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Friends of IDF Event Spurned by Stevie Wonder Raises More Than $14 Million

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser that singer Stevie Wonder pulled out of raised more than $14 million.

More than 1,400 people attended the event in Los Angeles to aid Israeli soldiers. Entertainment mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl chaired the gala. Saban is a national board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Actor Jason Alexander emceed the event, which featured a performance by David Foster and Friends. Surprise musical performances were presented by by “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan.

Wonder had come under intense social media pressure to pull out of the event. An online petition calling on him to cancel his performance had garnered more than 3,600 signatures.

The Grammy-winning singer’s representatives cited a recommendation from the United Nations to withdraw his participation given his involvement with the U.N. Wonder as a Messenger of Peace of the world body. He had performed at a 1998 gala honoring Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Funds raised at the event will go toward Friends of the IDF’s well-being and educational programs for Israeli soldiers and the Negev Wellbeing and Educational Centers.

Soldier Missing

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

IDF soldier Liraz Benvenisti, 20, on Tuesday evening left the base where he is serving, near the town of Gedera, and then disappeared. It is feared that he may have hitched a ride with Arab terrorists.

He is 5’7″, slim, brown eyes, short, black hair. He was last seen wearing IAF uniform and carrying a black handbag.

Last month, during Operation Pillar of Defense, Gaza terrorists announced they would be on the lookout for Israeli soldiers they could kidnap and use them in prisoner exchanges. IDF soldiers are regularly warned against hitchhiking.

Hamas’s Chief of Staff ‘Welcomes’ Ground Invasion, While Gaza EMTs Suffer Shortages

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The new commander of the military wing of Hamas, Mohammed Def, on Tuesday delivered a rare speech on Hamas TV. Def, who survived several assassination attempts by Israel in recent years, hinted that if Israel will enter the Gaza Strip with ground troops, the military wing of Hamas will start kidnapping Israeli soldiers.

“The ground war, which Israel hints at all the time, will be our greatest hope to release the prisoners,” Daf threatened. It was the first time the voice of Mohammed Def wass heard in the media.

Def said the Palestinian factions are confident in their ability to win. “The enemy will pay a heavy price for his attack on Gaza. the military wing of Hamas, the Izz al-Din al-Kassam Brigades, have proven their ability at causing pain only to the enemy,” said Def. “This operation came as a result of the preparations we made after Operation Cast Lead, and is the beginning of the road toward the liberation of Palestine.”

Def called on the Arab and Islamic nation to make every effort to “cleanse Palestine of the occupation.”

Def, who officially served for many years as commander of the military wing, served in recent years as the right hand of the departed Jabari, following the serious injuries he had sustained when Israel last attempted to deactivate him. After the death of Jabari, experts are convinced that DEf will return to hands-on command of the military wing of Hamas.

Meanwhile, civil defense officials in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday appealed to the Arab world for urgent supplies, as their resources are over-stretched during the current bombardment, Ma’an reports.

Youssef al-Zahar, head of the rescue service, said Israel’s bombardment of high-rise buildings in Gaza was increasing injuries and deaths.

The civil defense service urgently needs rescue equipment and ambulances, he said, appealing to Gulf states and other Arab countries to provide immediate support.

Al-Zahar lauded the “professional and courageous” work of the service, amid Israeli air strikes which, according to him, have killed 122 and injured around 900 Palestinians.

Tank Damaged in Battle Between Gaza Terrorists and IDF

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A gun battle took place between Israel Defense Force soldiers took place early Thursday when Israeli soldiers defended a work crew near Kibbutz Nirim which came under fire from terrorists across the border fence in Gaza.

Tanks and army helicopters were scrambled to the site.

One tank was damaged when it was hit by a mortar. The IDF is still determining the extent of the damage.

No injuries were reported in Israel.

On Tuesday three soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded during their patrol of the area.

African Migrants Stuck at Egypt-Israel Border

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

A group of some 20 African migrants is trapped between Israel’s border fence with Egypt and Israeli soldiers who have been ordered not to let them in.

The soldiers reportedly are providing water to the migrants, who as of Tuesday had been there for five days. The migrants, who include a pregnant woman, have refused to be sent back to Egypt.

Last month, a group of migrants stuck along the border was allowed to enter Israel after four days. They were sent to a holding facility for illegal migrants.

Humanitarian organizations have called on Israel to allow the migrants to enter and apply for asylum.

PA Child Terror Leader Sentenced, Released

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

An Israeli military court Tuesday sentenced  Bassem al-Tamimi, a 45 year old Palestinian man who encourages Palestinian youth to attack Israeli soldiers with projectiles, was sentenced to 13 months in jail.

Al-Tamimi, who garnered the support of the European Union, which criticized Israel for imprisoning him, was released after the trial, having served all 13 months while awaiting trial.

Al-Tamimi’s tactics have been called child abuse by some, who accuse him of manipulating children to endanger themselves and others in a street war against Israel.  Amnesty International called al-Tamimi a “prisoner of conscience,’’ and celebrated him as a protest leader.

Vandals Attack Historic Ammunition Hill

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill museum and memorial were vandalized Sunday night with anti-Zionist slogans, two days before Israel’s Memorial Day.

“Gunter Grass was right” and “lousy Zionists” were spray painted on the famous Six Day War battle site, as well as epithets against President Shimon Peres and Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

The battle of Ammunition Hill, hard fought in trenches and ultimately coming to serve as a symbol of Israeli bravery and yearning for Jerusalem, cost the lives of 36 Israeli soldiers.  Jordan lost 71 soldiers in the battle.

Site manager Katri Maoz told Army Radio that there was also an attempt to burn the large Israeli flag flown at the site.  A Biblical verse engraved in the stone at the Memorial of the Sons, a memorial to soldiers who fell in other battles who were the children of soldiers who had fought at Ammunition Hill, was painted over in black.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat condemned the attack and commissioned a special municipal team to clean the site in time for Wednesday’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/vandals-attack-historic-ammunition-hill/2012/04/23/

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