for Peace, with no preconditions, Israel withdrew its citizens from Gaza in the summer of 2005 and gave it to the Palestinians. Hamas, the controlling terrorist regime of Gaza, has since launched over 12,000 rockets and mortars AT Israeli citizens. The families of Sderot have been on the receiving end of the majority of rocket fire.)

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Gay and lesbian couples wed at Pride Parade!


hedonists demonstrated in Tel Aviv
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Jerusalem rail attack video

The Face of Peace?

17August2014 http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/08/the-face-of-peace.htmlLast night, a little over 1,000 Israeli hedonists demonstrated in Tel Aviv in favor of peace with Hamas. The pro-hedonist anti-emuna Israeli media gave them more coverage than they gave to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral, may his saintly soul intercede on our behalf, where nearly 1,000,000 people attended. Will they ever learn? How are people willing to sacrifice the Land of Israel and the long-term welfare of the Jewish People just to satisfy their bodily appetites and trample the Torah? Surely, lust overrides intellect. Haven’t they learned from the Disengagement? Such people don’t want to be confused by the truth, especially when truth tells them that their bodily lusts are forbidden by the Torah. So, rather than fighting against their bodily lusts, they fight against the Torah. That in a nutshell summarizes the entire ideology of the hedonists, who among others, are members of the current Israeli Government coalition. Until their pleasure and business center of Tel Aviv was threatened, they did little to make life easier on the missile-ridden cities and towns of the south.

Hamas rocket-team commander being interviewed by AlMayadeen News as he prepares rockets for launching a mere two days ago - See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/08/the-face-of-peace.html#sthash.aMhIQqqe.dpuf

Hamas rocket-team commander being interviewed by AlMayadeen News as he prepares rockets for launching a mere two days ago – See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/08/the-face-of-peace.html#sthash.aMhIQqqe.dpuf

Look at the above photo of a Hamas rocket-team commander being interviewed by AlMayadeen News as he prepares rockets for launching a mere two days ago. He is at the entrance of a tunnel and underground launching pad, one of the many that are still unknown to Israel. All he awaits is the command from Hamas HQ – a hatch opens up in the ground, and a 4, 6, or 8-missile barrage gets fired at Israel. This can happen at any moment.

Hamas tunnel crew commander being interviewed on AlMayadeen 2 days ago - does this look like the face of peace? - See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/08/the-face-of-peace.html#sthash.aMhIQqqe.dpuf

Hamas tunnel crew commander being interviewed on AlMayadeen 2 days ago – does this look like the face of peace? – See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/08/the-face-of-peace.html#sthash.aMhIQqqe.dpuf

Hamas tunnel crew commander being interviewed on AlMayadeen 2 days ago – does this look like the face of peace?

Rav Shalom Arush writes in The Garden of Purity how lust drives people insane. How can a sane person think that Hamas will ever make peace? When they were given all of Gaza on a platter in 2005 by the hedonist Israeli government, they only used it as a springboard for more war. Since the disengagement, we’ve had nothing but intermittent war and terror.

As Israel negotiates in Cairo, Hamas is feverishly building more rockets,  as you can see in the Al Jazeera video from yesterday:

كتائب القسام تكشف عن تصنيع صواريخ “جي 80″
Published on Aug 16, 2014

خصَّت كتائب عز الدين القسام قناة الجزيرة بصور حصرية قالت إنها لعملية تصنيع صواريخ “جي 80″ كانت قد استخدمتها في حربها على إسرائيل أثناء عدوانها على قطاع غزة.
تقرير: طارق الرفاعي
تاريخ البث: 16/8/2014

And, the tunnel problem is far from over, as you can see in the Al Mayadeen video from two days ago, which shows Hamas activity in an assault tunnel, one of the many still unknown to Israel, as you see below:

الميادين تدخل أحد الأنفاق الإستراتيجية للقسام …

I wouldn’t call this the face of peace. Would you?

J80 missile production going on right now in Gaza - the missile has a range that enables it to reach both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Image above – J80 missile production going on right now in Gaza – the missile has a range that enables it to reach both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

The only way to attain lasting peace in the holy Land of Israel is to rid it of publicly flaunted debauchery and government-sanctioned trampling of Torah. This means that we must make a peace treaty with Hashem. Until then, don’t expect to see the face of peace on our neighbors, who are none other than a stick in Hashem’s hand. It’s time for teshuva – the sooner the better.

– See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.3Hxyy9ks.dpuf

From Israel Matzav

US hypocrisy re Gaza civilian casualties

21August2014 http://israelmatzav.blogspot.co.il/2014/08/us-hypocrisy-re-gaza-civilians.html

We all want to minimize civilian casualties, but wars in urban areas are chaotic. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009, of the victims of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq from March 2003 to March 2008, nearly half, 46% were women and 39% were children.

By contrast, according to the UN, (Not friendly to Israel) 12% of all Palestinians killed in Gaza were women and 23% were children, far lower than the percentages killed in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

However, men, most likely combatants, killed by the US only 15 %, but most casualties by Israel have been men 65%!

Despite this superior Israeli record the White House, Pentagon, and State Department have all accused Israel in the harshest terms of doing too little to prevent civilian casualties. Yet Israel’s record on this score is much better than America’s.

Lest anyone complain about Mohammed Deif’s wife and child being killed (with him?), consider this about Osama Bin Laden’s sudden demise:

Osama bin Laden was killed in the raid, as were three other men and a woman: bin Laden’s adult son Khalid,[90][91] bin Laden’s courier (Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti), al-Kuwaiti’s brother Abrar, and Abrar’s wife Bushra.[57]

When Israel killed ‘Palestinian’ terrorist Abu Iyad in 1988, his family looked on unharmed.

On the other hand, when the US killed Anwar al-Awlaki, they also killed Anwar al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son as “collateral damage” in a car with another person – so, Awlaki (target) died, the other man (who may or may not have been a target) died and a teenager died. Score? Either 33% or 66% collateral on one hit – and both Awlaki and his son were US citizens.

The US shouldn’t talk to Israel about civilian casualties….

How Hillary Clinton Enabled Hamas’ Construction of Terror Tunnels

17August2014 Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/08/17/how-hillary-clinton-enabled-hamas-construction-of-terror-tunnels/

Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place.

Until now.

In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the task of pressuring Israel to ease up on its military blockade of Gaza.

“I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built,” Ross revealed in the Washington Post on August 10. “They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”

Not that Hillary’s State Department had been acting independently of the White House on the issue of cement. For example, Vice President Joe Biden told interviewer Charlie Rose on Bloomberg TV in 2010: “We have put as much pressure and as much cajoling on Israel as we can to allow them to get building materials” and other forbidden items into Gaza.

But now that Mrs. Clinton is attempting to distance herself from the president’s debacles in foreign affairs, Ross’ admission shows that it was she who sent her personal envoy to push for a policy that ultimately enabled Hamas to build the terror tunnels.

Israeli officials have long been justifiably concerned about the danger of dual-use items such as cement. On the one hand, cement could be used for innocent purposes such as home construction, in the hands of a peace-seeking, trustworthy government. But in the hands of untrustworthy elements – such as the Hamas terrorist regime that rules Gaza – it could also be used for other purposes. Such as terror tunnels.

President Obama recently remarked, in his much-discussed interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times: “Because Israel is so capable militarily, I don’t worry about Israel’s survival.” Secretary Clinton evidently shared that dismissive attitude when she sent Ross on his mission to put cement into Hamas’ hands.

It seems Obama and Clinton forgot that Israel is the only country in the world that is threatened with annihilation by a nearby regime rushing to build nuclear weapons. Israel is the only country in the world that, in the space of just 65 years, has been forced to fight four major defensive wars and five smaller ones in order to survive. Israel is the only country in the world whose next-door neighbors have built dozens of tunnels into Israel to perpetrate massacres of civilians.

Today, at least thirty-two terror tunnels later, we know that Clinton, Obama and Ross have been wrong, while Israel is right.

Hamas spent between $1 million and $10 million to build each of those tunnels, using as many as 350 truckloads of cement and other supplies per tunnel, according a report in to the Wall Street Journal, quoting Israeli military officials.

And it is “likely that there are additional tunnels” that the Israelis have yet to uncover, according to the Journal’s report.

Instead of lethal purposes, the materials used for each tunnel could have built 86 homes, or 19 medical clinics, or seven mosques, or six schools. But Hamas had other priorities.

And Secretary Clinton consciously turned a blind eye. Just as she turned a blind eye to other aggressive and anti-peace behavior by the Palestinians, such as the Palestinian Authority’s sheltering of known terrorists, its payments to imprisoned terrorists, the anti-Israel and anti-America propaganda that fills the PA-controlled media, and the anti-Semitic hatred in the textbooks used in the PA’s schools.

What are the real-life consequences of ignoring such Palestinian actions? An entire generation of young Palestinians have grown up incited to hatred of Jews and Israel, and glorifying terrorists as heroes and martyrs.

What are the real-life consequences of Mrs. Clinton putting cement into Hamas’ hands? The tunnels into Israel were used to carry out the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit and numerous other attacks in which Israelis were murdered. They were being prepared to carry out a mass coordinated attack on Israeli towns and kibbutzim this year on Rosh Hashanah.

Imagine a scenario in which a surgeon decided that she wanted to employ a controversial and risky technique. She was warned repeatedly that it was too dangerous, but proceeded anyway and in the process nearly killed the patient. Surely that would be deemed malpractice. The surgeon probably would be barred from ever again practicing medicine.

Secretary of Stated Hillary Clinton committed diplomatic malpractice. Her own top aide has revealed that it was she who put the cement into Hamas’ hands, even after Israel warned repeatedly that doing so was too dangerous. And Israel continues to suffer the consequences.

Another lesson of the Gaza war: Even as we condemn Hamas’s diversion of cement from the construction of housing to the construction of terror tunnels, let us not forget that it was Hillary Clinton who pushed through the policy that made those tunnels possible.

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.

Col. Richard Kemp on the IDF & Hamas in Gaza (StandWithUs)

Published on Aug 14, 2014
Address hosted by StandWithUs and Shivtei Yisrael synagogue in Ra’anana, Israel. Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, Col. Richard Kemp has a distinguished military career and is an expert in counter-terrorism. Col. Kemp spent significant time in Israel during the IDF’s defensive campaign against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, “Protective Edge”.

Rav Ovadia Yosef’s Funeral

Published on Oct 8, 2013

Over 850,000 mourners escort the rabbinical leader of the generation to his final resting place, Jerusalem, October 7, 2013

Gaza, 2014: War of Emuna

By: Rabbi Lazer Brody http://www.breslev.co.il/articles/society/current_affairs/gaza__2014__war_of_emuna.aspx?id=26481&language=english

Many people are disappointed that the recent round of hostilities, aka “Operation Protective Edge” or “Gaza War, 2014″, did not end in a decisive, clear-cut military victory for Israel. Indeed, in boxing, this would have been a split-decision, where in the absence of a knockout, the winner would be decided according to the points given by three judges at ringside. Militarily, Hamas claims victory, maintaining that their leadership and their power to fire rockets against Israel’s cities have both emerged unscathed. Israel claims victory, citing its successful campaign against the Hamas assault tunnels and the overall damage it did to Hamas. Nevertheless, no one in Israel can guarantee that all the tunnels have been destroyed. Furthermore, as we witnessed right before the recent ceasefire was declared, Hamas still succeeded in firing rockets on Israel’s southern cities and villages.

As the military and diplomatic smoke clears, the outcome of the current “Protective Edge” operation is identical to the outcome of the “Cast Lead” and “Defensive Shield” campaigns of 2008 and 2012. If the same pattern of hostilities continues, we can expect an additional war within a year. Why? There were four years between “Cast Lead” and “Defensive Shield”, and two years between “Defensive Shield” and “Protective Edge”. Continuing the pattern logically, there would be one year until a renewal of hostilities. And, what’s worse, the seeds of a new intifada (Arabic for civil uprising) seem to be sprouting, for terror in Jerusalem has once again reared its ugly head.

