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Media Panic over Rocket Alarm in Golan Heights

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

A rocket siren sounded in the Golan Heights shortly before noon Wednesday, sending Israeli media into a panic while Golan residents continued their lives normally, except those towns were the siren specifically went off.

No rocket or missile fell in Israel.

Golan resident “Alex” told Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel):

 I don’t know what you are talking about. We did not receive any order from the IDF to stop working.

The IDF is checking to discover why the rocket siren sounded.

It must be a slow news week for Israel’s establishment media, looking for a way to frighten citizens.

Yesterday, the IDF declared a tiny part of northeast Golan Heights to be a “closed military zone” because of the fierce fighting across the border.

The closure might have been related to a planned Druze protest against the murder of their brethren in Syria.

Two hours later, after the media – not The Jewish Press, by the way – ran screaming headlines, anticipating all-out war between the IDF and the Islamic State (ISIS), or Hezbollah, or Assad’s army, or perhaps Al Qaeda.

Rockets from Syria have exploded on the Israeli side of the Golan too many times. We have no intention of belittling the fragile quiet on the Israeli side of the border, but let’s keep it in proportion.

University of Missouri Students Kill Anti-Zionist Course

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

A University of Missouri (MU) fall 2015 honors tutorial that pro-Israel students felt would promote bigotry and misinformation on their college campus has been cancelled because of lack of interest.

“Perspectives on Zionism” was scheduled to be taught by self-proclaimed “post-Zionist” and “Nakba Jew-in-law” George Smith, a tenured biology professor who pushed for a curriculum that the instructor himself said would have included works by anti-Zionist authors such as Ilan Pappé. Smith also has accused Israel of ethnic cleansing.

The pro-Israel community welcomed the news of the course’s cancellation. and Destiny G. Albritton, former president of MU’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) campus chapter, said:

I can now walk away with the knowledge that there is no interest among students [at MU] to take biased classes like Smith’s.

Smith has written dozens of columns and letters to the editor in the local and campus newspapers in Columbia, Md., equating Israel’s Independence Day with a Palestinian version of Holocaust Remembrance Day. He uses phrases such as “Zionist mythology” and accuses Israel of “colonization of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

He shows up at pro-Israel events and heckles the speakers. Earlier this year, when 25-year-old Israel Defense Forces reservist Hen Mazzig spoke at MU as part of the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers Tour of the Midwest, Smith heckled him from the audience with hostile questions and accusations.

“[He said], ‘Why do you kill Palestinians? How many U.N. schools have you attacked?” Mazzig told the Chicago Tribune. “And at the end, he came to me and said, ‘How can you come here and defend Ashkenazi Jews—white Eastern European Jews—when you are an Arab Jew?’”

MU alum Daniel Swindell said Smith brought flyers to a talk by the Sderot Media Center’s Noam Bedein that made a joke out of the thousands of rockets that have been launched at Israel.

Smith has used his tenure to bring in anti-Israel speakers with university funding. Recently, six university depart-ments sponsored a talk by author Saree Makdisi, who has said it is more important to eliminate the Jewish state than to create a Palestinian one.

“He uses his reputation to get several departmental sponsors,” Albritton told JNS.org. “But when Students Sup-porting Israel or CUFI asks these same departments to co-sponsor events, we wither don’t hear back or we hear, ‘we cannot help you.’ It’s not fair.”

Smith disagrees and told JNS:

I do go to pro-Zionist meetings, but I don’t disrupt. I am just vocal with my questions. People have freedom of speech. Our university does not sensor our political speech—or any other kind of speech.

“The University of Missouri is not a hot bed of anti-Semitism or BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement),” Karen Aroesty, Missouri/Southern Illinois regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, told JNS.org. Until recently, the impact Smith had on campus was, in Aroesty’s words, “minimal.”

The honors tutorial, however, created tension.

“When I saw the roster of what honors tutorial would be offered in the fall and I saw that George wanted to teach this class, I immediately spread the word around,” said Albritton. “George [Smith] is not qualified to teach the class. His background is in biology. He has no background in international relations. His only interested in Zionism is that he has been a virulent anti-Zionist activist.”

Nancy West, director of MU’s Honors College, told JNS.org that honors tutorials are different than courses offered under the normal curriculum of the university. They are one-credit electives taught by instructors with “expertise in the subject area,” but not necessarily with credentials. Courses are reviewed by a faculty, staff, and student cur-riculum committee that reads the syllabus and interviews the teacher. According to university spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken, Smith’s class was approved by the committee with a vote of eight to four, with two abstentions. An affidavit is being prepared by Jewish community activists, in conjunction with the university legal department, that would help ensure Smith will be turned down next time he tries to teach about Zionism.

IDF to Question Soldiers Caught on Film Hitting Arab Provocateur [video]

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is gloating over footage of soldiers apparently beating an innocent man, but soldiers said that the video does not show a prior scene of the man trying to snatch on their rifles.

