Monday, June 29, 2015

Stand With Israel Today at the UN (and Around the World)

Here's how you can do something today - take one small action to tell the United Nations that we aren't fooled by their biased stance against Israel. 

This idea came from WUJS - and should be shared far and wide - join the sane world in saying NO to the UN bias against Israel!

It's time to stand up for Israel at the UN
On Monday June 29 the United Nations Human Rights Council will again hold a biased meeting attacking the State of Israel. The Human Rights Council has convicted Israel more times than all the other countries in the world combined.
It’s time to stand up against the bias and no longer accept the constant UN conviction towards Israel. Monday there will be a solidarity demonstration with Israel in Geneva in front of the UN. As we understand that not everybody will be able to physically attend the demonstration we have created an online Israel solidarity campaign.
Here is what you can do to support:
1.Take a picture of your self-holding an A4 support message for Israel. All messages must include ‪#‎RethinkUN and ‪#‎ForIsrael. 
Some ideas for messages: 
- Stop the UNHRC bias against Israel
- I stand with Israel
- Stop the UNHRC obsession with Israel
  1. Post your picture to the event
  2. Invite all your friends to this event
  3. Share the posts from this event. Today we will be posting live updates from the demonstration at the event.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Palestinian Shooter - How the Heck Did You Do That?

Dear Palestinian Shooter,

Happy Ramadan. I can tell by the news each day that your people are having a wonderful month. Just days into it and already they've hit dozens of cars and buses, one man beaten to death, several stabbed, and repeated attacks on the light rail in Jerusalem proving, yet again, that the engineer who decided to send the light rail through the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat was an idiot.

You have exploded bombs around the world that have killed a few hundred and shot fireworks at a bunch of 18 and 19 year old unarmed kids playing basketball. Celebrated jihad in France with the beheading of one man, dozens murdered in Tunisia...and here in little Israel, I have to hand it to you - you've tried very hard to murder and maim.

Rockets fired, trains, buses, fireworks, knives, stoning attacks...and now, in the greatest of all mysteries, you fired around 20 bullets at an ambulance, managing to hit on both sides of the driver...and still miss him. My first thought when I saw the video and listened to the driver showing the results of your attack, was "how the heck did you miss?"

It takes talent, it really does, to get so close and still miss so well. I mean - most people either hit the car and kill the person, or miss the car completely. You managed to hit the ambulance and STILL not kill the person.

But then, the ambulance driver explained it perfectly, and during your holy month of Ramadan no less.

"This is ambulance number six-nine of Jerusalem," the driver begins as he holds the video camera (probably his phone) and focuses on the ambulance.

At this point, Elie pointed out that this is a regular ambulance, not one that is bullet proof. Of course, we have those too here in Israel because this isn't the first time Palestinians have fired on our ambulances.

And, at this point, Davidi pointed out that, "and it isn't like we only help Jews. Ambulances help Arabs all the time." Given that David, like Elie, is a regular volunteer for the ambulance - and both have been called into Azariya and other Arab neighborhoods, he should know.

"A few minutes ago," the driver continues, unaware that both Elie and Davidi are trying to explain things to me, "a terrorist who was standing on the side of the road fired. We see here the locations of the "hits". He fired four shots; there were a lot more."

This is where Elie points out that security forces found no less than 19 casings - 19 shots least five struck the ambulance.

"There are three shots that entered here near the front door and another one in the back," the ambulance driver continues...because at that moment, just minutes after the attack, what really matters to him is that you missed, not how many you fired at him.

He circles to the front of the ambulance where you can clearly see a bullet hole in the front windshield "and the exit point, here, close to the driver's head, and that was me, [he says with a bit of an embarrassed laugh] and another exit point here with the bullet still stuck in the door."

At this point, he focuses in where you can see a bullet-shaped bump pushing outwards. Having gone through one thick metal door, the bullet was slowed down enough that it became impaled just behind the driver's door. It missed him by a few...a very few...inches. 

And then, as we stare at the ambulance in utter shock that you managed to miss him, the driver offers the truth, dear Palestinian shooter, to how the heck you failed to hit him.

"And blessed is God, we came out of this because of a miracle and I believe, maybe, it was a reward for how we work to save lives."

That is the story of this driver, who went home to his family last night. It is very likely that this weekend, he will go to synagogue and say a special prayer thanking God for saving his life; if he is married, his wife will have already said her own thanks for the blessing of not being a widow today.

