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Conversations With Heroes – From Yeshiva Boys Choir to Soloist and Scholar [audio]

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

This week, musician and tour guide Gili Houpt is in the studio to take us on tour of his incredible life from suburban New Jersey to New York City’s music scene and at last to the Land of his Soul – Israel! He tells Heather about auditioning for, and touring with the famous Yeshiva Boys Choir, and his grownup life as a singer-songwriter in Manhattan with a huge following.

Now a husband and father, Gili talks about his young family’s move to Israel, followed by an intensive two-year training regimen to earn certification as a licensed tour guide with Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. These days, he weaves his music into many of the tours he leads around Israel for celebrities, dignitaries, and civilians like us.

In addition to his great insights about the holiest nooks and crannies on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Gili explains the policy at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which was set up to ensure that Jews and Muslims may peacefully pray at this holy site.

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All music on today’s program was written and performed by Gili Houpt.

You can email Gili Houpt at: tourguide2israel@gmail.com

Check out Gili’s Facebook page, “Gili Houpt” to hear some of his music and see remarkable images of his guided tours.

Conversations With Heroes 04Jan2017 – PODCAST

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Defense Minister Urges Acceptance of Guilty Verdict, Lawmakers Call on President Rivlin to Pardon IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Within minutes after IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria was pronounced guilty of manslaughter in the death of an injured terrorist who had stabbed a fellow soldier, lawmakers were calling on the public to accept the verdict, but also urged President Reuven Rivlin to grant a presidential pardon.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told reporters after the verdict was announced, “This is a difficult ruling.”

But he said, “We have to accept the court’s ruling on Azaria even if we don’t like it.” Sgt. Azaria is the first Israeli soldier in 12 years to be convicted for actions on duty.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman were the first to call for an immediate pardon for the soldier, as did Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Shas party. “The court has done its job,” Deri tweeted. “I respect its verdict. But now the correct thing to do is pardon him. The process of the trial and the suffering of the soldier and his family justify a pardon.”

Likud MK Oren Hazan also called for amnesty for Sgt. Azaria, as did Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich, who said in a statement to media that the court acted professionally and bravely in its conviction but added the guilty verdict would deeply divide the nation.

“Azaria’s narrow shoulders will not be able to withstand the weight of that divide,” she said. For that reason, she said, President Rivlin should consider exercising his privilege to issue a pardon.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog also added his voice to the chorus, saying in a statement that although the verdict must be respected, “it cannot be ignored that to some degree, Azaria was a victim of the situation. But the ruling strengthens the IDF, since you cannot ignore the circumstances of the incident, which reflect an impossible reality in a field that is complicated, which IDF soldiers deal with daily, hourly.”

“Immediate clemency for Elor Azaria,” Bennett wrote on his Facebook page.

“We need to say the truth. The trial was corrupted from the outset. The harsh comments by political leaders even before the opening of the army’s investigation, the removal of the soldier, himself from the investigation process, the critical media coverage surrounding the case caused Elor irreparable harm.

“I expect Defense Minister Yvette (Avigdor) Liberman to keep his many promises and secure an immediate pardon for Elor Azaria, so that he does not have to spend a single day in prison.”

Likud Culture Minister Miri Regev also called for a presidential pardon, saying that she too would seek a discussion with President Rivlin to raise the issue on behalf of Elor Azaria. Regev, a former IDF spokesperson, accused the army of abandoning Azaria and attacked the IDF chief of staff – who rejected a public campaign slogan depicting him as “everyone’s child” – specifically for not backing him up. Regev underlined that in fact, Azaria is not only “everyone’s child,” but in fact is also “everyone’s soldier.”

The soldier has been living on his army base under an “open arrest” arrangement.

Hana Levi Julian

Family of Hebron Terrorist Threatens to Sue IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria at ICC

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The family of Hebron terrorist Abd Fatah el-Sharif issued a statement threatening Israel and IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria on Wednesday following the conviction of the young combat medic for the shooting death of el-Sharif after he and another terrorist had attacked IDF soldiers in the city in March 2016.

El-Sharif, who had stabbed a soldier, was shot and lying on the ground as Azaria, age 20, had finished attending to his victim. The second terrorist had already been shot and killed by other soldiers while trying to stab another.

Azaria walked over and shot el-Sharif at point-blank range, killing him.

The terrorist’s family vowed after Azaria’s conviction on charges of manslaughter they would ensure the soldier received the “maximum penalty,” Israel’s Channel 10 television news reported.

