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IDF Foils Terror Attack Near Gaza, Ordered Jews to Remain in Homes

Monday, September 30th, 2013

IDF combat troops stationed at the Gaza border prevented a terrorist attack on a Jewish community Monday night and wounded at least one of two terrorists, who escaped back into the Beit Hanoun area in northern Gaza.

Area residents were ordered to remain in their homes until the army was certain that the danger had passed.

Arabs in Gaza reported that Israeli Air Force aircraft were hovering over the areas immediately after the incident, one of the most serious in recent months.

Golani soldiers at a lookout post reported to their commanders they had spotted two armed terrorists trying to approach the security fence. The soldiers opened fire, hitting both men. Their condition is not known.

The cell apparently was trying to carry out a terrorist attack on nearby Jewish communities, either Zikim or Nativ Ha’Ashara.

The attempt to infiltrate and carry out a terrorist attack follows by nearly two weeks another effort to cross the fence.

Terrorists also exploded a bomb at an army bulldozer in the area approximately a month ago near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. No one was injured in the attack.

Syrians Shoot IDF Jeep

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Ynet reports that an IDF patrol jeep was hit by Syrian gunfire. The incident happened at 8:30 pm on Monday, when the Golani jeep, on routine patrol along the border came under fire.

It is believed the shooting were caused by stray bullets from the fighting between the Syrian factions.

No IDF soldiers were hurt in the attack.

Golani, Givati Most Popular For Upcoming November IDF Draft

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The Golani infantry brigade is the number one choice of new recruits to the IDF, according to figures released by the army on Sunday.

Golani, one of Israel’s most decorated infantry units, produced two of Israel’s IDF Chiefs of Staff – Motta Gur and Gabi Ashkenazi.

Givati, an infantry unit serving around the Gaza region came in second place.  In 2008, Hamas fired its Gaza City Brigade commander after a battle with Givati in Operation Cast Lead.

More young Israeli draftees are also requesting to serve in the IDF Air Defense Command and the Border Police.

Cyber defense and other computer-related service is also in higher demand.

According to the figures, more religious soldiers are serving in the urban warfare and counter-terrorism unit of Judea and Samaria, the Kfir Brigade and in the tank-driving Armored Corps, with the highest concentration of Ethiopians serving in Givati.

Update on Injured IDF Officer

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Captain Ziv Shilon was named as the officer injured in a terror attack on Tuesday along the Gaza border. Shilon, a Givati company commander (not Golani as originally stated) lost part of his hand in the attack.

Details on the attack are still not clear, it is believed the explosion occured when Shilon was opening a gate that was on a road being checked for explosive.

But, it is still not clear if it was a roadside bomb or a mortar that exploded.

Shilon is currently at Seroka hospital where is still listed in serious condition.

Related Story: Givati Officer Seriously Injured

Photography Unit to be Established in the IDF

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Photographers will join the combat fighters in the Golani Brigade for a full eight month course.  The purpose is to prepare them to document major operational events and improve the IDF’s challenge with public relations.  Captain Micah Ohana explained anyone can have a camera and distort an image that then becomes shown to the public.  Therefore, this change comes from the need for documentation from the battlefield that is authentic and can be delivered quickly.

IDF Opens Road, Lifts Restrictions After Deadly Attack

Monday, June 18th, 2012

The IDF has re-opened roads and lifted an order for residents to remain in their homes following a deadly attack killing one Israeli along the Israel-Egypt border.

IDF Golani brigade soldiers returned fire, killing two terrorists who had detonated a road-side bomb beneath a car containing construction workers.  One workman was killed, another seriously injured.

The IDF instituted the emergency closures due to concern that additional terrorists had entered Israel during the attack.

 

IDF Commander To Soldiers: ‘Nobody Opens Fire At Jews!’

Monday, January 16th, 2012

A Golani commander instructed his battalion that under no circumstance may they fire at Jews in the event of a clash with activists in Judea and Samaria.

“We’re in for a rocky Saturday, so stay alert,” the commander told soldiers. “In any case, no matter what happens, let the world burn down for all I care, nobody opens fire at Jews! We don’t want a civil war.”

