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Security forces on Monday night demolished the northern Samaria Hajjah village house belonging to the family of terrorist Bashar Masalha who murdered an American tourist, 29-year-old US Army veteran Taylor Force, and wounded 11 others last March. Masalha embarked on a stabbing spree near the Jaffa harbor promenade on the same night US Vice President Joe Biden was appearing at the nearby Peres Peace Center. In the end, the terrorist was shot by an Israeli policeman and then killed while lying wounded on the grass by an Israeli police volunteer. Both men were commended for their resolute action.
Israel handed Masalha’s body over to the Palestinian Authority, whose official TV channel glorified him by calling him shahid-martyr 11 times, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The PA TV reporter said, among other things, “His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding befitting of martyrs… The martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for martyrs in Hajja.”
The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also honored the martyr, saying, “Masalha died as a martyr on March 8, after carrying out a stabbing operation in Jaffa, in which he killed an American tourist.”
Or, as the PA TV reporter put it, “Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8. He returned and was embraced by the soil of his homeland as a martyr.”
Someone should tell the State Dept. how the PA, a recipient of generous US aid, treats the murderer of an American citizen.
GOC Home Front Command Chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg on Sunday rejected a plea by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who had been ordered to leave his home three weeks ago by an administrative decree, one of the last such decrees issued under former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Eisenberg ordered the minor to be out of his parents’ home and the community of Yitzhar in Samaria by 9 AM Monday.
The administrative order forbids the minor to set foot in Judea and Samaria, and he must observe a nightly curfew at the home of his grandparents, in Petach Tikvah. When it turned out that the Petach Tikvah address was not available, the minor received a temporary stay, pending the hearing on Sunday this week.
It should be noted that the administrative decree does not specify what past actions of the boy in question merited the expulsion from his home environment, other than a general statement about his being a threat to national security.
At the hearing, attorney Chai Haber from the legal aid society Honenu, told representatives of the Major General that his client had nowhere to go. He noted that it is next to impossible to get anyone to agree to board the minor because police are known to keep a close watch on curfew detainees and pay late-night visits to their addresses, knocking on doors and waking up entire neighborhoods.
The Major General’s response has been that the minor must nevertheless vacate his parents premises by 9 AM as ordered.
The minor’s father said on Monday morning, “My son has nowhere to go, he lives here, his family lives here, it’s inconceivable that one day they’d present him with an order of evacuation. The impact of such an expulsion on a minor are unacceptable. Who will take responsibility? Who will care for my child? The Major General sleeps well with his children in his home while my son is being thrown out to the street. We cannot accept this.”David Israel
This story should be tagged under Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture: a policeman who lives near the area where the shooting attack took place Wednesday night let one of the terrorists into his home and gave him water, unaware of his identity.
The encounter took place while the terror event was still in full swing, as both cousin terrorists from the Yatta Village near Hebron in Judea were trying to flee the scene. One of them, who had already dumped his empty Carl Gustav submachine gun and was unarmed, ran with a group of fleeing civilians who had no clue about his identity—to remind you, both killers were dressed up in evening suits. As he was running, the terrorist reached an apartment building with a group of residents hanging out near the entrance and asked them for some water. The policeman, who lives in the building, took him upstairs, sat him down, gave him a glass of water and went outside to join the manhunt — leaving the terrorist with his wife and other family members.
The policeman ran outside and joined the chase, when shortly thereafter he came upon the other terrorist, who had been neutralized and lying on the ground. Only then, when he saw the killer dressed in the same impeccable suit as the swarthy man he had left at home, did it dawn on him that his family was now playing host to a deadly terrorist.
According to the policeman’s testimony, he ran home very fast, taking along a few fellow policemen. Opening his apartment door, he realized to his relief that all was still well — the terrorist was unarmed and probably did not want to risk an attack on the family, so he remained seated quietly next to his glass of water. The policeman quickly overtook him and sent out word to the rest of the force.
At that point, one of the cops who had come into the apartment with his gun drawn behind the first policeman returned the weapon to its holster and let out a bullet which ricocheted and lightly injured the hero of our story.
The other terrorist was shot and neutralized near the Tel Aviv Cinematheque by a security guard employed by the Sarona mall. A consummate professional, the guard heard the shots, identified the suspect and hit him while the latter was running. With his cool response the security guard prevented a second bloodbath.
“I reached the source of the shooting with my weapon drawn and cocked and began scanning,” the security guard described the event to Channel 2 News. “I identified the terrorist as he was starting to flee and I hunted him… He didn’t stand a chance, I hunted him the way you hunt a rabbit… It’s what I’m paid for.”JNi.Media
Tenufa Bakehila is a unique non-profit organization that provides the opportunity to deepen our service to the Jewish people. Affiliated with Livnot U’Lehibanot, this 501(3)(c) non-profit organization produces a longterm and profound impact on poverty-stricken sections of Israeli society. Thousands of Israeli families currently live in poverty, and TenufaBakehila is on the scene to restore healthy living conditions through home repair in 8 cities across Israel. An equally important component of their organization’s work is that their services also empower families to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. So this is not just a home repair project—the organization digs deeper with their in-house social worker paying attention to the families’ personal struggles.
Tenufa Bakehila was founded 23 years ago and has changed the lives of close to 4,000 families, with 237 families assisted last year. So far over 27,000 volunteers have helped with the project.
