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‘Tent-In’ Protest Planned in Galilee Over Development Cutbacks

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

The ‘Change Direction’ organization, which encourages civil activism in the Galilee Panhandle, has called for a “tent-in” demonstration to be held Monday at 4 pm in the region, the Hebrew-language NRG news outlet reported Sunday.

The demonstration is being called to protest a government decision to shelve a long-standing plan to develop the northern region. The decision came as part of the general state plan to trim down the national budget.

The “tent-in” is slated to take place in Metullah near the ‘Pri Metullah’ packing house. Protest signs are be distributed at the site to residents of the region, organizers said.

Earlier this year, a new luxury hotel opened in the Upper Galilee on land owned by Kibbutz Kfar Giladi after having been under construction for the past five years. The Galilion hotel — which features 120 luxury rooms, a large conference center, health spa and swimming pool — was to be part of the opening of an industrial center.

The site was to include a farmers’ market, a spa health club and restaurants, as well as tourist attractions featuring observation balloons flying over the Galilee and Mount Hermon, scheduled to open later this year. Organized walking and driving tours were to be launched in the Agamon Hula Nature Park for bird watching as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Hundreds Rally to Support Soldier Charged with Manslaughter

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated around the country Saturday night supporting an IDF medic who killed a wounded IDF terrorist who had stabbed a soldier a few minutes prior.

The medic, a soldier from the Kefir Brigade, is being charged with manslaughter. The prosecutor decided against charging him with murder.

Relatives of active IDF soldiers, reservists and civilians gathered in numerous cities to support the detained soldier.

In Rishon LeZion, 400 people blocked a major artery “for our hero who took out the Hebron terrorist.” A second rally was held at a shopping mall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. Another demonstration was held at the entrance to Kiryat Gat, in southern Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Angry Israelis Demonstrate Outside Prison Where IDF Soldier Jailed for Killing Terrorist [video]

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Demonstrators waving posters, honking horns and yelling slogans gathered in Be’er Sheva Saturday night to protest against the arrest and jailing of an IDF soldier who shot and killed a terrorist who was apparently “neutralized” in Hebron last week.

The protesters stood across from Prison No. 4 on Saturday night, where the soldier is incarcerated, according to Israeli radio.

One of the protesters spoke with Channel 1 as other bystanders shot video with their cellphones, saying that he had served as a member of the Border Guard Police, and as a father of two combat soldiers, understood the necessity for army discipline.

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“But the army knows how to deal with this, and this should have been left to the army to deal with, and it wasn’t. This soldier was arrested because things were being dealt with in the light of the cameras, rather than in the military court, where it belongs.

”Moreover, we are at war. We need to deal with the situation on the ground, and we’re not doing that…. I have served in Judea, Samaria, Gaza, everywhere, and I have lost friends in all those places. I know what war is. This is war.”

Another protester, also an IDF veteran said, “The government keeps talking about a wave of terror, a terror wave. This is not a terror wave, this is a war. It’s a war.

“How do you know when a terrorist is neutralized? If his hands are cuffed, fine. If he takes a bullet to the head, then yes, you know. But if he has taken a bullet to a leg, he can still move. If he has taken a bullet to an arm or elsewhere, he can still move — and they do. We have seen it, and we have seen soldiers die because of it. So that is not neutralized. Neutralized is when you know he cannot move.”

Hana Levi Julian

Thousands Protest IDF Draft in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim Neighborhood

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Thousands of men protested the military draft in a demonstration Tuesday night held in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

The demonstrators were specifically protesting the recruitment of hareidi-religious male students.

Most males in the hareidi-religious sector continue their studies past the age of 18, the age at which all Israeli youths are drafted for military service. Instead, they prepare for a life of Torah study in a kollel (rabbinic study hall). Some train to become Torah scribes, highly skilled religious slaughterers of kosher meat, Torah adjutants, rabbinic teachers, and so forth.

Recently changed laws have mandated instead that many of these young men must interrupt their studies to serve in the military, sometimes in environments not conducive to Torah life.

Hareidi-religious leaders have vigorously fought this trend, citing the difficulties of catching up with learning that was lost during IDF service, and the struggles to re-adapt to a yeshiva lifestyle after the military.

Not all hareidi-religious students are suited for such a life, however, and many do enter the military. Those who do, however, have faced a complex set of challenges both within their communities and within the IDF as well, during their service and upon discharge.

Hana Levi Julian

Furious Israelis Protest Deadly Arab Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Furious Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria came out in force Thursday night to demonstrate against the continuing deadly terror attacks that once again left Israelis dead, and others wounded.

