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Israeli National Service Program Incorporates 120 Young French Female Immigrants

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Ilana Messika/TPS

A total of 120 French women, aged 18 to 23, have immigrated to Israel in 2016 through a specialized program, called Shlomit, which coordinates and finds Israeli citizens placement in national service, also known as Sherut Leumi.

French immigration increased from 1,900 immigrants in 2012 to 7,800 in 2015 and French immigrants make up 25% of all immigrants to Israel. However, the year 2016 has seen a particular upsurge of French women deciding to immigrate through the Shlomit organization and particularly through one of its branches, Shilat, which is specifically for religious women.

Shlomit was the first organization to extend national service opportunities to all Israeli citizens, regardless of sexuality, race, or financial status. The group’s mission is to enable every young Israeli citizen exempt from military service to serve the country and to make a significant contribution to the advancement of Israeli society.

“We endeavor to construct the best-suited combination between the particularities of the applicants, such as their specific skills, capabilities, place of origin, and languages, and those who could best utilize their services,” Shilat Director Osnat Tzadok told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Most of this year’s applicants are from the area of Paris, but some have also emigrated from Marseilles or northern France. They tend to settle in Jerusalem in particular, but many of them also reside in Raanana, Netanya, Ashdod, Ramat Gan, and Tel Aviv. Program participants volunteer in a wide range of sectors, including hospitals, hospices, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and special education.

“It is not easy to immigrate to Israel, to integrate oneself within a new culture and country without one’s family, and to be disconnected from all that is familiar,” explained Tzadok. “Our program makes it easier by allowing participants to better familiarize themselves with the Israeli mentality, fostering confidence, creating new relationships and friendships, and learning Hebrew,”

As of the end of July, most Shilat participants will already have completed most of the administrative steps that immigration to Israel entails and are expected to start their year of service in September, but some will still be in the process of filing various necessary documents and arranging exemptions from military service.

Shilat helps the women get through that bureaucratic process and provides the women with benefits equivalent to those of lone soldiers, such as an apartment, an internet connection to reach family members, funds for transportation, and some assistance in everyday expenses. The program helps the women with the psychometric exams for academic studies after their service and offers Torah courses to enrich their religious knowledge.

Salome Benichou, a Shilat participant originally from Saint-Brice, told TPS that “Sherut Leumi for French Olim is complicated due to the fact that there is no forum to formally guide us through the process, to centralize the opportunities, and to actively make contact with French people and institutions while also providing support.”

“Shilat provides both professional and personal assistance through coordinators that are always available yet it allows for enough independence for immigrants to find their own place in Israeli society. It is an excellent medium to materialize the strong brand of Zionism I was brought up in,” she added.

Leaders of the program report that it has been very successful in integrating French women into Israeli society and that it has had a virtually nonexistent dropout rate. Participants in the program say that the success is a consequence of both the importance of Zionism in Jewish culture in France and of the efficacy of the program itself.

“What we need to understand about the immigrants from France is that many of them spend a year doing Israeli national service after having already done a Masa program for a year while their counterparts in France and the rest of Europe have already finished their degree. That is a pretty significant concession for both French young women and their parents to make in favor of Zionism given the French mentality,” concluded Liora, who is currently completing her second year of Sherut Leumi.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Shabak Chief: Most Female Terrorists Faced Honor Murder by Families

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

The new General Security Services (Shabak) chief Nadav Argaman told a Knesset committee on Tuesday that more than 40 women were involved in the current wave of terror, and that in almost every case the background to the individual woman taking up arms in a suicidal attack was internal family conflict over disapproval of the woman’s sexual conduct. In some cases, he said, it was even known that family members delivered the women to the scene of the attack.

Argaman argued that the women were sent to their certain death as an act of redemption for their misconduct, and also as a means for their families to earn a monthly stipend from the Palestinian Authority.

Argaman appeared before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in his first presentation. He showed the committee charts proving that the peaks in the wave of terror have been related to tension surrounding the Temple Mount compound. He warned that a heated situation on the Temple Mount could bring about a new explosion of terror.

The new chief of clandestine operations also remarked that Hamas, which is in the midst of a strategic duress, is not interested in going to war at the moment. He noted that there is a tight cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in intensively perusing Hamas in Judea and Samaria.