And you, dear Palestinian shooter, I would like to remind you of what the Hamas spokesperson said over the summer when confronted with the fact that thousands of rockets had been fired at Israel, nearly all of them falling in open fields. The Hamasnik said that they had fired true and well, but that "the God of Israel" kept pushing their rockets to open fields.

The truth is that yestersday, you fired true and well, gave it your very best shot. No one could expect more - you hit the front passenger door no less than three times. One bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have someone sitting in the front passenger seat, and the bullet whizzed right past the driver's head to exit through the front window.

And another bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have any patient in the rear...and managed to hit mere inches behind the driver's seat. You could not have come closer before reaching utter failure if you tried...

And, as the driver said, I will say to you. For all that you tried, the God of Israel was watching and protected this man who works to save lives, just as God is forever working to protect Israel.

Blessed is the God of Israel, Who forever watches over His people. He never sleeps; He never slumbers...

So, if your fellow terrorists are asking you, "how the heck did you fire FIVE or more bullets into an ambulance and MISS the driver?" tell them - it was, and always will be, by the hand of God. God's will...God's miracle.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Speechless at the Idiocy of the UN

I need to read the report that once again singles out my nation above all others. Our children were kidnapped and murdered; tunnels were dug into our communities so that a massive attack could take place...hundreds would be killed in the ensuing bombardment and terror attacks.

Rockets were fired - hundreds, even thousands of them.

And we were condemned. We announced where we were going to be - leaflets were dropped, cell phones were called...all while rockets were fired at us.

And the UN says Hamas tried to warn us of rocket attacks? I was here, I want to scream at them. I was here. Not once did those...those...oh, I'm too angry to write this post. I can't yet be rational.

What I like to do is take these moronic reports line by line and prove them wrong...and I try to do it in a way that leads the reader to laughter.

I can't do that yet...

Israel did something so smart...we got military experts including eleven former US Chiefs of Staff, a former NATO Military Commander, political leaders from 7 different countries and they issued a simple and clear statement. It is one the exonerates Israel and damns the UN.

Says the group:

“Each of our own armies is of course committed to protecting civilian life during combat. But none of us is aware of any army that takes such extensive measures as did the IDF last summer to protect the lives of the civilian population in such circumstances.”
The UN says we did not do all that we could to save lives in Gaza while ignoring that Gaza did everything it could to take lives.

There has been no greater proof of the UN's bias than this latest affront. When the anger becomes manageable and the first words I can think of are not obscenities, I'll try to offer my opinion.

For now, I'll just say greater fools have not been created than those who think that justice is served by lying.

Minimizing Harm to Civilians - Israel vs. Hamas

Thanks to Lt. Co. Peter Lerner here are some quick and true facts you should know about Israel and Hamas. And, if you read them and think, "well, duh...I knew that" - realize too that the United Nations, the EU, and most Europeans don't know, don't care, and will never take an effort to learn...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Update on Attack on Ramle School

I spoke to David several times today. Once again today, Arabs threw fireworks into the yard. This time, unlike last night, apparently it didn't start a fire and most thankfully, again no one was hurt.

A very kind offer was made from abroad to donate and perhaps to organize additional donations to hire a security guard. I made this offer to the yeshiva, thinking about making a post here to collect money for this, but the response was that more important than hiring a guard was the idea of installing security cameras.

The boys themselves caught the act on video and posted it. When one boy moved forward to try to catch the Arabs on video, they covered their faces and ran away.

The police were called but it took them a very long time to get there (and one time, they didn't go to the school at all). During the day, yesterday, many of the boys went to the police station and one by one, they each filed a report. It is their legal right and the police had to take each boy's accounting over and over again.

Last night, the police came by and said they were increasing patrols in the area, and ended up catching several Arabs with fireworks near the fence of the school, likely preparing for another attack.

This is good and calms me some...but just as arresting one knife-wielding Arab may prevent the attack in progress, it does nothing to stop future too, I have no doubt others will come forward to attack the school, which

So, I am starting a campaign to raise $7,500 to cover the costs of installing security cameras around the school. Please help us finance this as quickly as possible. For now, the police have finally responded and in the end were able to catch some of the attackers. But this is an easy target - 18 and 19 year old boys, pre-army, no training, no weapons. 

Please share this with others - for a single donation, this may be hard, but if we share and donate small amounts, I think we can get there fast.

