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American-Israeli PR Pioneer Charley Levine Dies at Age 62

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Charley J. Levin, a Texas native who became one of the most widely-known interviewers of American leaders, died Sunday at the age of 62 after a short illness.

His funeral will take place at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) at Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

Levine founded the very successful Lone Star Communications and was a media consultant to several prime ministers.

He is survived by his wife Shelly and their three children.

The family home, where shiva will be held, is in the national-religious neighborhood of Mitzpeh Nevo, which Shelly Levine and her real estate agency helped develop.

Levine also is survived by three grandchildren and several grandchildren.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Near eastern Studies and a master’s degree in journalism before moving to Israel in 1978 with his wife Shelly. Levine served as a spokesman for the IDF and as a civilian moved into the field of PR in private life, representing the Ruder Finn agency before launching his own company

Among his interviewees over the years were Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg, Al Gore, American Jewish leaders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

He worked actively on behalf of aliyah.

The video below is form a news program on awards Levine’s PR firm won.

 

Controversy Bubbles Up in SodaStream Bid to Leave Samaria

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

SodaStream International, an Israeli firm, has announced a deal has been finalized to close its factory in Mishor Adumim – an industrial park in the Samaria city of Maale Adumim, ten minutes north of Jerusalem – and move to southern Israel. Negotiations have been in the works for months.

The company and anyone associated has been harassed unmercifully by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement due to the location of the factory, which was built in an area developed by Israel after the 1967 Six Day War.

That includes actress Scarlett Johansson, who quit her post as a spokesperson for the far left Oxfam International nonprofit organization after being hassled for her ties to SodaStream.

But BDS activists somehow missed the point that the factory emphasizes co-existence in its even-handed approach to hiring some 500 Palestinian Authority Arabs as well as Jews.

With the closure of the factory, PA Arabs are the ones whose livelihoods will be hurt the most; many will find it difficult to replace their wages and working conditions (on-site mosque, etc) locally. Most may be unable to cross into pre-1967 Israel to replace their current jobs within a reasonable distance.

Even more ridiculous is the fact that SodaStream never should have been a target in the first place. Mishor Adumim was always seen as a place that would remain under Israeli control, according to the 1993 internationally-recognized Oslo Accords, signed both by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Nevertheless, the international BDS movement has been tracking and harassing SodaStream for quite some time and apparently, it intends to continue despite the disappearance of any reason to harass its target.

One would think activists with the group would be lifting glasses of the bubbly to celebrate SodaStreams move across the so-called “Green Line” into pre-1967 Israel.

But not so. Now the group is claiming it will continue its boycott because SodaStream will move its factory next year to Lehavim, near Be’er Sheva, in the “Naqab.”

The move will bring the company a savings of two percent, officials say.

But BDS insists the factory will displace Bedouin residents of the “Naqab” – that is, the Negev. How the construction of a factory in Lehavim, an existing town, will displace Bedouin residents in the vast expanse of a region that comprises literally 60 percent of Israels land mass, is anyone’s guess.

But somehow, the BDS people have managed to twist their logic around that pretzel.

Israel, meanwhile, is providing an incentive grant of $20 million for the new factory as part of its effort to encourage revitalization in the south.

Will SodaStream try to obtain work permits for its current Arab employees? Yes, says CEO Daniel Brinbaum, of course. He will welcome them at the new plant as well – but they will face a daily trip of up to 60 miles from the original work site.

Co-existence does not go out of style in a corporate culture simply because a factory relocates. It just may be that those PA Arabs who are unable to move south with SodaStream into pre-1967 Israel will end up being replaced by Negev Bedouin.

Jews and Bedouin in southern Israel have been living and working together for decades, BDS notwithstanding. In the south, Israelis have no reason to prove anything to anyone, least of all to activists with an agenda to stir up trouble without necessity. Survival is everyone’s main priority, first and last.

Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Beefs Up Security After Terror Attack

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Ma’ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel has beefed up security following an attempted terror attack Tuesday, foiled by a security guard at the entrance to the community.

The guard fired at the terrorist but apparently missed; as he fought him off, the terrorist stabbed him and then fled from the Jerusalem suburb, home to nearly 40,000 people.

Three suspects were arrested later the same day in connection with the attack in the nearby Arab village of Azariyya.

Kashriel told residents that 20 new Border Guard officers have already been paired with the city’s regular police officers at checkpoints and in patrols around the city.

In a statement on the municipal website, Kashriel thanked local and national security officials for their rapid response to Tuesday’s terror attack. He added that he visited the security guard who was wounded and spoke with his family and the chief of surgery at Hadassah’s Mt. Scopus Medical Center campus, who said the victim was in “good condition.”

“I also have no doubt the terrorist will be caught,” he said. “I have faith in our security forces and I am sure we will hear good news soon,” he added.

Guard Protected Ma’ale Adumim in Terror Attack

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A security guard was wounded Tuesday morning when a terrorist stabbed him at the entrance to the northeastern Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim – a city that is home to nearly 40,000.