The above seemingly factual and logical look at our military and political situation in regard to Gaza is deceiving, for it doesn’t take emuna into account. With emuna in mind, the recent Gaza War has been a dazzling victory for Israel, not only against Hamas, but against the entire world. Let’s see what we have gained, thanks to Hashem’s limitless love for His People in Zion:

1. Jewish Unity - Unity among the Jewish People has always been a rare commodity. The lack of it led to the destruction of our Holy Temple, to exile and to Diaspora. Yet, this war saw our entire nation come together. Soldiers were flooded with food and gifts. The morale and spiritual reinforcement of the troops in battle was phenomenal. Outside of the traditional hate-mongers in the self-serving media, one can feel a true change for the better in regard to interrelationships among various sectors of the Israeli population. This is the unity that is a prerequisite for Moshiach.

2. The Hamas Doomsday scheme foiled – Most likely, Israel will create several investigative committees into the “failures” of the recent war, the most prominent of which is the military’s and the intelligence community’s gross underestimation of the tunnel threats. By way of the tunnels, many of which led to the hearts of the Gaza-area kibbutzim and villages, Hamas had planned to send at least 2,000 of its best fighters through ten different tunnels this coming Rosh Hashana. Simultaneously, ten different Israeli villages would have each been attacked by some 200 terrorists with automatic weapons, grenades and anti-tank missiles. Women and children would have been kidnapped and taken back to Gaza. With the Hamas terrorists wearing Israeli combat fatigues, the ensuing battles would have been utter bedlam, Heaven forbid. Hashem foiled the terror attack of history, for Hamas did not plan on this war, which was premature in their strategy.

3. The Emuna that “it’s all for the best” – the kidnapping and heinous murders of the three Yeshiva boys, martyrs Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach, may Hashem avenge their sacred blood, was a tragedy that all of Israel took to heart. No one understood how such a disaster could be for the good. But in retrospect, we all see that our martyred young men triggered a chain of events that led to operation “Protective Edge” and the discovery of the assault tunnels. The sacrificed lives of our three holy martyrs saved who-knows-how-many thousands of lives and foiled the terrorist plot of the century.

4. An International Victory – the current Gaza War took the mask off of international anti-Semitism. Hashem exposed the nations of the world, that their so-called “anti-Zionism” is none other than anti-Semitism at its vulgar worst. If Israel and the Arabs are fighting, why should Jews be attacked on the streets of Paris and why should synagogues in the USA be defaced? What’s more, Israel withstood tremendous pressure from the American executive branch of government and the US State Department, the UN and international media, all of whom displayed flagrant pro-Arab bias. As a result, the people of Israel are now fully aware of the Gemara’s statement that in these times before Moshiach, there is no one to trust but Hashem.

5. Revelation of Hashem – one can write several volumes about the miracles that took place during the recent war, many of which we saw with our own eyes in my hometown of Ashdod, where hundreds of rockets fell in over seventy different missile attacks. Despite the success of the “Iron Dome” missile-interception system, a number of rockets made their way through and fell in heavily-populated areas. One rocket made a direct hit in a crowded gas station on a Friday morning. Not only were there no fatalities, but a gasoline-tanker truck that held 35,000 liters (about 9,000 gallons) was burned on the outside, but its contents didn’t explode! What’s more, adjacent tanks of propane gas, ever so volatile, also did not explode. This could have caused an explosion that could devastate a tremendous area. And, this is but one miracle of many…

6. An end to the “Might of My Right Hand” Ideology – the war succeeded in showing Israel that Hashem wins wars, not the military. As we mentioned earlier, military intelligence was caught unaware and unprepared. Hamas tunnels were the springboard of two deadly ambushes. IDF equipment, such as the outdated armored personnel carrier that broke down and became a death-trap for its seven crew members, was frequently faulty and vulnerable. As many IDF officers testified anonymously, the government’s hesitation, vacillation and lack of clear objectives severely hampered the forces on the ground. The Israeli Army paid a dear price with the blood of over sixty martyrs. Yet, the IDF fought valiantly. In a phenomenal sanctification of Hashem’s name, Givati Brigade Commander Colonel Ofer Winter invoked Divine assistance by having his entire command say “Shema Yisrael” before they went into battle.
Gaza, 2014 is not only a war of Emuna for the people of Israel. This is a war of emuna for Jews around the globe. For a Jew, Israel – the Land of Emuna – is the safest place on earth. All the spiritual leaders of this generation have said that the Geula, the final redemption of our people, has already begun. Hashem wants us all to come home. And, judging by the stream of Jews who are making Aliya, the ingathering of the exiles is well underway. Thousands of IDF soldiers are proudly wearing tzitzit, what they nickname their “spiritual flak jacket”. We are winning the war of emuna and we will continue to win. Even if you’re still outside Israel, you can and must do your part. Help us spread emuna the world over. The light of emuna must extinguish the darkness of radical Islam – that’s the real struggle, and with Hashem’s help, we’ll prevail, amen!

For 90 Minutes, Jewish Leaders Tell UN’s Ban Ki-moon About Hamas Abuses, List 19 War Crimes

14August2014 Joshua Levitt http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/08/14/for-90-minutes-simon-wiesenthal-center-directors-tell-uns-ban-ki-moon-about-hamas-abuses-lists-19-war-crimes/

For a full 90 minutes on Wednesday, Jewish leaders told United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon about the litany of abuses of international rules of warfare – 19 in total – by Hamas in Gaza.

The group included Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, directors of The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and representatives from B’nai Brith and Hadassah.

Rabbi Cooper told The Algemeiner on Thursday, “Bottom line, the Jewish world will have to be more proactive on the international stage, not only to defend Israel, but ourselves as well. We will continue to interact with Ban Ki Moon to insure that this important leader will be more responsive.”

In a follow-up note to Ban after their meeting, the SWC rabbis summed up the argument they presented. They said that “we must frankly ask you how many times will the world allow itself to be held hostage by Hamas? This is the third time since 2005 when Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza that Hamas has brought death and destruction to the people of Gaza. Once again they are using the people of Gaza, the civilian infrastructure and UN facilities in its non-stop campaign to terrorize the Jewish state.”

During the 90 minute meeting, according to Rabbi Cooper, the SWC urged the UN to announce an official inquiry into the use of various UNRWA schools by Hamas to store and launch rockets for the benefit of the UN’s own reputation. They also called on the UN not to permit the UNRWA to supervise the billions in reconstruction funds expected for Gaza.

“The systematic hijacking of previous aid, cement, and building materials by Hamas to build an underground superhighway of terror is scandalous and a violation of the wishes of the donors who did not contribute funds for rockets or tunnels,” they said. “Those who failed to stop such theft and serial abuse of humanitarian aid, must be held accountable and should not have any involvement in supervising or dispersing of future funds.”

They also said that work shouldn’t begin until “the total disarming of Hamas and the destruction of all of the thousands of rockets and missiles Hamas still harbors.”

The Jewish human rights group that works to protect Jews against anti-Semitism also raised that core issue with Ban. “There has been an explosion of anti-Semitism and genocidal hatred against Israel from Europe to Australia,” they said. “Rather than denouncing this toxic situation Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, contributed to it by being so rabidly one-sided in her criticisms of Israel.”

“During her tenure there was no effort to investigate previous crimes against humanity by Hamas, including its own admission that 160 Palestinian children died building their terrorism tunnels. Her behavior demands a public censure from the Secretary General.”

They asked that “with a human rights disaster of epic proportions in Syria, with ethnic cleansing in Iraq, with a difficult situation in Ukraine and with continuing human rights outrages in North Korea,” the upcoming UN General Assembly “not be allowed to degenerate into an anti-Israel hate fest,” and noted that the UNGA will coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days.

“Anymore demonization of Israel emanating from the halls of the United Nations will only contribute to anti-Semitism globally,” they said.

To hammer home their point about Hamas violating human rights, although Israel is accused of doing so by the UN Human Rights Commission, the SWC rabbis left Ban with a detailed list they compiled of the 19 violations made by Hamas, with full notes and citations for Ban to reflect upon.

In further comments to The Algemeiner, Rabbi Cooper said Ban “refused to get involved with the travesty at UN Human Rights Council.”

Read the SWC’s list of Hamas’s 19 violations of the rules of war:

1) Hamas’ rocket attacks directed at Israel’s civilian population centers deliberately violates the basic principles of distinction (Additional Protocol I, arts. 48, 51(2), 52(1).) Any doubt about this is resolved by the fact that Hamas itself has boasted of its intention to hit population centres. It is well accepted in customary international law that intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking part in hostilities constitutes a war crime. (Rome Statute, art. 8(2)(b)(i))

2) Staging of Attacks From Residential Areas and Protected Sites: The Law of Armed Conflict not only prohibits targeting an enemy’s civilians; it also requires parties to an armed conflict to distinguish their combatant forces from their own civilians, and not to base operations in or near civilian structures, especially protected sites such as schools, medical facilities and places of worship. As the customary law principle is reflected in Article 51(7) of Additional Protocol I: The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or shield, favor or impede military operations.

3) Use of Civilian Homes and Public Institutions as Bases of Operation – see (2) for citations.

4) Misuse of Medical Facilities and Ambulances – Any time Hamas uses an ambulance to transport its fighters it is violating the Law of Armed Conflict: Under Article 23(f) of the 1907 Regulations annexed to the Hague Convention IV Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, which reflects customary international law, it is especially forbidden … [t]o make improper use of a flag of truce, … as well as the distinctive badges of the Geneva Convention. Article 44 of the First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (1949)also provides that: … the emblem of the Red Cross on a white ground … may not be employed, either in time of peace or in time of war, except to indicate or to protect the medical units and establishments…

5) Booby-trapping of Civilian Areas – see (2) for citations.

6) Blending in with Civilians and Use of Human Shields – As the ICRC rule states, lilt can be concluded that the use of human shields requires an intentional co-location of military objectives and civilians or persons hors de combat with the specific intent of trying to prevent the targeting of those military objectives.

7) Exploitation of Children – Hamas has paramilitary summer camps for kids. There are reports, from this war and previous ones, of children fighting and being used for tunnel digging. violates the Law of Armed Conflict, including prohibitions against allowing children to take part in hostilities. As customary international law is reflected in this regard in Additional Protocol I, the parties to a conflict must take “all feasible measures” to ensure that children lido not take a direct part in hostilities and, in particular, they shall refrain from recruiting them into their armed forces. (Additional Protocol I, art. 77(2))

8 ) Interference with Humanitarian Relief Efforts – While Israel kept its end of humanitarian truces. Hamas used them to shoot rockets into Israel, including the Kerem Shalom crossing where humanitarian goods are brought into Gaza. All of these actions violate the Law of Armed Conflict, which requires parties to allow the entry of humanitarian supplies and to guarantee their safety. Article 59 of the Fourth Geneva Convention requires parties in an armed conflict to permit the free passage of [humanitarian] consignments and shall guarantee their protection. Article 60 of the same Convention protects the shipments from being diverted from their intended purpose, something Hamas has certainly done in the past and is reported to have done in this conflict as well.

9) Hostage-taking – The Fourth Geneva Conventions, article 34, says flatly “The taking of hostages is prohibited.” This is not an “arrest” as Israel-haters claim, and this is not a prisoner of war situation as Hamas has made clear – the purpose of Hamas’ hostage-taking falls under the definition on the International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages: “Any person who seizes or detains and threatens to kill, to injure or to continue to detain another person (hereinafter referred to as the “hostage “) in order to compel a third party, namely, a State, an international intergovernmental organization, a natural or juridical person, or a group of persons, to do or abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the hostage commits the offence of taking of hostages (“hostage-taking ‘) within the meaning of this Convention.

10) Using the uniform of the enemy – Additional Protocol I prohibits the use of enemy flags, military emblems, insignia or uniforms “while engaging in attacks or in order to shield, favour, protect or impede military operations”. [3] Under the Statute of the International Criminal Court, “making improper use … of the flag or of the military insignia and uniform of the enemy” constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts when it results in death or serious personal injury. [4] According to some, this is considered perfidy, a war crime. (h/t Joshua)

11) Violence aimed at spreading terror among the civilian population – Rule 2 of ICRC’s Customary IHL is Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited. II It quotes Article 51(2) of Additional Protocol I prohibits “acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population”. Hamas rockets are aimed not only at killing civilians, but also at spreading terror among Israelis.