The video of the attack:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Imagine - the Israeli Version

Imagine...of course, here in Israel, we don't have to imagine...we live this reality and today we stand in shock that despite real evidence, the United Nations report managed to completely ignore truth. They say Hamas tried to warn us when rockets were fired...seriously? I lived that reality last summer. Not once, not stinking, lousy once...did they EVER warn us. What lies, what an abomination...

Anger chokes me...until I saw this video...I am amazed at the calmness in his voice, the way he can find the dream in the lies and nightmare thrown at us today.

Imagine - the Israeli version.

They Attacked My Son's School....

What would you do if you were working on your computer, checking news and Facebook when you got bored...and all of a sudden, you got an update that showed a video of an attack against a school...and the school was the one where your son was at that moment?

Davidi is fine...

I'll start with that, and I'll end with that. I'll stop and I'll settle and I'll push the tears and the burning anger away. Davidi is fine...they are all fine.

Arabs climbed on to the fence that surrounds their yeshiva...and...God...and they shot firecrackers into the yard.

I called Davidi, my hands already starting to shake. "God, please, answer..."

Davidi answered. "Everyone's okay?" I asked in as calm a voice as I could manage.

"Yes," he answered, "everyone's fine."

"There was a fire," I said stupidly. "Did you call the police?"

"Yes," he said, "and the fire went out quickly."

There was some more conversation and somehow mixed in, he said something like,"we were expecting it."

Rule number one - never ask a question you aren't prepared to hear the answer to..."why were you expecting it?" I asked even more stupidly.

"Because it happened last night."

"Oh, God," I think I moaned...

"Ima, we're fine. Don't worry."

Yeah, well, that's fine. Now that you said so...why should I worry?

I can't think straight right now. I can't express my anger and worst of all, I don't know to whom to address it. The government and security forces and police for not being there? They can't be everywhere! Ramla mayor for deciding the best way to "reclaim" the city was by putting a yeshiva full of pre-army teenage boys right there on the edge? Well, yeah, there's one target.

The boys? No, not them...they handled it right. They documented it but didn't get too close? Well, sorry, guys - you were outside, that's already too close for me...but you did good. You did right. Let the world know.

This was a school! Unlike in Gaza, there are no weapons stored there. This is not the first time they have attacked the school...and no, I don't expect world condemnation...after all, with the greatest of gratitude to God, there was no blood and so there will be no great cry of outrage...except from a few mothers, who saw a video and cried as they spoke to their sons...begging to hear...

Davidi is okay...they are all okay...

Please God, watch over my baby...he's so tall, so beautiful...please, guard him tonight and every night and every day and every minute. David is fine...

So, I am starting a campaign to raise $7,500 to cover the costs of installing security cameras around the school. Please help us finance this as quickly as possible. For now, the police have finally responded and in the end were able to catch some of the attackers. But this is an easy target - 18 and 19 year old boys, pre-army, no training, no weapons. 

Please share this with others - for a single donation, this may be hard, but if we share and donate small amounts, I think we can get there fast.
The video of the attack:

The attack was covered by Israel National News. Here is their interview with one of the students.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ambulance Stories

I get them every once in a while, just like those soldier stories. Less and less, as time goes by...but likely to start again in a few months, once Davidi goes in. For now, I enjoy the quiet.

We were talking about hospitals as a result of the terror attack today which injured one soldier...and Elie told me this one...

He was on the ambulance. They were called into Azariya, a neighboring Arab area, to evacuate an Arab who needed medical care. Elie and the driver loaded the Arab into the ambulance and told him that they were going to take him to Hadassah Ein Kerem, arguably the best hospital in Jerusalem, if not the country.

The Arab protested; he wanted to be taken to an Arab hospital. So, the team ordered army escort and drove the patient to the hospital he chose - an Arab hospital in Jerusalem. Upon arrival, the patient demanded to see a doctor, but was told there was no doctor in the hospital. If he could explain his problem, they would call a doctor and see if he would be willing to come.

The Arab screamed at the people there, asking them what kind of a hospital this was...and then demanded that Elie's team take him back to Hadassah...which they did.

And, at this moment, at that same hospital, doctors are treated the terrorist who stabbed a soldier today. They will fight for his life, heal his wounds, and do all they can to fulfill the oath they took as doctors.

They have done this for countless other terrorists, sometimes managing to save their lives while their victims fade away and the families leave to bury and mourn. They have done this for the wives of Palestinian leaders, the children and grandchildren who were quietly driven or flown from Gaza to take advantage of some of the best healthcare in the world...even during battles that were waged and rockets being fired.

