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Police Say ‘Price Tag’ Attack was Staged by PA

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Israel police announced Thursday that the alleged “price tag” attack in the Arab village of Kusra last week was fabricated and staged by Arabs for propaganda purposes.

Police had received a report of six burned cars in the village of Kusra, located in Samaria, and blue Israeli identification card was found on site. The media publicized that the arson was the work of Israelis, a so-called price tag operation, in retaliation of the destruction of Jewish homes the previous week by the Israeli government

The police carried out an intensive investigation the police, including questioning several residents of Kusra, whose statements were not compatible with the findings at the scene. The Israeli ID card belonged to a soldier who dropped it a few days earlier while on a mission in the village.

Aish Kodesh, a nearby Jewish community was implicated by the media in the alleged attack on Kusra. Aish Kodesh spokesman Aharon Katsof told Tazpit News Agency, “We have stated throughout the entire time that this was a Palestinian provocation against Aish Kodesh. In the past months we have been assaulted on a daily basis by hundreds of Arab vandals who destroy our property and fields, throw stones and fire-bombs at our homes, causing us tremendous financial loss.

“Albeit our repetitive requests, the IDF has not provided sufficient security to our families, and we have recently learned that the army has further decreased its presence in the area, which will bring to an increase in the Arab attacks against us. The solving of this case proves again that the Arabs are constantly trying to stage provocations and their claims are accepted without proper scrutiny. The damaged caused to the community’s name as a result of the media publications is immense.”

Despite dozens of alleged attacks on Arabs by Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria, no Israeli has been tried or convicted on such charges.

The supposed attack on Kusra is not the first case in which the vandalism turned out to be a staged provocation, local criminal activity or Arab infighting.

 

Title: Soul to Soul – Writings from Dark Places

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Title: Soul to Soul - Writings from Dark Places


Author: Deborah Masel


Publisher: Gefen


Reviewed by Yocheved Golani

 

 


   Every medical school in the world should have this book on the syllabus: once during first-year medical studies and again at residency. Pages 63-67 pretty much sum up the brutality of a given medical staff member’s offhand remarks and intentional insensitivity in the presence of patients. They crush the spirits of otherwise valiant people struggling to live. Med students who assume superiority to their needy patients need not have airs. They’re not G-d and not about to become His rival, either. Medical interventions have limits. And condescension kills people as much as disease can.

 

   Deborah Masel’s account of her years-long battle with metastatic breast cancer is a nightmare many women in industrialized countries fear. An experienced writer before she authored Soul to Soul, Masel’s prose is without pretense, raw and human. The 184-page paperback describes the suspense, fear and lack of control over the intimate details of a woman whose life is complicated by breast cancer that spread throughout her body. The light shining from this story is in the lessons that the author learned from the Aish Kodesh by the rebbe of Piacezna.

 

   Aish Kodesh is the soul-searching spiritual survival effort to persevere as an emunah-oriented Jew that was written during the Shoah. Its overriding lesson is to believe – while we shudder – that G-d, despite fearsome facts and logic, is beyond any boundaries and above all nature. That G-d will save us is a given in Torah life and in Aish Kodesh. How He will do so is another matter altogether. We as Jews must allow the possible to happen, not reject outcomes that do not match our fantasies.

 

   Masel tells us on page 170 that she clung to G-d despite the chaotic world of her treatments, pain and emotional vicissitudes. She learned from the rebbe of Piacezna that “G-d is right there with me in the foxhole … the longer I stayed with him, the more this [emotional vicissitudes] barrier dissolved.”

 

   Devorah Masel died shortly after her book was released. Hear her plea in chapter one: “Please don’t stop reading. I know it’s scary. I’m scared too. Once I too would have closed the book. I wouldn’t want to know about it. Life’s scary enough, I’d say, without this. But now I’m stuck with it and I’m asking you not to shut me out.”

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of E-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge”  (http://booklocker.com/books/3067.html).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/title-soul-to-soul-writings-from-dark-places-2/2011/08/17/

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