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April 1, 2015 / 12 Nisan, 5775
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Netanyahu Doubles Down on Dangers of ISIS Overtaking Palestinian State

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Israeli Defense Forces at the Judea and Samaria Headquarters in Gush Etzion on Tuesday, March 10. The prime minister was accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

The prime minister took the opportunity of being in the so-called disputed territories, a region in which much of the international community has been pushing Israel to create a Palestinian State, to reinforce a position he announced earlier in the week.

The prime minister said on Sunday, March 8, that because of the ability of Islamic extremists such as ISIS to exploit vulnerabilities in the region and spread its tentacles into vulnerable nations, there is no point now in discussing the creation of a Palestinian State which would immediately be taken over by such extremists. This would pose a danger not only to Israelis, but to Palestinian Arabs as well.

‘The activity of the IDF and the security services is essential to prevent a takeover by radical elements that would certainly attack Israel and threaten our communities and our people, and would also threaten the Palestinian Authority and take control of the Palestinian public,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also took the opportunity to press his position on Iran, noting that the current agreement being formulated “between the major powers and Iran gives a clear path to Iran to achieve a nuclear bomb,” and a better agreement must be pursued. He continued, “I think that this is important for the security of Israel, the region and the world.”

Firebombs Thrown in Gush Etzion

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Arabs terrorists threw a number of firebombs onto the road between Highway 60 and the Hussan bypass in Gush Etzion.

The road is closed. No damage or injuries were reported.

‘Settler’ Girls vs. Galilee Arabs in Soccer Playoffs

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Girls, ages 10-13, from Efrat in Gush Etzion will square off against girls from the Galilee Arab village Sakhnin tonight in a playoff game that will determine which group will advance to the semi-finals in the girls’ league.

“We are involved with soccer and not politics,” one of the Efrat girls said. “We really want to win this game for the semi-finals.”

The group started playing together last year, but since Efrat has no official-size soccer field, they trained and played in Jerusalem.

 

 

Stabbing Attempt in Gush Etzion

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

An Arab tried to stab an IDF soldier at the Gush Etzion junction on Thursday evening.

The soldiers overpowered the Arab and no one was hurt in the terrorist attack.

Alert Raised in Gush Etzion Communities

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Just after 8:30 AM, an alert was raised in the town of Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion, after a suspicious man was spotted within the community.

The man was spotted by a policeman and a local resident.

Last night, the town’s security noted a breach into the settlement.

Alert levels have also been raised in nearby Elazar, Alon Shvut and Deer Land park, as a result.

Power Outage Midday Before Shabbat in Gush Etzion

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Although I am living in what is regarded as a religious Zionist community just south of Jerusalem this year, in many ways it is pretty similar to the community in which I have lived, just outside of Philadelphia, for the past 20 years.

There are some differences, though, and they became more glaring this past Friday afternoon.

I was trying to finish both my work and my preparations for Shabbat when, around noon, the power went out. All of it. Luckily, my daughter and I had already made several of the dishes we planned to serve. We were hosting 11 19-year-olds for Shabbat, and given all the dietary needs – vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and hungry meat eaters – we had started cooking early.

I’ve already made challah on a grill when my power went out one Shabbat in the States, so figured I could do that here as well.

But why had the electricity gone out? Was it just my house, as has happened many times – almost always on Fridays, just to keep me on my toes this year – or was it the whole neighborhood?

I messaged a number of my friends on the block. We were all without power.

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no electricity in the Deckel SuperDeal in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2015.

My neighbor Shari called to say that she was leaving the food market that serves our immediate neighborhood. The electricity was out there as well, apparently it was out throughout Efrat, as well as some other of the local communities, including Neve Daniel and Allon Shvut.

Shari said I should go check it out: the lights and refrigeration were all out at the SuperDeal. Undeterred, the employees at the registers were dutifully writing on pieces of paper the names and phone numbers of each customer, what they were taking, and what each item cost. Credit cards couldn’t be used, of course, and the registers run on electricity anyway.