12)Targeting civilian objects, such as airports or nuclear power plants – Rule 7 of the Customary IHL says “Attacks must not be directed against civilian objects, quoting Articles 48 and 52(2)of Additional Protocol I.

13. Indiscriminate attacks – Besides targeting civilians and civilian objects, Rule 11 of the ICRC CIHL states flatly that “Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. II By definition, every Qassam rocket attack and most of the other rocket and mortar attacks are by their very nature indiscriminate. See also Rule 71, “The use of weapons which are by nature indiscriminate is prohibited.

14) Proportionality in attack – ICRC’s Rule 14 states “Launching an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated, is prohibited. Rocket attacks against civilians have zero military advantage, so by definition they are disproportionate to their military advantage. See also Rule 18: “Each party to the conflict must do everything feasible to assess whether the attack may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.

15)Advance Warning – Rule 20 of the ICRC CIHL states “Each party to the conflict must give effective advance warning of attacks which may affect the civilian population, unless circumstances do not permit. Given that Hamas has used the media and SMS calls to threaten Israelis, it is clear that they have the ability to warn before every rocket attack. Their failure to do so is a violation of IHL.

16) Protecting civilians – Rule 22 of the ICRC Customary IHL states, “The parties to the conflict must take all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population and civilian objects under their control against the effects of attacks. Hamas not only has failed to protect civilians in Gaza by building bomb shelters, they have deliberately put civilians in harm’s way.

17) Attacking medical units – Rule 28 states, Medical units exclusively assigned to medical purposes must be respected and protected in all circumstances. Hamas has shot mortars at the Israeli field hospital, set up for Gazans, near the Erez crossing.

18) Protection of Journalists – Hamas has threatened journalists, implicitly and explicitly, accusing some of being spies and sometimes not allowing them to leave Gaza, making them effectively hostages. Rule 34 states “Civilian journalists engaged in professional missions in areas of armed conflict must be respected and protected as long as they are not taking a direct part in hostilities.

19) Mistreating the dead. Rule 113 says, Each party to the conflict must take all possible measures to prevent the dead from being despoiled. Mutilation of dead bodies is prohibited. Hamas has shown off an alleged chip cut out from the (presumably) dead body of Shaul Orono.

Israel vindicated by UN damage assessment in Gaza

http://bit.ly/1p5CB94, August 24, 2014

An analysis of the damage assessment data collected – on the Gaza War – by the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (which has never been biased in Israel’s favor), confirms that Israel attacked Hamas targets in a restrained manner:

*Israel did not retaliate by rote against Hamas’ systematic attacks on civilian targets; Israel bombed areas which harbored Hamas missile launching grounds and facilities, command posts, terrorists homes and hideouts, operational bases, weapon inventory and tunnels.

*Most of the damage concentrated in very limited areas of 25 square meters of less, while most of Gaza was not damaged at all or in a very limited manner.  Less than 5% of Gaza was hit by The Israel Defense Forces.

*The most populated areas of Gaza City, Jabaliya, Khan Yunes, Rafah and Deir el-Balah were  disproportionally-undamages: damaged in a very limited way or not damaged at all.

*The areas highlighted by the UN damage assessment report are compatible with the Israel Defense Forces briefings on the location of Hamas facilities, especially in the Shuja’iya area, which was the arena of the most intense battles.

*While Hamas concentrated its terror facilities – systetmatically and deliberately targetting Israeli civilians – in densely populated urban areas in Gaza, the vast majority of these urban areas were undamaged.

*Israel demonstrated exceptional efforts to minimize collateral damage – by urging civilians to evacuate ahead of bombings, thus forefeiting the surprise effect – guided by security requirements and not by retaliatory or political expediency.

*Israel followed surgical bombing tactic and not carpet bombing.  The attacks were not random nor indiscriminate.

*Most of the Israeli bombing hit areas which housed multiple tunnel entrances and shafts, as well as launching sites for mortars and missiles and other terror-related infrastructures.

*15% of Hamas rockets and mortars were short, hitting civilian targets inside Gaza.

From Ynetnews.com

First aid for baby killed in J’lem attack: ‘Her parents put her in my arms’

United Hatzalah volunteer Avi Steinhartz was the first to give emergency treatment to 3-month-old Haya Zissel Braun; ‘I detached emotionally in order to give better treatment’.

Ahiya Raved 23october2014 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4583446,00.html
Avi Steinhartz, a United Hatzalah volunteer, was the first to administer first aid to 3-month-old Haya Zissel Braun, the infant who was killed in the Jerusalem Light Rail attack on Tuesday, and images featuring him carrying her have since become a symbol of the deadly attack.

“I took the baby and began to give her CPR. She had serious head injuries, the vehicle ran over her,” Steinhartz said.

“It was a very difficult incident – you have to repress your emotions in order to work properly,” he told Ynet earlier Wednesday.

Steinhartz carrying Haya Zissel Braun, moments after attack

Steinhartz carrying Haya Zissel Braun, moments after attack

Meanwhile, the medical staff at Hadassah Medical Center managed to identify a woman hospitalized in critical condition as a result of the attack as an 18-year-old citizen of Ecuador, who has been studying in a religious institution in Jerusalem. Her family is still abroad.

Steinhartz did not witness the attack, but was very close to the scene when it took place. Once the infant’s parents spotted him, they ran over and placed the baby in his arms.

Close up video of terror attack

“There was another woman next to me with a head injury, and other wounded people. I notified the call center, and more volunteers arrived shortly,” Steinhartz recounted the incident.

“I began to give her CPR, and once the ambulances arrived, I entered one of them with her. I continued to give her CPR treatment until the ambulance left for the hospital. I did not go with them, but rather continued to treat those who were wounded at the scene.”

Steinhartz immigrated to Israel at the age of 18, and has lived in Jerusalem ever since. As a father of three children, he said that in order to cope with the difficult situation, he had to detach emotionally. “You disconnect so that you can provide better medical care. There were many wounded and many people suffering from anxiety, who were in panic and screaming,” he said.

Haya's parents at scene of attack (Photo: United Hatzalah)

Haya’s parents at scene of attack (Photo: United Hatzalah)

“This is a very difficult time for residents of the city. Those who are supposed to protect us don’t do so, and deal with other things instead.

On Wednesday night, hundreds of people accompanied 3-month-old Haya Zissel Braun on Wednesday night to her final resting place at Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

“You were pure. I want you to look down at me and smile,” crying, Haya’s father, Shmuel Elimelech said. “Tomorrow is your three-month birthday. It’s all now in God’s hands. We will remember you.”

Since the attack, there were two stone-throwing incidents in the Jerusalem Light Rail overnight Wednesday and early Thursday. Damage was caused to the Light Rail in the Shuafat area, but no one was hurt.


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1/2 HOW TO ANSWER A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY (Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jewish Christians, Michael Brown)

Published on Jun 20, 2012
Part #1 of a 2-Part Lecture: Rabbi Michael Skobac presents Step-by-Step Biblical Refutations to many Christian missionary claims, offering a Jewish response to “Jews for Jesus” and other Christian missionaries who target Jews. Questions should be directed to RabbiSkobac@JewsForJudaism.ca.

2/2 HOW TO ANSWER A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY (Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jewish Christian, Messiah Yeshua)

Published on Jun 21, 2012
Part #2 of a 2-Part Lecture: Rabbi Michael Skobac

A SIX-MINUTE COUNTER-MISSIONARY COURSE (Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jewish Christians, Messiah Yeshua)

Published on Aug 24, 2012

FORMER JEW FOR JESUS Missionary and Messianic Jew, Julius Ciss, responds to evangelical Christian claims that Jesus is the Jewish messiah. Why has Judaism rejected this assertion for 2,000 years? This short video explains how Jesus did not fulfill ANY of the messianic criteria cited in the Jewish Bible and therefore cannot be the Jewish Messiah! All questions should be directed to RabbiSkobac@JewsForJudaism.ca.

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Elie Wiesel: Hamas, stop using children as shields

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Elie Wiesel Condemns Hamas Use of Children as Human Shields

Erica Morris 04August2014 http://www.jspacenews.com/elie-wiesel-condemns-hamas-use-children-human-shields/

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE (/ˈɛli vɨˈzɛl/; born September 30, 1928) is a Romanian-born Jewish-American[1] professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel is also the Advisory Board chairman of the newspaper Algemeiner Journal. When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind", stating that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps", as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace". Wiesel had delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.

Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel KBE (/ˈɛli vɨˈzɛl/; born September 30, 1928) is a Romanian-born Jewish-American[1] professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Wiesel is also the Advisory Board chairman of the newspaper Algemeiner Journal.
When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a “messenger to mankind”, stating that through his struggle to come to terms with “his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps”, as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace”. Wiesel had delivered a powerful message “of peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity.

Elie Wiesel has published an open letter condemning Hamas’s use of human shields–in particular the use of children in the practice.In the write-up, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate calls on Gazans to rise up against the terror group and reject the killing of their children in the name of martyrdom.“In my own lifetime, I have seen Jewish children thrown into the fire. And now I have seen Muslim children used as human shields, in both cases, by worshippers of death cults indistinguishable from that of the Molochites,” Wiesel wrote in the letter that ran in US newspapers.“What we are suffering through today is not a battle of Jew versus Arab or Israeli versus Palestinian. Rather, it is a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. It is a battle of civilization versus barbarism..”The piece was titled “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn,” and was organized by This World: The Values Network, a Jewish organization executive directed by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.“Wiesel states that though Abraham lifts his knife to sacrifice his own son Isaac, his hand is stayed by God’s own command, thereby rejecting child sacrifice forever,” Boteach told reporters.“Wiesel argues that while the suffering of those in Gaza is immense and a true tragedy, the blame lies solely with Hamas who use children as human shields and stores rockets and ammunition in nurseries, schools, hospitals, and family homes.”


Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Human Shields

04August2014 http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/08/04/captured-hamas-combat-manual-explains-benefits-human-shields/

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians.

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continuously used the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals that Hamas’ callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and preplanned.

This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths: (1) The terror group knows full well that the IDF will do what it can to limit civilian casualties. (2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.

The Manual:



In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:

The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].

Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.

The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:

(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it

Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:

The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).

It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.

Why Shuja’iya is Important

It is also of no small importance that this manual belongs to the Shuja’iya Brigade. The IDF fought a major battle in the neighborhood of Shuja’iya, which had been turned into a terrorist stronghold. The discovery of this manual suggests that the destruction in Shuja’iya was always part of Hamas’ plan.

New map confirms: the Shuja’iya neighborhood is a terrorist stronghold where Hamas uses residents as human shields. pic.twitter.com/NVTPEbydq4

New map confirms: the Shuja’iya neighborhood is a terrorist stronghold where Hamas uses residents as human shields. pic.twitter.com/NVTPEbydq4

From Pamela Geller.com

Video of UN Camps Showing Children Calling for Jihad

By Pamela Geller on August 10, 2014 http://pamelageller.com/2014/08/video-un-camps-showing-children-calling-jihad.html/
Students at a UNRWA School in Gaza, in 2011. Photo: UN / Shareef Sarhan.

Camp Jihad

A video of summer camps run by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, is making the rounds on pro-Israel social media networks again with footage that shows Palestinian children as young as 6 calling for “Jihad against the Jews.”

“The resistance in Gaza is not enough,” says one camper in UNRWA’s school in Balata. “We need to unite and fight together.”

The Lawfare Project, who promoted the video, makes the claim that US and Europe-sponsored UNWRA is abusing children with brainwashing methods that include games aimed at teaching the values of war and the Arab “right of return” to Israeli cities. It portrays children writing names on kites of the Israeli cities that they will one day recapture as theirs.

Children are taught to chant mantras such as “Palestine is an Arab land from the river to the sea. We want Haifa, we want Natanya.” Camp counselors tell stories of how their grandparents lived in places like Jaffa and Jerusalem and the many cars, palaces, villas and ships they owned before the “wolf” came. “Isn’t it true that Jews are the wolf?” asks one counselor.

“I dream that I will return to Sheikh Munis [Tel Aviv],” says one child, roughly 10-years-old. “I hope Abu Mazen will achieve this goal and will not disappoint, he has built great hopes.”