The doctors at Shaarei Tzedek today struggled to stabilize and save the life of a young soldier. As hard as they had it, in many ways it was worse for the doctors at Hadassah. I can't imagine how it feels to work to save the life of a man you know has stabbed a soldier, rammed his car and murdered an infant, a police officer, or someone who has blown up a bus, a restaurant...

For all the money in the world, it is not a job I would wish on anyone.

Funny...In a Pathetic Sort of Way

On Friday, a Palestinian stopped an Israeli car - two Israeli men in their 20s had chosen to take the day and go hiking to a natural spring, deep enough to swim. Elie has done it; so have Shmulik and David. Only this time, when they noticed the small pool was filled only with Arabs, they decided to look elsewhere.

As they were driving away, an Arab approached them and asked them a question. The Israelis answered and again prepared to drive away. The Arab turned away and then approached them again - this time with a gun. He shot and killed one, at point blank range, and injured the second. That was part of a day in which there were dozens of other rock attacks and the light rail was hit again by stones.

This morning, a young Arab of 18 years old, approached a young Israeli, who happened to be in the uniform of the State of Israel. The Arab stabbed the Israeli repeatedly as the soldier managed to free his weapon and shoot the Palestinian.

By the time the ambulance arrived, both men were on the ground - one stabbed and in very serious condition, one shot and in critical condition. Each was scooped up and taken to a nearby hospital - thankfully for the sake of the soldier's family, to different hospitals.

So, I saw the following headlines on one site:

 This was published late in the day, after the hospital announced that it had successfully stabilized the soldier's condition. It also noted that "despite his severe wounds, the Border Policeman succeeded in fatally shooting the terrorist."

Now, in my book, fatal means dead, right?

Well, later in the article there was this piece of information:


So...I thought that was funny, in a pathetic sort of way.

By contrast, this headlines from Sky News was just pathetic all around...
So a Palestinian was shot AFTER stabbing an Israeli officer...first, I might be wrong, but I haven't heard anywhere that the soldier that was stabbed was an officer, but that's minor.

Why doesn't it start with the beginning of the story - Palestinians Stabs Israeli Officer - that is, after all the key story here.

It would be akin to writing, "Woman Stabs Man After Being Raped."

The violence is in that last part, when the violence itself is the story. The stabbing, the raping - that is what is wrong; that is what made the news. Perhaps a sub-headline could announce, with pride, that despite being stabbed, the soldier fought back; despite being raped, the woman overpowered her attacker.

The story is NOT that a Palestinian was shot. In fact, what was shot was a terrorist who attempted to murder someone who wasn't even on duty. He was just walking past when the Palestinian pulled a knife and listened to the call of his society.

It is pathetic that again and again, international news agencies refuse to properly report what happens here. The minute a man rapes a woman, he is nothing - most certainly NOT the victim. His injuries are incidental; his cowardice monumental.

The minute a Palestinian pulls a knife and begins to stab a passerby, man or woman, no matter what they are wearing, his is nothing - most certainly NOT the victim. His injuries are incidental; his cowardice monumental.

May God send Roz, son of Carmela, a full and speedy recovery.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Day in the Life of Israel

Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

So here's a bit more clarification on today's life in Israel:

שני פיגועי אבנים לעבר הרכבת הקלה בירושלים, פיגוע אבנים לעבר אוטובוס באל ערוב, אבנים לעבר כלי רכב חונים בעיר דוד, ניסיון לינץ' ביהודי שנפצע באזור בית חנינא בירושלים, חייל פצוע מאבנים באזור כוכב יעקב, אבנים לעבר בסיס עטרות בירושלים, תקיפה מילולית כלפי חיילנו שהגיעו לסיור בהר הבית, ערבים שירדו עם טוריות לכביש בגזרת יקיר וביקשו לפגוע בנהגים יהודים ועוד 17 אירועים שונים שנרשמו מאז הבוקר בשעה 06:00 ועד לשעה 21:0

  1. Two stoning attacks on the light rail in Jerusalem (no injuries but more smashed windows).
  2. Rocks thrown at a bus near El Aruv
  3. Rock attack on cars parked in Ir David
  4. Attempted lynching of a Jew who was wounded near Beit Hanina in Jerusalem
  5. Soldier wounded by stone attack near Kochav Yaakov
  6. Rocks thrown near the base in Atarot, Jerusalem
  7. Verbal attacks on soldiers who arrived for a patrol on the Temple Mount
And at least another 18 similar attacks between the hours of 6:00 a.m. this morning and 9:00 p.m.

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