Yael Meir, cashier at SuperDeal, writing out customers' orders because the electricity was out. Feb. 6, 2015.

Yael Meir, cashier at SuperDeal, writing out customers’ orders because the electricity was out. Feb. 6, 2015.

Yael Meir, the 23-year-old college student cashier whom I recognized from shul, told me the electricity had gone out about an hour earlier. She was completely unfazed. She said that a text message went out explaining that the authorities were trying to fix the problem, which was expected to be resolved within an hour or so.

Another neighbor said she heard an act of vandalism caused the outage – that either Arabs had cut a power line or burnt down an electrical pole. Although several people said they had heard this also, all said it was just a rumor; no one seemed bitter. I asked the person in charge at the market, the one who gave me permission to take pictures inside, whether he knew what happened to the electricity. He was sitting on a bench outside, in the sun.

“No, no one has said what happened. A few people said it might be vandalism, but no one knows.”

Deckel Strip Mall in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2015.

Deckel Strip Mall in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2015.

The SuperDeal market is in a small strip mall, and although the market was largely empty, the pizza parlor and The Scoop deli had customers.

Baruch Rosenstark at The Scoop, in the Deckel strip mall in Efrat. Feb. 6, 2105.

Baruch Rosenstark at The Scoop, in the Deckel strip mall in Efrat. There was no electricity midday on Friday, Feb. 6, 2105.

 

Manning the counter at The Scoop, 18-year-old Baruch Rosenstark (I know his mom, also from shul) explained that although there were customers, the power outage meant that all the ice cream was likely going to be ruined, as was the iced coffee which is usually sloshing round and round in a small tank of crushed ice.

On the other hand, a dad originally from Teaneck and his four children were sitting at the table eating a meal. The dad said they wouldn’t normally eat out on a Friday afternoon, but they couldn’t cook any food for lunch, so they came out to eat.

Stephen, another Efrat resident, told me that his seven-year-old daughter was stuck in an elevator when the electricity went out. While the young girl was inside, another neighbor began pounding on the elevator door, thinking someone was purposely holding it up. The girl calmly informed him that the elevator was stuck. At that point she had been trapped in the elevator for 2o minutes. The fire department finally arrived and rescued her after being trapped for 45 minutes. She emerged, cool as a cucumber.

Within another hour, the lights flickered a few times, and then all was restored. In time to complete cooking for Shabbat.

A power outage just hours before Shabbat in the States would have been a major calamity. And no one would be purchasing groceries “on the honor system” there. In Efrat, the outage barely merited a shrug.

Efrat Nursery, Kindergarten Teachers Learning Self-Defense

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

It might look a little like a video from ‘Krav Maga‘, but this is deadly serious: the Efrat Municipal Council in Gush Etzion is sending its local kindergarten and nursery school teachers and assistants for training in self-defense in case of terrorist attacks. For real.

One of the fastest growing communities in Israel, Efrat lawmakers decided it was better to prepare teachers to confront any possible scenario as reasonably as possible. The most vulnerable of all were those with the youngest charges, those in kindergarten and nursery grades.

The wave of terror that has swept Israel in recent months prompted the Council to make sure the teachers know how to defend themselves and their young charges in case a terrorist penetrates the school’s security fence and gets past the schools’ guards and patrols.

Teachers are to be equipped with pepper spray and taught how to use it effectively as well.

The decision comes in the wake of the horrific terror attack a few months ago that left a synagogue swimming in the blood of four English-speaking rabbis, three dual citizens from the U.S. and one dual citizen from the UK. A Druze police officer also gave his life to redirect the slaughter away from the rest of the congregants during the bloodbath in the Har Nof synagogue that day.

In addition, there have been numerous other terrorist stabbings in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion, making it clear the third Intifada is well underway.

“We should not have to wait for something to happen,” said Nava Assis, coordinator for the local effort. “Instead, we must be proactive. It’s better to think one step ahead and create a sense of personal security.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/efrat-nursery-kindergarten-teachers-learning-self-defense/2015/02/01/

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