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Posts Tagged ‘heroes’

Haifa Terror Suspect Surrenders to Police

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

A man suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack this week in Haifa surrendered himself to police on Thursday night.

The dramatic development took place near the Bridge of the Heroes in the Hadar neighborhood of the city.

Due to a gag order on the investigation, few other details are available at this time.

Earlier in the day, friends and family accompanied murder victim Guy Kafri, 48, as his body was laid to rest at a nearby cemetery in Moshav Ofer.

Kafri was one of two people who were shot in Haifa on Tuesday in an attack that went largely unreported for two days due to a gag order that was issued in order to allow investigators time to determine whether or not the shooting was a terrorist attack.

The second victim, a rabbi who is a member of the Haifa conversion court, is reported to be in serious but stable condition.

This is a developing story.

Hana Levi Julian

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

Israel News Talk Radio

Conversations with Heroes – Like the Maccabees, We Can Bring Light to a Dark Place [audio]

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The Maccabees’ mission of bringing light to a dark place is also our mission this Chanukah! Yes we are still fuming over the latest anti-Israel resolution at the U.N., and elsewhere in the world where injustice is being served. Still, Heather is reminded by her guests why we are CELEBRATING this Chanukah!

Musician, educator, and tour guide Gili Houpt drops by the studio, guitar in hand, with Chanukah treats in the form of original and classic Chanukah songs. And check out his extraordinary and timeless message of Chanukah which he imparts to his children, and to grown-up audiences.

Later in the show, writer and entrepreneur Andrea Simantov is working off those Chanukah delicacies on her elliptical trainer. In between workouts, she’s taking the Chanukah message to heart: what is it about the miraculous vial of olive oil that reminds the Jewish people about our mission? Her answer is most illuminating.

^ ^ ^ Check out Gili Houpt’s Facebook page, or contact him via email: tourguide2israel@gmail.com

You may email Andrea Simantov at: andreasimantov@gmail.com

Conversations with Heroes 28Dec2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Conversations with Heroes – Can Israel Trust the Leaders of America and England? [audio]

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Major media news outlets report that U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia acted covertly to boost Donald Trump in the Presidential election race. Heather’s guest, Abe Katsman from Republicans Overseas Israel says this story is not the bombshell that the CIA or the media would have you believe. He also reasons that Hillary Clinton would be a far more preferable U.S. President for Russian interests had she won the election.

And how do you solve a problem like Steve Bannon? Is he really a dangerous alt-Right anti-Semite? Well, Katsman met and worked with Bannon before he became Trump’s controversial chief strategist and senior counselor. His take on Bannon will surprise you.

Katsman will also weigh in on this week’s CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Is it a sure thing that Trump and Netanyahu will continue their friendly relationship? And after he takes office, will Trump visit Israel?

Later in the show, David Olesker from The Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training will discuss Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party in the U.K., who has come under increasing pressure to make amends with the Jewish community after a litany of shocking anti-Israel statements and actions.

For more information about Republicans Overseas: Israel, visit:

For more information about The Jerusalem Center for Communication and Advocacy Training, contact David Olesker via his website: jccat.org

Conversations with Heroes 14DEC2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Conversations with Heroes – The Jewish Rock n’ Role Model [audio]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Heather’s guest, musician Moran Sabbah, once dreamed of becoming a rock star – who hasn’t!? It was clear to audiences and record company executives in North America that this talented young lady could become the next Big Thing in music. As her name recognition grew, so did her desire to learn more about her Jewish heritage, the Torah, and the Land of Israel. And then The Call came from Sony Music – with an offer for Moran to sign a 5-year record deal!

Did she go for it?

Check out Moran Sabbah’s amazing story of her climb up the ladder of show business success, and what came of her investigation of authentic Judaism!

To contact Moran Sabbah, or listen to samples of her music, visit: MoranSabbah.com

You can also sign up for her newsletter, and Like + Follow her on Facebook

Conversations with Heroes 07DEC2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Saeb Erekat’s Heroes

Monday, November 7th, 2016

{Originally posted to the authors’ blogsite, This Ongoing War}

He appears to crave publicity. And he gets plenty of it in parts of the mainstream news-reporting industry where his self-flattering claims to being a peace-maker are taken seriously.

