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Funeral of Gush Etzion Terror Victim Dalia Lemkus [photos]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The sister of Gush Etzion terror victim Dalia Lemkus, murdered while hitchhiking on Monday, appealed to Israelis during the funeral for her sister to continue hitchhiking and not give Arab terrorists “the satisfaction” that they can stop Jews from living a normal lives.

Lemkus, 26, was from the community of Tekoa, east of Efrat, and was run over by the terrorist’s car. He then got out of the car and stabbed the victim along with two others, one of whom is in serious condition.

She previously had survived a terrorist stabbing attack several years ago and afterwards told her sister Michal she would not stop hitchhiking. “Do you think I am going to let them defeat me?” she asked rhetorically.

Michal Lemkus told hundreds of mourners at the funeral, “I want to scream at everyone, ay my country and especially at myself, ‘Don’t stop hitchhiking.’”

Her appeal was opposite the attitude of Israel’s center-left establishment after previous terrorist attacks on hitchhikers, which have prompted the media’s asking why people take the risk.

Are they right?

Yes, it would be a lot less risky to live in Tel Aviv, except that another funeral was held today for a soldier who was stabbed to death on Monday by an Arab terrorist near a Tel Aviv train station.

The body of Daliah Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa.

The body of Daliah Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

 

Friends and family mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dalia Lemkus at the Jewish Tekoa on Tuesday.

Friends and family mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dalia Lemkus at the Jewish Tekoa on Tuesday. Photo: Flash 90

 

Michal Lamkus, speaking at the funeral of her sister Dalia Lamkus. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

Michal Lamkus, speaking at the funeral of her sister Dalia Lamkus.

The body of Dalia Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

The body of Dalia Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa.

 

 

 

What Do They Mean She’s a ‘Settler’?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

I wanted my mother to come and see how absurd it is for the entire world – including virtually the entire Jewish world, and that includes most Jews who think of themselves as pro-Israel – to refer to the Jewish towns and communities beyond the 1949 Armistice Line as “settlements” in the “West Bank.”

But I never anticipated she would be at my side as we heard and saw, from a distance of just a few miles, a horrific terrorist attack.

This was the attempt by an Arab terrorist to run down and murder several Jews – any Jews, it didn’t matter who – with his car. When he failed to hit anyone, he jumped out of his car and began stabbing Jews who were just standing on the side of the road at a bus stop.

It happened yesterday, and by now most people who care about Israel have heard about Nov. 10, a day of rage, sadly one of many, a day of disparate attempts to murder as many Jews as possible. Attacks took place within the ’49 Armistice Lines and outside of them. It doesn’t matter, they want to kill us wherever we are.

One of the stabbing murders took place in Tel Aviv.

Just a few days ago one of my daughter’s friends, a young woman who is studying in Israel also this year, told us she really likes to go to Tel Aviv.

“Why?” I asked her.

“Because I never have that weight on my shoulder, wondering if there is going to be some horrible terrorist attack, like we have in Jerusalem.”

But now they’re everywhere.

Everywhere Jews try to live normal lives in their own state, the one country Jews are supposed to feel safe. The one place from which we can’t be thrown out, hunted down or forced to convert. So far it’s still true, but even here it is becoming harder and harder and in my opinion it is because we apologize when we try to protect our people.

For some inexplicable (to me) reason we still have a greater fear of offending those who either hate us or who sympathize with those who do, than we do of constantly burying our own. Our own who die as a direct result of hatred towards us.

My mother and I were just starting our walk back from another residential area here in Efrat when we heard the first siren. I was on the phone with my younger daughter, it was around 5:00. We were discussing when she was going to walk over to the house for dinner. Her classes had ended for the afternoon and she didn’t have to be back at the seminary until 8:30 p.m.

She remarked that she could hear the siren over the phone and also outside of her building. Mom and I walked down to the main road to start back when the catch in my stomach grew. I kept hearing more sirens and seeing ambulances and police cars race by and out of Efrat, heading east.

There were too many.

My mother said there must have been a car accident, but I didn’t think so.

I could see from where we were walking that the emergency vehicles were congregating near a place I know well. Alon Shvut. It’s one of the Jewish communitites in Gush Etzion. It’s right next to where the big supermarket and the gas station are.

It’s also right next to the spot from which the three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped in June. The boys – we all called them “Our Boys” whose abduction set off a manhunt for two weeks, ending with the discovery of their bodies. Our boys: Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftale Fraenkel.

Cabinet to Vote Sunday on Cutting Gush Etzion Off from Jerusalem

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

PM Netanyahu’s Cabinet is set to vote on Sunday on part of the path of the Gush Etzion security barrier, according to an IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) report on Thursday night.

For years, Arab and Jewish residents of Gush Etzion have strongly protested against this security fence, as both sides are against its construction. They managed to get the construction of the fence frozen until now.

In 2006, radical leftwing groups filed petitions to have the path of the fence moved onto the pre-67 side of the 1949 armistice line, rather than including Gush Etzion.

The entire fence, besides being an eyesore on some of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes in Israel, would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, and part of the fence would split Gush Etzion in two.

It would also potentially cut off the planned road from Gush Etzion directly to the Dead Sea, which is only 20 minutes by car.

Gush Etzion Mayor David Perl told Galei Tzahal that Netanyahu previously promised him that the fence was frozen and would not advance further.

Perl promised to continue to fight the fence construction.

Efrat activist Nadia Matar spoke with JewishPress.com and said, “We are very shocked. It is not logical that after the past war this summer, when it was proved that in no way should we ever create a PA state in our heartland, nor should we have fences – that now they are going to vote on this. It’s insanity! We call upon all the cabinet ministers to vote against it.”