Another adds, “The right of return is our holy right. If not me than my grandchildren [will return].”

The songs that are sung include inciteful lyrics which range from tamer verses like “I will not forget my promise to take back my land” and “collect stones, throw them at Israelis” to the more radical such as “we are the revolutionaries and we are filled with rage”, “when we die as martyrs we go to heaven” and “with God’s help we will wage war.”

Another child who appears to be about 7-years-old is asked who the Jews are. “They are a gang of infidels and Christians,” she says. “I will defeat them.”

An older teenager is filmed as saying, “Attacking stage by stage is not the answer. We need to attack all at once.” He continues by saying “There will never be peace between us and Israel.”

In one instance, an older child explains one of the differences between UNRWA schools and regular schools within the PA. “UNRWA schools teach us about the Naqba,” she says. “Government schools also but the course load is less than our schools. They teach us a lot about the right of return, how life was before 1948.”

The video explains how funding for UNRWA comes from 20 donor nations, with most of the money coming from the US, Canada, and Britain. UNRWA schools hold summer camps on their premises every year in Gaza, Jerusalem, Nablus and Jenin.

UNRWA services 5 million descendants of Palestinian refugees from 1948 Arab-Israeli war

Satan Tired Of Hamas Leaving Gates Of Hell Open All The Time

09July2014 http://www.preoccupiedterritory.com/satan-tired-of-hamas-leaving-gates-of-hell-open-all-the-time/

Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, July 9 – The leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad threatened to “open the gates of Hell” on Israel if the latter continued attacking their fighters launching rockets at Israel, but the chief resident of Hell is not amused, and complains that Hamas is perpetually opening those gates and neglecting to close them after passing through.

“This is at least the fourth time in the last few years that Hamas has opened those gates, but I’ll be damned if they’ve bothered to close them again even once,” said Satan this afternoon. “We have countless imps running around, completely unaware that they can fall into the River Styx. Thank God that hasn’t happened yet, but our demons already have their hands full with their regular duties and don’t need to be neglecting their torture assignments to go rounding up the imps because some terrorists forgot basic manners and put all of the little ones at risk.”

He also noted other disruptions that occurred as a result of the open gates. “The temperature down here is calibrated very precisely, and those cold drafts that come in through the open gates play hell with our thermostats,” he explained. “I’d expect people who are our natural allies in the mortal realm to take into account our basic needs.” Another minor grievance involves the difference in humidity between the inside of Hell and existence beyond the gates. “When the gates stay open for too long at a time, the humidity in here shifts dramatically, and it messes up Mrs. Satan’s hair. You don’t want to be in the same chamber as her when that happens.”

But most egregious of all, says the Prince of Darkness, are the journalists who come poking around when the gates are carelessly left swinging in the breeze. “We had a reporter here yesterday from TMZ. He just waltzed in and started asking questions about how Michael Jackson is faring here. As if we need the headache. Mind you, this particular correspondent found out pretty darn quickly that freedom of the press is not a concept we respect here.”

Lucifer has sent repeated reminders to Hamas that they are expected to close the gates when they use them, but understands that they might not see the urgency of doing so. “What am I going to do, threaten them with Hell? They already live in the Gaza Strip. I can’t compete with that.”

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From The Yeshiva World News

Maran Rav Shteinman: We Are Witnessing ‘Nissim V’Niflaos’

23July2014 http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/249670/maran-rav-shteinman-we-are-witnessing-nissim-vniflaos.html
Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita commented on events regarding Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza. The gadol hador is quoted in Yated Neeman saying “Our entire lives are run by miracles and in recent days, we see Nissim V’Niflaos surpassing nature”.

“כל החיים שלנו הם בדרך נס, בימים האחרונים אנו רואים ניסים ונפלאות מעל לדרך הטבע”

Rav Shteinman explains that there is not a single person among Am Yisrael that has not witnessed the miracles taking place around Israel during the military operation and we must be genuinely aware of HKBH’s intervention.

The rav quotes the Ramban from the end of Parshas Bo that the world is run by miracles, and we have become accustomed to these miracles, referring to the day-to-day as ‘natural’ (derech hateva). However, the rav explains, the so-called natural is in itself a miracle, citing the manna that fell daily. Am Yisrael knew it was HKBH’s hand but they became accustomed to the daily occurrence and viewed it as such.

The rav continues;

“אחרי אלפי שנים וכי יש לנו הנהגה כזו שיורד מן – לחם מן השמים, אין הנהגה ניסית כזו, בכל זאת כל החיים שלנו הם בדרך נס. ומה שאנשים לא מבחינים בזה, לפי שהתרגלו לזה, וזה מה שאנו אומרים בתפילה ג’ פעמים ביום, ועל ניסיך שבכל יום עמנו, שכל הנהגת העולם היא נס”.

He adds during the time of Yirmiyahu HaNavi people lacked bitachon in Hashem and when asked why the masses are not engaged in Torah, they explained they had to earn a livelihood. Today explains the rav, HKBH once again is showing us miracles to remind us and compel us to remember that even if we do not see it with our own eyes, it is all miracles.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

One thing that has not been focused upon so much is how the secular public in Israel is reacting. The answer to that question is illustrated by the photo of Gal Gadot, an Israeli model and actress, lighting Shabbos candles.


Gal Gadot – גל גדות
I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom!
#weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf 25July2014


Soldiers Wearing Tzitzis Escape Upper Body Injuries

04August2014 http://matzav.com/soldiers-wearing-tzitzis-escape-upper-body-injuries

During this difficult period of Operation Protective Edge, Ezer Mizion has provided for many of the needs of both the soldiers and the civilians ranging from refreshment stands at army bases to meals for families keeping vigil at hospitals, from therapy for the traumatized to getaways for families in the South. And so Rabbi Moshe Yisraeli, director of the Ezer Mizion Petach Tikvah branch, was not surprised to receive a request from three soldiers for tzitzis. Of course, they were provided right away.

Rabbi Yisraeli went on to the many other needs of the soldiers, the tzitzis no longer on his mind.

Until four days later.

Five wounded soldiers were hospitalized. Three were wearing the tzitzis he had sent and were being treated for non-life-threatening wounds in the leg. The other two were wounded in the upper body.

You do the math.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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Saying Shema in Gaza

The Jewish prayer may have stopped a would-be suicide bomber who was Jewish.
by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith

I am rather skeptical when it comes to “miracle stories” – especially ones that emerge from war. So I did not believe the story about the female suicide bomber in Gaza who flinched upon hearing the Israeli soldier cry out “Shema Yisrael”, allowing them to apprehend her. Turns out the terrorists’ mother was an Israeli Jew who married an Arab, and the would-be suicide bomber was in fact a Jew whose soul was rattled upon hearing Shema.

Well, apparently the story might be true. An unnamed Israeli military source spoke to Breitbart News, revealing details about the attack that killed Lt. Goldin and two other soldiers, and he also mentioned the incident with the Jewish suicide bomber. The article reports:

The officer explained how, after the suicide bombing that killed Lt. Goldin, a second kidnapping team of Hamas terrorists… ran back into the tunnel from which the terrorists emerged. The tunnel led back into a mosque. From the mosque, they escaped in a clearly marked UNRWA ambulance. The terrorists then made contact with high-ranking Hamas officials hiding in the Islamic University.

Israeli intelligence intercepted a conversation between the kidnappers and the Hamas officials at the Islamic University and thus got all the particulars regarding the hiding place of the kidnappers. Within minutes, the IAF attacked both the kidnappers’ location and the Islamic University.

In the midst of this attack, a second force of IDF soldiers–which had gone into a mosque [Editor: via tunnels into the Mosque]  looking for weapons, explosives, and rockets– encountered a female suicide bomber who was about to detonate the belt she wore, which would have resulted in the deaths of the soldiers. One of the soldiers instinctively recited the opening words of the holiest Jewish prayer “Shema Yisrael”. The female suicide bomber hesitated and began trembling, giving the soldiers a chance to grab her and disable the device.

The soldiers then took her prisoner and turned her over to a counter-intelligence unit. Their investigation uncovered that the female suicide bomber’s mother was a Jew who had married a Palestinian in Israel and, after the wedding, was smuggled against her will into Gaza. There she lived a life filled with abuse and humiliation, and was basically a captive. In addition to the female suicide bomber, there were two smaller children as well. An armored force went in and rescued the two small children.


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The story is reminiscent of Rabbi Eliezer Silver who rescued Jewish children in Europe who had been hidden during the Holocaust in Christian orphanages and monasteries. The children themselves, raised as Christians for years, no longer knew they were Jewish. And there were times the local priest denied harboring any Jewish children. So how did Rabbi Silver discover the Jewish children? Dressed as a high ranking U.S. army officer, he would visit the children during bedtime and loudly proclaim “Shema Yisrael” – “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One!”

During World War II, countless Jewish parents gave their children to Christian neighbors, orphanages and convents in the hopes of saving them. The parents expected that they, or their relatives, would claim them if they survived the war, but when rabbis or relatives finally tracked down the children, the priests and nuns who had been their caretakers insisted that no children from Jewish homes were in their institutions. Thus, they were not only stripped of their entire families, they were also stripped of their souls. Many remain hidden to this day.

During World War II, countless Jewish parents gave their children to Christian neighbors, orphanages and convents in the hopes of saving them. The parents expected that they, or their relatives, would claim them if they survived the war, but when rabbis or relatives finally tracked down the children, the priests and nuns who had been their caretakers insisted that no children from Jewish homes were in their institutions. Thus, they were not only stripped of their entire families, they were also stripped of their souls. Many remain hidden to this day.

Many children burst into tears and cried out “mommy” in the various languages they spoke. The Shema which their mothers had said to them each night was so deeply ingrained in their minds they had not forgotten it. And that is how the chaplains were able to identify the Jewish children.

The Shema saved those Israeli soldiers and rescued three Jewish souls – the suicide bomber and her two children — from the bowels of Gaza. Something she heard startled her. Her Jewish soul, buried by years of indoctrination, hate and abuse, was stirred.

My teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of blessed memory, would tell the story of Rabbi Silver as a lesson that the Jewish soul always has a pulse. It is our responsibility to find the words that will penetrate. If this story is true, then through his tragic death Lt. Goldin enabled three bewildered Jewish souls to be brought back to their people.

With thanks to Rabbi Stephen Baars

From Arutz Sheva – Israel National News 16August2014 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15524#.U_LH0Luvgjg

Tefillin, Tehilim, Tilim – A ‘Protective Edge’ Miracle

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich How the first two (Tefillin and Tehillim, phylacteries and Psalms) guarded a soldier from the Hamas tilim (missiles). A must read.

This is the story of a miracle which happened during Operation Protective Edge

In 1980, Russia was still under tyrannical Soviet rule. In spite of all the persecution, a religious awakening began among the Jews of the Soviet Union.

A special envoy of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher (Chabad) Rebbe, arrived in the Soviet Union. He was surprised by the extreme devotion of the younger generation, which, despite the persecutions, had ignited the ember of Judaism, and at the end of his visit he told Dr. Yitzhak Kogan, one of the Chabad underground activists, that he would report back to the Rebbe what he had witnessed and ask him to especially bless Rabbi Yitzhak Kogan.

He was surprised to hear Rabbi Yitzhak ask that, instead of this, Rabbi Menachem Mendel should bless Yosef Mendelevich., a Prisoner of Zion who had been in prison already for ten years. Yosef had been arrested in the Leningrad Airport together with his friends for attempting to hijack a Soviet plan and flee to Israel.

“He has currently been on a hunger strike for 55 days, demanding to give him back the Humash (Bible) and Siddur (prayerbook) they confiscated from him,” said Yitzhak Kogan – “his physical condition is very bad. The Rebbe must pray for his immediate release from the prison.”

And in fact the Rebbe’s prayer was answered, and within a few months Yosef was flown straight from the prison to Israel. On a stopover in Vienna they brought the redeemed prisoner to the Israel Embassy in Austria.

“What is your first request,” the ambassador asked him.

“I need a set of Tefillin to put on before sunset.”

The Ambassador looked at his embassy staff members – Which of them would still have Tefillin?