The IDF said it the apparent behavior of the soldiers, seen kicking him while he was pinned to the ground, does not “match expectations” of the military.

The incident took place neat Beit El and Ramallah, as it does every Friday. Dozens of people, including children, hurl rocks at soldiers and often cause injuries. Soldiers said that the man shown in the film is a constant thorn in their side and always incites others.

It is not easy being an Israeli soldier in Judea and Samaria. Troops are forbidden to shoot bullets at rock thrower. They are constantly filmed by Arab media who are waiting for a chance to show the soldiers as thugs.

This time they succeeded. Even if the video left out the attempted rifle-snatching and assault of a soldier, the “disproportionate” response darkens Israel’s image that is never going to be positive in the eyes of the media and political leaders.

Below is the video as filmed and edited by Arab media.

IDF Kills Palestinian Authority Terrorist Who Wanted to ‘Meet Allah’

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian Authority terrorist who was attacking them with an explosive device early Wednesday morning.

Border Police had finished arresting suspected terrorists when they spotted Ezzedine Ghora, 23, preparing to hurl the improvised bomb at them. It was not clear if the terrorist died from IDF fire or from the explosive device, which blew up.

His last Facebook message was:

One loves (willing) to meet Allah, Allah loves meeting him.

Jenin is in “Area A,” where the Palestinian Authority is supposed to be responsible for tearing down the terrorist infrastructure.

Foreign media, such as Reuters reported Wednesday morning’s incident with the usual claim, this time by “hospital officials,” that there had been no confrontation, just like Gaza Arabs trying to attack the IDF at the security fence actually were playing soccer.

10 IDF Naval Officers Move to Germany to Oversee Shipbuilding

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Ten IDF naval officers have moved to Germany to oversee the construction of four new warships that will form the basis of protecting Israel’s offshore gas platforms, according to a report in The Marker.

The deal with Germany, to build the four ships, was signed last month, and will cost 1.8 billion shekels. The IDF will begin to receive the ships in 5 years.

Until then, the IDF Navy will continue to use existing ships to protect the gas platforms.

Germany will provide all the ship’s weapons and infrastructure, but the their installation and assembly will be done by Israelis.

The IDF officers will oversea the construction and learn the systems inside and out, including how to operate and maintain them, forming a nucleus for the long term support of the ships, which are expected to be in service for 30 years after receipt.

There are other IDF naval soldier who will join the officers.

IDF Decides ‘ No Women in the Tank Corps’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Two classes of a new light infantry brigade, the “Lions of Jordan” has been recruited in recent months and is being assigned to guard the eastern border of the Jordan Rift Valley.

Similar to the Caracal Brigade that guards the Egyptian border, the “Lions of Jordan” are not expected to mobilize for war.

These units are comprised of female soldiers. Ten more such soldiers have joined the “Sky Riders” who operate unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the artillery corps, and even as kashrut supervisors under the aegis of the IDF Rabbinate.

Statistically, 90 percent of IDF positions are open to women, including combat roles in the Navy, Home Front Command, Military Police in Judea and Samaria, and the Artillery Corps.

But in active combat roles – the “front line troops” – only five percent are comprise of females. And there have been protests about that, which forced the IDF to examine ways to broaden the field.

It’s taken a while for the army to make its decision but once made, the ruling is final: no women in the armored corps.

GOC Army Headquarters has been conducting a series of field tests over the past several months to determine whether, in fact, it would be useful or damaging to have women serve in tanks. The tests were conducted as part of the general IDF initiative to allow more women into combat units.

The trials, carried out in coordination with the Medical Corps, concluded with the decision that “integrating female soldiers into tanks was harmful,” a senior IDF officer told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

Among the difficulties identified in the tests were two major physical discrepancies between the women and men in tasks necessary within the combat compartment of the Merkava tank.

In addition, evaluators examined the level of intimacy required among soldiers who are forced to spend days at a time locked into a small cabin while on operational duty. The privacy of a female combat soldier could at times be severely compromised under such conditions, the IDF found.

Instead, the Army is reconsidering a past plan in which female combatants would be integrated into units which operate heavy equipment. Such combat engineers operate the armored D9 bulldozers while in enemy territory and during ground operations led by the Armored Corps and Infantry Divisions.

However, heavy equipment operators also are required to work for long periods, two at a time in cramped quarters, so this too is being scrutinized.

Every Soldier to Jerusalem

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Beginning next year, the IDF will be implementing a program where every new recruit will visit and tour Jerusalem during their first year of service.

A four-month pilot program was just completed, and 12,000 soldiers visited the country’s capital as part of the trial, according to the IDF spokesperson.

The plan is to introduce the soldiers to a wide range of sites in Jerusalem, and for the soldiers to understand why they are serving.

The above photo is from 1967, when the IDF reunited Jerusalem, and Jews were once again able to visit the Old City.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/every-soldier-to-jerusalem/2015/05/17/

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