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IDF Promises Yad L’Achim, ‘Soldiers Won’t Be Taken to Missionary Events’

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

A special letter from the Israel Defense Forces arrived in the headquarters of the Yad L’Achim anti-missionary organization this week in response to a complaint filed by the group.

The letter was sent two years ago after it was learned that 300 officers and soldiers from the army’s most elite units had been bused to an event that included a missionary pitch by an American preacher.

Yad L’Achim appealed to the defense minister and IDF chief of staff, calling for an investigation into the event, demanding to know who authorized taking the uniformed soldiers from their base to a missionary event. More important, who would assure that it didn’t happen again?

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot sent a letter upon assuming his post last year assuring Yad L’Achim “that the incident is being investigated by commanders in order to prevent a recurrence.”

Yad L’Achim followed up and learned that the missionaries were planning to hold another event for soldiers this past Sukkot.

Rabbi Chanoch Gechtman, who has been coordinating Yad L’Achim’s campaign to protect soldiers from missionaries, immediately turned to the IDF upper echelons with the information. The rabbi attached to his letter a copy of Eisenkot’s commitment and sought urgent clarification.

A few days before the event was scheduled to take place, Rabbi Gechtman received a call from the army assuring him that no soldiers would participate.

Last week, the IDF Manpower Agency finally made it official in a letter, clarifying that the orders had been forwarded to all IDF units: Accepting invitations for soldiers to participate in missionary events is absolutely forbidden.

IDF letter to Yad L'Achim clarifying that no soldiers will be taken to missionary events.

IDF letter to Yad L’Achim clarifying that no soldiers will be taken to missionary events.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Visits Joseph’s Tomb (and Arabs Burn It Down Again)

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Rishon LeZion – rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia and Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel — made a visit to the Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph late Sunday night with security provided by the Israel Defense Forces.

The goal was to assess the damage to the site perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs – including Palestinian Authority police acting as terrorists – and to protest that damage.

Following the visit by the chief rabbi, the tomb was once again burned down by enraged Palestinian Arabs.

The convoy in which the esteemed rabbi was traveling was attacked by Palestinian Arabs who threw stones at the vehicles as they drove towards the site, which is located in the ancient city of Shechem. The city today is inhabited by Palestinian Arabs and is called “Nablus,” however, and is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, although under the Oslo Accords the PA is required to allow Jews to access the holy tomb in order to pray.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Guarding Jerusalem Buses and Light Rail

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The IDF has deployed approximately 300 soldiers in Jerusalem to guard major bus routes, the light rail system and roads in what might be the first time the army has patrolled in the city for decades.

Troops were called in last week to beef up the police force, but today’s deployment at specific points makes the capital look more like a war zone. However, it is temporary because a non-military security system is in the works.

Foreign media might now decide to depict Jerusalem as being under military rule, but the deployment of soldiers clearly makes the public feel more secure in the city where walking in the street or riding a bus has been a journey of fear of being stabbed by a Jerusalem Arab terrorist.

Passenger traffic on Jerusalem buses was down 30 percent for one or two days last week, and usually bustling shops were nearly empty.

The failure of many Arab stabbing attacks to inflict heavy damage the past several days has led Hamas to incite terrorists to run over Jewish pedestrian, similar to the ramming of a vehicle into people at a bus stop last week in a Hareidi area. The terrorist who drove the vehicle was killed on the spot.

There is nothing like seeing an armed soldier in his IDF uniform to instill a bit of pride and security in people as well as being déjà vu of the Six-Day War in 1967, when the Old City, Mount Scopus, home of Hadassah Hospital, and other areas in southern, northern and eastern Jerusalem were restored to the city.

This week began with relative quiet, rock-throwing continues in several locations in Judea and Samaria, but no major incidents have been reported.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Police Foil Jerusalem Attack by Terrorist in Combat Fatigues

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Alert Israeli police officers stymied an Arab terrorist Wednesday afternoon who attempted to stab Israelis at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The terrorist was wearing combat fatigues, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website. He allegedly ran to attack a security guard who was protecting a family as they walked through the entrance to the Old City.

Security forces saw him attempt to stab the guard and shot him.

“The terrorist was in an Israeli uniform in order to mislead the forces, but they identified him quickly and put him out of action,” a witness told the website.

On closer examination, it appears it was Palestinian Authority combat fatigues.

Hana Levi Julian

American and Canadian Jews Flying on Aliyah in Face of Terror

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Sixty-five Jews from 13 states and Quebec, Canada are scheduled to set foot on their home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight will carry passengers whose ages range from 10 months to 83 years, along with five men and women volunteering in the Israel Defense Forces as “lone soldiers” without family in Israel.

The new olim are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Quebec.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said:

We are truly inspired that despite the extremely difficult times Israel is currently experiencing, Olim are undeterred and are still making Aliyah.

Their choice to leave a comfortable life and move to Israel, and even more so in these times, is an important contribution to Israel’s strength and national morale. We are proud to accompany each immigrant through the Aliyah process and will use all means at our disposal to ensure their successful absorption and acclimatization to Israeli society.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF Attacks Syrian Govt Positions After Shelling on Golan Heights

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The artillery corps of the Israel Defense Forces attacked two military positions of the Syrian government in retaliation for mortar fire that reached the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning.

The IDF returned fire within a short time after the Syrian attack.

No injuries were reported in Israel from the Syrian shelling.

“In response to the rocket fire, IDF artillery targeted two military posts of the Syrian Armed Forces in the central Syrian Golan Heights,” the IDF said in a staement.

“The IDF holds the Syrian army responsible and accountable for this blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty, and will not tolerate any attacks emanating from Syria, intentional or not.”

Local sources said the explosions in the Golan Heights were caused by mortar fire.

Hana Levi Julian

Rabbi Permits Carrying Cell Phone on Shabbat because of Wave of Terror

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, founder and director of the Zomet Institute that is dedicated to the adaptation of technology to Jewish law, has ruled that it is permissible to carry a mobile phone on Shabbat for emergency use.

His ruling is only of several obvious signs that Israelis are preparing themselves for more Arab attacks against Jews.

Police report a surge in the number of daily calls made by worried Israelis to police emergency hotlines. Israelis usually call the police approximately 600 times a day to report suspicious individuals, vehicles, or devices, but that number has soared to 25,000.

Following a terrorist attack in central Tel Aviv on Thursday, Israeli civilians made more than 5,500 calls to the Tel Aviv District Police, more than 7,000 to the Central District Police, and more than 6,000 to the Jerusalem District Police. The police have taken notice of the spike in calls and have reinforced their dispatch centers with experienced officers to provide constant responses and assistance.

Meanwhile, the outdoor equipment retailer Rikushet reported a 400-percent increase in the purchase of self-defense products, mainly pepper spray. Other similar chains have also reported increases in the sales of pepper sprays, stun guns, clubs, and plastic restraints.

Rikushet CEO Dudi Mantin estimated that in the past week, Israelis have spent about $78,000 on self-defense products, Israel HaYom reported.

Josh Carr, an immigrant from South Africa and former commander at the Israel Defense Forces’ Krav Maga martial arts instructor’s school, has posted a Facebook invitation for Israelis to join “a free self-defense course.”

He wrote:

The course will focus mainly on knife defense but will include basic fighting skills and how to react in an emergency situation. This course will not turn you into a superhero, however, it could save your life or the life of someone else.

JNS News Service

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