Suddenly there stepped forward Rabbi Israel Singer, the then Director of the World Jewish Congress.

“Very interesting,” said Singer. “After hearing about the release of Mendelevich I was supposed to fly out to welcome him.”

Before that, I contacted Rabbi Menacehm Mendel and asked him, what I should take for the freed Yosef?”

“Take him Tefillin,” said the Rebbe.

“And here are the Tefillin I have brought you on the orders of the Rebbe.” And so, for the first time in his life, Yosef put on the Tefillin.

After he arrived in Israel, the Tefillin disappeared. Yosef was heartbroken.

Avraham Yitzchak Rahamim Mendelevich – one of Yosef’s sons, a student at the Carmiel Hesder Yeshiva, had been called up to serve in the IDF a year and eight months previously in an Armored Corps battalion.. The commanders thought that he was ideal officer material, and pressed him to continue to serve. But Avraham Yitzchak – (named after Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, Israel’s first Chief Rabbi) refused.

“I am going back to the yeshiva.”

On the day he was due to be released from the IDF, Operation Protective Edge began, and he was sent from the Golan Heights to fight in Gaza. His battalion was stationed on the outskirts of the Zaitoun neighborhood, not far from the settlement of Netzarim.

Avraham Yitzchak very much regretted that he would not be able this year to go to the grave of his grandfather, Moshe Mendelevich, an Aliya activist in Riga in the 1970’s, on his Yahrzeit, 16 Tammuz, the eve of the Three Weeks.,

He did not know that, precisely on that day, the Tefillin which Rabbi Menachem Mendel had ordered to be given to his father Yosef, were found.

It turned out that the Tefillin were with a nephew, Ronen Lisitzin

The moment Yosef Mendelevich received the Tefillin back, he began to think how to get them to Avraham Yitzhak and give him special protection. However, it turned out that it was not possible to send the Tefillin to the battle area. But, as it is known, Hashem turns good intentions into deeds, and Yosef hoped that, thanks to all these things, the Tefillin would begin to perform their mission.

Contact with Avrhaam Yitzchak was very difficult. With the entry into the battle zone the phones were taken from the combatants. In brief sallies to the rear for equipping the tank with ammunition and for repairs, Avraham Yitzchak would contact his parents on the unit commander’s phone. Every such conversation was a gift from Heaven and caused great excitement in the family.

His mother asked her son to observe all the safety regulations and his father asked him to read Psalms from the Book of Tehilim every day.

In the neighborhood where Battalion No. 7 was located, fierce battles were taking place. The terrorists were using anti-tank missiles as well as snipers and attacks from the tunnels. All of Am Israel (the Jewish People) prayed for the success of the soldiers and their safe return.

It happened on Rosh Hodesh Av, the first day of the month of Av…….There was a powerful flash of light in the tank, followed by the sound of a huge explosion. The tank filled with smoke.

Over the intercom they announced “Tank No. 3 has been destroyed.” Avraham Yitzhak relates that his ears were deafened by the explosion. He didn’t know whether he had been wounded and what had happened to his companions. A minute later he heard the commander shouting: “Are you all alive?”

They were all alive. At that moment they received the order to return fire and they scored a direct hit on the one who had fired the missile.

And this is how Avraham described the miracle that had occurred. “There was a ceasefire, and we retreated to a safe position to rest. The commander gave us permission to leave the tank. We had spent 48 hours inside it, it was very hot, we were exhausted. But I decided to remain in the tank.

I had promised Father that I would read Tehilim every day and I had to read the Tehilim of Monday, Psalm 30… “1. A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House; of David. 2. I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast raised me up, And hast not suffered mine enemies to rejoice over me.” And because I didn’t go out, my fellow crew members also remained with me inside the tank.

Even though we were hidden inside an olive grove, the Hamas lookouts spotted us. They shot at us, apparently with a Sager guided anti-tank missile. In fact, there was no chance of escaping from this missile. But the missile struck exactly the rear of the tank. So, at first, they thought that we had all been hit.”

When the tank crew emerged from the tank, Avraham looked at the place in the tank turret where he was supposed to have stood had he gone out during the rest period. All the equipment was burnt. The missile had passed one meter from that spot.

At the thanksgiving meal (seudat hodaya) which took place in his parents’ home in Jerusalem, Avraham Yitzhak told about the miracle that had happened to him thanks to the Guardian of Israel, and thanks to the Tehilim of King David.

Then his father, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, stood up and told everyone about the Tefillin which the Rebbe had sent him 33 years previously, and which had turned up exactly during the current fighting.

Miracles in Gaza

By Moshe Feiglin 27July2014 http://jewishleadership.blogspot.co.il/2014/07/miracles-in-gaza.html
The wounded soldiers are talking about the miracles that they witnessed. “G-d is watching over us,” said one. I thought he was just repeating clichés. But he was referring to concrete facts. I visited a wounded soldier with an entry and exit hole in his helmet – and all he had was a small scratch on his head. A second soldier does not understand how they managed to destroy an ambush that completely surprised them.

Erev Tisha B´Av 2014 ערב תשעה באב תשע״ד


Terror In Yerushalayim: One Killed, Six Hurt When Terrorist Goes On Rampage In Industrial Digger Reb Avrohom Wallis z”l

04August2014 http://matzav.com/terror-in-yerushalayim-one-killed-six-hurt-when-terrorist-goes-on-rampage-in-industrial-digger

Shmuel-HaNavi-bus-attack-04August2014A pedestrian was killed and six other people were wounded Monday afternoon when a terrorist went on the rampage in an industrial digger in central Yerushalayim.

One Israeli was murdered and five were wounded this afternoon when Muhammad Naif Ja’abis, of the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in Jerusalem, drove a tractor and rammed it into a bus, turning it over and hitting a pedestrian. He was stopped after a police officer shot him dead. Another police officer was wounded while attempting to stop the terrorist.  The bus was fairly empty and so there were fewer casualties.

The attack occurred on Shmuel HaNavi Street/[Moshe Sachs St.ed.], just outside the Olive Tree Hotel. [near Chut shel Chessed Yeshiva ed.]

“A police officer at the scene stopped his car, got out, neutralized the terrorist and thus prevented a further attack,” the Jerusalem Police Spokesperson’s Office stated shortly after the attack.

Jerusalem has known other such attacks by Arab terrorists. In the summer of 2008, tractors were used to carry out two separate terror attacks in Jerusalem in the space of three weeks. In 2009, a tractor plowed into a police car on Menachem Begin Boulevard in Jerusalem. The driver was apparently also trying to hit a nearby bus, but missed. Two police officers were in the car when it was hit and both sustained mild injuries. Other police officers nearby shot the terrorist.  In October 2013, a Palestinian was shot dead after he rammed a tractor through the main gate of an army base located north of Jerusalem.

Photos: At the Levaya of Reb Avrohom Wallis Hy”D, Killed in Yerushalayim Tractor Attack  http://matzav.com/photos-at-the-levaya-of-reb-avrohom-wallis-hyd-killed-in-yerushalayim-tractor-attack#more-106051

Photos: At the Levaya of Reb Avrohom Wallis Hy”D, Killed in Yerushalayim Tractor Attack http://matzav.com/photos-at-the-levaya-of-reb-avrohom-wallis-hyd-killed-in-yerushalayim-tractor-attack#more-106051

UPDATE: Reb Avrohom Wallis z”l, a 29-year-old chossid of Toldos Aaron, was killed in the accident.

He worked as a mashgiach for Asrah Kadishah at the construction site where the attack took place and also worked for the family Wallis tzitzis company.

He is survived by his parents, Rav and Mrs. Shimon Wallis, and his wife and six children. .

Yehi zichro boruch.

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{Matzav.com Israel}

Chesed saves from hazards/death

From an e-mail to Jerusalem Cat

The day before Tisha B’Av there was a terror attack in Yerushalayim by a digger/tractor driver. Before he turned over a bus injuring some people inside and causing total loss damage to the bus he beat to death a Chasid, young father of 6 children, with the digging scoop of the tractor.

We received a firsthand report of a man who by normal schedule would have been on that bus. However that very same day he had different plans. He lives out of city and had offered to bring medicines to some neighbours from a pharmacy in the city to save them the trouble. To get to the pharmacy he had to go in the opposite direction on an internal line.

This act of chesed (charity) saved him.

Rav Avrohom Wallis HY”D (29), Father Of 6, Killed In Yerushalayim Terror Attack

From the Yeshiva World News 04August2014 http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/boruch-dayan-emmes/252947/rav-avrohom-vales-hyd-29-father-of-6-killed-in-yerushalayim-terror-attack.html
The pedestrian who was run over and killed R”L by the tractor terrorist a few short

Rav Avrohom Wallis HY”D, 29, a member of the Toldos Aaron Kehilla. He was a mashgiach for Asra Kadisha - See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/boruch-dayan-emmes/252947/rav-avrohom-vales-hyd-29-father-of-6-killed-in-yerushalayim-terror-attack.html#sthash.QKinQKt0.dpuf

Rav Avrohom Wallis HY”D, 29, a member of the Toldos Aaron Kehilla. He was a mashgiach for Asra Kadisha – See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/boruch-dayan-emmes/252947/rav-avrohom-vales-hyd-29-father-of-6-killed-in-yerushalayim-terror-attack.html#sthash.QKinQKt0.dpuf

hours ago has been identified as an avreich, Rav Avrohom Wallis HY”D, 29, a member of the Toldos Aaron Kehilla. He was a mashgiach for Asra Kadisha at the construction site.

The niftar was born and raised in Yerushalayim. His father, Rav Shimon Wallis, is a shochet and mashgiach for the Badatz Eida Chareidis. The niftar worked in the Wallis tzitzis factory run by an uncle.

The niftar is survived by his rebitzen and six children. The levaya will leave the Toldos Aaron Beis Medrash tonight, Tisha B’Av, at 22:00.

Boruch Dayan Ha’Emmes…

The Muqata

News/Media Website 06August2014 https://www.facebook.com/Muqata?fref=nf

9:42am From reader Zev Shandalov….making a shiva visit in Mea Shearim to the family of R’ Avraham Walles. …murdered in the Jerusalem terror tractor attack.

“Just returned from an surreal Shiva visit and want to share it with you. I decided to leave my comfort zone and venture deep into Meah Shearim where the family of Avraham Walles (hy”d) was sitting shiva. He is the man murdered in the terror attack the other day when an Arab overturned a bus, in Yerushalayim. If I had been wearing a neon green shirt I could not have stuck out any more. I, in my kippa seruga, non-white shirt surrounded by black and white. The family is Toldos Aharon chassidim (black and white striped frocks). I arrived and stood off to the side. Within seconds, one of the family (a brother) motioned me to take one of the empty chairs. I sat and listened as people attempted to comfort the bereaving family. As someone was speaking to him, the father kept glancing at me and, I assume, asking himself “who is this?” He then looked at me and his gaze asked to to speak. I told him I came from Maale Adumim and as soon as I heard the terrible news I felt I wanted to come and share in their pain. I said that it makes no difference about what one wears on the outside because INSIDE we are ALL part of the same Jewish family. He began to cry and say that indeed, we are all one family and Hashem’s children. When one of this brothers heard I was from Maale Adumim he asked me how about the condition of the security guard who was stabbed soon after the incident with his brother! When I said the HaMakom Yenachem to them, the father rose slightly, looked me in the eye and said “Thank you for coming. We all appreciate it so much.”
Am Yisrael Chai! May Hashem comfort the Walles family and all bereaved families among other mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.”