The guard, age 60,  fired at the terrorist but apparently missed; instead he was stabbed.

He was treated on the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then evacuated in fair to serious condition to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center at Mount Scopus.

His attacker managed to escape towards the Arab village of Azariyya.

Israel’s Security Cabinet convened Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 pm at the offices of the Defense Ministry to discuss the next step following the withdrawal of IDF troops from Gaza as part of a 72-hour cease fire agreement.

In the past 24 hours there have been at least four terror attacks carried out within Israel’s borders, including two perpetrated in Jerusalem.

Avraham Wallis, hy’d, – the pedestrian killed in the attack by an Arab tractor terrorist in front of the Olive Tree Hotel on Shmuel HaNavi Street — was laid to rest on Tuesday.

More than a thousand men attended his funeral, held in Jerusalem, where the victim was a Mashgiach for Asra Kadisha at a construction site – meaning he supervised Jewish ritual parameters of the construction at the site.

Weapons, Ammo Seized Near Ma’ale Adumim

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The guardians of Israel do not sleep . . .

Israeli security and police officers tracked down and seized weapons and ammunition in the Arab village of Azaria overnight, in the wee hours of Monday morning. The village is located next to Ma’ale Adumim, a large Jerusalem suburb.

Two unregistered guns with three cartridges and around two hundred 9mm bullets were discovered during the search carried out in a joint raid by Israeli intelligence personnel and Border Police, the 0404 website reported.

One suspect was arrested and taken into custody for questioning at the Ma’ale Adumim police station.

Naftali Bennett Urges Netanyahu, ‘Annex Settlement Blocs Now!’

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party, is urging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to annex Area C, which encompasses all of the Jewish settlement blocs in Judea (Yehuda) and Samaria (Shomron.)

“It is clear that the diplomatic process has run its course and that we are entering a new era,” Bennett wrote to the prime minister in a letter sent Wednesday. “We have been hitting our heads against the wall of negotiations over and over again for years and we keep getting surprised when the wall did not break. The time has come for new thinking.”

Bennett’s “Settlement Blocs First” plan calls to annex Area C, which is controlled entirely by the State of Israel, and offering Israeli citizenship to Arabs living there. Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the Judea and Samaria regional sector, is home to at least 350,000 Jews – none of whom live in Area A (under full PA control) or Area B (under PA civil control and Israeli military control.)

Highway 60, a favorite target for road terror attacks by Palestinian Authority Arabs, is the main artery that runs from the north to the south from Samaria (Shomron) through Judea (Yehuda) to Be’er Sheva and is routed mostly through Area B.

Under Bennett’s proposal, Areas A and B would receive increased autonomy and a massive infusion of financial investment to upgrade the quality of life in those areas.

He explained the plan on the U.S.-based CNN network last night (Wednesday) and said he will begin to publicize it in the international forums. Bennett contended that since Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights and its reunification of Jerusalem was never recognized internationally anyway, another annexation will not make a difference.

Included in the blocs to be annexed would be Gush Etzion, Ma’ale Adumim, Beit El, Ofra, Ariel and the communities overlooking Ben Gurion International Airport.

Oxfam Accepts Johansson’s Resignation, Saying She’s ‘Incompatible’

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Oxfam accepted actress Scarlett Johansson’s resignation as a global ambassador, calling the role “incompatible” with her work for the Israeli company SodaStream.

“Oxfam has accepted Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down after eight years as a Global Ambassador and we are grateful for her many contributions,” the global anti-poverty charity said in a statement issued Thursday. “While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.”

Johansson announced Wednesday that she was ending her relationship with Oxfam following criticism from the charity of her work as a spokeswoman for the producer of home soda-making machines, which operates a factory in Judea and Samaria.

Johansson in her statement said she and the humanitarian organization have “a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.”

Oxfam has said it opposes any trade with Israeli settlements.

As a global ambassador for Oxfam, Johansson has traveled to India, Sri Lanka and Kenya to highlight the problem of global poverty.

“She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam,” said the statement released by Johansson’s spokesman and first reported by The Associated Press.

SodaStream signed Johansson to be its first global brand ambassador, and she is set to appear in a television ad for the company during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The company employs Israeli and Palestinian workers at its Judea and Samaria factory in the settlement of Maale Adumim.

Pro-Palestinian groups had called on Oxfam to sever its ties with the actress. On Tuesday, representatives of Jewish Voice for Peace, the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, American Jews for a Just Peace and the First Church in Cambridge Israel/Palestine Task Team met at Oxfam America’s Boston headquarters and urged the humanitarian organization to drop Johansson, who is Jewish, over her defense of SodaStream’s presence in Judea and Samaria.

Johansson had defended SodaStream and her involvement with the company in a statement released Jan. 24 on The Huffington Post.

In an interview with the Forward newspaper, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum said his company’s Judea and Samaria factory was “a pain in the ass.” Birnbaum said he would have never established the plant, which was set up before his tenure at the company, but vowed he would not close the factory in response to pressure. He told the Forward that he “just can’t see how it would help the cause of the Palestinians if we fired them.”

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