A 2-minute siren will sound at 11 AM this morning throughout Israel to commemorate and remember Israel’s fallen, as part of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day.
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The problematic issues of the definition of “terror” and the standing of Arabs as equals in Israeli society came to a boil hours before Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims Tuesday because an Arab victim of Jewish murderers has been honored as a terror victim.
Three Jews disgusted and embarrassed virtually the entire People of Israel last year by burning to death 16-year-old Mohammed abu Khdeir, a Jerusalem Arab, in an act of revenge following the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth – Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach..
Legally, abu Khdeir is a victim of terror as defined by the Defense Ministry, which said that he was killed in a “hostile “action, and by the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi.)
The Almagor terror victims association is furious at abu Khdeir’s inclusion as a terror victim, insisting the revenge act was nothing less and nothing more than murder.
If the execution by fire of the eastern Jerusalem teenager was terror, there is no question he should be added to the list of terror victims, just as names of all victims of a terrorist attack on a bus or public square are added to the plaque, regardless of religion or ethnicity.
Like it not, Arabs and Jews have equal status, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. They have no obligation to fight in the IDF, but some do.
However, many more have turned against the country, and even some Arab Knesset Members routinely call for the end of Israel as a Jewish state and for the immigration of several million Arabs from foreign countries, where UNRWA keeps them penned as “refugees.”
It no longer is rare for an Arab with Israeli citizenship to act alone or in cooperation with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to attack Jews simply because they are Jews.
There is no universal definition of the term.
The dictionary meaning of “terror” the “use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”
Here is the FBI defines “international terrorism”:
[They are] acts that appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.
It has been trendy among the liberal media to call Israeli vandalism against Arabs as “price tag terrorism,” while almost every foreign and even some Israeli news outlets always refer to Hamas murders as “militants” and not “terrorists.”
Counter-terror expert Dr. Bruce Hoffman has succinctly stated the political overtones of the use of the word terror. In short, it all depends on whose ox is terrorizing and whose ox is being terrorized.
He has written:
Terrorism is a pejorative term. It is a word with intrinsically negative connotations that is generally applied to one’s enemies and opponents, or to those with whom one disagrees and would otherwise prefer to ignore…
Hence the decision to call someone or label some organization ‘terrorist’ becomes almost unavoidably subjective, depending largely on whether one sympathizes with or opposes the person/group/cause concerned.
If one identifies with the victim of the violence, for example, then the act is terrorism. If, however, one identifies with the perpetrator, the violent act is regarded in a more sympathetic, if not positive (or, at the worst, an ambivalent) light; and it is not terrorism.
Arab terrorists, or call them what you will, almost always have been members of an organization until recent years, when the phrase “lone terrorist” cropped up.
Jewish “terrorists” almost always have been lone rangers. Occasionally, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) exposes a cell, but there never has been any large-scale Jewish terror organization.
Israel tonight officially remembers 23,320 men and women killed defending the country since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new Jewish neighborhoods
At 8 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT), a one-minute silence, except for the sound of a siren, marks the beginning of Remembrance Day.
A two-minute siren will blast at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Since last year’s Remembrance Day, 116 members of security forces have been killed.
Ceremonies at cemeteries around the country will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, most notably at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem and 43 other military cemeteries in Israel.
An Israel’s flag, adorned with a black ribbon and memorial flame, will be placed on every grave of those who fell in Israel’s battles and are buried in military cemeteries throughout Israel, expressing the country’s respect for the fallen as well as the entire country’s participation in the grief of the families.
A ceremony for overseas Mahal volunteers who fought and died during the War of Independence will take place near the Sha’ar Hagai Junction, west of Jerusalem.
At nightfall Wednesday, the Israeli flag will be raised from half-mast around the country to mark the beginning of the 67th year of independence since the re-establishment of the State of Israel after nearly 2,000 years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited on Saturday night the grave of Yoni Netanyahu, the leader and lone IDF casualty in the rescue mission at Entebbe in 1976.