Mr. Happy´s Comments:

This attack was at 13:40! We need all day learning or 1/2 Day Learning and 1/2 Day הפצה Haphatzah (Distribution of CD, Books, material) during Bein Hazmanim

Hundreds at Mir Yerushalayim Saved from Tractor Attack Due to Change in Bus Schedule

Hundreds at Mir Yerushalayim Saved from Tractor Attack Due to Change in Bussing Schedule  http://matzav.com/photos-hundreds-at-mir-yerushalayim-saved-from-tractor-attack-due-to-change-in-bussing-schedule#more-106057

Hundreds at Mir Yerushalayim Saved from Tractor Attack Due to Change in Bus Schedule http://matzav.com/photos-hundreds-at-mir-yerushalayim-saved-from-tractor-attack-due-to-change-in-bussing-schedule#more-106057

Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shmuel_HaNavi_bus_bombing

The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants.[1] The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack

Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants. The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants. The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

On August 19, 2003 (22 Av 5763), a Hamas suicide bomber sent out by the organization’s Hebron cell disguised himself as a Haredi Jew and detonated himself on a No. 2 Egged bus traveling through Jerusalem’s Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood. He blew himself up after entering the back door.[2] The double-length bus was crowded with Orthodox Jewish children returning from a visit to the Western Wall. The huge explosion killed 7 children and 16 adults, among them an eight-months-pregnant woman, and injured more than 130 people. The bomb was spiked with ball-bearings designed to increase injuries on the crowded bus. Hamas said the bomber was a 29-year-old mosque preacher from the city of Hebron.

Because so many of the dead were young children,[3] the media dubbed it the “children’s bus”. According to an Associated Press report,

Strollers were scattered near the stricken bus, medics carried away children with blood-smeared faces and a baby girl died in a hospital before doctors could find her parents. At least five children were among the 18 dead in Tuesday’s suicide bombing by a Palestinian militant who blew himself up on a Jerusalem bus. Forty children were among more than 100 people injured. The attack was the 100th Palestinian suicide bombing against Israelis since the latest round of fighting began in September 2000. The youth of the victims stands out in that grim list, and the government said the choice of target was particularly cold-blooded.[4]


  • Avraham Bar-Or, 12, of Jerusalem.[5]
  • Binyamin Bergman, 15, of Jerusalem.[6]
  • Yaakov Binder, 50, of Jerusalem.[7]
  • Feiga Dushinski, 50, of Jerusalem.[8]
  • Miriam Eisenstein, 20, of Bnei Brak.[9]
  • Lilach Kardi, 22 (eight months pregnant), of Jerusalem.[10]
  • Menachem Leibel, 24, of Jerusalem.[11]
  • Elisheva Meshulami, 16, of Bnei Brak.[12]
  • Tehilla Nathanson, 3, of Zikhron Ya’akov.[13]
  • Chava Nechama Rechnitzer, 19, of Bnei Brak.[14]
  • Mordechai Reinitz, 49, of Netanya.[15]
  • Issachar Reinitz, 9, of Netanya.[16]
  • Maria Antonia Reslas, 39, of the Philippines.[17]
  • Liba Schwartz, 54, of Jerusalem.[18]
  • Hanoch Segal, 65, of Bnei Brak.[19]
  • Goldie Taubenfeld, 43, of New Square, New York.[20]
  • Shmuel Taubenfeld, 3 months, of New Square, New York.[21]
  • Rabbi Eliezer Weisfish, 42, of Jerusalem.[22]
  • Shmuel Wilner, 50, of Jerusalem.[23]
  • Shmuel Zargari, 11 months, of Jerusalem.[24]
  • Fruma Rahel Weitz, 73, of Jerusalem – died of her wounds on August 23.[25]
  • Mordechai Laufer, 27, of Netanya – died of his wounds on September 5.[26]
  • Tova Lev, 37, of Bnei-Brak – died of her wounds on September 12.[27]

Avraham Bar-Or

Binyamin Bergman

Yaakov Binder

Feiga Dushinski

Miriam Eisenstein

Lilach Kardi

Menachem Leibel

Elisheva Meshulami

Tehilla Nathanson

Chava Rechnitzer

Mordechai Reinitz

Issachar Reinitz

Maria Reslas

Liba Schwartz

Hanoch Segal

Goldie Taubenfeld

Shmuel Taubenfeld

Eliezer Weisfish

Shmuel Wilner

Shmuel Zargari

Fruma Rahel Weitz

Mordechai Laufer

Tova Lev

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From Arutz Sheva – Israel National News

At What Moment Should European Jews Leave?

Paula R. Stern 05August2014 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15464#.U-DJm7uk2b9

Comment: Just because you live in the US does not exempt you from reading this and taking action!!

At what moment prior to the Holocaust should the Jews of Europe have chosen to leave? Was it in 1933, as Hitler was on the rise? Was it in 1938, when the Germans went on a killing spree, burning Jewish stores, homes and synagogues and beating Jews in the streets? Was it in 1939, when World War II began?

What was the moment in time when it became too late, that their fates were sealed…and where would they have gone? The United States turned them back to death; so did the British and many others.

We now know that these anti-Semites are the ultimate cowards and we do not fear them.

The buildup was, as it is today, subtle. Too subtle for us to understand, then, the full extent of destruction and death that can result from such hatred. We honestly didn’t know, didn’t believe. Sure, we’d been hated for centuries, but we lived by the absurd concept that it was good once, it would be good again. All we had to do was wait for it.

What World War II taught us was that this is a lie. Sometimes evil can win; sometimes evil can override the humanity and decency of the majority. Germany taught us that lesson and we must never forget it.

It is now 2014 and it is happening again. No, not concentration camps and gas chambers…yet…but those were not happening in 1933 either.

In the last few days, I received a series of messages from a Jew in Amsterdam. He wants me to give a message to Israelis who are visiting Europe. His message is chilling. Here’s what he wrote:

“It’s like before 1945, Germany has warned do not be recognizable as a Jew it’s too dangerous. It is in many EU countries like this. Israelis should know. Do not talk Hebrew and no Jewish dress like tzitzit [a fringed garment]. Europeans on the streets, warning Israelis who might go to Europe on vacation about Germany it was by the Jewish community leader of Germany. But it is also here [in the Netherlands], and every country of Europe. Better not to show that you are a Jew openly.

“No Kippah, or Tzitzit, and don’t speak Hebrew openly. I myself have been attacked six times but only with words, no beatings. In the Netherlands, it is mostly Moroccan boys and even girls, yesterday they attack party member of PVV (Wilders). I do see many Israeli tourist and they wear Kippah’s, but it is just to dangers to do so. You can wear one but hide it. Really, it feels like before 1945, but many people support Israel here. Only police and politicians do nothing. I work at a small Jewish memorial, and we were visited by the police and warned to be extra careful because of the danger of an attack”.

I read this several times and agonized over how to answer, over what to think. Finally, I asked if I could share this message here. And as I thought about it, I realized there are two messages here, not one.

First – there is a warning in Europe, being told quietly to Jews, but also to Israelis. This Jew in Europe is worried about Israelis coming to Europe. Afraid that they will feel they are free, as they are in Israel, to be what they were born to be. Proud. Strong. Jews. Out in the open, nothing to hide. We speak the language of our forefathers with pride; we wear the signs of being a Jew on our heads, on our bodies, in our hearts.

That is how we raise our children here in Israel. So different from how Jews are raising their young in America and especially different from how Jewish children are being raised in Europe.

My children do not know the fear of the ghetto; Israeli children do not know that to walk, to breathe, simply to exist is enough to cause hatred and anger outside the safe world where they were raised. Without thought, they speak an ancient language with modern words. They dress, without thought that the mere sight of a kippah (a yarmulka, a skull cap) could get them attacked. What do you mean we should hide what and who we are? It is as natural for my children to speak Hebrew as it is for them to breathe.

It is too dangerous to wear a kippah, to openly be seen as Jewish in Europe today. I didn’t write these words. They were sent to me by a Jew from the Netherlands – not even France and Germany, where we know that the level of hatred has risen tremendously.

And I beg him to leave. Why would you continue to live there? I hear many reasons – I accept none of them. I can’t.

The police and the politicians do nothing, he writes. Nothing. As before and during World War II, nothing. He writes to tell me to warn Israelis – this is where his mind is, his love and concern evident. If you come here, be careful, he begs.

I can imagine if I read this to my sons, what they would think. They would look at me like I was crazy. WE should be careful? What do they think we are? Let them try; we will beat them, kill them if they try to beat us, kill us. What, do you think it is 1940?

I have three sons – each stepped forward when called to the army; each came home with a 97 profile – that means the State of Israel examined them and found them to be in excellent health; strong, tall, proud.

Okay, the army didn’t find them proud…or maybe it did. Do you want to serve, each was asked. Are you willing to serve in a combat unit? Will you fight, with your body and soul for the State of Israel, for the Jewish State?

Yes…Yes…and Yes.

Each one has raised with the belief that he stands in front of Israel, in front of Jews and behind him stands a nation that will never bow to anti-Semites. We now know that these anti-Semites are the ultimate cowards and we do not fear them.

If they can live in a world where they can dress as they want, so can we. If they can speak the language of their fathers, so can we.

When my sons were called to the army, there were other questions that they were never asked and yet they were answered. Yes and No, as needed.

Will you protect Jews, not just here in Israel but around the world? Yes.

Will you be the ghetto Jews? No.

Will you, as a representative of the State of Israel, protect Jews here in our land, and everywhere in every land? Yes.

Will you allow others to demand you be other than what you are? No.

Will you sit in silence while Jews elsewhere suffer? No.

What will you do if that old hatred rises up again? Fight it.

What will you do for the Jews of France and Germany, Holland and the Netherlands and even, if it comes to it, for the Jews of the United States of America? And each son, every son of Israel answered. We will bring them home.

Bring them home. Come home. That is my response to this man, the second message I get from reading the above. He sits in the Netherlands and cares so much about my sons, as my sons care about him. He has reasons he can’t leave – too many Jews in Europe have reasons.

But the reasons have to be put aside or brought with you. Elderly parents – bring them; a thriving business, leave it, sell it. Don’t put things and money above your lives. Don’t wait until the doors close; until you can’t get out. Don’t wait until the violence comes to your city, never mind your door.

Get out of Europe now.

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From The Yeshiva World News

Valley Village: Suspicious Package Forces Evacuation At Shuls; LAPD Bomb Squad On Scene

31July2014 http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/252320/los-angeles-suspicious-package-forces-evacuation-at-shuls-lapd-bomb-squad-on-scene-1228-pm-et.html



A person came in to Congregation Bais Tefila in Valley Village, CA this morning, dropped off a backpack and left the building which is located at Chandler and Whitsett. Anti-Semitic material was found with the backpack. The LAPD was called and they evacuated the shul and neighboring buildings including Valley Torah High School.

The bomb squad is currently en route.

Shacharis minyanim continued outside.

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AVIV EL CHAI BEN ARIELA                                                                        אביב אל חי בן אריאלה

AVICHAYIL ELIMELECH BEN NECHAMA                                      אביחיל אלימלך בן נחמה

AVIHU BEN RONIT                                                                                  אביהו בן רונית
AVIAD BEN SIMA                                                                                  
אביעד בן סימה

AVIRAM BEN RIVKA                                                                                          אבירם בן רבקה                     

AVISHAI BEN SIGAL                                                                                אבישי בן סיגל
AVRAHAM NACHMAN BEN OSNAT                                                אברהם נחמן בן אוסנת
AHARON YOSEF BEN TZIPORAH VARDA                                   אהרן יוסף בן צפורה ורדה
OHED BEN ALISE GANON                                                                  
אוהד בן אליס גנון

OHAD BEN IRIS                                                                                                      אוהד בן איריס
OHED BEN RUT                                                                                        
אוהד בן רות

OHAD BEN RUT ESTHER                                                                  אוהד בן רות אסתר
OHED BEN RACHEL                                                                                 
אוהד בן רחל

OHED YEHUDA BEN TZOFIYA RACHEL                                     אוהד יהודה בן צופיה רחל                        

OHR BEN ORIT                                                                                         אור בן אורית
OHR BEN DEVORAH                                                                                 אור בן דבורה
OHR BEN ZIVA                                                                                            אור בן זיוה
OHR BEN RIK                                                                                                                  אור בן ריקי
ORI BEN RACHEL                                                                                     
אורי בן רחל
ORI BEN SIGALIT                                                                                   אורי בן סיגלית                                                                          

ORI RONEN BEN SAGIT                                                                      אורי רונן בן שגית                                                 URIEL BEN CHAGIT                                                                                                  אוריאל בן חגית

OSHIK MOSHE BEN SHOSHAN ZAHARI                                  אושיק משה בן שושנה זהרי
ACHIYA BEN   NIRA                                                                                 
אחיה בן נירה  

