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ISIS Kidnaps Four European Hostages

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Islamic State terrorists have seized four more foreign journalists and aid workers, two of them Italian women, bring to more than 24 the number of hostages they are holding, presumably alive for the time being.

The terrorists, still described as “militants” by wire services, abducted their victims in Aleppo or Idlib in western Syria and have moved them to the ISIS stronghold in the north.

ISIS terrorists this year have freed at least 10 kidnap victims after receiving a ransom.

One of the abductors of a British citizen who later was freed was the same terrorist who appeared as the executioner of James Foley in the video posted by ISIS, showing the masked killer beheading Foley, a journalist.

Hamas: Body Parts for Terrorists

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Israel’s Channel 10 reports that Hamas has offered to to make a trade to get their terrorists released from jail. Israel rejected the offer.

According to the report, Hamas has offered to trade body parts they collected or captured from dead IDF soldiers in Gaza, in exchange for the release of the recaptured terrorists that had previously been released in the Gilat Shalit trade. Is there any limit at all to Hamas’s depravity?

Channel 10 also reports that Sayeret Matkal (Special Forces) had gone back, deep into the Rafah tunnel in which Lt. Hadar Goldin was kidnapped and killed.

The special forces unit brought back a critical (unnamed) object which proved beyond a doubt that Goldin was dead. It was based on that, that the IDF was able to reach a definite conclusion.

Goldin’s unit had been ambushed during a cease fire on Friday, August 1, 2014, by  tunnel terrorists. Two additional soldiers were killed in that attack, and Goldin was taken.

The IDF reportedly prevented Hamas from successfully taking Goldin or his body hostage, by massively bombarding the area.

The Admor who Sits in Bavel and Sees a Carcass in Eretz Yisrael

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

In the wake of our tremendous pain over the murder of the three innocent teens, a desire has arisen within the Nation to understand why this has happened. The Admor of Satmar, who dwells in the Exile, claims that it is a punishment for the teens learning in the “Settlements” and blames the parents for sending them to learn there.

We fear that assigning such blame may violate the prohibition of “Ona’at Devarim” (distressing others). As the Gemara in Baba Metzia (58b) says, one may not speak to one who is suffering affliction or illness, or whose children have died, the way Iyov’s friends spoke to him: “Surely your fear was your foolishness, your hope and the sincerity of your ways” (Iyov 4:6). And we can add that the Rishonim on this Gemara write that the problem is not only causing distress to another person but also arrogance in thinking that we can know the ways of Hashem.

This recalls the reciprocal placing of blame that occurred following the horrors of the Holocaust: Some said that it happened on account of Zionism, others said it was because there was not Zionism. Still others blamed it on the Enlightenment. Each group’s explanation came from its own biased outlook, with no regard for the idea: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts and My ways are not your ways” (Yeshayahu 55:8).

As is known, the uncle of the Admor of Satmar, Ha-Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, wrote a book “Va-Yoel Moshe” which is based on the idea that the murder of the holy one during the Holocaust was because of Zionism and the Return to Tzion.

But the great Rabbis of Israel have already answered that if the main transgression was Jews making Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael in an organized fashion, then the first Jews to make Aliyah should have been murdered. Yet those who came to Eretz Yisrael and “violated” the Three Oaths (according to the Satmar Rebbe’s opinion) were saved, and those who did not make Aliyah were the ones who were murdered! (See the book “Alo Naale” – Response to Va-Yoel Moshe #43).

The number of Jews murdered in Auschwitz alone was, in fact, higher than that of all of the Jews murdered in all of the wars and terror attacks since the beginning of the Return to Tzion. Today – with the kindnesses of Hashem upon us – there are almost half a million Jews who live in Yesha. Therefore the Admor of Satmar’s claim is not valid.

Regarding the question itself, whether learning in Yesha is permissible: this was already asked of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, Rabbi of “Ramat Elchanan” (neighborhood in Bnei Brak).

A student was learning in a Yeshiva in Yesha and his parents were opposed on account of the danger. Ha-Rav Zilberstein proves that “a frequent damage” (Pesachim 8b. See Mesilat Yesharim, end of Chapter 9) is five percent. Baruch Hashem, 5% of the residents in Yesha are not murdered! And Ha-Rav Yitzchak Isaac Herzog in Shut Heichal Yitzchak proved based on Shut Rabbi Akiva Eiger (#60) that a frequent danger is not five percent, but one in a thousand (Shut Ha-Rav Herzog Vol. 1, p. 269).

Baruch Hashem, one in a thousand Jews is not murdered in “Yeshe”.

The basic halachah is therefore that there is nothing to fear. Obviously, nothing is 100% certain, but nowhere in this world is 100% safe, not Yerushalayim and not Tel Aviv, and it is all based on the definition of “a frequent damage”.

We agree with the Admor of Satmar that there are many Arab murderers in Eretz Yisrael, but we must see things in proportion. We have already been living in Yesha for 40 years and the number of murders that occur there is extremely low. The same is true in all of Eretz Yisrael. We must remember that according to a report of the WHO, World Health Organization, 8 out of 100,000 Israeli citizens are murdered each year. That’s compared with 15 out of 100,000 citizens in France, and 25 out of 100,000 Americans. Therefore, it is more dangerous for the Admor of Satmar, may he live a long and good life, Amen!, to live in America than to live in the “Settlements”! We must thank Hashem, and his loyal agents – Tzahal, the police, the Mossad, the Shabak and the rest of the security establishment – day and night for the peace and quiet we merit in our Land.

