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October 27, 2016 / 25 Tishri, 5777

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Abbas Pardons PA Officer Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Critical Facebook Post

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential pardon on Wednesday, releasing officer Osama Mansour after a Ramallah military court sentenced him to a year in prison for publishing a Facebook post that was critical of Abbas. Abbas decreed that Mansour be retired from security forces instead of serving time in prison.

A PA military court in Ramallah sentenced Osama Mansour, a PA military liaison officer, to a year in prison and suspended his military rank for criticizing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on social media for attending the Shimon Peres funeral, Ma’an reported.

Mansour’s son said earlier that his father’s sentence was awaiting final approval from Abbas. Mansour was charged with “disobeying orders” after being detained on Oct. 1 for publishing a post on his Facebook page asking Abbas not to attend the funeral.

Mansour was director of public relations and media at the PA military liaison, the unit that coordinates security with Israel. In his post, he pointed out the irony of Abbas offering his condolences for Peres, “founder of settlement activity,” while condemning Israeli settlements.

“Whether (Peres) was a terrorist or not, whether he invented the policy of breaking bones during the First Intifada or not, whether he was involved in the Jenin refugee camp massacre, the massacre of the al-Yasmin neighborhood in [Shechem], or the massacre of Qana — who is he that you are going to partake in his funeral while the majority of the people you represent oppose him?” the post read.

“There should be no personal or friendly relations with the occupier, as long as they continue with their arrogant policies against our people,” declared the post by a PA official in charge of cooperation with Israel.

In August, NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report showing PA security forces had detained activists, including rap musicians, for criticizing the PA corruption and its security cooperation with Israel.


New Report Claims Missing IDF Officer Ron Arad Died Shortly After Being Captured

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

IDF Intelligence and the Mossad have submitted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu two separate reports regarding the fate of the missing Air Force navigator Ron Arad, Channel 2 News reported Monday night. According to the reports, based on an extensive examination of the entire body of information regarding the missing airman, including new information that appeared over the past two years, Arad died after his first few years in captivity.

Lieutenant Colonel Ron Arad, born in 1958, has been officially classified as missing in action since October 16, 1986, when he and pilot Yishai Aviram were on a mission to attack PLO targets near Sidon, Lebanon. A bomb dropped by their F-4 plane exploded prematurely, causing damage to the aircraft and forcing both crewmen to eject. Aviram was located by an Israeli Cobra and escaped by clinging to one of its landing skids as it flew away under heavy enemy fire. Arad was captured by the Lebanese movement Amal.

Arad was brought to Beirut where he was held by then-head of security of Amal, Mustafa Dirani. Amal chief Nabih Berri announced that he was holding Arad, and proposed an exchange for Shiite and Lebanese prisoners held in Israel.

In 1987, three letters in Arad’s handwriting and two photos of a bearded Arad were received, proving he was still alive. The Israeli government negotiated for his release, but talks failed in 1988. From that point on no credible information about Arad has been received, while many unsubstantiated claims of his whereabouts are still being made.

Israeli commandos captured Hezbollah member Abdel Karim Obeid in 1989, and Mustafa Dirani in 1994,  and interrogated both of them about Arad’s fate. Dirani reportedly disclosed that in May 1988 Arad was turned over first to a Hezbollah unit and then to Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who may have taken him to Iran. Obeid and Dirani were released in 2004 as part of a prisoner exchange.

The IDF wanted to declare Arad as a fallen soldier whose burial-place is unknown, based on information funneled from Iran through a German source. But the navigator’s family rejected the idea, refusing to accept anything other than hard evidence. Several committees that examined the information regarding Arad have concluded the chances that he is alive are miniscule, but were not able to offer a conclusive statement.

The Israeli government has spent millions on the search for Arad, and offered a $10 million reward to anyone who could provide reliable new information. The family is no longer pressuring the military to keep up the search for their loved one, and the Born Free association that had been set up to look for Arad was dissolved back in 2012.


Rachel Tevet-Vizel: Highest Ranking Female Officer

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Have you ever attended a Shabbat afternoon lecture on the parsha at the home of a high-ranking officer in the army? A high-ranking officer who was a brigadier general? A brigadier general-lecturer who was a woman, a mother of three, a military court judge and president of the army high military court?

The lecture was fascinating as the lecturer was a Hebrew scholar who combined the parsha with a discussion of Jewish law.

This took place in a small religious community in Israel at the home of Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Vizel.