They visited the grave at the Mt. Herzl Cemetery at night instead of on Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars this week so that bereaved families would not have to face a long wait because of security measures.
I have been searching for the answer to this question…who did they kill…those 104 we are about to release? I know of a mother and her three children; I know of a grandfather stabbed in the back. I don’t know all the names but it is for these we weep today – once killed by Palestinian terrorists, today betrayed again by the government and the justice system in Israel.
Today, for these we weep…knowing that tomorrow…there will be…there will be…others.I got this on Facebook with the following note:
Look Into These Eyes….Men, Women, Parents, Grandparents, Children, Grandchildren, Infants, Soldiers, Asheknazi, Sefardic, Jews and Non Jews, Religious and Secular.
These precious faces haven’t smiled since vicious murderers stabbed, shot, kidnapped and murdered them. The Government has just agreed to release the spineless animals who murdered the people you are looking at. The Israeli Government did this as a prerequisite to have the ‘privilege’ to sit and discuss ‘peace’ with a people who continues to call for our destruction.
Who could demand such an insane request from us? I don’t forget all the good America has done for me and my people, but today… today is a brand new day. Yesterday doesn’t exist and tomorrow isn’t here yet. Today I live in a country that feels humiliated, confused and betrayed.
Look into their eyes… and imagine the agony of those who love them still and forever…
Visit A Soldier’s Mother.
Jerusalem, Israel – Hundreds of young bereaved Israelis came together for an evening of remembrance and memories at the Jerusalem home of the OneFamily organization. The event was unlike most memorial ceremonies, offering an intimate and homey environment to share personal stories, songs, and poems about lost loved ones. Mothers spoke about losing their sons, brothers and sisters spoke about siblings, and children who were mere toddlers at the time of their parent’s death also shared their personal memories.
At 8p.m. on Wednesday evening, the State of Israel beckoned in its national day of mourning with the piercing sound of a siren declaring a minute silence. Remembrance Day was traditionally dedicated to soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice, however in recent years this has been extended to the thousands of victims of terror. Official memorial ceremonies were held across the country, in city squares, schools, and community centers.
However, for many of the bereaved families these ceremonies are seen as extremely daunting and difficult to attend, especially for teenagers that have lost loved ones. For this reason the OneFamily organization’s youth division holds an intimate memorial event that encourages young bereaved Israelis to share their stories with other youngsters that have experienced the same horror of losing close relatives to terrorism.
“After my brother was killed, I couldn’t bear to attend the usual Remembrance Day ceremonies, they all seemed so disconnected from my reality, after five years of staying at home, the OneFamily gathering offered me a forum to share with people that can really understand my pain and what I am going through,” said Ofer Shambik whose brother David was brutally murdered in 2003 while taking a walk with his girlfriend in the Jerusalem forest.
Marc Belzberg, chairman and founder of OneFamily told those gathered: “We will continue to come together on Remembrance Day each year, as one family together, one caring family that understands each other’s pain and is always there in times of need, may we merit to see a time when no more families have to feel this pain.”
Over the last 10 years, OneFamily has effected the rehabilitation of thousands of Israel’s 17,000 victims of terror; facilitating their healing and reintegration into society by providing material and rehabilitative support to anyone who has been bereaved, injured, and/or recognized as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The recipients of the 2011 Presidential Citation for Volunteerism, OneFamily uniquely provides a tailor-made blend of financial assistance, therapeutic programs, legal assistance, personal encouragement, and moral support.
The Jerusalem-based organization, which is led by founders Chantal and Marc Belzberg, grew from their then-12-year-old daughter’s initiative to donate her batmitzvah gifts to benefit the victims of the 2001 Sbarro suicide bombing. Today, with 37 professionals and nearly 750 volunteers working from four centers around Israel, OneFamily operates in close cooperation with representatives of government, municipal, and community agencies to assure that every terror victim in need of support is known to the organization. The aim of OneFamily, with the help of friends and supporters around the world, is to assure continuity of care for terror victims into the next decade and beyond.