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August 27, 2016 / 23 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Nahal’

IDF Sniper Paints His Way to Recovery from Gaza War Wound

Monday, March 16th, 2015

While half a year has passed since the end of Israel’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge to stop Gaza rockets and terror tunnels last August, IDF soldiers are still recovering from their physical injuries.

This is the case of Daniel Wein, a 23-year-old combat soldier from the Nahal Brigade who was shot in the left leg on the fourth day of the operation in Gaza. Daniel, who grew up in Australia and made aliyah with his family seven years ago to Samaria, spent a couple of months recovering in the hospital.

“I don’t remember everything that happened after I was shot in the side,” Wein told Tazpit News Agency. Wein’s older brother was also fighting in Gaza during the war.

As part of his recovery at Sheba Medical Center where he had to use a walker, Wein who is sniper in the Nahal Brigade unit, took some art therapy classes and has since created dozens of artworks depicting his road through pain and hope.

“I’ve painted in the past and my mom is an art therapist,” Wein explained to Tazpit. “Painting helped me get through the rehabilitation.”

Wein’s artwork has recently caught some public attention.

In a unique art competition for soldiers in uniform, organized by The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), together with The Israel Police and Israel Border Police, Wein’s artwork depicting his journey to recovery recently won first place.

Last Thursday, March 12, Daniel’s works were presented in the “Colors in Rifle Barrels” competition exhibition, which displays more than 81 paintings, sketches, photographs, and sculptures created by 47 IDF soldiers.

A panel of judges, consisting of art specialists from the Avni Institute of Arts and Design in Tel Aviv, reviewed the artwork along with representatives from The Israel Border Police, IDF, Education Youth Corps and AWIS’s chairman and Israeli war hero, Avigdor Kahalani, among others. Among the 200 submissions, a few dozen were selected for the exhibition.

Wein, along with four other IDF soldiers, won a one-year scholarship to the Avni Institute of Arts and Design.

“I’m excited to see what people will think about my art,” said Wein in regard to his work being displayed in the “Colors in Rifle Barrels” exhibition.

“I’m not sure if I will pursue a future career in art but it’s an option,” he said.

“The Colors in Rifle Barrels” exhibition is open to the general public at the Beit HaChanyal Center (Soldier’s Home) located on 60 Weizmann Street in Tel Aviv from Thursday March 12 – 19.

Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Negev Loses Airport Night Trains

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Residents of southern Israel – particularly those living in the periphery communities in the Negev – will no longer have the option of taking the train to and from the airport after 11:00 p.m.

A spokesperson for Israel Railways told The Jewish Press on Thursday morning the service just didn’t pay for itself. “The government and the railway company made the decision together,” said the spokesperson, who added the figures totaled only an average of five or six riders per night on the line. “It wasn’t cost effective.”

Instead, it was decided the Metropoline Bus Service will take over the route, she said. Bus #469 will begin at the Arlozorov station in Tel Aviv and then make a stop at the airport, travel to Kiryat Gat and then go to the central bus station in Be’er Sheva.

That’s a solution for folks who live in the city of Be’er Sheva itself, perhaps – but what about those who live in the small periphery towns where bus service doesn’t exist overnight?

“Tough luck, baby,” said one consumer. “We’re stuck with paying hundreds of shekels for travel after 11 pm, just like we always have – and that after first spending hours traveling to the other cities just to get a little closer. Instead of paying NIS 600 to get home, I end up paying NIS 300 from Be’er Sheva, but spend three more hours after a 12-hour flight and another hour or more in baggage claims. Forget it.”

The Negev region comprises 60 percent of the nation’s land mass – but its travel network has yet to be developed to the point that even half of its communities have any access to railway service at all.

When asked why there is still no railway branch route to Arad, for example — while Dimona, a city of similar size and population, has had one for several years – the spokesperson for Israel Railways could not find a reason. Arad, a ‘clean air’ resort town located about 45 minutes east of Be’er Sheva and 25 minutes west of the Dead Sea, is in the midst of a major development boom due to the expansion of Route 31, which runs between the two points.

The Nevatim air base is located near Route 31 – described in Hebrew media as ‘death road’ due to the high number of motor vehicle fatalities that have occurred along the highway — as is the Nahal army base at Tel Arad.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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