Who is Brigadier General Rachel Tevet-Vizel? What are her origins?

Rachel’s grandmother was raised in a chassidic family in Poland. She was a strong woman named Bluma – a woman of vision, faith, and conviction.

It was the early 1930s, and one day Bluma’s husband was beaten by a band of young Nazis. That day Bluma decided her family must leave for Palestine. It was the only option in her mind: the Holy Land where they prayed daily to return to one day.

In Palestine, Bluma and her husband helped establish the community of Kiryat Ono, today a large Israeli city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. As there was no synagogue in town, Bluma’s family opened their home for communal prayer gatherings. When her two daughters came of age, Bluma told them, “The time has come for you to go into the army. We have to protect [the land] ourselves. You cannot simply rely on others to do it. Although we are religious, this is our country and this is our time to protect it.”

With such family background, Rachel Tevet was inspired to volunteer for army service after graduating from a religious girls high school in 1981. Rachel began her Sherut Leumi in a development town elementary school, and, with officer training, advanced to become commander of the officer-training base.

Later Rachel returned to civilian life, and continued her education. She attended Tel Aviv University, and eventually earned a law degree. While pursuing a law practice, Rachel found time to get married and become a mother of three daughters.

But soon she found that there was something missing. “In Israel, it is not enough to be a lawyer,” she says. “To contribute to this country, you have to be a lawyer and something else.” She returned to the IDF as a military lawyer. In time, she became a military court judge, serving as president of the IDF high military court.

Today Rachel Tevet-Vizel is one of four highest-ranking female officers in the IDF, but the only one who gives Torah lessons in her home on Shabbat afternoons.

Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

Update on Wounded Police Officer

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The policewoman wounded in the terror attack on Monday outside the Jerusalem Old City Flower Gate continues to be serious, but she has been stabilized.

She underwent operations at Sharei Tzedek hospital to stop the internal bleeding and the stab wounds to her spinal column.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Border Guard Female Officer Wounded in Rock Throwing

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A female Border Guard officer was injured from a barrage of stones thrown at her unit by Arabs in a village near Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

The officer received first aid and was evacuated for further treatment in a hospital.

David Israel

Terrorist Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attacks two Female Police with Machete in Brussels Suburb

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Two female police officers were attacked with a machete by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” outside a police station in Charleroi, south of Brussels, Belgium, Saturday afternoon, media outlets reported.

The attacker apparently walked up to the two police officers who were standing at the entrance of a police station around 4 PM local time (11 AM NY time), pulled a machete from his bag and hacked at one of the officers.

A third officer shot the attacker in the chest and one leg, and the man later died. The assaulted officer suffered deep cuts to her face and was rushed to hospital. The other female officer suffered only light injuries.

A police spokesman told a press conference: “It’s a sad thing. Our hearts go out to the two cops involved.” He added: “Our thoughts also go out to the officer who had to pull her gun. For her this is not easy.”

David Israel

IDF Appoints Orthodox Officer to Command Education Corps

Monday, July 25th, 2016

The IDF General Staff on Monday decided to appoint Brigadier General Zvika Fairaizen as Chief Education Officer. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s announcement, Fairaizen, an Air Force man, used to command a squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles and his last post was as head of section 40 of the IDF Operations Division.

It should be noted that Brigadier General Fairaizen wears a knitted yarmulke, which constitutes an extremely meaningful change in the IDF’s recent attitude regarding Religious Zionism, following both the transfer of many educational functions from the military rabbinate to the education corps, and the controversy over the appointment of Rabbi Eyal Krim as the IDF chief rabbi.

Fairaizen is a resident of Neve Tzuf in Judea and Samaria, and graduated from a hesder yeshiva in Karnay Shomron. He was the first navigator in the IAF history to be appointed squadron commander.

Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Eizenkot preferred to appoint Fairaizen, whose background combined combat operations and religious Jewish education, to lead the education corps over the head of the corps’s education department, Colonel Yael Hess, who in the past was criticized for promoting religious pluralism in the IDF. Rabbi Yigal Levinshtein, head of the pre-military yeshiva in Eli, who has himself come under much criticism from the left, has been critical of Hess, who is married to the CEO of the Conservative movement in Israel, for being “a self-declared Reform Jew, who is the number one authority in the IDF today on educating soldiers on faith and ideas.”

Maj. Gen. Eizenkot has recently removed the Dept. of Jewish Studies from the IDF chief rabbinate to the education corps.

David Israel

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