The stabber’s family told reporters they intend to turn to the International Criminal Court at The Hague over the case, saying “at the ICC, we will make sure this soldier receives the maximum penalties for his crimes.”

But it’s not even clear whether the ICC has any jurisdiction over such a case, let alone over any Israeli soldier whose actions have already been judged and addressed in a sovereign Israeli court of law.

In the wake of his conviction on Wednesday, Azaria faces sentencing by the IDF military court next month. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

Numerous lawmakers are calling for President Reuven Rivlin to consider issuing a presidential pardon in the case, which has torn the country apart.

Hana Levi Julian

Protesters Heat Up Atmosphere Outside As Military Judge Begins Verdict for IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Military Court where the Judge Maya Heller picked apart the various claims of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria prior to handing down a verdict on charges of manslaughter against him.

“Azaria! Azaria!” protesters shouted, even as Judge Heller said, “Azaria acted coldly and with calculation, took his time clearing people. This does not work with acting toward immediate danger.”

Protesters meanwhile were blocking the main road outside the Kirya military base, also home to IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.

It appeared the judge was leading up to a guilty verdict: had she been working towards acquittal, she would not have been listing all of the negative behaviors displayed by the defendant.

Meanwhile, the increasingly distraught protesters were breaking through the blockades police had set up to contain the demonstration.

“We have adopted the conclusion that the terrorist’s death was caused by the shooting by Azaria,” she said, and cited testimony from the soldier’s commanding officer who had recalled the medic had said the terrorist “deserved to die.”

Judge Heller continued her analysis, saying there was no real indication that Azaria felt threatened in any way by the injured terrorist.

Meanwhile, there were reports of police violence and arrests, along with a statement by Israel Police that officers had “arrested two suspects on the spot for violating public order. The protests blocked the Highway 20 to the increases, in both directions.”

The judge discussed the case in the courtroom for more than two hours prior to rendering a decision.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Awaits Azaria Verdict

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The people of Israel are waiting as military judges weigh the evidence and prepare to reach verdict in the trial of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria, the young IDF medic accused of manslaughter in the death of an injured Arab terrorist.

Azaria shot a seriously wounded terrorist minutes after he had stabbed an IDF soldier stationed in Hebron.

The verdict is expected Wednesday morning. If found guilty, sentencing is expected in February, but attorneys for Azaria say they will appeal.

Hana Levi Julian

Proper Response to UN Hostility: Dutch Israel Lovers Visit Hebron, Gush Etzion

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

A group of pro-Israel business people from the Netherlands last week participated in a tour of the Lev Haolam organization, which markets products from Judea and Samaria around the world. The visiting group is behind pro-Israel conferences in the Netherlands, where products from the liberated territories are offered.

In the past the same group visited Jewish communities in Samaria, and this time they were taken by Lev Haolam founder, attorney Nati Rom, to meet entrepreneurs in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Hebron – such as Shlomit Cohen of Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion, who produces special natural creams.

The Dutch visitors in Hebron with Nati Rom (2nd from right).

The Dutch visitors in Hebron with Nati Rom (2nd from right).

“Our answer to the great darkness emanating from the UN is to increase the light,” said Rom, adding that “the story of Hanukkah reminds us that in times of darkness, a small number of dedicated people who have faith can change to course of history.”

“The UN, attempting like the Greeks to fight against the spirit of the nation of Israel, is claiming that we do belong in our historic homeland,” Rom continued, stressing that “we, like the Maccabees, fight for our freedom and our rights in our beautiful country, on the hills of Judea and Samaria and in our eternal capital, Jerusalem.”


Shin Bet Agents, Israeli Soldiers Foil Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

IDF soldiers and Shin Bet intelligence agents arrested five wanted terror suspects over the course of this weekend. Among the suspects was an Arab terrorist on his way to carry out a stabbing attack on Israelis.

On Saturday afternoon, IDF soldiers foiled a terrorist attack in Samaria at the Dir-Sharaf intersection.

The forces captured a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist armed with a knife, who confessed that he intended to carrying out a terror attack.

In the wee hours of Sabbath (Saturday) morning, three wanted fugitives were arrested in the Arab village of Ya’abad, located in southwestern Jenin. The area is patrolled by the Menashe brigade.

The three were taken into custody in connection with accusations of involvement with shootings aimed at IDF soldiers on Friday night. Forces also discovered and seized the vehicle with which the shootings were carried out.

An additional arrest was made in the Hebron suburb of Yatta, in Judea. IDF soldiers seized a cache of weapons parts and arrested the terrorist responsible for their repair and maintenance.

Hana Levi Julian

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