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Jewish Communities Enlist in Supporting Israel through the Blazes

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Jewish communities around the world, most notably in north America, have been engaged in emergency fundraising to help rehabilitate the numerous areas in Israel that have been damaged or destroyed in the fires of the past six days. So far, security forces have noted more than 600 fires, some of which were suspicious, from up north in Galilee all the way down to Negev communities.

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has launched a Thanksgiving themed fundraiser: “On this Thanksgiving Eve we ask you to turn your attention to homes and forests that are in immediate danger across Israel. A series of wildfires are raging across Northern and Central Israel. Many homes have already been destroyed, families displaced, and more residents are being evacuated. Israel’s firefighting capacity is being stressed to its limits.”

“In light of this emergency situation we are beginning the Giving Tuesday match ahead of time,” the JNF declared, stating: “All donations toward this effort will be matched dollar for dollar. Donate now.”

The UJA Federation of New York has launched its own Israel Fire Relief Fund. The fundraising page states: “Many community institutions that provide vital programs and services—including those of our partners—have been hit hard. They will be struggling to rebuild just when they are needed most. The impact on Israelis will be long-lasting and your help is urgently needed.”

The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose mission is to “build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generations,” has been running a busy Support the Firefighters campaign.

“Tens of thousands have been evacuated, many have been hospitalized, and countless homes and trees have been destroyed. Hundreds of thousands more are now threatened, as the fires continue to spread,” the IAC tells its followers, adding: “At this critical moment, we must unite to lend a hand to our brothers and sisters in Israel. All contributions made to the IAC over the next 72 hours will go directly to support the firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property.”

A group called Israel’s voice has launched a project called Life After Terror, telling its followers it’s “time to show we care. Israel needs you. We saw hospitals, synagogues, Yeshivas, schools, kindergartens, and our land burning. We saw devastation and frustration but also we felt unity and hope.”

Their response is as unique as it is original: “We organized a successful and humble campaign and we were able to deliver hundreds of pizzas to firefighters, security forces, and volunteers who non-stop have been working to control the fires.”

Next, the group plans “to take a second step. Our team will continue going to multiple locations, specially to Haifa which was the most affected city, in order to see what else is needed in order to rebuild. We need your help in order to continue with our mission.”


Senior Israeli TV Editor: I Will Not Let my Children Enlist [video]

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

On the Friday night Channel 2 news magazine Friday Studio, Arad Nir, who is foreign-news editor for Channel 2, declared: “I want a referendum! A referendum on who wants to send his children to enlist in this army. And I do not wish to send my children to this army. I would vote No in such a referendum.”

Arad Nir, who has a degree in veterinary medicine and speaks fluent Esperanto, used to co-host a sex-advice show with Dr. Ruth Westheimer. He is a familiar anchor on Channel 2 news shows.

The context for Nir’s confrontational statement was the issue of IDF soldiers being used to entertain American visitors as a way to solicit donations. A case in point was a recent visit of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to an IAF base, which was greeted with base soldiers forming the name Google with their bodies on the tarmac.

Nir said he couldn’t understand why the taxes Israelis pay are not enough to sustain IDF soldiers, and then declared he would not allow his own children to enlist.

Back in 2012, Channel 2 viewers ran a petition online calling for dismissing Arad Nir over a pro-Arab interview with a resident of Gaza during the 2012 war, an interview that offered no reference to the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians which spawned the war.


IDF Announces Draft Notices to Christian Israelis

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The IDF has announced it will begin to send voluntary draft notices to all Christian Israelis, offering them the chance to enlist in Israel’s army.

The move comes as part of the universal draft law that has required hareidi religious Jews to enter the military as well.

The draft will be voluntary for Christians and will include the option of serving either in the IDF or in civilian (national) service. National Service usually entails work in hospitals, schools, youth movements and similar venues.

A number of Christian groups and veterans have organized an initiative to increase the number of Israeli Christians who enlist in the nation’s armed forces.

It has caused a major controversy among Israeli Arabs, who see the effort as an attempt to divide and weaken the community, despite an increase in those who wish to serve.

Approximately 500 Israeli Christians are currently enlisted in National Service, and 100 are serving in the IDF.

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