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July 28, 2016 / 22 Tammuz, 5776

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Senior IDF Officer Indicted for Sexual Misconduct

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The military prosecutor on Thursday submitted to a special military court indictments against Brigadier General Ofek Buchris, on several counts of rape, sodomy, indecent assault and misconduct against two female soldiers who served under his command during his tenure as Golani Brigade Commander.

Buchris, 48, a religious Orthodox Jew, graduated from Midrashiat Noam and the pre-military academy of Ateret Kohanim yeshiva. He is married, the father of six children, and lives in Mitzpe Netofa in the Lower Galilee.

In late 2015 the military was about to appoint him Head of the Operations Division, a senior position in the IDF command. Then, in February 2016, deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan suspended Buchris following a complaint by one of his female subordinates in Golani. The Military Police investigations unit launched an investigation of accusations of rape against him. Buchris denied all the accusations from the start, but on March 10 the new chief of staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot revoked his high command appointment, since the investigation was dragging on and the army needed to fill the post.

An announcement from the IDF Spokesperson’s office described Buchris as “an officer and a warrior with a stellar record; the Judge Advocate General said that he made his decision with a heavy heart. Still, during the thorough investigation some alleged evidence surfaced to the fact that the officer carried out several serious sexual offenses against a junior enlisted female soldier and against a female officer, while the two were serving under his command as Golani Brigade Commander. Therefore the Judge Advocate General decided to indict him.”

Buchris and his military defenders issued a statement saying, “We regret the decision of the Judge Advocate General and think it is fundamentally erroneous. During the hearing process we presented to the JAG serious problems with which the case is rife. We are certain that we’ll be able to fight and prove Brigadier General Buchris’s innocence in court and that justice will prevail.”

Attorneys for the complaining officer, a Major, said that their client “was dragged into this affair against her choice, did not initiate a complaint against Brigadier General Ofek Buchris and was prepared to continue with her life. But once the military police investigators had come to her, she told them the truth regarding his behavior towards her. From the start she was certain that as soon as she exposed his actions he would be indicted, and that’s what took place today. The officer is certain the judicial system will know how to handle this case properly.”

In May 2002, Buchris commanded an operation to locate explosives labs and capture wanted terrorists in Shechem; during the raid on a house the company commander was killed and Buchris was severely injured, after being hit by four bullets. He received a commendation from then chief of staff Shaul Mofaz for his bravery.

In July 1994, while serving in the security strip in southern Lebanon, two of Buchris’s men were killed and four others were injured during an operational accident, when a troops carrier hit a high voltage wire; Buchris was indicted together with his battalion commander and the sector commander. They were acquitted of causing death through negligence but were convicted of negligence of duty.

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Florida Drowning: Officer George Waisman Honored

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Bal Harbour police officer George Waisman was recently recognized by Bal Harbour Police and Chesed Shel Emes (CSE) Florida Division.

Waisman was off duty and on his way home when he heard a call for help. He quickly joined a rescue attempt already under way at the Haulover Beach on Collins Avenue. Waisman jumped on a jet ski and risked his own life in powerful rip currents by pulling a man out of the ocean and bringing him to shore. Officer Waisman then continued his rescue attempt, pulling another from the surf. Unfortunately, two of the five chassidic men involved in this incident lost their lives.

(L-R) Chief Overton of the Bal Harbour PD, officer George Waisman, Mark Rosenberg , CSE - chaplain FHP, and David Katz, CSE

(L-R) Chief Overton of the Bal Harbour PD, officer George Waisman, Mark Rosenberg , CSE – chaplain FHP, and David Katz, CSE

Shelley Benveniste

Arab Firebombs Vehicle of Border Guard Police Commander

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

An Arab terrorist attacked the vehicle of an Israeli Border Guard Police commander Wednesday morning in Judea.

The terrorist hurled a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at the vehicle as the driver was crossing the 206 junction in Hebron.

Miraculously none of the Border Guard Police officers riding in the vehicle were injured.

IDF soldiers were immediately deployed to the site, and a manhunt was launched to capture the attacker.

Hana Levi Julian

Wounded IDF Officer Released from Hadassah Hospital

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IDF officer Shachar Roditi who was injured in the Hizmeh terror bombing attack two weeks ago has been released from Hadassah hospital. His condition is listed as good and stable.

Roditi was injured when multiple bombs blew up near the Hizmeh checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. He was seriously injured in the face and head. The officer was rushed to the hospital and underwent 12 hours of surgery. The terrorists who set the bombs were captured.

For the near future, Roditi will continue to be treated at Hadassah until he is fully recovered.

Refuah Sheleimah.

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IDF Officer Still in Serious Condition After Bombing at Hizme

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

An IDF officer wounded in a terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint north of Jerusalem remains in serious condition, according to officials at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. He underwent complex surgery to address his injuries the morning after the attack.

The officer sustained head and face wounds when a pipe bomb blew up as he bent down to examine a suspicious-looking package on the ground at the entrance to the roadblock. The Hizme checkpoint is located close to the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev.

