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Run For Your Life

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

On a sunny, mild weather break following days of torrential rainfall, sneakered, 28 year-old Tomer Ditor set out from his home in Rosh Tzurim, Gush Etzion for a run. His route took him from the gate of Rosh Tzurim down the newly and partially constructed pedestrian path built in memory of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, the three boys who were murdered in the summer of 2014.

Where the path ends, Tomer began running on the side of the road which leads to the nearby community of Alon Shevut, but his destination was not Alon Shevut. He made a left onto a dirt road known as Derech Avot, “The Path of the Patriarchs,” which leads to the community of Neve Daniel. Tomer ran on the road, past ancient Roman road markers and past the two ancient mikvaot – one for men and one for women – which were used by Jews going on aliyat haregel to the Beit Hamikdash.

Not wanting to be encumbered by extra weight, Tomer carried no water, no cell phone and no pistol. Tomer ran to the end of Derech Avot. As Tomer turned around for the continuation of his run, he noticed an Arab loitering. Tomer told himself that he has to keep an eye on the Arab. A short while later the Arab ran up to Tomer, brandishing a knife. Tomer struggled with the Arab with all of his might. The attacker managed to stab Tomer on the right side of his head, on his neck and on his left hand, whereupon the assailant fled back to the nearby Arab village of Nachlin.

A jogger came by and saw bleeding Tomer. The runner called for an ambulance. Tomer was conscious the entire time. The ambulance arrived, and the volunteer paramedic was none other than Dror Shusheim, a neighbor of Tomer’s family.

When Tomer’s mother Margolit was called, one can imagine the surge of adrenalin that raced within her and the trembling that she felt. She related to me, “Tomer spoke to me and said that he is O.K. But I was still very worried. When Dror Shusheim described Tomer’s medical status, it somewhat lessened my deep concern.”

Margolit is so thankful to Hashem that the wounds were of a light nature. She shudders to think what could have been. Perhaps zechut avot on Derech Avot is what saved Tomer’s life.

Tomer’s sister Orit found out about the terrorist attack when she called home to ask if her parents would be going to Sharei Tzedek Hospital. Orit’s intention was to see if she could come with her parents to see the baby boy who had been born early that morning to her brother Elad and his wife Bat El. Upon receiving the call from Orit, Margolit thought that her daughter had already been informed about the attack and was calling about visiting Tomer. Life certainly has its twists and turns!

The first time I spoke to Margolit after the terrorist attack, I asked her if a social worker had approached Tomer to help him deal with all of the emotional issues surrounding the attack. Margolit explained, “Three social workers spoke to Tomer – one from the hospital, one from National Insurance and one from Ariel University where Tomer is studying urban engineering.” Tomer seems to be dealing well with the murder attempt. (Symptoms of Post Trauma Stress Disorder usually begin within three months of a traumatic incident, but sometimes they start years later. His family and friends need to be aware of this possibility and keep their eyes open for symptoms.)

Tomer was hospitalized for one day and then discharged with instructions to rest at home. I visited Tomer that erev Shabbot, three days after the attempt on his life. His bandaged hand was apparent and I asked him where his other wounds are. He showed me the bandage on his neck and the wound to the side of his head.

That same erev Shabbot there was a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) morning run on Derech Avot with scores of runners participating. The event was called “We will not stop running on Derech Avos.” People were urged to come with a smile. Tomer ran holding an Israeli flag. His family was present as observers. He and the other runners ran past the place where he had struggled for his life.

Several days later I attended the brit milah of Tomer’s nephew. I was thrilled to see Tomer taking an active role as photographer. baruch Hashem, his left hand no longer sported a white bandage, the side of his face looked a lot better and if he could be wearing a camera strap around his neck than I surmised that his neck wound must have healed. After the brit I approached Tomer to wish him a mazel tov. I asked him, ”How are you feeling?” He answered, “I am feeling well.”

The infant was given the name Eitan Yisrael. Eitan means “strong,” “steadfast,” “permanent.” For me, the name encapsulates the idea that we must daven that Am Yisrael have emuna and be strong and unyielding in her present fight for survival against enemies who wish that we cease to exist. May Hashem bring us to victory over evil. May we walk, run and travel safely in our land.

P.S. Soon afterwards Tomer became engaged. The chuppah was a very emotional one for those who knew about the attempt to murder him because he is a Jew. And a proud one at that!

Adina Hershberg

Samaria Jew Indicted for Shooting at Arab Taxi that Tried to Run Him Over

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A young resident of Samaria was indicted on Sunday for endangering lives on a traffic lane when he shot an air gun at an Arab taxi on Aug. 24, 2016. The shot smashed the car’s rear window but no one was hurt. The police and Shabak announcement described the suspect, Moshe Yinon Oren, 18, a resident of Ronen Hilltop, which Police referred to as Arusi Hilltop (the settlement is named after Ronen Arusi, who established it), as a “rightwing extremist” who was risking human lives.