ETON BEN ELENA AHUVIA                                                                            אטון בן אלנה אהוביה

EYAL BEN NITTA                                                                                                            אייל בן נטע

ELAN BEN CHANA                                                                                                        אילן בן חנה

ITTAI BEN MAZAL                                                                                                         איתי בן מזל                                                               ITTAI AHARON BEN ILANA                                                           איתי אהרון בן אילנה   

EL YOSEF CHAYIM BEN CHAYA YEHUDIT                                 אליסף חיים בן חיה יהודית

ELI’EL BEN ARIELLAH                                                                        אליאל בן אריאלה
ELIYAHU BEN CHAVA                                                                               
אליהו בן חוה

ARAD BEN LIORAH                                                                                ארד בן ליאורה
EREZ BEN SARIT                                                                                      ארז בן שרית
ARNON BEN IRIS                                                                                    ארנון בן איריס

BOAZ DAVID BEN FRYE TZIPPORA                                          
בועז דוד בן פייגע ציפורה

BEN BEN CHANA                                                                                                                  בן בן חנה

BEN DAVID BEN ESTHER NELLY                                                      בן דויד בן אסתר נלי
BENAYA BEN PENINA                                                                              בניה בן פנינה
BEN TZION BEN RACHEL                                                                        
בן ציון בן רחל                                             

BAR BEN ROZIT SHOSHANA                                                                         בר בן רוזית שושנה

BAR BEN TAMAR                                                                                        בר בן תמר

BARAK BEN SARA                                                                                    ברק בן שרה

BARAK BEN ANITA                                                                                 ברק בן אניטה


GAVRIEL BEN NELLY                                                                                                 גבריאל בן נלי

GUY BEN MAGGIE                                                                                        גיא בן מגי
GIL BEN MICHAL                                                                                       
גיל בן מיכל

GAL BEN SIGALIT                                                                                    גל בן סיגלית



DVIR BEN YAEL                                                                                          דביר בן יעל         

DAVID BEN IRIS                                                                                        דוד בן איריס                                     

DAVID BEN MICHAL                                                                                    דוד בן מיכל
DAVID BEN RACHEL                                                                                   
דוד בן רחל

DAVID BEN RINA                                                                                        דוד בן רינה                                                                              

DAVID BINAYAHU BEN SHAINDEL GITTEL                                         דוד בניהו בן שיינדל גיטל

DAVID CHAYIM BEN RONIT                                                                 דוד חיים בן רונית
DAVID YITZCHZK BEN SUSIE                                                                דוד יצחק בן סוזי
DOLEV BEN  KOCHAVA                                                                           דולב בן כוכבה
DORON BEN ILLI                                                                                      
דורון בן אילי

DAN BEN HELEN                                                                                           דן בן הלן

DAN BEN RACHEL                                                                                        דן בן רחל
DANI BEN MILA                                                                                        
דני בן מילה

DANIEL BEN YEHUDIT                                                                         דניאל בן יהודית

DANIEL BEN NAOMI PENINA                                                           דניאל בן נעמי פנינה
DANIEL MENDES BEN MIRIAM                                                       
דניאל מנדס בן מרים

DANIEL MOSHE BEN RACHEL                                                          דניאל משה בן רחל

ZIV BEN AYELET                                                                                         זיו בן אילת


CHAGAI BEN SARAH                                                                                
חגי בן שרה

CHAGAI BEN VERED                                                                                   חגי בן ורד                  

CHAYITI BEN SARA                                                                                  חייטי בן שרה

CHEN YISRAEL BEN RACHEL                                                              חן ישראל בן רחל


TAL BEN ORNA                                                                                          טל בן אורנה

TAL BEN ANDY                                                                                            טל בן אנדי
TAL BEN CHAGIT                                                                                       
טל בן חגית

TAL BEN YARDENA                                                                                    טל בן ירדנה                                      

TAL BEN ADI                                                                                                טל בן עדי

TAL BEN RACHEL                                                                                        טל בן רחל                                                  TAL CHAIM BEN TAMARA                                                                   טל חיים בן תמרה

YAIR BEN YAEL                                                                                            יאיר בן יעל
YAIR SHIMON BEN NECHAMA                                                           יאיר שמעון בן נחמה
YEHUDA PINCHAS BEN SHLOMO                                                  יהודה פינחס בן שלמה

YEHONATAN BEN TZUFENET                                                                                                יהונתן בן צופנת

YEHOSHUA BEN YANAMAR                                                                      יהושע בן ינמר
YOAV BEN BELLA                                                                                       יואב בן בלה
YOAV BEN GILA                                                                                        
יואב בן גילה

YOAV BEN MICHAL                                                                                                       יואב בן מיכל

YUVAL BEN NURIT                                                                                                       יובל בן נורית                                                     

YOGAV BEN ORLY                                                                                                        יוגב בן אורלי                                                                                      YOGAV BEN SIMA                                                                                      יוגב בן סימה
YONI BEN SARAH                                                                                        יוני בן שרה
YONATAN BEN HAGIT AVIGAIL                                                        יונתן בן חגית אביגיל
YONATAN MENACHEM BEN SHOSHANA                                          יונתן מנחם בן שושנה
YONATAN SHIMON BEN GITTEL                                                        יונתן שמעון בן גיטל
YONATAN SHIMON BEN MASSOUD                                               
יונתן שמעון בן מסעוד

YOSEF BEN AHUVA                                                                                יוסף בן אהובה                                     

YANAI BEN ALIZA                                                                                     ינאי בן עליזה

YANIV BEN YONIT                                                                                      יניב בן יונית                                                  

YAAKOV BEN OSNAT                                                                             יעקב בן אוסנת

YAKOV BEN LEPO                                                                                        יעקב בן לאפו

YAKOV BEN SARAH                                                                                            יעקב בן שרה

YAAKOV YISRAEL BEN CHAIKA FAIGA                                   יעקב ישראל בן חייקא פייגא
YARON BEN MOR                                                     ( ירון בן מור (הנער שנפצע מהרקטה
YISHAI DOV BEN NERI                                                                               ישי דב בן נרי
YISHAI DAN HALEVI BEN NERI                                                             ישי דב הלוי בן נרי


LOREAL BEN CHAGIT                                                                              ליאל בן אילנית
LIOR BEN NITZANA                                                                                  ליאור בן ניצנה
LIOR BEN RUT                                                                                           ליאור בן רות
LIRAN BEN ORLY                                                                                       לירן בן אורלי  

MAOR BEN RONIT                                                                                    
מאור בן רונית

MEIR BEN SARA                                                                                        מאיר בן שרה

MOTTI MORDECHAI BEN RONIT                                                         מוטי מרדכי בן רונית
MOR MORDECHAI BEN SARIT                                                             מור מרדכי בן שרית
MICHOEL YITZCHAK BEN NATALIE NAVAH                                   מיכאל יצחק בן נטלי נאוה
MICHEL BEN FRIEDA                                                                                מיכל בן פרידה
MAOZ CHAIM BEN CHASIA MALKA                                              מעוז חיים בן חסיה מלכה
MORDECHAI BEN BRACHA YEHUDIT                                         
מרדכי חי בן ברכה יהודית

MOSHE BEN CHANA                                                                                    משה בן חנה
MOSHE BEN SIGLIT CHAVIV                                                             משה בן סיגלית חביב
MOSHE ELAD BEN ITIEL                                                                
משה אלעד בן עיתיאל

MATAN BEN YAEL                                                                                          מתן בן יעל
MATANYA BEN RACHEL                                                                                                  מתניה בן רחל


NIV BEN AYELET                                                                                           ניו בן אילת
NITZAN BEN MAZAL                                                                                     
ניצן בן מזל

NIR BEN CARMEL                                                                                        ניר בן כרמל
NERIAH BEN CHAVA                                                                                     נריה בן חוה
NIMROD BEN VICTORIA                                                                      
נמרוד בן ויקטוריה

NIMROD BEN ADI                                                                                        נמרוד בן עדי

NIMROD BEN TAMAR                                                                                 נמרוד בן תמר



SIVAN BEN TAL                                                                                               סיון בן טל
SAAR BEN DEVORAH                                                                                סער בן דבורה
STAV BEN BRACHA                                                                                    סתיו בן ברכה


AIDEN BEN RACHEL                                                                                       עדן בן רחל
OVADIAH BEN REVITAL                                                                
עובדיה בן רויטל                             

OMER BEN BRURIA                                                                                  עומר בן ברוריה                 

OMER YOSEF BEN NITZA                                                                      עומר יוסף בן ניצה
AMOS BEN SIGAL                                                                                      
עמוס בן סיגל

IDO BEN OFRA                                                                                                                 עידו בן עופרה

AIDEN BEN BAT SHEVA                                                                           עידן בן בת שבע

IRA BEN MEIRAV                                                                                         עירא בן מירב                                           

AMISHAV BEN ESTHER                                                                           עמישב בן אסתר

AMIT BEN ILANA                                                                                      עמית בן אילנה                                

AMIT BEN CHAGIT                                                                                                         עמית בן חגית

AMIT BEN MIRIAM                                                                                                         עמית בן מרים                                          
                                                                                 עמיתי בן מרים

AMATZIA BEN CHEDVA                                                                             עמציה בן חדוה

AMATZIA CHAYIM BEN CHEDVAH MALKA                                   עמציה חיים בן חדוה מלכה


TZURIEL ELIYAHU BEN SHULOMIT                                                 צוריאל אליהו בן שולמית


RAMI BEN RAMOND                                                                                     רמי בן רמונד
RAN BEN AVIVA                                                                                            רן בן אביבה
RON MENACHEM BEN CHANA                                                                
רון מנחם בן חנה

ROIE BEN AVIVA                                                                                                            רועי בן אביבה  
ROIE BEN IRIS                                                                                                                  רועי בן איריס

ROIE BEN YEHUDIT                                                                                    רועי בן יהודית                      

ROIE YOSEF BEN YEHUDIT                                                                  רועי יוסף בן יהודית

ROTEM BEN ARNONA                                                                              רותם בן ארנונה
RON BEN ZIPORRAH                                                                                   
רן בן ציפורה

RACHAMIM BEN ALIZA CHANA                                                         רחמים בן עליזה חנה




SHAUL BEN ZIVA                                                                                         שאול בן זיוה

SHOHAM BEN YAFFA FLORA                                                                             שוהם בן יפה פלורה

SHACHAR BEN NAOMI SARA                                                                              שחר בן נעומי שרה
SHAI BEN ORLY                                                                                            שי בן אורלי

SHAI BEN GALYAH                                                                                         שי בן גליה

SHAI BEN JACKLYN                                                                                      שי בן ז’קלין

SHAI BEN LILI                                                                                                 שי בן לילי                                                                  

SHAI BEN SIMA                                                                                             שי בן סימה                                                                 

SHAI BEN SARA                                                                                             שי בן שרה                                        

SHALOM MICHAEL YITZCHAK BEN NATALI NA’AVAH            שׁלום מיכאל יצחק בן נטלי נאווה

SHLOMO BEN CHANA                                                                                 שלמה בן חנה

SHLOMO BEN MAZAL                                                                                  שלמה בן מזל                                                                  

SHMUEL YERUCHAM BEN RIVKAH                                                   שמואל ירוחם בן רבקה

SHAKED BEN ORAH                                                                                     שקד בן אורה


TOM BEN LEAH                                                                                                                      תום בן לאה

Caring for a Wounded Combat Dog 28July2014

Segev Partush http://www.facebook.com/segevpartosh 28July2014

Segev Partush http://www.facebook.com/segevpartosh 28July2014

Shabbat chesed for soldiers

The father of a Chayal (soldier) who is now in Gaza told how his son was informed on Friday that his unit will not be going home for Shabbos, which was a problem because they did not have any provisions for Shabbos. The father ran to the supermarket to buy some things, as much dips and salads as he could, then he stopped at the schwarma place in Petach Tikva. He asked for a portion to be put into an aluminum tray and explained that it was for his son who is in Gaza without food for Shabbos. The owner said to him “what do you mean for your son? How many soldiers are in his group?” The father answered “70” The Schwarma place owner called all of his workers. They prepared all the schwarma they had, brought out all of their meat, fried schnitzels, prepared Moroccan salads and chips and within an hour he and all of his workers had emptied the entire restaurant and given it over to the father. The father, a religious guy who has seen Chesed in his life, just stood there crying and thanking him.