One of nine IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and pipe bombs used in a terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint.

One of nine IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and pipe bombs used in a terror attack at the Hizme checkpoint.

A total of four bombs detonated at the checkpoint Tuesday night, injuring a second soldier as well. He sustained shrapnel wounds in a leg and was evacuated to the hospital in good condition.

Sappers who were summoned to the site discovered an additional five bombs during their sweep of the area. All were defused by the bomb squad.

The public has been asked to pray for the health and well-being of Shachar ben Eilat.

Hana Levi Julian

2 IDF Soldiers Wounded, 5 Bombs Still ‘Hot’ in Attack at Hizme Checkpoint

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

An IDF officer and a second soldier were wounded Tuesday night in a quadruple bomb attack at the Hizme checkpoint, while an hour later five more bombs were defused by IDF sappers.

The IED (improvised explosive device) were detonated by terrorists as the officer was searching a suspicious package planted on the road at the entrance to the checkpoint.

Two pipe bombs were discovered attached to a gas canister shortly after that initial bombing attack, according to local sources. The Adam junction was evacuated for the safety of everyone in the area.

Sappers then discovered five more additional bombs as well, including that which was tied up with the gas canister. The bomb squad carefully worked on dismantling all five bombs at the site.

The IDF officer, meanwhile, was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center with serious face and upper body wounds, according to Magen David Adom medics on the scene. The victim sustained head and facial wounds but was fully conscious.

A second soldier was in stable condition after sustaining shrapnel wounds in the leg. He too was treated at the scene before he was evacuated for further treatment.

The Hizme checkpoint is located near the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev, not far from the Jewish community of Adam.

Hana Levi Julian

Attacked by Haredi, Officer Impounds his Hat, Forces him to Sit and Learn

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

IDF Major Rabbi Shraga Dahan this week arrived at the Chabad synagogue in Beit Shemesh dressed in his uniform, and was attacked verbally by a youth who called him “Hardak,” Haredim 10 reported.

The term Hardak is an offensive slur which represents both an acronym for Haredi Kal Da’at or Vain Haredi, but is also a combination of the words harak and haidak, which mean, respectively, insect and germ in Hebrew. The term was featured in an anonymous campaign that was begun back in 2013 by Haredim opposed to the draft, to attack their kin who decide to enlist. The purpose of what eventually became a nasty and occasionally violent campaign, was to create a public pressure that would discourage young Haredim who are contemplating service in the Army. The Hardak campaign also encompassed an attack on Haredi individuals who use smartphones, who were dubbed Modern Haredim. Beit Shemesh, a city outside Jerusalem which is split down the middle between Haredim in one section and Modern Orthodox and secular Jews in another, has been one of the most vocal hubs of the campaign.

Hardak campaign poster

Hardak campaign poster

According to Major Dahan, this was not the first time he had been attacked this way, but this time he decided to respond. “A year ago I was walking around [Haredi] Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet and they threw stuff at me, cups, etc, and cursed me out.” On a different occasion, Dahan was attacked when making a shiva call in Kiryat Malachi, despite the fact that he was accompanied by the neighborhood rabbi.

Dahan, a Chabad Hasid who serves as military chaplain, said he started to fear even walking through the Haredi neighborhoods of Jerusalem, such as Geula. “It’s not normal,” he said. “I’m not ashamed of what I do, should I apologize for representing Judaism in the IDF?”

Finally, being attacked inside his own synagogue was the straw that broke his camel’s back. He walked over to the catcalling youth and took away his hat. “I didn’t want to beat him up, I wanted him to understand what he had done,” Dahan explained. He then ordered the youth to sit down and recite a chapter of Tehilim for the wellbeing of IDF soldiers, if he wanted to get his hat back.

After 40 minutes of recitation, Dahan approached the youth again and offered to study together Chapter 32 in the Tanya, the foundation text of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. The chapter deals with loving one’s fellow Jew — suggesting all of Israel are called brothers because their souls are rooted in the same, singular God, only their bodies are distinct from each other. However, there can be no true love and fraternity between those who regard their bodies as primary and their souls secondary, it would only be a love based on an external factor (Source: Chabad.org).

The young man was reluctant at first, but eventually understood that if he wanted his hat back (it costs between $50 and $100 new), he’d better sit down with the rabbi in uniform and learn.

“To his credit, in the end he understood his mistake and heartfully begged my forgiveness,” Major Dahan said. “I asked him if he regretted his actions and would commit to never repeating them in the future and he answered yes.” Dahan believes this is the only way to reach Jewish extremists — learn with them about loving all of Israel.

“Let my reward be that I managed to bring some love of Israel during the period of the sefirah,” he concluded.

The period of 33 days beginning on the second day of Passover is considered a time of misfortune in Jewish history. It is part of the Sefirat Ha’Omer, the counting of the 49 days from the night after the seder leading up to the holiday of Shavuot, when the new grain will become permitted for eating.

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