A search in Oren’s home yielded an air gun that was used in the even described in the indictment, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) which he is accused of driving during the event, an empty magazine for plastic bullets caliber 5.56, gas canisters, a sling, and a metal box containing 37 anti-vehicle spikes.

The Police and Shabak announcement also says Oren has confessed to the charges and reenacted the event: he arrived on his ATV at Route 60 near the main Yitzhar junction, where police say he shot his air gun at the Arab taxi and fled the scene.

However, according to legal aid society Honenu, whose attorney Itai Rosin represents Oren, the indictment and the announcement omit a crucial component, namely the fact that the Arab taxi veered off its path in an attempt to ram Oren’s vehicle. According to Rosin, on Aug. 24 his client was riding his ATV on the road leading to Har Bracha, when the taxi, with five Arab workers inside, veered of its path on the opposite side of the road in an attempt to ram his vehicle, forcing him off to the shoulder of the road.

In response, Oren turned around and gave chase after the taxi, catching up with it at the roundabout of the Hawara Village, at which point he pulled out his air gun and shot the car’s rear window. A week ago Saturday night he was arrested and spent the week in a Shabak interrogation facility without contact with a lawyer, even though the indictment does not accuse him of a weapons violation or a hate crime.

Attorney Rosin said in a statement that his client, “a young man who is about to enlist in the IDF, felt threatened as a result of the wild driving of the complainants, and used a toy gun, an air gun. This is not a ‘price tag’ action, my client does not belong to this group or another, and the indictment itself does not accuse him of race- or weapons-related violations. It is inconceivable that my client would be investigated by the Shabak and be kept from seeing his lawyer, a harsh and ongoing violation of his fundamental rights, all of it under the cover of a gag order as if this were a serious security violation. If the same acts had been committed by a boy from Tel Aviv or Herzlia he would certainly not have been interrogated by the Shabak and kept from meeting an attorney.” Rosin added, “I am certain these discrepancies will receive their proper attention during his trial.”

David Israel

Israeli Lifeguard Discovers 900 Year Old Oil Lamp During Beach Run

Monday, June 27th, 2016

By Naomi Altchouler/TPS

Ashkelon (TPS) – An Israeli lifeguard found a candle estimated to be about 900 years old during a morning run on the beach in Tel Ashkelon National Park in southern Israel last Tuesday.

“During the run I saw some planks washed up from the sea, and I stopped to pick them up”, lifeguard Meir Amshik said. “Suddenly, I saw part of the new cliff deteriorating. I made my way there and saw the intriguing candle lying there in its entirety. I thought it might be an antique, so I picked it up. I went back to the lifeguard’s tent and together with Avi Panzer, director of the lifeguard station, we contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).”

“The ancient oil lamp, which served as a light source, is dated to the 12th century AD (early Crusader period),” said Sa’ar Ganor, IAA archaeologist of the Ashkelon district. “You can really see the signs of wear and soot on the mouth. The candle was discovered as a result of receding coastal cliff, battered by the seasonal forces of nature.”

“The candle represents part of the cultural richness of the ancient city of Ashkelon, which was a city of commerce,” Ganor explained. “In Ashkelon, the port’s function is to import goods from the sea, as well as to export manufactured goods from all parts of southern Israel. In Ashkelon Coast National Park you can find evidence of preserved life starting from the Canaanite period 4000 years ago, until the modern era.”

Guy Fitoussi, of the IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit, praised the lifeguard for reporting the ancient treasure.

“The lifeguards of NPA and lifeguards as a rule, are our eyes on the beach. They are not just saving people, but even antiques,” he said. “People must understand ancient fossils they find in the case, belong to the state and the general public. This finding could be very valuable for research and historical knowledge for all of us. Fortunately, more and more people report finding antiques “.

Amshik, for his part, is thrilled to be involved in this historic discovery.

“Finding such a treasure, it is very exciting,” he said. “Just to feel a part of history, It fulfills a sense of appreciation for what was here before. It feels like being a link in the chain.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

UK Anti-Terror Video Advises, ‘Run, Hide and Tell’ [video]

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

The British government is keeping its threat level at ‘severe’ in the wake of Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels — indicating a terrorist attack is highly likely.

To help its citizens, British Prime Minister David Cameron is releasing regular updates via Twitter and other media.

But there is also the special anti-terror video that was created and released by the National Police Chief’s Council in December 2015, in the wake of the November 13 massacre by Da’esh (ISIS) in Paris.

The video advises, “run, hide and tell.” The video tells British citizens to put their mobile phones on silent and plan for an attack at work or in a public place, among other things, according to Sputnik.