Spontaneous Pro-Israel Rally Erupts in Response to Protestors

The Jewish United Nation

What can the ‘Nine Days’ and 9th of Av teach us about Jewish unity as Israel fights for its survival?

By Nechemia Skurow 04August2014 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183699#.U-Cbxbuk2b8

As we enter the “nine days” of the month of Av, Jews around the world remember the events of this time almost 2,000 years ago, when Jerusalem was destroyed (in 70 CE), the Temple was razed to the ground and the city’s population massacred or exiled.

In “Palestine” (the name given by Rome to the newly-conquered Judea), reactions to the trauma were diverse. With anti-Roman sentiment at its height, some Jewish revolutionaries continued their resistance until the fall of Masada in 74 CE, some fled to the Diaspora or underground to nurture hopes of a future uprising. In an air of despair and abandonment, others became ascetics. Even Jews who dwelled in the Holy Land outside of Jerusalem and weren’t affected much physically by the Jewish revolt and its aftermath surely felt the ripple effect of emotional shock brought on by the morale and confidence of a nation badly damaged.

Meanwhile in the Jewish Diaspora, in the communities of Alexandria, Damascus, Babylon, Cyprus, Antioch, and many more, without an active role or stake in the revolt, it was business as usual. Cut off from life in the Holy Land, by 70 CE Jews around the ancient Roman world were well integrated into their host countries, serving a variety of economic roles. Meanwhile, due to their large numbers and economic influence, Rome had long granted Diaspora Jews religious tolerance and the right to maintain their own organizations, administration and judiciary. Instead of, in the face of persecution, idealistically clinging to the national character of Jewish tradition, as symbolized by Jerusalem and the Temple, they were busy developing their own independent identity in their own mode of worship.

In short, in the ancient Jewish Diaspora, far away and disconnected from their Land, even for those who held onto a national identity, what could they really do to help when the revolt, and subsequent destruction, took place?

Fast forward to today, the Jewish people in the Land of Israel are once again fighting for their survival, and there are obvious parallels regarding the circumstances describing the ancient Jewish Diaspora to the current modern day version. However, in the information age of the 21 century, the world is connected like never before, and Diaspora Jewry can actually play a very active role in what is happening in their ancient national homeland. In fact, the world wide Jewish unity we are witnessing today in the face of another existential threat is a major tikkun (spiritual fix) for the sinat chinam (baseless hatred) that originally led to the Second Temple’s destruction. So what can you do? Here are three ideas:

1) Donate to IDF Soldiers: One of the best ways to contribute to the IDF war against terror is by helping keep the morale of soldiers up in the face of the fear and stress of war. Organizations such as LIBI or FIDF provide educational, religious, medical and recreational needs to Israeli soldiers. Over the last few weeks, they have been working around the clock to receive, scan, and ship gift packages donated from all over the world to the soldiers currently serving in Gaza.

2) Hasbara: Today, while much of the “official” Hasbara work is carried out through non-governmental organizations such as Stand With Us and The Israel Project, or social media outlets, such as Israel in My Heart, every individual has the power to influence the conversation taking place around the world. There is no less of a war taking place in the minds of people everywhere, and in the face of constant terrorist propaganda and Western media bias, everyone’s voice is needed. Learn the facts and spread the truth.

3) Buy Israeli Products: International Boycott Israel campaigns are encouraging people to divest of Israeli investments and to stop buying Israeli products. In addition, relentless rocket attacks are taking their toll on Israelis both emotionally and economically. Buying Israeli products today is a potent way to counteract these campaigns of ignorant hatred, to strengthen the Israeli economy and unite with Israel in the war against terror.

Support Israel today!

Those We Lost – Oseh Shalom

03 Aug 2014 http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Pages/IDF-soldiers-killed-in-Operation-Protective-Edge.aspx

​Since the beginning of the ground operation in Gaza, 64 IDF soldiers and officers have been killed.


Friday, July 18, 2014
Friday July 18, 2014 Staff Sgt. Eitan Barak (20) of Herzlia was killed on Friday night in Beit Hannun in the northern Gaza Strip.

      Eitan Barak

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Maj. (res) Amotz Greenburg (45) of Hod Hasharon and Sgt. Adar Barsano (20) of Nahariya were killed in a battle with terrorists who infiltrated Israeli territory through a terror tunnel near Kibbutz Kissufim located near the center of the Gaza Strip. The terrorists who had infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians, opened fire on the Israeli unit with machine guns and an anti-tank missile. Two officers were wounded in the battle and were transferred to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.
Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel (20) of Holon was killed in a battle with Hamas gunmen in southern Gaza.
2nd-Lt. Bar Rahav (21) of Ramat Yishai, an Engineering Corps officer cadet was killed by an antitank missile fired at the vehicle he was operating. Rahav was posthumously promoted to second lieutenant.
Amotz Greenburg     Adar Barasano       Bnayahu Rubel          Bar Rahav

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thirteen Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in in different incidents in and around Shujaiyeh in the eastern Gaza Strip. Two US citizens are among the fallen. In one incident north of Shujaiyeh, Golani troops were ambushed and an RPG was fired at their APC, killing seven and severely wounding two, with one missing. In another incident, three soldiers were killed, including two officers in the battalion. Three more soldiers were killed in another gun battle nearby. In another incident, an anti-tank rocket was fired at a building in Shujaiyeh where troops were staying, killing three and wounding many more. The commander of the Golani Brigade, Colonel Raslan Alian, was among the wounded.
Maj. Tsafrir Bar-Or (32) of Holon, Capt. Tzvi Kaplan (28) of Kibbutz Meirav, Staff Sgt. Gilad Yaakobi (21) of Kiriat Ono, Staff Sgt. Oz Mendelovitch (20) of Atzmon, Staff Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmelli (21) of Ra’anana (originally from South Padre Island, Texas), Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako (20) of Jerusalem, Sgt. Max Steinburg (24) of Beer Sheva (originally from Los Angeles, California), Staff Sgt. Shachar Tase (20) of Pardesiya, Staff Sgt. Daniel Pomerantz (20) of Kfar Azar, Sgt. Shon Mondshine (19) of Tel Aviv, Sgt. Ben Oanounou (19) of Ashdod, Staff Sgt. Oren Noach (22), Sgt. Oron Shaul (19) of Poriah Illit.
   Tsafrir Bar-Or        Tzvi Kaplan         Gilad Yaakobi          Oz Mendelovitch

Nissim Sean Carmelli      Moshe Maleko     Max Steinberg    Shachar Tase

Daniel Pomerantz   Shon Mondshine     Ben Oanounou           Oren Noach

     Oron Shaul

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nine IDF soldiers were killed today in the fighting. Four were killed near Kibbutz Nir Am in a firefight with terrorists who had infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip. An additional three Golani Brigade soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in the Sujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza. Two others were killed in other battles in the Gaza Strip.
The soldiers killed in the Nir-Am incident were: Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar (38) from Modi’in, Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher (23) from Be’er Sheva, Warrant Officer Baynesain Kasahun (39) from Netivot and 1st Lt. Yuval Heiman (21) from Efrat. The Golani soldiers killed in the fighting in Sujaiyeh were Staff Sgt. Jordan Ben Simon (22) from Ashkelon, Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach (21) from Rishon Letzion and Staff Sgt. Yuval Dagan (22) from Kfar Sava. Staff Sgt. Oded Ben Sira (22) of Nir Etzion and Master Sgt. Ohad Shemesh (27) of Beit Elazari were also killed in the fighting in Gaza.
     Dolev Keidar     Nadav Goldmacher  Baynesain Kasahun   Yuval Heiman
Jordan Ben Simon  Tal Ifrach     Yuval Dagan   Oded Ben Sira
Ohad Shemesh
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Two Tank Corps officers and a paratrooper were killed in the fighting in Gaza: Capt. Dimitri Levitas (26) of Jerusalem and Gshur, Lt. Natan Cohen (23) of Modiin and Staff Sgt. Evyatar Tourjeman (20) of Beit Shean.
   Dimitri Levitas          Natan Cohen     Evyatar Tourjeman

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Three IDF paratroopers were killed in the fighting in Gaza: Lt. Paz Eliyahu (22) of Kibbutz Evron, Staff Sgt. Li Mat of Eilat and Staff Sgt. Shahar Dauber of Kibbutz Ginegar.
       Paz Eliyahu              Li Mat            Shahar Dauber

Friday, July 25, 2014
Four soldiers were killed today in the fighting in the Gaza Strip:
Master Sergeant (Res.) Yair Ashkenazy (36) of Rehovot, Staff Sgt. Guy Levy (21) of Kfar Vradim, Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland (21) from Kibbutz Ginosar and Staff Sgt. Amit Yaori (20) of Jerusalem.

   Yair Ahkenazi          Guy Levi          Guy Borland         Amit Yaori

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Six soldiers died today as a result of the fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Four were killed in the combat in Gaza: Roi Peles (21) of Tel Aviv, Staff Sgt. Avraham Greentzweig (21) of Petah Tikva, Staff Sgt. Gal Besson (21) of Holon and Sergeant First Class (res.) Barak Refael Degorker (27) of Gan Yavne.
Two succumbed to wounds sustained in the fighting: Chief Warrant Officer Rami Cahlon (39) of Hadera and Cpt. Liad Lavi (20) of Moshav Talmei Yosef.
        Roi Peles       Avraham Greentzweig   Gal Basson     Barak Refael Degorker  
    Rami Cahlon              Liad Lavi

Monday, July 28, 2014
Ten soldiers were killed today in the fighting in and around the Gaza Strip.
Four soldiers, Staff Sgt. Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon (22) of Safed, Cprl. Meidan Maymon Biton (20) of Netivot, Staff Sgt. Adi Briga (23) of Moshav Beit Shikma and Cprl. Niran Cohen (20) of Tiberias were killed by mortar fire along the Gaza border.
One soldier, Staff Sgt. Moshe Davino (20) of Jerusalem,  was killed in combat in the southern Gaza Strip. Five others were killed in combat when terrorists infiltrated Israel via a tunnel from Gaza and attempted to execute a terror attack against a civilian target: Sgt. Nadav Raimond (19), Sgt. Daniel Kedmi (18) of Tzofim, Sgt.  Barkey Ishai Shor (21) of Jerusalem, Sgt. Sagi Erez (19) of Kiryat Ata and Sgt. Dor Dery (18) of Jerusalem.
    Eliav Kahlon        Meidan Maymon Biton    Adi Briga               Niran Cohen

     Moshe Davino       Nadav Raimond      Daniel Kedmi        Barkay Ishay Shor

         Sagi Erez              Dor Dery

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Three IDF soldiers of the ‘Maglan’ unit were killed in the fighting in the southern Gaza Strip: Staff Sgt. Guy Algranati (20) of Tel Aviv, Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib (21) of Rishon LeZion and Staff Sgt. Omer Hay (21) of Savion.

Guy Algranati           Matan Gotlib           Omer Hay

Thursday, July 31 2014
Five soldiers of the 188th “Barak” (Lightning) Armored Brigade were killed by mortar fire on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip: Capt. Omri Tal (22) of Yehud, Capt. (res.) Liran Adir (Edry) (31) of Azuz, Sgt. Major (res.) Daniel Marsh (22) of Rishon LeZion, Staff Sgt. Shai Kushnir (20) of Kiryat Motzkin and Staff Sgt. Noam Rosenthal (20) of Meitar.
       Omri Tal            Liran Adir (Edry)     Daniel Marsh           Shay Kushnir
     Noam Rosenthal

Friday, 1 August 2014
Three soldiers of the Givati brigade were killed fighting terrorists in the southern Gaza Strip: Maj. Benaya Sarel (26) of Kiryat Arba, Second Lt. Hadar Goldin (23) of Kfar Saba, and Staff Sgt. Liel Gidoni (20) of Jerusalem.

    Benaya Sarel         Hadar Goldin          Liel Gidoni