In the Gemara in Chullin (63b), Rabbi Abayu asks: Why is there a bird called “Ra’ah” (the one who saw)? He answers: Because he sits in Bavel and sees a carcass in Eretz Yisrael. The great Rabbis explain that this is a parable to someone who dwells outside of Eretz Yisrael and see the deficiencies in Eretz Yisrael and speaks Lashon Ha-Ra against it…

This obviously in no way detracts from the incredible merits of the Admor of Satmar in strengthening Torah and fear of Hashem in America, and we pray regarding them: “May our eyes behold Your return to Tzion in compassion”.

Prepared and translated by Rabbi Mordechai Tzion

Israeli Leaders Rush to Condemn Arab Boy’s Murder

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Israeli politicians and leaders from across the political spectrum rushed to unequivocally condemn the murder of 17 year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Abu Khdeir was kidnapped Tuesday night in Jerusalem, and his body was found in the Jerusalem forest.

The Media and Arabs were quick to blame rightwing Jews for a “revenge attack”, but there are indications at this point that it may have been an honor killing or related to a clan war.

From Minister Uri Ariel, Jewish Home: (translated)

Uri Ariel @saruriariel The murder Arab boy and burning his body this morning is a despicable act and shocking. I call the police to spare no efforts, to reach the killers fast and bring them to justice

From Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem:

Nir Barkat ‏@NirBarkat I vigorously condemn barbaric murder of boy in #Jerusalem. I am confident security forces will bring perpetrators to justice.

From Dani Dayan, Yesha Council Foreign Envoy:

Dani Dayan @dandayan More indications that murder of the Shuafat boy is intra-Palestinian criminal affair. It doesn’t matter for the poor boy. Nevertheless

Dani Dayan @dandayan If turns out that we became like them, it is terrible. Just not that.

From Minister Tzipi Livni, HaTnua: (translated)

Tzipi Livni ‏@Tzipi_Livni
Murder of the Arab in Jerusalem. Shocking incident that must be condemned, zero tolerance for it, work to find the killers and bring them to justice.

The Fraenkel family released a statement: (translated)

We do not know the exactly what happened last night in eastern Jerusalem, and the police are investigating. But if it is true a boy was killed for nationalistic reasons, we are talking about a troubling and horrifying act. There is no differentiating between blood and blood, murder is murder, whatever the nationality or age. There’s no justification, no forgiveness, and no redemption for any murder. – Yishai Fraenkel.

Body of Arab Boy Found in Jerusalem Forest

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The body of an Arab boy (17) from Shuafat, Jerusalem, has been found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning.

The boy has been identified as Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Following reports that Abu Khdeir was kidnapped by three men near Beit Haninah on Tuesday night, Jerusalem police began a search for him.

Arabs from Shuafat claim the boy was kidnapped by Jews in a revenge attack, and certain Israeli elements rushed to lay suspicion on Jews for the act.

The area were the kidnapping happened has security cameras installed, and police are reviewing the footage.

There are unconfirmed reports that police have arrested a number of Arab suspects who were found driving in a car matching the description of the kidnapping vehicle, with suspicious items in the car.

Hadas Shteif of Galei Tzahal reports there was a failed attempt last week to kidnap the boy’s 7 year old brother, and this appears to be a fight between clans, and related to family “honor”.

But, if the Arab claim is true, and the boy wasn’t killed in a fight between Shuafat clans or in an honor killing, but by Jews, this act should be condemned in no uncertain terms.

It is the job of the Israeli government and the IDF, and not private individuals, to avenge the kidnapping and murder of Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel, against the terrorists and guilty parties.

Obviously, if it was a family honor killing it should be condemned too. And this culture of honor killings within Arab society must be eradicated.

At this point though, it does not look like a revenge attack.

The Jerusalem Light Rail will not be running through Shuafat today, for fear of Arab riots and attacks against the train.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Audio of Kidnapping Call Released [audio]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The first part of the audio of the phone call made by the kidnapped boys to the police emergency line has been released.

In the audio, from the night of June 12, you can hear one of the boys saying, “They kidnapped me.” After that you hear the kidnappers repeating, “Put your head down.”

The policeman keeps repeating, “Hello”.

You can listen to it here:

It is believed the boys were killed shortly after this phone call was made. The full audio was 2:09 minutes long.

Kidnapped Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali Found Dead Near Hebron

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The IDF has found the bodies of the the kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach (19), Gil-ad Shaar (16) and Naftali Fraenkel (16). May God avenge their blood.

The three boys were kidnapped on June 12 by Hamas terrorists from Hebron.

On Monday evening, IDF troops searching for them, found the bodies near the village of Halhul, which is just north of Hebron and south of Karmei Tzur.

Their bodies were found in shallow graves in a field on Monday afternoon. They were apparently murdered soon after they were kidnapped.

The bodies were found by a volunteer attached to an army unit searching the area. The volunteers were part of the Kfar Etzion Field School, and experts in the topography of the region.

The site where the bodies of the kidnapped boys were found.

The site where the bodies of the kidnapped boys were found.

Last week the Shabak identified Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Kawasmeh as part of the terror cell that kidnapped the boys.

The terrorists are still at large.

 

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