He also gets his op eds published in the likes of the New York Times, The Guardian and the Washington Post; is a featured interview subject on the BBC, Aljazeera, PBS and NPR; and manages to insert himself into what he calls “the forces of moderation in this region“.

Some serious talent there.

But for our part, we have long felt that Saeb Erekat (and his under-appreciated ability to issue and then serially retract dramatic resignations over several decades) gets less attention than his self-promoting showboating, stunning flexibility in invoking history and outlandish disrespect for truthfulness would justify.

Here’s a good recent starting point. It’s a report from a few days ago in which he makes plain to Arabic speakers (again: to Arabic speakers only) the kind of “peace” he has in mind as he goes about making it:

Erekat calls Palestinian prisoners — many held for terrorism — ‘heroes’ | Top Palestinian negotiator says men and women in Israeli jails are worthy of ‘admiration and honor’ | October 28, 2016, 7:28
The Palestinians’ top negotiator with Israel, PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat, has praised prisoners held in Israeli jails — many of them for terrorist acts — as heroes deserving of “admiration and honor.”
Erekat was quoted by official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida as saying: “Our brave prisoners, who gave and sacrificed their freedom for Palestine and its freedom, are worthy of aid, support and constant activity by us in order to release them and put an end to their suffering.”
According to the quote, translated by Palestinian Media Watch on Friday, Erekat added that the Palestinian people “bow our heads in admiration and honor of the prisoners’ sacrifices, for their acts of heroism, and for their ongoing battle with the occupation.” [Times of Israel, October 28, 2016]

Did we make clear that this is the kind of thing Erekat, a skilled veteran player of the media, prefers to say in the Arabic language. Why would that be?

The Palestinian Media Watch report [here] on which the Times of Israel article is based quotes some examples of “heroes deserving of admiration and honor” like those (or perhaps precisely those) covered by those recent utterances of Ereket:

  • Abdallah Barghouti, whose guitar-case bomb destroyed the Jerusalem Sbarro pizzeria in 2001, and our daughter Malki’s life with it. Barghouti, PMW reminds us, is “serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered“.
  • Abbas Al-Sayid who planned two human-bomb massacres on innocent Israeli civilians in the coastal city of Netanya, one at a Passover dinner at the Park Hotel (30 people murdered) on March 27, 2002 and one at a shopping Mall (5 people murdered) on May 18, 2001.
  • Ibrahim Hamed, the planner of several of the most blood-drenched massacres of Israelis and visitors, including human-bomb attacks at the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University (9 people murdered), Jerusalem’s Cafe Moment (12 people murdered), Jerusalem’s Cafe Hillel (7 people murdered), and in central Jerusalem’s open-air Zion Square (11 people murdered). He is currently serving a sentence of 54 life terms.

And in case it’s not entirely clear to readers how influential Erekat is within his own Arabic-speaking milieu, keep in mind his current public roles include being Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and a Central Committee member in the dominant Fatah faction. That’s before we pay attention to how much the world’s most important media platforms burnish this man’s standing, providing him with a world-class megaphone for views that it’s generous to called bigoted and loathsome.

The young Palestinian Arab imprisoned just yesterday is very likely another Erekat hero:

An IDF court on Wednesday sentenced 16-year-old Palestinian Morad Bader Abdullah Adais to life imprisonment and an NIS 1.75 million (about $458,500) fine for the January slaying of Israeli mother of six, Dafna Meir, in her West Bank home. Meir was murdered by Adais as she painted the outside of her home in the Hebron-area settlement of Otniel on January 17. Three of her children were home at the time. A statement from the IDF said the court found that Adais should never be set free, calling it the appropriate punishment for carrying out such a murder “with abnormal cruelty and in cold blood.” The court recommended that any panel which considers the case in the future not grant him early parole. Adais was arrested in the West Bank village of Beit Amra on January 19, two days after he killed Meir in the nearby Jewish settlement of Otniel and fled the scene. He confessed to the killing. He was indicted in February on charges of murdering the 38-year-old mother of four and foster mother of two in the entryway to her home, located just south of Hebron. He was convicted in May for murder and illegal possession of a knife. Prior to carrying out the deadly attack, Adais watched “Palestinian television broadcasts which portrayed Israel as ‘killing young Palestinians,’” a statement from the Shin Bet security agency said after he was captured. “On the day of the murder, while under the influence of the programs he had been exposed to on Palestinian television, the minor decided to commit a stabbing attack with the goal of murdering a Jew,” the statement read.
During his interrogation, Adais described fighting with Meir as her children looked on in horror. “She started screaming, the children saw me and also started screaming, then I stabbed her in her upper body another three or four times. She tried to fight me and tried to take the knife from me. The two children who were there were still screaming, but she continued to resist, so I pushed her, and overpowered her,” he said, according to a partial transcript of his interrogation released by the Shin Bet. When asked by the investigator what he would do if allowed to go free, Adais said: “I would go Al-Aqsa mosque, even if I was killed, and on the way I would kill as many Zionist Jews as I could.” [“Teen given life in prison for ‘cold-blooded murder’ of Dafna Meir“, Times of Israel, November 3, 2016]

Astoundingly Erekat, who means makes clear that he barbarians like these when he praises “heroes”, keeps getting invited to appear on global TV programs and keeps being taken seriously. We’re baffled and depressed by this phenomenon. We wonder how the editors who do it manage to sleep.

And it’s not just words.

When the leaders of the Palestinian Authority want to show their appreciation for acts that advance their cause, they give money – vast amounts of it. They don’t actually possess much, as they obsessively remind whoever is listening, but wealthy friends in other countries give as needed. Those wealthy friends include the governments of the UK and Germany, both of whom have finally, at least for the moment, discontinued the funding of what we call the PA’s Rewards for Terror scheme. France and Norway, among others, continue to be active funders.

PMW’s April 2016 report “The PA’s billion dollar fraud | The PA’s claim that it no longer pays salaries to terrorist prisoners is false” is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to get past the dopey and misleading news articles that have played a key role in allowing this open scandal to continue for so many years.

Under the PA’s policies, as top-level senior terrorists, Al-Sayid and Barghouti currently get paid at least NIS 6,000 per month, substantially more than most Palestinian Arab senior civil servants. (The size of the scheme’s monthly payments rises with the number of years a convicted terrorist serves in an Israeli prison.) Hamed joined them in that bracket a couple of months ago when he entered the eleventh year of his sentence.

Dafna Meir’s killer, Adais, assuming he is not freed before he rises to their level of seniority, is likely to get the same. Saeb Erekat will appreciate that.

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Conversations with Heroes – New Year: New Goals. You Can Do This! [audio]

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

The renewal of Rosh Hashanah has given way to the cleansing of Yom Kippur. Do you feel like a new person? What do you want to do differently this year? Entrepreneur and writer Andrea Simantov fleshes out the riddle as to whether we must be a superhero in order to do heroic things in life. Professional Organizer Nahva Follman checks in with amazing tips on how we can realistically achieve those New Year’s resolutions we took on.

Heather rounds out this week’s show by preparing for the next Jewish Holiday on the calendar: Succot! While many of us are building a succah, hanging electric lights below the succah’s thatched roof, and cooking up festive hot meals to be served in the confines of the succah, we must exercise caution always. Heather’s guest Chaya Malka Abramson shares a wealth of fire-prevention tips, and advice about how to heal from burns and other heat-related emergencies. This is info that’s good to know, that hopefully we will never need to implement!

Contact Info to reach Heather’s guests on this week’s show:

Andrea Simantov via email: andreasimantov@gmail.com

Nahva Follman through her website: Jerusalemmanagement.webs.com

Chaya Malka Abramson through her website: CMburnfoundation.com

DISCLAIMER: The information on the Chaya Malka Burn Foundation website is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to replace the advice or attention of a personal physician or other health care professional. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and is only for educational purposes.

Conversations with Heroes 11Oct2016 – PODCAST

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