Two of our current projects:
A combat soldier and his family are living in dire housing conditions. The family is composed of a struggling single mother with 3 children, one of whom is the combat soldier. The apartment is full of problems—walls are peeling, the ceiling needs to be fixed, and there is no proper lighting. Tenufa Bakehila fixed these things, and additionally, painted the walls and ceilings, installed a shower rod, lighting fixtures, and connected the family to a donation of a new oven and stove.
Tenufa Bakhila is also working with an Ethiopian family in NesTzionathat has a soldier son. The cabinets are crumbling and falling apart from water damage, the drain system is broken and leaking, and the countertops are broken. TenufaBakehila is at the scene and ready to remove a wall, construct new kitchen cabinets, and install a new countertop. We will also update the entire drain system, fix a leaky faucet, retile walls, and arrange a new plumbing system for the washer.
A recent case of a Jerusalem single mother with several children—she was in a terrible financial situation trying to manage to support her family on her own. With the help of Tenufa Bakehila’s social worker, she was enrolled in an employment course, and following that course she is now in a computer training course. Our social worker reports that she is “happy, motivated, and so hopeful” now that she has a bright future ahead of her, a future which involves being financially independent and having the ability to support herGuest Author
When people hear the word corner, or pina in Hebrew, many of them have a negative association – the corner of the classroom to which misbehaving children are sent. I know of a pina to which thousands of Israeli soldiers flock each week in order to relax, unwind, eat a snack and talk. It is called the Pina Chama, “the warm corner,” and it is situated at the Gush Etzion Junction.
The Pina Chama was born out of two tragedies. In February of 2001, Dr. Shmuel Gillis was returning home late at night from his work at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem to Karmei Tzur in Gush Etzion. He never made it home. Arab terrorists fired at his car, mortally wounding him. He left five children and his wife Ruti.
Ten days later, Tzachi Sasson was driving home to Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion. He too was murdered by Arab terrorists. He left a young widow, Ossie, a social worker who works with victims of Arab terror and their families, and two young sons.
During shiva, Ruti Gillis came up with the idea of the Pina Chama. Ruti explained why she chose the idea of a Pina Chama in order to help perpetuate her husband’s memory, “There were two layers to this decision. The first, perhaps unconscious, reason at that time was to do something positive instead of expressing my tremendous anger. The second reason is that Shmuel worked as a doctor in the army reserves. He wasn’t just a doctor to the soldiers; he was also a father to them. I thought to myself, ‘There are so many soldiers. How can I help make them happy?'”
About one month after Ossie Sasson’s husband was murdered, Ruti called Ossie and told her about her idea for a Pina Chama. Ossie told Ruti that she would like to help. Ossie told me, “I joined the effort because Tzachi used to give food to the soldiers stationed at check points and to the soldiers at the gate in Rosh Tzurim. When we had a family dinner or get-together Tzachi would run with a plate of food to the soldiers at the gate nearby… In addition to perpetuating Tzachi’s memory, I wanted to do something for our hardworking soldiers. I wanted to repay them in some way.”
The Pina Chama, run entirely by volunteers and donations, began running on Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day of 2001. Its initial structure was very modest. Volunteers stood inside a shipping container and distributed refreshments to soldiers who stood outside. Nava Eizik and Becky Avner from Efrat are the overall coordinators of volunteers and their shifts. At present there are between 400-500 volunteers.
Enthusiastic volunteer Arlene Chertof of Efrat says, “The guys are sweethearts. I love volunteering here. Even a soldier without a kippah will ask, ‘Is this pareve or dairy?’”
It isn’t only Jewish soldiers who visit. Nava described how Druse soldiers come in and praise Israel, the Jews and the Pina Chama. “It’s wonderful to meet all sorts of people and to learn about them,” said Nava. “I thrive on it. It is such a positive experience for everyone. People learn to respect all kinds of people… We get soldiers here who have never met ‘settlers’ in their lives. Their picture of us changes for the positive as a result.” Shirli Epstein said the experiences at the Pina Chama are good for PR. “We’re helping our image. It raises our profile in a positive way.” Ruti Gillis states, “The Pina Chama is a place without politics.”
The walls are covered with plaques, photos, banners from the various army units and drawings sent or brought in by the soldiers to show their appreciation. Nava has encountered many soldiers who want to pay for the refreshments so a tzedakah box was added.
On Israel Independence Day, Pina Chama hosts a barbecue. Last year over 900 soldiers enjoyed the barbecue, either by being at the Pina Chama or having the food brought to them by volunteers.
Ossie summed up what is so special about the Pina Chama when she told me, “There’s something in the Pina Chama which warms the heart. Everyone finds the good. The place reflects the positive side of people.” Ruti said, “The Pina Chama is a place of love for one’s fellow man. It is a place where connections are made.”
Often projects begin with excitement, expectation and hard work, but they peter out after a while. Keeping up the momentum is difficult. Baruch Hashem, the Pina Chama has been going from chayil to chayil (strength to strength and no pun intended) with no signs of losing steam. May Hashem grant everyone involved with this wonderful chesed project much strength and success.
If you would like to help support the important work of the Pina Chama, please contact Ira Hauser at email@example.com.Adina Hershberg