Like many other in the security apparatus leadership, Argaman stressed the value of issuing work permits in Israel to Judea and Samaria Arabs, suggesting that these working people are a source of calm in the Arab society there, who also prevent terror attacks. Today there are about 120 thousand Judea and Samaria Arab residents who work in Israel, legally and otherwise, supporting about one third of the population at home.

Argaman said that since the start of the new wave, security forces and Shabak have foiled about 240 significant attacks, and in the first five months of 2016 alone 11 suicide bombing attacks were thwarted, as well as 10 kidnapping attempts, and more than 60 shooting attempts, most of them by Hamas members.

According to Argaman, since the official date of the current escalation, October 1, 2015, there have been more than 300 significant attacks and attempted attacks (not including the countless daily incidents of stone and Molotov cocktail throwing). Out of those there were some 180 stabbing attacks, more than 90 shootings, and some 30 ramming attacks using a car. He noted that most of these attacks were carried out by lone individuals, while the number of attacks carried out by terror organizations has been relatively low.

Argaman told the committee that the decline in the number of attacks in recent months, compared with October 2015, can be explained by the high number of prevented attacks, improvements in the Israeli alert capacity regarding lone attackers, and the focusing of deterrence on the attackers and their close environment.

David Israel

Female Border Guard Police Wounded in Jerusalem Night Terror

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked two female Israeli Border Guard Police officers Wednesday night on the “Ofrit” base near Jerusalem.

The terrorists hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at the officers. They sustained minor wounds in the attack, which ignited a fire on the base, located near Mt. Scopus.

Both officers were evacuated to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Four firefighting teams, including a water vehicle, were required to extinguish the brush fire next to the base that ignited as a result of the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Female and Male Terrorists Shot Dead after Stabbing Attempt at Check Post

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two Arab terrorists, a man an a woman, reached the Qalandiya check post just outside Jerusalem and were asked by the security force at the post to identify themselves. The female terrorist pulled out a knife and the two rushed the policemen, who called on them several times to stop. Police then shot the female attacker dead, then killed her accomplice as well.

Hamas and PA news outlets have turned the story into the “execution” of a woman and a child. Ma’an described the incident as “woman, child shot dead after alleged stab attempt,” meaning the two were running at police while armed with knives for reasons other than to stab them. The Arab news agency cites witnesses who said police shot more than 15 rounds into the woman’s body. But a video that accompanies the report only offers two single shots.

David Israel

Female Arab Stabber Dreamed ‘Allah Told Me To Do It’

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

A 22-year-old female terrorist from Kafr Qasem who was indicted in Lod Central District Court on Sunday told her interrogators she was “inspired by a dream” to murder Jews as part of her increased religious observance of Islam.

She was charged on Sunday with attempted murder.

Shatila Abu Iyad stabbed an Israeli woman in her 30s on April 3 before being overpowered by a nearby security guard who knocked the knife out of her hand.

She was not shot and instead was restrained by the security guard until police arrived. When her bag was searched authorities found a second knife as well. Security personnel said they would question her in order to “more fully understand her motives.”

According to the indictment Iyadh’s dream prompted her to become more religious. Part of her new obligations to Allah required her to kill Jews, she said.

Iyadh told her interrogators she planned to blow up two restaurants in Rosh Ha’Ayin’s Afek Industrial Park.

She therefore purchased the proper materials for building a bomb and researched the instructions for the process on the Internet. She also made contact with an agent to purchase an automatic weapon, but failed in both tasks.

Hana Levi Julian

Female Terrorist Attack Foiled in Rosh Ha’Ayin

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

A female Arab terrorist stabbed an Israeli before she was put out of action by a nearby security guard who overpowered her, knocking the knife out of her hand.

The attacker was not shot. She was restrained by the security guard until police arrived. When her bag was searched authorities discovered a second knife as well.

The victim was a woman in her 30s who suffered a minor hand wound. She remained conscious and was treated at the scene by medics from the Magen David Adom emergency response team.

Police the stabber is in custody and being questioned to more fully understand her motives.

Hana Levi Julian

Gila Gaziel Appointed as Assistant Israel Police Chief

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Israel Police Officer Gila Gaziel was appointed Sunday to become Israel’s first female Assistant Police Chief.

She now holds the second highest rank in the department, the first female to do so, and will head the Human Resources Division.

The appointment follows a vow by Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino to bring more female police officers into the upper ranks.

Gaziel, 54, is a resident of Maccabim-Reut and a 27-year veteran of the force. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and has spent most of her career in Human Resources.

Hana Levi Julian

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