“If you hear gunshots, the best option is to evacuate, but only do so if it won’t put you in greater danger. First, consider your route. Act quickly and quietly, leaving your belongings behind. Insist others come with you, but don’t let their indecision slow you down. Once you have identified a safe route, run. Consider your route as you leave. Will it place you in the line of fire? Is it safer to wait for the attacker to move away before you continue? If you can’t move to safety, hide.”

Cameron also chaired a second meeting of the UK government’s emergency COBRA committee (Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms), the British crisis management center.

“Let me update you on the #Brussels terrorist attacks,” Cameron tweeted following the second meeting. “Details are still emerging but at least 34 were killed; many others injured. “

The UK has increased border controls and screening; extra police have been deployed, Cameron told media. “The terrorists want to destroy everything our two countries stand for but we will never let them.”

The UK Foreign Office has also dropped its previous warning against travel to Belgium. A cautionary statement urging people to remain “vigilant” and stay away from crowded places was issued by the Foreign Office.

Hana Levi Julian

Britain: Muslim Prison Population Up 200%

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

The number of Muslim convicts in British prisons has surpassed the 11,000 mark for the first time, according to data included in a new report produced by the British Parliament.

The statistics — from a July 29 House of Commons research report entitled, “Prison Population Statistics” — show that the number of Muslim inmates in England and Wales jumped to 11,248 in 2012, up from 3,681 in 1997. Stated another way, over the past 15 years, the number of Muslims in British prisons has jumped by more than 200%.

The rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight times faster than that of the overall prison population, and the numbers show a clear overrepresentation of Muslim convicts: Muslims, who make up roughly 5% of the British population as a whole, now make up 13% of the British prison population (compared to just 6% in 1997).

The growth in the number of Muslim inmates is fueling fears that British prisons are becoming hotbeds for Islamic radicalization.

Although most of the Muslims in British prisons are immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, an increasing number of Muslim inmates are converts to Islam.

According to a research report recently commissioned by the British Ministry of Justice, many non-Muslim inmates in British prisons are being bullied into conversion or are embracing Islam in exchange for promises of protection from physical assault.

The study examines the Islamic “gang culture” inside the Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire, which houses around 500 of the most dangerous prisoners in Britain. Researchers from the Cambridge Institute of Criminology who wrote the report found that more than one third (39%) of the prisoners at Whitemoor are Muslims.

Prisoners told the researchers that they had felt overwhelming pressure to convert. In some instances, they said, Muslim inmates had left Islamic literature in their cells and ordered them to “read this.” In other instances, inmates were promised that if they converted to Islam, they would be safe from physical assault.

The report states that if loners, including sex offenders, converted to Islam, fellow Muslims would defend them; they could thereby gain safety from a large and dominant group. Others used their newly acquired faith as a tool for status in establishing influence.

Non-Muslims and prison officers inside Whitemoor described Islam as an “organized gang” and a “protection racket,” which “glorified terrorist behavior and exploited the fear related to it.”

Prison guards said there were “proper Al-Qaeda” members in the prison who were regarded with “awe” by younger inmates. Some prisoners described Whitemoor as a “recruiting drive for the Taliban” and fertile ground for hatred and a new generation of extremists.

Guards also said they had a policy of “appeasement” towards the powerful and growing Islamic prison population, particularly convicted terrorists who were feared to be recruiting future extremists.

The report states: “The threat of assaults motivated by religious fanaticism or extremist ideology added weight to the atmosphere at Whitemoor,” and continues: “The new population mix, including high numbers of Muslim prisoners, was disrupting established hierarchies in the prison. Social relations among prisoners had become complex and less visible. Too much power flowed among some groups of prisoners, with some real risks of serious violence. There were high levels of fear in the prison. In particular, there were tensions and fears relating to ‘extremism’ and ‘radicalization.'”

The report concludes: “More prominent, in practice, were pressures (and temptations) felt by some prisoners to convert to Islam. Conditions in the prison made participation in Islamic practices the most ‘available’ option for those looking for belonging, meaning, ‘brotherhood,’ trust and friendship.”

Meanwhile, British media recently reported that Dale Cregan, a notorious quadruple murderer who is serving a life sentence at the Manchester Prison, is being targeted by extremist Muslims who want to convert him to Islam.

Cregan, who is of Irish Catholic background, is said to be afraid of rival gang members who have offered a bounty to anyone who attacks him in prison. Muslims have offered to protect Cregan if he converts to Islam. According to prison officials, Cregan is so well known that if he converts to Islam, it would be seen as a way to further increase the influence of Muslim gangs inside the prison.

Soeren Kern

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/britain-muslim-prison-population-up-200/2013/08/06/

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