These comments come after the vandalism of the Ephraim Brigade base last month, and in the wake of statements by former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer in which he advocated firing on anyone who threatens the lives of IDF soldiers, irrespective of religion and citizenship.

Israeli Shul To Be Named After Hero

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

         The following article appeared shortly after Roi Klein’s death. We are reprinting it in order to reacquaint our readers with this heroic young man who sacrificed his life to save others.

 

         Major Roi Klein.

 

         It is a name that held no meaning to us. He was a complete stranger, about whom we had never heard and whom we had never met.

 

         Yet an image of the last seconds of his life won’t leave our mind.

 

         Roi was a son. He was a brother. He was a husband to Sara and a father to three-year-old Gilad and one-year-old Yoav.

 

         But most of all, Roi was a hero for all of us. He was a face and a name to the many Jewish heroes spanning the generations.

 

         Roi’s funeral was on Thursday (July 27, 2006), the day that would have been his 31st birthday.

 

         Major Roi Klein was a Golani brigade deputy commander. He was killed in an ambush among the houses of Bint Jbail, a large village in southern Lebanon. Hizbullah terrorists killed eight soldiers, including Roi, and injured nearly two dozen.

 

         There were other soldiers next to Roi. A hand grenade was thrown at them and Roi shouted, “Grenade!” He then threw his body over it, sacrificing his life for the sake of his soldiers, who later attributed being alive to his act of selflessness.

 

         In his last seconds of life, Roi mustered the strength to shout “Shema Yisroel,” the prayer that Jews have prayed for centuries, declaring our belief in G‑d and in a better world – the prayer that so many Jewish martyrs throughout the generations called out as they were being led to their deaths.

 

         It was for his loved ones that Roi served in the special units of the Paratroop and Golani brigades. It was for them, and for the ideals represented by the Shema Yisroel prayer, that Roi diligently and courageously pursued his army service, advancing to the point where he would have been promoted to battalion commander.

 

         What a colossal contrast between Roi and his enemy!

 

         Roi was there to ensure a peaceful existence of his people in their homeland. He was there to safeguard the innocent lives of his children and his nation; to ensure that people could live in their homes in peace and tranquility; to guarantee that they could continue their ordinary day-to-day activities – activities like shopping in a mall without being blown to bits, like eating a family meal together in a pizza shop without worrying about flying shrapnel, like praying in a synagogue without having to run for cover in a bomb shelter or like sending their children on a school bus without thoughts of bullets penetrating within.

 

         Roi was there to defend his people against those who vowed their destruction. Even in his death, he sacrificed his own life to ensure that his comrades could live.

 

         Roi’s enemy was willing to die to bring death and mourning to as many as possible; Roi was willing to die to ensure life and liberty for others, to preserve a world in which Jews could pray to G-d in their synagogues, perform G-d’s commandments and make our world a better, more moral and more conscientious place.

 

         This is the third time in this last century that the Jewish people have found themselves on the front lines against those who sought their annihilation.

 

         For the Nazis, the Jew was a racial impurity to be exterminated like insects. For the Soviet communists, the Jewish religion was a thorn in their sides to be eradicated. And for the Islamic extremists, the Jew and his state must be eliminated from the face of the earth.

 

         Less than a century has passed since Jews fell in the Soviet gulag with the chant of Shema in their mouths for the mere “crime” of observing kashrut or Shabbat in their private lives. Over 65 years have passed since the echo of the Shema resonated in the Nazi gas chambers where Jews were suffocated and then burnt to ashes in the crematoriums just because they were born as Jews.

 

         And now Roi Klein follows in the path of these martyrs, dying with the cry of Shema on his lips in the act of defending his people from those who, yet again, wish to destroy them.

 

         A new synagogue being built in Givaat Shmuel, Israel and will be called “Gvurot Roi.” Members of the congregation have already donated $500,000 but $500,000 more is needed to complete our project.

 

         Please send your tax deductible donations to P.E.F., 6 Bellcourt Place, Livingston, N.J. 07039 USA. Please mark on your check: In Memory of Major Roi Klein, z”l.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/israeli-shul-to-be-named-after-hero/2007/02/21/

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