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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Israel Prize Winner Warns against Boycotters of Israel

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Poet Erez Biton, who was awarded the Israel Prize for Literature on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, used the occasion to warn against sponsors of the Boycott Israel movement.

“Strident voices are being heard in the world including those who are challenging the very existence of the State of Israel,” he said. “There are even those among them who are labeling products and I say, without any connection to our internal political debate, we must all stand together in order to rebuff these tendencies.

“I say: Those who label products today are liable to label people tomorrow.”

Biton, who has been blind since he was a child, was the first member of the Sephardi community to be awarded the prize.

Reports in Israel’s liberal left-leaning establishment media on his receiving the award from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu focused on his being Sephardi, but the reporters, deaf if not blind, omitted his remarks about anti-Israelis.

Israel Independence in the Druze Community and Why Israel Is Organic in Its Land

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Yishai is joined in-studio by Ata Farhat, chairman of the Druze Zionist Council, to talk about his community’s celebration of Israeli independence. Though of a different religion and culture, the Druze fight in Israel’s wars and consider themselves an integral part of the Israeli nation-state. Find out why.

Then, Yishai rants about the beauty of Israeli independence. He says that while Israel’s enemies paint the Jewish state as foreign to the Middle East landscape, the truth is that there is nothing more organic — more holistic — than the Jewish people being back in Judea.

Finally, for his “Spiritual Cafe” segment, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to discuss issues of Jewish statehood. Is there such a thing as “good” post-Zionism, for example? Rabbi Feuer sees Zionism as a holy re-entry vehicle into Jewish statehood. But is normalcy all Israel yearns for, or is there a grander vision?

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Hamas Clearing Out as IDF Retaliates

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Arab sources report that Hamas evacuated military sites and Hamas offices in expectation of an Israeli retaliatory attack.

A short time later, IDF tanks shelled a site in Beit Hanoun in Gaza in response to the rocket(s) launched at Israel from Gaza on Thursday evening.

An IDF Spokesperson confirmed the IDF attack on a terror infrastructure site in Gaza.

In addition to the military strike, Israel will not allow Gazans to cross over into Israel on Friday to pray on the Temple Mount.

Update: 2 Rockets Launched at Israel from Gaza

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

10:22 PM Walla reports that according to an IDF source, 3 rockets were launched. At this point they do not think it was Hamas who launched them.

10:16 pm No specific terrorist group in Gaza has yet claimed responsibility for the rockets.

9:55 PM Reminder from the IDF: If you hear the Red Alert siren or a rocket explosion, enter your bomb shelter and stay there for 10 minutes.

9:34 PM Rockets were launched from Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

9:30 PM (updated) First rocket landed near a town near Netivot and Sderot. The second rocket is believed to have fallen short and landed in Gaza, but that is not confirmed.

9:20 PM There is still confusion as to where the second rocket fell.

9:09 PM Channel 2 TV reports, 2 explosions near Merchavim region in the south. IDF on the way.

NO INJURIES REPORTED.

9:04pm As of this time, there are no reports of rocket landings in Southern Israel…or damage.. or Iron Dome…still waiting for confirmation.
Some unconfirmed reports of a muffled explosion. IDf is checking.

9:02 PM Not clear yet if the rockets are real, false alarms, or Hamas test rockets that came too close to Israel.

8:58pm Rocket alerts just went off along the Gaza border and central Negev.
A lot of alerts.

67th Independence Day: Snow on Hermon, Rain on BBQs and IAF Flyover

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Snow fell on Yom Ha’Atzmaut on the Hermon for the first time in 32 years Thursday, and rain from the Northern Negev to the Galilee doused thousands of barbecues.

The unusual weather did not stop the Israel Air Force from carrying out its annual aerial flights over the entire country, from Eilat in the south to the northern border.

Approximately 140,000 visited national parks, holding on their hats on their way.

Gale force winds howled in the Galilee and in higher elevations in the Hebron Hills. During the day, heavy rain fell on several areas, including Gush Etzion and as far south as Kiryat Gat, 27 miles north of Be’er Sheva.

The annual air show featured old Beechcraft prop planes and modern F-15 jets.

President Reuven Rivlin awarded at his official residence in Jerusalem 120 soldiers for their distinguished service.

The IDF opened Arm, Navy and Air Force bases for visitors.

Fireworks at the Knesset - as usual.

Fireworks at the Knesset – as usual. (Flash 90)

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha'Atzmaut,.

Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force jets fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force planes fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut.

Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha'Atzmaut - hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha’Atzmaut – hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.

Russia Backs Down and Says Iran Won’t Get S300 System in ‘Near Future’

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Russia has backed down on delivering the advanced S-300 advanced anti-missile system to Iran in the “near future,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian media on Thursday

Moscow announced two weeks ago that it was lifting the bean of selling Iran the S-300, causing “concern” in Washington and fierce anger in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian president Vladimir Putin last week that Israel would bomb the S-300 systems if Iran were to ship them to Syria or the Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Tass News agency quoted Ryabkov on Thursday as saying:

I do not think that it is a matter of near future. It is far more important that a political and legal decision has been taken to open up such an opportunity

Before the ban, Iran had paid nearly $170 million in advance for five of the anti-missile systems that would make it more difficult for Israel or any other country to attack Iran.

Russia’s retreat will somewhat calm down a storm in Congress, where support is growing to cripple the emerging deal with Iran after President Barack Obama and the other P5+1 countries agreed to a temporary framework arrangement.

Zionism in Animation

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

A retelling of the history of Zionism was launched on Wednesday with an animated video chronicling the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in its historic homeland through Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

The project, called ‘Zionism in Animation’, aims to tell the story of Zionism in a series of 100 short animated clips, and is the brainchild of Shlomo Blass, head of Rogatka, a short film-making studio which has released some of the most viral political and hasbara videos in recent years.

“We hope to tell the story of the return of the Jewish people to their homeland in an attention-grabbing way, and inform and educate Jews around the world, especially young audiences,” said Blass. “By doing so we hope to strengthen their sense of belonging to the Jewish people and to the land of Israel.”

“Sadly, many Jews, don’t know enough about one of the most miraculous chapters in world history: the return of the Jewish people to their homeland. We believe that knowing our history is fundamental to strengthening our sense of solidarity and commitment to our people and land.”

The first video ‘How Israel Was Born’ was released to coincide with Israel’s 67th Independence Day and is meant to inform Israelis and people around the world about the story of Israel’s founding. A few years ago, a survey of Israeli students found that 60% of respondents did not know the name of Israel’s first prime minister.

“The digital revolution has dramatically impacted the way most people, especially Millennials, consume content,” Blass continued. “Research shows that we increasingly read less and watch more, and that the most effective way of educating and engaging people is through short-form rich content. This revolution has created a need for relevant materials in the field of Jewish and Zionist education.”

The first video was released in partnership with the Israel Video Network and has already received widespread attention and praise from Jewish and Israel advocacy groups and organizations.

The video is the first of three videos that Rogatka is hoping to make through the Jewcer crowdfunding platform, which he hopes will raise enough to make the next two videos. After that, Blass is inviting organizations and individuals to fund videos of their choice on any Zionism-related issue.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/zionism-in-animation/2015/04/23/

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