The IDF fanned out to search for the perpetrators, who managed to escape following the attack.

In several locations around Samaria, there were reports of Jewish protesters hurling rocks at Arab motorists driving on the roads, according to the Hebrew-language HaKol HaYehudi website.

Hundreds of Jews poured out of their homes in communities where protests were held in various locations around Judea and Samaria.

Some 150 Jews from Kiryat Arba protested at the entrance to the city near the Harsina neighborhood along Highway 60. The protesters reportedly walked to Hebron and threw stones at some of the Arab homes in the city. Police blocked the mob and prevented the situation from escalating there; the group then began to march towards the nearby Arab towns of Beit Anun and Halhul.

Also at the Givat Assaf Junction and the Gidon Junction on the Alon Highway, hundreds of Jews demonstrated, blocking the movement of Arab vehicles.

Arab terrorists continued their attacks as well, however.

A 28-year-old Jewish woman was injured by Palestinian Arabs who were throwing stones near the Yitzhar Junction. The woman was evacuated to Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva, to be treated for an eye injury.


The Palestinian Authority’s Hebron intelligence chief was also attacked late Thursday night, struck by stone-throwers as he drove through Samaria.

It is unclear who perpetrated the attack, which took place in the exact same spot where Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama were murdered by Arab terrorists just a few hours earlier.

The intelligence chief’s vehicle was smashed by the rocks and the official himself was injured in the attack. He was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment, according to Ynet. The incident is under investigation.

The IDF has deployed four additional battalions to Judea and Samaria in the wake of the lethal terror attack that took the lives of Rabbi Henkin and his wife Thursday night.

The first of the supplementary units is to arrive on Friday and will assist the existing units in searching for the murderers as well as other terrorists in the region.

Hana Levi Julian

Protesters Rally Against Terror Attacks in Israel and PA

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

An Anti-violence rally was held Saturday night in Tel Aviv as Israelis gathered to protest in response the death earlier in the day of 32-year-old Sa’ad Dawabsheh of Duma and other recent terror attacks on Jews as well.

Dawabsheh had succumbed to the grievous injuries suffered when his home in the Palestinian Authority Arab village near Shechem was firebombed by unknown terrorists ten days ago. His 18-month-old son Ali died immediately in the conflagration. Dawabsheh’s wife Riham and his four-year-old son Ahmed are in grave condition at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

Israelis protested the violence that led to the deaths, waving signs that said “Shalom” in Arabic and Hebrew. The working assumption by most protesters at this point is that the terrorists were Jewish because graffiti on the wall of the home was written in Hebrew.

However, due to the content and calligraphic elements of the writing, the ethnicity and identity of the terrorists is not quite that clear and a gag order has been slapped on the investigation. Nevertheless, Israeli security forces have been scouring Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria, with arrests of extremist elements taking place nearly every night since the attack.

In addition, the protesters demonstrated against the dozens of terrorist attacks that have been carried out by Palestinian Authority terrorists in the past ten days as well. IDF soldiers, Israeli police officers and Israeli civilians have been attacked while standing at intersections, patrolling or driving on the roads of Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. Numerous civilians, soldiers and police officers have been wounded, including more than a few who were seriously injured, as a result.

On Saturday, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization used the recent attack on the Dawabsheh home as an excuse to call on the Palestinian Authority population to launch a third intifada, exhorting PA citizens to rise up and attack Jews throughout Judea and Samaria in response to the firebombing in Duma.

Hana Levi Julian

Hundreds of Israeli Ethiopians Protest in Tel Aviv, Block Ayalon Highway

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Hundreds of members of the Israeli Ethiopian community protested in Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon against police brutality and discrimination. The demonstration was a continuation of similar protests that started last week in Jerusalem.

“Not black, not white, we’re all human,” the demonstrators chanted as they marched from the Azrieli Towers to the government complex in the city.

The protest shut down the Ayalon Highway in both directions, as well as the Kaplan-Begin junction and other major traffic arteries in the city.

By and large, the demonstration was peaceful – but clashes broke out between police and protesters near Azrieli Towers, prompting police to call for back-up.

The deputy commander of Tel Aviv district police, Brig.-Gen. Yoram Ohayon, told Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharonot that professional agitators were “inciting members of the community to keep protesting after the police already reached understandings with them.”

Those instigators were seen egging on the protesters, crossing their hands over the heads as if they were in handcuffs. “A violent cop should be jailed,” they shouted.

The U.S. Embassy, located in Tel Aviv, had issued a message warning citizens in Israel to beware of the demonstration.

On Monday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with representatives of the community, along with representatives of the ministries of interior, absorption, public security and social services.

Hana Levi Julian

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