It is not clear why the vote is being brought up in the cabinet at this time.

Big Sandwich in a Small Town Deli

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

When you live in a small town, a good deli opening up is big news.

We’re sharing with you a video from Gary’s Deli which just opened up in Efrat, in the Dekel Commercial Center.

Having tasted it, we can tell you its good. Try the pastrami knish (you heard right, a knish, in Israel).

The only thing missing are some Abeles & Heymann salamis hanging over the counter…

Horrors: Bibi Might Consider New Housing for Jews Before UNGA Meets!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Word has it that land that has not been occupied since Jordan fled the Gush Etzion bloc after it was humiliated in a war nearly 50 years ago (and before leaving was present with no legally recognized rights thereto), may eventually become the site of new housing for Jews.

The area under consideration neighbors the Israeli town of Allon Shevut, and is adjacent to a women’s seminary, Migdal Oz. It is also in close proximity to several other Jewish learning institutions such as the Yeud Mechina and and several yeshivot. It is located  across the road from the large Israeli community of Efrat, in Gush Etzion.

The site is very near to where the three Israeli teenagers, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, and then murdered by them, south of Hebron.

Previously the site was known as Givat Oz (Hill of Strength). The new name incorporates the initials of the three boys – Gilad, Eyal and Naftali – and the acronym created also happens to mean great wisdom. The site is now known as Givat Oz v’Gaon.

In part, a strong local push for the development of housing in this location came as a response to the abduction and murder of the three teens on June 12. As a local community leader, Davidi Perl said, “The goal of the murderers of the three youths was to sow fear and disrupt our living routine and our answer is strengthening settlement and building.’’ 

Some Israeli commenters, and plenty of non-Israeli media responded with disdain for Israel’s consideration to increase housing for Jews in a vibrant Jewish community.

They attacked the decision as “moronic” both because they considered it “punishment” – heaven forbid! – for the kidnapping and murder of innocent Israeli teenagers, and also because steps seemed to be taken to further Jewish life “just before the United Nations General Assembly meets!”

And if no more homes for Jews, ever again, anywhere within or beyond the Green Apartheid Line are ever built, what? The UNGA will issue commendations for Israel? Not in anyone’s lifetime.

But in truth, there have been no housing tenders for Givat Oz v’Gaon. In fact, last year – well before the “moronic” “act of punishment,” the government of Israel invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site, according to the Belfast Telegraph. And nothing closer to building homes has taken place.

Whether the land will ever be allowed to bear homes for Jews remains a hulking question mark.

But having Jews attack the Israeli Prime Minister for being so “moronic” as to consider allowing still more Jews to live and breathe beyond an attempted Apartheid Green Line is cause enough for despair.

Gush Etzion Rocket Alert Time Shorten

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Pikud HaOref asks residents of Gush Etzion: Efrat, Kiryat arba, Beitar Ilit and surrounding communities to get to their bomb shelters within sixty (60) seconds from when the siren goes off next time. Previously residents had a minute and a half to get to safety.

Jerusalem time remains the same.

Pikud Oref says this isn’t an official change at this point. Just a review of the current instructions.

Gush Etzion Unites in Response to Kidnapping and Murder

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The residents of Gush Etzion are uniting to show their resilience in the face of terror with an initiative created in part by Israeli media mind Ari Abramowitz, ‘One Flag.”

Gush Etzion residents are blanketing their loose-knit cluster of communities with Israeli flags to show of solidarity with the families of the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered there June 12 by Hamas terrorists.

“Rather than calling for hatred and revenge, since the very beginning of this nightmare each of the three bereaved families have been calling for national unity,” Abramowitz explained. “They have unified us, now it is our chance to stand united with them.

Each resident receives a message with their flag: “We, the Gush Etzion family are hanging flags from our windows. We are raising the flag in solidarity with the Sha’ar, Frenkel and Yifrach families who are mourning the murder of their beloved sons. Our nation was united in tears, prayer, and hope for their sons safe return. And now, as we mourn them, they continue to unite us.”

Gush Etzion resident Jeremy Gimpel, the other organizer of the campaign, added that Israelis, especially the youth in Gush Etzion, needed a positive way to harness both the grief of these devastating murders and the feelings of love, empathy, and support they all feel for the victims’ families.

“Jews have always made meaning out of pain and brought light out of the darkness of anti-Semitism and hatred. This united initiative is a truer reflection of the settlers. It’s peaceful, powerful, and regal. By the end of the Shloshim (30 day mourning period), it wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes a national campaign,” he said.

“The irony of this incredible campaign is that we were initially concerned with how the youth were dealing with the trauma of the murder in their neighborhood. As soon as we got the ball rolling, it was pushed forward almost entirely by the youth here who are mobilizing with impressive efficiency to distribute flags throughout their communities,” Abramowitz added.

Yitchak Nesh, a 17 year old activist, also noted, “We thought it was important to launch this campaign here in the Gush, where our friends were abducted. “Our enemies need to understand that while they have succeeded in murdering three innocent boys, they have failed at their greater goal of trying to scare us and weaken us.”

“So many people are confused by the violence and accusations in the media,” explained Mottle Wolfe of Tekoa. “Now is not the time for rifts and divisions, it is the time for healing and unity. That is what this ‘One Flag’ campaign is all about.”

The campaign has also engendered widespread support from the local community leadership and from mayor Davidi Perel, who strongly encouraged the initiative. The region’s “Orly Print,” agreed to print all materials at cost.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gush-etzion-unites-in-response-to-kidnapping-and-murder/2014/07/07/

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